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  • Blog Post: Technical Calendar - June 2013

    Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 Windows 8 App Mashup: Hands-on Cambridge MA Game Development for Beginners Farmington CT AngelHack Cambridge MA National Civic Day of Hacking multiple locations 2...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp 2013 - Recap

    Last weekend, an amazing group of about 130 area technologists, designers, project managers, and non-profit representatives convened at the New England Research and Development Center (NERD) for the 4th Annual New England GiveCamp . GiveCamp is a weekend-long hacking event like no other that groups technical...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp – Class of 2013

    As many of you know, I am one of the co-organizers of New England GiveCamp , now in it’s fourth year, and I’m excited to announce the roster of 24 New England non-profits that will be benefitting from the services of volunteers - developers, designers, product managers, artists, copywriters, and more...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp – Three Ways to Help!

    As many of you know, along with Kelley Muir of Float Left Labs , I’ve been a co-organizer of New England GiveCamp since its inception in 2010.  New England GiveCamp is about “geeks giving back”: roughly 120 technologists from across New England will convene at NERD from April 26-28th for an around...
  • Blog Post: Boston Code Camp–Hey, 19!

    While’s it’s unlikely Steely Dan will make an appearance at Boston Code Camp , you can bet your ASP.NET that some 200 of your software developer colleagues will be. Boston is where Code Camp was born, and like the previous 18 editions, this event remains free to attendees, providing a unique opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Boston Code Camp–Call for Sessions

    Boston Code Camp 19 is just over a month away. Working on something cool? Delving into Windows 8 development? or maybe TypeScript? or Kinect? Share you passion and knowledge by delivering a session. Code Camp is run by-the-community, for-the-community, and it’s a low key way to network and share your...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp 2012

    From May 4th through May 6th, 2012 , over 120 developers, designers, social media experts and other technologists (from across New England and beyond) donated their time and expertise to help 31 non-profit organizations in developing web sites, logos, print collateral, and other assets.  This was...
  • Blog Post: Maine’s First SharePoint User Group

    I just got word that Winxnet will be hosting the Maine SharePoint User Group (“SharePoint Maine”), with the first meeting set to occur on Tuesday, January 17th in Portland: Winxnet is pleased to host the first ever Maine SharePoint User Group! Swap tips and tricks with other local SharePoint professionals...
  • Blog Post: Code Camp Times Two

    Maine Code Camp – July 29-31, 2011 The second annual Maine Code Camp takes place next weekend, July 29 to July 31st, at a REAL CAMPGROUND, Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, Maine.  Per Mark Blomsma, one of the co-organizers (along with Shawn Robichaud and John Gagnon): Now a lot of code camps are like...
  • Blog Post: Augusta Business Intelligence Event–May 16th

    Those of you in the Boston area are likely aware of the community that has been built up around the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack by Slava Kokaev.  Well, Slava and another fixture of the New England BI scene, Sunil Kadimdiwan, are taking it on the road to Maine, on May 16th for a full-day...
  • Blog Post: Fall Code Camps

    Update!!! The site to submit abstracts and register for the New England Code Camp was just announced! As you’re filling in your fall calendar, be sure you set aside time for one or more of the upcoming code camps, all free learning events “by the community, for the community!” Maine Developer Network...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp - Come Code for Charity

    New England GiveCamp (June 11 – 13) is a project I’ve been working on with a number of community members for the past couple of months; the premise is quite simple: over a weekend get a couple of dozen non-profit organizations together with a bunch of developers, designers, and technical professionals...
  • Blog Post: The Launch Rolls On – Northeast Roadshow and More

    Thanks to all of those who turned out for the Visual Studio 2010 launch event in Boston on Thursday.  There was definitely a vast variety of technology presented, all providing food for thought as to how you’ll answer the question “What will you do with Visual Studio 2010.” Well, I can tell you...
  • Blog Post: Bring a Friend, Get a Book

    As you know, Chris and I are in the middle of our Fall/Winter 2009 Northeast Roadshow , with four more stops scheduled for early December: December 3 - Farmington, CT December 8 - Waltham, MA December 9 - Providence, RI December 15 - Augusta, ME Now there’s even more incentive to attend!  In addition...
  • Blog Post: Northeast Roadshow: 3 Down, 4 to Go

    Thanks to the folks in Burlington, Vermont, and Troy and Rochester, New York, for coming to the latest edition of the Northeast Roadshow last week.  Given the timing ( PDC this week and the Thanksgiving holiday next week), Chris and I are on a short break before we resume the series on December...
  • Blog Post: Northeast Roadshow and More!

    Get those calendars out!  Chris and I will be hitting the road again this September bringing you the latest and greatest developer topics from Microsoft.  It’s the Northeast Roadshow: Food for Thoughts Tour , the same brand you know and love with a few twists… We’re visiting more venues (seven...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year!

    Yes, you’re still recovering from Fourth of July festivities, and, no, I didn’t get too much sun over the long weekend.   July 1st indeed starts a new year, a new fiscal year, at Microsoft, and with that comes some intense planning for the coming 12 months – budgets, sales quotas, annual reviews...
  • Blog Post: 2009 Summer Northeast Roadshow

    Chris, Bob, and I are hitting the road again in June to bring the developer and architect community another all-day, free event – this time covering topics including Windows 7, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Silverlight, and more. We’ll be visiting five locations across the region; just click the site link below...
  • Blog Post: Northeast Roadshow Update

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately we need to cancel the Albany venue on the upcoming Northeast Roadshow series.  For those of you that signed up, we will be providing our materials on-line and preparing screencasts as well post-show.  I realize that’s a small consolation...
  • Blog Post: Northeast Roadshow – March Madness Edition

    Updated 12 noon, Feb. 16th – Albany venue added!!! Updated 10 a.m., Mar 6th – Albany venue cancelled :( It's that time again, we're packing up the Griswold-mobile, stocking up on jerky, and refreshing our Starbucks cards for another swing through the Northeast District. The Northeast Roadshow...
  • Blog Post: Another Roadshow Gone By

    As I write this post, I'm looking out the window at the first two four inches of what promises to be a bona-fide Winter storm - a fitting end to the 2008 Winter Northeast Roadshow series. As always, it was great to see familiar faces, as well as a number of new ones. We experienced a significant up tick...
  • Blog Post: On the Road With Chris and Jim

    Chris and I in Williston, Vermont, on the first leg of our Winter Roadshow .... emphasis on Winter as you can see from the photo taken as we headed out from our hotel to the first venue in Rochester. We've got four more shows coming up over the next two weeks (including our new venue in Nashua), so if...
  • Blog Post: Northeast Roadshow - Winter Edition

    Whoa! It seems like I've just finished my laundry from our last outing, and now Chris and I are heading back out for the Winter Roadshow. We're brewing up a new slate of content for you, including jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX, WPF, WF, Silverlight and WCF/REST, and even some interesting things from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Caching in ASP.NET Dynamic Data

    One question that came up at my presentation to the Maine Bytes user group this week centered around the degree to which Dynamic Data will leverage ASP.NET caching. Given that the UI of a Dynamic Data site more or less comprises a small set of page and control templates, and it's often just the data...
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