November 2008 Area User Group Meetings

November 2008 Area User Group Meetings

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Welcome to November. The leaves are peaking, the Jets and Giants are having decent seasons so far, and the countdown is on to Thanksgiving. I probably sound like a broken record every time I say “it’s an exciting time to be a Microsoft developer,” but I have to be honest - I really mean it.

I just got back from the Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference out in Los Angeles last week. My brain is on overload still trying to digest all of the new technology announcements Microsoft made.  The announcements made at that conference are some of the most exciting ones since .NET was first introduced back around the turn of the century!

Windows Azure, Windows 7, Office Web, Live Services, Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0, etc. If you haven’t caught the details on these yet, check out my link posts from the PDC here and here.

MSDNSuburbanRoadshowBefore I get to the user group listing for this month, let me tell you about some other events going on in the tri-state area that you may be interested in:

MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow

Now that these PDC announcements have all been made public, Bill Zack and I are excited to finally be able to talk to all of you about them. We’re going to be giving folks in the tri-state area several opportunities to come out and learn about all of the new technologies.  First up, our MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow series kicks off November 10 in Stamford, CT. We’ve got stops in Parsippany, NJ on November 13, and NYC on December 15. Stops are being planned for East Windsor, NJ and Long Island, as well. For more details and registration information, see this post.

MSDN Developer Conference

If you missed the PDC, we’re bringing the best of the PDC to the east coast via the MSDN Developer Conference. The MSDN Developer Conference will be coming to New York on January 20. If you can’t make it to NYC on that date, it’s also visiting the following east coast cities: Boston, Reston, VA, Atlanta, and Orlando. The MSDN Developer Conference is going to be a full-day, three-track event with 12 of the best sessions from the PDC. I’ll have more information about this event here on my blog as it gets closer.  In the meantime, get the details and registration information here.

Fairfield/Westchester Code Camp is Coming!

That’s right. The Fairfield/Westchester Code Camp is coming to Stamford, CT on Saturday, November 8. This is your last chance to sign up and register.

Never heard of a code camp before? Code camps are free full-day events that take place on a Saturday. They are like a mini technology conference, usually with multiple tracks, and multiple breakout sessions throughout the day. Code camps are organized for the community by the community. That means that they are completely volunteer-driven events. See the Web site for details on speaking and registration.

Rumors are also brewing that NYC may have its own code camp being planned for early 2009.

NYC Mobile Camp 3 – Saturday, November 15, 2008

Are you into mobile development? iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Nokia? MobileCampNYC3 is coming on November 15. Microsoft is proud to host this open community event in their New York office. MobileCampNYC3 is an open-space event, similar to the BarCamp events that have taken place all over the world. See the Web site for details and registration.

MSDN Event & Long Island .NET User Group – November 6, 2008

MSDN Events is visiting Long Island on November 6 at the Marriott Hotel in Islandia, NY. On the agenda with this series of live events is SQL Server 2008 for Developers, Office Development with VSTO, and Silverlight 2.0 Development. The event is from 1:00 – 5:00 P.M., but you should stick around for the Long Island .NET User Group meeting in the evening. The user group will be meeting from 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. at the Marriott immediately following the MSDN Event. Visit MSDN Events for details and registration.

Wow! As I said, it’s an exciting time to be a Microsoft developer. Visit the PDC website to catch up on all the new technology announcements, but take advantage of the local events that bring the information to you close to home. This includes your local community user groups! There are over 25 groups in our metro area. These are all free opportunities to come out and network with your peers after work, eat free pizza, and learn about new technologies from experts in the field.

Here’s the user group listing for November 2008:

New Jersey

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NJ MS Developers Group Iselin, NJ 11/6/2008 Cloud Computing (Windows Azure) – Sujit D’Mello and Dmitry Lyalin, Microsoft
Northern NJ .NET User Group (N3UG) Parsippany, NJ 11/11/2008 Virtual PC & Virtual Server for Developers
Central NJ .NET User Group East Windsor, NJ 11/13/2008 TBD – Check site for details
Central NJ .NET Agile Group East Windsor, NJ 11/20/2008 TBD – Check site for details
NJ SQL Server User Group Parsippany, NJ 12/16/2008 NO MEETING THIS MONTH (Many at PASS Summit) Next month: NJSQL Idol!!!
NJ SharePoint User Group Iselin, NJ
New SharePoint Group!
11/19/2008 TBD – Check site for details.

New York

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NY Enterprise Windows User Group New York, NY 11/6/2008 TBD – Check site for details.
NY PC Visual Basic SIG New York, NY 11/5/2008 TBD – Check site for details.
Long Island .NET User Group Islandia, NY
SPECIAL LOCATION THIS MONTH ONLY!  Meeting at the Islandia Marriott to coincide with the LI MSDN Event earlier in the day.
11/6/2008 Topic 1: Customizing a Process Template for VSTS – Brian Cronin
Topic 2: Intro to Functional Programming in .NET with C#, LINQ, and F# – Boris Skidan
NYC SharePoint User Group New York, NY 11/5/2008 TWO open SharePoint Panels:
Panel 1 - IT Pros: Allan Schweighardt, Piotr Prussack, Jason Medero, and Bob Fox
Panel 2 - Developers: Brian Maslowski, Paul Galvin, and Jake Dan Attis
NYC Connected Systems Group New York, NY 11/10/2008 Microsoft & Software + Services
NYC .NET Meetup Group New York, NY 11/18/2008 Three discussion groups:
Group 1: GUI
Group 2: Alt.NET
Group 3: Industry
NYC .NET Developers Group New York, NY 11/20/2008 Data Access Smackdown – Stephen Forte, Telerik
NY Metro SQL Server User Group New York, NY TBD No meeting this month - Thanksgiving
International Association of Architects (IASA) NYC New York, NY 11/18/2008 TBD – Check site for details
NYC VSTS User Group New York, NY (NEW GROUP!) 12/4/2008 No meeting this month due to Thanksgiving Holiday.  Next Month: Testing Best Practices with VSTS – Shahidul Islam
NYC ALT.NET New York, NY (NEW GROUP!) 11/10/2008
SPECIAL DATE THIS MONTH!
– Meeting date moved because of Thanksgiving holiday.
TBD – Check site for details

Connecticut

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group Stamford, CT 11/8/2008 F/W CODE CAMP 2008!!! – 4 tracks, 25 sessions, and lots of great prizes!
(No regular meeting this month.)
Fairfield/Westchester .NET SQL Server User Group Stamford, CT 11/8/2008 F/W CODE CAMP 2008!!! – 4 tracks, 25 sessions, and lots of great prizes!
(No regular meeting this month.)
Southern Connecticut .NET SIG Shelton, CT   The Southern Connecticut .NET SIG has decided to join forces with the Fairfield/Westchester .NET user group. All SC .NET SIG members are encouraged to visit http://www.fairfieldwestchester.net for future meeting information!
Connecticut .NET User Group Farmington, CT 12/30/2008 No meeting this month due to Thanksgiving Holiday. December meeting details coming soon on Connecticut .NET UG website.
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 11/11/2008 TBD – Check site for details
Philadelphia SQL Server User Group Malvern, Pa 11/12/2008 TBD – Check site for details
Lehigh Valley .NET User Group Center Valley, Pa 11/17/2008 F# – A Functional Language for the Mainstream Software Developer – Aaron Erickson
Central Penn.NET Harrisburg, Pa 11/18/2008 TBD – Troy Small
Philly.NET Malvern, Pa 11/24/2008 15 Minutes of Fame – 10 speakers present their favorite topics for 15 minutes each.
.NET Valley Nanticoke, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for details
Philadelphia Area SharePoint User Group Malvern, Pa TBD TBD - Check site for updates
Philly Office Geeks Malvern, Pa 11/11/2008 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!) TBD TBD – Check site for updates