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  • Blog Post: MS Dev WNY - Buffalo Area Developers Group Kicks Off!

    Next Wednesday, Oct. 26th , MS Dev WNY (the rebranded presence of the Western New York .NET User’s Group) ushers back in a monthly get-together of Microsoft developers of all kinds – .NET, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, and who knows what’s to come! At the helm and the first speaker is Rich Nalezynski...
  • Blog Post: ANOTHER New Group in New Hampshire

    Last night, Pat Tormey, David Byer and guest speaker John Garland kicked off the third pillar of the New Hampshire .NET User Group in Portsmouth, and just today I got word of another group starting in Nashua on May 11th ! The Granite State SharePoint User Group will be meeting the second Wednesday of...
  • Blog Post: Seacoast .NET Inaugural Meeting–Apr. 20th

    The New Hampshire .NET User Group is expanding into a new area of the state.  Joining the Nashua and Concord groups is a new branch spearheaded by Pat Tormey and David Byer and meeting at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.   The first meeting will held this Wednesday at Global...
  • Blog Post: Kathleen Dollard in Vermont and New Hampshire

    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. On February 9th , Kathleen will be speaking on the Managed Extensibility...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell at Southern New England User Group

    Here’s a great opportunity to get in the know about one of the hidden gems for streamlining development and administration tasks on the Windows platform – PowerShell.  Think of PowerShell as the command prompt on steroids, where everything you interact with is a .NET class providing a rich experience...
  • Blog Post: I Don’t Think We’re In Dallas Anymore

    The topic was “Dallas”, but the weather was all New York winter…   This week, I took a trip down I-90, specifically the New York Thruway, to visit three of our .NET User Groups: Rochester, Visual Developers of Upstate New York Syracuse, Central New York .NET Developer Group Albany, Tech Valley ...
  • Blog Post: The I-90 Tour of “Dallas”

    Ok, so I-90 doesn’t exactly go through Dallas, but I’m not going to let simple things like geography stop me.   I will indeed be on the road at the end of this month, stopping by three of the New York .NET User Groups on the I-90 corridor and talking about “Dallas”… not the city or the TV show...
  • Blog Post: Heading West

    This Tuesday, February 2nd , I’ll be presenting at the Western Massachusetts Microsoft Technology Users Group in Chicopee.  In keeping with the western theme here, I’ll be speaking on ‘Dallas’, a code name for a data-as-a-service offering announced at PDC 2009 .  The meeting runs from 6 – 8...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell, Virtually

    Joel Bennett, one of the co-founders of the Upstate New York PowerShell Users Group that meets in Syracuse and Rochester has recently organized a Virtual PowerShell group.  As noted at the group’s web site : We have an ongoing discussion channel available for support with PowerShell questions on...
  • Blog Post: Thank You Providence

    I’m stealing a line from Alanis Morissette to offer my (and Chris’) appreciation for the turn out at our first-ever Northeast Roadshow to be held in the Ocean State .  If there were any doubt this is the ‘winter’ edition of our series, they melted (ahem) away on Wednesday as 30+ folks braved the...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Programming For Newbs: F# User Group 12/7

    Developing applications for multicore machines is no longer an “if”, but rather a “when”, and the “when” is fast approaching (some would say it’s now).  Those of you following Visual Studio 2010 through its CTP and beta cycles ar e aware of the functionality being added to .NET 4.0 and the IDE to...
  • Blog Post: NEW! Boston Business Intelligence User Group

    I have yet another new user group to announce!  The Boston Business Intelligence User Group – starts meeting TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 17th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Microsoft Office on Jones Road in Waltham.  Thanks go out to Slava Kokaev, a familiar face in the local developer and BI community...
  • Blog Post: Troy (NY & area): Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

    It’s going to be a busy week in the capital area of New York next week, and a great time to get knee deep in all things technical! Tech Valley Code Camp – Saturday, Nov. 7th at SUNY Albany There’s 20 sessions and over 100 signed up thus far!  I hope to see you there as I deliver my “7 on 7” spiel...
  • Blog Post: User Group Happenings East and West and in Between

    I’m pleased to announce we have THREE new User Groups starting up, stretching from the extreme east to the extreme west edges of the Northeast! The Cape Code XNA User Group is kicking things off this Friday, Oct 23rd, with a discussion of the pre-production and design of a game. ...
  • Blog Post: Declarative Database Development @ NE SQL Server Group

    The New England SQL Server User Group is kicking off its 2009/2010 season on September 10th with a topic spanning the developer and DBA audience.  Special guest, Gert Draper , a software architect from the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition team in Redmond, will be presenting an alliteratively...
  • Blog Post: Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo: There’s a New Group in Town!

    Thanks to PowerShell MVPs Joel Bennett and Jeffery Hicks for putting the wheels in motion for the Upstate New York PowerShell Users Group .  The Upstate NY PowerShell Users Group is for any IT Professional, Developer, Manager, or Administrator interested in learning more about Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Scott Guthrie On LinkedIn.NET User Group

    Just a quick note that Scott Guthrie will be visiting the LinkedIn .NET User Group tomorrow at 12 noon (EDT).  As with his first appearance, Scott will be opening it up to Q&A as well as giving us all insight into where Microsoft is heading with .NET. There’s even SWAG: JetBrains ReSharper and...
  • Blog Post: User Group Hiatuses (Hiati?)

    For the most part, summer is a slower time in terms of User Group meetings, and since I got notices this week from three groups that generally meet today that they’re taking July (and even August) off, I thought I’d mention it’s a good idea to check the various user group sites ( full list here ) to...
  • Blog Post: Thrive For Developers

    On Monday I posted on some ways to stay informed of .NET happenings within your area.  Just today, Microsoft launched a new program, Thrive for Developers , tailored specifically on the developer community in these times of economic uncertainty. Thrive for Developers is focused on providing you...
  • 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: Windows 7 @ Boston Area Windows Server User group

    So in case you hadn’t heard, the Window 7 RC (Release Candidate) is now available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers , and will be generally available on May 5th.  Check blogs.technet.com/springboard/ for details. Taking a page from the ‘perfect timing’ department, the Boston Area Windows Server User...
  • Blog Post: Beantown.NET Special Event: April 29th

    Beantown.NET INETA User Group is hosting Rocky Lhotka , Principal Technology Evangelist for Magenic as well as Microsoft Regional Director, MVP, and renowned technologist. Rocky is the author of CSLA .NET , which is a framework for managing and implementing business logic whether it be in a single-tier...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Data Resources

    Thanks to all that turned out at the ASP.NET Professionals User Group tonight in Waltham to hear about ASP.NET Dynamic Data.  As promised, I’m listing the resources I provided on my closing slide here, and I’ll provide a few pointers to answer some of the questions in a little more detail as well...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Data @ ASP.NET Professionals User Group

    I’ll be presenting at the second meeting of the ASP.NET Professionals User Group this coming Wednesday in Waltham.  Fritz Onion kicked things off last month with “The Changing Face of ASP.NET,” an overview of what developers need to know before embarking on their next ASP.NET project.  This...
  • Blog Post: Beantown .NET Goes NERD-y

    Some may say any .NET user group is nerdy, but the Beantown .NET INETA User Group gets the honors of being the first truly NERD-y one.   By NERD here, I mean, of course, the New England Research and Development Center (with the envious acronym) at One Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a few blocks...
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