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I don’t really want to make an “End of 2009, beginning of 2010” post. Mostly because we’re almost in February, but also because I’m sure both of my readers could care less. I do, however, want to mention what I’ve been up to (mostly as just a shout out to all the cool events and people). Last year became SUPER busy right at the end, and so far this year, it’s been exciting too. I have been traveling quite a bit around the Midwest, speaking at user groups and Code Camps. I did HDC last October, then ...
The day started a bit early today as we have to present a small session at Community Tech Days @ Hyderabad which was confirmed today itself. The event went very well, over 200 attendees have attended the event. Speakers from various states came to Hyderabad to attend the event. I first met Harish Ranganathan, my favourite evangelist, after entering the hall. Hima Bindu delivered the first session on Web Development Enhancements in VS 2010 which was very interactive and informative. Next Arun Ganesh ...
Hey guys so if you want to download my databinding demos and hello world demos here you go: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... My slide deck from Virginia Beach alongside my 2007 demos are also posted up on my Sky Drive. The WCF Demos should work. You must remember though that if you are using a cross domain webservice that you need a policy file at the root of your IIS Directory. In the upcoming months as time permits I will post more demos. I’m sorry for the recent neglect ...
We are now accepting speakers / presentations for Roanoke Code Camp 2010 (western Virginia) being held on Saturday, March 13th at Virginia Western Community College. If you have presented at a past Roanoke Code Camp -- welcome back! Our past reviews tell us we want you back. If you've never presented at a RCC, welcome! We will be having 4-5 tracks this year with topics including .NET anything and everything, SQL Server and SharePoint. If you are passionate about a topic you feel the Roanoke Valley ...
I am very excited to announce the Community Megaphone Podcast. It is a new podcast hosted by myself and G. Andrew Duthie (aka devhammer) that focuses on community as well as technology. The guests will be developers and speakers that you would find at your local user group or code camp. Our hope is that this podcast will help you, as a developer, to learn more about speakers in your area and encourage you to visit your local user groups or code camps. The podcast is part of Community Megaphone and ...
FL Dot Net User groups are conduction the Florida Microsoft Community Speaker Idol competition through out various dot net groups. The purpose of the Microsoft Speaker Idol competition is to enable lesser known members of the technical community to be recognized for their talents and speaking abilities. For more details on the competition please visit Florida Microsoft Community Speaker Idol As part of the first phase of the competition we are holding a speaker Idol competition at the Fort Lauderdale ...
There's a lot of good stuff going on this week in user group land. Monday, 1/11/2010 - 5:30pm Twin Cities Java User Group (TCJUG) Please see www.TCJUG.org for more details on monthly meeting topics, and to register as a member. Tuesday, 1/12/2010 - 6:00pm Twin Cities Developers Guild (TCDevGuild) TOPIC: Building Peer-to-Peer Applications with .NET - Jeff Brand Please see www.twincitiesdevelopersgui... for more details and to RSVP for this meeting. Wednesday, 1/13/2010 - 5:30pm TechMasters North ...
So today, on Twitter, I asked what I thought was a simple and straightforward question. It went like this: Poll: For those of you with .NET UGs. If there was never an INETA, would you still have started your group? tag replies #INETA For the most part, I got some pretty good responses. No real surprises. Most people who started user groups hadn't even heard of INETA prior to starting their group. There were a few exceptions, of course, a couple of folks said that they might not have started a user ...
The next ‘in-person’ meeting for the UK SOA/BPM User Group will be held on the 27th of Jan in Paddington – London, check out the details here, and if you’re coming – be sure to come and say hi – I’ll probably be the loudest chap in the room. again. And even before that, on January 12th, an online meeting will be held with the title ‘Developing Composited Solutions with Sharepoint and SAP’ ...
Here is a list I have compiled thus far and will probably post as things come up: SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach (January) Baltimore SharePoint User Group (January) SharePoint Saturday Boston (February) Raleigh SharePoint User Group (March) The Expert’s Conference (April) New York SharePoint User Group (May) I am going to attend SharePoint Saturday New York and maybe help out a little. I will probably also attend the Northern NJ .Net User Group and Princeton SharePoint User Group and possibly ...
Every time around this year we have about 800 blog posts on how great or how horrible or what happened in the year or the decade. The decade is closing and I will say this that it was one of my favorites. I graduated from high school, college, and I started my first real job. I was active in LGBT rights clubs, Interfaith Clubs, .Net User Groups, SharePoint User Groups. I lead the planning of 2 successful SharePoint Saturday events. I attended these events: MOSS Camp St. Louis (2008 and 2009) Tulsa ...
Wow, it only seems like just last week I was sitting at my PC trying to determine what I was going to concentrate on in software development for 2009. I had also just started the Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) in September 2008 and I was trying to figure out how to get speakers scheduled. Then, things started to quickly fall into place. My local INETA mentor, Frank La Vigne, provided me with a few names of well respected .NET MVPs who would most likely be interested in speaking at FredNUG. (Thanks ...
I consider myself extremely fortunate. I go to work everyday and do something I LOVE to do and I get paid quite well for it. Everyone should be that lucky. But about once a year I go through what I call, "Code Burn Out". I still enjoy what I do, I just don't come home and work on my own stuff. I don't spend all my time reading about software development and practicing to make myself better. I spend very little time on Twitter, and I don't even get on my computer very much after normal working hours. ...
In an effort to better serve the Chicago architecture community here is a preview of upcoming topics. January – Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control Containers February – Amazon Cloud Service March – Data Integration Architecture Future: Document Generation Architecture Technorati Tags: Chicago Architects Group,CAG,architecture,user group,PSC Group ...

I'll be speaking tonight at the Philly .NET user group on the Entity Framework, if your in Philly and are at all interested in checking out the Entity Framework, come on out.  Details: http://www.phillydotnet.org/Default.aspx?tabid=809

This nugget was generated by a fellow developer from the London .Net User Group who was trying to use multiple monitors with a virtual machine running under VirtualBox. His guest operating system was Windows 7, and he was attaching from a Windows XP host operating system. I did suggest he might look at VMWare Workstation to run guest operating systems and this happily supports multiple monitors, even if the monitors are different sizes. Even the latest free VMWare Player can handle multiple monitors, ...

We have recently setup fa partnership with Pluralsight for the UK SOA/BPM User Group and they have extended a special offer to our members who are currently unemployed and want some training to help them get into employment again.

Please refer to the following link for more details:

http://uksoabpm.org/SpecialOffers.aspx

Technorati Tags: Silverlight,WPF Linked In Talk - “Beyond Silverlight with WPF” with Mike Taulty Mike Taulty spoke for the Linked In .NET User Group via Live Meeting. He showed a bunch of different items and a number of usefull links: “WPF Airlines” Logical Pixels Tiled image brushes Tiled geometry brushes Tiled visual brushes Path based animations 3D Cube with ambient light and spotlights 2D on 3D integration Documents HTML Frame Control Ink and Gestures Code - Ink and Gesture Code - Speech Unified ...
Considering doing a presentation at an upcoming code camp or user group in the spring? Have a really interesting .NET-related topic that you would like to share with other developers? Then come to this month’s Frederick .NET User Group meeting and present your stuff! FredNUG is mixing things up a bit this month. On December 15th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, we’ll start our “15 Minutes of Fame” presentations. Anyone interested in presenting their ...
Last night (3rd Dec 2009) I was lucky enough to be speaking at my local (and most excellent) user group http://www.dotnetdevnet.com/. There were plenty of mince pies and lots and lots of swag to give away – plus great questions and chats in the breaks. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Slides: Entity Framework 4 In Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 - ericnel View more presentations from ukdpe. Links from the session: Install VS2010 Beta 2 http://bit.ly/vs2010b2 LINQPAD beta for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 http://linqpad.net/Beta.aspx ...

There's a new NINE Questions posted, over at http://www.NINEQuestions.net featuring Robin Edwards... God's gift to the .NET User Group scene in Southwest Virginia.

Enjoy.

I met Robin back in Roanoke, VA about 6 years ago at the first meeting of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group. She loves to point out that this meeting also happened to be at an IHOP (hey, it was my first user group and it seemed like a good idea at the time...) Robin and I became fast friends and she inherited the user group after I moved away and has kept it going strong to this very day. She is definitely one of the coolest people I know, but I'll let you find that out for yourself, by reading ...
Between work, life and umm... more work, I haven't really had much time for blogging *lately. (*for varying definitions of lately, the most accepted being "several months.") It hasn't helped that 99% of the random crap I usually spew onto this blog could apparently be summarized in 140 characters or less. Looking back, I guess Twitter damn near killed this blog. That and being **extremely sick over the last few weeks didn't help much either. (**Diabetes sucks, whether you ignore it or not. I've tried ...
After a lengthy break, the user group support kits from Microsoft have resumed. FedEx dropped off a big white box this morning, so if you are still awaiting yours... it should be there when you get home from work (or maybe in the next couple days.) User Group leaders didn't have the option of picking and choosing the contents for this cycle (or any future cycles, I would assume...) but don't fret, the contents are quite good. Assuming all the "Dev Group" kits are identical, this is what you can expect: ...
Amir Barylko will be presenting on Automocking at the Winnipeg .NET User Group event on Thursday November 19th! Mocking is an excellent tool to allow us to focus on testing a particular class without worrying about the dependencies. However, setting up the dependencies can be a tedious, repetitive task. We will see how using an IoC container combined with Rhino Mocks will help us to define base classes to target on testing just one feature at a time. Amir Barylko is an IT consultant with 14 years ...
I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. This past Thursday was the last user group meeting of the year and the last meeting with me present as leader. Next week I am meeting with about 4 or 5 people to hand over the KC Office Geeks. Every so often I look back and reflect on where I have come in the past few years and how I got to this point in time. We have 177 people on the mailing list and an average from 15-20 people at each meeting. When Jeff handed off the group to me we were average 3 people per ...
The next Winnipeg SharePoint UG event will be on Tuesday, November 24th at 5:30 PM. Same location as always: 17th floor conference room at the Richardson Building (One Lombard Place). Pizza will be provided. Presentation abstract is below, and to register please visit our registration site here. Architecting SharePoint Solutions Presenter: Juan Larios During the last year or so, Juan Larios has been working for a local client and has had a chance to architect solutions to common problems that many ...
First of all, you should go to this site to read about the ten reasons you should learn and use web standards. Next, you should travel to DNNCreative website to read an article by Stuart Colville entitled Become a better Standardista. Finally, you should travel to the Wrox site to read the Wrox Blox that Cuong Dang wrote on DotNetNuke and Web Standards. Many companies need to sell to upper management why they should have a DotNetNuke site and web standards often comes up in this conversation. Cuong ...
In this Issue: Bob Thomson/Storm Ideas, Danijel Stulic , René Schulte, Jesse Liberty, Windows Client.NET, Sergey Barskity, Jeff Prosise, Vikram Pendse, Frank La Vigne, and Tim Greenfield. Shoutout: Damian Schenkelman posted that Prism 2.1 (Composite Application Guidance for WPF & Silverlight 3) just released (updated version for Silverlight 3) When you think User Group you think of a bunch of geeks sitting around, but holy crap... check out this stellar crew: Launch of the Dutch Silverlight and ...
A few months ago I received an email from Rob Houweling explaining his ideas for a new Dutch usergroup, focused on Silverlight, Expression Design and Expression Blend. I’ve had been playing with the idea of a Silverlight usergroup myself at the time, so I didn’t have to think very long about joining. After meeting and numerous emails between six silverlight enthusiasts(Rob Houweling, Mark Monster, Koen Zwikstra, Antoni Dol, Eric van den Hoek and me, Timmy Kokke) the plans are worked out and it’s ...
Carolina Code Camp Fall 2009 We had an outstanding code camp earlier this month. Greensboro NC, Greenville SC, Columbia SC and Charleston SC all joined with Charlotte to produce a regional event. We had over 230 in attendance, a new record. As always, CPCC afforded us an incredible venue. We had a nice assortment of Hands on Labs and an incredible array of presentations. Thanks again to all the user group leaders, MVP and local experts that shared their talent and passion with .NET geeks from across ...
We have scheduled for a .NET Usergroup meeting next week on the 30th October 2009. I arranged with our training department and they have agreed to ensure that we have the room, support in resources including a laptop, projector and anything else which may be necessary. Happy days! They have also guaranteed that we can have the room each month on the last Friday. I had been in communication with Craig Murphy, who took up my tweet and made it his task to see how we can get helped in making this possible ...
TCCC7 is just around the corner (this weekend!!) and it looks like this one will be the biggest ever (again.) We have a terrific lineup, featuring intro talks on CSS, Ruby, XAML, Silverlight 3 & Robotics Studio. For the more seasoned developers Donn Felker has a great talk on the Spark View Engine and you definitely don't want to miss Adam Grocholski's talk on Code Generation. The architects among you may also enjoy Jordan Terrell's Domain Driven Design talk. Just like last year, we're holding ...
I’m very excited to announce the first Silverlight Winnipeg meetup! When: Tuesday October 27th, 5:30 PM to Whenever Where: Kings Head Pub (click here for a map) What: … The “What” may seem a bit different from other user group events that you’ve been to. For one, we’re not just aiming for Silverlight Winnipeg to be another user group. We want this to be a community of Silverlight developers and designers, people that are already immersed in the technology and want to connect with others who are like ...
Well, today I had the honor of attending the first annual SDEC09 Conference hosted by Protegra. This event was similar to the Winnipeg Code Camp, where they had three trains of presentations going on all day. Well, it was a wonderful conference, well worth the $100 Early bird price, as I had a chance to sit in on some amazing presentations. Let's take a look at some of the topics presented that I attended. Introduction to Agile Developement - Presented By Steve Regalsky Well, I've heard of Agile ...
Tonight in User Group land: The Twin Cities Developers Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month, and tonight's meeting features Donn Felker of Agilevent. http://www.TwinCitiesDevelo... Topic: Testing with Mocks: Test this, test that, no problem. But what about when we need to start building full object graphs into our test in order to test an interaction or state? Yeah, Houston, we have a problem. With mocks we can streamline development by mocking out dependencies. Mocks will allow ...
Over the years, I have met many user group leaders (and been one myself a few times) and I often hear this question, or a variation of it... "I'm in a pinch, I can't find a speaker, I've got a new guy who wants to try speaking... Where can I get already prepared presentation materials to use at code camps and user group meetings?" Well... I am thrilled to announce that Doug Turnure from the Microsoft Marketing team has been leading an effort to compile these materials. He’s made about 40 presentations ...
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Phoenix Silverlight User Group will be Wednesday October 7 at 6pm at Interface Technical Training in downtown Phoenix (Central and Thomas, NW corner). The graphic above is a link to a map. This month we are going to do something a bit different. If this works, then I won't be so stressed when I have trouble arranging a speaker. We're going to have a round-table discussion (or two). Come prepared to ask your questions and to answer others. We've got at least ...
I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I have some upcoming speaking engagements coming up throughout South Florida. Yesterday I was in Naples, Florida speaking at the SW Florida .NET Code Camp, speaking on a lot of the new things coming in ADO.NET 4.0 Entity Framework (obviously ). I completely ran out of time as I tried to cram a bunch of topics into an hour. I talked about Model-First development, POCO, and T4 templates. I first gave a brief EF introduction to those who were new to EF, ...
Global 360 are a new partner who have joined the user group and have contributed a few interesting ideas and suggestions for the user group. The plan is at this short online meeting they will do a small introduction to who they are and what they do. From here we can suggest things that user group members would be interested in knowing more about and one of the Technical Architects from Global 360 will do a deep dive BPM session at a future SBUG event. Signup for the meeting at: http://sbugminihelloglobal3... ...

Jean-Pierre Auconie from the Microsoft EMEA BizTalk Team and the creator of the BizTalk Messagebox Viewer tool will be joining us for a web cast for the UK SOA/BPM User Group on 13th Oct 2009.

For SBUG members to register for this event please refer to:

http://sbugminimessageboxviewer.eventbrite.com/

 

October Meeting - 8 October 2009 6PM Our next meeting on October 8th, 2009 at Blackbaud on Daniel Island will feature the Greater Charleston .NET User Group meeting in one room with the brand new SQL Server User Group meeting in another room. Both groups will meet at the same location on the same night so you have a choice of which session you’d like to attend. This month the Greater Charleston .NET User Group is pleased to host Microsoft Developer Evangelist Glen Gordon who will give a presentation ...
There are several very good DotNetNuke books that are currently available but there are few reviews for those books. I found that to be odd because several people that I know either purchased the book or received it for free at a code camp event or user group meeting. Your review is important to those that might be interested in purchasing the book. Please take the time and effort to support the authors who wrote the books. Tell us what you think. Did you like it? Not like it? Did the book help you? ...
I was having in interesting discussion with Yossi Dahan following a recent SBUG meeting, as most user group sessions go the meeting was good but there was also some good discussion in the pub afterwards. Anyway we got onto the subject of caching and BizTalk and we discussed a few things I wrote ages ago about using NCache with BizTalk. As a follow up to this discussion I ran a few tests to get some rough figures to show some of the benefits of caching of data in this context. The previous article ...
The Roanoke Valley SharePoint User Group (RVSPUG) held it's first "event" last Friday (September 25). The group is hopes to grow and increase community awareness by hosting the event during the workday (as opposed to the weeknight monthly meetings). Special thanks to Susan Lennon, SharePoint guru, speaker extraordinaire from Virginia Beach. She delivered two informative presentations back-to-back and answered many questions from a very interactive audience (typical Roanoke!). Susan has posted the ...
Muljadi Budiman was the top-rated speaker at the recent St. Louis Day of .NET event, and it’s easy to see why. His presentations are energetic, humorous, and packed with useful information. At tonight’s St. Louis .NET User Group meeting, he zipped through an overview of Visual Studio 2010 and 4.0 features of C#, VB, WPF, the CLR and the DLR in a little over 90 minutes. Highlights included: VS2010: multi-monitor support Call Hierarchy visualizer “Navigate To” improvements “Consume-First Development” ...
I’ll be very busy over the coming weeks wrapping up a big project for a client so I won’t have much time to write. Here is a brief update on happenings. This week I was able to purchase my PDC 2009 ticket. I am very much looking forward to this event as there are a LOT of exciting topics with the upcoming releases, Office 2010, VSTS 2010, and .NET 4.0. I’ll be pretty busy after this event doing presentations at work, for clients, and a few user groups in the area after learning more at the PDC. Next ...
This isn't necessarily Silverlight, but it's important to bloggers, so I'm using that tag. If you're not using Grafitti and don't care to read my rant, just delete! I was using the free version of Grafitti for our Phoenix Silverlight User Group. I really didn't feel I had the time or inclination to write yet another site, and nobody was jumping up and down asking to do it for me :) Notice I said 'was'. During the Silverlight FireStarter yesterday, I wanted to Twitter that we also have a User Group ...
This is a great week to be in Seattle... and no I'm not... but hey, keep reading! As announced by Tim Heuer: It’s Silverlight week in Seattle beginning tonight at the .NET DA User Group meeting with none-other than the illustrious Silverlight Geek TM himself, Jesse Liberty presenting on .NET RIA Services! Tomorrow is a Silverlight Nerd Dinner where you can feel right at home with others that don't have a clue about what fork to use, or why doesn't all food come either rolled up or flat and easy to ...
September Meeting - 17 September 2009 6PM Two meetings for the price of one! This month we start up again after our summer break with a new twist to the user group experience here in Charleston…now you get 2 user groups for the price of 1! :) Our next meeting on September 17th, 2009 at Blackbaud on Daniel Island will feature the Greater Charleston .NET User Group meeting in one room with the brand new SQL Server User Group meeting in another room. Both groups will meet at the same location on the ...