Events This Week – May 2nd, 2011

Events This Week – May 2nd, 2011

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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, May 03, 2011 12:00 PM, 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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  • CMAP Main Meeting - Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts – MVC 3 and the Microsoft Web Platform - Steve Michelotti
    Tuesday, May 03, 2011 6:30 PM, Columbia, MD
    Topic: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts – MVC 3 and the Microsoft Web Platform
    As Microsoft continues to crank out new features on their web stack, it is critical to keep up to date on the latest technologies that can benefit your applications. MVC 3 has a slew of new features including the Razor view engine, better Dependency Injection support, streamlined validation, and more. Add to that an extremely powerful package management system: NuGet. This demo-heavy presentation will cover these topics as well as how you can supercharge your development with MVCScaffolding, EF 4, SQL CE, and IIS Express.
    Presenter: Steve Michelotti
    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: http://www.geekswithblogs.net/michelotti.
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  • Caparea.NET SharePoint SIG - SharePoint 2010, Rest, and Silverlight:Building Multisource Business Applications in SharePoint 2010
    Tuesday, May 03, 2011 7:00 PM, Arlington, VA
    Topic: SharePoint 2010, Rest, and Silverlight:Building Multisource Business Applications in SharePoint 2010
    Abstract:
    To truly implement a knowledge management infrastructure using SharePoint 2010 as your framework, you may have to pull and manipulate data from other lines of business (LOB) applications. If you are developing user interface solutions with Silverlight, one of your choices for connecting to disparate data sources is to connect to a RESTful web service based on the OData standard using WCF Data Services. REST is a great technology standard for creating simple web service operations. This presentation will demonstrate interacting with SharePoint through Silverlight using REST and include a discussion on setup and gotchas.
    Bio:
    Hal Hayes is a Managing Consultant with Excella Consulting. He is a frequent speaker on emerging technologies and development strategies. Hal is also active in the developer user group community, including founding and leading one of the oldest Microsoft technology groups in the Metro DC area (CAPAREA.Net). He currently runs the Northern Virginia CodeCamp (NovaCodeCamp.org) organization that provides a free single-day developer conference biannually. Hal has led both large and small team development for both Federal (US Marine Corps, US Navy, National Institute of Health, Department of State, and Department of Defense) and commercial ventures. Hal is a Naval Flight Officer and Naval Reserve Commander, Retired.
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  • SharePoint ShopTalk
    Thursday, May 05, 2011 12:30 PM, Online
    SharePoint ShopTalk is a free weekly discussion where our panel of experts answer questions about SharePoint. No question is too small or too big.
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  • MSDN Webcast: Rock Paper Azure Challenge Tips and Tricks (Level 100)
    Friday, May 06, 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. It's 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, May 10, 2011 1:00 PM, 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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  • HRNUG :: May 2011 :: Silverlight 5
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:00 PM, Virginia Beach, VA
    In December, Scott Guthrie announced Silverlight 5 at the Silverlight firestarter in Redmond. At MIX11 in April, we released the first beta. Silverlight 5 includes features for business, visualization, games (especially 3d and low-latency sound) and more. Join us for a lap through key Silverlight 5 features in the beta, and bring your questions!
    Pete Brown is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft, leading the Developer Community team (the Community Ninja Team as we’re known internally), as well as a former Microsoft Silverlight MVP, INETA speaker, and RIA Architect. Pete's focus at Microsoft is the community around client application development (WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, Surface, Windows Forms, C++, Native Windows API and more). Pete is also the author of Silverlight 4 in Action, published by Manning Publications.
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  • Practical MVVM
    Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6:30 PM, Rockville, MD
    Provides an introduction to MVVM with a focus towards real world implementation. Primary topics of discussion include ViewModel to View relationships, ViewModel design patterns, Binding strategies, and Commands.
    Joel Cochran is an Expression Blend MVP, an INETA Community Champion, and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in Windows Forms and WPF. He has been developing in C# since 2003 and is a Blend fanatic and self-proclaimed "Blend Evangelist". A frequent speaker at User Groups and Code Camps, he enjoys teaching and writing about .NET and other topics. You can find him online at http://www.developingfor.net or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joelcochran. Joel has served as the Director of Operations for Stonewall Technologies, Inc., an ISV, in Staunton, VA, since 2000.
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  • TFS Training Series [Free]: Planning and Executing Manual Tests with Visual Studio Test Professional 2010
    Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:00 PM, Online
    Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 makes a real impact on software quality. It’s an integrated testing solution that delivers a complete plan-test-track workflow. It allows the user to quickly identify quality-related bugs and easily report them with rich, actionable information. In this session, we'll review test planning and manual testing with Visual Studio Test Professional 2010.
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  • Two other upcoming events to keep on your radar…Richmond Code Camp, coming up May 21st (less than 3 weeks away), and the Mid Atlantic Developer Expo (info | register), coming up on June 30th-July 1st!

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    You can also add your events via the Community Megaphone web service API, which is now live. You can get more information on the API, and how to sign up, at http://www.communitymegaphone.com/API.aspx. You can also email me for more information.

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