Category Archives: Community Events

Atlanta .NET User Group Meeting, Monday, January 26, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Note: This is a cross post from the Atlanta .NET User Group site. If you are interested in seeing all the announcements, please visit that site, add yourself as a member, and subscribe to the RSS feed. Later this year I will stop cross posting these announcements!

Location: Microsoft’s Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 Tutorial or Q&A Session
7:00 Announcements
7:15 Technical Presentation

Title: Real World ASP.Net MVC

Synopsis: This is an MVC presentation focused on code, not academics. Paul recently re-factored a high traffic web site from WebForms to MVC and is eager to show you both how easy it was and the quantum leaps ASP.Net MVC will give your organization. The talk’s goal is for an experienced ASP.Net developer to leave with a solid understanding of ASP.Net MVC basics.

Material that will be new to most .Net developers include: living without drag-and-drop controls, jQuery, JSON based AJAX, MVC partials, custom routing etc. This may sound complicated but the hurdle to learning MVC is not as large as you believe – any WebForms developer with a little commitment can move to MVC and start building world-class websites again.

Bio: Paul Lockwood has nineteen years IT experience and three IT degrees including a Masters in AI and Robotics. He has used .Net exclusively since early 2001 and specializes in larger web based projects. He owns an Atlanta based .Net consulting company but has previously worked in five different countries for companies including: London Stock Exchange, UBS, SwissRe, Philips.com, Accenture and EDS.

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

New Home for the Atlanta .NET User Group Web Site

We had some problems with our domain name registration and DNS entry when the name came up for renewal last week. As a result, we’ve moved to a new home at http://www.atldotnet.org. The new site is based on SharePoint and offers considerably more functionality for considerably less effort than the old site.

Please spread the word, and if you have a blog, help us get back on the first page of search results by linking to the new site.

Thanks,
–Doug Ware

October Meeting, Monday, October 27, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Location: Microsoft’s Offices

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 Tutorial or Q&A Session
7:00 Announcements
7:15 Technical Presentation

Title: Working with new ASP.NET features in .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

Synopsis: When ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 was released in January of 2007, not all features from "Atlas" were included in the final build. These became part of a program called "ASP.NET Futures," and were included as periodic releases in CTP drops. With the release of .NET 3.5 SP1, several of these preview features were promoted to first class features of ASP.NET. This presentation will provide an overview of these new components, including the ASP.NET AJAX browser history control and AJAX script combining, which improves performance in ASP.NET AJAX applications. The presentation will also cover .NET 3.5 SP1 data centric technologies such as the Entity Framework, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, and ADO.Net Data Services, as well as how these tools play together.

Bio: James Ashley is a Senior Consultant with Magenic Technologies in Atlanta specializing in ASP.NET AJAX, WCF and WPF.

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

CodeStock was Awesome Sauce

I was in Knoxville, Tennessee this past Saturday at CodeStock. Hat’s off to Mike, Alan, and Wally, they put together a heck of an event and everyone had a great time. The show definitely had the best Open Spaces discussion I’ve ever seen anywhere.

If you attended my presentation, or even if you didn’t, you can download the slides here.

–Doug Ware

July Atlanta .NET User Group Meeting and a Special Event

OUR NEXT MEETING:

Monday, July 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Atlanta Microsoft Office

6:00    Networking and Refreshments
6:30    Tutorial or Q&A Session
7:15    Announcements
7:30    Technical Presentation

Special Event on July 16, 2008!!!

In addition to the meeting on July 28th, come to .NET University on ASP.NET on Wednesday, July 16. We’ll be starting with some fundamentals about ASP.NET and moving quickly into more advanced things like AJAX and the MVC framework, as well as working with IIS7 and Live services. It’s more than a how the stuff works – it’s why you’d want to use it and where and when it makes sense to do so.

This course is appropriate for folks who have been doing some basic ASP.NET work for a while and want to get a better understanding of the infrastructure, as well as people who are curious about MVC and Live Services.

The event includes free breakfast and lunch, and some giveaways at the end.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032382618&Culture=en-US is the link to register.

Our Regular Meeting…

New Features in SQL Server 2008 for Application Developers

Speaker: Whiney Weaver and Sergey Barskiy

As most of us have heard, SQL Server 2008 is due to be released in third quarter of this year. This marks another milestone in Microsoft’s flagship database product. As with every release, Microsoft’s engineers are introducing many new features that are designed to make application developers’ lives easier, make them more productive and efficient. There are many more features that are oriented toward database administrators, which are meant to improve SQL Server in many areas, including performance, security and other aspects of the product. This talk will concentrate on features that a software developer is interested in. We will attempt to organize these features and show how new technology can be used to accomplish everyday tasks. We will highlight functionality that can make developers more productive and improve overall application performance at the same time.

About the speakers: Whitney Weaver is a senior consultant with Magenic Technologies, a technical consulting firm which has achieved Microsoft Gold Partner Certification in Integrated E-Business, Microsoft Business Solutions, and Business Intelligence. He focuses on data technologies within the Microsoft product line. Over the past 11 years he has implemented SQL Server solutions for a number of industries including Energy Management, Financial Services, Health Insurance, Manufacturing, and State Government. Whitney regularly speaks at user groups and other developer events.

Sergey Barskiy is a senior consultant with Magenic Technologies. Prior to joining Magenic he has worked for Horizon Software for over 10 years, starting as a quality assurance engineer and working his way to a VP. He has been developing applications using Microsoft based technologies for over 10 years. He has bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He holds MCP, MCAD, MCSD certifications for .NET and MCDBA. He was a speaker at the last Atlanta Code Camp; his talk was on CSLA. He worked with SQL Server for over 6 years. He has been working in IT industry in the US for over 12 years. He has been programming since high school back in his native Ukraine.

Meeting Location and Directions
Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

June Atlanta .NET User Group Meeting

6:00 Networking and Refreshments
6:30 Tutorial or Q&A Session
7:00 Announcements
7:15 Technical Presentation

Public Policy and IT

Speaker: Johnathan Zuck

Some of you may have heard the name Jonathan Zuck who was, in his day, a bit of a VB, Smalltalk and Delphi maven, speaking and teaching all over the world. With hundreds of articles, components, 5 MVP awards and a few books to his name, some of the older of you may have learned a lot of programming from him.

After selling his third company 10 years ago, Jonathan became astutely aware of the growing influence politics and public policy were having on the IT industry generally and on small businesses in particular. The Association for Competitive Technology is a trade association that represents small IT companies around the world on issues as far reaching as trade, public procurement, intellectual property protection and overregulation on privacy and online safety. Jonathan and ACT have been devoted to creating an environment which is open to all comers and as free as possible from the kind of bureaucracy that cripples small businesses.

Every day, policies are being discussed in Georgia and around the world that could have an adverse effect on your business including rules for your website, procurement biases in government agencies or internet taxation. You have made various technology decisions for yourself and have invested a great deal of time and money in those technologies to gain expertise and command premium dollars. Politicians are lobbied by big players to enact policies to advance their specific business objectives most often at the expense of your interests. Their size and incumbency lead to policies of stagnation and protectionism that are generally antithetical to entrepreneurship. If politicians create policies that would create a bias against those technologies you would potentially lose some of that hard earned competitive advantage. Very seldom is it a technical decision to do something sweeping but is, instead, more often a political one.

Jonathan is making a few stops here in Georgia to talk about these issues and how they affect you as a businessman or technology professional. Topics of discussion include:

1. Examples of legislation from Georgia and elsewhere that could stifle the potential of your business

2. Technology preferences that could devalue your investment in expertise.

3. Opportunities to become more involved at the right time for maximum impact.

You probably have followed some of this stuff in the news so you might have questions about it as well such as the implications for the ISO vote to accept OOXML as a document standard the role small businesses played in making that happen.

Please join us for a dynamic and informative session about a part of your business and career that often gets overlooked.

About the speaker: Jonathan Zuck | President, Association for Competitive Technology

Jonathan Zuck is a widely known and respected leader in the technology industry. As a professional software developer and IT executive with more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Zuck brings an insider’s perspective to his role as President of the Association for Competitive Technology.

Since assuming leadership of ACT, Mr. Zuck has provided analysis, commentary and background information on a wide range of technology issues to the media, the public and Congress. He has been called on as a technology expert for the major news networks including CNN, CNBC and ABC, he is a frequent contributor to national and local radio news programs, and is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press. A prolific writer whose work has appeared in trade publications including PC Magazine, PC Week, Windows Tech Journal and in several books, Mr. Zuck is in high demand as a speaker at trade conferences around the world.

Just prior to coming on board for ACT, Mr. Zuck served as Director of Technical Services at the Spectrum Technology Group in Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in client/server, Internet and data warehouse solutions development. In 1988, Mr. Zuck founded and served as President of User Friendly, Inc., of Washington, D.C., a company providing consulting and software development services to local businesses. Mr. Zuck also set up U.S. operations for a French software firm where he helped build the company into an $11 million business.

In 1996, Mr. Zuck joined Financial Dynamics as Vice President of Technology, where he set the standard for innovation in technical architecture, career management and employee empowerment. During his tenure, company revenues doubled, and his leadership helped position the firm for a strategic combination with the Spectrum Technology Group in November 1997.

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004

Directions to Microsoft

Tech-Ed Tweener Events

There are events in Orlando all weekend for the folks in town for Tech-Ed or those loitering in the vicinity of Tech-Ed.

There’s a little something for everyone on Saturday at the Orlando Convention Center.

Read more here: http://www.devfish.net/articles/inbetween/agenda.aspx

Saturday, June 7, daytime

Registration opens at 0800A

     

Room

900a-1200p

1200p-100p

100p-600p

S210B

SQL Saturday BI

lunch

SQL Saturday BI

S210E

SQL Saturday

lunch

SQL Saturday

S220E

SQL Saturday

lunch

SQL Saturday

S220A

.NET CodeCamp

lunch

.NET CodeCamp

S220C

.NET CodeCamp

lunch

.NET CodeCamp

S320E

.NET CodeCamp

lunch

.NET CodeCamp

S310A

Day of Silverlight III

lunch

.NET CodeCamp

S330A

IT Pro Camp

lunch

IT Pro Camp

S330C

IT Pro Camp

lunch

IT Pro Camp

S320 ABCD

OpenSpace

OpenSpace

OpenSpace

S330 GH

Dev Exam Cram

lunch

Dev Exam Cram

tbd

MCT Training

lunch

MCT Training

 

Saturday, June 7, afterhours

Registration opens at 0800A

     

Jessica says its 700p-1000p somewhere!  devfish is kinda scared of this one. Click here for more info

     

 

I will be presenting my SharePoint Developer’s Survival Guide at the .NET CodeCamp at 11:00.

On Sunday, June 8, you can come see me at the Sharepoint Fundamentals DotNet University!

Doug Turnure’s flagship series of structured courses geared to bring you up to speed on a particular topic.

NET University presents SharePoint Fundamentals – a 1-day technical seminar that teaches the fundamentals of Windows SharePoint Services 2007. Join SharePoint gurus Josh Carlisle, Mikhail Dikov, Jacob Sanford, Doug Ware, and Ted Pattison, who will take you on a tour of SharePoint from the ground up. Topics will include:

  • Installation
  • What’s new in 2007
  • Core Concepts
  • Building WebParts

(All course material is downloadable from http://www.dotnet-u.com)
The course will include take-home labs (also downloadable from
http://www.dotnet-u.com). Attendees will receive a .NET U *Alumni* t-shirt and certificate of completion.

Contact :: Doug Turnure – dougturn@microsoft.com

More info :: Doug’s blog entry on ]inbetween[ dotnetu – http://blogs.msdn.com/dougturn/archive/2008/05/06/huge-weekend-community-event-in-orlando-wedged-between-teched-weeks.aspx

Registration info:
http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=128289

I hope to see you there!

–Doug Ware

Atlanta .Net User Group Monday, April 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM

6:00

Networking and Refreshments

6:30

Announcements

7:00

Technical Presentation


What’s New in CSLA .NET 3.5?

Speaker: Rockford Lhotka

CSLA .NET is one of the most widely used open-source development frameworks for .NET. Version 3.0 added support for WPF, WCF and WF, while version 3.5 adds support for LINQ, and perhaps more importantly, focuses on code reduction and simplification. In many cases a developer has to write 30-40% less code to create a business object than in past versions! In this session you will learn how CSLA .NET supports WCF for client/server and service-orientation, WPF for powerful new user experiences, WF for back-end workflow processing, LINQ for reshaping data and data access and more!

About the speaker:  Rockford Lhotka (www.lhotka.net) is the author of several books, including the Expert VB and C# 2005 Business Objects books and related CSLA .NET framework. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, MVP and INETA speaker. Rockford is the Principal Technology Evangelist for Magenic (www.magenic.com), a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004
Directions to Microsoft

Atlanta Code Camp Wrap-up

Well, another code camp has come and gone! This year we had nearly 40 sessions and gave away a completely silly amount of swag. You can download the deck from my SharePoint Developer Survival Guide here.

I learned a few things this year including the use of twitter (my ID is DougWare if you want to see my inane drivel), a new gesture that uses Shift Left-Click, and how to play Rock Band.

A big ‘thanks!’ to our sponsors:

Microsoft
Devry
Avanade
Magenic
Wintellect
Wildermuth Consulting
ComponentArt
red-gate Software
Windows IT-Pro Magazine
Addison Wesley
Wrox
ASPSoft
Code Magazine
CodeSmith
Telerick

See you tonight at the Atlanta .NET User Group meeting.

Atlanta .Net User Group Monday, March 31, 2008 at 6:00 PM


 

6:00 

Networking and Refreshments 

6:30 

Tutorial or Q&A Session
Extending Graffiti CMS with VS Express 2008

7:00 

Announcements 

7:15 

Technical Presentation 


REST and WCF 3.5

Speaker: Glen G. Gordon

The version 3.5 of the .NET framework introduces new web capabilities in Windows Communication Foundation, enabling developers to easily and quickly implement RESTful services. This presentation will examine webHttpBinding(the new WCF binding that enables the development of these services), as well as dive into the various configuration options. We will discuss the basic principles behind REST based architectures and illustrate the development of these services, as well as how to consume them in various technologies such as ASP.NET AJAX and Silverlight.

About the speaker:  Glen Gordon is a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft, and speaks about .NET around the country at user groups, conferences and MSDN Events. Originally from New York, Glen Gordon earned a degree in applied psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he studied the learning process and how humans interact with computers. Glen joined Microsoft in 2004 and he has almost 20 years of experience as a software trainer and presenter. Glen lives near Atlanta with his wife and three children, and his hobbies include playing the piano and all things Disney.

Meeting Location and Directions

Microsoft Corporation
1125 Sanctuary Pkwy.
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30004
Directions to Microsoft