Another great (and fun :) way to learn more about Microsoft technologies is to join a local user group. At the moment, we have a number of offline and online local developer user groups that get together regularly to talk about Microsoft technologies and share experiences.
All the groups are run completely independently of Microsoft and all their events and activities are organized by members according to their interests. They all run regular evening events and provide other resources like blogs, forums, articles etc. It’s a great way to learn more and the socials provide a great opportunity to meet and chat to like-minded folks. Check them out!
Offline Local Microsoft User Groups
Microsoft Technology User Groups of Ireland
The Microsoft Technology User Groups Ireland (MTUG.ie) is an association of technology users groups from around Ireland and Northern Ireland that run events related to Microsoft technologies. The member user groups all cater for a wide range of technical roles that work with Microsoft tools and technologies, including both developers and IT Professionals. MTUG.ie members also act as hosts to Special Interest Groups (SIG) from around the country.
Northern Ireland Microsoft Technologies User Group
NIMTUG is based in Belfast, our only user group north of the border. NIMTUG get together monthly to discuss Microsoft technologies, from .NET and VB6 to SQL Server and Exchange, help each other out and have a good time.
Irish Developer Network
IDN was set up in 1994 and now has over 1400 members nationwide. The group hosts free lectures for members and have staged 44 to date. They also provide blogs and forums on the site.
IrishDev is language and platform neutral, encouraging developers from Cobol through to the latest J2EE and .NET technologies to join their ranks. The site has a very handy developer events calendar featuring all the most important industry events in Ireland. In December 2004, IDN also announced their planned launch of Ireland’s first dedicated ICT jobs portal.
Online Local Microsoft User Groups