Events This Week – February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks!

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, as well as TWO opportunities to hear me speak (Baltimore on Tuesday and Virginia Beach on Wednesday):

  • 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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  • Baltimore Mobile UG: Intro to Windows Phone 7 Development
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:30 PM, Baltimore, MD
    Microsoft Developer Evangelist will introduce Windows Phone 7, show what distinguishes this platform from other mobile phones in the market, and provide an overview of the developer tools and techniques you can use to build compelling applications for Windows Phone 7.
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  • HRSSUG: Intro to Windows Phone 7
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:30 PM, Virginia Beach, VA
    Windows Phone 7 may be the new kid on the block, but the marketplace for applications is growing quickly, with over 6,000 apps available just a few short months after launch. If you want to get in while there’s still plenty of room to be a category leader, now’s the time to start developing your applications.
    In this talk, Microsoft developer evangelist G. Andrew Duthie will introduce Windows Phone 7 from a developer perspective, and demonstrate the free tools you can use to create beautiful, functional applications for this platform. Developers who have used Silverlight or .NET will find a familiar environment, based in Visual Studio and Expression Blend, while those new to Silverlight will find an intuitive and straightforward platform for mobile development.
    We’ll also talk about the process of signing up for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, and the steps involved in getting your app approved, as well as some tips to avoid multiple trips through the approval process.
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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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  • Microsoft Developer Dinner: Take your SharePoint Solutions to the Cloud
    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:00 PM, Reston, VA
    February 23rd Microsoft Developer Dinner for Partners: Take your SharePoint solutions to the Cloud
    Click the link above, or visit
    OR call 1-877-673-8368 and reference event ID 1032475849.
    Event Date: February 23, 2011
    Registration: 17:30
    Event Time: 18:00– 20:00
    Event Location:
    Microsoft Corporation
    12012 Sunset Hills Road
    Reston, VA 20190
    (703) 673-7600
    Guest Speaker
    Vishwas Lele is an AIS Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the company vision and execution of creating business solutions using .NET technologies. Vishwas brings close to 20 years of experience and thought leadership to his position, and has been at AIS since 1994. A noted industry speaker and author, Vishwas is the Microsoft Regional Director for the Washington, D.C. area and a member of the Connected Systems Division Advisors group. Additionally, Vishwas has received an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Solution Architecture award for both 2006 and 2007. Prior to joining AIS, Vishwas worked for Tata Unisys and MicroStrategy. Vishwas received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Nagpur University in India and his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
    What you will learn
    Join Vishwas Lele in this session over dinner for a comprehensive, developer focused overview of: How your SharePoint based solutions can be used conjunction with the cloud;
    An overview of SharePoint Online, part of recently announced Microsoft Office365;Ways in which SharePoint solutions integrate with Azure – to include web part development, data programmability, service consumption, and Business Connectivity Services integration
    Attend this event for your chance to win a Zune HD!
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Want your events listed? You can add them here.

You can also add your events via the Community Megaphone web service API, which is now live. You can get more information on the API, and how to sign up, at You can also email me for more information.

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