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Birds Of A Feather - PDC
Connected System Competition
INETA Community Launch
INETA UG Leader Summit
MS Learning
New Face of INETA
PDC Flair
Samantha Spears CAE
Software Quality Engineering
SQL Server Migration Competition
Speaker Bureau Demand
SQL Server 2005 Roadshow
Webcasts: TabletPC
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A New Face Of INETA Coming Soon!
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INETA is going through a whole new growth process! Thanks to our strong and growing list of user groups, user group leaders, user group members, and sponsors, we have seen tremendous growth. There are a number of exciting changes in the very near future that will begin making their way to you next month.

Some of the exciting new things we are working on to enhance your experience with INETA include:
  • A new INETA North America Board of Directors has been elected, including new division leaders that will bring you closer to the .NET developer action, while maintaining all the things that have gotten us this far...
  • A new ineta.org web site is under development that will greatly enhance the usability and features available to you... 
  • An enhanced newsletter will serve as your central link to all things INETA, including guiding you to many of the exciting new web site features being unveiled soon... 
  • More information will be forthcoming in next month's newsletter and it is all exciting

We appreciate all the feedback, support, participation, and volunteerism from all facets of the .NET developer community. INETA is growing fast and we want to thank all of you for making the .NET community so strong!

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 INETA North America UG Leader Summit A HUGE Success
Contributer:  Amy Sorokas
Thanks to all of you who attended the TechEd User Group Leader Summit, visited the INETA station in the Community Cabana, or took some time to get to know folks from the INETA community.

The level of excitement around INETA at TechEd last month in Orlando was fantastic, and the energy level of the volunteers, new board, and international leads, was incredible. Over 185 developers and IT Pros attended the one day collaborative event between INETA and Culminis. Throughout the expo hall or cabanas, I saw nothing that rivaled this crowd. Maybe it was the great location on the corner along the main pathway or maybe it was the parrot hats!

Most faces were new, with 60% of the attendees attending the User Group Leader Summit for the first time this year. We had representation from Europe, MEA, and LATAM. Brazil's volunteer leader was there, as was a whole gang from Canada.

I also want to congratulate all of the volunteers for their fantastic presence in the Community Cabana. The opportunity to win a prize drew many people to the Cabanas. But the volunteers communicated what INETA really does, and many left knowing where they could find their local user group. The INETA badge inserts, which provided basic information about INETA, let us communicate more about the organization in less time.

INETA is set up for another great year of community building and support. Congratulations to all who were part of efforts around this great showing! And I look forward to working with all of you to continue to build a strong relationship with INETA and the developer community.
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INETA Community Launch Team back to top
*Contributer:  Morgan Baker
INETA and Microsoft are pleased to announce the opportunity for each INETA user group to nominate a user group member to be part of the upcoming Visual Studio and SQL Server Launch activities by becoming a member of the Community Launch Team.

The Community Launch Team user group member will have inside access to information and training on the new products before they become available to the 
public. The member will be responsible for attending at least two of the training opportunities offer by the Visual Studio and SQL teams about the new products before the launch. These virtual trainings will be held in September and October 2005 prior to the product launch in November. The Community Launch Team will be the local experts on the new products and will speak to their user group at Community Launch of Visual Studio and SQL Server after the official product launch.

For more information, contact the INETA Community Activites Team vs05Launch@ineta.org.  The deadline for nominating a Community Launch Team user group member is August 10, 2005.
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Samantha Spears (INETA Exec. Director) Earns Certified Association Executive Credentials
*Contributer:  Brian Tinkler
Washington, D.C. June 22, 2005 -- The American Society of Association Executives has announced that Samantha Spears, Executive Director of INETA has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 75 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent

examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is the leading authority in association management, and the professional society for those who work in the association industry. Its 22,000 members manage trade associations, professional societies, and nonprofit organizations, as well as companies that support the association community. For more information on ASAE, visit www.asaenet.org.

Congratulations Samantha!

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Birds of a Feather Flock to PDC05
*Contributer:  Stuart Celarier

INETA is chairing the Birds of a Feather track at PDC 2005. This community-driven activity brings together conference attendees for open, moderated discussions on topics of shared professional or community interest. INETA has organized and led these highly successful Birds of a Feather sessions at previous PDC and TechEd conferences, at TechEd 2005 they attracted over 1,700 conference goers.

We invite INETA user group leaders and members to get involved in Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions. There are three ways you can take part:

  • Propose a BoF session on the Birds of a Feather Proposal page on the PDC website. You need not be an expert in your proposed topic, just have a passion and be willing to moderate a discussion with people who share your interest. Proposals are being accepted now through August 26, 2005. Sign in with the Passport you used to register for PDC05 to access this page.
  • Vote for the BoF sessions that interest you the most on the Birds of a Feather Voting page. Help determine which proposals are selected for the conference. Voting is open through August 28, and you are 
allowed to change your votes as additional sessions are proposed. Again, sign in with the Passport you used to register for PDC05 to access this page.
  • Volunteer to help at the BoFs. Volunteers are needed to help run the Birds of a Feather sessions, providing information, helping coordinate, and acting a session hosts. It is a great way to get involved and contribute to the developer community, and we have a lot of fun. Volunteering also helps demonstrate INETA's support and commitment to the event producers and sponsors. Please send us a message at bof@ineta.org with the word "Volunteer" in the subject line if you can help out.


For more information about the Birds of a Feather sessions at PDC05, please write to us at bof@ineta.org.

Birds of a Feather really do flock together!
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PDC Flair
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Help promote PDC by putting some flair in your blogs! Get listed on the "Flair Sightings List" on Channel 9 Community site. In fact, you can Blog your way to PDC. Click here for more info. Pick a piece of INETA flair, put it on blog today!
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Demand For Speaker Bureau on the Rise
*Contributer:  Bill Wolff, VP INETA Speakers Bureau
The Speakers Bureau is having a banner year in 2005. Demand has increased with the impending release of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. Our committee has processed close to 250 events. Unfortunately, the books are now closed for this year. If you have a request pending, we will try our best to make that event happen.

Requests are now being accepted for 2006. Since demand has increased, we need to make some rules to ensure that all groups get a chance to hear our popular speakers. Groups can request up to three events in 2006, but no more than one per quarter. If your group had two or more speakers in the last six months of 2005, you may have one event in the first six months of 2006. We will continue the $3.50 per person pizza
reimbursement benefit but the maximum amount will be determined by the number of submitted evaluations.

We expect this trend to continue and need to add some additional talent. There are 42 speakers currently in the bureau. We plan to add another 8 over the next two weeks. If you have experience speaking on the conference circuit and routinely present at community events, we would like to hear from you. Please email spcomm@ineta.org indicating your interest. You will receive a form asking for more detailed information. The new speakers will be announced August 15 and will be available for 2006 bookings.
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Connected Systems Competition - Win $50,000!

Do you Dare?

Demonstrate your skills with SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk by entering the Connected Systems Developer Competition. There are 15 categories that will be used to judge the competition; show us how good you are by entering an application into one or more of the competition categories.

Entries will be judged in one or more categories like:

  • Best Extension of a SQL Server 2005 database using the SQLCLR
  • Best integrated application using XML in SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005
  • Best Application using the Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2005
  • Best extension of a video gaming experience using Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005
  • Find out more...

If you think you've got what it takes to compete with the best Microsoft developers in the world and show them and Microsoft just how good you are then register now, and let the world see just how good you are!  See the site for Competition Rules.

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MS Learning
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Get Ready for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Whether you are a developer or a database professional, you will find classroom training, books, free skills assessments, and free e-learning to help you get up to speed on the newest features of the software. Assessments help you analyze your current skills, and provide you with a learning plan that recommends books, e-learning, classroom training, and MSDN resources. Microsoft E-Learning lets you learn on your own schedule and feature hands-on virtual labs that provide an in-depth, online training experience. Visit msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/learning and www.microsoft.com/learning/sql today

Upgrade Your ASP.NET Skills
Microsoft Learning and MSDN are giving away two of MSPress's most popular ASP.NET books and a US$349 E-Learning course for free. You get the Developing
Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET e-learning course and the online version of Microsoft ASP.NET Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2003 Step by Step and Building Web Solutions with ASP.NET and ADO.NET for free. Visit www.microsoft.com/learning/access and enter Promotional Key: 8317-MSDN-6595.


Upgrade Your Visual Basic Skills
Take your development skills from Visual Basic 6 to Visual Basic .NET, and then on to Visual Basic 2005, with free online books from Microsoft Press. Visit the MSDN VBRun Developer Center and download Upgrading Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 to Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Introducing Visual Basic 2005 for Developers.
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Software Quality Engineering
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Home of Better Software magazine and StickyMinds.com, the most comprehensive print and online resources for helping you produce better software is calling for authors and speakers in the industry.

Better Software magazine and StickyMinds.com provides insight and techniques to improve results throughout the software development lifecycle. Have a great idea for an article or think you would be a great author--email us at editors@bettersoftware.com. Or, share your real-life experiences in person with your colleagues as a speaker at one of Software Quality Engineering's three conferences - STAREAST, STARWEST, and the Better Software Conference & EXPO.

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Get Ready for SQL Server 2005 Roadshow in a City Near You
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Get the facts about migrating to SQL Server 2005. SQL Server experts will present real-world information about administration, development, and business intelligence to help you implement a best-practices migration to SQL Server 2005 and improve your database computing environment. Receive a one-year membership to PASS and one-year subscription to SQL Server Magazine. Register now!

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SQL Server Migration Competition
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SQL Server Marketing is offering a Custom Chopper for the best migration from Oracle to SQL Server.

The chopper is valued at approximately US $50,000! The award will be presented to the winner at the SQL Server 2005 Launch Event in San Francisco.
For more details http://www.sqlserverchopper.com/

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Webcast - Mobile PC App Development
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Basic Considerations for Mobile PC Application Development - August 11th, 11 a.m. PT Become familiar with the core set of considerations for writing a Mobile PC application: power management, network awareness, display awareness, and activity awareness. We'll also provide some guidance on choosing a platform (Pocket PC, Windows XP, or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition). And be sure to check out what's coming up next in the Tablet/Mobile PC webcast series.
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Editor:  Scott Swigart [INETA Marketing Committee, Swigart Consulting]

Designer: Sheri Nawrocki [INETA Marketing Committee, .NET Developer, Graphic Designer]

Contributers:  Special Thanks to Morgan Baker, Stuart Celarier, Amy Sorokas, Brian Tinkler and Bill Wolff.

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