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...and the evals are there to prove it. About 90% of the attendees gave him all 5s and there were several comments like "best user group presenter I have seen". This isn't good for me since I have spoken several times for the UG, but Miguel is a very polished presenter and he knows how to relate the materials he has produced to all types in the audience. The presentation covered Server Controls and even with 4 people in the audience of 40 raising their hands when Miguel asked the question of who ...
On May 31st 2006 Julie Lerman, Jason Beres and I (Dave Noderer) hosted an INETA Live Web Cast talking about what a user group is, how to get started and how to find resources. This was lot of fun, I was amazed a how fast the hour went by. This particular event is at: http://www.ineta.org/Deskto... (Note that I had to set two things in my Windows Media player Tools -> Options “Connect to the Internet (overrides other commands)” and “Enable picture ...
I had a really good conversation with someone today about community. We were talking about why communities exist...what are the hallmarks of a community...who are the people that attend and lead them, and what are their motives. What were the instigating factors that started a community? For those heading up the creation of a community, what are the motives, expectations, and requirements for maintaining the life of the community? What makes a community...and what makes someone want to be part of ...
So I just got way too busy at Tech-Ed to blog every day. The whole thing was a great experience. It turned out that Joel was right about the sessions, I didn't really find them all that valuable, and ended up skipping most of them towards the end. I can catch them all on the DVD's in a few weeks anyways. I found sitting down and talking with the Microsoft guys, or just the other people I met there to be way more valuable to me. I had quite a few conversations with the patterns and practices guys ...
...but nothing as disturbing as some promo artwork that Justice Gray did up for some upcoming Edmonton .NET User Group events. Jean-Luc David is going to be making his final stop on the Western Canada UG Tour in Edmonton on Tuesday. James Kovaks will be speaking soon in Edmonton as well. To commemorate, Justice created this marketing poster: Exactly what sort of market are they looking to attract in Edmonton? So many comments, so much inapropriateness. I do rather like the other option Justice has ...
Well have been a little busy over the last few weeks, and must apologize for not blogging for a while. I have Moved office Twice in the last 3 weeks!!! From Lavington to Wodonga, and then withing the same building in Wodonga :S Have installed Vista Beta 2 on my Toshiba Tecra M5 (CoreDuo 2.0GHz, 1GB DDR-2, 256MB Nvidia Quadro, 100GB HDD) and i must say I'm quite impressed! It works extremely well, the only problem i have had so far is in relation to full screen video (But I'm expecting that the cause ...
So Saturday night we had the youth from my church over for a BBQ...an end of year wrap up event. During that time, we went to the park accross the street and played a game of football. Of course, being 20 years old and a ripped 205 lbs, I didn't feel the need to stretch. Unfortunately, I forgot that I'm actually 29 and closer to 285 lbs...which my body reminded me of yesterday when I realized that I couldn't really get out of my bed...and never mind walking. I'm feeling alot better now, but its still ...
Adam Cogan has a great article about proper website navigation and some rules that should be applied. You can read the article here. I'm going to be doing a webcast with Chris Williams on June 28th on User Group Best Practices. Hopefully Donald Belcham from the Edmonton .NET User Group will be able to join in and offer some insights on what his group has done recently to rejuvinate the Edmonton .NET community. D'Arcy-Ed is winding down (or up depending on whether I want to take some of the new-found ...
At the June Capital Area Microsoft Integration and Connected Systems User Group (MICSUG) meeting on the 22nd, I will be presenting on how to use Extensions to perform custom tasks such as migrating users from one SharePoint Web Site to another, transforming identity information, etc. I found a useful link on MSDN which contains some of the code samples that come with the MIIS installation. Under the Using Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 page, listed are the following of note at least to ...
Our .NET User Group held their second -thon event. This event definitely works for our UG by creating a good turnout AND by GETTING MEMBERS INVOLVED. This will definitely be an annual event for our UG. Both of ours have been in June - last meeting before the summer meetings begin. Here's how ours worked. Pick a topic- that easily breaks into small segments (10-15 minute presentation)- general in nature- that affords opportunity for novice and intermediate information Recruit Presenters (about 6)- ...
This is my first blog post ever. D'Arcy convinced me that I should start a blog to talk about all the good times at Tech-Ed. So here we go. I'm headed down to Boston for Tech-Ed 2006 in a couple days. Should be a great time. This is my first Tech-Ed and I've been looking through the list of sessions available and it's pretty overwhelming. Out of the 700 or sessions available, I picked out about 50 or so I might be interested in attending. I'll probably only have time for about a dozen or so, so I ...
Ok, despite what the timestamp might say, it’s midnight here in CT. A late end to a long day. It started around 530 AM when I got in my car and headed to Iselin New Jersey. Many hours and many miles later, I do declare the day to be another success for Don, Scott and Peter, as well as all who attended and presented. I did 2 talks VB2005 for VB6ers and Meet Visual Web Developer Express. Although the ‘intro’ sessions weren’t as popular as they were at the last Boston Code Camp, those who *did* attend ...
I'm down here in Wichita for the WichitaDevelopers.net Code Camp. I left Lawrence around 5:45 AM and got here just in time. Raymond Lewallen started out with a talk about smarter ASP session and cache use. I can't wait to incorporate that into Where's Tim. Next I talked about using the AJAX.net library. It was the same talk I gave at the Kansas City .net user group last week and I think I did better. Even though Jeff wasn't there to explain some of the "under the hood" stuff, I was able to give a ...
13:30 EST – Day 26, on the plane back home from Kokomo, it was a short trip, I left Monday and I’m already going back home. There a was a welcome change of plan that happened yesterday, instead of going to Winnipeg next Monday we are pushing the date to July a week after we come back from India. This will let me spend next week in Montreal, I have been away for the last 3 weeks and this will be great to spend time with my family before the going for another 4 weeks. I should be able to ...
I attended my 1st Code Camp– 2006 South Florida Code Camp, Feb 2, 2006. Not only did I learn a lot, I had a great time. I learned which of the presentations I should goto...( I have seen David Silverlight, Alex Funhouse, and Russ Fustino’s presentations many times during the year). I think that I should attend new presenters that I have never seen before, and I did. I also learned from every session I attended, and from the many conversations I had with other speakers and attendees. I could easily ...
Tonight we had a user group meeting on XForms. First let me tell you that I think it is a big shame that we don't get Xforms capabilities in IE6 or in IE7.It would get rid of all the javascript hassle and hoops we have to go through to get the simplest things done. Anyway, I've been working with The asp.net 2.0 atlas framework a bit more now. And it is really cool just a shame that i can't use other libraries in conjunction. But I still have to explore the animation api maybe if i can do things that ...
Are you looking to start a user group but not really sure where to begin? Maybe you are part of a user group now but want to get more involved in its leadership. Julie Lerman, Jason Beres and I are dong a webcast for INETA to cover these subjects and answer your questions. I'm very excited to be particpating with Julie and Jason, both “Rock Star“ INETA speakers and long time developer community activists! Jason, Shervin and I (plus a few others) formed FlaDotNet many years ago before ...
Here are again some numbers (May 2006) for INETA Europe: 219 User Groups with 60.000 Developers in 32 Countries - 44 User Groups in Germany, 28 User Groups in Russia, 25 User Groups in the UK and 15 in Poland... 13.000 Developers and a biggest User Group in Italy (again UGiDotNet) and 15.000 Developers and a second largest User Group (VBUG) in the UK, followed by Germany and on the 4th place (believe it or not) Greece. Trivia: largest and one of the most vibrant INETA User Groups and Communities ...
So the Calgary Code Camp has come and gone, and I really hope that Daniel and the rest of the Calgary .NET User Group are proud of the event they put on. They had great speaker selection, and really showed off the local speaker talent. I think the comment of the camp came from an unamed person (who I'm not revealing because I want to try and get him out to our user group next year ;) ) who said “This thing is so hot on my lap, I think it might catch on fire!” Also, congrats to John Bristowe ...
The next user group meeting of the MICSUG will be held on THURSDAY, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. Geoff Snowman will be presenting: Integration - When to use What This will be a useful overview and comparison of the major Microsoft integration technologies, including: BizTalk, Workflow Foundation, WCF, MSMQ, SQL Integration Services, and others. Join us on THURSDAY, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Microsoft Reston office http://groups.msn.com/MICSUG ...
Just got “Writing Secure Code 2nd Edition” from Microsoft, i had been waiting to get my hands on, for a while now dint find time, Dint know microsoft has a few psychics on board else how wud they know…The contests i participated in got me the book but not sure which one was it: Security Shootout or Security Webcasts Contest or someother... nyways, Thank you, Microsoft. Almost Completed with the book and just started to hav fun! now that the content is stored safe up in the gray ...
I'm at our Mexico user group this week and I had a heck of a day yesterday relating to System Restore. I've used System Restore in the past, but never had problems like this. It started with a connection problem that was occurring on a closed loop network. The connection worked, but it took an awfully long time to connect to the web interface provided by a device on the network whereas a ping was almost instantaneous. At first I though IE7 might be to blame, so I rolled that back. No luck. I then ...

Congrats to Chris Williams for reaching his 500th blog post!

To celebrate, he's making available a small video of himself dancing while dressed as Spiderman. There's also a small video of himself and his .NET User Group dance team, “ActiveSync”, doing thier 2005 Gen-Con performance.

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Was talking with Rob Zelt this morning, and he mentioned the INETA Leadership Summit that will be happening at Tech Ed this year. The event is mostly made up of user groups from the New England area, but all user group leadership that is attending Tech Ed is encouraged to attend! I'd love to go...so if someone has a few thousand dollars they'd like to throw my way, drop me a line. ;) D ...
I went over to Geoff Snowman's blog this morning for some BizTalk goodies and sure enough I hit the jackpot. Geoff is the leader of the local Capital Area Microsoft Integration and Connected Systems User Group (MICSUG). Anyhow, his site has lots of goodies, especially from his January 15th post at: http://blogs.msdn.com/gsnow... BizTalk resources: The product site: http://www.microsoft.com/bi... The developer center: http://msdn.microsoft.com/b... ...
SharePoint 123 - Learn SharePoint in three easy (AND FREE) lessons FlaDotNet user groups is pleased to be able to offer these SharePoint sessions that will be held on Saturday afternoons during June. Lessons include both presentations and hands on labs taught and proctored by industry experts. More information can be found at: http://www.sharepoint123.com/ All sessions will be held at Devry University in Miramar, Room #240, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on each of the days. Session #1 - Level 100 - June ...
I realize and apologize that I have not posted to my blog for 3 months. Many people have been getting on me lately to start blogging again. I'm starting to get a good handle on my workload and hope to spend more time on my community commitments including blogging. I also plan to migrate my blog to MSDN sometime in the near future. The current community efforts that I'm working on are: INETA Community Activities Our latest initiative is the INETA Live webcasts. The webcast can be viewed at http://live.ineta.org. ...
So today was my first full day of stuff. We had our Canadian User Group Summit all day today. It was a great time...we talked through a bunch of issues and items, and had a great information sharing session. Guy Barette posted some pic's on his site, which you can see here. I think the best thing that came out of it is the realization that all our user groups are different, and have various needs, but that there's alot of communication and sources of support. It was awesome to hear what's going on ...
It has been a great day one at Dev Teach. I was pleased to see 14 user group leaders at this year’s summit. Wendy and I got a chance to provide a quick glance of our draft plans for next year. I was particularly surprised to see how interested and passionate UG leaders are about Code Camps and MSDN Canada Speakers Bureau. I am sure we will find a way to incorporate most of the feedback we got into our plans for next year. It was a very pleasant day 1 at dev teach, and I look forward to seeing ...
DevTeach at last. One of my favorite developer conferences. I arrived to Montreal tonight, one night before the conference... Somehow I managed to go through security with 3 laptops without being searched AT ALL. Since 9/11, every time I travel with ONE laptop, security guards search my bag insde out. Apparently, a guy with 3 laptops is not a threat at all. Of course, it always helps to have a security guy who is going through MCAD certifications screen your bags. He saw a bunch of Microsoft stickers ...
Roanoke Valley( Virginia) .NET User Group (RV.NUG) Meeting - Tomorrow - Thursday 5/4/06 - 6 pm Our group is growing every month - it's exciting! Tomorrow we have an INETA sponsored speaker - Sahil Malik presenting on ADO.NET - System.Transaction and distributed transactions. I've heard Sahil speak before and he can take a complex topic and break it apart so it's easy to understand. I'm looking forward to the presentation and hoping for a great turnout to welcome him. The summer months will bring ...
The next INETA Live webcast is coming up on May 31 is So You Want to Start a User Group and is chock full of advice from people who have done exactly that!! If you're thinking about starting a user group, don't miss this webcast. On June 28, yours truly will be co-presenting on Best Practices in Running a User Group, so make sure you tune in for that one as well!! If you aren't familiar with INETA Live webcasts, check out the link above. Good stuff ...

INETA Europe with 205 User Groups (and ca. 56.000 Members) in April 2006... User Groups per Country: Germany 44, Russia 28, United Kingdom 24, Poland 13, Austria 12, Spain 9, France 8, Ireland 8 etc. Largest User Group is UGIdotnet (Milano, Italy) with 12274 Members.

[1] http://www.ineta.org
[2] http://www.ugidotnet.it

I just wanted to help get the word out about the BizTalk User Group in Bangalore India. It was set up and ran by MVP Lakshmi Murthy It looks like she has a lot of great things planned including contests with prizes! Get more information at the BizTalk User Group India Forum. ...
Last night I presented "The Provider Model" at the .NET User Group of Kansas City and it seemed to go over pretty well. Presenting a topic like the Provider Model is difficult in a user group scenerio because everyone comes from different backgrounds and for some, it might be their first presentation focused on architecture. If you want the presentation and samples, you can download here ...
I attended my 5th Code Camp this past weekend - Richmond, VA this time. Not only did I learn a lot, I had a great time. I learned a lot as I prepared for the presentation I gave on branding a Windows SharePoint Services site, I also learned from every session I attended, and from the many conversations I had with other speakers and attendees. I could easily turn into a Code Camp evangelist (aka junkie). I think it is one of the best ideas in a long time for training and networking within the Microsoft ...
Had a great time out in Alabama yesterday. I was very impressed by the knowledge of the attendees of my sessions (especially the Aspect Oriented Programming one). I have given this presentation numerous times and had actually gone through and taken out most of the discussion about Inner Type Members aka “Mixins” as they seemed to be a difficult concept for many to grasp but after a mention of them I discussed them anyway and everyone seemed to understand the concept! It was the first ...
Rajesh Setty has a Squidoo lens helping you Distinguish Yourself. He also has a book on on the subject, and based on what I’ve seen so far, I think I’m going to pick it up. Some of this is “7 Habits” type stuff, but a lot of it pertains specifically to how you can distinguish yourself in the IT industry. He says the following: Distinguishing yourself is your answer to rapid commoditization that is haunting almost all professionals in this global economy. Not distinguishing ...
Using a completely ineffective technique to fight spam, Comcast is banning all incoming email that they inaccurately identify as coming from "a residential IP". In effect this simply means that Comcast cannot do a reverse name DNS lookup on our IP address and get back the same domain name that our email was sent from. This of course has nothing to do with being residential or with sending spam. The bottom line is that Comcast customers cannot receive South Sound .NET User Group emails. Indeed, Comcast ...
Thanks to Ron Jacobs, host of the MSDN Channel 9 ARCast show, for presenting at our user group meeting on April 13. If you missed the meeting, you missed a great event. Ron introduced developers interested in software architecture to the types of activities and thought processes that architects routinely engage in and put forth the "radical idea" that becoming an architect is not necessarily the logical career destination of every experienced developer. His presentation was done in a unique style ...

Victoria is on the “code camp” map as of last weekend too. After code camps in Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver, Nolan Zak, a User group leader from Victoria organized the first ever Victoria code camp.

Still to come...Calgary and Edmonton Code Camps. For more info, turn into John's & Jerome's developer blog.

Sasha

How many web casts can you take in a month. Here are 2 web cast series facilitated by INETA. One of them is done by UG leaders and the other one is done by products guys from Redmond. INETA Live! is a series brought to you primarily by user group leaders around the country that have exceptional material they believe would be good to share with other user group leaders. Don't miss these if you are interested in growing your own user group. Check out INETA page for this oneLive from Redmond! is a series ...
Offered in cooperation with INETA, the developer community team here at Microsoft has recently launched the Live from Redmond! series of Live Meetings. These meetings will cover a variety of topics of interest to developers presented by those who code them, the members of the product teams! You can find a full listing here: http://www.ineta.org/Deskto... To find a great local networking and learning opportunity find a user group near you by visiting the INETA site ...
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Topic: MSDN User Group Tour: Windows Presentation Foundation Speaker: Jerome Carron, Microsoft Canada The Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly code named "Avalon") provides the foundation for building applications and high fidelity experiences in Windows Vista, blending together application UI, documents, and media content, while exploiting the full power of your computer. If you haven’t had a chance of working with WPF yet this is going to be ...
Last Friday I went for a training session organized by the .NET user group in Sri Lanka. There were three presentations on; Click Once, .NET 2.0 Data Binding and VSTO. Out of the presentations I found the Data Binding presentation very useful and informative. But the presentation that really caught my attention was VSTO by Dr. Nitin Paranjape. Although the subject has naver caught my interest, the way he presented it was really great. Dr. Nitin is a MVP on Office. He constantly told us about some ...
Dev Connections might be much smaller than Tech Ed (I don't actually know, I've never been there). But I have really had an opportunity to meet and talk at length with some really knowledgable people. Some actually now know my name and speak in the hall (I”m trying to decide if that's cuz they enjoyed the chat or cuz I'm scary). Big KUDOs to Julia Lerman for organizing Women in Technology at lunch today. It was fun and interesting to sit and lunch with Julia, Kimberly Trip and Michelle Leroux ...

We are going to try something new with the .NET User Group in Kansas City. We want to see how the local community will be assisted with a local-only newsgroup for members. With this, I have started a newsgroup @ Google Groups for the User Group. If you are local to Kansas City, come join and help us test this theory out.

Ok, here’s the scene, I’m sitting in the audience at the CTDOTNET user group meeting, stuffing my face with pizza and picking my nose when I hear SB (user group leader guy) say something that resembles my name. <munch><munch>&... There it is again, sounded like my name, something about Web Parts and ASP.NET and now everyone is looking at me, hmm… Wait a minute, is tonight the night I am scheduled to present? Heyyy, I think it is. Everyone’s ...
Last night we had our first software architect user group meeting, at Microsoft offices in Ft. Lauderdale. Microsoft donated the venue and pizza . Quent Herschelman Quenth@Microsoft.Com who just moved down from Atlanta is spear heading this group and naturally had to do the first presentation titled “Service-Oriented Modeling for connected Systems” I have been involved in user groups before which were mostly targeting the developer community, I really enjoyed how Quent got the audience ...
Für alle .NET und SQL Server 2005 Interessierten aus dem Grossraum München: Am 06.04.2006 findet eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der Pass Regional Gruppe Bayern und .NET User Group München. Thema : CLR Integration in SQL Server 2005Sprecher: Sebastian Weber, Microsoft DeutschlandAnmeldung und Anfahrtsbeschreibung: http://www.munichdot.net/Ev... [1] http://www.munichdot.net[2] Pass Deutschland[2] Weblog von Sebastian Weber ...