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    Northeast MSDN Roadshow Schedule Update

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    Roadshow

    Only a few more days until we pile in the car and begin cruising the roads of the great Northeast for our March 2009 Northeast Roadshow!

    I need to share one update, however.  We unfortunately need to cancel our March 11th stop in the Albany, NY area. (The ol’ “circumstances beyond our control” at work, I’m afraid.)  Sincere apologies to folks hoping to partake of our “wit and wisdom”, but the good news is that we’re creating screencasts for each session and will post the slides and other content to our blogs. So keep an eye here and on Jim’s and Bob’s blogs for more.

    In other news, we’re now planning a visit with the Vermont .NET User Group on March 9th at 6PM!  Join us the evening before the Roadshow for “Stump the Chumps” as we face your Q&A on Microsoft, developer technologies, and anything else you’d like to throw at us (put those rocks away, that’s in a figurative sense!)

    So, here’s our updated schedule:

    There’s still room to register for these free all-day events for architects and developers, so register now and we’ll see you in the coming weeks!

    -Chris

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    IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour – Spring 2009

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    IT Pro Tiki Hut TourAre you an IT pro looking for the latest on the Windows roadmap including details on Windows 7?  My colleague Blain Barton, from the much warmer state of Florida, has posted details of the free IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour, spanning the eastern US this spring:

    Get ready for Spring and join our local TechNet Events team to discuss the Windows Client OS Roadmap - Why Windows Vista is an important foundation for Windows 7. We’ll discuss security and application compatibility, as well as look at the new features of the Windows 7 Beta, presentations and demos delivered live by experienced IT Pros.

    Each stop features three sessions:

    1. Moving to the Modern OS Roadmap
    2. Windows Security and Application/Driver Compatibility
    3. Windows 7 Beta Sneak Peek

    The tour makes 10 stops from April to June, and is coming to Waltham, MA on April 28th from 6-9 PM, and you can register here.

    -Chris

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    Learn About the New England Research & Development (NERD) Center

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    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 NERD Site

    The site features details about the facility, plus events, jobs, and the teams that call NERD home.

    Check it out at: MicrosoftCambridge.com.  (Not to be confused with our friends across the pond at the Cambridge, England Research Center.)

    It’s a beautiful facility, right along the Charles with amazing views of Cambridge and Boston, so take a look at the upcoming events and drop by for a visit!

    -Chris

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    The March 2009 Northeast Roadshow

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    Roadshow.png It’s time again to pack the car with our laptops, giveaways, staggeringly unhealthy travel snacks, and dangerous quantities of coffee as we set off across the northeast for the March 2009 Northeast Roadshow

    The Roadshow is a series of free, full day events where we deeply focus on topics for developers and architects, sprinkled with our “unbelievable” senses of humor, demos that usually work, and plenty of giveaways to keep unruly audiences at bay in case they don’t.

    Crossing from VT to NYIn welcome news - after a brief Roadshow hiatus to focus on the MSDN Developer Conference series, Bob Familiar will again be joining Jim O’Neil and me as we sweep through these cities, on this our eighth series:

    Bob in ActionJoin us as we cover Windows Azure, .NET Debugging, Programming with F#, Game Development with XNA, SQL Server for Developers, and Effective .NET Practices.  Click the above registration links to read the full agenda.

    Sincere thanks to the companies and organizations who make the Roadshow possible by hosting us in various cities, including KnowledgeWave, Autotask, Rochester Institute of Technology, The Hartford, and the State of Maine Government Offices.

    Register today, and we’ll see you on the road!

    -Chris

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    New User Group! New England ASP.NET Professionals

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    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 technologist, speaker, and author Fritz Onion:

    Fritz Onion      New England ASP.NET Professionals
          March 16th, 6:15-8:30 PM
          Microsoft, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA
          Fritz Onion, Pluralsight
          "The Changing Face of ASP.NET Development:
          Ajax, MVC, jQuery, DynamicData: Things you
          should know before you start your next ASP.NET project"

    Note that this March 16th meeting isn’t on the group’s normal cycle, which will be the 4th Tuesday of each month, starting in April.

    Thanks to Dean for taking the initiative to create this new group, and to Fritz for helping to kick things off!

    -Chris

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    Announcing New England Code Camp 11!

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    CC11: “Developer Stimulus Package”

    CodeCampChris Pels and I are excited to announce that the 11th edition of the venerable New England Code Camp series will be held on March 28th in Waltham, MA!

         New England Code Camp 11: ”Developer Stimulus Package”
         Saturday, March 28th, 8:30 AM – 7 PM+
         Microsoft, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA

    Richard Hale ShawCode Camps (started in 2004 with New England Code Camp 1), are free events organized by and for the developer community.  A fantastic chance to share knowledge without marketing noise getting in the way.  Check out the Code Camp Manifesto for the guiding principles.

    Register Now!

    Registration is free at The Dev Community site!

    Update 3/23 – Schedule Now Live

    The (always subject to change) schedule is now available, featuring over 40 sessions!

    Mega Saturday Format

    Michael CummingsIn recognition and support of the growth of other Code Camps in the northeast (including NH, CT, and NY), this time we’re packing everything and everyone into a single Mega Saturday.  Needless to say, this is going to be an intense day, so come to Camp well rested!

    Call for Speakers

    Code Camp is driven by volunteer speakers, and simply put, we need you

    Chris LoveNobody expects each speaker to be a veteran of national conferences (though we do have some!)  Code Camps are great because we hear from many perspectives – we want to hear yours!

    So, have something to share?  Submit a session today:

    1. Sign in to an existing account or create a new one at TheDevCommunity.org site.
    2. Complete a Speaker Registry profile (if you don't already have one.)
    3. Go to the Code Camps home page.
    4. Next to the CC11 entry, you should see a "Submit a Session" link.
    5. Submit as many sessions as you'd like.
    6. Please ensure that you also register as an attendee.

    Call for Contributors

    Feeding FrenzyUpdate 3/23 – Sincere thanks to Infragistics who have stepped up to provide lunch for Code Camp!  Thanks also to Infragistics’ own Tony Lombardo who is making the trip from NYC to speak as well.

    Code Camps rely on contributors to donate giveaways and funding for food to help make the event happen.

    You’ll have a highly-targeted audience appreciating your support of the developer community, so please let me know if your company is interested in contributing.

     

    See you all there!
    -Chris

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    Roundup of 11 Recent Microsoft Technology Releases

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    There have been quite a few developer and technology releases in the past couple of weeks, so in case you’ve missed any, I’ve collected pointers to 11 of them in this post:

    Plus a couple of new guides for good measure:

    Enjoy!
    -Chris

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    Announcing SharePoint Saturday Boston – March 14th

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    SharePoint Saturday BostonPart of a successful series of community-driven SharePoint events, SharePoint Saturday Boston will be held on March 14th, bringing area SharePoint professionals together to learn, share experiences, and network. 

    It’s an all day event, for the low price of FREE.

    From the SharePoint Saturday site:

    Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’, on Saturday, March 14th, 2009 at the Microsoft Office on Jones Road in Waltham, MA.  SharePoint Saturday will be an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.  SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

    Registration is opening soon now open at:

           https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=135382

    Call for Speakers

    There are already some great speakers lined up, but the Call for Speakers is open, and it’s your chance to give back to the SharePoint community by sharing your knowledge with others.

    The tentative list of volunteer speakers includes:

    • Talbott Crowell
    • Mike Dwyer
    • Aaron Cutlip
    • Michael Cummings
    • Ian Dicker
    • Supriyo “SB” Chatterjee

    Have interesting ideas to share?  Please add your name to the list!

    Sponsors Needed

    This event relies on area companies to step up as sponsors to keep it free for attendees.  It’s a great way to get your company and brand in front of an extremely targeted audience of people interested in SharePoint services and products. 

    See the Sponsor page for details and please consider helping with food and other expenses.

    The Organizers

    Finally, many thanks to Talbott Crowell and Michael Lotter for putting together what should be a great learning and networking opportunity!

    -Chris

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    Boston MSDN Developer Conference Summary

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    MSDNDevCon

    Last week’s Boston MSDN Developer Conference was a resounding success!  Keynote from Up CloseThank 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 Courtyard with many great discussions, to the Lego Serious Play WomenBuild workshop (that reached capacity!), XBox gaming area, and the Partner Pavilion, there was definitely plenty for attendees to check out.

    Thanks

    WomenBuild - FULL!A sincere thank you to each of the session speakers, who made the event great:

    Ben Day on AzureThanks to Amanda Silver for traveling from Seattle to deliver the keynote.  She, and the partners we had on stage, kicked off the day very well!

    Thanks also to Roger Sessions and Steven “Doc” List for sharing their time and expertise to facilitate discussions in the Community Courtyard.  Thanks also to my colleagues from the Microsoft New England Research & Development center across the river in Cambridge, who hosted a table in the Courtyard.  The room was buzzing with talk throughout the day.

    Curt Devlin on Geneva in the Community Courtyard Last but not least, immense thanks to Bob Familiar, who for many months has been devoted to putting the entire series of MSDN Developer Conferences together.  Great job!

    Session Content

    The core content can be downloaded from the Microsoft PDC site, but each speaker may elect to post their specific content via their blogs, linked above.

    Griff Townsend and Todd Mancini on the Surface of it allIf you’re interested in the content for my sessions, “ASP.NET and jQuery” and (with Talbott Crowell) “An Introduction to Microsoft F#”, I’ve posted the content here:

    Thanks again to everyone!

    -Chris

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    Introductory F# Resources

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    F# I recently gave an “Introduction to F#” session for the Cape Cod .NET User group and, with Talbott Crowell for the Boston MSDN Developer Conference.

    (And for those of you in Maine, I’ll be delivering the session on February 19th with the Maine Bytes User Group in Portland.)

    Here are some resources from the session along with others I hope you’ll find useful as you explore functional programming and F#.

    Slides and Samples

    Resources

    Videos

    Books

    • “Expert F#”
    • “Foundations of F#"
    • “F# for Scientists”
    • “Real-World Functional Programming: With Examples in F# and C#” – Not yet released
    • “F# in a Nutshell” – Not yet released

    Products

    And, for the curious, a few commercial products written in F#:

    I hope you enjoy delving into F#!

    -Chris

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    XamlFests Return in February

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    XAML. WPF. Silverlight.In December, I blogged about XamlFest, a free event in Waltham, MA that gave attendees a chance to learn WPF and Silverlight via instructor led hands-on labs. 

    That quickly filled up, and so have others, so the ISV Developer team is offering additional XamlFests across the country, with three in the northeast & NYC areas.

    From the ISV team post:

    […] These are two-day interactive events where you’ll learn about the platforms, tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences.  It’s a chance for you to mingle with user experience minded Microsoft folks and industry leading design firms and design integrators. You'll learn about WPF and Silverlight.

    Each Xamlfest day will start with interactive sessions by Microsoft and our design partners, followed by a free lunch and a chance to network, have some fun and win prizes.  Each afternoon will be geared toward assisted development with instructor-led walkthroughs, or better yet, come with your own project in mind. 

    Location Registration Dates
    New York, NY xamlfest-nyc@live.com Feb 9 – 10
    Farmington, CT xamlfest-ct@live.com Feb 12 – 13 
    Redmond, WA xamlfest-redmond@live.com Feb 16 – 17
    Portland, OR xamlfest-portland@live.com Feb 19 – 20 
    Atlanta, GA xamlfest-atlanta@live.com Feb 23 – 24 
    Waltham, MA xamlfest-boston@live.com Feb 26 – 27 

    Seating is extremely limited, so sign up quickly if you can attend.

    -Chris

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    John Resig on jQuery at Boston .NET User Group 2/11

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    BostonDotNet 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.

    From the Boston .NET User Group site:

    John ResigjQuery: Comprehensive DOM, Event, Animation, and Ajax JavaScript Library
    John Resig, jQuery Creator and Lead Developer
    JavaScript Evangelist for the Mozilla Corporation

    jQuery is a fast and concise JavaScript Library that simplifies HTML document traversing, event handling, animating, and Ajax interactions for rapid web development. jQuery is designed to change the way that you write JavaScript.

    Microsoft recently announced the incorporation of jQuery with Visual Studio, as is, under the jQuery MIT license. If you are not familiar with jQuery or if you have found it an indispensable part of your web development this will be a presentation not to be missed.

    Looking forward to the meeting, and it promises to be very well attended!

    -Chris

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    January Boston XNA Meeting Postponed

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    bostonxnaDue 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 open to anyone interested in learning about creating games for the PC, XBox 360 and/or Zune with .NET and the XNA Framework.  All skill levels are welcome!

    -Chris

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    Virtual TechDays 2009 "Defy All Challenges" Event

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    TechDays2009

    Our old New England friend Thom Robbins has announced that the Virtual TechDays 2009 "Defy All Challenges" event is coming on April 1st, taking community and knowledge sharing into the online world.

    With a target of over 90 sessions in 5 tracks delivered over 24 hours, this should be great fun for both the presenters and attendees.

    Your chance to get involved, the Call for Content, is open through February 13th, and submissions from everyone and in any language are welcome.

    Are you interested in sharing your knowledge with your peers around the world?

    We are looking for passionate speakers to submit topics that developers would be interested in learning about. 

    This is an open call for sessions so please feel free to refer other industry experts to this site.

    Please note that if you submit a session for consideration, this does not guarantee that your session will be accepted for this event.

    -Chris

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    Boston MSDN Developer Conference Update

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    MSDNDevCon

    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 unfortunately we've hit the limit of how many attendees we can accommodate! Registration is currently closed, but I'll update this post if we're able to expand it later.

    The Schedule

    We have a great lineup of speakers for the event, with a keynote and twelve sessions in three tracks.  The Boston event page has the details on the speakers and times, and here's the session grid:

    MDCBostonSchedule 

    WomenBuild at the Boston MDC

    womenbuild The Boston MDC will feature two Lego SeriousPlay WomenBuild workshops (at 12:30 and 2:00).  The focus is on diversity in tech, featuring a combination of workshops and talks.  This is an industry-wide issue, and all attendees, men and women, are welcome to participate.

    This workshop has been well received at other events.  Some quotes:

    • “This was the best session I have ever attended at a conference”
    • “That was the fastest hour and a half!”
    • "This seminar is an eye-opening experience.  I feel it’s of great value to women in technology."

    Since the event is only 90 minutes, you'll have plenty of time to catch most of the day's other content as well.

    Video and Audio on MDC

    Want to catch a glimpse of what's in store for you?  Andy Erickson put together this great video:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHOW_y_nym8

    Also, Jeff Brand has published a podcast episode featuring interviews with speakers at the Minneapolis MSDN DevCon event.

     

    See you in Boston!

    -Chris

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    New England Data Camp v1.0 - Schedule Posted

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    Adam Machanic has posted the session schedule from next Saturday's New England Data Camp v1.0.  Registration is quite strong and Adam adds:

    I'm really happy with how the schedule has turned out.  We have four tracks: BI, DB Dev, DBA, and Data-Driven App Dev; 14 speakers; and a total of 18 sessions on a really diverse set of topics.  This should be a fantastic event.

    201 Jones Road, Waltham, MAThis is a free community-driven event for anyone interested in learning more about working with data.  It will run from 8:15-5:30 on January 24th, held at the Microsoft's Waltham, MA office at 201 Jones Road (6th floor) [one-click directions].

    Check out the schedule and if you haven't already, register here as soon as possible.

    See you at Data Camp!
    -Chris

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    Special Boston Event: Roger Sessions on Enterprise Architecture, January 21st

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    IASA New England 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 here:

          http://iasane.eventbrite.com

    This is a great opportunity to hear from one of the industry's best!

    MSDNDevCon In addition, Roger will be facilitating discussions at the MSDN Developer Conference the following day (January 22nd), also at the Sheraton.

    Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises

    It is common to hear of massive IT failures; projects that are over budget, late, poorly aligned to business needs, or all of the above. Often, the resulting losses are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The cause is almost always the same: uncontrolled complexity. The solution to complexity is simple — or more specifically, simplicity.

     

    We need to understand what makes systems simple with as much critical reasoning as we do what makes systems fast, secure, or reliable. This talk is about the mathematical models of complexity and the methodologies needed to control it. Complexity is the most insidious problem facing IT architects. Control it, or it will bury you! This talk will be thought provoking and open new areas for exploration.

     

    Roger Sessions

    Roger Sessions is a well known speaker and presenter in the field of high-end enterprise architectures. He is the author of seven books, dozens of articles, and many white papers. He is well known as the inventor of the SIP methodology, a new approach to managing complexity in enterprise and IT architectures. Roger writes and publishes the ObjectWatch Newsletter, a widely read and highly regarded newsletter on high-end enterprise software technologies. He is the Editor in Chief of Perspectives of the International Association of Software Architects, an IASA Fellow, and a Microsoft MVP in Architecture.


    Register

    Thanks to Bob Familiar for coordinating this!

    -Chris

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    Upcoming Northeast Developer Events - Jan/Feb 2009

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    j0414074 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 Development" - Travis Falls

    March 10
    Connecticut .NET User Group - Microsoft Offices, Farmington, CT

    Schedule TBD
    Fairfield/Westchester SQL Server UG - UConn, Stamford, CT
    Agile Project Leader Network - Microsoft, Farmington, CT
    South CT .NET SIG - Shelton, CT

    Massachusetts

    January 13
    Cape Cod .NET User Group - Plymouth, MA
    "An Introduction to F#" - Chris Bowen

    January 14
    Boston .NET User Group - Waltham, MA
    "Parallel Programming in .NET" - Richard Hale Shaw

    January 21
    Access Day - Waltham, MA
    Afternoon through evening sessions for professionals working with Access.

    January 21 
    IASA New England - Boston, MA
    "Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises" - Roger Sessions

    January 21
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA

    MSDNDevCon January 22
    MSDN Developer Conference - Boston, MA
    This conference will be a great way to hear about the cutting edge of developer technology right here in the northeast.  12 sessions, a keynote by Amanda Silver, a WomenBuild feature, Community Courtyard and more!

    January 24, 8-30 AM - 5:00 PM
    New England Data Camp v1.0 - Waltham, MA
    A Code Camp style community event for anyone who works with data (and who doesn't?)  Developers, DBAs, BI pros will all find something interesting here!

    January 28 
    Boston XNA Developers Group - Waltham, MA
    Group hands-on game coding!  All are welcome, novice to expert.  Bring those laptops!

    February 3
    Western Mass .NET Users Group - Chicopee, MA
    Topic TBD

    February 4 
    Boston Area Windows Server User Group - Waltham, MA
    Joint Meeting with Exchange Users Group

    February 5
    New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA
    "VB.Net on Linux/Mono Boo... and other open source languages" - Joe Hill

    February 5 
    Beantown .NET User Group - Boston, MA

    February 11
    Boston .NET User Group - Waltham, MA
    "A First Look at Windows Azure" - Michael Stiefel

    February 12 
    New England SQL Server User Group - Waltham, MA
    "Incremental Loads, Change Data Capture, and SSIS 2008" - Andy Leonard

    February 18
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA 

    February 25 
    Boston XNA Developers Group - Waltham, MA
    Group hands-on game coding!  All are welcome, novice to expert.  Bring those laptops!

    March 5
    New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA
    "ASP.NET Data Services (Astoria)" - Igor Moochnick

    March 11
    Boston .NET User Group - Waltham, MA
    "Interfacing .NET and Java" - Stuart Jones

    March 27, 9 AM-5PM
    SQL Server 2008 LoadFest - Waltham, MA
    A full day to work with and learn about all that's new with SQL Server 2008!

     

    Schedule TBD
    New England Windows Mobile User and Developer Group - Waltham, MA
    Agile Boston - Waltham, MA
    New England SharePoint User Group - Waltham, MA 

     

    Maine

    January 27 
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME
    "Entity Framework" - Daniel Pratt

    February 24 
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME
    "Tips and Techniques"

    March 24 
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME
    "SQL2005 XML"

    Schedule TBD
    Maine Bytes User Group - Portland, ME
    Maine Developer Network - Augusta, ME

     

    New Hampshire

    January 15 
    New Hampshire .NET User Group - Nashua, NH
    2 Sessions: SQL 2008 with Rick Lemon and LINQ with Pat Tormey

    CodeCamp February 28
    New Hampshire Code Camp - Nashua, NH
    Join fellow New England developers for a full day of technology, sharing and networking!  Registration is open as is the Call for Speakers (Code Camp needs you!)


    Schedule TBD

    NH SQL Users Group - Nashua, NH

     

    New York (Upstate)

    January 13 
    Tech Valley .NET Users Group - Latham, NY
    "Windows Workflow Steals the Show" - Jim O'Neil

    January 22 
    Western New York .NET Users Group - Buffalo, NY 
    "LINQ to SQL" - David Stevenson

    February 10 
    Tech Valley .NET Users Group - Latham, NY

    February 11 
    Central New York .NET Developer Group - East Syracuse, NY
    "Developing Applications Using Data Services" - Jim O'Neil


    Schedule TBD
    VDUNY - Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY  

     

    Rhode Island

    Southern New England SQL Server User Group, Warwick, RI
    January meeting is the New England Data Camp v1.0 (listed under MA above)


    Schedule TBD
    Rhode Island .NET User Group - Bristol, RI

     

    Vermont

    January 12 
    Vermont .NET User Group - S. Burlington, VT
    "Best practices to design a modular architecture" - Mario Cardinal

    February 9
    Vermont .NET User Group - S. Burlington, VT
    February will mark the seventh year for Vermont .NET!  Congratulations!


    Schedule TBD
    Vermont SQL Server User Group - Burlington, VT

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    First New Hampshire Code Camp on February 28th

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    CodeCamp

    I'm glad to pass along word that all systems are "go" for New Hampshire to run its first Code Camp!  The New Hampshire Code Camp will be on February 28th at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH from 9 AM to around 4:30 PM.

    New Hampshire!Register Now!

    Registration is free and now open via The Dev Community site.

    What's a Code Camp?

    A Code Camp is a free, community-driven event that offers a great way to meet, share with, and learn from fellow developers in the local area.  They began right here in New England and follow the basic ideas in the Code Camp Manifesto

    For a glimpse of other Code Camps, view the posts under the Code Camp tag on my blog.

    Speakers and Sessions Wanted

    Because a Code Camp is fueled by the community, it needs you!  Been wanting to speak about something, but weren't sure how or where?  This is the perfect opportunity. 

    Submit a session today!  Here's how:

    1. Sign in to an existing account or create a new one at TheDevCommunity.org site.
    2. Complete a Speaker Registry profile (if you don't already have one.)
    3. Go to the Code Camps home page.
    4. Next to the NH Code Camp entry, you should see a "Submit a Session" link.
    5. Submit one or more sessions

    Any technology-related topic is welcome, from beginners' tutorials, to real-world experiences with current tools and processes, to looks at the cutting-edge and future of tech.

    Sponsors Needed

    To keep Code Camps free, contributors are needed to provide things from food to giveaways and venues.  From the NH .NET User Group site:

    Sponsors: We’re looking for sponsors!  This could be your chance to introduce your company to our local community. Please contact Angela Cirrone, Daniel Webster College, cirrone@dwc.edu (603) 577-6500 Website: http://www.dwc.edu/

    Thanks

    Thanks to Pat Tormey (who leads the New Hampshire .NET User Group), who has been doing a great job pulling things together for this event. If you're interested in helping, send him a note.

    Thanks also to Daniel Webster College for generously offering use of rooms for this event.  Having been there for our last Roadshow (which they also generously hosted), I can say it's a going to be great venue for a Code Camp!

    I'll see you there,
    -Chris

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    Speaking on F# with Cape Cod .NET on January 13th

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    CapeCodDotNet

    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 Library, Main Branch, Board Room (second floor)
    132 South Street, Plymouth, MA
    Directions

    In this session, we’ll take an introductory look at Microsoft's new language, F#, a typed functional programming language for the Microsoft .NET Framework that also features Visual Studio integration. F# can make challenging tasks easier by combining functional programming with imperative and dynamic concepts all with the runtime, libraries, tools, and object model of .NET. We’ll also see how F# can tame the complexity of parallel and asynchronous I/O programming in conjunction with tools such as Parallel Extensions for .NET. Come and see what this new “first class” .NET language (available as a CTP now and to ship as part of Visual Studio 2010) can offer your development projects.

    Thanks to Marcia McLean and Khamla Sananikone for their great work with the Cape Cod group!

    See you there!

    -Chris

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