A day late, due to the Columbus Day holiday, but here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area (note in particular my upcoming appearance at BaltoMSDN this Wednesday, and the CMAP Code Camp on the 25th):

  • Tuesday, October 14, 2008 5:30 PM: October Pittsburgh .NET Users Group Meeting - A double-dose of .NET-goodness awaits you at the October Pittsburgh .NET Users Group (PGHDOTNET). Get Up and Running with DotNetNuke Shaun will be doing a walk through of creating a DotNetNuke website. He will create the site from the Starter Kit install and will address issues when trying to install the starter kit on VS 2008. He will also show how to install a skin and start using it with the new web site. LINQ-to-XML / LINQ-to-SQL Richard will speak about using Linq-to-XML and Linq-to-SQL together to easily transform XML data into SQL Server, and back out again. We'll look at some of the new XML features in VB.NET (not available in C#), and talk a little about Anonymous Types. The talk will be light on slides and be mostly code demos.
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  • Wednesday, October 15, 2008 6:30 PM: BaltoMSDN October Meeting: A Tour of Microsoft Consumer and Entertainment Technologies - Join Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie for an enthusiast’s tour of some of the cool technologies from Microsoft focused on the consumer electronics and home entertainment markets. From XBOX 360 to Zune, from Windows Mobile to UMPCs, from Windows Home Server to Windows Media Center, we’ll look at everything the well-connected geek can’t possibly do without.
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  • Wednesday, October 15, 2008 7:00 PM: Are you Agile? - Are you agile, doing lean development or are you drowning in a continuous waterfall of portal requirements? Why agile? Can you do agile? Do you need tools to do so? This is an introductory session on agile practices, with discussion about scrum, sprints, burn-down, time-boxing and agile project management. Learn the essentials of agile teams from Quentin Gilbert, Certified Scrum Master and member of the Scrum Alliance (http://www.scrumalliance.org), currently the product owner of an enterprise workflow portal at AT&T Government Solutions. Specific topics will include the formation of agile teams, tracking the sprint and release so you know when it’s really ready and understanding what “Done” truly means.
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  • Monday, October 20, 2008 8:30 AM: MSDN Freedom Roadshow - Creating Web Applications with Microsoft Web Technologies Freedom from oppressive busy work that can and should be automated! Freedom to build exciting, engaging solutions in a first-class environment! The MSDN Developer Freedom Roadshow is a series of local Microsoft events held here in the region where our nation’s freedom was born. These events are delivered by your local Microsoft evangelists and sometimes Microsoft MVPs and influentials. Sessions and contents range from overview for beginners to in-depth discussions for intermediate audience and all share the same goal: to free the technology professional to do the best work they can do. The event will be held in the Commonwealth Room at DeSales University
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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2008 7:00 PM: DC ALT.NET - A Look at Kanban Software Development - Kanban is gaining popularity thanks to a growing number of folks, including Corbis & Yahoo!, who have been practicing and learning how to best apply Kanban to software development projects. Kanban uses lean techniques, such as queue management, flow control and theory of constraints to optimize the workflow of a team. According to David Anderson, "Kanban is a process that exposes the natural workflow of a system and reduces lead time by limiting the amount of work in progress." We will gain an insight in to what it means to use a Kanban system for software development and how to apply the pull based system. Similarities and distinctions between Kanban and Scrum will be reviewed. Kanban systems use constant inspection and adaption to identify bottlenecks and defects. Linda will share her experiences using Kanban and how it helped the team collaborate on a myriad of projects.
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  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008 6:00 PM: Roanoke Valley SharePoint User Group October Meeting - Sam Carlson speaks on Taming SharePoint.
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  • Saturday, October 25, 2008 8:45 AM: CMAP Code Camp 2008 Fall Edition - The date and location for the CMAP Code Camp 2008 Fall Edition has been formalized. We will be holding the code camp on Saturday, October 25th at the Loyola College Graduate Center Columbia Campus.
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