Many of us have been doing Object Oriented Programming (OOP) since their first "hello World" program or just forgot the concepts behind functional programming.

The goal of this meetup is to help you get started with functional programming or refresh your memory without going over elementary details.

* Functional programming is when functions, not objects or procedures, are the fundamental building blocks of a program


November 2011 KCSEM Event
Having trouble understanding what you might need to do to gain visibility in the search engines? KCSEM will be reviewing websites in quick collaborative sessions to provide insight on what you might want to consider as next steps in getting your site a presence for desired terms. We ask that site URLs be submitted to KCSEM in advance of the site clinic to help us preview the sites to be reviewed. Don’t have a site? Or don’t want yours’ reviewed? That’s fine! Come anyway, and learn key aspects that may help your site to perform well in search engine results and network with a bunch of nice, smart folks. DemandCon is KCSEM’s November event sponsor. Co-founder Shawn Elledge will be on hand to discuss the next DemandCon conference and why you should be there.

The Wheat Room at Barley’s Brewhaus and Restaurant
16649 Midland Drive
Shawnee, KS 66217
(913) 268-5160


Hey everybody. This is going to be the first official meetup of this group. Hope everyone can make it. And I hope we can make this a regular thing.


The next KC R user group meeting is 2 weeks from tomorrow... Saturday,
December 3rd at 2pm.

We're going to try having it in a conference room on the second floor
of Cherry Hall at UMKC (5030 Cherry St Kansas City, MO). Parking is
available just behind the Administration building off of Oak. Here's a
google map.

(Thanks, Bob!)

So far we have two people signed up to present a short topic:
Me on the text mining package
Steve on creating models inside a loop

I think it would be fun to get a few more people to show a little


We currently meet every Thusday in our new shared work space. Meetings start at 7pm and are open to all those interested. If your interested in seeing what we're all about, come on a Thursday to see all the current projects. When you get here just give us a call and we'll come let you in. The number down in the cave is (202) 621-2252.

Meetup link.


After a huge success as the second SharePoint Saturday event in what has become a world-wide phenomenon, SharePoint Saturday Kansas City is back for its fourth year on Saturday, December 10th, 2011. We set the standard. Now we’re back, bigger and better, to show that Kansas City is a leading center for Information Technology and SharePoint Professionals.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Vegetarian options are available by choosing Yes on the questionairre. For attendees who stay until the very end and turn in an event survey there will be prize drawings for various items. In the past these items have included an XBox 360, Books, and gift certficates from various vendors and sponsors. Wireless internet is also available. We will send out a form 1-2 weeks prior to the event with the wireless internet form. You can also access the form at our website.

Thank you for your interest in SharePoint Saturday Kansas City!

For more information please visit our website at or email us at [email protected].

Sign up here.


A Day with Microsoft Virtualization, Hyper-V, SCVMM 2012 and SCOM 2012…Oh My
Event ID: 1032498170
Doubletree Overland Park 10100 College Blvd
Overland Park Kansas 66210-1462
United States

Register by Phone: 1-877-MSEVENT 9AM-7PM EST M-F
Meal: Yes
Click here to register.

Presenter(s): John Weston and Kevin Remde.
Language(s): English.
Product(s): Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Azure, Windows Server and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Audience(s): IT Generalist.

· Are you currently a VMware administrator?
· Are you looking to understand what cloud (public, private, hybrid) is and what it can do for you?
· Have recent industry announcements made you want to take a look at alternative ways to take your datacenter to the next generation?
· Do you want to learn about the next set of Microsoft Virtualization technologies?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then come spend an exciting day with your Microsoft TechNet IT Pro evangelists. You will take a technical look at how the Microsoft Virtualization technologies can provide you the Cloud on Your Terms?

Microsoft virtualization technologies provide you a solid foundation for delivering IT as a Service to take your business to the private cloud. Our Private Cloud solution is not just about virtualization. We offer strong management capabilities, using which you can holistically manage all of your services and applications, which is where you’re true business value lies, not in VMs or physical servers. Using our solution, you can get deep application insights and therefore deliver business SLAs with confidence. Microsoft offers virtualization that spans from desktop to data center to the cloud. We offer a comprehensive and customer-centric solution with more choice, flexibility, and cost savings than VMware.

In the morning session we will take a look at the Microsoft virtualization technologies including Hyper-V, SCVMM 2012, SCOM 2012 and all the products to take your DC to the next level. Hyper-V offers best-in-class performance for Microsoft workloads (SharePoint, SQL Server, and Exchange) and you can rely on Hyper-V to virtualize Tier-1 data center applications with confidence. System Center 2012 provides a common management offering full visibility and control for your IT pros across your hybrid environments. At the same time, we continue to empower your application owners with self-service to make sure they can deliver agile app experiences to their businesses. System Center 2012 technologies, you can take advantage of existing datacenter investments with 3rd party integration and provides your infrastructure cross platform management and automation from the metal up. We know that you have made existing investments in your datacenter, and we can integrate and extend upon existing systems.

In the afternoon session you will be allowed to explore the technologies on your terms:

· Do you want to install some of the technologies and take it for a test drive like?
o Windows Server 2008 R2
o Configure Hyper-V for best Practices
o Configure a test environment (networking , a DC VM, a VM for SCVMM)
o Download, install, and fire up SCVMM 2012

· Are you looking to take a Microsoft Certification exam? Exams we can talk about:

o 70-659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R, Server Virtualization (Hyper-V + VMM)

o 70-400 TS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring

· Or do you just want more Technical nuggets?

We are here for you in the afternoon, and will be there to help answer the questions you really care about!


The idea is to get as many developers in the same room as we can and coding. Bring in your own projects, get help from other developers, mentor those new to python, share expertise or do whatever else you like



Our next scheduled meeting is January 26th 2012. The topic is going to be focused on SQL Server scalability solutions. We're going to try a little different format for this meeting. If you're familiar with lightning talks, this will be similar. If you have a specific scalability solution you have implemented and would be willing to deliver a 10 minute presentation on your solution (slides/demos are NOT necessary), I'd like to hear from you. Please email me at [email protected] with a description of your talk and I'll try to get you scheduled to speak. I look forward to hearing about your ideas!


Technology Spotlight: Unified Communications with Lync Online
 Leverage Presence, Instant Messaging, Voice, Video, and Desktop Sharing
 Communicate from within Microsoft Office
 Reduce Infrastructure Costs

Microsoft and Valorem Consulting invite you to attend the next Kansas City’s Cloud Computing User Group Lunch & Learn event.

Presenter: Travis Liles, Partner Technology Advisor, Microsoft.

What Is Lync Online?
Join us for a demo and discussion of this exciting new Microsoft technology that can transform your interactions with colleagues, customers, and partners to a collaborative, engaging, and effective experience all while staying in control of end-user permissions and policies and cutting infrastructure costs:
• Leverage Presence and Instant Messaging
Workers can view the availability status of their colleagues and share their own status so that they may find and communicate with one another efficiently and effectively.
• Interact from within Microsoft Office
Presence information is consistently available in Outlook, SharePoint, and other Office applications by default. Hovering over the presence icon displays a menu that can be used for initiating a conversation from the application.
• Communicate Efficiently
Move easily from an instant messaging conversations into an ad-hoc online meeting that can include audio, video and screen sharing with just a few mouse clicks.
• Build Stronger Connections
Keep up with your co-workers through the activity feed that shows updates from contacts when they change their personal note, picture, title, or location.
• Collaborate Effectively
Schedule online meetings and presentations with customers and colleagues directly from within Outlook. Include audio, video, screen sharing and a virtual whiteboard as it suits your meeting needs.
• Reduce Infrastructure Costs
Lync Online can help you achieve cost reductions in web- and teleconferencing services, IT and telephone engineering workload reductions, and Help desk call volume reductions.

Join us to network and learn how local businesses are making the move to the cloud. Click here to register.


Access Nov 16th JCCC Regnier 2nd floor 6:30 pm

Beginning Presentation:
Silvia Siren will be presenting Tip 29 "Implementing Soundex". This tip may help those whose databases deal with retrieval of names. As we all know the English language allows for some very creative pronunciations and spellings of names. So join us to learn about this tool and how it may help you in your name searches!

Advanced Presentation:
David Blackwell of Heritage Computer Consulting & Services, Inc. will presentTip 28 Using Disconnected Record sets. This tip covers steps for using a temporarily defined and populated record set as the data source for a form using data-bound controls. No temporary tables are necessary. The example retrieves RSS feed information from the internet in order to populate a record set allowing you to page through each article and its description and even to launch the article in your web browser.

Using Microsoft Access 2010 by Alison Balter - More than just a book. Register the book at for web access to video tutorials and audio sidebars.

Give-away drawing for HUG members only.
Sponsored by: Heritage Computer Consulting & Services, Inc.


Wow, we had no shortage of responses to yesterday's call for startup show-and-tell at the meetup! Very cool. Within hours the presenter spots were booked up for the next two Venture Fridays. This week we’ll learn about two budding KC developments, Lantern and TalentHelix.

Lantern’s Aaron Sloup (CEO) will show off the company’s new Android and iPhone app.

Lantern is a way to explore the world around you and “save big.” Through the app users can save 50% to 100% in-the-moment without buying anything upfront. From the Lantern website, merchants can control their own deals, drive business to their door exactly when they want it, save huge on commissions vs. other deal platforms, and get their money right now...

TalentHelix’s Riddhiman Das (CTO), Tam Tran (UX, IP) and Troy Norris (Marketing, Ops) will share a unique business model born in UMKC’s Institute of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. It’s made up of three service components: barter services, volunteer services, and contract work portal.

TalentHelix is a product of the realization that many people are caught up in a "career paradox.” You can't get the job you want because you don't have enough experience doing it, but you can't get the experience you need until someone hires you. As a result, there are millions of people, some incredibly well educated, who are stuck doing what their resume says they can do and not what they're truly capable of. TalentHelix is a combination of social networking and online auction solutions that connects people with the work that they love, by helping them leverage the potential they've gathered in their extended social networks...

As usual, Venture Friday happy hour doors open at 4 p.m. for food, bevs and entrepreneurial chatter. Startup show-and-tell will go on around 5-ish (as you know we like to keep things comfortably fluid). Join us in welcoming Lantern and TalentHelix to the meetup.


Node has quickly emerged as "the new hotness" with JavaScript programmers. Node is a young language and has many developers confused as to when and why to use this new technology. Our talk aims to show how Node can enable front-end developers to create lean and speedy web applications with an "event-driven" server.

We'll dissect key sections of a sample application to demonstrate some of the features of Node. The popular packages Express and will be discussed and we'll talk about the "Node way" of delivering content from a server. The overview of the application will demonstrate the necessary pieces involved in creating a real-time web experience.

This MeetUp will be looking at “Node” in both a broad and practical sense. On December 1st, we won't be live coding, but if you can install Node ( and NPM ( before the MeetUp will help improve you're overall knowledge of the technology. Front End-Developers looking to take their knowledge of JavaScript to a back-end server solution will gain the most from the event.


Mobile Gaming Happy Hour with Verizon: November 16
Video games, two drinks, food and great company--for only $5. It should be a great Wednesday respite at Tanner’s in Overland Park. Play games on smart phones and tablets, and hear from Brenda Hill how gaming fits into Verizon’s social strategy. Device geeks can tweet requests for specific devices using the hashtag #SMCKCverizon4G. This event will be at Tanner’s on 119th, so we’d love to see our JoCo crew to come out in force. (Feel free to pay at the door to avoid extra fees, but please register if you plan to attend.)


Tue, Nov 15, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Centriq Training, 8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS 66206
Presenter: Lee Brandt
Topic: Mama Said KnockoutJS!
Sponsor: TriCom


November 17 from 6PM-8PM

Speakers: Ryan Biel and Jim Manico, OWASP board member and WhiteHat security

Location: Johnson County Community College Regnier Center room 344 Johnson County Community College
12345 College Boulevard
Overland Park, Kansas 66210

Jim Manico will be presenting on OWASP and the ESAPI.

There will be opportunities to have questions answered about WhiteHat's software as a service model for rolling out enterprise level web security services in your organization.


November 10 5:30PM to 8PM

Speakers: Alex Horan and Adam Castonguay, Core Security / Core Impact

Location: Hosted by Sirius Computer Solutions
10801 Mastin Boulevard, Suite 900 Overland Park, KS 66210

For those not familiar, Core Impact is a penetration testing toolkit and framework, often compared to Metasploit.
Recent features of Core Impact called WebVerify now address web security weaknesses and flaws. The presentation will cover the new web functionalities such as session manipulation and attacks against web infrastructure and the speakers will be available to answer quetsions about the network and other non-web-focused features in Core Impact after their talk.

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