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July 17, 2008 - BizTalk User Group Meeting Location: Microsoft Office Presenter: Andy Morrison, Randall McClure, Krishna Velesetti and Jeff Dreke Title: BizTalk Table Topics For the July BizTalk User Group we're going to try a different format. Digineer will be leading "table topic" discussions on the following topics: · R3/Oslo/Futures: What does it mean for BizTalkers? · WCF Adapters/WCF Line of Business Adapter SDK · Operations and Deployment · ESB/Patterns The "table topics" will be lead by discussion ...
User Group contributors (not just the leaders, all of those members that pitch in and help in so many ways) often peform tasks for multiple meetings events -- their pay is $0. If they do a great job, we double their pay. Thanks to INETA and David Silverlight, there is now a way for these folks to track their contributions to the user group and the user community at large. The INETA Community Excellence Award program recently launched. They have tired to make it easy to record everything sending meeting ...
So we had out July meeting for the Bartlesville .NET User Group. It was an amazing meeting! If you have never seen Zain Nabousli speak then I suggest you try attend the next live event he is speaking at our check out his webcasts. Zain is a very dynamic speaker that keeps even the most sceptic of people fully engaged and entertained. The content of his presentation was LINQ with Visual Studio 2008. Zain's presentation was very to the point and very informative, and exactly what the audience had hoped ...
I stumbled upon this cool new tool called PhoneVite today. I went ahead and signed up for the free account. I am hoping that I can use this to help with the organization of the Bartlesville .NET User Group. I am thinking that I can setup multiple phone calls under the free account (the free account only allows 25 contacts). I can then setup phone reminders for the day of the meetings to remind people to attend. I also plan on trying to use this tool to see if I can drive participation in the websites ...
VSTS User Group Meeting - July 16, 2008 Date / Time: Wednesday, Jul 16th @ 5pm Location: Microsoft Office Topic: Model Driven Applications using Visual Studio Code name Rosario Description: Join us for an exploration of the new UML based modeling capabilities being built into the next version of Visual Studio. Presenter: Clint Edmonson - Microsoft Clint is an Architect Evangelist in Microsoft’s North Central District, working with aspiring and seasoned architects to understand Microsoft’s latest ...
Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) has discovered that Code Camps have many benefits for the user group. One of these benefits has been the establishment and ongoing relationship with the local community college. Virginia Western Community College has been gracious and supportive by being the venue host for the Roanoke Code Camps. As a result of this relationship, the technology community has benefited in the following ways. Code Camp benefits Speakers from beyond the region come to present. ...
Free events/Seminars in the Twin Cities the week of July 14. SharePoint Server 2007: ECM (Enterprise Content Management) http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... 7/15/2008 - 7/15/2008 Virtualization Overview http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... 7/16/2008 - 7/16/2008 Mentored Learning Preview http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... 7/17/2008 - 7/17/2008 Silverlight/WCF User Group: Web Analytics and SEO for Silverlight Applications http://www.ilmservice.com/s... ...
The June 30th meeting of St. Louis .NET User Group tried something new -- a meeting following the Open Space Technology. OST is a method of running meetings of groups of any size. Essentially, it's a self-organizing process where the attendees construct the agenda and schedule DURING the meeting itself. How can this be? There's no way this would work. Chaos I say! Well, we did it and I think it worked out quite well. For those new to the idea, here's a quick outline of what we did. Everyone showed ...
A friend of mine made a blog post about the lack of conferences in Kansas City. Here is the post: http://www.codebucket.org/a... If you don't know Lee Brandt you need to know him, even if he's not necessarily a full on SharePoint Nation Inductee he's a great developer. He was one of my awesome teammates at Coders 4 Charity. I would like to call him one of my friends in Kansas City. He makes some good points. I also ended up in a conversation with Jeff ...
Congrats to my buddy Miguel Carrasco who received an MVP award for Expression Studio! Miguel is a VP at Anvil Digital, a Winnipeg media/technology company that has been doing some great work with Silverlight! He's also been on the board of the Winnipeg .NET User Group for the last year and presented on Silverlight just a few months ago. Welcome to the MVP ranks buddy, well deserved! D ...
I LOVE being a .NET User Group Member, but I was raised by a hippie mother who believed in activism. She believed in getting involved. I guess a bit of that rubbed off on me. I wanted to get more involved in the .NET community this year, and I am having a blast doing it. One thing still rubs me the wrong way about the .Net community and the IT industry in general: they don't consider Kansas City a player in the IT world. I've blogged about this before. I see conference after conference being held ...
The Test-Driven Development talk I gave last night at the Kansas City Dot Net User Group meeting seemed to go really well. This was my first ever talk and it is something that I am very passionate about. There were definitely some technical glitches. I recorded my demos ahead of time using Cam Studio and that was good, but I didn't bump up my resolution so the people in the back could see the code. I will have to make sure to set the resolution higher next time. The turn out was stupendous. There ...
Well, we're back again, this time with Trisha Cardell (formerly Lacey) of INETA/CodeZone fame. Trisha is also an occasional blogger at GeeksWithBlogs and plays a rather wicked Night Elf in World of Warcraft. Yes guys, really. So without further ado, here are NINE Questions with Trisha Cardell. 1. Where are you from? Gainesville, GA. A smallish town NE of Atlanta. http://www.gainesville.org/. To be more specific, I actually grew up in Flowery Branch, GA on a street called Quiet Meadow Lane. 2. We ...
An XBox or MSDN Subscription to the 10 Most Active Contributors in the User Group Community each quarter. How? By doing what you are doing already, you stand to win: a) Valuable Prizes: An MSDN Subscription. And, if you already have one, you can choose an XBox instead. b) The Fame and Prestige of having an award to hang on your wall that shows that INETA recognizes your contributions to the User Group Community. c) Official Recognition on the INETA Website for one year. All of your peers will be ...

The details of the first UK SOA/BPM User Group meeting are available at the following link

http://sbug.org.uk/forums/t/52.aspx

 

I am going to miss the 2nd Silverlight/WCF User Group meeting today at noon over at Microsoft! =( Is anyone going? Can you give me a follow up on number of people,how the session went, that sort of thing? \ By the way, New Horizons of MN is going to be offering Silverlight training now! Check out our website for complete details, including an outline and dates: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Take note, we have a couple of 50% off sessions coming up, so take advantage ...
I am at the TechPulse 2008 conference brought to us by MyTechPartners (http://www.mytechpartners.... and Success Computing (http://www.sccnet.com/). The website address for the conference is: http://www.techpulse2008.com/. The conference is located at the Marriott off 394 and 169. The location seems to be of good size... the break out rooms hold about 80 people in each of them, which is a good size for a conference. New Horizons of MN did not participate as a vendor at this conference this year, ...
If you are a user group leader in the worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups, you probably already know about INETA. Don’t know about INETA? Then you should definitely take a look and become an INETA member group. Are you already involved with an INETA member group? Be sure to check out the new Community Champions program. This is just one of the ways INETA recognizes and rewards those who contribute to the user group community and help it grow. The Champs program was specifically designed ...
Minneapolis InDesign User Group Twin Cities InDesign User Group Meeting Wed, Jun 25, 2008, 7:00 PM Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) 2501 Stevens Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States of America Directions to this event Invite a friend to this event. Registration http://www.indesignusergrou... Meeting details Acrobat 9 has just been announced by Adobe, and we have Noha Edell from Adobe coming to show us what's new! All InDesign users need to understand ...
I saw Kung Fu Panda tonight. It was a great movie, I really enjoyed it. However, as much as the escapades of the animated creatures and the feel-good message was a huge hit for the kids, I kept finding myself drawn to the adult themes in the film...specifically as I compare them to my own career in software development. So I give you the Kung Fu Panda Parallels to Software Development post! So without giving too much of the plot away, let me give some of the movie plot away... Po is a Panda who works ...
We've had our third meeting of PAXNAUG and it went really well. We had an interesting discussion on sprite movement and the presentation and demonstration went swimmingly. We had quite a lot of snacks and refreshments as well. We had the room reserved, the signs posted and even put up reminders on the PAXNAUG site. We did have one slight issue though. Small turnout. It's ok. We know you were busy. But we did miss you just a little. We want to start bringing in speakers from great faraway lands. Other ...
Well, at the recommendation of one of the presenters at the Day of Dot Net in Grand Rapids, I bought up C# In-Depth and started reading... and reading.... and reading. First, a thanks to the presenter who recommended it. It is a pretty nice book on the current state of C#. Second, I love how the author wrote it, going through it bit by bit explaining what should we care and not care about (worry and not worry respectively). Those sort of comments alone made me much more comfortable approaching the ...
Close to 200 registered for the Sunday DotNetNuke OpenForce 08 event today that took place in between the Tech Ed events held at the Orlando Convention Center. Who ever said Geeks take Sunday off? DotNetNukers came from all over including Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New York and as far as Pakistan to attend this FREE event hosted by the local Orlando DotNetNuke user group. What's even crazy is that these people who traveled this distance weren't going to TECH ED but just coming for the DotNetNuke track ...
Updated: 2008-06-10 The first Teched Tweener weekend aka ]InBetween[ was put together by our Developer Evangilist, Joe Healy and the Florida community leaders. The event was two days held on June 7/8, 2008 between the Developer and ITPro weeks of Teched in Orlando. We had nine rooms to utilize and Joe asked a number of people to lead specific tracks which included .NET Code Camp, Day of Silverlight, Agile Camp, RoboCamp, ITPro Camp, SQL University, ToolShed, Office Communications Server University, ...
The Microsoft Community event had a great opening today at the Orlando Convention Center where Tech Ed has been going on all week. As I arrived and drove past the convention center, I noticed the lack of Microsoft advertising outside the building. In past years, you would see Microsoft plastered all over the place like on busses, light poles, and outside the building. I wasn't sure why. What was nice about this event was that Joe Healy, the Florida Microsoft evangelist, was all over the place making ...

Sitting in the "bloggers" lounge near the stage.

Nice backpack with much heavier duty zippers than last year.

Out of XL staff shirts, only 2XL and M left...

INETA User Group Leader Summit will be in N330 AB at 2:30 PM.

]inbetween[ - Microsoft Commmunity Summit 2008 - June 7 and 8 - Orlando, FL So what is it? Basically, the Florida User Group Communities were asked what would they do with the Orlando Convention Center for a weekend? What they came up with was a FREE weekend with loads with loads of great content. A few people and I are also in charge of OpenSpace; I will be at the registration table all day. OpenSpace OpenSpace in a few words is - huge area to give a presentation and have a group discussion. We ...
If you're going to Tech·Ed Developer or IT Pro this year, be sure to come out to the Microsoft Community Summit 2008 (also known as ]inbetween[ or the Tech·Ed Tweener Weekend, since it's in between the two events). This is a 2-day free event hosted by the Florida user group communities for everyone who is attending one (or both) of the Tech·Ed events or anyone who wanted to go but wasn't able to. It's hosted at the Orlando Convention Center on June 7-8. Since it's a free event, lunch will not be ...
Even if you don't listent to DotNetRocks on a regular basis (you should!), if you are a user group leader or interested in starting a user group you should listen to this show. It is been quite a while since DotNetRocks has had a community focused show. http://www.dotnetrocks.com/ Show #344 | 5/22/2008 (69 minutes) Building Communities at Dallas TechFest Carl and Richard talk with three community leaders in Dallas about building communities, and specifically how you can directly benefit from participating ...
My Summer Schedule (for those of you that like to know such things) Events in GREEN are ones I'm working at. Events in BLUE are ones I'm speaking at. Events in YELLOW are ones I'm leading. JUNE June 3-6 - Orlando, FL - Tech Ed Developers - Ask the MVPs June 10 - Bloomington, IL - BDNUG (XNA Talk) June 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Twin Cities Sharepoint Camp June 18-22 - Chicago, IL - Magenic Technology Summit JULY July 2 - Iowa City, IA - Iowa User Group (XNA Talk) July 8 - Minneapolis, MN - Twin Cities ...
The Philly Dot Net user group pulled off another successful code camp. This time around over 350 people showed up to get their free training on a variety of subjects. I would like to thank everyone involved and all participants for making this such a success! I would also like to thank everyone that attended my session on Developing the Blueprint for Enterprise Architecture. You guys had some good questions!!! I hope you liked the exercises and I hope you gained more insight to the process of designing ...
"We have very little need for speakers, and we're starving for teachers." "The difference between speaking and teaching is subtle, but the whole point of leading a session is made or lost in that subtlety." "Clear sign you're speaking rather than teaching: you believe that an hour isn't a long enough time to really teach something." - Scott Bellware via Twitter (all of the above) I've had it all wrong. For so many years I looked up to the rock-star speakers that I saw come through events or get up ...
Attention User Group Leaders, INETA Volunteers, and Speakers! INETA would like to invite you to join us for a Mini-Summit on Monday June 2nd, 2008 at the Orlando Convention Center. We're going to be holding a somewhat informal gathering from 3-7 PM to provide user group leaders and chance to network, meet the new board members, and spend some quality time talking with us about community.... Read full article ...
If you are on the mailing list for the Melbourne SQL Server User Group you will already be aware of this, but I am doing a talk on Tuesday night on the new BI features in SQL Server 2008. You can find the details here: http://www.sqlserver.org.au... If you are going to be in town feel free to drop by and say hello ...
Do you love SnagIt? I do! We can't live without it here at my place. I use it for everything from creating screenshots for books and blog posts to for touching up graphics. In fact, I use it so much that I almost always have it open on more than one machine! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already knew how much I love SnagIt. What you may not know is how much my husband loves it too. He's used it even longer than I have. He started using it to grab text out of reports on the screen, and ...
****Please Note***********************... This is not a formal announcement, nor is this a sure thing. We are in the "gauging interest and exploring feasability" stage. Code Camp Vegas may or may not happen in 2009... or ever. Please let us know your thoughts. ***************************... After scouring the area for a .NET user group and coming up empty, a couple of cohorts and myself are attempting to organize the first ever MidWest Code ...
So when my evening began, I had this in mind: - Go for dinner with Rob Windsor and Donald Belcham- Go back to the hotel to work on my presentation- Go to bed by 12AM Here's what happened: - Went for dinner with Rob Windsor and Donald Belcham- Stayed at restaurant until just after 11PM- Met up with Jeffrey Palermo and Kelly Cassidy- Found an all night diner and hung out while Jeff and Kelly ate- Got back to the hotel sometime after 1AM And now its 2AM Eastern...and I'm writing this. Tomorrow is the ...
I am headed to Toronto Canada for DevTeach tomorrow. Scott Hanselman has the keynote first thing Tuesday morning. Lots of great sessions planned and networking with fellow user group leaders and members from Canada. What a great country. Everyone I've met from up there has been incredibly nice. Monday night is the traditional Party With Palermo. That's always a great place to catch up with a lot of familiar faces at these events. I'm also looking forward to the .NET Rocks hosted panel discussion ...
I have vastly been neglecting my blogging. So as not to be outdone by Chris Koenig .... I was able to meetup with the organizers of the event, Jason Pluenneke, Curt Wolfe, Boyd Evert, & Dennis Berk several weeks ago. I am personally very excited about this new user group starting up. Partly because of my small part in helping them (one of my roles as the INETA Membership Mentor), but mostly because of my passion for databases. I'm really looking forward to what will be coming out of the group. ...
Not too long after the INETA Board elections (mentioned here) I was approached and offered a different role within INETA. Specifically, the role of Director of User Group Recruitment. The mission of this role is to identify and recruit non-traditional (i.e. specific technology focus, such as: XNA, Silverlight, BI, Sharepoint, etc) and newly formed traditional (.NET) user groups into INETA. After some discussion and consideration, I accepted the position and immediately began assembling a team to ...
In an effort to better support User Groups worldwide, Microsoft is rolling out UGSS User Group Support Services. We at INETA have been, and will continue to be, working closely with this team to better serve the user group community… Consistency and scale in the services we provide to User Group Communities has been a challenge and a source of consternation for all of us over the past years. Microsoft is pleased to announce that as of last month’s User Group Leadership Summit and based on global ...
I was honored to be able to attend the first meeting of the Bahams .net (www.bahanet.org) user group in Nassau last week. Kyle Baly (http://codebetter.com/blog... organized the meeting held at a local comany IPBS. Fairly small group but that is ok! None of them knew what to expect and surprisingly none of them were there due to a direct contact with Kyle but because someone told them about it. After getting them warmed up to what was possible in learning, business networking and socializing, ...
Ive been doing a little research recently about the B2B capabilities of BizTalk. Based on the content currently available I thought it might be useful to have a B2B 101 style article with some background information and links to useful resources. so here goes! Background BizTalk is an integration and business process platform which can help you develop different kinds of solutions (BPM, EAI, ESB etc). One of the key scenarios which BizTalk allows you to develop solutions for is B2B. BizTalk can act ...
The Orlando DotNetNuke User Group had a geat meeting on Saturday. The morning started early when Mike Webb and Dave Dyer made the trip in for 10 am from Vero Beach to Orlando. Dave was going to update the older version of DotNetNuke that Lake Highland Prep had running on their server to the current version and he wanted to view everything first before he started the intallation process. Dave had started the install process and just ran into one problem regarding the new folder structure and was able ...
April 30th Regina.NET and Regina IT Pro held the hereos community launch event. As far as I know, this was going to be the largest locally run (local speakers, facilities and sponsorship) IT community event. We booked 3 - 100 person classrooms and we had 3 speakers providing sessions that run concurrently, then repeated. The schedule looked like this Windows Server 2008; Room X SQL Server 2008; Room Y Visual Studio 2008; Room Z 6:30 AD, Hyper-V New Datatypes, Resource Governer LINQ, AJAX 7:30 AD, ...
Most of the people reading this will already know this invormation, I hope. For ones recently being converted to Silverlight, I'm thinking I may push out a post like this irregularly. There are lots of ways to stay connected with the world of Silverlight. The most obvious is Silverlight.net -- this is the source for the control, the SDK, etc. plus how-to videos and tons of resources. The forums there are unbelievabley busy with folks asking and answering questions. I'm not sure when some of those ...
Someone at my User Group meeting last Monday asked me if there was a comparative chart to which version of VS he should buy. I couldn't remember where it was at the time so here it is freshly revised too. Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Cheers, ET Technorati Tags: VSTS 2008 ...
I wanted to capture this in case I ever find myself trying to present this concept again and am failing to come up with a simple example that works. It's about exception handling in C#. I've known about this issue for quite some time and tried to present the problem to an internal user group where I work. Unfortunately the example I came up with didn't provide the expected result and we spent the whole presentation floundering around with the damn thing. Kudos to a buddy of mine for taking the time ...

Today the  SOA and BPM User Group was formely announced at the Architects Insight Conerence 2008. Rising from the ashes of the former UK BizTalk User group - this is a new group with a new focus!!

Pop over to http://www.Sbug.org.uk if you wish to join up....

Date: Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m. Topic: Data Access Layers with LINQ to SQL and ADO.NET Data Services Speaker: Scott Hanselman and Beth Massi, Microsoft Join Scott and Beth as they show you how to build a data access layer using LINQ to SQL and then how to expose the LINQ to SQL entities using ADO.NET Data Services. LINQ to SQL is an O/RM (object relational mapping) implementation that ships in the .NET Framework 3.5, and which allows you to model a relational database using .NET classes. You ...