If you’re in northern New England, or even if not, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to catch one or both of Kathleen Dollard’s presentations at the Vermont .NET User Group in Burlington AND the New Hampshire .NET User Group in Nashua.

New HampshireOn February 9th, Kathleen will be speaking on the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) at the Eaton-Richmond Center Auditorium at  Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire, from 6 to 9 p.m. (Please RSVP!)

Composability is an extension of many ideas that have fueled architecture evolution in the last twenty years, including isolation, the creation of tiers, and testable applications. Silverlight and .NET now contain the Managed Extensibility Framework or MEF to provide composability. In the first part of this talk, I’ll cover what composability is and the three broad categories – extensions, fully composed applications, and architecturally composed applications. The second part of the talk dives into the technical aspects of MEF and how to use it.

VermontOn February 15th, she’ll be presenting on MVC 3 Architecture at the Vermont .NET User Group at GE Healthcare in South Burlington, Vermont:

MVC 3 is the newest web architecture from Microsoft. It moves beyond the limitations of WebForms, embraces open source and JQuery, and is built with a core ethic of extensibility. Because it’s a new technology, the talk will start with an introduction to MVC and its potential benefits for your projects. One of the strengths of MVC is extensibility and you’ll see how to use the built-in features to decouple controllers and models. Another key aspect is reuse through custom html helpers, partial pages, and a common layout – similar to master pages in WebForms. You’ll see how to leverage these features to minimize the code you must write. Along the way, you’ll learn a little about JQuery and the Managed Extensibility Framework.


Kathleen DollardKathleen is an independent consultant speaking and working around the world from her office in Northern Colorado. She has been a Microsoft MVP for 11 years and a member of the INETA Speaker’s Bureau. She’s spoken in 40 states and six countries. Kathleen specializes in compositional architectures, application code generation, and effectively using tools for application development. She’s published numerous articles on a range of .NET technologies, including her “Ask Kathleen” column in Visual Studio Magazine. Kathleen is also active in the Northern Colorado .NET SIG, Denver Visual Studio User Group, Northern Colorado Architect’s Group, and IASA Denver.