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  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events: April-June 2009

    Here’s the latest roundup of upcoming events to help you expand your knowledge and connect with other developers. Another good way to find events and groups is to check out the Boston User Groups site. Know of any other events or user group meetings?  Please let me know . [ Update 4/30/09 – Added...
  • 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: 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: Maine Developer Network Special Event – April 16

    Some great opportunities for developers who live within striking distance of Augusta, ME.  We’ll be there next week (March 19th) for our fourth stop on the March Northeast MSDN Roadshow tour, plus… Mark Blomsma , an MVP who organizes the Augusta, ME Maine Developer Network user group, announced...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Developer Events – March & April

    Here’s the latest roundup of upcoming Northeast developer events!  March and April are almost ridiculously packed with opportunities for developers, from Code Camp 11 and a new MSDN Northeast Roadshow, to many user groups and much more. Know of any other events or user group meetings?  Please...
  • Blog Post: New User Group! New England ASP.NET Professionals

    A new user group has been formed to focus on practices for building web applications using ASP.NET and related technologies.  Led by community veteran Dean Serrentino, the New England ASP.NET Professionals Group will have its first meeting on March 16th and the first speaker is the well respected...
  • Blog Post: John Resig on jQuery at Boston .NET User Group 2/11

    Great news if you’re interested in hearing more about jQuery and how it can help with your web application development.  John Resig , creator of jQuery, and Boston area resident, will be visiting with the Boston .NET User Group in Waltham from 6-8 PM on February 11th to give an introduction to jQuery...
  • Blog Post: January Boston XNA Meeting Postponed

    Due to the threat of significant snow this Wednesday, the January 28th Boston XNA Developer Group meeting has been moved out one week to February 4th at 6:00 (in MPR-B). The Boston XNA Developer Group normally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at he Microsoft office in Waltham, MA.  It is...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events - Jan/Feb 2009

    The new year is upon us, and so is a large list of upcoming user group meetings and other events for developers in the Northeast. Know of any other events or user group meetings?  Please let me know ! Connecticut February 10 Connecticut .NET User Group - Microsoft Offices, Farmington, CT "SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Speaking on F# with Cape Cod .NET on January 13th

    Next Tuesday, January 13th, I'll be visiting Plymouth, MA to give a session on F# programming with the Cape Cod .NET User Group .  From the group's site: An Introduction to Microsoft F# Tuesday, January 13, 6:30-8:30 PM Speaker: Chris Bowen , Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Location: Plymouth Public...
  • Blog Post: Boston .NET User Group Holiday Potluck and Tech Swap

    A new twist for this year's annual Boston .NET User Group holiday gathering - a Tech Swap!  Based on a great idea from Bob Nims and the Visual Developers of Upstate NY group , the Tech Swap will be a chance to exchange your tech items with fellow developers, mixed in with a dose of festive cheer...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to John Ross and Ron Thibeau, Community Super Heroes

    This Thursday, at the TechNet / MSDN event held in Boston, John Ross and Ron Thibeau were recognized for their outstanding support of both the IT pro and developer communities in the northeast with the first Community Super Hero Award . Hats off to my colleague Dan Stolts , (please see Dan's post on...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events - October / November

    Here's the latest (and large!) set of activities and events for developers in the Northeast. Know of any other events or user group meetings?  Please let me know ! Connecticut October 14 The Fall Northeast Roadshow - Farmington, CT Entity Framework, REST, Dynamic Data, IE8, Unit Testing, UI Technology...
  • Blog Post: First Western NY Pro. Assoc. for SQL Server (PASS) Meeting on Sept. 11

    Are you working with SQL Server in the western upstate NY?  I'm happy to pass (no pun intended) along word that the first meeting of the Western NY PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) will be on September 11th in Buffalo, with a focus on disaster recovery techniques: We would like to...
  • Blog Post: Free Connected Home Day Event on September 13th

    Interested in learning about the cool things you can do with your home computers?  Want to see what Windows Home Server and Windows Media Center can do?  Want to learn more about home networking options? The New England Digital Media Users Group , in partnership with Microsoft and HP, is running...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events - August

    Here's the latest developer event summary for these, uh, summery days.  (Terrible pun, I know.  Sorry.) Know of any other events or user group meetings?  Please let me know ! Connecticut August 5  Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group - UConn, Stamford, CT "Consuming Software...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA July 23rd Meeting on 2D Role Playing Game Development

      The Boston XNA Developers Group is an open user group for anyone interested in learning about game development with the .NET-based XNA framework.  Attendance is open and everyone is welcome, including students and parents with their programming-interested children. Tomorrow night (July 23rd...
  • Blog Post: John Papa Speaking with Tech Valley and New Hampshire User Groups This Week

    John Papa (MSDN columnist, MVP, and INETA speaker) will be visiting the Northeast area and speaking on Silverlight with the Tech Valley .NET and New Hampshire .NET user groups: Tech Valley NY .NET July 22nd, 6:30 - 9:00 PM Albany, NY New Hampshire .NET July 24th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM Nashua, NH Session Description...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events - July

    Summer at last!  Time for vacations and relaxation, but there's also plenty going on in the .NET developer community.    Know of any other events or user group meetings?  Please let me know ! Connecticut July 1 Agile Project Leader Network - Microsoft, Farmington, CT "The...
  • Blog Post: June Boston XNA Meeting Canceled

    Unfortunately, tonight's (6/23) meeting for the Boston XNA Developers Group will have to be canceled.  A last-minute scheduling problem has come up, so we're going to punt on this month's meeting. We'll continue as usual with the July meeting. If you're new to the group, the content of these meetings...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developer Group Wednesday

    Just a reminder that the Boston XNA Developer Group will be having a meeting at its usual day/time (fourth Wednesday of the month), tomorrow, May 28th at 6:00 at the Microsoft office in Waltham, MA. Michael Cummings will be presenting. The content level is still introductory, so if you're new to XNA...
  • Blog Post: Three Events in Upstate New York This Week (5/13 - 5/15)

    I'm getting ready to head out for a multi-event tour of upstate New York this week: Tuesday, May 13th - 6:30 - 9:00 Tech Valley .NET User Group - Albany, NY I'll be presenting on "Next-Generation UX Development with Silverlight and WPF" Wednesday, May 14th - 6:00 - 8:30 Western NY .NET User Group - Buffalo...
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