Kevin Grossnicklaus

Kevin Grossnicklaus


At one point in his career Kevin was the youngster on most development teams. He got his start developing with Visual Studio and managed .NET code during the early beta cycles in 2001. As a technical author, his first writing experience was for the Visual Basic.NET Bible released in 2002. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2009 and is a member of the ASPInsiders program. He is also very active in the local St. Louis development community.

In 2009, Kevin Grossnicklaus started his own software product development firm called ArchitectNow ( At ArchitectNow, Kevin and his team specialize in a wide variety of tools and technologies and take pride in helping their customers deliver great solutions on a variety of platforms. As expected (and necessary) today, they are always on the lookout for the "next big thing" in the software or technology space while guiding customers through the waves of new technology.

Born in rural Nebraska, he has spent the last 20 years in St. Louis, Missouri where he lives with his wife Lynda and their three daughters: Alexis, Emily, and Hanna. He is an avid guitar player, home brewer, and gamer including everything from retro arcade games, to board games, to role playing games. When not spending time on any of those hobby's he waits patiently for a second season of Firefly.

Kevin's Sessions

  • Angular vs. React: A live demonstration, comparison, and discussion

    This session will provide developers with a quick introduction to both React and Angular 2. We will provide a demonstration of a basic application written in both frameworks. This will give attendees a great, side-by-side comparison to see similar concepts implemented in both. Both application will support a similar build/development process and will utilize TypeScript as the implementation language.

    Finally we will share information on what type of tools support you can expect with either framework, what their respective communities look like, and what the impact of choosing either one might be.

    Just a warning to the may not find as many differences between these frameworks as you think.

    Speaker: Kevin Grossnicklaus

  • Windows IoT Core Development on a Raspberry Pi

    Microsoft's Windows IoT Core OS is a small, lightweight operating system targeting smaller devices common within the IoT ecosystem. The OS itself can be easily loaded onto various ARM or x86/x64 devices and connected to your development machine via WiFi. It supports the .NET Core framework and a very easy development process via Visual Studio 2017 and C# (used directly from your laptop to connect to the device). The capabilities presented by this setup are nearly endless.

    For this talk we will focus on setting up the OS on a cheap and readily available Raspberry Pi 3. We will demonstrate how this is done and how to set up your Visual Studio environment to easily write, test, and deploy code to the new IoT device. We will demonstrate a number of various types of applications which can be written against this device including some which utilize peripherals such as a camera, a motion sensor, or a touch screen.

    Speaker: Kevin Grossnicklaus