Events This Week – February 23rd, 2009

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area…this list now includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also now automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar:

  • Monday, February 23, 2009 7:00 PM: NoVA SQL: Doing More with Less - Performance Management
    Speaker: Jay Hall of Quest Software
    Throwing hardware at a performance problem should not be the first thing that comes to mind when troubleshooting a SQL Server issue. This approach leads to unnecessary purchases and can even degrade rather than improve the performance of a system. This presentation will look at some freely available techniques for improving the performance of a database system without purchasing new hardware. Topics will include, index maintenance and memory management. Demos will be showcased to show how strategies can be implemented.
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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2009 9:00 AM: MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow: Windows Client Technologies
    Around the World (of Windows Client Technologies) in 75 minutes
    In this session, we'll take a high-level view of the many technologies
    available for developing client apps on the Windows platform,
    from Windows Forms and WPF for desktop apps, Silverlight for
    browser-based rich clients, to desktop/sidebar gadgets
    and Windows Mobile, including demos of each.

    Create Rich User Experiences with WPF
    Windows Presentation Foundation empowers you to build the next-generation of Windows user experiences. WPF supports UI, media, documents, hardware acceleration, vector graphics, scalability to different form factors, interactive data visualization, and superior content readability. In this session we will look into the fundamentals of WPF, its architecture and how you can leverage WPF to create rich apps.

    Re-use Your Skills and Code to Expand the Reach of Your Apps with Silverlight
    WPF supports creating rich windows client apps, but sometimes you need to run your app in the browser. In this session we will discuss how you can quickly web-ify WPF apps by leveraging technologies like XBAP. To further expand the reach of your app, we'll show how you can take advantage of Silverlight, which is a subset of WPF and shares the XAML markup model of development, but is optimized for a lightweight, cross-platform runtime for the browser which runs not just on Windows, but also on the Mac.

    Developing Windows Mobile Applications with Visual Studio 2008
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 provides many improvements for mobile
    application development. With the Windows Mobile 6 SDK (or the latest
    6.1 SDK) and emulators available in the SDK, developers can quickly and
    easily create, debug and deploy mobile apps. In this session,
    we review what is new in the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 3.5, and
    through several demos and samples discuss how to develop Windows Mobile
    client apps, including Silverlight for Mobile apps, effectively.
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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:00 PM: CMAP .NET Essentials
    This is our regularly scheduled meeting. It repeats on the 4th Tuesday of each month. We develop an ASP.NET application from requirements to deployment.
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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:00 PM: CapArea .NET - Visual Studio 2008 Tips and Tricks
    Based on real life experience of 8+ hours a day developing with Visual
    Studio 2005, learn some sweet tips and tricks to tame the IDE. With
    something new for everyone, these techniques will give you valuable
    information to start using right away, increase your productivity, and
    make you wonder how you survived all this time without them.
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  • Wednesday, February 25, 2009 6:00 PM: RVSPUG: CorasWorks Workplace Suite
    Updated topic: CorasWorks Workplace Suite
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  • Wednesday, February 25, 2009 6:30 PM: Frederick .NET UG Monthly Meeting
    Intro Topic: Intro to LINQ with Ganesan Muthiah
    Main Topic: Using Silverlight in SharePoint with Sahil Malik
    Description: Silverlight is one of the most exciting things to come out of Microsoft lately. In this session, Sahil cooks up a practical and interesting completely hands-on demonstration of how to use Silverlight in SharePoint. Not only does he talk of various details of Silverlight, along with proper deployment of silverlight projects in SharePoint, he also mixes WCF and demonstrates using Silverlight with full access to the SharePoint object model. You should attend if you are interested in either Silverlight, SharePoint, WCF, or any mixture of the above.
    Speaker Bio: Sahil Malik has been a Microsoft MVP & INETA Speaker for many years, author of many books and numerous articles, consultant and trainer who delivers training and talks at conferences internationally. His talks are full of humor and practical nuggets. His talks tend to get very highly charged, fast moving, and highly interactive. Sahil likes to maintain a balance and learn as much as possible of all Microsoft technologies, and thus completely ignores the balance in his life. You should check out his site at
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  • Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:00 PM: CapArea Silverlight SIG: Developing a Texas Hold'em game in Silverlight
    Speaker: Dean Fiala
    If you've written one too many data entry applications or are otherwise stuck in a development vortex, it's time to walk into the light, Silverlight that is.
    If you've heard about it, or have been constantly badgered by the Microsoft site to download it, this is your chance to see what it can actually do. In this session, we'll walk through developing a Texas Hold'em game in Silverlight.
    Guaranteed to be a 97.89% buzzword-free reminder of how writing software can be fun.
    Speaker Bio:
    Dean is the CTO for Celadon Laboratories, a developer of web-based scientific applications. He is a Microsoft MVP for ASP.NET and the figurehead for RockNUG, the Rockville .NET User Group ( He also teaches .NET courses at Montgomery College. He enjoys sleeping and looks forward to doing it again soon.
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  • Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:00 PM: NoDeNug MSDN Road Show
    Our monthly user meeting is the MSDN Road Show starring Dani Diaz, Lindsay Rutter, and David Solivan.
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  • Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:00 PM: MSDN Freedom Roadshow
    The future is a combination of local software and Internet services interacting with one another. Software makes services better and services make software better. And by bringing together the best of both worlds, we maximize choice, flexibility and capabilities for our customers. We describe this evolutionary path in our industry as Software + Services. In this event, you will learn about the tools and technology Microsoft provides to enable organization to take full advantage of this new industry trend.
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  • Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:00 PM: Cloud Computing Bringing Cost Effective and Pragmatic Change to the Public Sector
    Join Government Technology, the Center for Digital Government, OH Department of Transportation and Microsoft for a common sense discussion on Cloud Computing.
    Change is in the air and in the face of tremendous cost cutting measures, government needs to find pragmatic ways to re-tool the infrastructure so public sector agencies can dramatically save money, AND engage with local citizens when they are in the home, on the road and in the workplace.
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  • Thursday, February 26, 2009 6:00 PM: Mid-Atlantic Cloud Computing User Group Inaugural Meeting
    Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform. At this meeting, you'll hear about Microsoft's vision of Software + Services and what it can mean for you. As part of this presentation, you'll see a demo of how a cloud application is developed and deployed.

    Who Should Attend?
    Cloud computing has huge implications for both developers, architects and business people. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor and be part of the community that helps pioneer this exciting new area.

    Pizza will be served at 6:00 and the presentation / demo will begin at 6:30. This event is sponsored by Neudesic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.
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  • Saturday, February 28, 2009 8:00 AM: Silverlight Firestarter
    Intro and overview of the Silverlight 2 platform.
    XAML Basics
    What is this funny mark-up language?
    The Tools
    Get the skinny on what you need to start your work. A look at designer & developer tools that work together. Coverage of Expression Blend 2.5 & Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008
    Controls, Data Binding
    Silverlight 1 was just a tease. Now see what you can do with real controls, styles, and rich data binding.
    Server Communication
    Silverlight 2 is a rich Internet application platform. So how do you talk back to the cloud? Coverage of all the communication options. WCF/Astoria/REST/POX/AJAX/etc.
    Silverlight and SharePoint
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  • Tuesday, March 03, 2009 6:30 PM: CMAP: DotNetNuke: CMS for the Masses
    Speaker: Hal Hayes
    If you want a website that is dynamic, can be configured to enable access to pages and sections based on user roles, and can be modified from within the site itself, then you want a content management system (CMS). When it comes to content management systems, the list of available systems and their features is very long. But if you are looking for an award-winning, open source (i.e. "free") solution that is built on .NET, has a strong product history and user base, has a strong third-party market for add-ons, and is extensible, then DotNetNuke (DNN) is a great solution. Not only is it a great CMS out of the box, but it makes a great application framework.
    In this presentation, we will demonstrate and discuss what DNN is, how to install it, use the basic features, management information and users, and extend it when you want to create your own features.
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