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Microsoft have announced the date for the next Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2008 - October 27th-30th in Los Angeles.
Last night at the Coventry NxtGenUG Ruby on Rails Event Chris Sexton picked up his Redgate XBOX 360 for submitting feedback for Fest07
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PDC 2008 Announced
Microsoft have announced the date for the next Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2008 - October 27th-30th in Los Angeles.
RedGate XBOX 360 Winner
Last night at the Coventry NxtGenUG Ruby on Rails Event Chris Sexton picked up his Redgate XBOX 360 for submitting feedback for Fest07
Fest07 Speaker Awards
At Fest07, Rich, Dave and John presented awards to the top speakers in each region - see the main presentation which took the top prizes.
Fest07 XBOX 360 Winner.
Congratulations to Chris Sexton, who was drawn from the hat, to win the Red-Gate XBOX 360 - complete with Viva Pinata and Tomb Raider.
Fest07 Comments
Fest07 is over, but we wanted to share a small slice of the feedback which we had from the event - Makes us so proud!
PowerPoint from Fest07
Some of the PowerPoints from FEST07 are now available for Download.
FEST07 FEEDBACK OPEN
Feedback is now open for Fest07. Please could attendees log into the site and follow the instructions in this news article. Hope you enjoyed the day!
Win an XBOX 360!
Attend Fest07, Leave feedback, and you could be the lucky winner drawn to Win an XBOX 360, complete with games, courtesy of Red-Gate.
Announcing FEST07 Geek Dinner ...
A 'Geek' Dinner has been organised by Zi Makki of the DDD crew for 22nd May 2007, the evening before FEST07.
Final session announced
NxtGenUG today announced the final session in the awesome Fest07 line up will be Rafal Rafal Lukawiecki on Software Development Paradigms.
Fest07 Agenda Online
The Fest07 Agenda is now live on the site. The moment you've all be waiting for - what gameshow will Dave and Rich be doing? Register Quick! Early bird ends March 31st!
Fest07 Watch
Richard Costall has a dig around the blogosphere to see what people are saying about Fest07 and has a good laugh!
Fest07 Top Speaker Disclosed
NxtGenUG Fest07 is pleased to announce that Rafal Lukawiecki will be speaking at the event on the 23rd May 2007 in Microsoft Campus TVP in Reading.
NxtGenUG Announce Fest07
NxtGenUG are proud to announce NxtGenUG Fest07 Event - to be held at the Microsoft Campus in Reading on the 23rd May 2007.
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Fest07Thanks to all who attended NxtGenUG Fest07
Thanks to everybody who attended NxtGenUG Fest07 - "Into the future". We had a great time and we hope you did too. We do have an XBOX 360 (courtesy of Redgate) and some other prizes, which will be drawn from the feedback. Feedback can be left here (login required) Only attendees of Fest07 will be able to leave feedback. If you have any problems get in touch
Fest07 Sessions
Richard Costall Fest07 Keynote
What a crazy 12 months it has been for the NxtGenUG boys. Richard, Dave and John talk through the highlights of the first year of NxtGenUG. Launched on Good Friday, 14th April 2006, the guys have already rolled out over 20 podcasts, presented at conferences including TechED in Barcelona, interviewed some of the Microsoft greats and consumed far too much pizza...
Rafal Lukawiecki Vista Security
Most up-to-date developers would readily recognise such attractive and visually innovative aspects of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista as the Aero interface with Glass effects. It is very interesting to see that the deeper and more hidden aspects of this operating system contain an equal, if not greater amount of innovation and clever design – in a large part related to security. This session will give you a good overview of all of the new security features of Windows Vista stressing, where appropriate (e.g. UAC), any impact they may have on developers. As there are so many new features to mention, do not expect this session to go too hard in-depth on any but instead to be very fast paced and overflowing with content. If you are not familiar with this area, we promise that you will come out with a good understanding of why Windows Vista is most likely going to be Microsoft’s most secure operating system yet, and, perhaps, one of the most secure systems around.
Mike Taulty Mike Taulty on LINQ
In this session we’ll take an interactive look at the new language features that are coming in C# V3.0 in order to bring querying into the language as a first class concept under the banner of “Language Integrated Query (LINQ)”.

LINQ is the headline feature of the forthcoming Visual Studio codename “Orcas” and is going to have an impact on every developer of managed code post “Orcas” making it such a hot topic that we’ve devoted two presenters to leading you through what it is that LINQ gives you and how it works.

Daniel Moth Daniel Moth on LINQ
In this session we’ll take an interactive look at the new language features that are coming in C# V3.0 in order to bring querying into the language as a first class concept under the banner of “Language Integrated Query (LINQ)”.

LINQ is the headline feature of the forthcoming Visual Studio codename “Orcas” and is going to have an impact on every developer of managed code post “Orcas” making it such a hot topic that we’ve devoted two presenters to leading you through what it is that LINQ gives you and how it works.

Rafal Lukawiecki Software Development Paradigms
The concept of the session is to show the “big picture” of what we have achieved and where we are going. Starting with a brief look of the achievements of the 20th century (OO, Components, Modularity), Rafal will talk about the present model strongly lead by Microsoft’s .NET Fx 3.0, that is Workflows, Connectivity and Security. From that, he will look at the near-term future of Service Brokers. Finally, he will develop the vision of the query-based development, suggesting that most software of the future is likely to be a managed function of a “super-search”, or, in fact, where we all started in 1960s, lambda-calculus and declarative programming, closing another great cycle.
Lorna Brown New Concepts for the Home
Lorna Brown of Microsoft Research Cambridge will be taking a look at what the future has in store for us in our homes ... The Socio-Digital Systems Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge is an interdisciplinary group, which brings together psychology, sociology, design, computer science and hardware engineering to address the problem of designing technology to support people in everyday life. In this we want to go beyond simple metaphors (such as bringing the desktop onto your computer screen) and instead exploit our familiarity and facility with the everyday world - the physical world and the social world - to inform the design of new technologies. One area of particular interest to this group is how technology can be used in the home.

In this talk I will present a number of new concepts for the home that we are currently exploring. These include the following concepts, along with many more (come along to find out about all the other exciting research we are doing)!:

Bubbleboard, a visual answering machine that enables people to see at a glance how many messages they have, who they were from and when they were left.
Digital Postcard: A display in the home which can receive and display MMS messages, allowing people to “push” images and text to different rooms in a house from outside the home. Messages can also be sent back via the postcard device.
TimeMill: a digitally augmented mirror and image display device, used to explore how visual image capture, tactile input, and aesthetically controlled image replay can provide a basis for reflection, evocation of place, and aesthetic wonder in a home setting.
Text-It-Notes: This paper-based text messaging system combines hand writing recognition software with some novel hardware to allow users to send text messages by simply writing them directly onto conventional Post-it Notes; the message itself is then converted into text automatically, and the recipient identified with a final stroke of the pen. Incoming SMS messages can also be printed onto small paper labels.
Oliver Sturm Dynamic Languages and .NET
Last year Microsoft announced their future plans for dynamic language support in the .NET CLR, and existing projects like IronPython and PowerShell provide some insight into the application of dynamic principles to the .NET environment. In theory the distinction between static and dynamic languages is clear, but in today's programming world the lines are often blurred. Do we want to be Dynamic? Why? And what is it that Microsoft is going to do for us in that regard? The session shows practical examples and explains the status quo as well as the future plans.
Dave McMahon Swaggily Fortunes
To end the day, can only mean one thing... A NxtGenUG Game Show! Dave and Rich come up with another unique (not) idea for a game show, which includes quiz questions and the usual off-loading of SWAG!
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