Bay.NET user groups serve the entire Bay Area with .NET meetings in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, North Bay, and Tri-Valley areas. We’ve got a couple events coming up in December that I am excited to be a part of so check these out. First I’ll be speaking at the Microsoft SVC campus on December 1st on LightSwitch.

Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch

When:  Wednesday, 12/1/2010 at 6:30 PM
Where: Microsoft - Silicon Valley Campus, 1065 La Avenida Street, Bldg 1, Mountain View, CA 94043

If you haven’t heard, LightSwitch is a new product in the Visual Studio family aimed at developers who want to easily create business applications for the desktop or the cloud. LightSwitch simplifies the development process by letting you concentrate on the business logic, while LightSwitch handles the common tasks for you. I plan on making this session very demo-heavy. You’ll see how to build and deploy a data-centric business application using LightSwitch. We’ll also go beyond the basics of creating simple screens over data and demonstrate how to create screens with more advanced capabilities. Then I’ll show how extend LightSwitch applications with your own Silverlight custom controls and RIA services. I also plan on talking about the architecture and additional extensibility points that are available to professional developers looking to enhance the LightSwitch developer experience. This should be an awesome session since I’ll have a little more time than a typical conference session. Click here to register for this event!

Then the week after on December 8th I’ll be on a panel of Microsoft experts and MVPs that will be there to answer your questions.

.NET Developers Open Forum & “Cows in the Cloud”

When:  Wednesday, 12/8/2010 at 6:45 PM, FUNdamentals starts at 6:00PM
Where: University of Phoenix Learning Center in Livermore, 2481 Constitution Drive, Room 105

This session will be a panel discussion hosted by Microsoft experts and MVPs: Remi Caron (MVP), Beth Massi (that’s me :-)), Robin Shahan (MVP), Peter Tweed, and Adwait Ullal. What do you think about developing for the cloud? How are you dealing with learning WPF, Silverlight, and so many other new technologies? Questions about Windows Phone or SharePoint development? Has your team gone Agile? What went right/wrong with your development projects in 2010? What can we look forward to in 2011? Come participate in the discussion and enjoy the pizza and soda (provided by Slalom Consulting).

Before the main panel discussion we’ll also be having a short 30 minute talk for our FUNdamentals session with Remi Caron on his latest “Cows in the Cloud” project. This session starts at 6:00PM. Remi will be talking about a project that covers one of the oldest trades we as humans have (farming cattle) and the ‘latest’ technology hype, cloud computing. He will discuss this Azure-based cloud application to track dairy cows in the Netherlands and the basic concepts behind the technology. He’ll address some of the technical challenges but also customer adoption issues and legislation. Ever thought about cow privacy? Well you probably will after this talk. Click here to register for this event!

Hope to see you there!