Nwa .NET User Group May Meeting: Powershell for Developers


The next Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group meeting will be held May 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Rockfish in Rogers. Jon Parker will be presenting on PowerShell for Developers.

Please RSVP before noon on May 8th so we can order enough food for everyone.

New Location:

ROGERS, AR 72758

Meeting Information

Title: PowerShell for Developers

About the Presenter: Jon Parker

Jon has been programming since 2001 at BYU-Idaho. He discovered .Net in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since. While Jon started out with web programming, his current passion is tweaking applications for speed. Jon boasts taking a 30 min Unix C process to .Net that now runs in < 3 min.

Jon is currently employed at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. He is married and has 1 child. In his spare time he codes (of course) and builds tree houses.


6:00 PM - 6:15 PM - Welcome and News, Sign-in and Food
6:15 PM - 8:10 PM - Main Presentation
8:10 PM - 8:30 PM - Closing and Prize give-a-ways


ROGERS, AR 72758

Northwest Arkansas Java User Group


I was recently contacted by Michael Akerman (mike@cavern.uark.edu), one of the leaders of the Northwest Arkansas Java User Group, he is looking to grow the membership of the group and start to hold monthly meetings.  Their current membership, according to the website, is about 25 and they primarily communicate via two listservs, which are listed on their website.

If you are working in Java this is a great opportunity to help build and sharp the Java Community in Northwest Arkansas.  If you are interested please contact Michael Akerman at mike@cavern.uark.edu and he can get you added to the list.

Speaking at Ozark .NET User Group May 13, 2010


I will be speaking at the Ozark .NET User Group in Harrison this week.  Here is the info about the session.  I have attended a few of their meetings but this will be the first time to speak to their group.  I look forward to it, it is going to be a fun time.


Introduction to Agile Software Development


In today's world of software development the challenge of delivering quality value added software quickly and often have brought rise to a new approach in software development.  Agile software development is becoming a widely proven and accepted alternative to heavy up front software development.  There are many misconceptions with the processes and practices of Agile software development.  This sessions is designed to give you a grounding on concepts that are used in many forms of Agile development including Scrum and Extreme Programming.


1515 pioneer Dr.
Harrison, AR [MAP]

Once you get there, here's how to find the rooms...

1.  Turn right onto Pioneer Drive
2.  Turn left into the first parking lot (Parking Lot H) which is in front of the John Paul Hammerschmidt Building on the north side
3.  Go up the flight of stairs and take the door on the left into the John Paul Hammerschmidt Building
4.  From 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, we will be meeting in room 304 (Bennie Ellis conference room) for social networking, pizza and soda
5.  From 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM, we will be meeting in room 208 (computer lab) for the main presentation

Check out the Ozark .NET User Group site for more info about the group.

IIBA Meeting: “The IIBA Certification Process”


The regular monthly meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) will be held Thursday, April 9, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Wal-Mart David Glass Technology Center, True North Conference Center (directions and maps are at the end of this message as PDF files). The presentation will be:

“The IIBA Certification Process to Obtain the CBAP®”, Annette Coody, Senior Business Analyst, Wal-Mart, Inc.

The CBAP® (IIBA BA certification) is a bit daunting. The application process requires that you thoroughly document that you really do have more than five years of business analysis experience, and then there’s the exam itself. This is very important because we, as a profession, want the certification to be meaningful and strong because we know that simply memorizing a bunch of BA terms and techniques does not make a person a Business Analyst. Annette will describe the application and exam processes for those interested in pursuing certification.

About Annette Coody:

Annette is a Senior Business Analyst for Wal-Mart ISD specializing in Transportation Systems. She has over 25 years of experience in logistics, and is the NWA IIBA Chapter Vice-President of Education.

Nwa .NET User Group: John Teague - “A Path to Automated Unit Testing”

nwadnug_logo Just a reminder that tonight is the next meeting of the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group at the Jones Center in Springdale, AR at 5:30 PM.

John Teague will present "A Path to Automated Testing". This is a free event but RSVP is encouraged. For more information, contact Tim Tyrrell at officers@nwadnug.org, or for more details and to RSVP go to http://snipr.com/clioj.


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