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Interesting Features in ECMAScript 6

By: Brent Wodicka

AIS’s Chief Technology Officer Vishwas Lele (@vlele) recently joined David Linthicum of Cloud Technology Partners in a podcast to discuss how to apply machine learning to software engineering, which can even be used to reverse engineer legacy code. They also explored a recent trend where enterprises share high-quality algorithms with other teams to expedite new development.

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sxsw-2016Applied Information Sciences has been selected to participate in the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016 festival being held March 11th through the 20th in Austin, Texas.

As a part of the Trade Show exhibition, our team will showcase the Scale data processing architecture as a component within a cloud computing solution.

The Trade Show highlights the integrations and overlaps between SXSW’s converging industries and hosts a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors – from promising startups to established industry leaders.

“This is a great opportunity to share and interact with the rest of the industry”, says Tony Wolf, Director of Special Programs. “We helped our clients foster the release of some great contributions to the open-source community this past year. This has opened new doors for us, and we’ve seen some exciting new web-based technologies emerge from those components. For instance, a large data processing architecture called ‘Scale’, which we helped build for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, has caught the attention of a prominent commercial data services provider, and we’re anxious to explore their vision for that product. As for our participation at South by Southwest, we’re excited to exchange ideas and build relationships with fellow attendees of the festival.”

The SXSW Trade Show, which coincides with portions of the film and music festival, hosted more than 70,000 attendees in 2015, and anticipates an even larger presence this year. The exhibit is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm on March 13th through the 15th and from 10:00am to 2:00 pm on March 16th in the Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 2, 3 and 4.

Learn more about the Trade Show at SXSW. 

Microsoft Azure TourThe Microsoft Azure Tour provides a free one day technical training event for IT professionals and developers to help them be more successful in using cloud. On Monday, January 11th, the Microsoft Azure Tour will be stopping by the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.  The day will consist of several informative sessions and speakers – including a session titled “Modernizing Government IT with Microsoft Azure” that AIS will participate in.  Read More…

Microsoft Cloud ShowRecently, AIS’s Scott Hoag (@ciphertxt) joined Andrew Connell (@andrewconnell) and Chris Johnson (@loungeflyz) of the Microsoft Cloud Show to discuss Azure Application Proxy & Gateways. Topics covered in this podcast discussion include:

  • Using Application Proxy to publish applications for secure remote access
  • Enable Application Proxy services
  • Azure AD Application Proxy and SharePoint 2013
  • SSO for On Prem IWA Apps Using KCD with Application Proxy
  • Azure Application Gateway Pricing
  • What is Application Gateway
  • Azure Service Updates [RSS]

The Microsoft Cloud Show, is the only place to stay up to date on everything going on in the Microsoft cloud world including Azure and Office 365.

Click here to listen to this podcast.

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.21.26 PMWith the abundance of JavaScript libraries and frameworks available today, it’s hard to decide what is going to work best for a certain requirement. Add in the fact that there are many server-side tools that can also accomplish the task and you could spend hours just narrowing down options to test before deciding on the path you’ll take in the end. This was a recent conundrum for me when approached to incorporate child data management in the parent forms on a SharePoint 2010 project. My experience with JavaScript has been limited over my career because I’ve been so focused on the backend of SharePoint during the majority of that time. My current client has need for a better user experience, so I’ve been trying to fill that hole in my skills.  This project offered an opportunity to do just that.

While it’s possible to put an ASP GridView control in an Update Panel, a client-side approach seemed cleaner and a way to expand my JavaScript skills. I looked at many options like JQuery Datatables, koGrid, and a few others, but they didn’t give me the look, price (free), and/or TypeScript definitions for me to easily take off with implementing it.

I decided to build my own solution since it would be a relatively simple design and it would let me dig into KnockoutJS. In addition, it would be easier to use TypeScript to build an easier-to-maintain solution since it incorporates many of the ECMAScript 6 features like classes and modules, among others. Read More…

AIS’s Chief Technology Officer, Vishwas Lele, has been busy building the State of Delaware’s  Electronic Notarization System.  This system, built using Microsoft Azure, allows the state agency to meet all the compliance requirements and offers them a rich selection of platform and service components. In this video, Lele talks about the solution and why Microsoft Azure made technology and business sense for AIS and for the State of Delaware. Check out what he has to say!


Whnetrocks1at’s your DevOps plan? Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell from .NET Rocks! talk to Vishwas Lele about taking a comprehensive, model-driven approach to DevOps. What does it mean to be model-driven? Working with a strategic approach that is agnostic to any given technology or platform – but in the end, the tools do matter!

Vishwas talks about common elements like a single repository for all assets, repeatable deployment processes, instrumentation and feedback mechanisms that enable the entire team to see how the software is being used and improved. He also talks about the Azure templates for getting infrastructure up and running quickly – and the on-going evolution to let this model work anywhere, not just in the cloud!

.NET Rocks! is a weekly talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform. The shows range from introductory information to hardcore geekiness.

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fnrAIS Practice Manager Chris Miller and Engagement Manager Jason McNutt recently appeared on Federal News Radio with John Gilroy of Federal Tech Talk to discuss some of the objectives of the 18F program from the General Services Administration (GSA). The 18F program essentially is an attempt to assemble teams of technology experts that form and re-form groups that can address technology problems throughout the federal government and formalize a flexible way to develop software.

Companies like AIS have showed ability to respond quickly and have shown that organizations can brainstorm, share documents, and collaborate to solve thorny information technology issues.

Click here to listen to the interview!

Federal Tech Talk looks at the world of high technology in the federal government. Host John Gilroy of Lectromec speaks the language of federal CISOs, CIOs and CTOs, and gets into the specifics for government IT systems integrators. John covers the latest government initiatives and technology news for the federal IT manager and government contractor. Follow John on Twitter @raygilray.

Live! 360 Orlando 2015

Live360Live! 360 is a unique conference where the IT and Developer community converge to test-drive leading edge technologies and fuel up on current ones. These five co-located events incorporate knowledge transfer and networking, along with finely tuned education and training, as you create your own custom conference, mixing and matching sessions and workshops to best suit your needs. Whether you are a developer who uses Visual Studio, SQL Server, and SharePoint; or an IT Pro looking for ways to modernize your datacenter or assistance with your SharePoint administrative duties; or a DBA focused on building and supporting successful applications using SQL Server, the agendas are crafted for (almost) every IT title. All roads lead to Live! 360: the ultimate education destination.

AIS’s Vishwas Lele and Scott Hoag will be speakers at this year’s conference.

Vishwas Lele’s sessions include:

  • Cloud or Not, 10 Reasons Why You Must Know “Web Sites”
  • Introduction to Next Generation of Azure PaaS – Service Fabric and Containers



Scott Hoag’s sessions include:


  • Setting Up Directory Synchronization for Office 365
  • To the Cloud! Using IaaS as a Hosting Provider for SharePoint
  • Workshop Getting up and Running with Office 365 for IT Pros



Learn more about this event!

Raleigh Code Camp AIS is proud to be a sponsor for this year’s Raleigh Code Camp. Code Camp is a free event for software developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring content to the community.

In addition to being a sponsor, AIS’s Steve Kip Streithorst will be a guest presenter leading a session entitled Learning C# 6 By Example.

Session Description:

kipCome learn the new features of C# 6, part of Visual Studio 2015. C# 6 provides a number of features to make your code easier to write and easier to read. Come learn about enhanced string templates and the new null conditional operator, both of which you will probably want to start using immediately. We will also cover the other new features such as expression bodied methods, auto property initializers and primary constructors which can greatly simplify data objects. This session will be done as a before and after, showing code written without the new features and then showing updated code using the new C# 6 features. If we have time, we might also discuss some of the new features in the Visual Studio 2015 IDE as well.

Learn more about this event.