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Apr 9, 2012

Upcoming Events for April 9th, 2012

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 user group events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar:


CMAP Main Meeting - Windows 8 - The Developer's View - Joel Cochran
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:30 PM, Columbia, MD
View CMAP Main Meeting - Windows 8 - The Developer Topic: Windows 8 - The Developer's View
In this session we'll take a quick tour of Windows 8 and then turn our attention to developer issues and tools. Topics of discussion will include Desktop vs. Metro, .NET vs. WinRT, touch vs. mouse and keyboard, XAML vs. HTML, and more. Whatever your preferences, this presentation should help prepare for the future of Windows.
Presenter: Joel Cochran
Joel Cochran is an Expression Blend MVP, an INETA Community Champion, and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in Windows Forms and WPF. He is the founder of BlendSIG, a virtual Special Interest Group focused on Expression Blend and author of "Expression Blend in Action" by Manning Publications. He is also the author of "The Practical MVVM Manifesto" ( He has been developing for Windows since 2003 and is a self-proclaimed "Blend Evangelist".
A frequent speaker at User Groups and Code Camps, he enjoys teaching and writing about .NET and other topics. You can find him online at or on Twitter at Joel has served as the Director of Operations for Stonewall Technologies, Inc., an ISV, in Staunton, VA, since 2000.

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RockNUG Release 5.10
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 6:30 PM, Rockville, MD
View RockNUG Release 5.10 on Bing Maps Technical Center - Room 232
Montgomery College (Rockville Campus)
Massive Scale for ASP.NET Through Ruthless Caching
- Kendall Miller
The fastest query is the one never run - Using Microsoft Server AppFabric Cache and Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) you can dramatically improve the performance of your web / enterprise application without investing in big hardware or complicated programming. We'll take a real-world application with performance issues, add AppFabric cache to it using code injection and demonstrate the difference even short term caching can make to your application.
Kendall Miller is one of the founding partners of Gibraltar Software, an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) that develops and markets commercial applications for .NET developers, including: Gibraltar -- an application logging and monitoring platform; and VistaDB -- a small-footprint, SQL Server-compatible embedded database engine. Both products are used by customers around the world ranging from individual consultants through Fortune 100 companies and governments.
You can follow his blog at or on Twitter (@KendallMiller).
6:30 - 7:00 n00b Presentation: Getting started with AppHarbor - Deployments made easy - Kevin Jones
7:00 - 7:30 Pizza/Announcements
7:30 - 9:00 Featured Presentation: Massive Scale for ASP.NET Through Ruthless Caching - Kendall Miller

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MSDN Webcast: HackReady.Phone, Episode 3: Understanding Windows Phone’s Application Lifecycle and State Management (Level 200)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 10:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Join us for HackReady, the new online learning series designed for developers to bring you the vital bits you need, without the fluff you won’t miss. Full of key information and demonstrations, this series gives you a solid understanding of the tools, techniques, and resources you need to become HackReady.
The HackReady.Phone series brings you seven episodes, from start to marketplace. Whether you are a new Windows Phone developer thinking about your first app or well on your way to publishing, these sessions help you get there. Join us for one or the whole series—pick and choose as you like. And you could win a Windows Phone, too. We choose a random attendee during every episode and give away a new Windows Phone.
We kick off our seven-part series by introducing the components that make up the Windows Phone platform, from the consumer side and features to the developer and design aspect. Learn about the Windows Phone 7.1 Software Development Kit (SDK) and the core APIs as we highlight the many ways that developers can use Microsoft Silverlight to provide a great experience. This is the perfect opportunity to kick off your Windows Phone development.
Download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.
Presenters: Lindsay Lindstrom, Developer Evangelist, and Danilo Diaz, Senior Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

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Datawarehouse Dimension Processing with Integration Services - From Simple to Complex - Todd McDermid
Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 PM, Online
Online Event Icon Data Warehouse Dimension Processing with Integration Services - From Simple to Complex
Overview: The SCD Wizard included in Integration Services is easy to use, and has all the features you need for smaller, simple dimension processing. However, it is not the easiest component to adjust, and doesn't perform very well with larger dimensions. This session will cover three alternative techniques for processing changes to dimension tables within SSIS: "rolling your own SCD" with Lookups and Conditional Splits, using the T-SQL MERGE statement, and the Kimball Method SCD component. The strengths and weaknesses of each technique will be described and demonstrated.
Takeaways: SSIS is capable of processing large dimensions by using techniques other than using the included SCD Wizard.
Todd McDermid is a SQL Server MVP, and is heavily involved with the Integration Services community. Speaking, blogging, leading open-source extensions, and moderating MSDN threaten to take time away from providing BI solutions at Moulding and Millwork. I've earned an MVP for blogging, speaking, moderating the MSDN SSIS forum, and publishing multiple code samples and extensions for SSIS on CodePlex.
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Philadelphia VFP User Group
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:00 PM, Fort Washington, PA
View Philadelphia VFP User Group on Bing Maps Jim Connolly and Steven McCann will present the work they’re doing with West Wind Web Connect. They'll show the web site for Volpe Express Trucking. They created a customer interface for rating, tracking and access to accounts receivable. They also created access for the employees to allow access of the tracking of the deliveries and the drivers. They interface with Google APIs to allow tracking and to calculate distances between stops. They use XFRX to present reports on the Web site.

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XNA Levels Up: Publish Your Games Now - Chris Gomez
Monday, April 16, 2012 6:30 PM, Lehigh Valley, PA
View XNA Levels Up: Publish Your Games Now - Chris Gomez on Bing Maps Publish Your Own Games with XNA:
The XNA Framework is ready for you to leverage your existing .NET development skills to create fantastic games that you can publish today for Windows Phone, the PC, and the Xbox 360. But how do you get started? Come see how suprisingly easy it is to create your own games with XNA Game Studio starting at File > New Project with no previous game development experience required!
Chris has been writing Windows software professionally for 18 years. His hobby for game development started much earlier by moving around ASCII characters in text mode using BASICA. Today, in his free time, you'll find Chris playing the latest games on his Xbox 360 or Windows Phone 7.

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Building Web Applications Using Node.js
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:30 PM, Arlington, VA
View Building Web Applications Using Node.js on Bing Maps You've heard the hype, now see what it is all about: our speakers will walk you through how to build, test, and deploy a web application using node.js. The presentation will cover installing node.js, starting with the express web framework, testing using mocha, storing data in MongoDB, deploying to Heroku, and - time permitting - integrating HTML5 websockets using

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Moving to the Cloud Using Platform as a Service
Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:30 PM, Arlington, VA
View Moving to the Cloud Using Platform as a Service on Bing Maps This session offers a definition and discussion of Platform as a Service (PaaS) that focuses on developers and open standards. CloudBees' PaaS will be used to demonstrate creating, operationalizing, and continuously building and deploying a Java EE Web profile application.

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You can also add your events via the Community Megaphone web service API. You can get more information on the API, and how to sign up, at You can also email me for more information.

Tags: User Groups, Webcasts, Cloud, JavaScript, Windows 8, SQL, XNA, FoxPro, Windows Phone, ASP.NET, Blend

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