Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area (note the CMAP Code Camp THIS SATURDAY!):

  • 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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  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008 6:30 PM: Charlottesville .NET User Group Meeting: ASP.NET MVC, Justin Etheredge - ASP.NET MVC is a new framework from Microsoft that allows powerful, flexible, and testable web applications to be built quickly and easily. It represents a completely different paradigm than Web Forms for building web applications. We are going to discuss the Model View Controller pattern, and show you what it is and why it makes sense to develop web applications using this model. We will then delve into ASP.NET MVC using Scott Guthrie's MVC demo application and give you a high level overview of its structure and workings. Justin Etheredge is an obsessed software developer living and working in Richmond, VA. He is a Senior Consultant for Dominion Digital and since 2000 he has been creating software applications for a wide range of industries from insurance to healthcare to e-commerce. He is passionate about all things software related, and occasionally speaking and writing about his opinions at his blog "codethinked.com". He believes that creating software should be fun, and not just something you do for a paycheck.
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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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  • Monday, October 27, 2008 6:45 PM: Frederick .NET Users Group Meeting - Monthly meeting- Topics to be presented: L.B. Belella: Using custom bootstrapped MSIs to enhance Visual Studio Setup Projects John Blumenauer: UI Frameworks: MVC, MVP, and SCSF/CAB
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  • Monday, October 27, 2008 7:00 PM: NOVA - SQL SERVER USERS GROUP - Main Session: Andrew Duthie | Geocoding, RSS, and Mapping, oh my! Short Takes Session: Geoff Snowman | File-based BLOB data in SQL Server 2008
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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2008 8:00 AM: TechDays DC - If technology is the backbone of your business, you won't want to miss out on the TechDays '08 event in Washington DC. Filled with exclusive product information presented by insider experts, TechDays '08 will show developers, IT professionals, IT executives, and partners how Microsoft technology can take their business to the next level. Whether you attend just one day or all three, you'll walk away with a greater understanding of the business value of Microsoft's technology solutions. Plus, you'll have the chance to take a closer look at Microsoft's latest development tools and technologies. Register today!
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  • Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:00 PM: Capital Area .NET UG October Meeting: Introduction to ASP.NET MVC Framework - The ASP.NET Framework is Microsoft’s latest framework for developing web applications, using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. This introductory session will focus on providing an overview of this new technology and answering the simple questions that usually arise from the first look at this new technology. Questions like: Where is my Postback? How does using ASP.NET MVC Framework help me avoid tight coupling? Will I be able to more easily test my solutions? Roberto Hernandez is currently a senior consultant for Excella Consulting, who has been designing and writing software using Microsoft technology for the past the 10 years. You can read more about Roberto at his blog at community.rhpconsulting.net.
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