First Episode of User Group Radio: Starting the Fort Smith .NET User Group with Michael Paladino

Thursday, January 8, 2009 4:01 PM by Michael Paladino

Jay Smith has just posted the first full episode of User Group Radio, a “monthly podcast dedicated to helping user group and technical community leaders share guidance and best practices”.  Interestingly enough, he chose me to be the first guest as I along with a few others have recently gone through the process of starting the Fort Smith .NET User Group.  In this episode, we discuss various issues surrounding starting a user group such as venue, sponsorship, speakers, marketing, etc.

Jay has plans to talk to a lot of people much more interesting than me in the next few shows, so the show should be worth a listen for anyone interested in user groups and technical communities.

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Screencast - SQL Examiner Suite 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008 4:10 PM by Michael Paladino

Monday, October 6, I'll be presenting a brief demo of SQL Examiner Suite 2008 at the monthly Fort Smith .NET User Group meeting prior to the main presentation by Scott Cate.  I went ahead and recorded a screencast of that presentation for anyone who might be interested.

SQL Examiner Suite consists of a couple of tools, SQL Examiner and SQL Data Examiner, that allow the user to compare and synchronize database schemas and data.  It's a tool that I use on a regular basis and have found to be invaluable in my software development. 

As a disclaimer, the makers of SQL Examiner Suite, TulaSoft, are one of the sponsors of the Fort Smith .NET User Group, and I am using a free copy that I won at one of the meetings.  However, it was my decision to make this presentation to the group and to create this screencast and neither were in any way solicited by TulaSoft.

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FSDNUG Featured in Apress Catalog

Monday, September 22, 2008 8:07 PM by Michael Paladino

I just found out today that the Fort Smith .NET User Group has been profiled in the Apress Fall/Winter 2008 Catalog (check out page 15).  One of our officers, Jeremy Sloan, has done a great job of maintaining the group's relationship with Apress including requesting review copies of books and keeping them updated on the group's activities. 

In addition to the recognition in the catalog, Apress will also be sending us an "Apress tote bag full of books".  Looking forward to that!

So, thanks to Jeremy and thanks to all the members that have made FSDNUG a vibrant user group and a great place to learn and network.  And thanks to Apress for being such a great sponsor!

Apress Catalog cover Apress Catalog - FSDNUG article

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SubSonic Presentation Screencast

Monday, June 30, 2008 9:00 AM by Michael Paladino

The night before my presentation to FSDNUG on Easy Database Access with SubSonic, I recorded a rough screencast of the presentation. It was partly done to work out the kinks in my presentation, but I was hoping that it would be polished enough to post. Well, it was late, I was tired, it's not the best audio quality, and I didn't finish it, but here's what I recorded in multiple formats if you're interested:

Screencast: WMV | Zune | iPod

I know it was long and the audio wasn't great. If you have any other feedback, good or bad, please leave a comment. I hope to record future presentations so would appreciate any tips you have related to that. By the way, a few months ago Scott Hanselman posted the results of a survey he ran on screencast techniques. Next time I'll make sure and take that information into account.

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Easy Database Access with Subsonic (Slides and Demo)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008 9:00 AM by Michael Paladino

Last night I presented for the first time at the Fort Smith .NET User Groupon "Easy Database Access with SubSonic". It was an intro level talk with some basics about the need for ORM / code generation tools at the beginning. Trying to squeeze in everything in a one hour talk proved to be difficult, but I think attendees at least got enough exposure to SubSonic to know whether or not it's something they want to look into further.

I learned that I can't possibly over-prepare for a presentation of that length. I'm a very detail-oriented person and like to know exactly what I'm going to talk about beforehand. I got some great feedback on the talk last week from Kerry Jenkins who had presented the previous month. Then I also recorded a rough screencast Sunday night to practice. By the time Monday night rolled around, I felt pretty comfortable with the material although I feel like another walkthrough might have helped me work out some of the timing.

Here are the files and links from the presentation:

Update: I've posted the screencast from the presentation here.

Presenting at FSDNUG June Meeting
Thanks to Jeremy Sharp for the picture

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Fort Smith .NET User Group First Meeting

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 8:00 AM by Michael Paladino

Last night, the Fort Smith .NET User Group (FSDNUG) had its first meeting with Raymond Lewallen speaking on Behavior-Driven Design (BDD). We had 35 people show up from Data-Tronics, EagleOne, Golden Living, OK Industries, and Wingfoot. There were a couple of minor logistical issues with signing in, but overall everything went really well. David Mohundro has an excellent writeup of the content of the meeting on his blog along with links to numerous BDD resources.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the meeting happen. I'm looking forward to our next meeting March 31 when Chris Koenig will be talking about Silverlight.

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Fort Smith .NET User Group

Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:00 AM by Michael Paladino

This has been in the works for a while, but I'm just now getting to blogging about it. A group of .NET developers in the Fort Smith area are starting a Fort Smith .NET User Group (FSDNUG) and our first meeting is Monday, March 3 at 6:00 PM. See our website for more details and directions. There are many individuals locally and from the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group that have put in a lot of work to make this happen.

The vendor participation has been much greater than I initially thought it would. We've got books, T-shirts, and tons of really good software to give away. Of course, much credit goes to the guys from our group that are handling that as they sent out countless emails.

Announcements by others involved with the group:

If you are in the area Monday and can attend the meeting, we'd love to have you!

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