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Received this e-mail today, it speaks for itself:

I just wanted to let you know that Markus Egger will be doing a free 4 stop upstate NY User Group tour Monday July 6 - Thursday July 9.

Markus will be discussing "The State of .NET":
What is the state of .NET today? Which of the many .NET technologies have gained traction? Which ones can you ignore for now? What is new in .NET 3.5 and the coming .NET 4.0? What other Microsoft technologies should you include in your development efforts? This event is It is designed for developers as well as (IT) decision makers. Specific prior knowledge is not required.

Topics will include:
  • Silverlight 2.0 and 3.0
  • WPF and Visual Styles
  • Expression Blend 3
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Windows Azure and Cloud Services
  • WCF
  • SOA

Markus Egger's Bio:
Markus Egger is the President and CSA of EPS Software Corp. and its associated brands and companies, such as CODE Magazine, CODE Online, Xiine, Tower 48, EPS Austria GmbH, JockTock, and others. EPS is a custom software development and consulting firm located in Houston, Texas (USA) and Salzburg (Austria). He specializes in consulting for advanced business applications built on the Microsoft platform. EPS does most of its development using Microsoft Visual Studio (.NET) and SQL Server (among other technologies). EPS has worked on numerous software projects for Fortune 500 companies including Philip Morris, NEC, Qualcomm, Shell and Microsoft. Markus has also worked on campus as a contractor for the Microsoft Visual Studio team.

Venues:

Buffalo - Monday July 6th, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM:July.
Address:  Daemen College, Schenck Hall, Room 210 - 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY  14226-3544
To register, send e-mail to:  events@wnydnug.org (Please include your first & last name by 12PM on Monday 7/6)

Rochester - Tuesday July 7th, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM: http://www.vduny.org
Address:  Microsoft Office 100 Corporate Woods, Rochester, NY 14623
To register, send e-mail to:  BobNims@vduny.org

Syracuse - Wednesday July 8th, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM: www.cnydevelopers.net
Address:  New Horizons, 6711 Towpath Road, East Syracuse, New York, 13057
Register at: www.cnydevelopers.net, or send e-mail to:  andy@beaulieu.com

Albany - Thursday July 9th, 6:30 PM - 8:30PM: www.tvug.net
Address:  VersaTrans Solutions, Inc., 4 British American Blvd, Latham, NY   12110
Register at: www.tvug.net, or send e-mail to:  president@tvug.net

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TVUG Presentation - July 22nd, 2008 

TVUG President wrote in an e-mail to the Tech Valley .NET Users Group membership.  Please join us...

TVUG is proud to announce our first summer meeting with the return of John Pappa to Upstate New York. John's been working on a book tying data services with Silverlight 2, and he's been kind enough to give us a run through of a number of new technologies, and how they integrate together. This meeting will be held July 22nd in our standard location: our regular meeting schedule will resume in September, with a topic TBA.

Data Services with Silverlight 2


Speaker:John Pappa, MVP, MSDN Columnist, INETA Speaker
When: Tuesday July 22nd, 2008 - 6:30-9PM
Where:VersaTrans Solutions, Latham, NY


Silverlight enables developers to use their .NET and XAML skills to develop Rich Internet Applications and to build data driven Silverlight applications that communicate with multi-tier architectures. This session will show how to build Silverlight 2 applications that communicate with and consume REST services and use LINQ to XML to manage XML content, show the various data binding techniques, and show how to use WCF to talk to various middle tier services including custom entity models and the Entity Framework.

Bio

John Papa is a Microsoft C# MVP, INETA speaker, consultant with ASPSOFT, speaker, author, and trainer who specializes in professional application development with Microsoft technologies including VB, C#, .NET and SQL Server. John has written over 60 articles and authored several books on data access technologies including ASP.NET, WPF, Silverlight, ADO.NET, XML, and SQL Server. He can often be found speaking at industry conferences such as VSLive and DevConnections, and viewed on MSDN Web Casts. John is currently working on his upcoming book titled Data Services with Silverlight 2 by O’Reilly due out in December 2008.

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TVUG Presentation - May 13th, 2008

TVUG President wrote in an e-mail to the Tech Valley .NET Users Group membership.  Please join us...

This month, we welcome Chris Bowen, Microsoft's Developer Evangelist for the Northeast, as he dazzles us with GUI bliss. If you're getting started with XAML, WPF, and Silverlight, or just interested in the topic, make your way down to see us on Tuesday, May 13th.

Next-Generation UX Development with Silverlight and WPF


Speaker: Chris Bowen, Developer Evangelist - Northeast, Microsoft
When: Tuesday May 13th, 2008 - 6:30-9PM
Where: VersaTrans Solutions, Latham, NY


In this talk, we'll introduce the concepts behind both WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) and Silverlight. You'll see what they do, how they're related, when you might use them, and how to develop applications using them. You'll see some of the interesting ways customers are using WPF and Silverlight today to improve the user experience of their applications. After covering the concepts, we'll dive into the practical developer story, using Visual Studio 2008 to show how to use these declarative, XAML-based approaches to create high-end effects without the high-end effort.

BIO:
Chris Bowen (http://blogs.msdn.com/cbowen) is Microsoft's Developer Evangelist for the Northeast. A software architect and engineer with over 16 years of experience, Chris joined Microsoft after holding senior architect and developer positions at companies such as Monster, VistaPrint, Staples, and IDX Systems and consulting on web presence and eCommerce projects with others. He is coauthor of "Essential Windows Communication Foundation" [Addison-Wesley] and "Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System" [WROX]. He specializes in application architecture and building highly-scalable transactional web systems and holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Management Information Systems, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.