June UG Meeting Summary

AdnanOnSilverlight I would like to Thank every single one of you who attended our monthly meeting held on June 23rd, 2009 at Microsoft Innovation Center, Karachi. As we announced couple of weeks ago about June Meeting on Silverlight that we invited Adnan Amin (MCPD and MCT) as speaker. On behalf of Emerging .NET Devs, I would like to thank  Adnan for taking out some time to share your knowledge on Silverlight. Hopefully we will continue some sessions on   Silverlight. Following was the overall agenda of the meeting:

  • AdnanExplainingIntroduction to Silverlight by Adnan Amin
    • Current application development practice in the Industry
    • New development model, โ€œThe XAML Wayโ€
    • Microsoft Silverlight
    • Embedding Sivlerlight apps into current applications
  • Refreshment
  • Silverlight Demo by Adnan Amin

A noticeable thing this time was that there were number of students in the audience and I got a positive feedback from them. Almost everyone of them is willing to attend the next session. 

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Adnan highlighted some of the issues in the current development practices and how Silverlight ease those issues by bringing Designers and Developers together on single platform.

The history of Silverlight and its architecture was also discussed in the session and audience showed their interest through Q&A.

The speaker also shared his experiences regarding web application development with and without Silverlight and how they make their customer satisfied using Silverlight.

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Another main point on the agenda was to discuss the importance of User Groups and the purpose of User Group Meetings. Following were the main points that were discussed as Purpose of UG Meetings:

  • Learning
  • Networking
  • Sharing
  • Job Opportunities
  • DSCN0255Meet Experts
  • Solution to Problems

The audience raised number of questions related to advantages of UG meetings and some of them was answered by audience as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, I would like to thank people at Microsoft Innovation Center specially Haseeb and others for arranging necessary accommodation and equipment for carrying out the event smoothly.

Those who attended the event, please take out few minutes to fill the feedback form. Your feedback will help us improve in the future. To fill the feedback form, please click here.

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Dedicated to all the supporters and volunteers of Emerging .NET Devs User Group.

Registration For Volunteers

DevNext and Emerging .NET Devs, both registered under International .NET Association (INETA), are working in collaboration to organize several events, sessions and workshops at different universities and Microsoft Innovation Center.
As user groups are based on volunteers, We are currently accumulating and formalizing list of Volunteers as Executers, Speakers, Book Reviewers, Designers etc.
Are you passionate about technology? Do you have feeling to serve the community? Do you spend most of the time with PC? Are you an active blogger? do you like designing graphics? Do you feel its fun organizing tech events? Here is a chance for you to contribute to the community… Get yourself Register and stand out in the crowd…
So what we offer in return? Volunteers are not paid that’s why they are volunteers, they are working for their passion ๐Ÿ™‚ but from time to time we distribute goodies / giveaways to our volunteers. The biggest advantage is that you will get in touch with tools and technologies.

Click here to register yourself as volunteer!

Note: Those who are already volunteer of either DevNext or Emerging .NET Dev also need to register themselves

Review Copies Received from Wrox

reviewcopiesEmerging .NET Devs is supported by Wrox User Group Program. Recently we received review copies, requested couple of weeks earlier, from Wrox.

Following titles are received:

  1. Professional ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 in C# and VB
  2. Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX
  3. Pro Silverlight 2 for ASP.NET Developers

On behalf of Emerging .NET Devs, I would like to thank Wrox for supporting us.

If you are interested in reviewing books, we will soon be formalizing list of reviewers in our User Group. Those reviewers will receive free books against which they will be requested to submit review which we will publish on different websites including our UG blog.

Remember that we will keep rotating the review copies so that maximum number of reviews can be submitted. Each reviewer can keep book for 1-2 months at max.

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June User Group Meeting on Silverlight

After announcing Coupon Winners for free Microsoft exam registration last week, Iโ€™m excited to share with you that Emerging .NET Devs June User Group Meeting is scheduled on 23rd June 2009 [6 PM to 8 PM] at Microsoft Innovation Center, Karachi. This time we have invited guest speaker โ€œAdnan Aminโ€ to deliver a session on Silverlight.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Silverlight Session Part I by Adnan
  • Group Review
  • Refreshment and group membersโ€™ discussion
  • Silverlight Session Part II by Adnan

About the Silverlight Session:

  • Current application development practice in the Industry
  • New development model, โ€œThe XAML Wayโ€
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Embedding Sivlerlight apps into current applications
  • Demo

About Adnan Amin:
Adnan is Sr. Software Engineer at KalSoft Ltd. with four years of technical experience of working on Microsoft Technologies. Adnan is Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) for Web and Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Desktop based applications. he is involved in trainings with KalSoft for the last two years and has given several MOC based and custom trainings. He has experience of giving trainings on latest Microsoft Technologies and his major areas of trainings are Microsoft ASP.NET 3.5, C Sharp 3.0 and Silverlight.

Registration:

All our UG Meetings are FREE and OPEN. All you have to do is to REGISTER yourself here. If you are not a member of Emerging .NET Devs then what are you waiting for? Join us on Facebook and/or Yahoo Group to get updates and participates in the upcoming events, meetings and workshops.

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Purpose of User Group Meetings

I was just wondering about the purpose of User Group Meetings, So I thought to communicate with INETA/MS people of what they think of UG meetings ๐Ÿ™‚ Hence I sent an email to Sanjay Shetty, Regional Lead APAC/EMEA – Microsoft User Group Support Services. So he replied me with an awesome visual he made to represent the purpose of user group meetings or can say the activities carried out in the user group meetings. Check it out:

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Coupon Winners!

So as we committed earlier, Emerging .NET Devs will distribute coupons for FREE Microsoft exam registration at Prometric Centers. We got plenty of response from you guys but as it was announced that distribution will be done on first come first serve basis though we have given preference to active group members/participants i.e. those who participates in our User Group Meetings and other events.

So  here is the list of winners:

  • Aftab Hafeez โ€“ Software Engineer โ€“ KalSoft Ltd.
  • Danish Sultan โ€“ Software Engineer โ€“ Swiftem (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • Hadi Raza โ€“ Software Engineer โ€“ LBS
  • Fahad Ahmed โ€“ Sr. Software Engineer โ€“ Impact Proximity
  • Mirza Fawad Hassan โ€“ Development Executive โ€“ Telenor Pakistan
  • Muhammad Azam โ€“ Software Engineer โ€“ TPS (Pvt.) Ltd.
  • S. Azar Ali Zain โ€“ Analyst Software Engineer โ€“ TRG Tech
  • S. Fahad Abbas โ€“ Software Engineer โ€“ Mixit Technologies
  • Usama Khalil โ€“ Development Officer โ€“ Telenor Pakistan
  • Umair Zafar โ€“ Software Developer โ€“ BTS Software

So Congratulations to the Winners on behalf of Emerging .NET Devs. Every winner will receive an email by tomorrow along with the coupon code which they can avail while registering for an exam at Prometric website.

Also please note that now Passport is required at all Prometric centers (at least in Pakistan) to prove your identity at the time of exam. All coupons must be utilized by June 30th. Further if any one can feel that they cannot give exams by 30th June, please feel free to inform us because we have a big waiting list ๐Ÿ™‚

About Microsoft LearningAll Winners are requested to submit details about the exam i.e. For which exam they registered and what was the outcome of the exam, which we will send back to Microsoft Learning ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, on behalf of UG, I would like to thanks Microsoft Learning for supporting Emerging .NET Devs ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward for further collaboration with Microsoft and other sponsors.