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    Roadshow Update - Portland and Manchester

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    Two more stops made and one more to go on the first tour of Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow! 

    Portland, ME

    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.

    Manchester, NH

    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!

    Session Follow-up

    Some additional details from the week's questions and discussions:

    Roadshow Content

    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.

    Next Stop

    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!

    -Chris

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    MIX08 Registration Open and Site Updated

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    blings_9_25_b[1]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...

    -Chris

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    XamlFest Boston: Come As You Are, Leave Xamlized

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    WPF Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve?  Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started?  Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest!

    XamlFest is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance for you to mingle with UX minded Microsoft folks as well as industry leading design integrators.  It’s also an opportunity to pick up a free copy of Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Studio 2 for you attendance.

    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 and we’ll help kick start your very own proof of concept!

    PLEASE NOTE:  Each attendee will need a laptop to take part in the assisted development sessions.

    Dates

    Thursday & Friday December 11th and 12th.

    Venue

    Microsoft Technology Center

    890 Winter Street Suite 100

    Waltham, MA 02451

    [Directions]

    Agenda

    Date Time Topic
    Thursday, 12/11 9:00 AM Introduction to WPF, Xaml, Expression Blend
      10:30 AM Break
      10:45 AM Building Visually Rich Applications: The role of the Integrator in building designable applications
      12:00 PM Lunch, Mingle, Prizes
      1:00 PM Instructor-led WPF walkthrough and assisted development
      3:00 PM Assisted Development
      5:00 PM End of Day 1
    Friday, 12/12 9:00 AM Introduction to Silverlight, Data Binding, LINQ
      10:30 AM Break
      10:45 AM

    Platform Centric Design Best Practices: Creating WPF and Silverlight XAML for Web and Local Client Solutions

      12:00 Lunch, Mingle, Prizes
      1:00 Instructor-led Silverlight walkthrough and assisted development
      3:00 Assisted development
      5:00 XamlFest Ends

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What if I don’t have Visual Studio?

    A. No problem, every attendee leaves with Visual Studio 2008 Pro!

    Q. What if I don’t have Expression Blend?

    A. Again, no problem! Everyone leaves with Expression Studio 2.

    Q. What if I don’t have an idea for a starter project?

    A. We’d like you to leave with something personal, but if nothing comes to mind that’s OK too. It’s the main reason we’re planning a few guided sessions where you can fallow along with us. These sessions should take no more than two hours, so if something sparks your interest you’ll still have time left for assisted development.

    Q. What if I don’t have a laptop?

    A. You can still participate in the training in the mornings and lunch, but assisted development in the afternoon is a harder problem to solve. We have no problem with people pairing up, so you might want to check with friends or co-workers to see if they’re interested.

    Q. Can I just come for the training and skip assisted development?

    A. XamlFest is about empowering designers and developers to deliver great user experiences and we believe a key component is hands-on assisted development. If you are unable to participate in the afternoon sessions please wait until the day before the event to register. This will give others the opportunity to sign up first, and if there’s still space available you’re welcome to join us.

    XamlFest -- Come as you are, leave Xamlized.

    Registration

    Space is extremely limited, so we ask that you please register only if you fully expect to be able to attend.  Register by contacting xamlfest-boston@live.com.

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    Albany Geek Gathering on September 24th

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    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.

    AlbanyPumpStationWell, 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?

    • Albany Geek Gathering - Roadshow Edition
    • 9/24/2008 - 5:00 PM till whenever...
    • Albany Pump Station
    • 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY
    • [1-Click Directions]

    Nothing formal - Jim and I will be there grabbing some food and maybe a wee dram o' beer.

    Swing by if you can!

    -Chris

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    PDC 2009 Registration Now Open

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    PDC09 A quick post to let you know that registration has just opened for the 2009 PDC (Professional Developer Conference) November 17-19 in Los Angeles.

    http://microsoftpdc.com

    You get $500 off if you register by Sept. 15th.

    There’s a lot to talk about at this PDC, and I hope to be able to attend as well!

    -Chris

    P.S.  You can also follow PDC updates on Twitter @PDC09.

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    The New Hampshire .NET User Group is Back!

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    Pat Tormey, who runs the New Hampshire .NET User Group, just sent word that the group has a new site and new plans:

    We're Re-Grouping New Hamphire DotNet User Group at our new site and we could use some advice from you.

    Could you drop in at http://www.nhdn.com and tell us where you'd like to meet, what evening works best for you, and what technology piques your interest these days.

    Then please register at www.nhdn.com for New Hamphire DotNet User Group. And stay tuned for our Grand Launch of VS 2008, SQL 2008 and Windows 2008.

    So check out the group's site and cast your vote to help determine the direction the group will take!

    -Chris

    P.S.  Pat also mentioned that he's created a series of Smart Client videos:

    I've also posted a whole series of SmartClient Videos at http://nhdn.com/DNN/VSVideoTraining/tabid/72/Default.aspx

    These videos were developed for http://windowsclient.net/ and there are dozens more free video training session with both VB and C# source code there.

    And if you want to hear more on this from Pat in person, check out his "WinForms and Smart Client Development" talk at Code Camp!

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    The Northeast MSDN Roadshow – “Mashed APIs” Tour

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    n_east_roadshow_120x120_Blog ButtonGet ready to learn and code, because the Northeast MSDN Roadshow team is loading up content, code, and demos that might even work, to return to the roads for a special limited engagement in June!

    These are free workshops, great for students, hobbyists, and professional developers who want to learn the basics of Windows 8 app development and publish their first app to the Windows Store.  Fans of previous daytime Roadshows will notice that we have sneakily adapted these as evening, hands-on events, hosted by local user groups.

    Enter the API…

    There’s a world of amazing things out there, just an API call away. These workshops will show you how to tap into a sampling of the tens of thousands of them, mercilessly mashing APIs to create your own Windows Store app. Your app could inform, entertain, or even change the world!

    imageWe’ll be conquering the miles, fueled by coffee and visions of your awesome apps, to help you learn to create Windows 8 apps using well-known web service APIs such as Twitter, Meetup, Yelp, ESPN, EchoNest, World Health Organization, and others. 

    First, we’ll take a bit of time to teach you the essentials for creating your Windows Store app, including APIs, data, and UIs.  The rest of the time will be hands-on – so bring those laptops (see below) - using a set of API Starter Kits our team developed to get you mashing quickly.  The Starter Kits are Visual Studio 2012 projects, each already wired to one or more APIs.  They take care of the API plumbing so you can focus on providing the creativity!

    The Schedule (updated!)

    Thanks to these amazing user groups hosting our visits, we’ll be stopping in these cities:

    • June 11, 6:30 PM – Albany, NY with the Tech Valley .NET User Group
      • New Horizons, 10 Airline Drive, Suite 101, Albany, NY
    • June 12, 6:00 PM – Syracuse, NY with the Central NY .NET User Group
      • New Horizons, 6711 Towpath Rd., East Syracuse, NY
    • *NEW* June 13, 6:00 PM – Rochester, NY at RIT with AppRochester & VDUNY
      • RIT, Building 70 (Golisano), Room 1435, Rochester, NY
    • June 17, 6:00 PM – Burlington, VT with the VT .NET User Group
      • MyWebGrocer, 20 Winooski Falls Way, 5th Floor, Winooski, VT
    • June 20, 5:30 PM – Portland, ME with MaineBytes
      • UNUM, Building 3, 2211 Congress St., Portland, ME

    Registration - These are user group events, so see the hosting user groups’ website for details and RSVPs (if any).  Thanks to the groups and the organizations who host their meetings for making this possible!

    Note that these are in addition to the Saturday workshops on API and game development we’re running in the Hartford and Boston areas:

    Just click the links to register via MSDN Events.

    Getting Ready

    As these workshops are hands-on, to get the most out of the event, bring a laptop configured with the following:

    imageApps you develop could qualify you for $100 via the “Keep the Cash” program (running through June 30th).  Also, for continued learning and access to other developer programs, we highly recommend signing up for the free App Builder program.

    See you on the road!

    -Chris

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    June Boston XNA Meeting Canceled

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    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 remains very approachable even if you're brand new to XNA and games development, so come on down!

    -Chris

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    Get Your Hands on a Surface at the Sheraton Boston

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    surfacelogo If you're in or passing through the Boston area and have yet to see a Microsoft Surface machine in action, you can swing by the Boston Sheraton hotel for a chance to interact with one.  Boston is one of five Sheratons to feature a Surface as a guide to the local area.

    I had a chance to play with research the capabilities of one while at Mix08 this spring and can say that the cool factor is extremely high with these. You can interact via touching the table top, putting objects on top of it (that it then recognizes and responds to), and it can communicate wirelessly with devices that support that (such as phones, cameras, etc.) 

    P3070023In the picture at right, you can see a picture someone took of our group at MIX that was transferred to the Surface by placing the camera on the table top and selecting the picture from the camera with a flick of a finger.

    Of course, the Surface team has plenty to say on the matter:

    P3070021The Surface machine is in the lobby of:

        The Sheraton Boston Hotel
        39 Dalton St.
        Boston, MA
        [One-click directions]

    I haven't made it out to the Sheraton just yet, but if you go, please let me know what you think!

    -Chris

    P.S.  This has been getting plenty of attention in the media.  Here's a sampling of what I found:

  • Boston.com
  • Travel and Tourism News
  • HotelChatter
  • Mobility Site
  • MediaPost Marketing Daily
  • SeattlePI
  • ZDNet - Mary-Jo Foley

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    Code Camps in Albany, NY and Stamford, CT Coming Soon

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    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 Code Camp 2009

    TechValleyCC2Back after last year’s first event, Tech Valley Code Camp 2009 will be hosted at SUNY Albany and is organized by the Tech Valley .NET Users Group

        Tech Valley Code Camp 2009
        November 7, 9 AM – 3 PM
        SUNY, Albany, NY
        http://www.techvalleycodecamp.com

    Register today to attend and while you’re at it, why not throw caution to the wind and volunteer to share your interests in a session as well?

    Fairfield/Westchester Code Camp 2009

    For those of you in the southern CT area, Fairfield/Westchester Code camp returns for a 2009 edition, organized by the Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group.

        Fairfield/Westchester Code Camp 2009
        November 7, 8 AM – 6 PM
        UConn, Stamford, CT
        http://fairfieldwestchester.net/Code-Camp.aspx

    Hats off to the community for putting these events together!

    -Chris

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    Volunteers Needed for Connecticut .NET UG

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    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.

    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!

     

    -Chris

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    Boston XNA Developers Group Meeting Wednesday 2/27

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    bostonxna A reminder that the first meeting of the shiny new Boston XNA Developers Group (http://bostonxna.org) will be this Wednesday, February 27th, from 6-8 PM at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Road (6th Floor) in Waltham, MA.

    The group is open to everyone and no background in game development is required - just a passion for games and coding.

    The first meeting will center on a broad introduction to game development with XNA for Windows and Xbox 360.  We'll also have plenty of hot-off-the-press XNA news to discuss, straight from the Game Developers Conference.

    I look forward to seeing you there!

    -Chris

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    Elite Web Optimization Event – Cambridge 12/9

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    A good opportunity to learn about the Microsoft Web Platform, interoperability, the WebsiteSpark program and more is coming to NERD in Cambridge, presented NaviSite and Microsoft.

    Elite Web Optimization Event
    EliteWebOptimizationEventDecember 9th 2009 10:00AM-6:00PM
    New England Research and Development Center (NERD)
    1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

    Free registration at http://microsoftandnavisite.eventbrite.com

    NaviSite Come spend a day with us to explore the Microsoft Windows Web Platform and the many managed hosting services provided by NaviSite, Inc., based in Andover, MA!

    During this event, we’ll review what’s new in the Microsoft Web Platform and tools, the interoperability improvements in the Microsoft Web platform and the value that NaviSite Managed Hosting can add to your project/business.

    We will discuss:

    • MS Web Platform –  msweb-logoIIS management Console, Hyper – V and the Dynamic Data Center, SQL Server 2008 Web Edition, IISMedia Services3.0
    • WebsiteSpark Program
    • WebsiteSparkMS Interoperability – PHP on Windows, Web-PI, PHP Drivers in MS SQL Server 2008
    • NaviSite services and value add
    • The Great PHP on Windows Contest
    • PHPonWindowsContestMS Web Tools – Visual Studio, Expression, Silverlight
    • Microsoft Partner Evangelism Initiative

    All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following:

    • Copy of Win7
    • Xbox360 Elite
    • ZuneHD
    • 8GB Zune
    • FREE NaviSite Windows Dedicated Server for 2 Months

    -Chris

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    Imagine Cup 2009 US Finals in Boston!

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    ImagineCupBanner

    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.

    ImagineCupHome

    The Imagine Cup is a yearly technology-based problem solving competition bringing students together to face challenges and open new doors.

    Want to see more?  There’s a great video showing the amazing excitement this competition offers.

    Want to see more in person?  The US Finals are happening this weekend, right here in Cambridge, MA, and you can join in the fun by coming to the US Imagine Cup Community Showcase on May 4th.  Here’s how:

    Now in its seventh year, Microsoft Imagine Cup is a global student technology competition that inspires students to use technology to make the world a better place by addressing its toughest challenges as defined by the UN Millennium GoalsMicrosoft is pleased to host the 2009 US Imagine Cup final competitions in Cambridge, MA.  15 student teams will be coming from universities across the county to experience a week in the innovation capital of the world – Cambridge.  While here, students will attend an innovation and entrepreneurship workshops, present their projects to a judging panel of local technology luminaries, and showcase their ideas to the local technology community.

    The US Imagine Cup team invites you to join us for the

    US Imagine Cup Community Showcase
    May 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM
    One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142 – 1st Floor
    Light refreshments will be served!
    Driving Directions

    The Community Showcase welcomes members of the Boston community to come into New England Research and Development and to spend an evening interacting with students, and witness firsthand the passion for technology and inspiration for solving tough problems that the students exhibit.

     

    This event is the highlight of the student experience of the Imagine Cup, come and see what the future of technology holds!

    ImagineCupLogoFor a glimpse into the impact this has had on students, take a look at Journeys and Success Stories, showing just a few the many teams (and dreams) involved in the competition.

    See you there!

    -Chris

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    Greater Buffalo IT/Dev Day – July 21

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    As Northeast Roadshow attendees know, our usual stop in western NY is Rochester (in fact we just returned from a great event there on Friday!)  It’s always good to see the people who make the trip from Buffalo to attend, so I’m glad to say we have an event where Buffalo is the center of attention!

    BuffaloITDevMSDN and TechNet, in partnership with the Western NY .NET Users Group, are running a free Greater Buffalo IT/Dev Day on July 21st at Daemen College in Amherst, NY.

    Shamelessly copied from Jim’s post:

    This IT/Dev Day comprises separate TechNet Unleashed and MSDN Unleashed events, with morning TechNet sessions focused on the IT Professional audience, and afternoon MSDN sessions geared toward the .NET developer audience.  Attendees at either event (or both events!) are welcome to stay - or come early as the case may be - for a light lunch courtesy of our sponsor, PSI Professional Support Inc.

    In addition to the great content outlined below, all attendees will receive a copy of the Windows 7 Release Candidate media!!

    Greater Buffalo IT/Dev Day
    Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    107 Schenck Hall
    Daemen College
    4380 Main Street
    Amherst, NY 14226

    TechNet

            

    MSDN

    8:30am - 12pm
    Lunch 12pm - 1pm

    Register Here

     

    1pm - 4:30pm
    Lunch 12pm - 1pm

    Register Here

     

    Moving to the Modern OS Roadmap

    In this welcome session, we will discuss some of the key challenges IT professionals face in today’s economy.  We’ll talk about scenarios with Windows 2000 and Windows XP and the importance of moving to a modern OS.  In addition, we will cover Windows Vista and improvements that have been made with SP2 as well as review guidance concerning Windows Vista deployments.

     

     

    Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure

    Cloud computing is one of more recent buzzwords in software development, and Microsoft has thrown its hat in the ring with Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform.  You’ll discover what makes Microsoft’s unique Software + Services approach tick through discussions and demonstrations of key components like Azure storage, the .NET Service Bus, Live Services, and SQL Data Services.

     

    Windows Security and Application/Driver Compatibility

    This session discusses security, data protection with the new “Bitlocker-To-Go”, rich support tools like Reliability Monitor, Resource Monitor, Windows Recovery Environment, and the new System Restore and Problem Steps Recorder. We will also cover application control using group policy and implement simple rule structures that include working with an application to Allow, Exception or Deny the installation. We’ll also discuss Group Policy Preferences and how users can change their own policy settings.

     

    Developing Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight

    Silverlight is the technology of choice for building applications with rich features and broad reach.  Using Silverlight 2 today, we’ll show you what you can accomplish with .NET and XAML to deliver a great user experience.  Then, we’ll up the ante with a preview of Silverlight 3 including out-of-browser support and productivity and performance enhancements.  We’ll also take a look at some of the great features in Expression Blend 3, sure to please your designer side.

     

    Windows 7 Release Candidate

    The way Microsoft develops Windows has changed. We’ll discuss the changes we have made in Windows Vista that affect Windows 7, such as hardware, and new features that work with Windows Server 2008 R2 like DirectAccess™, which provides seamless remote access to corporate network resources. We also will cover BranchCache ™, which caches content downloaded from file and web servers; users in the branch can quickly open files stored in the cache, which frees up network bandwidth for other uses.

     

    Developing applications with Windows Mobile

    With worldwide mobile phone shipments predicted to grow at a 31% rate in 2009, there’s no time like the present to bring your applications to Windows Mobile.  In this session we’ll discuss the components of the Windows Mobile Platform, notably the Compact Framework and SDK, and use familiar tools and constructs in Visual Studio to build and deploy a mobile application from the ground up.  There’s also a look forward to some of the great features coming in Windows Mobile 6.5.

    A very special thanks to the event sponsors below for making it possible to bring this event to the Buffalo area!

     PSI

     redgate

    wrox 

     telerik

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    Speaking on Enterprise Library at Beantown .NET UG on 10/4

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    I'll be in Boston tomorrow night (10/4), giving a talk about the Patterns & Practices group and Enterprise Library for the Beantown .NET User Group.  If you're in the Boston area and are interested in learning about how Enterprise Library can help with your development efforts, drop by for a listen!

    The meeting runs from 6-8:00 PM.

    More details and directions are at http://www.beantowndotnet.org

    See you there!

    -Chris

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    Cambridge Python Meetup - Silverlight, Python, and the DLR

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    I'll be speaking with the Cambridge Python Meetup Group this Wednesday (July 18th) evening.  Join us in Cambridge for discussion and demonstrations of Silverlight, the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) and, of course, how Python ties into this brave new world.

    For details on the event, head over to the event's Meetup page and sign up.

    Looking forward to a great evening of discussion!

    -Chris

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    New Hampshire .NET UG Returns on May 15th!

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    MCj01896110000[1]As I mentioned in an earlier post, Pat Tormey has been hard at work revitalizing the New Hampshire .NET User Group.  I'm happy to pass along word that the group has great new meeting location at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH and will be having it's first meeting on May 15th!

    The meeting will feature an "Overview of the AJAX Control Toolkit", given by Phil Denoncourt:

    AJAX is an way to make websites more interactive and  responsive. It's powerful and easy to use.  The AJAX control toolkit is a set of controls that use AJAX and wrap common UI scenarios.  Cascading dropdowns, Auto completing textboxes, in-page popups, hovering menus and dynamically populated textboxes are some of the controls we'll go over.
     
    No AJAX experience is required.

    There will also be a session on "What's new and important in VS 2008" given by none other than Pat himself:

    First Look at the Table Adapter Manager and possibly a little WPF with MS Expression Blend

    The NHDN site has the details and a mailing list for group updates.

    Should be a great meeting!

    -Chris

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    Huge XNA News at GDC '08

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    XNA_3The XNA team made two very big announcements at the Game Developers' Conference

    Cutting right to the chase, the biggest news is that the wait will be over for community XNA games on Xbox LIVE!  Coming this holiday season, people will be able to share, peer review, and play user-created games!

    From the announcement on the XNA Team Blog:

    The Xbox LIVE community games brings to life the community-driven gaming vision we have talked about in the past.  This offering gives the opportunity to share, peer review, download and play games created by the community, for the community.  Starting with the beta launch of the service later this Spring, XNA Creators Club subscribers will be able to submit their own game creations for self-publishing through to Xbox LIVE Marketplace. 

    Read the post for the full details, and here for more, but another important note is that yes, this will lead to the ability to make money by writing XNA games for XBOX Live (details still to come)!

    The second announcement is of one of the first new features coming with Game Studio v3.0 - the ability to create games for the Zune!

    [...] This will let you write one game and deploy it to all three platforms that XNA Game Studio 3.0 will support: the Xbox 360, Windows, and now the Zune. [...]  That means that XNA Game Studio 3.0 integration includes discoverability/access to the user's music - allowing the user to customize background soundtracks or create real-time visualizations at their discretion. 

     

    In addition, the XNA Community Games Platform team has announced the ability to have multiple Zunes wirelessly engage in an ad-hoc gaming experience (think of the possibilities!)

    Boston XNA Developers Group

    Now, what better place to discuss these announcements than at the new Boston XNA Developers Group?  The first meeting is on Wednesday of next week, February 27th at 6:00 in the Waltham Microsoft office.  No game development experience required.

    Details are on the Boston XNA Developers Group site.

    See you there!

    -Chris

     

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    What's It Like to Be a Developer Evangelist?

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    Becoming an Evangelist 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.)

    -Chris

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