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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 ...
Yes I'm going to discuss this again, so if you know me personally, or have heard me talk about it before, just click the "Delete" button :) Somewhere around the fall of 2003 I was working for what was essentially a failed dot com. The product was great, but nobody could figure out how to get US banks to buy into it. Maybe someday, but not then, and not even now for the unfortunate folks that are still trying to make it work. I was working from home, elbow-deep in Win32, MFC, platform SDK in C++, ...
The MSDN Flash e-Newsletter has been updated with a reorganization of the way it is laid out. One of the most surprising things was a familiar mug at the top of the page featuring Zain Naboulsi, our MSDN and X-Box Evangelist for our area. Congratz on the feature Zain! It was terrific seeing the User Group section being second on the list, which will hopefully drive more people to attending our events. You can register for the newsletter here ...
A big thanks goes out to Chris Koenig and the Tulsa DNUG for hosting the Tulsa InstallFest on 12/3/2007. Several of us from Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group traveled over there and participated in the fun. A big shoutout to Jay Smith for volunteering and driving us over there. Both Jay and I helped Chris register people for the event and I enjoyed getting to see some people I haven't seen in a while from the Tulsa DNUG. Whatever Chris Koenig says about his drumming skills in Rock Band, DON'T BELIEVE ...
I guess I am an atypical guy in that I don't have a big screen TV, I don't have an XBox (nor a PS3, not any other game console), I don't have a big stereo system, I don't have a recliner, and I don't own a DVR / Tivo. However, I have considered a DVR / Tivo for some time. I get involved in shows and have to miss episodes because I am at a .NET User Group meeting (or a SharePoint User Group, or other professional association) or some such. A few months ago I decided to give online TV a try. And now ...
There has been much going on with the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group(RV.NUG) of late. Here's a quick update of upcoming events, mark your calendars and save these dates! Vist www.rvnug.org for more information. If you'd like to keep up with all events in the Mid-atlantic region visit the CommunityMegaphone (site sponsored by the Microsoft mid-Atlantic Developer Evangelist Andrew Duthie... aka .NET DevHammer) January 10, 2008 - 6:00 pm - Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest - REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and ...
Last Tuesday night witnessed a relatively new kind event held in Microsoft Egypt building @ smart village. It was said to be "announcing dotNETwork user group" which I thought was some Microsoft Egypt initiative for a new offline user group model of developer community. I was so excited about so, and it was even better! The Idea The dotNETwork group is just am offline user group that's done right. It just happened to have Microsoft Egypt host the group gathering, as this is the hardest issue to maintain. ...
The Philly .NET User Group has announced their 2008 Code Camp schedule. These hugely popular (and FREE!) conferences normally fill up very quickly, but this year, the User Group is partnering with DeVry university, which is going to allow them to host much larger conferences, with the first conference in January scheduled for 8 tracks and 48 sessions. Registration opens on December 15, and I believe if you register on the Philly.NET web site, you can choose to be notified when the registration opens, ...
Just wanted to throw out a reminder about the ESB Guidance session this upcoming Monday. Hope you can join us! I'll be running the show on Monday, so please come out and say hello... Join us for the latest Microsoft Integration and Connected Systems User Group (MICSUG) on December 17th at 7:00PM, where we will talk about the Enterprise Service Bus Guidance provided by Microsoft on CodePlex. Since Geoff Snowman will be out, I will be running the show that night, so I hope you come out and hope to ...
RV.NUG was VERY fortunate to recently have Kathleen Dollard as a guest presenter (courtesy of INETA). If you are (or ever have been) a User Group leader, you know that there are times you just keep on keepin on. You're not quite as enthused, not quite as motivated, but you keep on doing it because that's what UG leaders do. And then, something happens and it's all worth while (again - because these moments do repeat). The December RV.NUG meeting was one of those moments. It was "just another meeting" ...
Tonights TC.NETUG meeting / VS2008 was a total blast! In addition to getting a free copy of VS2008 and a cool VS2008 tshirt, I also won a copy of Ninety-Nine Nights (360) and got to play Rock Band (guitar) in front of about 125 people. My lowest score was 98% and I got at least one 100%. Our "set list" included Dead or Alive, In Bloom, Should I Stay or Should I Go and Maps. Jeff Brand recorded a video of our "band" which I named XNA of course. I'll post a link to the video once Jeff posts it online. ...
The Rockville .NET User Group (ROCKNUG) will hold it's meeting on 12/12 from 6:30-9PM. This month will cover MbUnit, a favorite tool of mine, by Jay Flowers. Listed below are the details: Release 1.6 Wednesday, December 12, 2007 6:30-9:00 PM Montgomery College, Rockville Humanities Building - Room 103 MbUnit by Jay Flowers In this talk Jay will introduce you to some advanced unit testing techniques. MbUnit offers easy ways to create parameterized unit tests. He will explorer fixtures like the RowTest ...
Sometimes people ask me what it takes to get a good user group going... so hopefully these tips help to minimize the pain a bit. 1. INETA (www.ineta.org) won't even talk to you until you've had at least one meeting on your own. Then you go to their site and fill out an application. (You'll need to register on their site first.) 2. CodeZone (www.codezone.com) works basically the same way. Both of these will net your group some free swag, and INETA will get you a couple speakers per year. 3. Find out ...
The December 20th meeting of the Twin Cities XNA User Group promises to be a good one. We've got the following members presenting some projects they have been working on. Be sure to visit the website and RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Member Projects Justin Chase will show us Drop In, a 1 or 2 player game featuring a simple MinMax algorithm for AI. The object of the game is to get five pucks of your color in a row by dropping pucks into a column and by rotating the game board. Greg Wurm ...
Tonight, the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (www.rvnug.org) had the incredible privelege of Kathleen Dollard (http://msmvps.com/blogs/ka... speaking. She was, in a word, AMAZING. She had great energy and passion. She is smart and engaging. And she really knows the topic! She spoke on Refactoring with Generics and she covered Linq and some .NET Framework 3.5. Thanks a bunch Kathleen and INETA ...
Have you ever had a hard time keeping up with user group meetings, webcasts, code camps, or not know which ones are in your area? Sometimes it's really hard to know which day is which. Andrew Duthie, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist, has set up a site called Community Megaphone. This site allows you to add your events to the calendar to get the word out. You can then get the ones you are interested in by filtering. A gadget is also available for your website as noted on the left hand menu on this ...
You completed the forms. You did the interviews. You provided references. You even demonstrated the pros (and maybe the cons) using someone's copy. So now you wait patiently to hear word from the adoption agency that your requested new addition is ready. Then it arrives...in a shiny holographic-background DVD...with official logos. Wait what? Did you think I was referring to human adoption? Sorry...let me back up... Visual Studio 2008 was release from Microsoft recently (in 2007 no less). I know ...
Join us for the latest Microsoft Integration and Connected Systems User Group (MICSUG) on December 17th at 7:00PM, where we will talk about the Enterprise Service Bus Guidance provided by Microsoft on CodePlex. Since Geoff Snowman will be out, I will be running the show that night, so I hope you come out and hope to have a great crowd. As someone who is currently using this technology on a project, it's always great to see new ideas and perspectives on the technology. In case you don't know what ...
Sahil Malik gave a great presentation tonight at the CapArea.NET user group meeting tonight. From this discussion he covered quite a few things that involved InfoPath, Forms Server and WF for SharePoint. A lot of the interesting tidbits discussed are available on his blog. Customizing the default Document Information Panel in which he populates the document properties by using a custom InfoPath form. Writing SharePoint Workflows in Visual Studio 2005 covers the basic WF scenarios in SharePoint, but ...
This is a modified version of the presentation that I gave at Tulsa TechFest. It is being prepared for the Topeka .NET User Group Meeting where I will most likely be giving a presentation in January or February. There are a lot of things that bear the name Windsor, as I highlight in the beginning of my presentation. Download Solution - IOC_Example.zip To run the solution you need both AdventureWorks and Northwind installed. You can run Northwind on SQL Server 2005 with 2000 compatibility mode set ...
Day 1 of our little Dev Teach adventure seems like it was enough to fill an entire week already! Others have already started blogging about it, so make sure to keep an eye on those who are here and commenting on the general happenings around Dev Teach. But I digress, back to Day 1. UG Summit Monday was the User Group summit, which Microsoft graciously hosted for us at their new downtown Vancouver offices. This also coincided with the Canadian MVP summit at the same location. Our user group discussions ...
Tomorrow night (11/27/2007) is the Captial Area .NET User Group meeting for November at 7PM-9PM. The information is as follows: Location: 1900 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22182 Topic Building Forms-Based Applications with InfoPath Presenter: Sahil Malik Looks to be an interesting topic and hope to see a good turnout ...
UG summit is going strong, and we're approaching our get-together with the MVP's for a conversation on how we can work together and ...well, I'm actually not sure yet what we're talking about, but it should be good. Morning session was great though...the UG leaders had great discussion around extending the life of user group events via live meeting, web casts, etc., and also how we can impact our industry to encourage others to becoming IT professionals (targeting college, high school, as well as ...
This Monday, Dev Teach will be kicking off with a User Group summit. Below is the agenda. Please note that morning sessions are held two at a time simultaneously. Also note that INETA will be hosting the last afternoon segment, not the second last. 9:00 Get Most out of Your UG Event / How to Stimulate Membership to Help 10:30 Tools to Help Your User Group / Creating a Local Event Strategy: How to Organize Long Term Community Learning 12:00 Keynote - Sean O'Driscoll 12:45 Lunch 1:15 UG Group Discussion ...
Today I have presenting an introductory session about ASP.NET AJAX in ITWorx CuttingEdge Club. I presented it as "Web 2.0 Using ASP.NET AJAX" talking about Web 2.0, AJAX in general and AJAX Patterns, and even other alternatives to ASP.NET AJAX (and how to combine) as in my first ASP.NET AJAX presentation back in November 2006 in SilverKey DemoDay I. I have also introduced ALT.NET group as I knew it was never introduced in technical events in Egypt, and I'm so excited about that movement. I'm checking ...
Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Capital Area Microsoft Integration and Connected Systems User Group (MICSUG). It's tonight 11/19/2007 at 7PM at the Microsoft Reston office. Location: 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA 20191 Below is the information about the event. I hope to see a good crowd there: Combining Windows Workflow Foundation with BizTalk Server Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is Microsoft’s rich new platform for building business process management solutions. BizTalk Server is Microsoft’s ...
We have reached 100 members recently in our user group ASP.NET Developers, Bangladesh. Its a good news really. Having our own user group help us to move forward with respect to the current technology trend in faster and professional manner. Hope we will grow faster. Cheers to all group members ...
RV.NUG Lunch event on Wednesday, November 28th - 11:30 am Registration is required: Register here Join the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group for a FREE Lunch-n-Learn session to learn how Telerik RadControls can give you a jump start creating Web 2.0 applications. Users are demanding richer experiences in their applications at work but you have to deliver them in the same about of time. Telerik’s RadControls are an extremely powerful and cost-effective suite of tools to help you rise up to the challenge. ...
The November Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GCNUG), held at Cambar Solutions in Charleston, SC on November 15th, had an excellent INETA speaker, Stephen Walther - http://www.superexpert.com/ . The topic was (1) Advanced ASP.NET AJAX : Building Pure Client-Side AJAX Applications. In this talk, you learn how to take advantage of the Microsoft AJAX Library to build pure client-side AJAX applications. First, you are provided with an overview of the Microsoft AJAX Library. You learn how to take advantage ...
The first ever Twin Cities XNA User Group meeting is tonight THURSDAY). Started by my buddy Chris Williams this is an event that if you CAN make it to, you MUST make it to. The event is tonight, THURSDAY THURSDAY THURSDAY, Nov. 15th and starts at 6:00 PM. If you're within driving distance of Golden Valley, MN make sure you block out your schedule for this momentous occasion. Flying in as the first speaker is the one and the only Zman. The man is brilliant. I recommend you go just to listen and bask ...
TechEd Developers is really giving us an opportunity to put everybody together – board members, volunteers, the speakers, users who would actually go to meetings, user group leaders – and to relate with Microsoft and vendors as well. Our booth is based next to the MVP and RD booths completing the "TechEd Community Lounge" and allowing us to network with a majority of MVP and RD representatives and program members. Our booth (aka INETA POD) is the place where attendees can come and meet the current ...
I got an email from someone looking for support for a user group he had started up. There was an interesting catch though: the group was virtual! The initial meeting had been conducted over Live Meeting, had 4 speakers each sharing part of the overall time, and basically extended the community beyond any local geographical boundaries...in fact one of the speakers was from the Netherlands! This got me thinking...how often do we look at our groups and think "man, it would be so kewl if we could get ...
Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, November 1st (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Centriq Foss Training 8700 State Line Road, Suite 200 Leawood, KS 66206 Phone: 913-322-7000 Description: Sharepoint has several tools related to backing up and restoring site collections. In this session we will learn how to utilize stsadm to back up the site collection and put it on a scheduler, so that we ...
If you have been looking for the promised slides from my presentation on "Upgrading from WSS 2.0 to 3.0" at the Richmond Code Camp 4, don't give up. They will be here soon. I have excuses. I corrupted my registry I am helping get a new user group going There's too much good football on TV - Go Mountaineers! (#7 in the BCS) The dog ate my homework UPDATE: The slides have been posted to the RCC4 site here ...
Roanoke Rocks! Three years ago when I had recently assumed leadership of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group and attendance was waning and I was becoming discouraged, Geoff Snowman, Microsoft DE at the time came to visit. He delivered a presentation. I emailed him a thanks and appreciation for visitng with such a smal group. In his reply, he said Roanoke had a great user group. The members were fantastic. He closed with"Roanoke Rocks". I never forgot those words. They have carried me through meetings ...
Chris Williams discusses with us what XNA is and how to get started with it. We tried getting Chris to discuss the C# vs. VB.NET in XNA issues, but he would not go there (but he would here). George, you have to listen as we give you a shout out. Chris recently started, with Jason Bock and Michael Dunn, a new XNA User Group in Minnesota at the Magenic offices. Check out the site here. Listen to Chris discuss XNA and Game Development! Technorati tags: HDC, XNA, Geekswithblogs.net, Chris Williams ...

Well, I am sad to say I didn't make the Charlotte Code Camp as I had hoped. Too many things going on (wedding stuff, mostly) and I just couldn't get there. I am disappointed, cause I know the Charlotte user group puts on a great show. Maybe next year.....

I'm asking, not offering. The offering part comes later. :) I'm looking for sponsors for the Twin Cities XNA User Group meetings. Magenic was awesome enough to offer a place to meet and occasional pizza, but in order to really crank things up a notch, I need swag and lots of it. If you're a book publisher, contact me and I'll get your books into the hands of folks that will read and review them. If you're a software tools publisher, let's chat. I'd love to get your product in front of my members. ...
Today is wrapping up and I've met some terrific folks, as well as seeing some old friends. I got to talk a fair amount about Magenic, and talk to some Microsoft folks about my XNA User Group as well. Tomorrow I'm supposed to be doing a podcast with Jeff and the gang, although I haven't a clue on what to talk about. Probably be something user group or XNA/TorqueX related. I've seen some interesting booths, at least of two of which had Nintendo Wii's setup for the attendees to play. (I remember the ...
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GCNUG) (www.gcnug.org) hosted South Carolina Code Camp 3.0 in Charleston, SC this past weekend (10/13/07). This was an incredible event. All of the speakers, both local and national (even International with one Canadian!), were top notch. I honestly felt like I was at a real Microsoft conference rather than a locally-run User Group Code Camp. The participation in the sessions by local technologist attendees was animated and engaged. I learned from both the ...
"South Carolina Code Camp 3.0 was an incredible event. All of the speakers, both local and national (even International with one Canadian!), were top notch. I honestly felt like I was at a real Microsoft conference rather than a locally-run User Group Code Camp. The participation in the sessions by local technologist attendees was animated and engaged. I learned from both the speakers and the attendees. I'm proud to be a part of the Greater Charleston .NET User Group." - Andrea Williams, Director ...
Quote from the event: "The third South Carolina Code Camp, a free community supported and run one-day technical conference, was held this past Saturday in Charleston and provided an excellent opportunity for about 150 local developers to learn from each other, strengthen their local community and also bring attention to the growing technical community in the region. While the code camp consisted primarily of local talent, both attending and speaking, it also brought in developers from as far away ...
I recently made a politically incorrect statement to a member of the RV.NUG (which I lead). I try to be tactful and careful not to make statements that might be offensive or insulting to any member of the group. RV.NUG is an awesome user group and has many members that volunteer on a consistent basis. After arriving home, the comment continued to nag at me. I wrote an email. Re-reading the email, I decided it might make it worse, might be making it a bigger deal that it actually was. I called the ...
I'm really happy to announce that last week our good friend Bartosz Pampuch received the MVP award in Visual Developer - Team System category. I think this is a well deserved nomination. I've met Bartek few years ago at one of our first .NET user group meetings (KGD). From the outset he was a very active member and throughout the years delivered many outstanding presentations. Bartek is currently leading the RND team for one of the largest software houses in Poland, where he researches new technologies ...
Okay, being a speaker at Remix07 Boston is probably among the coolest things I have done professionally to date. And I haven't even presented yet. We had a "speaker's" dinner which included the Microsoft full time employees. I randomly wound up sitting with Brad Abrams, PM Silverlight and Seema Ramchandani PM WPF(Avalon). Brad will be our Keynote speaker who I will follow with my presentation on Developing with the Virtual Earth SDK. There was a lot of cool conversation over dinner, but it got absolutely ...
My local .NET user group (CRINETA) has had a bumpy road recently after loosing several key contributers. I stepped down as leader of the group around 10 months ago. Since then, I've tried to stay involved the group through email, but I'm typically unavailable to attend meetings. The information below are some of the lessons learned during my 3 years running the user group. I hope that other user group leaders find this information helpful. Associations There are many International and National organizations ...

The Twin Cities XNA User Group has a website finally.

http://www.twincitiesxnausergroup.com

We're still tweaking things here and there, but it's coming along nicely.

Thursday night we will be holding a meeting for the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City covering Web Content Management in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and I would like to invite anyone in the area to attend. As we are a new user group, AJI Software is donating an XBox 360 as the raffle prize of this month. Anyone who attended last month's meeting will get an extra ticket in the raffle, however, you must attend to win. To register, visit the Office Developer User Group's website ...

The next meeting for the Fredericton .NET User Group will be at the end of October. Here's the poster that I did up and note that you MUST register for this event.

October-07

We've got a new member of Winnipeg's user group community!

The Rails Manitoba group is planning on their first meeting happening in November sometime. If you're in the area and are interested in learning more about RoR, or want to connect with other Rails devs, this is the place!

http://railsmanitoba.com/

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