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September 2010 Meeting This Thursday

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Meeting Date: 9/9/2010

An Evening With SQL Server

This month's meeting will feature three short sessions, two of which include SQL Server.

The agenda is:


Presenter: Alex Tocitu

Description: Leverage simple SQL language constructs to query non relational data,
and access operating system objects.

Bio: Alex Tocitu is an engineer with MSEE in Automation and MBA in Finance.
With over 27 years of software experience he has enjoyed 11 of them in Sillicon Valley.
He currently works as a DBA for Gwinnett County Clerk of Courts.

What's New With SQL Server 2008 R2

Presenter: Jeff Ammons

Description: .Net and Visual Studio had full releases for 2010, but SQL Server, like Windows Server 2008, received upgrades as well, just not full release level upgrades. If you are curious what's new in this release, then this is the session for you.

Bio: In addition to being President of GGMUG, Jeff Ammons is a Developer/DBA working for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has spent large amounts of time with SQL Server and Oracle, designing and building systems in .Net and Java.

Walk Through The New GGMUG Website

Presenter: Jeff Ammons

Description: The GGMUG website is now in its third iteration. This time the site is running on a blog and webcomic engine developed by Jeff using MVC. He uses that same engine for his other sites Funzietown and GalacticBeacon.

Bio: In addition to the bio on the last topic, Jeff enjoys working in his spare time on web development, web comics and writing.

Same Time, Same Place

Our meeting will be in our normal time and place:

  • 6:30 PM
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Building 100
  • Room 401

Coming In October

Windows Phone 7 Contest?

OK, so far we haven't had enough people enter the contest for it to be an actual contest...

I'm setting a deadline of this Thursday's meeting to confirm that you are indeed working on an app for our contest in October. If I don't get at least three people registered, we won't have the contest.

If we do have three people enter, we'll hold the contest during our regular meeting time, Thursday, October 14.

iPhone and iPad Development With MonoTouch

We will have a special meeting on Thursday, October 7th, featuring Wally McClure. Wally has spoken to GGMUG in the past and is always an engaging speaker. He is a prolific writer of technical books from Knoxville, TN, who will be in town the first week of October.

Please note that this is NOT our normal night, so mark both the 7th and 14th on your calendar.

If you are interested in writing for the iDevices of the world, but would really like to use .Net to do so, then do NOT miss this meeting!

GiveCamp 2011

For more details check out our GiveCamp 2011 page!

Windows Phone 7 Firestarter Next Tuesday

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If you are interested in developing apps for Windows Phone 7 and want to hit the ground running, you won't get a better opportunity than the Windows Phone 7 Firestarter event next Tuesday, 8/24/2010!

For more information and to register, go to this link.

There are limited seats available, so register soon!

This is the PERFECT preparation for our contest coming up in October!

Phone 7 Contest

Don't forget GGMUG's Phone 7 development contest!

You can develop an app either with Silverlight or XNA, and the app voted best at our October meeting will be crowned the winner. We have some exciting prizes lined up too!

The rules are simple:

  • You must attend the October meeting.
  • You must have attended at least one previous meeting.
  • You must demo your app at the October meeting.
  • Winners will be decided by a vote of the members present that night.

You need to let me know ASAP if you want to enter. So far I only know of one person who is definitely working on an app, so his odds of winning are 100%! There will be multiple prizes, so your odds of winning a cool prize are extremely high.


GGMUG Alert: August Meeting 8/12/2010

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MEF and MVVM for Silverlight

Don't miss our August meeting on 8/12/2010. We'll have a great speaker talking about an exciting new feature in .Net 4.0: MEF.

With the release of Silverlight 4, the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) became a first class citizen of the .NET Framework 4.0. Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) has quickly become the most popular pattern for developing Silverlight applications. Learn the benefits of the MVVM pattern and how to leverage MEF to implement the pattern for your line of business applications. Jeremy Likness will cover how the framework and pattern work together to provide a powerful foundation for enterprise applications and cover many “real world” scenarios ranging from asynchronous service calls and dialog boxes to navigation and dynamic modules in the context of MEF and MVVM.

Jeremy Likness is a Microsoft Silverlight MVP who works as Project Manager and Senior Consultant for Wintellect with 15 years of experience developing enterprise applications. He has worked with software in multiple verticals ranging from insurance, health and wellness, supply chain management, and mobility. His primary focus for the past decade has been building highly scalable web-based solutions using the Microsoft technology stack with a focus on Silverlight since version 2.0. Prior to Wintellect, Jeremy was Director of Information Technology and served as development manager and architect for AirWatch, LLC, where he helped the company grow and solidify its position as one of the leading wireless technology solution providers in the United States by managing the development of their product portfolio that includes public HotSpot solutions and a management console for enterprise grade wireless networks, mobile devices, and their consumers. A fluent Spanish speaker, Jeremy served as Director of Information Technology for Hispanicare, where he architected a multi-lingual content management system for the company's Hispanic-focused online diet program. Jeremy accepted his role there after serving as Development Manager for Manhattan Associates, a software company that provides supply chain management solutions.

All our usual meeting stats apply:

  • 6:30 PM
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Building 100
  • Room 401


Don't forget out Windows Phone 7 programming contest! You can write either a Silverlight or XNA app that runs on the Windows Phone 7 emulator for a chance to win some great prizes.

The rules are simple:

  • You must attend the October meeting, plus one prior meeting
  • You will demo your app at the October meeting
  • Winners will be decided by attendee voting at the October meeting

See You There!