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MDNUG: Melbourne MS Developer Group - Meeting Review - 24 August 2004

MDNUG: Melbourne MS Developer Group - Meeting Review - 24 August 2004

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Last night we had the monthly MDNUG meeting at Microsoft's offices in Melbourne.

Thank-you everyone for an excellent meeting. A special thank-you to Jill Martindale for hosting the meeting, Brett for his impromptu talk on TechEd 2004, Todd Mitchell for his thoughts on WSE 2 and Reflector, Will for his list of links and information about blogging, Adrian for his information about Reflector plugins, Matt Cosier for his AU TechEd 2004 photos, and to the ten people that gave us a one minute ‘Who am I?’ talk.

 

We had about 40 people present last night and did some ‘hands up polling’. Here are the (very) approximate results:

'What do you do?' Statistics

Mostly C# developers – 15

Mostly VB developers – 10

 

Mostly ASP.Net developers - 15

Mostly Win forms developers – 15

Mostly Back-end developers – 10

 

‘Why didn’t you attend TechEd?’ Statistics

Attended – 1

Didn’t attend – 39

Couldn’t afford the cost – 10

Couldn’t afford the time – 4

Time and cost – 5

Not interested – 6

Topics too wide in focus – 3

Would have gone if it was MSDN/Developer specific – 4

 

Further Information About Topics

Please see William Luu's list and the addition list of links below for further information on the topics we discussed:

 

'Top Ten .Net Developer Tools' List

http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/04/07/MustHaveTools/default.aspx

 

Developer Education/Information Videos

The Indigo building tour video - http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=28161

TheServerSide.Net tech talks - http://www.theserverside.net/talks/index.tss

Microsoft Reality TV - MSDN's Channel 9 - http://channel9.msdn.com/

Channel 9 Videos via RSS - http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=14

 

Enterprise Developer News and Information

http://www.theserverside.net/

 

Object Relational Mappers

NHibernate - http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=28038

OJB.Net - http://ojb-net.sourceforge.net/

WinFS (Longhorn) - http://msdn.microsoft.com/Longhorn/understanding/pillars/WinFS/default.aspx

 

Data Access Layer Generators

LLBLGen - http://www.llblgen.com/

CodeSmith - http://www.ericjsmith.net/codesmith/ (See also: http://www.codegeneration.net/)

 

WSE 2.0

WSE 2 Home - http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices/building/wse/default.aspx

DotNetRocks on WSE 2 - http://www.franklins.net/fnetdotnetrocks/dotnetrocks.aspx?showid=69

MS RD Benjamin Mitchell - http://benjaminm.net/

MS RD John Bristowe - http://bristowe.com/blog/

WSE 2 Trace Tool - http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=28219

Mitch Denny on WSE 2 - http://notgartner.com/category/62.aspx

 

Reflector Plugins

Dump to files - http://www.denisbauer.com/NETTools/FileDisassembler.aspx

Reflector graph - http://blog.dotnetwiki.org/archive/2004/06/12/411.aspx

 

Random

Microsoft Business Framework (for Paul) - http://weblogs.asp.net/chrisgarty/archive/2004/05/24/140059.aspx and http://blogs.msdn.com/timbrookins/archive/2004/05/10/129124.aspx

NUnit (Unit Testing) - http://nunit.org/

Australian .Net Mailing List - To Subscribe: send "subscribe dotnet <Your Name>" in the body of an email to: imailsrv at stanski.com

 

Next month's meeting will be on the 28th of September. See you all there!

 

Update: added links to Will's meeting write-up.

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