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Oct 16, 2012

Upcoming Events for October 16th, 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:


Overcoming the Obstacles, Pitfalls, and Dangers of Unit Testing
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
View Overcoming the Obstacles, Pitfalls, and Dangers of Unit Testing on Bing Maps Have you ever bumped into a wall with your automated tests? Many developers bump into various roadblocks and hurdles when writing test code. Are your test methods starting to fail because the code-under-test uses DateTime.Now? Are your automated integration tests failing because the database they integrate with keeps changing? Do you have an explosion of test methods, with the ratio of test code to code-under-test way too high? Is your effort to refactor and improve code overwhelmed by the time it takes to rewrite all those failing unit tests?
This presentation is about clearing away automated testing obstacles, avoiding common pitfalls, and staying away from dangerous practices.

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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Baltimore GiveCamp
Friday, October 19, 2012 5:00 PM, Baltimore, MD
View Baltimore GiveCamp  on Bing Maps GiveCamp is a "coding for charity" event where PM's, BA's, Team Leads, Web and Database Developers, DBA's, & Designers team up over the course of a weekend to develop websites, databases, mapping applications, etc.. for local non-profits who otherwise couldn't afford it. At the 2011 GiveCamp, we saved 21 non-profits over $250,000 in technology and resource costs. For 2012, we have 30 non-profits registered.

Food and drinks will be provided to all volunteers over the course of the GC weekend, which will be held at UMBC's Technology building.

Check out the details and register at the website.

For any questions, feel free to reach out to the Recruiting/Volunteer Coordinator, Erica Woods, at
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5th Annual State & Local Government Summit
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Our 5th Annual State & Local Government Summit is coming up and it’s a great opportunity for all of us to reach out to our customers and invite them to a great couple of days with Microsoft. This year’s theme is – The Changing Landscape: Forging Forward to Drive Real Impact in Government. And building on the great momentum over the last few years, we’re adding a few new elements to offer even more to our customers.
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SharePoint Webcast (free): Preparing your SharePoint Extranet/Portal
Friday, October 19, 2012 12:00 PM, Online
Online Event Icon Webinar 1: Preparing your SharePoint Extranet/Portal.
Friday, October 19, 2012, noon-1pm EST
Presenter: Scott Brickey

This webinar will focus on access to SharePoint for non-domain accounts, such as customers or vendors. We will consider the advantages and disadvantages for several approaches, and demonstrate implementing a third party component to supply Live ID, Google ID, and other OpenID authentication options.

Note: This webinar is part of complimentary 3-part Series: Unleash the Power of SharePoint for Customer Collaboration, Content Management, and BI. Join Strategic Data Systems Custom SharePoint Solutions in this unique series to learn how to leverage SharePoint in building a comprehensive business solution.

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IaaS Virtual Machines for Linux
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Did you know you can now run Linux in the Microsoft cloud? Microsoft has released an all-new Windows Azure and it's time to get reacquainted. Neudesic MVP, David Pallmann, will show you the new Virtual Machines (IaaS)feature, focusing on creating and composing Linux VMs in the cloud. You'll see how to use the cloud with full portability of workloads between the cloud and your enterprise.
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Introduction to Unit Testing
Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:00 AM, Online
Online Event Icon Unit testing is all the rage and more and more teams are beginning to unit test.

But it’s difficult to start. In order to prevent bugs and release quality code to market, you also need developer testing, including unit testing.


• The difference between QA & Developer Testing
• The pains of manual testing
• The benefits of automated testing
• Why unit test
• xUnit Frameworks
• The difference between unit testing and Test Driven Development (TDD).
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Learn Windows 8 Development
Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:00 AM, Virginia Beach, VA
View Learn Windows 8 Development on Bing Maps Windows 8 has been released, and we know that you are all dying to learn how your development experience is going to change over the course of the next several years. For one day only, we're offering an exclusive workshop for the community to come learn from industry experts in an intimate environment.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you'd like to code along with the presenters, please feel free to bring a laptop.
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October RADNUG Meeting
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:30 PM, Spotsylvania, VA
View October RADNUG Meeting on Bing Maps Kevin Griffin speaks on "Using SignalR to Build Real Time Applications" at our October meeting.
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itCon 2012 Charleston, WV
Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:00 AM, Elkview, WV
View itCon 2012 Charleston, WV on Bing Maps AITP Region 18 is sponsoring a Windows 8 / Server 2012 load fest. Microsoft IT Pro Yung Chou will be presenting the new features of Windows * and Server 2012. Being held at the Elk Valley Library.
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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: User Groups, Testing, GiveCamp, Windows 8, Community, Webcasts

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