Here’s the latest roundup of tech- and developer-focused events here in the northeast. Most are free, but the exceptions are noted with [$].
As always, if you know of other free or nearly free developer-focused events, please let me know.
[Last updated 5/4/2012]
May 1 Agile Connecticut - Farmington, CT
May 3 Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group – Stamford, CT “MoCloud: Useful Cloud Patterns for Mobile Developers” – Dani Diaz
May 8 Connecticut .NET Developers Group – Farmington, CT “Windows 8 Development” – Chris Bowen
May 9 Connecticut Access Users Group – Farmington, CT
May 14 Hartford Area Build Guild – Farmington, CT “Web People + Adult Beverages + High Fives”
May 23 Windows 8 Developer Camp – Farmington, CT A free, full day for developers to learn about Windows 8, including sessions and hands-on labs Chris Bowen & Rachel Appel
June 7 Hartford Tech Meetup – Hartford, CT
June 23 Fifth Annual Hartford Code Camp – Farmington, CT
Schedule TBA Connecticut DotNetNuke User Group - Bethany, CT Connecticut SharePoint User Group – Farmington, CT Connecticut Web Innovators – Hartford, CT Fairfield County SharePoint User Group – Fairfield, CT Fairfield/Westchester SQL Server UG - Stamford, CT
May 22 Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME
June 26 Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME
Schedule TBA Agile User Group – Portland, ME Maine Developer Network - Augusta, ME SharePoint Maine User Group – Portland, ME Usability / User Experience User Group – Portland, ME Web Designers User Group – Portland, ME
May 1 Boston Business Intelligence – Waltham, MA “Introduction to BI Semantic Model” – Slava Kokaev
May 1 Boston Predictive Analytics – Cambridge, MA
May 2 Code Mastery – Waltham, MA A free, full-day tech event by Magenic. Features two tracks: “Future of Development” and “Developing a BI System Using SQL Server 2012”.
May 2 The Road to Windows 8! – Waltham, MA “A free, unbiased look at the current and future development with Windows 8 and .NET.” - Markus Egger
May 2 Boston Tech Meetup - Cambridge, MA “Did WordPress Do That?” – Jon Bishop
May 2 Boston PHP Meetup – Cambridge, MA “Show ‘n Tell Night”
May 3 New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA “An Introduction to Windows 8” – Chris Bowen
May 3 (first of 4 classes) [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA ”Wrangling HTML/CSS”
May 4-6 New England GiveCamp – Cambridge, MA A weekend for tech professionals to donate time and talent to support local charities and non-profit organizations.
May 5 Boston Innovation Challenge – Allston, MA
May 7 New England F# User Group – Cambridge, MA TBD – Keith Battocchi
May 7 New England Artificial Intelligence – TBD “AI, Pizza, & Beer”
May 8 DotNetNuke Boston Meetup – Cambridge, MA
May 8 Build Guild – Salem and Cape Cod “Web People + Adult Beverages + High Fives”
May 9 Drinks on Tap – Allston, MA ”Demos, drinks and discussions about mobile development'”
May 9 Emerging Business Tech – Cambridge, MA “NoSQL in the Real World”
May 9 Breakfast at Telerik: Agile – Waltham, MA
May 9 HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA
May 9 (first of 2 classes) [$] Web Start Women Boston – Cambridge, MA ”Photoshop: Designing for the Web”
May 10 Microsoft Web Camp – Waltham, MA A free, full-day event focused on web development topics including HTML5, ASP.NET 4.5, WebMatrix, jQuery, Internet Explorer 9 & 10, and more.
May 10 Microsoft DevBoston – Cambridge, MA “Developing Software for Windows 8” – Chris Bowen
May 10 Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA “Agile Testing”
May 10 Boston Software Engineering Meetup – Boston, MA “Nanotechnology | Small Scale Software Engineering”
May 10 New England SQL Server User Group - Waltham, MA “How Not to Be a Cranky DBA” – Mike Hillwig
May 14 Boston Software Craftsmanship – Cambridge, MA Lightning Talks
May 14 [$] Tech Cocktail Sessions Boston – Cambridge, MA ”Startup Inspiration: Turning Ideas Into Action”
May 14 Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA
May 15 Hacks / Hackers Boston – Boston, MA ”Using mapping to inform the world”
May 16 Boston New Technology Meetup – Cambridge, MA Tech products and startup community
May 16 Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA
May 16 Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA
May 17 Refresh Boston – Cambridge, MA “Taking the Plunge” – Mike Kivikoski
May 19 SQL Saturday Boston – Waltham, MA A free full day of sessions for anyone looking to learn more about SQL Server.
May 22 Windows 8 Developer Camp – Waltham, MA A free, full day for developers to learn about Windows 8, including sessions and hands-on labs Chris Bowen & Rachel Appel
May 23 Boston Orchard CMS User Group – Cambridge, MA “Orchard CMS Boston Feature Development for v1.4”
May 23 jQuery Boston Meetup – Boston, MA “Five minute lightning talks!”
May 23 Boston XNA Developers Group - Waltham, MA
May 23 Agile Boston User Group - Waltham, MA
May 24 Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA “Windows 8” – Chris Bowen
May 24 Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA
May 29 Boston Software Engineering Meetup – Cambridge, MA “Robotics | AI | Big Data”
May 30 Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA “Hands-On with the Windows Azure SDK (Bring Your Own Laptop!)” – Jason Haley
May 30 Boston Tech Meetup - Cambridge, MA “Jobspring and Workbridge Career Fair” & ”Start-up Panel Discussion”
May 30 HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston – Cambridge, MA
June 4 Cloudy Mondays – Cambridge, MA “Control in the Cloud”
June 6 Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA
June 7 Microsoft DevBoston – Cambridge, MA
June 7 New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA “RavenDB” – Igor Moochnick
June 7 Boston Web Performance Group – Boston, MA
June 11 Boston Software Craftsmanship – Cambridge, MA
June 14 New England SQL Server User Group - Waltham, MA “Reducing Data Integration TCO – Best Practices for SQL Server 2012” – Larry Barnes
June 14 Boston Software Engineering Meetup – TBD “3D Printing Hackday and Party”
June 18 New England F# User Group – Cambridge, MA ”Bumblebee” - Mathias Brandewinder
June 20 Boston Orchard CMS User Group – Cambridge, MA “Orchard CMS Themes Styling and Design Walk Through” – Rebecca Pleshaw
June 20 HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA
June 20 Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA
June 21 Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA “Infragistics Presentation”
June 21 [$] Tech Cocktail Sessions Boston – Cambridge, MA
June 22-23 Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA “Boston Azure Bootcamp (hands-on)”
June 25 Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA
June 27 HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston – Cambridge, MA
June 27 Boston XNA Developers Group - Waltham, MA
June 28 Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA TBD – Michael S. Collier
July 5 New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA “The Other Stack: HTML5 and CSS” – Doug Domeny
July 10 Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA
July 17 [$] Tech Cocktail Sessions Boston – Cambridge, MA
July 18 Boston Orchard CMS User Group – Cambridge, MA “Deploying Orchard to Windows Azure”
July 26 Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA “Build a Python/Django/jQuery web app within an hour” – Marc Hughes
July 26 Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA
May 3 eBrew – Portsmouth, NH
May 8 NH Database Meetup – Manchester, NH First meeting. Topic: MongoDB
May 9 Portsmouth Startup Meetup – Portsmouth, NH Jeffrey Vocell
May 10 Granite State SharePoint User Group – Nashua, NH Derek Cash-Peterson
May 10 Joomla NH User Group – Durham, NH
May 11 [$] eCoast Cloud Summit – Portsmouth, NH
May 17 Digital Portsmouth – Portsmouth, NH “The Art of Code”
May 17 Seacoast SQL Server Users Group – Portsmouth, NH “Hadoop, Big Data & SQL – TripAdvisor’s Story” – Don O’Neill
June 14 Granite State SharePoint User Group – Nashua, NH Glenn Gnabasik
July 12 Granite State SharePoint User Group – Nashua, NH “SharePoint Maturity” - Sadalit Van Buren
Schedule TBA Nashua Scrum Club – Nashua, NH NH .NET User Group, Concord – Concord, NH NH .NET User Group, Nashua – Nashua, NH NH .NET User Group, Seacoast – Portsmouth, NH Systems Engineering and Administration Technical User Group – Portsmouth, NH Web Dev Meetup – Portsmouth, NH
May 1 AppRochester – Rochester, NY
May 3 OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) – Rochester, NY
May 8 Tech Valley .NET Users Group – Albany, NY Open Q&A Session
May 12 SQL Saturday Rochester – Rochester, NY A free full day of sessions for anyone looking to learn more about SQL Server.
May 15 Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group – Rochester, NY “PowerShell Basics: Pipeline Tactics”
May 21 Capital Area SQL Server Users Group – Albany, NY ”Star and Snowflake Schema, SSAS and Multidimensional Tables”
May 29 Microsoft Developers of Western NY – Buffalo, NY ”Windows Phone Development” – Dani Diaz
May 30 AppRochester – Rochester, NY “Windows Phone” - Dani Diaz
May 31 Central New York .NET Developer Group - East Syracuse, NY “Windows Phone” – Dani Diaz
Schedule TBA Build Guild – Troy, NY Microsoft Developers of Western NY – Buffalo, NY Refresh Rochester – Rochester, NY Rochester SharePoint User Group – Rochester, NY VDUNY - Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY Western New York Back Office Technology User Group – Blasdell, NY Western NY SQL Server PASS – Amherst, NY
May 9 Southern New England SQL Server Users Group – East Greenwich, RI “On beyond Zebra AdventureWorks OR where did I go wrong?” – Steve Simon
May 10 Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI
June 14 Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI
July 12 Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI
August 1 Rhode Island SharePoint User Group – Providence, RI ”Inaugural Meeting!”
Schedule TBA MoDevRI (Mobile Developers & Entrepreneurs) – Providence, RI Providence Geeks – Providence, RI Rhode Island .NET User Group - Bristol, RI WordPress Providence Meetup – Providence, RI
May 2 Vermont SQL Server User Group - Burlington, VT ”What’s New in SSIS Denali” – Christian Cote
May 14 Vermont .NET User Group – S. Burlington, VT Chris Fradenberg
June 11 Vermont .NET User Group – S. Burlington, VT
July 16 Vermont .NET User Group – S. Burlington, VT Ward Bell
Schedule TBA Burlington PHP Users Group – Burlington, VT Northern Vermont SharePoint Users Group – Essex Junction, VT
New England Code Camp 15 is this Saturday! Code Camp is a free day filled with technical (no marketing fluff) sessions given by and for the area developer community.
New England Code Camp 15: Developers in the Streets! Saturday, May 7th 8:30 AM to 6:40 PM (Doors at 8 AM) Microsoft, 201 Jones Road (6th Floor), Waltham, MA
Register at http://codecamp15.eventbrite.com Details at http://TheDevCommunity.org
It’s a Saturday very well spent!
Thanks to the contributing companies for supporting this event!
Thanks also to the 30 speakers volunteering their time and expertise to share with the community!
CC15 will feature 40 sessions in 6 rooms! The draft session grid is below.
TheDevCommunity.org will be the definitive source for the schedule and session details (as of later tonight), so please check there for the latest.
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Please consider this a preview version – chances are this schedule will change, but hopefully not terribly much. Again, follow http://TheDevCommunity.org for details and updates.
Finally, please tag any Code Camp 15 social media creations with #necc15.
See you at Camp!
[Update 5/3 – Already a change to the schedule ]
There’s a new developer group forming in the Boston area, focusing on cross-platform development for mobile devices. Topics will include mobile devices (iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, etc.) and development, .NET, Mono, and frameworks like MonoTouch and beyond.
New England Mobile .NET Developers’ Group August 24th, 6PM Microsoft NERD Cambridge, MA
The group is organized by Mike Bluestein, who has spoken at area events like Code Camps and is author of Learning MonoTouch.
See you there!
P.S. Focusing on Windows Phone development, there’s also the Boston / New England Windows Phone User and Developer Group, meeting monthly in Waltham, hosted by Don Sorcinelli and Steve Hughes. (Next meeting, August 17th.)
Fantastic news for northeast developers - a Code Camp is now coming to the Hartford, Connecticut area! SB Chatterjeee (who runs the CT .NET User Group), sends word that a venue has been secured and that Code Camp Hartford will be on Saturday, August 16th!
Details and the Call for Speakers will be coming soon, so stay tuned to CT .NET User Group site or to this blog.
New England Code Camp, the major community-driven day for developers, returns for its 17th event in Waltham, MA on March 31st!
Registration (it’s free) is already open! Also open are the Calls for Speakers and Contributors (details below).
New England Code Camp 17: “Where it all began…” Saturday, March 31, 2012 8:30 AM – 6:40 PM + post-event gathering Microsoft, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA http://necodecamp17.eventbrite.com
Code Camps have spread worldwide and are free events, held outside of regular work hours, organized by and for the developer community, offering a chance to learn, share, and network.
What kind of stuff might you see? Anything for tech pros and developers is fair game, and specific topics vary camp to camp, but take a look at the previous camp’s schedule to get an idea of how things work.
It’s hard to believe, but after hosting the first Code Camp in 2004, and all New England Code Camps since then, this will be the last one held at the Jones Road Microsoft offices in Waltham. Look for this fall’s CC18 to be at the Microsoft New England Research & Development (aka NERD) Center in Cambridge, MA.
Thanks to Thom Robbins for bringing the idea to life and to everyone who has been part of the Camps at Jones Road over the years. Be part of the fun and join hundreds of fellow developers at CC17 to bid bon voyage on its eastward journey toward Boston!
From first-time presenters to veterans of national conferences, Code Camps are made great because we hear from many perspectives – including yours. Have something to share? The community wants to hear from you!
How? Just register as a speaker first, then (with the same email address), use the session proposal form to submit as many session abstracts as you like. Proposals can be for any technology topic and sessions will likely be 75 minutes long.
The Call for Speakers will close on March 24th.
Contributors are a critical part of each Code Camp, relied upon to provide the essentials for the Code Camp experience, such as:
You’ll have a highly-targeted audience thanking your company for its support of the developer community, so send me a note and I’ll put you in touch with the Contributor Coordinator to help make CC17 a success!
Thanks to Patrick Hynds, Robert Goodearl, John Zablocki, and Chris Pels for the care and feeding of this event, to the contributing companies, and of course to the many speakers who volunteer their time and expertise!
Special thanks to Bryan Phillips for again creating an awesome logo (the one at the top of this post) for New England Code Camp!
See you all at New England Code Camp 17!
We're live and ready (thanks, Chris Pels!) Attendee registration and the Call for Speakers are both now open for Code Camp 8: Rise of the Silverlight Surfer!
Code Camp 8: Rise of the Silverlight Surfer will be held at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA on the weekend of September 29th and 30th. Registration at 8:30 AM, sessions start at 9:00. As always, it's a completely free event (and you'll probably walk away with some swag as well.)
What's a Code Camp? They are learning and networking events driven by and for the local developer community. There's no set agenda for what kind of sessions can be submitted (despite the attempt at humor with the Silverlight subtitle) - you and your fellow developers and architects define the content. See the Code Camp Manifesto for more and scan the summary of Code Camp 7 for an idea of what you might see at CC8.
Registration is required, so head to http://theDevCommunity.org/CodeCamps and click the "Register" link for Code Camp 8. We recommend you first create an account or login to your existing one, which will give you access to site resources, including downloads of presentation materials.
Speakers are the life blood of Code Camps and Code Camps are one of the best ways to break into the speaking circuit. There's no stodgy selection committee for reviewing session submissions - if you have an idea and are willing to talk about it, you'll get a room!
For an idea of what kind of sessions a Code Camp may have, look at the list from Code Camp 7. (Note that if you're signed in, you can download presentation materials as well.)
So, want to help out by speaking? Here's how to make it happen:
Again, Code Camp can't happen without you, so thank you!
Especially in New England with our two-day format, Code Camps rely on contributors to donate giveaways and funding for food to help make the event happen. Please let me know if your company is interested in becoming a contributor for Code Camp 8.
Want to help? We'd appreciate it! Send me a note using the Contact form on this blog.
Looking forward to another great event!
If you're interested in learning more about the what's coming in the VS 2010/.NET 4.0 wave, check out the "Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.0 Training Kit" (November Preview):
The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0, Visual Basic 10, F#, Parallel Computing Platform, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX 4.0, ASP.NET MVC Dynamic Data.
The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0, Visual Basic 10, F#, Parallel Computing Platform, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX 4.0, ASP.NET MVC Dynamic Data.
The kit will be expanded and updated periodically as final release approaches, but here's what the kit currently contains:
To try these labs, you can download a VPC with the CTP of .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 here. (You can also check out Brian Keller's post on a faster way to download large VPCs.)
BTW, there's a similar Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Training Kit as well.
P.S. This is exactly the kind of the stuff you'll hear about at the MSDN Developer Conference series from December through February!
"One, Two,... Nine, Sir!"
Can you believe we're on Code Camp Nine?! Code Camps began in New England in 2004, and here we are, with Code Camps now happening all around the world! A great testament to the motivation and strength of our global .NET developer community.
I'm happy to say we're officially a lock for April 5th and 6th for Code Camp 9 at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA.
Our dedicated team of community leaders are working hard to find the perfect (read "good enough") subtitle for this one, but if you've got an idea, let me know!
For reference, here are the prior eight, from the timely to the downright puzzling:
Have some, well ANY artistic talent? Can you create a new Code Camp logo? Really, as you can see above, it won't take much to do better than mine.
Come up with one that we use and I'll lavish you with fame (okay, a thank you on my blog) and fortune (we can negotiate something out of my DE prize closet.)
See You There!
Save the dates, think of sessions you'd like to give (we can't have a camp without volunteer presenters), and we'll see you then!
Keep an eye on this blog for more details, registration, and the Call for Speakers.
We're under a week from New England's Code Camp 10: "Dev InTENsity!" (what is Code Camp?), a free weekend filled with technology sessions given by the local developer community. Code Camp 10 will be held on September 20th & 21st at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA.
Registration is at over 315 345 385 people and still open at:
But the real story is that there's been a fantastic show of support from volunteers giving their time and expertise to speak.
CC10 will feature about 50 sessions by 30 speakers, all for free! The grids are below, here are the session descriptions, and we'll have printouts of the grids and descriptions waiting for you at registration.
Register today, plan out your weekend with the schedule below, and we'll see you at Camp!
A Code Camp tradition for several years, we're informally gathering over at the Waltham Westin's lobby bar for a chance to unwind on Saturday night. Drop by after sessions are over to relax, chat, and network with fellow New England devs!
P.S. There's also a Code Camp Facebook page, which is another way to connect with others in the northeast community.
Getting Started with the Web DataGrid
Lunch (Food in Kitchen & MPR A + B)
Thanks to Magenic Technologies!
Code Generation with the Visual Studio 2008 SDK
Thanks to Syrinx Consulting!
Visual Studio 2008 has now been released to manufacturing, and as a "thank you" to the community, we're collaborating with area user groups to host a series of Visual Studio InstallFests.
I'm happy to announce that we'll have four InstallFests in the Northeast over the coming two weeks!
Partnering with area user groups, we're offering attendees a chance to install the release version Visual Studio 2008, enjoy some food, conversation, and gaming! Since the packaged product hasn't been released yet, here's what will happen:
As an added incentive to get VS2008 installed that evening, we're giving away T-shirts and raffling off a new 8GB Zune among the people who get VS2008 on their machines!
"Free Sounds Good! So, Where? When? How Do I Sign Up?"
You may notice that the events are generally on our MSDN Roadshow days (except for Waltham, where the Roadshow will be the following day.) That's of course no coincidence, we'd like to take advantage of our passing through various areas in the northeast to run these special events.
Each event has its own timing, registration, and logistics, detailed below.
As you can guess, we have limited quantities of giveaways (and "free" always draws a crowd) so we can't guarantee everyone will walk away with something.
Rochester, NYDecember 4th, 4:30 to 6:30 PMRIT, Building 70, Room 1400, 20 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NYIn partnership with Visual Developers of Upstate New York (VDUNY) and the NJ/NY Microsoft Developers Group
Right after the Roadshow ends, we'll jump into the InstallFest, staying in the same room on the RIT campus we're using for the Roadshow. The event will run from about 4:30 to 6:30 (at which time we encourage you to head downtown and check out Digital Rochester's Festivus!) Priority for giveaways will be given to everyone who attends (not just registers for) the Rochester Roadshow event. Remaining materials are available, while they last, to any walk-ins.
Right after the Roadshow ends, we'll jump into the InstallFest, staying in the same room on the RIT campus we're using for the Roadshow. The event will run from about 4:30 to 6:30 (at which time we encourage you to head downtown and check out Digital Rochester's Festivus!)
Priority for giveaways will be given to everyone who attends (not just registers for) the Rochester Roadshow event. Remaining materials are available, while they last, to any walk-ins.
Burlington (Williston), VTDecember 6th, 4:15 to 6:00 PMVermont Technical College, 201 Lawrence Place, Room 401, Williston, VTIn partnership with the Vermont .NET User Group
Like Rochester, we're running this InstallFest in the same room as the Roadshow event that day. Stay with us from 4:15 until 6:00 and enjoy some food, camaraderie, and gaming. Priority for giveaways will be given to everyone who attends (not just registers for) the Burlington Roadshow event. Remaining materials are available, while they last, to any walk-ins.
Like Rochester, we're running this InstallFest in the same room as the Roadshow event that day. Stay with us from 4:15 until 6:00 and enjoy some food, camaraderie, and gaming.
Priority for giveaways will be given to everyone who attends (not just registers for) the Burlington Roadshow event. Remaining materials are available, while they last, to any walk-ins.
Hartford (Farmington), CTDecember 10th, 6:00 to 8:00 PMMicrosoft, 74 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CTIn partnership with the Connecticut .NET User Group
Though there's a Roadshow event that day at UConn in Hartford, we're holding the InstallFest down the road at the Farmington Microsoft office. You must register by sending a note to [CTDOTNET [at] gmail [dot] com]. Remaining materials will be available while they last to people who have not RSVPed.
Though there's a Roadshow event that day at UConn in Hartford, we're holding the InstallFest down the road at the Farmington Microsoft office.
You must register by sending a note to [CTDOTNET [at] gmail [dot] com]. Remaining materials will be available while they last to people who have not RSVPed.
Waltham, MADecember 12th, 5:30 - 8:00 PMMicrosoft, 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor, Waltham, MAIn partnership with the Boston .NET User Group
The InstallFest is being held as the traditional holiday pot luck social event for the Boston .NET User Group. So, remember to bring food or drink to share with others! Registration is required and will be available soon is available now via the Boston .NET User Group web site. The event is now on waitlist registration. You can still register, but copies of VS2008 will be made available to waitlisted people at 7:00 if some of the first 150 people are no-shows.
The InstallFest is being held as the traditional holiday pot luck social event for the Boston .NET User Group.
So, remember to bring food or drink to share with others!
Registration is required and will be available soon is available now via the Boston .NET User Group web site.
The event is now on waitlist registration. You can still register, but copies of VS2008 will be made available to waitlisted people at 7:00 if some of the first 150 people are no-shows.
"I Have a Question..."
No problem, ask away (in the comments or directly to me,) but first check out my Texas-based colleague Chris Koenig's great summary of the events for that area. Many of the same details apply to our events.
See you at the Roadshows and InstallFests!
WebMatrix is a free tool that features a complete stack (web server, database, programming) for web development. It’s lightweight, installs quickly, and has been designed to make things easy.
Want to build your site using an open source application like a blog engine, eCommerce site, or photo gallery? Use the Site from Web Gallery option to selecting from a number of open-source applications – WordPress, DotNetNuke, Joomla!, and others. These include both ASP.NET (tutorial here) and PHP (tutorial here) based applications.
If that application has dependencies that aren’t installed, WebMatrix will help install and configure what you need.
Prefer to create things yourself? Use the Site From Template option and choose from “Empty Site” or one of the other starter templates.
Either way, you’ll then be able to customize your site using the integrated tools, organized into four Workspaces – Site for overall tools, settings and request details, Files to view and modify your site, Database to work with your data, and Reports including tools for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
WebMatrix takes care of installing what you need (in this case, IIS Developer Express and SQL Server Compact Edition), so go ahead and click the Run button to test your application using your choice of browsers. Here’s a shot of the “Bakery” template using the Site from Template option.
Need to change your markup, code, stylesheets, etc.? The editor’s there as well, in the File workspace.
Wondering what that syntax and .CSHTML file extension in the example are? It’s called ASP.NET “Razor”, and Scott Guthrie introduces Razor here. There’s also a Razor tutorial on ASP.net.
When you’re ready to deploy, use the included publishing tools and you’ll find guidance for finding hosting as well.
Ready to take a look? You can learn more and download it from:
To download WebMatrix, you can use the Beta of the Web Platform Installer 3 (which makes it easy to install a lot of things, not just WebMatrix).
Here are some good resources for learning more about WebMatrix:
It’s a Beta, and the WebMatrix team would love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts via the Microsoft Connect site.
Visual Studio 2008 & .NET 3.5
We've just announced the RTM (release to manufacturing) of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5! MSDN subscribers can download the English versions now, plus there are trial editions and the Express editions available as well.
Where to get it? Visit the Visual Studio Developer Center.
It's going to be a big blogging day. Check out some detail posts:
Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit
We've also released a fantastic resource (that was formerly only available within Microsoft) for developers to learn about Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5. Download the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit, which contains many presentations, hands-on labs, and demos covering a variety of topics (including LINQ, C# 3.0, VB 9, and much more.)
Videos from the presentations are also working their way onto Channel 9. David Aiken has a helpful post with more details.
Learn More at the Roadshow!
If you live the in the northeastern U.S., you can also learn about Visual Studio 2008, LINQ, and more by coming to one of our Roadshow events in December.
[UPDATE 11/19 - We've added New Hampshire to our tour for December 18th!]
We just couldn't take not being out on the road, talking about tech, so we're heading back out again in December for the Winter Northeast Roadshow!
This, our seventh Roadshow, will feature a ton of great stuff like jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX, WPF, WF, Silverlight and WCF/REST, and even some interesting things from Microsoft Research!
Join my fellow road and code warrior, Jim O'Neil and me for a relaxed day of deep content for developers and architects. Oh, and it's free.
We're heading to six cities in December:
Most of our stops for the Fall Northeast Roadshow filled up, so if you're interested, register early.
[Times are for all events except Rochester, NY, which starts 30 minutes earlier.]
8:30 – Register, Grab Some Coffee, and Pull Up A Chair
9:00 - Morning TechUpdate
Before we dive into the sessions, we’ll take some time to update you on the latest news, tools and technology from the developer world.
9:15 - Turbo Boosting for Web Developers: Using jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX
10:45 - Workflow Foundation (WF) Steals the Show
As Shakespeare put it, “All the world’s a stage”, and WPF and WCF love to bask in the limelight, but now it’s time for their cousin, Windows Workflow Foundation, to assume the leading role. We’ll go beyond the usual introductory demos to show that, despite lacking a third letter in its acronym, WF is a very powerful environment for building robust and scalable applications that capture complex and real-world business processes. From dashing good looks (a visual designer which you can even host in your own applications) to dazzling abilities such as new options for integration with WCF (both as a service provider and consumer), resumable programmable activities as building blocks, and built-in services for persistence, transactions, scheduling and tracking, WF is a standout performer for any application. We’ll have Hamlet saying, “The Workflow’s the thing!”
12:00 - Lunch in the Lab: A Look at Tools & Tech from Microsoft Research
Grab some lunch, get out your Bunsen burners and microscopes, and join us as we don lab coats and take a tour of the latest and greatest tools and technology from Microsoft Research. From developer tools that you can use today like CHESS and Pex, future tech like DryadLINQ, to the just plain cool of AutoCollage, Boku, and SecondLight, there’s a lot for us to experiment on. We promise not to set anything on fire in this lab, well, unless you ask nicely…
1:00 - Deeper into Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) has a rich set of features to create visually appealing, high-performance applications on the .NET Framework with declarative markup. And perhaps you’ve seen the “hello world” demos and get the general idea. But you say “Great! What else can I do with it?” Funny you should ask, because that’s exactly what this session is about. After a brief introduction to WPF, we’ll dive into the host of new features that .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1 has brought – enhanced 3D capabilities, Visual Studio designer improvements, and more. We’ll cover important WPF topics such as interoperability with WinForms and achieving reuse via resources, templates, and user controls. Finally, we’ll round out the talk by showing the new WPF Toolkit, including new WPF controls like Calendar, DatePicker, and DataGrid. Now, aren’t you glad you asked?
2:30 - Adventures in Data with Silverlight, WCF REST, and ADO.NET Data Services
You’ve heard that REST is the talk of the town (well, the really geeky part of town) these days, but what does it mean to you, someone who needs to get work DONE? Get ready to improve your Silverlight skills, because this session features a practical, code-based focus on the use of the new WCF REST Starter Kit, ADO.NET Data Services (formerly Astoria), and databinding techniques to tap the power of RESTful services. A from-scratch implementation will be created, using Silverlight to build a data-centric application covering concepts such as the WebClient and HTTPWebRequest objects, syndication formats, cross domain policy, and data binding in XAML.
3:50 – Wrapup, Evals, and Giveaways
It's always nice to unwind after a Roadshow, and we'd love to chat with other developers in the community, we're looking at our options for informal gatherings at local brewpubs and the like after each event (except Rochester, which will need to be the night before on 12/1).
Let us know if you have the "perfect place" to be social (and my personal preference, has good beer) in your city and we'll help get the word out!
A huge thanks goes to the companies and organizations who volunteer their space for the Roadshow visits!
This time, we return to two venues that have been great hosts for previous Roadshows. In Rochester, NY, we again descend upon Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Auditorium. In Burlington, VT (well, Williston, actually), we return to Vermont Technical College.
In the Albany, NY area, Autotask has graciously offered their meeting facilities for the event.
Last, but by no means least, thanks to great support by the developer community in Maine (and a 100% packed room last time!), we're running the Roadshow in the much larger Florian Auditorium at the Central Maine Commerce Center.
Every Roadshow we do quite honestly is a blast for us (well, once we're ready and out on the road,) and we hope you'll enjoy it too.
We’ll see you soon!
The plans are set for our next Northeast MSDN Roadshow series, and Jim and I will be consuming coffee aplenty and taking to the roads of the northeast to visit four cities in March.
These are free events with technical sessions for developers and architects. We’ll be covering Windows Azure, data and services (including WCF Data Services and SQL Azure), and taking a look at what’s new in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.
Full session descriptions are at the end of this post.
The Roadshows are 1-5 PM and, like our Fall 2009 series, several will be the same day as morning TechNet IT Pro events. (They’re separate events, so if you want to attend both, please register for each.)
March 10: Rochester, NY – [Roadshow Registration]
March 12: Albany, NY - [Roadshow Registration] w/ A.M. TechNet event [TechNet Reg.]
March 24: Waltham, MA – [Roadshow Registration] w/ A.M. TechNet event [TechNet Reg.]
March 26: Farmington, CT – [Roadshow Registration] w/ A.M. TechNet event [TechNet Reg.]
Also, keep an eye on the “Northeast Roadshow – Before You Leave the House!” page for any last-minute updates on venues and logistics.
After the tour, we’ll post materials and record screencasts based on the sessions on the Northeast Portal on Channel 9 (head there now for content from previous Roadshows.)
We’ll see you on the road!
The Northeast MSDN Roadshow - "Driving Toward a New Horizon" Tour It’s a new year and road and code warriors Chris Bowen and Jim O’Neil just can’t wait to return to the highways of the northeast to talk about major technology releases and what’s important for developers. From writing applications that leverage Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud operating system that went live on January 1st, to new ways of working with services and data like WCF Data Services and SQL Azure, to a look at what’s just around the bend with Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4, let Chris and Jim be your GPS of technology travel. The Northeast MSDN Roadshow is a free series of deep technology sessions for developers and architects. Register today and join Chris and Jim for these relaxed events to gain practical insights. So, rev up those developer engines and get ready to roll toward new sights and destinations!
The Agenda: Cloudy (but Clear) Skies, Driving Data, and Visual (Studio) Sights
Windows Azure: What? Why? And a Peek Under the Hood
What is Cloud Computing and where can it take you? In this session, we’ll first focus on showing the potential benefits of creating applications for the cloud with Windows Azure. Then, we’ll pop open the hood to show you around the main parts of the engine, including web roles, worker roles, and queues. You’ll see how Windows Azure plugs in for interoperability with other on-premises and cloud applications via the App Fabric. You’ll also learn how Windows Azure can be used to host technologies other than .NET – such as Java and PHP – and get a glimpse into what’s coming next with project “Sydney” and the integration of Windows Workflow into the cloud.
Data: At Your Service
Services are more than just executable bits of business logic; data too can be provided as a service, and the Microsoft stack offers a number of ways to host your data on and off-premises. Windows Azure provides highly scalable table and blob storage, and SQL Azure brings the relational model to the cloud, but there’s other options as well including exposing your domain data via WCF Data Services and leveraging vetted data service providers such as the Associated Press and the Data.gov via Microsoft “Dallas”. Think of this session as a pit stop to help you examine the data and modeling options best suited to tune your applications.
Visual Studio 2010: That’s a 10-4, Good Buddy There’s a buzz in the air as Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are arriving soon, and they’re bringing plenty of cargo that developers will enjoy, from new features to improved productivity. We’ll hop on and take a tour, giving you the lay of the land in terms of what will help you as a developer. The sights will include parallel application development, new editor features and debugging capabilities (including a new historical debugger), improvements for web and Windows development, new .NET language features, and much more.
We’re on the home stretch for this Saturday’s New England Code Camp 12: “The Developer Dozen” (what is Code Camp?), a free day filled with with technology sessions given by the area developer community.
New England Code Camp 12 Saturday, October 17th 8:30 AM to 6:40 PM Microsoft, 201 Jones Road (6th Floor), Waltham, MA
Registration is still open!
CC12 will feature 45 sessions by 29 speakers in 7 rooms, all for free!
The session grid (as always, subject to change) is below, and session descriptions are online.
We’ll have printouts of the grid and descriptions waiting for you at registration.
The Schedule (click to expand):
Register today and we'll see you at Camp!
A Code Camp tradition for years, we're informally gathering over at the Waltham Westin's lobby bar for a chance to unwind on Saturday night.
Drop by after sessions are over to relax, chat, and network with fellow New England devs!
Last but certainly not least, thanks to the contributing companies who have made this event possible:
See you at Camp!
Michael de la Maza is again assuming avatar form and appearing in Second Life to run a virtual world C# Day event on Saturday, February 16th! C# Day is a fantastic, non lecture-based way to learn C# programming with no previous programming experience required.
Details are at http://www.sldnug.net/CSharpDay.aspx.
Check out the work that my colleague Zain Naboulsi and others have been doing to deck out Visual Studio Island for the C# Day event:
Great stuff! I encourage you to walk/swm/fly in for a look. Enjoy!
Some very cool news if you're a fan of the WPF-based New York Times reader or Seattle P-I reader. We've just released the Reader SDK which you can use to quickly create similar rich applications for your own purposes.
In addition, the MSDN Magazine Reader sample application (featuring full source code) is now available, as is the Architecture Journal Reader.
Head over to WindowsClient.net for information on the Reader SDK and links to the MSDN Reader sample. The MSDN Reader lives under the name "Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit" or SCE. Head to the Architecture Journal site for more on that application [download here].
Here's a quick tour, focusing on the MSDN Reader (most of the features are shared with the Architecture Journal Reader.) As you can see, it's basically like have a magazine or newspaper right on your machine:
See an article and presto - read away!
But this goes well beyond the capabilities of mere paper. You can zoom in or out without loss of fidelity and you can add your own annotations, but I think the most important feature is search:
If you're anything like me, you come across lots of articles that you'd like to note for later reading... when you have that elusive "free time"... That's easy to do with the Readers' "Reading List" feature. First send stories to the Reading List (right-click to get the menu):
Then, open the Reading List, (by default, docked on the right-hand side) and click through to read each article (they're automatically grayed out as you view them):
And of course, the Readers both support automatic synchronization of content to support offline reading. The MSDN Reader uses the new Subscription Center beta to manage it's subscription:
The MSDN Reader and Architecture Journal Reader applications are definitely worth a look. If you have your own data/content source that you'd like to make available for display, I encourage you to take a look at the MSDN Reader code and the SCE/Reader SDK as well.
Deitel recently released more topics of interest to .NET developers in their excellent Resource Center series.
Created to help you find articles, tutorials, blogs, downloads, FAQs, and more, here are the new centers:
I find these valuable since they're not simply lists of links. Most resources have brief descriptions of each item written by someone who has taken the time to review the resource.
Worth a look!
After my Heroes Happen Here talk in Boston about web development with Visual Studio 2008, I got a few emails from people asking me how I was able to zoom in to areas of my screen during my demos.
There's a handy and free utility, ZoomIt, originally a SysInternals utility, that's available on TechNet at:
Put it in your startup folder and you'll always be a keystroke from it's features:
This week, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 RC (Release Candidate) became available to everyone for download.
This post is a brief guide to resources to help you quickly get started and learn about what’s new.
Enjoy, and let me know if you’ve found other useful resources.