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Image September 2008 Newsletter

On this, quite late, September Newsletter we are bringing lots of new projects, exciting contest and much more. From right now we are proposing you to take out your micro and start practicing, you have only one month left to be the Master of the Stage.. Our President explains it in detail. Also, we are readying three exciting new programs that we will release for this next TechEd Developers; a new INETA Europe Sponsorship, Marketing and communication plan!

We are intensely talking and renewing our operation and relationship plans, and of course these will be freely available for anyone interested. More information is ahead, so keep reading!

On this edition we are talking also about the MSDN Social bookmarking, which is really a very interesting for us as it eases our everyday job and allow us to do pretty interesting and uselful things. More information ahead.

On other side, the commented webcast from Ontolica is almost out of the oven and also we are working in adding up very interesting new sponsors in short.

Also, we are talking of a very interesting event, called VBUG, celebrated each year at UK and, believe us, has nothing to do with "bugs".
Also we are guessing how many of you will come to TechEd, as we are thinking on some activities depending on that.. so we are asking you in this newsletter to send us an e-mail indicating your TechEd assistance. Also we are offering two tickets in exchange for helping out at our booth, so feel free to propose yourself - more information on this below.

Jose Luis Latorre

Vice President Sponsorship & Contest manager INETA Europe

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Speaker Idol: I'm a Rock Star

Introducing Last Year's Winner Jeff Wharton

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L-to-R:  Richard Costall (Host); Jeff Wharton (Winner) and Dave McMahon (Host)

What is this Speaker Idol all about? Participating in this competition you'll become the opportunity to demonstrate your presentation skills within just 5 minutes on stage and jumpstart your career as an international speaker.

The top Speaker Idol presenter will win a free ticket to attend TechEd EMEA 2009 Developers, PLUS the opportunity to present a technical breakout session to an audience of developers attending the conference.

The winner will also become a member of INETA Europe International Speakers Bureau. Not bad? Not at all.;-)

Here are all necessary information:Link to the Speaker Idol 2008 contest...

First deadline for submissions is 17 October. Go for it!

Damir Tomicic
President INETA Europe

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Next webcasts & online sessions to come...

As we informed on the last month Newsletter, Surfray was preparing some webcasts about Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server and enhance and improve MOSS search capabilities with its Ontolica search Solution. Well, the training is scheduled for the end of this month.

This training will be made initially available for Spain at the end of October and shortly after to all European developers, all through Live Meeting sessions organized by INETA Europe.

More information will be published at Surfray website (http://www.surfray.com) or at INETA Europe's main website (http://europe.ineta.org). Also more information will be provided in advance with all the details for you not to miss it.

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GUILLE Community Tour 2008
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Guille Community Tour Official Poster

Guillermo Som is a MVP in Visual Basic, author of one of the best VB Website references in Spanish and some VB Books. Guillermo, aka. "El Guille", is member of the Speakers bureau of INETA Latam and also a Mentor in Solid Quality Learning.

This year he has organized a community tour around Spain in which he will go up to 16 different User Groups / Cities in Spain, talking about the new aspects of Visual Basic 9.0 and LINQ, with support of Microsoft MSDN, JetBrains, DNUG (Málaga .Net User Group), Solid Quality Learning, dotnetmania magazine and last, but not least, INETA Europe. We're glad to support you, Guille and all the Spanish community.

In some sessions Guille will talk all together with David Salgado, from Microsoft MSDN, who will also chat about AJAX, Dynamic Data and Applications and new features in Visual Studio 2008 for developers.

If you belong to a Spanish User Group or company and are interested in learn from one of the best references of this popular .NET programming language (for some, the best), don’t forget to visit the URL http://www.elguille.info/lonuevo/2008/septiembre/10_Guille_Community_Tour_2008_GCT2008.aspx(in Spanish) to know more about different places, dates and registration to assist the 2008 Community Tour.

Miguel Lopez,
Vice President Marketing INETA Europe

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Social Bookmarking on MSDN and TechNet: A Collaboration Tool
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Tomislav Bronzin PhotoMicrosoft is opening up the MSDN, TechNet, and Expression sites to the worldwide technical community. Social bookmarking is an important element of the overall vision, enabling technical professionals to easily share their web favorites, find and connect with each other, and publish community-generated content directly to our sites.

In May, we released a preview of our social bookmarking application. Today, we released v1.0 of social bookmarking for MSDN, TechNet, and Expression. Chris Slemp has a blog post going into details of the features in this release, and includes some How-To videos for getting started.

Your user group could get value from bookmarking in a couple different ways:

  • Develop a list of resources for technical pros in your area. Use the “boston” tag to bookmark great tech bloggers in the Boston area, UG sites, area vendors, and/or projects.
  • Build sets of resources on a topic of recent interest to the group:
    • An event (e.g. “codecamp”)
    • A very specific technology (e.g. “regularexpressions” or “ipv6”)
    • A broader technology topic, broken down into smaller categories using tags (“sql + explore”, “sql + deploy”, “sql + manage”)

Here's an example from a group in Australia who's just started tagging content for their geographically-dispersed team: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/#sort=all&page=0&filter=allcontent&tags=cscperth

If you'd like to start a tagging project in your user group or in your company/team, and would like to share your experience, please leave a post in the Bookmarking forum. The team is collecting case studies to better understand how groups would like to use bookmarking and to inform requirements for future features such as the ability to define groups (user groups?!) on the MSDN and TechNet sites.

Tomislav Bronzin,
Vice President Community Activities INETA Europe

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New INETA Programs (Communication & Sponsorship) and TechEd activities call for action

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Well, to say that some things are evolving here, as we are renewing and relaunching some of the INETA Europe lines of action. I am proud to announce that we will have ready by the TechEd Developers our new Sponsorship & Communication programs (they go along very tightly) and these will be freely available to anybody (person or company) who is interested on them, as we also will be open to any suggestion in how to improve them.

With that we do hope to be able to get more funds, enhance and empower the different companies in our market to provide benefits to our members in first place and, in second to provide us funding for bringing ahead new and exciting activities and lines of action.

As for this, we are studying of providing more activities and lines of action, we will provide more information in short about that.. and I encourage you to propose your ideas of what Activities should INETA address to. Have to say that we have some in study as INETA Live, INETA Virtual, INETA Authors program, we are studying on applying the community champs to our European community, etc...

In November, at TechEd Developers we will be launching that at our booth, and you will have the opportunity to know these programs in more detail and share your opinion and knowledge with us, which we value a lot, as if we all add-up, the final sum is enormous.

As for techEd, I have to ask you, who of you will be coming? as for taking you in account for the possible activities we are organizing, I am daring to ask you to send me an e-mail telling if you will be here... For this send me an e-mail to joseluis.latorre@ineta-europe.org with the exact topic "coming to TechEd".

Also, if you are interested in supporting INETA at our booth, we do have TWO TechEd Tickets for two fortunate key persons that we will choose to support us at our booth - sorry, that's the only point but have to say that that will allow you to know a lot of great people and make a load of contacts, including the great guys at the INETA Europe Board, have to say ;)

For showing your interest on this, please send your INETA & UG CV to the e-mail address: joseluis.latorre@ineta-europe.org with the exact topic "INETA Booth Support". Note that we will choose based on what you have done last year for the community, so if you provide some information on this, our task will be easier.

Jose Luis Latorre
Vice President Sponsorship & Contest manager INETA Europe

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VBUG Annual Conference 2008
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VBUG is one of the largest user groups in the UK and actively participates in the Ineta Community.

Vice Chairman Tim Leung talks about the annual conference which takes place in November."

VBUG is a national user group and organises meetings and events throughout the UK. The highlight of our year is the annual conference and we've been doing this for the past 11 years.

The annual conference usually attracts around 200 attendees and is held at the Microsoft Campus in Reading. Each conference has always been successful and delivers top name local and international speakers. At a previous conference, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell from the DotNetRocks Radio Show visited from the US and reported from our conference.

This years conference takes place on the 4th/5th November and includes 2 tracks running over 2 days.

This year, our key note speaker will be Roy Osherove, founder of the Agile Isreal community. Ken Getz will also be flying over from the US and will deliver sessions on VSTO and LINQ to XML.

Other key sessions includes:

  • Tips and tricks for successful software teams.
  • Data-Driven ASP.NET AJAX.
  • Silverlight for mobile.
  • Create managed code for Office 2007 in Visual Studio 2008.
  • ASP.NET 4.0.
  • Team Foundation Server.

To find out more, visit http://www.vbug.com/Events/October-2008/THE-VBUG-NET-ANNUAL-CONFERENCE-2008.aspx

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