Interactive Map: Active Conferences, User Groups, and Meetups

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With the shutdown of INETA North America coming later this year, I decided to start creating my own map of active conferences, user groups, and meetups. I planned to eventually add event dates, speaker deadlines, and other data for my own reference. However, after starting the map, I thought maybe I should share it publicly in case anyone else would also find it useful. You can try it out below (version 0.1): Red = Conference; Green = Meetup / User Group At this point, it’s far, far, far from complete, but I plan to keep plugging away at it gradually until that’s not the case. I also thought you, the larger tech community, could
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Undocking Parts of the Team Explorer in Visual Studio

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Did you know the Team Explorer splits into separate panes? It does, and it’s great for productivity. Read on and I’ll show you how to do it… Visual Studio Layout Everyone who uses Visual Studio on a regular basis has their own favorite setup for its numerous windows. For me, I like the Server Explorer and Source Control Explorer collapsed on the left and the Solution Explorer, Team Explorer, and Properties pane collapsed on the right. Team Explorer’s Internal Navigation The Team Explorer pane contains several frequently-used features related to Source Control, TFS, and . That’s why I keep in collapsed on the right side of Visual Studio–for quick access.
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Parsippany, NJ – Take Control of Your ORM with Entity Framework

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I had an excellent time last night at the Northern NJ .NET User Group in Parsippany, NJ. I spoke about “Taking Control of Your ORM with Entity Framework Code-First”. Thanks to everyone that came out and to the meetup organizers for putting the event together. Every time I present, I challenge the group to which I’m presenting to give to a worthy cause if they enjoyed the talk. Last night, N3UG broke a record by meeting their goal in less than a day. As a result, I’m happy to report that at least 3 people will get access to clean drinking water. If you attended and enjoyed it–or even if you
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