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Nov 5, 2012

Upcoming Events for November 5th, 2012

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…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:


Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:00 AM, Dover, DE
View Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event on Bing Maps Experience powerful possibilities.
Discover how Visual Studio 2012 allows you to collaborate better and be more agile. See how it helps you turn big ideas into more compelling apps. Experience how it integrates best practices that accelerate development and deployment.

Seating is limited, so register today, we hope to see you there!
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CMAP Main Meeting - Teach Your Kid to Code - Steve Michelotti
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:30 PM, Columbia, MD
View CMAP Main Meeting - Teach Your Kid to Code - Steve Michelotti on Bing Maps Topic: Teach Your Kid to Code

Have you ever wanted a way to teach your kid to code? For that matter, have you ever wanted to simply be able to explain to your kid what you do for a living? Putting things in a context that a kid can understand is not as easy as it sounds. If you are someone curious about these concepts, this is a “can’t miss” presentation that will be co-presented by Justin Michelotti (5th grader) and his father. Bring your kid with you to CMAP for this fun and educational session. We will show tools you may not have been aware of like SmallBasic and Kodu – we’ll even throw in a little Visual Studio. Concepts such as variables, conditionals, loops, and functions will be covered while we introduce object oriented concepts without any of the confusing words. Kids are not required for entry!

Presenter: Steve Michelotti

Steve Michelotti is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and a contributing author for Pluralsight training. In addition, Steve is a frequent presenter at developer user groups and Code Camps along the East Coast and holds the MCSD, MCPD, and MCT certifications. Steve is an avid blogger (http:/, has contributed articles to Visual Studio Magazine, and his work on high performance web solutions was featured on Channel 9. Currently he is serving as an Architect/Developer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS) where he is leading a multi-year effort to modernize the business systems of a major insurance carrier. Previously he was the Chief Technologist at e.magination where he consulted with clients including where he was the Tech Lead for one of the highest volume .NET applications in the world.
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DXTREME Development Tour: Washington DC
Monday, November 12, 2012 12:00 PM, Chevy Chase, MD
View DXTREME Development Tour: Washington DC on Bing Maps The technology landscape has changed. Developers are expected to build modern unified digital experiences across multiple platforms and multiple devices. And that means you are pushing your existing skills to the edge.

Please Join DevExpress, Microsoft, and Wintellect’s Chris Love for a free half-day seminar to learn how to build powerful applications for multi-channel experiences that take you from Windows 8 to iPhone and back again. Lunch will be provided.

Throughout the afternoon you will be treated to information about the future of the industry; in-depth technical sessions about Windows 8, HTML5 and jQuery; and a sneak peek at the new DXTREME tools from DevExpress that allow you to stretch your existing skills to the edge, and beyond.

Sessions include:
- The Business Case for Brilliant Software, Dave Mendlen, DevExpress
- Building Modern UI Apps with XAML: What .NET Developers Need to Know, Microsoft
- Fundamentals of HTML5, Chris Love, Wintellect
- DXTREME Unveiled, Dave Mendlen & Mehul Harry, DevExpress
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RockNUG Release 6.5
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:30 PM, Rockville, MD
View RockNUG Release 6.5 on Bing Maps Real World Problem Solving with F#
- Kevin Jones

Do you ever get the feeling that sometimes, new technologies are just toys that you will never be able to find a practical use for? Does Microsoft's functional language, F#, feel that way to you? Wondering what F# is? F# is a language with a functional twist. Though vastly different from C# or VB.NET, they work together well and have influenced each other over the years. It's built on .NET with a unique skill set to solve interesting problems. We'll be skipping right over "Hello World" and looking at what F# can really do, some real-world problems F# has been used to solve, and how you can use it to solve your problems.

Kevin Jones is a Team Lead and Senior Consultant for LogicBoost, a leading software development company based in Washington DC.

6:30 - 7:00 n00b Presentation: TBD
7:00 - 7:30 Pizza/Announcements
7:30 - 9:00 Feature Presentation: Real World Problem Solving with F# - Kevin Jones
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PaaS Cloud Service
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon You can still use the Microsoft cloud in the traditional PaaS way, and there are exciting services to learn about. Microsoft has released an all-new Windows Azure and it's time to get reacquainted. Neudesic MVP, David Pallmann, will explain and show you the new and extended Platform-as-a-Service cloud services for Windows Azure, including media services and more capable virtual networking.
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Gen Appathon
Friday, November 09, 2012 10:00 AM, Malvern, PA
View Gen Appathon on Bing Maps Bring your laptop and your brilliant ideas for that new Windows 8 app. We’ll help you code it. Gen Appathon is a free hackathon happening on November 9 in cities nationwide. It’s the perfect chance to build your dream app, or put the finishing touches on that app you’ve already started. Either way, you’ll get one-on-one support from Microsoft and community experts who can guide you at every step of the way. We’ll also award prizes for best Win 8 app, best Windows phone app, and best use of Azure. Register today and don’t miss this full day of coding, food, prizes and hands-on consultation.

Want to build a killer Windows 8 app? Want your app to be the first of its kind in the Windows Store? Here’s your chance to make it happen. Gen Appathon is a free, open code fest happening in cities nationwide. Put your skills into action and start that dream app, or perfect your existing app and get it ready for market. Microsoft and community experts will be available to help and answer all your questions. November 9 will be filled with coding, food, sharing, and prizes awarded for the best apps. We know you’ve got a great idea. Register today for Gen Appathon and get it done.
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PGHDOTNET November Meetup - Web API
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:30 PM, Pittsburgh, PA
View PGHDOTNET November Meetup - Web API on Bing Maps Join Steven Hook and David Hoerster for two presentations on the new feature in .NET that's catching a lot of buzz -- Web API.

Steven will be discussing the basics of ASP.NET Web API including:

> Using HttpResponseMessage to correctly send HTTP status codes and results.
> Following REST convention to easily map API calls.
> Demonstrate web API testability.
> How to call the web API from various clients.

David will be discussing how to take Web API a little further an enable OData support along with a few other interesting ways to use Web API.
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Philadelphia VFP User Group
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:00 PM, Fort Washington, PA
View Philadelphia VFP User Group on Bing Maps Dan Baker will speak on “Using VFP as Your Content Management System for an Information-Rich Website.”

Dan Baker is a market research analyst in the telecom market who lives in the Poconos and has used his VFP skills to develop what he calls a “information rich” website for his business. The website is an on-line magazine, Black Swan Telecom Journal Here’s a short list of the topics Dan plans on discussing in his first talk on the subject.

1. Why website development is a VFP business opportunity of its own, regardless of whether VFP web applications are used or not.
2. What is an “information-rich” website actually? Why is the VFP desktop with FTP uploads an excellent choice for managing a website of this type.
3. The kind of websites where a VFP solution does not make sense as a business opportunity.
4. Why a VFP developer should not be intimidated by rich websites or by competition from Dreamweaver and traditional web designers.
5. How to create a professional site by “standing on the shoulders of giants”, borrowing great design concepts all over the web.
6. Why VFP is often a better choice than web-based content frameworks.
7. How I organize images, CSS, articles, “include” files and other content in folders for easy management.
8. How you can retrieve server-side files and webpage components without using any on-line database.
9. How an information rich website’s pages are organized.
10. Naming conventions in organizing your webpage.
11. Bringing out the artist inside. A quick discussion on the value of images and how to manage them.
12. Helpful training websites and places to find great stuff to enhance your knowledge and make life easier as a website developer.

Dan also plans to distribute sample web files including simple server-side code written ASP so that you can play with the concepts and see how the website is organized on your own.

In addition, we’ll have a Southwest Fox 2012 review.
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Philly.NET Code Camp 2012.2
Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:00 AM, Abingdon, PA
View Philly.NET Code Camp 2012.2 on Bing Maps Philly.NET Code Camp 2012.2 will be held at the Penn State Abingdon campus on Saturday, November 17th 2012.
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Want your events listed? You can add them here.

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: Code Camps, Visual Studio, User Groups, Windows 8, FoxPro, Windows Azure, ASP.NET, Web API, Community

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