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    Tech & Developer Events in the Northeast – March 2012 Edition

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    As time continues to march quickly onward, here’s the latest roundup of tech- and developer-focused events here in the northeast. Most are free, but the exceptions are noted with [$].  Based on the length of these event posts lately, the tech community here in the northeast is doing extremely well!

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

    -Chris

    [Last updated 3/16/2012]

    Connecticut

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

    April 10
    Connecticut .NET Developers Group – Farmington, CT
    “ASP.NET MVC 4 and the ASP.NET Web API” – Nate Dudek

    May 8
    Connecticut .NET Developers Group – Farmington, CT
    “Windows 8 Development” – Chris Bowen

    WindowsMay 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 23
    Fifth Annual Hartford Code Camp – Farmington, CT

    Schedule TBA
    Agile Connecticut - Farmington, CT
    Connecticut Access Users Group – Farmington, CT
    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 .NET User Group – Stamford, CT
    Fairfield/Westchester SQL Server UG - Stamford, CT

     

    Maine

    March 27 
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME
    “Getting Started with Node.js” – Greg Howe

    April 12
    Maine Bytes User Group - Portland, ME
    “Windows 8 for Developers” – Chris Bowen

    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

     

    Massachusetts

    March 15
    Microsoft DevBoston – Cambridge, MA
    ”Service Design Patterns & Solutions” – Robert Daigneau

    March 15
    Boston Web Performance Group – Boston, MA
    “Apache Web Performance” – Devon Hillard

    March 17
    [$] Geek Girl Cape Cod Conference 2012 – Barnstable, MA

    March 19
    Music 2.0 – Cambridge, MA
    ”Tools + Tech for Musicians, Marketers + Managers: The 2012 Edition”

    March 19
    Boston Software Engineering Meetup – Boston, MA
    “Boston Tech Job Fair”

    March 20
    Boston New Technology Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    Tech products and startup community

    March 21
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA

    March 21
    Boston PHP Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    “Learn Git and GitHub” – Ajay Reddy

    March 21
    New England Windows Phone User and Developer Group - Waltham, MA

    March 21
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA

    March 22
    Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA
    Ian Drake

    March 22
    Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA
    “Build a Web Application in 5 Minutes with Spring Roo” – Chris Pinto

    March 24
    Hacks / Hackers Boston – Dorchester, MA
    ”Boston Baseball Hack Day”

    March 26
    Drinks on Tap – Cambridge, MA
    ”Demos, drinks and discussions about mobile development'”

    March 26
    HTML5 Boston – Boston, MA
    ”How to Properly Structure an HTML5 Web Page”

    March 26
    Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA
    “What Would Core Do?  Extending Consistency & Classiness” – Jake Goldman
    “Design, UX, Content Strategy and SEO” – Annie Smidt

    March 27
    Beantown ALT.NET Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Introduction to NoSQL with Couchbase Server” – Raghavan Srinivas

    March 27
    Boston Tech Meetup - Cambridge, MA
    “Learn About NoSQL!” – John Zablocki

    March 28
    Boston XNA Developers Group - Waltham, MA

    March 28
    Boston Node.js Meetup – Boston, MA
    “Intro to Node” – Le Zhang
    “Network Programming for Games” - Geoff Pitsch

    March 28
    Agile Boston User Group - Waltham, MA
    Jeremy Kriegel on Agile Requirements and Personas

    March 29
    Ignite Boston 9 – Cambridge, MA
    5-minute presentations on a variety of interesting topics!

    March 29
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Introduction to the Windows Azure SDK” – Jason Haley

    March 29
    Boston JavaScript Meetup – Boston, MA
    “Choosing CoffeeScript” – Adam Buggia

    March 29
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    “Lean UX” – Josh Seiden

    code camp 17March 31
    New England Code Camp 17 – Waltham, MA
    The Code Camp that started them all convenes one last time in Waltham before moving to Cambridge in the fall.  Join hundreds of fellow developers for a free day of great stuff by the developer community, for the developer community.

    April 2
    New England F# User Group – Cambridge, MA

    April 3 
    Refresh Boston – Cambridge, MA
    “What’s Next for Responsive Web Design?” – Mat Marquis

    April 4
    Boston PHP Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    “Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business” – Jeff Gothelf

    April 7 & 8
    BarCamp Boston 7 – Cambridge, MA
    Free and open two-day geek unconference (schedule determined and organized by attendees at the event!)

    April 10
    Build Guild – Salem and Cape Cod
    “Web People + Adult Beverages + High Fives”

    April 11
    Boston Area SharePoint Users Group – Cambridge, MA

    April 11
    Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA

    April 11
    OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) – Waltham, MA
    “Gray, the New Black: Gray-Box Vulnerability Testing” – David Eoff

    April 12
    Kinect Boston Users Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Kinect Boston Demos and PAX Debrief”

    April 12
    New England Mobile .NET Developers’ Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Monetize Your Windows Phone App!” – Lance McCarthy

    April 12
    New England SQL Server User Group - Waltham, MA
    “Common Backup Problems and How to Deal with Them” – Grant Fritchey

    April 18
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA

    April 18
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA

    April 19
    Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA
    “LINQ” – Jeff Roy

    April 19
    Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA
    “Git/Github in an Agile/Collaborative Environment”

    April 21-22
    Rethink Music: Hacker’s Weekend – Cambridge, MA
    “This will be a weekend for developers, designers, programers, industry insiders and musicians to come together to create new and unique applications across many different platforms.”

    April 23
    Mobile Monday Boston – Boston, MA
    The Mobile Pitch Challenge

    April 24
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Building Games with Windows Azure Services” – Michael Cummings

    April 25
    Boston XNA Developers Group - Waltham, MA

    April 26
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    April 28
    SharePoint Saturday Boston 5 – Waltham, MA

    April 30
    HTML5 Boston – Boston, MA
    ”How to Properly Structure an HTML5 Web Page”

    April 30
    Boston WordPress – Cambridge, MA

    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

    NEGiveCampMay 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 8
    DotNetNuke Boston Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    May 10
    Microsoft DevBoston – Cambridge, MA
    “Developing Software for Windows 8” – Chris Bowen

    May 10
    Worcester Web Technology – Worcester, MA
    “Agile Testing”

    May 14
    Boston Software Craftsmanship – Cambridge, MA
    Lightning Talks

    May 16
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA

    May 16
    Boston Accessibility Roundtable – Cambridge, MA

    WindowsMay 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 24
    Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA
    “Windows 8” – Chris Bowen

    May 30
    Boston Azure Cloud User Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Hands-On with the Windows Azure SDK (Bring Your Own Laptop!)” – Jason Haley

    Schedule TBA
    Boston Arduino Users Group – Cambridge, MA
    Boston Artists + Coders – Boston, MA
    Boston BizSpark Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    Boston Business Intelligence – Waltham, MA
    Boston Cloud Services – Waltham, MA
    Boston Front End Developers – Cambridge, MA
    Boston Predictive Analytics – Cambridge, MA
    Boston Web Design Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    Boston WebsiteSpark Group – Cambridge, MA
    Cape Cod .NET User Group – Plymouth, MA
    Cloudy Mondays – Cambridge, MA
    Emerging Business Tech – Newton Center, MA
    HPC & GPU Supercomputing Group of Boston – Cambridge, MA
    jQuery Boston Meetup – Boston, MA
    New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA
    New England Artificial Intelligence – TBD
    North Shore .NET User Group - Ipswich, MA
    North Shore Web Geeks – Newburyport, MA
    UX Book Club, Boston – Cambridge, MA
    Western Mass Developers’ Group – Hadley, MA

     

    New Hampshire

    March 21
    NH .NET User Group, Nashua – Nashua, NH
    “Extreme Performance” – Lance Farquhar

    March 21
    NH .NET User Group, Seacoast – Portsmouth, NH
    ”A View from the Summit” – Pat Tormey & Ed Bouras

    March 21
    Systems Engineering and Administration Technical User Group – Portsmouth, NH
    ”Implementing and Managing a BYOD Policy in Your Organization”

    March 22
    Digital Portsmouth – Portsmouth, NH
    NH TweetUp & The Music Hall

    March 28
    Web Dev Meetup – Portsmouth, NH
    Tim Armstrong on Security for web and mobile development

    April 5
    eBrew – Portsmouth, NH

    April 12
    Granite State SharePoint User Group – Nashua, NH
    Gail Shlansky

    May 3
    eBrew – Portsmouth, NH

    May 10
    Granite State SharePoint User Group – Nashua, NH
    Derek Cash-Peterson

    May 11
    [$] eCoast Cloud Summit – Portsmouth, NH

    Schedule TBA
    Joomla NH User Group – Durham, NH
    Nashua Scrum Club – Nashua, NH
    NH .NET User Group, Concord – Concord, NH
    Portsmouth Startup Meetup – Portsmouth, NH
    Seacoast SQL Server Users Group – Portsmouth, NH

     

    New York (Upstate)

    March 15
    VDUNY - Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY
    “Continuous Integration with Subversion and CruiseControl.NET” – David Stevenson

    March 19
    Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group – Rochester, NY
    International PowerShell User Group Day

    March 19
    Capital Area SQL Server Users Group – Albany, NY

    March 21
    Build Guild – Troy, NY
    “Web People + Adult Beverages + High Fives”

    March 24
    CloudCamp Rochester – Rochester, NY

    April 3
    Microsoft Developers of Western NY – Buffalo, NY
    “Playing Games in the Cloud” – Jim O’Neil

    April 3
    AppRochester – Rochester, NY

    April 4
    VDUNY - Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY
    “Playing Games in the Cloud” – Jim O’Neil

    April 5 
    Central New York .NET Developer Group - East Syracuse, NY
    “Playing Games in the Cloud” – Jim O’Neil

    April 4
    Rochester JavaScript Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    April 10
    Tech Valley .NET Users Group – Albany, NY
    “Playing Games in the Cloud” – Jim O’Neil

    April 16
    Capital Area SQL Server Users Group – Albany, NY

    April 27-29
    [$] Startup Weekend Rochester – Rochester, NY

    May 1
    AppRochester – Rochester, NY

    May 2
    Rochester JavaScript Meetup (Coworking Rochester) – Rochester, NY

    May 12
    SQL Saturday Rochester – Rochester, NY

    Schedule TBA
    OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) – Rochester, NY
    Refresh Rochester – Rochester, NY
    Rochester SharePoint User Group – Rochester, NY
    Western New York Back Office Technology User Group – Blasdell, NY
    Western NY SQL Server PASS – Amherst, NY

     

    Rhode Island

    March 21
    MoDevRI (Mobile Developers & Entrepreneurs) – Providence, RI
    “Prototyping Your Next Mobile App” + Networking

    April 11
    Southern New England SQL Server Users Group – East Greenwich, RI

    April 12 
    Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI

    April 18
    Providence Geeks – Providence, RI

    May 10
    Providence Web Development Lunch Hour – Providence, RI

    Schedule TBA
    Rhode Island .NET User Group - Bristol, RI
    WordPress Providence Meetup – Providence, RI

     

    Vermont

    March 19
    Northern Vermont SharePoint Users Group – Essex Junction, VT
    SharePoint with Suzanne Shushereba and Amy Coutu

    April 9 
    Vermont .NET User Group – S. Burlington, VT
    Kathleen Dollard

    May 14
    Vermont .NET User Group – S. Burlington, VT
    Chris Fradenberg

    Schedule TBA
    Burlington PHP Users Group – Burlington, VT
    Vermont SQL Server User Group - Burlington, VT

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    Code Camp 10: The Schedule!

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    CodeCamp10We'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:

          http://TheDevCommunity.org/CodeCamps

    Sessions and Schedules

    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!

    P4050052Saturday Evening Geek Gathering

    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!

    -Chris

    P.S.  There's also a Code Camp Facebook page, which is another way to connect with others in the northeast community.

    Saturday, September 20th

    MPR A MPR B MPR C EBC Rhode Island Providence
    8:30 Registration (Coffee/Tea in Kitchen)
    8:45 Camp Welcome Session  
    9:00 Break
    9:10 May the Source Stay with You The Agile Revolution - Introducing Scrum 'Clean' Web Development with AJAX and SQL Server 2005 When .NET Isn't Enough - An Intro to C++/CLI
    10:25 Break
    10:35 Intro to Functional and Concurrent Programming in F#

    Getting Started with the Web DataGrid

    Creating Custom WCF Behaviors Using MMC 3.0 and .NET to Write Custom Admin Tools
    11:50

    Lunch (Food in Kitchen & MPR A + B)

    Thanks to Magenic Technologies!

    12:35 The How's and Why's of Unit Testing and TDD ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC) .NET Basics - Basic Tools Visual studio 2008 and Office Creating Terrain in XNA
    1:50 Break
    2:00 IronRuby: Ruby for .NET, Silverlight, and Mono Using XML to Store Hierarchical Data Have it Your Way - REST and SOAP in WCF Solutions Forms Services and Workflow - So Happy Together
    3:15 Break
    3:25 Silverlight 2 Animation Techniques .NET OOP Demystified Getting to Know Team Foundation Server 2008

    Code Generation with the Visual Studio 2008 SDK

    Adding Speech Recog. to Your Apps
    4:40 Break
    4:50 .NET Basics - The Architect's Toolchest Charts and Gauges with Reporting Services 2008 Build a SharePoint Dashboard Using SharePoint Designer Custom My-Sites in MOSS - "Have it Your Way!" Associate Wanted to Bring Project into Mainstream
    6:05 End of Day 1

     

    Sunday, September 21st

    MPR A MPR B MPR C EBC Rhode Island Providence
    8:30 Registration/Welcome (Coffee/Tea in Kitchen)
    9:00 New Features in C# 3.0 Toolbox for Agile Projects and Devs: Intro Silverlight as a Front End to Excel Services on SharePoint Digital Imaging and Image Processing with .NET
    10:15 Break
    10:30 LINQ to Objects, Method Syntax, and Enumerable Class A-Z Deploying SharePoint Apps Beginning Mobile Dev with Compact Fx and SQLCE Custom SharePoint Development with Examples
    11:45

    Lunch (Food in Kitchen & MPR A + B)

    Thanks to Syrinx Consulting!

    12:30 LINQ to SQL and Object Relational Designer Introducing MSBuild Toolbox for Agile Projects and Devs: Mocking and IOC/DI Self-Healing Apps That Integrate with CRM SharePoint Site Columns, Content Types and Features: Oh My! Applied Generics: The Radix Sort
    1:45 Break
    1:55 Intro to Silverlight 2.0 TDD with nUnit and Test Driven .NET SharePoint Branding Toolbox for Agile: It All Began in Java - Unit Testing, Mocking, IOC/DI
    3:10 Break
    3:20 Integrating Silverlight into SharePoint Building Extensible .NET Applications with Mono Addins Operations Manager 2007 for the DBA
    4:35 End of Camp - Thanks for Attending!

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    ASP.NET Web Platform Firestarter Series

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    image

    A new set of free Firestarter events covering the ASP.NET Web Platform will be running from late September to December along the east coast.  (Part of the series of Firestarters mentioned in an earlier post.)

    imageFirestarter events focus on a particular topic area and progress from introductory through intermediate topics, helping you to quickly ramp up in that area, in this case the Microsoft Web Platform.  You’ll get up to speed on the latest in web development, from ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC, to WebMatrix, and tools and techniques for creating effective web applications with CSS, jQuery, and AJAX.

    I’ll be helping to deliver a bunch of these along with teammates Rachel Appel and G. Andrew Duthie, so I hope to see you there!

    Registration is now open, so reserve your seat today: 

    City Date Link
    Iselin, NJ 9/30 Registration
    New York, NY 10/26 Registration
    Farmington, CT 11/2 Registration
    Waltham, MA 11/4 Registration
    Chevy Chase, MD 11/9 Registration
    Malvern, PA 11/16 Registration
    Tampa, FL 11/30 Registration
    Orlando, FL 12/2 Registration
    Atlanta, GA 12/9 Registration
    Raleigh, NC 12/10 Registration

    The Agenda

    • 8:30 – Registration
    • 9:00 – To the Web with ASP.NET 4 Web Forms
      • The tried-and-true approach for creating effective and robust websites, ASP.NET 4 Web Forms offers powerful abstractions and rapid application development features. Add in recent advances in ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 and you’ll be crafting amazing sites in no time.
    • 10:30 – Looking at ASP.NET MVC
      • ASP.NET MVC (Model View Controller) is a relatively new option, offering a variety of potential benefits such as separation of concerns, flexibility, control, and testability. In this session, you’ll learn the essentials, along with the latest advances, so you can get started right away.
    • 12:00 – The Web Platform Smorgasbord
      • Grab a bite to eat and join us for this relaxed but rapid-fire lunchtime look at a variety of web topics, including tools and tech that you’ll surely find appetizing.
    • 12:45 – Introducing WebMatrix
      • WebMatrix is a new option that provides a simple but powerful way to create web applications. You can create sites based on existing open-source applications, or dive right in and create from scratch. From code and testing to data and deployment, we’ll introduce WebMatrix and show you how it can make your life easier.
    • 1:40 – Evaluating Your Web Options
      • You’re up to speed with the latest in ASP.NET MVC, Web Forms, and WebMatrix, but you may be wondering how and when to choose between them. The great news is you don’t always have to choose just one. In this session we’ll talk about factors to consider, options for adoption/migration, and ways to combine ASP.NET Web Forms and MVC in the same web application.
    • 2:40 – Creating Effective Websites with ASP.NET
      • Knowing how to create websites with ASP.NET is important, but making them effective is the key. This final session dives into additional options and techniques that apply to both Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC applications. From scripting with jQuery and AJAX, design with CSS, markup and validation techniques, and tools for testing, you’ll learn how to set your sites (and skills) apart from the rest.

    -Chris

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    Boston MSDN Developer Conference Update

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    MSDNDevCon

    The MDC Arrives on Thursday

    The MSDN Developer Conference (MDC) is coming to the Sheraton Boston this Thursday, January 22nd, with a full day of cutting edge content for developers, modeled after the Professional Developers Conference (PDC).

    Sold Out!

    There's been an amazing response to the event, but unfortunately we've hit the limit of how many attendees we can accommodate! Registration is currently closed, but I'll update this post if we're able to expand it later.

    The Schedule

    We have a great lineup of speakers for the event, with a keynote and twelve sessions in three tracks.  The Boston event page has the details on the speakers and times, and here's the session grid:

    MDCBostonSchedule 

    WomenBuild at the Boston MDC

    womenbuild The Boston MDC will feature two Lego SeriousPlay WomenBuild workshops (at 12:30 and 2:00).  The focus is on diversity in tech, featuring a combination of workshops and talks.  This is an industry-wide issue, and all attendees, men and women, are welcome to participate.

    This workshop has been well received at other events.  Some quotes:

    • “This was the best session I have ever attended at a conference”
    • “That was the fastest hour and a half!”
    • "This seminar is an eye-opening experience.  I feel it’s of great value to women in technology."

    Since the event is only 90 minutes, you'll have plenty of time to catch most of the day's other content as well.

    Video and Audio on MDC

    Want to catch a glimpse of what's in store for you?  Andy Erickson put together this great video:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHOW_y_nym8

    Also, Jeff Brand has published a podcast episode featuring interviews with speakers at the Minneapolis MSDN DevCon event.

     

    See you in Boston!

    -Chris

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    Second Life's Second C# Day This Saturday (2/16)

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    sl_color_horiz_152x63 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:

    SLCSharpDay

    Great stuff!  I encourage you to walk/swm/fly in for a look.  Enjoy!

    -Chris

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    Announcing Bob and Chris' MSDN Roadshow!

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    Bob Familiar and I are busting out of our home bases in Massachusetts and taking our long-winded rants and questionable demos on the roads across the Northeast!  In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing the latest in developer- and architect-focused content to a town near you.

    Join us for a full day of no-fluff deep technical content, plenty of code, 100% guaranteed-to-run demos*, and of course giveaways throughout with a chance to win a Zune at day's end!  [* We'll define "run" as we go.]

    Roadshow Schedule and Registration

    Rochester, NY

    February 27th, 2007

    8:30am-4:00pm

    Click Here to Register!

    Burlington, VT

    March 1st, 2007

    8:30am-4:00pm

    Click Here to Register!

    Portland, ME

    March 6th, 2007

    8:30am-4:00pm

    Click Here to Register!

    Manchester, NH

    March 8th, 2007

    8:30am-4:00pm

    Click Here to Register!

    Farmington, CT

    March 20th, 2007

    8:30am-4:00pm

    Click Here to Register!

     

    Event Agenda

    For this tour, we're focusing on all things .Net Framework 3.0.  Here's the agenda:

    08:30am – Arrive, check in, grab a nosh and a seat

     

    09:00 – 10:15 – Windows Communication Foundation

    Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft's unified framework for building secure, reliable, transacted, and interoperable distributed applications. Learn how to leverage the new features in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) to make a smooth transition to a service-orientation.  The capabilities exposed through this new addition to the .NET framework will enable the core building blocks of connected systems such as data & service contracts, security, reliability, administration, and management   

     

    10:15 – 10:30 – Take a break and communicate

     

    10:30 – 12:00 – Windows CardSpaces

    Windows CardSpace enables users to provide their digital identities in a familiar, secure and easy way. In the physical world we use business cards, credit cards and membership cards. Online with CardSpace we use a variety of virtual cards to identify ourselves, each retrieving data from an identity provider. Don't struggle with usernames and passwords, just choose an information card! This session will delve into the architecture and implementation of CardSpaces.

    12:00-01:00 – Grab a lunch and ponder your identity

    01:00 – 02:15 –Workflow Foundation

    Workflow Foundation (WF), a component of the .NET Framework 3.0, enables you to quickly and reliably implement workflows and business rules in your applications.  WF provides a framework for constructing sequential and state-machine based workflows for any .NET application or service and includes tools to effectively manage and modify those workflows.  In this session, we'll introduce the major concepts and purpose of WF, demonstrate the creation and maintenance of workflows with Visual Studio 2005, and show the potential uses of workflows within your applications. 

    02:15-02:30 – Take a break and go with the flow

    02:30 – 03:45 – Windows Presentation Foundation

    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is Microsoft’s new strategic User Interface technology designed to provide richer, high-fidelity, applications using an optimized developer/designer workflow.  Learn how to leverage the new features in WPF such as XAML to create visually stunning interfaces to enhance capabilities and user experience of your applications. 

     

    03:45 – 04:00 – Zune Giveaway

    Register using the links in the schedule above.  Looking forward to seeing you out on the road!

    -Chris

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    Maine Developer Network Code Camp

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    CodeCampFor as long as Code Camps have been running here in the northeast, there’s been talk of running a real camping Code Camp.  Well, the wait is over and the chance is coming up very soon!

    The Maine Developer Network (the user group in Augusta, ME) will be hosting this event the weekend of August 27th – 29th at Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, ME.

    From the event page:

    mdn_logoThe time for the long awaited much anticipated first ever code camp with actual camping is upon us!  Please join us for an amazing coding adventure at one of the most coveted parks in Maine.  Camping will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday and continue through 11:00 a.m. Sunday. Daytime will bring outdoor activities, the evenings will be filled with code! Bring just yourself or your entire family, because this weekend of camping is totally free.

    We have tremendous activities available for coders and non-coders alike.  We have included the short list below for your reference. We are even going to attempt a real life version of Conway's Game of Life!

    Wait, did that say “free”?  Yes, yes it did.  Read on for more and to register.

    This should be a great way to relax, get away from it all, make new friends, and reconnect with nature!

    -Chris

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    C# Day Report

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    C# Day - ClassroomThis Saturday (6/23), we gathered at the Microsoft offices in Waltham for the first "C# Day" event.  Thanks to Michael de la Maza for volunteering his time and effort to run the session!

    There was a great turnout - so good in fact that the room filled up and unfortunately couldn't offer table space for one or two latecomers.  The good news is Michael is planning to run this event again, so keep an eye on this blog or on the Learn2LearnProgram site for announcements.

    The day was quite different from traditional (lecture/lab) technology education events.  Michael's approach is very social, encouraging people to interact to share what they've discovered and to work with different lab partners throughout the day.  Michael gave an introduction to the material, then encouraged C# Day - Cocktail Partyparticipants to "become" one of the C# language constructs.  Everyone specialized in a language feature, researched and worked with that feature, and then attended a "cocktail party" in the next room where people socialized by exchanging details about what their function was.  Introductions took the form of "Hello, my name is <C# function> and I..."

    Michael received plenty of good feedback from attendees and is already planning some new ideas and approaches for the next event.

    Considering coming to the next C# Day?  So your expectations are inline with the event, be certain to read Michael's description on his site.  Also, Michael arranged to capture parts of the event on video.  The video should be on Learn2Learn2Program.com soon, the idea being that a video can demonstrate the format and style of the event more effectively than textual descriptions.

    Thanks to everyone who participated and again to Michael for running the event!

    -Chris

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    Microsoft Certification Second Shot Program Makes a Return

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    If you’re a developer or IT pro interested in earning certifications to advance your career, but have been worried about not passing, take a look at the Second Shot program, which offers a free exam retake, and is making a return now through June:

    image Whether you are currently unemployed, looking for a promotion, or trying to become indispensable in your existing role, Microsoft Certifications can validate that you have the skills needed to work in the top IT professional and developer jobs in the industry.

    Take advantage of our Second Shot offer and get a free retake if you do not pass an IT professional or developer Microsoft Certification exam the first time. You must take both the first and (if necessary) the retake exam before June 30, 2010.

    Details on registering and getting a voucher code are on the Microsoft Learning site.

    Boston .NET Certification Group

    Also, the Boston .NET Certification Group meets regularly at Microsoft New England Research & Development (NERD) in Cambridge, MA. 

    This user/study group is a fantastic way to work with others for motivation and support to earn developer certifications.

    -Chris

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    GameDev Day '07 Boston - XNA, Gaming, and Game Development

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    XNA Like games?  Wonder how they're made?  Want to know how to make them yourself?

    Emerson Hall, HarvardCome to GameDev Day '07, a free event being hosted at Harvard University on December 1st, sponsored by Microsoft in association with the Harvard Interactive Media Group (HIMG).

    The Details

    What:  GameDev Day '07 Boston
    Who:  ANYONE - students, professionals, enthusiasts - interested in learning about how games are made and the gaming industry
    When:  Saturday, December 1st, 10 AM - 4 PM
    Where:  Harvard University [directions],
    Emerson Hall [map], Room 105 (Note that we moved from Sever Hall)
    Cost:  Free
    Registration:  None, but if you're on Facebook, add yourself to the event's page!

    Game Development Sessions

    • Presentations on game development topics
    • Second Life Learn about virtual worlds like Second Life (from the company that created it!) and their effect on the real world
    • Learn to create games for the XBOX 360 and PCs with (the free) XNA Game Studio Express 

    Gaming Industry Experts

    • halo3Open Q&A Panel
    • Advice on getting to game development
    • Careers in the Boston area

    Open Gaming

    • Play Halo 3 and Guitar Hero on XBOX Elites

    Pizza and Giveaways

    • Halo 3
    • Project Gotham Racing 4
    • Gears of War
    • Flight Simulator X Deluxe [PC]

    The Agenda

    10:15 - Welcome and Announcements (Edwin Guarin and Chris Bowen)
    10:25 - Introduction to XNA (Edwin and Chris)
    10:50 - Creating Your First XNA Game (Michael Cummings)
    12:00 - Pizza & Gaming
    12:50 - Creating Games - What *Really* Goes on Under the Covers (Mark Mullin and Dan Scherlis)
    2:00 - Blurring the Boundaries: CSI, Second Life and You (Kent Quirk and John Lester, Linden Lab)
    3:00 - Gaming Industry Q&A Panel (Dan Scherlis, Mark Mullin, Michael Cummings, Kent Quirk, Darius Kazemi)

    We're going to have a great time!  See you there!

    -Chris

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    Embedding Active XAML in PowerPoint

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    [File under "Cool Presenter Tricks"]

    Simon Guest posted about a nice little trick for embedding XAML in a PowerPoint slide.  What makes it all happen is finding an add-in for PowerPoint to display web pages from a slide. 

    xamlpptSimon points us to Shyam Pillai's "LiveWeb" add-in.  Run the setup there and PowerPoint will offer a web page embedding feature.

    I must say I'm impressed, and already thinking of ways I can spice up my own presentations.  With the add in, you can link to local or remote web pages and have them display as they would in a browser, within a PowerPoint show.  You can event scroll the pages and click on the elements.

    Of course, the main point of Simon's post was to mention that you can link to XAML pages (such as .xbap and .xaml), but the fact that I can include local or live web pages in my presentations is very cool all by itself.

    In the above screenshot, I've (quickly) wired up a slide to point to Charles Petzold's "Teapot" .xaml example.  Though as Simon mentions, there's room for extensions/options, I'm happy to say it otherwise "just works".

    -Chris

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    Schedule Posted for Code Camp 16

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    CodeCampThe schedule has just been posted for this Saturday’s Code Camp 16 (in Waltham, MA):

        New England / Boston Code Camp 16
        Saturday, October 29th 
        8:30 AM to 6:40 PM (Doors at 8 AM)
        Microsoft, 201 Jones Road (6th Floor)
        Waltham, MA

        Schedule and registration at http://codecampboston.eventbrite.com 

    About 40 sessions spanning many topics - HTML5, cloud computing, Kinect, mobile, JavaScript, Netduino, XNA, SharePoint, SQL/NoSQL, ASP.NET MVC, and more.  All by the community, for the community, and free.

    Thank you to the speakers, contributing companies, and especially Patrick Hynds, Robert Goodearl, and Chris Pels for organizing the event!

    This is going to be a good one, and I hope to see you there!
    -Chris

    P.S.  The tag for the event is #boscc

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    MSDN Firestarter Events Coming Soon

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    [Update 8/23/2010 – Registration for the ASP.NET Web Platform Events is now open]

    Starting soon and running throughout the rest of the year, our regional team will be delivering three series of “Firestarter” MSDN events along the east cost, covering client, cloud, and web development topics.  The idea behind a Firestarter is to concentrate on a particular topic and build knowledge by progressing from the basics through deeper topics over the course of the day.

    The first of these series focuses on Windows Phone 7 development.  In addition, we’re combining these free daytime events with special evening Windows Phone Garages, hands-on workshops where you can get hands-on experience coding with experts on hand to help.

    Windows Phone 7 Firestarter
    9 AM – 5 PM

    • Introduction to Windows Phone Development and the WP7 platform
    • Building Windows Phone 7 Applications with Silverlight
    • Building Windows Phone 7 Applications using XNA
    • Lunch (included)
    • Monetizing Your Apps with Marketplace
    • Windows Phone 7 Services
    • Light Up Windows Phone 7

    Windows Phone Garage
    6 PM – 9 PM

    This hands-on workshop will feature one-on-one proctoring from Microsoft and community experts. It's the perfect opportunity to design and implement that cool new app you've been dreaming about, so bring your ideas and get ready to code.

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    If you’d like to attend both the Firestarter and Garage events, make sure you register for each separately.

    City

    Date

    Registration

    Atlanta, GA August 24 Firestarterclip_image001 | Garage
    Waltham, MA August 24 Firestarter | Garage
    Tampa, FL August 31 Firestarter | Garage
    clip_image002Ft. Lauderdale, FL September 2 Firestarter | Garage
    New York, NY September 7 Firestarter | Garage
    clip_image002Raleigh, NC September 8 Firestarter | Garage
    clip_image002Chevy Chase, MD September 21 Firestarter | Garage
    Charlotte, NC September 21 Firestarter | Garage
    Philadelphia, PA September 22 Firestarter | Garage
    Pittsburgh, PA September 28 Firestarter | Garage
    Farmington, CT September 30 Firestarter | Garage

     

    More Firestarters… Save the Dates!

    I’d mentioned there are three series, the other two will focus on web and cloud development.  The dates and cities are confirmed, so you can plan ahead and we’ll post details when registration opens.

    image_thumbASP.NET Web Platform Firestarters (Now Live)

    [Update 8/23/2010 - Details on this series have now been posted.]

    The focus of these events is on getting your up to speed with options for creating web applications on the ASP.NET Web Platform, from ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms, to WebMatrix, tools, and practices.

    City

    Date

    Registration

    Iselin, NJ September 30 Registration
    New York, NY October 26 Registration
    Farmington, CT November 2 Registration
    Waltham, MA November 4 Registration
    Chevy Chase, MD November 9 Registration
    clip_image002Malvern, PA November 16 Registration
    clip_image002Tampa, FL November 30 Registration
    Orlando, FL December 2 Registration
    Alpharetta, GA December 9 Registration
    Raleigh, NC December 10 Registration

    windows-azure-logo-medWindows Azure Firestarters

    These events will help you understand cloud computing, what Windows Azure offers you, and how to get right in and use the latest development options to create applications to take advantage of those benefits.

    City

    Date

    Registration

    Tampa, FL November 8 coming soon
    Alpharetta, GA November 10 coming soon
    Charlotte, NC November 11 coming soon
    clip_image002Rochester, NY November 16 coming soon
    Waltham, MA November 30 coming soon
    clip_image002New York, NY December 1 coming soon
    clip_image002Malvern, PA December 7 coming soon
    Chevy Chase, MD December 9 coming soon

    n_east_roadshow_120x120_Blog Button“Great! But What About Northeast MSDN Roadshow?”

    While a good number of these are in the northeast, Jim and I couldn’t imagine not hitting the road to reach other parts of the northeast, so you can bet we’re busily planning a schedule for the Northeast Roadshow to visit other cities near (or hopefully “near enough”) to you. 

    Stay tuned for more! 

    -Chris

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    Free Online Training with Microsoft Ramp Up

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    RampUpRamp Up is a is a free online program to help you learn new development skills.  Each subject has a variety of supporting slide/code casts, articles, and hands-on labs organized in steps to guide you through learning.

    Three new tracks have just been launched, brining the total to 11:

    Check out www.MyRampUp.com for more.

    -Chris

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    Visual Studio 2008 InstallFests in the Northeast!

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    VS08-pro_h_rgb_thumb 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!

    • 12/4 - Rochester, NY
    • 12/6 - Burlington, VT
    • 12/10 - Hartford, CT
    • 12/12 - Waltham, MA

    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:

    • Bring your laptops (or heck, a desktop!) and your festive selves
    • Grab a DVD with the Visual Studio 2008 Pro Trial Edition bits
    • Install and be happy
    • Play some Halo 3 or Guitar Hero, munch on some food, chat with people
    • Go home and enjoy VS2008
    • ...wait...
    • When the packaged product ships, you'll get a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional in the mail!  (Which will *not* require a reinstall of the trial version.)

    zune-8gb-thumb 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, NY
    December 4th, 4:30 to 6:30 PM
    RIT, Building 70, Room 1400,
    20 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY
    In 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.

    Burlington (Williston), VT
    December 6th, 4:15 to 6:00 PM
    Vermont Technical College, 201 Lawrence Place, Room 401, Williston, VT
    In 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.

    Hartford (Farmington), CT
    December 10th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
    Microsoft, 74 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT
    In 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.

    Waltham, MA
    December 12th, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Microsoft, 201 Jones Road, 6th Floor, Waltham, MA
    In 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.

    "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!

    -Chris

     

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    Code Camp 9 Update

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    Code Camp 9 Things are moving along well for Code Camp 9, coming on April 5th and 6th at the Microsoft offices in Waltham, MA.

    With a little over three weeks to go, we're already over 30 sessions and nearing 250 registrations.  Keep them coming!

    Register (Code Camp is free!) today at http://thedevcommunity.org

    If you're interested in speaking, it's as simple as registering a session and we'll give you a room/session.  Check the bottom of this post for details on how to submit a session.

    New CC9 Logo!

    First, and most obvious in this post, is that we have a new Code Camp 9 logo!  Many thanks to Bryan Phillips for volunteering to create it.  (Just a bit better than my previous logo, eh?) 

    Thanks Bryan!!

    "Introductions" Track

    New at this Code Camp is the dedication of one room solely to introductory sessions on foundational topics.  Are you or your company just getting into technology X?  The Introductions Track is your chance to come up to speed on a variety of developer topics.

    We still have speaker slots to fill for the introductions track, so if you'd like to help get people up to speed on existing technologies, please volunteer your time!

    See you in April!

    -Chris

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    Join Us for The Winter Northeast MSDN Roadshow!

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    Roadshow-September-2008

    Somewhere in Scenic Vermont

    [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.

    THE AGENDA

    [Times are for all events except Rochester, NY, which starts 30 minutes earlier.]

    Roadshow at RIT 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

    Like things that help you go faster? Of course! That’s why we’re focusing this session on the powerful set of features that jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 offer web developers. We’ll get up to speed with jQuery, a popular open source JavaScript library with powerful features, a concise syntax with chained commands, but at the same time is fully extensible via a plugin-based architecture. Microsoft will be distributing jQuery (as-is) with Visual Studio going forward, and offers IntelliSense support for jQuery as well. We’ll complement that with a look at the latest in ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX with Visual Studio 2008 to provide extra code-writing acceleration along the way. Like hitting “Boost” in your favorite racing game, jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX will have you speeding toward great rich internet applications in no time!

    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!”

    In the Car on Lake Champlain 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

    Geek Gatherings

    Albany Pump Station

    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! 

    Thanks!

    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!

    -Chris

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    The Code Project Virtual Tech Summit on HTML5 & CSS3

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    Starting today (and continuing after), you can access some great content on HTML5 and CSS3 for free via The Code Project’s Virtual Tech Summit:

    http://www.virtualtechsummits.com/Register.aspx?eventID=13

    The event kicks off at noon EDT with Molly Holzschlag’s keynote on “The Future of HTML5” followed by other sessions… including one by me on “Using the Internet Explorer 9 Developer Tools” (launching at 2:15 PM EDT).

    If you can’t make it today, no problem, an advantage of this virtual event is you can drop by any time.

    Enjoy!
    Chris

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    Bing Maps Platform Event – Waltham, MA on April 7

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    If you’re interested in adding location-based features to your applications, you can learn about the Bing Maps platform by attending the “On the Road with Bing Maps” event:

    image On the Road with Bing Maps: Learn Exciting New Ways to Bring Location-Based Data to Life
    Wednesday, April 7, 1 – 5 PM
    Microsoft, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA

    At this event, experts will provide an overview of Bing Maps as a powerful visualization tool for geographic and location-based information. With highlights of scenarios such as locators, fleet/asset tracking, data visualization portals, and location intelligence, we’ll present a deep dive into the Bing Maps Platform, including details on specific features, AJAX, Web Services, and new Silverlight APIs.

    We’ll also review exciting recent enhancements, exploring ways to integrate with GIS systems and leverage SQL 2008 spatial features and Sharepoint, as well as other related tools and technologies.  When you meet the experts, you’ll learn solution implementation and best practices―and you’ll leave with the tools and resources to tap the power of location using Bing Maps.

    Registration

     

    Agenda:

    • 1:00 - 2:15 - Introduction to Bing Maps, Solution Overview, and Demos
    • 2:30 - 3:30 - Deep Dive on Architecture and APIs
    • 3:45 - 5:00 - Best Practices, Data Integration, and Future of Bing Maps

    Speaking of Bing Maps, if you haven’t seen the video of Blaise Aguera y Arcas’ talk from TED on augmented-reality mapping, I highly recommend it.

    -Chris

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    Upcoming Developer Events for January – February, 2011

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    Happy New YearI hope your 2011 is off to a great start!  Here’s the current roundup of events for developers here in the northeast for January into February. 

    As always, if you know of a missing event, please let me know.

    -Chris

    Online

    January 13
    WebMatrix Launch Event – Online (from CodeMash in Ohio)
    12:30 PM EST

    January 21
    Linked .NET Users Group – Online
    Q&A with Silverlight Evangelist John Papa

    January 24
    Linked .NET Users Group – Online
    Scott Guthrie – Talking Shop VIII

    January 27
    SharePoint Firestarter – Online (from Redmond, WA) 
    11:30 AM EST – 8 PM EST

     

    Connecticut

    January 6
    Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group – Stamford, CT
    ”What’s New in ASP.NET MVC 3” – Michael Gerety

    January 10
    Hartford Area Build Guild  – Farmington, CT

    January 13
    Fairfield/Westchester SQL Server UG - Stamford, CT
    “SQL Server 2008 Audit” – Linchi Shea

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    January 29
    SharePoint Saturday Hartford – Bloomfield, CT
    A free day filled with a wide variety of SharePoint-related sessions.  Registration is now open!

    February 1
    Agile Connecticut - Farmington, CT

    February 14
    Hartford Area Build Guild – Farmington, CT

    Schedule TBD
    Connecticut .NET Developers Group – Farmington, CT
    New England Silverlight Guild – Farmington, CT
    Hartford SQL Server Users Group – Farmington, CT
    Connecticut DotNetNuke User Group - Bethany, CT

     

    Maine

    January 18
    Bangor Area .Net Developers (BAND) - Bangor, ME
    ”Windows Phone 7 Development” – Jay Taplin 

    January 19
    Maine Bytes User Group - Portland, ME 
    Maine Bytes’ 10th Anniversary!  Sessions by Fritz Onion and Chris Bowen

    Schedule TBD
    Maine Developer Network - Augusta, ME

     

    Massachusetts

    January 6
    Beantown .NET User Group - Cambridge, MA
    “On Time and Under Budget” – Richard Hale Shaw

    January 6
    New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA
    “Database Development with Visual Studio 2010” – Andy Novick

    January 6
    Boston JavaScript Meetup – Cambridge, MA
    “Closure Tools: Principles and Practice” – Michael Bolin

    January 6 
    UX Book Club, Boston – Cambridge, MA

    January 10
    New England F# User Group – Cambridge, MA

    January 11
    DotNetNuke Boston Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    January 11
    Build Guild – Salem, MA

    January 11
    Boston Business Intelligence – Waltham, MA
    ”Building BI Dashboards Using Syncfusion Essential Studio’s BI and UI Components” – Ramesh Praveen

    January 12
    Boston Area SharePoint Users Group – Cambridge, MA
    “SharePoint 2010 Usage and Adoption Best Practices” – Scott Jamison

    January 12
    Boston .NET User Group - Waltham, MA
    “SQL Server Parallel Performance – Are You Getting Full Return on Your CPU Investment?” – Adam Machanic

    January 13
    Boston Web Design Meetup
    – Cambridge, MA

    January 13
    New England SQL Server User Group - Waltham, MA
    “SQL Azure” – Rich Crane

    January 17
    New England Silverlight Guild – Cambridge, MA
    “7 Things I Learned on My First Big Silverlight Project” – Benjamin Day

    January 18
    Greater Boston New Technology Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    January 18
    Boston Web Performance Group – Boston, MA

    January 19
    New England ASP.NET Professionals – Waltham, MA
    “7 Things I Learned on My First Big Silverlight Project” – Benjamin Day

    January 19 
    Boston .NET Architecture Study Group - Waltham, MA

    January 19
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA
    Audio, CoffeeScript, and Lightning Talks

    January 19
    New England Windows Phone User and Developer Group - Waltham, MA

    January 20
    North Shore Web Geeks – Newburyport, MA

    January 20
    Western Mass Developers’ Group – Hadley, MA

    January 25
    Cape Cod .NET User Group – Plymouth, MA
    “Top 7 Lessons Learned on My First Big Silverlight Project” – Benjamin Day

    January 26
    Boston XNA Developers Group - Waltham, MA

    January 26
    Agile Boston User Group - Waltham, MA

    January 27
    Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group - Agawam, MA
    Jim O’Neil & Chris Bowen on Windows Azure and WebMatrix

    January 27
    Boston Azure User Group – Cambridge, MA
    “Windows Azure in the Real World” – Matt Grace

    January 27
    Boston BizSpark Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    January 27
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    February 2
    jQuery Boston Meetup – Boston, MA
    “Advanced jQuery Templates Applied Practically” – Tim Branyen

    February 3
    Beantown .NET User Group - Cambridge, MA
    “SharePoint 2010 Development for .NET Developers” – Bob German

    February 3
    New England Visual Basic Professionals - Waltham, MA 
     
    February 5
    D8 – Cambridge, MA
    A free event for Boston-area high school and college students to learn about technology for web and mobile applications.

    February 8
    DotNetNuke Boston Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    February 10
    Boston Web Design Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    February 16
    HTML5 Game Development Meetup – Boston, MA

    February 16
    Boston Web Performance Group – Boston, MA
    “Automate Performance Analysis with dynaTrace, Selenium and ShowSlow” – Andreas Grabner

    February 17
    Western Mass Developers’ Group – Hadley, MA

    February 17
    Lean Startup Circle Meetup – Cambridge, MA

    February 19
    MobileCamp Boston – Cambridge, MA

    imageFebruary 22
    Light Up Your Silverlight Apps for Windows 7 Firestarter – Waltham, MA
    Learn all about Silverlight and Windows 7 development from my colleagues Dani Diaz and David Isbitski.

    Schedule TBD
    Boston WebsiteSpark Group – Cambridge, MA
    Boston Cloud Services – Waltham, MA
    Cape Cod XNA User Group – Hyannis, MA
    IASA New England – Waltham, MA
    Refresh Boston – Cambridge, MA

      

    New Hampshire

    January 13
    Nashua Scrum Club – Nashua, NH
    “An Introduction to Test Driven Development” – Michael Denomy

    January 19
    NH .NET User Group, Nashua – Nashua, NH
    “SharePoint with InfoPath” – Rama V.

    January 20
    NH .NET User Group, Concord – Concord, NH
    6 – 8 PM, Capital Commons at Little Hall, NHTI 
    “Windows Phone Development with Silverlight” – John Garland

    February 9
    NH .NET User Group, Nashua – Nashua, NH
    “The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF)” – Kathleen Dollard

    Schedule TBD
    Seacoast SQL Server Users Group – Portsmouth, NH

     

    New York (Upstate)

    January 11 
    Tech Valley .NET Users Group - Latham, NY
    “SharePoint 2010 and Workflow” – Russ Kehoe

    January 13 
    Rochester SharePoint User Group – Rochester, NY

    January 18 
    Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group – Rochester, NY

    January 19
    Central New York .NET Developer Group - East Syracuse, NY

    January 25 
    VDUNY - Visual Developers of Upstate NY - Rochester, NY
    “HTML5” – Peter Traeg

    February 2
    Rochester Javascript – Rochester, NY

    imageFebruary 24
    Light Up Your Silverlight Apps for Windows 7 Firestarter – West Henrietta, NY
    Learn all about Silverlight and Windows 7 development from my colleagues Dani Diaz and David Isbitski.

    Schedule TBD
    Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group – Syracuse, NY
    Western NY SQL Server PASS – Amherst, NY
    Refresh Rochester – Rochester, NY
    Build Guild – Troy, NY
    Western New York .NET Users Group - Amherst, NY

     

    Rhode Island

    January 12
    Southern New England SQL Server User Group, Warwick, RI
    “Microsoft Dynamics CRM, The Product” – Anne Stanton

    January 19
    Providence Geeks – Providence, RI

    February 16
    Providence Geeks – Providence, RI

    Schedule TBD
    Rhode Island .NET User Group - Bristol, RI

      

    Vermont

    January 10 
    Vermont .NET User Group – S. Burlington, VT
    “Entity Framework in the Cloud” – Julie Lerman

    February 15 
    Vermont .NET User Group – S. Burlington, VT
    Kathleen Dollard

    Schedule TBD
    Vermont SQL Server User Group - Burlington, VT

     

    [Update 1/10/11 – Added D8, Boston jQuery Meetup, NH .NET Nashua]
    [Update 1/12/11 – Added Cape Cod .NET, Bangor .NET]
    [Update 1/13/11 – Added Linked .NET, North Shore Web Geeks, Boston Web Performance]

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