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The next meeting for the Fredericton .NET UG will be held on April 11th.

Click the poster to go to the user group web site and register for this event. Hurry, it's filling up fast and seating is limited.

Technorati tags: .net, freetools While gathering information about Visual Studio add-ins for a potential local user group presentation, I came across Gaston Milano's "CoolCommands". As far as I can tell, the latest version of the CoolCommands installer can be downloaded here:http://download.deklar... It adds a lot of useful tools to Visual Studio, but there's no help or "read-me" file documenting them, and I couldn't find a consolidated overview on Gaston's site, ...
I like Visual Basic.NET because… A professional picks a tool for logical reasons. As a professional business programmer, I pick VB.NET. Before I expound further on my choice, you should know whether or not I am qualified to have an opinion. Certified in C# and Visual Basic.NET, I was lucky enough to be chosen as Microsoft MVP in Visual Basic.NET in 2006. I founded and head up a 1500+ member .NET User Group in Charlotte, the Enterprise Developers Guild (www.DevelopersGuild.org). We routinely have ...
Code Camp NYC II – 3/3 Code Camps are "grass roots" mini application platform developer conferences, free of charge to attendees and open to presenters of all stripes and experience. Get ready for another Code Camp NYC, to be held at Microsoft's offices in Midtown Manhattan (1290 Avenue of the Americas between 51st/52nd Streets) on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 from 9am - 6pm. This is an all-day event with refreshments served, including a developer's "power lunch" (pizza and soda). This event is being ...
Bangalore BizTalk User Group (b-bug) Check it out here: http://groups.google.co.in/... Benny MathewSeamless Integration SolutionsBizTalk Consulting, Development, TrainingBangalore, Indiahttp://www.seamless.in... ...
Code Camps are *great* because you get to take a Saturday and go "all out" diving into the fun side of software development. It brings lots of people out that wouldn't normally come to a user group meeting. If you haven't had one in your neck of the woods yet, I recommend getting a few friends together and get the momentum going!You may be surprised at how many people will volunteer to speak, that is if you approach folks with the right kind of excitement and ask them to get involved. Largely the ...
Tech·Ed is well known for the Birds-of-a-Feather, or BOF, sessions. These sessions let you meet people with similar interests and challenges in an open-forum environment. BOFs are organized by INETA, the developer user group and Culminis, the IT pro user group. Because these sessions are led by third-party experts, attendees enjoy free-flowing dialogues about products, technologies, and solutions without necessarily focusing on Microsoft. The sessions are suggested by the developer and IT pro community ...
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The Greater Charleston .NET User Group is meeting tomorrow night and my friend John Lunsford is giving a pretty cool presentation on Windows Presentation Foundation. For those who haven't seen him speak at a user group or Code Camp yet, John's a pretty talented presenter and with this particular topic he blew me away when I saw the code demo's he has lined up for this! Starts at 6PM, at Blackbaud on Daniel Island. Visit GCNUG for more info! ...
Hello everyone, I've decided to conduct a Full day workshop on VSTS/TFS on Saturday March 24th. We will cover a lot of things ranging form sizing and installation to source control practices all the way to unit testing and performance. It should be a very cool day. If you live in Montreal (or around) and would like to join us in that experience please follow this link for all the information. I will animate in French but if we have questions in English there shouldn't we'll be more than happy to ...
Hear ye, hear ye. This is going to be a serious post! Calling all people passionate about UGs and the developer community! The INETA North America Board is accepting nominations now for the upcoming elections. If you are serious about the community, and want a chance to get more involved (not to mention work more directly with little ole me :) ) read all the info below. Note - nominations must come from an INETA UG Leader, and the deadline is 2/15/2007. Elections are being held for the INETA NorAm ...
Last Saturday we had a one day event called Middleware Mania 2007 at BDotNet (http://groups.msn.com/BDOT... India's largest and most active .NET user group in Bangalore with 8750+ members. Held in one of Microsoft's building, which received a good number of people right from junior developers, solutions architects to project managers. I got invited to present 2 sessions at the event, one was on the New Features in BizTalk Server 2006 and the other was on Adapter Development in BizTalk 2006. You ...
Well... it's been a pretty crazy year! here are a few of the highlights ... around the world (literally) in 65 days, 8 countries, 100,000 air miles, speaker at Devteach for the second year in a row, VSTS MVP for the second year in a row, speaker at the first Montreal Code camp, 15 year at EDS and last but probably the best, 20th year with my lovely wife. I don't know where I would be without her... pfeeeww ;-) man I'm tired after reading this again. So what does next year look like... Well I'll probably ...
Matt posted on his blog about his 5 things nobody knew about him, and I'm now tagged, so here are mine: 1. I never graduated High School. That's right...I'm a drop out. I only needed a few more credits, but grade 11 math was a bore and besides, I was making good money at a certain restaurant with golden arches, which I was convinced I'd spend the rest of my life making a career out of. I got to the rank of Second Assistant Manager before realizing that the lifestyle we wanted didn't match the career ...
IIS 6 recently popped out an error when I am unable to replicate. I think this will be worth noting here for the sake of those who had the same encounter or who doesn't want to spend too much time debugging a "it should work" problem. This problem and it's resolution is documented in MSDN here. However, for some reason, the recommended methods did not solve my encounter. Here are the steps to first created this problem, note that subsequently the same steps will no longer reproduce this error. Create ...
Originally conceived by Ken Hodges-Hammer (www.sipantic.com) and flushed out during lunch with Dave Noderer at Bru's Room in Deerfield Beach, FL. We scheduled the first pass last night at the Microsoft office in Ft Lauderdale. This would not have happened without active participation, planning and pizza from Jeff Barnes our Microsoft Architecture Evangelist. The basic concept is to move beyond plain old presentations to get the user group attendees actively involved and participating. We know that ...

The Twin Cities BizTalk User Group now has a website, you can find it here:  http://www.mnbiztalk.com/

If you are a BizTalker, and live in or around the Twin Cities, and you haven't attended a session yet - I strongly encourage you to attend.  The sessions are great and the environment isn't as "stiff" as some of the other users groups out there :)

Don XML must be right when he says there's a strong developer community in NJ because these days you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a user group. And if you happen to be swinging a dead cat in the Berkeley Heights area you might hit Chip Lemmon's new group. Chip has been itching for months to start a user group and it looks like he's ready to pull the trigger. Check out his latest posting on the new group and send him a message if you're interested in participating. Sounds like the focus ...
Dear Freinds, Joe Healy will be in town and he wants to have a get together he calls this gathering A Geek Laager A laager basically means a circle of wagons pulled together for defensive reasons. The phrase originated in high german, and is now obsolete Afrikaans. Dictionary.com has a great definition here :: http://www.devfish.net/Full... . A geek laager is a circling up of developers (aka geeks) for a short period of time. When I'm in a town for a user group or developer ...
Microsoft User Group Hyderabad (MUGH) conducted the DevCon 2006 successfully at the Microsoft Campus, Gachibowli on Sunday, 19th November 2006.DevCon 2006, thanks to the active MUGH Members and Microsoft folks (including me :) ) who managed to turn out for the event for speaking / organizing etc., was a huge success.We made sure that it is clearly an User Group event and not a Microsoft event. The same can be implied with most of the speakers being Non Microsoft.Arun Ganesh (MVP), Anjana (MVP) and ...
This error: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 has encountered a problem during setup. Setup did not complete correctly. occured while installing the .NET 3.0 redistrubutable (downloaded from here) on my PC running XP Pro SP (also with .NET 1.1 & 2.0). After some investigation it turns out this error was caused when installing the WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) components - when trying to open the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\C... ...
ViewSonic PocketPC v37 Pros: The lightest Pocket PC I’ve ever had! Good battery life Vibrant Display Did I mention how light it is? Cons: No built in wireless/Bluetooth Smaller on-board storage than others Review: Well the ViewSonic v37 is not a *new* Pocket PC as far as the market is concerned but I did just recently win mine at the Greater Charleston .NET User Group meeting, so it’s new to me :) My previous Pocket PC experience has been with iPAQs. I have an old, old one, that I’m sure my daughter ...
Well after squeaking by the last two months in 12th and 13th place on Community-Credit I noticed this month there are "only" 10 prizes so I guess the competition is picking up speed. I have noticed the numbers growing over the past month which is great. And darn my bad luck that this month I've got no Code Camp presentations or User Group presentations to give... If you haven't already looked into it, by all means take a peek at Community-Credit and see what it's all about. ...
<3 is a heart for those of you not down with the MSN lingo these days. Anyway, I just wanted to show you how much us Canadians really love our developer evangelists...like John Bristowe, who's given some lovein by a nameless user group leader in this picture: * * Thank you Steve Martin and the fat Canadian guy for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...pillows will never be the same D ...
On November 9th the Greater Charleston .NET User Group is hosting my good friend Theo Moore who will be speaking to the group about Unit Testing in Visual Studio Team System. Some of you may remeber Theo from both of the South Carolina Code Camps. Theo also recently won a stupid prize ;) Go Theo! Location of Meetings: Starts at 6PM - Blackbaud, on Daniel's Island, South Carolina. Check out this link to find out how to get there. Directions to the meeting ...
We are looking for a .NET developer to join our team. This person will be helping Kyle with our transportation software and also working with me on our GPS software. You might even get your own Where's Tim! For more information about EnGraph or this position:See this pageTalk to me at the Kansas City .NET user group tonightSend me an emailChat with me on MSN Technorati tags: EnGraph, Career, Opportunity, Software Development ...
If you live in the Dallas, TX area and interested in BizTalk then the Dallas BizTalk Users Group is for you! Tim Rayburn and others are working hard to get things rolling. I never knew how hard it was to set up a users group! The first meeting is scheduled for November 13th, 2006 at 6 PM. If you are interested, please register on the user group web site at http://biztalkusergroup.com Hope to see you all at the first meeting ...
OK. So this week, I got my new machine. (Finally, something where I can do some proper coding at home and is powerful enough to install VS.NET 2005!!) Today, I completed many of the software installs I wanted, including IE7. (If I really need IE6 access, I have my work laptop where I can use that.) Today as well, I was asked to help out with the web page of the local .NET user group. Cool! I mostly do web stuff, so maintenance of that is not a bad thing at all. I get to help out in a way that is ...
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award! The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft. Microsoft ...
Those of you with your finger on the pulse of Edmonton's .NET Community will know the name Donald Belcham as someone well respected and identifyable in the community. Not only does he help run the .NET User Group in Edmonton, but he's very active in other endeavors. Most recently, he's decided to take a stab at societies sterotypes of male developers, and is releasing a calendar of himself to show that male geeks can be attractive as well. Below is a sample image from his upcoming calendar. You can ...
Thanks to Miguel Castro and INETA for a great user group meeting last Tuesday (2006-10-10). Miguel gave his classic custom control presentation which opened my eyes to a few things. While I do lots of user controls, I've never bothered to make them into separate custom controls but will give it a shot! One unusual thing about the meeting is that we spontaneaously had a fairly lengthy Q&A session before the meeting started. Miguel arrived and got setup an hour before the meeting started and as ...
I attended another .NET User Group meeting here in the 'Peg, this time my first in helping out with the board. Not a lot for me to do just yet, as I am still getting the hang of things there. However, I did have the opportunity to listen to a presentation on Web Services developed by Amazon.com (they aren't just books anymore!!). Basically, with some of their web servicwa, Amazon is attempting to sell space and bandwidth in the ether instead of requiring every user to pony up the bucks to update ...
"INETA (International .NET Association) is the next evolution in user group communities" as it is told in the web site of this organization, I really found it true when I was first interested about INETA. This fast growing .NET based developer association expanding it's activities with a real driving force. The fact which made me more surprised that, it has been successful to put .NET developers the whole world in an umbrella, according with very useful resources, pure dedication of expert group ...
On Tuesday, I agreed to fill in for a colleague and speak at the next West Michigan .NET User Group meeting, which happens to be next Tuesday (October 10th). It's short notice, but I'm sure I'll have time to throw together a pretty decent presentation on code generation and more specifically, CodeSmith. I thought someone had already done something on CodeSmith, but looking back, it appears that's not the case - a couple of years ago, there was a talk about useful tools, where CodeSmith was mentioned, ...
Remember the date: 1st November Remember the place: Oxford, Research Machines ... and the time: 7 - 9 pm (no-doubt with beers afterwards, rude not to!) This marks the first session of the Oxford chapter of NxtGenUG ! NxtGenUG, (Next Generation User Group) is a non-profit user group for Microsoft Technologies. It is a community event, setup and run by the community for the community, so please take part! This is a chance to be in a new user group chapter at the beginning ! Barry Dorans will be doing ...
Congratulations to Rob Farley, who runs the SQL Server User Group in Adelaide on recently being awarded as an MVP in SQL Server http://robfarley.blogspot.c... That takes the total number of SQL Server MVPs in Australia up to 5. Rob is a fellow speaker at the SQLDownUnder Code Camp this week end, so if you are going, make sure to congratulate him. And if you look really close, you might still be able to see the scars where the implants were inserted :) ...

I often read people blogs and they are off to Code camp or some event with their user group talking about the free stuff they get from MS and well, I want to go! BUT...I live in England, near Bristol.  I can't seem to find any such thing near me!

So (two part question!)

1.  Is anyone out their from my area and part of a dot net user group?

2.  How would I go about starting one? Who is the best person to contact about this?

Thanks

This is post of is for all of you out there that due to security restriction can't be a Local Admin on your server but still need to be TFS Server Administrators. This addresses the Domain installed TFS not the workgroup edition (WE). I will comment on the WE were appropriate. As we all remember there are three application that need our attention here, TFS (obviously), Windows Sharepoint Services (WSS) and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). For project level security I urge you to use the TFS ...
Tomorrow I am giving a presentation on WCF for the St. Louis DevCares event. I decided to come early so I could get away from the office and focus on getting my demos ready for tomorrow. Once I arrived, I remembered the STL .Net User Group meets on the day before ours, so I stopped by and chatted with Scott Spradlin, who runs the group. This however was not an uneventful day. Due to some database server issues, GWB was running like crap to be blunt. That and with an abnormal amount of traffic for ...
Like a lot of people I eagerly awaited to hear the new announcements from Apple Showtime yesterday. I was busy preparing for a user group meeting so I couldn't catch it live. I have to tell you that no matter how much I love Microsoft software, I lust for Apple hardware. iTunes is okay. I haven't had a chance to test drive the new version 7 yet which is getting some good reviews. And I like that they are leading the charge to add the ability to download movies; even if it does lock you in to their ...
MOSS 2007 can be installed as a Stand-alone Server application or as a Server farm or as a Web Front End. MOSS 2007 installs WSS v3.0 automatically. If you have only one server, you have no option but to install Stand-alone Type, this will install desktop database engine (SQL Server 2005 Express Edition) along. It will be an independent instance of SQL Server just for the SharePoint application. But this will result in very poor performance. And can only be used by a very small user group or just ...
At today's .NET user group meeting someone asked about doing async tasks in an ASP.NET page and not blocking. Here is one option in all it's g(l)ory: The ASPX @page directive gains a AsyncTimeOut="3" which will make it wait up to 3 seconds for the async task to complete. Since the operation itself does not actually use an external resource, a fake out of the AsyncResult is done using a delegate and a BeginInvoke on it which yields the IAsyncResult that BeginEventHandler is expected to return and ...
Went to the Princeton (East Windsor) Java User Group meeting last night to see a demo of Ruby on Rails. One question that I kept trying to answer for myself is, 'when and where would I use this?' First impressions are ROR is pretty cool as a quick and dirty set of tools for getting a data driven site up fast. Most of the code files are created automatically (like another framework I know of), if you don't have an editor you can use the command line (doesn't that defeat the quickness argument?) and ...
After the event Tuesday at the .NET User Group of Kansas City, Tim and I convinced Dru Sellers to attend the drive to the South Carolina Code Camp. He will be attending sessions and helping us with PodcastStudio.net and a soon to be added feature I hope you all will enjoy. We are picking up some new equipment today to help us along with these features we are adding and are recommiting to the project now that Alexander & Julian Inc. is running full speed and we have Joseph to help with recording ...
I see all these posts about TechEd Oz 2006, and people claiming to be in Sydney and loving it :) So where am I? Yes I am in Sydney, but not at TechEd (maybe next year). Yeah! I am here for a project, but am looking forward to meeting some of you guys at the User Group meetings. Sight Seeing - I've been to 'The City' - Circular Quay and Darling Harbour so far. btw Darling Harbour at night is a absolutely beautifull with the lights reflecting off the water. I was kicking myself for not bringing my ...
As I start to ramp up the advertising and collaboration around the Southern Ohio Exchange User's Group I have been approached about an interesting idea. For those unaware of the Southern Ohio geography, Cincinnati anchors the southern border with Kentucky and then approximately 45 minutes north is the smaller city of Dayton. The space between Dayton and Cincinnati has almost been completely developed, and some suggest Dayton could just be a suburb of Cincinnati someday. The Microsoft offices were ...
SQL Server 2005 has lots of new tricks up its sleeve. During our user group meeting this past Wednesday night there was a question about how to use one such enhancement: the PIVOT statement. You can think of this like a two dimensional GROUP BY. It's the same sort of idea as Excel's pivot tables, or the Matrix control from Reporting Services. In this post we'll walk through the process of converting a simple query with JOIN and GROUP BY to use PIVOT. The sample code acts on the Customers, Orders, ...
[Edited Aug 7/06]Remember this post by Chris Williams asking the question about why geeks are sometimes stubborn, or full of themselves, etc.? Well check out the email the leader of the Winnipeg .NET User Group received from a Mr. Right (I've changed his name obviously): [Email Begins]Your next meeting as given on your web-site is six weeks ago. Also, when I hit your web-page, I get an error: Line 599: Object Expected.This isn't on your default main page. It is at the tail end of a script that ends ...
The Arizona .NET User Group is proud to presentLive, for one day onlyEric Sink and Scott Guthrie My friend Scott Cate and I have been busy organizing our biggest function of the year for the Arizona .NET user group. This free all-day event will be held Wednesday September 6th at the Orpheum theater in Phoenix, Arizona. A little about our featured guests: Scott Guthrie is a General Manager within Microsoft’s Developer Division. He runs the development teams that build: ASP.NET, Atlas, Windows ...
I wanted to bring attention to a couple of events that have occurred lately. Firstly, congrats to Canadian Developer Evangelist, and pimp-wrestler, John Bristowe on his recent marriage! You can see pics of the wedding and what looks like the honeymoon at his Flickr site here. Secondly, its with great sadness that the Canadian developer community bids a fond farewell to Sasha Krsmanovic. Sasha has been the main contact at MSDN Canada for the past number of years for us user group leaders, and has ...