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Well, hello there. I have returned after 5 months of radio silence. Those of you that follow me on Twitter or G+ know that my wife and I welcomed a new child in mid-December, which explains most of my disappearance. I wanted to return with some global blog news, speaking updates, etc. Thus, without further ado... Let us begin with Card Roulette. No, I have not forgotten about it. I haven't posted about it in awhile, but I have been playing with the requirements. If you have been following the actual ...
In January 0f 2009 something crazy and awesome happened for me, SharePoint Saturday was born. I was a 26 year old girl from Saint Louis Missouri who was living in Olathe, KS. About 5 month prior I went to the most pivotal event in my career and life in Washington DC, the Regional SharePoint Conference, where I met Michael Lotter, Paul Galvin, Tony Lanni, Bob Fox, and Rachel Appel. Several months later I was visiting Michael at a code camp in Raleigh North Carolina and he told me we’re going to have ...
Introduction I recently found out that I have been awarded with the Q3 Community Champion Award from INETA. It is a honor and a privilege to be part of this Elite group of community leaders. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by my peers for the community work that I do. Below is what the email said: I would like to congratulate you on winning the INETA Champion Award for the third quarter of 2011. I want to personally thank you for your time and effort in supporting and helping ...
A while back I decided to get back to speaking engagements and such. For the most part I had kept that to some local User Groups and some conferences like TechEd. I decided to sign up for the INETA Speaker program. Well my first gig came through. I will be speaking at the SharePoint Users of Ft. Wayne, Indiana meeting on July 14th. The topic is on Building Solutions for SharePoint using Visual Studio LightSwitch ...
Looks like I'm going to TechEd 2011, thanks to GeeksWithBlogs.net and all of you that helped get me there by clinking the Tech Ed link in my previous posts. I'm really looking forward to going, and I wouldn't be if not for your help, so seriously... THANKS!! If you're going too, hit me up on Twitter (@ChrisGWilliams) or Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/2atcqbg) or maybe catch me at the INETA booth or the Blogger Hub (run by the fine folks at GWB.) ...
If you’re a “community influencer” type in Atlanta, or you’re coming into town for Tech Ed 2011, be sure to hit up the INETA Community Leadership Summit on Sunday. I’ve been to several of these and it’s definitely time well spent if you have an interest in the greater developer community along with user groups, speakers, organizers and what makes them tick… and how to be “better” at it. The link to register is: http://inetateched2011.even... Make sure you grab the right ticket though. If ...
Want to win a trip to TechEd 2011? INETA NorAm is hosting a contest with our partners to see who can build an .NET application making effective use of reusable components to solve a problem. The Rules: Any .NET Application (WinForms, ASP.NET, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, etc.) built in the last year (since 1/1/2010) using at least 1 component from at least 1 approved vendor. Then make a 3 - 5 minute Camtasia video showing your entry and describing what component(s) you used and why your application ...
Chris Eargle, Telerik Evangelist, Microsoft MVP and INETA Speaker, was our guest speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group February 2011 meeting. Chris shared many advanced C# tricks that he learned throughout his many years of programming in a talk earning raving reviews from all attendees. At the end of our event, we had a free raffle of 2 Telerik Ultimate Collection licenses and various .Net Ninja shirts. We would like to thank Chris for sharing with us and we look forward to having him again ...
So, I've been kind of a slacker on the whole blogging front. I pretty much took 2010 off from blogging, not necessarily on purpose of course, but I was doing a lot of tweeting and I guess after condensing things down to 140 character bites, I didn't have much else to say here. Unsurprisingly, I've grown bored with Twitter. (I find the busier I am, the less interest I have in what everyone else is doing... go figure.) So, I need a good outlet to talk about the things I'm working on and what I've been ...
In early 2010, I had blogged and shared my excitement as I was about to embark on a new journey relocating to South Florida. As I settled down and adjusted to my new life, I was presented with an opportunity to get actively involved and volunteer in the local Florida .Net and Project Management communities. I have since devoted a significant portion of my time to community initiatives, coordinating the West Palm Beach .Net User Group, volunteering as a member of the INETA Speaker’s Bureau and traveling ...
In November 2010, INETA received 13 requests for speakers. Of those 13 requests, 7 events were held in November. For those 7 events, speakers traveled 2122 miles round trip (from their home address to the event and back) 1 speaker events qualified for reimbursement of $50 2 speaker events qualified for reimbursement of $100 3 speaker events qualified for reimbursement of $200 1 speaker event was not reimbursed (less than minimum mileage) 1 scheduled event had to be cancelled due to loss of venue ...
We just completed our first full month of the INETA Community Speakers Program. The numbers… In October 2010, INETA received 19 requests for speakers. Of those 19 requests, 11 events were scheduled and held during October. For those 11 events, speakers traveled a total of 4535 miles round trip (from their home address to the event and back.) 5 speaker events qualified for reimbursement of $200 2 speaker events qualified for reimbursement of $100 2 speaker events qualified for reimbursement of $50 ...
The INETA Community Speakers Program went live today. It's a good thing. It means more speakers for more user groups. I'm not going to repeat all the rules and procedures in this post. You can find the latest info on that at www.INETA.org/Speakers What I do want to talk about is the reaction I've seen so far. Mostly quite positive. People seem pretty excited about the announcement, and I think great times are ahead. On the other hand...In the popular trend of replacing the first couple letters of ...
I'm going on tour... talking about WP7 & XNA. (Dates below) XNA Games on Windows Phone 7 DESCRIPTION Chris G. Williams will be presenting 'A Tour of Windows Phone 7 and XNA 4.0'. In this talk, he'll cover what's new in XNA 4.0, especially as it pertains to Windows Phone 7. He'll cover phone features, using the emulator and how to take advantage of the various sensors (like the Accelerometer) and features (MultiTouch, Gestures, Push Notifications, etc) in your games. Rumor has it, he may even ...
Yesterday, Saturday, August 28th, 2010 my door bell rang. By the time I got to open door, I saw the UPS truck pulling away and a package left by my front door from INETA. Opening it revealed a nice surprise. Our West Palm Beach .Net User Group had just celebrated its third anniversary as a member of INETA and the package contained a certificate of recognition celebrating the group’s membership. Along with the certificate came a nice letter signed by Julie Yack, Director of membership, which we will ...
Don Demsak, Microsoft MVP, INETA Speaker and Chief Technology Officer at Tellago, Inc was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group's June meeting on June 22nd 2010. Don's talk was so popular that we had no available seats for the group coordinators or our June meeting sponsors from Adroit. Don has skillfully outlined the value of OData from both technical and business perspectives and spoke about many real-world applications leveraging OData today. Our meeting lasted for 2 full hours with ...
It has been another fantastic year for TechEd North America. I always love my time here. First, I have to give a huge thank you to Ineta for giving me the opportunity to work the Ineta booth and BOF’s (birds of a feather). I can not even begin to list how many fantastic leaders in the .Net space and Developers from all over I have met through Ineta at this event. It has been truly amazing and great fun!! New Orlean’s has been awesome. The night life is hoppin’. In addition to enjoying a few (too ...
While modifying the standard media player with a new look and feel for Ineta Live I saw a unique opportunity to use their logo with a dotted I with and attached arc as the scrub control. So I created a PathListBox that I wanted an object to follow when a user did a click and drag action. Below is how I solved the problem. Please let me know if you have improvements or know of a completely different way. I am always eager to learn. First, I created a path using the pen tool in Expression Blend (see ...
This is the Ineta Live player without the O’Data Feed. It is a good example of taking the plain Media Player provided with the Encoder install and re-templating it to make it your own. It also has a custom scrub control that is added in. I generally put my tempates in a separate resource file. On this project, I discovered that I had to include the template at the document level because I needed the ability to attach some code behind to fire change state behaviors. I could not use the blend xaml ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce our June speaker will be Pete Brown. Pete was one of FredNUG’s first speakers when the group started and we’re very happy to have him visiting us again to present on Silverlight! On June 15th @ 6:30 PM, we’ll start with a Visual Studio 2010 Launch with pizza, swag and a presentation about what makes Visual Studio 2010 great. Then, starting at 7 PM, Pete Brown will present “What’s New in Silverlight 4.” It looks like an evening filled with newness! The scheduled agenda ...
When a Southern “boy” like me sees somebody that used to be, or should be, a close friend or relative that they haven’t seen in a long time, that’s a typical greeting. Come to think of it, we were often related to close friends. So “back in the day”, we not only knew people but everybody close to them. When I started driving, my Dad told me to always drive carefully in Polk county. He said if I ran into anybody there, it was likely they would be related or close family friends. Not so much any more… ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce our May speaker will be Kevin Griffin. Kevin has been speaking at several community events this spring and we’re pleased he’s stopping by FredNUG to present at our May meeting. On May 18th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, Kevin Griffin will present “Awesomize Your Windows Apps.” The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social Networking/Announcements 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Main Topic: Awesomize Your Windows Apps ...
Ted Neward, MVP & INETA Speaker spoke to us at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group meeting at CompTec about Microsoft OSLO and DSLs on Tuesday April 27th 2010. Ted kept the audience well engaged throughout his presentation and shared his experience with DSLs in a humorous and fun setting. At the conclusion of the talk, we had our free raffle and concluded the evening with networking while enjoying the pizza and soda brought to us by Sherlock Technology (www.sherstaff.com) This meeting was also ...
Day of .NET in Ann Arbor is a one-day conference on all things .NET organized by developers for developers. This event is being offered at a minimal cost to anyone interested in .NET development, and will take place on May 1, 2010 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Details: http://www.dayofdotnet.org/... Registration: http://dodn.eventbrite.com/ The Day of .NET in Ann Arbor is a collaborative effort between the following INETA member groups: Great Lakes Area .NET User ...
The catch? Attend the Ozarks .Net User Group meeting on April 1st. Here’s a list of the other prizes for the event GRAND PRIZE 1 - iPad (Wi-Fi 16GB) THIRD PARTY COMPONENTS 6 - Telerik Premium Collection 5 - Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET 1 - Nevron Chart for .NET Lite DevExpress Xceed PRODUCTIVITY 2 - CodeRush with Refactor! Pro 2 - ReSharper CodeSmith GAMES 3 - Halo3 ODST (XBox 360) 3 - Forza Motorsport (Xbox 360) OTHER SOFTWARE 3 - Windows 7 Ultimate 2 - Microsoft Office Standard 2007 HARDWARE ...
For those of you that have been waiting patiently (and not so patiently) I'm happy to say that we're very near completion on some changes/enhancements/improv... that will allow us to finally go live with the INETA Regional Speakers Bureau. I know quite a few of you have already registered, which is great (though some of you may need to come back and update your info) and we've had a few folks submit requests, mostly in a test capacity, but soon we'll be up and live. Here's how it breaks down. ...
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. ...
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I suppose sometimes when one’s personal life gets busy, there are some things that fall by the wayside. So what all has happened since I last blogged? Business has been good with lots of lessons learned. I had hoped I would have had an important announcement several months ago concerning the business I own, but that simply hasn’t materialized yet. Will keep everyone posted. Ensuring your business has a good sales pipeline and stays ahead in the technology curve ...
After the second installment of our Speaker Idol format, I was asked by INETA to write an article for the January newsletter targeting other user group leaders. It came out great. The article describes the event format and some of our lessons learned. You can view the article at http://ineta.org/newsletter... There is a lovely mug shot. That serves me right for not having a more professional picture ready and had to get someone to take a picture in the office with ...
So today, on Twitter, I asked what I thought was a simple and straightforward question. It went like this: Poll: For those of you with .NET UGs. If there was never an INETA, would you still have started your group? tag replies #INETA For the most part, I got some pretty good responses. No real surprises. Most people who started user groups hadn't even heard of INETA prior to starting their group. There were a few exceptions, of course, a couple of folks said that they might not have started a user ...
I met Robin back in Roanoke, VA about 6 years ago at the first meeting of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group. She loves to point out that this meeting also happened to be at an IHOP (hey, it was my first user group and it seemed like a good idea at the time...) Robin and I became fast friends and she inherited the user group after I moved away and has kept it going strong to this very day. She is definitely one of the coolest people I know, but I'll let you find that out for yourself, by reading ...
This month FredNUG is shaking things up a bit! Instead of meeting on our traditional 4th Wednesday of the month, we’re moving the meeting to Tuesday, September 22. Also, instead of having an intro talk, we’re doing pizza from 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, INETA Speaker Claudio Lassala will present on Refactoring, Patterns, new language features, code quality, and more! This sounds like a topic that all .NET developers can benefit. The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social ...
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 ...
If you're a .NET User Group leader, you probably already receive the INETA newsletter (and if you haven't been getting it, contact your mentor to update your contact info!!) On the other hand, if you aren't a .NET User Group leader, you might not realize that you're missing out on some valuable community info that isn't just for UG leaders. If you want to see what's going on with INETA, and the greater .NET Developer Community by extension, hit this link: (http://www.ineta.org/Conta... ...
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 ...
Tuesday night, the INETA Speakers Bureau Director (Randy Walker) chose to step down for undisclosed reasons. I wish him well and respect his decision. Unfortunately, there's never really a GOOD time for something like this to happen, so as with all departures, a void was created that needed to be filled immediately. As a result, I am stepping in to fill this position. I have served on the INETA Speakers Bureau committee for several years as well as being an actual Speakers Bureau speaker and user ...
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: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 5:00 PM-6:00 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:00 AM-9:00 AM (UTC-8:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Here's What You'll Learn Development tools for Visual Studio ...
As most of you know, I serve on the INETA (International .Net Association) Board of Directors, being in charge of the Speakers Bureau and other Speaker programs. There have been several rumors floating around with a lot of misconceptions and I wanted to clarify a few things. The budget numbers have come in, and the U.S. National Speakers Bureau budget is less than half of what it was last year. I can personally guarantee that User Groups will continue to have speakers funded by INETA. However, we ...

I am very proud and happy to announce that I am now a member of the European INETA speakers bureau.

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Registration for PDC 2009 is now open. If you register by September 15th you can save a hundred bucks. Or you could get there my way: win a contest (hey, I’m a poor developer). As I mentioned in a previous article, INETA has a component contest that prizes a trip to PDC. But, it’s not the only one: Microsoft has announced the Code7 Contest - Code the Power of 7. It pays out great prizes, but you have to take advantage of the technologies built into Windows 7 like Libraries, Touch, Shell Integration, ...
I went to the Twin Cities Languages User Group meeting last night. The topic was Esoteric Programming Languages and it was quite interesting. Jason Bock (also the UG leader) showed several different examples of languages that you'll never use in your day job, but were still pretty cool (mostly.) The one I was most interested in was Befunge (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... which is a 2-dimensional interpreted language that can modify/generate its own code while running. The whole ...
We had a great Phoenix Silverlight User Group meeting last night. Steele Price hosted a roundtable-type discussion on Navigation and MVVM plus gave us a hint of what his Desert Code Camp talk will be about. He has also agreed to repeat the Code Camp talk at our July 1 meeting, so put that on your calendar now! Thanks to Steele, Simon Allardice for babysitting us, and Interface Technical Training for hosting us as usual! If you are not a member of the Phoenix Silverlight User Group Yahoo mailing list, ...
The INETA Regional Speakers Bureau was announced today. I’ve been fielding questions on Twitter ever since the news came out, so I figured I would share some of the most common questions with you here, until we can get the INETA site updated. Q: Why should I do this? Who does it benefit? A: This program benefits User Groups and Speakers alike by providing funds for events. Speakers get increased exposure. UG gets a speaker. This also helps the group discover people adjacent to (rather than just in) ...
Next INETA:Career Webcast - June 4, 2009, 6:00 PM ET Unlocking the hidden value of your organization through people, technology and innovation... The implications of collaborative innovation are many—the most important being its potential to reshape not just individual enterprises, but whole industries, perhaps even entire economies. Hector believes in investing in innovation in good and bad times. This session covers the alignment of business and technology to create a flexible environment that ...
For very long time I was thinking why would I start a blog. There are already a lot of blogs out there, most with little or no valuable information at all,or even shameless copy of other people work with no citations whatsoever. And this is nothing more than just a waist of time and disk space, and bandwidth. So the last thing I want to do I to waist someone time, including mine. Then why this sudden change, one might asked. The reason is simple. I have started my graduates studies, to pursue a PhD ...
If you plan on attending Tech·Ed, stop by the INETA booth in the Technical Learning Center Community Lounge for your chance to meet other members of the community, including members of the INETA Board, speakers from the INETA Speakers Bureau and User Group leaders from all over. The INETA Walk of Fame will feature well known INETA Speakers Bureau stars and up and coming stars from local communities. Come by and add yourself to the Wall of Stars. During Tech·Ed, like always, we want to hear from you! ...
If you’ve been to a community event anywhere in the right 50% of the continent (and possibly a few on the left) there’s a better than even chance you’ve shared some air with Steve Andrews at some point. This guy really gets around, and he’s a man on a mission. I’ll let him tell you more about that in these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I was born at a very young age to my parents in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where I currently reside. Between then and now I have lived in upstate New York ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, May 27th at the Urbana Regional Library. We’re pleased to have Jeremy Kadlec returning to FredNUG as well as Steve Andrews who is coming to FredNUG as part of his goal of 52 (yes 52!) talks to the Developer Community this year. It will be an excellent meeting filled with valuable content! The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: SQL Server Dynamic Management Views with Jeremy Kadlec Speaker Bio: Jeremy Kadlec ...
Julie Lerman is one of the hippest, smartest people I know. If you haven’t already heard of her, this is your chance to crawl out from under that rock and get a glimpse of an industry legend. Don’t worry about that giant ball of fire in the sky, that’s just the sun. Those of you that HAVE heard of Julie probably already know how awesome she is, but keep reading anyway. My first introduction to Julie was hearing Bill Ryan refer to someone as “Julie Lerman smart.” I figured that was enough of a recommendation ...
I’ve known Shawn for a few years now, mostly through his work with the developer community and of course his affiliation with INETA. I figured it was time you got to know him as well. Here are NINE Questions with Shawn Weisfeld: 1. Where are you from? I was born in Brooklyn New York and moved to South Florida when I was still in grade school. After graduating from high school I moved to Orlando to go to college at the University of Central Florida. There I was introduced to my first User Group, the ...