Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area (plus online events you can view from anywhere)…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar:

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2009 6:00 PM: Hampton Roads .NET Users Group
    Parallel Extensions for .NET The manycore revolution started several years ago. Striving to conserve power while meeting the ever-growing demand for performance, chip manufacturers have been focusing on adding more computing cores to their packaging instead of ratcheting up the clock speeds. You've seen this for yourself. Almost every $800 laptop now has two computing cores. Soon, four cores will be commonplace on desktop computers. By 2013, the average software application is expected to have access to 8 or more processors whether it’s running in the cloud, in your server farm or on the desktop. The key to taking advantage of this new infrastructure is multi-threading. But multi-threading is hard because you have to deal with ugly things like mutexes, monitors, semaphores and other locking mechanisms. Not only is it difficult to understand but multithreaded code is usually very difficult to debug, test and maintain with confidence. What if there was a better way to take advantage of the manycore revolution? What if concurrent programming were baked into the platform so that anyone could do multithreading and do it well? Microsoft has a vision for that. They have been busy building a technology stack that makes so-called concurrent programming much simpler than it has been in the past. Really impressive performance gains are available using just a few lines of code. Best of all, the average developer can do this because there are no mutexes, no semaphores and no locks required. None of that craziness! During this highly interactive session, Kevin Hazzard will show you how you can leverage the Parallel Extensions for .NET to do some truly amazing things. Every developer will get something valuable from this session, no matter how experienced they are.
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  • Tuesday, June 09, 2009 6:00 PM: Capital Area SharePoint User Group June 2009 Meeting
    SPEAKER: Ashish Jaiman
    TOPIC: Silverlight
    ABSTRACT: Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows. You will be able to create apps (RIA) using Silverlight having Richly compelling experiences Real relevance for business Interop with ASP.NET and AJAX This talk will focus on Silverlight 2 and how you can create compelling RIAs using Silverlight 2, we will look at the next generation of Silverlight 3, features, controls and much more. Bio: Ashish is an ISV Architect Evangelist with Microsoft, managing ISVs in the Mid-Atlantic area. In his role he drives and accelerates the adoption of new (mostly pre release) technologies and tools with in the ISV community. He focuses on SQL 2008, VS 2008, Win2008, Net3.5 and web based technologies. Ashish has over twelve years of experience in designing and developing enterprise software, bringing technical solutions to business problems and consistently delivered high quality software on time and on budget. Before joining Microsoft he has worked with small startups. His blog can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/ajaiman Ashish Jaiman can be reached at ashishja (at) microsoft.com.
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  • Wednesday, June 10, 2009 6:30 PM: RockNUG Release 3.0 - Something a little different to celebrate our second birthday and first major release of the year -- a coding competition. Bring your laptop, if you want to participate, or just show up if you want to watch the sweat and the bytes fly. It is a deceptively simple competition in the spirit of the Boulders contest. No major coding required, all that is required is a logical mind and a desire to crush the competition into a pile of smoldering RAM. Our most generous sponsor Aetea has arranged for some great swag for the winner. We'll start out the evening with the bot basics and some demonstrations. But even if you arrive late, we'll have instructions and sample code you can use to get started whenever you arrive. Even if you don't want to code, there will be plenty of giveaways, awesome food, and other fun. You might even learn something.
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  • Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:00 PM: DC ALT.NET - BDD with Evan Light
    The June 2009 meeting of DC ALT.NET will be held on June 10th, 2009 from 7-9PM. This month, we are going to be talking Behavior Driven Development (BDD) with Evan Light. Evan is passionate about BDD and has presented at Scotland on Rails among others on the subject. We have moved up the usual meeting time to June 10th due to the proximity to RubyNation as to accommodate his schedule. The talk will revolve around three points: * The Whys of BDD * How to BDD * BDD Anti-Patterns This will be a great introduction for those who are unfamiliar and better yet to explore in a language such as Ruby.
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  • Friday, June 12, 2009 1:00 PM: MSDN Freedom Roadshow - Malvern
    Join MSDN Freedom Roadshow Evangelists for an afternoon of content for developers and architects, with the amazing ticket price of zero. All attendees will also receive a free Windows 7 Release Candidate DVD (while supplies last)! Register today – seating is limited! Topics include: • Developing on Microsoft Windows 7: the new Taskbar and Jump Lists, the Scenic Ribbon, file management with Libraries, and Windows Web Services • What’s New in Internet Explorer 8 for Developers • Making JavaScript Fun Again
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  • Monday, June 15, 2009 1:00 PM: MSDN Freedom Roadshow - Pittsburgh - Join MSDN Freedom Roadshow Evangelists for an afternoon of content for developers and architects, with the amazing ticket price of zero. All attendees will also receive a free Windows 7 Release Candidate DVD (while supplies last)! Register today – seating is limited! Topics include: • Developing on Microsoft Windows 7: the new Taskbar and Jump Lists, the Scenic Ribbon, file management with Libraries, and Windows Web Services • What’s New in Internet Explorer 8 for Developers • Making JavaScript Fun Again
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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009 3:00 PM: CloudCamp DC
    CloudCamp is an unconference where early adopters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions . At CloudCamp, you are encouraged to share your thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computing. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.
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