Since I’m going to be taking some time off in December, and may or may not get to blogging next week, here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the rest of the year for the Mid-Atlantic area:

  • Thursday, December 11, 2008 6:30 PM: RSSUG December Meeting: SSIS Scripting - Can't find an SSIS Task that does what you need? Script it! The Script Task and Script Component in SSIS are extremely powerful and flexible. In this session you will learn how to customize SSIS functionality using Script objects, best practices for script development, script troubleshooting techniques, and script lifecycle management.
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  • Tuesday, December 16, 2008 7:00 PM: CapArea.NET December Meeting - Julie Lerman on Entity Framework - The ADO.NET Entity Framework provides .NET developers with a new means of writing Data Access code using a customizable data model to query and update your data. This introductory session will give you an understanding of what the Entity Framework is all about. You will learn how to build a basic Entity Data Model and inspect it's most important parts and learn basics of querying with Entity SQL and LINQ to Entities. You will also learn how to easily access its highest level of abstraction in common data binding in a variety of application scenarios . Lastly the session will tempt you with the potential of building and using highly customized models as well as what lays beneath the surface of the Entity Framework APIs.

    Julie Lerman is an independent consultant and .NET Mentor who has been designing and writing software applications for more than 20 years and is the author of O’Reilly’s Programming Entity Framework . Julie is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and INETA Speaker. She is a prolific blogger, a frequent presenter at technical conferences around the world and writes articles for many well-known technical publications. Julie lives in Vermont where she runs the Vermont.NET User Group, is a board member of the Vermont Software Developers Alliance and a member of the Champlain College Software Engineering Advisory Board. You can read Julie’s blog at www.thedatafarm.com/blog.
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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008 6:45 PM: Frederick .NET User Group Meeting - Intro topic: “Intro to WatiN” with Tim Plourde. In-depth topic: “Geocoding, RSS, and Mapping, oh my!” with Andrew Duthie. Abstract: Take a trip into the wonderful world of geolocation with Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie. Andrew will explore the use of such technologies as Windows Live Maps and RSS as data sources for geolocation, geocoding via the MapPoint Web Service, and mapping out geolocated data with the Virtual Earth Map control (including the recently previewed ASP.NET Virtual Earth Server Control). If you’re feeling lost, this tour of geolocation tools and technologies may be just what you need to find yourself. Andrew Duthie Bio: http://blogs.msdn.com/gduthie/articles/344901.aspx
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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008 7:00 PM: Northern Virginia Girl Geek Dinner #2 - We would like to invite all women who are in technology fields or consider themselves a "girl geek" to attend an evening to meet, socialize, and network with women in technology. Men are invited if accompanied by a Girl Geek. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Presentation: Defining the -ette in Geekette Twenty years ago, Julie Lerman learned that she had to act and dress like the guys in order to fit into the IT Industry. Today she’s found that the cover-up is no longer necessary. Many of her “girly” qualities have become advantageous in a world of geeks where she now speaks at conferences all over the world and has just finished writing her first programming book for O’Reilly Press. Julie will share with the NOVA Girl Geeks some of this historical perspective and lessons learned. Presented by: Julie Lerman

    Julie Lerman is an independent consultant and .NET Mentor who has been designing and writing software applications for more than 20 years and is the author of O’Reilly’s Programming Entity Framework . Julie is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and INETA Speaker. She is a prolific blogger, a frequent presenter at technical conferences around the world and writes articles for many well-known technical publications. Julie lives in Vermont where she runs the Vermont.NET User Group, is a board member of the Vermont Software Developers Alliance and a member of the Champlain College Software Engineering Advisory Board. You can read Julie’s blog at www.thedatafarm.com/blog.
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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008 7:00 PM: The right form for the job: A comparison of 3rd-party DotNetNuke form modules - There are a number of form modules on the market that work with DotNetNuke, each with their own strengths and weaknesses depending on what you need to get done with them: general information gathering, work flow management, payments processing, and even integration with other systems. Some are oriented more toward being configured by someone with a technical aptitude, while others can be set up and managed by non-technical users. We'll evaluate at least four different form modules (XMod, Dynamic Forms, Enterprise Forms, and Form Master) and discuss what kind of uses each one might be best suited for as well as some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them.
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  • Thursday, December 18, 2008 6:30 PM: HRSSUG December Meeting - Join the Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Grou pfor their SQL Server 2008 Launch! We have a SQL Server MVP, Andy Leonard, coming to speak! This is a MUST attend event! We'll have primo SWAG to give away!
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