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Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 7:52 AM

TechEd 2005 in Orlando
I made it to TechEd 2005 in Orlando. It's raining! Oh well. It is supposed to rain all week. Oh well again. In Orlando yourself? Feel free to contact me. My plan is to post my notes through this blog ... we'll see how that works out. I went out with a lot of the INETA folk for dinner tonight before the big INETA UG leader conference tomrrow at the JW Marriott here. We ate too much food. I didn't see Emeril. Oh well again ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2005 11:17 PM

INETA's January Newsletter

INETA's January Newsletter ... read up on what is going on. Other newsletters can be found here as well.

Posted On Wednesday, January 26, 2005 10:52 AM

INETA LATAM Newsletter

INETA LATAM put out a great newsletter this month. Here is the English version:

Posted On Monday, January 10, 2005 9:36 AM

Code Brew Happening in Boston!

From Robert Hurlbut's blog ... they are starting up a Boston CodeBrew! Outstanding! Our CodeBrew here in St. Louis was outstanding.


Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2004 1:45 PM

INETA Adds New Speakers To Speakers Bureau! [FROM THE INETA SITE] We are very happy to announce that INETA will be adding 8 new speakers to the North American Speaker Bureau for the 2005 calendar year. They are: Don Kiely Kathleen Dollard Joel Semeniuk Russ Nemhauser Stephen Forte Jim Duffy Phil Weber Craig Utley We will have their bios up on shortly. INETA member group leaders can submit requests for these speakers immediately.Congrats to the new speakers, ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 15, 2004 5:03 PM

Chris Pels, .NET, and Government

Nice to see Chris Pels out there pitching the “truth” to the local government on technology issues before us.

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2004 11:45 AM

INETA Appoints Two New Board Members!
The International .NET Association (INETA) has appointed two new board members for a three year term. This brings the board membership to seven people. The two new board members are: Julie Lerman Chris Pels ----------------------------- Julie Lerman leads the Vermont .NET User Group. Chris Pels leads the Boston .NET User Group. Both of these folks have gone out of their way to help make INETA what it is today. They are both outstanding volunteers and are eager to help INETA grow in this next year. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 9:24 AM

New Presentation: Microsoft Services Oriented Architecture
Another presentation for .NET User Groups to use from Microsoft has been made available from the INETA website! Microsoft is giving INETA user groups a new presentation each month. You can find this month's presentation here. The name of this month's presentation is: Microsoft Services Oriented Architecture and includes discussions on the following topics: Overview of Service Orientation (SO) Web Services and Service Orientation Microsoft’s Service Orientation offerings How to do Service Orientation ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 4:05 AM

Announcing Two New INETA Board Positions
INETA, a non-profit organization dedicated to thesupport of Windows-programming based user groups, isadding two new board members.In the search for these new additions, we are askingfor either your application and/or suggestions forthese posts.INETA will decide sometime in November. A boardmember's position on the board lasts for three years.If you are interested, we ask for you to submit asmall "resume" (of sorts) which details out yourinvolvement with INETA and/or community-based usergroups. (Send ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 12, 2004 8:14 AM

INETA just keeps growing
The INETA board meets every 3 or 4 months face-to-face to go over issues that INETA faces and plan for the next quarter. This last meeting (last Saturday) was very special for us. INETA brought in the board and a representative from each of the INETA committees (UG Relations, Marketing, Infrastructure, Academic and Speakers) to meet with INETA's first full-time employee. Our new employee (name to be announced soon) will start on November 1st, but came to meet us at our meeting over the weekend. This ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 9:48 AM! was launched today by Jeff Julian and Devin Rader! It is like the site that is really a finer aggregation of is a finer aggregation of Enjoy ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 27, 2004 1:23 PM

Mr. Duthie!
I know I'm late to post this ... but congrats to friend and community peer G. Andrew Duthie on getting a position with Microsoft. He is an outstanding individual and has continuously worked in the greater community to help others. Andrew has always been a big supporter of INETA and has helped INETA greatly. Thanks for everything Andrew!

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 12:51 PM

If you haven't seen the INETA movie yet - then check it out! We got a 5 minute movie made which details out what we are all about. View the 300K version View the 56K version ......

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 7:13 AM

New Presentation: Microsoft Web Development Roadmap
In the monthly release of user group presentations from Microsoft, this month's presentation is titled: Microsoft Web Development Roadmap. This covers the Microsoft Web development roadmap, leading in to ASP.NET 2.0 and the Express products for Visual Web Developer and SQL Express. These presentations are free to the public and include some talking points ......

Posted On Friday, July 16, 2004 6:23 AM

User Groups are Cool!
Roy Osherove talks about his first user group experience and how cool it was. If you want to also have a fun and geeky time,  be sure to visit the INETA site to find a user group near you. There are more than 500 user groups listed there.

Posted On Friday, July 9, 2004 5:13 AM

From Information Week: A little about me and my job
Information Week's John Foley did a little write up in this week's issue about me and my job. If you want to learn a little bit of what I do at Reuters, then take a look. It is titled: Work/Life: At Reuters, Mr. How-To Hits The Road ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 4:26 AM

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 .NETMonday, September 26, 20045:30 - 6:30 pm Welcome6:30 - 8:30 pm ProgramJeff Julian, John Alexander One City Place DriveCreve Coeur, MO 63141[MAP] 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 ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2004 3:38 PM

Congrats to Sam Gentile on his UG
Congrats are due to Sam Gentile on his new UG and it is great to have another quality group as apart of INETA.

Posted On Monday, August 16, 2004 4:06 PM

Eric King posts some photos from the Sunday INETA UG Leader Conference
Eric King posts a photo of the INETA UG leader conference gang. Here is the small version (all sizes include S, M, XL): ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2004 7:38 AM

Java Guru Posts Story About INETA

This is a great review of INETA from a Java Guru that came to our user group leader conference. It is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ my friends!!! It is from: N. Alex Rupp

Posted On Wednesday, May 26, 2004 4:21 PM

New Presentation from Microsoft for User Groups!!!!
In the continuing series of FREE presentations for user groups and others to use, Microsoft has released to INETA a presentation entitled: 'Microsoft Client Presentation Roadmap'. [ DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE ] This presentation looks at: * Presentation history* Windows Forms 2.0* New Controls and Click Once* Avalon and Longhorn* XAML* and plenty more..... It also includes a demo to use in the presentation. Even if you are not presenting this to a group, it is a great learning tool. Take a look and ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2004 6:13 AM

INETA User Group Leader Conference at TechEd 2004!
INETA will be holding the 3rd Annual UG Leader conference at TechEd 2004 in San Diego. The UG leader conference will be held on the Sunday before TechEd at a hotel near the event. Contact me if you wish to attend this event. We are expecting around 75 or so UG leaders to help plan the next year of INETA. TechEd is going to be rather exciting for INETA as we will be involved in the following activities: * INETA UG Leader Conference* Birds of a Feather sessions (BOFs)* INETA at the community booth ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:16 PM

MVP Summit here I come!
It is pretty exciting to be heading to the MVP Summit in Seattle, WA and to get to look a little more at what is to come. The event I understand is pretty much under NDA, so I won't be able to blog about the sessions ... but the items that are not under NDA I will post when I can! Sorry. Just spoke to Jeff Julian about heading out and he was stuck in Minneapolis/St. Paul for a few hours. I am off to meet Devin Rader in the airport in a couple of hours. See you all there and feel free to get in touch ......

Posted On Saturday, April 3, 2004 12:46 PM

Edit and Continue in C#
I have been hearing a lot of discussions as of late on whether the Edit and Continue feature will be in C# (as it will be in VB8) or not. But looking at some PPT slides that Microsoft released to user groups just recently, I see the Edit and Continue feature listed under the New Features section of the C# Lanaguage slide (Slide 10). Interesting! First official word I have seen of this ... that's all. Thought I would share ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 31, 2004 12:00 PM

Microsoft Gives New Presentation on Prog. Languages to User Groups
Microsoft is going to be providing free presentations for user groups to utilize via the INETA content repository. The newest (and first) presentation from this group is titled: Microsoft Programming Languages Roadmap. The goals of the presentation are to: Outline the Microsoft programming language philosophy Provide an overview of Microsoft’s current programming languages Detail programming language enhancements in the upcoming Whidbey release Lay out the programming language roadmap and vision ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 11:40 AM

ComponentOne Announces Support For The International .NET Association (INETA)

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 7:50 AM

INETA at TechEd 2004 - Birds of a Feather - BOF
INETA is going to be running the Birds of a Feather (BOFs) again this year. We did this at PDC 2003 as well and it was rather successful. It is an amazing addition to the overall event. YES, TechEd and PDC are great events, but it is one PPT presentation after another with a handful of questions at the end. The BOFs are meant to be community driven discussions/debates around a particular issue. There is no speaker - just a moderator for the topic and everyone is encouraged to participate and discuss ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2004 6:45 AM

Today, INETA is officially two years old! It is hard to believe that INETA is two years old this month. When we launched INETA in February of 2002, .NET was fairly new and we came to the scene with about 40 user groups in our association. Today, we have close to 500 user groups and more than 170,000 members from all over the world that are part of INETA! Our growth is more than anyone ever imagined and outstanding as it is, it is also one of the most difficult things in managing INETA. More growth ......

Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2004 6:28 AM

INETA Europe Activities
Nice to see some great INETA activities happening in Europe! If you haven't gone to a user group meeting yet, then you are missing out! Already, there are hundreds of great user groups around the world. A .NET User Group is an outstanding way to learn .NET - learn with your peers, see it in action, see how it is making it in the field, best practices, etc ......

Posted On Monday, February 9, 2004 8:50 AM

TechEd 2004 BOFs
INETA, under the program leadership of Dave Noderer, is going to be organizing BOFs again - just as we did at PDC 2003 (only bigger, badder and better!). Dave and team are looking for additional volunteers to make this a success. Volunteer and join in with the community - it's fun and you will meet some great and outstanding people! (Like Dave and the rest of our Florida friends) ......

Posted On Monday, January 26, 2004 11:32 AM

Julie Lerman speaking
I just noticed that fellow INETA volunteer Julie Lerman is speaking at the Edge 2004 East conference. Cool.

Posted On Friday, January 16, 2004 5:30 AM

Sounds like the Chicago ASP.NET Tour went well

Look ... it's my friend Keith Franklin working the people for his user group! :) Sounds like the Chicago ASP.NET Exposed tour went well (not as good as St. Louis .... but oh well)  ;)

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2004 5:26 AM

The power of the Midwest!
According to John Alexander and from what others have been telling me, St. Louis had the largest gathering so far for the ASP.NET Roadshow that is roaming the country. That is outstanding, but we also know that the IT training/knowledge interest is extremely high in the Midwest. I am quite thankful that Microsoft came to St. Louis with this show. It wasn't too long ago where the only Midwest city that would be targeted for these sorts of things would be Chicago. When it comes to IT in St. Louis, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:54 AM

Devin is still looking for volunteers for INETA development

I think that Devin is still looking for volunteers for INETA development. I have seen the next version of the site to come soon and it is rather cool. The guys working on it are doing an outstanding job!

Posted On Monday, December 29, 2003 5:12 AM

St. Louis User Groups Page!
Though just a page with links at the moment - the St. Louis .NET User Groups has a single page for all the user groups to share (in addition to our regular sites). We think this cross-promotion will help all the user groups grow and show the strength of the user group community here in St. Louis. We actually got both and ......

Posted On Saturday, December 13, 2003 11:25 AM

INETA Looking for Community Help in Web Development
Devin Rader, who heads the Infrastructure committee for INETA, points out that INETA is searching for web developers for some projects.

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2003 7:24 AM

ASP.NET Roadshow Drove Through St. Louis!
Rob Howard, PM on the ASP.NET team, came to St. Louis last night for the ASP.NET Roadshow. It was an outstanding event and the St. Louis .NET User Group along with Microsoft got around 450 people there for the event. The event covered ASP.NET Basics, ASP.NET Tips and Tricks, ASP.NET Security and ASP.NET Whidbey. Our meeting was about 3 1/2 hours long. Poor Rob - he got in a car wreck before the event here in St. Louis. He was squished between two cars (the perpetrator being a cab) - and complained ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2003 1:56 PM

ASP.NET Roadshow Coming to St. Louis - AND WE ARE READY!
Rob Howard is bringing ASP.NET 2.0 to St. Louis via the ASP.NET Roadshow. We are excited and we are ready! We have around 300 people already signed up for the event and there is a bus of folks coming from Kansas City as well (4 hour drive). This will be our first meeting at St. Louis University and we have a ton of giveaways for the event. As I know it so far, we are giving away: 5 Pocket PCs MSPress books for everyone who fills out an evaluation T-Shirts Books from Sams Publishing Books from John ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2003 10:48 AM

INETA and the SYS-CON Radio Interviews
All the SYS-CON radio interviews that were done at PDC are now available. You can find a long list of .NET folk talking about what they are doing with .NET - many it seems pitching their services. ;) The one that I want to point out is the INETA interview done by our own Brian Loesgen and Dave Noderer. Check it out! PS - Why is the site done in Cold Fusion ......

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 5:26 AM

Wouldn't you know it! Coding superstar comes to St. Louis and I am in NYC! Geez.
I am quite upset today. Tomorrow Jeff Prosise is coming to town (St. Louis) to speak at our C# SIG and I am out of town - in NYC actually. Jeff is one of my favorite people, EXTREMELY nice and one of the best .NET people out there by far! Devin and gang will be there though, so it will go quite well. Jeff coming to St. Louis has actually caused quite a bit of buzz in St. Louis ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 11, 2003 6:33 AM

INETA and Mono
Interesting .... INETA gets a mention on Miguel de Icaza's blog. I understand that the Mono interested folks did have a meeting separate of the BOFs at PDC and that there was a rather large group in attendance. In the middle of the week at PDC, I did end up having lunch with Miguel and some of the other INETA folks and we did talk about the situation. ..... ummmm .... buy me a beer if you want to know! ;) ......

Posted On Friday, November 7, 2003 1:30 PM

Rob Howard Coming to St. Louis!
The St. Louis .NET User Group is one of the lucky cities that was chosen for the upcoming ASP.NET 2.0 Roadshow! We are pretty dang excited and we are aiming for 250-300 people for this event. This is going to be a rather lengthy presentation and will give Rob Howard time to go into the details. DETAILS: Date: 12/4/2003 Welcome: 5:30 PM Start: 6:00 PM End: 9:00 PM Where: St. Louis University - Busch Student Center Rooms 170 & 171 Top of Form 20 N Grand Blvd St. Louis, MO 63103 ......

Posted On Thursday, October 30, 2003 7:47 AM

Eric Rudder Keynote - NOTES
Second day keynote …. In the beginning, there was a video of attendees. The most exciting part was Donny Mack and Asli talking about Indigo being the stuff in your watches to make them glow. They were shown in their shades and holding their little dog! Quite groovy guys! Notes on Eric Rudder Keynote: What Microsoft hears from you: Don’t make me rewrite everything! Moving code from development to production is too hard Give me more code samples … in my favorite language Help me make ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2003 3:24 PM

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