Updated on12/19.  Infragistics has joined us as a Gold Partner


Wow, Code Camp 2008.1 is coming up fast.  It seems like we move from planning one Code Camp right into planning the next one.  We are busy lining up sponsors and speakers and I can report that both efforts are going very well.

First, a sponsors update.  Scroll down if you want to see the sessions that are planned.

We now have several levels of sponsorship.  Companies can contribute money to Philly.Net so we can pay for the expenses of running a Code Camp.  In addition, companies provide prizes and swag, and everyone likes that! Of course, this list is changing all the time.   All of these companies have been very generous in their support of Philly.Net.  If you get some time, check out their web sites/products. 

Announcement: The official email hasn’t gone out yet but I’ll let the cat out of the bag… Code Camp registration is now open on the Philly.Net site!

Platinum Partners:

DeVry Microsoft
Thanks to DeVry in Fort Washington, PA.  They’ll be hosting our Code Camp. We can always count on Microsoft’s support throughout the year.

Gold Partners:

ComponentOne Infragistics_1 neudesic rda Redgate

Silver Partners:

Spherion SteelBlue

Other Partners:

Solid Quality Mentors

Other companies have pitched in to provide prizes for Code Camp.  Here’s a list of who’s signed up to help, so far:




SQL Server Magazine



We all come to Code Camp for the presentations.  Here is a list of some of the presentations that you’ll get at Code Camp. This list is NOT complete and is subject to change, of course.   Keep an eye on the Code Camp site for the latest information.

    Brian Donahue – Panel Discussion
    David Laribee – Fundamental Domain-Driven Design
    Jeremy Jarrell – Decoupling Your Design – Dependency Injection with Windsor
    Jeff Deville – ASP.NET MVC – A New Way To Build Web Apps 
    Steve Eichert – Behavior Driven Development In Action:  The Evolution of TDD
    Don Demsak – Design Patterns

    Mitch Ruebush –
    Harish Bidad – BizTalk R2 BAM
    Chip Lemmon – Entry Level Event Models
    Tim Dodd – IIS 7
    Sam Gentile – ESB/SOA

    Business Intelligence
    Dan Clark – Integrating SQL Server Reporting Service Reports in .NET Applications
    Dan Hartshorn – Performance Point
    Mark Scott –
    Andy Leonard –

    User Experience
    Andy Schwam – ASP.NET Custom Controls
    Jonathan Newell – Databinding ASP.NET
    Bill Wolff – Silverlight 2.0 with Expression and Visual Studio 2008
    John Juback – Real World Experiences with Silverlight
    Eric Pascarello – Investigating JavaScript and Ajax Security
    Susan Lennon – Using SharePoint Designer to build a dashboard-type view of lists

    Marc Ziss –
    Jim Bonnie – SubSonic as a Data Access layer for DotNetNuke
    Rachel Appel – Exception Handling & Management Strategies
    Kevin Goff – Crash Course on LINQ and VS2008 Language Enhancements

    David Mann – Delivering Modular SharePoint Workflow Functionality via Components
    Bob Fox – SharePoint Disaster Recovery, Backup and more…
    Tony Testa – AJAX in SharePoint
    Michael Lotter – InfoPath 2007 with Visual Studio 2008
    Russ Basuira – Programming Composite Applications that use the SharePoint Business Data Catalog
    Gary Blatt – Using OpenXML to Access Excel and other Office 2007 Files
    Sharon Dooley –
    Ed Pochinski –
    Joshua Lynn – SQL Server 2008 New feature: Change Data Capture
    Reed Sutton –
    Hilary Cotter –
    Chuck Urwiler –
    Mark Magliocco – FaceBook Developer Toolkit in .NET
    Judy Calla – Visual Studio 2005
    Travis LaBorde –
    Rob Keiser – Powershell 2.0
    Todd Snyder – Using Refactoring to hunt down code smells
    Steve Andrews – Visual Studio 2008 Tools and Add-Ins

I’m happy to announce that RDA has signed on as a Gold Level Contributor for Code Camp 2008.1.  I don’t think the Code Camp page is up on the Philly.Net site yet.  Meanwhile, you can get some details in this post.

I’m currently working on the details with some other companies and I’ll have more information coming out soon.

Don’t forget, we are still looking for Sponsors and Speakers!

We’ve scheduled our next Code Camp for January 12, 2008.  This time we’re having it at DeVry University so we have room for many more people.  This could be Philly.Net’s biggest and best code camp ever!  I’ve started working on contributors and prizes and Bill and Steve are rounding up the speakers.  We’re planning to have 8 tracks running!  If you are interested in speaking, let us know and we’ll put you on the schedule.  We’ll have .Net, ASP.Net, SQL, Office, Sharepoint, Alt.Net and more.

I am proud to announce that we have our first Silver Level Contributor lined up.  Thanks to SteelBlue Solutions.  Miguel Castro, a very popular speaker (and Microsoft MVP) makes a cool code generator named CodeBreeze…check it out.  Other companies lining up to contribute and I’ll have more information soon.  Let me know if you are interested in Contributing money or prizes.

Other Events:

Silverlight FirestarterDani Diaz is putting together a Microsoft event on December 15th.  It’s a full day of designing and developing with Microsoft Silverlight. And if you have a lot of energy, stick around because at 5:30PM they are having an XBOX party!  Register here.

VS 2008 Install Fest:  Sorry for the late announcement, this one is Tomorrow (Dec. 4).  Come to the Microsoft Malvern office and install a copy of VS 2008.  If you do, you’ll get a free license.  Pretty sweet.  But you’ve got to be registered.

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We’ve got lots of stuff going on with Philly.Net these days.  Here is some news that I thought would be worthwhile.

Next Meeting:  "15 Minutes of Fame" on November 20, 2007 – Instead of having only two speakers, we’ll have 10 speakers, each doing about 15 minutes!  We did this last year for our Nov. meeting and we got great feedback so we’ll try it again.  I’m looking forward to it, I’ll be doing my 15 minutes on LINQ.  For more information, check out the web site

Visual Studio 2008 is Coming Soon – This isn’t exactly Philly.Net news but I thought it was worth mentioning.  Check out the Visual Studio Developer Center for the details.  Microsoft announced at TechEd in Barcelona that VS 2008 and .Net Framework will be released this month!

Future Meetings – We’ve got lots of good stuff coming soon including regular meetings, Code Camps, Pub Nights and some special events.  If you are interested in speaking or sponsoring, please let us know.  We need sponsors and speakers starting with January Code Camp and also the February monthly meeting.  If you have never spoken, I advise you to give it a try.  It is fun and you’ll actually learn a lot from the process.

Architects Group – Mitch Ruebush is starting up a User Group for Architects.  Keep an eye out for more information.

We’ve got some other things that we’re working on.  Plans for Code Camp, newsletters and more.  You’ll be hearing more about that soon. 


Tonight’s meeting was sponsored by RDA Corporation.  They provided our dinner (pizza) as well as a $50 Gift Card to Circuit City as a give away!  Making it’s first appearance at a Philly.Net meeting was our new coffee maker!  We bought it for Code Camp but now we’ll have coffee for our regular meetings.  Enjoy it!  Thanks to Rob for running tonight’s meeting.  Bill was out at Microsoft in Redmond (supposedly he’s working) so Rob stepped up to run the show and make announcements.

Our next meeting is November 20th.  We are bringing back the “15 minutes of Fame” format that we used last November.  That means we’ll have about 9 presenters, each doing a brief 15 minute presentation.  Last year this worked out really well and we got a great response.  If you are interested, please contact Bill or myself. 

UPDATE:  Both of the presenters are from RDA Corporation.  Check out their Technology Corner for information on these presentations and more.  Or click directly to Building an Extranet with Forms-Based Authentication using WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007 or Visual Studio 2005 Tips and Treats

Presenter:  Deepak Gupta, RDA Corporation
Topic:  Building an Extranet with Forms-Based Authentication using WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007

Sorry, I can’t summarize this session.  I was busy with Philly.Net business and I missed the whole thing.  It’s too bad because I was told that Deepak really knows his stuff on Sharepoint!

Presenter:  Steve Andrews, RDA Corporation
Topic:  Visual Studio 2005 Tips and Treats

Steve started by promising that these tips would be posted here on his blog.  It’s a good thing too because he jumped right in with a ton of tips and I can’t remember them all.  He started by showed how to customize VS menus and toolbars with a variety of features that aren’t there by default.  Then he showed all kinds of shortcuts and settings that I plan on using tomorrow at work.  I’ve been using Visual Studio since 2002 and I didn’t know many of these little tidbits.  The crowd contributed a few tips too and I’m certain that everyone learned something tonight.  As a bonus, Steve did a quick demo of Lutz Roeder’s awesome Reflector tool.

We wrapped up with prizes from RDA, O’Reilly, Wrox, Sams, and SourceGear!