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Jan 16, 2012

Upcoming Events for January 16th, 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:

DC

Break the If Habit
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
View Break the If Habit on Bing Maps Branching logic is one of the foundations of computer programming. But like vodka, the If statement is best consumed in moderation. While the first If is harmless, and maybe even a little thrilling, soon there's a second, a third, a fourth and before you know it -- you wake up under your desk with a method you don't even recognize much less understand.
In this session we'll explore some of the common If abuses and learn how to refactor them into more readable and adaptable code. We'll use design patterns to put the demon If back in its bottle and keep it there. Saner code is within reach, and this is the first step to break the the If habit.


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Online

Testing the Untestable: Unit Testing Legacy Code
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Everybody has legacy code. How do you apply unit testing to existing code? Code that wasn’t meant to testing.
This is a hardcore session, where we take an open source application and add tests to it. In the process, we’ll refactor the code, discuss readability, and where to even begin.
This is an intensive demonstration of automated testing hard-core legacy code. If you are a legacy ninja, check it out.
Everyone is welcome but it is most appropriate for people with a background in unit testing and medium to advanced skills. If you’re a unit testing ninja, this webinar is for you!


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Microsoft-ComponentOne Hands-On-Workshops for Windows Phone:Session 1-Fast Track Your First App
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Government and citizen-oriented apps represent a huge emerging market for mobile developers. These “Let’s Build Something Mobile” Workshops will walk you through the basics of creating, testing and deploying a Public Sector app, so that No Developer is Left Behind taking advantage of this new market. As a participant you will have the opportunity to create your own unique Public Sector Windows Phone app that is ready to be deployed to the Windows Phone Marketplace. During each of the two sessions, experts from Microsoft and ComponentOne will be available to answer questions and offer guidance.
During this workshop, you’ll be exposed to the basics of creating a Windows Phone App and deploying to the Marketplace. As an attendee, you will be given some time during the session to use what you’ve learned to develop your own apps which access freely-available Public Sector data. The presenter along with resources from Microsoft and ComponentOne will be available to support you along the way.
*Attendees will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription for ComponentOne Studio® for Windows Phone
Pre-requisite: Download/Install
* Visual Studio Express & Tools http://aka.ms/getphone
* ComponentOne Studio(r) for Windows Phone (Trial Edition) http://www.componentone.com/SuperProducts/StudioWindowsPhone/

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Microsoft-ComponentOne Hands-On-Workshops for Windows Phone Series: Session 1 - Fast Track Your First App
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:00 PM, Online
Online Event Icon During this workshop, you’ll be exposed to the basics of creating a Windows Phone App and deploying to the Marketplace. As an attendee, you will be given some time during the session to use what you’ve learned to develop your own apps which access freely-available Public Sector data. The presenter along with resources from Microsoft and ComponentOne will be available to support you along the way.
*Attendees will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription for ComponentOne Studio(r) for Windows Phone
Pre-requisite: Download/Install
* Visual Studio Express & Tools http://aka.ms/getphone
* ComponentOne Studio(r) for Windows Phone (Trial Edition) http://www.componentone.com/SuperProducts/StudioWindowsPhone/


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Microsoft-ComponentOne Hands-On-Workshops for Windows Phone Series: Session 2 - Give Your App Some POP
Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Enhance the look and functionality of your existing Windows Phone app (or one created in the Fast Track Your First App session) by leveraging capabilities specific to the Windows Phone API and by using advanced UI controls. You’ll get a feel for Microsoft’s Expression Blend design tools too. As an attendee, you will be given some time during the session to use what you’ve learned in order to make improvements to your apps. The presenter along with resources from Microsoft and ComponentOne will be available to support you along the way.
*Attendees will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription for ComponentOne Studio(r) for Windows Phone
Pre-requisite: Download/Install
* Visual Studio Express & Tools http://aka.ms/getphone
* ComponentOne Studio(r) for Windows Phone (Trial Edition) http://www.componentone.com/SuperProducts/StudioWindowsPhone/


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Microsoft-ComponentOne Hands-On-Workshops for Windows Phone Series: Session 2-Give Your App Some POP
Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:00 PM, Online
Online Event Icon Enhance the look and functionality of your existing Windows Phone app (or one created in the Fast Track Your First App session) by leveraging capabilities specific to the Windows Phone API and by using advanced UI controls. You’ll get a feel for Microsoft’s Expression Blend design tools too. As an attendee, you will be given some time during the session to use what you’ve learned in order to make improvements to your apps. The presenter along with resources from Microsoft and ComponentOne will be available to support you along the way.
*Attendees will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription for ComponentOne Studio(r) for Windows Phone
Pre-requisite: Download/Install
* Visual Studio Express & Tools http://aka.ms/getphone
* ComponentOne Studio(r) for Windows Phone (Trial Edition) http://www.componentone.com/SuperProducts/StudioWindowsPhone/


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PA

Philly .NET Monthly Meeting: ALM
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 5:30 PM, Malvern, PA
View Philly .NET Monthly Meeting: ALM on Bing Maps This month we will be discussing Application Lifecycle Management


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VA

The Blackboard Advanced Platform Environment (A performance based private cloud solution)
Thursday, January 19, 2012 6:30 PM, Arlington, VA
View The Blackboard Advanced Platform Environment (A performance based private cloud solution) on Bing Maps A discussion on the private cloud hosting platform deployed to support Blackboard Managed Hosting. The Blackboard Advanced Platform Environment (APE) is a performance based cloud platform supporting more than 1000 clients and 10’s of millions of educational clients around the globe.


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CapArea Silverlight SIG - The XNA Framework and Windows Phone 7 - Franklin Balaguer
Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:00 PM, Arlington, VA
View CapArea Silverlight SIG - The XNA Framework and Windows Phone 7 - Franklin Balaguer on Bing Maps Abstract:
XNA Game Studio and the XNA Framework are designed for cross-platform gaming scenarios with support for Windows Phone 7, Xbox 360, and Windows-based PCs. This allows you to target more platforms from the same code base. XNA Game Studio includes the XNA Framework, a set of managed libraries designed for game development based on the Microsoft .NET Framework.
In this workshop, I will go over some free resources available to help you create your own Windows Phone 7 game and then sell it on the WindowsPhone MarketPlace. I will also touch on the basics of XNA (drawing a sprite, handling of input touch, playing sounds, and game state management). Lastly, I will discuss the certification process for getting your game approved and placed on the MarketPlace.
Bio:
Franklin Balaguer is U.S. Air Force veteran. He spent 8 years in the Air Force managing vehicle fleets at various bases in the United States and while deployed overseas. Frank got his start with computers writing programs to automate tasks and processes everywhere he encountered them. While in the Air Force, he also acquired several certifications including the Microsoft Certified System Engineer, which help him land a job at Accenture. Frank has been with Accenture for the past 11 years helping to write and deliver software to thier clients.

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High Availability and Disaster Recovery for SQL 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012 7:00 PM, Vienna, VA
View High Availability and Disaster Recovery for SQL 2012  on Bing Maps NOVA SQL User Group Meeting
SQL 2012 introduces a multitude of changes in the HA and DR stacks. We will review the options we currently have available in SQL 2008 R2, and discuss what changes both in clustering and the big new feature of SQL 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups. Joe will give a demo of the Availability Groups feature, and show how you can have a multi-site DR scenario without even talking to your SAN admin.
Joey D'Antoni is a DBA with over a decade of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms. He is currently working at Comcast. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University, and a MBA from North Carolina State University. He is the Vice President of the Philadelphia SQL Server Users Group, and a member of the board of the SQL/Oracle and Health Care PASS VCs. Joe is a frequent speaker a local user groups, Code Camps, and SQL Saturdays.


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