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TechEd Europe 2009 is just weeks away!

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TechEd Europe 2009 is just weeks away. If you are fortunate enough to be going to Berlin for the event, you will have many opportunities to make and renew your user group contacts.

INETA Europe would like to invite you to take part in the many community opportunities. From the many diverse topics and conversations of the Birds of Feather sessions to the information, conversation and just plain fun at the INETA Europe Community Lounge booth, there will be something for everyone.

During the conference, like always, we want to hear from you! What can we do to make INETA Europe better? What can you do to help INETA Europe? Got a question about running a user group? Want to start a new group? Want to get out and share your knowledge with others? Long story short, this is your chance to get your voice heard!

Stop by the INETA Europe booth for your chance to meet other members of the community including INETA Europe Speakers Bureau members, INETA Europe board members and user group leaders and members from all over. Get some ideas for your local group's next big event or regular meetings. Give INETA Europe some feedback on how things are going for you, your latest great idea for building community and the kinds of things would help you run your group. Or just take a break from the hustle and bustle of the conference and kick back for a few minutes.

Together with the Microsoft team, INETA Europe has put in a massive effort to make sure that there are useful and exciting things for you as an INETA Europe user group member attending TechEd Europe 2009. Make sure to check our website (http://europe.ineta.org) for up-to-date conference news and content.

See you soon in Berlin!

 Cheers!

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  2. Damir Tomicic
    President INETA Europe
    damir.tomicic@ineta-europe.org

Tech·Ed: Last Chance to Register. Don't Miss Out!

Last chance to register. Don't Miss out!

Microsoft ® Tech·Ed Europe 2009, 9 - 13 November: Berlin, Germany

Last Chance to Register – Don’t Miss Out! When you attend Tech·Ed Europe, as well as getting access to more than 600 technical learning sessions, and the chance to network with the very best in the business, you will also get all these giveaways*:

  • FREE version of Windows 7 Professional
  • A 12 month TechNet Plus Subscription (value $349 USD)
  • Optimized Data Centre Evaluation Kit
  • MMS 2009 DVDs containing 140 Breakouts, as well as walkthroughs of the top 50 Hands-on lab topics
  • A year’s free subscription to Tech·Ed Online, which makes you part of the global conversation and lets you revisit Tech·Ed sessions and catch up on those you missed

* Giveaways listed subject to terms and conditions

Immerse yourself in over 600 learning opportunities and gain access to in-depth technical training that’s tailored to your individual needs covering Architecture, Windows 7, Visual Studio, Windows Azure and more…

Join us in Berlin and see some of our top speakers including Mark Russinovich, David Chappell, Rafal Lukaweicki, John Craddock and many others.

Please visit our website for more information: www.microsoft.com/europe/teched/

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  2. Nicola Bartley

Is Code Camp time around Europe!

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One of the „most wanted“ INETA Europe support by the User Groups is to help them organize CodeCamp in their Country/town! As a result of the work of many INETA Europe volunteers, it is possible to receive guidance and check lists to see what are necessary steps to make it happen.

This guidance can be a simple list of sponsors that User Group Leaders/CodeCamp organizers can contact and ask to support the event or it can be help in the form of the prepared web site that anybody can use for promoting the event.

Also, INETA Europe can help to get some of the speakers from the Speaker’s Bureau, even it is preferred to engage local speakers (to develop Country Speakers Bureau!).

Following is the schedule for the CodeCamp’s from the communities all over the Europe:

  1.  CodeCamp in Sinaia (near Dracula's Palace in Transylvania), ROMANIA, October 25-30 2009, http://ronua.ro/codecamp/
  2. CodeCamp in Beograd, SERBIA, October 31. 2009., http://codecamp.msforge.net/
  3. CodeCamp in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, November 21, http://www.codecamp.nl

Also, following CodeCamp’s was organized recently:

  1. CodeCamp / KulenDayz, Beli Manstir/Osijek, Croatia, June 12-14, 2009, http://kulendayz.mscommunity.net/
  2. CodeCamp, Skopje, FYR Macedonia, October 16, 2009, (Report: http://mkdot.net/media/p/7145.aspx)
  3. CodeCamp in Tarragona 2009, SPAIN, (2 days!), October 17. and 18. 2009, http://www.codecamp.es/
  4. CodeCamp in Cracow, POLAND, October 17. 2009, http://codecamp.pl/en/Homepage.aspx

It is interesting to look at above web sites and see what are others are doing, how there are organizing, especially the format of Report of CodeCamp in Skopje!

FAQ: CodeCamp’s are based on 6 principles

  1. By and For the Developer Community
    Code Camps are about the developer community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community.
  2. Always Free
    Code Camps are always free for attendees.
  3. Community Developed Material
    The success of the Code Camps is that they are based on community content. All content that is delivered is original. All presentation content must be provided completely (including code) without any restriction. If you have content you don't want to share or provide to attendees then the Code Camp is not the place for you.
  4. No Fluff only Code
    Code Camps are about showing the code. Refer to rule #1 if you have any questions on this.
  5. Community Ownership
    The most important element of the Code Camp is always the developer community. All are welcome to attend and speak and do so without expectation of payment or any other compensation other than their participation in the community.
  6. Never occur during work hours
    We need to understand that many times people can't leave work for a day or two to attend training or even seminars. The beauty of the Code Camp is that they always occur on weekends.

If you are interested in organizing CodeCamp in your country/region/town – let us know:

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  2. Tomislav Bronzin
    Vice president Community Activities INETA Europe
    Tomislav.Bronzin@ineta-europe.org

INETA is growing up! New communities...

I would like to use our newsletter to announce new INETA Europe User Groups. Six groups joins us last month. Here is short list and more info about their meetings and events you can find out on their web sites.

  • DotNetArmenia - http://www.mscommunity.net/armenia, located in Yerevan, Armenia
    Armenian .Net Developers User Group focused on .NET development
  • Grupa .NET, FTIMS, Politechnika Lódzka - http://grupanet.ics.p.lodz.pl, located in Lodz, Poland
    Students .NET user group at Technical University of Lodz in Poland. User Group goal is to educate, promote and exchange experiences on the Microsoft Technologies. Group is cooperating with Microsoft Poland and others .NET societies.
  • MFiI MS TechGroup - http://net.umcs.lublin.pl, located in Lublin, Poland
    A group for the students and other people interested in Microsoft technologies mostly focused on developing using C#, ASP.Net, SQL Server.
  • Tech-Spark, located in Fgura, Malta
    Tech-Spark is a volunteer group of ICT professionals who are interested in gaining and sharing knowledge in Microsoft technologies through networking and education, and contributing towards the growth of the local ICT industry. The group has evolved from a software development user group called Maltadev.
  • WWSI.NET - http://dotnet.wwsi.edu.pl, located in Warszawa, Poland
    .NET Society at Warsaw School of Computer Science focus their meetings and events on sharing knowladge about .NET technologies like C#, ASP.NET, WPF, WCF etc.
  • XAMLPT - http://xamlpt.com, located in Oeiras, Portugal
    Group discuss all Microsoft's presentation layers technologies, such as Silverlight, Surface and WPF

I wish many crowded meetings and a lot of expert speakers to our new members! And if some of you - user group members or leaders - coming to TechEd Berlin visit the INETA booth so we can talk about INETA membership in person.

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  2. Dobriša Adamec
    Vice president Membership INETA Europe
    Dobrisa.Adamec@ineta-europe.org

Review .NET Usergroup Frankfurt

.NET UG Frankfurt (Germay) Meeting

Review .NET Usergroup Frankfurt (Germany) Meeting on Sept. 15th‏
On September 15th

We, the .NET Usergroup Frankfurt (Germany), had the great pleasure to welcome thinktecture consultants Christian Weyer (http://blogs.thinktecture.com/cweyer/) and Dominick Baier (http://leastprivilege.com/) at our monthly meeting.

They did a great talk on the upcoming Windows Identity Foundation (WIF). It started with the problems we face today, when trying to build distributed access and identities in our software. Also explaining what the .NET Framework has to offer already and then showing how it will improve moving on to WIF.

Over 40 attendees had a lot of fun hearing them speak about Claims, Tokens, IDPs and STSs in an entertaining way, which gave everybody a chance to follow.

Thanks to INETA Europe for supporting this event.

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  2. Constantine Klein
    .NET User Group Frankfurt Leader
    .NET UG Frankfurt

INETA UG members in the Imagine Cup 2009 final

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Team bdbp from Timisoara, finalist at Imagine Cup 2009 in the Embedded Development competition, is formed from members of the RONUA Timisoara user group.

The team members are: Bogdan Stefan POPESCU, Andrei STANCOVICI, Valentin STANGACIU, and Cristina CERTEJAN and they are mentored by Marius MARCU.

This year they did not shame the UG logos on their T-shirts, even that din not win but in 2010 edition we expect them to winJ.

RONUA Timisoara hopes to have also, in the 2010 edition, more teams formed with and from his membership ascending high in the competition.

Thank you!

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  2. Catalin Gheorghiu
    RONUA Timisoara Group Leader

News about INETA Europe Speakers Bureau

This month we have added again a new speakers to our INETA Europe Speakers bureau.

Nuno Filipe Godinho

Nuno's PhotoNuno Godinho is an external consultant responsible for helping customers to identify, plan, manage and develop software products and solutions. The majority of these software products and solutions are mission critical and use the Microsoft. NET platform from ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Forms, WCF, WF, WPF and even Mobility. He's been a speaker at major development events for Microsoft Portugal such as MSDN and TechDays, covering subjects like ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Live Platform, Visual Studio and Windows Azure Service Platform.

Hadi Hariri

Andre's PhotoHadi Hariri is Tech Lead at iMeta Technologies, an ISV specializing in bespoke software and consulting. He is a MVP for C#. He is also Co-chair for various open source projects including Indy, Indy # and Mobile Agents. His passions include software architecture, web development and security. He is co-author of the Indy in Depth book and has contributed to numerous developer publications and magazines. A frequent speaker at international conferences and user groups, he is based in Spain, where he lives with his wife and two sons, and runs the Málaga .NET User group

By the way... you can request them from here!

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  2. Andre Obelink
    Vice president Speakers Bureau – INETA Europe
    Andre.Obelink@ineta-europe.org