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Deeper in .NET 2011 in Review with Pictures

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:04:04 -0500

I had a great time at Deeper in .NET 2011 this past Saturday. It was a day full of geek speak about .NET, HTML5, MVVM, Silverlight, IOC, Windows Phone 7 and more! Not only were the sessions great, but it was also an awesome opportunity to network with other local developers and recruiters.

A special thanks goes out to all those who helped organize and administer the event! (Too many to name and frankly I don’t want to leave any one out.) Also, thanks must be given to the sponsors and speakers. The event would have never been what it was without all their effort! I’m sure everyone in the community who attended is with me in saying, THANKS EVERYONE!!!

I was lucky enough to win a small piece of the something like $265,000 worth of giveaways, as I won a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. I’ve been using this mouse the last couple of days, and it is one sweet mouse!

I also took a couple pictures of the event and used Windows Live Photo Gallery to create some panoramas to give people a good sense of the venue and attendance. I believe the attendance came to something around 275; which is awesome!

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Here’s a picture of the prize table with most of the prizes on display. Note that the mouse I won and some other prizes were already given away before I took this picture. Also, there were a ton of training subscriptions and other software given away that wasn’t on the table as well!

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Again, thanks for such an awesome event! I can’t wait until the next Deeper in .NET!




DNR: Building Communities at Dallas TechFest

Wed, 28 May 2008 15:48:00 -0500

I just listened to episode #344 of DotNetRocks, that was released last week. This episode is on the topic of Building Communities, and the benefits of user groups. Normally each episode is very informative and top notch, but this episode is really rather interesting. Even though this is really not so much tech related, I really encourage anyone interested in user groups and dev/tech communities to take a listen.

Building Communities at Dallas TechFest




Deeper in .NET 2008 is less than 15 hours away!

Fri, 04 Apr 2008 17:17:00 -0500

Deeper in .NET 2008 is less than a day away. It's tomorrow already! I am probably more excited about DiDN this year since we didn't have one last year, but it's still going to be awesome.

Do you want to learn about some really awesome stuff?  

Do you want to meet and talk with some of the best developers in the community?

If you said yes to either of the above questions, then you wont want to miss out. If you haven't signed up yet, that is ok, you can still sign up at http://deeperin.net. And remember, it's FREE!

You wont only be learning about some really awesome stuff or be able to meet and talk with some of the best developers in the community... You may even be able to win FREE stuff (door prizes), or even meet (in person) the presenters.

There is also an Attendee Party that will be held after the event. I don't know if you can still register; there is very limited seating at this one. But if you would like to attend this as well, just go to http://deeperin.net and see if you can register. Never mind registering for the Attendee Party; registration for it is now FULL. But, you can still register for Deeper in .NET!

I can't wait!




LinkedIn Group for the Wisconsin .NET Users Group

Tue, 25 Mar 2008 16:36:00 -0500

Here's a link to the Wisconsin .NET Users Group LinkedIn Group I just created. Anyone can join this group on LinkedIn, and it's a nice way to show your affiliation with the WI .NET Users Group within your LinkedIn profile.

http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/77233/49CA3D077B3C

Also, heres a link to the Facebook group for the Wisconsin .NET Users Group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2875089211




WI .NET Users Group - Holiday Party 2007 InstallFest

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 17:55:00 -0500

It was a great night, with a really great turn out. I'm not sure the exact number of attendees, but I think it must have been over 150! A few volunteers got up and gave some great demo presentations of new features in VS'08 and .NET 3.5. There was even a 360 setup with Halo 3 for people to play. Don't forget about all the great prizes that were given away: a couple Zunes, an XBox 360 Premium, an XBox 360 Elite, and alot of other games and software.

Oh, and don't forget about all the toys that were donated, and the 360 Elite was given at random to one of the people that donated a toy. There were actually a few that donated multiple toys.

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The above pictures are only a few of the 42 pictures I took last night. Go here, to view the full set of pictures I took at last nights WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party 2007 InstallFest!




WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been rescheduled to Dec. 18th

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 19:30:00 -0500

The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party and Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 18th at the same location and time.

more info...




WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been Cancelled due to Weather...

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:04:00 -0500

The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been Cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled. The new date for the party will be announced as soom as possible.

Here's the announcement that went out to all registered attendees via email:

Everyone -
The holiday party has been cancelled due to weather. 
Even though the ice warnings are expired, there is still snow falling and Direct Supply (our host for the evening) has asked us to cancel the party because of hazards and liability issues.
As soon as we can nail something down, we will announce the rescheduled party.
I apologize for any inconvenience.  I am sure everyone that was planning to attend is disappointed, and so am I.  But it is better to be safe than sorry.



Attend WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party and get Visual Studio 2008 Free!

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 21:44:00 -0500

Update Dec. 11, 2007: The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party has been cancelled due to weather, and will be rescheduled.

On Dec. 11, 2007, Microsoft is teaming up with the Wisconsin .NET Users Group to throw a special holiday part. There will be Free food and prizes, just like at every other group meeting.

Do you want to get Visual Studio 2008 Free? Just bring in your computer and install it at the party. Those that install VS'08 at the party will get a full licensed copy of Visual Studio 2008 mailed to them within a couple weeks. This is so awesome; I know I'll be bringing my laptop! I wonder how many people who don't have laptops will be bringing in their desktops? C'mon don't be shy...

The full details of the party have yet to be announced, but make sure you go register for the meeting. And, remember membership to the Wisconsin .NET Users Group is Free!

For more info: http://www.wi-ineta.org/holiday




WI-INETA: Augmented Reality with .NET on 11/13/2007 with Casey Chesnut

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:34:00 -0500

This months Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting (and the last one of the year) is tommorow (Nov. 13th) night. This month Casey Chesnut will be presenting on "Augmented Reality with .NET".

On a related note, Casey has an article titled "/wpfAugReal: Augmented Reality with Windows Presentation Foundation" that he posted back in the beginning of October. I don't know any details of what he'll be presenting (other than the below meeting description), but I'm assuming he'll be covering some of the stuff in this article.

I've seem some of his presentations in the past and they are always very informative. He's always very knowledgable in the area being presented. I encourage anyone that can make it to go check it out.

Here's the full description of the meeting:

"Augmented Reality is a future technology being researched which combines real world data with computer generated (virtual) data. A recent example is the 'Eye of Judgment' turn-based card game for the Playstation 3, which uses a camera to recognize real world playing cards and animate the virtual battle on a TV screen. This presentation will look at creating an Augmented Reality (AR) application in .NET using DirectShow, WPF 3D, and ARToolKitPlus. We'll look at how DirectShow is used to capture camera data, how AR Library is used to track real world markers, and how WPF 3D is used to render virtual objects.

About casey chesnut
casey chesnut is an independent developer that specializes in .NET and ubiquitous computing. He has received the Microsoft MVP award in a number of different categories : Tablet PC, Compact Framework, Web Services, Media Center, and Office Communications Server (current). His blog and development articles which can be found on his website:
http://www.brains-N-brawn.com "

For more information about this meeting and future meetings, Click Here.

There is a definition of exactly what Augmented Reality is over at Wikipedia, just in case you're wondering.




WI-INETA: Oct. '07 - Code Generation, Software Factories and Visual Studio Extensibility

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 12:02:00 -0500

The October 2007 meeting of the Wisconsin .NET Users Group is falling on the third Tuesday this month. There has been some scheduling issues; mainly in regards to finding a meeting location. If you would like to host a meeting, please contact the group.

This months meeting (on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM) we will be having Brennan Stehling presenting on Code Generation, Software Factories and Visual Studio Extensibility. See the description of what will be covered below:

Productivity can be enhanced by automating as much of the routine coding that is necessary with every project. Much of the software we work with is boilerplate code that is often created manually. Tool improvements now allow us to skip all of this mindless typing. With a little work you can automatically generate the boilerplate code using features built into the .NET framework such as CodeDom and then integrate the code generation features with Visual Studio directly as a custom tool. For example, the code that makes DataSets and ASMX web services work is generated with standard custom tools included with Visual Studio. We will walk through the creation of a custom tool to generate code to support the composite pattern which will work with C# or VB projects. Then we will look into the advanced software factories created by the Microsoft Patterns & Practices team and the extensibility features provided by the Visual Studio SDK, such as creating a custom editor for file format used by the composite custom tool.

About Brennan Stehling
Brennan Stehling is a senior .NET developer working in Milwaukee. He's worked with .NET for several years, particularly with web applications. He develops reusable tools in C# and makes them available to developers at SmallSharpTools.com. Brennan is also the author of "Pro SQL Server High Performance: High-speed ASP.NET Data Access" which will be published in October. You can find out more at his blog,
http://brennan.offwhite.net/blog/.

Go check out the Wisconsin .NET Users Group website for more information and to find out the location of the meeting. Remember, membership to the group is completely Free, and so is attendance to each meeting.




WI .NET User Group - 7/10/2007 - Silverlight!! buzz....

Mon, 09 Jul 2007 10:54:00 -0500

In a nearly last minute announcement, I recieved the usual Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting announcement email late list night (although I didn't see it until this morning.) This months meeting (July 10th) is on Silverlight (buzz, buzz buzz...). As the WI .NET UG site states "Silverlight is the topic, but the rest of the details are coming soon"; so I don't know who's going to talk or what exactly about but I do hear a loud "BUZZ".

If you're interested in attending (and it's completely free) go check out the Wisconsin .NET User Groups site at http://wi-ineta.org

See you there and let the buzz words fly...

buzz... buzz... SILVERLIGHT... buzz... buzz...




WI .NET Users Group - Having troubles finding meeting locations!

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 00:07:00 -0500

The turn out for each of the Wisconsin .NET Users Group meetings is really great. So great, there are regularly 100+ attendees. The reason for such great attendance can be attributed to two things:

  1. The presenters (mostly local talent) consistently perform really awesome, informative and educational presentations.
  2. There is a pretty large .NET community in the Milwaukee area

I've been a member of the group since 2003 and attend the meetings very regularly. I've also never been dissappointed with their quality and alway leave wanting to learn more!

As it turns out the Wisconsin .NET Users Group is having trouble finding meeting locations that can accommodate 100+ persons. If you are a local company, in the Milwaukee area, that has a meeting room with a capacity of 100+, please think about sponsoring a meeting or two. If you are a member of the group, please think about either donating money or talking to your employer about sponsoring the users group.

Here's a list of some of the topics discussed at recent meetings:

  • Feb. 2007 - ASP.NET AJAX
  • Jan. 2007 - LINQ and ADO.NET vNext
  • Nov. 2006 - Overview of Web 2.0
  • Oct. 2006 - Rapid Web Development with .NET
  • Sept. 2006 - Windows Workflow Foundation
  • Aug. 2006 - Ignore the Man Behind the Curtain - The ASP.NET Pipeline
  • Jul. 2006 - Introduction to Grid Computing

The Wisconin .NET Users Group really shows there is a great developer community in the Milwaukee area! And, I sure you agree when I say "I don't want to see it dissapear!"

A donation link can be found on the homepage of the Wisconsin .NET Users Group website.

Contact the Wisconsin .NET Users Group directly




Wisonsin .NET Users Group website - Some enhancements may be coming...

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:07:00 -0500

After the last Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting (on Tuesday) I discussed with Scott and a couple others some potential ideas for enhancing the groups website. Hopefully in not too long, we will be working on a new website for the group.

A couple of the ideas we've come up with are adding Blogging and/or Forums functionality. These feature sets would allow members to contribute more easily and communicate with one another outside the meetings.

If you are a fellow WI-INETA member, please let us know your thoughts on the website.
Here are a couple ways you can speak your voice:

  1. Comment to this post and I'll bring your ideas up
  2. Or, use the Contact form on the WI-INETA website

I am just an average member doing what I can to contribute to an awesome community.




WI-INETA: Overview of Web 2.0 with Larry Clarkin

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 01:37:00 -0500

Larry Clarkin presented at tonight’s WI .NET Users Group meeting on the topic of "Overview of Web 2.0". He provided a very good description of what really is "Web 2.0"; and he had a whole 5 days to prepare. The reason he had only 5 days to prepare is because the presenter that was scheduled for tonight couldn't present. Well done Larry

You can view the presentation notes here: http://28thEssential.com

One of the items discussed was Google, Yahoo and MS Virtual Earth mapping. If you are interested in implementing mapping within your ASP.NET applications then you should check out my Open Source ASP.NET Virtual Earth mapping control.
PietschSoft.VE: http://www.codeplex.com/Wiki/View.aspx?ProjectName=PietschSoftVE3

On a related note, there was a disruptive and rude user group member in attendance tonight. I would like to apologize to all in attendance for the disruption, and I thank Larry, Scott, Gerry and anyone else involved in handling the situation. If the meeting tonight was your first; I must assure you that this is not a normal occurrence. I am actually a little embarrassed that a fellow community member would be disrespectful of a presenter and be so disruptive

The next meeting won’t be until January; there is no meeting in December because of the holidays. Also, there will be a new venue (to be determined) for future meetings; see the wi-ineta.org site for updates on where they will be.




Wisconsin .NET Users Group (WI-INETA) Website is lacking...

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 14:25:00 -0500

I've been thinking about it awhile now and have the following comments/suggestions to make regarding the Wisconsin .NET Users Group (WI-INETA) website.

The current WI-INETA website is lacking in the following areas:

  • The "Next Meeting" info on the homepage is often outdated to the previous meetings info.
  • The only "usefull" content on the homepage is the next meeting announcement.
  • The discussions forum is framed into the site shows a "The resource cannot be found" error message.
  • The "Presentation Downloads" section doesn't have presentation slides/code from recent meetings. The latest ones are from 9/2005 and 10/2004.
  • The Evangalists section of the site still shows the Blogging Contest, but it hasn't been updated since before the contest was awarded.

The website is the web representation of the .NET developer Community in Wisconsin. You got that? A Community. But in my eyes the website if far from being a Community website. There isn't really much on the site that encourages members to contribute to the community behind it.

Here is a list of features I suggest be added/enhanced on the site to make it more of a Community site:

  • Host a discusson forums directly on the site for all members to use and ask each other questions.
  • Add full Blogging/Photo Gallery functionality to the site so members can start a blog and post articles. This would Really encourage members to contribute to the Community.
  • Write some code to automatically change the "Next Meeting" announcement on the homepage so a person doesn't have to actually login and change it.
  • Keep the "Presentation Downloads" section more up to date by being more proactive to get the presentation slide/code from the presenters and post them up within a couple days each meeting.
    • A really cool addition would be to go as far as recording the presentations and offering them for download from the website. (I know this one isn't as feasible since it would cost $$ but it sure would be cool! And, the videos could be distributed via BitTorrent or a service like YouTube)
  • Just maintain the site regularly and keep things up to date.
  • Also, a graphic redesign would be cool.

I know the members of the users group executive commitee who are resposible for maintaining the website are volunteers (and probably have alot of other important stuff to do), but someone has update the website. I am more than willing to help out with this stuff as much as I can, and I have expressed my interest to the president of the group a couple times.

P.S. Executive Commitee members, don't take this post negatively; I would just like to see the users group be the best it can be. And please let me know if you would be interested in my help.




Learn Regular Expressions with Dave Wanta!

Thu, 18 May 2006 18:53:00 -0500

At the next Wisconsin .NET Users Group, Dave Wanta will be presenting an introduction to Regular Expressions, also known as RegExes. The presentation will be covering the basic Regex operators, metacharacters and pattern matching. Then he'll move into advanced groupings, replace and logic branching. This presentation sounds great! I'm a little familiar with regular expressions, but I'm sure I'll learn alot from this presentation. I'll probably be bringing my laptop to this one.

June 13, 2006 - Regular Expressions with Dave Wanta




WI-INETA May 9th: Object Relational Mapping Frameworks: Simplify & Improve Your Data Access Layer

Sun, 07 May 2006 14:33:00 -0500

The next Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting is just two days away. One of our local MVP's, Sean McCormack will be speaking on the topic of "Object Relational Mapping Frameworks: Simplify & Improve Your Data Access Layer". I'm looking forward to this months meeting since this is a topic that I don't know a whole lot about. Several frameworks will be covered; including NHibernate, Codus, Elementary and the DLinq specification among others. Other ORM capabilities will also be covered; such as lazy loading, object caching, composite keys, saving and retrieving nested objects, OQL, dynamic objects and more.

Meeting Time: May 9th, 7:00 PM

Wisconsin .NET Users Group




I went Deeper in .NET yesterday again!

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 23:58:00 -0500

I attended Deeper in .NET yesterday, along with a few hundred others. It was an excellent day filled with .NET goodness. I’m not sure what the actual attendance count was, but I guess it was higher than last year’s event.   We learned about: WCF (formerly Indigo) Top to Bottom with Michele Leroux Bustamante Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog with Scott Hanselman ADO.NET 2.0 Integration with SQL Server 2005 with Julia Lerman AJAX and Atlas with Bill Hatfield Using WPF (formerly Avalon) to Create Compelling User Interfaces with Jason Beres   The presentations were excellent and at least as good as last year. The best part about the event is the fact that it’s completely FREE to attend! If you missed out this year, then you don’t want to miss it next year.   The users group held an evangelism blogging contest for the event. To participate all you had to do was blog about the event ahead of time and send an email to register in the WI .NET Users Group Evangelist Directory. Then the WI .NET Users Group Executive Committee would collectively choose a winner and announce the winner at the Deeper in .NET 2006 event. The grand prize for the contest was a copy of MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, worth over $10,000.   I am happy to say that I entered the blogging contest and won! I now have my very own MSDN Subscription for one year. Now that is an awesome prize!   There was also a total of about $70,000 dollars worth of prizes given away through out the day, so I wasn’t the only one that brought something home. One of the prizes given away was another MSDN Subscription.   If you’re a .NET developer and aren’t already a member of the Wisconsin .NET Users Group then go to the official site (http://wi-ineta.org) and join; after all it’s FREE.     Update 4/24/2006: I have to thank all the members of the WI .NET Users Group Executive Commitee, the MVP's that donated the subscription and any one else involved with the Evangelist Blogging contest. This is a great prize and awesome community recognition for my blogging efforts. It really inspires me to blog more and get more involved with the WI .NET Users Group.[...]



I met Scott Hanselman the night before Deeper in .NET 2006

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 18:47:00 -0500

Friday night, two days ago, the Wisconsin .NET Users Group held a dinner to thank some of the most active and influential people in the community. I was lucky enough to get invited because I’m one of the more active Bloggers in the users group. The dinner offered the chance to enjoy live local music, learn more about the WI .NET Users Group and meet/talk with the speakers that would be presenting at Deeper in .NET 2006. How could I pass on this great opportunity?

Well, since I’m sort of shy and not that social, I didn’t end up talking with very many people that night. This is something I’m trying to change; after all I did go to the dinner instead of just staying home. I also brought one of my co-workers along.

We were able to meet and talk with Scott Hanselman for a few minutes. I asked him what it was like to be so well known (in the .NET world) and be sort of a “.NET Rock Star.” He basically replied by saying he’s just a developer like you or I who talks louder. (He was going to stand up on a chair to demonstrate this but there weren’t any close by.)

It's really neat to meet the people who author some of the books, blogs and/or podcasts you listen to or read.




WI-INETA: Scott Hanselman to present at WI .NET Users Group's Deeper in .NET 2006!

Tue, 04 Apr 2006 00:25:00 -0500

On April 22nd at the Wisconsin .NET Users Group's Deeper in .NET 2006 event, Scott Hanselman will be presenting on "Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog". DasBlog is one of the most popular ASP.NET blogging engines. In this presentation Scott will cover creative uses of HttpModules and HttpHandlers, using background threads within ASP.NET, internationalization, caching, skinning, creating a macro language, Web Services that are more than SOAP and more.

This day long event is completely FREE to attend, and features a total of 5 speakers, FREE lunch and FREE books and software as door prizes. In fact over $15,000 worth of door prizes will be given away for FREE! Attendance is limited so sign up today! You don't want to miss out on this awesome event.

Find out how to Register to attend Deeper in .NET 2006 here: http://www.wi-ineta.org/didn/06

More information about DasBlog can be found here: http://www.dasblog.info/




Are you ready to go Deeper in .NET!?

Tue, 28 Mar 2006 23:35:00 -0500

It's time for the Deeper in .NET 2006 event. This years event will be held Saturday April 22, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. Registration is FREE for this full day packed full of excellent speakers, Free food and plenty of door prizes (books and software). You even have a chance to WIN a copy of MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, worth over $10,000, if you register by April 18th!

I have attended the last two annual events, and my expectations have always been exceeded by the awesome speakers and content. If you're a .NET developer, you don't want to miss out.

Here is a tentative schedule of the day's event:

Time Speaker Description
7:00   Check In, Visit Sponsors & Networking
7:45 Scott Isaacs Introduction & Welcome
8:00 - 9:30 Michèle Leroux Bustamante WCF Top to Bottom
9:30 - 9:45 Break Visit Sponsors & Networking
9:45 - 11:15 Scott Hanselman Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog
11:15 - 12:45 Lunch Speaker Q&A Panel
12:45 - 2:15 Julia Lerman ADO.NET 2.0 Integration with SQL Server 2005
2:15 - 2:30 Break Visit Sponsors & Networking
2:30 - 4:00 Bill Hatfield AJAX and Atlas
4:00 - 4:15 Break Visit Sponsors & Networking
4:15 - 5:45 Jason Beres Using WPF to Create Compelling User Interfaces
5:45   Raffle Prizes - must be present to win

WI .NET Users Group - Deeper in .NET 2006




WI-INETA President, Brian Tinkler, takes a trip to Redmond

Sat, 21 May 2005 10:20:00 -0500

Brian Tinkler is out in Redmond this weekend where he get to be one of the 5 judges for the national competition for software design for the Imagine Cup. This is awesome!

He is blogging about his experiences out there:

  1. First Impressions from Redmond: http://geekswithblogs.net/btinkler/archive/2005/05/20/40095.aspx
  2. He got to meet Scoble: http://geekswithblogs.net/btinkler/archive/2005/05/20/40146.aspx
  3. 2Go Services: http://geekswithblogs.net/btinkler/archive/2005/05/21/40156.aspx
  4. VS2005, then "Orkus", then "Hawaii": http://geekswithblogs.net/btinkler/archive/2005/05/21/40157.aspx

The Wisconsin .NET User Group and the Wisconsin development community in general is Representin'!




May 10th WI-INETA Meeting on Design Patterns in .NET

Fri, 22 Apr 2005 00:15:00 -0500

At the next WI-INETA meeting, on May 10th, Matthew Deiters will be speaking on Design Patterns in .NET. I'm sure it'll be a great presentation like they always are. I encourage all .NET developers no matter what skill level you are, to join the user group and attend the meetings. You will learn alot. After all, membership is FREE!!




WI-INETA: Need for Speed: .NET Performance Tuning (April 12)

Sat, 12 Mar 2005 20:34:00 -0500

The next WI-INETA meeting is on April 12th. Jacob Cynamon will be speaking on the topic of Need for Speed: .NET Performance Tuning. Jabob will show us tips and techniques to fine-tune the performance your WinForms applications. The key areas of focus for this session will be data processing, memory management, and startup time.

For more information: http://wi-ineta.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=23

Jacob Cynamon's Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/jacobcy/




I went Deeper in .NET, yesterday

Sun, 06 Mar 2005 12:06:00 -0500

The speakers were great, and I learned alot as usual. These were the same speakers that speak at events such as: TechEd and PDC.

We learned about:

  1. Creation of Distributed Object-Oriented Apps in .NET from Rock Lhotka
  2. ASP.NET 2.0 from Scott Guthrie
  3. Blackbelt ASP.NET 1.x Tips & Tricks from Rob Howard
  4. ClickOnce with Visual Studio 2005 from Chris Mayo
  5. Smart Client Applications with WinForms/SQL Server 2005 (writing Stored Procs, Function and Triggers with C#/VB.NET code) from Jason Beres

There were sponsor prizes raffled off that included an Apple IPOD Mini, $250 gift card to Best Buy and more. There were also door prizes given away that were donated by INETA and Microsoft. The door prizes were a few books on .NET, a couple copies of Infragistics NetAdvantage, five copies of Visual Studio 2005 Professional and more. There were alot of prizes given away and the best part as always is this event was FREE and so were the prizes.

They also had a bunch of the Winter '05 MSDN Events DVDs they gave to those who attended. This is the same MSDN Events DVD that is given away at FREE MSDN Events (http://MSDNEvents.com).

This MSDN Events DVD includes:

  • SQL Server 2005 Beta 2
  • Visual Studio 2005 Express Beta Products (C#, Visual Web Developer, Visual Basic .NET)
  • Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 Refresh with Visual Studio 2005 Team System
  • Virtual PC 2004 45-day Trial Edition
  • Patterns & Practices Library
  • 35% Off Select Microsoft Press Titles