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Combined November/December meeting

When we moved to the 4th Thursday of the month, it turns out we’re solidly in both the holidays in November and December… oops. Not only will we have very low attendance on November 26th and December 24th, but we’d be hard pressed to find a room to hold it in.

Therefore, we’re moving our November and December meetings together into one December 10th meeting. We’ll update you with room info (it’s probably going to be Rackspace again), and subject (thinking about doing something about C# programming).

Happy Thanksgiving, and hope to see you all on December 10th!

October meeting – October 22nd

This month’s meeting will be a joint meeting with the newly created NRV SQLPASS.

Intro To SQL Server Integration Services

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a powerful tool for importing data into your SQL Server database. It can connect to many 3rd party sources including Excel, text files, web services and more.

In this session we’ll explore the fundamentals of developing a SSIS package to load a data warehouse.

The session will be presented by our own John Baute.

Attention! Change of location!

The session will be held at Rackspace, 1691 Innovation Drive Blacksburg, VA 24060, on October 22nd, from 6:00PM to 7:30PM.

Please sign up on the Eventbrite event page.

September meeting – September 24th

The September meeting snuck up on me…

We’ll be meeting again at the CRC, Excella is kind enough again to let us use their meeting room.

I’m bringing the Raspberry Pi, and some pizza. Anyone else who wants to show something is welcome to!

Meeting will start at 6PM, at Excella Consulting, Corporate Research Center, 2000 Kraft Drive, Blacksburg. Hope to see you there!

August meeting – August 27th

Hey guys,

Once again, we have no scheduled speaker for this month. I will try and come up with a subject for September.

Meanwhile, for the sake of continuity, we’ll have our September meeting. If there is interest, I can try to do the node.js presentation I gave about a year ago. Anything else is appreciated! Pizza will be provided.

Our meeting will be on August 27th, 6PM, at Excella Consulting. Hope to see you there.

July meeting – Free for all

Hey guys,

Initially we were thinking about taking a break in July, but for the sake of continuity I think we should have a meeting. There is no scheduled speaker, but I can show a little bit of what I’ve done with node.js, and I’ll bring the Raspberry Pi with me. Anyone is welcome to show off some of their own stuff!

Our meeting will be on July 23rd, 6PM, at Excella Consulting. Hope to see you there.

Change of schedule

Due to some changes in private schedules, we’ve moved the monthly meetings to the fourth Thursday of the month. We’re taking a break in July, and we’re trying to judge if people are OK with the fourth Thursday, or prefer a different day.

Please take the survey below so that we can accommodate the largest number of people.

Create your own user feedback survey

June 2015 meeting – Windows 10 changes for developers

Our June meeting will be held this Thursday, June 25th. The topic will be Windows 10 and the changes it will bring to the platform from a development perspective.

Subway will be catering our food that evening. To make sure we have your sandwich reserved (we have 10 Subway boxes available), please register for this event at EventBrite.

As always, our meeting will be held at Excella Consulting, Corporate Research Center, 2000 Kraft Drive, in Blacksburg. Hope to see you there!

2015 Spark Conference in Charlotte, NC

Since I completely goofed up and whetted your appetite with a 2015 Roanoke Code Camp (which didn’t happen), I’d like to give you an alternative.

On June 6th, the North Carolina Microsoft Users Group is organizing their 2015 Spark Conference. The event runs from 8AM until 6PM, and sports sessions in 12 different rooms. There is a design track, 5 developer tracks, a Hack-a-ton, and tracks on the Internet Of Things, IT Professional, Soft Skills, Startup, and STEM.

Admission is free, lunch is provided, and at the end of the day is a keynote and giveaways. The only cost is transportation, and if applicable a $5 parking fee. Sign up as soon as possible, since registration closes May 31st.

And if you go, make sure to say hi to our previous presenters Brian Lanham and Joel Cochran, who both will hold a talk at the Spark Conference.

Hope to see you there!

Presentation 5/28 – Entity Framework Code First

Update: Sorry, I got my dates mixed up. It’s May 28th, the 4th Thursday.

Thursday May 28th, Bill Wynne will be presenting about Entity Framework Code First. It will be heavy on the demo part, so make sure you get there early so you can get close to the screen!

We’ll have some pizza and afterwards a raffle. As usual, it will be at Excella Consulting, 2000 Kraft Drive, in Blacksburg, at 6PM. Just a reminder, if you arrive after 6PM, the doors leading in to the building will be automatically locked. Give me a call at (540) 808-2780 and I’ll run down to let you in.

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

April meeting – 4th week of April (23rd)

The meeting for April has been moved to the 4th week of April, the 23rd. This was prompted by the availability of our speaker for this month, but we are actually considering moving our meeting permanently to the 4th Thursday. I’ll bring that up in a separate post.

This month’s speaker is Jonathan “J.” Tower. The subject is “30 Tools for Modern .NET Web Development in 60 Minutes”:

Are you a .NET developer interested in crafting high-quality, modern web applications? I’ve got 30 tools I want to show you in just 60 short minutes. I’ll introduce you to these 30 tools that I think will help make your software and life better.

Buckle your seat belts and come prepared to jot down some notes on the items that will be the most helpful to you. You might want to reference them later, because we’ll be moving fast!

Jonathan “J.” Tower is a Microsoft MVP, Telerik Developer Expert, and Senior Software Architect with over fifteen years of software development experience in many different industries. He loves the creative and problem-solving aspects of his work, sharing what he’s learned, and building community.

J’s current technology interests include web technologies–ASP.NET MVC, various JavaScript frameworks like Kendo and Angular– as well as cross-platform mobile development technologies like Xamarin or hybrid mobile apps.

Normally you would find J. near his home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he organizes a user group, four annual developer conferences, and a GiveCamp. This year, however, he and his family are on a one-year-long road trip around the country visiting the 48 contiguous states (

Hope to see you all on the 23rd!