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I was asked to present on RIA Services with Silverlight for the FUNdamentals session of the East Bay .NET User Group last week. Even though I only had 30 minutes to present on the topic, I decided to show the full development of a CRUD application. With RIA Services this is a straight forward thing to do and still allowed time to explain the concepts in use. The solution found here is the code that was built during the demonstration at the user group. It shows the use of Entity Framework to connect ...
If you're a .NET User Group leader, you probably already receive the INETA newsletter (and if you haven't been getting it, contact your mentor to update your contact info!!) On the other hand, if you aren't a .NET User Group leader, you might not realize that you're missing out on some valuable community info that isn't just for UG leaders. If you want to see what's going on with INETA, and the greater .NET Developer Community by extension, hit this link: (http://www.ineta.org/Conta... ...
Next week in User Group Land... The Twin Cities Languages User Group presents: Comparing Objective-C to Java/.NET (Sept. 10th, 2009) Objective-C, a fossil of a language from the '80s is resurgent: the language of choice for Mac development and, currently, the only language for iPhone development. In this talk, I'll cover some of the history of Objective-C & Cocoa (the Apple standard library for Mac/iPhone), how it differs to languages like Java or C# that you may be familiar with and show you ...
I am happy to announce the launch of the Regina Technology Community. The Regina Technology Community has formed from a consortium of local special interest groups: • .NET User Group • IT Pro User Group • SQL Server User Group • SharePoint User Group We recognize that no technology is an island. We work in technological ecosystems that requires an understanding of many disciplines. Having one community allows us to deliver a wide spectrum of content to our members. It also provides the forum for ...
I am the newest member of the INETA membership team (yay!). I've worked with INETA for over 5 years as a user group leader and have met some really great people as a result. I look forward to working with them and meeting even more (I met a few new people on the very first day I was appointed). I will be focusing on the states of WV, TN and KY. Our user group in western Virginia (Roanoke Valley .NET User Group – RV.NUG) has used some of the resources that INETA provides, but certainly not all of ...
The Baton Rouge Area SQL Server User Group has started up a technology live meeting during lunch time. Please see Patrick Leblanc’s blog for more details in participating both as a presenter and as a participate. This is available from anywhere and is not restricted to Louisiana. Also, even though it has “SQL” in the name the topics can veer off of SQL Server topics such as a topic on .NET development. This is a great avenue to test out your presentation skills since it is a short live meeting event. ...
I’m very pleased to announce the newest technical community to Manitoba: the Winnipeg SQL Server User Group, a PASS Associated Organization! Myself and Michael DeFehr are running this group and are excited to provide a forum for database professionals working in the Microsoft space. Here are the details for our first event: T-SQL Development: Bullet-Dodging and Spoon-Bending Michael DeFehr, Protegra Did you think you could dodge bullets with SQL server? Well if you learn some of these techniques, ...
Tuesday night, the INETA Speakers Bureau Director (Randy Walker) chose to step down for undisclosed reasons. I wish him well and respect his decision. Unfortunately, there's never really a GOOD time for something like this to happen, so as with all departures, a void was created that needed to be filled immediately. As a result, I am stepping in to fill this position. I have served on the INETA Speakers Bureau committee for several years as well as being an actual Speakers Bureau speaker and user ...
To help developers and architects better understand how to leverage the cloud, Microsoft is offering two "train-the-trainer" sessions for user group leaders and influentials. Here's a great opportunity to learn more and present back to your user groups. Sessions are: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 5:00 PM-6:00 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:00 AM-9:00 AM (UTC-8:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Here's What You'll Learn Development tools for Visual Studio ...
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Thanks to Alex and Matt for organising another top DevEvening user group in Woking and for everyone who attended my talk on Hyper-V for Developers. Apologies for over running and hope it didn't stop you from enjoying your meals. I think I achieved a good warm up for Sebastien Lambla's talk on best practices in MVC. For those who weren't there last night, the presentation provides an overview of Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 running Hyper-V, tools that you can install to help you out, ...
I’m not attending SPS NY (or at least I think I will not attend), so I pulled out my speaker submission. I have two full days with my boyfriend to apartment shop and that weekend should be more geared towards finding a place. I really wanted to attend, but priorities need to be placed in other areas right now. I am considering attending SPS Bham, but I am not fully sure where I will be and if it’s at all possible fully. I may speak at theSSWUG.org VConference again this fall (maybe Omaha SPUG and ...

I am very proud and happy to announce that I am now a member of the European INETA speakers bureau.

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The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Phoenix Silverlight User Group will be tonight, Wednesday August 5 at 6pm at Interface Technical Training in downtown Phoenix (Central and Thomas, NW corner). The graphic above is a link to a map :) Adam Wolf is going to be giving the perfect followup to Steele Price's presentation last month by giving the inside scoop on Prism! I can't be there tonight, so Steele will be officiating, and if history proves correct, we should blow the walls out... for some ...
So I’ve been kind of busy lately in Omaha…I have a new gig that deals with FAST and SharePoint, but it’s government so I can’t really talk about it. So far I’ve met a person in Omaha related to SharePoint name Kirk Hofer. He is running the SPUG in Omaha. It sounds like it should be fun. Hopefully we can get a few SharePint’s going in the future. I just did our first unofficial SharePint event in KC…We had about 5 people…We might do another next month to see if we can get more if we hold it in Kansas. ...
This post is the fourth in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #4 – List Active Directory Groups and Users This web part will list each user group and its members, as defined in your Active Directory (or other LDAP server) installation. Step one is to make sure you have the RSSBus Web Part installed. See here for instructions. Step two, make ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, August 26th at the Urbana Regional Library. At the meeting, we’ll recap the previous meeting’s bot bash code challenge. Since the last meeting, several members have begun improving their bots. During the recap, we’ll provide and overview of the challenge for those folks who missed the July meeting and then see whose bot can accumulate the most wins. Following a break for pizza, a little bit of social networking and a demo from ...
With pride we announce that the next meeting of the Dutch Surface User Group will have Dr. Neil Roodyn as a speaker! This is the abstract of his talk: Surface has sex appeal, people are attracted to Surface as a sexy new technology. The development tools make it easy to build Surface applications and yet so many Surface applications fail to deliver the true value of Surface. In this session Dr. Neil will explore some of the things you can do to enable your Surface applications to deliver more than ...
Nov 19, 2008 is a day that lives in infamy. It would mark the last day that Justice Gray would have any online presence for 6 months…a gap of silence that left the entire technology community collectively asking WTF. But then in May Justice resurfaced, the absurdity of the SharePoint Knights too much for even him not to comment on. That turned out to be but a teaser, for when July rolled around we saw Justice burst back on to the blogging scene as if he had never left. We were treated to posts such ...
Do you want... an opportunity for FAME, Fortune, some GREAT information on Tools, Techniques and not too mention just plain fun? (hmmmm, maybe some swag too.. who knows) Then… Make sure you make it to the Tampa Microsoft office by 6:15 PM EDT on 7/22/2009 for the Tampa .Net User Group meeting for the recording of the next episode of “It’s all about the Tools!” Or, if you can’t make that then definitely check out the other episodes and videos on Channel9 - Russ's Tool shed To register for the meeting ...
NewCloudApp is a challenge (some kind of developers contest) for Azure based applications. See www.newcloudapp.com My application (for Ordina.be) called SHPH as submission for this is running on shph2.cloudapp.net. SHPH is an application in the cloud running on the Microsoft Azure Services Platform. Using this application allows sending pictures taken during holidays from a PC in your hotel to PC’s at home via the cloud. The idea is to share your holiday experience directly with family and friends. ...
I went to the Twin Cities Languages User Group meeting last night. The topic was Esoteric Programming Languages and it was quite interesting. Jason Bock (also the UG leader) showed several different examples of languages that you'll never use in your day job, but were still pretty cool (mostly.) The one I was most interested in was Befunge (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... which is a 2-dimensional interpreted language that can modify/generate its own code while running. The whole ...
When my “desire bomb” to become a better programmer finally started ticking I was also reading the book Q.B.Q. The basic premise of the book is changing how you look at situations and how to ask the right questions to solve the problem. My situation was that I wanted to become a “cracker jack” developer but had a load of excuses why I couldn’t learn the tools I needed. “I don’t have time to write good code” *tick, tick, tick* or “Even if I write something well, the customer will change their mind ...
Following my FUNdaments presentation tonight to the East Bay .NET user group on the options available to ASP.NET developers for using AJAX type methods for grabbing information/content from a server from the client side browser, the code can be found here and the presentation can be found here. Once again Beth Massi rocked on the main presentation about VB10, C# 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. Lots of goodies to look forward to. That said it cracks me up that MSFT is adding more capabilities to facilitate ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, July 22nd at the Urbana Regional Library. At the meeting, we’ll be mixing things up a bit. Instead of our traditional speaker talks, we’ll be opting for a more hands-on experience by inviting folks to bring their laptops and Visual Studio (VS 2005 minimum) and trying a simple coding challenge based upon the Boulders contest. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to a laptop or Visual Studio, you can still pair with someone to ...
In January and March 2009 I presented to the East Bay .NET and San Francisco Bay .NET user groups respectively on how to build business applications in Silverlight. The theme of the presentations was to show how developing line of business applications in Silverlight is extremely similar to other technologies like Win Forms, WPF or ASP.NET. I demoed how to build a simple CRUD application in Silverlight hitting a SQL Server database over WCF. The building of the application during the presentation ...
Today marks the day when the Orlando DotNetNuke User group officially has 200 members. It was a year and half ago that I started this group with about 7 members who came and met on a Saturday morning to discuss issues relating to the best open source web portal, DotNetNuke. Will Strohl was there along with a co-worker. Will has been a great member and now great leader of the group. More recently, Will was in charge of putting together the Day of DotNetNuke held last month at the Microsoft Office ...
During the first meeting of the Dutch Surface User Group we had a video crew available who created an impression of the evening. All in Dutch, but if Dutch doesn’t scare you you might want to watch this. We’re looking forward to the next meeting! Tags: Surface ...
I’m going to be presenting this session in Greensboro, NC next week at the Triad Developer’s Guild user group meeting on July 7th, 6:30 - 8:00pm. Check out their website for directions and other details. “Silverlight 3 is expected to hit the web sometime soon this summer and in this presentation you will learn about some of the new features applicable to developing business applications with Silverlight 3. We will look at building solutions with the new navigation framework, accessing, validating, ...
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Phoenix Silverlight User Group will be next Wednesday, July 1 at 6pm at Interface Technical Training in downtown Phoenix (Central and Thomas, NW corner). Steele Price will follow-up last month's excellent presentation with a full LOB presentation this time around. He showed us a little of this last time, but come prepared to learn all about it on Wednesday. Hope to see you there! Phoenix Silverlight User Group ...
Yesterday Telmo Sampaio of Blue Dasher Technologies presented Virtual Earth development with silverlight at the West Palm Beach .net user group and it was more than amazing. During his presentation he demonstrated how one can take the mapping applications to next level with the help of silverlight, now the maps on your application need not be just plain maps with zoom in and zoom out, you can plot any custom silverlight objects on the map and play with them. Enough said take a look at this cool application ...
I'm starting a new usergroup with focus on the Azure Services Platform and .NET Services. AZUG.BE is a Belgian user group with focus on development and architecture of the Microsoft Azure Services Platform. Azure is a cloud hosted development platform for internet oriented applications aimed at high scalability and based on .NET technology. Our goal is to share knowledge and experiences with the .NET community in development and architecture in the Azure Services Platform and the .NET Services technology. ...
Am 23. Juni 2009 ab 19:00 Uhr wird das kommende Treffen der dodned User Group Franken stattfinden. Der Vortrag von Albert Weinert: Das ASP.NET MVC Framework Das ASP.NET MVC ist eine weitere Säule des ASP.NET Framework. Lauffähig ab .net 3.5 bringt es einen anderen Ansatz in die Web-Entwicklung. Seperation-Of-Concerns ist das große Leitbild unter welchem ASP.NET MVC entwickelt worden und und wie man dafür entwickelt. Gegenüber ASP.NET WebForms ist eine ganz andere Entwicklungsart, dieser Vortrag bringt ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, June 24th at the Urbana Regional Library. At the June meeting, I’ll present an introduction to the Mesh and Live Framework as the introductory topic. Following a break for pizza and social networking, Edwin Ames will be presenting advanced techniques for everyday development. The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: Introduction to Mesh and Windows Live Framework with John Blumenauer Intro. Topic Description: ...
This week brings us two conference events in North America: DevTeach and VS Live. Did you choose VS Live for your conference selection this year? If you did, I’m about to share some information that may cause you to re-think your conference decision for next year. Now a disclaimer: I’ve been attending DevTeach for a number of years, and speaking at the last two (as well as this one coming up), so yes I am biased. However, this will be a Michael Moore-esque post: I’ll give you facts, then add witty ...
So I’ve blogged about this a lot. If you read my blog you know how I got started. Kansas City .Net User Group and walking up to the right person at the right time plus meeting the right people at the right events that just clicked as good people (Lee, Brian, Jeff, John, Tim, Michael). I guess looking back over the past 2 years (as of this month I believe?) in retrospect would be nice. I was pretty hardcore into World of Warcraft back then without many friends newly moved to Kansas City. Right now ...
We had a great Phoenix Silverlight User Group meeting last night. Steele Price hosted a roundtable-type discussion on Navigation and MVVM plus gave us a hint of what his Desert Code Camp talk will be about. He has also agreed to repeat the Code Camp talk at our July 1 meeting, so put that on your calendar now! Thanks to Steele, Simon Allardice for babysitting us, and Interface Technical Training for hosting us as usual! If you are not a member of the Phoenix Silverlight User Group Yahoo mailing list, ...
This month Howard Davy will be discussing SharePoint Designer Workflows. He was one of the volunteers for SharePoint Saturday Kansas City. He helped orchestrate the event with me and a ton of other people. As his day job he’s a SharePoint Trainer, so this should be a really good presentation. If you guys are in Kansas City and find SPD a little scary. I would show up just to see what it actually can do. We are meeting as usual this Thursday at 5:45 pm at Centriq (8700 Stateline, Leawood, KS 66206). ...
In Part 1 we downloaded or built from source control. In Part 2 we added UppercuT to our project. In Part 3 we set up the UppercuT configuration. In Part 4 we updated our reference folders if we needed to. In Part 5 we built our code successfully. In Part 6, we checked into source control. In Part 7, we automatically ignored folders for SVN. What are the next steps to take advantage of the power of UppercuT? The Power of UppercuT UppercuT comes with many great features! You now have automated build ...
It’s not that I’m avoiding blogging it’s just that I need some non-SharePoint weekends and weeks. I need to just take some time to chill out. I have three weekends off from events and I am just relaxing and kicking back with friends. I am trying to plan out my move a little more. We narrowed down our options to New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Somerset, Highland Park areas in New Jersey. I am a little stressed right now, so taking some time away from my blog and events for a few weeks is something ...
I presented at the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group last night on the Managed Services Engine. You can get the presentation here. The Managed Services Engine is a CTP technology that acts as a service intermediary. It helps abstract consumers form the services that they call, performing things such as xslt mapping, protocol switching, version mapping and service stubbing (useful for testing unhappy service respone paths as well as development of the consumer before the service is really ready.) ...
Well it look like it’s finally upon us. Soma just announce the availability of it for today on MSDN. Read all about it here. I’ve been busy evaluating it and giving feedback on it for the last 3 years and we finally have some bits that we’ll be able to install and play with on real hardware. There are just soooo many new good stuff in there that I can’t name it all. Brian Harry as a few good post already on this which you can read all about Team System 2010 Overview, TFS 2010 Admin, Operations & ...
I’m speaking again at DevTeach this year in June in Vancouver. Here is a comprensive list of things going on. Party with Vancouver IT community Monday June 8th URL: http://party.cuga.ca/Home.aspx Vancouver IT community is hosting Monday june 8th in Vancouver a DevTeach kick off party. This is the official social event for DevTeach Vancouver. The event is not just for the attendees of DevTeach Vancouver it’s a free event for everyone. It’s a unique chance for the attendees, speakers and locals to ...
The Brandon .NET User Group will be hosting an event this Thursday, May 14th! From their website: In this session we will take you through building a data-driven web site using some of the latest tools in the ASP.NET landscape. We will go from zero to fully-capable site in 10 minutes, then drill deep to cover off how it all came together. Discussion: ASP.NET, LINQ to SQL, Dynamic Data Templates, URL Routing, SQL Server Express 2008 Pizza will be provided. To register for this event, click here ...
For very long time I was thinking why would I start a blog. There are already a lot of blogs out there, most with little or no valuable information at all,or even shameless copy of other people work with no citations whatsoever. And this is nothing more than just a waist of time and disk space, and bandwidth. So the last thing I want to do I to waist someone time, including mine. Then why this sudden change, one might asked. The reason is simple. I have started my graduates studies, to pursue a PhD ...
Well - I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the SQL Server User Group of South Florida this coming May 28 2009 in Miramar (at the Devry University Campus). This group is run by Scott Klein. The topic? It will be on SQL Server Performance covering SQL Server 2005 and 2008. I will be mostly talking about indexes, index strategies, execution plan analysis and tracing... This month, our sponsor if TEK Partners - they will be bying Pizza... so there is no excuse... food, fun and networking! ...
Had a great time on Tuesday (5th May 2009) at NxtGenUG in Oxford. A very friendly crowd, a fun user group and great to watch the banter between Alex and Barry first hand, rather than over twitter :-) I also won a rubber duck – which justifies working in the evening in my book :-) Useful links: MSDN Flash eBook 13 of the “Best Technical Articles of 2008” (also http://bit.ly/flashebook1) MSDN Flash Podcast Pilot For feedback (also http://bit.ly/flashpod1) http://blogs.msdn.com/efdesign The Entity Framework ...
If you plan on attending Tech·Ed, stop by the INETA booth in the Technical Learning Center Community Lounge for your chance to meet other members of the community, including members of the INETA Board, speakers from the INETA Speakers Bureau and User Group leaders from all over. The INETA Walk of Fame will feature well known INETA Speakers Bureau stars and up and coming stars from local communities. Come by and add yourself to the Wall of Stars. During Tech·Ed, like always, we want to hear from you! ...
NOTE: This post is VERY late. Here's lessons I learned. Next year it will be more timely! I admit, I am biased but RV.NUG is the best UG ever! Roanoke Code Camp 2009 showed why I think this. Leadership TEAM. It was the leadership team’s idea to meet for lunch once a week for 8 weeks to plan the event. I thought it was too much to ask; but they wanted to do it because they wanted a great Code Camp and they like networking with each other. RV.NUG and RVSPUG membership GROUP as the core group of attendees. ...