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We’re back! Last night we had our first meeting in several months. Carl Franklin presented on Google Platform As A Service: AppEngine. As I spend most of my time in the Microsoft arena it was interesting to see another take on cloud services. This was also enhanced by the fact that Carl had spent a lot of time doing Microsoft platform development prior to his current stint with the Google products. He was able to compare and contrast the to environments which is very helpful as we go to make recommendations ...
This is the fourth entry in a series of descriptions & demos from the “Using HTML5 Today” user group presentation. For practical purposes, the original XHTML standard is a historical footnote, although XHTML transitional will probably live on forever in the default web page templates of old web page editors. The original XHTML spec was released in 2000, on the heels of the HTML 4.01 spec. The plan was to move web development away from HTML to the more formal, rigorous approach that XHTML offered, ...
After months of plotting and planning and organizing the logistics to host a full day workshop for the local area .NET developers/enthusiasts (refer to my post, Trials and Tribulations of Running a Full Day Workshop), CTTDNUG's Mobile + Cloud App Workshop went off without a hitch! Not without some minor bumps along the way, believe you me. In the 24 hours leading up to that event, I had my fair share of concerns. Mainly the weather. Environment Canada had issued a severe weather alert that resembled ...
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We’re well under 2 months to Prairie Dev Con – West in Calgary, and it appears some of you need an extra push to register. So why attend? Well, there’s the three days and over 80 sessions spanning software development, IT Pro, and Agile topics. There’s the pre-conference workshops available on WP7, TFS, and Agile as well as the Microsoft IT Pro Camp and Azurefest events. And there’s the value – comparable conferences in other cities will run you almost double the cost in registration, hotel, and ...
Today I was finally able to post the registration site for an upcoming full day workshop that our .NET User Group had been anticipating for quite some time. Although this seems like a trivial thing to get head over heels excited about, getting to this point took months of planning, organizing, polling, budgeting, begging and cold calling. So pardon me while I round a few cartwheels to celebrate this milestone. When the good folks at Microsoft put forth the offer to the User Groups to host a full ...
Paul Schaeflein wrote this yesterday: http://www.schaeflein.net/b... First off Paul is awesome so do not think of this blog post as an attack it is just my opinion. So first off I was there at the first SharePoint Saturday and I knew it was happening well before it happened. I have been an attendee, volunteer, speaker, and sponsor. I have thrown thousands of dollars and effort into these events. I am sold on the idea. Michael Lotter once told me that the whole point of ...
2011 started with a bang and ended with a boom for me. Anyway that’s not what I want to talk about in this blog post. I am not looking back I am walking forward. I was reckless with my life for several years and thought it was the best idea to act in a certain manner. I was reckless because I was neglectful of my happiness. I am changing that in 2012. I am instituting a travel policy where I will be traveling only once a month for an event or user group and no more than once a month. That means I ...
Yes, we all know that the IT field is ever-changing. Yes, we all know the importance of keeping up to date on emerging technologies. Yes, we all know that you may never have the opportunity to use a lot of those technologies in your day-to-day role. So here is where the great divide comes… Those that are believers that the responsibility lies with their employer to provide ongoing training, and those that inherently take on the responsibility for themselves. The difference between the two views is ...
I've been at GeeksWithBlogs for 6 years now, and over the years its been great to see new people join the GWB community. I wanted to highlight a few blogs that started up this year that you might want to add to your RSS feed.Simon Cooperhttp://geekswithblogs... has some crazy deep, low level type posts on .NET code which I'm sure some people would think is fantastic. But what I really like is the insight into RedGate. Simon works for RedGate software, and shares experiences ...
I sent out an email newsletter to my local user group members recently to discuss the benefits of putting their IT skills to use. I felt it was important to reiterate that message here, just in case someone happens to actually read it and finds value in the message. So here’s the excerpt from that newsletter: The holiday season is approaching, which means it’s the season for giving! Why don’t you consider volunteering your time and your super mad .NET skills to a good cause? Visit getvolunteering.ca ...
On November 28th, 2011 I had the opportunity to give a presentation at the St. Louis .NET User Group on my experiences developing software for the Windows Azure and SQL Azure platform. Having been at PDC in 2009 for the announcement of Azure and been able to work on a number of Azure projects since that time I frequently see many Azure talks that are either: A) too high level and marketing oriented as they never tell you anything important or B) too low level and focused on a specific feature that ...
A while back I did the user group sessions and cloud case video about Behaviour Driven BizTalk Development and talked about how you could use SpecFlow with Visual Studio 2010, BizUnit 4 and BizTalk 2010 to create acceptance tests for your solution. The video is on the below link: Part 1: http://cloudcasts.cloudapp.... Part 2: http://cloudcasts.cloudapp.... Of the many advantages of this approach one of the ...
Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) and Sweden .NET User Group (SweNUG) will be hosting a “Security in the Cloud” and Christmas event this Thursday. Sergio Molaro and Robert Folkesson will be presenting on different aspects of cloud security, there will be good food, good drinks and prizes in a great location. If you are in Stockholm it’s free to register to attend here . Sign up to join Sweden Windows Azure Group here ...
The St. Louis .NET User Group is hosting a holiday party this year for the very first time in our 10 year history. The event will be held at the Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. It will be an open house style event meaning you can drop by any time from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and enjoy the Unhandled Exceptions...the band that played at the St. Louis Day of .NET 2011. $5.00 at the door gets you in and goes to support a local charity The Backstoppers. If you cannot come, you can ...
On Tuesday November 22th, VISUG User Group has hosted an event at Microsoft Belgium about Hosted TFS by Hassan Fadili see http://www.visug.be/Eventde... This event was very interactive and many as 60 people have taken part. The topic was about Build, Relase and Deploy with TFS2011 and MS Deploy. A combination of Slides and Demo's was perfect to explain this common mechanism for developers.To learn more about this topic check the earlier article pubished by Hassan ...

I will be presenting ‘The Role of Workflow in Enterprise Software’ at the Edmonton .NET User Group on November 30th. The presentation will cover workflow concepts and Windows Workflow Foundation 4 (WF4).

More details and registration at www.edmug.net

See you all there!

While looking for a free alternative to Sketchflow I landed on the Cacoo web site. Any developer who decides to use the free Visual Studio tools may find themselves doing the same search. The base functionality of Cacoo is free although there are certain features that have fees attached to them such as extended stencils and templates. Cacoo doesn’t seem to have a template for WP7. It does have templates for iOS and Android development so I started with the Android template and started modidfying ...
Herve Roggero, SQL Azure MVP, has created a virtual community to focus on Azure. Here is the outline from Herve: User Group Name: Azure Florida Association Purpose: Start a virtual Florida user group that targets the Azure platform Venues: Most meetings will be virtual; however I plan to host a few physical events across Florida if possible from time to time; physical events may be a few hours long with potentially more than one speaker Possible Topics: The topics will touch Azure generally speaking, ...
Everyone, Thursday, all day there is an MSDN webcast on building Windows Phone 7.5 apps. If you haven’t tried your hand at developing for the WP platform, I highly recommend watching this either live, or when they become available as individual streaming downloads. You may not own a Windows Phone, and that’s cool and all, but being a .NET developer puts you in a great spot to make applications or games that can reach millions. The great part is, if you don’t have a phone, YOU DON’T NEED ONE to write ...
I’ll be presenting a session on “Extending to the Cloud” at the Sweden Windows Azure User Group next week. Extending to the Cloud Extending to the cloud involves developing hybrid applications that leverage the capabilities of cloud based platforms. Many of the Windows Azure solutions developed today involve extending the capabilities of existing applications and infrastructure to leverage the capabilities of Azure. These hybrid applications allow developers to combine the best of both worlds. Existing ...
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 ...

I will be presenting ‘The Role of Workflow in Enterprise Software’ at the Calgary .NET User Group on October 26th.  The presentation will cover workflow concepts, Windows Workflow Foundation 4 (WF4), and will also touch on Entity Framework Code First.

More details and registration at www.dotnetcalgary.com

See you all there!

At the Build conference this month Microsoft unveiled Windows 8, their next operating system. Windows 8 is a huge paradigm shift from previous versions of Windows and with that comes changes to the developer story. Join us for this special Winnipeg .NET User Group event where D'Arcy Lussier, Microsoft Practice Lead at Online Business Systems, shows you what the future of Windows application development looks like for the client, the server, and the cloud! We'll be giving away a free conference pass ...
A big thanks to my lively audience at the London .Net Users group last night who provided excellent feedback. They even led me to some live coding to discover how the TaskEx.WhenAny deals with the tasks which didn't complete first - apparently they are immeadiately disposed of and their results are lost. Let's hope the release documentation for the Async libraries makes this very clear. I also must thank EMC Consulting for providing the facilities and beer, and Adgistics for providing the pizza, ...
Guy who runs the excellent DotNetDevNet user group out of Bristol posted back in June on the top speakers from the first 50 meetings and let me know I made the top 10 for knowledge (Cough! ) and presentation skills (I have skills! Wow ) Well, I’ve finally revisited his post to have a proper look and … what a great line up to be in. Above me are the likes of Steve Sanderson, Richard Campbell and Mike Taulty. I’ll take that. Sweet. Thanks Guy ...
I’ve learned, from conference sessions and user group meetings, that Agile is best learned in action – being part of a game or activity that explains Agile, having lively discussion with people, or (best yet) being part of an Agile project. We still get a large amount of learning from books though, and so while Agile books may do a good job explaining the methodologies and techniques, its never as good as having some context to stand it up against. Enter Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken ...
Shervin Shakibi, Microsoft Regional Director, was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group July 2011 meeting. Shervin’s talk was demo-centric where he showcased the power of HTML 5 by example. Issues discussed at the meeting included suggestions on mitigating security concerns with HTML 5 source code accessibility as well as the status and timeline for HTML 5 readiness. Shervin’s much anticipated talk brought us over 25 members who filled our CompTec meeting room. We appreciate Shervin’s ...

Ive recently done some user group sessions around BizTalk and Behaviour Driven Development and Acceptance Testing.

Ive uploaded the videos and samples for these sessions to the following codeplex site.

http://biztalkbddsample.codeplex.com/

They will also be on CloudCasts soon

Enjoy

 

In the past few months, we at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group have been busy soliciting your feedback on topics you would like covered at our upcoming meetings. We have also been encouraging our members to step up and share on the projects they work on and the technologies they use. The result is the schedule below which we hope brings a good variety of today’s hottest topics. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and to receiving your feedback as we continuously strive to improve the ...
I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Roger O'Dell Jr. My development training is in .NET, but my current job requires me to work with Java and Android. I have been doing mobile development now for almost a year. And what a year it has been. I had the opportunity to go to a Microsoft Conference in Overland Park, KS last year. While I was there, I was one of the lucky few who was introduced to Windows Phone 7. Coming from an ASP.NET background, I found the new Windows Phone to ...
Phoenix Silverlight User Group Meeting July 6 featuring Dave Campbell Come out to Interface Technical Training tomorrow (July 7, 2011) in Phoenix to see me struggle through explaining how to use Jeremy Likness' Sterling No SQL database in your Silverlight applications. As always, pizza and greet-up starts at 6PM, followed at 6:30 or whenever everybody rounds up by the meeting which runs until 8PM. If you're anywhere in the area, come on down... I use Sterling all day in an enterprise app, so hopefully ...
Last night, (Tuesday, June 28), at the KC .NET User group meeting, George Westwater gave a terrific presentation on NoSQL. The best way to define it (the best way is to see George explain it, and he says he will record his presentation and make it available through his blog – link above) is databases that does not use relational technology. And his point, and this is true – I have been around awhile – is that non-relational databases have been used for over 50 years in the business. He points out ...
The St. Louis .NET User Group is proud to announce that the St. Louis Day of .NET 2011 developers conference is officially open for registration. The fee for the two-day event remains the same as last year at $200.00 per attendee. However, if you register now through July 1, you will qualify for an “early bird” discount of $75.00, making the total cost only $125.00 per attendee. Act quickly to take advantage of this discount! (Invoicing is available for groups of 5 or more.) There are already 33 ...
I had a distinct pleasure of catching up with Russ Fustino of Toolshed fame who is the new amazing community leader for GrapeCity while I was at TechEd11 I was invited by Microsoft to help with Microsoft Expression Blend booth (more on that). Check out the entire blog post and video: GrapeCity Russ Cam Episode #8 (Video) / TechEd Atlanta 2011 – Part 2 (blog) Scott Hanselman, Microsoft Principal Web Community Architect, Mary Jo Foley, author of the “All About Microsoft” Blog on ZD NET , Colin Blakey, ...
In this Issue: Alex van Beek, René Schulte(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Jeremy Likness, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” - Part 7 of 8)" Alex Golesh LINQ: "LINQ Deferred Execution–Oops!" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: My friends at ...
Scott Klein, co-founder of Blue Syntax Consulting and SQL MVP, was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group May meeting. Scott spoke and demonstrated code on Azure’s AppFabric. We would like to thank Scott for making time to share with us despite his busy schedule. We would also like to thank our sponsors: CompTec for hosting our meeting and Sherlock Technology for the free pizza/soda. Below please find a few photos of the event ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 1 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) This series of shorts is targeted at those .NET developers who glaze over at when people start talking patterns. I’ve noticed this before, but it wasn’t until I had a few discussions with people from the local user group that I realized there was a need. First we answer why should a .NET developer need to be aware of patterns? After this series is conmplete this blog will have ...
I used to be envious of those people who could go to every conference. I would look on twitter and I would watch the streaming keynotes. I wondered how can I get to these events? Somehow I did it I’ve been to SharePoint Conference, The Expert’s Conference, and Best Practices Conference plus 31 or so SharePoint Saturdays. So now what? Well I finally got to go to TechEd in Atlanta as a HOL instructor. It’s kind of nice not speaking for once and just helping other people out. I don’t have as much pressure ...
The published SQL Azure documentation indicates that authentication may require the suffix "@servername" attached to your username (where servername is your SQL Azure server name), but there is little additional information provided to differentiate the required scenarios from the non-required. I recently attended a user group chat with David Robinson, Program Manager for SQL Azure. During his presentation, he also mentioned the occasional need for "@servername", but didn't get into detail. When ...
This week has been an interesting one. Lots of ups and downs in the XNA Community and lots of things that we’re not sure yet if it’s an up or down. One of the biggest changes that happened was that the Top Downloads list on Xbox.com and on the Xbox dashboard is now calculated differently for Xbox LIVE Indie Games. It’s still not clear what impact this is going to have (although I know it feels pretty clear to some of you in the community!) but this lead to some interesting things. One, we got to ...
This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
I’ve had this conversation a ton of times with my SharePoint buddies what makes a good recruiter? I have blogged about absolutely abhorring recruiters in general. I don’t hate all recruiters. You can’t use the qualifier “All” for anything, like one of my math teacher’s Mrs. Wildermuth taught me in 10th grade. So which recruiters do I love and which ones do I absolutely never want to interact with again in my life? So here are ramblings on my thoughts to this subject. First off don’t start off asking ...
MIX 11 happened this past week and I’m still trying to find and catch up on all the announcements changes that came from that. It looks like we can now use XNA on the web via Silverlight (and am I reading that we can do 3d?). We can now use Silverlight in our XNA projects with Windows Phone 7 (yay for having an easy way to make UI’s in XNA now!). And I’m still searching around to see if there were any other big news. The Silverlight + XNA news is pretty big because that opens up a lot of new game ...
Singapore .NET User Group - April UG Meeting UG Meeting will be held on 18th April 2011 on next Monday, at Level 21 Auditorium from 1900hrs – late. Light refreshments will be served before the session. From the trenches: Lessons learnt working on Azure Mahesh Krishnan, Principal Consultant, Readify 1900 hrs – 2000 hrs Mahesh Krishnan, from Melbourne, Australia speaks about the lessons learnt working on one of the largest Azure projects in Australia. The application which is set to go live soon uses ...
The next uk connected systems user group event is open for registration: 11th May 2011 @ EMC http://ukcsbugmay2011.eventbrite.com/
I am very excited to help share this news with you today! I feel as excited today as I was when Windows Phone 7 developer story was revealed at MIX10 last year. I see so many more application scenarios with the new tools and features in Windows Phone 7. There has been a few announcements made at MIX11 – let me recap some of what I find important. There was not a disclosure or showing of any new end-user features. There is a commitment to delivering the next update later this year as a free updates ...
Yes tomorrow really is the first Wednesday of the month! and Yes, we are having our normally scheduled meeting. The Silverlight User Group meeting will be from 6PM to 8PM at Interface Technical Training (NW corner of Central & Thomas) -- check PhoenixSilverlight.net for a map. Come out for Pizza and networking at 6 then hang around because Ryan Plemons of Terralever is returning to speak on Smooth Streaming: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions ...
In this Issue: András Velvárt, WIndowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Victor Gaudioso, Kunal Chowdhury, Jeremy Likness, Michael Crump, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Application Library Caching in Silverlight 4" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Handling WP7 orientation changes via Visual States" András Velvárt Shoutouts: Joe McBride gave a MEF Head User Group presentation and has posted How to Become a MEF Head – Slides & Code From SilverlightCream.com: Handling WP7 orientation changes ...
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 ...