joining meetup.com

btw, I didn’t want there to be any confusion, joining meetup.com is free, there is no fee to use any of their services, only the creators and hosts of meetup groups have to pay a monthly fee.  Nothing else will change, we are just transitioning to their site and model for organizing the group meetings.

thanks, be sure you sign up so you can start getting meeting details and group emails, .net job postings, etc as we will no longer use this blog.

Moving to meetup.com

Yes, I am migrating us to meetup.com.

It was bound to happen sooner or later because well, meetup.com is awesome and has a much larger outreach than our blog can ever have.

What I would like everyone who is subscribed to this blog to do is head over to meetup.com, create an account if you haven’t and join our new meetup,

http://www.meetup.com/Houston-CS/

We’ll talk more about meetup.com and why I decided on this change, also you’ll learn that this is not free, I’m paying by the month out of what little funds we have left from our funding every month to host our meetup site.  If, and only if meetup helps us attract more .NET devs (how many times every year do they come up to me and say “wow there’s a C# UG?  Never knew) then it will be worth it.  I also believe at some point we will need sponsorship at least a few meetings a year to cover the costs on my end for the security, food and meetup.com monthly fee.

Thanks, and I look forward to learning and using Meetup.com for organizing our group and meetings.  I will post up our next meeting for Wed. the 20th soon, but I would like everyone to register first (it’s free to register and join groups btw).

This will most likely be the last blog post on wordpress and after you joining meetup.com you will get the same email notification for every post and meeting agenda that is added.

Meeting Agenda, Wed. June 20th

Good afternoon!

We are meeting next Wednesday at 6pm and have a guest speaker, Greg Major who will be giving a talk on Domain Driven Design in .NET, here is the synopsis:

Practical Domain Driven Design
This session explores practical Domain Driven Design implementations in .NET and values practicality over dogma, solution over theory, source code over slides, and discussion over lecture. Attendees can expect an open, interactive discussion about the real-world implementation of core DDD constructs such as Entities, Value Objects, Services, Factories, and Repositories.
Pizza and drinks as always, plus some DDD books from O’Reilly along with some C# Mobile Development books that I just requested.
See you there at 6!

Meeting reminder

Good Morning everyone.

Our May meeting is tonight Wed. the 16th.

Our guest speaker is Chris Weldon from Improving Enterprises and he will be giving a talk on the SOLID principles.

I will give the introductory talk about TDD’ing our WPF Caliburn app to get more functionality added.

I have a handful of books from O’Reilly to give away, including some copies of the MVVM book that I showed last month.

See you at 6!

16th of May Meeting Agenda

Good afternoon!

We will be holding our next monthly meeting on Wed. May 16th, which is about a week away.

We have a special guest speaker from Improving Enterprises, Chris Weldon.

He will be giving a talk on SOLID principles, here’s the synopsis:

Principles abound our lives. Software and engineering is no exception. The more you develop software, the more patterns and principles you master. Yet, solutions remain difficult to maintain and developers are frequently frustrated by impediments they introduce and the waste generated to get around them. But why do we run into these roadblocks? It could be that you’re not using the principles of object-oriented development to build better solutions.

The SOLID principles are an important foundation for how to leverage OO languages to produce high value, low overhead, maintainable solutions. Whether you’ve just starting to sling code or have been a veteran in the industry, the principles taught in this presentation are invaluable.

Pizza and drinks as always, see you all next Wed. starting at 6 pm.

-mark