BRDNUG Meeting: June 12, 2013

June .NET User Group Meeting

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Louisiana Technology Park Room 301, 7117 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 (map)

Sponsored By:

Sparkhound is an IT services company that strives to hire smart professionals who always put the customer first and make it easy to do business. With locations in Baton Rouge, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, we’re growing faster than ever to better serve our diverse client base and increase the value of their IT investments through five interrelated practices:

Application Development
Core Infrastructure
Business Consulting
Enterprise Applications
Support Services

Even though the tech world is constantly re-inventing itself, we’ve always believed that relationships based on mutual trust, respect and accountability produce the best results. It’s how we’ve done business since 1998.

Main Presentation:

Who Could Ask for More with LESS CSS?

– James Sampson (Sparkhound)
In this session, I will cover getting started with an ASP.NET MVC4 site, and using the LESS CSS engine instead of plain-old-CSS. Using LESS CSS, you can turbo charge your design, layout, and branding of a site, increasing the amount of time that you have to work on other requirements.

James Sampson is an Application Support Developer for Sparkhound, working on fixing and enhancing old projects, creating and developing small projects, and learning as much as possible about anything new in development. James currently is focused on Windows Azure, and Microsoft Windows Phone 8. Outside of work, he also enjoys blogging and [not] studying for new certifications.

Lightning Round:

News from TechEd North America 2013

– William Assaf (Sparkhound)

William Assaf is a senior database developer and team lead at Sparkhound Inc. in Baton Rouge, LA. He started off as a .net developer and moved into database administration and architecture, and has been lead db designer on major application and DW projects in the private and public sectors. He blogs about SQL at, where his slide deck and sample scripts will be posted. He’s organizing SQL Saturday Baton Rouge in August and is President of BRSSUG.

5:45 pm – 6:15 pm: General Introduction/Food and Drinks
6:15 pm – 7:30 pm: Presentations
7:30 pm – until: Open forum for questions

Louisiana Technology Park (map)
7117 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-218-1100