Bob, Jim, and I will be packing into the car tomorrow as we travel to our first stop of the May/June Northeast Roadshow! Our destination is Burlington, VT where we'll enjoy the day speaking about:
There's still room at each of our stops (though some are very close to "selling out"):
Looking for a great (and free) way to learn about technology? Well then, we'll see you soon on the road!
Just a reminder that I'll be speaking with the New England Visual Basic Professionals User Group in Waltham tonight (8/2) from 6:15 to 8:30. By request, I'll run through the basics of Workflow Foundation, then we'll devote the remainder of the meeting to more intermediate topics such as persistence and host/workflow communications.
SB Chatterjee of the Connecticut .NET User Group just sent the following across the wire:
CTDOTNET is expanding - more events & more attendees need more organization. Volunteer! We need: Treasurer - Keep track of donations & sponsorship payments & costs) Event Management - New speakers, Sponsorships, Event Notifications, etc. Survey Management - Feedback surveys from events. Web-Master/Web-Goddess - Manage our website Drop us a line at (ctdotnet @at@ gmail .dot. com) if any of the above interests you.
CTDOTNET is expanding - more events & more attendees need more organization. Volunteer!
Drop us a line at (ctdotnet @at@ gmail .dot. com) if any of the above interests you.
A great way to get involved, give back to the developer community, and make some great contacts along the way. Believe me, I know of what I speak!
Having helped to run the New England Code Camps for a while now, I know that organizing one is no easy task. It’s especially challenging to run the first one – finding a venue, raising awareness, encouraging people to speak, reaching out to companies for support, etc.
So I’m confident when I say job well done to everyone who organized and volunteered for Vermont’s first Code Camp this weekend!
In particular, thanks to Rob Hale, who did an outstanding job stepping up to take point for organizing the event, and to Julie Lerman, who for many years has worked to drive and improve the Vermont developer community.
Of course, a Code Camp simply couldn’t happen without the support of the speakers (local and out of state), volunteers, and contributors/sponsors – all of whom deserve many thanks! And finally, thanks to the over 80 attendees who invested their Saturday to gather to share, learn, and network.
It would have been a success for any Code Camp, but to see the diverse tech community presence, support by local and national companies, a perfect venue (thanks to UVM), and excellent presentations all at a first attempt is a great accomplishment.
As a bonus, my wife and I were able to a weekend of the visit to Vermont and enjoyed revisiting our favorite Burlington places (we used to live there, so I’m always happy to make the trip.)
Code Camp season is upon us (MA, NH, and NY each have Camps in the works), and it’s off to a great start!
After other successful Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Weeks, it’s good to have another coming to the Boston area.
Microsoft BizSaprk Incubation Week Boston will be from October 5th through the 9th at the Microsoft Technology Center in Waltham, MA.
This will be an opportunity for BizSpark startups to learn about and develop with new Windows 7 features, get coaching from guest speakers and experts, and generate some awareness for your efforts.
If you’re interested, there’s a brief window of opportunity remaining to nominate your team to participate, so contact Sanjay Jain right away. See Sanjay’s post for full details.
For those of you in the Springfield, MA area tonight (Jan 8th), I'll be visiting with the Western Mass .NET Users Group to speak on "What's New in Visual Studio 2008?".
The meeting will be at 6:00 in a special location - the MassMutual Conference Center in Chicopee, MA. Details are on the group's site.
I'd like to pass along congratulations to our new and re-awarded MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) in New England and upstate New York for the first quarter of 2008:
These people have demonstrated technical knowledge and an ongoing commitment to the overall Microsoft community, online and/or in person, in their respective specialities and beyond.
Great job, everyone! Keep up the fantastic community work!
I'm happy to say that Maine will be getting a brand new user group in Bangor!
The well-named BAND (Bangor Area .Net Developers) will meet (for "gigs") monthly to talk about current developer topics with a focus on current technology that's ready for practical use.
Check out their website at http://www.bangordevelopers.com
This month's gig:
Tuesday, Jan 22, 6:00-8:00 pm Hampton Inn, Bangor (directions) Summary of the Bob and Chris Roadshow from December - Jeff Hall Did you miss the "Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow" event held in Westbrook on December 11? Jeff Hall, a fellow Bangor-area .NET developer, will be giving a summary of the event that talked about: "Visual Studio 2008: The Accelerated AP/Honors Class" "The Multi-Tenant Data Architecture" "'You Are The Strongest LINQ!': Effective Language Integrated Query" "Expression Studio for the Designer-Wannabe" Jeff is a developer for Occupational Health Research in Skowhegan, with experience including ASP.NET, WinForms, unit testing and deployment. Come meet other area .NET developers and check out the latest .NET development concepts and tools. Plus enter the random drawing for your own copy of Microsoft Expression Web, among other cool door prizes! 6:00-6:30 Warm-ups - Pizza, soda and casual discussion 6:30-6:45 MC Introduction - User group update 6:45-7:45 Main Event - Summary of the Bob and Chris Roadshow from December 7:45-8:00 Last Call - Q&A, Prize Drawing, Closing, Cleanup Register Online
Tuesday, Jan 22, 6:00-8:00 pm
Hampton Inn, Bangor (directions)
Summary of the Bob and Chris Roadshow from December - Jeff Hall
Did you miss the "Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow" event held in Westbrook on December 11? Jeff Hall, a fellow Bangor-area .NET developer, will be giving a summary of the event that talked about:
Jeff is a developer for Occupational Health Research in Skowhegan, with experience including ASP.NET, WinForms, unit testing and deployment. Come meet other area .NET developers and check out the latest .NET development concepts and tools. Plus enter the random drawing for your own copy of Microsoft Expression Web, among other cool door prizes!
6:00-6:30 Warm-ups - Pizza, soda and casual discussion
6:30-6:45 MC Introduction - User group update
6:45-7:45 Main Event - Summary of the Bob and Chris Roadshow from December
7:45-8:00 Last Call - Q&A, Prize Drawing, Closing, Cleanup
I'm planning to speak with the group in the March/April timeframe. Maybe I can swing by Steven King's house for some author-to-author talk? ;)
We'll be descending upon Watch City Brewing in Waltham, MA on Monday (after running the 200+ reg. Northeast Roadshow developer event). Just an informal chance to gather to chat with fellow developers and enjoy a brew.
We'll probably end up at the high tables in the back on the left-hand side when you come in. Look for geeks, that'll be us.
P.S. Here's their current tap list.
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.
December 3rd (6:30-8:30 PM) will be the second meeting of the new Boston Azure User Group, dedicated to learning about and sharing experiences with cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.
The meeting, held at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, will feature Mike Werner and Michael Stiefel, detailing announcements made at last week’s Microsoft PDC.
The Boston Cloud Services Meetup is holding their next meetup on December 9 and will feature several speakers on different cloud computing topics.
The group meets in Waltham at 6:30 PM. See the Boston Cloud Services Meetup profile for details and to RSVP.
Returning after a the first CloudCamp Boston earlier this year, CloudCamp Boston 2 is a free “unconference” focusing on cloud computing.
It will be hosted at Microsoft NERD on December 10 from 2-7 PM, with a joint event lunch from 12:30 to 2 with Cloud^3 (see below).
Register at http://cloudcamp-boston2-09.eventbrite.com
CloudCamp Boston 2 is being held in partnership with Xconomy, which is hosting a forum event called Cloud^3, held the morning of CloudCamp starting at 8:30 AM, also at Microsoft NERD.
Cloud^3 will feature three keynotes, six short “Cloudburst” sessions and more. Separate registration is required, and see the CloudCamp site for details of the partnership.
Michael de la Maza is returning to Waltham, MA to run a 3rd "C# Day" event. Previous C# Days have been great opportunities for attendees to become familiar with the C# language using an approach quite different from standard lecture-focused events.
Here's a description from the C# Day home page:
"Join us for a relaxed, no cost introduction to C# programming. By engaging in participatory activities, you will learn some of the most common and powerful features of the C# language. This day is not lecture-based. There will be fewer than 60 minutes of lecture material -- almost all of the time will be spent on participant-guided activities. Everyone who attends will learn what interests them at their own pace in a relaxed, tension-free environment with an experienced C# developer and trainer available to answer questions."
RSVPs are required, so please head to http://learn2learn2program.com for more details and to register.
On March 26th at the next Boston XNA Developers Group meeting, we're starting the process of learning XNA. (The first meeting was a non-technical overview of the world of XNA.) Join Michael Cummings and me as we walk through creating a basic 2D game with XNA from scratch, zilch, zero.
No game development experience is required, just a passion for playing games and a desire to make them.
The meeting will be from 6:00-8:00 on Wednesday, March 26th (we're aiming for the fourth Wednesday of each month) at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Road (6th floor) in Waltham.
See you there!
Two more stops made and one more to go on the first tour of Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow!
We visited the Portland, ME area and had a great audience brave the should-never-get-this-cold cold to come to the MESDA facility in Westbrook.
[Again, thanks to Bob for being Mr. Photographer!]
We're returning with the Roadshow in May, but I'll be back in the area on April 5th at 1:30 to speak with the Maine Developer Network user group in Augusta on WCF and again on April 12th to speak with the Maine Bytes User Group on WPF in Portland.
Two days later we were in Manchester, NH. First of all, we had an amazing turnout. The turnout was so amazing that we couldn't fit in the room! If you weren't there, you missed out on Bob and I performing what we're now calling the ol' "Manchester Swap". We had an overflow room where we each took turns repeating our sessions from the main room.
[Our Manchester Zune winner, Jason Hull!]
Rest assured that we won't be in the same facility for our next visit to New Hampshire. Knowing how many of you are interested in attending, we'll find another place with plenty of room.
Thank you all for being good sports about the unusual logistics!
Some additional details from the week's questions and discussions:
We're still working on a permanent home for the Roadshow materials and information, but we've gathered our content from the current tour and you can now download the presentations as a ZIP from the ArcStreamEast.net site.
We'll be visiting the Microsoft Offices in Farmington, CT on Tuesday (3/20) for our last stop until May. Registration is actually "sold out" for the event and have been taking waitlist registrations!
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, please do stop by!
Head to the group's site for resources and information.
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 Group has recently moved to Microsoft’s Cambridge, MA facility (aka “NERD”) and is run by Benjamin Day (also an MVP!)
RSVP and view the session details on Ben’s blog.
Rocky is a natural speaker and very knowledgeable, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the best!
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 the northeast this fiscal year.
John Pelak has the full details via the ISV Developer Community Blog:
This event, like past ones, is already filling up and will reach capacity, so act quickly if you know you can attend!
Because this event series has been so popular, filling up each time, the team is taking XAMLFests to the web to help reach more designers and developers.
XAMLFest Online will be held June 1-5, featuring a syllabus with two live sessions each day supplemented with recorded content.
Bruce Kyle has the details at:
Enjoy becoming XAMLized!
Thanks to a heads-up from Brad, I took a look at the newly updated MIX08 website. I like the site design - simple and easy to navigate, but with some nice effects.
MIX08 will be at The Venetian in Las Vegas on March 5-7 and registration is now open. Keynotes from Ballmer and Guthrie, solid sessions, party at Tao, and of course Vegas itself == good conference.
It's usually a pretty tough event for Microsoft staff to attend, but I'll keep my fingers crossed...
For those of you in the southern Connecticut area, just a reminder that tomorrow (November 10th) is the first Fairfield/Westchester Code Camp. There is a great lineup of speakers and sessions.
I was just at the UConn Stamford facility this week (speaking with the Fairfield/Westchester .NET UG) and can say it's a great place for a code camp. Breakout rooms, convenient parking, and of course a Starbucks nearby.
Registration is still open, so consider dropping by for some good content, sharing, and networking.
The "Evangelist" title has come into more common use within the technology industry and many larger companies now have some forms of evangelism roles. Want to get an idea of what's involved with the role of Developer Evangelist (DE) at Microsoft? Watch this Channel 9 video with DEs Lynn Langit and Asli Bilgin for some insights.
As Lynn and Asli mention, the role varies by geography, industry focus, and even personal passion and experience, but many of the driving principles are the same (as are the characteristics of what it takes to be a successful DE.)
Attendees of the developer track of the "Heroes Happen Here" launch event in Albany know that Bob, Jim, and I discovered the Albany Pump Station on our visit and decided we must return again - soon.
Well, since we've added a stop in the Albany area to our Fall Northeast Roadshow, what better way to celebrate than to gather there after the Roadshow?
Nothing formal - Jim and I will be there grabbing some food and maybe a wee dram o' beer.
Swing by if you can!