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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 ...
What I'm doing, where I'm speaking... throughout the summer. MAY 08 Iowa Code Camp Iowa City, IA - 5/3/08 JUNE 08 BDNUG Bloomington, IL - 6/10/08 Day of Sharepoint Minneapolis, MN - 6/14/08 Magenic Technology Council Chicago, IL - 6/18/08 - 6/22/08 JULY 08 Iowa City .NET User Group Iowa City, IA - 7/2/08 TCXNAUG / IGDATC Cookout Golden Valley, MN - 7/19/08 AUGUST 08 nothing yet :( SEPTEMBER 08 HDC Minneapolis, MN - 9/28/08 - 9/30/08 (session submitted - awaiting confirmation) OCTOBER 08 Twin Cities ...
When you create a new project with the MS-MVC Framework, it defaults to giving you a controller, model, and view folders. The recommendation is to keep that structure if you're going to be developing your application out of one project. But what if you want to split it up into separate projects: one for the views, one for the controllers, and one for the model. This question was raised at my MVC talk on Tuesday at our local user group and we had a bit of theoretical discussion about how yes, it could ...
This is a repost/rethinking of a post I made about 3 years ago. It still applies today. INETA asks what they can do to better serve the user groups... well, as a user group leader, here's my suggestion: Advertising! Small to medium sized groups have little or NO budget for advertising, and it's incredible how many times I meet people in the developer community that have no idea a local user group even exists. This is NOT due to a lack of effort on our part. So it comes down to advertising... specifically, ...
Next month, on May 15th, the Twin Cities XNA User Group is hosting a very special guest. Shawn Hargreaves (Microsoft, XNA Team) has agreed to come present TWO sessions to the user group in one night: Session 1: Defeating the Network Game Gremlins The speed of light. Quantum uncertainty. Parallel universes. Bandwidth that for some reason never turns out to be good as the advert from your ISP claimed it would be. When you set out to write a networked game, you have to worry about these things. This ...
I've posted the slide deck and demo code from my user group presentation the other night. You can download it from my VBMobile blog: http://ilovevb.net/Web/file... The demo code shows basic SMS Messaging, State & Notifications Broker, Call Blocking (using the State and Notifications Broker) and using System Settings - all in VB.NET. Enjoy ...
While at the MVP Summit, I interviewed for an INETA Board Position. Specifically, the VP of Membership. I have no idea if I'll get it, though I hope I do. If I do get it, there's going to be some ch-ch-ch-changes. If I don't get it, I hope whoever they do pick takes these suggestions to heart. #1 The membership committee needs some SERIOUS house cleaning. As a User Group leader, I can count on one hand (actually one finger, with room to spare) the number of unsolicited emails I have received from ...
I don't think anyone will disagree that our thoughts can play a huge role in our emotions. One thing we have as human beings that sets us apart from every other species on the planet is self-awareness, the unique ability to analyze our thoughts and emotions and make adjustments to our behavior based on that self reflection. The following is for all the VB.NET developers who migrated to .NET from VB6 (or earlier versions). Close your eyes and imagine this scene in your head: Years ago, say in 1998, ...
A while back, I posted something I shouldn't have. It was a mistake. Don't bother looking for it, since I already removed it. I wouldn't even bring it up now, since it's a little embarrassing, but the whole story makes for an interesting lesson in internet propagation. A few weeks ago, a buddy of mine sent me something via email. I found it interesting, so I posted it in my blog. Other people saw it and also found it interesting... and, you guessed it, posted it in their blogs. People I work with ...
This post-meeting post is actually a little delayed because I went from giving my presentation at the user group straight to the hospital where my son (Little Lou) was being admitted. To make a long story short, he has a rare medical condition which every now and again causes problems which require him to be admitted to the hospital. It's to the point now where when we notice the signs and symptoms, we just call his surgeon and then the surgeon calls the hospital and arranges for him to bypass the ...
So after the User Group Management Summit was over, a bunch of us also attended ALT.NET. It's a free conference by developers held in the Open Spaces format. I never would have believed how successful that format actually is unless I experienced it myself. I was pretty impressed and enjoyed several of the sessions I was able to attend. Touched bases with tons of friends, and even met some new ones. I especially enjoyed Scott Hanselman's session "Are we innovating or just porting?" Check out my buddy ...
At the beginning of the MVP Summit, we had these talks called Open Spaces. The idea behind this was a free exchange of ideas with little or no agenda... just a topic. It's been done other places with varying degrees of success, but unfortunately the sessions I attended would have to be classified as a failure. Why? The first problem was the lack of moderation. We had a facilitator, but honestly he lacked a strong enough personality to reign the group in. It eventually got to the point where an MVP ...

A Silverlight user group in forming in the RTP area of NC! The kick off meeting is Tuesday, April 22nd. For more information check out Rob Zelt's blog posting about it.

I'll be there!!

Have a day. :-|

WoW, it took a couple weeks to get everything in order; but we are excited to be hosting Heroes Happen {Regina} April 30th in Regina, Sask, Canada. I worked with the local IT Pro user group to create this night of community run technology sessions. What is interesting, is that we are holding 3 sessions concurrently, then we are running the same session again so attendees can participate in 2 of our 3 sessions. They layout will look like this Windows Server 2008; Room X SQL Server 2008; Room Y Visual ...

Yesterday saw the formation of the SOA and BPM User Group rising from the ashes of the former UK BizTalk User group.

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

Please note correction to web address....

Now, all of you *should* be reading your INETA newsletters, but I understand that we're busy and sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. But I wanted to bring some attention to a great new program. Basically, INETA is providing UG leaders a free Live Meeting account! This is a great offering from INETA and brings huge value to user groups who can now a) Have virtual board/regional meetings b) Expose user group events to occur online at the same time as in person c) Allow for remote speakers to ...
So, the summit is going along pretty well so far. Yesterday was Day 0 with registration, open spaces discussion sessions and the welcome dinner, with lots of chances to reconnect with people I know throughout the industry. Especially some I haven't seen since last year. This morning is really Day 1, with the product team sessions kicking off. Right now Amanda Silver is discussing VB LINQ. It's going well and she's always interesting to listen to. There's this one guy though, that keeps interrupting ...
I arrived early at the airport and met up with our Microsoft local leader Joe, Devfish, Healy. Joe was in high spirits banging away on his keyboard at 7 am! Joe drove from Tampa to Orlando to take the Alaskan Airlines direct flight to Seattle. Joe feels so committed to the MVP program that he makes sure he has money in his budget to go to this event and hook up with the user group leaders at this event. Shawn Weisfeld, a C# MVP and Onetug leader, was next to arrive at the gate. We all boarded the ...

I managed to get some time today and recoded all the demos that I presented in Houston .NET User Group meeting. You can download the samples using the link below:

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Just came back from the Houston .NET User Group meeting. If I can define the whole experience in one word then it would be FUN. My presentation started at 6:45 PM. There were close to 100 people at the presentation. I wanted to start the presentation with a joke so I came up with the following first slide: That worked well as the ice breaker. Off course, I had to make it clear that this presentation is highly code base and consist of total 5-6 slides. I covered the following topics in the presentation: ...
Community-Credit community is working hard with you & for you to continue developing this great community. Blog, write, speak, rant, share, attend user group events or code camps? If so, get noticed, share/learn and meet with peers, and GET REWARDED! Win silly geek prizes for your efforts! Does it get any better? There is not a reason you should not sign up ...
As I prepare for my yearly pilgrimage to Microsoft (also known as the MVP Summit), I also happen to be wrapping up my current gig through Magenic. When I get back from Redmond, I'll have a day left here and then the weekend. After that, I'm off to whereever Magenic sends me next. I also got some good news via email today. I've been appointed to the Magenic Technology Council. From the email: The purpose of the MTC is to recognize Magenic consultants/associates who are evangelizing Microsoft technologies ...
During my local Microsoft Community Connection event, one of the key topics was the IT labor shortage. Local IT PRO user group leader and MVP, Will Craddock recently described the IT shortage and added some perspective from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Clearly, there are more jobs available now then ever, but why are these jobs going unfilled? I am a .NET user group leader in my community; in my role, I have been exposed to some of the employee / employer challenges. In the past 1 year, I have had ...
I started the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild nearly a year ago. In fact, we held our first meeting in May 2007. However, it wasn't just some crazy plan I hatched up. There were quite a few other people instrumental to getting the group going. One of those people is well known to all of us on GeeksWithBlogs. At the time, Chris Williams was the INETA Membership Manager for the Carolinas. He provided me the information and support I needed to make CEDG an INETA group. When I found out that Chris ...
Will Strohl, also known as hismightiness on the DotNetNuke forum site, did a great job on Saturday at our user group meeting. Skinning is always a popular topic with those that use DotNetNuke. You need to decide to either purchase the many skins available on the DotNetNuke marketplace site or at snowcovered or to design your own. Designing your own requires some skill at graphics and skill at putting all the files together with the tokens you want to use and the css style as well. It's not for the ...
Ok, so my announcement is 6 days late. I'm proud to announce that I received the coveted Microsoft MVP award for Visual Basic (currently the only MVP in Arkansas). I'd first like to thank the Academy ... oh wait wrong speech again. Actually I would like to thank the following people for their help and encouragement. My apologies in advance if I neglected to mention you. Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group - a great bunch that has been an exciting group to get to know and share with Travis Doyle - ...
This entry is from the RV.NUG March newsletter You are the U in RV.NUG Help define the group to be what you want it to be! The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group recently turned 4. During the last four years, we have seen a lot of change in the users of the group. We have members that have been with the group since the very first meeting, members that joined during the Community Launch of Visual Studio 2005 and members that have joined in the last few months. One thing that has remained constant during ...
Andy Leonard visited the RV.NUG for the April monthly meeting. With Andy it's always a visit with a presentation. I've known Andy a long time and he was instrumental in helping me (and the RV.NUG) network beyond the Roanoke Valley. While visiting, Andy gave a presentation on "Testing the Database". Even though it was a nasty, dreary, rainy night we had a good turnout and a lot of questions for Andy. Andy's gotten to know several of us so he jokes with the person asking the questions; it makes for ...
My buddies Donald and Kyle have put together a book on Brownfield Application Development with .NET through Manning press, and it's now available for pre-order off of the website! You can snag the free first chapter at this link. Donald presented on this to our local user group back in December, and he had fantastic insight. Definitely a book you should add to your collection! D ...
Conchango hosted the first Silverlight User Group last night. It was great to see people discussing real world problems they have encountered and how they are really stretching Silverlight to the limit. A 3D demo of MRI scans within a Silverlight browser control was very impressive. Tim Sneath, evangelist for the Silverlight team, was over from Redmond and did a very informative round up of the current state of Silverlight development and the envisaged roadmap to release of 2.0 RTM. A great start ...
Occasionally I get emails from people who have recently started user groups or are trying to revitalize an existing group. One of the top questions is about finding speakers. INETA gives groups a couple of speakers each year, but finding speakers can be tough on a monthly basis. The great thing is most of the time you actually don't need to look any further than your own members. Here are a few tips I have found to be pretty successful... Reduce the amount of time people have to speak. Instead of ...
The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities By Dr. Greg Low Published by Rational Press 2007 ISBN: 978-1-932577-32-7 Running and maintaining a user group over time can be quite challenging and rewarding at the same time. Having recently stepped into a new role as leader of our local user group I was looking for additional help and ideas that would provide me with the wisdom of others who have been far more successful at this than I have been in the past. I think it was actually through ...
Introduction In this post I would like to share my experiences about creating and maintaining a web site for a Wroclaw .NET User Group and platforms that can use to create such web site. Hope that some of my thoughts will be useful for someone who is active member of any community group. I am a leader of Wroclaw .NET User Group since November last year. Since then Wroclaw .NET User Group grows quite quickly and we have more and more needs and expectations how our web site should look like. Currently ...
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and earlier this year started putting together one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage ...
As I've discussed before with my dive into functional programming and F#, there is a user group of language geeks that specialize in Haskell, Lisp, Scheme, OCaml, Erlang and so on, within the Washington DC area called FringeDC. Brent Yorgey, well known in the Haskell community and contributor to XMonad, presented an introduction to Haskell and explained a bit about extending XMonad. Fortunately for those who couldn't attend like myself due to scheduling conflicts, Conrad Barski recorded this session ...
I thought I would take a small moment to introduce myself and give some context around my opinions. I have been developing software professionally for 12 years in consulting, product development, corporate IT, premium Brand web sites and e-commerce. I until recently worked for a well known golf equipment company as the Director of eCommerce Technology. In this role I have worked on a number of ecommerce sites and have learned a great deal about online retail for both new and used products. I have ...
There were a couple of hundred Code Campers on Saturday in Heathrow, FL at Seminole Community College. The day was jam packed with 56 sessions and 13 tracks. Kudos to Microsoft MVP Shawn Weisfeld for organizing the event and running around to make sure everything was working correctly. Another kudos to Microsoft DevFish Joe Healy for always trying to hook you up with someone he knows that would be a good network contact for you. I heard that the infamous Microsoft Guru Russ Fustino was there but ...
Some pictures from the Saskatoon Community Connection event. You can also see Jean-Luc's photos here. We had approx 100 people show up at the event! Awesome turnout! Jean-Luc mc'd the event. A new IT Pro User Group leader is born... Brenda Byers of CIPS sharing her thoughts. Even IT Pro Advisors have their groupies. Rodney Buike (IT Pro Advisor), Jen Pearcey (.NET UG Leader), and Jean-Luc David (Developer Advisor) ...
Hey everyone, I've got some an agenda change today along with info about upcoming meetings. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for this week's (3/20/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. Unfortunately, Nick Landry is unable to join us this week, due to work demands. The good news is that INETA has managed to line up another speaker on very short notice (as of this morning.) The new speaker is Martin Shoemaker and the topic is "Voice-Enable Your Vista Games with MSAPI" and I realize ...
Tonight's the Twin Cities XNA User Group meeting.  Unfortunately, INETA speaker Nick Landry couldn't make it, but we were lucky enough that INETA was on the ball and quickly found a replacement.  Martin Shoemaker is doing a talk on "Speech Enabling Your Games On Vista."

I see much potential in using this for HA!  (more on that later.)
Another month and another highly successful DC ALT.NET meeting. I want to thank Kevin Hegg for hosting the event as he was a very gracious host. We had a better than expected turnout which was very cool. It's good to associate names to faces after chatting, emailing and whatnot. I also want to thank Phil McMillan for stepping up to the plate at the last moment to backfill for the lack of the scheduled speaker. It's even more refreshing to not have any Death By PowerPoint (DBPPT) (TM). I appreciate ...
During my Adventures in F# series that I've been posting, I've always wondered where the interest in these languages come from. Sure, we have a lot of user groups in the Washington DC area, just to name a few that I've been to or belong to: DC ALT.NET User Group Capital Area .NET User Group (CapArea.NET) Rockville .NET User Group (RockNUG) Central Maryland .NET Professionals (CMAP) Microsoft Integration and Connected Systems User Group (MICSUG) Northern VA SQL Server User Group (NoVASQL) Northern ...
As D'Arcy shared on his blog last night, Will Craddock and Rodney Buike hosted a Community Connection event sponsored by CIPS and Microsoft in Regina, Sask, Canada. We had a great turn out, expected 175 people, I would assume 100+ attended although I did not get the final numbers. This event type was certainly new to our market; it followed the idea of Open Spaces that has been all the rage in the community. What I was most impressed with, is the fact that Microsoft made an effort to enforce community ...
I've been gone. Did you notice? Well, even if you didn't, you get to hear why... I've been sick again. One of the realities of my life is that when I do too much, my body rebels. This time, it caught a flu-like bug and decided not to let it go. I am finally crawling out of the worst of it to try and get caught up on things. I'm still not fully up to speed, but I did want to update you all on a couple of sites you should check out. First, my good friend Tim Heuer is out traveling the western part ...
Last Wednesday I had the privilege of representing the KGD.NET user group at the Heroes Happen Here launch event in Kraków. It's hard for me to say anything about the presentations because I actually didn't see even a single one (but others already blogged about it here and here). Instead I spent the whole day backstage chatting with my good friends: Asia Grzywna, Mateusz Kierepka, Pawel Potasinski, Bartosz Pampuch, Tadeusz Golonka, Grzegorz Kolarz, Pawel Lukasik, and Michal Brzozowski just to name ...
I added a calendar to the Twin Cities XNA User Group website.  Check it out, here:  www.twincitiesxnausergroup.com

Now you can see brief details for previous events as well as upcoming events.

And of course, if you're in the Twin Cities area, there's a meeting next week. Be sure to RSVP via the site.



I'm really looking forward to heading to Regina (March 18) and Saskatoon (March 19) next week to participate in their community connection events, hosted in support of the VS.NET 2008 launch events by Microsoft. The format of the event is very kewl as well. We'll have a bit of an intro from the CIPS people, then see some technology demonstrations...but then the *real* benefit of these session occurs: We get an overview of the community story...why its important to nurture and get involved with your ...
The Rockville .NET User Group (RockNUG) will be holding their next meeting on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 from 6:30PM-9:00PM. This month, they'll be having a pretty interesting topic on refactoring in C# with Jonathan Cogley. I've had my refactoring and agile boots on lately, so I can definitely relate. I don't know what I would do though without my Resharper 4.0 Nightly Builds... I've had a few issues here and there, but nothing to discourage me from continuing usage. Anyhow, here are the details: ...
One of my fellow GWB bloggers recently posed the question "Do you care about your developer community?" and offered some interesting ideas for user groups to adopt to help foster more community spirit. Hopefully whatever troubles D'Arcy is having will straighten themselves out, but the questions he asks and one of the responses got me thinking. I have always tried to be active in my local developer community and in the larger online community. I was active online far longer than I have been active ...