Monthly Archives: April 2012

TechEd BOF: The Risks and Rewards of Being a Consultant in 2012 and Beyond

June 11 – 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm RM S319

Join us to discuss the various challenges of starting and operating a private consultancy business. With today’s economy, what are the primary risks and how can they be mitigated? The following are invited: “I’m thinking about it and I have questions and concerns” or “I’ve made the leap and I would like to share/seek experiences and wisdom”. Discussion will be attendee-driven, and will cover topics for starting, maintaining and exiting a consultancy. Topics may include legal, marketing and sales, social media, human resources management, insurance, accounting, financing, exit strategy or a topic of your choice. Come and participate! Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

Discussion Facilitator Brian Blum owns Maverick Solutions IT, Inc, a technology consultancy, working mainly with schools, NFPs, & SO/HOs. He has been a SME for exam & training development projects for Microsoft, CompTIA, ElementK, O’Reilly, & the US Navy. He enjoys skiing & SCUBA diving.

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Twitter: @MaverickSol


TechEd BOF: Follow Me, Like Me: How Does Social Media Affect Business?

Greg Leonardo – June 11 – 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm, RM S319 (View Session Details)

Social media has grown exponentially in the past few years; businesses are getting more social. What areas of social networking should your business focus on: Number of followers or number that you follow; how many friends like you or how many friends you like? How often do you need to be social – every day, every hour? As a developer, how should you incorporate the ever-growing, ever-changing social network options into applications? If you’ve had successes with social networking or are beginning to explore it for business, come join us and explore these questions and more with your peers. Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

Greg Leonardo, the founder of Webonology, has been working in the IT industry since his time in the military. He has worked as at providing line of business solutions in SharePoint, BizTalk, Microsoft CRM, WCF, WPF, Silverlight, MVC, Mobile and Web, to name a few. Was part of an award winning team for SkyMinders at the AT&T Mobile Hackathon in Orlando in 2011. He sits on the Board of Directors for a Microsoft .Net user group. He is an INETA regional and Microsoft community speaker and has presented line of business discussions at TechEd (BOF), user groups, and various code camps throughout Florida.

Twitter: @gleonardo

Second Round of Component Code Challenge Winners Announced

As we finish our second round of the Component Code Challenge, I would to take this time to personally thank all the judges for another successful contest.  We would also like to congratulate the TechED 2012 winners Esha Deshpande, Toi Wright, and Rich Goforth.  I got to take some time to ask the winners a few questions, here is how they answered:

Esha replies:

1. How did you come up with your application?

I had this idea of creating an app “What’s your fashion Quo?”  After talking to my friends and having to tell/explain them what was “Coach/Gucci /Chanel/YSL” or what colors are “in” this season. Many of them had no idea about fashion or the brands. So to make it fun to read up on all the latest fashion trends, fashion tips, shoes, handbags all in one place, I realized this will be a good app to have. I call it a one-stop-shop place: for all things Fashion!

2. Why did you choose the controls you did?

The Infragistics Web Image Viewer control was really cool and easy to implement. It allowed me to have cool pictures as my menu which could be navigated easily and smoothly. Telerik’s Rad Social Share control was very fast to implement and setup links to Facebook, Google+ and twitter. This control enabled me to have it on each page, so that users can directly post/upload a fashion tip/ page they liked.  Telerik’s Rad Splitter control allowed me to create a book like feel to the pages where left pane contained the navigation links and the right pane contained all the content. It also allows users to collapse one side of page which gives more room to view content.

3. What would you like to share about winning one of the prizes in CCC?

I am very excited to have won this prize. Due to this code challenge I was able to implement my idea and winning this prize will enable me to go to TechED which is a great opportunity to learn about the new technologies and products from Industry leaders.

4. What are you looking forward to at TechED?

I am looking forward to all the new learning opportunities and hands-on training across for the latest of Microsoft products and solutions. I will get a chance to connect with Microsoft experts who know the most about the products we’re working with and will be a great experience.

Toi replies:

1. How did you come up with your application?

My application is the Meals for New Moms website. In my community, when a mom returns home with a new baby, the neighbors provide dinner for everyone in the household for about 5 days. I, myself, have been lucky enough to be a recipient of this service. And, as such, I wrote this application as a way to give back to the community.

2. Why did you choose the controls you did?

After I decided to create the Meals for New Moms website, I met with the woman in our community who coordinates the meals. After a few discussions it became clear to me that the biggest component of the application was going to be communication. The recipients need to know who is bringing dinner and the volunteers need to know how many people are going to be at the house and if they have any dietary restrictions and/or preferences. This, of course, is all complicated by the fact that babies do not always arrive on the date that they are expected.

The problem was that I needed an easy way for each community to customize the emails that are sent to their members.

These are the two controls that I used to solve the problem:

·Telerik – Editor for ASP.NET MVC

·DevExpress – XtraReports

Each email is a combination of both text and data. Each type of email has different data that is relevant to that type of email. The data is distinguished from the text by using a token. For example, the token [FirstName] represents the first name of the email’s recipient. I programmed the Telerik Editor for ASP.NET MVC control to include a list of tokens in the toolbar. This list only contains the tokens that are relevant to the type of email that is being edited. When a user selects a token from the list it is added to the text of the email. I did this by using the Snippet collection of the Tools collection of the Editor. When the email is sent, I instantiate a DevExpress XtraReport at runtime and by using the RichTextControl I do a mail merge to merge the data with the text.

3. What would you like to share about winning one of the prizes in CCC?

I am honored to be the winner of this competition. I have wanted to work on an application to give back to my community and this competition finally gave be the impetus to get it done. Also, I really enjoyed spending time reviewing all of the products offered by the approved vendors.  I hope that everyone reading this takes this opportunity to check out the awesome list of products and services that are available from the vendors who sponsored this competition.

4. What are you looking forward to at TechED?

I love TechED. I have been to TechED in the past and I am always awestruck by the sheer number of sessions. There is definitely something for anyone that works in IT. This year I am focused on getting up to speed with Windows Azure. So, I will be spending a lot of time in those sessions and hands-on-labs. The hands-on-labs are a great way to reinforce what you have just learned in a session. TechED is a great way to get up to speed on the latest technologies.

Rich replied:

1. How did you come up with your application?

I am working on a large web application that does a much more specialized version of this, I felt like the idea of shipping box discovery with pricing could be generalized to function outside of the application and provide an easy way for someone who ships a lot of variously sized items to quickly identify the cheapest and most efficient way to ship whatever it is that needs shipped.

2. Why did you choose the controls you did?

I chose the Telerik UI controls because I had experience with them, and they provide a quick way to get a decent looking app with the pre-defined skins that are available.  They also have a great deal of flexibility when you start to spend more time with them.  Something simple and decent quickly with the ability to go into a lot of detail and do something very nice.

3. What would you like to share about winning one of the prizes in CCC?

Nothing, besides the fact that I am thrilled to have won :)

4. What are you looking forward to at TechED?

TechED provides a wide array of subjects to survey, often from the leaders in the field.  It is a chance to take a break from work and find out what it is you can spend time learning on, to make your next project simpler or faster.

Again, I would like to thank everyone for another successful component code challenge.


Greg Leonardo
Twitter @gleonardo

TechEd North America 2012 – Call for Volunteers!

INETA’s Call for Volunteers for TechEd NA 2012 is OPEN!

INETA is organizing several great activities at TechEd this year – Community Leadership Summit, Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions, and Community Lounge. If you are attending TechEd, we need volunteers for 90-min shifts. You can volunteer, still attend lots of sessions, and enhance your TechEd experience.  Sign up to volunteer by emailing Our volunteer coordinator will work with you to assign you a time slot and role that works for you.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions at TechEd 2012

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions at TechEd 2012

Birds of a FeatherINETA is pleased to announce Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions at TechEd 2012 in Orlando, FL from June 11-14, 2012.

These sessions are based upon topics submitted by community members who have volunteered to facilitate the discussions during the sessions.  Unlike lecture style breakout sessions, the BOF sessions provide a unique opportunity at TechEd to have an open discussion with your fellow developers.

Live Broadcast

INETA is excited to announce that with the support of Microsoft the BOF sessions will once again be broadcast live!  Questions submitted via Twitter (#bofdev) will once again be considered for inclusion in the discussion.

Follow #bofdev and @ineta on Twitter and the INETA blog ( for the latest information on the BOF sessions and watching the broadcast live.


Monday June 11

Time Session Title
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm See Me, Hear Me, Touch Me: How About Using Touch, Voice and Motion in Apps?
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm Follow Me, Like  Me:  How Does Social Media Affect Business?
4:45 pm to 6:00 pm The Risks and Rewards of Being a Consultant in 2012 and Beyond


Tuesday June 12

Time Session Title
10:15 am to 11:30 am Development Methodologies in the Wild: Agile, Continuous Delivery, Scrum and More in the Real World
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm Can You Make a Million Dollars with a 99 Cent App?
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm BIG DATA:  The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm Getting Involved in my Local Developer Community: How is it a Win-Win?


Wednesday June 13

Time Session Title
8:30 am to 9:45 am Is Windows Azure a Contender for my Next Application?
10:15 am to 11:30 am Code vs. “No-Code”: Exactly Who Gets to Call Themselves a SharePoint Developer?
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm Mobile Mobile Mobile!  How Do I Develop Cross Platform Apps with Open Source Mono?
3:15 pm to 4:30 pm How Important is User Experience (UX), Really?
5:00 pm to 6:15 pm What’s the Path to Successful Scrum?


Thursday June 14

Time Session Title
8:30 am to 9:45 am I’m a SharePoint Developer in an Enterprise World!
10:15 am to 11:30 am Can Model-View-Controller (MVC) Architectural Pattern Add More Cow Bell to Your App?

If you have any questions about the BOF sessions please email

The INETA Volunteer BOF Team