Events This Week – February 7th, 2010

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar:

  • mvcConf
    Tuesday, February 08, 2011 8:00 AM, Online
    An Awesome Conference
    MvcConf is a virtual conference focused on one thing: writing awesome applications on top of the ASP.Net MVC framework. Your brain will explode from taking in so much hard core technical sessions. Sounds fun eh?
    This is a community event and we want the best and brightest sharing what they know.
    We intend to record each session and make them available online for viewing. We intend to make the videos available free of charge, depending on conference sponsorships.
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  • PGHDOTNET - February Meeting: log4net and RavenDB
    Tuesday, February 08, 2011 5:30 PM, Pittsburgh, PA
    log4net 101 and Getting Started with RavenDB
    Join us on February 8th for presentations on log4net and RavenDB. Hopefully we won't get snowed out this time!
    Session: log4net 101
    This talk will cover the basics of log4net, the defacto standard logging library for .Net applications.
    Anthony Mastrean
    Anthony Mastrean is a software engineer with Omnyx working on test automation in WPF and the .NET platform. He worked previously for FedEx Ground on mobile applications and middle-tier software in .NET. Anthony is an avid attendee of Pgh.NET User Group meetings and Code Camps. Visit Anthony's blog at or follow him on Twitter @AnthonyMastrean.
    Session: Getting Started with RavenDB
    SQL, SQL Express, SQLCE, or %SQL% is not always the solution when you need to store data. Sure you can use XML, but that seems like a lot of work. RavenDB is a document database for .NET written in .NET. It provides a quick and simple way to create, retrieve, update, and delete data. This seminar will discuss how to get you started with RavenDB.
    Adamo Mosca
    A senior software engineer/developer/(apply latest buzzword here) with McKesson Automation striving to create less crappy software!
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  • HRNUG February: IIS Express, Razor, and WebMatrix, oh my!
    Tuesday, February 08, 2011 6:00 PM, Norfolk, VA
    Does the announcement of so many new technologies make you wonder where the yellow brick road is that will lead you to the Oz of understanding? Well, there’s no denying that there’s a lot to keep up with these days if you’re a web developer. So let Microsoft Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie give you an overview of Microsoft WebMatrix, ASP.NET Web Pages, the new Razor syntax, and IIS Express, and how they fit in with the existing offerings in Microsoft’s web stack.
    Learn how and when you’d want to leverage these new technologies, and when existing technologies may be a better choice. Expect discussion and demo, and bring your questions, so we can make this an interactive and dynamic session!
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  • RockNUG Release 4.8
    Wednesday, February 09, 2011 6:30 PM, Rockville, MD
    Release 4.8
    February 9, 2011
    6:30-9:00 PM
    Montgomery College, Rockville
    ROOM SB 202 -- Upstairs This Semester
    Exploring Workflow Foundation (WF4):
    Building connected apps with WF4 and Workflow Services
    by Vladimir Bychkov
    Windows Workflow Foundation provides a programming model, in-process workflow engine and rehostable designer to implement long-running processes as workflows within .NET applications. With the release .NET 4, by making WF and WCF work well together, improving WF’s performance, providing a better workflow designer, and offering a full-featured host process with Windows Server AppFabric, Microsoft is making the workflow way more attractive for a broader range of scenarios. Not only will we explore some of those scenarios by building a connected application but we will have fun doing it.
    Vladimir Bychkov is a Sr Software Engineer with Segue Technologies, Inc. ( where he designs, develops, and implements IT solutions for a wide range of commercial and federal customers.
    6:30 - 7:00 n00b Presentation Command Pattern - Dean Fiala
    7:00 - 7:30 Pizza/Announcements
    7:30 - 9:00 Featured Presentations
    Exploring Workflow Foundation (WF4) - Vladimir Bychkov
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  • SharePoint ShopTalk
    Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:30 PM, Online
    Join us for our next ShopTalk taking place this Thursday February 10th, 2011.
    SharePoint ShopTalk is a weekly discussion where our panel of experts answer questions about SharePoint. No question is too small or too big.
    Join the SharePoint ShopTalk LinkedIn Community to submit questions prior to the event. You may also tweet your questions during the event to @spshoptalk as well via the live meeting.
    Our Panel of experts include:
    Natalya Voskresenkaya - SharePoint MVP and co-author of Professional Microsoft Search: FAST Search, SharePoint Search, and Search Server
    Laura Derbes Rogers - a Senior SharePoint Consultant at SharePoint911. Her background is in server administration, and she has contributed as an author on three different SharePoint books since 2006.
    Carlos Fernandez - SharePoint Consultant for Portal Solutions specializing in customization, configuration, migration and deployment
    Chris Poteet - An analyst and user experience consultant for Portal Solutions
    Nilesh Mehta - President and Sr. SharePoint Architect at NGenious Solutions Inc.
    Harry Jones - President and Sr. Solutions Architect for Arcovis
    We look forward to the continued sharing of SharePoint knowledge.
    Audio Call-in Number: (760)-569-0111
    Audio Passcode: 724468#
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  • Webcast: 8 Practical Tips on Achieving Your Microsoft Competency
    Friday, February 11, 2011 2:00 PM, Online
    Join Tom Fallon from Innovative-e. Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2PM (ET) in this exclusive webcast: 8 Practical Tips on Achieving your MS Competency!
    In this presentation, we discuss eight things that your organization can do in preparation of achieving one or more Microsoft competencies. We’ll start by discussing the various types of memberships available in the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) and the nature of and benefits associated with Microsoft competencies. We will then discuss the following tips that will help your organization prepare for achieving its competencies:
    •Become a partner (very brief)
    •Designate a point person
    •Review the Microsoft MPN portal page
    •Learn how to determine your organization’s desire competencies
    •Review a downloadable competency “Source of Record” tool
    •Hold periodic status meeting
    •Create simple countdown clocks
    At the end we will introduce a new Innovative-e guidance service for assistance in achieving Microsoft competencies.
    In this presentation participants will be able to:
    •List the MPN membership types
    •Describe the nature of Microsoft competencies
    •Identify the benefits of achieving one or more Microsoft competencies
    •List seven means by which an organization can prepare for achieving one or more Microsoft competencies
    •Describe the MPN guidance services offered by Innovative-e, Inc.
    The primary audience for this webcast includes all members of an organization who will be participating in the achievement of Microsoft competencies: decision makers, MCPs, individuals assigned to taking assessments, competency point person, etc.
    Participants will receive presentation notes and access to the downloadable competency “Source of Record” tool.
    Pre-requisites: Organizations that are renewing or considering a Microsoft partnership and are interested in achieving one or more Microsoft competencies.
    For Registration go to:
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  • Roanoke Valley SQL Server User Group
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:00 PM, Roanoke, VA
    Who Needs a Data Warehouse? Jessica M. Moss, MVP
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  • Data Binding in Expression Blend
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
    Data Binding is one of the key features of WPF and Silverlight. This presentation demonstrates and explains the Data Binding tools and features of Blend. Includes discussions of Data Context, Value Converters, Element Binding, Sample Data and more. With these tools you really can bind anything to anything.
    Speaker Bio
    Joel Cochran is an Expression Blend MVP, an INETA Community Champion, and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in Windows Forms and WPF. He has been developing in C# since 2003 and is a Blend fanatic and self-proclaimed "Blend Evangelist". A frequent speaker at User Groups and Code Camps, he enjoys teaching and writing about .NET and other topics.
    You can find him online at or on Twitter at Joel has served as the Director of Operations for Stonewall Technologies, Inc., an ISV, in Staunton, VA, since 2000.
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  • SQL Server 2008 for Developers
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:00 PM, Wheeling, WV
    Are you still on SQL Server 2005 and wonder what you are missing? Did you upgrade to SQL Server 2008 and haven’t had the time to check out the new features? In one hour you will see demos that give an overview of the new features for developers included with SQL Server 2008. This presentation will include the following features Management Studio (SSMS) Enhancements, T-SQL enhancements, DateTimeOffset, DateTime2 and Date and Time, Table Value Parameters, Merge and Change Data Capture
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  • Cloud Computing Implementation and Security
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:30 PM, Alexandria, VA
    Cloud computing applications and platforms such as CRM, the platform, Amazon S3 and Google Apps provide enterprises with a path to quantifiable cost savings while increasing agility and scalability, in addition to providing a superior user experience. Implementing SaaS applications on an enterprise scale multiplies the benefits, presenting new opportunities to streamline and integrate processes and systems. However, SaaS is a new model for consuming and delivering software and therefore raises some new questions.
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