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Feb 11, 2013

Upcoming Events for February 11th, 2013

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next couple of weeks for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest:


Continuous Integration: Blueprint, Toolbox, Master Craft
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
View Continuous Integration: Blueprint, Toolbox, Master Craft on Bing Maps The practice of continuous integration (CI) has the ability to transform software development from a set of manual processes to a logical series of reproducible, automated processes. There are three concepts that are key to continuous integration; the blueprint, the toolbox, and the master craft. This session presents the CI lifecycle as a blueprint. You will see and understand the series of development processes that establish an effective, automated progression from source code to a packaged deliverable. You will learn about the CI server, which is the fundamental tool that initiates, performs, coordinates, and reports throughout the CI phases. The toolbox includes both the CI server and the combination of technologies that support CI. Continuous integration is a master craft of Agile engineering. To help you be effective with continuous integration, this talk demonstrates both the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the desired results of CI and to maximize its value.

About the Speaker: Stephen Ritchie is the author of Pro .NET Best Practices ( He has been writing software professionally for over 20 years. He works as a software development consultant at Excella Consulting in the Washington, D.C. area. His passion for following best practices has taught him to appreciate the value of experience, practical know-how, and continuous learning. Stephen is the .NET best practices steward at Excella Consulting, working with .NET project teams to facilitate and sort out the helpful practices from the unhelpful ones, the practicable from the impracticable, and the "sounds good" from the "it really is good" practices and principles.
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RockNUG Release 6.8
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:30 PM, Rockville, MD
View RockNUG Release 6.8 on Bing Maps Remember -- somewhat new Location!
2600 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland
Suite 300
Knock It Out with Knockout
- Geoff Snowman

Knockout is a JavaScript framework that makes developing client-side data manipulation code a snap. Knockout implements the Model-View-ViewModel pattern in the browser allowing you to data bind JavaScript objects to DOM elements quickly and easily. In this presentation, Geoff will show several example pages built using Knockout ranging from Hello, World to advanced data binding samples. He'll also talk about approaches for customizing Knockout data binding.

Geoff Snowman, better known as The Notorious D.O.R.K., rose to prominence during the East Coast – West Coast Code Reviews of the late 90s, when he was a member of the .NET posse. He attracted attention with a blend of object-oriented analysis and agile development street cred, illuminated by his uniquely humorous approach to inheritance hierarchies. After a string of number ones on Billboard’s Gangster C# Chart during the 2000s, D.O.R.K. took a break from the industry to focus on other ventures, including needlework and a line of pocket protectors that he designed himself. He’s currently back in the cube building a financial reporting application and living the gangster life.
Editor's Note: The Notorious D.O.R.K. demanded full creative control over his bio.

6:30 - 7:00 n00b Presentation: Intro to RoboCode - Scott Lawrence
7:00 - 7:30 Pizza/Announcements
7:30 - 9:00 Knock It Out with Knockout - Geoff Snowman
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Exception Monitoring Webinar
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 11:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Join PreEmptive Solutions for an exclusive Exception Monitoring Webinar Wednesday, February 13th at 11:00am EST. This webinar will demonstrate how development organizations can inject exception tracking into traditional, cloud, mobile and modern apps, resulting in the automatic creation of work items inside Team Foundation Server. Development organizations consume production usage and event data differently than their operations counterparts; development must filter, prioritize and incorporate production incidents into sprints and backlogs efficiently without slipping into an interrupt-driven development practice.
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Philadelphia VFP User Group
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:00 PM, Fort Washington, PA
View Philadelphia VFP User Group on Bing Maps Tamar Granor: Try Thor's Terrific Tools

The VFPX project, Thor, includes dozens of tools to aid in development. In this session, we'll look at some of what Thor has to offer. The session will explore as many Thor tools as time allows, including Document View, Create Locals, Compare Objects, and much more. We'll also see how to make any Thor tool available with a keyboard shortcut. We’ll also look at how to add your own tools to Thor, how to set up preferences for Thor tools, and the Thor Updater.
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Office Hours - Windows Store Apps
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 10:00 AM, Reston, VA
View Office Hours - Windows Store Apps on Bing Maps Have an app you're working on for the Windows Store, and have a few questions, or just want another set of eyeballs to look over the app before you submit it for store certification? Office Hours is your opportunity to spend some in-person time with Microsoft Technical Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie and get the answers you need.

Office Hours is also an opportunity to get away from your daily grind for a little quiet coding time, if that's what you're looking for.

Hampton Roads .NET User Group February Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:00 PM, Virginia Beach, VA
View Hampton Roads .NET User Group February Meeting on Bing Maps Dylan West will talk about game development using the Unity Game Engine and the Mono framework.
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RADNUG February Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:30 PM, Fredericksburg, VA
View RADNUG February Meeting on Bing Maps Rappahannock Developers .NET User Group's February meeting.

We'll be talking about mocking as it pertains to unit testing - what it is and how it is useful. We'll talk about some freely available mocking frameworks and demonstrate using mocks with one of them in the course of unit testing a class.

Note that RADNUG is now meeting at the SimVentions building - thanks to SimVentions for providing a great facility for our meetings!

Hope to see you there!
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Microsoft Visions Conference
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:00 AM, Glen Allen, VA
View Microsoft Visions Conference on Bing Maps This is a free mini-conference at the Microsoft building in Richmond. Focus is on new technologies, including SharePoint 2013, SQL 2012, Azure, Windows 8, etc.
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