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.

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.
  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.?

MSDN Express Event Feb 27, 2008 Rogers, AR


I am proud to announce that the date has been set for the next MSDN Express event in Northwest Arkansas.  The MSDN Express events are designed to deliver high quality MSDN like topics and training to a smaller venue and as always free. I would like to personally than Zain Naboulsi (Microsoft Evangelist), Randy Walker (INETA Membership Mentor), and Rob Farinholt (New Horizons) for their hard work and help organizing these events. I am currently working with Zain to get the sessions.  So, mark you calendars on February 27th, I look forward to seeing you there. Sponsored by NWA DNUG, New Horizons, Microsoft

Geeks With Blogs Jeff Julian interview


Jeff Julian from Geeks With Blogs interviewed myself and Zach Young about our efforts in the We Are Microsoft  - Charity Challenge Weekend.

Our project was to help the Texas Discovery Garden build a brand new web site to teach people effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment through the use of native and adapted plants that illustrate the interrelationship of Butterflies, Bugs and Botany.

Texas Discovery Gardens had a web site in the past that was approximately 10 years old, but it was so under-maintained and antiquated that they were forced to pull it down. This event is enabling them to make their presence known once again, and by taking advantage of the latest development tools available. We chose to use DotNetNuke primarily for the implementation, which will allowed for a fast and clean implementation, but the great advantage it will bring is the long-term ease of use for the charity itself.

Read Jeff Julian's blog post
Listen to our Interview on Jeff Julian's blog

Check out the temporary new site for the Texas Discovery Garden, we will working with the Texas Discovery Garden to get this moved to a permanent hosting solution in the near future.

It was a great experience and I will be involved with this again.  There were 4 members of the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group that traveled 5 hours to Dallas, TX to be part of this event.  Randy Walker, Zach Young, and Ryan Magnusson all worked some very long hours and had a great time.  It was very interesting to see the enthusiasm each team had for their charity and the feeling that we really could make a difference to these organizations was awesome.

Thanks to everyone that helped organize the event, it was awesome.  When is next year?


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