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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla

The Twin Cities Developers Guild is having their first meeting (and kickoff cookout) tomorrow evening (Tuesday, July 8, 2008) at New Horizons of Minnesota. The cookout begins at 5pm and the meeting begins at 6pm. Come out and have a burger or brat with us and stay for our featured speaker (see below). 

If you can't make it this month, be sure to catch next month when we'll have Rocky Lhotka introducing CSLA Light (CSLA in Silverlight.)

All we ask is that you RSVP to  so we can provide enough food for everyone.


Do the Twin Cities really need ANOTHER .Net User Group?
There are two answers to that question. The first is YES, we think so. The second is that we aren't a typical .net user group, even though we focus on Microsoft Technologies. We use the term Developers Guild to imply more than just a roomful of folks sitting around listening to someone talk.
Our objective is to bring the various special interest groups of the Twin Cities together and also provide our own events. We think you'll be pretty happy with the results.

July 8, 2008 - Guild Kickoff Meeting and Cookout
When: Cookout at 5:00 PM, Meeting at 6:00 PM.
Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435)  (
Cookout Details: Show up at 5pm for our kickoff cookout. We'll be serving burgers, brats and hot dogs for an hour prior to the meeting beginning at 6pm.
Jason Bock   
Topic: Writing Better Code

It's one thing to write code that will do the job in the short-term; it's another challenge to write code that can stand the test of time. In this session I'll show you how you can use tools and features in VS 2008 (e.g. unit testing, Code Analysis, Code Coverage, etc.) to assist you in making your code maintainable over time, easy to understand, and resilient to defects.

Speaker Bio:
Jason Bock is a Principal Consultant for Magenic, and is also a Microsoft MVP. He has worked on a number of business applications using a diverse set of substrates and languages such as C#, .NET, and Java. He is the author of "Applied .NET Attributes", "CIL Programming: Under the Hood of .NET", ".NET Security", and "Visual Basic 6 Win32 API Tutorial". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University.

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