Code Jam #1 - July 11th, 2010 12:00 PM to ?

The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group is planning some awesome events for the coming year.  To be able to get these events of the ground we need to get together and work on the websites.  If you have some time pack up your laptop and join us on July 11th, from noon till whenever for an evening of fun and code where we will get started working on sites for the Northwest Arkansas Give Camp and Northwest Arkansas Community Camp events.

If you plan on showing up let me know by registering.

Nwa Code Camp Announced for October 23, 2010 in Springdale, AR


*** Update: Registration Link updated ***

I am proud to announce the Northwest Arkansas Code Camp 2010.  This is the first developer focused conference in Northwest Arkansas.  Organized by the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group this event promises to be one of the best this year.

When: October 23, 2010

Where: Tyson World Headquarters, Springdale, AR [MAP]

This year we are aligning our event with the Tyson Development Conference, a 2 day internal conference for Tyson Foods.  Tyson is sponsoring this event by providing the venue and keeping some speakers from their conference another night so they can present at the this event.

This year we will celebrate the growth of our community with the addition of new tracks for Project Managers, Designers, and more.  If you are a group leader in the area and would like to have a track for speakers at the event please contact me.

Call For Speakers

If you are interested in presenting at this event please email your Name, Bio, and session abstracts to with the subject of Code Camp 2010.


Attendee registration is open and available here.

NWA DNUG: Building A Testable Data Layer – Todd Anglin

The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group July meeting will be hosting Todd Anglin, Telerik Chief Technical Evangelist, talking about “Building A Testable Data Layer”.

NOTE: New Location this month, Technology 101 Rogers, AR [MAP]

Session Description

All developers understand the theoretical value of unit testing, but with data driven line of business applications, figuring out how to create tests can be hard. In this session, learn how to build a data layer that can be tested. We will introduce data layer architecture practices and methodologies that make testing possible, and cover the basics of unit test mocking. You will also be guided through various types of testing, including unit, integration, and functional testing. Leave this session with the basics needed to start creating tests for application data layers, including those powered by LinqToSQL and OpenAccess ORM.

About Todd Anglin

Todd Anglin is an active .NET community member, President of the North Houston .NET User Group, and Telerik's Chief Technical Evangelist. At Telerik, Todd is responsible for building Telerik's global community of developers and helping ensure Telerik's products serve the needs of .NET developers around the world. Before joining Telerik, Todd worked as a developer in a Fortune 200 financial services company supporting applications on a wide range of platforms and technologies, including Unix, Windows Server, Informix, Oracle, and SQL Server. He also an avid entrepreneur with previous experience running a small .NET software studio.

Meeting Date: July 13, 2010
Meeting Location: Technology 101, 5211 Village Parkway, Suite 1, Rogers AR [MAP]
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

About the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group (NWADNUG):

The Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion, education and adoption of Microsoft .NET Technologies. We strive to provide an environment for professionals to network in Northwest Arkansas to foster the free exchange of ideas and information.

We hold monthly meetings that have presentations that allow you to keep up to date on the latest emerging .NET technologies as well as providing practical skills you can apply immediately.

Nwa VS2010 Installfest and Board Game Geekout

Devlin Liles on his blog just announced the Visual Studio 2010 Installfest and Board Game Geekout for April 17, 2010.   This is going to be an awesome day spent talking about Visual Studio 2010 and playing games.  Plans are in place for Xbox, PS3, Wii, Settlers of Catan and D&D games to be enjoyed by all attendees.

This a free event happening in Springdale,  AR.  You can register for the event here


I’ll be there, hope you will be as well.

Please register at

WordCamp Fayetteville: May 29, 2010


I just became aware of WordCamp Fayetteville, Arkansas’s first WordPress-related conference.  I am very excited to see this event come to our area.  This is a great opportunity for bloggers in the Northwest Arkansas Area together and learn and share.

The event scheduled for May 29 and 30 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The main conference will be held Saturday at the Fayetteville Town Center, but don’t miss the ‘unconference’ day Sunday at The New Design School.

You can register for the even here, tickets are $30.

I am contacting the organizers to find out more about the event and what their volunteer needs are.  I will update this post with any new information I find.

I look forward to seeing you at this event.


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