Last month Tim Wingfield came down from Columbus to talk to us about using IronRuby to make unit
testing our code simpler. We also took a look at RSpec and how a dynamic language makes testing more
Michael Kramer gave the grok on an introduction to using Rake and Albacore to drive our builds.
This month one of our directors, Mike Wood, will give a soft skills presentation on Becoming a Better
Mike Levy will give the grok on Configuration Data and Dependencies.
One of our former members, Jeff Handley, works out on the Silverlight team in Redmond. He's asked us to
get a gauge on the level of interest in RIA Services. Please take a few moments to fill out this 2 question
The CINNUG team
What's in this Newsletter?
- August CinArc - 08/19/10
- August CINNUG - 08/24/10
- September BitSlingers - 09/13/10
- Cincinnati Day Of Agile - 08/14/10
- SQL Saturday - 08/21/10
- Houston Tech Fest - 10/09/10
- Southwest Ohio Give Camp - 10/22/10 - 10/24/10
- NWA Code Camp - 10/23/10
- Our sponsors - they pay for the pizza
Thursday, August 19th - 6:00PM - MAX Technical Training - 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!
As usual, pizza will be provided at no charge thanks to our sponsors!
August CINNUG - Be a Better Developer - Mike Wood
Tuesday, August 24th - 6:00PM; Social Time - 5:30PM - MAX Technical Training - Mason, OH
Mike Wood, one of the directors of CINNUG, will give a soft skills talk on how to Be a Better Developer.
As a developer you end up wearing a lot of different hats: researcher, designer, janitor, mediator, teacher,
student... the list can go on.
If you want to become a better developer you'll have to learn how to switch these hats out easily and what
it means to wear each one well.
Most talks often focus on a given technology or tool; some resource that you can use. This talk focuses on
how to improve the best resource you have: YOU.
The grok talk on Configuration Data and Dependencies will be given by Mike Levy.
Monday, September 13th - 6:00PM - Panera Bread - Mason Montgomery - Mason, OH
This month BitSlingers will meet on the second Monday of the month due to the Labor Day
What is BitSlingers?
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.
Cincinnati Day of Agile
Saturday, August 14th - 8:00AM to 5:00PM - Microsoft Offices - Mason, OH
At this one day event on Saturday, August 14th, a host of industry experts will be on hand to offer their hard
By bringing together a mix of developers, managers, Agile professionals, and technologists, the Cincinnati
Day of Agile also provides excellent networking opportunities for its attendees.
We hope you will join us to learn how Agile can make your software development process more effective,
productive, and profitable.
Visit http://cincydayofagile.org/ for more information and to register.
Saturday, August 21st - 8:00AM to 5:30PM - Nashville Tech - Nashville, TN
SQL Saturday is the training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL
Many of the local, regional, and even national SQL Server experts (including Microsoft MVP's) will be here
sharing their knowledge and experiences.
Learn from renowned authors, speakers, and industry experts:
- Over 30 sessions
- More than 20 great speakers (many Microsoft MVPs and authors)
- 4 Tracks: DBA, App Dev, BI and Professional Development
- Located at Nashville Tech
- Admission is free; optional $10 fee for lunch
- Registration and details at http://www.sqlsaturday.com/51/eventhome.aspx
Houston Tech Fest (HTF)
Saturday, October 9th - 8:00AM to 6:00PM - University of Houston Main Campus - Houston, TX
The agenda is set for HTF. Check it out as there is something for everyone.
The Website for Houston Techfest 2010 is now open for Pre-Registration. They had 853 attendees last year
and are looking to break 1000 this year
They have a great line up of speakers this year with over 80 presentations on the Agenda. Their Keynote
speaker is Venkat Subramaniam.
This is the single largest event in the Central Region. Register now so you can come out and be part of the
Southwest Ohio Give Camp
Friday, October 22nd thru Sunday, October 24th - Miami University's Voice of America Learning
Center - West Chester, OH
is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators
donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. The only limitation is that the
project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend.
If you are a developer/designer/project manager looking to make a difference and use your skills to assist
others, this is the place to be October 22, 23, 24, 2010! Please visit the Volunteer section to get signed up!
NWA Code Camp
Saturday, October 23rd - 8:00AM to 5:30PM - Tyson World Headquarters - Springdale, AR
This year the Northwest Arkansas Code Camp is aligning this event with the Tyson Development
Conference, a 2 day internal conference for Tyson Foods.
Tyson is sponsoring this event by providing the venue and keeping some speakers from their conference
another night so they can present at this event.
This year we will celebrate the growth of our community with the addition of new tracks for Project
Managers, Designers, and more.