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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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Agile methodologies are all about including your users and user groups as stakeholders who are active throughout the development cycle of the project. Remember the Agile Manifesto: Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. But are you really prepared for the results if you empower your users? Case in point: A project that I was on was divided into two releases. One release had iterations totaling about 7 weeks. Toward the end of week 1, we had two mockups of ...
I was fortunate to work with ASP.NET wizard Chris Love as the Technical Editor for his soon-to-be-release book ASP.NET 2.0 Your Visual Blueprint. I could go on and on about the book but I'll let Chris handle that in this blog entry. I've seen Chris present at user group meetings (TRINUG) and code camps and have always been impressed with his in-depth knowledge of ASP.NET. Being a part of this project just reinforced that perception. Good job Chris. Have a day. :-| ...
It looks like I'll have a chance to test out the10/20/30 rule of PowerPoint by Guy Kawasaki next Tuesday at the next KC .NET User Group meeting where I will be giving a presentation on PowerShell. I was only recently introduced to this rule, which states that PowerPoint presentations should contain only ten slides, last no more than 20 minutes, and use no smaller than 30 point font. However, since I naturally have a small attention span when it comes to presentations that aren't concise, I was immediately ...

Well it's about time... my good friend and software development partner Rod Paddock has been added to the INETA speakers bureau. Rod is a fantastic presenter and one of, if the the best developer that I know.  You won't go wrong having him present at your next user group meeting!

 

Have a day. :-|

I received this from Marsee Henon, the user group point person from O'Reilly today. In particular I noticed that Julie Lerman, former INETA board member and user group leader from Vermont is one of the authors. --------------------- Begin presss release from O'Reilly ---------------------------... Women of Tech: Hear Us Roar, A Special Series from www.oreillynet.com The Mighty Voices of Sisterhood in Tech Sebastopol, CA--There's no doubt that women coders, developers, designers, and programmers ...
The WPF talk about the new collaboration between Designers and Developers took place as planned last Tuesday in front of the .NET User Group of Switzerland. Approximately 25 peoiple showed up, which made me very happy, for a first presentation! The talk went OK, though I was a bit nervous and I think that it showed a little. Thankfully I was feeling quite comfortable with the subject, which helped me when after 40 minutes of demo my computer suddenly shut down! It's so silly I almost don't dare to ...
Reminder: I will be talking in front of the .NET Managed User Group of Switzerland about the collaboration between graphics designers and developers with WPF. All the talk's details can be found here. With the release of the Windows Presentation Foundation UI framework in November 2006, a new collaboration is made possible between graphics designers and software developers. Designers are now creating source code (XAML) instead of Photoshop mockups. On the other hand, developers must learn to delegate ...
Just to make people aware the next session of the UK BizTalk User Group details below Date: 12th September 2007 Location: Edenbrook Offices, 15th Floor, 88 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7RS Click here for a map: http://maps.google.com/maps... If you would like to attend please email either: Richard Blewett = richardb@develop.com or Beylyn Mann = bmann@develop.com ...
I've been mentioning the idea of Community 2.0 with my colleagues and peers over the last few months, and a recent discussion of it prompted me to write this post to bring the reality of the community landscape to full focus. Community 2.0, for me, is the emergence of the next generation of influencers in our industry. It’s more than just the changing of the guard, it’s the revitalization of the developer community back to the grass-roots movements that spawned the user group initiative, INETA, and ...
It's now official: I will be talking about the new collaboration between designers and developers with WPF in front of the .NET Managed User Group of Switzerland. Here is the abstract: With the release of the Windows Presentation Foundation UI framework in November 2006, a new collaboration is made possible between graphics designers and software developers. Designers are now creating source code (XAML) instead of Photoshop mockups. On the other hand, developers must learn to delegate part of their ...
This month, John and I are launching the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City on August 9th at 6:00pm. The site still need a little work (ok, a lot of work), but that won't stop us from having some great meetings. Here is the details for this month's meeting: Topic: Introduction to SharePoint Workflow Speakers: Jeff Julian, John Alexander of AJI Software Date: Thursday, August 9th (Each meeting will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month) Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Centriq Foss, 87th & ...
Tim Hibbard has tagged me, so here goes... Meet more developers Not so long ago I posted about a new user group in my area (well, 1hr drive away) yet I am still to attend a meeting, I really must; I know very few developers and I have no doubt I could learn a great deal from attending such event and hopefully enjoy the whole thing! Targeted Reading & LearningI do spend a lot of time reading, researching and playing with new stuff but need to target my reading/learning. I tend to read loads of ...
Tonight, John and I will be presenting on SharePoint 2007 at the .NET User Group in Kansas City. Along with this presentation we will be launching the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City to add an additional focus on Office and SharePoint development in the area. If you are around tonight, please stop by and have some free food and good conversation. TriCom Technical Services will be the food sponsor this evening so be sure and thank them while you are there. The meeting starts at 6:00pm, ...
The age-old question. And the first answer should always be: "Yes." Because they both use the same .NET Framework classes, they both compile to the same intermediate language, and there is functionally no difference between the two. Syntactically, they are different, but they can both do the same things. That being said, I will admit that I have a bias towards C#. I am currently working in VB, but that's not completely by choice, that's just what my current group uses. I like that because I'm learning ...
Dru Sellers recently tagged me on what I would do to become a better developer so here it goes: Get Geekswithblogs.net on SubText 1.9.5 - Running a growing software consulting firm is hard. Even with John at the helm with me, it takes a lot of time. This is one of the first acts I need to become a better developer due to the fact that is will require a high level of involvement with reviewing the code changes and merging the differences. Plus there will be an additional need to really get the most ...
For years, I have fussed (and that's putting it mildly) about the state of software development. I have no end to my frustrations about trying to build software correctly while managers directors and such just want me to "code something". In the last several months, a few colleagues and I have started sharing emails about work-related frustrations on this topic. One of my recurring points is that we have no one to blame but ourselves. Oh I'm sure you, the reader, always capture requirements and always ...
I just heard about Justice Gray's blog challenge from the latest episode of Hanselminutes while running today. Although I think his plan to read one developer book a week for the next six months is rather insane, I agree with the premise that setting specific goals publicly is probably the best way to hold yourself accountable. Here are my goals for the next 6 months: Add Tools to my Developer Toolbox - My productivity and troubleshooting skills would plummet if I were to suddenly stop using utilities ...
Jonas Stawski of ASPSOFT, a Florida .NET User group member and frequent speaker here in South Florida and around the state has achieved MVP status. You can visit his MVP profile at: https://mvp.support.microso... I took the opportunity last night to present him with an official set of "MVP Speakers" he can hook up to his laptop! Congratulations Jonas! This brings up the subject of MVP (Most Valuable Professional)... in recent months a number of people ...
I'm proud to announce, well, I'm proud to announce on behalf of my company, TakeNote Technologies, that Chris Love has been added to our list of instructors. You may know Chris from his blog or all the great work he's done with the Triangle .NET User Group (TRINUG). Chris is going to be teaching TakeNote's upcoming August .NET classes including VBN101: Programming With Visual Basic 2005 (August 13 & 14) VBN301: Developing ASP.NET 2.0 Web Apps With Visual Basic 2005 (August 15 - 17) Head over ...
I have not yet downloaded the new CTP, but the KC User group meeting the other night as well as recent decision that I had to make about whether or not to purchase LiteSpeed has inspired me to do some research into SQL Server 2008. Apparently Microsoft is still a little sensitive from being 2 years late on the last version because Dave Campbell spent the first 5 minutes of his Tech Ed presentation explaining how they have re-engineered their process to ensure that the next version will be delivered ...
At the Raleigh Code Camp this past Saturday, Microsoft Developer Evangelist Glen Gordon and I briefly talked up this mouse to a few of the speakers assembled in the "speakers lounge". I figured I'd extend the conversation to my blog. The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 rocks! Yes the name is quite a mouthful, but this little mouse lives up to its long name. This mouse is an great product and a must-have addition to my laptop bag. If you give user group presentations, teach seminars, ...
There was some discussion about SQL Server 2008 at the KC .NET user group meeting last night and I involuntarily winced at the thought of another upgrade because we just finished an intensive migration process a few months ago. In hindsight, the migration went fairly smoothly but it was definitely not a trivial process, nor was it something that I would want to repeat any time soon. It definitely requires some advanced planning and organized regression testing. I thought I would jot down a few lessons ...
A few years ago I shifted roles from a developer team lead who coded almost full time to an Architect. Although I am naturally a bit of an abstract thinking and find architectural issues interesting, I have always been hesitant about this role because of the ubiquitous Architecture Astronauts that have given the discipline a bad name. These guys have a knack for intimidating even the smartest of developers by throwing around architectural jargon that they can describe in the abstract but are completely ...
The ReMix event was nice, well, not really comparable to Las Vegas, of course, but it was nice to see the demos again. For me, in fact, the real opportunity was rather to connect with other people interested in these technologies, and in this aspect it was really nice. I've been wanting to meet Ronnie Saurenmann (the guy behind the Zurich Airport XBAP and the "Outlook-like" WPF hands-on lab) for quite some time, I hope for the beginning of a nice collaboration. Of course the icing on the cake was ...
ReMix 07 Zurich I will be attending ReMix in Zurich tomorrow. This event will be specially interesting this year due to the presence of Scott Guthrie for the keynote and 2 presentations. I'll hear even more of Scott in the evening, at the DotMugs (.NET Managed User Group of Switzerland) where he will be speaking about ASP.NET and Orcas. I am very happy to hear Scott again, this will be the thrid time (after MIX06 and MIX07), and I sure hope I will have many more occasions ...
The next meeting of the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild will be held on June 12th, 2007 at 6 PM in the Midlands Tech Northeast Campus Auditorium. The key presentation topic is Generics. The presenter will be Keith Minder of Logical Advantage. We hope to see everyone at the meeting! New Website! All members and prospective members are asked to please visit the new user group website and complete the user registration. This new website will be the central point to reference user group information ...
Wow, it has been a while since I have blogged! I've moved half way across the country to Orangeburg, SC about 40 minutes southeast of Columbia, SC. Orangeburg is a small town and I went to work for a small private university called Claflin University. The job is good but has many challenges. Last week I attended TechEd 2007 and the INETA User Group Leadership meeting on Saturday. Things have changed over the last year, it looks like a new landscape and I have been feeling like I have fallen behind. ...
Technically Funny Comedian Don McMillian has a very funny bit about How NOT to Use PowerPoint. I've seen Don perform live at a conference I attended and was very impressed with him and his material. I'll never forget his binary high five bit... very funny. This video clip is a must see for all presenters, be it a conference presenter, user group presenter, Code Camp presenter, or just someone who delivers presentations as part of their job. Enjoy ...
I got the following email from fellow MVP Greg Linwood on behalf of the Melbourne SQL Server User Group this morning which was taken from a posting by Ed Lehman from Microsoft in the private MVP newsgroup. I have not read any other feeds yet, but I imagine this news will be all over the web today. There will probably be a flood of information on Katmai, now that a release is publicly available. Enjoy! E D L E H M A N'S P O S T I N G This coming Monday, June 4, we will release the June CTP of Katmai. ...
I have volunteered to start this local dotnetnuke user group. After speaking at a couple local Code Camps there are many users of dotnetnuke that are interested in this group as well so hopefully they will join. Here are reasons why you should join: Participating in a user group requires time, effort, leadership, dedication, and vision. However, ask almost any user group participant, and they’ll tell you it’s all worth it. Consider some of these reasons to get involved today: 1. Make friends.You’ve ...
Sorry for the long delay, I've been on vacation to Disney in early May (well if you can call that vacation... pff I was dead every night when we came back with the kids to the hotel) and then I gave three talks at DevTeach in Montreal last week. DevTeach was awesome again this year lots of great speakers and good questions from the audience. I gave a session in tandem with Mario Cardinal on Top Down design in Visual Studio Orcas, lets just say I was *very* disappointed with the state of the Team ...
Timeline of a User Group Web site Day 1: Yahoo groups Year 1: Secure a domain and post some static html pages Year 1.5: Upgrade .html pages to .aspx pages (still static, but looks a little better in the url) Year 3: Upgrade to the asp.net Club Starter Kit Year 3, + 1 day: Prepare to enhance the web app ---------- and here we remain, largely because sharing source code among UG member is not easy - then we discovered Microsoft Groove 2007. In one evening, several members of the UG installed Groove ...
Charlotte .NET University Code Camp was a great success Have you heard about .NET University (www.dotnet-u.com)? It provides presentations and hands on labs for WPF, WCF, WF and Cardspace. We built our spring 2007 Code Camp on that content. We started by offering two .NET U tracks but had to expand to three. We also offered a presentation track and an XNA hands on lab track. Our presentations included Orcas and LINQ, SharePoint and ASP.NET sessions. All sessions were very well received. Our facility ...

Wie Teddy und Daniel berichten, ist es schon 3 Jahre her, als die .NET User Group Frankfurt [1] gegründet wurde. Wie die Zeit vergeht ...

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It's now Tuesday lunchtime here in Montreal. Day one of DevTeach for me is now done, with the user group summit taking all day. Some really good information was learned by all, and then the keynote this morning confirmed another DevTeach in November, but now on the west coast in Vancouver. It will be nice to have 2 such conferences annually, and not just piggyback on the shoulders of an american tour, But, today's sessions so far... Introduction to WPF Interesting discussion about what it can do ...
Michael Singer posted an article on Information Week about Microsoft's seeming lack of community (Thanks to Scott for originally posting about the article on GWB). I think that he might have gotten some misinformation from less-than-reliable sources, so I wanted to go through his article and give a Microsoft-ie point of view. Let's review the article shall we? "Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is ...
I will be presenting 2 seminars on Communication Foundation and Workflow Foundation. 30 may 'What's new in .NET Framework 3.0 : Building webservices with WCF' for the .Net User Group Brugge (ACCB.NET computerclub) Public, free entrance ! (register at kurt@casey.be) 28 jun 'Practical implementation of SOA in .NET 3.0 with WCF/WF' At syntrawest (Kortijk, Huize Roeland Savery) for IT Club members (info at yves.vandenbussche@syntrawe... ...
The user group in Columbia has seen some trying times over the last few years, effectively going on hiatus for several months at a time. Eventually, it just kind of imploded due to a leadership crisis. For a while it seemed as though there would never be a consistent community presence there, despite the efforts of numerous community influencers. That no longer seems to be the case. Last night was the relaunch and rechristening of the Columbia .NET UG. They will be moving to a new recurring date ...
The Ann Arbor .Net Developers user group meeting is quickly coming upon us. This months speaker is Keith Elder and the topic is Structure and Guidance for Organizing Application within Visual Studio. Heres an abstract: Visual Studio is an outstanding tool when it comes to building applications on the .Net Framework. It can be confusing for users when trying to initialize a new software deliverable though. For example, how do you name your projects? Where do you put third party assemblies so they ...
As has been the custom at major conferences, INETA will again sponsor a User Group Leader Summit the Saturday before Teched 2007 on June 2nd in downtown Orlando from noon to 5pm. This is a great opportunity for anyone who runs, volunteers for or is interested in starting a user group to get some great ideas from other leaders and to share the unique things that you may do. Interactive disucssions will cover topics including running a group.content, promotion and partnerships. If you run a dot net ...
Most of the CodeCamps I have attended have been in the Mid-Atlantic region which is headed up by DE Andrew Duthie. Check out Andrew's blog for some speaker tips if you're going to be presenting at a CodeCamp (or a User Group meeting). Andrew covers a wide area and even though the UG I lead is the farthest in distance and time (that's saying something since he lives in the DC area) I occasionally get mentioned in the blog too. Thanks Andrew for your continued support of the far corners of your region ...
Justice started a little challange, and i'm answering the call! Basically the idea is about accountability: what are you doing on an ongoing basis that is increasing your skills as a developer? Justice has pushed the envelope somewhat...he's going to be reading a book every week from now until October. That's very aggresive and shows his determination, focus, and apparantly lack of any sort of life outside the range of his Macbook's screen. (Note that one of his books is "MaxOS: The Missing Manual". ...
If you are based in the southwest of England you are probably aware that there isnt a dot net user group and if you want to see any presentations you have to either be lucky enough and well planned to get in when MS come to Bristol but most likely theres the drive up the M4 to Reading. (I guess you could brave public transport and risk being late, getting lost or perhaps just not getting anywhere - bollox to that!!) I did post sometime ago enquiring how one would go about starting a user group - ...
CORRECTION - now one week earlier, on 17th May (was 24th May previously). A quick plug for the London .NET user group geek dinner on 17th May. Zi has setup a page on the .NET user group wiki here so sign up and vote for your favourite eatery. See you there. Technorati tags: geek dinner, community, london .Net User Group ...
Nadeem Mitha is Presenting the Toronto SharePoint User Group on April 18th Beyond Web Parts: Rapid Web Application Development using Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 At 2 Bloor St West (8th Floor) at 7 PM – Come at 6 PM for pizza Discover the advantages of leveraging SharePoint as a platform for web-based applications Learn a tried-and-tested approach to extending SharePoint lists in order to facilitate complex entity relationships Find out how to customize various out-of-the-box behavior to get what ...
Last night upon arriving at the usual meeting place for the user group meeting after walking in the pouring rain. I was informed that it had been moved down the street at the cottage inn restaurant, so out I went again into the rain. When I got there I found out that our regular meeting place had been double booked and the group leaders found out just hours before the meeting. Yet they still pulled it off!! I have to give kudos to the Ann Arbor .Net Developers board for still having the meeting. ...
Top chap from blighty, Guy Smith-Ferrier, has started a free user group based in Bristol for IT professionals in the South West; The .NET Developer Network. They've got a cracking kick off session with Mr MSDN UK, Mike Taulty, delving into LINQ, the hottest feature coming with the next release of the .NET framework. It follows a similar format to the London .NET user group which is not a bad idea at all - presentations followed by some friendly socialising over a beer or two. Guy has his own blog ...
I'm currently enjoying the final break of the day at the Microsoft Technical Roadshow 2007, at London in the UK. At lunch Ian Cooper, who heads up the London .NET Users Group invited me to create a team to join in a lunchtime competition at the user group stand to win some Microsoft swag. So the team, We Don't Want To Be Here, was born; So our team title summed up the feelings at the start of the competition but well done to James, Helen, Andy and John who won the competition and went home with heavier ...
Peter Laudati asks a very interesting question... Why do you or don't you attend a user group? It's all about the SWAG! You know the goodies they give out at user group meetings... software, tee-shirts, and pizza... Actually this is a really great question to ponder as I am trying to start a new user group (NJUX) myself. Why... why go through the trouble of setting up a meeting place, scheduling speakers and coordinating with other user groups. Well as Paul Kimmel so eloquently states a lot of it ...