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Southeastern Louisiana Speaking Tour Next Week!

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Community, Presentations, Speaking | Posted on 06-04-2011


I will be speaking at two .NET User Groups in Louisiana next week.

Greater New Orleans April 12th

The first place I’ll be speaking is on April 12th at the Greater New Orleans .NET User Group which meets in Metairie, LA. Here I will be doing a talk on Silverlight, RIA Services and Entity Framework.


Building the Nullius Filius of Twitter and Facebook in Silverlight, RIA Services and Entity Framework


Let’s imagine for a minute Twitter and Facebook had a passionate love affair and produced a child (nillius filius) named Johnny. Although Johnny was born from web-based parents there was a genetic defect that caused Johnny to be born a Rich Internet Application (RIA). In this talk we are going to look at the lessons, trials, tribulations and successes Johnny had growing up being a Rich Internet Application. We’ll take a look at the journey of building a REAL Silverlight application  (Johnny) for the enterprise (not some simple demo) and talk about the pain, the joy and lessons learned. Hopefully we’ll answer the question: “Is Johnny happy with himself or does he wishes he was born from different parents so he wasn’t a RIA.”

Hammond .NET User Group April 13th

On Wednesday I’ll be speaking at the Southeastern Louisiana University campus for the Hammond .NET User Group. Since this group is mostly students I thought the best thing to do was an intro class to get everyone up to speed about .NET. After that I’ll do a Q&A and we’ll see where that leads us.


Back to the Basics: What is .Net?


No other name in history has confused more people on the planet than when Microsoft named their development platform .NET. For a lot of developers .NET remains a mystery and it is often confused with many things. This session goes back to the basics and is a primer for anyone that is starting at ground zero with .Net. In this session we’ll look at what .Net really is, the benefits of the platform, bust a few myths and show some sound reasons why you should consider it as a platform and look at lots of demos. At the end of the session, hopefully we’ll answer one of life’s most puzzling questions: What is .NET?

Chris Eargle Speaking at HubCityNUG October 14th 2010

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in .Net, Community | Posted on 24-09-2010


If you are in any of the following cities located near Hattiesburg, MS we hope you’ll come out on Thursday October 14th, 2010 for Hub City .NET User Group meeting:

  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Meridian, MS
  • Jackson, MS
  • Biloxi, MS
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Mobile, AL
  • New Orleans, LA

About The Speaker

Chris Eargle is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – C# and INETA Community Champion from Columbia, SC, USA. He has designed and developed several enterprise and open source applications, and he runs the local .NET User Group: the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild. He is a frequent guest of conferences and community events promoting best practices and new technologies. His blog, kodefuguru.com, has been featured on ASP.NET, MSDN, and Reddit.

Presentation: Secrets of a .NET Ninja

In my years developing C# applications, I have seen techniques both good and bad. I will demonstrate those that are good, rant against those that are bad, and reveal those unknown to many.  Whether a novice or a seasoned coder, you will find something useful, or perhaps even wicked, that you can do with C# and the .NET Framework.

Register Here!

(while the event is free, we ask you to register so we can plan better for food)


Time: 7:00 PM (6:30 PM food starts)


Location: University of Southern Mississippi



Joseph Cook Library – Room 123
University of Southern Mississippi Campus
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39401

Map: http://lib.usm.edu/about_us/floor_and_campus_maps/map_to_cook_library.html

Room 123 is located in the back of the common study area on the right hand side.

Prizes and Free Food

Food will be served for those attending this event.  Please arrive early starting at 6:30PM to eat.

We have books to give away, free software from Telerik, JetBrains, and DevExpress.

Help Me Connect the Southern Community

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Community | Posted on 03-03-2010


If you are reading this and you live in the South as a .NET developer or someone who is learning .NET or finds it interesting I need your help.  Head over to the following URL and join in with fellow developers and community within the South.


UPDATE: Note that it asks for a reason *why* you want to join. I would turn that off but I can’t in the settings so put in whatever.

Purpose of the group

The purpose of the group is to break through the boundaries of the community.  To let it breath and flourish as needed without the worry about state lines.  A lot of us in the community coordinate events, code camps and need help from one another and need a way to discuss and keep up with what is going.  Today a lot of this information lives in silos within one region or the other.  This group is about connecting the dots throughout the community regardless of where you live. 

So if you are in the South, or even on the border of what you think of as the South join me in establishing a group that can hopefully serve us all.

Start The Discussion

After joining the group there are multiple ways to connect with the group.  The preferred way is to simply email the group when you have announcements or need help by sending email to southerndevs@groups.live.com

Tell Your Friends

We can’t grow the group without your help.  If you are reading this, email the group to co-workers, friends, and so on.  Let’s get the ball rolling!