.NET User Groups in the UK


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It’s been quite exciting over the last twelve months to see a number of new .NET user
groups spring up in the UK. I’ve got a high regard for user groups in general – they
often provide support (of both social and technical varieties), excellent technical
information and a better sense of community than I think we’d ever be able to offer
ourselves. Meeting up with other local developers can be helpful as a way to build
up contacts in the industry too, particularly for freelancers and contractors, and
you can learn a lot from hearing others’ war stories of how they dealt with development
challenges. On a personal level, I’ve reason to be grateful to a couple of user groups
for giving me some of my first big breaks before I joined Microsoft.

Unfortunately it’s quite difficult to find a list of local developer user groups on
the Microsoft web site; I’m trying to get that fixed, but in the meantime, here’s
a list of groups that I’m aware of. Please drop
me a line
if you’re a member or co-ordinator of a relevant UK-based group that’s
not on the list, and I’ll update it.

  • VBUG. Focuses on Visual Basic and .NET development,
    with over 1200 members and 10 regional chapters. Nationwide.
  • DDG. General focus on professional .NET development,
    with a regular magazine and meetings in Reading and London. South East.
  • London .NET User Group. Regular meetings at
    Microsoft’s London offices, covering practical .NET development. London.
  • Scottish Developers. Fairly new,
    but rapidly growing. Regular meetings covering .NET and agile development. Scotland.
  • UK SQL Server Group. Covering all aspects
    of database development and administration. Nationwide.
  • .NET Exchange. Run by the
    VBUG team, language-agnostic with a focus on current and future technology. South
    East.
  • York .NET User Group. Volunteer-led group
    – don’t know much about them at the moment. North.
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Comments (4)

  1. R says:

    Unfortunately not one in the NW at the mo :(

    Does Microsoft provide any support/help/motivation/incentive/goodies to help people setting up user groups?

  2. Tim Sneath says:

    Absolutely. If you’re interested in setting one up, I’d love to hear from you – drop me a line and we’ll talk. In particular, check out http://www.ineta.org for details of an association we sponsor that helps user groups get going.

  3. Tim,

    Count me in on the NorthWest Group, if it gets going (or drop me a line if you need support in setting it up).

    Duncan.

  4. Well we have something going! Finally.

    First meeting is on 16th June: http://weblogs.asp.net/plip/archive/2004/06/05/149143.aspx