October 2008 Area User Group Meetings

October 2008 Area User Group Meetings

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pdc2008brain October is here, and the crispness of Fall is in the air. Before you know it, Halloween will be here. But even sooner than that is the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2008 in Los Angeles, CA!  I’m looking forward to heading to LA myself in a couple of weeks.  This promises to be an exciting PDC!

It seems every other day the PDC website leaks out a few more teasers on what’s coming. Looks like there will be lots of information on cloud services, mobile development, and the future of the Windows platform, namely, Windows “7”.  All conference attendees will receive a 160GB hard drive packed full of all sorts of goodies, including the first pre-beta bits of Windows 7!  Registration is still open at www.microsoftpdc.com, but it’s getting close to selling out.  So if you haven’t already, sign up and book your ticket to sunny southern California!

Last month was an active one in the NY Metro area tech community. VSLive! came to Brooklyn with lots of great .NET developer content. Then, Web 2.0 Expo came to NYC at the Javits Center.  Microsoft had a spot on the expo floor showing off the new Microsoft Surface, as well as other cool stuff including Silverlight and MS AJAX. 

On the 13th, Microsoft hosted the Silverlight 2 Firestarter in New York.  Over 150 of you came out to spend the whole day learning about Silverlight from Shawn Wildermuth, Jason Beres, and Todd Snyder.  Major thanks to those guys for putting together some great content to share with the crowd! 

Don’t forget about your local community user groups!  Microsoft events only come to town once and a while.  But user groups meet in the evenings on a monthly basis throughout the area.  There are over 25 groups in our metro area!  These are all free opportunities to come out and mingle with your peers after work, eat free pizza, and learn about new technologies from experts in the field.   

In September, two new user groups met for the first time. On the 25th a good crowd came out for the inaugural NYC Alt.NET user group (http://nyalt.net ). Congrats to Steve Bohlen, Yitzchok Gottlieb, Alex Hung, Dan Berlin, and others for helping kick off the group. The crowd stayed past 9pm actively discussing pros & cons of Object Relational Mapping (ORM) tools and frameworks in a “fishbowl” format. And on 9/30, the NYC VSTS User group (http://nyc-vsts-ug.com ) will host their first meeting too.

Here’s the line up for October:

New Jersey

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NJ MS Developers Group Iselin, NJ 10/2/2008 What’s new in SQL Server 2008 – Jeff Johnson
Northern NJ .NET User Group (N3UG) Parsippany, NJ 10/14/2008 Birds of a Feather – Panel discussion on .NET and related topics
Central NJ .NET User Group East Windsor, NJ 10/9/2008 TBD – Check site for details
Central NJ .NET Agile Group East Windsor, NJ 10/2/1008 Dynamic Data
NJ SQL Server User Group Parsippany, NJ 10/4/2008 Saturday event!SQL Business Intelligence – Meets at the Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ. See site for details!
PhillyNJ.NET User Group Greenwich, NJ TBD TBD – Check site for details.
NJ SharePoint User Group Iselin, NJ
New SharePoint Group!
10/15/2008 TBD – Check site for details.

New York

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NY Enterprise Windows User Group New York, NY 10/2/2008 Network Access Protection – Dwayne Fernandez, Microsoft
NY PC Visual Basic SIG New York, NY 10/1/2008 F# – Luke Hoban, Microsoft
Long Island .NET User Group Melville, NY 10/6/2008 A Glimpse into SharePoint and SharePoint Web Part Development – Todd C. Bleeker – English, Beeker, and Associates
NYC SharePoint User Group New York, NY 10/1/2008 Findability & Taxonomies: Notes from the Field – Bill English
NYC Connected Systems Group New York, NY TBD TBD – Check site for details
NYC .NET Meetup Group New York, NY 10/21/2008 TBD – Check site for details
NYC .NET Developers Group New York, NY 10/16/2008 Introducing Silverlight 2.0: .NET Framework Development in your Browser – Dmitry Lyalin, Microsoft
NY Metro SQL Server User Group New York, NY 10/23/2008 TBD - Check site for details
International Association of Architects (IASA) NYC New York, NY 10/21/2008 Software as a Service, Software + Services and Microsoft Cloud Services Architecture – Bill Zack, Microsoft
NYC VSTS User Group New York, NY (NEW GROUP!) 10/28/2008 TBD – Check site for details
NYC ALT.NET New York, NY (NEW GROUP!) 10/22/2008 TBD – Check site for details

Connecticut

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group Stamford, CT 10/7/2008 TBD – Check site for details
Fairfield/Westchester .NET SQL Server User Group Stamford, CT 10/8/2008 TBD – Check site for details
Southern Connecticut .NET SIG Shelton, CT TBD TBD – Check site for details
Connecticut .NET User Group Farmington, CT 10/28/2008 BizTalk for Developers – Tallan
Fairfield County Share Point User Group Fairfield, CT TBD TBD – Check site for details
Fairfield/Westchester Share Point User Group Stamford, CT TBD New Group! TBD - Check here for updates

 Pennsylvania

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Pittsburgh .NET User Group Pittsburgh, Pa 10/14/2008 Get Up And Running with DotNetNuke and LINQ-to-XML/LINQ-to-SQL – Shaun Eutsey, ConsultUSA
Philadelphia SQL Server User Group Conshohocken, Pa 10/8/2008 Pub Night – The American Pub (relax, mingle, and network this month since Philly Code Camp is on 10/11.)
Lehigh Valley .NET User Group Center Valley, Pa 10/20/2008 ASP.NET 2.0 Provider Model – Al Nyveldt
Central Penn.NET Harrisburg, Pa 10/21/2008 TBD – Check site for details
Philly.NET Fort Washington, Pa 10/11/2008 CODE CAMP 2008.3!!! at DeVry University.  See Philly.NET website for details on a great line up!

Philly.NET will host a “pub night” at The Great American Pub in Conshohocken, Pa on 10/22, which is the regular night of the user group meeting.
.NET Valley Nanticoke, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for details
Philadelphia Area SharePoint User Group Malvern, Pa 10/29/2008 TBD - Check site for updates
Philly Office Geeks Malvern, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for updates
Philly Alt.NET Philadelphia, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for updates

Delaware

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Delaware .NET User Group Newark, DE TBD TBD – Check site for updates
Northern Delaware .NET User Group Newark, DE (NEW LOCATION!) 10/30/2008 TBD – Check site for updates
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