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December Meeting - 12/9/2010

12/1/2010 jeffa

Our December meeting is coming up on 12/9.

This will be a short-ish meeting since I know December is a hectic month for many people.

For our meeting this time I will be presenting two topics:

  1. Super Short Intro To jQuery
  2. Intro To Expression Studio's Super Preview

I suspect most of you know what jQuery is, but Super Preview may be unfamiliar. It is a cool tool in the Expression Studio suite that lets you preview what your website looks like in different browsers including Safari on Mac.

Our meeting will be at the same time and location as always:

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

Silverlight Firestarter Viewing Party

Thursday, December 2, you can attend a live viewing party at the Microsoft office in Alpharetta for the Redmond Silverlight Firestarter event. Registration is open through tonight (12/1), so check out the details and sign up here.

Here's the summary:

This is a live viewing of the Silverlight Firestarter streaming online from Redmond. Watching live with peers gives you the opportunity to ask questions and chat with experts! Since this event starts at 8 AM Redmond time, we are filling the morning with self-paced labs, mini talks and other goodies. Lunch (sandwiches) and dinner (pizza) will be provided.

9:00 am - Labs and mini-presentations 
11:00 am - Lunch and networking 
12:00 pm - Scott Guthrie, The Future of Silverlight 
1:45 pm - Jesse Liberty, Data Binding Strategies with Silverlight and WP7
2:30 pm - Yavor Georgiev, Building Compelling Apps with WCF using REST and LINQ 
3:15 pm - Break and Ask the Experts 
4:00 pm - Dan Wahlin, Building Feature Rich Business Apps Today with RIA Services 
4:45 pm - John Papa, MVVM: Why and How? Tips and Patterns using MVVM and Service Patterns with Silverlight and WP7 
5:45 pm - Tim Heuer, Tips and Tricks for a Great Installation Experience 
6:30 pm - Mike Cook & Jossef Goldberg, Tune Your Application: Profiling and Performance Tips 
7:30 pm - Jaime Rodriguez, Performance Tips for Silverlight Windows Phone 7 
8:15 pm - Wrapup and give-aways

Microsoft Holiday Party

This is always a fun event. It will be held at Microsoft's Alpharetta office on December 14 (tentative date). There will soon be a registration page and a limit of the first 100 people signed up. They have great food, XBoxes and a chance to mingle with a lot of smart, interesting people.

Change of plans. The holiday party will not be held at the Microsoft Office and currently the registration has filled up. I'll post an update if there is a change in status.

GiveCamp Atlanta

Quick update on GiveCamp. We have 9 non-profits registered and about 25 developers. We could use one or two more non-profits (at most) and as many more developers as we can get, since you never know how many of the people signed up will show up...

Microsoft has done a great job of lining up national sponsors. One new one announced on the conference call today was Plural Sight. They do online training and are offering a 3 week free subscription for all developers who sign up for GiveCamp. You will get a code that will let you use their training from December 27 through the GiveCamp weekend. There will also be lots of great swag for volunteers.

If you haven't signed up yet, hop on over to the website. This will be a great weekend of helping local non-profits with their IT related needs.

GGMUG Alert: November Meeting: 11/11/2010

11/8/2010 jeffa

November Meeting: 11/11/2010

This will be a short-session format meeting with three topics:

  • Entity Framework Code-First Development
    Sergey Barskiy, MVP
  • VSLightSwitch - What's Up With That!
    Alex Tocitu
    DBA for Gwinnett County Clerk of Courts
  • Cross-Browser Testing With Expression SuperPreview (postponed until December meeting)
    Jeff Ammons
    Developer/DBA for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The meeting stats are per usual:

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

GiveCamp Atlanta Registration

Sign up now for GiveCamp Atlanta!

This is your chance to hang out with other developers, designers, DBAs, etc. for a weekend of coding and helping local charities. The event will be held on the MLK Holiday weekend (1/14-1/16) at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Jump over to the website for more details.

In addition to the project work, Saturday will feature a series of CodeCamp style presentations on various technical topics including an "Intro To My Tech" series with beginner level topics from various user groups. Want to find out a bit about Ruby? PHP? This is your chance!

Project Phoenix Helps Charities and Unemployed Developers

10/25/2010 jeffa

Here's a great idea!

Project Phoenix is an excellent program that provides MSDN licenses, books and training for 24 unemployed or underemployed developers who are willing to volunteer to work for some specific charities. The licenses are supplied by various MVPs around the country.

When we all work together we can achieve great things!