Nwa .NET: Windows Phone 7 Launch Event March 8th, 2011


You have been hearing a lot about the new Window Phone 7 lately.  Did you miss the bubble with iPhone development because you didn’t want to learn a whole new language and framework?  Then you're invited to a hands-on event for Windows Phone 7. 

Get some help getting your Windows Phone 7 app into the marketplace. You’ll receive everything you need to develop an app—including some good community fun, sample code and templates. You can work individually or collaborate with others as a team.

Chris Koenig, Senior Developer Evangelist with Microsoft will be joining me for this fun, fact filled, dare I say Lab filled event.

Attendees will also receive a special entry card for a chance to win a Windows Phone 7, after your app has been submitted to the marketplace.

Be there!

Get started

  • Download the Toolkit
  • Register at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
  • Download the Windows Phone Mobile Advertising SDK to monetize their app


Date: March, 8th, 2011
Time: 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Technology 101
105 SE 22nd St, Suite #7
Bentonville, AR 72712

Please RSVP: nwadnug032011.eventbrite.com

Nwa TechFest Sessions

Today I submitted my sessions for the Nwa TechFest, hopefully I will get some of them accepted. If you want to speak please go submit your sessions!

Here is the session info, I would love some feedback on the topics.

Getting Started to ASP.NET MVC3

This session will teach you the basics of building an ASP.NET MVC web application using Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET MVC3.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to create a new ASP.NET MVC project
  • How to create ASP.NET MVC controllers and views
  • How to create a new database using the Entity Framework code-first paradigm
  • How to retrieve and display data
  • How to edit data and enable data validation

Getting git: Distributed Version Control

You may have heard a lot of buzz about the distributed version control system called git. It has been very popular with open source projects and was developed by Linus Torvalds to use by the Linux Kernel team.

Here is what you will learn:

  • Why git?
  • First Steps
  • Basic Workflow
  • How to clone repositories
  • How to work with remote repositories

The Creamy Goodness of Nuget!

NuGet is a free, open source developer focused package management system for the .NET platform intent on simplifying the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development.

There are a large number of useful 3rd party open source libraries out there for the .NET platform, but for those not familiar with the OSS ecosystem, it can be a pain to pull these libraries into a project.

Here is what you will learn:

  • What is nuget?
  • How to add packages to your project
  • How to update packages in your project
  • How to host your own package repository
  • How to create and publish your own packages

Northwest Arkansas TechFest 2011–Mar 25th, 2011


The next installment of the Northwest Arkansas TechFest has been announced!

What is the  Northwest Arkansas TechFest?

The Northwest Arkansas TechFest is a technical conference with a primary focus to provide training/teaching sessions that are immediately beneficial to the broadest range of IT professionals in their day-to-day jobs. We accomplish this with numerous national and international speakers delivering 75 minute sessions.

It is also charitable non-profit event organized by local area volunteers. Even though it is a free event, we ask that you support the community and PLEASE bring TWO CANS or TWO BUCKS. All canned food will be donated to the NWA Food Bank and all proceeds will be donated to the The Jones Center.

Date: Friday, March 25th, 2011

Center for NonProfits @ St. Mary’s
1200 West Walnut St.
Rogers, AR 72756 [MAP]

The call for speakers is open right now! So, if you are looking for an event to speak at close to home then here is your chance.  Submit your sessions now!

Nwa GiveCamp Photos Posted!

I have posted the photos from the Northwest Arkansas GiveCamp 2011 in a Picasa Web Album.


Thanks again to everyone who volunteered and made this event a huge success.


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