Windows Communication Foundation at Fort Smith .NET User Group

Jeremy Sloan will be presenting on Windows Communications Foundation at the next Fort Smith .NET User Group Meeting on July 7th, 2008.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. It enables developers to build secure, reliable, transacted solutions that integrate across platforms and interoperate with existing investments.

Jeremy Sloan is a systems programmer for Data-Tronics Corp. in Fort Smith, AR.  Jeremy has been with Data-Tronics for over 12 years where he has used a variety of development tools including C++ and the .NET Framework.  When not solving everyone else’s problems, Jeremy has gained extensive experience building enterprise-level backend functionality that is leveraged by the rest of the company's software developers.

This months meeting location is EagleOne at 4001 Planters Rd., Fort Smith, AR.

Agile Design at NWA .NET User Group

Robert Tennyson will be covering aspects of Agile Design from the Agile, Principles, Patterns and Practices in C# book, by Robert C. Martin, and Micah Martin.  This presentation will focus on what it means to have an agile design.  He will also write the Copy program from the book and work through the process of turning it into a solid agile design.  If you are new to agile design, this would be a good meeting to attend on July 10th, 2008.

Rob has been developing enterprise applications for around 8 years now.  His current development environment is Visual Studio 2008 with ReSharper 4.0 and his current language of choice is C#.  He writes both ASP.NET and Windows applications.  Rob’s current topic of interest is what it means to write Agile and maintainable code.  You can follow Rob on his LetsTalkCode blog.

You can find out more info about this at the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group, here is a direct link to the calendar event here.

This months meeting location is NWACC Corporate Learning at 4004 N. College Ave, Ste L. Fayetteville, AR.

TechEd 2008 On Fire!!!!

Microsoft TechEd 2008 kicked off Tuesday Morning with an awesome keynote.  My first great experience of the day was ridding the bus over with David Silverlight.  This was awesome for me, David and I have had lots of good conversation over at the INETA booth.  It has also been awesome to meet face to face with several sponsors of the NWA .NET User Group.  The sessions have been great and I can't wait to come back and present on what I have seen. Things I have learned so far:

  1. Microsoft Team Foundation Server can replace Microsoft Project Server as a project management and time-tracking tool.
  2. There is a UNIX TFS Client that allows developers to perform check-in, check-out, and work item updates.
  3. We could recreate the Project Request System with SharePoint in a few days.
  4. We aren't the only ones struggling with TDD, DDD, BDD.
  5. SCRUM is AWESOME!
  6. Other companies are creating Internal User Groups.
  7. We Identified 3 Silos in an organization; Discipline (developers, project managers, etc.), Functional (project teams, Data Admins, Middleware, etc.) and a new one that came up in my Birds-of-a-Feather session, IT and Business users.  Feel silly this one was so obvious that I missed it.  Yet another area where user groups for internally written applications can help facilitate learning and adoption in an organization.  I am planning on a series of post regarding this topic.
  8. I was mentioned by name in one of the recent Dot Net Rocks Podcast.
Well, that is just some of the things I have learned so far, I am already starting to formulate ways that I can leverage these new understandings to make my work environment better.?

ReSharper v4.0 Beta for VS2008 Released!

JetBrains has released ReSharper v4.0 Beta for VS2008,  I have been running the nightly builds for a while and am glad to see the beta realase.  I have already downloaded and installed it, and like the nightly builds it appears very usable.

Some new features in ReSharper 4.0:

  • Full support for C# 3.0 and LINQ
  • New code analysis, context actions and quick-fixes
  • New refactorings (such as Convert to Extension Method, Convert to Automatic Property, Convert Anonymous Type to Named)
  • Complete Statement, Ctrl+Shift+Enter
  • CamelHumps in Code Completion
  • Live Templates Editor & Manager
  • Recent Edits
  • ASP .NET speed ups

Pick up the ReSharper 4.0 Beta for VS2008 here http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/beta/beta.html.

If you are like me you don't want to go a day without it.

NWA Heroes Community Launch Event Update

Agenda
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Sign in;
Free pizza; Networking
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM - Intro and general group info
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM - Presentation
7:45 PM - 8:00 PM - Drawings for prizes

Location
Meeting location is the WACC Corporate Learning (formally REAL Plant IT) in Fayetteville.

4004 N. College Ave. Ste L
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone: (479) 718-7572
Fax: (877) 442-7573

Giveaways
Software

10 - Visual Studio 2008
10 - SQL Server 2008
10 - Windows Server 2008
2 - Windows Vista 2008

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/default.mspx
Registration Link: http://nwadnug.org/Events/tabid/54/ctl/Details/Mid/370/ItemID/21/Default.aspx?selecteddate=6/3/2008

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