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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 #

216x100-Win8-30Days-blueBegin your 30-day journey to create a Windows Store style app. Sign up to get started and receive:

  • Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 application development.
  • Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect*.
  • An exclusive one-on-one Windows Store design consultation*.
  • An opportunity to get expert help from a Microsoft Services Engineer at an App Excellence Lab.

Sign up today and get started. Your new Windows 8 app could be mere days away.

* Offer good only to legal residents in the 50 United States & D.C., age 18 or older to hobbyists, professionals or developers in the field of software tech who sign up for building a Windows 8 application on Offer limited to 250 design consultations per month and 500 technical review consultations per month, on a first come first served basis. Limit of one session of each offer type per person. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer ends when supplies are exhausted, and is not redeemable for cash.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 #

imageThe St. Louis .NET User Group is proud to announce that registration for the St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 is now open! The conference will once again be held at the Ameristar in St. Charles, Missouri, on August 2-4, 2012. The “early bird” price of $175 per person will be available through June 30. You are going to want to ACT FAST THIS YEAR – due to our ever-growing demand and our desire to fit within our venue, we have had to cap our capacity with only 900 available tickets!

To celebrate our fifth year, we have a number of exciting changes in store. There is now an optional THIRD DAY of content. For an additional $75, you can come out on Thursday (August 2) and spend a full 8-hour day in a deep and focused dive into one of a handful of new and upcoming technologies and practices. The main conference session will, as usual, take place on Friday and Saturday.

In addition, we have a number of great social events planned, both Thursday and Friday evenings.  We also have events for the spouses of attendees too!

Meet your peers, make connections, have great discussions with industry leaders and luminaries. From start to finish, we look forward to bringing you our best and most exciting conference yet! Remember to spread the word – tell your friends and colleagues to register as soon as they can!

And lastly, we still have great opportunities available to become more involved. We continue to review speaker submissions for those interested in presenting. Or if your company wants to get its name out there, we have still have a few remaining sponsorship opportunities. Check out our website ( for more information, or email us.



Register today! You are encouraged to tweet, blog, or otherwise help spread the word!

Saturday, April 7, 2012 #

This is Easter weekend, and the end of the school year is looming closer! Our developer sessions at WashU end today. Students will turn their spare time focus to finals and getting home for the summer.

Over this short course of time, we’ve had a bit over 50 students show some level of interest in developing apps for Windows Phone. Currently the total apps submitted by students is approaching about 20.

Several students have received new phones as part of their agreement to submit applications.

Sunday, November 27, 2011 #

The St. Louis .NET User Group is hosting a holiday party this year for the very first time in our 10 year history. The event will be held at the Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. It will be an open house style event meaning you can drop by any time from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and enjoy the Unhandled Exceptions...the band that played at the St. Louis Day of .NET 2011. $5.00 at the door gets you in and goes to support a local charity The Backstoppers. If you cannot come, you can make a donation online. Details at our group web site HTTP://

Saturday, October 22, 2011 #

All of the trekies know and love the old LCARS interface.  Who doesn’t want one on their phone too?  Here’s a lock screen that I created for my WP7.

Interestingly enough, there are some similarities in the reasoning behind LCARS and the Metro interface that WP7 uses. The LCARS graphical user interface was designed by scenic art supervisor and technical consultant Michael Okuda. The original design concept was influenced by a request from Gene Roddenberry that the instrument panels not have a great deal of activity on them. This minimalized look was designed to give a sense that the technology was much more advanced than in the original Star Trek. Sounds like metro doesn’t it?

Download a copy here.

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Friday, June 24, 2011 #

Traveling in from out of town? (Or just interested in a night away from home with your spouse in a beautiful suite?) You can call the Ameristar at 636-940-4301 and ask for the St. Louis Day of .NET 2011 group rate. You can also make reservations online using the conference code GDNET11. We encourage you take the opportunity to hang around, spend the night, and enjoy the social events and networking opportunities that we have planned. Friday and Saturday sessions start promptly in the mornings.

There are great social events planned for both Thursday and Friday nights that you’ll enjoy if you stay on-site!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 #

imageThe St. Louis .NET User Group is proud to announce that the St. Louis Day of .NET 2011 developers conference is officially open for registration. The fee for the two-day event remains the same as last year at $200.00 per attendee. However, if you register now through July 1, you will qualify for an “early bird” discount of $75.00, making the total cost only $125.00 per attendee. Act quickly to take advantage of this discount! (Invoicing is available for groups of 5 or more.)

There are already 33 confirmed speakers and 51 confirmed sessions, with more being added each week. You can find biographies of the speakers, as well as abstracts of the scheduled sessions, on our conference web site. A full agenda will be provided soon and a mobile session builder is being constructed.

The event will once again be held in the Ameristar Casino & Resort this year. Hotel rooms are available on-site, as they have been the prior two years.

Friday night will we will host our annual attendee social networking night, where you can grab a bite to eat and talk with speakers and sponsors in a relaxed atmosphere. This will be held in the nightclub area of the Ameristar and is exclusively available to the attendees at no additional charge.

A large part of the success of this event is due to the ongoing support of our great sponsors. If your organization would be interested in a sponsorship opportunity, details are available on the web site, or you can email Thanks to the current sponsors who have already stepped forward for this year’s event!

Register today! You are encouraged to tweet, blog, or otherwise help spread the word!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 #

All style tags after the first 30 style tags on an HTML page are not applied in Internet Explorer.

Seriously?  It’s been a limitation since IE 4.0 so maybe it’s not as bad as I think it is.

Interesting number though.  You’d think it would be 32 or 64 or 65767, not 30.  Maybe it really is 32 but 2 are used internally.  Who knows.  Just be aware!

Saturday, July 10, 2010 #

So, I’ve been using this Windows Media Center setup for a year now.  Here are some random thoughts about it.

The two TV Tuner Cards had to be placed side-by-side on the motherboard since that was the only configuration it allowed.  They get very hot.  I purchased an additional internal fan to help keep them cool.  Every now and then if it needs to reboot while hot, I get a bluescreen during the boot process.  I can only attribute it to heat since it boots fine if I let it cool off a while.  (Very annoying when my wife is wanting to watch a TV show!)

Speaking of fans, they said this was a quiet box, but let me tell you, the droning of those fans is incredibly loud in an otherwise quiet bedroom.

On the positive side, the HD signal has been great.  The 28” monitor is plenty big for our little room.  The DVR features have been just fine.

On the other upside, I’ve seen little market activity around Windows Media Center.  Hardly any media extenders available.  I did buy a used one from ebay and my wireless network is not sufficient to move video quick enough.  I’ve bought a G router but haven’t upgraded all the machines yet.  The menuing interface on the extender seemed slow and clunky compared to the PC.  I’m sure it won’t go over well to other TV viewers in my home.  (My wife.)

Would I do it again?  Not sure.  The AT&T Uverse looks pretty nice but it’s still not available in my area.  If local over-the-air channels are sufficient for you, then this is a great way to do it.

On July 21st I received a tweet on Twitter from Engadget pointing to an article entitled “Build a Blu-ray / TV Tuner-equipped HTPC for under $1,000”  That day I essentially used the shopping list from that article to load my shopping cart on  I slept on it and finally completed the order the next day – July 22nd.  No fancy shipping.  (As a matter of fact most of the items had free shipping.)  My boxes arrived on my doorstep last night – July 23rd.

  • nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Steel HTPC 2000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • Asus P5Q PRO Turbo Core 2 Quad/ Intel P45/ DDR2-1300/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
  • OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
  • GIGABYTE GV-R467D3-512I Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
  • Seagate ST3500641AS-RK 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
  • SAMSUNG F1 RAID Class HE103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
  • Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 27.5" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor
  • ASUS My Cinema-PHC3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/RC TV Tuner Card PCI Interface
  • Microsoft Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition ( ZV1-00004 )
  • Win Vista Premium Ultimate Mce Remote Control By Mediagate

Almost everything came from  The motherboard was backordered so I ordered that and the keyboard and the remote from instead.

Disclaimer…actually all of this happened a year ago.  I wrote the blog post then but I just now decided to publish it.

For a long time we haven’t had any kind of paid television service at home.  No cable, no satellite, nothing.  We live in the St. Louis metro area so we get all the basic stuff over the air for free – all the major channels including PBS.  That also means we don’t have any of the fancy gadgets – no HD receivers or monitors – and especially the DVR.  One of those would be really handy around our house.

When the digital transition happened, I just got one of the cheap boxes and put on the TV in the bedroom and put a new antenna on the roof.  We get a fair number of digital channels now – but only in the one room.  It’s only my wife and I at home so we don’t need a lot of simultaneous feeds, but sometimes two would be nice!

My requirements were simple:

  • Needed to be able to watch two different feeds simultaneously
  • DVR functionality
  • Multiple “viewing stations” throughout the house
  • Ability to start viewing in one room and finish in another
  • 1080p

So, do I just get some HD TV receivers and subscribe to a service?  Regular over the air HD?  Buying a nice integrated package looks like the easy choice.

I’ve been contemplating getting a Windows Media PC and a few extenders for quite a while.  Combining OTA (over the air) signals with a nice DVR seems like a nice “free” option.

Disclaimer…actually all of this happened a year ago.  I wrote the blog post then but I just now decided to publish it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 #

This year, for the first time, St. Louis Day of .NET is excited to have a major keynote address delivered to the conference.

We are pleased to welcome Brian Goldfarb, Microsoft Director of Product Management for Developer Platforms to the stage on Friday, August 20, 2010.

Most recently, Brian has been seen on stage at PDC 2009 with Scott Guthrie, demonstrating the Microsoft Silverlight 4 client for Facebook. He was heavily involved in MIX10 in Las Vegas, and spoke at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. Brian has also spoken at a wide variety of events including TechEd (all over the world), DevDays, WPC, and countless roadshows.

At St. Louis Day of .NET 2010, Brian will be offering his take on the current state of next generation .NET 4.0 development tools, with a strong focus on Silverlight 4 development, including a look at Windows Phone development. His presentation will conclude our first afternoon, Friday August 20, beginning at 4:00 p.m. In addition, he will be present throughout the two-day conference to answer your questions, discuss current topics in the field, and generally have a great time along with the rest of us.

In the meantime, follow Brian on Twitter @bgoldy

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 #

Register now at

The Date

This year's conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 20-21, 2010, at the Ameristar Conference Center in St. Charles, Missouri.  Sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. on both days.  Registration and sign-in will open at 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning, and will run throughout the event.

The Venue

Based on the almost unanimous feedback from last year's event, we are very excited to bring our conference back to the Ameristar Conference Center.

The Ameristar has worked with us to offer a great rate on their large suites, should you be traveling from out-of-town -- or are just interested in a night away from home.  Attendees can book a suite at a discounted rate of only $139/night, which is a substantial discount from their standard rates.  We encourage you take the opportunity to hang around, spend the night, and enjoy the social events and networking opportunities that we have planned.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the discounted hotel rate, you can reserve your room online at Ameristar's Online Registration Site, using the special offer code: GDOTH10.  You can also call the hotel's reservation number at (636) 940-4301 and let them know you are attending the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 to receive your discounted rates.

The Content

All attendees will have access to over 80 technical sessions by many great regional and national technology experts, covering a wide range of .NET development topics.  In addition to refreshments throughout the event, all attendees will be provided with breakfast and lunch on both days of the conference.

You will find sessions on many of the most current .NET development topics including:

  • Visual Studio .NET 2010
  • Silverlight 4.0
  • Windows 7 Series Phone Development
  • DotNetNuke
  • SharePoint 2010
  • Architecture
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
  • And much, much more...

This year's event will also include many informal "Open Space" sessions where all attendees with similar interests can discuss current trends or issues they are facing in today's real-world development environments.

Finally, all attendees are invited to a social networking event at the HOME Nightclub at the Ameristar, which will be held on the Friday evening of the conference.

The Cost

The cost of this year's conference is $200 per attendee.  However, for a limited time we are offering a $75 discount for early registrants. To take advantage of this discounted rate, you must register on our site prior to July 10, 2010.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.  In addition, this year we allow for a single user of our site to easily register multiple attendees at once.

To register, please visit the official St. Louis Day of .NET site at, and click on the "Registration" tab.

For More Information

And for the most up-to-the-minute information on the event, please follow us online:

We strongly encourage you to share this email, as well as the attached flier, with your peers and colleagues, and anyone else you think might be interested in this exciting event.

If you have any questions regarding registration, you can email us at and we will be happy to address them.


We are extremely thankful to the many great sponsors who are partnering with us this year to help make the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 a huge success. (There are still sponsorship opportunities available. For complete information, visit the sponsor page on the web site.)

Thursday, April 22, 2010 #

Carl and Richard are loading up the DotNetMobile (a 30 foot RV) and driving to our town again to show off their favorite bits of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0! Richard talks about Web load testing and Carl talks about Silverlight 4.0 and multimedia.

And to make the night even more fun, they are going to bring a mystery rock star from the Visual Studio world to the event and interview them for a special .NET Rocks Road Trip show series.

Along the way we’ll be giving away some great prizes, showing off some awesome technology and having a ton of laughs.

So come out to the most fun you can have in a geeky evening - and learn a few things along the way about web load testing and Silverlight 4!

And one lucky person at the event will win "Ride Along with Carl and Richard" and get to board the RV and ride with the boys to the next town on the tour -- Chicago. (don’t worry, they will get you home again!)

So come out to the most fun you can have in a geeky evening – and find out what’s new and cool in Visual Studio 2010!

To get insure we have sufficient food for everyone, please register for this event at This registration information will only be used to obtain accurate counts for food preparation. All other answers are optional and will be used for purely statistical analysis. No information will be shared outside the St. Louis .NET User Group.

Here is a list of prizes to be given away at the event:

  • Telerik Premium Collection
  • Pre-Emptive One Year Commercial Runtime Intelligence license
  • Red Gate ANTS Memory Profiler
  • Quest Toad Extension for Visual Studio
  • DevExpress Code Rush and Refactor Pro
  • Grape City Active Report/BI Suite
  • Grape City Spread 5.0
  • JetBrains Resharper
  • Component One Studio for ASP.NET
  • Component One Studio for Silverlight

Please check out the event sponsors:

Visit for more information!

Thursday, April 29, 2010
6:00 pm - Food and social
6:30 pm - .NET Rocks Interview
7:15 pm - Richard Campbell
8:00 pm - Carl Franklin
8:45 pm - prizes!

Thursday, March 11, 2010 #

Leadership Summit

INETA Community Leadership Summit will be taking place on Sunday June 6th at 1PM at Tech·Ed North America in New Orleans.

INETA is hosting a free Community Leadership Summit in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Sunday June 6th at 1:00 PM prior to the start of Tech·Ed 2010. The summit is open to Community Leaders from the area, as well as those attending Tech·Ed from across the country and around the world. It is an excellent opportunity for exchanging information and ideas.

If you are a user group leader, or are involved in the leadership, planning, promotion, or day-to-day operations of a user group community, this event is for YOU! The summit is an open forum to share ideas, discuss common challenges, and gain from the experience of other leaders. INETA Community Leadership summits are part of an ongoing effort by INETA to create, improve and share resources designed to strengthen individual user groups and the community. This meeting will be the perfect opportunity to meet leaders from other groups, benefit from their success stories, and expand your network of contacts.


Quick FAQs

  • Who can attend?
    Any leader or volunteer of any INETA User Group.
  • Do I need to be attending Tech·Ed?
    No, you do NOT need to purchase a pass for Tech·Ed to attend the Leadership Summit.
  • What does it cost to attend?
    There is NO cost to attend summit, but the knowledge that will be available about User Groups will be priceless.
  • I want to help out, who do I contact?
    Send an email to if you are interested.
  • I want to attend, where do I register?
    We are putting together a registration link now, it will be published in a future newsletter and on the website.
  • What will the format of the summit be?
    The summit will be like our Birds of a Feather Sessions but focused on User Group topics. Moderators will be armed with some broad topics to kick off the conversation, however the real value of these sessions is getting the chance to learn from each other.
  • What topics will be covered?
    We are thinking of focusing on 4 areas: Running a User Group, Effective Content and Presenters, User Group Promotion and Developing Partnerships. However the agenda is yours! If there is a topic you want to see covered, or a topic that you would like to lead then email
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Sunday, February 21, 2010 #

VS2010 Training Kit Last week, the Microsoft Visual Studio team released a new Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Training Kit that works with the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate.

The training kit This includes 17 presentations, 22 Demos and 32 Hands-on Labs. I am also particularly excited to see content added for Visual Basic,  as well as Office, SharePoint and Application Lifecycle Management!

This kit is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including:

  • C# 4.0
  • Visual Basic 10
  • F#
  • Parallel Extensions
  • Windows Communication Foundation
  • Windows Workflow
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • ASP.NET 4
  • Windows 7
  • Entity Framework
  • ADO.NET Data Services
  • Managed Extensibility Framework
  • Visual Studio Team System
Please note that this version of the Training Kit works with Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4 RC.

Friday, February 19, 2010 #

Engineers, Developers, Entrepreneurs, and Innovators mark your calendars for the first annual Saint Louis Innovation Camp!

Local technology user groups, area businesses, and most of the entrepreneur support community will join forces to present a one of kind camp designed to spur innovation in the Information Technology community, support economic recovery for displaced technicians, and most importantly spark an entrepreneurial renaissance in the Saint Louis Area.

When: Feb. 26th – 28th

Where: JC Penney Building
University of Missouri–St. Louis
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121

What can you expect at this event?

World Class Training Series:

A training series consisting of the most well respected speakers in the Saint Louis Area that will share the hidden secrets behind innovation and entrepreneurship that covers the following topics:

  • Innovation – Build revolutionary products and get them to market quickly
  • Start up Management – Incorporation to infrastructure on a dime
  • Start up Technology – Technical products and programs for startups and small companies
  • Funding your business – Managing the funds you have and finding creative sources of funding.

Innovator’s Cup:

Attendees will participate in the selection of the top innovator in several categories. All entrepreneurs enrolled in this program will receive direct feedback from attendees regarding strengths, weaknesses, and ways to improve their idea. The winners of this competition will receive a package of complementary products and services provided by local business owners. Each of these products and/or services will be provided to ensure the entrepreneur has the best possible chance of succeeding. Winners will be announced during the closing ceremonies Sunday Afternoon.

Full Day Workshop:

Four workshops that will help you take your idea to working business model and well planned product. Each workshop will follow the speaking tracks above and include on-site services with the assistance of trained professionals at no cost to the entrepreneur*.

  • Incorporation of your new company
  • Enrollment into technical programs that fit your needs
  • Hosting and Cloud service membership
  • Technical partnerships
  • Many More…

* State licensing or vendor based fees may apply for some services. Details to follow…

Food and Refreshments:

Each day of the event, all attendees will receive a continental breakfast and a catered lunch.

Attendees may also receive an invitation to join us for an evening of beverages and networking at the UMSL Millennium Lounge.  After hour receptions are currently pending sponsorship.

Register today!

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Friday, November 13, 2009 #

In October, I received the Microsoft MVP Award.  The award is given based on past performance over the previous year.  Each year, the renewal is re-evaluated – again based on past performance.  I am thankful for everyone that nominated me and helped make this happen.

Let me make a shout out to my friend Randy Walker from the great neighboring state of Arkansas.  It was at his urging and his persistence that finally made this happen.  Randy is pretty active in the community in this region so many of you probably already know him.  If you don’t, I urge you to introduce yourself to him.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet PJ Forgione, my MVP lead, a few times in person.  Another great guy that’s keeping the MVP program filled with wonderful passion and excitement.  I’m looking forward to seeing him again in person sometime next year.

Thanks also to the local Microsoft guys that had input in the approval process.  Many of you know Clint Edmonson – a great guy that truly has a heart for us lowly architects and developers.  Keep an eye on his blog and you’ll be in touch with the pulse of the local development community.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 #

For years, one of the popular parts of TechEd has been the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions hosted by INETA.  A BOF session is a conversation among a community of peers around a topic about which the participants are passionate. There may be some participants who are more knowledgeable than others, or have more experience; some who have less. Some folks will be well known, some will not. Some folks may want to just listen.

The point of a BOF session is to bring together people who share an interest in the topic so they can express their ideas and experiences, questions and insights, and hear what others have to say.

If you are attending PDC09, I encourage you to submit a topic for discussion and attend some of the sessions!  Check out the web site for all the details on what a BOF session is and how to submit an idea.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 #

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:

Here's What You'll Learn
  • Development tools for Visual Studio
  • Local debugging
  • Data storage services
  • Security
  • Running your ASP.NET applications in the cloud
  • Service hosting
  • Interfacing Non Microsoft applications such as PHP

You'll get demo code and PowerPoint content ready for presentation delivery.

Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.

Windows Azure is currently in Community Technology Preview. Commercial availability for Windows Azure will likely be at the end of calendar year 2009.

Windows Azure is an open platform that will support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, XML, and PHP.

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