The September meeting of the Israel Visual Basic User Group http://www.renaissance.co.il/ivbug:
September 5, 2007
2 Hapnina St,
Floor 0 , Dekel Room
It is the new building across from Amdocs.
Turn right at the first traffic circle, there is a new area for Microsoft parking on the left.
17:30 - 18:00 Assembly
18:00 - 18:10 Introduction
18:10 - 19:15 “Power Coding with CodeRush and Refactor Pro!”
Kim Major, Renaissance Computer Systems
19:15 - 19:30 Break
19:30 – 19:45 "Hatzilu !"
Open session, with questions and answers/ideas from everyone
19:45 - 20:45 “SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition - Development, Deployment, and Synchronization”
Jackie Goldstein, Renaissance Computer Systems
In our first session this month we take a break from new technologies and instead take a look at how you can drastically improve your programming productivity when coding in Visual Studio. Kim Major, one of our long time members, will discuss and explain how using the CodeRush and Refactor Pro! add-ons for Visual Studio has “changed his life” when developing .NET applications. In particular, Kim will show how these tools boosts your efficiency in all aspects of the coding process – creating, reading, and changing your VB and C# code.
Our second presentation will also take a look at existing technologies, although probably one that most of you are not familiar with. In this session I will provide an overview of SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition - how it compares to other free Microsoft database engines, development and deployment options, and existing options for synchronization with a central database.
As always, we'll have our special "Hatzilu" session at our meeting. So please come prepared to discuss your most frustrating problems (or at least some of them!) and to share some of your own techniques and solutions that you have found useful in your applications.
Please confirm your attendance.
About the speakers:
Kim Major is a Senior Developer at Renaissance Computer Systems. His blog can be found at http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/kim
Jackie Goldstein is the General Manager of Renaissance Computer Systems, specializing in consulting, training, and development with Microsoft tools and technologies. He has over 20 years experience developing and managing software applications in the U.S. and Israel, and is experienced at helping companies understand and utilize new technologies. Jackie is the Microsoft Regional Director for Israel, a Microsoft MVP, the founder of the Israel VB User Group, and is a featured speaker at international developer events including TechEd, VSLive!, Microsoft Developer Days and PDC. He is the co-author of "Database Access with Visual Basic.NET" (Addison-Wesley , ISBN 0-67232-3435) and is a member of the INETA Speakers Bureau.
There was is an interesting article in the New York Times today regarding the phenomenon of people bringing and using their laptops at meetings. It is from the perspective of a high-level manager at Microsoft.
I know that I originally felt that it was extremely rude to be reading from your laptop (when it was obvious that you're not taking notes). However, with time, I started going with the trend and used the time to catch up on emails and maybe some surfing. I do try to limit my distractions to when I am sitting in on a (large audience) presentation to generally avoid it when I am in a smaller meeting.
How do you handle this issue as a participant ? As a presenter/meeting leader ?
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This is one of the projects that really hampered by blogging output over the past 2 months...but it was well worth it. We have a brand-new logo and look, updated and clearer messaging, and migration to take advantage of ASP.NET features.
Although it has been around since this past TechEd US, The Region has now moved to ists permanent home at http://www.theregion.com/
The Region is basically the public global center for the 140 Microsoft Regional Directors around the world. It is a single view into the blogs of all of these technical and community leaders, along with a calendar of upcoming events.
Check it out and post your thoughts and comments here.
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