Feb 25
Webinar: How to Capitalize on Power BI's Latest Features
Location: Online

In our webinar, one of our data experts will take you through the new features in Power BI desktop’s most recent release and why they matter. Stick around afterward for a Q&A where we will answer any questions you have about Power BI. 

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Michael Fazio and Greg Levenhagen are Speaking at Central Wisconsin IT Conference 2018

Date: Oct 06 - Oct 06
Location: Mid-State Technical College - Stevens Point Campus 1001 Center Point Dr. Stevens Point, WI 54481
Skyline's Michael Fazio and Greg Levenhagen are presenting at this year's Central Wisconsin IT Conference in Stevens Point. Fazio is presenting "Google + Alexa: Cross-Assistant Apps" and "Kotlin - Less Code, More Fun". Levenhagen is presenting "Get Started with Windows 10 IoT Core!"

Google + Alexa: Cross-Assistant Apps

Let's develop an Action/Skill for Google and Alexa in one neat little package.

Remember when the Echo was made available back in late 2014? It was invite only, then Prime only, then finally available for everyone the next summer. Only, most people didn't really seem to care. What does it even do? Why should I bother? Can't I just use my phone?

Fast forward to 2018, and it seems like everyone at least knows the Echo, and probably the Google Home. People know how to use them and why you'd have one. The question now has become "Which one should I get?" rather than "Why would I ever buy that?"

We've hit the point where people can reasonably expect skills to be on both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. Both devices are in enough houses where it's worth the investment to create skills and actions for each platform. Luckily, this isn't nearly as difficult as it may seem.

We'll walk through the creation of both Alexa Skills and Actions on Google, look at the differences (there are a few, mostly names), look at what's the same, and see just how we can build a single application to serve both smart assistants. By the end of the session, we'll have a sample application running on both platforms from a single set of REST endpoints. Register today!

Kotlin - Less Code, More Fun

Write less (but safer!) code in your Android apps or any JVM-based projects.

Ever work on an Android app and tire of all the boilerplate code? Or spend hours chasing down NullPointerExceptions in your Java app? Enter Kotlin, JetBrains' new(ish) free, open-source programming language that targets the JVM. This means you can use it everywhere you use Java, but with a modern, succinct syntax.

For native Android developers, Kotlin is not only available, but it's now considered a first-class language. You're able to write an app completely with Kotlin, or switch over entire components, or even just change your models to Kotlin's data classes (which removes a TON of boilerplate code.)

Oh, and for anyone using Java elsewhere, you can add in Kotlin code to your existing application. Kotlin is 100% interoperable with Java, meaning all your existing code/libraries/tests will work with any Kotlin code you write.

Doing JavaScript development? Kotlin can be transpiled into ES5, and there are even libraries available to use React or Angular with Kotlin.

C# dev working on any kind of Java project? You'll feel much more at home with Kotlin, given features like nullable types, properties (rather than getters/setters), and extension methods.

We'll walk through Kotlin's features, check out the syntax, and even create a small Android application so you can see Kotlin in action. Register today!

Get Started with Windows 10 IoT Core!

Microsoft has a special version of Windows 10 to target Internet of Things (IoT) devices, where you can develop using your favorite tech like Visual Studio and C#.

This session will provide a concise walk-through of getting started with Win10 IoT Core on a Rasberry Pi while discussing pros/cons from burnt-fingers in the field. We’ll discuss the development side of IoT, meaning from the device, to the code and sending it to the cloud, like Azure. We will not be covering the Big Data and reporting side of IoT in this session other than mentions of how that fits into the bigger picture.

You’ll leave understanding how to quickly get started and remove the barriers to entry for you own side-project or even a pitch to make at your job. Register today!