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New Boston Developer Group! Beantown ALT.NET
On the heels of the launch of the New England Mobile .NET group , there’s another Boston-area developer group – Beantown ALT.NET ! The group is organized by John Zablocki and starts in September. First of all, what’s “ALT.NET”? The concept has been around quite a while, and there are groups...
25 Aug 2011
New Boston User Group – New England Mobile .NET Developers
There’s a new developer group forming in the Boston area, focusing on cross-platform development for mobile devices. Topics will include mobile devices (iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, etc.) and development, .NET, Mono, and frameworks like MonoTouch and beyond. First meeting: ...
8 Aug 2011
New User Groups in NY and NH
Rochester SharePoint User Group Western NY now has a new way to tap into buzz around SharePoint! The Rochester SharePoint User Group has just been formed and will meet every 2nd Thursday, with first meeting on November 11th: Rochester SharePoint User Group ...
22 Oct 2010
Directory of Audio Podcasts for .NET Developers
On the Joys of Travel If you’re anything like me, you might enjoy driving (or flying, riding the train, etc.), but hate that it’s generally “lost” time. For years now, I’ve made a habit of taking whatever MP3 player I’ve had (currently my trusty Zune HD) whenever I hit the highway, listening to...
30 Jun 2010
The .NET Rocks Road Trip Comes to Cambridge, MA on May 3rd!
Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell , of the .NET Rocks! show are coming to Cambridge, MA on May 3rd! Driving a 30-foot RV, the “DotNetMobile” , Carl and Richard will be visiting the Boston area as part of the national .NET Rocks! Road Trip , celebrating the release of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET...
19 Apr 2010
Announcing the Northeast MSDN Roadshow March 2010 Tour!
The plans are set for our next Northeast MSDN Roadshow series, and Jim and I will be consuming coffee aplenty and taking to the roads of the northeast to visit four cities in March. These are free events with technical sessions for developers and architects. We ’ll be covering Windows Azure , data...
15 Jan 2010
Special geekSpeak on Developing Silverlight Games on May 27th
The Northeast’s very own Andy Beaulieu (Silverlight guru, MVP, CNY .NET UG Lead , etc.) is connecting with Jim O’Neil and Glen Gordon to share details about developing games with Silverlight! This episode in the MSDN geekSpeak series is May, 27th ( tomorrow ) from 3:00-4:00 PM EST, and features an...
26 May 2009
Have You Seen the Linked .NET User Group?
The Linked .NET User Group , a virtual .NET user group with over 20,000 members, has a portal on Linked In and features online meetings. The group has been doing some great stuff recently and is definitely worth taking a look. In particular, there are some extremely promising upcoming meetings...
26 Apr 2009
Lang.NET 2009 Session Recordings Available
The 2009 Lang.NET Symposium was held last week in Redmond, WA and is a chance to hear about the latest in languages, IDE's, compilers, and more. Here’s part of the description from the site : Lang.NET is a forum for discussion of programming languages, managed execution environments, compilers...
24 Apr 2009
Beantown .NET Special Event – Rocky Lhotka on UI Design Patterns - April 29th
Rocky Lhotka ( blog ), the respected author, Regional Director , MVP , and technologist from Magenic , will be visiting with the Beantown .NET User Group on April 29th at 6 PM . Rocky will be covering UI design patterns in a session titled “CSLA .NET as the 'M' in MVC/MVP/MVVM”. The Beantown .NET User...
13 Apr 2009
Beantown .NET Moves to NERD on April 2nd
Some breaking news for .NET developers in the greater Boston area - the Beantown .NET User Group , organized by MVP Ben Day , is moving across the Charles to Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center ( NERD ) in Cambridge! This will give NERD it’s first .NET-focused user group and gives...
22 Mar 2009
.NET Framework Source Now Available
Scott Guthrie has just posted the excellent news that everything is now in place for people to access the source code for the .NET Framework! You can now configure Visual Studio 2008 to step through your code and directly into the source for classes in the following libraries: .NET Base Class Libraries...
16 Jan 2008
Speaking on Enterprise Library at Beantown .NET UG on 10/4
I'll be in Boston tomorrow night (10/4), giving a talk about the Patterns & Practices group and Enterprise Library for the Beantown .NET User Group. If you're in the Boston area and are interested in learning about how Enterprise Library can help with your development efforts, drop by for a listen...
3 Oct 2007
.NET Framework Libraries - Source Code Coming!
Big news again from Scott Guthrie. We're announcing coming availability of the source code for the .NET Base Class Libraries! From Scott's post : "One of the things my team has been working to enable has been the ability for .NET developers to download and browse the source code of the .NET Framework...
3 Oct 2007
New CTPs of .NET Framework 3.5, Acropolis, and ADO.NET Entity Framework
This week brought a host of new CTPs (Community Technology Previews) to the MSDN Download Center: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 June 2007 CTP download .NET Framework 3.5 builds incrementally on the new features added in .NET Framework 3.0, for example, Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication...
5 Jul 2007
C# Day in Waltham on June 23rd
Interested in learning C# (for free)? Michael de la Maza is coordinating a community hands-on C# learning event on Saturday, June 23rd right here in Waltham! What: Microsoft C# Day When: June 23rd, 9am - 4pm (8:30am - 9am registration) Where: Microsoft, 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor, Waltham, MA Who: People...
11 Jun 2007
XNA Game Development News
It's great that with XNA, my job now officially lets me combine my hobby of gaming with my profession of software development. With the announcements at the 2007 Game Developer Conference , the XNA Creator's Club Online site and the Dream-Build-Play contest site have moved into full availability. ...
6 Mar 2007
[Perhaps old news for some, but I've found there's enough people I've bumped into who haven't heard of this to make it worth mentioning.] In ADO.NET 2.0, there is a new class, SqlConnectionStringBuilder that can both create a connection string from strongly-typed properties or parse properties from...
5 Mar 2007
Reflector 5.0 Released
Lutz Roeder posts word that he's released version 5.0 of his (free) Reflector tool. If you haven't heard of Reflector, it's truly one of the top 10 tools that every .NET developer must have. Adding to the already indispensable functionality of Reflector are a number of great add-ins that are available...
22 Feb 2007
Enterprise Library 3.0 CTP Released
Hot off the press, the Patterns & Practices team's Tom Hollander has announced the availability of the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Enterprise Library v3.0! Download it from the new CodePlex site at http://www.codeplex.com/entlib . Some highlights from Tom's post: Core Source Code...
22 Dec 2006
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