January 2009 Area User Group Meetings

Happy New Year everyone!  For those that have been fortunate to take some time off over the winter holidays, today is likely the start of the “Great Inbox Dig Out of 2009”. 🙂 I know I’m certainly digging out of mine… with a New Year’s resolution of reaching inbox zero or whatever those productivity methodologies preach.  We’ll see if that happens.

The New Year brings a lot of excitement in the local Microsoft community without leaving a moment to waste.  The NYPC Visual Basic user group kicks off the year tonight with a session on SharePoint development!  The rest of the user group listings are below.  However there are two other events you’ll want to attend this month in NYC:

NYC Code Camp III – Saturday 1/10/2009

Code Camps are "grass roots" mini application platform developer conferences, free of charge to attendees and open to presenters of all stripes and experience.

Get ready for another Code Camp NYC, to be held at Microsoft's offices in Midtown Manhattan (1290 Avenue of the Americas between 51st/52nd Streets) on Saturday, January 10th, 2009 from 8am - 6pm. This is an all-day event with refreshments served, including a developer's "power lunch" (pizza and soda).

This event is being supported by Microsoft but driven by the community: user group activists, developer "influentials", and enthusiastic volunteers.  For more information, including schedule and registration, visit the NYC Code Camp website at: http://nyc.codecamp.us

MSDN Developer Conference – Tuesday - 1/20/2009

The Microsoft PDC was hosted in October 2008, yet I'm still trying to digest all of the information that came out of that huge event (Windows Azure, Live Services, Windows 7, .NET 4.0, Visual Studio 2010, etc., etc.). If you want to learn more about all of these technologies from a developer perspective, be sure to visit the official PDC Web site. There, you can download or stream all of the keynotes and breakout sessions from the conference. They make for great lunch-time viewing from your desk.

Watching the recordings is useful, but it's not interactive. You can't ask any questions you have that come to mind. On January 20, you have your opportunity to learn about the latest developer technologies coming from Microsoft at the MSDN Developer Conference in New York City. We're bringing the best of the PDC back east! Tell your tech friends and co-workers as they won't want to miss this event. If you can't make it to NYC on January 20, check out one of the other 10 cities the MSDN Developer Conference will be visiting. Register for the New York event (or other cities)here.

And now, the user group listing for January 2009:

New Jersey

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NJ MS Developers Group Iselin, NJ 2/5/2009 No Meeting this month due to New Year holiday.  Next meeting on February 5th. Topic TBD.
Northern NJ .NET User Group (N3UG) Parsippany, NJ 1/13/2009 Getting into WCF – Miguel Castro
Central NJ .NET User Group East Windsor, NJ 1/8/2009 TBD – Check site for details
NJ SQL Server User Group Parsippany, NJ 1/20/2009 A Quick Start to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) – Hilary Cotter
NJ SharePoint User Group Iselin, NJ  1/21/2009 TBD – Check site for details.

New York

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NY Enterprise Windows User Group New York, NY 2/5/2009 No Meeting this month due to New Years holiday.  Next meeting February 5th.  Topic TBD
NY PC Visual Basic SIG New York, NY 1/5/2009 – Note SPECIAL date due to New Year holiday! SharePoint Development – David Kulick
Long Island .NET User Group Melville, NY 1/8/2009 – Note SPECIAL date due to New Year Holiday! Hyper-V from a Developer’s Perspective – Rob Jackson
NYC SharePoint User Group New York, NY 1/7/2009 MOSS 2007: Data & Database Management – Nilesh Mehta
NYC Connected Systems Group New York, NY 1/12/2009 SOA Governance
NYC .NET Meetup Group New York, NY 1/20/2009 Discuss current issues along three tracks (GUI, Alt.NET, and Industry)
NYC Code Camp III New York, NY 1/10/2009 CODE CAMP!  CODE CAMP! CODE CAMP!!!
Schedule hereREGISTER HERE!
NYC .NET Developers Group New York, NY 1/15/2009 Data Access Hacks & Shortcuts – Stephen Forte
NY Metro SQL Server User Group New York, NY TBD TBD – Check site for details
International Association of Architects (IASA) NYC New York, NY 1/27/2009 Enterprise Architecture - TBD – Check site for details
NYC VSTS User Group New York, NY (NEW GROUP!) 1/27/2009 VSTS Developer Edition – Navneet Srivastava
NYC ALT.NET New York, NY (NEW GROUP!) 1/28/2009   Domain Driven Design


User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group Stamford, CT TBD No Meeting This Month.  Meeting being planned for February
Fairfield/Westchester .NET SQL Server User Group Stamford, CT TBD No Meeting This Month. Meeting being planned for February
Connecticut .NET User Group Farmington, CT 1/13/2009 1/13/2009 meeting on Powershell has been postponed!  Check site for details!
Fairfield County Share Point User Group Fairfield, CT 1/14/2009 Building a Blogging Platform with MOSS – Michael Pelletier
Fairfield/Westchester Share Point User Group Stamford, CT TBD TBD - Check here for updates


User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Pittsburgh .NET User Group Pittsburgh, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for details
Philadelphia SQL Server User Group Malvern, Pa 1/14/2009 Topic 1: Analyzing & Optimizing SQL Queries – Vince Napoli 
Topic 2: TBD – Speaker: AJ Mee
Lehigh Valley .NET User Group Center Valley, Pa 1/19/2009 LINQ to Entities – Chris Rolon

Note: Check out the new Lehigh Valley .NET website!

Central Penn.NET Harrisburg, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for details
Philly.NET Malvern, Pa 1/21/2009 An Evening with Julie Lerman: Entity Framework

Topic 1: Getting Started with Entity Framework
Topic 2: You can do THAT with Entity Framework?!

.NET Valley Nanticoke, Pa 2/19/2009 No January meeting.  February meeting on 2/19. Topic TBD – Check site for udpates
Philadelphia Area SharePoint User Group Malvern, Pa 1/28/2009 Governing Your SharePoint Environment – Discussion lead by RJB SharePoint Specialists
Philly Office Geeks Malvern, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for updates
Philly Alt.NET Philadelphia, Pa TBD TBD – Check site for updates


User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Delaware .NET User Group Newark, DE TBD TBD – Check site for updates
Northern Delaware .NET User Group Newark, DE 1/29/2009 TBD – Check site for updates

Comments (1)

  1. Anthony Walters says:


    Lots of good information.  Thanks for the post.  

    Looking forward to the NYC MSDN Developer Conference and the Code Camp III.


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