MSDN Flash: Volume 14, Number 8 - April 12, 2010
Editorial News and Notes from Developer Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie

Visual Studio 2010 Launch Events Are Coming!

Want to find out more about the new version of Visual Studio launching today? Come to one of the local launch events in your area. Here in Mid-Atlantic, we'll have official launch events in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA where I and my fellow developer evangelists and other folks from Microsoft will be on hand to show off what you can do with the shiny new toys… I mean tools. Register using the links below:

If you happen to be from (or are traveling to) the Orlando, FL area, I'll also be presenting at the Orlando launch event on April 22, covering Windows Phone 7 development, as well as what's new for Web developers in Visual Studio 2010.

If you can't make one of the official launch events, we're taking the show on the road, with a couple of Launch 2010 Highlights MSDN Roadshows in Baltimore, MD on June 4 and Pittsburgh, PA on June 2.

There will also be community-based launch events, and I'll have more details on those as they become available. Make sure to keep an eye on Community Megaphone for these and other upcoming events.

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Code Camp Update
Here are some upcoming Code Camps in Mid-Atlantic:

Also on tap for the spring is the Northern Virginia Code Camp. Once the dates have been finalized, I'll publish them here.

To find out about and/or promote upcoming local developer and IT pro community events, check out Community Megaphone. You can also find out about local and national developer and gadget stuff on my blog. You should also follow me on Twitter.

Interested in hosting a Code Camp or similar community event, and not sure where to start? Drop me a line and I can help you get started.

Want to share your information or make suggestions for future updates? You can contact me via my blog.

Until next time...

G. Andrew Duthie
Developer Evangelist, Mid-Atlantic States District

Andrew Duthie has been working with computers since the days of the Commodore PET, hacking game programs loaded from cassette tapes to say funny stuff, and has been writing and speaking about developer technologies for more than a decade.


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Microsoft Events

Microsoft Developer Dinner Series for Partners: Overview of the Windows Phone 7 Series Application Platform
April 21, 5:30 P.M., Reston, VA
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Microsoft Natural User Interface (NUI) Camp
April 24, 2010, Reston, VA
Don't just learn about the latest Natural User Interface technologies from Microsoft, give 'em a try with our full day developer/designer hands on competition. From designing to prototyping to building apps, this packed competitive day will team up designers with developers, creating a series of rich internet applications (RIA), all in a day, and all to be judged for a grand prize.

Community Events and User Groups

Hampton Roads .NET Users Group April Meeting
April 13, 6:00 P.M., Chesapeake, VA
Software developers are writers. Our medium is text. What can we learn about writing code by studying the principles of good story writing? Alan Stevens presents.
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RockNUG Release 3.10
April 14, 6:30 P.M., Rockville, MD
David Makogon presents Silverlight 4.0 Highlights from PDC.
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Frederick .NET User Group Monthly Meeting
April 20, 6:30 P.M., Frederick, MD
Dane Morgridge presents Getting Started with Entity Framework 4.
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West Virginia SQL Saturday
May 1, West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, WV

.NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip - Richmond

May 5, 5:30 P.M., Richmond, VA
Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell are loading up the DotNetMobile (a 30 foot RV) and driving to Richmond, VA to show off the latest and greatest in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0.
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DC TechFest
May 21, 8:00 A.M., Washington, DC
This technical education conference features 15 sessions on a variety of topics, including the recent wave of 2010 Microsoft products. See the full agenda at Early Bird Rate is $129 through April 23rd; $179 standard event price.
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Software Architecture Workshop
May 20, 9:30 A.M., Reston, VA
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Richmond Code Camp
May 22, Richmond, VA


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