December meeting tomorrow!

From my friends at Richmond .net:

Note Location Change

Intro to Web Controls
by Miguel Castro ASP.NET MVP
Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:30 PM
Location: Ironworks, 4121 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA [map]


The development of custom Webcontrols is a .NET technology that is still underused even though .NET has been around for over three years now. Many programmers use the built-in controls on a daily basis but have never explored the world of creating their own, and how it can bring a new level of object-oriented programming to the UI layer. It is an area of .NET development that has been dominated by 3rd party tool vendors while remaining untouched by a great deal of the general community. This presentation will introduce you to the three types of custom Webcontrols, Inherited, Rendered, and Composite, brief you on differences, and describe advantages and disadvantages. After which we will go through the code of three pre-built Webcontrols demonstrating each of the types. The target audience for this lecture is ASP.NET programmers with a decent understanding of ASP.NET’s architecture using the out-of-the-box Webcontrols that Visual Studio ships with. This talk is both ASP.NET 1.1 and 2.0 centric.


Miguel is an independent consultant in the NY/NJ Metro area who specializes in building .NET solutions. He is a Microsoft MVP and INETA speaker and has been a software developer for over 20 years. With a Microsoft background that goes all the way back to VB 1.0 (and QuickBasic in fact), Miguel jumped on .NET as soon as the first public Beta was released and has provided .NET solutions for clients in New Jersey and New York in a variety of industries. He considers himself to be a .NET Developer and Architect and has equal love for both VB.NET and C#.  He's spoken at numerous user groups around the country where he focuses on preaching and evangelizing the world of custom WebControl development, with hopes of increasing the numbers that tackle this underused technology. His blog along with many free downloads can be found at

Miguel currently resides in Lincoln Park, NJ with his wife Elena and his daughter Victoria, who is starting her .NET training as soon as she turns two.

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