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    New Microsoft Research Center in Cambridge, MA


    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!


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    Hartford Code Camp Registration Open


    The Hartford area's first Code Camp is coming up quickly (on August 16th) and registration is now open:

    A CodeCamp is a FREE, community-driven, all-day event for developers. Speakers are local or regional developers. Topics are based on community interest. Sessions are original and feature a heavy technical focus (no marketing fluff). This event is to be held at New Horizons Computer Learning Center (Bloomfield CT).

    We have over 24 speakers already! For list of speakers and topics being presented - please see

    To register for this event - (register to count for refreshments, raffle prizes, giveaways, etc).

    Questions? drop an email to

    Our thanks to New Horizons Computer Learning Center (Hartford CT) for sponsoring our event venue.  This event is also sponsored by Tallan, TekSystems, Travelers and ArrowPoint KeyTech.

    I'll see you there!


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    Speaking on VS2008 with Western MA .NET - 1/8/08


    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?".

    Now that Visual Studio 2008 is released and available, it's important to understand the new available features and adoption strategies.  This demo-heavy session will cover many topics, including new features for Windows application developers: Client Application Services, WPF integration, WinForm/WPF interop, and Office development.  New features for web developers: new ASP.NET controls, integrated AJAX, CSS tools, nested master pages, JavaScript IntelliSense and debugging. Plus new features for everyone: unit testing, debugging to .NET Framework code, multi-targeting, and improvements for WCF & WF.

    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.


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    Photosynth is Live - Take it for a Spin


    Logo_Photosynth The Microsoft Live Labs project Photosynth has just gone live, letting you create your own synths. 

    What's a synth?  Consider taking a whole bunch of your pictures of a certain place, dropping them in Photosynth, and getting a 3D representation of the spatial relationships between those pictures that you can then navigate around. 

    Or... just think of using tape to join your pictures together.  In 3D.

    Well, I suppose it's easier to just look at one than to describe it!


    Some related stores:



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    First Western NY Pro. Assoc. for SQL Server (PASS) Meeting on Sept. 11


    PASS Are you working with SQL Server in the western upstate NY?  I'm happy to pass (no pun intended) along word that the first meeting of the Western NY PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) will be on September 11th in Buffalo, with a focus on disaster recovery techniques:

    We would like to invite you the 1st WNY Professional Association for SQL Server (WNY PASS) meeting!


    Please RSVP by replying to [events at wnypass dot org]  with your name, so we have an accurate count for food.


    Topics:  Disaster Recovery

    Speaker:  Jamie Smith
    Date:   9/11/2008
    Time:  6:00pm – 8:30pm

    Location:  KnowledgeAir (726 Exchange St, Suite 628 in the Larkin building).
    Food: Pizza and Pop (Courtesy of

    6:00 PM - 6:30 PM :: Food and Networking
    6:30 PM - 6:45 PM :: Announcements and Introductions
    6:45 PM - 7:30 PM :: Presentation Part I
    7:30 PM - 7:45 PM :: Food and Networking
    7:45 PM - 8:30 PM :: Presentation Part II (if needed) then giveaways

    Giveaways:  There will be more than what is listed below.

    Red Gate - 6 T-Shirts

    Culminis – Assorted Swag

    It's great to see the rapidly-growing tech community in Buffalo!  I hope you'll be able to show your support and attend.


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    Congratulations to our New and Continuing Northeastern MVPs


    Microsoft_MVP_logo_1I'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:

    • Ho Yin Au: Windows - PC Games
    • Mark Blomsma: Visual Developer - Visual C#
    • Peter Blum: Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET
    • John D. Carrona: Windows - Networking
    • SB Chatterjee: Microsoft Office Groove
    • Richard Hale Shaw: Visual Developer - Visual C#
    • Roy Harvey: Windows Server System - SQL Server
    • Scot Hillier: Windows Server - Windows SharePoint Services
    • Robert Hurlbut: Visual Developer - Security
    • Patrick Hynds: Visual Developer - Security
    • Duane Laflotte: Visual Developer - Security
    • Tony Northrup: Windows - Networking
    • Fritz Onion: Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET
    • Chris Pels: Windows Server System - XML
    • Dave Porter: Windows - Security
    • John M. Raymond: Windows - Shell/User
    • Michael Ruminer: Visual Developer - Team System
    • Don Sorcinelli: Windows - Mobile Devices
    • C David Tobie: Windows - Printing/Imaging
    • Billy Wang: Windows - PC Games
    • Robert E. Zaret: Windows - Windows Embedded

    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!


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    Free SQL Server 2008 Event in Boston on November 12th


    SQL Server 2008Looking for the latest on SQL Server 2008?  Join Adam Machanic for a free event on November 12th in Boston where he'll spend the morning (8-12) sharing many details of SQL Server 2008:

    Learn more about SQL Server 2008 and the new enhanced capabilities of the product.  We’ll be exploring security and database management, how to best manage your data, and what’s new in business intelligence with SQL Server 2008.  Don’t miss this half day event that will give you a better understanding of what SQL 2008 has to offer and how you can best put it to use at your company.

    Adam is a recognized leader in the SQL Server community, helping with user groups, speaking at conferences, and running an informative blog.  This looks to be a worthwhile event!

    Register here


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    Building Windows Games with Unity - Online & In-Person Event


    Building Windows Games with Unity

    Unity 4 Early Access for Windows Store appsHave you used Unity for game development?  As announced by Unity, you’ll be able to put your work to even more use with coming support for Windows 8 / Windows Store games:

    Unity Blog: "Unity 4 Early Access for Windows Store apps"

    To help Unity developers learn how to create or reuse projects to reach the Windows Store, Unity is teaming with Microsoft to run a free event in Mountain View, CA from April 8-10:

    • April 8 – Pre-event day for developers new to Unity (In-person only)
    • April 9 – Main conference
    • April 10 – Hackathon (In-person only)

    Can’t make it in person?  Not a problem.  The main conference day (April 9th) will be streamed live via Channel 9:

    • Live Stream: Building Windows Games with Unity (No registration necessary)
    • April 9, 9 AM – 4:30 PM PDT / 12 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
      • Introduction to the Windows 8 platform and the Windows Store
      • End-to-End: Develop, debug and deploy a Unity game for the Windows Store
      • Deep dive:  Tips & tricks for porting games from other platforms to Windows 8
      • Differentiate: Integrate your game with Windows 8 platform features (such as contracts, notifications, and live tiles)
      • Sharing code:  Learn how to reuse all this new knowledge on the Windows Phone platform
      • Partner sessions: Hear the lessons learned from those that have already done it
      • Discussions and Q&A with Microsoft and Unity engineering and product specialists

    For fellow Boston-area devs, a quick pointer to the Boston Unity Group, meeting monthly to network and share game development goodness.


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    Upcoming Northeast Developer Events (March Update)


    Here's the latest recurring update of the upcoming events and user group meetings for developers in the Northeast.  Know of other events or user group meetings?  Please let me know!


    March 21, 9-4 PM
    Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow - Farmington, CT
    ".NET Framework 3.0"

    March 27, 6-8 PM
    Connecticut .NET User Group - Farmington, CT
    "Features and Solutions in Office SharePoint Server 2007" - Brian Berry

    April 12, 10:30 - 3:00 PM
    Microsoft arcCouncil - Farmington, CT
    "Microsoft and SAP Interoperability"


    March 20, 5:30 - 8:30
    C# User Group of Greater Boston - Waltham, MA
    "Understanding ASP.NET AJAX and the AJAX Control Toolkit" - Jason Beres

    March 27, 6:00 - 7:15 PM
    New England SharePoint User Group - Waltham, MA
    "Office and MOSS Integration" - Mauro Cardarelli

    March 31st and April 1st
    Code Camp 7 - "Deer in Headlights!" - Waltham, MA
    Join hundreds of your .NET community colleagues for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun!
    Register to attend and/or present at

    April 3, 6-8 PM
    Western Mass .NET Users Group - Easthampton, MA
    "Grokking C# 3.0 with C# 2.0" - Richard Hale Shaw

    April 5, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
    Beantown .NET User Group - Boston, MA
    "Test Driven Development (TDD) and the GUI" - Steve Seymour, Rjae Easton, Robert Scott

    April 5, 6:15 - 8:30 PM
    New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA
    "Using the Amazon Web Services API" - Mike Culver, Amazon

    April 5, 6:30 PM
    Cape Cod .NET User Group - West Barnstable, MA
    "Windows Mobile Applications" - Marcia McLean

    April 12, 10:30 - 3:00 PM
    Microsoft arcCouncil - Waltham, MA
    "Microsoft and SAP Interoperability"

    April 12, 6:30 PM
    New England SQL Server User Group - Waltham, MA
    "Reporting Services 2005" - Sunil Kadimdiwan

    April 5, 6:15 - 8:30 PM
    New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA
    "Introduction to InfoPath 2007 and Forms Services" - Barrett Simms

    April 11, 5:30 - 8:30
    Boston .NET User Group - Waltham, MA
    1)  ".NET Technology Series" - 5:30 - 6:15 PM
    2)  "Building Applications with Windows Workflow Foundation" - Michael Stiefel - 6:30 - 8:30

    April 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA
    [Topic TBA]

    April 19, 5:30 - 7:30
    Team System Public User Group - Waltham, MA
    [Topic TBA]

    May 8, 5:30 - 8:30
    Boston .NET User Group - Waltham, MA
    1)  ".NET Technology Series" - 5:30 - 6:15 PM
    2)  "Web Services in a Post Web 2.0 World" - Mike Culver, Amazon - 6:30 - 8:30

    May 10, 6:30 PM
    New England SQL Server User Group - Waltham, MA
    "MS Access for he SQL Server DBA" - Dean Serrentino

    MSDN Events:
    May 22, 1-5 PM, Westborough, MA
    June 7, 1-5 PM, Boston, MA
    1) Next Generation Identity Management: Windows CardSpace  
    2) Revving up Cross-Browser and Cross-Server Web Sites with the Microsoft AJAX Library 
    3) Best Practices for Building Next Generation Web Applications Using Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX 


    April 5, 1:30-3:30 PM
    Maine Developer Network - Augusta, ME
    "Developing with Windows Communication Foundation" - Chris Bowen

    April 12, 6-8:30 PM
    Maine Bytes User Group - Portland, ME
    "Windows Presentation Foundation" - Chris Bowen

    New Hampshire

    April 4, 7:00 PM
    New Hampshire SQL Users Group - Nashua, NH
    [Topic TBA]

    April 19, 6-8 PM
    New Hampshire .NET User Group - Tyngsborough, MA (Yes, Massachusetts)
    [Topic TBA] 

    June 5, 1-5 PM
    MSDN Event - Nashua, NH
    1) Next Generation Identity Management: Windows CardSpace  
    2) Revving up Cross-Browser and Cross-Server Web Sites with the Microsoft AJAX Library 
    3) Best Practices for Building Next Generation Web Applications Using Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX 

    New York (Upstate)

    March 28, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
    VDUNY - Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY
    [Topic TBA]

    MSDN Events:
    May 8, 1-5 PM, Buffalo, NY
    May 10, 1-5 PM, Syracuse, NY

    1) Next Generation Identity Management: Windows CardSpace  
    2) Revving up Cross-Browser and Cross-Server Web Sites with the Microsoft AJAX Library 
    3) Best Practices for Building Next Generation Web Applications Using Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX 

    April 4, 6:00 PM
    Central New York .NET Developer Group - East Syracuse, NY
    [Topic TBA] - Susan Wisowaty

    Rhode Island

    April 4, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
    Rhode Island .NET Users Group - Bristol, RI
    [Topic TBA] - Jason Beres

    April 11, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Southern New England SQL Server User Group, Warwick, RI
    "User-Defined Functions in SQL Server 2005" - Andrew Novick

    May 2, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
    Rhode Island .NET Users Group - Bristol, RI
    [Topic TBA]


    April 16, 6:00 - 8:30
    Vermont .NET User Group - Burlington, VT
    "Introduction to 2D & 3D Game Development using the XNA Framework" - Griffith Townsend

    May 14, 6:00 - 8:30
    Vermont .NET User Group - Burlington, VT
    [Topic TBA] - Don Kiely 


    [Update 3/24 - Added Southern NE SQL Server Users Group meeting]

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    Save the Date – Vermont’s First Code Camp on September 12th!


    Code CampI’m very happy to pass along word (via Rob Hale and Julie Lerman) that the first Vermont Code Camp will be on September 12th in Burlington!

    The University of Vermont’s School of Business has generously offered to host this event – thank you!

    More is coming soon, so for now, just save the date.

    Random Picture of Vemont in FallIt’s going to be a great event (what is a Code Camp?), open to the entire technology community and, with the added bonus of being in Burlington with it’s fall beauty, it will be fantastic.  I’m planning to make a weekend of it.


    P.S.  Rob is happy to hear from anyone interested in speaking, but I’m not sure he intended his email to be published to the world, so until the “formal” Call for Speakers is posted, if you’re interested in helping, send me a note and I’ll connect you.

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    Greater Buffalo IT/Dev Day – July 21


    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




    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!





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    Fall Northeast Roadshow Update



    Rochester Public Library (left) at Night After driving approximately 975 miles and downing 1.28 gazillion gallons of coffee (probably each) since Monday, Jim and I made it back from the first leg of the Falll Northeast Roadshow.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to join us for our first three stops! 

    Special thanks to our Florida-based teammate Brian Johnson, who was able to join us for the Troy and Rochester stops to share his experience with Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio!

    Jim Fueling UpThanks to KnowledgeWave in South Burlington, VT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and the Rochester (NY) Public Library for hosting us!  Each of these locations was a new venue for us, and we were very pleased with each.

    We'll be posting our content toward the end of the Roadshow.  And speaking of which - our remaining stops:

    We're "sold out" in Connecticut, and there are very few seats left for the Waltham event.

    The Rochester ShowWe're looking forward to completing the Fall Roadshow in the coming weeks and hope you'll be able to join us!

    As always, please Let me know if you have any Roadshow suggestions (content, locations, logistics, etc.).


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    Northeast XNA Game Developer Featured on CNN



    [Thanks to Lindsay for the heads-up!]

    Currently featured as the lead Tech story is an article featuring the Northeast's own James Silva and the story of his creation of a game called "Dishwasher: Dead Samurai" using XNA (coming later this year to Xbox Live Arcade.) 

    Way to go, James!

    Hailing from Utica, NY, James has received some recognition before this.  His game tied for first place in last year's "Dream. Build. Play." competition and he demoed it on stage at 2007's GameFest in Seattle.

    If you're interested the larger story, James has an article, "How I Became A Game Designer" (and part two) over on bit-tech.

    Now, let's see if we can get him to visit the Boston XNA Developers Group in the coming months.  It's only a few hours east on route 90, James.  :)


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    Northeast Roadshow Concludes This Week


    Northeast Roadshow logo

    This week we have the final two stops for our fifth Northeast Roadshow.

    June 10 - Rochester, NY
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Building 70, Room 1400
    1 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY

    Rochester is the essence of Roadshow - piling in the car and driving a combined 11 hours in two days, fueled by music, coffee, and snack food.  Add to that the great audience we always get, and it's all worthwhile!

    We're at the same auditorium as our December Roadshow, I believe it's called the Tom Golisano building.  Some people were concerned that there is construction planned for that building, but it won't affect us since it happens later in June.

    June 12 - Farmington, CT
    74 Batterson Park Rd.
    Farmington, CT

    Our final stop will be at the Microsoft office in Farmington.  Of course, since this is our last stop, you'll benefit from our "agile, iterative tuning" of content over all of our previous stops.  Not only will our content be even more polished (hard to believe, we know), but we'll have a better chance of knowing why our demos go awry!  <Appreciative Golf Clap/> 


    "Will There Be Room?"

    Yes, we're "sold out" at these events, but we'll probably have a higher than usual no-show rate due to the nice weather.  So, whether you're waitlisted or a walk-in, if you're willing to take a (hopefully small) chance of being turned away, come on down!  If we have a seat, it's yours!


    See you on the road!


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    BarCampManchester 4 on September 26


    BarCampManchester For tech folks in and near New Hampshire, this weekend’s BarCampManchester 4 will be a great opportunity to learn, share, and network.

    BarCamp will be Saturday, September 26th from 9:30 – 4:30 at UNH Manchester and registration is free.

    Like other BarCamps, it will be an “unconference”, with an attendee- participant-driven experience that encourages everyone to share insights and interests.  (See also “Rules” of BarCamp, and tips on what to expect.)

    See you there!


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    Imagine Cup 2009 US Finals in Boston!



    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.


    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!


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    Northeast Roadshow Starts on Thursday


    Northeast Roadshow logo

    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:

    • LINQ to SQL & LINQ to Entities
    • Silverlight 2
    • Visual Studio Tools for Office
    • The ASP.NET MVC Framework.

    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!


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    Elite Web Optimization Event – Cambridge 12/9


    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

    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


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    Today's Maine Developer Network WCF Presentation Postponed


    What's with this white stuff outside my window in April?  Well, apparently there's much more of it up in Maine, so we're going to postpone my WCF presentation for the Maine Developer Network today.

    The new date will be exactly one week out, same place, same time - Thursday, April 12th from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Deering Building (on Route 9 / Hospital Street) in Augusta, ME.

    Check out the Maine Developer Network newsletter for directions.

    See you then!


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    Silverlight 2.0 and RIA Development Article Series


    Our very own Bob Familiar has been cruising the seas of Silverlight and has recently posted a very nice four-article series on using Silverlight 2.0 to develop RIAs (Rich Internet Applications):

    This series of articles takes a look at the current state of RIA development leveraging Silverlight 2.0. The series will focus on the architecture of RIA's, the use of XAML for resolution independent user interface layout and design, Windows Communication Foundation for Web Services, Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend for the design/development environment and Windows Server 2008/IIS7 as the deployment environment.

    Bob's not only a great technology guy, but an excellent musician as well.  The series is based on his experiences developing his Sounds Familiar music site, showcasing his work. 

    I've come to know Bob's musical work from our many hours in the car together for our Roadshows, taking turns listening to our Zunes.  He has a lot of songs, you know.  I'm thinking I'll record my daughters practicing their piano so I have some custom compositions as well.  It's only fair.


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