Inland Empire .NET User’s Group Meeting–January 11, 2011-Jeremy Clark

By James at January 12, 2011 11:06
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG

Jeremy Clark from BiTKOO came to present, “Learn to Love Lambdas” to the IEDOTNETUG on Tuesday January 11, 2011. It was a great presentation and really opened the doors on learning how lambdas work and how to best use them.

Jeremy works for BiTKOO, a company specializing in Identity and Access Management. After hours, he puts together demos and technical articles for, a website focusing on .NET technologies.

Attendance: 25

Raffle Prizes: 30


Hey! I’m an INETA Community Champion!

By James at April 05, 2010 10:39
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General

Wow. I woke up this morning to a terrific email…


We would like to extend our thanks for your participation in the INETA Community Champions program and your commitment to the developer community. You were nominated by your local Developer Evangelist Lynn Langit.  You faced some challenging competition yet your accomplishments speak for themselves.  The Community Champions team is thrilled to inform you that you are one of our top winners for Q1 2010.  Congratulations!  INETA will be announcing the winners in our next INETA Newsletter as well as posting announcements on our web site. 

I had worked with the INETA Community Champs committee a few years ago, but never thought I would be a recipient.

Thanks everyone, especially Lynn (my own developer champion)!

And just so everyone knows I’m not kidding… here’s the proof.

INETA Community Champions Badge

Time to get crackin’.


Interview questions – Change for a dollar

By James at March 22, 2010 12:19
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General, Technology in General

So, in my quest to become gainfully employed, I am going through the interview process, mainly technical interviews with hands-on developers. Unfortunately, they seem to want people that 1) either *just* graduated from Computer Science school, or 2) can memorize obscure bits of code, and recite the Visual Studio help files verbatim.

At my last interview, I walked in – after a two-hour car ride, and trying to find a parking spot – to a “Hi, let’s write some code on the white board” situation. Ok, I say to myself, “let’s give this a try”. Their first question, “write code to calculate the optimum number of coins to return when giving change after a purchase.”

Hmm, I think. And I stumbled around for a bit, eventually ending up writing some pseudo-code that involved some long division. The Inland Empire .NET User’s Group’s next meeting was the following Tuesday, and I decided to ask them the same question – however they had the luxury of being in a friendly environment with soda and pizza in their fiery little bellies.

Below are the two answers that UG members sent to me, and it got me to thinking. What I would like to do is have you write your code in the comments, so I can see how many different ways there are to write this method.

From member Daniel Lopez, “Just for grins. If you have suggestion on how to make it better, let me know.”

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;

namespace GiveChange
      class Program
            static void Main(string[] args)

            private static void DoChange(double Tendered)
                  double _DecimalPart = Math.Round(1-( Tendered - Math.Floor(Tendered)),2);
                        if (_DecimalPart >= .25)
                              Change.Quarters += 1;
                              _DecimalPart -= .25;
                        else if (_DecimalPart >= .10)
                              Change.Dines += 1;
                              _DecimalPart -= .1;
                        else if (_DecimalPart >= .05)
                              Change.Nickles += 1;
                              _DecimalPart -= .05;
                              Change.Pennies += (int)(_DecimalPart * 100);
                              _DecimalPart -= _DecimalPart;
                  while (_DecimalPart > 0);

                  StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

                  sb.Append(string.Format( "Quarters: {0}", Change.Quarters));
                  sb.Append(string.Format("Dines: {0}", Change.Dines));
                  sb.Append(string.Format("Nickles: {0}", Change.Nickles));
                  sb.Append(string.Format("Pennies: {0}", Change.Pennies));


      public  static  class Change
            public static int Quarters { get; set; }
            public static int Dines { get; set; }
            public static int Nickles { get; set; }
            public static int Pennies { get; set; }

And from member Henry Vander Leest, "Hi James, Was thinking about the comments you made at the meeting about the interview you had the the question about the code to make change. Well, here's my solution... I don't believe I could have written this in 5 minutes under stressful circumstances. Live Long and prosper."

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
namespace ChangeMaker1
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            //takes command line arg from 1 to 99 to make change for a dollar
            int quarters;
            int dimes;
            int nickels;
            int pennies;
            int tendered = 100;
            int cost = Convert.ToInt32(args[0]);
            int change = tendered - cost;
            quarters = change / 25;
            change -= quarters * 25;
            dimes = change / 10;
            change -= 10 * dimes;
            nickels = change / 5;
            change -= nickels * 5;
            pennies = change;
            Console.WriteLine("Quarters {0}, Dimes {1}, Nickels {2},  Pennies {3}, 
This is the change for item costing {4} cents",
quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies, cost ); } } }

I tested both, and they work like a champ. Now I just need to memorize these for my next round of interviews. So tell me, how would you do this “simple” exercise.

Time to work…


.NET Rocks is on the Road Again!

By James at March 18, 2010 03:46
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General

Man am I excited! Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin from .NET Rocks are going on the road again, and are making special plans to come out and visit the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group!

I’ve been working with – well he’s been doing all the work – Jim Barry at ESRI in Redlands to host the event there, and he has really come through for us. We will be having the event in the new Auditorium, which means the Inland Empire leg of the road trip will make all the other venues look like rickety old shelters.

(Update. I got so excited, I forgot the date)

Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00-ish

Here’s a peek of what I’m talking about.

ESRI Auditorium

Go IE!

Here’s the “official” word from Richard and Carl…

.NET Rocks is on the Road Again!

Carl and Richard are loading up the RV and driving to your town again to show off the latest and greatest in Visual Studio 2010! And to make the night even more fun, we’re going to bring a rock star of the Visual Studio world to the event and interview them for a special .NET Rocks Road Trip show series. Along the way we’ll be giving away some great prizes, showing off some awesome technology and having a ton of laughs.

And one lucky person at the event will win “Ride Along with Carl and Richard” and get to board the RV and ride with the boys to the next town on the tour (don’t worry, we’ll get you home again!)

So come out to the most fun you can have in a geeky evening – and find out what’s new and cool in Visual Studio 2010!

Thanks Jim for all your help!

Keep an eye on to RSVP for the event

Time to get planning.

Inland Empire .NET User’s Group – 2nd Annual Most Valuable Member Event

By James at July 22, 2009 09:16
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General

Last Tuesday (July 14th, 2009) was the 2nd Annual Most Valuable Member Event for the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group. The first MVM event was a great success, and I wanted this time around to be just as, if not more, spectacular. I’d like to say it was, and boy howdy.

The sponsors really came through with tons of prizes. Riverside Medical Clinic allowed us to use both the conference room and classrooms – the conference room for the meeting, the classroom for serving the food. My cunados, Ricki and Mauricio prepared authentic Salvadoran food - pupusas, chilaquiles, chiles rellenos y arroz - which was sponsored by Patrick Conway at TekSystems.

William played his guitar during the breaks, and there was tons of conversation, laughter, geekiness and all out fun. Efren Toscano and Josh Highland of TechZulu were there to video tape the event. Wm. Marc Salsberry was taking tons of pictures (in that fantastic way he does).

And, there were four special guests presenting. Volkan Uzun on ReSharper, Dustin Davis on Red Gate ANTS Profiler, David Jung on User Interface testing with Visual Studio 2010, and the lovely and fetching Lynn Langit, gave an update on what is going on with SmartCare in Zambia.

Everyone won prizes, and went home with giant bags of swag. Carmina and I were up till after midnight the night before preparing everything.

Up late packing the swag
Inside the MVM backpack

So after a fun evening of geeking out and eating great food, it was time to announce the winners.

MVM Second Runner Up with 8,360 points - Dennis Palmer

MVM First Runner Up with 17,980 points - Matt Penner

Most Valuable Member for 2008-2009 with 26,350 points - Volkan Uzun


You may be wondering, so what does it mean to be the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group Most Valuable Member and First and Second Runner’s Up. Here is what they each received.

Sponsor Most Valuable Member 1st Runner Up 2nd Runner Up
JetBrains 2 products of choice 2 products of choice 2 products of choice
Developer Express Dxperience Enterprise Dxperience ASP or Winforms CodeRush/Refactor
TechSmith Camtasia Studio Camtasia Studio Camtasia Studio
Telerik Premium Collection Premium Collection Premium Collection
Infragistics NetAdvantage for both .NET and Silverlight NetAdvantage for both .NET and Silverlight NetAdvantage for both .NET and Silverlight
O’Reilly Safari 5 book subscription, 10 books of choice 5 books of choice 5 books of choice
Apress 7 books of choice 5 books of choice 3 books of choice
Wrox 5 books of choice 3 books of choice 2 books of choice
Pearson LiveLesson LiveLesson LiveLesson
InnerWorkings Annual Subscription to complete library    
Red Gate ANTS Performance Profiler Pro    
Microsoft Premium Backpack, Wireless Mouse, Web camera Premium Backpack, Wireless Mouse, Web camera Premium Backpack, Wireless Mouse, Web camera

Additional sponsors stepped forward and provided software to raffle off. Telerik provided a copy of their suite of tools. TechSmith donated a copy of Camtasia Studio. Balsamiq Studios provided three copies of Mockup. TimeSnapper provided ten copies of their software. Red Gate sent books, shirts, lanyards. ComponentOne, Telerik, JetBrains, Developer Express, and Apress provided tons of shirts.

Some fun facts

  • 44 RSVP’s for the eventa new record
  • 58 actual attendeesa new record
  • 159 pictures taken
  • 10 real live women in attendancedefinitely a record

Thanks to all who helped out, who came to see what was what, who participated in collecting points, who provided the TONS of swag, and, who made the evening something to remember.

So, in no particular order…

  • Rachel Hawley – Developer Express
  • Britt King – JetBrains
  • Betsy Weber – TechSmith
  • Emily Parker – Telerik
  • Patrick Conway - TekSystems
  • Kathleen Rader – Infragistics
  • Marsee Henon – O’Reilly
  • Leonardo Cuellar – Apress
  • Ashley Zurcher – Wrox/Wiley
  • Eve Turzillo – Component One
  • Andrea Bledsoe – Pearson
  • Erin Jacobs – Microsoft
  • Janine Rood - InnerWorkings
  • Annabel Bradford, Sarah Grady, Sofie Westlake – Red Gate Software
  • Leon Bambrick and Atli Björgvin Oddsson –
  • Peldi Guilizzoni, Mariah Maclachlan, Valerie Liberty – Balsalmiq Studios
  • Melisa Castro, Amy Gonzalez, and of course,
  • Carmina Johnson

Time to breathe again,


It’s official! I’m an MVP. Time for a nap.

By James at April 01, 2009 04:27
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General, Microsoft, MVP

I was up way late again, this time checking email every 30 seconds for the “official” congratulations message. Click – Wait – Click – Wait – Repeat. “OK Johnson”, I say to myself. “Go to bed, it will come.”

7:00 am – nothing
7:30 am – nada
8:00 am – hmm, ok
8:30 am – nervous tension starts
8:45 am – uh oh, comments are coming in from last night’s blog
9:00 am – where is that darn thing?
9:01 am – this can’t be an April Fools Joke, can it?
9:02 am – maybe I shouldn’t have blogged last night and they took it away?
9:15 am – more nervous tension, beads of sweat on my face
9:30 am – this *REALLY* can’t be an April Fools Joke, can it?
9:31 am – HEY! there’s an email in the Junk folder?! WTF?
9:31:05 am – YAHOO! LIVE!



For quite some time, this is something I have been wanting and working for. Not for the recognition, more to learn what all the mystery of the MVP is about, to sneak a peak behind the blue door, to reach out and touch the secret squirrels.

Of all the emails that have come in the last 24 hours, there is one line that stands out:

…enjoy the award; take advantage of the opportunities it offers you…

Believe me… I fully intend to. I can’t wait to dive into the MVP site to check out what’s there.

Thanks again to everyone who watches my back and helped me get to where I am today.


Time for a nap.

Wow! What a roller coaster ride. I'm dizzy.

By James at March 31, 2009 15:31
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General, Microsoft, MVP

How many of you have watched the movie Parenthood? In one speech, Grandma makes a little statement about when Grandpa took her on a roller coaster…

“I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me feel so frightened, so sick, so excited, so scared, so safe, and so thrilled, altogether! Some didn't like it. They wanted to go on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.”

I usually prefer the roller coaster as well, but for the past month I have been quietly wishing for the merry-go-round.

I have many great friends who are always there to support me. And because of my work with the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group and other .NET community efforts, several of them took it upon themselves to nominate me for a Microsoft MVP award. Thinking, and being told, it was a slam dunk, I was disappointed when I received an email last month telling me there just wasn’t any room for me, and perhaps next go round.

With development and management issues at work, supervisors reneging on their decision to let me attend Mix, so much code churn I’m going to patent C# butter, and then to top it all off, yesterday… “at our board meeting three weeks ago, we decided to cut back the IT department and eliminate your position.”  (A software company without a developer – smart decision. I’m sure they’ll be around a long time.)

Last night was rough. I stayed up till three doing the online resume thing and filing for unemployment. Carmina and I discussed if I should go into the office today, and decided I should. More along the lines of “they can’t get rid of me that easily”  than anything else.

Sitting in traffic on the 91, my phone rings. It’s one of my Microsoft friends, Daniel Egan. He starts chatting, then coyly asks, “have you read your email today?”  Nope, buddy, I’m on the road. He then goes on to start babbling about getting to a computer, not wanting to spoil the surprise, then, all of a sudden he blurts out, “you got your MVP! I just got off the phone with Suzanna.”

Ok, I like to play April fools jokes on my kids and everything, but after yesterday now is not the time. Daniel assures me its true and when I get into the office and have a chance to check my email there is this little tidbit waiting for me.

MVP prémio

Bem James, apenas não sei o que a say…. Excepto parabéns! Sei, apenas quando pensei que não era que vai acontecer, você foram aprovados! Bem-vindo ao programa MVP, conhecimentos de dev de aplicativo de cliente. Você receberá um e-mail oficial (ou dois) mas queria deixar sabe um dia mais cedo porque esse é o tipo de renegade estou;~)

Por favor manter esta notícia para si mesmo até receber a notícia oficial amanhã. Parabéns novamente e bem-vindo!

Suzanna Moran
Sr. MVP Lead, Community and Online Support

So trying to be a good sport I don’t tell anyone the news. Well Carmina deserved to know, so I called her. I’m waiting and waiting. It’s like being 12 all over again on Christmas Eve.

While at my desk at home, doing some work I start noticing some Tweets come in from @Zannabanna; “congratulations this, w00t that”. Then right about 8 pm PDT, I see the following:

Zannabanana Welcome, welcome NEW MVP @jamesLatringo :~)

Hmm… a quick little DM to Suzanna: “hey. does this mean I can shout it out now?”

The response: “SHOUT IT OUT! I figure hey, it's after 8 PM on the west coast, besides, I can NEVER wait!”

Well, what can I say? It’s still not April 1, and I haven’t received the “official” email, but boy, do I have proof!


So, is anyone in the market for a well seasoned ASP.NET/SQL Developer who just got his MVP? I’m available and ready to roll.

Thanks everyone for helping me to get to this part in my career. I couldn’t have done it without you.


Inland Empire .NET User's Group - Most Valuable Member

By James at July 09, 2008 12:26
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General

When I started the Inland Empire .NET User's Group almost 5 years ago, my goal was to create a thriving .NET development community here in the IE, a place where people didn't have to drive so far to attend user group meetings, where local networks could form, where employers in the IE could come to recruit talented, professional developers and was recognized for our development prowess.

I was having a lot of fun with the group and watching it grow. People would come and go, some offering to help, but never coming back. But it was not the dynamic community I had envisioned.

So, a little over a year ago, I was thinking up some ways to increase both the membership and the involvement of the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group. I had heard of, run by David Silverlight, and decided to adapt it to the IEDOTNETUG, gearing it more towards a local community, and specifically for rewarding those who contributed directly back to the group. I had fun coming up with the topics and point system, some of which are:

Be the first to RSVP and Attend a monthly meeting 50 points
RSVP and Attend a monthly meeting 20 points
Assist with meeting setup 200 points
Assist with meeting teardown 150 points
Bring a guest 50 points
Give a 15 minute presentation to the group 300 points
Write a book review on a book won as a raffle prize 500 points
My intention was for the top point achiever to get 1) some recognition, 2) a boatload of swag, and 3) a little help in running the group.
Without much planning, or talking to those who could provide the "boatload of swag", I jumped right in and announced it at the July 2007 User Group meeting. There was some enthusiasm for the program, but most, I think, were like "yeah sure". It took a while for the idea to catch on in the group, and points weren't being generated like I had hoped. I started talking to my sponsors about helping out with prizes, but again, most of them were like, "MVM...what's that?" Every month at the UG meetings I would remind people to submit their points and give them an update on what the prizes were.
In talking with my good friend, Rachel Hawley at Red Gate software, she came on board, offering both some cool prizes, but most importantly some really good advice, suggestions and opinions.
Ah... our first MVM sponsor! Sweet! Now that the members could see there was something they could get for participating, the point submissions started coming in. But still not quite as much as I had hoped for. Thinking a bit on it, I came up with a devious plan, I changed the rules a bit:
  • Point submission would expire 2 months after the activity date (I didn't want to have to keep track of something 11 months ago.)
  • If points were submitted with 7 days of the meeting, they were doubled.
  • If there were more than 20 attendees at the meeting, the points were doubled again (see where I'm going? let's get more people at the meetings).
Think about it. Before, "Assist with meeting setup" was 200 points, but now it could be worth 800 points!
Once the new rules were in play, participation started growing. Ok, now I had players it was up to me to get the prizes. I had wanted Microsoft to donate a MSDN Subscription, and our MSFT DE, Woody Pewitt tried his darndest, but the lawyers and accountants got involved and this idea just wasn't going to fly. I also have developed a really fantastic relationship with my contact at JetBrains, Britt King. We communicate a lot and bounce a lot of ideas off of each other. Britt started getting excited about the MVM program as well, and committed to providing JetBrains licenses as well. Cool beans! Sponsor number 2.
It's April, the point totals are climbing, with more people participating and I'm still working on sponsors. Telerik is on board, Marsee at O'Reilly is on board. But Microsoft is still holding out. I can't figure it out, as this is a .NET User's Group.
Fast forward to June.The MVM awards event is next month. The sponsors are lined up, everyone is excited, there is a definite buzz about the program, and INETA is starting to ask me about it, "What is this MVM thing?". At our June meeting, I finally meet a local developer, who has been trying to come to the meetings, but just hasn't been able to make it. His name is Al Pascual, and he is a Microsoft MVP. He has in his hands a certificate for a MSDN Team Suite Premium Subscription, one of three which Microsoft gives to MVPs to hand out. YES!! The prizes are complete.
I am amazed at the level of competition which is taking off. I am being bombarded on a daily basis with MVM point submissions. There are 5 participants who are all within 2000 points of each other, and I start thinking, I can't just award one MVM. So I decide to have the MVM with a First and Second Runner Up. All the sponsors think it's a great idea and pitch in even more to support the program.
Carmina decides since this is such a special event, the typical pizza just won't do. She gets her good friend Imelda started on planning to make a giant batch of chile rellanos. Booyah! Carmina and I spend the weekend before the event putting the prizes together. Printing out certificates, making awards boxes, packaging up JetBrains t-shirts with Red Gate thumb drives to hand out to all the MVM participants. Sweating the details, practicing my presentation, making sure things will go right. We're ready to go, when "uh-oh".
My friend Efren Toscano who has this cool company TechZulu is going to come and videotape the event, but his correspondent has backed out, and we need to find someone who 1) knows tech, 2) has a great personality and 3) doesn't mind working for a piece of pizza and a Diet Pepsi. As I stare at my monitor, thinking about this, my eyes wander to my GTalk window, then to my buddy Josh Highland's icon. Josh has hacked GTalk so it always shows him as being available...usually he's not. Hmm, Josh meets the three criteria, plus he's a born and raised Inland Empire developer (PHP and ColdFusion, but I don't hold that against him).
Click, not expecting a response till morning. To my surprise he's there. Serendipity. It goes like this:

me: hey, give me a ping i have a favor to ask
joshhighland: yo
me: you're there? wow?
joshhighland: yup ha
me: are you doing anything Tuesday night?
joshhighland: id have to check with the schedule keeper, aka my wife whats going on?
me: TechZulu is coming to videotape the Most Valuable Member event he needs a correspondent...someone to do the interviews
joshhighland: awesome where at?
me: woud you be interested in doing it? i need someone with personalilty and is techy/geeky Riverside Medical Clinic
joshhighland: yeah, lets do it i'm in

It's all coming together and we're ready to go. The people are showing up, the chile rellanos are awesome, there is an excitement in the air. Carmina and Imelda are there checking in people and selling raffle tickets. Efren and Josh are doing their interviews. It doesn't get any better than this. We have our meeting, present the MVM awards, attendees are happy, excited and stoked. My presentation goes great. Afterwards people are hanging around talking and chatting.
This is what I live for with this group. This is why I do it.
Pictures of the event are on Flickr
edit 7/15/2008
This just in! My buddy Josh Highland just wrote about his experiences as a TechZulu correspondent. Read it here.

The Most Valuable Members

By James at July 09, 2008 12:25
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG

The Inland Empire .NET User's Group held their first annual Most Valuable Member Awards. Members gain points by giving back to the community, with the top contributor being named Most Valuable Member. The recognition and prizes they receive are significant, and it wouldn't be possible without the help of the sponsors.

Here is what the MVM, Runner Up, and Second Runner Up receive

MVM Runner Up Second Runner Up
Red Gate SQL Toolbelt Red Gate SQL Comparison Bundle Red Gate SQL Compare
JetBrains R# and dotTrace JetBrains R# JetBrains dotTrace
InnerWorkings ENTIRE catalog for 1 year InnerWorkings Drill InnerWorkings Drill
O'Reilly Safari Subscription 5 O'Reilly Books 3 O'Reilly Books
telerik complete controls Sitefinity license telerik tool of choice
MSDN Team Suite Premium Subscription TechNet Plus Subscription  

The Most Valuable Members for 2007/2008 are:

Most Valuable Member 2007/2008. 42 entries and total points of 19,400 - Volkan Uzun

Volkan has been coming to the meetings for several years, working in several levels of the group, most recently developing and teaching a 12 week Beginner's ASP.NET course affiliated with the IEDOTNET, writing several blog postings per month, and recently received two Microsoft Certifications. He must stay up nights, thinking of new ways to give back to the development community.

MVM Runner Up. 21 entries and total points of 17,840 - Michael Roth

Mike has a ton of great ideas, and will someday make his fortune on the interwebs. He is diligent about submitting his points early, and loves to donate a previously won raffle prize to someone else.

MVM Second Runner Up. 23 entries and total points of 16,110 - Paul Chu

Paul makes the trek from San Gabriel every meeting. He is always here early to help setup, stays late to help tear down, actively participates in discussions during the meetings, and offers to help where ever he can.

In addition, the follow members all participated:

Robby Thompson 13040 points

Matt Penner 10080 points

Sean Dorsett 7280 points

Steve O'Brien 3680 points

Henry Vander Leest 2320 points

Daniel Andrade 1970 points

George Ande 500 points

Mark Raborn 480 points

Alvin Xu 100 points

Ed Marquez 40 points

Chris Hall 20 points

Inland Empire .NET User's Group Most Valuable Member Awards

By James at July 01, 2008 17:33
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG
It's been a year in the making, and it's almost here! The IEDOTNETUG Most Valuable Member Awards event will be on Tuesday, July 8th from 6:30 to 10:00 pm at our usual meeting place, Riverside Medical Clinic. In addition to recognizing and congratulating those who have worked hard at making a difference in the Inland Empire .NET community we will have speakers. Boy howdy, will we have speakers. Not 1. Not 2. Not 3. But FOUR speakers!

  • Mike Vincent from INETA will be presenting on Dynamic Languages (Python, Javascript, Ruby)
  • Matt Penner (yeah, that Matt Penner) will be showing us how to set up source control with SVN
  • Our local MVP, Al Pascual, from ESRI, will be showing off his open source project called GeoTwitter
  • Janine Rood, InnerWorkings Director of Marketing will be showing us how to use the InnerWorkings Drills
  • Efren Toscano from TechZulu will be on hand to video tape the whole event
  • Various other special guests will be making appearances as well

Plus, if your name is on the upper left list of the UG website, you'll get a prize for participating. And if that's not enough, the sponsors have stepped forward for this event and are providing extra swag.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to show the rest of the .NET development world that the Inland Empire is force to be reckoned with! RSVP now to get in on all the fun, plus you'll get an extra raffle ticket.

Attendance fee for non-members is $5.00. Food (not pizza this time around), sodas and water will be on hand.

Thanks! See you next Tuesday. Have a happy, and safe 4th of July!


About the author

James James is a five time and current Microsoft MVP in Client App Development, a Telerik Insider, a past Director on the INETA North America Board, a husband and dad, and has been developing software since the early days of Laser Discs and HyperCard stacks. As the Founder and President of the Inland Empire .NET User's Group, he has fondly watched it grow from a twice-a-month, early Saturday morning group of five in 2003, to a robust and rambunctious gathering of all types and sizes of .NET developers.

James loves to dig deep into the latest cutting edge technologies - sometimes with spectacular disasters - and spread the word about the latest and greatest bits, getting people excited about developing web sites and applications on the .NET platform, and using the best tools for the job. He tries to blog as often as he can, but usually gets distracted by EF, LINQ, MVC, ASP, SQL, XML, and most other types of acronyms. To keep calm James plays a mean Djembe and tries to practice his violin. You can follow him on twitter at @latringo.

And as usual, the comments, suggestions, writings and rants are my own, and really shouldn't reflect the opinions of my employer. That is, unless it really does.

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