Today I got an email from Telerik with a special offer for members of Philly.Net.  Too bad I didn’t have this information in time for last night’s meeting.  Oh well, I guess that goes to show why we need to have a good means of communication in our group.  

If you want a FREE COPY of Telerik Reporting Developer License, here is how to get it!  Any one who fills out Telerik’s survey and gets at least 7 questions correct gets a free copy!  And then you get a chance to win a 19″ monitor.  It looks like you’ll need to down load a free copy of Telerik Reporting and review some of the documentation to get all of the answers but the questions look pretty easy.  If you already use this reporting package or were planning on checking it out, now is the time to do it!

Here is the message I got from Telerik

We are running our Reporting Challenge now and your user group members might be interested in taking part. Here is the link:

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Your guests have the chance to win a 19″ NEC monitor. Everyone who answers 7 or more questions correctly will receive a complimentary Telerik Reporting Developer License (value $399). The Challenge will end on July 13th and all winners will receive an email notification. We would be grateful if you could announce the Reporting Challenge and post the link at your user group web site.

I hope you find this information helpful.  And, Good Luck!

phillydotnetPerficient sponsored the monthly Philly.Net meeting featuring presentations on SQL Server Integration Services and Sharepoint. 

Don’t miss our next meeting:  July 18th at Microsoft in Malvern.  This meeting is sponsored by Solvepoint.  The speakers and topics haven’t been announced yet, stay tuned for more information.  And keep an eye on this blog for more information about Philly.Net Code Camp 2007.2 scheduled for September.

As always, here is my synopsis of the meeting.  If you miss a meeting or want some information about something you’ve seen at Philly.Net, hopefully you’ll find the answer in my synopsis.  I try to put in links and information that the presenters think are useful.  Click on Philly.Net in the category cloud to see all Philly.Net related content (or click here).


Presenter:  Tony Testa, Perficient

Topic:  SQL Integration Services

Tony started off with a quick intro to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), the next generation of SQL Server DTS (Data Transformation Services from SQL Server 2000).  SSIS has many uses but it is well suited for the ETL process.  Improvements over DTS include many new features, logging, configuration, debugging, an API, better deployment, and more.  He quickly jumped into a quick demo showing an SSIS package with a For Each Container using a Script Task – with debugging too!  With these simple demos you can easily see the power of SSIS.  He continued on to demonstrate many other cool features in SSIS.  He wrapped up showing us several different ways to execute a DTS package including from SQL Server, from the File System, and from a .Net application.

Here are the files from Tony’s presentation: (522.14 KB)


Presenter:  Afshin Zavareh, Perficient

Topic:  Sharepoint 2007 Features and Components

Afshin started off good.  I always like a presentation that starts with “I only have one slide”!  The one slide was a good introduction to the various Sharepoint Feature Areas.  He quickly moved on to the demos.  One interesting point he brought up… all of the information for the Sharepoint demo site he created is stored in SQL Server.  There are no actual aspx files.  Sharepoint provides so many cool features that you can easily add into a site.  Here are some of the features Afshin showed us:

  • Using templates to create sites
  • Implement RSS
  • Use built in search – not only for pages but other content like word docs.
  • Create a custom search results page using web parts.
  • Using Site Master Page settings to define the look of the site.
  • Workflow for approvals.
  • Using business forms.
  • and more…

This is a big topic and Afshin did a great job at showing us the basics to many features.  He sent me a nice list of Sharepoint blogs that should be helpful to people who want more information:


Meeting Sponsor: Perficient… Thanks for the Pizza!

Additional Door Prizes courtesy of:  Microsoft and Wrox Publishing.