Category Archives: Communities

INETA North America is Closed

Scrolling through our blog archives and I am again reminded what has made INETA what it is. Or I guess now it’s what made INETA what it was. A great place. No a great home, for the developer community. I want this to be a positive post, but there is a sadness that regardless of the reason, INETA is closing down.

INETA has helped each of us realize our own potential. How many of us got started on our speaking careers from user group events? How many MVPs have come through our INETA doors? How many lifelong friends have we all made because of INETA? In an industry with such an awful ratio of men to women in the workplace, INETA was always promoting our techie women, from speakers to leaders. And countless developers came to us to learn. To make themselves better. What an honor to have played any part in that.

There are far too many people to thank that helped make INETA. And all of you continue to make an impact on the lives around you. I urge you to continue this long after INETA is shuttered.

I genuinely thank you.

Julie Yack
President, INETA North America

INETA Business Announcement

In February of 2002 the .NET framework was released.  The same month, INETA was born.  The International .NET Association has served user groups and the developers they serve all around the globe.  In the beginning, funding was plentiful. But there has been a steady decline in funding the last several years.  It has been years since there has been funding of significance.  We have always had a steady group of sponsors that have jumped in to help when asked for our annual birthday celebrations or other specific asks.  But donations to our general fund have dried up.  This is the fund that primarily supports our speaker program and our evangelism of user groups and the communities they represent.
It is with this in mind that we share this message.  The Board of Directors for INETA (North America) voted and INETA (North America) will be closing its doors at the end of 2015.
We can choose to be sad or we can choose to be proud.
Proud of the work of all those that have worked so hard for this volunteer organization.  Proud of watching over user groups as they become self-sufficient.  We have worked ourselves out of a job.  How can that be an awful thing?
So, what’s the plan?  We plan to spend the remainder of 2015 with as much business as usual as possible.  After years of careful investments and spending cuts, we have a few extra dollars sitting around waiting to help our groups.  How can we help you?  How can we solidify the legacy of INETA?  Tell us?  (link: )
Any funds leftover at the end of the year will be donated to a charity that the board has yet to select.  But it will most certainly be an organization that will continue to further the mission of giving back to the professional community and educating its members
There will be some housekeeping things to deal with as the year comes to a close, so keep an eye out.  If it applies to you directly, we will be in touch with you directly.
We will never be able to aptly thank those that built this community and those that have given hours and hours of time to get us here.  It is our hope that they understand and respect the difficult course of action we’ve now had to take.
We are proud of our legacy.  Proud of our 736 user groups.  Proud of our 727 speakers.

Syncfusion Offers the Most Comprehensive Development Toolkit on the Market for Free

Syncfusion recently released the free Essential Studio Enterprise Edition Community License. Valued at up to $9,975, it provides individual and small business developers access to the most comprehensive development toolkit on the market at no cost. We know this probably sounds too good to be true, but it’s not!

What’s included?

All products available in Essential Studio Enterprise Edition and Syncfusion Plus are included in our community license: 650 components across 12 platforms, an easy-to-use big data platform, and a lot more. The best part is that updates and our timely support are also included.

Who’s eligible?

If you’re an individual developer or work for a small business (with annual gross revenue below $1 million USD), you’re eligible to use our products and start building commercial applications. Up to five users within a small business can download the license.

Why is this being offered?

In the words of our Vice President, Daniel Jebaraj, “The community license is our way of giving back to the community. We want to support the individual and small business developer by offering our tremendous capabilities at no cost, and with no expiration date. What we offer is not a subset of Essential Studio but the real deal. Customers using the community license will receive the exact same bits that we ship to our other customers. What is more exciting is that we offer free technical support to every customer licensed under the community license!”

Because we are so thankful to be a sponsor of INETA, we have given each participant of the birthday celebration a certificate to download the community license!

Learn more about the Essential Studio Enterprise Edition Community license, and download yours today!


INETA North America Board Election Results 2013

The elections are final and here are the results:


In addition…

David Giard (@davidgiard) will resume his position on the Board of Directors and will be responsible for the INETA Community Champions program.

Steve Bohlen (@sbohlen) will move to the Advisor of Events position.

Kevin Griffen (@1kevgriff) will continue in his role as Director of Membership.

Lori McKinney will continue in her role as Director of Technology.

Please help us welcome the new members who have graciously volunteered their time to make INETA North America and the community better.

INETA 10 – East Bay .NET

East Bay.NET, supporting developers in the area to the east of San Francisco Bay, began as a small group around a conference table at a local company in October of 2003. We have since had 95 meetings with as many as 123 developers (for a talk by Paul Vick).

With INETA’s help, we have had some great INETA speakers such as Rocky Lhotka, Jeff Prosise, Kathleen Dollard, and Julie Lerman. And our members love the books and T-shirts!

Thanks and Happy Birthday INETA!

Deborah Kurata
Instep Technologies, Inc
Co-Chair: East Bay.NET user group
Microsoft MVP