Now that the election is over, and gas prices have started to go down ($1.95 a gallon here in Dallas!) it’s time to get back out on the road and attend some great User Group meetings!  Here’s what’s on tap for the rest of November here in SCD:

  • Tuesday, November 11, 2008 6:30 PM: GNONUG Meeting - November GNONUG Meeting - Keith Elder, Guest Speaker
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  • Wednesday, November 12, 2008 6:30 PM: Caching and Exception Handling with WCF - We have a double header planned for the November 12th meeting! Todd Stone will present on caching frequently accessed data near a Windows Communication Foundation service. WCF can be a chatty interface and Todd will demonstrate that caching the frequently accessed data near the WCF service will avoid a lot of overhead in accessing it every time from the database. This in turn makes your WCF service more scalable, robust and available. Zach Bonham will present on the fundamentals of exception handling when working with Windows Communication Foundation. Zach will cover options for communicating exceptions across the service boundary in a distributed system, getting the most out of your exception handling (client and service), working with fault contracts and a look at IErrorHandler. We will have FREE food, drinks, and there will be a prize drawing for those who attend - courtesy of Sogeti!
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  • Thursday, November 13, 2008 6:00 PM: Dallas .Net Users Group Meeting - Command design pattern, Lambda Expressions, Extension Methods, fluent interfaces, refactoring, test-driven development, writing elegant code, and more. This session will cover a little bit of many things learned from projects I've been working on. We expect every attendee to learn a few tricks that can be applied immediately, and also to feel encouraged to go out and research more on whatever area appeals the most. Besides learning those things, we really hope attendees will start thinking and approaching their code in a different way. Claudio Lassala is a Senior Developer at EPS Software Corp. He has presented several lectures at Microsoft events such as PDC and various other Microsoft seminars, as well as several conferences and user groups in Brazil and North America. He is a multiple winner of the Microsoft MVP award and also holds the MCSD for Net certification. He has articles published on several magazines, such as MSDN Brazil Magazine, FoxPro Advisor, CoDe Magazine, UTMag, Developers Magazine, and he is also the author of several training videos.
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  • Friday, November 14, 2008 8:00 AM: AgileDotNet - AgileDotNet is an exciting one-day conference specifically designed to bring together the world of .NET with the world of Agile methodologies. Designed for both those experienced with Agile techniques and for those that are new to world of Agile, attendees can expect interesting, real-world experience presentations from some of the industry’s leading Project Managers, Developers, and Business Analysts who have embraced Agile principles within .NET development environments. Join in to hear how they have implemented Agile techniques in their projects and organizations – they will discuss the successes and the challenges.
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  • Saturday, November 15, 2008 8:00 AM: North Texas PC User Group - SIGs on various subjects, regular 3rd Saturday meeting at King of Glory Lutheran Church
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  • Saturday, November 15, 2008 11:00 AM: NTPCUG Microsoft ACCESS SIG - Topic "Starting an Application - Not 'From Scratch'". Regular 3rd Saturday Meeting at King of Glory Lutheran Church
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  • Saturday, November 15, 2008 11:00 AM: NTPCUG Microsoft Access Spl Int Grp - REVISED TOPIC: “Basics Review: Tables, Queries, Sorting, and Indexing” in response to attendee request at the October meeting. We will talk about tables, queries, and the differences between them, including using multiple tables in a query. We will also discuss ordering your data for presentation or use, and how to do so in Queries, Forms, and Reports. The subject of ordering data leads into using indexes and primary keys.
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  • Monday, November 17, 2008 6:00 PM: Shreveport .NET User Group November Meeting - Brian Sullivan will give a presentation on Automated Unit Testing.
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  • Tuesday, November 18, 2008 6:00 PM: DFW Sharepoint Community Meeting - DFW Sharepoint user group meets 3rd Tues of the month at Microsoft in Irving, TX. Free to attend but must register on website.
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  • Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:00 PM: 2D Camera Systems - This month we’ll be discussing how to implement a camera system into a 2D world using XNA. We’ll look at several code examples in different methods of implementing this fundamental piece of game development.
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  • Tuesday, November 25, 2008 6:00 PM: INETA Speaker - Paul Sheriff - He will present on two topics: 1. From 2-Tier to N-Tier in Minutes 2. Maintaining State in ASP.NET Applications
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