April 2005 - Posts
In addition to having a great taste in music, Scott Densmore recently blogged about Enterprise Library, and how it relates to Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 ("Whidbey")
Check it out!
If you live in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex, or plan to be in town on June 16th, please join us at the Visual Studio 2005 Dev Con on June 16, 2005 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dallas, just north of Beltline and the Dallas Tollway.
I will be presenting a session in the Visual Studio Team System, entitled “Writing Quality Code”, which will focus on the tools built into Visual Studio 2005 Team System that will make all of us better developers, including Automated Unit Testing, FxCop, PREfast and MSBuild. This session will be 4 days after the birth of our second child, so Starbucks will be a big player in my session.
Here are some links of importance.
Registration for this event is $99. Everyone who registers will receive VS 2005 Beta 2 DVD, SQLServer 2005 Beta 3, and an Visual Studio / MSDN Transition Guide.
BONUS: If you register before May 1, you receive two books, including: Introducing Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 (MS Press) and Introducing Visual Basic 2005 for Developers (MS Press), a $60 value!
I hope to see everyone there!
Interested in Test-Driven Development? Live in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex? Well, Scott Bellware (MVP From Austin, TX) has prepared an AWESOME (& FREE) day-long event that is open to the public.
TDD Workshop - Dallas, Texas - May 12, 2005 - Microsoft Las Colinas
UPDATE: Brian Moore's Writeup On The Event
ScottB has produced some GREAT content about TDD, and if you have any interest in implementing this approach at work - please join us. This isn't just a 1 hour overview and light demos, it will include presentations and demos in the 1st half of the day, followed up with a 4 hour hands-on workshop using such tools as NUnit, NCover, TestDriven.net
Registration will be on the Dallas .NET User Group website soon. Attendees will receive a copy of James Newkirk's Test-Driven Development book and prizes include a SPOT Watch, 2 Licenses of Clover.NET, and a Microsoft Fingerprint reader. Also included is the Attendee CD, which will contain a copy of all the slides, demo code, labs, and software needed to get started with TDD.
Fellow DGC-er and Regional Director Chris Menegay will present an overview of Visual Studio Team System, and I will present an demo-featured overview of Unit Testing, Code Generation, and Code Coverage using Team Sytem.
Planning on attending? Make sure to bring your laptop (if you have one). It's not required, but recommended for the afternoon lab sessions. If not, you can still follow along with ScottB.
After the event, please join the Dallas .NET User Group as they present INETA speaker Dan Whalin who will cover Xml & .NET 2.0.
If you are in the Oklahoma City area on May 2, 2005, please join me during either the lunch or dinner sessions of the Oklahoma City .NET Developers Group, where I will present “Test-Driven Development & .NET Today!” This session will focus on automated unit testing, driving better software through Test-Driven Development’s unique approach, and some round-table discussions on lessons learned & recommended practices. I can’t wait to hear how the adoption of automated unit testing & TDD in the OKC marketplace.
The lunch session will be at the Hometown Buffet-North and will begin at 11:30. The evening session will be held at the Oklahoma City Downtown Library, and will begin at 6:00pm.
Thanks to fellow Developer Guidance Council member Keith Nicholson and the officers at OKCPRO.net for this opportunity. I’m happy to spread the TDD-love J and I hope the session speaks to everyone who attends.
As reported by Rob Howard,
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Telligent is proud to announce that CommunityServer 1.0 received a Readers' Choice Award from aspNetPro Magazine for "Best Forum Application"
Thanks to everyone who voted for our application! The team is feverishly working on the next release, v1.,1 which will be out soon.
Simply put Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 ROCKS! It's only been a few days, but this release appears to be very stable!
Well, one of the great features included to VS 2005 (Standard & Above) is the Class Designer - a feature that allows you to easily design your classes -while dynamically creating code to support your design. Great stuff! Well, I just wanted to point everyone to the Class Designer Blog. This blog contains such topics as:
- Override members using Class Designer
- Overloaded members
- Editing Type Members
- Refactoring Support
- Setting up relationships between classes
- Expressing relationships between types
- Visualizing Inheritance Hierarchies
- Visualizing Class & Member Details
- and more...
The North Dallas .NET User Group is hosting the "Indigo Roadshow", featuring Special Guest David Chappell
Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 6:00pm.
SPECIAL EVENT!Working in conjunction with Microsoft, we are pleased to announce that industry guru David Chappell will present his "Understanding Indigo" session to our group and the rest of the North Dallas area of the DFW Metroplex!
David Chappell & Associates
Indigo is the code name for Microsoft’s new foundation for distributed computing and service-oriented applications. This presentation provides an introduction to Indigo, describing what it is, how it works, and how it fits with existing technologies like ASP.NET web services, .NET Remoting, and Enterprise Services. While some familiarity with .NET is assumed, the target audience includes anybody who's interested in how software development will look in the coming service-oriented world.
About the Speaker:
David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates in San Francisco, California. He has been the keynote speaker for conferences in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, and his seminars have been attended by tens of thousands of developers and decision makers in thirty-five countries. David’s books on enterprise software technologies have been translated into ten languages, and his consulting clients have included HP, Microsoft, Stanford University, and Target.
For more information and to register for this and other events, please visit our website, at http://www.nddnug.net!
Microsoft released 3 website starter kits for ASP.NET 2.0 that might be of interest.
- Personal Website Starter Kit
- Club Site Starter Kit
- Time Tracker Website
Also, checkout the Coding For Fun website
As many bloggers have pointed out, Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 found it's way to the MSDN Subscriber Download site over the weekend. You can also order a copy on DVD. Get it now!
With this version, you can now enter into a Go Live License Agreement with Microsoft to implement solutions based on the following technologies:
- Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2
- .NET Framework Beta 2
- SQL Server 2005 Express Editon April CTP
The link for this Go Live License is:
[From Local Community member Vince Blasberg - Thanks Vince!]
This looks to be a great .NET Community event as well! If you're in the D/FW area, come check it out with us CSharp'ians!
Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 6:00 pm.
Dallas C# SIG
Paul Litwin will be bringing us a special INETA sponsored presentation, "Introduction to ASP.Net 2.0" with C# as the language of choice. As we get closer to a release version of ASP.Net 2.0, we expect this will help prepare us all for some successful ASP.Net 2.0 projects.
Paul Litwin is a developer specializing in ASP, ASP.NET, Visual Basic, C#, SQL Server, and related technologies. He is the CEO of Deep Training and the creator of the Deep Training ASP.NET with VB Master Class and ASP.NET with C# Master Class courses. He is also the principal of Litwin Consulting, Inc, an application development consulting company. He has authored a number of books including ASP.NET for Developers (SAMS) and Access 2002 Enterprise Developer’s Handbook (SYBEX). Paul is the conference chair of Microsoft ASP.NET Connections, a Microsoft MVP, the .NET Developer's Association WebDev meeting leader, and a member of the International .NET Association (INETA) Speakers Bureau.
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