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…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar:

  • MSDN Webcast: Introduction to the Rock Paper Azure Challenge (Level 100)
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:00 AM, Online
    Get ready to play Rock, Paper, Scissors with a few twists! Your East Coast Cloud Guys, Brian Hitney, Peter Laudati and Jim O’Neil will introduce you to the newest version of the schoolyard game – played in the Windows Azure cloud (for weekly prizes!). In this hour long webcast, we’ll introduce you to the format of the game including an overview of how Windows Azure is behind it all.
    We’ll quickly get you up to speed on downloading and deploying your own Microsoft Visual Studio "Bot Lab" project so you can get started coding your very own "bot" to battle against the competition. You’ll see how your bot ranks against other players on the live leaderboard and learn how to make adjustments before the final weekly round on Fridays.
    Ah, we did say "Rock, Paper, Scissors with a few twists". This version introduces two additional moves – Dynamite and Water Balloons – to make the game less random, fun to code and a lot more interesting. Be sure to tune in to the webcast so you can get strategies on increasing your chances to be the Ruler of Roshambo in the cloud. Already in the game? Join the Friday pre-tournament webcast for tips and tricks on building your killer Bot.
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  • FredNUG: Intro to ASP.NET MVC 3
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 5:45 PM, Frederick, MD
    In this talk, Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie will provide an overview of Microsoft’s ASP.NET MVC web development platform and tools, including demonstrations and discussions of new features in the 3rd release of ASP.NET MVC. Andrew will also discuss and demo the ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools Update, released at the recent MIX11 conference, and how the new features it provides will dramatically speed development of web applications on the Microsoft platform.
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  • Goodbye Entity Framework 1, Hello Entity Framework 4!
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
    The 1.0 release of the Entity Framework was not a resounding success – developers found themselves fighting the framework. Thankfully, Entity Framework 4 enables you to work how YOU want to work. Database-first, Model-first, or Code-First – you decide. Self-tracking entities, POCO entities, custom entities – you decide. Auto-generated SQL or stored procedures – you decide. With a slew of new features EF4 will allow you to quickly achieve a high level of productivity. This demo-heavy presentation will cover the new features of Entity Framework 4 with a focus on features that will enhance the quality of your code!
    Speaker Bio:
    Steve Michelotti is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and an Architect/Developer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS). He has consulted at Advertising.com/AOL where he was the Tech Lead for one of the highest volume .NET applications in the world. He previously was the Chief Technologist at e.magination. Steve is a frequent presenter at developer user groups and Code Camps along the East Coast and holds the MCSD, MCPD, and MCT certifications. Steve has been on Microsoft Channel9 and his published articles include Visual Studio Magazine and his blog: www.geekswithblogs.net/michelotti.
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  • ASP.NET MVC to the Server and Back Again
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:00 PM, Center Valley, PA
    Guided tour of MSFT tech stack from client to MVC request handler (beginner level)
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  • Evaluate your Daily Checklist against your SQL Enterprise with PBM and CMS
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:00 PM, Wheeling, WV
    Evaluate your Daily Checklist against your SQL Enterprise with PBM and CMS
    You will walk away from this session with an understanding of how to use the Policy Based Management and Central Management Server to complete a daily checklist against your whole SQL Server farm. We will cover the basics to evaluate, monitor and apply best practice policies, which are included out of the box with SQL Server 2008. We will also make custom policies to cover additional best practices to evaluate daily checklist items. Finally, we will combine Policy-Based Management and Central Management Server with the Enterprise Policy Management Framework on codeplex to automate the monitoring process and create manager friendly reports to monitor your checklist items against the whole SQL Server farm.
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  • Force.com & Salesforce New Features
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 6:30 PM, Arlington, VA
    There are so many exciting new features on Force.com cloud computing platform. During this session, Peter will cover some new features and show you how to effectively working with them. From his working experience with Saleforce, you will find this session very useful, productive, and informative.
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  • MIX11 Recap
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:00 PM, Arlington, VA
    Bio:
    Frank is a Public Sector Developer Evangelist for Microsoft and a former Microswoft MVP. He is also the author of "Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development-Beginners Guide"
    Presentation description:
    Silverlight 5. HTML5. IE9. Windows Phone 7 -- A lot of great things will come out of the MIX11 conference.
    If you couldn’t make the MIX11 conference this year, then come to this recap as Developer Evangelist Frank La Vigne brings a little bit of the Las Vegas conference to Arlington.
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  • MSDN Webcast: Rock Paper Azure Challenge Tips and Tricks (Level 100)
    Friday, April 22, 2011 10:30 AM, Online
    In this open mike session, join Brian, Peter and Jim for some last minute strategy pointers as well as a recap of the competition seen during practice rounds contest participants have played during the week. Its a great chance to ask questions on the nuances of the game and perhaps get just a bit of an edge on your competition right before you submit the final version of your "bot" for the week's prize round.
    Not in the game yet? Join the weekly Tuesday webcast for an introduction to Windows Azure and the Rock Paper Azure Challenge. To learn more and get started visit: http://www.rockpaperazure.com
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  • MSDN Webcast: Introduction to the Rock Paper Azure Challenge (Level 100)
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:00 AM, Online
    Get ready to play Rock, Paper, Scissors with a few twists! Your East Coast Cloud Guys, Brian Hitney, Peter Laudati and Jim O’Neil will introduce you to the newest version of the schoolyard game – played in the Windows Azure cloud (for weekly prizes!). In this hour long webcast, we’ll introduce you to the format of the game including an overview of how Windows Azure is behind it all.
    We’ll quickly get you up to speed on downloading and deploying your own Microsoft Visual Studio "Bot Lab" project so you can get started coding your very own "bot" to battle against the competition. You’ll see how your bot ranks against other players on the live leaderboard and learn how to make adjustments before the final weekly round on Fridays.
    Ah, we did say "Rock, Paper, Scissors with a few twists". This version introduces two additional moves – Dynamite and Water Balloons – to make the game less random, fun to code and a lot more interesting. Be sure to tune in to the webcast so you can get strategies on increasing your chances to be the Ruler of Roshambo in the cloud. Already in the game? Join the Friday pre-tournament webcast for tips and tricks on building your killer Bot.
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  • Richmond SharePoint User Group Monthly Meeting
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:00 PM, Richmond, VA
    The Richmond SharePoint User Group reaches the SharePoint community in the metro Richmond area and beyond. The group was formed in March 2008 by four founding sponsors in metro Richmond--Dominion Digital, CapTech Ventures, Ironworks, and TCSC, along with Microsoft.
    We seek to build community among SharePoint enthusiasts for learning, sharing, and connecting. Our group consists of professionals from all SharePoint roles and from a broad cross section of business sectors, including the private sector, legal, education, state and federal government, nonprofit and for profit companies and organizations.
    For questions or comments, please contact us at richmondsug@live.com.
    Follow us on Twitter @richmondsug. Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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  • Agile/Scrum/TFS with Ken Schwaber & Rich Hundhausen
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:00 AM, Reston, VA
    Agile/Scrum/TFS with Ken Schwaber & Rich Hundhausen
    Please join us for this exciting, free event which will explore the Scrum methodology, real-world examples and how you can adopt a more Agile approach to software projects leveraging Microsoft Team Foundation Sever for development projects on any platform.
    Agenda:
    9am-12pm: Management & Scrum: From Here to Agility
    Ken Schwaber; Founder, Scrum.org
    Ken Schwaber is the co-developer of Scrum and signatory to the Agile Manifesto. He has also written three books on Agile/Scrum development. Ken will show what Scrum is, why and how it works, and how it can be used to gain agility. Ken will describe how Scrum has been used by APL/Johns Hopkins to deliver advanced product prototypes, by DOD contractors to save lives, and by others to gain competitive advantage, create advanced life critical products, and just make software development more enjoyable, predictable, and less risky. Ken will discuss strategies and tactics for adopting Scrum and becoming "agile."
    Lunch
    1pm-4:30pm: Implementing Scrum using Team Foundation Server 2010
    Richard Hundhausen - President, Accentient
    In this session you will learn how TFS 2010 supports Scrum in a way that reduces waste and increases product quality and business value. All software development team members, including ScrumMasters, product owners, and stakeholders should attend. We will take a hands-on look at Microsoft’s TFS Scrum process template as we create and groom the product backlog, plan and execute a Sprint, track a team’s progress, and move increments of potentially shippable software through to done. There will be plenty of demos and time for questions, so bring your hardest Scrum or ALM puzzles to the seminar. Richard Hundhausen is the president of Accentient, a company that specializes in Application Lifecycle Management. Richard has over 20 years of development, training, and presentation experience.
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  • Spring Networking: Women in SharePoint DC
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:00 PM, Washington, DC
    Please join us for our Spring Fling in support of women in technology in both the commercial and federal space. This is a great networking event for all interested in Enterprise 2.0, Government 2.0, Social Media, Knowledge Management and Microsoft SharePoint Technologies – whether you are an experienced professional or looking to learn something new.
    Right on the heels of Women’s History Month, we’ll be meeting new folks, looking at future events we’ve planned, and supporting women in technology by networking, socializing and meeting new professionals.
    In the great tradition of #SharePints, this is an informal event to allow current and new members the chance to exchange ideas, contacts and get involved in our community. We have reserved the space for 3 hours to allow as many people as possible to stop in after work.
    All who come are entered into our raffle for O’Reilly Media books – you must be there at 8:00 p.m. to win your prize.
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  • Microsoft WebMatrix and You
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:30 PM, Vienna, VA
    When you need to create a site, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up your environment, tweaking installs, and in general dealing with underlying technology issues. Instead, you want to get to a solution, and quickly. Time is money. Microsoft WebMatrix helps you get to done more quickly by making it simple to create solutions based on tested, trusted open source applications written for both ASP.NET and PHP, like DotNetNuke, blogEngine.net, WordPress, and more.
    In this session, Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie will show you how you can use Microsoft WebMatrix to quickly create solutions using popular open source frameworks, and also to quickly and easily deploy these solutions to a shared hosting environment, all with a single, lightweight, easy-to-use (and FREE) tool. In addition to creating projects from open source frameworks, Microsoft WebMatrix provides a lightweight code editor that supports HTML, CSS, ASP.NET, and PHP, as well as management of SQL Server, SQL Server Compact, and MySQL databases, allowing you to spend less time downloading and installing tools, and more time getting your work done. Come find out why even professional developers may want to add this nifty new tool to their toolbox.
    G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the Developer Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provides support and education for developers working with the .net development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft, Andrew is the author of several books on ASP.NET and web development, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences from VSLive! and ASP.NET Connections, to Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) and Tech-Ed. Andrew has been participating in the user group community since way back in 1997, when one of his co-workers dragged him out to the Internet Developers User Group in Tyson's Corner, VA, and he's been hooked ever since.
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