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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- June 10th, 2008(Now June 17th)  

This event was postponed due to serious weather advisories.

Be sure to check the TVUG Website for any updates.

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

Join us for our last meeting before our summer break as Andrew Badera introduces us to Windows Communication Foundation. The current plan is that we won't have another meeting until September '08, but we might have a special meeting if we can get an INETA speaker in the area. Let's put it to a vote next week!

WCF Essentials


Speaker: Andrew Badera, CTO, Change Round-Up
When: Tuesday June 10th, 2008 - 6:30-9PM
Where: VersaTrans Solutions, Latham, NY


The global acceptance of Web services, which includes standard protocols for application-to-application communication, has changed software development. Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is designed to offer a manageable approach to distributed computing, broad interoperability, and direct support for service orientation.

In order to simplify development of connected applications through a service-oriented programming model, Windows Communication Foundation bundles a lot of powerful features in one easily configured package. A couple notable features, as service architectures grow more complex and support greater workload, are duplex communication and connection throttling. This presentation will review the essentials of WCF, utilizing a Silverlight GUI to demonstrate latency and scaling characteristics of a simplex polling application vs. a duplex push application.

Speaker Bio
A lifelong geek, Andrew Badera has been immersed in the software world since the age of seven, when his parents bought him a Tandy BASICA programming book instead of Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator he had been asking for, months on end. Not to be dissuaded, he read the book three times over the following week, and immediately set about, without any great degree of success, trying to write his own flight simulator. Currently he serves as CTO of Change Round-Up in Coxsackie, NY as well as senior software engineer on the Open Systems team at Davis Vision, Inc. in Latham.