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  • Blog Post: Boston Code Camp 19 – March 9, 2012

    Boston Code Camp , formerly New England Code Camp, is a community-driven day for hundreds of developers, returning on March 9th for its 19th event! Registration (always free) has just opened !   The Call for Speakers is also open, but closing soon (more below).     Boston Code Camp...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Office Hours for Boston Area Windows 8 App Developers

    Are you working on a Windows 8 app or game, or want to get started but have some questions? Drop by to chat/code/test with us at our new One Cambridge Center offices where we’ll have open time to answer your questions and discuss your apps. We’ll be there each Wednesday starting tomorrow, 9/26, and for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Camps in the East Have Begun!

    A series of Windows Phone Camps has just kicked off, bringing free, full days of the tech to help you develop Windows Phone apps, practical guidance (interested in making money?), and the latest on Windows Phone 7.5 (codename “Mango”): Don't miss the new Windows Phone 7.5 (codename "Mango"...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Call for Speakers: The Architect Factory 3 - Cambridge, MA on June 9

    After successful events in 2009 and 2010, the Architect Factory 3 will be held at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, MA on June 9th from 1-8PM.  This free event helps experienced developers (regardless of technology) learn the skills to transition into a variety of architect roles. From the Architect...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Garages in Cambridge, MA and Beyond (FL, GA, MD, NC, NY, PA)

    A new series of the popular Windows Phone Garages is coming to the eastern US in May.  These are free “learn and build” events with a mix of presentations and hands-on labs all focused on helping you create great apps for Windows Phone. City Date   New York, NY 5/3 Registration Cambridge, MA...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp – Cambridge, June 11-13

    My teammate Jim O’Neil has a post announcing a special kind of event coming to our area in June, New England GiveCamp . What’s a GiveCamp? GiveCamps (see GiveCamp.org and the GiveCamp about page ) are driven by volunteer developers, designers, and DBAs in the tech community, donating time and expertise...
  • Blog Post: Schedule for Wednesday’s (1/27/10) Architect Factory

    We’re just two days away from the second Architect Factory event, to be held at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, MA from 1-8 PM on Wednesday, January 27th. The Architect Factory is a free community-driven event ( my announcement post has pictures and details) that helps provide guidance to experienced developers...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Architect Factory 2 – Cambridge, January 27

    The first Architect Factory was held in June and was a great success, helping experienced developers learn the skills to transition into a variety of architect roles. I’m glad to announce that the Architect Factory 2 is coming to Cambridge, MA on January 27th from 1-8PM. From the event page : This, the...
  • Blog Post: A Cloudy December in Massachusetts

    Though I clearly won’t win any cleverness prizes with this post’s title, I do want to pass along details of some cloud computing related events coming to the greater Boston area in December. Boston Azure User Group – 12/3 December 3rd (6:30-8:30 PM) will be the second meeting of the new Boston Azure...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Boston Azure User Group

    Cloud computing is capturing an increasing amount of mindshare recently, with the Windows Azure platform as a way to build new cloud applications and integrate cloud-based services with existing ones. With that in mind, the Boston Azure User Group has just been formed, offering area developers, architects...
  • Blog Post: The Northeast Roadshow Rides to Cambridge on 9/28

    We’re glad to announce that we’ve partnered with the Beantown .NET User Group to add an extra stop to our upcoming Fall 2009 Northeast MSDN Roadshow series !  This free event for developers and architects will be from 1-6 PM (doors open at 12:30) at the Microsoft New England Research & Development...
  • Blog Post: Session Schedule for Architect Factory on June 2nd

    An update to my earlier post , the schedule has been set for The Architect Factory event coming to NERD on June 2nd.  IASA New England , {Code Right} , Microsoft , and O’Reilly are sponsoring this half day multi-track event for senior developers and aspiring architects. Hear from seasoned architects...
  • Blog Post: XAMLFest Boston 5/27 – 5/28… and Online

    XAMLFest events are a great (and free) way to learn about Silverlight and WPF through a combination of presentations and instructor-led hands-on lab work.  XAMLFest Boston is coming to the NERD facility (One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA) on May 27th & 28th , and will be the last XAMLFest in...
  • Blog Post: An Event for Aspiring Architects: The Architect Factory on June 2nd

    Many experienced developers look to become architects as the next step in their careers, but it can be difficult to find opportunities to learn about the skills needed to make the transition.  Aspiring architects need a way to learn what to learn to become effective architects. The Architect Factory...
  • Blog Post: Building Community at the Northeast User Group Leader Summit

    On Saturday, May 2 nd , O’Reilly Media and Microsoft partnered to host the first Northeast User Group Leader Summit (NEUGLS) at the Microsoft NERD campus in Cambridge, MA. The event brought together about 100 community leaders , representing over 70 user groups ( listed here ) in the northeast...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2009 US Finals in Boston!

    Students from all over the United States are gathering to compete in the US finals of this year’s Imagine Cup , hoping for a chance to join the best of the best from around the globe in the world finals in Cairo, Egypt. The Imagine Cup is a yearly technology-based problem solving competition bringing...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 “...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Learn About the New England Research & Development (NERD) Center

    A new site has just launched with details of the Microsoft New England Research & Development (aka “NERD”) center at One Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA. The site features details about the facility, plus events , jobs , and the teams that call NERD home. Check it out at: MicrosoftCambridge.com ...
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