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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 ...
Fair warning, I’m combining several blog posts into one. As a father, there’s nothing that makes you more proud than to see your son take his first steps, say daddy for the first time, or catch his first ball. In my professional career I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments my peers have been making. These are the people I’ve been working with and helping their professional community efforts, and while I like to think I helped them in some way, truth be told, they entirely did the work on their ...
A couple nights ago I got an email stating that I won some award. At first I saw the header and I was skeptical, because I had never really heard of the award. I thought it was another scam where someone wanted me to throw them some personal information in exchange for some GBP...I opened the email and realized my INETA Mentor was cced and I actually won an award. It's been a while since I've won an award. In fact I think the last award I won was in high school or college and involved Cardinal's ...
If you're going to TechEd 2009, be sure to stop by the INETA booth while you're there. Not only will you get a chance to meet some of the new Board Members, but we'll also have members of our Speakers Bureau present throughout the week as well.
I’m currently on my first INETA Board of Directors Conference Call and I thought I’d keep people updated on what’s going on, as there’s some really good stuff being discussed. I know one of the perception problems, is that INETA is a black hole, which is on the top of my list to help change, and hopefully by doing this, that perception will change. If you’d like to write content for the various code magazines, there are opportunities for you! Community Night (aka Birds of a Feather) at TechEd is ...
I’m here in Orlando at the INETA Community Lounge with Scott Spradlin, Lori McKinney and chatting with Fabio Honigmann, one of the leaders of the Orlando .NET User group. They are having their 4th Code Camp this coming weekend on 3/28/2009. Make sure you register so you will qualify for the drawing, lunch and other benefits! Registration is now over 500!! More information at: http://www.orlandocodecamp.... ...
April Meeting of The PCSUG – INETA Sponsored Event April 9 6:00 – 7:30, Phoenix, AZ Today, you can log into a Web site such as Amazon and the site knows who you are and what your preferences are. They are stored on the server and you are who you are regardless of what computer you use. Client Application Services gives you the ability to add this same functionality to your Windows applications by using client service providers for login, roles and profiles. These client providers use Web services ...
INETA has a great gimmick. Give someone a award and then recruit them to do volunteer work! While I am completely joking, I was recently appointed to INETA’s Board of Directors. Congratulations go out to my fellow Board Members. Rob Zelt, President Mike Vincent, Vice President Scott Spradlin, Secretary Morgan Baker, Treasurer Steve Andrews, Director Lori McKinney, Director Randy Walker, Director Shawn Weisfeld, Director Chris Williams, Director Our first order of business will be a Board Meeting ...
INETA Board of Directors On Tuesday, INETA (the International .NET Association) announced the results of their Board of Directors elections. I'm pleased to announce that I was nominated and elected to a Board of Directors position, effective March 3, 2009. While I am a firm believer in INETA and their mission, I've been as vocal as anyone (and certainly more than some) about what I perceive to be some of the problems with INETA. I see this as my opportunity to address some of those concerns and hopefully ...
The Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) will have its next meeting on March 25th at the Urbana Regional Library. It looks like we have another great evening scheduled! The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: A Look at Constructs and their Performance with John Blumenauer Intro Topic Description: In our day to day work, we use common constucts such as calling methods, collections, string manipulation, mathematical operations and many others. Often overlooked is the peformance of ...
Scott Spradlin, one of most influential people I know in the world of Microsoft programming, has gone way too long without being recognized. I remember having talked with Scott on many occasions about user groups and Ineta. He’s been one of those long time influentials, mostly behind the scenes, serving in various roles with INETA and being the glue that helped connect St. Louis developers together. Scott served as the Regional Mentor for INETA for many years, helping several user groups get started. ...
February 10, 2009 - Guild Meeting, featuring Shawn Wildermuth When: 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) MAP Website: www.TwinCitiesDevelopersGui... Shawn Wildermuth Topic: Introducing Silverlight While Silverlight has a lot of people buzzing, many others think its just another Flash in the pan. But for web developers who are sick of fighting the browser, Silverlight represents a fresh step forward to create compelling applications on the web. In ...
The Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) will have its next meeting on February 25th at the Urbana Regional Library. This should be a great evening of talking .NET, doing some social networking and then wrapping-up the evening with a raffle. The scheduled agenda is: 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM - Intro Topic: Intro to LINQ with Ganesan Muthiah 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Main Topic: Using Silverlight in SharePoint with Sahil Malik Main Topic Description: Silverlight is one of the most exciting things to come out of ...
I was a bit shocked when I received the email announcing that I am one of ten Community Champions awarded. A huge thank you to those that nominated me. It’s always a good feeling of accomplishment when you’re recognized for your efforts. While they haven’t posted the announcement on the website yet, you can read more about the award at http://www.ineta.org/Champi... Below is the Newsletter announcement. Community Champions Winners Announced INETA Community Champion Award ...
INETA Speaker Shawn Wildermuth is coming to the Twin Cities in February to speak at the Developers Guild. I'll get the website updated ASAP, but wanted to get this out there now: “Introducing Silverlight” Abstract: While Silverlight has a lot of people buzzing, many others think its just another Flash in the pan. But for web developers who are sick of fighting the browser, Silverlight represents a fresh step forward to create compelling applications on the web. In this talk I will create an application ...
I just heard from INETA this evening, and I'll be speaking at the Roanoke Code Camp on March 7 in Roanoke, VA. I'll be talking about XNA (big surprise) and I'm really really excited about it. Not only is it my first gig as an INETA Speaker, but also because Roanoke is my home town (for the first 20 years of my life, and a few more years in between other places) and I haven't been there in nearly 5 years. This should be a lot of fun ...
The list of new INETA speakers has finally been announced on David Walker's blog. I've included the list with links below as well though. Let's get those speaker requests in and start putting these guys to work! 1. Chris Williams 2. Keith Elder 3. Jason Bock 4. Claudio Lassala 5. Rachel Appel 6. Andrew Dunn 7. Chris Love 8. Cory Smith 9. Tim Rayburn 10. Jim Wooley 11. Rob Windsor 12. Amanda Laucher 13. Adam Machanic 14. Stuart Celarier 15. Pete Brown 16. Steve Andrews D ...
As I mentioned in my earlier blog posts, my 2009 got off to a great start, having been notified of my MVP award and my selection to the INETA Speakers Bureau. Some of my really good friends also received their MVP awards (some for the first time) or appointment to the INETA Speakers Bureau, or in a few cases, both. So yesterday, Jan 2 2009, had a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. A couple things happened yesterday, but the biggest is that my good friend Amanda Laucher (@Pandamonial ...
January 1st for many people is simply New Year’s Day. But there are those that continually monitor their inbox waiting anxiously to see if they receive a gift from Santa Ballmer. That gift is a Microsoft MVP award for 2009. There are multiple award cycles and days of renewal, but mine lands on Jan 1st and I’m very honored and pleased to report that I’m once again an MVP for 2009! But the purpose of this post isn’t to gloat about my MVPness (say it a few times…you’ll get it). There are many that are ...
I'm happy to announce (ok, wait... that's a gross understatement...)

I'm THRILLED to announce that I've been selected to be a part of the INETA Speakers Bureau. As a user group leader, I've taken advantage of this benefit from INETA for years and pretty much as long as I've known about it, I've wanted to be a part of it. A little after midnight, (that would be this morning) I got an email confirming that I had been selected.

I can't wait to get started!!
It's official! The Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) is now a member of INETA. At the December FredNUG meeting, Frank La Vigne, the INETA Membership Mentor for Maryland, DC, and Delaware, was in attendance to make the official announcement to the group. It's great to be recognized by INETA and to have its support. Since FredNUG's founding in September 2008, we've already enjoyed hearing from a few notable speakers, including G. Andrew Duthie and Pete Brown. Of course, we're always looking for more ...
First off I have the best volunteers in the whole wide world. The delegation process was not too bad. I don't have as much on my plate as I did before. Second I managed to convince some of my really awesome St. Louis pals to sign up. It looks like we have these guys speaking with the INETA help (tentatively): Daniel Larson Corey Van Dyke Michael Lotter Becky Bertram Corey Roth Todd Kitta Matt Bremer Erin O'Conner Tony Lanni We decided to do two lab sessions back to back that were End User and kind ...
I received the following email the other day: Jason, We would like to extend our thanks for your participation in the INETA Community Champion program and your commitment to the developer community. You faced some challenging competition yet your accomplishments speak for themselves. The Community Champion team is thrilled to inform you that you are one of our top ten winners for Q3 2008. Congratulations Jason! INETA will be announcing the winners this week in our November INETA Newsletter as well ...
I’ve been involved with user groups for a number of yeas as well as INETA. One of the questions that I’ve heard over and over again through those years has been “How do I start up a user group?” Well my friends, below I’m going to share with you the secret formula…and you may be surprised. Starting a User Group 1. Get a venue 2. Get some speakers 3. Set a date 4. Start getting the word out and building hype. Those are the basic steps that you need to perform to get your user group up and running. ...
I just got the INETA November newsletter and as I'm skimming carefully reading every word of it, I see my name on the awardees list for Community Champion. Not knowing if it was me or another Chris Williams, I dropped a quick email to INETA and sure enough, it was me. Very cool. Once a quarter, INETA will recognize leading contributors as Community Champions. In addition to claiming this prestigious title for twelve months, awardees also receive a letter of commendation, a certificate of achievement, ...
So I'm sitting in the speaker room at DevConnections ... watching the big named folks work their way through picking up the speaker goodies. I'm not supposed to drop names, but I've seen several INETA speakers so far. I flew into town with DotNetNuke expert and INETA speaker Chris Hammond. Should be a good week. Technorati Tags: Conferences,DevConnections ...
Caught a cab from the hotel to Code Camp, although the cab apparently couldn’t come onto the campus, so had to hoof it a little, once I knew where to go. Ran into Rob Zelt (INETA Pres) and Daniel Egan (former INETA Pres, now MS DE) chatted for a minute, got registered, grabbed a muffin and was off to the first session (Scala). Unfortunately, the first session was having some technical difficulties but they got resolved fairly quickly. The Scala talk was pretty interesting and while it was Java-centric, ...
Exciting half day training on Silverlight 2 Data Access. About 10 seats left for this event. Sing up now! Posted on 8/26/2008 2:10:31 PM Day of Silverlight 2.0 - Data Access - with John Papa Friday, October 24, 2008 While Silverlight empowers developers to use their .NET and XAML skills to develop Rich Internet Applications, it also can be used to build data driven Silverlight applications that communicate with multi-tier architectures. This session will demonstrate how to build Silverlight 2 applications ...
I made a comment about this in a prior post, but it was really long and wordy so unless you read right to the end you would have missed the announcement. So I figured I’d post a little ‘update’ to fill everyone in on what’s been going down. Over the last seven years I’ve worked for numerous small companies here in Winnipeg. I’ve been part of some interesting projects, had some successes, some failures, and a lot of lessons learned. I’ve tested the waters of independent consulting and had great success ...
Sorry it has been so long since I have blogged.  I was elected to the INETA board over the summer, and am currently attending our board meeting in Seattle.  I should have news to blog about the meeting soon.
I just found out today that the Bartlesville .NET User Group I started has now become an official INETA user group! This is great news for the group as it will just help us continue to grow. If you are ever in Oklahoma stop by and say Hi. Technorati Tags: Bartlesville,Bartlesville .NET User Group,BDNUG,User Group,INETA LiveJournal Tags: Bartlesville,Bartlesville .NET User Group,BDNUG,User Group,INETA del.icio.us Tags: Bartlesville,Bartlesville .NET User Group,BDNUG,User Group,INETA IceRocket Tags: ...
For those that weren't able to attend last Tuesday's Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group meeting, 8/5/2008, Zach Young (our Vice President of the group) was able to secure Jeffrey Palermo as a speaker for a special meeting this Thursday (8/14/2008). This is a huge boon, as Jeff is one of THE most sought after speakers in North America. Jeff is most known for the Party with Palermo series of events before each of the major conferences. Jeff hails from Austin, Texas, which was recently named the hardest ...
August 12, 2008 - Developers Guild Meeting, featuring Rocky Lhotka When: 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) Topic: CSLA .NET is one of the most widely used development frameworks for .NET. CSLA Light is a subset of CSLA .NET that runs in the Silverlight environment. CSLA Light is an ongoing project, scheduled for a first release in September 2008. Come to this session to get an insiders first look at CSLA running on Silverlight, providing many of the ...
So this is a step up I suppose from getting "Stupid Prizes" from Community-Credit in the past...how about winning an MSDN Subscription or an XBox for your participation in the developer and user group community? I plugged in my points and ended up one of ten winners this quarter for the INETA Community Champion program. I found out yesterday after getting home from an exhaustive day of memory and cognitive tests related to my brain-aches when I opened up the latest INETA newsletter. Congratulations ...
This month I tested the new INETA Community Champions program. Contributions recorded here give you Community Credit points. I won a DIY MP3 Alarm Clock! To find out more (and see what cool prize you could have won in July) go here: ...
I was hoping to get this out earlier in the week, but real life, work and that annoying sleep habit I can't seem to kick all got in the way. Randy is a fellow VB MVP and "Carl & Gary's" alumni, but I'll let him tell you about that. Here are my NINE Questions with Randy Walker: 1. Where are you from? Born in South Korea, adopted and lived all over the U.S. While I consider myself an Arkansas Razorback by heart (Go Hogs!), I’m a Texan through and through. I currently live and work in Northwest ...
User Group contributors (not just the leaders, all of those members that pitch in and help in so many ways) often peform tasks for multiple meetings events -- their pay is $0. If they do a great job, we double their pay. Thanks to INETA and David Silverlight, there is now a way for these folks to track their contributions to the user group and the user community at large. The INETA Community Excellence Award program recently launched. They have tired to make it easy to record everything sending meeting ...
This is in response to a post by my fellow blogger & INETA guy, Randy Walker. Randy has a theory on how to make Twitter more performant (or profitable.) You can read it here or just see below for the relevant part: "charge anyone with a follow to follower ratio greater than 2 to 1. This would immediately eliminate 99% of spammers, drastically cut the system resource issues (thus reducing downtime), and create an income for company. While I doubt this will completely resolve it's lack of income ...
As I was driving home from giving a presentation at the PDANUG last night, I got a call from David Silverlight and he reminded me about this cool new program INETA has to recognize those involved in user groups. He's written up an excellent blog about it on Community-Credit you can read http://www.community-credit... I know a number of you reading this help run user groups in your area and as someone who helps ...
If you live in the southeast United States, chances are you've heard of Wally McClure. You may have even met him in person. I met Wally at the Charlotte Code Camp, back in the early days before my inevitable ascension to .NET Demigod. Wally is always a lot of fun to talk listen to, so enjoy. 1. Where are you from? I grew up in Knoxville, TN. I have a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech. I worked at “The Coca-Cola Company” in Atlanta, but I found that the corporate life wasn’t for ...
Looks like Culminus, the IT Pro community organization, will be moving to a model more in line to what INETA has grown into. Graham's post gives more detail from the Microsoft side of things. I need to read up more and hear feedback from Culminus user groups as to whether this decision is a good thing in the long term, but from what I've heard from friends who are part of IT Pro groups this move is a good thing that will help the community on a whole. D ...
If you have never had Rod Paddock come and speak at your user group, what the hell are you waiting for?! Rod runs his own company, DashPoint, as well as being editor of Code magazine. He also does a tonne of community work, including taking time out of his schedule to come visit us in Winnipeg (and tonight in Edmonton). Rod presented on Silverlight and creating business applications. The audience was treated to a fantastic presentation and comments from people I talked to after were extremely positive. ...
Well, we're back again, this time with Trisha Cardell (formerly Lacey) of INETA/CodeZone fame. Trisha is also an occasional blogger at GeeksWithBlogs and plays a rather wicked Night Elf in World of Warcraft. Yes guys, really. So without further ado, here are NINE Questions with Trisha Cardell. 1. Where are you from? Gainesville, GA. A smallish town NE of Atlanta. http://www.gainesville.org/. To be more specific, I actually grew up in Flowery Branch, GA on a street called Quiet Meadow Lane. 2. We ...
An XBox or MSDN Subscription to the 10 Most Active Contributors in the User Group Community each quarter. How? By doing what you are doing already, you stand to win: a) Valuable Prizes: An MSDN Subscription. And, if you already have one, you can choose an XBox instead. b) The Fame and Prestige of having an award to hang on your wall that shows that INETA recognizes your contributions to the User Group Community. c) Official Recognition on the INETA Website for one year. All of your peers will be ...
If you are a user group leader in the worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups, you probably already know about INETA. Don’t know about INETA? Then you should definitely take a look and become an INETA member group. Are you already involved with an INETA member group? Be sure to check out the new Community Champions program. This is just one of the ways INETA recognizes and rewards those who contribute to the user group community and help it grow. The Champs program was specifically designed ...
A big heartfelt thank you and congratulations to two of the developer community builders in the Northwest Arkansas area, Jay Smith and Michael Paladino with special mention to Zach Young. As a Microsoft MVP, one of our benefits this year, is the ability to award people with a special prize. This prize is an MSDN Premium account with Visual Studio Team Suite, which includes nearly all of Microsoft's business software, free of charge. Jay Smith works for Tyson Foods, Inc. where he is a PMO Architect ...
So I’ve been a bit all over the place with my Tech Ed posts, not really going in order, jumping around between days and sessions and stuff. So here’s a high level recap of the last 4 days. So after all my travel stuff, Sunday night I hooked up with some INETA peeps and we had dinner and hung out at Howl At the Moon (awesome music bar here in Orlando). Monday was registration/training/Party with Palermo day. The convention center has a very similar layout to my 2005 Tech Ed, although maybe with a ...