Introducing Bing Search by Microsoft. A Decision Engine

Microsoft introduced Bing, a new search experience and consumer brand, outlining a new approach to helping customers use search to make better decisions. This “Decision Engine” approach focuses initially on four key user tasks and related areas: making a purchase, planning a trip, researching a health condition or finding a local business.

The new service, located at http://www.Bing.com, will roll out over the coming days and will be deployed worldwide on Wed., June 3, 2009.

reference: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/bing/default.mspx

May UG Meeting Summary

As it was brought to notice earlier, On 26th May, we had a great user group meeting held at Microsoft Innovation Center. This post is to summarize the overall meeting and the activities that took place.

First of all, I would like to thank you every single person, who attended the meeting, for their time, interest and support. I’m pretty excited to see the gradual increase in group members and attendees.

The Agenda of the meeting was as follows:

  • Group Progress Report
  • Discount Coupons for the attendees (Sponsored)
  • Distribution of Mix ‘09 Videos’ collection (DVD)
  • Workshops in Summer Vacations in different universities
  • Domain and website
  • Technical Discussion on ASP.NET MVC
  • General Discussion

We started the meeting with introduction among group members as there were number of new faces, so it really helps in increasing interaction among them.

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Then I shared the progress of our group as I have number of good news for them. Following slide taken from presentation depicts the overall progress:

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Discount Coupons and Discussion:

As we got some discount coupons from our sponsors, most of them were publishers, they offer 30-35% discount on purchase from their website. Also Pearson, OReilly and Wrox offers free review copies to our user group members.

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After distribution of Mix 09 DVDs, we discussed about the workshops Emerging .NET Devs would like to arrange and members really showed their interest and concluded that all workshops either held at MIC or Universities must be well coordinated and organized in order to get attention from the targeted audience.

ASP.NET MVC Framework:

Here comes the most interesting part of the meeting i.e. Technical Discussion on ASP.NET MVC Framework. For encouragement of group members and to increase their interest I decided that Technical discussion should be given by some group member so I asked Salman Aziz for that. Salman introduced the new ASP.NET MVC Framework, its folder hierarchy, page routing and adding a simple page.

Lucky Draw:

ReSharper_logo With JetBrains – ReSharper sponsoring our UG meetings, we will be distributing one ReSharper personal license (worth $199) in each meeting via lucky draw 🙂 So we started from this time and we did lucky draw as well. Mr Fahad Abbas won the prize (Personal License of ReSharper), so Congratulations Fahad on winning ReSharper license. ReSharper is most intelligent plug-in for Visual Studio 2008.

Finally, we did some general discussion mostly mentoring some new group members, those are final year students from FAST- National University regarding their Final Year Project etc.

The meeting last around 2 hours starting from Group Progress Report to General Discussion. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting. I will look forward for further participation by group members in future.

If you are not a member of our user group, remember that you can join the group any time. It’s Free and it’s Open. Here I would also like to thanks our sponsors specially Microsoft for supporting our User Group activities and enabling us to serve the community.

May UG Meeting Registration

Please take out few minutes to fill the form for registration for the May User Group Meeting. Although the meeting is OPEN and FREE, this will give us idea to arrange some refreshment and seating.

Click here to fill the form.

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Beta 1 is now available to download

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 beta 1 is now available to download. You can watch video to download and setup the virtual machine. To see video on Channel9, click here. You can also read out the article by Brain Keller regarding how to setup beta1. The article mentions the URL from where you can download the Windows 2008 server virtual machine image and Visual Studio Team Systems. Click here to read the article.

JetBrains – ReSharper Supports Emerging .NET Devs

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It gives me immense pleasure to share with all group members that JetBrainsReSharper will now sponsor free license(s) to the Emerging .NET Devs group members.

ReSharper is a must-have productivity tool for .NET developers. It fully integrates with Visual Studio to intelligently and powerfully extend the functionality that is native to Visual Studio. ReSharper provides solution-wide error highlighting on the fly, instant solutions for found errors, over 30 advanced code refactorings, superior unit testing tools, handy navigation and search features, single-click code formatting and cleanup, automatic code generation and templates, and a lot more productivity features for C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, XML, and XAML.”

JetBrainsDevelop_logoIn each meeting, we will do a small lucky draw to decide the winner of ReSharper Personal Developer license of $199 worth. Those who have already got the license will not be eligible to participate in the lucky draw again 🙂

To read the benefits of ReSharper, please download this pdf.  For complete list of please visit the ReSharper Features page.

If you are not member of Emerging .NET Devs then what are you waiting for? Its Free and its Open. Join us on Facebook and/or Yahoo Group to get updates about the events, news and meetings. To participate further, join us in the upcoming meeting 🙂

Step in to gear up with .NET platform!

Wrox User Group Program

Wrox Press is committed to supporting the programming community. As part of that commitment, we have developed the Wrox User Group Program to support the efforts of user groups- Wrox

Emerging .NET Devs is now sponsored by Wrox User Group Program. This program offers discount coupons, review copy of books, door prizes and swag.

About Emerging .NET Devs

Emerging .NET Devs is a registered user group under International .NET Association (INETA). The group is committed to a vision of disseminating information through lecture in events, sessions and to enable the developer community to collaborate with each other.

If you are passionate about technology? Do you want to grasp the Ins-and-Outs of the .Net Platform? Then this is right place for you. Join us on Facebook and/or Yahoo Group to participate further!

Emerging .NET Devs is sponsored by many organizations such as Microsoft, INETA, Pearson Education, Wrox and O’Reilly etc.

Step in to gear up with .Net Platform!

Adil Mughal
User Group Leader

May Meeting Rescheduled to 26th May

Hi,

As announced earlier, the May meeting of our User Group(UG) is going to be held on 19th May ’09 but unfortunately MIC is booked that day due to local Imagine Cup going on. So now we have reserved it for our UG meeting on 26th May 2009 from 7 PM to 8 PM at Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC), Karachi. If you are willing to participate or this is the first time you intended to attend meeting, please register your seathere.

The tentative agenda is same as informed earlier

Tentative Agenda:

  • Group Progress Report
  • Discount Coupons for the attendees
  • Mix ‘09 Videos’ collection (DVD), please email me to request a copy
  • Workshops in Summer Vacations in different universities
  • Study Groups
  • Idea of domain and website
  • General Discussion

And did I mention that we have Refreshment as well ?? Yes Refreshment 🙂 So join us and have tea with us.

Any feedback is welcome!

Looking forward to meet you guys @ MIC on 26th May ‘09 at 7 PM.

Adil Ahmed Mughal