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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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    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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    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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    John Papa Speaking with Tech Valley and New Hampshire User Groups This Week

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    John PapaJohn 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:

    Session Description:

    Silverlight enables developers to use their .NET and XAML skills to develop Rich Internet Applications and to build data driven Silverlight applications that communicate with multi-tier architectures.

    This session will show how to build Silverlight 2 applications that communicate with and consume REST services and use LINQ to XML to manage XML content, show the various data binding techniques, and show how to use WCF to talk to various middle tier services including custom entity models and the Entity Framework.

    Two good opportunities to catch a great speaker!

    -Chris

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    Speaking on WF at NE VB Professionals User Group Tonight (8/2)

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    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.

    -Chris

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    New User Group in Maine!

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    BAND 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

    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?  ;)

    -Chris

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    Article on Microsoft's Partner Solutions

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    aspprologo A copy of the June asp.netPro magazine found it's way to me and I found a nice article by Auri Rahimzadeh describing Microsoft's various offerings to the partner community. 

    Blogging the link because I tend to get asked about this often:

        asp.netPRO - "Microsoft's Partner Solutions"

    The article touches on the following programs:

    Worth taking a look, especially if you're consulting, considering becoming a Partner, and/or creating software for resale.  These programs can help you save plenty of money on software and also help establish your brand.

    -Chris

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    Beantown .NET Special Event – Rocky Lhotka on UI Design Patterns - April 29th

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    rockylhotkaRocky 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”.

    BeantownDotNetThe 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!

    -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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    Boston XNA Developers Group June 24 Meeting – XNA Game Studio 3.1

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    bostonxna 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 in 3.1 include:

    • cco_home_gameStudio31_feature_bannerFINALAvatar Support
    • Xbox LIVE Party Support
    • Video Playback
    • Audio API
    • Content Pipeline Enhancements
    • XACT3 Support

    Resources:

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    Tech & Developer Events in the Northeast – April 2013

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    Here’s the latest roundup of tech- and developer-focused events here in the northeastern US (and several online).  Most are free, but the exceptions are noted with [$]. 

    If you know of other free (or nearly free) developer-focused events, please let me know.

    -Chris

    [Last updated 4/12/2013]

    Online

    Now Through April 30 
    Windows 8 Hands-On Labs Online    
    Live presentation and work on lab exercises, with experts offering assistance (by chatting with you one-on-one or by virtually taking control of your lab)

    April 4
    LIDNUG & Wintellect 
    “IntelliTrace – The Key to Better Day-to-Day Debugging” – John Robbins

    April 9
    Windows Game Development with Unity
    Live stream on Channel 9 (from the in-person event, running April 8-10 in Mountain View, CA)

             

    Connecticut

    April 1   
    Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group – Stamford, CT 
    “Test Driven Development: Blueprint Toolbox and Master Craft” – Stephen Ritchie

    April 2
    Agile Connecticut - Farmington, CT    
    “Planning for User Story Gold” – Damon Poole

    April 3, 10, 17, 24
    Startup Café – Hartford, CT
    ”Informal Hartford Co-Working”

    April 4, 11, 18, 25, & May 1
    ByteArray CT – Storrs, CT
    ”HTML Course” (5 parts) – Mark Lassof

    April 9
    Connecticut .NET Developers Group – Farmington, CT         
    “Introduction to Microsoft TypeScript” – Allan Da Costa Pinto

    April 9
    Hartford Area Build Guild – Hartford, CT
    “Web People + Adult Beverages + High Fives”

    April 9
    *New Group!*        
    Proto Greater Hartford ACM Chapter – East Hartford, CT
    ”Can You Be a Little Bit Agile?” – Sue Burk

    April 10   
    Connecticut Access Users Group – Farmington, CT    

    April 10
    New Haven Design & Technology Meetup – New Haven, CT
    ”Monthly Networking Event”

    April 12
    Fairfield/Westchester SQL Server UG - Stamford, CT    
    “T-SQL Enhancements in SQL Server 2012” – Lenni Lobel

    April 15
    CTDEVSTARTUP (CT Software Developer Startups) – Farmington, CT
    ”The Lean Startup Process for Mobile Apps” – Bob Familiar
    ”Mobile Healthcare Startup – Applivate” – John Fitzpatrick

    April 18  
    *New Group!*                
    HartfordJS – Wethersfield, CT
    Fist meeting & lightning talks   

    April 27
    ByteArray CT – Storrs, CT
    ”HTML5 Mobile App Development with PhoneGap” – Mark Lassof

    May 8
    New Haven Design & Technology Meetup – New Haven, CT
    ”Monthly Networking Event”

    May 18   
    Hartford Code Camp 6 – Bloomfield, CT

    Schedule TBA 
    Connecticut SharePoint User Group – Farmington, CT 
    Connecticut Web Innovators – Hartford, CT   
    Fairfield County SharePoint User Group – Fairfield, CT
    Hartford Tech Meetup – Hartford, CT     

     

    Maine

    April 4
    Southern Maine Microsoft User Group – Portland, ME
    ”SQL Server – SSIS 2012 and Data Quality Services”

    April 5
    Maine Agile Gathering – Portland, ME

    April 9   
    SharePoint Maine User Group – Portland, ME  
    Chris McNulty

    April 16
    Maine Agile User Group – Portland, ME    
    Mobile Agile development with Alex Bakman

    April 23
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME    

    May 14
    SharePoint Maine User Group – Portland, ME  
    Chris McNulty

    May 16
    Southern Maine Microsoft User Group – Portland, ME
    ”SQL Server Performance Monitoring”

    May 28
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME    

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

     

    Massachusetts

    April 2
    Drinks on Tap – Boston, MA   
    “Demos, Drinks and Discussions About Mobile Development (21+)”

    April 2
    intelligent.ly – Boston, MA
    ”Building a Modern Web Application: Full Stack JavaScript” – Jamie Davidson & Roberto Fuentes

    April 2
    Northampton Web Developers – Northampton, MA
    ”Northampton Web Dive”

    April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    Windows 8 Office Hours (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM) – Cambridge, MA
    Get help with your Windows 8 app/game idea or project.  Test devices available as well.  No appointment necessary, just show up (at our 1 Cambridge Center office).

    April 2
    Boston Software Engineering Meetup – Boston, MA    
    “Cloud Data Night Sponsored by NUODB”

    April 4
    Microsoft DevBoston – Cambridge, MA     
    “SignalR – Real Time Web Apps in ASP.NET” – Phil Denoncourt

    April 4   
    New England Microsoft Professionals - Waltham, MA
    “Windows 8 Phone Development” – Lance McCarthy (Nokia)

    April 4
    Boston JavaScript Meetup – Boston, MA 
    “The Future of JS Modules and Dependency Management” – John Hann

    April 6
    SQL Saturday Boston – Cambridge, MA

    April 7
    Northampton Web Developers – Northampton, MA
    ”JavaScript: Help!”

    April 8
    Mobile Monday Boston – Boston, MA    
    Mobile Healthcare

    April 9   
    Boston Windows 8 Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    ”Windows 8 Games & Social Apps Event” – Bob Familiar & Michael Cummings (Microsoft)
    Note this group is meeting at Microsoft’s One Cambridge Center office (not NERD)

    April 9   
    Boston Python User Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “April Project Night”

    April 9   
    Build Guild Salem – Salem, MA    
    Build Guild Cape Cod - Sandwich, MA    
    “Web People + Adult Beverages + High Fives”

    April 9   
    New England Artificial Intelligence – Cambridge, MA 
    “AI, Pizza, & Beer”

    April 10
    Boston Area SharePoint Users Group – Cambridge, MA    
    “Overview of the Top 10 Ways that SharePoint Will Help Drive End User Adoption” – Chris Bortlik

    April 11
    Boston Web Performance Group – Boston, MA    
    “Waterfall Anti-Patterns” – Rick Viscomi

    April 11 
    New England SQL Server User Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Deciding Between Relational Databases and Storage Tables in the Cloud” – Michael Stiefel

    April 11
    [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA
    ”Wrangling HTML (2-class series)” 

    April 11
    [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA
    ”Get Started with iOS (2-class series)” 

    April 11   
    Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA
    “High Performance Agile Teams”

    April 13
    Boston d3.js User Group – Cambridge, MA 
    “Open Discussion – Hackday”

    April 13 & 14
    The Boston Hackathon – Cambridge, MA
    Learn to write great Windows Phone apps with Lance McCarthy of Nokia & Telerik.

    April 15
    Boston Indies - Boston, MA    
    All about independent game development

    April 16
    Boston Unity Group – Cambridge, MA   
    “Applifier and EveryPlay”

    April 16
    Boston Predictive Analytics – Cambridge, MA    
    “Interactive Web Visualizations”

    April 16
    Refresh Boston – Cambridge, MA    
    “Design is Common Ground: Creating Community Through Design” ��� Sam Aquillano & Derek Cascio (Design Museum Boston)

    April 17   
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA  
    “HTML5 Game Development Monthly Meetup”

    April 17
    Boston PHP Meetup – Cambridge, MA    
    “Solution Design: The Hidden Side of UX” – Joe Baz

    April 17   
    Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA

    April 17   
    Node.js in the Wild – Boston, MA
    ”Debugging Node.js Applications”

    April 17
    Hacks / Hackers Boston – Cambridge, MA 
    “Fighting the Bar Chart: Workshop at MIT”

    April 17
    Hacks / Hackers Boston – Cambridge, MA 
    “LinkedIn for Professionals”

    April 20
    Boston Arduino Users Group – Somerville, MA    
    “Hardware Freedom Day”

    April 22
    Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA    

    April 23   
    Boston New Technology Meetup – Allston, MA    
    “April 2013 Boston New Technology Meetup #bnt28”

    April 23
    [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA
    ”Web Applications: PHP (4-class series)” 

    April 24 
    Boston Windows Game Developers – Cambridge, MA

    April 24
    Boston Front End Developers – Boston, MA
    ”Introduction to Ember with Yehuda Katz and Tom Dale of Tilde”

    April 24
    Boston Python User Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “April Presentation Night”

    April 24
    Hacks / Hackers Boston – Cambridge, MA 
    “Dave Winer: Using HTML5 as a Platform”

    April 24
    Agile Boston User Group (Waltham) - Waltham, MA    

    April 25
    Agile Boston User Group (Boston) – Boston, MA    

    April 25
    [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA
    ”CSS Basics (2-class series)” 

    April 25 
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    imageApril 26-28
    New England GiveCamp 2013 – Cambridge, MA
    ”GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – including designers, developers and database administrators as well as marketers and web strategists – donate their time and unique talents to provide software solutions for local charities and other non-profit organizations”

    April 27  
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    ”Global Windows Azure Bootcamp”

    April 30
    Tech in Motion - Cambridge, MA    
    “Clash of the Clouds: Azure vs. Open Source Cloud Services”

    May 1
    Boston JavaScript Meetup – Boston, MA 
    “May Project Night”

    May 2
    Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA        
    “Web API” – Adam Santaniello

    May 6
    Boston Python User Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “May Project Night”

    May 7  
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    ”PowerShell on Azure: Turbocharging Azure Automation” – Aleksandar Nikolic

    May 13
    Drinks on Tap – Boston, MA   
    “Demos, Drinks and Discussions About Mobile Development (21+)”

    May 15 
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA  
    “HTML5 Game Development Monthly Meetup”

    May 15 
    Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA

    May 18
    [$] Security B-Sides – Cambridge, MA
    ”Launched in mid-2009, Security BSides is a community-driven framework for building events for and by information security community members.”

    May 21
    Boston Python User Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “May Presentation Night” – Kenneth Reitz

    May 22
    Boston Windows Game Developers – Cambridge, MA

    May 22
    Boston PHP Meetup – Cambridge, MA    
    “Universal Analytics: The Future of Digital Measurement” – Justin Cutroni

    May 23
    Boston Predictive Analytics – Cambridge, MA    
    “Project, Networking, and Startup Night”

    May 23
    Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA
    “Using LESS or SASS to Improve Your CSS Workflow” 

    May 30
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    ”Matthew Grace Has an Azure Framework”

    May 30
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA

     

    Schedule TBA    
    Beantown ALT.NET Group – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA    
    Boston Area Pluralsight Study Group – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston Artists + Coders – Boston, MA  
    Boston BizSpark Meetup – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston Business Intelligence – Cambridge, MA   
    Boston Cloud Services – Waltham, MA    
    Boston Mobile C# Developers’ Group – Cambridge, MA     
    Boston Node.js Meetup – Boston, MA    
    Boston Orchard CMS User Group – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston Software Craftsmanship – Cambridge, MA  
    Boston Web Design Meetup – Cambridge, MA    
    Cape Cod .NET – Plymouth, MA    
    Cascade BOS – Boston, MA   
    Cloudy Mondays – Newton Center, MA     
    DotNetNuke Boston Meetup – Cambridge (TBD), MA    
    Emerging Business Tech – Cambridge, MA     
    Game Dev Night – Boston, MA    
    HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston – Cambridge, MA    
    HTML5 Boston – Boston, MA    
    jQuery Boston Meetup – Boston, MA     
    Kinect Boston Users Group – Cambridge, MA    
    MetroWest Web Developers – Maynard, MA    
    New England F# User Group – Cambridge, MA   
    New England Windows Phone User and Developer Group - Waltham, MA    
    North Shore Web Geeks – Newburyport, MA    
    OpenHack Boston – Boston, MA
    OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) – Cambridge, MA 
    Web Innovators Group – Cambridge, MA

     

    New Hampshire

    April 2
    NH .NET User Group, Concord – Concord, NH    
    “JavaScript Games for Windows 8 with CreateJS” – Chris Bowen

    April 3   
    Seacoast NH WordPress Developers – Portsmouth, NH

    April 9
    NH .NET User Group, Concord – Concord, NH    
    “Win 8 Apps Boot Camp Series: MonoGame” – Michael Cummings

    April 10
    Portsmouth Startup Meetup – Portsmouth, NH    
    “Startup Meetup – Beer and Pizza”

    April 11 
    Granite State SharePoint User Group – Nashua, NH
    ”Automating Business Processes with SharePoint: InfoPath, Workflows, MS Access – 2010, 2013” – Marcel Meth

    April 17
    Nashua CLOUD .NET User Group – Nashua, NH
    ”Basic Windows Phone 8 Application Development with XAML & C#” – John Garland

    April 24
    Web Dev Meetup – Portsmouth, NH
    ”Web Dev Lightning Talks”

    May 16
    *New Group!*
    Granite State Windows Phone Users Group – Salem, NH

    Schedule TBA     
    eBrew – Portsmouth, NH    
    Joomla NH User Group – Durham, NH    
    NH .NET User Group, Seacoast – Portsmouth, NH    
    NH Database Meetup – Manchester, NH    
    NH PHP – Manchester, NH    
    Seacoast SQL Server Users Group – Portsmouth, NH
    Systems Engineering and Administration Technical User Group – Portsmouth, NH     
             

    New York (Upstate)

    April 2   
    AppRochester – Rochester, NY    

    April 2   
    Ithaca Web People – Ithaca, NY
    ”Beer and Code”

    April 3   
    Rochester JavaScript Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    April 4   
    Rochester Tech Startups – Rochester, NY
    ”Startup Drinks”

    April 5
    Refresh Rochester – Rochester, NY    
    “How to Stay Authentic in a Self-Marketing World” - Andrea Levendusky

    April 6 & 7
    Hack Upstate – Syracuse, NY

    April 8   
    Capital Area SQL Server Users Group – Albany, NY    
    Alex Silverstein

    April 9
    Microsoft Developers of Western NY – Buffalo, NY    
    “Bridging the Gap Between Business Administration and Development

    April 9   
    Buffalo PHP – Cheektowaga, NY

    April 9
    Tech Valley .NET Users Group – Albany, NY    
    “LightSwitch” – Michael Phipps

    April 17
    Rochester Tech Startups – Rochester, NY
    ”Lessons Learned at SoftLock.com” – Jon Schull

    April 18
    Rochester Ruby Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    April 20
    BarCamp Rochester – Rochester, NY

    April 23   
    Syracuse Innovators Guild – Syracuse, NY
    ”An Introduction to Knockout.js Framework”

    April 24
    OpenHack Rochester – Rochester, NY

    May 1
    Rochester JavaScript Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    May 2
    Rochester Tech Startups – Rochester, NY
    ”Startup Drinks”

    May 7
    Ithaca Web People – Ithaca, NY
    ”Beer and Code”

    May 11
    SQL Saturday Rochester – Rochester, NY

    May 14
    Buffalo PHP – Cheektowaga, NY

    May 15
    Rochester Tech Startups – Rochester, NY
    ”Quick Pitch Night”

    May 16
    Rochester Ruby Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    Schedule TBA     
    Build Guild – Troy, NY    
    Central New York .NET Developer Group - East Syracuse, NY    
    IA/UX Rochester (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY
    OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) – Rochester, NY    
    Rochester SharePoint User Group – Rochester, NY    
    Syracuse Game Makers – Syracuse, NY    
    Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group – Rochester, NY    
    Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY    
    Western New York Back Office Technology User Group – Blasdell, NY
    Western NY SQL Server PASS – Amherst, NY

     

    Rhode Island

    April 3   
    Rhode Island SharePoint User Group – Providence, RI
    ”SharePoint 2013 – IT Pro Overview” – Jason Himmelstein

    April 10
    Southern New England SQL Server Users Group – East Greenwich, RI  
    “SSIS Best Practices, Tips and Techniques” – Bryan Cafferky

    April 11   
    Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI
    ”Freeform discussion of all things web”

    April 16   
    WordPress Providence Meetup – Providence, RI    
    “Mobile Ready Responsive Sliders and Slideshows” – Michael Tracy

    April 17   
    Providence Geeks – Providence, RI 

    April 23   
    Providence UX Meetup – Providence, RI
    ”Designers with Drinks”

    May 9
    Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI
    ”Freeform discussion of all things web”

    May 15
    Providence Geeks – Providence, RI 

    May 28 
    Providence UX Meetup – Providence, RI
    ”Designers with Drinks”

     

    Schedule TBA    
    MoDevRI (Mobile Developers & Entrepreneurs) – Providence, RI      
    Prov.JS – Providence, RI    
    Providence Functional Programmers – Providence, RI
    Providence PHP Meetup – Providence, RI

             

    Vermont

    April 10
    *New Group!*
    Burlington JavaScript – Burlington, VT
    ”Lighting up with Ember.js” – Peter Brown
    “Paper.js” – Ian Metcalf

    April 13  
    [$] Girl Develop It Burlington – Burlington, VT
    ”Intro to HTML/CSS”

    April 15   
    Vermont .NET User Group – Winooski, VT     

    April 29
    Northern Vermont SharePoint Users Group – Essex Junction, VT    
    “SharePoint 2013: What’s New in Social” – Erica Toelle

    May 13
    Vermont .NET User Group – Winooski, VT     


    Schedule TBA     
    Burlington PHP Users Group – Burlington, VT    
    Burlington Web Application Group (BTVWAG) – Burlington, VT    

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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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    Professional Developers Conference (PDC) Update

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    PDC09Bling_BeforeAfter_240 The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is November 17-19 in Los Angeles, and will be one of the best ways to get your fill of the latest developer tech:

    I went last year (and just confirmed I can make it again this year) and it’s several intense days of conversations and content.  You can get an idea of what’s in store by reviewing the session recordings from PDC 2008, available for free.

    Birds of a Feather Sessions

    The Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions are a great way to connect with other attendees and build from each others’ experiences. ("What is a Birds-of-a-Feather Session?")  A number of BOF sessions will be selected and scheduled throughout PDC.

    Though some sessions have been scheduled, it’s not too late to propose a session idea of your own!  Submissions are open through tomorrow (Friday 10/30) at 5PM PDT.

    You can also follow BOF on Twitter.

    Free Pre-Conference Windows 7 Bootcamp

    The day before PDC (11/16) is an opportunity to attend a number of excellent paid pre-conference workshops on a variety of topics.

    Win7You can also sign up for a free Windows 7 Developer Boot Camp that’s open to everyone (not just people attending PDC.)

    Other Goings On

    $300 Discount Ends Friday, 10/30

    There’s a tiny window remaining to register for PDC with a $300 discount.  Make sure you register by the end of Friday, 10/30.

    -Chris

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    VB Day on May 27th (Waltham, MA)

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    There are still a few more seats available for the VB.NET Day event coming up on May 27th in Waltham, MA, from 9:00 to 3:30.  Following on the success of his C# Day series (both in person and in Second Life), Michael de la Maza is offering a VB-focused version of this day-long, participatory learning experience. 

    The description from Michael's site:

    Join us for a relaxed, no cost introduction to VB.NET programming. By engaging in participatory activities, you will learn some of the most common and powerful features of the VB.NET 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 VB.NET developer and trainer available to answer questions.

    RSVPs are required and details are here.

    -Chris

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    Tech & Developer Events in the Northeast – May/June 2013

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    Here’s the latest roundup of tech- and developer-focused events here in the northeastern US (and several online).  Most are free, but the exceptions are noted with [$]. 

    If you know of other free (or nearly free) developer-focused events, please let me know.

    -Chris

    [Last updated 5/23/2013]

    Online

    Now Through June 20 
    Windows 8 Hands-On Labs Online    
    Live presentation and work on lab exercises, with experts offering assistance (by chatting with you one-on-one or by virtually taking control of your lab)

    May 22  
    LIDNUG & Wintellect 
    “Performing Asynchronous I/O Bound Operations” – Jeff Richter

    June 5
    Microsoft Webcast: Windows 8 App Mashup Webcast Series
    ”Exploring the Mashery APIs”
    Microsoft Technical Evangelists walk you through creating a Windows 8 app using Starter Kits based on APIs from Yelp, StackOverflow, Mashery, Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, and more.

    June 12
    Microsoft Webcast: Windows 8 App Mashup Webcast Series
    ”Exploring Social Networking APIs”
    Microsoft Technical Evangelists walk you through creating a Windows 8 app using Starter Kits based on APIs from Yelp, StackOverflow, Mashery, Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, and more.

    June 12
    LIDNUG & Developmentor 
    “Building Rich Input Forms in ASP.NET MVC” – Michael Kennedy

    June 19
    Microsoft Webcast: Windows 8 App Mashup Webcast Series
    ”Exploring the Yelp API”
    Microsoft Technical Evangelists walk you through creating a Windows 8 app using Starter Kits based on APIs from Yelp, StackOverflow, Mashery, Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, and more.

    June 25
    Microsoft Webcast: Windows 8 App Mashup Webcast Series
    ”Exploring the Bing Maps API”
    Microsoft Technical Evangelists walk you through creating a Windows 8 app using Starter Kits based on APIs from Yelp, StackOverflow, Mashery, Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, and more.

    July 1
    Developmentor Webcast
    Client-Side Data Binding with Knockout.js - Brock Allen

             

    Connecticut

              

    Each Friday   
    Startup Café – Hartford, CT
    ”Friday Mornings at Tisane Café – ‘CountMeIn! Hartford”

    May 20   
    Fairfield/Westchester SQL Server UG - Stamford, CT    
    “Development Lifecycle with SQL Server Data Tools” – John Flannery

    May 20
    Software Startups – Farmington, CT    
    Monthly Meeting

    imageJune 1  
    MSDN Event – Game Development for Beginners – Farmington, CT
    Join Microsoft’s Chris Bowen to build a game with Construct 2, even if you’ve never programmed before.  You’ll get assistance from getting started through publishing your game to the Windows Store!  (Repeats on 6/15 & 29, so join whichever works best for you, or more than one if you’d like!)

    imageJune 8
    MSDN Event – Windows 8 Mashup Series – Farmington, CT
    Join Microsoft to learn about tapping into the world of APIs to create your own Windows Store app.  This event is part-lecture, and part hands-on, so bring a laptop with Windows 8 and get ready to code!  (This workshop repeats, but with a different API, on 6/22, so join whichever works best for you, or more than one if you’d like!)

    June 11
    ByteArray CT – TBD    
    ”Learn jQuery / jQuery Mobile Fundamentals”

    June 12
    New Haven Design & Technology Meetup – New Haven, CT
    ”Monthly Networking Event”

    June 13
    Startup Café – Farmington, CT    
    “Xcellr8 Innovation Cell”

    imageJune 15
    MSDN Event – Game Development for Beginners – Farmington, CT
    Join Microsoft’s Chris Bowen to build a game with Construct 2, even if you’ve never programmed before.  You’ll get assistance from getting started through publishing your game to the Windows Store!  (This workshop repeats on 6/29, so join whichever works best for you, or more than one if you’d like!)

    June 17
    Software Startups – Farmington, CT    
    Monthly Meeting

    June 19   
    ByteArray CT – Storrs, CT
    ”One Developer’s Experience with Windows Phone” – Tim Laubacher

    imageJune 22
    MSDN Event – Windows 8 Mashup Series – Farmington, CT
    Join Microsoft’s Chris Bowen to learn about tapping into the world of APIs to create your own Windows Store app.  This event is part-lecture, and part hands-on, so bring a laptop with Windows 8 and get ready to code!

    imageJune 29
    MSDN Event – Game Development for Beginners – Farmington, CT
    Join Microsoft to build a game with Construct 2, even if you’ve never programmed before.  You’ll get assistance from getting started through publishing your game to the Windows Store!

     

    Schedule TBA 
    Agile Connecticut - Farmington, CT    
    Connecticut .NET Developers Group – Farmington, CT
    Connecticut Access Users Group – Farmington, CT    
    Connecticut SharePoint User Group – Farmington, CT 
    Connecticut Web Innovators – Hartford, CT   
    Fairfield County SharePoint User Group – Fairfield, CT    
    Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group – Stamford, CT 
    Hartford Area Build Guild – Hartford, CT
    Hartford Tech Meetup – Hartford, CT     
    HartfordJS – Wethersfield, CT    
    Proto Greater Hartford ACM Chapter – East Hartford, CT     

              

    Maine

              

    May 28
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME    

    June 19
    Django Maine – Portland, ME
    ”How to Build a REST API with Django” – Hugh Morgenbesser

    June 20   
    Southern Maine Microsoft User Group – Portland, ME
    ”Microsoft Exchange 2013”

    June 25   
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME    

     

    Schedule TBA   
    Maine Agile User Group – Portland, ME    
    Maine Bytes User Group - Portland, ME     
    Maine Developer Network - Augusta, ME    
    Portland Maine Startup – Portland, ME 
    SharePoint Maine User Group – Portland, ME    
          

    Massachusetts

             

    Every Tuesday
    Microsoft Office Hours (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM) – Cambridge, MA
    Get help with your Windows 8 or Windows Phone app/game idea or project.  Test devices available as well.  No appointment necessary, just show up (at our 1 Cambridge Center office).

    May 20
    Boston Indies - Boston, MA    
    All about independent game development

    May 21
    Boston Python User Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “May Presentation Night” – Kenneth Reitz

    May 21
    intelligent.ly – Boston, MA
    ”Legal Land Mines: What to Know When Starting Your Startup” – Mick Bain & Janene Asgeirsson

    May 22
    Boston Windows Game Developers – Cambridge, MA

    May 22
    Boston Front End Developers – Boston, MA
    ”Data Visualization in the Browser” – Rob Larsen

    May 22
    Boston PHP Meetup – Cambridge, MA    
    “Show n’ Tell & Code as Well”

    May 22
    Agile Boston User Group (Waltham) - Waltham, MA    

    May 23   
    Agile Boston User Group (Boston) – Boston, MA    

    May 23
    Boston Predictive Analytics – Cambridge, MA    
    “Interactive Web Visualization - Project, Networking, and Startup Night”

    May 23
    Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA
    “Using LESS or SASS to Improve Your CSS Workflow” 

    May 23 
    Boston New Technology Meetup – Allston, MA    
    “May 2013 Boston New Technology Meetup #bnt29”

    May 23
    *New Group!*             
    Cape Cod Startup – Centerville, MA    
    “Meet, eat and get to know others in the startup community”

    May 23
    *New Group!*              
    Cloud Centric Boston – Andover, MA     
    “Score the Cloud!”

    May 24
    Northampton Web Developers – Northampton, MA
    ”Northampton Web Dive – After Dark”

    May 27
    Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA 
    WordPress 10th Anniversary Party

    May 28
    Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA 
    “Importing Content Into WP Using WP-CLI [Dev] and TBA [Beg]”

    May 28
    Cascade BOS – Boston, MA   
    “What Are Designers Thinking?”

    May 28
    App Development Meetup – Hingham, MA
    ”Coffee + Chat + Networking (South Shore)”

    May 29
    HTML5 Boston – Boston, MA    
    “Lightning Talks on JS Frameworks”

    May 30
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    ”Matthew Grace Has an Azure Framework”

    May 30 
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    “Continuous Deployment: Better Software, Faster”

    May 30  
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    ”Matthew Grace Has an Azure Framework”

    May 30
    OpenHack Boston – Boston, MA    

    imageJune 1
    MSDN Event – Windows 8 Mashup Series – Cambridge, MA
    Join Microsoft to learn about tapping into the world of APIs to create your own Windows Store app.  This event is part-lecture, and part hands-on, so bring a laptop with Windows 8 and get ready to code!  (This workshop repeats, but with a different API, on June 15th, so join whichever works best for your schedule, or more than one if you’d like!)

    June 1
    Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA 
    “Boston WP + Toolbox Beginner WordPress Workshop” &
    “Boston WP + Toolbox Intermediate WordPress Workshop”

    June 4
    Northampton Web Developers – Northampton, MA
    ”Northampton Web Dive”

    June 5   
    Boston Python User Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “June Project Night”

    June 6   
    Microsoft DevBoston – Cambridge, MA     
    “RESTful Service Design with the Web API” – Rob Daigneau

    June 6   
    New England Microsoft Professionals - Waltham, MA
    “New Features of Azure”

    June 6
    Boston Mobile C# Developers’ Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “Using Xamarin with Visual Studio”

    June 10   
    Mobile Monday Boston – Boston, MA    
    Tablet Commerce

    June 10
    *New Group!*            
    Boston Cloud Computing 2.0 – Burlington, MA
    Boston Cloud Computing 2.0 Kickoff

    June 10
    *New Group!*            
    Enterprise Web Library Developers’ Group – Framingham, MA

    June 10
    [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA
    ”Wrangling HTML (2-class series)” 

    June 11   
    Boston Windows 8 Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    ”Big Windows 8 App Development Meeting!”

    June 11   
    New England Artificial Intelligence – Cambridge, MA 
    “AI, Pizza, & Beer”

    June 12
    Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA

    June 13 
    New England SQL Server User Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Database Design with CA and SoftMart”

    imageJune 15
    MSDN Event – Windows 8 Mashup Series – Cambridge, MA
    Join Microsoft to learn about tapping into the world of APIs to create your own Windows Store app.  This event is part-lecture, and part hands-on, so bring a laptop with Windows 8 and get ready to code!

    June 18
    Hacks / Hackers Boston – Cambridge, MA 
    “From Blogger.com to Kim Dotcom: Legal Considerations of Digital Publishing” – Amy Mugherini & Larry Stanley

    June 18
    App Development Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    ”App Development: What’s Hot, What’s Next?”

    June 19   
    Boston Area SharePoint Users Group – Cambridge, MA    
    “Build, Customize of Buy?” – Richard Harbridge

    June 19
    Tech in Motion - Cambridge, MA    
    “Building Cross-Platform Native Mobile Apps in C# Using Xamarin 2.0” – Talbott Crowell

    June 19
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA  
    “HTML5 Game Development Monthly Meetup”

    June 20
    Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA
    “Twitter Bootstrap: Simple HTML, CSS, and JS for User Interfaces”

    imageJune 22
    MSDN Event:  Game Development for Beginners – Cambridge, MA    
    Join Microsoft to build a game with Construct 2, even if you’ve never programmed before.  You’ll get assistance from getting started through publishing your game to the Windows Store!   

    June 24
    *New Group!*       
    Greater Boston Software Testing Interest Group – TBD
    Inaugural Meeting – “The Value of Software Testing” - Keith Klain

    June 10
    *New Group!*            
    Enterprise Web Library Developers’ Group – Framingham, MA

    June 24   
    [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA
    ”CSS Basics (2-class series)” 

    June 24
    Web Innovators Group – Cambridge, MA

    June 25   
    Boston Python User Group – Cambridge, MA     
    “June Presentation Night”

    June 25
    Cascade BOS – Boston, MA   
    “Leveraging the Cascade”

    June 26
    Boston Windows Game Developers – Cambridge, MA

    June 27
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    ”Cloud Storage (Azure Blob Storage and Amazon S3)”

    June 27
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA

             

    Schedule TBA    
    Beantown ALT.NET Group – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA    
    Boston Arduino Users Group – Somerville, MA    
    Boston Area Pluralsight Study Group – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston Artists + Coders – Boston, MA  
    Boston BizSpark Meetup – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston Business Intelligence – Cambridge, MA   
    Boston Cloud Services – Waltham, MA    
    Boston d3.js User Group – Cambridge, MA 
    Boston JavaScript Meetup – Boston, MA 
    Boston Node.js Meetup – Boston, MA    
    Boston Orchard CMS User Group – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston Software Craftsmanship – Cambridge, MA  
    Boston Software Engineering Meetup – Boston, MA   
    Boston Unity Group – Cambridge, MA   
    Boston Web Design Meetup – Cambridge, MA    
    Boston Web Performance Group – Boston, MA    
    Build Guild Salem – Salem, MA    
    Build Guild Cape Cod - Sandwich, MA 
    Cape Cod .NET – Plymouth, MA    
    Cloudy Mondays – Newton Center, MA     
    DotNetNuke Boston Meetup – Cambridge (TBD), MA    
    Drinks on Tap – Boston, MA   
    Emerging Business Tech – Cambridge, MA     
    Game Dev Night – Boston, MA    
    HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston – Cambridge, MA    
    jQuery Boston Meetup – Boston, MA     
    Kinect Boston Users Group – Cambridge, MA    
    MetroWest Web Developers – Maynard, MA    
    New England F# User Group – Cambridge, MA   
    New England Windows Phone User and Developer Group - Waltham, MA    
    Node.js in the Wild – Boston, MA    
    North Shore Web Geeks – Newburyport, MA    
    OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) – Cambridge, MA 
    Refresh Boston – Cambridge, MA    
    Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA         
         

    New Hampshire

              

    May 22   
    Web Dev Meetup – Portsmouth, NH
    ”Web Dev Lightning Talks”

    May 30
    NH PHP – Manchester, NH    
    “Reboot – With Guest Speaker Alan Forbes”

    June 5
    Seacoast NH WordPress Developers – Portsmouth, NH

    June 6
    *New Group!*       
    Seacoast Drupal User Group – Portsmouth, NH

    June 12   
    *New Group!*        
    Seacoast Mobile Group – Portsmouth, NH 

    June 20   
    *New Group!*
    Granite State Windows Phone Users Group – Salem, NH

    June 21
    Seacoast SQL Server Users Group – Portsmouth, NH  
    “Adam Machanic & Windowing Functions!”  

    Schedule TBA     
    eBrew – Portsmouth, NH    
    Granite State SharePoint User Group – Nashua, NH    
    Joomla NH User Group – Durham, NH    
    Nashua CLOUD .NET User Group – Nashua, NH    
    NH .NET User Group, Concord – Concord, NH    
    NH .NET User Group, Seacoast – Portsmouth, NH    
    NH Database Meetup – Manchester, NH    
    Portsmouth Startup Meetup – Portsmouth, NH    
    Systems Engineering and Administration Technical User Group – Portsmouth, NH      
             

    New York (Upstate)

             

    May 21
    Tech Valley .NET Users Group – Albany, NY    
    “App Product Development Concepts” – Richard Nalezynski

    May 21
    Ithaca Web People – Ithaca, NY
    ”Third Tuesday”

    May 21
    Syracuse Innovators Guild – Syracuse, NY
    ”All About LabVIEW” 

    May 30
    Syracuse Innovators Guild – Syracuse, NY
    ”Arduino 201” 

    May 31
    Tech Meetup – Syracuse, NY
    ”Rounded Presents Doug Crescenzi”

    June 4  
    AppRochester – Rochester, NY    
    “Exploring Photoshop for Pixel Art”

    June 4
    Ithaca Web People – Ithaca, NY
    ”Beer and Code”

    June 5
    Central New York .NET Developer Group - East Syracuse, NY    
    “Blend for Visual Studio: Creating Windows Store Apps” – Andy Beaulieu

    June 5   
    Rochester JavaScript Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    June 6   
    Rochester Tech Startups – Rochester, NY
    ”Startup Drinks”

    June 11
    Buffalo PHP – Buffalo, NY

    June 18
    Ithaca Web People – Ithaca, NY
    ”Third Tuesday” 

    June 19   
    Microsoft Developers of Western NY – Buffalo, NY    
    “Advanced PowerShell Scripting”

    June 20   
    Rochester Ruby Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    Schedule TBA     
    Build Guild – Troy, NY    
    Capital Area SQL Server Users Group – Albany, NY    
    IA/UX Rochester (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY    
    OpenHack Rochester – Rochester, NY
    OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) – Rochester, NY    
    Refresh Rochester – Rochester, NY    
    Rochester SharePoint User Group – Rochester, NY    
    Syracuse Game Makers – Syracuse, NY    
    Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group – Rochester, NY    
    Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY    
    Western New York Back Office Technology User Group – Blasdell, NY
    Western NY SQL Server PASS – Amherst, NY

     

    Rhode Island

     

    May 28   
    Providence UX Meetup – Providence, RI
    ”Designers with Drinks”

    May 30
    Prov.JS – Providence, RI    
    “Create Cross Platform Apps with Appcelerator Titanium” – Michael Tracy

    June 5  
    Rhode Island SharePoint User Group – Providence, RI    

    June 12   
    Southern New England SQL Server Users Group – East Greenwich, RI  
    “Using File Partitioning and Data Compression for an Effective Data Warehouse Solution” – John Miner

    June 13   
    Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI
    ”Freeform discussion of all things web”

    June 19   
    Providence Geeks – Providence, RI 

    June 25
    Providence UX Meetup – Providence, RI
    ”Designers with Drinks”

    June 27
    Prov.JS – Providence, RI    
    “Testing with Node, Mocha, and jsdom” – Sam Saccone

    Schedule TBA    
    MoDevRI (Mobile Developers & Entrepreneurs) – Providence, RI      
    Providence Functional Programmers – Providence, RI
    Providence PHP Meetup – Providence, RI
    WordPress Providence Meetup – Providence, RI    

             

    Vermont

    May 22
    Burlington Web Application Group (BTVWAG) – Burlington, VT    
    “Tools of the Trade”

    May 28   
    Northern Vermont SharePoint Users Group – Essex Junction, VT    
    “Sustainable SharePoint 2010 Customizations” – Bill Keys

    June 3  
    [$] Girl Develop It Burlington – Burlington, VT
    ”Intro to HTML/CSS”

    June 10
    Vermont .NET User Group – Winooski, VT     
    “Using the Decorator Design Pattern to Address Cross-Cutting Concerns”

    June 20   
    Girl Develop It Burlington – Burlington, VT
    ”Code & Coffee”

     

    Schedule TBA     
    Burlington JavaScript – Burlington, VT    
    Burlington PHP Users Group – Burlington, VT    

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    Special "Meet the Authors" Event Next Week

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    A free event has been arranged for next week to celebrate the release of three books featuring work by local Microsoft staff (including yours truly).

    Accelerated SQL Server 2008Sharepoint 2007Essential WCF

    Microsoft’s own Scott Jamison, Steve Resnick, Richard Crane, Chris Bowen, and Rob Walters, along with Vitale Caturano’s Mauro Cardarelli, will be on-hand to meet, chat, and sign their books.

    Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
    Microsoft Technology Center
    890 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
    4:00 – 7:00 PM

    FREE COCKTAILS AND FINGER FOODS!

    BOOK AND SOFTWARE GIVEAWAYS!

    Featured Books Include:

    • Essential SharePoint 2007 by Scott Jamison, Mauro Cardarelli, and Susan Hanley.
    • Essential Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) For .NET Framework 3.5 by Steve Resnick, Richard Crane, and Chris Bowen.
    • Accelerated SQL Server 2008 by Rob Walters, Michael Coles, Robin Dewson, and Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati.

    Click Here to Register

    Sponsored By:

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    See you there!

    -Chris

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    New Microsoft Research Center in Cambridge, MA

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    Some exciting news for New England.  Microsoft Research has just announced that the One Memorial Drive, Cambridge offices (that I introduced earlier) will be the location of our newest Research Center!

    The center, opening in July, will be the 6th such center in the world, the 3rd in the US, and the first on the east coast.  It also marks the first center to be led by a woman, Managing Director Jennifer Tour Chayes.

    Research will initially be conducted in the areas of computer science and social science theory, including ways to bridge the two fields.  The center will begin with 10-15 researchers, but plans are to grow to at least 50.

    Coverage of the news can be found here:

    Welcome, Microsoft Research New England!

    -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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    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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