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  • Blog Post: Dallas TechFest 2009 – Recap

    Dallas TechFest is a multi-technology, multi-disciplinary developer conference held this year it was held on June 19 th 2009 at the beautiful Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco, TX.  Completely organized and run by members of the local community, this year over 400 developers and architects turned...
  • Blog Post: Tour of Arkansas

      I had a GREAT time touring across Arkansas (over 1300 miles of driving!) talking about Windows Live Framework (LiveFX for short), Windows Live Mesh , ASP.NET MVC , Silverlight 3 and building communities.  I’d like to thank Randy Walker, Michael Paladino and all the User Group leaders in Fort...
  • Blog Post: Live Services and Mesh at the North Dallas UG

    I’ll be presenting a Lap Around Windows Live Services and Mesh at the North Dallas .NET User Group meeting tomorrow night.  At this meeting you’ll learn about the Live Framework , our latest offering for developers programming against our Live Services from any device, platform, runtime, or programming...
  • Blog Post: User Group Radio | Bringing community leaders together...

    Jay Smith, one of the awesome community leaders in Northwest Arkansas, has created a new podcast series called User Group Radio .  The idea behind this podcast series is best summed up by jay Smith in the first UGR blog post: Over the last several years I have been involved with the developer community...
  • Blog Post: Dallas Cloud Computing User Group

    Mike Holdorf and Vince Blasberg have collaborated on putting together the inaugural meeting of the Dallas Area Cloud Computing User Group on January 21 from 6-8pm in the Dallas MTC.  It’s great to see the community so excited about embracing the latest Microsoft Cloud Computing technologies including...
  • Blog Post: The night was humid…

    … so we spent it at a local .NET User Group meeting!  If you’re looking for one, you can always check http://www.codezone.com , http://www.southcentraldevelopers.com or this blog – http://blogs.msdn.com/chkoenig .  Here is the list of upcoming events that I just sent to the MSDN Flash editors...
  • Blog Post: Adding Style to WPF and Silverlight Apps at DDNUG

    I had a great time speaking at the Dallas .NET User Group meeting last night on WPF and Silverlight Styles, Templates and Data Binding.  I’ve posted the slides up on Slideshare and the demos (with the pptx) out on FolderShare .  Here are the links: Adding Style To Your Microsoft Wpf And Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: OKC Developer Group Presentation – Next Gen Web Apps

    I had a great time last night at the OKC Developer Group meetings.  I love presenting there because you actually get to do 2 presentations – one at lunch (there was about 85 people in attendance) and one at dinner (about 15 people).  That’s 100 people in one day with two chances to get it right...
  • Blog Post: MVP Raymond Lewallen at NDDNUG

    Microsoft MVP Raymond Lewallen is coming to the North Dallas .NET User Group on Wednesday, September 10th at 6:00 PM to present an in-depth look at Behavior Driven Development (BDD). BDD is driven by business value!   The practices of BDD include: Driving development from the outside-in Using...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events in South Central District

    Saturday, August 16, 2008 11:00 AM: NTPCUG Microsoft ACCESS SIG - Regular monthly meeting: Special Guest Speaker Excel MVP Michael Alexander will show us some sample Tips for Power Users and give us an overview of what he will cover in his Power User Workshop for Access here in Dallas in October. Monday...
  • Blog Post: User Group Meetings in South Central Distrct

    According to last count , we’ve got about a bazillion user groups in South Central (that’s Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana).  Here’s some info on some upcoming user group meetings that you might be interested in: Thursday, July 17, 2008 6:00 PM: North Houston DNUG July Meeting - Free pizza...
  • Blog Post: First Dallas XNA Community User Group Meeting

    Tonight marked the first ever Dallas XNA User Group meeting at the SMU Guildhall.   Most of the core group of us, as well as some new friends, were able to get together tonight to check out the venue, discuss what the group was going to cover, what it’s priorities were, and who was going to...
  • Blog Post: User Groups in South Central District

    I have begun the process of compiling a giant list of all the developer-focused User Groups across TX, OK, LA and AR.  I know I don't have them all yet, and might not have all the exact details correct on all of them, but I get so many questions about user groups that I wanted to get this list out...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer Marsman’s ‘Featured Woman in Technology’: Toi B. Wright

    Toi is one of our most active community members in South Central, and I think it’s great that Jennifer was able to connect with Toi for the latest edition of Jennifer’s Women in Technology blog series. Jennifer has been featuring one woman per week who has excelled in the field of technology, and Toi...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! Interview from Dallas TechFest is LIVE

    The first session of the morning in the .NET Track at Dallas TechFest this year was a panel discussion on Building Communities hosted by our frieds Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of .NET Rocks!   The panel consisted of Toi Wright (ASP.NET MVP & President of the Dallas ASP.NET User Group...
  • Blog Post: UI Patterns at DFWUPA

    I attended a great meeting of the DFW Usability Professionals User Group meeting this month at the Central Market in Dallas.  The small room was filled to the brim to see Brian Sullivan talk about Design Patterns .  I was very curious about this talk because although I’m familiar with Software...
  • Blog Post: NWA SQL Server User Group

    Congratulations to Jason Pluenneke and the folks in Northwest Arkansas for their first ever Northwest Arkansas SQL Server User Group meeting tonight!  A very respectable 20-person crowd gathered together tonight to hear Boyd Evert discuss the new features of SQL Server 2008 .  I't’s great to...
  • Blog Post: NWA SQL Server User Group starting up!

    For those of you in the Northwest Arkansas area, don’t miss the inaugural meeting of the Northwest Arkansas SQL Server User Group. Meeting Details: The first ever NWASQL meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm .  Pizza will be provided and there will be several drawings...
  • Blog Post: InstallFest Poland

    A few months ago, our team worked with several local-area User Groups to put on these events we called InstallFest.  The idea was to get people together talking about all the cool new features Visual Studio 2008 and hand out some free copies of the software to as many people as we could.  Inspired...
  • Blog Post: Thanks DDNUG!

    I wanted to make a public THANK YOU to the Dallas .NET User Group for the very generous recognition award they presented me at last week's meeting/Casino Party:   click on the picture to see a larger version I've never received a community recognition award before, and I'm very appreciative of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest Updates

    Quick update for those of you interested in attending the Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest parties in SCD - we now have registration links available for you - Dec 3rd in Tulsa - Registration Link | User Group Web Site Dec 5th in Dallas - Registration Link | User Group Web Site Dec 13th in Houston...
  • Blog Post: Bill English at DFW SharePoint User Group

    Here's a note from the DFW SharePoint User Group - you know that I'll be there... Save the date! The November meeting will be on November 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Bill English, Microsoft MVP and author of SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit will be our special guest speaker and will have...
  • Blog Post: Dallas/Fort Worth DNUX User Group

    Cory Smith , VB.NET MVP over there in Forth Worth has launched a new User Group called the ".NET User Experience User Group", or DNUX for short. Follow Cory's blog at addressof.com for more information as this group comes more into focus and starts their meetings. If you're interested in participating...
  • Blog Post: Houston TechFest 2007

    Michael Steinberg, John Ebeling and the rest of the HDNUG gang have put together a great program this year for the Houston TechFest . Brad Abrams , GM for the UI FX team at Microsoft (the folks that bring you Winforms, WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET, and more) will be presenting a keynote address, and yours...
  • Blog Post: Ruby vs. C# - at the Dallas C# SIG

    I attended the Dallas C# SIG meeting last night featuring Adam Keys on Ruby and Jef Newsom on C#. Adam started the evening off with an overview of Ruby philosophy, covering the fundamental design principals behind the language, a bit about how the language works, and a lot on why he really likes Ruby...
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