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I’m pleased to announce that a new XAML-Based User Group has started in Birmingham, Alabama. The group is being hosted by Michael Crump and Jonathan Marbutt. The reason is very simple: we feel that Birmingham needs a fresh start. We are both very passionate about .NET and are hoping to share our experiences with the community. We have created a site (http://allaboutxaml.net) and our first meetup is now scheduled. We are here to discuss all things that have to do with xaml. This includes Silverlight, ...
Advert alert :-) The UK's only Cloud user group The Cloud is the hot topic. You can’t escape hearing about it everywhere you go. Cloud Evening is the UK’s only cloud-focussed user group. Cloud Evening replaces UKAzureNet, with a new objective to cover all aspects of Cloud Computing, across all platforms, technologies and providers. We want to create a community for developers and architects to come together, learn, share stories and share experiences. Each event we’ll bring you two speakers talking ...
Yesterday at the .NET user group meeting in Kampala Uganda I gave a talk on cloud computing with Windows Azure (details will be in my next blog post). The guys were excited. Without owning they own inftrastucture and at low cost they can build scalable , highly available applications. Not quite. Azure accounts are only available to people in particular countries - none from Africa. I attended PDC in 2008 when Microsoft unleashed Windows Azure. One of the case studies to show the benefits ofr cloud ...
I just got back from Codemash yesterday, and still on an adrenaline buzz. Here's my take on this years encounter: The Awesome Nearly everybody in one place Codemash is the ultimate place to catch up with community friends. This is my 3rd year visiting and I've got to know a great number of very cool people through various conferences, Give Camps and other community events. I'm finding more and more that Codemash is the best place to catch up with everybody regardless of technology interest or location. ...
2010 has been a very good year for me and I wanted to create a list and thank everyone for what they have done for me. I also wanted to thank everyone for reading and subscribing to my blog. It is hard to believe that people actually want to read what I write. I feel like I owe a huge thanks to everyone listed below. Looking back upon 2010, I feel that I’ve grown as a developer and you are part of that reason. Sometimes we get caught up in day to day work and forget to give thanks to those that helped ...
As a farewell to 2010 I'm also saying farewell to presenting my Virtualisation for Developers and Hyper-V for Developers presentations with a final outing at NxtGenUG in Cambridge (my first visit to a user group in The Fens). I may have some homemade nibbles and party stuff to liven up the evening, and a certain Rachel Hawley has suggested a santa hat might be appropriate too. It's going to be a fun night. Sign up details are available here, http://www.nxtgenug.net/Vie... And ...
Last Thursday, the Silverlight Firestarter event took place in Redmond, and was streamed live to a large audience worldwide (around 20’000 people). Approximately 30 if them were in Wallisellen near Zurich, in Microsoft Switzerland’s offices. This was not only a great occasion to learn more about the future of Silverlight and to see great demos, but also it was the very first meeting of the Silverlight User Group of Switzerland (SLUGS). Read the rest of this entry » ...
Phoenix Silverlight User Group Meeting December 1 featuring Joel Neubeck! Come out to Interface Technical Training on December 1 in Phoenix to get some great Windows Phone 7 discussion from Joel Neubeck. As always, pizza and greet-up starts at 6PM, followed at 6:30 or whenever everybody rounds up by the meeting which runs until 8PM. I've got a bunch of WP7 swag I need to get to the facility before I get out of here on Tuesday, and yes I'm going to miss the meeting :( If you're anywhere in the area, ...
On December 2nd, Microsoft is having an exciting event in Redmond: The Silverlight Firestarter. This is a whole day dedicated to this amazing technology, something like an extension of PDC if you like. The program is an exciting overview covering most of the aspects of Silverlight application development, by some of the best experts in the field. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be introducing ASP.Net MVC 3 at the Tampa .Net Code Camp, taking place on Saturday November 13th, 2010. I plan to introduce ASP.Net MVC and showcase the latest and greatest features introduced with ASP.Net MVC3 including: Razor syntax, ASP.Net Web Pages Helpers and NuGet (formerly NuPack). Audience participation is encouraged and will be solicited. Look forward to seeing you all there! Here is the description and bio I submitted: Introducing ASP.Net MVC In this session, we will ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, XAMLCast, Sigurd Snørteland, Brad Tutterow(-2-), Manuel Felício(-2-), Mohamed Mosallem, Lee(-2-), Walt Ritscher, Chris Koenig, and Jeff Blankenburg. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Architecting Silverlight LOB applications – Part 1" Manuel Felício WP7: "OData v2 and Windows Phone 7" Chris Koenig New: "Visual Studio Async CTP for the rest of us…" Michael Crump Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth posted an interesting discussion: A Week with WP7 from an Android User's Perspective ...
Recently I participated in a local user group challenge which involved submitting a project that solved a problem with the fewest bytes. My end solution resulted in one long line of code that at first glance seemed like a series of symbols and letters. While I wouldn’t use such an approach in production code it was nice to go against everything I have been taught about naming and spacing. One optimization that we used was to simplify the if..then..else statement. In C# you could have the following ...
Microsoft is making available user group kits around Windows Phone 7! You get everything you need to put on that special WP7 event: USB drive loaded with “everything you need to put on a fun and informative event” 5 USB drives for your group, containing templates and tools to get started developing apps. Swag including t-shirts, WP7 eGrips and Neoprene phone holders. There’s a limited quantity available, so head over to the site below to order your kit today! http://ms.kpcorp.com/wp7eve... ...
Hi All, I have been crazy busy in the last while, I am hoping that now I will be able to blog about all the things I have been busy with and have the community benefit from the projects and experiences I have had over the last while. Stay tunned for a bulk of Blog posts in the next month!!! I wanted to let everyone know that I will be speaking at the Winnipeg User Group Event on Oct 25 2010. Here is a copy of the abstract. Everyone is welcomed, please help pass on the word and let anyone you think ...
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Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking on MVVM at the Ft Lauderdale ArcSig on October 19th, 2010. We will be covering the concepts and architectural patterns behind MVVM then move to discuss the MVVM-friendly features of WPF/Silverlight including XAML, Dependency Properties, Attached Properties and Behaviors. We will also take a look at some of the available MVVM Frameworks that can help quickly create the necessary structure and setup for an MVVM project including Prism, Caliburn Micro and MVVM Light. ...
I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe Homnick today about the Open Data Protocol. I presented an example on consuming OData in an MVC solution using jQuery. Joe presented on consuming OData feeds in SharePoint 2010/Silverlight 4.0 as well as a nice sample on setting up an OData service interface. I appreciate the opportunity to speak at a user group known for consistently bringing in only the very best speakers and content. At the end of the talk, I was presented with a certificate of appreciation ...
I am honored to start the series of short Blend lessons for the North Texas Silverlight User Group (http://www.ntsilverlight.com ) on October 11th. The first topic will be handling the Grid with Expression Blend. Join us next month for fun with the pathlist box. Today let’s get started with Grids. Put a grid on the canvas and set it to auto width and height by using the set to auto arrow. Also set the vertical and horizontal alignment to stretch. If you mouse over the top or side bar, you will see ...
Our West Palm Beach .Net User Group will be honored to have Scott Klein, Microsoft MVP and Author of Pro. SQL Azure (APRESS) as our October speaker. Scott will be talking and answering all our questions about Azure. Time has never been better for our Fladotnet West Palm Beach .Net User Group. We are fortunate to have a free meeting location offered to us by CompTec and to enjoy the backing and sponsorship of many top notch companies. This support is enabling us to uphold our founders’ vision: Create ...
It has been over a year since the last time I updated my list of Florida technical communities and a lot has changed since then. Joe Healy, our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelist, maintains a list for each of the main areas in Florida, but this only covers the .NET-focused groups. Taking what he has started, I have put together a similar list (based on the information Joe maintains) that covers the other technical communities that I know of. If you are part of a technical user group community ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will have the privilege of speaking with Joe Homnick at the Gold Coast .Net User Group October 2010 meeting about The Open Data Protocol (OData). For this talk, I plan to demonstrate how the Open Data Protocol can be leveraged in an ASP.Net MVC solution to consume data feeds using JQuery. Speaking at the Gold Coast .Net User Group brings back good memories. It was at the Gold Coast group that I first met Alex Funkhouser, Sherlock Technology’s President a little over a year ago. At ...
Yes tomorrow really is the first Wednesday of the month! and Yes, we are having our normally scheduled meeting. The Silverlight User Group meeting will be from 6PM to 8PM at Interface Technical Training (NW corner of Central & Thomas) -- check PhoenixSilverlight.net for a map. Come out for Pizza and networking at 6 then hang around because Ryan Plemons of Terralever is returning to speak on the Windows Phone ...
Joe Homnick, Microsoft Regional Director, was the speaker at both Florida.Net’s Ft Lauderdale ArcSig and West Palm Beach .Net User Group September 2010 meetings where he shared with us how to leverage Silverlight 4.0 WebParts in a SharePoint 2010 solution. We appreciate Joe’s time and look forward to his next visit which we hope would be in the near future. Below are some photos of both events. --Sam Abraham Site Director - West Palm Beach .Net User Group Ft Lauderdale ArcSig- Silverlight 4.0 for ...
Sam Abraham (Me) had the great pleasure of attending and participating at the SW FL .Net Code Camp which took place on September 25, 2010 at Florida Gulf Coast University, Estero, FL. I spoke at two sessions: “ASP.Net MVC” and “SSIS for C# Developers”. I was pleasantly surprised with the high turnout at the MVC session despite the fact that it was scheduled early on that Saturday (8:45 AM). This highlights the growing interest in ASP.Net MVC and its related suite of tools such as Razor, Web Pages ...
Postback 09272010 – I had a pretty great week if you asked me and that led into a good start for this week I think. The first Sharing the Light event with Victor Guadioso was a huge success I think for our User Group and brought a pretty good crowd in for two days. I’m loving Blend 4 So the idea behind Sharing the Light was to get a pretty good grasp on the Blend IDE and build some projects in Silverlight. What I liked was taking some of the project steps and pushing them into some real live app ...
I'm going on tour... talking about WP7 & XNA. (Dates below) XNA Games on Windows Phone 7 DESCRIPTION Chris G. Williams will be presenting 'A Tour of Windows Phone 7 and XNA 4.0'. In this talk, he'll cover what's new in XNA 4.0, especially as it pertains to Windows Phone 7. He'll cover phone features, using the emulator and how to take advantage of the various sensors (like the Accelerometer) and features (MultiTouch, Gestures, Push Notifications, etc) in your games. Rumor has it, he may even ...
It has been some time since I have had an hour or so to do a decent blog post, and finally today I sat down and decided I would just have to make the time. I am itching for some F# programming, but decided to first attempt the 6 Degree’s of Code Challenge that was extended by Garren at the last user group meeting. In essence while Garren never mentioned it specifically, he gave us Euler Problem 3. Since I have already solved the problem in F#, I thought it would be a good idea to do the same thing ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking at The South West Florida .Net Code Camp taking place on Saturday, September 25th, 2010. I will be sharing two topics: “SSIS for C# Developers” and “Introduction to ASP.Net MVC”. With so many great speakers covering a wide variety of today’s hottest technologies, the event is bound to be a great learning experience for all. Looking forward to attending as many talks as my brain can take. :) See you all there! --Sam Abraham Here are the abstract for my scheduled talks: ...
I will be presenting: Topic: Intro to Windows Phone 7 – A different kind of phone Come learn basics about the most anticipated phone platform of the year - Windows Phone 7. See the new design, new methods for developing application and the new opportunity this all brings. Speaker: Nikita Polyakov, MVP Bio: Conversations on Web, UX and Windows Phone. A Microsoft MVP, Speaker and Employed Consultant. Home Theater in free time. Internet Media User Group Bio: The focus of this group is about Photography, ...
The last few months have been extremely busy. Herve and I have been heads down working furiously on the SQL Azure book. There is a light at the end of the tunnel finally, we are wrapping up the remaining couple of chapters this week. Along with that, we put on a SQL Saturday event, and continue to run two local SQL Server User Group in the area. However, as if we weren't busy enough, we have run and presented at several Azure Boot Camps around the area, and I have been asked to be the presenter at ...
There's a new .NET user group forming out there -- in Altoona, PA. I've been lucky enough to listen in on the initial conversations of AltooNUG and I'm excited to hear that they are holding their first meeting on September 21st, 2010! Here's the initial informatioin about the group's first meeting. If you're in or around the Altoona, PA area, you should drop in and pay them a visit. There's a lot of interest in starting this group and I think there will be a lot of activity coming out of Altoona ...
Thanks to everyone who attended the “Flip on LightSwitch!” at the Kansas City Office Geeks User Group last night! Lots of great questions and interaction from the group! As promised, here are the resources we talked about: First, you need a place to play with LightSwitch. As it is beta, a vpc is always a good idea. Currently there are three flavors of the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate VPC: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Microsoft® Virtual PC ...
The West Palm Beach .Net User Group would like to thank our August speaker, Christopher Rushing, Owner and Senior Developer at Webangelo, LLC for coming to our meting and sharing his knowledge about Umbraco, an open source ASP.Net CMS. Umbraco presents an out-of-the-box solution for implementing systems that can be as simple as user blogs to as involved as ecommerce high traffic websites. It can also be easily extended and supplemented with standard ASP.Net User Controls. Umbraco is already a very ...
A few months ago I attended a local user group meeting that focussed on software security. The presenter demonstrated several techniques that one could employ to bypass software security and several “tricks of the trade” that one could implement to make ones software more secure. The presentation rekindled the fire I had for a little research project that I had attempted several months earlier on reverse engineering .Net applications but that at the time I had lost interest in after an hour of unsuccessful ...
Yesterday, Saturday, August 28th, 2010 my door bell rang. By the time I got to open door, I saw the UPS truck pulling away and a package left by my front door from INETA. Opening it revealed a nice surprise. Our West Palm Beach .Net User Group had just celebrated its third anniversary as a member of INETA and the package contained a certificate of recognition celebrating the group’s membership. Along with the certificate came a nice letter signed by Julie Yack, Director of membership, which we will ...
A few weeks ago my local TFS server stopped responding to Visual Studio because of this error: “TFS Service not available: HTTP Error 503”. So this morning while I was waiting for the kids to finish getting ready for school I uninstalled (yes, I lost my existing repository) and started with scorched earth. I received a new error during this installation: TF254043. Here’s a link to a post that fixes a few problems if you are upgrading, using SQL R2, or just can’t get Basic to run the verifications ...

Wednesday night (8/25/2010) I will be presenting Top 10 Ways MVC 2 Will Boost Your Productivity at DC DNUG. This is a brand new user group that just started a couple of months ago and it will be my first time there. I hope to see you there!

In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Shawn Wildermuth, Gergely Orosz, Chris Koenig, Tim Heuer(-2-), Tim Greenfield, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Shawn Oster, and John Papa. Shoutouts: Telerik has announced The Telerik Eastern Canada User Group Tour is Coming... ... check out the cities and don't miss it! Erik Mork and company have my buddy Walt Ritscher on this week: Show 103: Windows Phone 7 Development Hardware with Walt Ritscher From SilverlightCream.com: WP7: Screen Considerations for Developers Anton Polimenov ...
[This email uses the word fab too many times] I am just back from a fab “two centre holiday”. First up was Cumbria, mainly the fells rather than the lakes. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-) Next up was the North York Moors. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-) Definitely recommend the format – although maybe with less rain :-) Which brings me to my change of job which started this week (Aug 2010). The last two years were fab Back in July 2008 I switched from being an ISV Architect ...
I just wanted to put up here a list of upcoming speaking engagements. Mostly, for my own sanity, but just in case you were wanted to see me put my mouth where your money is: August 20th & 21st – St. Louis Day of Dot Net – St. Louis, MO Getting Started With Behavior-Driven Development NHibernate & Friends September 8th-10th – Heartland Developer’s Conference – Omaha, NE NHibernate & Friends October 21st & 22nd – Tyson Developer’s Conference – Springdale, AR ASP.NET MVC: How We Got ...
We’re coming down to the wire here for SQL Saturday #28! We’ve got nearly 600 registered and more are coming in each day! If you haven’t yet registered for this event please do so. This is an opportunity to learn from some very smart folks on a variety of topics that range from SQL Server, BI, Sharepoint to .NET. Great time for making connections, expanding your skillset and helping mold our professions for a better future. Stop by the User Group booth and say hello while you’re there! http://www.sqlsaturday.com/... ...
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It was a pleasure speaking at the Miramar .Net User Group on July 13th, 2010. We discussed some of the basics of ASP.Net MVC as there were some attendees who did not have prior exposure to the Framework then moved to discuss the new features that MVC2 offers as well as the MVC dev tools available in Visual Studio 2010 (MVC Project Templates & Snippets) that make development even easier. Audience was quiet engaged and we had lots of fun discussing MVC2 and its applicability to today's development ...
Next Tuesday, July 13 I will be speaking at the Sydney SQL User Group on "BI Power Tools". I am going to run through some of my favourite free BI tools including (but not limited to) some of the projects that I contribute to like BIDS Helper, the AS Stored Procedure project and PowerSSAS. See here http://www.sqlserver.org.au... for more details and to register ...
In this Issue: Davide Zordan, Alex van Beek, Michael Washington, Jag Reehal, Gill Cleeren, Rob Eisenberg, and Laurent Bugnion. Shoutouts: András Velvárt has a video of an awesome demo of his MIX10 Zoomery app running on WP7: Windows Phone 7 - Mix App John Papa posted all this material from the Tamp Silverlight User Group meeting: Blend, PathListBox, OOB Samples and More from Silverlight Night at Tampa SLUG It wasn't clear from his email, but Rudi Grobler's Mahhala looks like something on-going, so ...
I’m going to toot my own horn here for a bit, highlighting some accomplishments from the last almost-decade I’ve been in the IT industry: Stayed up almost 48 hours straight creating suite of Crystal Reports for a start-up company’s initial product (which launched at the end of that 48 hour period btw). Wrote my own markup language for declaring formatting within an XSL:FO doc that would be translated through a Java app to output a PDF. Introduced initial prototype of web-based application ported ...
Don Demsak, Microsoft MVP, INETA Speaker and Chief Technology Officer at Tellago, Inc was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group's June meeting on June 22nd 2010. Don's talk was so popular that we had no available seats for the group coordinators or our June meeting sponsors from Adroit. Don has skillfully outlined the value of OData from both technical and business perspectives and spoke about many real-world applications leveraging OData today. Our meeting lasted for 2 full hours with ...
First, a link to the blog I can no longer edit because Office Live blew away my digital identity and so I can no longer log into it (the source of a loooong blog about protecting your digital identity sometime when I have more time and after it has played out to the end) so you can check out my previous blog life. http://greentug.spaces.live... The following are the communities I participate in: Green & Sustainability. I run a virtual user group on Green and Sustainability as it relates to ...
I am scheduled to give a presentation at the Miramar .Net User Group on July 13, 2010 about MVC and the new features in MVC2. This will be similar to the talk I gave a few days ago at the LI .Net User Group in NY, yet will have more advanced content since the Miramar .Net User Group already had an introduction to MVC in a previous meeting. Here is the topic and speaker bio: What's New in MVC2 We will start by briefly reviewing the basics of the Microsoft MVC Framework. Next, we will look at the new ...
On the 26th of May 2010 , I made a presentation to the .NET user group meeting (thanks to Malisa Ncube for organizing this event every month … ). If you missed my presentation , we talked about why we should all be building services … better still using the .NET framework. This blog post is an introduction to services , why you would want to build services and how you can build services using the .NET framework. What is a service? OASIS defines service as "a mechanism to enable access to one or more ...