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INETA (International .NET Association) will have a number of activites... The major ones planned so far are: 1. On Sunday, June 5th, INETA will hold a User Group Leaders Summit. This all day event is jointly hosted by both INETA (Developer User Groups) and Culminus (IT Pro User Groups). There will be both an IT Pro and a Developer keynote address plus common and separate sessions and a series of workshops. Any user group leader or people involved in the user group community is welcome to attend but ...
There’s a new Bloggers Guide out today. I missed the March release, (moving apartments, painting, laying floors etc.). There will be a May release in a couple of weeks, and I will add the new blogs that have been submitted (sorry I could not get them in this release guys). The 5MB size restriction of GotDotNet may cause problems in the future, (the current ZIP file is 5.26MB, so I’m not sure when (or if) the restriction will kick in). Get it here. In other news, I am now a BizTalk MVP, ...
Life has been pretty nuts getting started as a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft. Since my wife and daughter are in Japan for two months, I've been doing a lot of travel around the Great Lakes District (Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky) to meet with user groups and community leaders. We have a lot of incredible talent in our district, including great authors, speakers and leaders. One of my personal missions is to show this great community to the world and highlight Great Lakes District as one of the ...
Last night we held the first ever MSDN Canada Inter User group competition. Five groups made it to the finals. The event itself was an uber geek event, with 5 groups in 4 cities jouning in to a giant Web Cast with some 200 people across Canada watching the show. All 5 groups had a party to celebrate the work they did over the past few months. Many of these guys put in hundreds of hours into their solutions. I wanted to congratulate them all on job VERY WELL done. “Unfortunately“, we had ...
Microsoft Learning has partnered with the Visual Studio team to provide developers with additional incentive for registering Beta 2. Developers who register their copy of Beta 2 will have access to a free developer title from Microsoft Press. After downloading the Beta they receive an email telling them about the benefit, and encouraging them to register their Beta. When a user completes the registration process they will receive an email with a link to the online books, and an access code. Each ...
Yesterday was a very busy day for me and a number of other people. The Charleston, SC MSDN event started around noon. We kicked it off by watching “The Code Room“ as people started filing in. Having never taken the time to sit and watch it before, I really enjoyed it. I have a whole new appreciation for Scott Belware now. Glen Gordon did a terrific job presenting. The topics were Web Services Unleashed, Universal Data Access w/ SQL Server 2005 and Publishing Applications Using ClickOnce. ...
UPDATE!! The session was not accepted as it in late and did not get enough votes. There will still be various gatherings during the week, if you are a User Group Leader in Florida, please stop by the INETA booth in the Community Lounge. I've submitted a session for voting at the Teched BOF site: http://www.msteched.com/cfp... (vote early, vote often!). This session will provide a forum for user group leaders, mvp's, developers, regional speakers and others interested in the Florida developer ...
My tudoes to all the new bloggers who have made GeekswithBlogs.net there blogging home on the net. I must add that a lot of people and some very notable names with I share my blog now. I am writing after a whole year - a very eventful one, indeed! I moved over from Pakistan to Australia, got a new job and also studying for a new degree. Witnessed the SQL 2005 Beta, BizTalk 2004 launch and now waiting for Whidbey. I have decided to write again because of my new job here - I am a Microsoft Certified ...
I have been trying to get hold of peer dotnet developers in Dubai for the last 6 months or so, but have managed only 3 of them till now. After hunting for a user group locally without much result, I have started a MS Tech interest group and would like to get more members to the same. I think geekwithblogs.net would be a good place to call for notification in order to increase the group size. Anyone in and around Dubai (or UAE for that matter) please do write to me at codecanvas (at) gmail.com so ...

I'm going to Tech*Ed.....   yippeeeeee!

I just got the email this weekend, I got an INETA scholarship for Tech*Ed.  This is gonna be awesome!

I'll be hitting the User Group Leaders Summit on Sunday, and then Tech*Ed that week.  I can't wait!!!

*happy dance*

The International .NET Association Academic is a sub-committee of INETA with a focus on taking the voice and the needs of academic space and giving it the assistance required to form successful communities and help academics have a say in the workings of INETA. The INETAA Student Committee is currently looking to fill the roles of different project teams and asks the help of the most dedicated and talented students/professionals to take part in the management/infrastructure of the User Group of Academic ...
I'm going to be participating in a Cabana Night on March 8th at SetFocus. What's Cabana Night you ask? Cabana Night is a number of discussion rooms, each with a different .NET topic area, discussion leader, and several experts with a whiteboard. Totally free form sessions. Discussion is open to anything and everything related to the specific .NET topic area. Cabana Night allows the user group attendees to have their questions answered by the experts and fellow developers. The following is a list ...
If you didn't make it to last night's Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) meeting, you really missed a good one. In addition to record attendance (40+ people!!), we had a great speaker (Jim Duffy), great pizza (A Dough Re Mi) and handed out over $1000 worth of .NET related giveaways! Fran Chadwick spent a few minutes getting everyone up to speed on the 2 .NET Study Groups we're sponsoring. One for VB and one for C# for those of us interested in pursuing certification, or just to learn more ...
If you're in the Charleston, SC area tonight around 6:00pm, stop on by... Thanks to INETA and Blackbaud, the Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) is pleased host Jim Duffy of TakeNote Technologies. The topic is Building Web Portals With DotNetNuke 3.0. What’s DotNetNuke, you ask? The short answer is that it’s an open source data-driven intranet or internet portal. For the long answer, please visit (http://www.dotnetnuke.com) for more information. In addition to this terrific presentation, ...
Thank you for Frank LaVigne for possible costing me about $2500 very, very soon. Last nights NJ User Group presentation was about the Tablet PC and I have to say, it was great. Not only did it spark a lot of discussion but the presenter semed to have a good grasp of Tablet development and gave us some cool demonstrations. I've been looking for an excuse to buy one (I like the HP TC100 Slate), and I'm awfully close to finding one. I've always thought they were worth it just for Microsoft OneNote. ...
Welcome back, this post is a completetion to another post. Please read it first in order to get all of this one. Where did I stop last time? Oh, yes. The lunch ;-). After I had my lunch and met some people from and out of . i didn't find myself interested in any of the following 4 concurrent seesion for the 4th period of the day. The I though I could see Hossam Khalifa again and try the “Visual Basic 2005” session though I'm a SHARP guy. The session was more targetted to the simplifications ...
The past several days I have been out at MSFT in Redmond for a series of INETA meetings and other activities. The main meeting Saturday was a gathering of the INETA Working Group which consists of the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, our Executive Director, and representatives from MSFT, about a dozen people total. We spent the entire day reviewing current activities, planning upcoming tasks, and brainstorming about many aspects of INETA going forward. All in all it was time well spent. There ...
International .NET Association Pakistan Chapter, IEEE NED Student Branch, NED.net User Group and Core.net wants to invite you to a Free Seminar on Building Speech Applications by Mr. Adnan Farooq Hashmi on Saturday February 12, 2005 at 2 pm at CIS Lecture Theatre, NED University, Karachi. Click here to Register for this event.About The TopicSpeech is one of the most natural way to interact. When it comes to computers it is no different. If an application can be controlled solely by way of voice commands ...

The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group meeting for tonight, February 3rd 2005 is postponed due to snow and ice.  New date to be announced. If you must drive tonight, please be safe.

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The bold and italic part below is the disclaimer. Were you at the San Diego .NET User Group meeting a couple of nights ago? Paul Sherrif (who did an awesome Whidbey presentation) and I gave away TWO, yes *TWO* XBoxes. There was thousands of dollars worth of books and software given away (as usual), and free pizza (as usual), and superb world-class technical content (as usual), but this is the first time we've given away XBoxes. It may not be the last (I didn't win and wouldn't mind another chance ...
As a newbie in the blog world (about 3 weeks now), I’m extremely impressed by the community attitude and support of the blog community. As an active user group leader and INETA leader, I’ve seen what good community can do. However, my understanding has jumped a few levels after reading a recent blog post from Heather Hamilton of Microsoft about good resume writing. No, please don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love where I’m working and who I’m working with and have no ...
I went to the Kansas City .NET User Group meeting last night. The presenter was Richard Hale on Design Patterns. The content itself was good, but the presentation was not. His tangents were so over the top that any point he was trying to make was lost. He was flat out rude to some member of the audience and some of his references were very inappropriate and unprofessional for such a meeting. To make matters worse, I finally convinced my boss to go to one of these meetings with me. This was his first ...
Tonight is the Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) meeting, which contrary to certain people's opinion is NOT pronounced GC NOOJ. :) Anyway, we meet at Blackbaud at 6:00 and tonight's meeting features Doug Turnure of Microsoft, who will be talking about Indigo and SOA. He's also graciously offered to spring for the (Papa John's) pizza. In addition to Doug's presentation, we will be officially kicking off the 2005 Open Source Mobile Game Programming Expo, which runs from today until the July ...
Yesterday was my birthday (hold your applause) and I took a road trip up to Roanoke VA. (For the record, that's normally an 8 hour drive, which I made in 5 1/2 hours.) The reason for the trip was three-fold: 1) I wanted to see my friends and family and 2) I wanted to attend the electoral nominations of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) that I started back in August of 2003, which just happened to be meeting last night, and 3) because Geoff Snowman of Microsoft was presenting at the RV.NUG ...

I've been considering making the .NET user group a 401c3 nonprofit. Too many potential sponsors won't even consider talking to you if you aren't one.  So... can anyone point me to some official guidelines for setting up a nonprofit organization? I'm in South Carolina.

First person that tells me “Google” gets a slap upside the head with a large trout.  :)

My local user group http://groups.yahoo.com/gro... is having a Game Programming contest. Starts in January, ends in July. We've already got some cool prizes lined up, with hopefully more before long. So far we have an XBox, 1 year of PocketPC Magazine & VB.NET Standard as prizes. I've been thinking about what I want to do, and whether or not I can finish it in 6 months and have it look fairly good. I'm thinking I'll do a card game. Something other than solitaire though. Something with a ...
We had really nice sessions today at our Seminar by Microsoft at NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi. The event started with a Qiraat by our user group member followed by the first presentation by Mr. Vaqar Khamisani who is a Developer Evangelist (DE) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Manager for Microsoft Pakistan. He talked about various activities by Microsoft in Pakistan. Some of the upcoming event are ISV Community days and MSDN Week. He also gave the audience a brief review ...
I meant to add this last week, but I'm a slacker... GC.NUG First Meeting Notes (12/09/2004) As many of you know, we had our first meeting tonight. I'd like to thank all of you who could make it. I had a great time and met some great people. I hope all of you did too. A big thank you to Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet each month.Attendance was good! We had 34 names on the signin sheet, and I know a few more folks slipped in after we got started. I think it was around 37 total.We started things ...
Special Kansas City .NET User Group Meeting - December 16thLocation: Microsoft Kansas City OfficeTime: 6:00PM - 7:30PMTopic: Software in a Service-Oriented WorldIf services are the next big thing—and they are—what impact will this change have on software development? David Chappell will give a perspective on this question, focusing on the impact this move will have on .NET. Drawing from his forthcoming book on Indigo, David will describe how this new technology fits and what it does, ...
The Boston .NET User Group grew out of a core group of individuals who had been active in the Visual Basic Professionals User Group. We wanted “more” in terms of moving into distributed computing and internet-based programming. In addition, we all felt that .NET would be the future of Microsoft-based programming so we wanted to get started as early as possible. My own personal involvement began when I worked for a software company called CODA Finanacials. Some local folks, including Pat ...
I am excited about being appointed to the Board of Directors for INETA along with Julie Lerman. This is a great organization that focuses on building a better user group community amongst around the world through a variety of programs. I have been volunteering with INETA for about 2 1/2 years and it is a fabulous group of people that have a great passion for helping the developer community. I look forward helping make INETA an even better organization in the coming years. We are always looking for ...
You know you're a pimp when you arrive at the CTDOTNET user group escorted by your own Ukraine chauffeur (with a broken headlight)! Carl, you travel in style man. On a serious note, Robert Hurlbut gave a great talk last night at the CT .Net user group about Code Access Security and .Net Security. If you live in CT and are a developer and don’t want to end up being a total loser, you NEED to come to these monthly meetings! Let’s see, Free Pizza, Free Soda, Free Heat and Free Knowledge, ...
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Northern New Jersey .Net User Group (N3UG) and while there we discussed the My Libraries. I do think the overall idea behind them is REALLY cool, however, there are some problems... Where exactly is all the code for the My Libraries? What exactly was the VB team thinking there? In the words of the famed DonXML why didn't they open the source and release them as application blocks??? That way we would have the source code and be able to utilize them and ...
Here in St. Louis, we had the first Code Brew (as we call it)! We have been meeting at user group meetings for the last four years. It is nice to always go to a user group and meet others, network, and see some great presentations. But a few of us wanted a bit more interaction - so born was the idea of a Code Brew. We held the first one in my dining room. Here is the idea of what a Code Brew is and how it can work for you too: A Code Brew consists of a small group of peers (4-10 to be effective) ...
After Julie's public criticism of me, I decided to change the context of this message. If John can keep this group from falling back into a state of disarray, I will be his best friend.I opened my email yesterday and what should appear but a message from my local .NET User Group! Hallelujah! Anywhoooo, here is the guts of the message: Good afternoon, I just spoke to Geoff Snowman the Microsoft developer community champion, based in Maryland. Geoff is the presenter for the MSDN event at Regal - Knoxville ...
I'm a big fan of Halo, and being Canadian, I should point you to the explanation of the differences in Halo 2: Canadian Edition (thanks Bruce). Seriously though, I'm really anticipating the release of Halo 2. I'm not sure why--I don't even own an XBox. I'm not going to buy one for a single game, although I think Microsoft is hoping a lot of people will. I better get to some user group meetings in the hopes of wining one. BTW, if you live in the Toronto area, don't go to the Toronto Visual Basic User ...
Das Programm für den .NET User Group Treffen am 03.11. steht fest : Vortrag " SQL Server 2005 (Yukon) - The next Generation", Daniel Zeiss Vortrag "ASP.NET 2.0 (Whidbey) - Automatische UI-Generierung und sonstige Zauberei ", Thomas Hemmer & Damir Tomicic Diskussion Für User Friendly Fans gibt es neben den Häppchen und Getränken noch einen zusätzlichen Grund zu kommen, nämlich die Verlosung der deutschen Dialektausgabe, gesponsort von O'Reilley Verlag. Weitere Informationen ...
INETA has giving the Kansas City .NET User Group the luxury of having Jeff Prosise speak at our group tomorrow. Unfortunately, I will be out of town during the presentation. If you are in the area, this event is highly suggested. I'm leaving for the airport in a few minutes to catch a ride to Kansas City. Tomorrow night I speak to the Kansas City .NET SIG. Join the fun if you're in the area. I have a new prop to try out in tomorrow night's talk. I won't say what it is so I won't ruin the surprise. ...
I run a successful .NET user group and also work with the International .NET Association as Chair of the Marketing Committee. As such, I tend to get quite a few inquiries about what is involved in starting and running a user group. It's a lot more work than you might think. It was certainly more than I thought it would be. Going in with your eyes open will go a long way towards ensuring your success. To that end, I have outlined my experiences here. I hope that you will find them valuable. Here is ...
ESS, Event Share Specification, is currently in it's 0.91 version and will be where it will stay until something major is needed for future usage. It is drafted format, it was sampled for usage inside an RSS container element. We took this approach because at the time, RSS was the most popular source of syndication, but wouldn't always be. Now that Atom is gaining popularity, I have decided to add an appedix to the specification with a sample usage of ESS inside an Atom container element. The sample ...
Looking for volunteers If you live in or near Hamilton, St Catharines, Niagara Falls and have some free time, I want to talk to you. I want to get a .NET User group going that serves the Southeastern part of Ontario. I think we need one as the closest ones are the Kitchener-Waterloo and the GTA clubs which if you don't work in Toronto will take you 60-90 minutes to get to a meeting. I really want to get this going before the end of the year, so if anyone wants to help, leave a comment with you email ...
There are two local user group meeting in the Kansas City area this evening. Shashank Date will be speaking about CodeSmith at the Kansas City SQL Server Users Group. Here is a map to the event. At the Midwest FoxPro User Group meeting, Chris Bohling will be presenting “Beef up the Security of VFP Connections to SQL Server” and “Could an Installation Utility Blow Your Mind”. More information on Chris' topics here. Find the map here ...
Thanks to Chris, Scott, Julie, Devin, etc. etc. for working out the logistics of the Great Count for INETA. I hope that all of you INETA user group leaders from all around the world get your information in and are having a great October of INETA user group events ...
INETA has launched what is being referred to as the Great Attendance Count which I have been coordinating. We are collecting the number of people that attend user group meetings during October 2004 for INETA user groups as well as their total number of members. If you are a user group leader for an INETA user group you should have received an email with details yesterday. If not, visit http://www.ineta.org/survey... and enter your information. BTW, all user groups that ...
I recently attended a meeting of the INETA Board of Directors and Committee Heads as the Co-Chair of the User Group Relations Committee. In addition, our MSFT representatives Heidi and Amy attended. For those of you that do not know, INETA is an independent non-profit organization that provides resources and services for .NET user groups around the world. Even though I have been volunteering with INETA for about two years I only moved into the Co-Chair position this past May so this was my first ...
INETA, a non-profit organization dedicated to thesupport of Windows-programming based user groups, isadding two new board members.In the search for these new additions, we are askingfor either your application and/or suggestions forthese posts.INETA will decide sometime in November. A boardmember's position on the board lasts for three years.If you are interested, we ask for you to submit asmall "resume" (of sorts) which details out yourinvolvement with INETA and/or community-based usergroups. (Send ...
Das Oktober-Treffen der .NET User Group Franken reiht sich in die Reihe der Events wie Oktoberfest oder Oktoberrevolution ein, die zwar Okober im Namen tragen aber in einem anderen Monat stattf(a)inden. Aus organisatorischen Gründen findet das Treffen erst Anfang November statt: Termin:Mittwoch 03.11.2004 um 19:00Ort:Astrum GmbHAm Wolfsmantel 291058 Erlangenhttp://www.astrum.de Anfahrtsplan: Hier klicken Weitere Informationen http://www.dodned.de ...
It has been very tough couple of weeks, both in terms of work loads and emotional stress. However I was able to find some time to speak on .Net on a couple occassions. Following is the summary for recently held events:1. I hosted a session on Design Patterns and Application Frameworks at Karachi University on Saturday, 18th September, 2004. (I will update the event details in my next blog entry)2. I was invited by Mr. Viqar of Microsoft Pakistan to deliver a presentation at MAJU last week (i.e. Saturday,2nd ...
The INETA board meets every 3 or 4 months face-to-face to go over issues that INETA faces and plan for the next quarter. This last meeting (last Saturday) was very special for us. INETA brought in the board and a representative from each of the INETA committees (UG Relations, Marketing, Infrastructure, Academic and Speakers) to meet with INETA's first full-time employee. Our new employee (name to be announced soon) will start on November 1st, but came to meet us at our meeting over the weekend. This ...
It was a good day for me after being declared as the best volunteer in the Middle East / Africa Region. I have been awarded with a ViewSonic Pocket PC V35. I am proud to be a volunteer for International .NET Association (INETA). I want to thank all NED.net and other user group members who are always so supportive, INETA Pakistan team members, my friends and colleagues, my family and above all Allah. Here's a look at my PDA. Zeeshan Muhammad.User Group Leader - NED.nethttp://nednet.blogsp... ...