So what's the other .NET user group in Richmond, I hear you ask? (I've got really good hearing. I can even hear my imaginary friends, and they mumble.)

Steve Metsker and Darrell Norton, who run WeProgram.NET in the Peninsula region, are starting a new .NET user group in Richmond! Their first meeting is at 6:30 PM on May 13th, in CapTech's lab at 1118 West Main Street, Richmond, VA.

They've got some really interesting ideas for the user group, trying to take it beyond PowerPoint and pizza. They are asking everyone to bring a laptop that already has Visual Studio installed so that you can do hands on labs during the meeting. I think this is a really interesting idea, and I can't wait to get to one of their meetings to find out how it works in practice. BTW, tonight is the night of  really big text in my posts in case you haven't noticed!

Test Driven Development (TDD) has you develop automated tests before you write the code to make the tests pass. This helps to create light, simple solutions and guarantees that a testing framework accompanies your code. This style feels different from classical coding techniques, and this tutorial will let you try it yourself! Please bring a laptop with a development environment ready to go, if you can. We’ll provide starting examples in both C# and VB.NET. If you don’t have a laptop, we’ll pair you with someone who does.

If you want to learn TDD, start by installing a TDD tool. Most folks doing TDD in .NET use NUnit.

In addition to the presentation, there are refreshments and a number of prizes, including Kent Beck's Test-Driven Development By Example book and Jim Newkirk's Test Driven Development in Microsoft .NET book.