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We're making a transition to a new name and a slightly broadened focus.  We're going to be:

The New England Microsoft Developers.  We meet at the same building, 201 Jones Rd. in Waltham, MA. From now on we're in the first floor meeting room.

We're also transitioning to a meetup group. 

Please join the Meetup group at:

This web site and the usual e-mail notices will only last until the end of 2012.  After that we're going to be using Meetup exclusively!
































...  This is our old intro....

The New England Visual Basic Professionals User Group meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month to discuss Visual Basic.Net, .Net and related technologies such as SQL Server, Access, Mobile Development, Object Oriented programming, Web Services, and XML.  A little classic VB comes up every once in a while.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 6:20 to 8:30 at 201 Jones Rd  in Waltham (directions) in the first floor meeting room.

NEMD Pro meetings are free and open to all without registration. 


Meeting Speaker(s) Presentation
Nov 1st
Ben Day

The Whirlwind Tour of Visual Studio 2012 & TFS 2012

There’s a lot of new stuff in Team Foundation Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012.  From Agile Planning to Code Reviews to Unit Testing changes to a brand new Database Project to Requirements Management to changes to how Version Control works – there are plenty of changes and plenty of new features.  In this session, Ben’s going to attempt to cram 5-days worth of content into 75 minutes as he discusses and demos 2012.  Come see how far he gets and come see what’s new for 2012!

Benjamin Day is a consultant and trainer specializing in software development best practices using Microsoft’s development tools with an emphasis on Team Foundation Server, Scrum, and Windows Azure.  He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, a certified Scrum trainer via, and a speaker at conferences such as TechEd, DevTeach, and VSLive.  When not developing software, Ben’s been known to go running and kayaking in order to balance out his love of cheese, cured meats, and champagne.  

Dec 6th
Carl Bergenhem of Telerik

MVC vs WebForms Why would you use MVC?

Carl Bergenhem of Telerik will show us how MVC works and the differences in developing using MVC vs WebForms.
Jan 3
Kevin Ford
Building Windows Store Applications

Windows Store Applications are new applications written using VS 2012 to work with the Intel and ARM versions of Windows 8 such as the Surface. This presentation will look into concrete code examples of writing these applications in C# including application lifecycle management (debugging the suspend request), new features to asynchronous programming, accessing hardware components through WinRT including files and the camera, setting up application permissions and connecting to external services (that data has to be stored somewhere).

Kevin Ford is a practice lead in the application Development space at Magenic Technologies, Inc. and has been in consulting and application development for nearly 20 years. During that time he worked with FoxPro, VB, COM, .NET, and C#. He has quite a lot of experience with CSLA, having been involved in its inception in the mid-1990’s. When not developing business systems for clients or looking at new technologies he restores old air cooled cars and runs a B&B in Connecticut

Meeting include raffle prizes from several companies including Telerik and Microsoft, free magazines, and great stuff from these organizations:



Telerik is a leading vendor of User Interface components for ASP.NET and Windows Forms. Building on our expertise in interface development and Microsoft technologies, Telerik helps customers build applications with unparalleled richness, responsiveness and interactivity.
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Meeting Speaker(s) Presentation
October 4 2012 Sunil Kadimdiwan



Still at 201 Jones  Now on 1st Floor

PowerPivot: PivotTable on steroids!

Need to analyze millions of rows? On your laptop? And data is in multiple places? No problem. Work with the free add-in PowerPivot for Excel 2010.  PowerPivot for SQL Server 2012 extends and complements the power of data summarization & cross-tabulation features of PivotTables & Charts.

In this session I will show how you can easily use PowerPivot and achieve your dream of self-service BI, fast.

Sept 6
Jessie Liberty




Still 201 Jones  Now on 1st Floor

We will be meeting at 201 Jones Rd on the 1st floor!

A Crash Course In Windows 8

This 1 hour intensive course covers the basics of Windows 8 design and programming, including layout, typography, interaction, navigation, touch first, scaling, asynch programming, presenting text and presenting data, contracts, tiles, notification and more.


July 5

Doug Domeny

An introduction to modern web technologies

  • HTML5, including Offline, Storage, and Canvas
  •  Embedded JavaScript
  •  RESTful WebServices using MVC 3, jQuery, and JSON
  •  Going mobile with PhoneGap and HTML and CSS

Bio: Doug Domeny has developed a browser-based, multilingual, business user-friendly XML editor written using XSLT, W3C XML Schema, DHTML, JavaScript, jQuery, regular expressions, and CSS. Holding a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, Doug has served for many years on OASIS technical committees such as XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF) and Open Architecture for XML Authoring and Localization (OAXAL). In his roles as a software engineer, he has developed significant skills in software engineering and architecture, UI design, and technical writing.

Download files: HTML5 and Web Technology Update.pptx  HTML5_Canvas_Cheat_Sheet.png


June 7
Igor Moochnick

RavenDB is a schema free document database built for use with .Net.
Our speaker will take

Igor was building enterprise cross-platform and cross-technology distributed systems since 1990's. Passionate about all the technologies and methodologies that can enable products to scale and to process large amounts of data and serve more users. Now, with the cloud technologies becoming widely available and the advances in the virtualization space, as a Director of Cloud Platforms practice he is using his expertise to help the BlueMetal customers to modernize their applications and infrastructure to become cloud-ready and to scale them to the private and public clouds. He's a frequent speaker for multiple code camps and events and a big supporter of the New England user group community.

May 3
Chris Bowen

An Introduction to Windows 8

 Ready to learn about Windows 8?  This talk will help you get started by introducing the platform and the developer opportunity.  We’ll take a look at the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the OS and across Metro style apps.  And of course we’ll dive into code and what’s new with developer tools to help you create Metro style apps.

 Chris Bowen ( is a Principal Developer Evangelist with Microsoft, specializing in web and client development technologies and working with companies and developers in the northeastern US.  An architect and developer with over 18 years in the industry, he joined Microsoft after holding senior technical positions at companies including, VistaPrint, and Staples.  He is coauthor of two books (with Addison-Wesley and WROX) and holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Management Information Systems, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

April 5
Pat Tormey

So, What the Heck is LightSwitch?

If you took all the best practices for application development, then added every likely way to get data (Azure, SQL, SharePoint, Odata, Entity Framework to anything), then added that to a project template that automatically generated the SilverLight screens, so you could build scalable, secure, .Net applications hosted locally or in the Cloud..ALL in a day or two without writing much, if any code,.. You'd have LightSwitch.  Well, actually you DO have LightSwitch. It's in your current project Templates in VS 2010.

(But isn't SilverLight dead?..) No!.. It's not.. It's in the WP phones and Windows 8.. It's just not the media tramp the HTML5 has become. So unless you write applications for they year 2022, you'll be OK..

Still Concerned? Pat is just back from the LightSwitch Software Design Review (SDR) in Redmond and he says "LightSwitch has legs!".

March 1
Jim O'Neal

Playing Games in the Cloud

By now you’ve heard about Windows Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform, but perhaps you haven’t yet kicked the tires and tried it out yourself.   Well, here’s your chance.   With this session on the RockPaperAzure Challenge, you’ll get an overview of the Windows Azure Platform and have a chance to try it out in a fun (and potentially profitable) way – by playing a variation of the playground favorite - Rock, Paper, Scissors - in the cloud!

For the session, bring your laptop (Windows Vista or Windows 7)* and

1.      Install Visual Studio 2010 Pro (or higher) or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 (a free download)

2.      Install the Windows Azure SDK

3.      Provision a no-risk, free 90-day Windows Azure trial account ( – see my blog post for a walkthough (

And we’ll cover the rest at the meeting.   There’s a Kinect, Visual Studio 2010 license, and a $50 Best Buy gift card up for grabs – so get ready to Rock (PaperAzure)! 

 *If you don’t have Windows Vista or Windows 7, don’t let that stop you from coming!  You’ll still be able to participate, we just may buddy you up with someone!

Feb 2
John Bowen Async Programming in .Net 4.5

Asynchronous programming in .Net has always been a pain. Data often needs to be passed around in various EventArgs and it's easy to get lost in the flow of execution through a sea of callbacks. It's more important than ever to write asynchronous code and it's about to get a lot easier. We'll look at the new tools and new simplified syntax coming in .NET 4.5 that allow async programming to look and feel more like normal synchronous code and see how they work with Windows 8’s new WinRT libraries.

Jan 5
Igor  Moochnick No SQL - Overview
If you've been following the evolution in the storage technologies during the last couple of years, you may have noticed a "couple" of new things and buzz words popping up here and there. If you didn't follow the news - don't worry, we've got you covered. We'll try to sort all this mess out. We're going to talk about why we need that many different storage techniques, what they bring to the table, when and how to choose them by addressing a couple of real life scenarios. 

We'll code against RavenDB to see how it differ from working with the usual relational DBs.

To make things more interesting, we'll dive into Big Data problems and how they are addressed by Hadoop and Map-Reduce. We'll discuss what is HDFS, HBase and what relationship the bees have with the Hive. We'll touch Hadoop stack/ecosystem and the future of Hadoop.

About us: Igor was building enterprise cross-platform and cross-technology distributed systems since 1990's. Passionate about all the technologies and methodologies that can enable products to scale and to process large amounts of data and serve more users. Now, with the cloud technologies becoming widely available and the advances in the virtualization space, as a Director of Cloud Platforms practice he is using his expertise to help the BlueMetal customers to modernize their applications and infrastructure to become cloud-ready and to scale them to the private and public clouds. Frequent speaker for multiple code camps and events and a big supporter of the New England user group community.

Dec 1
Phil Denoncourt







Andy Novick

XBox/KINECT using the .NET Framework
Description: More and more, interaction with a computer is done without a keyboard. Users interact with software via touch, voice, and now... motion. We will explore the recently released SDK for the Microsoft Kinect. The various components of the device (skeletal capture, depth perception, video, and speech) can now be exploited via the .NET framework on Windows PCs. We'll also explore the business applications that can be leveraged with the device.

About Phil: Phil Denoncourt is a .NET consultant, who over the past 10 years has developed a wide range of .NET applications and has over 20 years experience writing software. He speaks at many venues in the New England Area on a variety of development topics. Phil is certified in a host of .NET Technologies including Team Foundation Server, Windows Communication Framework, SQL Server 2008, and ASP.NET. When not spending time with his wife and children, Phil is an avid fan of Boston teams.

Developing and Testing Databases with VS 2010
Andy Novick will shows how databases are developed using Visual Studio

Nov 3
Steve Resnick



Scrum Project Management with Team Foundation Server 2010
Based on his recently published book, Professional Scrum with TFS, Steve will review the Scrum process for agile software development and demonstrate how to make it real with TFS. This talk will cover planning and tracking a project through Sprints, Product Backlog Items, Tasks, Bugs. It will also describe how Story Points are used to estimate and measure the velocity of a development team. If you’re doing Agile development, you will learn the practical application of Scrum from this talk.

Oct 6

Sunil Kadimdiwan

Interactive Dashboards with PerformancePoint 2010
PerformancePoint is now part of SharePoint 2010. With this technologyu you can develop some compelling and useful dashboards that provide a complete view of your business data. In this session I will demo how you can go about doing this. I will primarily use Analysis Services cubes as data source.

Sept' 1
Tom Haslim MEF and Silverlight Extensibility
The first half of the session will provide an introduction to the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) released with .NET 4.  I will discuss the core pieces in MEF and some common use case scenarios.  In the second half, we’ll really cook-up some MEF and show how extensibility can be added to a Silverlight application.

Bio: My name is Tom Haslam.  I am a .NET software developer and I have been passionate about code since writing my first for loop.  I currently work in the financial services industry in Hartford, CT.  As of late, my focus has been around technologies such as Silverlight, MEF, WCF, and ASP.NET.  This past year I’ve become an active .NET blogger and have gotten my feet wet with community speaking.  I have a young family and my greatest joy is spending time with my wife and kids.

July 7
Ben Day

-        Identify & Fix Performance Problems with Visual Studio Ultimate

It’s a common problem: you’re getting close to when you’re supposed to deploy your new ASP.NET or WCF application in to production and somehow it just doesn’t seem very fast.  Or maybe you’ve deployed your application in to production and now you’re getting complaints from customers that it’s just plain crazy-slow. 

Yikes!  You’ve got performance problems.  Thankfully, Visual Studio 2010 has some great features to help out of this bind. 

In this session, Ben will start out with a running application with performance problems and show you how to find and fix these performance problems using Web Performance Tests, Load Tests, Unit Tests, Performance Explorer and code profiling.  Along the way, Ben will discuss what a Load Test Rig is, how to set up a Load Test Rig, and how Team Foundation Server can help you to catch performance issues *before* they become problems. 

Benjamin Day is a consultant and trainer specializing in software development best practices using Microsoft’s development tools with an emphasis on Silverlight, Team Foundation Server, Windows Azure, and Scrum.  He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP and a certified trainer for the Professional Scrum Developer course from  When not developing software, Ben likes to hang out with his wife and cats, play jazz piano, and geek out on all things food.  He can be contacted via and

June 2
Bob Germain

SharePoint 2010 Development for .NET Developers

SharePoint has become extremely popular as a collaboration and web publishing platform which can be extended and customized in many ways by .NET developers. The new 2010 version of SharePoint, along with Visual Studio 2010, change the game by making development and packaging much easier than ever before. During this session we’ll explore the new Visual Studio 2010 capabilities for SharePoint, the new SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model and SharePoint’s new Sandboxed Solutions which allow business users to deploy code directly, even into hosted environments where the code is not fully trusted. Come check out the latest and greatest development options for SharePoint 2010!

About the Speaker

Bob German is a Technology Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Boston, MA. Bob specializes in web sites, portals and collaboration technologies, including Microsoft SharePoint. With over 30 years of industry experience, Bob helps customers create and prove out solutions which fit their business and technology needs.

May 5
Patrick Hynds
Critical Sites
Using the ASP.Net Membership Provider

The ASP.Net Membership Provider is a set of controls and database code that allows you to add secure membership functions to your web site.  Come hear how to use it succesfully and all about the new features.

Patrick is a recognized security expert and a great speaker.

April 7
Jim O'Neal

Visual Studio LightSwitch

Currently in its second beta release, Lightswitch is the newest member of the Microsoft development tooling family.   Remember the feeling of accomplishment you had building departmental applications with tools like Access, FoxPro, and PowerBuilder?  Well, LightSwitch adopts a similar approach enabling you to rapidly build forms-over-data applications.  Under the covers, though, LightSwitch leverages a host of the latest Microsoft technologies – Silverlight, Entity Framework, and even Windows Azure – but keeps the learning curve to a minimum so you can get your job done.  Outgrow what LightSwitch can do? No problem, you can modify your LightSwitch application in full-blown Visual Studio, and there’s even an extensibility model for third-parties to enhance the LightSwitch development experience.  Build – enhance – extend are the three core messages of LightSwitch that we’ll cover in this evenings session.

Jim O'Niel is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft who covers the Northeast District (namely, New England and upstate New York) along with his colleague Chris Bowen. His overall focus is to engage with the development t community in the area through user groups, code camps, barcamps, Microsoft-speaking events, etc., and just in general serve as ambassador for Microsoft. Over the past year or so, Jim has been focusing on software development scenarios using cloud computing and Windows Azure.

March 3
Andy Novick SQL Server Security for the ASP.Net developer

Learn how to use SQL Server security with a web applications. 

  • How to create logins and users. 
  • Grant permissions to database objects
  • Use the principal of minimal authority
  • Make multi-server hopps
Feb 3
Pat Tormey
Silverlight and WPF Demonstations of Real Projects

MVP Pat Tormey will be demonstrating key features of a recently completed SilverLight application using RIA Services and will give us a first look at his current project, a  Blend-SketchFlow designed WPF application synchronizing on multiple HP Slate touchscreens.

Jan 6
Andy Novick


Database Development with Visual Studio 2010

Database development has been a hodgepodge of ad hoc techniques from the beginning. The Visual Studio Database Professional Edition, a.k.a The Data Dude, gives us a new tool for developing and testing databases. Visual Studio 2010 is the third iteration of Data Dude technology and database development is no longer an exclusive product.

This presentation introduces database development with Visual Studio. This will demonstrate development of the schema, integration with source control, build processes, and development of Unit Tests. Testing databases has always been difficult and new techniques are now available to developers to build them and automate regression testing

If you missed it, watch this episode of DNR.TV with Andy discussing VS 2010 database development

Dec 2nd
John Garland
Windows Phone 7 Development
This session will introduce the fundamental concepts needed for attendees to start developing their own applications with Silverlight for the new Windows Phone 7 platform using the Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools.   Concepts to be presented range from basic fundamentals including Basic Controls, Navigation, Application Lifetime, and working with phone software and hardware services.  The talk will also include some advanced concepts such as Notification Services, using the Bing Maps control, and using the new Reactive Extensions.

The Speaker: John is a Senior Consultant at Wintellect and has been developing software professionally for over 12 years, having spent most of his career working on high-performance video and statistical analysis tools for premier sports teams, with an emphasis on the NFL, the NBA, and Division 1 NCAA Football and Basketball.  John is an active presenter in the New England .Net Development Community, having spoken at recent Events in New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
Nov 4
Chris Bowen Visual Studio 2010 Tips and Tricks

Chris Bowen will take you through the new features of Visual Studio 2010 including changes to the Visual Basic Language and the new features of the Visual Studio IDE.
This will include the new extensability in VS 2010 and a look at some of the extensions.

Oct 7th
Dean Serrention
David LaBel
Walt Crosby
David Maibor
Andy Novick
NEVB Untility Roundup

Every developer has a group of tools that they  rely on to get their work done.  This meeting is a chance for us to learn about the best tools from each other.

We're still looking for speakers. Come show us your favoriate tool for 5 to 30 minutes.

This meeting was Sponsored by Encore Consulting!

Sept 2nd
Bill Wilder

Andy Novick

Windows Azure Storage and SQL Azure Storage

The two storage mechanism for the Windows Azure platform are presented.  How do they work? What do they cost?  How easy is it to program for each?  How do you scale using either type of storage?

Bill Wilder runs the Boston Azure User Group and is a local expert in Windows Azure.

He will be discussing Windows Azure Storage's Tables,  Queues, and Blobs.  We'll also talk about Windows Azure Disks

Andy Novick is a SQL Server MVP and local expert in SQL Server.

He'll discuss SQL Azure: How it's different from SQL Server.  How it's the same.  Requirements for SQL Azure and Azure performance.

Bill Wilder founded and currently leads the Boston Azure User Group, an in-person cloud computing community which gets together monthly to learn about Windows Azure through prepared talks and hands-on coding. Bill is especially excited about the Boston Azure Project, a collaborative coding project just starting up. Bill is an active community speaker, blogger (, and tweeter (@codingoutloud) on technology matters and soft skills for technologists, and is also a member of Boston West Toastmasters. Separately, Bill has a day job as an enterprise architect focusing on .NET.

July 1

Ben Day


Visual Studio 2010 Launch




What's New in Team Foundation Server 2010 (TFS)

In the Microsoft world, there are small releases and big releases.  When TFS first came out in 2005, it was a big release.  TFS2008 a small release that gave you some new automated build functionality but mostly just smoothed over some rough edges.  Team Foundation Server 2010 is another big release -- a huge release, actually. 

There are major improvements made in Source Control, Work Item management, and Build systems and, on top of that, there's a whole new product for software testing and virtual machine lab management. 

In this session, Ben's going to try to cover 10 days worth of content in 2 hours.  Think he can do it?  Come find out and come see what's new in TFS2010.


Benjamin Day is a consultant and trainer specializing in software development best practices using Microsoft's development tools, Team Foundation Server, and Scrum. He is a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio Team System and a member of the Visual Studio Team System Customer Advisory Council at Microsoft.  Recently, Ben became one of the first certified trainers for the new Professional Scrum Developer course from When not developing software, Ben likes to hang out with his wife and cats, play jazz piano, and geek out on all things food. He can be contacted via and

May 6

Ross Wozniak

Building a real-world application in Silverlight 4

We’ll take a look at the latest developments in today’s hottest web application technology, Microsoft’s Silverlight. Ross will demonstrate how he utilized this technology in the development of a web-based task management application called Task-It.

Ross blogs at

April 1

Jason Haley

Get Started with the Windows Azure SDK

In this session, we will cover what a .Net developer needs to know to get started with the Windows Azure SDK.  We will spend some time digging into the samples provided by Microsoft and discuss some ways to help you “get up to speed” with Azure quickly.

Speaker:  Jason Haley

Jason is a local Independent consultant who specializes in Microsoft technologies and lately has been spending a lot of time getting to know Windows Azure

Download the slides here

March 4
Andy Novick


Introduction to SQL Server Integration Service

 If you work with data you really ought to get to know SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) the successor to SQL Server's DTS tool  for importing and exporting data.  It's not just a reworking  of the old DTS, instead it's a complete high performance ETL tool  that competes with the best of breed ETL products but comes packaged  with the SQL Server and embedded in Visual Studio.  While it can be  intimidating at first, once you get to know your way around it's not  so difficult.


Andrew Novick is a SQL Server MVP and Consultant who builds business applications with the Microsoft Tools.  He is author of Transact-SQL User Defined Functions and SQL Server 2000: XML Distilled and a frequent speaker on SQL Server topics.  Read more at his web site:

Example file, slides, and sample code for Intro to SSIS are here

Feb 4th
Jim Wooley



Building dynamic data driven applications with the Entity Framework

A number of technologies have been released in recent years which make building data driven applications easier. Starting with the declarative data models in LINQ and the Entity Framework, we are now able to build more dynamic applications quicker and easier than ever before. Building on top of LINQ, we now have the ability to present data dynamically through services (using ADO.Net Data Services) and web applications (using ASP.Net Dynamic Data). In both of these, we can consume our data models the way we need to rather than by needing constantly modify our external contracts (in terms of Stored Procedures or service contracts). The capabilities we have available to us are not limited to the base scaffolding, but allows for significant customization as necessary for our particular business needs. In addition, we can reuse our underlying models to enforce business requirements while retaining these dynamic capabilities. 


Jim Wooley is a frequent speaker, member of the INETA Speaker Bureau, MVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since it's announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing the Atlanta Code Camp, leading the Microsoft MS Pros and Atlanta VB Study Group and serving as INETA Membership Manager for the Georgia region. Jim has actively helped to guide Microsoft through Software Design Reviews with product teams and is an active Microsoft Data Programmer Insider and Visual Basic Insider. In addition to speaking at numerous user groups and code camps in 7 states, Jim has presented at product launch events, MSDN conferences, and TechEd.

Jan 7
Gary Chin Silverlight 3 - SketchFlow

SketchFlow is a dynamic prototyping feature found in Expression Studio 3 and it revolutionizes the speed and efficiency of prototyping the vision for an application. Rapidly demonstrate and iterate on ideas, application flows, screen layouts, and the functionality of an application.

Download slides and examples

Dec 3rd
James Pansarasa
Parallel Programming

PLINQ and other .Net Technologies

Download slides and code

   Sponsored by GMO

Nov 5th
Talbott Crowell
Introducing F#

I've asked him for a talk about what F# is and why we might use it.  You can  get a preview on his blog:

Bio:Talbott is a Solution Architect at ThirdM who designs and builds enterprise applications with a focus on Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), BizTalk Server 2006 R2, and the .NET framework, Talbott and his company deliver solutions and services to large and small companies including Fortune 500. Talbott also assists companies with the development process by using a blend of Agile and traditional methodologies, Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team System, Scrum, Test Driven Development, performance testing, and other proven tools and practices.

Oct 1st
Bob Familiar
Windows 7 - Sexy, Sensitive and Heading Your Way
This session will dive into the Windows 7 Sensor and Location API demonstrating how you can leverage this new OS feature to add real world interactivity to your application using the .NET Framework. Learn how your application can react to ambient light, accelerometers, touch pads and GPS Locators and how these features can be used to enhance the end user experience.
Bob Familiar  is an Architect Evangelist and has been with Microsoft for 14 years and working in the Software Industry for 25. Bob specializes in service oriented solutions, user experience and application architecture patterns. Bob holds a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and a patent in Object Relational Mapping.
Sept 3rd
Patrick Hynds
Critical Sites
Passwords and Password Security

Everything you want to know about passwords. 
Patrick is a recognized security expert and a great speaker.


August 6
John Garland
Silverlight Application Development

Although much attention has been given to Silverlight's rich presentation and multimedia capabilities, one of the factors that sets it aside form other RIA technologies is how well it fits in as a tool for designing real business applications. This talk skips the more traditional Silverlight coverage and instead focuses primarily on using both Silverlight 2 and the soon-to-be-released Silverlight 3 to obtain, present, and control access to distributed business data, as well as to interact with other existing HTML LOB assets.


John is a Senior Consultant with Burntsand. He has spent much of his career working on Microsoft solutions, including high-performance video and statistical analysis tools for premier sports teams, with an emphasis on the NFL, the NBA, and Division 1 NCAA Football and Basketball.  You can find his Blog at

June 4
Walt Crosby

Abe Rosner
Rosner Technologies
Visual Studio Report Control

An introduction to Test Driven Development
A short demonstration is the best way to experience the mindset behind Test Driven Development. We’ll cover the basics of unit testing and write a few tests together to get the feel of TDD. Write a test, watch it fail, then write enough code to make the test pass; sounds weird, but it really works! The discipline turns development on its ear, lends itself to the creation of solid, maintainable, modular, OO code with fewer bugs that is far less fragile than conventional programming methodology. Join us in this exercise that might be the beginning of changing the way you tackle programming challenges from now on.

Abe Rosner is an active member of the Boston .Net user community, leader of the Boston .NET Certification User Group, and Principal of Rosner Technologies for over 15 years.

May 7
Claudio Lassala


Download from his blog

Beyond the Core Concepts of OOP

You've been learning about the core concepts of Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) for quite some time now: Abstraction, Encapsulation, Inheritance, and Polymorphism. When you thought you knew it all, all of a sudden the cool kids are talking about all these principles such as "Single Responsibility Principle", "Open/Closed Principle", "Dependency Inversion Principle", as well as Inversion of Control containers, etc. This session presents those concepts so the attendees can understand what they are and start using right away.

Claudio Lassala is a Senior Developer at EPS Software Corp. He has presented several lectures at Microsoft events such as PDC Brazil and various other Microsoft seminars, as well as several conferences and user groups across North America and Brazil. He is a multiple winner of the Microsoft MVP Award since 2001 (for Visual FoxPro in 2001-2002, and for C# every since), an INETA speaker, and also holds the MCSD for .NET certification. He has articles published on several magazines, such as MSDN Brazil Magazine, CoDe Magazine, UTMag, Developers Magazine, and FoxPro Advisor.


April 2
Sam Berg
Jim Mcabee


Geographic Information Systems in .Net
This session will give an introduction to GIS (geographic information systems), the problems they can solve, and how you can implement them in your own projects. We’ll get into the concepts of GIS, how spatial data can be stored, how you might leverage spatially aware RDBMS, and get into some coding to solve some spatial problems using ESRI’s GIS tools.
March 5
Igor Moochnick


Slides and Examples

ASP.Net Data Services (Astoria)

ADO.Net Data Services (formerly known as project Astoria) helps you web-enable your data and to create a flexible data services that are organically integrated with the web, using URIs as identifiers of pieces of data and simple, well-known formats to expose that data, such as JSON and plain XML.

It becomes very important nowadays to learn how to make your application an ADO.Net Data Services client because it instantly makes your application capable of consuming Microsoft cloud data services (Windows Azure tables, SQL Data Services, etc.) and working offline (via Microsoft Sync Framework) with virtually no code change.

We'll discuss all the mentioned above technologies as well as the core principals of ADO.Net Data Services and see how this technology organically finds it ways into all the major products. During the talk we'll create a real Data Service and will see how the modern ORMs (such as Entity Framework) help you to augment and shape the exposed data.

Igor Moochnick is a Principal of IgorShare Consulting company ( He has more than 18 years experience in development of cross-platform and cross-technology (.Net, Java) service-oriented Enterprise Systems for companies like Intel, AOL/ICQ and Symantec.

A specialist in cloud computing technologies like Amazon AWS and Azure, he is passionate about helping development teams improve development processes and produce better quality software. He speaks at community events, Code Camps, conferences and user groups.

Feb 5th
Joe Hill

Cross Platform Development with Mono, VB.Net, Moonlight, Boo...

Mono is an open-source, cross-platform implementation of the .NET framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Infrastructure. With Mono, users can run applications written and compiled in Visual Studio.NET on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Most recently, the Mono project has found additional notoriety for Moonlight, it's open-source implementation of Silverlight for Linux. This session will provide an introduction to cross-platform development and deployment with Mono, and then will take a tour through some of the unique aspects of Mono's language support, including open source Visual Basic and C# implementations, as well as support for less mainstream languages, including Boo, IronPython, F#, and more.

Joseph Hill has been an active participant in the Mono community since 2003, and has also been an active contributor to several open source ASP.NET applications. As a professional developer, he has done significant work in design and implementation of .NET applications for a number of customers including Fortune 50 companies in areas such as messaging solutions, SCM, and others. In January 2008, Joseph joined Novell to serve as the Product Manager for Mono.

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Dec 4

Andrew Novick

Andrew Novick SQL Server Consultant speaking on what's new in sql server 2008

Sunil Kadimdiwan

 SQL Server Energy Event

What's New in SQL Server 2008
Overview of the new features of SQL Server 2008:

  • Date, DateTime2, HierarchiyID, etc
  • Merge
  • Table Valued Parameters
  • Compression
  • Much more.....
Reporting Services 2008: Authoring compelling reports - Sunil
In this session we will focus on how to author reports using the Report Designer of Reporting Services 2008.We will create compelling reports using authoring features such as multiple display and parameter options, interactivity, rich text formatting, and a broad variety of charting capabilities. We will look at how to use various data regions to display data: List, Table, Matrix, Chart and (new to SQL 2008) Tablix.

The sample files are here:

Nov 6th
Joe Stagner

Stupid Hacker Tricks - and How to Defend Against Them

Good guys don't think like bad guys - come "Hack Think" with Joe as he examines how the bad guys do what they do and what we can do about it.

Joe Stagner joined Microsoft in 2001 as a Technical Evangelist and is now a Program Manager in the Developer Tools & Platform Group at Microsoft Corporation. His development experiences have afforded him the opportunity to create commercial software applications across a wide diversity of technical platforms from Mainframes, through UNIX and Linux, to Microsoft Technologies on the Intel and Mobile computing platforms. In recent years, Joe has been focused on Highly-Performant, Geoscalable web application architectures, multi-platform interoperability, developer security, and open source interoperability. You can read Joe’s blog and contact him at

Oct 2
Kathleen Dollard


Literals in Visual Basic 9.0 – XML and Text Processing

 Visual Basic 9.0 offers revolutionary new features in working with XML and doing text processing. The XML features take separate approaches to querying and outputting XML. XML queries provide Intellisense based on the schema, shortcuts, and XML rules for handling missing values. Dozens of lines of protective code can be safely reduced to one with this technique. XML literals allow you to create output with syntax that looks like XML, while providing a robust system for embedding values and performing logical operations such as looping. This technique can easily be extended to non-XML text processing, allowing a nearly complete replacement for XSLT. In addition to escaping XSLT’s arcane syntax and rules, VB literal text processing provides the full power of the .NET framework and allows you to build any appropriate supporting OOP based structure – pushing VB literals far ahead of XSLT in power, flexibility and maintainability. Come to this talk even if you’re a C# coder because you’ll learn enough to decide whether your project will benefit by crossing over to VB in separate assemblies when you’re working with XML or text processing.

Kathleen Dollard is a consultant, author, trainer, and speaker. She’s been a Microsoft MVP for over ten years and has spoken about .NET in 28 states and 5 countries. She’s written dozens of articles including the “Ask Kathleen” column in Visual Studio Magazine. She also wrote “Code Generation in Microsoft .NET” (Apress). Her passion is helping programmers be smarter in how they develop by learning to better use .NET languages, libraries and platforms. She works with WPF, WF, as well as core technologies including System.AddIn. She’s currently creating template infrastructure for code generation using VB XML literals. After working on the problem of capturing business intent in metadata and test definitions for years, she’s working with industry improvements in these areas. She’s also working on full life cycle improvements, such as unit testing, better debugging and static analysis (FxCop). When not working, she enjoys woodworking, snowshoeing, and kayaking depending on the outdoor temperature.

Sept 25
Chris Hammond
Engage Software

Come Build the NEVB Site with DotNetNuke

Chris Hammond is the Product Manager for Internet Solutions and Training Lead with Engage Software ( in St. Louis, Missouri. Having worked with DotNetNuke (DNN) since its inception and having been a DNN Core Team member for the past four years, Chris has solidified his role within the DNN community as an leading expert and evangelist on the platform, presenting at conferences and user groups across the United States over the past five years. He also travels frequently to provide onsite DNN training throughout the world. You can read more about Chris on his personal blog at


Sept 4
Jim O'Neil
ASP.Net Dynamic Data

ASP.NET Dynamic Data is one of the exciting new features of the upcoming .NET 3.5 SP 1 release.  ASP.NET Dynamic Data provides a framework that enables you to quickly build a functional and customizable data-driven application based on a LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework data model.  Full CRUD (create, read, update, and delete) operations are supported, and the resulting site includes automatic filtering by foreign keys (converted to user-friendly names) and Boolean fields. Smart validation – based on database schema constraints such as nullability and data type - is automatically available and there are numerous extensibility points to provide additional business logic validation on the model itself.  Out-of-the-box Dynamic Data supports ASP.NET Web Forms and is Ajax enabled, and many third party vendors including Telerik and Infragistics are working on Dynamic Data-aware versions of their custom controls. 

June 5
Pat Tormey

Phil Denoncourt



Pat Tormey will present DataCubes the easy way.. What are they? What can they do? And How do I deploy them. We'll walk the data into a cube, then into Excel as a pivot table, then into SharePoint to securely deploy it. Landmines will be pointed out along the way and you'll learn to toss around new Star and SnowFlake.

Prepare to be amazed!

Overview of the AJAX control toolkit:

No AJAX Experience Required!

AJAX is a way to make websites more interactive and responsive. It's powerful and easy to use.  The AJAX control toolkit is a set of controls that use AJAX and wrap common UI scenarios.  Cascading dropdowns, Auto completing textboxes, in-page popups, hovering menus and dynamically populated textboxes are some of the controls we'll go over.

Phil Denoncourt is a .NET consultant, who over the past 6 years has developed a wide range of .NET applications and has over 20 years experience writing software. He is the leader of the New England C# User Group and has acquired the MCPD, MCTS, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSE, MCAD, MCSA and MCP+SB certifications. When not coding, or spending time with his wife and 5 children, Phil is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
May 1
Yev Bronshteyn


Heroes Happen Here - Part 2

Powershell - From Windows Server 2008

If you have used Windows' command line even once, you have probably torn out most of your hair in frustration (just look at Steve Ballmer!) Windows PowerShell finally introduces simple yet powerful windows CLI and scripting language, where "for" is not a curse word, parsing text output is a thing of the past, and DOS and unix commands coexist in blissful harmony. You'll love it so much, you'll tear out the rest of your hair (just look at Steve Ballmer)! 

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April 3rd Michael Hennessy
Phil Czapla
Andrew Novick




Heroes Happen Here
Part 1
- Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 Launch Event

WPF Styling and more
New ASP.Net development features
New features of Visual Studio 2008
Office Development

Mike Hennessy's WPF Presentation

Andy Novick's LINQ-To-SQL is in the VB Language presentation.

March 6
Andrew Novick
Novick Software

Visual Basic 2008 - New Language Features

This presentation will take a look at new features in Visual Basic.Net version 9 / Visual Studio 2008

 - Extenstion Methods
 - Nullable types
 - IF operator
 - Anonymous Types (Var)
 - Implicit Typing
 - Object and Array Initializors
 - XML support

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Jan 31
David Chappell


Understanding Software + Services

The move to service-orientation is well underway, both inside enterprises and on the Internet. What role does traditional software play in a world of on-line services? In particular, how is Microsoft approaching the combination of software plus services? This presentation provides an overview of this area, giving an introduction to and a perspective on this emerging combination.

Jan 3rd
Andy Piper


Enterprise Software

Andy Piper is the author of Enterprise Readiness 101 and founder of Enterprise Readiness Inc.  He will be introducing you to enterprise readiness and how is applies to your everyday job and how it is a tool that can build your career regardless of the technologies you use.  The second half of the presentation specifically discusses scalability.  This course seminar will change how you interpret requirements and enable you to present your functionality in ways that make it more appealing to IT departments and customers is picking up the tab for pizza!

Dec. 6th
David Maibor

Michael Hennessy
Networkers, Inc.

How do you do this in Flash?

A look at two web sites developed with Flash 8 Professional, One for a professional artist, the other for a professional photographer. We'll look briefly at how the Flash 8 IDE enables designers/programmers to quickly create the Rich-Internet-Application (RIA) experience.  

WPF Means Business (Round 2)

WPF brings advances to the User Interface on an order similar to the CUI to GUI transition over a decade ago.  WPF applications draw the UI quickly by utilizing an inexpensive graphics card – nearly CUI performance with GUI capability.  Improvements in data binding and other areas reduce code.  In many ways, WPF is more for less. 

This presentation follows-up on last month and will take a practical walk around building a WPF business application using Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 and Visual Basic 2008.

Nov 1st
Michael Hennessy

Networkers, Inc.

WPF Means Business

WPF brings advances to the User Interface on an order similar to the CUI to GUI transition over a decade ago.  WPF applications draw the UI quickly by utilizing an inexpensive graphics card – nearly CUI performance with GUI capability.  Improvements in data binding and other areas reduce code.  In many ways, WPF is more for less. 

This presentation will take a practical walk around building a WPF business application using Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 and Visual Basic 2008.

Michael Hennessy is a software consultant at Networkers, Inc., a company he founded over 20 years ago. Networkers provides enterprise quality custom software solutions for large and small businesses. Significant development with Microsoft technologies started in 1992, XML in 1998 and Microsoft .NET in 2001. Networkers thrives on improving business competitiveness with technology and is successful with Microsoft products in delivering long term solutions. Outside of work, you will likely find Michael in one of the family gardens or dingy sailing on Long Island Sound.

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Oct. 4th Shawn Wildermuth



Being able to do intelligent search of object in .NET has been a laudable goal for many projects. Microsoft’s new LINQ (Language INtegrated Query) allows you to do just that. In this session, Shawn Wildermuth will give you an overview of LINQ (not just LINQ for SQL).


Shawn Wildermuth is a Microsoft MVP (C#), MCSD.NET, MCT and is the founder of Wildermuth Consulting Services, LLC, a company that is dedicated to delivering architecture, mentoring and software solutions in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  He is also a speaker on the INETA Speaker’s Bureau and has appeared at several national conferences to speak on a variety of subjects. 

Shawn is also the author of several books including the book "Pragmatic ADO.NET" for Addison-Wesley, and is also the co-author of four Microsoft Certification Training Kits for MS Press, as well as the upcoming book, “Prescriptive Data Architectures”. 

 He has been writing articles for a number of years for a variety of magazines and websites, including MSDN, MSDN Online, DevSource, InformIT, Windows IT Pro, The ServerSide .NET, and Intel’s Rich Client Series. Shawn has enjoyed building data-driven software for more than twenty years. He can be reached at his website at

Sept 6th
William Aboujaoude
Office Groove 2007

Come see the latest in Microsoft's Collaboration Vision and learn how developers can benefit from this technology.  Grove is the latest collaboration solution to join the Microsoft Office System.  Similar to Windows SharePoint Services, Grove allows virtual information worker teams....

August 2
Chris Bowen
Windows Workflow (WF), The 10,000 ft. View

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Workflow Foundation (WF), a component of .NET Framework 3.0, enables you to quickly and reliably implement workflows and business rules in your applications. WF provides a framework for constructing sequential and state-machine based workflows for any .NET application or service and includes tools to effectively manage and modify those workflows. In this session, we'll introduce the major concepts and purpose of WF, demonstrate the creation and maintenance of workflows with Visual Studio 2005, and show the potential uses of workflows within your applications.

July 5
Andrew Novick
Novick Software



Understanding and Optimizing ADO.Net 2.0's SQL

Get the Sample Download  (Updated 7/6/07)

Many programmers use ADO.Net 2.0 to write the SQL for their database operations. This presentation shows how to understand the SQL that get's written and optimize the SQL for performance.

One of the extreme optimizations that can be used for insert and update operations is a switch to SQL BulkCopy operations from standard INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE. The difference in improvement in performance can be dramatic.

Meeting Sponsored by JetBrains
Maker of Resharper:

With VB.Net support

June  7
Bob Familiar



Windows CardSpace

You'll find the content at:

Windows CardSpace enables users to provide their digital identities in a familiar, secure and easy way. In the physical world we use business cards, credit cards and membership cards. Online with CardSpace we use a variety of virtual cards to identify ourselves, each retrieving data from an identity provider. Don't struggle with usernames and passwords, just choose an information card! This session will delve into the architecture and implementation of CardSpaces.

Sponsored by

April 5
Mike Culver


Steve Coombes
HTA Applications

Using the Amazon Web Services API

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What's possible in a post Web 2.0 world? Innovation continues at a mind-bending pace, and this presentation will showcase some thought-provoking new directions that Web Services are headed in (imagine computers programmatically calling people to perform tasks), as well as introduce a concept known as "Web Scale Computing". The presentation will also provide an overview of Amazon Web Services, and feature a code demonstration showing how .NET developers are able to easily build managed clients for these services

More importantly, it's an opportunity for an interactive discussion about what the future, shaped by Web services and Web Scale Computing, looks like.

Amazon spent ten years and over $2 billion developing a world-class technology and content platform that powers Amazon web sites for millions of customers. Most people think "" when they hear the word; however developers are excited to learn that there is a separate technology arm of the company, known as Amazon Web Services or AWS. Using AWS, developers can build software applications leveraging the same robust, scalable, and reliable technology that powers Amazon's retail business. AWS has now launched eleven services with open API's for developers to build applications, with the result that over 200,000 developers have registered on Amazon's developer site to create applications based on these services..
Mike Culver joined Amazon Web Services after almost eight years in evangelism at Microsoft, where he saw .NET move from a provocative idea to the preeminent development platform for serious development. During that time, Mike managed a team of evangelists in Microsoft's Developer Division (and later in Developer and Platform Evangelism) that were responsible for a number of high-profile implementations of .NET, ranging from innovative Compact Framework applications for devices to complex mission-critical applications such as the City of London's Traffic Congestion Project.

As an Amazon Evangelist, Mike works in the Developer Relations Group of Amazon Web Services. In that capacity he once again helps developers take advantage of cutting-edge technologies that are going to change the way we think about computer applications.

Mar 1
Andy Novick
Rick Spiewak
Phil Czapla
This will be our INETA .Net 3.0 Launch Event.

Rick: Windows Workflow
Phil: The Class Designer
Andy: An Outlook 2007 Add-in

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Download Rick Spiewak's Workflow Sample

Feb 1
Jim Rand
Think Outside Of The Box For DataAdapters / DataSets
You've seen them - the Visual Studio designers for crafting typed datasets.  They're glitzy and appear simple to use. But, are you really happy with them. Or, do they get in the way?
Picture a database table: CustomerID (int autoincrement), Company, Address, ..., TS (timestamp).
Does the VS designer create the SQL statements the way you want them? Does it understand casting timestamps as int?  Can you have complex joins in the SELECT statement without blowing up the UPDATE, INSERT and DELETE statements?
Here's an alternative that literally reduces days of work to minutes!

Jim Rand is an independent software developer providing clients with innovative solutions to real business problems.  Starting in the industry in 1982, he has worked with DBase, FoxPro, Progress, Access, Visual Basic, Java, .NET, C#, Informix, Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 and Sybase. 
For fun, he enjoys family, sailboat racing, skiing and learning how to play the piano. 
Jim can be reached at: or 207 883-9016


Jan 4
David Stampfli
Windows Communication Foundation
The Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), formerly known as "Indigo," is Microsoft's unified framework for building service-oriented applications. It enables developers to build secure, reliable and transacted solutions that integrate across platforms and interoperate with existing investments. WCF combines and extends the capabilities of existing distributed systems technologies, including Enterprise Services, System.Messaging, .NET Remoting, ASMX, and WSE to deliver a unified development experience spanning distance, topologies, hosting models, protocols, and security models. This presentation will provide an overview of WCF and demonstrate how WCF will radically simplify the development of distributed applications."

David Stampfli has worked in the software field for over ten years working on a variety of applications in many different industries. He is currently a Principal Consultant working as an Architect in Microsoft's Department of Defense Industry Unit. Prior to that, he worked at the Microsoft Technology Center in Waltham, MA since he joined Microsoft in January of 2001. Mr. Stampfli works with some of Microsoft's largest customers to help design and architect enterprise solutions. His principal areas of focus are portals and integration.
Mr. Stampfli has worked in the software field for over ten years working on a variety of applications in many different industries. Mr. Stampfli has also worked as a resident inspector for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission stationed at the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York. Prior to the NRC, Mr. Stampfli served six years in the United States Navy as a submarine officer where he received his engineering and warfare qualifications. Mr. Stampfli graduated from Harvard University in 1985. He is married with two children lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Dec. 7


Jim Miller


Joe Stagner



Microsoft .NET: What is It and What’s Next
CLR: Internals and Future Direction
Earlier this year, Microsoft released version 2.0 of .Net. Jim Miller will talk about the implementation of some of the new technology (generics, for example). Then He’ll talk about future directions for the CLR. But I’ll leave most of the time for discussion purposes. What would you like to see in the next version of the CLR? What have you always wanted to know about how the CLR evolves over time? What technologies do you think should become part of a future CLR?”

Microsoft's Web 2.0 / AJAX strategy -ASP.NET 2.0 ATLAS Learn what Microsoft is doing to help Web Developers Improve the User Interface experience of their web applications and minimize the impact of their rapidly evolving technology set.

Joe joined Microsoft in 2001 as a Technical Evangelist and is now a Program Manager in the Developer Tools & Platform Group at Microsoft Corporation. His development experiences have afforded him the opportunity to create commercial software applications across a wide diversity of technical platforms from Mainframes, through UNIX and Linux, to Microsoft Technologies on the Intel and Mobile computing platforms. In recent years, Joe has been focused on Highly-Performant, Geoscalable web application architectures, multi-platform interoperability, developer security, and open source interoperability.
You can read Joe’s blog and contact him at

Nov. 2nd
John Pelak Windows Presentation Foundation
This is the visual component of .Net 3.0.
Oct. 5
Rajib Bahar

Applying Generics in Real Life

As many of us know, that C# and VB.Net 2.0 come packaged with generics. Is it just another marketing gimmick? Come over and find out. This session is targeted toward interested audience to show benefits this feature enables. We will go over brief introduction to generics, cover some of the built-in generics classes that .NET 2.0 provides, and practical application showing performance gain against datasets (both generic and strongly typed) using crystal reports.

More Web Site Development
We'll continue with the web site development.

download the PPT  and a zip with the samples

Sept. 7
Andy Novick
Live development of an ASP.Net 2.0 Web Site

Join us as we develop the site for the NEVB Group Live.  We'll delve into the ASP.Net 2.0 Membership controls, a membership database, Master Pages, and as many other features as we have time for.

August 2

Julia Lerman

Asynchronous Programming in ASP.NET 2.0
Asynchronous programming makes so much sense for web applications but is often tough to achieve. With .NET 2.0, there are a number of new methods to simplify asynchronous development. These can be found in web pages, in ADO.NET, in Web Services and the component model base classes. This session will examine these various ways to leverage asynchronous programming in your web development and make suggestions for which methods are appropriate for particular scenarios. We will also touch on how this all relates to AJAX and ATLAS.

Note this meeting is on a special night. Wednesday instead of our usual Thursday.
Julie Lerman is an independent consultant and .NET Mentor who has been designing and writing software applications for over 20 years. Julie is well known in the .NET community as a Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider and INETA Speaker. She is a prolific blogger, a frequent presenter at technical conferences in the U.S., Canada, and even some far reaches of the world and author of articles for MSDN Online, MSDN Magazine and other well-known technical publications. Julie presents on a wide variety of topics including ADO.NET, Web services, Tablet PC development, and other aspects of just getting your .NET applications to work the way you want them to. Julie lives in Vermont where she runs the Vermont.NET User Group, is a board member of the Vermont Software Developers Alliance, and a member of the Champlain College Software Engineering Advisory Board.You can read Julie's blogs at and

July 6
Tony Mann SQL Server Reporting Services
June 1 Rick
Bob Avallone
Andy Novick
Bruce Holmes
Ink Recognition
Data Access Methods in Visual Studio 2005
PowerShell (f.k.a. Monad or The Microsoft Shell or MSH)
Review of a Windows Forms Application

Meeting Sponsored by DotNet Jobs

May 4


Bob Familiar
Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server
The new Microsoft Visual Studio Team System offers tightly integrated and extensible tools that enable software development teams to reduce the complexity of development and improve communication and collaboration throughout the development process. In this session we will discuss these new lifecycle tools for architects, developers and testers and review the new team oriented features for change management, release management, project management, team collaboration and reporting.

Bob Familiar is an Architect in the Microsoft Developer & Platform Evangelism group working here in the Northeast. He has 21 years of industry experience as a developer, architect and speaker. Bob holds a patent in Object Relational Mapping, holds a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and has extensive experience architecting and developing distributed enterprise solutions on the Microsoft platform.

April 6
Andrew Novick SQLCLR Programming with SQL Server 2005
Create User-Defined Functions, Stored Procedures and more in SQL Server 2005 using VB.Net and C#.
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March 2
Adam Machanic

ADO.NET Enhancements for SQL Server 2005
The new versions of ADO.NET and SQL Server can more seamlessly interact than any previous combination of DBMS and data access framework. The combination of the two allows for much easier development of a wide variety of database-centric applications. In this session you'll learn to use such features as Query Notifications, MARS, asynchronous commands, and bulk copy. These features provide a powerful new foundation for creating heavily data-driven applications.

Slides and Demo Code:

Feb 2
Ben Sabitini
of AVICode

Pat Tormey

Real-time monitoring of production applications with AVICode

Dot Net Nuke

Jan 5
Jason Beres

AJAX - What is it?  Why would you use it?

Downloads and Additional Links

Dec 1
Andrew Novick

Pat Tormey

INETA - Visual Studio 2005 Community Event - Exploration of what's available in Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005
Nov 3
Richard Hale Shaw

Cool, New, Fun Features in the Framework 2.0 Base Class Libraries

Access Password: duadsstaphloins7

With the release of the .NET Framework 2.0 in November, a wealth of new features will be available to VB.NET, C# and other Managed Code developers. In the form of nearly 80% more public classes, and over twice as many public methods, nearly every sub-framework (Windows Forms, ASP.NET and ADO.NET) has been extended and enhanced, not to mention Generics or new features found in the VS2005 IDE. In this talk, we'll examine new features that have been added to the Base Class Libraries, uncovering capabilities that have been largely overlooked elsewhere.
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Oct 6th
Andy  Novick
Phil Czapla
Bob Avallone
Pat Tormey
VB Development Utilities Roundup:  NUnit, NDoc, CodeSmith, DevExpress, Whole Tomato, Developer's Assistant, SourceSafe Remover and several more. 

Andy Novick's Slides  Links to all the Developer Utilites
Bob Avallone's Slides on INNO
Sept 1
Bob German SharePoint Portals and Coding Web Parts for SharePoint.
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August 4
Robert Hurlbut

His blog

VB.Net 2.0 Language Changes.  What's coming in the next version of Visual Basic. Slides and code at this link:
July 7
Jim Lennox Web Services Extensions / SOA Download Slides and Code The Web services trace tool: download
May 5
Carl Franklin Object Oriented VB.Net Programming
Carl's Dot Net Example Page:
April 7
Phil Denoncourt
John Strano  Sybase
.Net Code Access Security
The DataWindow for .Net Download Slides
March 3
Carl Provost
Bob Avallone
Michael Hennessy
David Maibor
Automatic Updating of Applications
Infragistics Ultra Web Grid: a Review and Demo
Alternative Methods for Connecting to Oracle
Example Tax Status Reporting Application using Web, Windows, and Web Services


Feb 3
Duane Laflotte
Critical Sites

Cryptography in VB.Net    Download here

Ciphers have been used since before the dawn of computers to keep messages secret.  In this age of information where secrets are constantly zipping along the Internet Information Super Highway cryptography plays a key role in keeping those secrets safe.  In this talk you will see how easy it is to work with all of the latest algorithms in VB.Net.  We will also focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each to give you a good understanding of how they can help you keep sensitive information safe from prying eyes

January 6


Carl Franklin CANCELED DUE TO SNOW. Rescheduled for April 7th.
Object Oriented VB.Net Programming       
Dec 2
Don Sorcinelli Compact Framework Programming with VB.Net

Link to the sample code:

Nov 4
Joe Stagner VB.Net in Visual Studio 2005
Oct 7
Andrew Novick Distributing the Smart Client Application
From XCOPY to Updater Application Block (UAB)
Sept. 2
Marc Thevenin
Programming with .Net Interfaces
     Download the examples Interfaces and Trace
Interfacing with Groove

Aug  5

Gary Chamberlain Creating PDFs and additional topics
Featuring ABCpdf .Net Component

July 1

Rick Spiewak
Bob Tatersall
Robert Holmes
Maisy Wong
Paul Sturgill
Andrew Novick
Marc Thevenin
Reflection  and Code
Regular Expressions
SQL Reporting Services
No Touch Deployment
Isolated Storage
Tracing and Debugging Objects
June 3
Thom Robbins
ADO.Net best practices in VB.Net
Download the presentation and Examples

The Knowledge Base Alert site mentioned at the meeting.

May 6
6: 15 - Bob Avallone
Creating and Using Custom User Controls in ASP.NET

This talk will demonstrate how to create and implement user controls in the Visual Studio environment. Bob will demonstrate a user control he wrote to create and maintain events. Subjects covered include controls within controls, and the use of the calendar control and data control in an ASP.NET project.
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7:30 - Paul Sturgill Writing Visual Studio Add-ins

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This link with information about office toolbar icons was discussed during the presentation.

April 1
Andrew Novick
Building on the .Net Framework
Creating Professional WinForms Applications 
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