June starts with WordCamp KC (http://www.wckansascity.org) on the 1st and 2nd.
Hack The Midwest (http://www.hackthemidwest.com) runs from June 2nd to June 3rd.

Two big national events include the Better Software Conference in Las Vegas (http://www.sqe.com/BetterSoftwareWest/) June 10th through the 15th
and Microsoft TechEd (http://northamerica.msteched.com) June 11th through the 14th.

KC Geek Night occurs every Monday at 6:30pm
Cowtown Computer Congress meets every Thursday at 7PM
The Adobe Design Group meets on Thusday the 7th
Venture Fridays is on Friday the 8th
Python meets on Saturday the 9th
Mobile Media Club meets on Monday the 11th
The Web SIG, Perl Mongers, and Ruby all meet on Tuesday the 12th
Java meets on Wednesday the 13th
KCWebCore meets on Thursday the 14th
PHP meets on Saturday the 16th
UpFront meets on Monday the 18th
Windows/Freeware meets on Tuesday the 19th
Access meets on Wednesday the 20th
LimitedWIP and KC IIBA both meet on Thursday the 21st
Python is holding a workshop for newbies on Friday the 22nd
Maker Faire Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th at Union Station
.Net SIG meets on Tuesday the 26th
KC Web Pros meet on Wednesday the 27th (and I will be presenting SQL Injection and XSS)
Agile KC and OWASP meet on Thursday the 28th.


///StampedeCon_2012 will take place in St. Louis, MO on August 1, 2012 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. It will be a well-rounded event that is designed to inform and equip organizations thinking about or already working with Big Data.
The speaker list is still growing but here’s a brief look at some of the confirmed presentations/speakers (see the Presentations and Speakers pages for further details):

  • How Big Data Can Help Your Business: Case Studies from ReadWriteWeb - David Strom (ReadWriteWeb)
  • HBase Backups - Pritam Damania (Facebook)
  • Making your Analytics Investment Pay Off – Bill Eldredge (Nokia)
  • Big Data with Semantics - Alex Miller (Revelytix)
  • Big Data and the Analysis Conundrum – Challenges and Opportunities – Rob Peglar (EMC/Isilon)
  • Listening for Insights: The Power of Social Media Listening – Frank Cotignola (Kraft Foods)
  • More will be added soon…take advantage of our Early Registration discount while it is available.
///StampedeCon_2012 will be held on the campus of one of the foremost medical research organizations in the United States. Read more about our venue. For updates, check back here or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

7:00 PM

1815 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.091278 -94.585899

Selected By: Andrew Dunkman

Ed Saipetch (Sr. Technical Director at Joyent, @edsai) and Paolo Fragomeni (Co-founder and CTO of Nodejitsu, @hij1nx) will be in Kansas City and wanted to grab a few beers—come on out and join us!
We'll be gathering to hang out and meet other members of the Node community. There will be no formal node presentation or coding at this event.
Event sponsored by Cerner (http://cerner.com/).



Kansas City, MO
Hilton President
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Are you looking for a better way to manage your
IT infrastructure?

Please join us for a free, best practices seminar to learn how the new VMware vCenter™ Operations Management Suite 5.0 can help you simplify infrastructure and operations management.

IT administrators today face a new challenge: Ensure quality of service in a dynamic virtual environment efficiently and cost effectively.

Join this seminar and learn how you can:

  • Improve team productivity by 50%
  • Enhance resource utilization by 30%
  • Deliver higher quality of service of your critical applications

Traditional tools designed for monitoring static physical environments are no longer adequate because they don’t provide enough meaningful information and overwhelm you with alert storms or false alarms. End users are often first to report performance problems and cause fire drills for IT when it is already too late.

With vCenter Operations, VMware is offering a new approach that uses patented analytics and integrated performance, capacity and configuration management capabilities that allow you to:

  • Get better visibility across your entire virtual and physical infrastructure
  • Act on proactive alerts to eliminate performance bottlenecks before end users notice
  • Reclaim capacity from unused resources and from right-sizing VMs
  • See the impact of configuration changes and automatically enforce policies and compliance
  • Integrate with your existing investments for enterprise wide deployment and even greater ROI
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn best practices, see a demo and to speak with VMware experts directly. Don't just manage your virtualized infrastructure. Master it.

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The meeting topic: The Scrum Master Role - Undefined in HR

At this month's meeting, Tom Westervelt and John Gonzalez will facilitate (that's right, this is a participative exercise) a discussion around the Scrum Master role. But this isn't just a discussion about the role. At the end of the meeting we hope to be able to have a clearer definition of a performance map for a Scrum Master that could be used by an HR department. If time permits, we might even be able to talk about career progression in a Scrum world.

Tom Westervelt works at DST and is a CSP and CSM.  John Gonzalez works
at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and is a CSM.   Both gentlemen
have been initiating and leading changes at their respective organizations.

We'll save some time for questions and answers at the end so bring your questions and a friend.



Friday, June 22, 2012

Selected By: Andrew Schoen

5110 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.033600 -94.575745
Friday, June 22nd 6pm - 9pm
Saturday, June 23rd 9:30am - 4pm
The Beginners Python Workshop is a 2-day free event focused on teaching the basics of programming in the Python language. Everybody is encouraged to attend, regardless of your previous experience with programming. This will be a judgement-free event, so even if you've never written a line of code in your life or if you've been a professional developer for years who just wants to learn something different we'd love to teach you.
The first night will consist of setting up Python on your laptop and walking through some online exercises. Once you can show that Python is properly installed on your laptop and you can run a few basic commands in terminal you're free to go. The next day we'll start with an Intro to Python presentation, lunch and then some practical hands-on exercises.
The only requirements to attend are a laptop and a willingness to learn.
We'll be at the UMKC campus at 5110 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO. The room we have booked is 302 Flarsheim Hall.
Friday evening you will probably need to park in the visitor lots and pay the meters, or on the street. Saturday there's no problem parking in the garage at 52nd & Rockhill; park on the lower level, come up the stairs out of the garage to the north, across the street, then across the quad to Flarsheim (ahead of you, to the right). It's the building with the sundial on the front of it and the steel beam sculpture in front.
Room 302 is just off the atrium to the left.
Here is a link to the campus map.
Friday, 6pm - 9pm: set up your development environment, learn how to execute Python code from a file and interactively from a Python prompt, and learn about printing and using Python as a calculator.
Saturday, 9:30am - 10am: settle in, get your laptop set up, and review Friday's material. We will start the lecture promptly at 10.
Saturday, 10am - noon: we'll provide lunch. Let us know when you RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions.
Saturday, 1pm - 3:30pm: break out into groups to practice Python through short projects on a variety of fun and practical topics.
Saturday, 3:30pm - 4pm: wrap-up, next steps, and upcoming opportunities for learning and practicing Python.



6:00 PM - Monthly Meeting

Centriq Training, 8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS 66206
Presenter: Darren Cauthon
Topic: How Ruby Made Me a Better C# Developer, and a Better Man
Sponsor: Paige Technologies


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

7:00 PM

Selected By: Eric J. Gruber


LinkedIn Groups

  • Group: Kansas City Web Professionals
  • Subject: KCWebPros: MAY Meeting MAY 23rd!!!!!!! Next Week!
KCWebPros: MAY Mtg. 5/23/2012.....FOR OUR 480+ MEMBERS!!!

6:30 PM, Wed, MAY 23, 2012

Centriq Training Center

8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS

(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)

Sponsor: MODIS, Tonya Nussbaum
Food and door prizes will be provided by : MODIS, Tonya Nussbaum
In order to ensure that we have enough food, please send an email to Ray Harris ( [email protected] ) to indicate if you will be attending. Thanks very much !

This month's topic is:

Mapping The Future - Through THE CLOUDS! (Lead Speaker: Kurt W. Loudon)

We will be discussing a KC Incubator Project. KC Incubator is a Sub-Group of Kansas City Web Professionals Group.
Kurt Loudon & John K. have teamed together with the KC-St. Joe Catholic Diocese to lead a team of Diocesan High School
students in creating a School Locator Web Map App! This is all part of the Diocesan IT Capstone Program Funded by John & Kurt.
We will discuss how the Capstone Program got started & How this Projecte was implemented. Then we will dive right into the actual
Architecture of the Web Map App which includes Cloud Technology via The Diocese and Amazon Web Services. We will discuss the mapping
of ~100 Parishes in the Diocese via ESRI software. We will also demo the Web Map App.
Then if available we will have a student or two discuss their experience in this Inaugural rendition of the
Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese IT/GIS Capstone Program.

Kurt Loudon's Mini-BIO:
Kurt W. Loudon is a 20-year technical expert in the diverse field of information technology. Design and development of databases,
GIS, & Web systems are his main areas of expertise, using cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to deliver first-class
products and services in formats such as ArcSDE, Oracle, MS SQL Server, MS Visual Basic, ColdFusion, ASP, MS Access,
Satellite Forms, ER/Studio, Erwin, ArcIMS, and more! Kurt has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
He also has earned a master’s in Public Management & Policy from the top-ranked Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University. Kurt has
been instrumental in designing, developing, and implementing the integration of GIS, database, web, and facilities management
technologies for the following clients: City of Westminster CO, Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment, Department of Defense,
Union County Conservation District, Department of Homeland Security, Tele Atlas, USDA, City of North Kansas City MO, Oklahoma Natural Gas, ONEOK, Enbridge, and more!
See you there!

Our website URL is: http://www.kcwebpros.com

Kansas City Web Professionals kcwebpros.com


HUG Windows Freeware SIG 5/15/2012 New Horizons Room 6

In the past weeks I have been asked a similiar question twice, what is the best free product(s) I can load to protect my computer. This is an area we have not looked at in detail for awhile and it probably needs to be reviewed. Over time offerings tend to change and not always in the positive direction. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what is a minor annoyance to one drives another up a wall.

Technical skill of a user is also a definite consideration. A very technical user may want the very best product by each type and others want one that provides good protection with less attention from the user. Come to the meeting and air your views. Remember, a product used correctly beats one that is not understood even if it has a high reputation.

As usual there will be a question and answer session for general or specific questions.

Date:5/15/2012 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Metcalf South Shopping Center
96th&  Metcalf, Overland Park, KS
(Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the
shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the
center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at

Bill Diamond
Windows/Freeware SIG leader


Friday, May 18, 2012

4:00 PM

1800 Baltimore Avenue #400, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.091717 -94.585030

Selected By: C.J. Moore

Tech entrepreneurs in and around KC, join us for happy hour!
Venture Fridays is a simple but fun concept: The startup culture of Kansas City and surrounding areas to discuss what we’re all thinking about, working on, needing help with, and might do for each other. Existing or aspiring entrepreneurs of all types and ages are invited. Let’s raise our glasses to building the entrepreneurial culture beyond ourselves.
Who are your hosts? We’re a web marketing metacompany, still whiffing the baby powder of our start in 2009. We work hard, and we play hard. Sometimes Venture Fridays will be co-located with other events, sometimes not. Either way, we’ll be here drinking and thinking. Will you? Drop in.
No soliciting or mooching please (entrepreneurial mojo required; read more in Discussions).
Want to present your idea, get feedback, or find testers? Have an idea for an awesome entrepreneurial jam? We invite startup stimulation. Contact Carrie at Red Nova Labs.

Entrepreneurs are driven by a need to create something new or build something tangible under conditions of extreme uncertainty. They’re spontaneously creative, able and willing to make decisions from the gut, and generally risk-takers. Entrepreneurship is also largely about helping others achieve the goals they care about. Is that you? Are you a driven outsider, possessed of a unique genius, ready to take outrageous risks and work incomprehensible hours to beat the odds? Well then, we like you already. Welcome to the group!



Thursday, May 24, 2012  7:00 PM

1810 Cherry St # 100, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.091053 -94.576996

Selected By: Andrew Schoen

12 Factor for PythonPresented by: Craig Kerstiens (@craigkerstiens)
In recent years there's been rapid growth in application development area. This is in large part due to trends such as better tools to manage code and dependencies, external services to aid you, and due to the elasticity of the cloud. We will walk through some of the recent trends and emerging trends for the future in application development. These trends will make it even easier to scale up without significant overhead, further enable continuous deployment, and improve the ease to onboard other developers into a development team. Many of these current and emerging best practices will be highlighted on Heroku with live demos, but broadly apply outside the Heroku platform.
Lightning Talks
  • Python on the BeagleBone - Juan Gomez (@_juandg)


Saturday, May 19, 2012, 7:00 PM

4151 N. Mulberry Dr. Suite 240, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.169975 -94.597229

Selected By: Josh Bohde

Let's get together to talk and show off anything interesting.



Monday, June 18, 2012, 6:30 PM

1740 Main St. K.C. MO 64108, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.092484 -94.583572

Selected By: Casey Justus

JavaScript can be both awesome and terrible. We’ll talk about the history of generating JavaScript and then work through some quick exercises in two languages that can produce JavaScript as output: CoffeeScript and Dart. Then, we’ll compare the two and look where they are headed.
This is an interactive talk, so plan to bring alaptop and code along. At the end, you'll at least have run a bit of CoffeeScript and Dart. You don’t have to be an experienced developer, as we’ll keep it super-high level.
About your presenter:
By day, David Mitchell is a mild mannered Group Technical Director at VML, where he is more likely to review JavaScript code than write it. By night, David is a polygot programmer, exploring languages like JavaScript, Smalltalk, and Lisp. David has presented nationally and at regional conferences and has taught programming at Sprint, Centriq, and at workshops for kids through local schools and homeschool groups.
This talk will be a part of One Week KC, an exciting week full of grassroots events that help educate, inspire, encourage and celebrate entrepreneurship in our quest to make Kansas City America's Most Entrepreneurial City. One Week events include technical meetups, classrooms, conferences, networking, speakers, parties and fun activities. More details to come.



HUG - Access Users Group Meeting; May 16, 2012 6:30 p.m.; Regnier 2nd Floor - Room RC238
Please join us for the following Microsoft Access presentations.
Beginner Presentation:
Caren Grandgenett: Forms: Cascading Combo Boxes - Tip #7
Caren is a Database Development and Technical Training Specialist
She develops and maintains databases that allow our clients to track their clients and competitors.
Advanced Presentation: (TBD)
Lisa Friedrichsen: Access 2010 -- What Happened to the Switchboard Manager?, New Navigation Forms, and Customizing the Ribbon
In this presentation we'll look at the new Access 2010 Navigation Forms and compare them to the traditional Switchboard Manager. We'll find and dig out the Switchboard Manager feature in Access 2010 (in case you still need to maintain a traditional switchboard form in an older database). Then, we'll improve your ability to find the features you need by modifying both the Quick Access toolbar as well as the ribbon.
Lisa Friedrichsen is a Professor - Computer Science & Information Technology at Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS



Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 6:00 PM

1800 Baltimore Avenue #400, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.091717 -94.585030

Selected By: Don Peterson

I've uploaded a Forrester Research report on Enterprise Hadoop solutions. Let's discuss how to choose a solution. I'll try to get some fo the vendors to come and make their pitch.


Saturday, May 12, 2012, 10:00 AM http://www.meetup.com/pythonkc/events

1810 Cherry St # 100, Kansas City, MO (map)
39.091053 -94.576996

Come work on Python projects, get programming help, help others, and hang out. Bring your own project or work on one of the suggested projects below. We'll have members available to help beginning Python programmers with language basics and practice.

Audience: Everyone! We'll have something for all Python experience levels.
Things to bring: a wireless-enabled laptop and power cord
Need some project ideas? How about:
Learning Python
Projects and competitions


Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10:00 AM

Selected By: Aaron Sumner

707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS (map)
38.971147 -95.237180

Selected By: Aaron Sumner

With a nod to http://usesthis.com/ , Travis Cline and I discussed the idea of a session in which we have a few people share their development setup for their operating system-slash-language-slash-framework of choice.
* Aaron: Ruby and Rails in Lion
* Travis: Python and Django
* PHP? Perl? iOS? .Net? Other Rubyists/Pythonistas? Anyone?



Yes, let's get together on the 8th of May (the 2nd Tuesday) at 75th
Street Brewery.

I'd love it if you could share your experiences about mobile stuff. We're pretty relaxed about speakers these days, so I'd love it if someone like you would step up and keep us entertained for a few moments. Please let me know what I can do to help.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:30 PM

Selected By: Eric J. Gruber

401 N 2cd St, Lawrence, KS



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