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  • 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: 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:    ...
  • Blog Post: More “New” in New Hampshire

    Just one month after posting about New Hampshire .NET Seacoast, there’s another new addition to the growing New Hampshire tech community.  The Granite State SharePoint User Group is holding its first meeting on May 11th in Nashua, and helping to kick things off is SharePoint expert Chris Bortlik...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire .NET Rolls into Portsmouth

    The New Hampshire .NET User Group , in addition to its Nashua and Concord locations, is now adding Portsmouth to the mix! The New Hampshire .NET Seacoast User Group will meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting with the first meeting on April 20th :       New Hampshire ...
  • Blog Post: New Happenings in New Hampshire

    The New Hampshire .NET User Group is now meeting in Concord in addition to meetings in Nashua, which means more opportunities to connect and learn!  Lots of great stuff is coming up, including a special event with MVP and INETA speaker Kathleen Dollard: January 19 6-8 PM “SharePoint with InfoPath...
  • Blog Post: 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    ...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the New England Silverlight Guild

    In October, a new group will be joining the New England developer and designer community!  The New England Silverlight Guild will hold meetings in Cambridge, MA and Farmington, CT on the 3rd Monday of each month.  The group’s goal is to “promote and encourage designers, developers, and innovators...
  • Blog Post: Seacoast SQL Server – A New Group in Portsmouth, NH

    There’s a new SQL Server user group coming in April to Portsmouth, NH, offering opportunities to network and to learn about various SQL Server topics.  The Seacoast SQL Server Users Group ’s first meeting will be on April 13th featuring Grant Fritchey:     Seacoast SQL Server Users...
  • Blog Post: New SQL Server Group in Hartford, CT

    There is a new SQL Server user group forming that will meet quarterly in the Hartford, CT area.  The first meeting is April 7th (note that it’s during the day, with lunch included):     Hartford SQL Server User’s Group     April 7, 12-4 PM     Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events – March, 2010

    Welcome to March!  Here’s the latest roundup of developer events and user group meetings to help you spring into action.  As always, if you know of a missing event please let me know . -Chris Connecticut March 2 Agile Project Leader Network - Microsoft, Farmington, CT ”Full Immersion Agile...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Certification Second Shot Program Makes a Return

    If you’re a developer or IT pro interested in earning certifications to advance your career, but have been worried about not passing, take a look at the Second Shot program , which offers a free exam retake, and is making a return now through June: Whether you are currently unemployed, looking for a...
  • Blog Post: Speaking with the New England ASP.NET Professionals Group – Wednesday, Jan 20th

    I’ll be the speaker for this Wednesday’s (January 20th) meeting of the New England ASP.NET Professionals Group . I’ll be delving into ASP.NET Web Forms, scripting, AJAX, and jQuery, with a brief look forward to Web Forms in ASP.NET 4. ASP.NET Web Forms in 3.5 & 4, with AJAX and jQuery In this session...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events – January and February

    As we’re get used to writing “2010” on everything, it’s a good time to take a look ahead and round up a fresh list of what’s happening here in the northeast for developers and architects. As always, if you know of a missing event please let me know . -Chris Connecticut January 7 Fairfield...
  • Blog Post: New England Data Camp v2.0 / SQL Saturday 34

    Back in January, the New England SQL Server Users Group and Southern New England SQL Server Users Group combined forces to host New England Data Camp v1.0 .  It was a solid success, bringing a focus on all things data to a large Code Camp style event. I’m glad to pass along word that the event is...
  • Blog Post: Code Camps in Albany, NY and Stamford, CT Coming Soon

    Next Saturday (November 7th) will bring two more Code Camps to the northeast, one in Albany, NY and the other in Stamford, CT.  Code Camps are free, community events for connecting with and learning from fellow developers. If you can make it to one of these, it will be a day well spent! Tech Valley...
  • Blog Post: New Cape Cod XNA Group – First Meeting Friday 10/23

    The new Cape Cod XNA user group will offer a chance to learn and share knowledge about creating games with XNA (which builds on .NET to make games for the PC, XBox 360, and Zune.) The group’s first meeting is this Friday, October 23rd, at Venture in Hyannis:       Cape Cod XNA...
  • 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: New Group! The Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group

    Good news for those of you who like to express yourselves in concise, yet powerful ways… The Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group has just been formed for the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse areas and focuses on ways to learn and utilize Windows PowerShell for administration and development. Join organizers...
  • Blog Post: Speaking on ASP.NET MVC 1.0 – August 19, Waltham, MA

    I’ll be diving into ASP.NET MVC 1.0 with the New England ASP.NET Professionals User Group this Wednesday in Waltham, MA: When: August 19th, 2009 at 6:15PM Where: Microsoft Offices - Waltham Speaker: Chris Bowen of Microsoft   ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC) Released earlier this year, ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events – August, September, October

    Though we’re still enjoying the warm weather, and groups often take it easy in July and August, there are plenty of events starting to appear on the radar, so I’m rounding them up here.  September promises to be very busy - with Vermont’s very first Code Camp , our Fall Northeast MSDN Roadshow series...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developers Group June 24 Meeting – XNA Game Studio 3.1

    Tonight’s meeting of the Boston XNA Developers Group (6:00 in Waltham) will feature Michael Cummings speaking on what’s in the newly-released XNA Game Studio 3.1 .  XNA Game Studio helps you create games that can run on PCs, XBox 360, and Zune, all on top of the .NET Framework. Some of the new features...
  • Blog Post: Publishers Offering Support for User Groups

    Run a user group?  With funding and sponsors a constant challenge, you’re probably always on the lookout for things to give away at meetings. Fortunately, many publishers have great relationships with the user group community and have established programs through which you can receive promotional...
  • 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: 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...
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