It's all about community! (or User Groups, User Groups, User Groups!)
I went to a great meeting last night with the Sydney .NET User Group. Andrew Weaver from SSW presented on creating a custom module in Dot Net Nuke, and then I chaired an open forum in which questions ranging from the use of wireless broadband to the level of pricing for Visual Studio Team System were discussed.
The evening was great fun, with Santa Hats (some of which were flashing in various ways) and festive fare contributing to the atmosphere. Bill Chesnut, from the Melbourne .NET User Group made a guest appearance.
There's been a real buzz around developer User Groups recently, with great attendance at the established groups and new groups springing up around the place (Tasmania and Newcastle, for example)
Jeff Alexander and Michael Kleef (our new IT Pro Evangelists) have been going flat-out adding value to new and existing IT Pro user groups like the new BizTalk group in Melbourne, the SQL Server groups in 5 capital cities, and the Small Business Server user groups in 5 capital cities.
As I've always said,
"It's all about community!"