NYC .NET Developers Group Presents “Speaker Idol” on 7/17/2008


vid_speakeridol2_thumb5 Based on the success of similar events at Tech Ed and other .NET user groups, the NYC .NET Developers group is presenting “Speakers Idol” this Thursday night in NYC.  “Speakers Idol” is modeled after it’s eponymous namesake American Idol with the winner winning a world tour and a recording contract.  Only in this case, there will be no world tour, and no recording contract.  There will be some cool prizes for the winner of the contest though (and for the audience too!).

What’s in it for you?  There will be a smorgasbord of knowledge on hand with five speakers giving you 15 minutes each on the topic of their expertise.  Stephen Forte will be reprising the role of Ryan Seacrest for the evening as your emcee.  It wouldn’t be a contest with out a panel of judges.  We have no shortage of talent on the panel either:  Andrew Brust of 26NY, Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet, Kathleen McGivney of IBM, and Peter Laudati (moi 🙂 from Microsoft.  

Here’s the line up for the evening:

Topic Speaker Bio
Introduction to F# – We will see what F# is and what features/differences there are between F# and “imperative” languages like C#. Zino Lee Zino has been working on wall street investment banks for the past 12 years, and doing .NET for 4 years. Currently the VP and manage a group that takes care of all GUI work for a trading desk. In graduate school at NYU James did some OCaml work when F# project started.

Castle Monorail
MonoRail is a MVC framework for Web Development inspired by ActionPack. It is part of the large Castle Project which includes the Windsor IoC container and the ActiveRecord data mapper.

James Curran

James is a Senior Developer at and as a hobby, the Owner/Operator of which is being converted into a MonoRail based site (under-development version viewable at Previously, he was a Microsoft MVP for VisualC++.

Upgrading Legacy Code
Learn how to read the code and determine a path of action to be taken with the code upgrade. See how to evaluate what could be upgraded, what to rewrite and when to start all over from scratch.

John Carnevale John is working at Purvis systems stationed at the FDNY converting legacy code to .NET for the Starfire system.

Arithmetic in Generic Classes
Bill will show some examples of the benefits of doing arithmetic in generic classes and some utility classes and interfaces that make it extremely easy to do so

Bill Fugina

Bill works as a software developer for Coleman Insights, a music industry market research company in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He visits the office three or four days each month and otherwise telecommutes from his home office in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

Casual and More Hard-Core WCF
In his demonstration, Gerard is going to quickly build a pair of WCF client applications to demonstrate the use of the MVP design pattern to guarantee a contract with the clients and facilitate unit testing

Gerardo Arevalo

Gerardo is relatively new to the New York (Tri-State) area. He is from El Salvador, lived in North Florida, then packed up for the North East to be closer to the techno

The case for .NET/Java interop at Morgan Stanley Investment Management group
The technology stack at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) varies from .NET to Java and back providing us to use the best of both worlds in development solutions but at the same time exemplifies the need for integration between them. We present a case study of .NET/Java interop with .NET VSTO and Java Web Services that has enabled us to develop SOA-based solutions for MS Office for our financial users.

Gautam Arora

Gautam is a Masters of Science - Computer Science student at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He is currently working as a Technology Summer Analyst Intern at Morgan Stanley Technology and developing VSTO solutions integrated with Java Web Services.

As per usual, the evening will start off with networking and free pizza.  So come on out this Thursday night for a good time at the NYC .NET Developers group.  The group meets in the Microsoft NYC office at 1290 Ave of the Americas.  Due to building security requirements, you MUST register for the event here.

For meeting details and directions, visit the NYC .NET Developers group website at:

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