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Recently I recieved an e-mail asking about "How to become an MVP?" on one of the technical groups that I am subscribed on. I felt obliged to respond to these questions and following is my response. (Feel free to comment!)You are not the first one to ask these question and definately not the last one either. I believe its natural ask these questions and i will be really happy if my answers can help you understand things better.So here goes my response to your queries .. but ...one be one!1) First ...
Andy (ZMan) Dunn tried leaving this comment in my blog, but the links caused CAPTCHA to reject it. No biggie... here it is, along with my reply. Andy Dunn wrote...This is a DAMN good idea. One other thing - your user group only getslisted if it has speakers scheduled. This stops the groups that claimto exist but do nothing and encourages people to book out a regularspeaking schedule.Here's the numbers - code magazine charges $2445 per month if youcommit to 24 months for a half page B&W. That's ...
INETA is always asking what they can do to better serve the user groups... well, as a user group leader, here's my suggestion: Advertising! Small to medium sized groups have little or NO budget for advertising, and it's incredible how many times I meet people in the developer community that have no idea a local user group even exists. This is NOT due to a lack of effort on our part. So it comes down to advertising... specifically, run a monthly ad in the main .NET related mags, such as CoDe, MSDN, ...
Just a calendar note here... I'll be presenting a What's New in ASP.NET 2.0 INETA session to the Capital Area .NET User Group on Tuesday, October 25th. If you're in the area please stop by the meeting and say hello.
The INETA/Microsoft Community Launch and Heartland Developer Conference 2005 planning are coming to a close. I have recently been tasked to start planning a way to get the INETA User Group Leader Summit so reach a larger audience. The INETA CA team has started planning a regional event called the “Community Leadership Summit”. I had initially hoped that the planning for the CLS would start in November to allow me time to focus on the HDC, which is next week! Unfortunately, we need to ...
I know there are a lot of activities this evening but don't forget about the Birds of a Feather Sessions hosted by INETA (the International .NET Association). BOF Sessions are fun, informal and interactive, refreshing after a day of listening to presentations. At 9:00 PM there will be sessions on Managing Programmers (John Moody), Software Factories (Gunther Lenz), Writing Secure Code (Keith Brown), DotNetNuke (Shaun Walker), .NET vs. Java (Leo Shuster), Distributed Atomic Transcations (William Tay) ...

Don't forget to pick up your “INETA” badge insert at the INETA table in the foyer overlooking the south lobby. Just look for the high quality plastic palm trees! We will also be having drawings for two windows media players this week.

If you have any questions about user groups in general or user groups in your area please ask any of the INETA people at the table.

 

I see that I missed posting for the entire month of August. It was a very busy month for month for me. My year end contract with Rockwell Collins ended on August 22nd. One month before my contract ended, Rockwell decided to implement a policy that consultants would not be allowed to work more than one year on-site at Rockwell. I will be eligible to work for Rockwell again 90 days after my contract ended. Unfortunately the market in Cedar Rapids for .NET Architect/Lead is somewhat limited. At this ...

Thanks to the INETA crew for selecting me as one of the nine new INETA speakers!

http://www.ineta.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=0&tabid=32&NewsID=2

Thank you to the International .NET Association (INETA) for the honor of selecting me as a member of their speakers bureau last week. It's a pretty big thrill to even be included in a list whose names include people I have been seeing at groups and whose books I've been reading for a very long time; people like Brian Noyes, Juval Lowy, Andrew Brust, Stephen Forte, Carl Franklin, Tim Huckaby, Rob Howard, Scott Hansleman, Ken Getz, Michele Leroux Bustamante, Billy Hollis, Rocky Lhotka, and the lady ...
Infragistics has a pretty heavy presence at PDC this year. We are a silver sponsor and we will be showing off some pretty cool wares, including demoing some of the Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly 'Avalon') work that we have been doing. Also, Volume 3 of NetAdvantage 2005 release is nearing completion so you just might get to see some of the new stuff in this version. Make sure you stop by the IG booth and say hey to Jason or myself. Also INETA is going to have a presence at PDC as well, ...
What is .NET Pakistan.Net Pakistan will initially be a blogging site that will evolve as a .NET Portal and a discussion forum. At .NET Pakistan you will be getting daily dose of technology updates, code snippets, tutorials, best practices, and solutions for their posted problems.Blogging at .Net Pakistan will be done by experienced .Net Professionals from around the globe. The list of bloggers will increase with time. If you are interested in blogging for us then do write us at (dotnetpakistan@yahoo.com) ...
Many people had been inquiring how they can use their existing .NET skills to develop applications for Linux. Mono was what got people excited but I have seen all the interest and enthusiasm recede as soon as people get a glimpse of how they can go about developing applications using Mono. I believe its primarily because most .NET developers are Windows users and don't have enough Linux skills to get started on Mono. Enter Grasshoper, the Visual Studio .NET IDE for Linux. You DO NOT actually have ...
Vacation is over, time for life to resume. The Portland CodeCamp was fun, and Meltdown was a blast but I've been neglectful of other projects while tromping all over the Pacific NorthWest. The Jacksonville Code Camp is coming up in a few weeks... The next release of HA! is scheduled for end of August. that is followed by Dragon*Con and then the Charleston Code Camp (both in September) I also have to get back in the habit of writing each night since I have chapters due before too long. David Weller ...

I recently become a member of the INETA Community Activities core team.   We are currently promoting the code camps, Indigo roadshows, SQL roadshows, and the MS launch event in November.  Morgan Baker is heading up this newly created division of INETA.  I met most of the members of the team while helping with the INETA booth and Birds of a Feather events at TechEd 2005.

Last Saturday, I was invited to speak at first of the series of events organized at Jinnah University for Women. The topic was "A brief primer on .NET Framework". This discussion was supposed to start at 11:00 AM but I got 20 mins late. Thanks to Saqib and Adnan who were already there and had every thing arranged. Before I reached the lecture room, Saqib Ilyas had started off with "Introduction to INETA Pakistan" presentation so that we can catch up with the lost time. My talk revolved around the ...
Thanks to Scoble! A number of us were here in Atlanta for an INETA board meeting and I happened to notice a geek dinner being hosted by Robert Scoble (http://radio.weblogs.com/0... in the Atlanta area. Five of us from the INETA board, Chris Pels, Morgan Baker, Chris Wallace (of Denver), Brian Tinkler and I rented a car and drove to 5 Seasons Brewing. I did not count but there were something like 25 or 30 people piled into the smoking section / bar. The good news is there ...
This one says I'm the INETA Grand Poobah of Code Camps! Ok, maybe not, but it's close... I'm on the INETA Community Events Committee, and I've recently (last night?) been appointed to the position of INETA Code Camp Liaison. A little history... INETA has never sponsored Code Camps before, and we're still in the planning stages, but good stuff is in the works. This is your chance to provide some input and tell us what kind of support you want/need from INETA. Realistically, there's just no way we ...
ACK! Its been 6 months since my last post! Work and family have kept me extremely busy. So busy, in fact, that I have had to resign my INETA position as user group relations liaison for Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. I loved working the the user groups, but they are now in the very capable hands of Brian Tinkler. Following Chris Williams' progress on HA! has given me the kick in the rear I needed to get back to my adventure game engine. I started back by converting it to VS 2005 Beta 2, which ...
This is our current question. Our user group, http://www.wichitadeveloper... has been struggling to grow and prosper. We suffer from lack of structure and firmly assigned positions. We are just a group of interested users trying to make a group go. We have the unique distinction of being the only user group in the state of Kansas. After attending the INETA User Group Leaders Summit at TechEd 2005 in Orlando, I have become more convinced than ever that our group needs to incorporate to give us structure ...
I will be speaking at Tamp Code Camp on July 16th, this is a one day free developer event for developers by developers. if you are in the area I highly encourage you to attend. you can find out more about it here. http://www.tampacodecamp.com/ here is a list of the speakers Jeff Barnes Architect Evangelist - Microsoft Jeff Barnes, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSE – Microsoft Architect Evangelist for the Gulf States District. BizTalk 2004 for Developers Kevin Barnhill Web Architect - Wilson Miller [ www.naplesdot.net] ...
Julie Lerman recently pointed out the phenomenal growth INETA has experienced. Check out her stats at: http://www.thedatafarm.com/... She’s definitely played a key role in helping build these numbers, as have about 80 or so other volunteers. Working with INETA is and has been a fantastic experience. There are many new things on the horizon too, but I can’t speak of them all yet. We’re only getting bigger and better! ...
I had to fly to Islamabad the very next day PDC 2005 ended so I couldn't blog about this earlier. I am back in Karachi now, so here goes. The Pakistan Developer Conference this year, as in 2003 and 2004, was a roaring success. In addition to the great speakers including Rafal Lukawiecki, Stephen Forte, Clemens Vesters, Arvindra Sehmi, and Goksin Bakir (who also happens to be the Regional Head for INETA MEA region), the major difference at PDC 2005 was the Community Lounge, providing delegates with ...

Planning still in progress but INETA will be running the Birds of a Feather sessions again, Stuart Celarier who did a great job for Teched 2005 has already starting working on them with Microsoft.

Still in discussion what other presence INETA may have at PDC.

Friday was kind of a day for goodbyes and wrapping up. I didn't make it to any of the sessions, instead choosing to hang out with some of my new friends for a bit before heading back to the airport. There were a few folks I wanted to hookup with before leaving, but I know we'll all catch up eventually. I did get to hang out some more with J Rapp (that should totally be her rapper name) for a bit, along with my INETA gang. Jessica Rapp - it was extremely cool meeting & hanging with you. Good luck ...
I attended TechEd for the first time on a full scholarship from INETA. (Thank you INETA!) I started the conference off by attending the keynote presented by Steve Ballmer. It was a bit hight level for my taste, but still very informative. INETA kept me very busy the rest of the week working the INETA booth, prize patrol, and hosting Birds of a Feather sessions. While I wasn't working I spent my time walking the exhibit floor, listening to cabanas, and playing Frycry in the Game Zone. Between work ...
Too much running around last night to post this in a timely fashion. Day 4 was pretty rocking! I missed out on the Patterns for Service-Oriented Architecture session , unfortunately, but I did catch Using VSTS to build Enterprise Web Applications, Getting Ready for VS2005 and SQL Server 2005 and Extending VB to suit your needs. All very goor presentations. Took a trip to the Hands-On Labs and did a really cool set of labs on Tablet PC Development. After finishing the labs and submitting feedback, ...
What a busy day... Started off with What's new in the framework for version 2.0 which was a terrific presentation. Joel did an excellent job showing off some of the cooler aspects of what's new with 2.0. Among my favorites were the improved console class (for obvious HA! reasons) and the support for encrypted XML and of course generics. Edit and continue is back w/ 2.0 (and new to C#) but not without some limitations. Another cool thing he highlighted was Debugger Display Attributes. Cool stuff indeed. ...
No, no Brock yet. I’m still waiting for my son to be born. He’s now officially 2 days overdue and I can tell you unequivocally that Belinda (my wife) is very ready for him to make his debut. Perhaps my family has a little too much Microsoft blood running through our veins to hit a delivery date! J I do have some very exciting news in terms of my involvement with INETA (the International .NET Association)… It was officially announced on Sunday at the TechEd User Group Leader Summit ...
Another day come and gone... Despite persistant wireless issues, I eventually managed to get connected. Check some email, etc. First on my plate today was a session of Tablet PC development, followed by a quick stint with the INETA gang. Unfortunately, prize patrol got shut down by “the man“ for being too rowdy. Silly, but I think it's safe to say our booth had the most personality of any in our area. Next, I caught the SQL Internals session on the SQL Server 2005 CLR. Unfortunately the ...
Nothing much in the opening keynote session, just a release date for Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006 -- November 7. The details are available at the launch site: http://msdn.microsoft.com/l... After a visit to the INetA booth, I caught the last part of Billy Hollis (www.dotnetMasters.com) presentation on Click Once WinForm deployment. Between MSI, Click Once and the Application Updater Block, we should be able to deploy anything across the web these days. We're working ...
OK. This is out of sequence. I know that. I'm just getting this stuff up here as fast as I can. This post is for user group members everywhere, but is primarily written for the members and leaders of the Enterprise Developers Guild. We've got a group to be proud of guys, but I'm sure we'll make it even better. Sunday at Tech Ed was INetA Summit day. We've come a long way in the last year. We meet with the Culminis folks - the "INETA" for IT Pros. We have a lot in common, but we have some significant ...
I happened to sit next to the staff from DotNetNuke at the INETA summit, including Shawn Walker (the benevolent dictator of the DNN source code). Shawn is in Vancouver, B.C and said that South Sound .NET User Group in Olympia, WA within his travel sphere and that he would be willing to come talk to our user group! I know that we have many DNN users in our user group that would absolutely love to see Shawn speak -- so I will try to set this up when I get back from Tech Ed.
OMG I'm exhausted. I feel like I've been beaten with a bag of tshirt bricks. As the first official day of Tech*Ed draws to a close, let me just say one thing... “NOBODY throws a bash like Microsoft”. I have not spent a dime since I left SC. Everything at Tech*Ed is covered. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, after-parties, etc... It's amazing. (Ok yeah, technically I owe the state of Florida 75 cents but that's a whole other issue.) Met more cool folks today, and also got a chance to get better ...
The INETA booth this year is in the Community Cabana area and can be identified by the plastic palm trees, INETA banners and INETA beach balls. Periodically during the day you may see the INETA Prize Patrol wandering around the convention center, identified by a group of somewhat roudy developers with parrot hats and a boom box. They are looking for people with INETA badge inserts to give prizes to. Also twice each day there are grand prize drawings.. Prizes inlcude X-Box's, pocket pc's and spot ...
Again this year, INETA put on a full day User Group Leader Summit on Sunday before Teched. Over 150 people came and was sponsored by both INETA (Developer user groups) and Culminis (IT Pro User Groups). Besides the intense networking between user group leaders there were a series of workshops in the afternoon. Three tracks covered all sorts of topics including newsletters, marketing, volunteer orgainzation, funding, and leadership for user group leaders. This is a good chance for the North American ...
INETA announced a major restructuring of its management at this year's user group leader conference. The changes quite stark, but are deemed as necessary for the next phase of the organization's growth. Essentially almost all of the founding members of the INETA organization will no longer hold corporate offices or be able to vote. I am very pleased to congratulate one of my friends and co-volunteers on the marketing committee for INETA, Sara Faatz (Wintellect) who was elected Vice President of the ...
Spent the morning hustling for INETA... had a good time. It's funny, you can tell the difference in who controls the various groups. INETA is run by developers, CodeZone is run by marketing. While we definitely had more personality at our booth, the CodeZone team hired the Tech*Ed equivalent of (I'll be nice) *exotic dancers* to pass out CodeZone flyers. I feel the dark side calling me... it's scary. Planning on hitting lots of cool sessions this afternoon including a MSDN focus group. That should ...
Technically, Monday is day 1 of Tech*Ed. That doesn't mean that today (Sunday) wasn't crazy busy though. I spent all day at the INETA User Group Summit. What an incredible experience that was! I learned more about running a user group in one day than I have in 2 years of actually doing it. Before I go into too much detail, I just want to say Julie Lerman and Sara Faatz totally rock! Those two (and so many others) made this day possible. I met so many incredible people today, and learned so much, ...
The day started off well. Sara picked me up at home around 11:30 and took me to the airport. Being the AR type, I always try to get there about 2 hours early. As usual, I was glad I did. There aren't many things in this world more entertaining than folks who are running late for a flight, blaming everyone but themselves and trying to take it out on folks who just do not give a damn. I show up two hours early, check in, let them search my checked luggage, get in line... no hurry. Open my backpack, ...
“A musician must make music, and artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.” -Abraham Harold Maslow This was my “Thought of The Day” today in my FranklinCovey Plan Plus. It had particular meaning for me today. It was one of those things that on many days might not mean anything special, but it meant something special today. I spent some time this evening reflecting on a number of things. I do this ...
In addition to all the gnarly Tech*Ed festivities, like the various sessions and cabanas and after parties and whatnot... I'll also be cooling my heels at the INETA booth as part of my INETA Tech*Ed Scholarship duties... (I'm actually looking forward to it, what a great way to meet some new people and talk up INETA at the same time.) So be sure to stop by and say hi. You can't miss me, I'm the guy with the tattoo sleeves! Just don't ask me about our upcoming CODE CAMP... or you might never get away! ...

Lots of community related information including a schedule for the INETA User Group Leader Summit we are holding on Sunday, June 5th in Orlando in conjunction with Teched...

http://www.ineta.org/newsletters/2005_05.htm

 

Can't get enough during the day?? Check out these sessions, all are interactive, not presentations. You get to ask lots of questions and add your own opinions and experiences! These are all posted on the Teched site and can be added to your personal calendar from there.... Sponsored by INETA and Culminis!! Check at the BOF table at night or the INETA community lounge during the day for last minute changes. Time Room Host(s) Topic 6:30 PM Cabana 1 Julie Lerman Life on the bleeding edge 6:30 PM Cabana ...
Can't get enough during the day?? Check out these sessions, all are interactive, not presentations. You get to ask lots of questions and add your own opinions and experiences! These are all posted on the Teched site and can be added to your personal calendar from there.... Sponsored by INETA and Culminis!! Check at the BOF table at night or the INETA community lounge during the day for last minute changes. Time Room Host(s) Topic 6:30 PM Cabana 1 Scott Hanselman Software Factories: Making ASP.NET ...

While I'm at TechEd 2005...

aside from the speaker sessions, and my time as an INETA volunteer, I defintely want to check out some of this cool stuff:

TechEd events: http://www.msteched.com/content/events.aspx

Especially the AMD PC Gaming competition, and the free night at Universal Studios!!

Well, today began my first visit to Redmond and Microsoft HQ. I was pretty excited to see how sunny it was, how green everything was (man, they have trees everywhere here), and of course to see what it looks like to be in pro-Microsoft territory. Something happens to a city when you cram 35,000 Microsoft employees into 60 or so buildings. It was a pretty awesome experience. I hooked up with a friend on the C# team once I got settled into my hotel. Free wireless access – expected, but still ...
Last night's meeting of the Greater Charleston .NET User Group marked some high (and low) points for our young (< 1 year old) group. First, the high points: Our INETA speaker, Steven Smith of ASPAlliance.com was excellent. He presented a lot of information (most of it new to our members) in a very effective format. Plenty of demos and discussion. He definitely knows his material and didn't stumble over any of the tougher questions (and there were a few). Our giveaways were pretty terrific. Our ...
I got an e-mail invitation last week from Chris Wallace, the chairman of the INETA User Group Relations Committee, asking me to become the new Midwest UG liaison. That means I’ll be working with the INETA sanctioned user groups in WI, IN, and IL to help them achieve their goals. I’m very excited about this new position and look forward to working with all the UG leaders in these states. I know many of them and look forward to getting to know the others. ...

My first Tech*Ed, and I can't wait. Should be lots of fun.  I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of the INETA folks I've emailed back and forth with over the last two years.

I'm staying here (Comfort Inn Universal Studios):