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Boston Code Camp 18 Approaches! - October 20, 2012
Boston Code Camp , formerly New England Code Camp, a community-driven day for hundreds of developers, returns for its 18th event, this time in its new home in Cambridge, MA! Attendee registration is open (and free!) and the Call for Speakers is open as well (more below). Boston Code Camp...
28 Sep 2012
Boston Area WebsiteSpark and BizSpark Meetup Groups
Whether you’ve joined, are interested in, or have never heard of the Microsoft WebsiteSpark or BizSpark programs, there are two new groups in Boston to help you learn more and connect with others. These programs are available to help web developers and designers (WebsiteSpark) or software startups (BizSpark...
18 Jan 2010
Launch Event in Boston on October 5 – Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010
From September through November, launch events for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Exchange 2010 are happening across the US. Boston’s launch event will be on October 5th at the AMC Boston Common 19. (Other regional stops are NYC on October 20 and Philly on September 28 .) The event will...
15 Aug 2009
BarCamp Boston 4 – April 25-26
BarCamp Boston 4 will be on April 25th and 26th, hosted at MIT’s Stata Center in Cambridge, MA [ directions ]. For those familiar with Code Camps, BarCamps are similar in that they’re free and organized by the community, but the schedule is more fluid/dynamic and participatory, following the “...
2 Apr 2009
Announcing the F# User Group in Cambridge, MA – April 6
Wondering why there’s a buzz around F# and functional programming, and want to know when and how they can be useful? Maybe you’ve already on board with functional programming and want to find others in the same boat? The new F# User Group ( fsug.org ) is dedicated to learning and sharing practices...
1 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
Boston MSDN Developer Conference Summary
Last week’s Boston MSDN Developer Conference was a resounding success! Thank you the over 450 people who attended the sold-out event to see and hear about the latest on Windows 7, Azure, and many other developer technologies. From the keynote by Amanda Silver, 12 technical sessions, to the Community...
29 Jan 2009
Boston MSDN Developer Conference Update
The MDC Arrives on Thursday The MSDN Developer Conference (MDC) is coming to the Sheraton Boston this Thursday, January 22nd, with a full day of cutting edge content for developers, modeled after the Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Sold Out! There's been an amazing response to the event, but...
19 Jan 2009
Special Boston Event: Roger Sessions on Enterprise Architecture, January 21st
The New England chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) will be hosting Roger Sessions on January 21st at the Sheraton Boston at 39 Dalton Street. He will be speaking on "Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises". The event is free, with registration...
15 Jan 2009
Free SQL Server 2008 Event in Boston on November 12th
Looking for the latest on SQL Server 2008? Join Adam Machanic for a free event on November 12th in Boston where he'll spend the morning (8-12) sharing many details of SQL Server 2008: Learn more about SQL Server 2008 and the new enhanced capabilities of the product. We’ll be exploring...
5 Nov 2008
Announcing the MSDN Developer Conference Series (Boston on January 22nd!)
MSDN Developer Conference A fantastic series of one-day conferences is coming, bringing the latest technology from Microsoft to 11 cities across the US. The MSDN Developer Conference features 12 sessions in three tracks: Cloud Services Use Windows Azure , Live Mesh , and more to create apps that...
4 Nov 2008
Get Your Hands on a Surface at the Sheraton Boston
If you're in or passing through the Boston area and have yet to see a Microsoft Surface machine in action, you can swing by the Boston Sheraton hotel for a chance to interact with one. Boston is one of five Sheratons to feature a Surface as a guide to the local area. I had a chance to play with...
22 Aug 2008
Fourth Ignite Boston Event on September 11
My friends at O'Reilly passed along word that another Ignite Boston is coming on September 11th. I went to the last one (some pictures below), and it was a blast! A great chance to hear about a wide variety of topics and chat with fellow New England techies. Here are the details: The Fourth...
20 Aug 2008
Giving Two User Group Talks on XNA This Week!
Some coincidental scheduling has given me a chance to speak with both the Boston .NET and Beantown .NET user groups this week, both on XNA ! You'll have two chances to get up to speed on how to create games easily for Windows, XBox 360, and the Zune using XNA and .NET. The Boston .NET meeting is on Wednesday...
6 Jul 2008
BarCamp Boston 3 Announced
The next BarCamp for the Boston area has just been announced. BarCampBoston 3 will be on May 17th and 18th at Matignon High School in Cambridge, MA. What is BarCamp? BarCamp [ Wikipedia description ] is what's called an "unconference" event focusing on technology, tools, and practices. Though ideas can...
28 Apr 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
ReMix '07 Conference in Boston, October 8-9
Here's one more reason it's good to be in New England. Based on the concept of Mix '07 in Las Vegas, ReMix '07 Boston will be on October 8th and 9th at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. The conference, for web developers and designers, will have a keynote from Brad Abrams and will have multiple tracks of...
5 Sep 2007
Job Openings with Microsoft SoftGrid in Cambridge
As I've mentioned before, Microsoft is in the process of moving/growing groups to a great new location in the Cambridge area . Microsoft SoftGrid is one of the groups moving into that space on 1 Memorial Drive on September 24th. The SoftGrid team has a bunch of Software Development job openings available...
19 Aug 2007
Upcoming Professional Developer Training Courses
As Summer draws to an end, developer training courses are gearing back up. Here are some third-party training options coming to the New England area: DevelopMentor's Essential .NET 2.0 with C# August 20 - 24, Boston, MA "You will leave this course with a clear view of what .NET does (and does not) do...
19 Aug 2007
Cambridge Python Meetup - Silverlight, Python, and the DLR
I'll be speaking with the Cambridge Python Meetup Group this Wednesday (July 18th) evening. Join us in Cambridge for discussion and demonstrations of Silverlight, the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) and, of course, how Python ties into this brave new world. For details on the event, head over to the event...
17 Jul 2007
Microsoft Growing in Cambridge, MA
We'll be expanding our available space in the Boston area by way of One Memorial Drive, Cambridge: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2007/06/21/room_to_grow_for_microsoft/ "Microsoft will be leasing 136,000 square feet in the 17-story high-rise office tower, overlooking the Charles River...
21 Jun 2007
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