BAND – Visual Studio Launch Event!

Come out to the July BAND gig on Tuesday, July 27 at 6 pm and enjoy THREE talks on Visual Studio 2010!

There will be pizza, soda, networking with peers and talks on how to make the best use of the development tool(s) we use daily.

  • Talk #1 will be about what’s new in building ASP.NET sites in Visual Studio.
  • Talk #2 will be about Visual Studio 2010 Extensions: how to get them, some of the cool ones, and how to update the ones you have.
  • Talk #3 will be about C# .NET 4.0 language features — lots of good new stuff there!

You will leave full of good and practical info on using Visual Studio 2010, and will likely walk away with a goodie or two! There will be GIVEAWAYS at the end, from hardware to software, and lot of other things.

So come join the fun, learn about some of the best parts of the new tools, and make it an evening with others like you!

Sign up at the Bangor Developers website.

BAND – Chris Bowen, Windows Azure and VS 2010

The February BAND gig is next Tuesday (Feb 23) at 6:00 pm, in the Libra Conference Room at Husson University in Bangor! Come hear Chris Bowen, our Microsoft developer evangelist, speak on Windows Azure and what’s new in Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4! He will be giving full hour presentations on each so you are sure to come away with lots of knowledge and understanding of where these new technologies can be used in your development projects.

As always the meetings are free, and we just ask for a $3 donation if you want to have pizza and soda. We hope to go out with Chris afterwards so you can hang out with him, ask questions, or just have a fun time with other developers.

Description: Chris Bowen from Microsoft will be joining us to talk about Windows Azure and Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4! Come see what these new technologies will do for your development projects. Windows Azure: What? Why? And a Peek Under the Hood — What is Cloud Computing and where can it take you? In this session, Chris will first focus on showing the potential benefits of creating applications for the cloud with Windows Azure. Then, we’ll pop open the hood to show you around the main parts of the engine, including web roles, worker roles, and queues. You’ll see how Windows Azure plugs in for interoperability with other on-premises and cloud applications via the App Fabric. You’ll also learn how Windows Azure can be used to host technologies other than .NET – such as Java and PHP – and get a glimpse into what’s coming next with project “Sydney” and the integration of Windows Workflow into the cloud. Visual Studio 2010: That’s a 10-4, Good Buddy — There’s a buzz in the air as Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are arriving soon, and they’re bringing plenty of cargo that developers will enjoy, from new features to improved productivity. We’ll hop on and take a tour, giving you the lay of the land in terms of what will help you as a developer. The sights will include parallel application development, new editor features and debugging capabilities (including a new historical debugger), improvements for web and Windows development, new .NET language features, and much more.

Information courtesy of the BAND – Bangor Area .NET Developers

BAND – WPF – A little further down the rabbit hole

Daniel will present at the next Bangor Area .NET Developer (BAND) meeting (June 23rd, 2009):

WPF – A little further down the rabbit hole

Probably most of us have seen at least one slick demo of WPF or Silverlight. Such demos are inspiring, but they don’t convey what it’s like to actually use WPF in the real world. Fresh from completing our first business-centric application that uses WPF extensively, I’m excited to share from my experience of using WPF in the real world.

Daniel is a developer for Tyler Technologies in Bangor.

More information on: Bangor Area .NET Developers

More from Daniel: http://www.danielgpratt.com/

Reposted from The Blomsma Code

Northeast 2008 Roadshow

Chris Bowen and Jim O’Neil are on the road (starting today).

I’ll be at the Augusta show, on October 3rd.  I’m definitely looking forward to the RoboLunch.

Here is the address for the Augusta show (you can find the other addresses when you register).

Riverview Psychiatric Center

250 Arsenal Drive
Sebago Room Augusta Maine 04332-0011
United States

Here are the available dates, with the link to registration:

  • Burlington, VT:  September 23rd [registration] New Venue
  • New City! Albany, NY:  September 24th [registration]
  • Rochester, NY:  September 25th [registration] New Venue
  • Augusta, ME:  October 3rd [registration] New Venue
  • Farmington, CT:  October 14th [registration]
  • Waltham, MA:  October 15th [registration]

    The Agenda:

    8:30 – Registration

    9:00 – Understanding the ADO.NET Entity Framework

    Abstraction is frequently used to create difficult-to-appreciate artwork, but when applied to software, abstractions can improve flexibility, independence, and the ability to compose higher-level concepts. ADO.NET Entity Framework, now shipping as part of Visual Studio 2008 & .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1, helps you create models of your data that enable a familiar object-oriented programming experience. Entities map flexibly to data sources while providing insulation from schema changes at the same time. LINQ makes an appearance as well, using the familiar syntax we’ve seen with LINQ to Objects, SQL, and XML to query entities. You’ve got the picture, so get out there and model some works of art!

    10:30 – Discovering Dynamic Data

    ASP.NET Dynamic Data, introduced with the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 release, breathes immediate (i.e., code-less) life into LINQ To SQL and Entity Framework data models by providing a customizable, template-driven, scaffolding framework. Put on your wizard hat, you now have dynamic power at your fingertips.

    11:15 – Exploring Internet Explorer 8

    Ahoy, developers! The release of Internet Explorer 8 is just around the bend. Of course, we’ll pull out the spyglass and take a look over the sea of new consumer features, but what does this next version mean for you as developer, and what should you do to navigate to glory? You’ll see how treasures like accelerators and web slices can be a differentiator for your company, see the new wave of compatibility features and options, and unearth the tools available for developers to make for smooth sailing on the sometimes turbulent web development waters.

    12:00 – RoboLunch

    Grab a lunch and join in as we delve into the world of robotics programming with Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio. Think robotics is mostly for manufacturing systems, toys, and those cool little floor cleaning bots? You may be surprised at how the things we cover may come to affect your professional development life! Perhaps you’ll find yourself saying, “Thank you very luncho, Mr. Roboto!”

    1:00 – UI, UX, U Confused?

    One thing not missing from Microsoft’s development offerings is a choice of options. In this session, we’ll compare and contrast the various .NET technologies available for building client experiences (Windows Forms, WPF, XBAP, ASP.NET, Silverlight, and Windows Mobile) to give you some insight in to making the best choices for reaching your applications’ target audience.

    1:45 – A RESTed Development

    REST (Representational State Transfer) is what all the cool developers are using these days to communicate among distributed resources and services.  So that you’re not left standing idly by on the sidelines, we’ll look at the rationales of the approach, why it’s cleaner than SOAP, and how Microsoft has adopted REST in technologies such as WCF and ADO.NET Data Services.

    3:15 – Befriending Unit Testing

    Unit testing could be your new best friend, and we’re here to help make the proper introductions. A practice that ultimately results in reduced overall efforts, unit testing is a focus on crafting test code that verifies your application code isn’t misbehaving. In this session, we’ll focus on what unit testing is, how it can be done, and some of the proven and effective practices you can employ to help your unit tests pay dividends over time. If Humphrey Bogart were a developer, he would have agreed, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    4:00 – Wrapup, Giveways, and Bon Voyage!

    Information and links courtesy of Chris Bowen’s Blog.  And remember, Chris Bowen will be doing the BAND meeting on October 2nd (topic is XNA Game Studio!)

    BAND – Bangor Area .NET Developer

    The next BAND meeting is scheduled for October 2nd.  That’s a Thursday.  Usually our meetings are the last Tuesday of the month, but sometimes they get moved.

    This time, it’s for good reason. Chris Bowen is coming back.  And he’s talking about the XNA Game Development.

    Free pizza, games development, and a bunch of geeks.  What more do you want?

    Oh yeah.. if you are coming, be sure to register, so we can make sure we have enough pizza.  No need to stage any Death Matches to determine who gets the last piece of pepperoni!

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