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  • Blog Post: The Cinderella Dilemma: Revisited

    A few years back… pre-iPhone era (you can tell from the content), I wrote a post about the Cinderella dilemma suburbanites experience when visiting New York City in the evening.  After rush-hour, the options for catching a train out of the city are “limited”, and the last thing you want to do is...
  • Blog Post: 2010 NJ/NY/CT Metro Area Community Retrospective

    As we closed out 2010, my teammate Rachel Appel wrote up a retrospective post on her blog, re-capping what went on here in the tri-state Microsoft community.  Rachel then invites folks to share their feedback and ideas for how we can keep the local tech community buzzing in 2011.  I’ve posted...
  • Blog Post: NJ Agile Firestarter December 2009 Content Now Available

    Thanks to all of the people who attended the NJ Agile Firestarter in December at the Microsoft offices in Iselin, NJ! The Firestarter was a successful event, and feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive! I’ve never seen as many folks take the time to write handwritten comments...
  • Blog Post: Central Jersey .NET Agile Firestarter – Saturday December 12, 2009

    Another Firestarter event is coming to town! If you’ve been to any of the previous Firestarter events , then you’ll know this one will be sure not to disappoint! Firestarter’s are a full day event where we focus on a single technology and take attendees from intro to guru in hours. The goal is for attendees...
  • Blog Post: NJ SQL Performance Tuning Saturday Event – 5/16

    This Saturday, the NJ SQL User Group is hosting a SQL Server Performance Tuning event at the Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ. Looks like a great line up of content on the agenda. Details from the NJ SQL UG website below… Do you want to learn SQL Server Performance Tuning Strategies from the Pros...
  • Blog Post: MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow Winter 2009 Series

    Today, I’m happy to announce the upcoming Winter 2009 series of MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow events! In November, Bill Zack and I kicked off the “Suburban” Roadshows as a way to bring the latest Microsoft developer technologies directly to where YOU live. The NY metropolitan area is huge. There’s a tendency...
  • Blog Post: MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow Comes to East Windsor on Thursday

    Many of the live events that go on in the Microsoft community happen frequently in New York City or down in Philly.  But if you live or work out in the ‘burbs, it’s not always easy to make it into the city. The traffic, the trains, or the buses.  One extra hassle can keep you from improving...
  • Blog Post: Central Jersey ASP.NET MVC Fire Starter – Saturday December 13th

    If you missed the MVC Fire Starters in New York and Philadelphia over the past few months, I’m happy to announce that the ASP.NET MVC Fire Starter is coming to central Jersey next Saturday, December 13th.  This is your opportunity to come out and learn about the new ‘old’ way of building web applications...
  • Blog Post: November 2008 Area User Group Meetings

    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...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow

    Next month, Bill Zack and I are going to be kicking off a new series of live events throughout the tri-state area! Many of the great developer events you read about here take place in NYC. Does that leave you with the Lincoln Tunnel blues?  Worry about getting caught on the LIE in Queens as you...
  • Blog Post: NJ SQL Business Intelligence Day Wrap-Up

    Thanks to everyone who attended the NJ SQL Business Intelligence event on October 4th!  Over 65 folks came out to Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ and were treated to a great learning experience courtesy of speakers Mark Kromer and Kevin Goff.  Thanks to Mark & Kevin, as well as Melissa Demsak...
  • Blog Post: Pragmatic Beer Tomorrow Night in New Brunswick, NJ

    Via Scott Watermasysk … Don and I (Scott) have been having “Dev Dinners” every couple of months over the last couple of years. We usually draw small crowd of bright .NET people and talk shop. However, this time we want to shake things up a bit and get more realistic. So we are going to borrow a bit from...
  • Blog Post: NJ SQL Business Intelligence Event – Saturday 10/4

    The NJ SQL Server user group is hosting a Business Intelligence event this Saturday, October 4th in Iselin, NJ. If BI is something you’ve been looking to get more insight on, come on out for this free event! NJSQL Business Intelligence Saturday Microsoft’s Business Intelligence has evolved over the past...
  • Blog Post: Philly.NET User Group in South Jersey Meets Again

    Last year, Philly.NET spawned off a south Jersey edition of the .NET developer group.  It's tough to organize these meetings and find a location on a recurring basis.  Anyway, thanks to Travis Laborde and others, the South Jersey folks are back again!  You can find them at their new website...
  • Blog Post: Live Search for Mobile Saves the Day

    Thank you Live Search for Mobile! (<- yes, the name is a mouthful, but it gets the job done.) Yesterday was Easter Sunday here in the US. In the morning, my 2 year-old son had tough congestion and was wheezing, a sure sign of croup . He's had this before, so we placed a call into the doctor knowing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Health & Life Sciences Developer Conference in Atlantic City, NJ

    Vegas had Mix.  Now the Microsoft Health & Life Services Developer Conference 2008 is coming to Atlantic City, NJ!  On April 22 - 24, take a trip down the shore to AC where Microsoft will be hosting its second annual H&LS event. The three day conference will feature sessions on the...
  • Blog Post: What's Wrong with Social Networking?

    Social Networking: Everyone wants a piece of the action.  Users want to be where the cool people are and feel part of a community.  Businesses want to make money off of it.  The 44 billion dollar question is:  How? I don't know the answer. Last month, I attended the " Online...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Extensibility and Plug-ins Webcasts

    As a developer, you likely spend a lot of time in the IDE of your choice. For Microsoft developers, this is usually Visual Studio. While Studio is jammed packed with tools that make developers' lives easier, there is always room for more tools. If Studio doesn't have the tool you need, there's a whole...
  • Blog Post: Philly.NET 'South Jersey Edition' Kick off a success!

    By the time I made it down to Cherry Hill after getting a flat tire repaired on my car, it was 6:30 and an hour into the first .NET UG meeting in south Jersey. I was surprised to find standing room only. There were about 5-6 folks crowded in the hallway outside of the meeting room watching the presentation...
  • Blog Post: South Jersey .NET User Group Forming @ Exit 4

    Philly.NET continues to spread its wings. Last month, a new group was born in Center City. This month, the Philly.NET community is starting a new user group in south Jersey . It seems the .NET user group phenomenon keeps spreading further south down the Turnpike! First Iselin (Exit 11), then Parsippany...
  • Blog Post: Central Jersey .NET User Group Update

    The Central Jersey .NET User Group which meets at the Infragistics office in East Windsor is in the process of being "re-booted". Tony Lombardo and Ed Blankenship have stepped up take the lead of the NJDOTNET. Ed recently sent out the first edition of a NJDOTNET Newsletter that they plan to send out...
  • Blog Post: 75 Degrees @ the Jersey Shore in January?!

    Okay okay... perhaps that's a slight exageration. The sign in front of a Point Pleasant Beach bank only read 74. But that's certainly close enough. (Actually, I saw that Cherry Hill, NJ officially reached 75 on TV.) With the great weather, I spent the day with my family at the beach. We weren't the only...
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