Events This Week – December 6th, 2010

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar:

  • RockNug Release 4.6
    Wednesday, December 08, 2010 6:30 PM, Rockville, MD
    Montgomery College, Rockville
    ROOM SB 202 -- Upstairs This Semester
    Meet Mercurial
    by Buck Dunn
    Whether you are developing an application with a team or even solo hacking, keeping track of changes that are made and being able to work with previous or alternate versions quickly becomes a necessary task. Mercurial is a distributed source control system that provides a good collection of the features needed to allow collaboration for you and your team. In this presentation Buck will give an overview of distributed source control systems, an overview working with Mercurial and some direction in setting up an effective workflow for you and your team.
    Buchanan (Buck) Dunn is a Senior C# Web Developer with Deltek-Input located in Reston, Va. Previously he has worked for Corporate Executive Board and DubMeNow. He has spoken at Code Camps and User Groups in the DC area.
    n00b Presentation 6:30 - 7:00 Factory Pattern - Dean Fiala
    Pizza/Announcements 7:00 - 7:30
    Featured Presentation 7:30 - 9:00 Meet Mercurial - Buck Dunn
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  • Webcast: Overview of Visual Studio 2010
    Thursday, December 09, 2010 2:00 PM, Online
    Visual Studio 2010 is a powerful IDE that ensures quality code. Visual Studio 2010 is packed with new and enhanced features that simplify the entire development process from design to deployment. Customize your workspace with multiple monitor support. Create rich applications for SharePoint and the Web. Target multiple versions of the .NET Framework with the same tool. Eliminate the dreaded "no repro" problem with IntelliTrace. Come find out more...
    Discussion points:
    1. Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN products
    2. Benefits of MSDN Subscriptions
    3. Comparison of the different editions of Visual Studio 2010
    4. Test Professional for Tester/Load Testing
    5. Test & Lab management
    6. Team Foundation Server
    7. Licensing Discussion
    Target Audience: Developers, Architects, Project Managers, QA and Business Analysts
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  • Cloud Computing Implementations
    Thursday, December 09, 2010 6:30 PM, Alexandria, VA
    Cloud computing applications and platforms such as CRM, the platform, Amazon S3 and Google Apps provide enterprises with a path to quantifiable cost savings while increasing agility and scalability, in addition to providing a superior user experience.
    Implementing SaaS applications on an enterprise scale multiplies the benefits, presenting new opportunities to streamline and integrate processes and systems. However, SaaS is a new model for consuming and delivering software and therefore raises some new questions.
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  • RSSUG December 2010 Meeting
    Thursday, December 09, 2010 6:30 PM, Glen Allen, VA
    Andy Leonard presents "Design Patterns" is more than a trendy buzz phrase; design patterns are a way of breaking down complex development projects into manageable tasks. They lend themselves to several development methodologies and apply to SSIS development. Chances are you're using your own design patterns now! At the PASS Summit 2009, Andy Leonard demonstrated ways to use some less-documented features of SSIS. At the PASS Summit 2010 Andy shares more SSIS Design Patterns. This session includes patterns: - to migrate SSIS packages through your enterprise without editing connection managers; - to load data from variable-length row files; - to extend the functionality of the parent-child pattern to create SSIS execution groups. The session is designed for those with little or no exposure to design patterns or application development methodologies; but with good experience in SSIS. The goal is to introduce the science, terminology, and philosophy of design patterns to those wishing to learn more.
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  • RVNUG Presents the Great Southern WP7/XNA Tour
    Friday, December 10, 2010 11:45 AM, Roanoke, VA
    Chris G. Williams will be presenting 'A Tour of Windows Phone 7 and XNA 4.0'. In this talk, he'll cover what's new in XNA 4.0, especially as it pertains to Windows Phone 7. He'll cover phone features, using the emulator and how to take advantage of the various sensors (like the Accelerometer) and features (MultiTouch, Gestures, Push Notifications, etc) in your games. Rumor has it, he may even have a phone with him. (BTW: Chris was the founder of the RVNUG).

    Chris Williams is a Principal Consultant for Magenic. He is the founder of several .NET User Groups on the east coast, and the author of the upcoming super-mega-bestseller Professional Windows Phone 7 Game Development: Creating Games using XNA Game Studio 4.

    He's also a DirectX / XNA MVP, MCT, MCSD (.NET) Early Adopter, MCAD, Director of the INETA Speakers Bureau, freelance game developer, conference speaker, vintage arcade game collector, INETA Community Champion and plays a pretty mean guitar in Rock Band.

    Seating is limited and registration is required.
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  • Northern Virginia Code Camp (NoVa CC)
    Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:00 AM, Reston, VA
    If you are a developer, interested in the getting into the code in the latest technologies, interested in hearing topics from top regional speakers then come join us for Nova CodeCamp Spring Event on December 11th at the Microsoft Reston MTC.
    This upcoming CodeCamp will cover the latest and greatest technologies. CodeCamps are FREE and are a great way to keep up with the pace of technology. Looking to learn a new technology, meet top authors, or just hang out with other software developers, then the Northern Virginia CodeCamp is the place to be.
    Finally, if you are as cool as all the other kids nowaways and you are on Twitter, then follow @novacodecamp and stay up to date with up to the minute news and updates. Also, don't forget to add a tag to your tweets related to this codecamp using #novacc hash tag.
    We all look foward to seeing you there!
    Please register at
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  • HRNUG: December 2010 Meeting
    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 6:00 PM, Norfolk, VA
    Have you ever needed to build a web site that lets users log on using their Facebook passwords? Have you ever needed to connect applications that are running inside different firewalls? Perhaps the applications are in different data centers within the same organization, or perhaps one end is in your customers' or suppliers' data centers. Perhaps you need a flexible identity management solution that lets you switch from Active Directory to Google IDs, Facebook Connect, or Live ID with no code changes. Maybe you even want to write a massively multiplayer game like World of Warcraft, but you don't want to create your own server infrastructure to support it. You can solve these problems using Windows Azure AppFabric. The solutions work even if your application is hosted in your own data center, and you never plan to run code in the cloud.
    In this session, we'll build a web site that allows you to long on with your Facebook credentials. We'll also build a chat application that works through firewalls, and demo it running across multiple networks.
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  • Update on Application Development with Microsoft Silverlight, IE 9 and HTML 5
    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:30 PM, Reston, VA
    This session will provide an update on application development with Silverlight, IE 9 and HTML 5 and recapture some discussions from the Firestarter event currently scheduled on December 2nd, 2010. More detail on the Firestarter event is available at
    How to Simplify Unit Testing with Pex and Moles
    Microsoft Research has produced two tools to dramatically simplify the construction of unit tests. We will look at Moles, a framework and Visual Studio add-in that helps to isolate your code from external dependencies. With Moles you can replace any .Net method with a delegate. Next we will examine Pex, a Visual Studio add-in that automatically generates unit tests for you. Pex analyzes your code, looking at, for example, if statements, assertions and operations that throw exceptions, to create inputs that try to achieve 100% code coverage.
    James Wren is Senior Consultant with Microsoft Services and has designed custom software for a variety of clients including the New York City Police Department, Department of Defense, and the Predator Unmanned Air Vehicle Program. He is a strong advocate for building testable, modular software and has lectured within Microsoft and at the University of Maryland.
    Who Should Attend
    Developers, Architects, Web Designers and technical managers who wish to get an early look at the next advancement in Software Development, in particular the next generation of the Microsoft Mobile Platform.
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  • Webcast: Feature Demonstration of Microsoft Visual Studio
    Thursday, December 16, 2010 2:00 PM, Online
    During this webcast, we will provide a demonstration of technical functionalities and feature capabilities of the following:
    1. Test Professional for Tester/Load Testing
    2. Test & Lab management
    3. Team Foundation Server – Version Control, Work Items, Reporting services
    Target Audience: Developers, Architects, Project Managers, QA and Business Analysts
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