Tag | User Group Posts

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 ...
My last blog entry title was also Roanoke Code Camp 2008 and it was a month ago. Why is that? That's because that's what I've been spending my free time on since the last blog entry. The event was one week ago and I am just now blogging. WHEW... but what a great success! Photos have been posted here: Slides / code will be linked to the schedule soon. Once done you can find them here. Statistics from Roanoke Code Camp 2008 130 Registered 102 Attendees (that's almost 80% attendees / registrations!) ...
I'm doing some analysis work for a social services branch of the government, and in one meeting I noticed the phrase I titled this entry with on a poster. The poster was about how to build a community, and listed a bunch of stuff like 'grow a garden' and other neighborhood type things. But that statement really struck me...it really made me think about our industry and our developer community. When I look around Winnipeg, I see a great number of skilled developers. I also see a great number of developers ...
I've been busy since the South Florida Code Camp. I've been promoted to the Architecture Team on the South Carolina Integrated Tax System project, and I've been to two more code camps. The speaker list was already full when I tried to get in on the Raleigh Code Camp. I was still able to do a session on Continuous Integration due to another speaker's VM crashing. I had very few attendees since it wasn't advertised. However, as long as I have one person interested in the topic then I'm good to go. ...
A while ago I spoke about giving a presentation at the .NET User Group meeting. I gave that presentation on Tuesday and it went pretty well. I am still working on a possible video podcast of the presentation. Here is the Visual Studio solution (be sure to read the readme file): IoC_Example.zip Here are all of the references. Interfaceshttp://www.c-shar... ...
Twin Cities XNA User Group - March 20, 2008 3D Game Development March Guest Speaker: Nick Landry This session quickly skims over the basics and takes you through an iterative approach towards building your first 3D game: a remake of the Space Invaders classic! Using live demos we’ll discuss the structure of a game, including the game loop, game time, initialization and workflow, explore the managed code libraries that form the XNA Framework, work with the XNA Framework Content Pipeline that allows ...
Thanks to Shawn Weisfeld for helping our group join the prestigious INETA community. Our group looks forward to working with organization. Here is some information about INETA: INETA: THE NEXT STEP IN USER GROUP EVOLUTION INETA provides structured, peer-based organizational, educational, and promotional support to the growing worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups. Our mission is to offer assistance and resources to community groups that promote and educate their membership in Microsoft's ...
Here is the official information: March Meeting of the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City Title: Features...What is a Feature in SharePoint 2007? Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... ( Must Register for Prizes ) Sponsor: Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. - Food Provider for the March Meeting Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, March 6th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training ...
We had a good turnout today for our 2nd user group meeting. There were some new faces and we appreciated those members who came back for our 2nd meeting. Thanks to Mike Webb from DNNSpired.com he reviewed all the modules that his company sells and the ones that his company gives away free as well. Mike gave a live demo and showed us some cool features that his company has added on to the Users Online module and several others as well. Check out his site to see what his company has. Mike is very helpful ...
improve my => 'code' I have updated the unified Saint Louis Microsoft Technology calendar here. Here is a quick summary: St. Louis C# User Group 3/10/2008 6:00pm Our guest, live from France, will be Patrick Smacchia, creator of NDepend and author of Practical C# 2 and .NET 2. Sharepoint meeting 3/11/2008 8:30am St Louis Sql Server User Group 3/11/2008 1:00pm Writing better T-SQL Queries, Avoid Cursors and Dynamic SQL CRM User Group Meeting 3/27/2008 8:30am NET User Group Meeting 3/31/2008 5:30pm ...
The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (www.rvnug.org) finished its second Code Camp yesterday and in my opinion it was a HUGE success! I want to especially recognize and/or thank the following people (in no particular order) for their contribution(s): Bret Shawn - Bret was responsible for the speaker's lounge. He did a SUPER job. He had fresh fruit and other snacks, plenty of water, and special gift bags for the speakers. It was a great experience as a speaker. Gilbert Armour - Gilbert was the venue ...
I read Gary's recent post and totally understand his frustration. Trying to maintain a user group in a small market can be a difficult, and although we have great national sponsors (especially in MSDN), the reality is that community initiatives from a corporate point of view occur based on corporate objectives. This is why places like Yellowknife or Whitehorse will never get any type of Microsoft event...it just doesn't make sense from a business point of view. Or take the Atlantic provinces: they ...
All .NET developers should know that there are a number of Launch events across Canada in the coming months. US and International developers can use this link for registration information. Larger cities are hosting big splash 'Launch and Technical Readiness' events which are the big bang marketing events for Microsoft. The big cities and smaller cities will have a 'Community Connections' event which is a typically a more user group community orientated event. Being a user group leader of a community ...
If you've already said yes, good for you! If you haven't, then you must live more than 1,000 miles away (any closer and I can't imagine you not taking a quick road trip). But just on the off chance you're not even sure what a PAXNAUG is, just head on over to the newly launched Portland Area XNA User Group site and see for yourself. Our first meeting is going to be coming up towards the end of March. Don't forget to reply to the meeting announcement post on the PAXNAUG site letting us know you're ...
I am looking to find other people that have worked with code generation on project developement to discuss strageties, design patterns, and areas on which code generation adds value using code generation tools, and not limited to commercial generators like CodeSmith/CodeBreeze. I generate all layers from the web service to database layers and occasionally generate code for the web interface and I'm trying to finalize generating the base line files for projects like the solution and project files. ...
So I am somewhat involved in a user group that was started a couple months ago by Jeff Julian. This user group was created due to a lack of a SharePoint User Group that deals with more developmental and administrative aspects of SharePoint in the Kansas City Area. (Please stop posting comments about the user group that Daniel Webster hosts. I have no beef with him or his user group it is great for project leads and business analysts. I am not trying to spread hate towards anyone.) So we have some ...
This week I wrote yet another console application that will write to an html file and create two tables. It basically reads from a list a specific entry, then breaks up the entry into multiple pieces based on a delimiter. Then it uses a web service to send the information through a stored procedure and writes to an html file. If you are remotely interested in the code I can post it just let me know. I am also working on setting up incoming e-mail. So far I have found a couple entries that all link ...
Tonight is the Kansas City .Net User Group Meeting at Centriq Foss in Leawood, Kansas. The meeting should start around 6:00 pm. The topic is MVC in ASP .Net and Doug Butscher, Jeff Julian, and John Alexander should be speaking tonight. So if you can attend I would highly recommend it. If you really want to you can wish me an early birthday, since my 26th birthday is this Sunday (any presents you want to give me I will not turn down:-D). Hope to see you there tonight! Technorati Tags: User Group Meetings,.Net,Kansas ...
Another great meeting!!! Tonight I walked in with Bill; I got to help push the mounds of food and drinks in. As usual the meeting was held at the Microsoft Malvern campus. The meeting started with Dani Diaz our local MS rep. His course was named VS c# Tips and Tricks for the MS Visual Studio 2008 IDE. Dani started out with showing us around VS 2008, key commands, explaining the versioning and how it works, etc. Some of the key commands that he showed were pretty cool, ones I never saw before. Then ...
At work they wanted me to create a 2 question survey that allowed the users to post as many times as they wanted anonymously on multiple sites. I had created a document library on multiple sites using a console application, but I had never created a survey. They also wanted there domain users to have access to the survey, so that they could post and not delete or edit the surveys plus a couple of alerts setup. The sites already existed and were being created from a template, so I just updated the ...
If you are one of the 11 people who I have noticed on Feedburner that read my blog I have moved it. I am now located at http://www.mosslover.com and hosting my blog on Geeks with Blogs, rather than SharePoint Blogs. I didn't decide to move my blog all at once. It was a gradual decision built on various frustrations. I know it's not Dustin's fault that the templates were no longer available on SharePoint Blogs. I am sure it's not his fault that there was an inability to load screen shots. I love SharePointBlogs.com. ...

If you're in Charleston, SC on Thursday night of this week, please do stop by Benefitfocus.com and check out the Mobile Development topic being presented at the Greater Charleston .NET User Group meeting.  Details can be found at http://www.gcnug.org/

****Location Change**** February Monthly Meeting February 21, 2007 Location This month's (and possibly future) meeting will be held at Benefit Focus on Daniel Island. If you ever attended the past meetings at Blackbaud, you probably remember passing Benefit Focus on the way there. If you need directions follow this link from Benefit Focus: http://www.benefitfocus.com... Register Please! Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP at EventBrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e... ...
I pretty much took a Mental Health Day today with my last University of Phoenix class finishing last night. This is the first Tuesday since Jan 8 that I haven't had students, although I still have final week feedback and grades to do. I spent a little time on my site last night getting the Marquee code I had posted a while back working on my MasterPage. I would have stuck the dismount on it except I forgot a newbie issue: if you're going to have x:Name in the xaml you're trying to createFromXaml, ...
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group February Monthly Meeting will be on February 21, 2007 at Cambar. Topic This presentation features the most common, most popular, or most effective tips and tricks that will allow developers to squeeze the ultimate productivity and use out of their Windows Mobile development environment. Mobility has grown into a world of its own, but with the .NET Compact Framework as your key, the door has never been more open for new developers to enter this exciting new marketplace. ...
The Orlando Code Camp is currently looking for speakers and you can submit a session here. There were over 500 registered last code camp and it will be held on Saturday, March 22 at Seminole Community College in Sanford, FL. Here's the session that I submitted to present: Name of session: Best Resources to Learn DotNetNuke® Description: Now that you have downloaded DotNetNuke® how are you going to use it for your application. Where do you start? Where do you go for help? This session will have several ...
My buddy Gary Pronych has decided to join the blogosphere and set up shop here at GeeksWithBlogs! Gary is a key guy in Regina, heading up the .NET User Group there and coming up will be the main VS.NET 2008 launch guy for his community. So if you want yet ANOTHER quality Canadian blog to fill your mind with joy and stimulate your developer-cortex, make sure to add Gary to your RSS feed. Ah yes...my plan to have Canadians take over GWB is going splendidly...mua ha ha! D ...
So yesterday was Donald Belcham's birthday, and we had a good time razzing him on various things like scotch, prairie fires, kicking kids, and maybe a bit of cattle impregnating humor. But behind all the fun and laughter is a community of friends that really cares about their Edmonton via BC brother. In an embarrassing turn, while we have been gently chiding Don for a while, it took some unknown guy named Jason Doucette from Toronto of all places (or Ontario...which is basically Toronto right?) to ...
There were eleven enthusiastic dotnetnukers who attended the first Orlando Dotnetnuke User group meeting at Lake Highland Prep School in Orlando today. Everyone has a different background of using dotnetnuke and all are eager tolearn more. The 1 1/2 hour meeting went by fast and after introductions we all agreed to meet on amonthly basis. Next month, on March 1, Mike Webb from DNNSpired.com will talk about the custom modules that his company has created. In April, Will Stohl will do an introduction ...
I just finished talking with David Walker of the Tulsa .NET User Group and confirmed I will be presenting to them on February 25. I will be giving a presentation on the Model View Presenter Design Pattern. I am very excited to be able to present in Tulsa. Since the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group formed because a member from Tulsa moved to Northwest Arkansas it feels good that we can complete the circle. If you live in the Tulsa, OK area please check out you local user group Tulsa .NET User Group. ...
I've been subcontracting for a company recently, and I gotta tell you its been one of the best experiences I've had in a long time...and I'm not actually coding anything! Hmm...so I'm slacking? Not at all...in fact this has been some of the more intense months of my life. I've been teaching two courses and gearing up to teach my third under their banner. One was an ASP.NET course that was a lot of fun (although it was an intro level so there was mostly drag/drop stuff, but still good presentation ...
Talking to someone at our user group this evening, I got the bad news that the Acropolis project will see no more CTP releases. It seems that the project is now in the hands of the Patterns & Practices group. From the Acropolis website : "We are very excited to be entering the next phase of the project where we will begin to roll many of the Acropolis concepts into future versions of the .NET Framework for the desktop and Silverlight. Unfortunately, while we figure out exactly how to go about ...
Oh dear, what a long time since my last blog - a hectic pre Christmas projects, a three week Christmas and another major software development in January have really had an effect. Fortunately I'm getting back on track with new development and once I'm back from a holiday in the Caribbean I'm hoping to get some serious research into new technologies including the MVC framework from Microsoft and getting my CI Factory installations up to date. As part of this new push, I looked into finally taking ...
I was able to meet last week and help the new group who is trying to form a .Net User Group in Fort Smith. I will post more information as I find it. If you are interested in attending, learning about, or helping form the new FSDNUG, please contact one of the following people: Michael Paladino - mpaladino (remove) @ (remove) goeagleone.com Kerry Jenkins - kerry_jenkins (remove) @ (remove) data-tronics.com Jeremy Sloan - sloan (remove) @ (remove) data-tronics.com They tentatively have the following ...
My work laptop is a fairly beefy machine. Dual Core Intel T7800 with 4 GBs of ram, running Vista Ultimate 32-bit. Some firmware and OS limitations limit my effective memory addressing to 3.26 GB, but still this machine is no slouch. I could never figure out what about my configuration caused seemingly simple operations like extracting the contents of a zipped file to take SO LONG. I fiddled with this setting and that setting but to no avail. Finally I got fed up and turned to the all-knowing Google. ...
Inspired by Scott Hanselman and his relation from Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest in Portland Polish user groups started the series of events in Poland. First such event was organized by Szymon Kobalczyk in Kraków and you can read about it on his blog. I was one of the organizers of the event so I cannot tell I liked it because I loved it. It was a huge fun for me. I believe it was a great success. At the moment there was a second InstallFest in Wroclaw. I was there, and I think it was also well organized. ...
Last night was the first user group meeting of 2008, and it was my first meeting - I have blogged about it before, just being the socially inept loner that I am!!, I just haven't got round to going. The presentation was on Test Driven development TDD (Another post coming on that!) from a guy called Craig Murphy - this is a really interesting subject to me as we adopt TDD as best we can, it does however sometimes gives way to deadlines!! It was reassuring to see that we go about TDD in the right way ...
Jeff Julian from GeeksWithBlogs interviewed myself and Zach Young about our efforts in the We Are Microsoft - Charity Challenge Weekend. Our project was to help the Texas Discovery Garden build a brand new web site to teach people effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment through the use of native and adapted plants that illustrate the interrelationship of Butterflies, Bugs and Botany. Texas Discovery Gardens had a web site in the past that was approximately ...
The Twin Cities XNA User Group meeting is coming up this Thursday. The topic for this month is TorqueX. When: Thursday, January 17th at 6PM Where: Magenic Training Room If you're in the area and would like to attend, please visit http://www.twincitiesxnause... and click on the RSVP link (bottom left) to register. February meeting features talks on various AI techniques. March meeting features Nick Landry, courtesy of INETA ...
improve my => 'code' Just a quick reminder to the Saint Louis developers out there. There is another Saint Louis .NET User Group meeting on Monday, January 14th at 2 City Place. Details are here in the updated Saint Louis Microsoft Technology calendar. Hope to see you there! Jonathan ...
What a great idea from the Microsoft Evangalist Community! The primary purpose was "reward the UG membership", those members that have been attending month after month, helping each other, learning, geeking etc. This goal was DEFINITELY met. THANKS to Andrew Duthie, midAtlantic DE for setting up the event. An event such as this gives the RV.NUG officers a chance to let the membership know how much you really do behind the scenes for us month after month (year after year). So sorry you got beat in ...
The Orlando Dotnetnuke User Group will have a meeting on Saturday, February 2nd at 11 am. The meeting will be held at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL in the Rex Building room 204.Directions: http://www.lhps.org/contact... Group Website: http://sws.lhps.org/dnnorlando Hope to see you there. Technorati Tags: dotnetnuke ...
Ok, this isn't necessarily up-to-the-minute news, as Sean posted about his leaving Microsoft on December 20. However I'm not sure if many outside the MVP program had any exposure to him, and my brief meeting with him left enough of an impression that I'd be blogging about him here. At the Canadian UG Summit this past November we held it simultaneously with the Canadian MVP Summit in Vancouver as well. We (the user group leaders) were invited to attend the MVP keynote and discussion period. Sean delivered ...
Happy New Year to me from Microsoft when I learned I received my first MVP Award (Visual Developer - Visual Basic.). I am honored and in awe. I've met many MVPs as I have worked with user groups and Code Camps; they are a fantastic bunch of people. I'm honored to be included. Special thanks for helping me achieve this honor to: Brian for his continued mentoring and encouragement from the day I began learning .NET and leading a user group Chris for starting the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group and then ...
A lot happened in 2007: I finally got around to obtaining my MCTS in ASP.NET, I started a new long term contract, I bought a house, and I got married! More relevant to the community, I helped found the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild and decided to take up speaking. Today will not be a day of new resolutions for me. I will continue the plan I laid out privately a few months ago. I'm listing it here to share my goals, much as some of the other bloggers have done. My plan is aggressive, because ...
Last year was a very good year for me, but I'm always looking for ways to learn more and better myself for the next year. After all, it is hard to top 2007, the year in which I buy a house, get married and have a great honeymoon in Italy. So, somehow I need to top myself yet again! Anyhow, these are the things I'm looking to do this year to make me a better designer, developer, etc: General Read a new book a month Run a marathon (Well, only running 5 miles a day right now) General Development Give ...
In my role as INETA Membership Mentor I hooked up with Jeff Julian while trying to process his Office User Group application through INETA. I had heard about GeeksWithBlogs but hadn't ever had an opportunity get familiarize myself with it. Jeff and I got to talking through e-mail and I joined as one of the members. I am now cross-posting my technical posts there and since then my readership has gone up quite a bit. Plus they've helped me automate some submittals to www.community-credit.com. Hopefully ...
Early this month I've read Scott Hanselman's invitation to Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest in Portland. If found the idea to get lots of people to install Visual Studio together quite interesting. I started looking around and quickly learned that this is a huge event for all .NET user groups in United States. However it turned out these meetings are not being held anywhere in Europe. What a bummer! But I liked the idea so much that I though we should organize this in our user group ourselves. We asked ...
If you want to keep up with all of the events (both Microsoft and User Group meetings, Code Camps etc) check out the CommunityMegaphone - courtesy of Andrew Duthie aka .NET DevHammer If you have midAtlantic events you can submit an event to be posted. Read more about it on Andrew's blog here ...
It seems that there isn't a good source of information that consolidates all of the upcoming community events, excluding local user group meetings. While this isn't an exhaustive list, it's all of the ones I have found so far. If you know of an event that's missing or needs updating, please let me know. January Philly Code Camp: January 12, 2008 @ DeVry University in Fort Washington Day of Patterns and Practices Tampa 2008 Roadshow: January 31, 2008 @ Microsoft, Tampa Offices February Winnipeg Code ...