Join the trailhead team for:

TechBash 2023

Date and Time

November 7, 2023

November 10, 2023


Poconos, PA


$649. (3-day) | $799 (4-day)

Dotnet CLI or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Command Line

If you’ve been using Visual Studio for years like I have, you’ve probably also grown accustomed to the “walled garden” experience that it provides. With .NET Core’s successfully moves toward being cross-platform support for Linux, Mac, and Windows, the command-line interface (CLI) for .NET Core has become an even more important piece of the puzzle than ever before. In this session, we’ll work through all the basic workflows for a .NET developer–but all all without the help Visual Studio. By the end, you will be able to create, build, publish, test, run, and package projects, as well several other common tasks like database migrations, or using third-party CLI tools.

Improving Your Validation Game with Fluent Validation for .NET

Just about every application needs some sort of validation in it. If you’re a .NET Developer, you’ve no-doubt mostly been doing validation using the data annotation attributes from the System.ComponentModel namespace. These attributes are built-in to .NET by default, and can work well in some situations, but there’s also another option that can be better in several important ways In the session, we’ll exploring the advantages of using Fluent Validation in your C# and .NET applications. This method of validation creates cleaner code that better follows the single-responsibility principle, gives you more control over custom validation, can be fired conditionally, makes unit testing easier, and even includes client-side support for web apps. If your .NET validation game has gotten a little stale, come see how to step it up with fluent validation.

Building a Slack Chatbot with Azure Functions

Chatbots have become an essential tool for businesses to improve customer support, automate tasks, and enhance engagement. However, building a chatbot from scratch can be challenging and time-consuming. In this session, we will show you how to build a chatbot for Slack using Azure Functions, a serverless computing platform. We will start with an introduction to Azure Functions and how they work. Then, we will dive into building a chatbot for Slack, starting with creating a new Slack app and configuring the necessary permissions. We will then create a new Azure Function app and write the code to handle incoming messages from Slack. We will also cover how to authenticate users and respond to messages. In addition, we will demonstrate how to integrate the chatbot with other Azure services such as SQL Server, Cosmos DB, and Azure Cognitive Services to enable natural language processing and sentiment analysis. By the end of this session, attendees will have a better understanding of how to build a chatbot for Slack using Azure Functions and how to integrate it with other Azure services. They will also gain practical knowledge of how to handle user authentication, message handling, and responses, and how to ensure the chatbot is secure and reliable.

Trailhead Team Attending

Gaines Kergosien

Software Architect & Project Lead
J. Towers

Jonathan “J.” Tower

Microsoft MVP, Telerik Developer Expert, Software Architect

Montage Portal

Montage Furniture Services provides furniture protection plans and claims processing services to a wide selection of furniture retailers and consumers.

Project Background

Montage was looking to build a new web portal for both Retailers and Consumers, which would integrate with Dynamics CRM and other legacy systems. The portal needed to be multi tenant and support branding and configuration for different Retailers. Trailhead architected the new Montage Platform, including the Portal and all of it’s back end integrations, did the UI/UX and then delivered the new system, along with enhancements to DevOps and processes.


We’ve logged countless miles exploring the tech world. In doing so, we gained the experience that enables us to deliver your unique software and systems architecture needs. Our team of seasoned tech vets can provide you with:

Custom App and Software Development

We collaborate with you throughout the entire process because your customized tech should fit your needs, not just those of other clients.

Cloud and Mobile Applications

The modern world demands versatile technology, and this is exactly what your mobile and cloud-based apps will give you.

User Experience and Interface (UX/UI) Design

We want your end users to have optimal experiences with tech that is highly intuitive and responsive.


This combination of Agile software development and IT operations provides you with high-quality software at reduced cost, time, and risk.

Trailhead stepped into a challenging project – building our new web architecture and redeveloping our portals at the same time the business was migrating from a legacy system to our new CRM solution. They were able to not only significantly improve our web development architecture but our development and deployment processes as well as the functionality and performance of our portals. The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Trailhead has proven themselves to be a valuable partner.

– BOB DOERKSEN, Vice President of Technology Services
at Montage Furniture Services

Technologies Used

When you hit the trails, it is essential to bring appropriate gear. The same holds true for your digital technology needs. That’s why Trailhead builds custom solutions on trusted platforms like .NET, Angular, React, and Xamarin.


We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Web App Development
  • Cloud Development
  • DevOps
  • Process Improvements
  • Legacy System Integration
  • UI Design
  • Manual QA
  • Back end/API/Database development

We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

Our Gear Is Packed and We're Excited to Explore with You

Ready to come with us? 

Together, we can map your company’s tech journey and start down the trails. If you’re set to take the first step, simply fill out the contact form. We’ll be in touch – and you’ll have a partner who cares about you and your company. 

We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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