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February 2010 - Posts

  • Want to Volunteer Your Development Time?

    A group of local visionaries are working on a project to help bring some insight into all the nooks and crannies of interesting places, people and history of Cincinnati – Secret Cincinnati.  They are planning a weekend on March 5th, 6th & 7th to bring together designers, planners and developers to produce a viable web presence for their project.  If you are interested you should check out the site to learn more.

    This is somewhat like the “In One Weekend” events, but the goal isn’t to produce a company at the end.  This won’t lead to a new job, but it will be a chance to work with some other developers on a cool project you can point to and say, “I helped code that”.

  • February 2010 Meeting Reminder

    Hey Folks!

    CINNUG is looking for some feedback. We’re working on topics for our Firestarters, Special Events and One-day Events. What would you like to see?  Send your suggestions to marketing@cinnug.org.  

    This month Sarah Dutkiewicz will be traveling down from Cleveland to talk to us about IronPython, one of the dynamic language options in the .NET platform.  We'll also have a grok talk by Phil Japikse on new developer features of SQL Server 2008.

    The CINNUG team



    What’s in this Newsletter?

    • February CinArc - 02/18/10
    • February CINNUG - 02/23/10
    • Software Engineering 101 Event - 02/27/10 (Franklin, TN)
    • March BitSlingers – 03/01/10
    • TechNet & MSDN Event – 03/02/10
    • Next Generation Testing with Visual Studio 2010 – 03/04/10
    • Day of Mobile – 03/06/10 (Chicago, IL)
    • Mobile Development Firestarter – TBA
    • CiNPA Tech Fair – 04/24/10
    • Our sponsors – they pay for the pizza



    UPCOMING MEETINGS:
    February CinArc
    Thursday, February 18th - 6:00PM at MAX Technical Training in Mason, OH

    Come join this new special interest group as we discuss topics related to software architecture.  This meeting is run using an open discussion or open fishbowl technique where the attendees are encouraged to share their thoughts with everyone while keeping the meeting from becoming a free for all. :)  What topic will we cover?  Well, that's up to the attendees!

    NOTE:  We had to reschedule our planned guest speaker, Mark Harris, to next month's meeting.  He will be our guest on the March 18th CinArc meeting instead.  We will have our normal open discussion for the February meeting.

    As usual, pizza will be provided at no charge thanks to our sponsors!


    February CINNUG – Python 101 for the .Net Developer by Sarah Dutkiewicz
    Tuesday, February 23rd - 6:00PM; Social Time, 5:30PM - MAX Technical Training - Mason, OH

    The first part of the session will cover the basics of Python - its history, how its data structures compare to the those we're familiar with in the primary .NET languages, its strong and weak points, who's using it, and why you as a developer - both generally speaking and as a .NET developer - should care about Python.
     
    The second part of the session will get into the demos - starting with some basic Python scripts and getting into IronPython scripts, if time allows.

    Phil Japikse will give the grok talk on the new developer features of SQL Server 2008.


    March Bitslingers
    Monday, March 1st - 6:00PM at Panera Bread on Mason Montgomery in Mason, OH


    What is Bitsligners? This is an informal meetup of people interested in learning from one another. Bring your laptop and pair up with someone to work on an open source project, learn a new technique, or even dabble in a new language. There is no agenda or specific topic, just a time set aside for people to pair.
    The meetup officially kicks off at 6:00PM, but lasts until the last pair breaks up, or they kick us out. Feel free to come and join us for as long, or as short, of a time as you want to.


    NOTE: There will be no food provided, but hey, we're at Panera.
     

    UPCOMING EVENTS:
    Software Engineering 101 Event
    Saturday, February 27th – 8:00AM to 5:00PM – Microsoft Offices – Franklin, TN (Webcast available)

    This is a one-day, FREE event focused on core skills that modern developers need to have to be successful today.  This isn’t about learning the basics of Silverlight, WPF, or <insert_new_tech_of_day>, rather, this conference will help you understand how to build software that is better designed, more maintainable, and more testable.

    They will also be webcasting the whole event, so if people can't make it, they will be able to participate online.


    For more information please check out the links below:
    Live event: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032441781&Culture=en-US
    Online: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032441780&Culture=en-US

    TechNet and MSDN Events
    Tuesday, March 2nd – Microsoft Offices – Mason, OH

    1.  Windows Azure, Hyper-V and Windows 7 Deployment presented by TechNet Events - 8:30AM to 12:00PM. Register information.

    2. Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0 & SharePoint Development presented by MSDN Events - 1:00PM to 4:30PM.  Register information.


    Join your local MSDN Events team for a lively tour of our latest version of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. We’ll start with an overview the IDE and explore how you can use the latest features to develop great applications in a flash. Next, we’ll look at the newest changes to the .NET Framework and how you can leverage them today. Finally, we end the day by looking at the new tools in Visual Studio that will supercharge your SharePoint development.


    Next Generation Testing with Visual Studio 2010
    Thursday, March 4th – 5:30PM to 8:30PM – Microsoft Offices – Mason, OH


    Join us for a sneak peek at some of the new capabilities in Microsoft(r) Visual Studio(r) 2010, a landmark release of the premier development and testing toolset for Windows(r), Web and Cloud development.

    Microsoft has made significant investments to improve the Testing/QA tools in Visual Studio 2010.  The Next Generation Testing Event is your exclusive opportunity to experience the incredible power and capabilities these new tools bring to the QA and testing process.  At this event, you'll get a comprehensive overview, as well as a deep dive, into the range of new tools and how they can enable you to improve the way you develop and test software on the Microsoft platform.

    This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn how to take software development to the next level with Visual Studio 2010's new testing features.

    Registration information


    Day of Mobile
    Saturday, March 6th – 8:00AM to 4:00PM – Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, IL

    Day of Mobile (www.dayofmobile.com) is an all day event for mobile developers and enthusiasts that will take place at IIT on March 6, 2009. The overall goal of the event is to better prepare both Chicago's application development community and companies with mobile initiatives for the upcoming mobile revolution. We will cover a myriad of different topics relative to mobile development and strategy such as platform SDKs, cross platform development, multimedia, CMS/SMS, mobile business models and many more. The event will begin with a breakfast at 8AM and conclude after a keynote speech and hackathon awards ceremony at 4PM. Throughout the day, there will be talks running concurrently with one another in two adjoining ballrooms.

    Sign up today for only $39.95. They are also offering a student discount ticket price of $29.95 if you bring a student identification along with you the day of the event. Registration for the event is at http://techinthemiddle.eventbrite.com/.


    Mobile Development Firestarter
    Monday, TBA – Microsoft Offices – Mason, OH


    We are targeting the first quarter of 2010 for a Mobile Development Firestarter. This firestarter will cover how to get started in mobile development across three platforms: Windows Mobile, iPhone and Android.  We wanted to cover multiple platforms so that people could get a good view into the tools and technologies used across all three.

    This event will be hosted by CINNUG and the iPhone Developer's Group which also meets at MAX.


    CiNPA Tech Fair
    Saturday, April 24th – 9:00AM to 5:00PM – Crowne Plaza North Hotel – Cincinnati, OH

    Saturday, April 24 the Cincinnati Networking Professionals Association (CiNPA) will be having an all day Tech Fair at the Crowne Plaza North on Chester Road in Sharonville, OH. There will be valuable breakout sessions, opportunity to meet and talk first hand with many vendors of IT Hardware, Software and Services, a GREAT Keynote presentation by Paul Thurrott of WindowsIP Pro Magazine and a catered lunch all for only $10.

    Registration is at the CiNPA web site.

     

  • Azure Boot Camp coming to Cincinnati March 15th & 16th

    This is a 2-day deep dive program to help prepare you to deliver solutions on the Windows Azure Platform. We have worked to bring the region’s best Azure experts together to teach you how to work in the cloud. Each day will be filled with training, discussion, reviewing real scenarios, and hands on labs. Snacks and drinks will be provided, however we advise you to make your own lunch arrangements prior to the event. You will need to bring a computer loaded with the software listed below.

    For more information please visit www.azurebootcamp.com, or email us at info@azurebootcamp.com.  The specifics about the Cincinnati edition can be found at http://azurebootcamp.com/cityCincinnati.aspx

    What do I need to bring:

    During the boot camp you will have opportunities to practice what you learn with labs. Having all of your software ready will make it easier to dive into the yummy goodness of exploring the labs. The lab files package will be given to you during the event .If you want to have everything loaded into a virtual PC that would be even better.  Check out What to Bring on the Azure Boot Camp site for more information about what you’ll want preloaded before you arrive.

     

    Register now for this event!  Space is limited.

  • January 2010 Meeting Recap

    Hey Folks!

    Our first social gathering was a success! We had several members arriving early to socialize with fellow members before the meeting.

    We had a good turn-out this month. David Giard gave us a great introduction to Microsoft's Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF).  He also gave us a crash course on the differences between MEF and Dependency Injection.

    Nino Benvenuti groked on Mercurial distributed source code.


    The CINNUG team


    What’s in this Newsletter?

    •    February CINNUG
    •    February CinArc
    •    March BitSlingers
    •    TechNet and MSDN Events
    •    Our sponsors – they pay for the pizza


    February CINNUG – Python 101 for the .Net Developer by Sarah Dutkiewicz
    Tuesday, February 23rd 6:00PM (Social time starts at 5:30PM) at MAX Technical Training  in Mason, OH

    The first part of the session will cover the basics of Python - its history, how its data structures compare to the those we're familiar with in the primary .NET languages, its strong and weak points, who's using it, and why you as a developer - both generally speaking and as a .NET developer - should care about Python.
    The second part of the session will get into the demos - starting with some basic Python scripts and getting into IronPython scripts, if time allows.


    February CinArc
    Thursday, February 18th - 6:00PM at MAX Technical Training in Mason, OH

    This CinArc we are breaking from the norm and will have a guest speaker.  Mark Harris from Microsoft will talk to us about how Microsoft ships software.  The first portion of the evening Mark will present the flow of development at Microsoft and, after pizza, we'll start with open discussion.

    As usual, pizza will be provided at no charge thanks to our sponsors !


    March Bitslingers
    Monday, March 1st - 6:00PM at Panera Bread on Mason Montgomery in Mason, OH

    What is Bitsligners? This is an informal meetup of people interested in learning from one another. Bring your laptop and pair up with someone to work on an open source project, learn a new technique, or even dabble in a new language. There is no agenda or specific topic, just an time set aside for people to pair.
    The meetup officially kicks off at 6:00 PM, but lasts until the last pair breaks up, or they kick us out. Feel free to come and join us for as long, or as short, of a time as you want to.


    NOTE: There will be no food provided, but hey, we're at Panera.
     

    TechNet and MSDN Events
    March 2, 2010 – Microsoft Offices – Mason, OH

    1.     Windows Azure, Hyper-V and Windows 7 Deployment presented by TechNet Events - 8:30AM to 12:00PM. Register information.

    2.    Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0 & SharePoint Development presented by MSDN Events - 1:00PM to 4:30PM.  Register information.


    Join your local MSDN Events team for a lively tour of our latest version of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. We’ll start with an overview the IDE and explore how you can use the latest features to develop great applications in a flash. Next, we’ll look at the newest changes to the .NET Framework and how you can leverage them today. Finally, we end the day by looking at the new tools in Visual Studio that will supercharge your SharePoint development.


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