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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 volunteers@ineta.org. 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 (http://blog.ineta.org) 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 bof@ineta.org.

The INETA Volunteer BOF Team

INETA Community Champion Excellence Award Winner 2011

Twice a year the INETA Community Champions Selection Committee has one of the hardest decisions to make. They have to sift through the pile of nominations and select one person to receive this prestigious award. This time it was no different and, with so many outstanding nominations, they could only select one. It is our distinct pleasure to thank Scott Spradlin for everything he has done and announce him as the recipient of the 2011 INETA Community Champions Excellence Award.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this process along with all the nominees for doing such a great job in their community and making our job so difficult. We would also like to thank all those who nominated someone from their community. Keep those nominations coming as the least we can do is say “Thank You” after all the great work that these individuals have done.

 

Excellence Winner Scott Spradlin Scott Spradlin is an architect/developer in St. Louis. He has been programming professionally for over 30 years and developing solutions with the .NET framework since the early beta releases. Scott is on the leadership teams of the St. Louis .NET User Group and the St. Louis Day of .NET Regional Conference. He has served on the INETA NorAm Board of Directors and is currently a Microsoft MVP. Scott is an advocate for the developer community at large and actively works with local user groups and mentors young WP7 developers at area universities.

Office 365 for free is finally here

Microsoft is providing Office 365 subscriptions for all user groups registered in the User Group Support Services program and validated by a Microsoft field sponsor. This offer is for the Office 365 E3 plan where up to 25 user group leaders can use Office 365 in managing their user group efforts and promote collaboration across their leadership team using familiar productivity tools. Until further notice, this will be an annual subscription that will renew each year on January 1st for those who renew their UGSS membership and meet promotional requirements.

Key Features

  • Advanced administration capabilities, Active Directory integration and 24/7 support
  • Messaging, calendaring, and email archiving plan accessible from Outlook on PCs, the Web and mobile devices, plus 25 GB mailbox storage with Exchange Online
  • Sites to share documents and information with SharePoint Online
  • Instant messaging, presence and online meetings with Lync Online
  • Premium antivirus and anti-spam filtering for email and sites with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
  • License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Lync Server
  • View, edit and share content created in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote desktop applications online with Office Web Apps
  • Sites with advanced capabilities for rich forms, enhanced data visualization with Visio Services, and publishing of simple databases through Access Services with SharePoint Online
  • Advanced archive capabilities, unlimited email storage, and hosted voicemail with Exchange Online

Promotion Requirements

  1. Your user group or chapter is registered in the User Group Support Service (UGSS) Program. If not, register today on the UGSS Website
  2. Your user group or chapter is approved by a Microsoft field sponsor (part of the initial registration process)
    1. Local or regional Developer Evangelist or IT Pro Evangelist
    2. Local or regional Audience Marketing Manager
    3. Local Microsoft Employee
  3. You are registered in Microsoft’s UGSS Program as the user group or chapter leader (part of the inital registration process)
  4. Place a “Powered by Office 365” website banner on your user group or chapter website or SharePoint site during the subscription year
  5. Blog, tweet or post to a LinkedIn group that your user group or chapter is using Office 365

Promotional requirements will be verified as condition of the offer. Get more information and register at www.microsofttraining.com/office365

INETA 2012 Board of Directors Election Results

Congratulations to the newly elected Directors to the INETA North American Board of Directors. The following individuals begin a two year term on April 1, 2012.

  • Chris Eargle
  • David Giard
  • Kevin Griffin
  • Lori McKinney
  • Chris Woodruff

Please help us in welcoming the newly elected directors who have graciously volunteered their time to help INETA and community continue to grow in an ever changing technology world.

INETA 10 – User Group Leader Summits

Over the years, INETA has hosted several user group leader summits in conjunction with large conferences. The purpose of these summit meetings is for group leaders to share ideas and make connections. The first such meeting was held October 27, 2002, in conjunction with ASP Connections in Orlando, FL. Subsequent summits were held in conjunction with Tech·Ed conferences in Dallas (2003), San Diego (2004), Orlando (2005, 2007, 2008), Boston (2006), New Orleans (2010) and Atlanta (2011) as well as regional summits in Boston, Vancouver, North Carolina and Southern California.

Orlando Summit 2007
Orlando 2007
SoCal Summit
SoCal Summit

Vancouver Summit

Plans are currently in the works for a summit at TechEd 2012 in Orlando, FL in June. Keep an eye on the INETA web site for more details coming soon. We hope you can join us.

INETA 10 – INETA Newsletters

INETA began sending out newsletters in July 2002. Early on, those newsletters detailed the growth of INETA as an organization. When the first newsletter was issued, it stated that there were 92 groups representing over 34,000 members registered around the world, that INETA Europe was being established and activity was beginning in Australia, Latin America, Asia, Japan and India, and that the Speaker Bureau was being established. As new benefits were added, they were detailed in the newsletters along with articles on running a group, starting up a group and other topics of interest. Special offers from various sponsoring companies are included for members. Lots of news from Microsoft has been announced as well as articles from various product centers. The boom in code camps through the years as well as give camps and other charitable opportunities for the technical community to participate in can be traced in the articles of the newsletters. The evolution of the user group community can be traced through the articles of the newsletters.

INETA’s newsletter are written by volunteers and cover many aspects of user groups and other community activities. If you are interested in volunteering or in contributing an article to the newsletter, please contact us.

You can see all of the newsletters in our archive at http://ineta.org/newsletters.

INETA Announces TechEd 2012 Birds-of-a-Feather Call for Proposals

Proposals to facilitate Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions at TechEd 2012 can be submitted from now through Wed 3/7/2012. Details can be found at http://ineta.org/TechEd2012/BirdsOfAFeather.aspx. BOF sessions are facilitated discussions, not lectures, on any technology related topics of interest to developers. If you are passionate about a topic this is a great opportunity to discuss it with your peers. You do not have to be an expert on the topic to submit a proposal, just willing to facilitate a discussion. Check out the details and get your proposal submitted now!

INETA 10 – Speakers

In 2002, the INETA Speakers Bureau was established with 19 speakers. The first speaker sent by the Speaker Bureau as Doug Seven who filled in at the last minute as the featured speaker at the first meeting of the Twin Cities .NET Users Group. During the first year, 75 speakers were sent by INETA to speak at user group meetings in North America. The number of National Speakers grew to 87 by 2010. From 2002 through 2010, there were 1333 National Speaker events with the most in one year being 237 in 2006.

At the same time as the number of user groups that were part of INETA grew, the travel costs of sending a speaker out to a group rose dramatically and the amount of sponsorship money available decreased due to the flailing economy. INETA had to come up with other ways to help the community. The idea that came to fruition was to help groups find speakers closer to their homes and to help the speakers to travel to a slightly larger region.

The Regional Speakers Program was announced in June 2009. This new program was created to help user groups coordinate speaker engagements with local speakers willing to present for groups, code camps or other regional events. The first phase of the program was simply a registry of speakers that a group leader could use to find a speaker and make an initial contact with that person.

In October 2010, the Regional Speakers Program evolved into the Community Speakers Program that exists today. User group leaders are encouraged to use the Community Speaker site (ineta.org/speakers) to book local speakers. There is no limit on the number of speakers a group can request. Depending on the distance the speaker travels, the speaker will receive some travel money to help offset their travel costs. The amount paid is limited so the program can serve as many groups as possible. Speakers can also be requested for other events held by the user group such as code camps (with limitations). To date, 477 people have signed up to be part of the program. In the first 12 months of the Community Speaker Program, 248 requests for 121 different speakers to present to 89 groups were completed and speakers traveled 66,596 miles.

If you are in North America, you can sign up to be a Community Speaker by logging in to the INETA website and completing your speaker profile (ineta.org/Speakers/Profile.aspx). User group leaders, take a look at the list of available speakers at ineta.org/Speakers/SearchCommunitySpeakers.aspx and submit a request.