St. Louis .NET User Group Meeting Tonight

Hey ... if you are in St. Louis, we have Jeff Julian and John Alexander tonight!

September Meeting - Test-Driven Development and Unit Testing in Microsoft .NET
Monday, September 26, 2004
5:30 - 6:30 pm Welcome
6:30 - 8:30 pm Program
Jeff Julian, John Alexander

One City Place Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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Unit Testing is a crucial piece of the development process. The problem is, most of us don't put the time in to properly construct this portion of the process. By skipping this portion, we cause issues that take hours and hours at times to solve. A solution to this problem is TDD, Test-Driven development. TDD is a methodology built around the idea of building test as we code. Please join us as we dig deeper into the explanation of TDD and the best practices for implementing the methodology in the Microsoft .NET framework.

Jeff Julian is an Senior Consultant with Vision Data Solutions' .NET Practice. Jeff is a Microsoft MVP in XML, an INETA volunteer and co-leader of the Kansas City .NET User Group. He has written several articles for Dotnetjunkies, speaks at conferences and user groups around the country and currently hosts Geekswithblogs.net. You can contact Jeff by email at jjulian@visionds.com.

John Alexander has 19 Microsoft certifications including Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Microsoft Certified Trainer and has written Microsoft Official Curriculum. John is an industry recognized trainer, consultant, speaker and writer on the Microsoft .NET vision and implementation at both the technical and business decision maker level. Some of John's recent written efforts include (Co-Author), OOP: Building Reusable Components with Visual Basic.NET, Microsoft Press, October 2002 and (Author), Web Application Development with Visual Basic.NET and ASP.NET, John Wiley & Sons, April 2002. In addition, John has been nominated and chosen by Microsoft for the fifth straight year as a Microsoft Regional Director.

Our next meetings in St. Louis:

C# SIG - Jeff Prosise, POWER ASP.NET 2.0 PROGRAMMING
Tuesday, October 5, 2004
6:00 - 8:30 pm Program

Three City Place Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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By now you've seen the road shows previewing the myriad new features coming in ASP.NET 2.0. You might have even read a book or article on the subject.  But how well do you REALLY know ASP.NET 2.0?  Let Jeff take you under the hood of beta 1 and show you the cool new stuff that isn't documented anywhere else. Among other things, you'll learn how to refresh data in a Web page when the corresponding data changes on the server (with no postbacks, no less!), how to extend ASP.NET 2.0 with custom _expression builders and custom Web events, and how to avoid debilitating side effects resulting from breaking changes coming in beta 2. Amaze your friends and confound your enemies with your deep knowledge of ASP.NET 2.0!

Jeff Prosise is cofounder of Wintellect, a developer consulting and education firm that provides services to companies all over the world. His most recent book, Programming Microsoft .NET, was published by Microsoft Press in 2002, and his writings appear regularly in MSDN Magazine and other trade magazines. A reformed engineer who discovered after college that there's more to life than computing loads on mounting brackets, today Jeff's professional life revolves totally around ASP.NET. He just finished writing the ASP.NET 2.0 course that Microsoft is using to educate its biggest customers all over the world. In his leisure time, Jeff is known to go out of his way to get wet in some of the world's best dive spots and to spend way too much time building and flying R/C aircraft.

Learn more about the C# SIG here.

October Meeting - Jason Beres, Director of Evangelism, Infragistics, Inc.
Monday, October 26, 2004
5:30 - 6:30 pm Welcome
6:30 - 8:30 pm Program

One City Place Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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Prior to joining Infragistics, Inc., Jason Beres served as a .NET Architect and .NET Evangelist for Computer Ways, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Before exclusively focusing his time on .NET, Beres taught Visual Basic and Windows DNA at a Microsoft CTEC. Beres also founded the Non-Profit Ways Community which enables developers to write .NET applications for non-profit charities that are otherwise unable to afford the technology required to write real-world .NET applications. In addition, Beres co-founded the Florida.NET Users Group. As Infragistics Director of Evangelism, Jason spearheads the entire Evangelism program with responsibilities that include the creation and implementation of Infragistics reference applications, the composition of numerous .NET technology articles, as well as the world-wide delivery of Infragistics’ technology demonstrations. Jason is a Microsoft .NET MVP, a leading member of the INETA Speakers Bureau, and is the chairman of the INETA Academic Committee. He writes a monthly column for Visual Studio Magazine and is the author of numerous works including Teach Yourself Visual Studio .NET 2003 in 21 Days (Sams, 2003), and the coauthor of the Visual Basic .NET Bible (Wiley, 2001) and the C# Bible (Wiley, 2002).

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