October is in full swing right now. The leaves are changing colors, and I’m even starting to hear the first of the annoying leaf blowers blow. There’s so much going on, I thought I’d provide a little mid-month update to my regular monthly user group posting.
The countdown to the Microsoft PDC is on! Only 5 days left until Microsoft pulls back the curtain to unveil the details of its cloud services platform, the new Windows 7, and the .NET 4.0 Framework! I’m leaving for LA this Saturday and I can’t wait. If you’re not able to make it, follow the news at www.microsoftpdc.com. All of the announcements, and likely the keynotes will be posted online.
Most of us have our own various sources of information on how we keep up with all the tech news coming out of Redmond. My blog keeps you in touch with what’s going on in the local Microsoft developer community, but you also might want to check out the MSDN Flash Newsletter. The MSDN Flash Newsletter is a bi-weekly newsletter with all the news from Redmond. However, my colleague Bill Zack and I recently started adding our own local flavor to it!
That’s right, if you get the MSDN Flash newsletter and have your location set to New Jersey, New York, or Southern Connecticut, you will see an update from us in each newsletter. For more information on how you can subscribe to the MSDN Flash Newsletter, OR to customize your existing subscription to the tri-state area, MSDN Flash Newsletter site on MSDN.
Speaking of the tri-state area, there’s a LOT going on around our area! Congratulations goes out to Jess Chadwick of Infragistics for recently receiving the Microsoft MVP award! Jess has been an active member of the local .NET developer community and is the leader of the Central Jersey .NET user group which meets at Infragistic’s office in East Windsor, NJ. Jess also was one of the main contributors at the ASP.NET MVC Fire Starter event in NYC earlier this year.
MSDN Events visited Stamford, CT on October 2nd. There are two more stops coming up on this quarter’s tour: November 5th in Waterbury, CT and November 6th in Islandia, NY (Long Island). On the agenda with this series of live events is SQL Server 2008 for Developers, Office Development with VSTO, and Silverlight 2.0 Development. Visit www.msdnevents.com for details and registration.
On October 4th, the NJ SQL user group hosted a Business Intelligence event at the Microsoft offices in Iselin, NJ. Over 65 folks came together for a great learning experience courtesy of speakers Mark Kromer and Kevin Goff. Thanks to both Mark & Kevin, as well as Melissa “SQL Diva” Demsak for organizing this fantastic free event. You can see more details about the event, as well as links to the content here.
If you missed the Silverlight 2 Fire Starter in NYC in September, the content has now been posted here. Planning is currently underway for future Fire Starter events in our area.
Finally, don’t forget about your local community user groups! There are over 25 groups in our metro area! These are all free opportunities to come out and mingle with your peers after work, eat free pizza, and learn about new technologies from experts in the field. Like all of the other events I’ve mentioned, I keep a monthly listing of who’s speaking on which topics at all of the area user groups up on my blog.
There are still several groups that have meetings left this month, including:
- NYC .NET Meetup (10/21) – open panel discussion
- NYC Alt.NET (10/22) – Project Management Techniques (Agile, XP, Scrum, Lean, etc)
- NYC SQL (10/23) – SQL Server 2008 T-SQL Enhancements
- NYC VSTS (10/28) – Source Control Management – Leo Vildosola, InCycle Software
- NYC IASA group (10/28) - The International Association of Software Architects (IASA) meeting will focus on Software as a Service, Software + Services and Microsoft Cloud Services. It will be presented by Keith Pijanowski, Microsoft Platform Strategy Advisor and Bill Zack, Microsoft Architect Evangelist. For further information see http://www.iasahome.org/web/newyork . To register for the meeting contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: The IASA meeting was previously scheduled for October 21st, but was moved to the 28th due to scheduling conflicts.
And if you’ve missed some of my most recent back to back posts, don’t forget about some of the great events coming up next month in November:
Wow! That’s a LOT of stuff going on locally! If you have an event going on in the local community and want a shout out, you can always contact me through the E-Mail link at the top of the page to let me know.