Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest:

  • Webinar: Technical Debt
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 10:00 AM, Online
    Technical debt is the cost of putting off good development practices. This debt, must be paid back to avoid the “interest payments” becoming crippling. This presentation will focus on a number of common developer (and project) anti-patterns that can lead to the build up of technical debt in a project and, having identified these behaviours, we’ll look at techniques to firstly quantify and then to mitigate against them.
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  • Altoona Area .NET User Group Meeting
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:00 PM, Bellwood, PA
    Brian Lanham from the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group will be speaking at our November meeting on Smart Business Objects and Reflection (and maybe a little Azure).
    Meeting will be held at Link Corp.:
    Link is in Bellwood, which is about 8 miles north of Altoona, just off of I-99/U.S. 220.
    • Get off I-99 (U.S. 220) at exit 41 (Bellwood Exit), taking PA-865 North (really west) toward Bellwood.
    • Drive 1/3 mile, take your first left onto E Pleasant Valley Blvd.
    • Drive 1/2 mile, turn right onto Stadium Dr.
    • Drive 1/4 mile to Link Corp. (on your right).
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  • Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Event for Public Sector
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 8:30 AM, Harrisburg, PA
    WINDOWS PHONE 7 is almost here… and we want developers from government, education and healthcare organizations to get excited about developing applications for the NEW Windows Phone! Windows Phone 7 gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specifications, a comprehensive development toolkit, and the all-new, full-service Marketplace for selling your apps.
    We invite you to join us for a day of presentations and hands on activities to learn all about Windows Phone 7. We want developers and partners to know… if they can dream it, they can build it with Windows Phone 7.
    ACTION REQUESTED: Attendees should bring their own laptops for us during the hands on portions of the event. If you are not able to bring a laptop, we will make every effort onsite to pair you with another attendee.
    PRESENTERS
    James Chittenden, Microsoft User Experience Evangelist
    Joel Reyes, Microsoft Senior Developer Evangelist
    AGENDA
    09:00 – 10:00: Metro and the Windows Phone Experience
    10:00 – 11:00: Windows Phone Development Foundation
    11:00 – 12:00 Windows Phone Sensors, Storage, Deployment and Security
    12:00 – 01:00 Break for Lunch
    13:00 – 16:00 Garage: Hands On Labs
    >Option 1: Six labs, 30 minutes each… (for general developers interested in messing with the technology)
    >Option 2: Given an OGDI Interface, build a WP7 client (for advanced attendees that may already have experience with the technology)
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  • Week3 Webinar - BI for the Common People
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:00 AM, Online
    Listen to Virgil Carroll, President and Chief architect of High Monkey Consulting as he explores various BI tools and uses.
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  • Microsoft Public Sector Developer Roadshow
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:30 PM, Richmond, VA
    We invite you to join us for developer-oriented sessions featuring Visual Studio 2010. The event begins with a presentation on Visual Studio 2010 – new features, add-ons and SKU plan changes. The next presentation will discuss how Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 integrates with Office 2010, project planning with VSTS 2010 and branching and merging visualization. This will be followed by a practical look at leveraging SharePoint 2010 as a development platform. Then an overview of architecture and modeling with VSTS 2010 Ultimate will be presented, along with changes in the .NET Framework. The last session of the day will provide information on licensing and upgrading to VSTS 2010 and MSDN changes.
    The sessions will be very much demonstration oriented, and will be delivered by seasoned developers with experience in Government and Public Sector. Seize this opportunity to immerse yourself amidst these exciting new technologies!
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  • DCDNUG: Application Life cycle Management with Visual Studio 2010
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
    This presentation will acquaint you with the new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) features that are included inside the new release of Team Foundation Server 2010 and Visual Studio 2010. Team Foundation Server 2010 with Visual Studio 2010 is a true platform for productive, integrated, and extensible software development lifecycle tools that helps software teams by improving communication and collaboration throughout the software development process. Development teams benefit greatly from the integrated team development experience: Version Control, Work Item Management and Build Automation and revamped Testing tools. Enterprises and organizations may also need to use the advanced reporting and collaboration features of Team Foundation Server 2010, based on SQL Reporting Services and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). Come join as a we step through the new ALM toolset from Microsoft and explore how to leverage it to build better software!
    Agenda:
    6:30 PM - 6:45 PM Pizza! Beverages! Networking!
    6:45 PM - 8:15 PM Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010- Kevin Israel
    8:15 PM - 8:30 PM Sponsor's time
    8:30 PM - 8:45 PM Raffle for some great giveaways!
    Thanks to everyone for making the October 2010 event huge success with a great turnout !!!
    Spread the word, bring a friend, hope to see you there!!!
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  • DC ALT.NET - Exploring Domain Driven Design Patterns in .NET
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:00 PM, Alexandria, VA
    Domain Driven Design (DDD) is a pattern language developed by Eric Evans for
    effectively managing complexity in software solutions. DDD has evolved as an
    approach for conceptualizing your project's problem-space but as software
    developers we are also keenly interested in translating those DDD patterns to
    code. If you have always wanted to know how to get started with using DDD in
    your projects then this is the talk for you -- offering both an intro to DDD
    concepts as well as a look at NET implementations of DDD concepts.
    In this talk we will first begin with a brief introduction to DDD concepts and
    principles for those new to this overall approach and then explore various
    implementation patterns to translate DDD concepts into .NET code. We will
    investigate implementations for Repositories, Specifications, Entities, Value
    Objects, Services, and other DDD constructs. We will also discuss some
    considerations for how to structure your projects and solutions to maximize
    flexibility and manage the evolution of your domain over time. This discussion
    will focus less on offering prescriptive guidance and more on helping the
    attendee understand some of the potential trade-offs that alternate
    implementation approaches can provide.
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  • Microsoft Public Sector Developer Roadshow
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:15 AM, Chevy Chase, MD
    We invite you to join us for a day of developer-oriented sessions, featuring Visual Studio 2010. The event begins with a presentation on Visual Studio 2010 – new features, add-ons and SKU plan changes. The next presentation will discuss how Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010 integrates with Office 2010, project planning with VSTS 2010 and branching and merging visualization. This will be followed by an overview of architecture and modeling with VSTS 2010 Ultimate. The session following the lunch break will present a practical look at leveraging SharePoint 2010 as a development platform. The next session will discuss testing tools, with a look at the new Test Manager and Manual Test Runner in 2010. The last session of the day will provide information on licensing and upgrading to VSTS 2010 and MSDN changes.
    The sessions will be very much demonstration oriented, and will be delivered by seasoned developers with experience in Government and Public Sector. Seize this opportunity to immerse yourself amidst these exciting new technologies!
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  • Webinar: Customizing Team Foundation Server 2010 Process Templates
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 10:00 AM, Online
    Team Foundation Server (TFS) is Microsoft's flagship Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform. One of the many benefits of TFS is the ability to customize the entire process to fit your organization. We will start with downloading a process template from TFS and examining the components. Next, we will look at customizing work items and work item queries, source control settings, and reports and the project portal. Finally, we will upload the new template and apply it to a new Team Project, as well as look at process template version management
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  • Webcast: Feature Demonstration of Microsoft Visual Studio
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:00 PM, Online
    During this webcast, we will provide a demonstration of technical functionalities and feature capabilities of the following:
    1. Test Professional for Tester/Load Testing
    2. Test & Lab management
    3. Team Foundation Server – Version Control, Work Items, Reporting services
    Target Audience: Developers, Architects, Project Managers, QA and Business Analysts
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  • Roanoke Valley SQL Server User Group
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:00 PM, Roanoke, VA
    The Roanoke Valley SQL Server User Group is restarting! Join us at the Roanoke County Public Safety Building for 3 talks on TDE, FileStream, and SSRS.
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  • A Compelling Duo: SQL Server Compact Edition 4.0 and RDLC 2010 for .NET Developers
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:00 PM, Charlottesville , VA
    A Compelling Duo: SQL Server Compact Edition 4.0 and RDLC 2010 for .NET Developers.
    Whether your .NET application is a built for WinForms, WPF, WebForms, MVC, Silverlight, or console GUIs, at some point you may require a database for storage and user friendly reporting capabilities. While most applications will rightfully choose to use a full blown commercial or express edition of a database product (e.g. SQL Server 2008, etc.), some application may only need or could actually benefit from, an embedded relational database such as SQL Server Compact Edition 4.0 CTP1. Naturally, the need to display data in a meaningful manner also follows. There are many choices available in the reporting landscape but Microsoft Reports for Visual Studio 2010 (RDLC) offers up a solid feature set for a great price (free), is simple to use even for a software developer, and supports a simple programming model and all GUI types.
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  • Salesforce (force.com) New Features
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:30 PM, Alexandria, VA
    Our guest speaker, Peter Churchill, is a Salesforce expert. During his presentation, he will cover some new features of Salesforce and provide some useful demos that can help you to understand the power of force.com platform. This is a meeting you should not miss.
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