February 2009 Area User Group Meetings

Welcome to February everyone!  Hard to believe the new year is already a month old.  Winter is in full force effect as January was definitely a cold one.  What happened to all of that talk about global warming?  I was beginning to expect palm trees being planted in Central Park.  That doesn’t seem too likely anytime soon now. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week, which doesn’t bare well for better weather anytime soon. Let’s hope that Staten Island Chuck got it right instead when he didn’t see his!

On January 20th, the MSDN Developer Conference came to New York City.  Over 380 folks came out to learn about the newest developer offerings from Microsoft, including the Azure Services Platform, Windows 7, and the .NET 4.0 Framework. Amanda Silver, from the Visual Studio product team, led the attendees on a keynote tour of all the exciting bits. At lunch, we were able to take advantage of the live Silverlight stream of the presidential inauguration and put it up on the big screens as everyone ate.  Thanks to Amanda Silver for keynoting, as well as all of the other speakers and folks who worked behind the scenes to bring you the MSDN Developer Conference.

While the current economic client may have you feeling in the doldrums, there’s never a better time to raise your game a few notches than today!  The upcoming months of this new year will provide plenty of opportunities for you to keep your skill sets fresh and on the cutting edge.

MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow

Bill Zack & I thank everyone who attended our first series of “Suburban” Roadshow stops back in November. We’re looking forward to getting on the road again and visiting all of the area ‘burbs again!  On the line-up for this go around are:

  • Syntactic Sugar with .NET 3.5
  • RESTful Programming with WCF 3.5
  • IE8: What Every Developer Needs To Know

All of the stops this month are scheduled the same day as the local user group.  Our first stop on the roadshow will be East Windsor, NJ on February 12th. Stick around in the evening for Steve Andrews covering ‘Automation with MSBuild 3.5 & Team Build 2008’.  We’ll be coming up to Parsippany, NJ on February 17th, where Kevin Goff will present on MDX 101 at the North Jersey SQL group afterwards.  Next, we’ll be in the big city on February 19th.  Stick around for a great presentation on Silverlight & Live Mesh from Dmitry Lyalin.  Plans are underway to schedule a venue and date for Long Island.  Be sure to let your friends and colleagues know about the upcoming MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow events.

See my previous post for detail and registration info here.

Of course, don’t forget about your local user groups!  There’s never been a better time to come out each month and network with your peers as you learn about the latest developer technologies.  Each month, industry experts come to speak at user groups throughout the area.  These meetings are all volunteer driven and free!  They’re success depends on your participation.  So don’t let a valuable resource go to waste! 

Here’s the line-up for this month:

New Jersey

User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
NJ MS Developers Group Iselin, NJ 2/5/2009 BI (Business Intelligence) for the BI Guy – Don “XML” Demsak
Northern NJ .NET User Group (N3UG) Parsippany, NJ 2/10/2009 WinForms User Controls with a Sprinkling of WPF WinForms – Les Pinter
Central NJ .NET User Group East Windsor, NJ 2/12/2009 Automation with MSBuild 3.5 and Team Build 2008 – Steve Andrews

Come earlier in the day for the MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow!!!

NJ SQL Server User Group Parsippany, NJ 2/17/2009 MDX 101 – Kevin Goff

Come earlier in the day for the MSDN “Suburban” Roadshow!!!

NJ SharePoint User GroupNOTE: New URL! Iselin, NJ   2/18/2009 TBD – Check site for details.
South Jersey SQL User Group Bellmawr, NJ 2/24/2009 New SQL Group in South Jersey!! – Satellite of the Philly SQL Group

Topic 1: Overview of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing – Al Dennis
Topic 2: TBD – R. Barry Young
PhillyNJ.NET Greenwich, NJ TBD 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 Introducing Weston Software, Inc – Power Tool Administrator – Hang Voight
NY PC Visual Basic SIG New York, NY 2/2/2009 VB Language Features - Operator overloading, Generics creation and consumption, using statement, TryCast, and IsNot.
Long Island .NET User Group Melville, NY 2/5/2009 Introduction to .NET Remoting – Charlie Turano
NYC SharePoint User Group New York, NY 2/4/2009 Case Studies on SharePoint Dashboards – Mark Miller
NYC SharePoint Developer Group New York, NY 2/24/2009 NEW GROUP LISTING!!!!

Silverlight Integration with SharePoint – Brian Maslowski
NYC Connected Systems Group New York, NY 2/9/2009 TBD – Check site for details
NYC .NET Meetup Group New York, NY 2/17/2009 Open discussion on current .NET issues.
NYC .NET Developers Group New York, NY 2/19/2009 Silverlight Outside The Browser: Live Framework & Mesh Enabled Applications – Dmitry Lyalin
NY Metro SQL Server User Group New York, NY 2/26/2009 Performance Point Server 2007 Monitoring/Analytics 101 – Nick Barclay
International Association of Architects (IASA) NYC New York, NY 2/24/2009 TBD – Check site for details
NYC VSTS User Group New York, NY  2/24/2009 Agile Development with VSTS – Frederic Persoon
NYC ALT.NET New York, NY  2/25/2009    TBD – Check site for details
NYC Microsoft Cloud Computing Group New York, NY TBD TBD – Check site for details


User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group Stamford, CT 2/11/2009 – NOTE NEW NIGHT!!! Building Dynamically Extensible Applications: AppDomains, Dynamic Code Generation, and Code Level Security – Benjamin Poserow
Fairfield/Westchester .NET SQL Server User Group Stamford, CT   “Lost our lease note” – Due to changes at the CITI campus at UConn, there is only one room available per month.  The SQL group will temporarily fold into the main .NET group with a data related topic once a quarter.

If anyone knows of an alternative location in the Fairfield/Westchester area, please contact the user group leaders through the group’s website.  Thanks!!!
Connecticut .NET User Group Farmington, CT 2/10/2009 Silverlight Toolbox: Databound Control in Silverlight – Reddy Kadasani
Fairfield County Share Point User Group Fairfield, CT TBD This group meets quarterly. Next meeting in April. Stay tuned for details.
Fairfield/Westchester Share Point User Group Stamford, CT TBD TBD - Check site for updates


User Group Name Location Date Topic & Speaker
Pittsburgh .NET User Group Pittsburgh, Pa 2/10/2009 jQuery and ASP.NET – David Hoerster
Philadelphia SQL Server User Group Malvern, Pa 2/11/2009 Topic 1: Overview of Service Broker – Said Salomon
Topic 2: Why Move to SQL Server 2008 – Reed Sutton
Lehigh Valley .NET User Group Center Valley, Pa 2/16/2009 “May The Source Stay With You” – Steve Andrews
Central Penn.NET Harrisburg, Pa 2/17/2009 TBD – Check site for details
Philly.NET Malvern, Pa 2/18/2009 An Evening with Miguel Castro! Not just one Miguel session… but TWO!!!
Topic 1: Intro to WCF 
Topic 2: WCF Deep Dive
Philly.NET Hands On Labs Fort Washington, Pa 2/24/2009 Hands On Lab – WCF – Rob Keiser, Bill Wolff, and 60 friends with laptops!
.NET Valley Nanticoke, Pa 2/19/2009 February meeting on 2/19. Topic TBD – Check site for udpates
Philadelphia Area SharePoint User Group Malvern, Pa 2/25/2009 TBD – Check site for updates
Philly Office Geeks Malvern, Pa 2/10/2009 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 2/25/2009 MSDN “Freedom” Roadshow Stop

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