March 2009 Area User Group Meetings

March 2009 Area User Group Meetings

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March is finally here!  And it sure did roar in like lion!  Most folks in our area were probably asking “What the heck happened to the 60 degree weather?” when they woke up to a foot of snow on the 2nd!  Hopefully, that will be old man winter’s last blast.  The bad weather is almost behind us.  Just a few more weeks and spring shall be upon us.  A lot of revelry will be going on with the various St. Patty’s Day parades throughout the area.  The Jersey Shore kicked off its big Irish blast with the Belmar parade this past Sunday.  This Saturday promises to be a lot of fun at Hoboken, NJ’s parade, then of course the big one in NYC on the 17th.  In the tech community, the learning party never stops!

On February 21st, the NY SharePoint community hosted its first SharePoint Saturday event.  Folks came from all over the tri-state to learn about the various aspects of SharePoint development and management.  This week, many experts in the Microsoft community are converging on Seattle, Wa for the annual Microsoft MVP summit.  The MVP summit is an opportunity offered those recognized for their contributions to the Microsoft community to visit with the product teams.  During the summit, MVPs provide their feedback (not always positive!) directly to the folks who make the technologies as well as learn about what’s coming in the future.  Congratulations to the folks from our area who are attending for the first time!

Area User Groups

Of course, don’t forget about your local user groups!  There’s never been a better time to come out each month and network with your peers as you learn about the latest developer technologies.  Each month, industry experts come to speak at user groups throughout the area.  These groups attract both local and national expert speakers.  Coming up this month, Jeffrey Richter from Wintellect will be at the NY Alt.NET group. Richard Campbell, of .NET Rocks fame, will be at the Long Island group in May!

These meetings are all volunteer driven and free!  They’re success depends on your participation.  So don’t let a valuable resource go to waste! 

Here’s the line-up for this month:

New Jersey

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NJ MS Developers Group Iselin, NJ 3/5/2009 Patterns & Guidance for Composite Applications using WPF & Silverlight (Prism) – Navneet Srivastava
Northern NJ .NET User Group (N3UG) Parsippany, NJ 3/10/2009 What is this ASP.NET MVC Thing? – Peter Laudati (yes! That’s me!)
Central NJ .NET User Group East Windsor, NJ 3/12/2009 TBD – Check site for details
NJ SQL Server User Group Parsippany, NJ 3/17/2009 TBD – Check site for details
NJ SharePoint User Group  NOTE: New URL! Iselin, NJ   
3/18/2009 TBD – Check site for details.
South Jersey SQL User Group Bellmawr, NJ TBD New SQL Group in South Jersey!! – Satellite of the Philly SQL Group 

TBD – Check site for details
PhillyNJ.NET Greenwich, NJ TBD TBD – Check site for details

New York

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NY Enterprise Windows User Group New York, NY 3/5/2009 Incident Response: What to do when “There is a problem”? – Robert Gezelter
NY PC Visual Basic SIG New York, NY 3/2/2009 VB & Word 2007 Development
Long Island .NET User Group Hempstead, NY

Note special location at Hofstra University!
3/5/2009

Special Time:
1pm - 8pm
Special meeting this month at Hofstra University with the MSDN “Surburban” Roadshow!

1pm – 8pm – 5 Topics!

Roadshow Sessions:
Topic 1: RESTful Services with WCF
Topic 2: IE8 for Developers
Topic 3: Syntactic Sugar with .NET 3.5

User Group Topics
Topic 4: SQL CLR for the .NET Programmer – Matt Fritz
Topic 5: SQL Service Broker for the .NET Programmer – Roger Coxon
NYC SharePoint User Group New York, NY 3/4/2009 Podcasting Kit for Sharepoint – Don Koscheka
NYC SharePoint Developer Group New York, NY 3/24/2009 NEW GROUP LISTING!!!! 

TBD – Check site for details
NYC Connected Systems Group New York, NY 3/9/2009 TBD – Check site for details
NYC .NET Meetup Group New York, NY 3/17/2009 Open discussion on current .NET issues.
NYC .NET Developers Group New York, NY 3/19/2009 Iron Python and the Holy Grail – Giuseppe Turitto
NY Metro SQL Server User Group New York, NY 3/26/2009 SQL Server 2008 Energy Event
International Association of Architects (IASA) NYC New York, NY 3/24/2009 TBD – Check site for details
NYC VSTS User Group New York, NY  3/24/2009 Introducing Database Change Management Using VSTS Database Edition – Ryan Riehle
NYC ALT.NET New York, NY  3/25/2009    
Building Responsive and Scalable Application Components – Special guest: Jeffrey Richter
NYC Microsoft Cloud Computing Group New York, NY TBD TBD – Check site for details

Connecticut

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group Stamford, CT 3/11/2009 –

Special time:
1pm - 8pm
Special meeting this month with the MSDN “Surburban” Roadshow!

1pm – 8pm – 4 Great Topics!

Roadshow Sessions:
Topic 1: RESTful Services with WCF
Topic 2: IE8 for Developers
Topic 3: Syntactic Sugar with .NET 3.5

User Group Topics
Topic 4: T4: Code Generation with Visual Studio 2008 – Microsoft MVP Steve Andrews
Fairfield/Westchester .NET SQL Server User Group Stamford, CT 3/4/2009 – Special date for this month only! We’re back!

SQL Server Performance Tuning – Hilary Cotter
Connecticut .NET User Group Farmington, CT 3/10/2009 PowerShell 2.0 for .NET Developers – Allan Da Costa Pinto
Fairfield County Share Point User Group Fairfield, CT TBD This group meets quarterly. Next meeting in April. Stay tuned for details.

 Pennsylvania

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Pittsburgh .NET User Group Pittsburgh, Pa 3/10/2009 TBD – Check site for details
Philadelphia SQL Server User Group Malvern, Pa 3/11/2009 Topic 1: Applying Service Broker – Said Salomon 
Topic 2: SSRS Multi-Select Parameter Problem – Alex Grinberg
Lehigh Valley .NET User Group Center Valley, Pa 3/16/2009 TBD – Check site for details
Central Penn.NET Harrisburg, Pa 3/17/2009 Topic TBD – Martin Shoemaker (INETA Speaker)
Philly.NET Malvern, Pa 3/18/2009

Special Time:
2pm - 8pm
MSDN “Freedom” Roadshow – 5 Topics

Topic 1: Architectural Overview of S+S
Topic 2: Building S+S Applications with ADO.NET Data Services
Topic 3: Building S+S Applications with Windows Workflow Foundation
Topic 4: Windows Azure: Architecting & Managing Cloud Services
Topic 5: .NET Services: Orchestrating Services & Business Processes Using Cloud-Based Workflow
Philly.NET Hands On Labs Fort Washington, Pa 3/24/2009 Hands On Lab – Windows Azure + Live Mesh – Rob Keiser, Bill Wolff, and 60 friends with laptops!
.NET Valley Scranton, Pa

Special Location at the University of Scranton!
3/19/2009 Topic TBD – Check site for udpates
Philadelphia Area SharePoint User Group Malvern, Pa 3/25/2009 TBD – Check site for updates
Philly Office Geeks Malvern, Pa 3/10/2009 Topic 1: MS AJAX & jQuery with SharePoint
Topic 2: SharePoint Branding Tips & Tricks
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 3/26/2009 TBD – Check site for updates