Upcoming Events

Past Events

April Meeting: Shoving Your Code Where It Belongs
  Date:   Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Mike Abney
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101A

Mike talked about Object Oriented Design and concepts from his book Streamlined Object Modeling

May Meeting: Developing Your Development Career
  Date:   Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Eric Huckabay
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

Come join us for our May meeting. Eric will be covering career growth and how you can be better prepared for getting your next job, promotion, or raise. There will be door prizes provided by Microsoft and pizza provided by Improving Enterprises. Please RSVP if you plan to attend (up to 2 hours before the event) so that we don't have (another) pizza shortage!

June Meeting: Introduction to C# 4.0
  Date:   Tuesday, June 9, 2009 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Allen Hurst
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101A

Come join us for our June meeting. Allen will be discussing some of the new features of C# 4.0. There will be door prizes provided by Microsoft and pizza provided by Improving Enterprises.

Special Presentation: ASP.NET MVC In Action with Jeffrey Palermo!
  Date:   Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Jeffrey Palermo
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

Come join us for our July meeting. INETA is sponsoring us this month and we'll be hosting Jeffrey Palermo.

Jeffrey Palermo is the CTO of Headspring Systems. Jeffrey specializes in Agile management coaching and helps companies double the productivity of software teams. He is instrumental in the Austin software community as a member of AgileAustin and a director of the Austin .Net User Group. Jeffrey has been recognized by Microsoft as a “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) for technical and community leadership. He is also certified as a MCSD.Net and ScrumMaster. Jeffrey has spoken and facilitated at industry conferences such as VSLive, DevTeach, and Microsoft Tech Ed. He also speaks to user groups around the country as part of the INETA Speakers’ Bureau. His web sites are headspringsystems.comand jeffreypalermo.com. He is a graduate from Texas A&M University, an Eagle Scout, and an Iraq war veteran.  Jeffrey is the founder of the CodeCampServer open-source project and a co-founder of the MvcContrib project.

August Meeting: Software as Tangible Work
  Date:   Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Herb Nowell
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101A

Come join us for our August meeting! Herb Nowell will discuss applying ideas from the crafts and trades to create better software and more job satisfaction. There will be door prizes provided by Microsoft and Pearson Education and pizza provided by Improving Enterprises.

September Meeting: Enterprise Library Policy Injection Application Block
  Date:   Tuesday, September 8, 2009 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Ben Floyd
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

Come join us for our September meeting.

Ben will be discussing cross-cutting concerns briefly and then talk about one specific application block called the Policy Injection Application Block (PIAB). The PIAB allows developers to quickly implement many cross-cutting concerns. It also allows developers (and system administrators) to quickly change the rules followed by thing such as logging and exception handling without having to recompile and distribute code. Everything can be configured through a config file!

Ben will be doing a code heavy demonstration (C#) that will take an application with some logging and exception handling and turn it into an application that uses the PIAB to handle this for all parts of the code. He will also implement parameter validation (a form of code contracts).

There will be pizza provided by Improving Enterprises.

October Meeting: Sandwich Talks at Jason's Deli
  Date:   Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:30 AM
  Presenter:   None
  Venue:   Jason's Deli

Come join us for our October meeting. This month's meeting will be an informal get-together where we will discuss a number of tech topics and get to know one another better.

Special Event: Silverlight at Night!
  Date:   Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:00 PM
  Presenter:   Ryan Riley, Jonathan Birkholz
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101A

Our November meeting will be a special event co-hosted by the Texas A&M Computing Society student group. We are planning an awesome event with special giveaways from Microsoft and a speech on Silverlight. More details coming soon!

January Meeting: Project Setup
  Date:   Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Eric Huckabay
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101A

Come out and join us for our January meeting to see Eric Huckabay from Improving Enterprises discuss project setup. Eric will be giving us information on how to get rolling quickly and efficiently on your next software project and give tips that will help you improve the one you're already working on.

February Meeting: iPhone Programming in C# with MonoTouch
  Date:   Tuesday, February 9, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Casey Watson
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

Come out and join us for our February meeting! Casey Watson from Improving will be here with us from Dallas to teach us how we can create iPhone (and iPad?) applications using C# and the .NET framework using MonoTouch.

May Meeting: ASP.NET MVC 2.0
  Date:   Tuesday, May 18, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Allen Hurst
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

Come out to the DNUG for our May meeting. Allen Hurst will be demonstrating some new features of ASP.NET MVC 2.0. The framework keeps getting better and better, come out and learn and share your experiences with MVC. Improving will be providing food and we've got lots of great door prizes from Microsoft to give away!

June Meeting: Setting Up SQL Server 2008
  Date:   Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Joshua Chick
  Venue:   TBD

Joshua Chick from Improving Enterprises is going to guide us through the plethora of options and configurations available in SQL Server 2008. Come by to learn, ask questions, and share your experiences with SQL Server setup and configuration. Improving Enterprises will be providing lunch and Microsoft has donated door prizes to give away.

July Meeting: Silverlight 4
  Date:   Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Tony Champion
  Venue:   TBD

Come out to our July meeting! Tony Champion from Champion Data Solutions is coming in from Houston to talk to us about Sliverlight, specifically new features of Silverlight 4.0. Come out and learn how to build great RIA applications on the .NET framework. Improving Enterprises will be providing food and Microsoft is donating door prizes for giveaways.

August Meeting
  Date:   Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Allen Parish
  Venue:   TBD

Allen Parish will be presenting at our August meeting, more details to come!

September Meeting: RESTful Services in WCF
  Date:   Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Herb Nowell
  Venue:   TBD

For our September meeting, Herb Nowell will be presenting on RESTful services in WCF. Improving will be providing pizza and there will be door prizes from Microsoft.

October Meeting: Exploiting ASP.NET for Fun and Profit
  Date:   Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Ben Floyd
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

Could your website be used to sell fake watches by email to thousands of people around the world? Could someone use your website to steal your users’ bank website credentials? Is it possible bypass your login page and become an admin on your website? Come see real examples of the problems that put your organization and users at risk, and learn how to detect and prevent them. Many good developers know the buzz words in [web] security without really understanding the meaning and impact each one can have. This misunderstanding prevents developers from detecting problems during code reviews, performing impact analysis when problems are discovered, and implementing preventions to close the holes. This leads to good developers writing code with serious problems that can potentially damage an organization’s data, reputation and trust with users, and ultimately the bottom line. Ben Floyd of Improving Enterprises will be presenting on · Common vulnerabilities such as SQLi, XSS, XSRF, redirect hijacking, etc · How these manifest as vulnerabilities in ASP.NET WebForms and MVC · The OWASP Top 10 List for 2010 · .NET tools, libraries, and techniques used to keep websites secure · Security basics such as defense in depth, whitelisting/blacklisting, and attack surface analysis · Resources for learning more

November Meeting: BDD-style testing in ASP.NET MVC with SpecFlow and WatiN
  Date:   Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Brandon Satrom
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101A

For our November meeting, Brandon Satrom from Microsoft will be coming in from Austin to teach us about test-driven web development with ASP.NET MVC. I hope everyone can make it!

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January Meeting - Windows Phone 7 with Chris Koenig from Microsoft
  Date:   Tuesday, January 11, 2011 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Chris Koenig
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

Aggieland DNUG's first meeting of 2011 will be Tuesday, January 11th. Chris Koenig from Microsoft will be coming down from Dallas to give a talk on Windows Phone 7! If you're interested in Windows Phone or Silverlight, this should be an excellent talk. I hope everyone can come out to help make a big showing for our group! As always, Improving will be providing pizza and we've got lots of Windows Phone door prizes from Microsoft.

July Meeting: PLINQO - Advanced LINQ to SQL
  Date:   Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Tom DuPont
  Venue:   TAMU GSC 101B

In the time that LINQ to SQL has been available, we have been identifying ways to make LINQ to SQL better. We have compiled all of those cool tips and tricks including new features into a set of CodeSmith templates. PLINQO opens the LINQ TO SQL black box giving you the ability to control your source code while adding many new features and enhancements. It's still LINQ to SQL, but better!

September Meeting: Microsoft Application Architecture
  Date:   Tuesday, September 13, 2011 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Long Mai
  Venue:   Improving Enterprises

Come join us for our September meeting where Long will lead a discussion of application architecture.

August Meeting: Introduction to Code-First Entity Framework
  Date:   Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:00 PM
  Presenter:   Devlin Liles
  Venue:   Improving Enterprises

For our August meeting we'll be hosting Devlin Liles from Improving. Devlin is an Microsoft MVP in Data Development and the author of a book on Entity Framework that's scheduled to be released early next year. He's going to talk to us about Entity Framework 4.1, specifically the new code-first feature.