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Roanoke Code Camp 2010 (3/13) - Call for Speakers
We are now accepting speakers / presentations for Roanoke Code Camp 2010 (western Virginia) being held on Saturday, March 13th at Virginia Western Community College. If you have presented at a past Roanoke Code Camp -- welcome back! Our past reviews tell us we want you back. If you've never presented at a RCC, welcome! We will be having 4-5 tracks this year with topics including .NET anything and everything, SQL Server and SharePoint. If you are passionate about a topic you feel the Roanoke Valley ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:12 AM

Roanoke VA - MSDN MidAtlantic Roadshow is coming back in December
Thanks to everyone that came out for the MidAtlantic MSDN Roadshow in Roanoke in September. Your attendance and enthusiasm were noticed. I am happy to share that the Roadshow is returning for the afternoon on December 8th to the Roanoke Higher Education Center (it's a really nice venue too!) Registration is required - do it NOW and do it HERE! Oh, and be sure and share this with a friend or two or three. We'd like to surpass our attendance last time. G. Andrew Duthie (@devhammer) and crew return ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 5:10 AM

.NET University - Great Presentation Info for User Groups
Doug Turnure has recently provided a lot more content to .NET University. .NET University is a site where user groups (or individuals) can download presentations, complete with spiffy slide decks and demos/labs. There are now over 40 downloads (both C# and VB.NET - Yay!) RV.NUG used .NET U back when .NET 3.0 was first released. We found the slides and demos were both excellent. (You can even see us on the alumnus page on .NET U!) This resource provides many opportunities to user groups. Here's my ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 7, 2009 11:25 AM

Mid-Atlantic MSDN & IT Pro RoadShow - Roanoke Edition
G. Andrew Duthie (and company) received a great welcome from the always passionate and involved Roanoke attendees at the Fall 2009 edition of the Mid-Atlantic MSDN & IT Pro RoadShow. I know I say it over and over, but presenters really enjoy the Roanoke crowds; their passion, their hospitality and their enthusiasm. So thanks to everyone that attended. If you missed it, start hanging out with the cool kids from RV.NUG and you'll be one of the first to know about the next event. Thanks goes to ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:39 AM

INETA Mentor - WV TN KY
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 ......

Posted On Monday, August 31, 2009 7:10 AM

Mid-Atlantic Roadshow Visits Roanoke VA - Sept 10
While western Virginia has more mountains, northern Virginia has more technology events. They might have more events, but when we have them, we have the best. Don't believe it? Sign up and attend a Developer or IT Pro session on September 10th. Better register now or you will only get to attend via the tweets from those of us that registered early :) Microsoft Roadshow visits Roanoke Thursday, September 10th Location: Roanoke Higher Education Center Registration is required Our very own, Microsoft ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:21 PM

Growing a User Group with a Yard Sale
This month the RV.NUG decided to hold a yard sale right before the monthly meeting. The reaon for this was to encourage attendance (following Code Camp and winter drop in attendance) give some older books and accumulation of geek items a good home The yard sale worked. We had the highest attendance since Code Camp, found good homes for the books. We even met our secondary goal of making a little bit of money. In addition, we realized a bigger (and unexpected) benefit. We had the most networking before ......

Posted On Friday, May 8, 2009 7:44 PM

RV.NUG - Web 2.0 & Telerik Suite
RV.NUG Lunch event on Wednesday, November 28th - 11:30 am Registration is required: Register here Join the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group for a FREE Lunch-n-Learn session to learn how Telerik RadControls can give you a jump start creating Web 2.0 applications. Users are demanding richer experiences in their applications at work but you have to deliver them in the same about of time. Telerik’s RadControls are an extremely powerful and cost-effective suite of tools to help you rise up to the challenge. ......

Posted On Saturday, November 17, 2007 8:58 PM

RCC4 Presentation: WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0

If you want the slide deck for my presentation "Wss 2.0 to Wss 3.0" I delivered at  Richmond Code Camp 4 you can find it on the RCC4 site here.

 

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 6:22 PM

Roanoke Code Camp 2009
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. ......

Posted On Monday, May 4, 2009 8:38 AM

Code Camp Lessons Learned – Post Implementation
Much thought and effort goes into planning and executing a Code Camp. Hopefully these efforts are distributed among a team. Code Camp team members volunteer their time (while continuing on with their day job and personal life). During the final days leading to the event, priorities of other items in team members lives get lowered (such as “real job” items and personal items). These items naturally get behind. While the Code Camp event is rewarding (and fun!) it is also tiring. There is a natural ......

Posted On Monday, May 4, 2009 7:54 AM

Roanoke Code Camp 2009 - Registration Now Open
Roanoke Valley .NET User Group invites you and all of your friends to Roanoke Code Camp 2009 SATURDAY, MARCH 7th 8am - 5pm The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) , with support from Microsoft, the International .NET Association (INETA) is hosting the third Roanoke Code Camp on Saturday, March 7th at Virginia Western Community College. This is an all-day, all-free event consisting of 4-5 tracks for a total of 20-25 presentations. Topics will include Visual Studio 2008, .NET Framework, SQL Server ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 8:25 AM

Roanoke Code Camp 09 - Call for Speakers
We are now accepting speakers / presentations for the third Roanoke Code Camp (western Virginia) being held on Saturday, March 7th at Virginia Western Community College. If you have presented at a past Roanoke Code Camp -- welcome back! Our past reviews tell us we want you back. If you've never presented at a RCC, welcome! We will be having 4-5 tracks this year with topics including .NET anything and everything, SQL Server and SharePoint. If you would like to present this year please submit the following ......

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2009 2:48 PM

User Groups, Code Camps and SharePoint Saturdays - stay informed
During the closing session of Virginia Beach SharePoint Saturday, I guy came in alone and sat next to me. I started chatting with him and found he was very impressed with the event. He had never heard of User Groups, Code Camps and had found out about SharePoint Saturday by chance. He wanted to know how to find out more. My initial reaction was to collect his email address, promise to send him information and then maybe send it to him in a few weeks. Then I remembered and gave him the link to CommunityMegaphone. ......

Posted On Monday, January 12, 2009 4:56 PM

RV.NUG First Quarter 2009 Has Been Scheduled
Roanoke Valley .NET User Group meetings and events for the first quarter of 2009 has been scheduled. For more details visit www.rvnug.org January Meeting - Thursday, 1/8/2009 Justin Etheridge, founder of Richmond Meet and Code Dinners, Senior Consultant at Dominion Digital, will walk you through an ASP.NET MVC application. February Meeting - Thursday, 2/5/2009 Joel Cochran, RV.NUG Member extraordinaire presents, "Going beyond Hello World: Developing real world WPF applications using Blend and Visual ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 23, 2008 4:42 PM

RV.NUG and RVSPUG Combined meeting
December user group meeting we combined the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group and Roanoke VAlley SharePoint User Group into one meeting. Kudos to Kevin Israel for addressing an audeince that is: 50% SharePoint Admins that do not know .NET 50% .NET Develoeprs that have never seen SharePoint He lived up to the promise of providing contnet for all. Quick overview of SharePoint OTB, SharePoint Object Model and SharePoint Services and then a demo in C#. Might have to do this again sometime before next December. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:42 PM

Twitterverse
Congrats to my friend and mentor Chris Williams on publication of his article on Twitterverse in the most recent issue of CoDe magazine. Not only is Chris great, the magazine's great and yes -- Twitter is great too. If you haven't yet joined a tribe or become a tweep; read Chris's article. My addition to Chris's article: If you haven't tried Twitter -- you're missing out. I'm new to Twitter -- less than 1 month. Friends had been telling me for a long time to try it out. In fact, Chris probably has ......

Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2008 8:35 PM

RV.NUG August Meeting is Wii Night
RV.NUG is focusing on the networking aspect of user groups tonight. We are hosting Wii night. What's it take to host a Wii night? 3 Wii consoles 3 Projectors 3 sets of speakers 2 Mario Cart Wheels 1 Wii Guitar 12 Wii Remote Controllers 4 Wii Nunchuck Controllers 24 AA batteries 3 Power strips 12 Wii games RV.NUG & RVSPUG members and friends Pizza If you want more information visit www.rvnug.org ......

Posted On Thursday, August 7, 2008 7:27 AM

RV.NUG Presentation - Unit Testing a Buggy Starter Kit
Testing the Casino The July meeting of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group was one of the best ever! During the summer months, user group attendance is usually low. Therefore, we try to have meetings that are a little less formal and require less preparation for the presenter. This July we not only had a HIGH ATTENDANCE but we had 100% MEMBER PARTICIPATION during the meeting. Here's the formula: Take the Black Jack Starter Kit Add Bugs Deliver a brief presentation on Unit Testing in Visual Studio ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2008 8:09 PM

User Groups and Blogs
This is from the May 2008 RV.NUG newsletter User Groups and Blogs Keeping current with technology continues to be a daunting task, especially if your job does not lend itself to tasks that help keep your skills current. One way to benefit from the trials and tribulations of others is via blogs. The blog search engine Technorati indexes over 112 million weblogs. With 112 million blogs from which to choose, how can you determine which blogs to use? More importantly, how can you determine which blogs ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2008 7:44 PM

RV.NUG Annual -thon event
This is from the April 2008 RV.NUG Newsletter RV.NUG -thon event This June will mark the 4th annual RV.NUG -thon event. Just what is a -thon event? How did it originate? (Okay, perhaps you are more interested in "what it is" than a history lesson). A -thon event occurs during an RV.NUG monthly meeting. A presentation topic is chosen. However, care is taken to select a topic that can be easily segmented. The 75-90 minute presentation time of the meeting is then broken into five or six 15 minute time ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2008 7:43 PM

User Groups and Community Colleges
Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) has discovered that Code Camps have many benefits for the user group. One of these benefits has been the establishment and ongoing relationship with the local community college. Virginia Western Community College has been gracious and supportive by being the venue host for the Roanoke Code Camps. As a result of this relationship, the technology community has benefited in the following ways. Code Camp benefits Speakers from beyond the region come to present. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 8, 2008 2:05 PM

Get the most from YOUR User Group
This entry is from the RV.NUG March newsletter You are the U in RV.NUG Help define the group to be what you want it to be! The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group recently turned 4. During the last four years, we have seen a lot of change in the users of the group. We have members that have been with the group since the very first meeting, members that joined during the Community Launch of Visual Studio 2005 and members that have joined in the last few months. One thing that has remained constant during ......

Posted On Saturday, April 5, 2008 6:37 PM

RV.NUG - Andy Leonard
Andy Leonard visited the RV.NUG for the April monthly meeting. With Andy it's always a visit with a presentation. I've known Andy a long time and he was instrumental in helping me (and the RV.NUG) network beyond the Roanoke Valley. While visiting, Andy gave a presentation on "Testing the Database". Even though it was a nasty, dreary, rainy night we had a good turnout and a lot of questions for Andy. Andy's gotten to know several of us so he jokes with the person asking the questions; it makes for ......

Posted On Friday, April 4, 2008 2:43 PM

Roanoke Code Camp 2008
My last blog entry title was also Roanoke Code Camp 2008 and it was a month ago. Why is that? That's because that's what I've been spending my free time on since the last blog entry. The event was one week ago and I am just now blogging. WHEW... but what a great success! Photos have been posted here: Slides / code will be linked to the schedule soon. Once done you can find them here. Statistics from Roanoke Code Camp 2008 130 Registered 102 Attendees (that's almost 80% attendees / registrations!) ......

Posted On Sunday, March 9, 2008 9:34 PM

Roanoke Code Camp 2008
(Article from the February 2008 RV.NUG Newsletter) Code Camps If you have been around me more than two minutes in the past month, you’ve probably heard me mention the Roanoke Code Camp 2008 which is on March 1st at Virginia Western Community College. Why do I think this is such a big deal? Two things: FREE top-notch technology event and WESTERN Virginia What you will see at Code Camp · A conference-style event with multiple tracks allowing you to choose from five sessions during each time slot (Attend ......

Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2008 4:09 PM

Roanoke Code Camp 2008 - Registration
Roanoke Code Camp 2008 (in western Virginia) - Registration is open! We're ready... we have contributors, we have presenters, we have a venue, we have food, we have prizes..... all we need now is attendees. This is our second Code Camp and last year exceeded all of our expectations. Great knowledge, great fun, great people. If you were there you already know. Find out more about this year's event: Link to Flyer: http://www.rvnug.org/CodeCa... Link to Registration: https://www.clicktoattend.c... ......

Posted On Monday, February 4, 2008 9:05 PM

RV.NUG InstallFest - Visual Studio 2008
What a great idea from the Microsoft Evangalist Community! The primary purpose was "reward the UG membership", those members that have been attending month after month, helping each other, learning, geeking etc. This goal was DEFINITELY met. THANKS to Andrew Duthie, midAtlantic DE for setting up the event. An event such as this gives the RV.NUG officers a chance to let the membership know how much you really do behind the scenes for us month after month (year after year). So sorry you got beat in ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 8:05 PM

Roanoke Code Camp 2008 - Call for Speakers
The second Roanoke Code Camp (in western Virginia) is being held on SATURDAY, MARCH 1 at Virginia Western Community College. This is the same location as last year and if you were there, you know it’s a great venue. We will have several classrooms plus the auditorium available for our event. Last year we had a great speaker group, fantastic presentations and a very enthusiastic group of attendees. We hope you can help us repeat that success. We are hoping to have 4 or 5 tracks with 5 sessions in ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 9:51 AM

MidAtlantic Events
If you want to keep up with all of the events (both Microsoft and User Group meetings, Code Camps etc) check out the CommunityMegaphone - courtesy of Andrew Duthie aka .NET DevHammer If you have midAtlantic events you can submit an event to be posted. Read more about it on Andrew's blog here ......

Posted On Saturday, December 22, 2007 4:08 PM

RV.NUG and RVSPUG Events
There has been much going on with the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group(RV.NUG) of late. Here's a quick update of upcoming events, mark your calendars and save these dates! Vist www.rvnug.org for more information. If you'd like to keep up with all events in the Mid-atlantic region visit the CommunityMegaphone (site sponsored by the Microsoft mid-Atlantic Developer Evangelist Andrew Duthie... aka .NET DevHammer) January 10, 2008 - 6:00 pm - Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest - REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 18, 2007 1:44 PM

RV.NUG + INETA + Kathleen Dollard = w00t!
RV.NUG was VERY fortunate to recently have Kathleen Dollard as a guest presenter (courtesy of INETA). If you are (or ever have been) a User Group leader, you know that there are times you just keep on keepin on. You're not quite as enthused, not quite as motivated, but you keep on doing it because that's what UG leaders do. And then, something happens and it's all worth while (again - because these moments do repeat). The December RV.NUG meeting was one of those moments. It was "just another meeting" ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2007 8:23 PM

Don't Use a Cell Phone for Foot in the Mouth Illness
I recently made a politically incorrect statement to a member of the RV.NUG (which I lead). I try to be tactful and careful not to make statements that might be offensive or insulting to any member of the group. RV.NUG is an awesome user group and has many members that volunteer on a consistent basis. After arriving home, the comment continued to nag at me. I wrote an email. Re-reading the email, I decided it might make it worse, might be making it a bigger deal that it actually was. I called the ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2007 8:29 PM

RV.NUG - .NET University - Night 2
.NET U continued to be well received at the September Roanoke Valley .NET User Group as evidenced by: We had more attendees on Night 2 (everyone from night 1 returned plus some new folks) Evaluations were excellent on both nights - even included comments such as "Great Job" "Loved the labs, do this again" Following night 2, there were 4 attendees that said they plan to start attending the RV.NUG meetings. .NET U helped us with retention, recruitment and marketing. See our alumni photo here and a ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 18, 2007 7:00 PM

.NET University - Night 1
The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) is using .NET University for their September meeting. We had to make a few adjustments from the normal monthly meeting but it has received great reviews and benefits. Check out .NET U here. A big thank you to the .NET U Team for providing us with an easy way to grow the User Group. ATTENDEE BENEFITS: Separate presentations on an introduction to each component of the .NET 3.0 Framework: Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows ......

Posted On Sunday, September 9, 2007 12:38 PM

RV.NUG 3rd Annual -thon event - Thursday 6/7
RV.NUG is hosting their third -thon event. An event where members of the group do short presentations on a predetermined topic. This year we present pattern-a-thon. For more information visit our web site. We have 5 members presenting this year What is a Design Pattern and Why should I use them? Singleton and Factory Decorator and Template Observer and Command Active Record and Dependency Injection Past -thon events generated good meeting attendance and increased member involvement. 2005 - Grid-a-thon ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 10:58 AM

Groove and UG Websites
Timeline of a User Group Web site Day 1: Yahoo groups Year 1: Secure a domain and post some static html pages Year 1.5: Upgrade .html pages to .aspx pages (still static, but looks a little better in the url) Year 3: Upgrade to the asp.net Club Starter Kit Year 3, + 1 day: Prepare to enhance the web app ---------- and here we remain, largely because sharing source code among UG member is not easy - then we discovered Microsoft Groove 2007. In one evening, several members of the UG installed Groove ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 23, 2007 4:41 PM

CodeCamp Speaker Tips
Most of the CodeCamps I have attended have been in the Mid-Atlantic region which is headed up by DE Andrew Duthie. Check out Andrew's blog for some speaker tips if you're going to be presenting at a CodeCamp (or a User Group meeting). Andrew covers a wide area and even though the UG I lead is the farthest in distance and time (that's saying something since he lives in the DC area) I occasionally get mentioned in the blog too. Thanks Andrew for your continued support of the far corners of your region ......

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2007 7:08 PM

Roanoke Code Camp - WOW!
The FIRST Roanoke Code Camp (there will definitely be more!) exceeded any expectation I could have imagined. The top four ways to attend code camp are: As an ATTENDEE: You'll learn a lot, meet other attendees, meet presenters and if you want to know more about a presentation just ask. Stop any presenter (except on the way to lunch) and you'll get one-on-one exchange. As a VOLUNTEER: You will get all of the benefits of the attendee PLUS even more time hanging with the presenters and other volunteers, ......

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2007 2:42 PM

Roanoke Code Camp I

Registration now open for Roanoke Code Camp I

Saturday, March 3rd - Virginia Western Community College - Roanoke, VA

Register here

Posted On Saturday, January 27, 2007 9:56 AM

Roanoke (VA) Code Camp 1
CodeCamps are contagious. If you don't believe it - attend a few and soon you'll find yourself hosting one in your home town. I caught the disease from Chris Williams and the Richmond UG gave me a second dose (Thanks Andy & Frank). So - RV.NUG is hosting the first Roanoke Code Camp on Saturday, March 3rd. Many thanks to the local community college for providing what promises to be a great venue. Calls for speakers are going out on January 8th (oh wait - that's when they were "supposed" to go ......

Posted On Saturday, January 13, 2007 12:20 PM

.Net User Group -thon event 2.0
Our .NET User Group held their second -thon event. This event definitely works for our UG by creating a good turnout AND by GETTING MEMBERS INVOLVED. This will definitely be an annual event for our UG. Both of ours have been in June - last meeting before the summer meetings begin. Here's how ours worked. Pick a topic- that easily breaks into small segments (10-15 minute presentation)- general in nature- that affords opportunity for novice and intermediate information Recruit Presenters (about 6)- ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 12:36 PM

RV.NUG & El Maliko
Kudos and cheers to: INETA for the speaker's bureau RV.NUG membership for the keen interest in .NETSahil Malik for a fantastic presentation Hard to believe that last fall I was considering giving up on being a UG leader. I sure am glad I didn't (our founder checks in often to make sure I don't quite). Since the VS 2005 / SQL Server 2005 Launch we keep growing and growing and ........The May meeting of RV.NUG was no exception. Sahil Malik (brought to us by INETA) presented on Transactions. He discussed ......

Posted On Saturday, May 6, 2006 7:02 PM

RV.NUG - May Meeting
Roanoke Valley( Virginia) .NET User Group (RV.NUG) Meeting - Tomorrow - Thursday 5/4/06 - 6 pm Our group is growing every month - it's exciting! Tomorrow we have an INETA sponsored speaker - Sahil Malik presenting on ADO.NET - System.Transaction and distributed transactions. I've heard Sahil speak before and he can take a complex topic and break it apart so it's easy to understand. I'm looking forward to the presentation and hoping for a great turnout to welcome him. The summer months will bring ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 3, 2006 5:22 PM

18 days till launch....
RV.NUG VS 2005 / SQL Server 2005 Launch .. 18 days and counting...... Back in October it felt like we had all the time in the world to prepare for our event In November I followed the Charleston, SC launch via Chris Williams blog and worked a “little“ harder In December ... I ate lots of non-Atkins food and enjoyed the holidays In January ... it began to feel close... This has been a really great experience so far. We are now receiving items at least 2 or 3 times a week from our sponsors. ......

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2006 8:25 AM

Roanoke Valley(Virginia) .NET User Group January Meeting - Thurs 1/5
From my friends at RVNUG ... which includes me :) Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful holiday season.Our first meeting of the year is just two days away. The meetingis at the Roanoke County Public Safety Building and begins at 6pm.For directions and more information visit www.rvnug.org.Please make an effort to come out and welcome Geoff Snowman. Geoffwill be presenting on Querying XML using XQuery. He has presented atmany MSDN events across the country; so let's show our appreciationfor ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2006 3:35 PM

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