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January 2009 INETA Europe Newsletter  
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bullet imageHappy new 2009!
bullet imageFrom the board...
bullet imageUG Leadership Summit
bullet imageCodecamp 2008
bullet imageINETA Europe reloaded
bullet imageTechEd 2008
bullet imageINETA Europe Activities
bullet imageBureau of Speakers
bullet imageSilverlight Contest
bullet imageUpcoming events
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Happy new 2009!

A new year full of surprises… It is now time for us to start a new year...

Let me start by saying thank you on behalf of INETA Europe board to all INETA volunteers for making this the most fun, creative and effective year since our beginning. Thank you so much for your time and your personal engagement!

It is my pleasure to express my deepest appreciation for all of the things you have done for INETA and developer communities in Europe this year!

This year, we are starting to win on our big bets in strategy and community development. Our membership base is growing rapidly. I have complete confidence in our team and I believe strongly that we will take INETA Europe to the next level.

Together!

We had a very successful TechEd with the biggest INETA networking party ever. We are working hard on the most exciting community activities in history of INETA Europe. Our Speakers Bureau is now representing the best of international speakers in Europe. There are so many great events and activities planned for 2009 and I am really confident that we will have a lot of fun and even more success together in this just started 2009.

We wish you all a happy new year 2009.

Damir Tomicic
President INETA Europe
Damir.Tomicic@ineta-europe.org

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From the board...
Ineta Europe - Communities transforming the world

A big thank you to all of you who have visited us at the TechEd Developers 2008 in Barcelona.

INETA Europe was again an exhibitor at this conference and we had a good time to know you face to face, User Group leaders and members or just people interested in creating a User Group not only in Europe but in Russia or the States. We sincerely encourage you to join in a User Group to learn more, to share your knowledge and to share with your peers your best ideas and dreams. All we together are able to transform our world in a better place through .NET technology.

Those who stopped by our booth participated in our on line survey and talked with us about different ways to facilitate INETA Europe to be closer to our User Groups and to listen to them.

All of you gave us great ideas about new services to the community to offer a better assistance in consolidate and growing your groups, and feedback about the services we are offering now.

Almost 300 people participated in some of our activities at TechEd Developers this year (asking for information, survey, greetings, party with Jose, etc…) and we want only say thank you, you are the real core of the .NET community.

INETA Europe Board of Directors
board@ineta-europe.org

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User Group Leadership Summit

Between the past Tech-Ed IT and Tech-Ed Developers there has been celebrated for the first time at Europe the User Group Leadership Summit, an event that is meant to be be a high level  sessions directed to the overall strategy of User Group management, including both Developers and IT, and of Microsoft towards UG Community.

To say that from INETA Europe we have asked long for this event and we are specially grateful to Graham Watson (http://blogs.technet.com/grahamtwatson/) and Tania Fernandez de Castro, who have made possible this two days event. Oh, and yes, INETA also helped a bit in the  organization of this event for first time at Europe ;).

The UG Leadership Summit was celebrated in two days, the first was dedicated to Microsoft to provide it's corporate point of view. There we had an interesting session about the changes that are taking place within Microsoft and Culminis, the Microsoft IT-Pros international UG Association (For who doesn't know, Culminis changed its operational model and now is a volunteer driven organization, like INETA). We also got a deep dive into UGSS (User Group Support Services).

Also we had a very interesting talk about Corporate Support for Unified Communications to UG meetings, very interesting one, being the main topics the UC materials being used, how can Microsoft help us better.. To say that there we mentioned the "INETA Live" program, already applied at USA that we are looking into applying in Europe.  I only can say "we are on it"...

Also, Doug Turnure showed us Ramp Up, the new free online community based program. I just can say it looks great and we expect it to benefit a lot of our developer community.

Later on we had a open-space session in which everybody participated and added value with his opinion and/or experiences.
Last day it was centered on User Group's Best Practices, old and new services for UG, Coordination of Speakers.

This has provided us very interesting feedback that will help us lead the European Community better and also has helped us into getting more closer to Microsoft.

In conclusion, a fabulous event worth repeating and, if you are invited - it is an invitation event only - do not hesitate to assist.

Jose Luis Latorre
Vice President Events & Sponsorship INETA Europe

JoseLuis.Latorre@ineta-europe.org

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MS Community CodeCamp 2008 - an INETA successful event!
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Quick facts
  • Date: 18.10.2008
  • Venue: Microsoft offices, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Attendees: 30
  • Sessions: 6
  • Speakers: 6 (5 MVP’s)
  • Event duration: 9h during one day (Saturday)
  • Contributors: 8
  • Prizes: 11
Overview

Into a new business season - MSCommunity under the hat of INETA and Microsoft had organized another great Code Camp event in Zagreb, Croatia!

With some 30 people in attendance, our focus this time was on a smaller group but with better interaction throughout the day. During the 6 sessions in a lengthy 9 hour day our speakers (including 5 of them MVPs) covered topics ranging from Mobility to Coding styles, SQL, BizTalk and other.

Speakers such as Tomislav Bronzin, Andrej Radinger, Dean Vitner, Josip Šaban, Marko Čulo and Bernard Katić made this day really special and provided us with top quality content in a form of great sessions and some more than interesting discussions!

When looking at the feedback we got from the audience this year, we again have reasons to be very satisfied. As they mentioned the event was again organized on a high level with technical sessions really providing deep insight thanks to our great speakers.

Organizing the event this year was made easier by having great support from our contributors - companies and associations such as Microsoft, INETA, RedGate, Telerik, DevExpress, Ekobit, Perpetuum Software and Microsoft Innovation Center Varaždin which had donated both the funds to organize the event and rich prizes in the form of swag and software licenses – note that ending the event we’ve organized a rich raffle game in which we gave away some 11 product licenses to the lucky attendees.

Tomislav Bronzin Photo

We are looking forward to organize another great CodeCamp very soon!

More pictures from the event can be found on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vladanstrigo/sets/72157608227020050/

Tomislav Bronzin,
Vice President Community Activities INETA Europe
Tomislav.Bronzin@ineta-europe.org

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INETA Europe reloaded... preparing for 2009!
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Miquel Lopez Photo

New framework, new countries, new User Groups… new INETA Europe image and communication plan! We would like to share with our User Groups our thoughts and concerns about the importance of supporting and giving added value to our communities.

So at this time we are preparing a marketing and communication plan to spread all the power of the people working with .NET technology. We want your participation in that and we would like be by your side to support in many ways your User Group. Some improvements: better communication and participation policy, new Newsletter image (more social), more services to our communities, and much more.

Very soon, we will be launching this news at our Website, and you will have the opportunity to know more in detail the new image of INETA Europe and the new lines of communication between companies, organizations, User groups and of course, with all of you, the face of .NET in Europe.

Miguel Lopez
INETA Europe VP Marketing
Miguel.Lopez@ineta-europe.org

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A TechEd for the community (and a community for TechEd)
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Jose Luis Latorre Photo

I’ts almost a month and it looks like yesterday, this past TechEd Developers is the most community intense event ever… we have had the User Group Leadership Summit Event, which was a great community event worth repeating, we also had our annual INETA Volunteers dinner which coincides with TechEd EMEA, usually the first Monday and there we invite key people that has provided so much insight and value to the community all around Europe, both from the community and from Microsoft. There we have to give a special thank you to Niklas Jardeby, José Mercado and George Kamarinos, the people that have supported and seconded this event, apart from their usual strong community support. Thank you so much!!

And this is not all… we had a very successful booth this year, manned by Miquel Lopez, our INETA VP Marketing and supported by three volunteers that helped us manage the booth; Hassan El Fadili, Emilio Velardiez and Benjami Adell.  There we run a successful survey that we have kept online for all of you to help us improve J. The survey  is at INETA Europe main page: http://europe.ineta.org/.

And the day before TechEd ended, we celebrated our first INETA Networking party, an event to meet with other professionals and also to meet and get to know the companies that are supporting both INETA and the community (which are more or less the same, or that is our goal).

The event was made in the “Party with Palermo” Style, Thank-you Jeffrey!!! (http://www.partywithpalermo.com ) that is, free to attend, with free fingerfood, free drinks and free swag. Ah and some interesting prizes, thanks to our kind sponsors and gathered more than one hundred persons, which is not bad for being the first event of this kind  and done in a bit of hurry (after we gathered the necessary funds for this).

There we have to give a big thank-you for the kindness of our sponsors that were:

Platinum sponsors

TechSmith Logo

http://www.techsmith.com

Gold sponsors

Infragistics Logo

http://www.infragistics.com

Silver sponsors

Telerik Logo

http://www.telerik.com

And I would like to give a special Thank-you to Betsy Weber, from TechSmith, the same Peter Lindsey, from Infragistics and Emily Parker, from Telerik. These are such great companies that are always supporting the developer community and also the ones that have believed in this event and supported it at full. Without you this would not have been possible.

Also to thank the person who inspired this event, Jeffrey Palermo, thank you Jeffrey for your guidance, time and for your inestimable support.

Palermo's Photo - Party with Palermo

http://www.partywithpalermo.com/

If you want to watch some pictures of the event, you can go to my Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joslat/sets/72157610638950772/

So, as lessons learned is that now this event has the potential to become extremely successful and we will start planning it right after the holiday’s season. If you’re already interested in becoming a sponsor of the next INETA Networking party, which will be called “Party with Damir”, in honor to our local host, Damir Tomicic, INETA Europe President.

For sponsoring this event, do not hesitate to contact me at JoseLuis.Latorre@ineta-europe.org. Next Stop will be at TechEd EMEA, Berlin.

So, somewhat, looks like TechEd is in a simple conclusion, a great IT event – the one - that gets us together, made to gather and glue them all…

Here, from INETA we will keep pushing and helping for this "One ring" we have that Tech-Ed is to fulfill his community task even better.

See you next TechEd (or earlier),

Party with Jose Photo 1 Party with Jose Photo 1 - INETA Europe Board representatives Party with Jose Photo 3 - MVP Karen Johns

Jose Luis Latorre
Vice President Events & Sponsorship INETA Europe

JoseLuis.Latorre@ineta-europe.org

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INETA Europe activities...
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PDC, TechEd Developers... these events are being a perfect way to start the new set of presentations in all our User Groups around Europe about the new technologies that is coming related to .NET.

Spain.

In Spain, the EL Guille Community Tour 2008 (EGCT2008), an activity supported by INETA is almost at the end of the journey, this month, December, visiting Albacete (10th), Huelva (12th), Cantabria (15th), Bilbao (16th), A Coruña (17th) and Baleares (19th), talking about new features of VB9 and LINQ.

Romania.

In Romania, we have news about the Timisoara’s RONUA User Group; they have just made a great session called RONUA TechEd Review 2008 Roadshow.

RONUA UG Session

Mihai Tataran begun the event with a brief presentation of the new features of  C# 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. Our national leader Aurelian Popa, MVP, had continued, with a very interesting subject, concerning the Azure, one of the first presentations on communities regarding this subject, very appreciated by the audience. During the event we have awarded another prize in the program “Do you want to become a MCP?” a study guide and a paid exam.

Tomislav Bronzin,
Vice President Community Activities INETA Europe
Tomislav.Bronzin@ineta-europe.org

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Growing up INETA Europe Bureau of speakers...
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Andrè Obelink
In November 2008...

The last weeks the INETA Speakers Bureau is expanded with two new speakers: Matthieu Mezil and Marcus Egger. Markus is already member of the INETA NorAm Speakers Bureau, but he lives also a couple of months per year in Europe. He and of course Matthieu are more than happy to present at your user group meeting! Unfortunately we have also removed three speakers: Goksin Bakir, Lorenzo Barbieri and Dennis Mulder. All of them joined Microsoft and, when applying one of the INETA rules, they need to left our speakers list. We want to thank them for their support the last years! Seems that our speaker scouting works great.

Matthieu Mezil

Matthieu MEZIL is a consultant and trainer at Winwise in Paris France. He started to use .NET in 2002, in particular C# language and he is a C# MVP.Matthieu’s main role is architect. He speaks at some conferences for Winwise or Microsoft, mainly about Entity Framework, LINQ and ADO.NET Data Services. Matthieu blogs at http://blogs.codes-sources.com/matthieu (fr) and http://msmvps.com/blogs/matthieu (en). His blog mainly devotes itself to Entity Framework. He writes articles for http://www.techheadbrothers.com (fr) and on a French magazine “Programmez”.

He is married and father of a daughter and a son.

Markus EggerMarkus Egger is the President and Chief Software Architect of EPS Software Corp. as well as the Publisher of CoDe Magazine. EPS is a custom software development and consulting firm located in Houston, Texas (USA) and Salzburg (Austria). He specializes in consulting for advanced business applications built on the Microsoft platform. EPS does most of its development using Microsoft Visual Studio (.NET) and SQL Server (among other technologies). EPS has worked on numerous software projects for Fortune 500 companies including Philip Morris, Qualcomm, Shell and Microsoft. Markus has also worked as a contractor for the Microsoft Visual Studio team.

Markus is an international speaker having presented sessions at numerous conferences including a number of conferences in North America, Europe, and South America. Markus has written numerous articles for publications including CoDe Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Visual Studio Magazine, ASP.NET Pro Magazine, FoxPro Advisor, Fuchs, FoxTalk and Microsoft Office & Database Journal. Markus is the publisher of CoDe Magazine, a .NET publication focusing in technologies such as .NET and Web Development. Markus has written a book about Advanced Object Oriented Programming. Markus also received the Microsoft MVP Award (consecutively, from 1996 to 2007, making him one of the longest-running MVPs) for his contributions to the developer community. Markus has also been named a "Tablet PC Influential Developer", ( a.k.a. "Tablet PC Guru"), an honor Microsoft awarded to the 10 most influential developers in the worldwide Tablet PC market. Visual LandPro, one of the applications Markus was in charge of, was nominated for the Microsoft Excellence Awards three times. You can contact Markus via email (megger@eps-software.com) or visit him online (www.eps-software.com and www.MarkusEgger.com).

In January 2009

This year started with two new speakers added to the INETA Europe Speakers Bureau! Gill Cleeren and Kurt Claeys. Accidentally they are both from Belgium. Both speakers are well know in the .NET community. Gill is a Regional Director and MVP for ASP.NET and Kurt was the winner of the Speakers Idol contest during the TechEd Developers 2008 in Barcelona.

Gill CleerenGill Cleeren
 Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Visual Web Developer/ASP.NET. He’s board member of the largest Belgian user group on Visual Studio and Microsoft-related products, Visug. Gill is also responsible, together with a team of community members, for Community Day, a yearly event on Microsoft products and technologies organized entirely by t he community. He also writes articles and creates webcasts regularly for Microsoft.
In his professional career, Gill is a .NET architect and competence center leader at Ordina. He mostly specializes in ASP.NET/WPF/Silverlight projects. Gill lives about 20 miles east of Brussels in the small town of Tienen, Belgium along with his girlfriend. You can read more on his blogs at www.snowball.be and www.codeflakes.net.

Topics: Gill talks on the following topics: ASP.NET, Ajax, Silverlight, WPF or C# (general)

Kurt ClaeysKurt Claeys
 Kurt Claeys is a .NET Architect (MCSD certified) with more than 15 years development experience and active with .NET technologies since 2002. He’s working for ORDINA Belgium as competence leader and consultant focusing on SOA projects implemented with WCF/WF and/or Biztalk and mainly sets up reference architectures and development frameworks for large enterprises. He’s also a coach and trainer (as MCT since 2005) delivering the Microsoft .NET certification tracks and Biztalk courses. He’s involved in INETA as country lead for Dutch speaking part of Belgium.
As community geek Kurt is evangelizing WCF, BizTalk 2006 and Entity Framework by delivering technical sessions for local .NET usergroups (VISUG, BIWUG, ACCB.NET) and high schools, regular speaking at IT Club events, presenting at Microsoft TechDays (Belgium) and Community Day events. Since 2008 Kurt is an MVP Connected System Developer.
He also published multiple articles in .NET magazine (Dutch) and on the Belgian MSDN site and has created screencasts on WCF for MSDN chopsticks. Kurt delivered Instructor Led Labs on Workflow Services at TechEd US Orlando, 2008) and won the Speakers the Speakers Idol Contest at TechEd EMEA (Barcelona, 2008).

Topics : Loves to speak on WCF/WF/Biztalk and LINQ/Entity Framework Best regards,

BTW... you can request them from here!

André Obelink
Vice President Speakers Bureau INETA Europe

Andre.Obelink@ineta-europe.org

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Silverlight Contest - Write and Win
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Jose Luis Latorre Photo

Picture of the Silverlight ContestStart the year off with some Silverlight fun in our "Silverlight: Write and Win!"Holiday Edition contest.

What you have to do is to write a cool article and submit it at www.SilverlightShow.netoreditorial@silverlightshow.netThis time all the submittals will be judged by jury with members:Adam Kinney, Chris Anderson, Dave Campbell, Emil Stoychev, Michael Sync, Shawn Wildermuth and Tim Heuer.

But what is Christmas without presents? The first three articles will be awarded with cool prizes: Telerik Premium Collection for .NET, ComponentOne Studio for Silverlight, Divelements SandDock for Silverlight, Amazon Gift certificate.

Jose Luis Latorre
Vice President Events & Sponsorship INETA Europe

JoseLuis.Latorre@ineta-europe.org

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Upcoming events...
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Chris Canal will be talking about NHibernate. Talk Description TBC Speaker Biography TBC Agenda 18:00 Doors Open 18:30 Welcome 18:40 TBC 19:30 Break 19:40 TBC 20:20 Feedback and Prizes 20:30 Pub (back bar at Waxy O'Connor's on West George Street) Venue Room M126 of the George Moore Building at Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA
Come listen to Dave give an overview of the new features in .NET 4.0. What will he talk about? Even he doesn't know yet, with the next version in tec
Oxford Favourite, Roger Whitehead comes back to Oxford to enlighten us about location based services. We'll also be giving away some swag and serving up some nice hot pizza!!
Using BI in a practical sense; Allan Mitchell looks at Data Mining and Time Predictions; Chris Webb shows us how to use SSIS, SSAS & SSRS to build a monitoring system for SSIS, SSAS & SSRS. Come and join UK SQL experts and your peers in this ever popular and growing networking and knowledge sharing
Tricky Business's Tricky Bassett Travels to Southampton to enlighten us about design practices and his experiences designing experiences for companies such as Alton Towers. We'll also be having some SWAG and eating Pizza!
Once upon a time there was a Designer called Simon Sturgess who lived in a nice shiny expression land. One day he came across a Developer named Timothy Hustler who lived in VS2008-Land. Wizard Microsoft cast a spell and they both lived together happily ever after (purely on a professional basis). The Wizard has also promised he'll magic some pizza too and possibly a nugget.
The 'unofficial' Anders Hejlsberg stunt double, and Internationalization speaker, Guy Smith Ferrier comes to Cabridge to enlighten us on the innovations around C# - in it's next version: 4.0. We'll also be having a nugget, plus some pizza and SWAG giveaway.
ClueSwap is about giving and receiving Clue. Think of one thing you would like to learn about. Think of one thing that you could teach someone else. Those two pieces of information are all you need to attend ClueSwap.
To give a different feel to the first NxtgenUG Brum meeting of the new year, we have top Designer "Tricky" come to help us "Design Challenged" developers get a grasp of some basics ...
We will be looking at all of the leading new products that came from Microsoft 2008, with a review of the work that is coming out in 2009 and beyond. This event is designed to give you a roadmap for the next few years to help you design and plan your IT strategies.
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