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March, 2013
Help local Indie Kickstart Fathom March 01
local Indie IronSun Studio's needs you Kickstarter backing to get their exciting Fathom game off the ground
August, 2012
Job Opportunity August 16
Modus IT has an urgent requirement for an Analyst Programmer to help deliver the first version of a revolutionary Business Intelligence product to the market.
June, 2012
Fancy coding for Charity? June 25
Fancy coding for Charity? Then maybe you'll like to take part in Dev4Good and help some worthy causes whilst writing code!
May, 2012
Windows Server Events June 14/15 May 15
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Events: In London and Edinburgh on 14 and 15 June
Two Meetings at NxtGenUG May 15
Two meetings this month at Birmingham region including one with Mike Taulty ...
Mike Taulty is in the House ... May 15
Mike Taulty Speaking on Windows 8 Development at NxtGenUG Birmingham on Tuesday 29th May
October, 2011
35% discount on Launch Conference October 06
Registered NxtGenUG'ers get 35% discount at the exciting LAUNCH: Gaming and Digital Conference on November 16th in Birmingham
Access User Group Seminar October 06
The Access User Group are having their National Seminar on the 10th November, at the Heritage Motor Centre
August, 2011
Opportunities in AUSTRALIA! August 01
Fancy a new life in AUSTRALIA? - Know Sharepoint, or BI, or just love Architecting Solutions - Read on!
Fest11 Raises £110.00 for Birmingham Childrens Hospital August 01
Huge thanks to everyone, who attended Fest11 and also those who took part in the raffle, raising £110.00 for Birmingham Childrens Hospital.
June, 2011
Career Opportunities June 07
A software house in the East Midlands with ambitious development plans has 2 opportunities, 1 Permanent, and 1 Contract...
May, 2011
NxtGenUG Website now works in Chrome ... May 15
After many requests, we've done a minor update to the site to allow it to be used in Chrome.
April, 2011
Fest11 Agenda NOW complete... April 07
The Fest11 Agenda is now complete, head over to the Fest11 page and make sure you've booked your place!
March, 2011
Gill Cleeren NxtGenUG Tour March 28
NxtGenUG are pleased to announce Silverlight MVP, and Microsoft Regional Director Gill Cleeren, will be touring 4 NxtGenUG regions in July.
WP7 Hackathon in Birmingham March 17
There's a WP7 Hackathon happening in Birmingham on Saturday 26th April 2011 - Free to attend, but places Limited
February, 2011
IronSun Studios release IonBall on XBOX Indie February 22
Local Indie Startup IronSun Studios have just released IonBall on XBOX indie - Head on over, give it a try...
SQLBITS - Special Discount for NxtGenUG-ers February 12
SQLBits is beside the seaside from the 7th to 9th April 2011 and there is a special discount for NxtGenUG members!
Don't Miss the VBUG Conference February 12
VBUG UK are holding their annual conference on 28th and 29th March 2001 in Reading. Rich and Dave will be there!
January, 2011
NxtGenUG Open Eighth Region! January 31
NxtGenUG are pleased to announce the launch of another region this time Shenfield near Brentwood Essex
Help Rich get to Mix11 - Vote for his Session! January 31
Help Rich celebrate 10 years of running a user group by sending him off to MIX11, by voting for his Mix Session...
SilerlightShow ECO Contest 2011 January 23
Enter the Silverlight Show ECO Contest and you could bag yourself a Ticket to Mix11, including 3 nights accommodation and $800 flight expenses
Costall on 10 years of user Groups January 21
Richard Costall has just realised he's been running user group meetings since June 2000. Here he reflects on the decade.
Videos are back January 07
After a Lengthy delay, due to the demise of SoapBox - The NxtGenUG Videos are back. Tag your NxtGenUG videos with NxtGenUG to have them appear on the site.
Silverlight 4 Star Wars Highlights January 02
A short highlights compilation, from Richard Costall's Silverlight 4 Star Wars Session is now on YouTube...
December, 2010
A chance to speak at a major SharePoint Conference ... December 11
A great opportunity to get onto the SharePoint speaking circuit! Read on ...
October, 2010
frantic, energy-fuelled, entrepreneurial weekend! October 14
If you’re interested in web apps, the internet, business, and want to be involved in launching a brand new web app, register for Launch48.
September, 2010
DDD - Windows Phone 7 September 27
If you want to learn about the new Windows Phone 7 - don't miss DDD - Windows Phone 7 - a free event in Manchester!
Special Tech Days Event with Steve Ballmer!!! September 03
Special UK Tech Days Event with Steve Ballmer - special User Group Registration code available!
Win a FREE Ticket to DevCon London September 02
10 lucky NxtGen-ers can win a FREE ticket to DevCon London - worth over £500!!
August, 2010
SQLBITS 7 - NxtGenUG Members can get a 20% Discount! August 04
NxtGenUG paid up members qualify for a 20% discount for SQLBITS 7. Contact Dave for details!
SQLBits - The 7 Wonders of SQL August 04
SQLBits - The 7 Wonders of SQL conference, which will be taking place from September 30th to October 2nd at York University
July, 2010
Silverlight MasterClass Member Discount July 15
Silverlight MasterClass in Birmingham 28th-30th July 2010 - Discount for NxtGenUG Members
Microsoft Announce PDC10 July 14
For the first time ever, PDC attendees will converge on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond for the PDC, this October 28 – 29, 2010.
May, 2010
OData to Feature at Fest10 May 21
Mike Taulty will be presenting on OData at Fest10 on July 16th - covering - OData – What, Why, When and How?
DevCon Ticket Competition May 20
NxtGenUG has teamed up with the exciting new .NET developer conference, DevCon London, to offer you the chance of a free delegate pass for this 3-day event.
NDC Conference offer UK User groups 20% discount May 19
Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) 2010 offer UK User groups members 20% discount
Silverlight Master Class Discount May 16
£50 Discount for NxtGenUG members, attending the Silverlight Master Class July 2010
Another Fest10 Speaker Announced May 13
NxtGenUG have announced Microsoft's Ryan Simpson will be speaking on F# at NxtGenUG's Fest10 Conference on the 16th July 2010
April, 2010
Fest10 - Registration Open April 25
NxtGenUG are pleased to announce that Registration for Fest10, our annual conference is now open!
SilverlightMasterClass discount for NxtGenUG members April 23
NxtGenUG are pleased to announce an exclusive discount for NxtGenUG members on the Silverlight Masterclass in June
TechED Europe Mailing list April 21
Join the TechEd Europe mailing list and be one of the first to hear about Microsoft's premiere European Event
'Mythbusting SharePoint' April 16
Dave's published an article called 'Mythbusting SharePoint' on Developer Fusion!
March, 2010
Coventry in Venue Change March 06
The Coventry Branch of NxtGenUG has changed venues. We can now be found at the Royal British Legion in Baginton
February, 2010
Job Vacancies at Progressive Educational Tools February 24
Long standing NxtGenUG member, and PET Director Chris Sexton is looking to fill a couple of vacancies; a Developer and a Web-MultiMedia Designer/Developer
Register for UK TechDays! February 18
Register for UK TechDays! - A week of free technology events for devs, IT managers and IT pros
January, 2010
Ridgian are looking for Developers January 29
.NET/SQL DEVELOPERS REQUIRED! - Ridgian, the company Dave McMahon works for are currently recruiting. Find out details by clicking 'more' ...
"Uncle Bob" will be speaking in Oxford in April!! January 10
Top Author and Speaker "Uncle Bob" will be speaking in Oxford in April!!
Mix10 and Mix10K January 04
Registration for Mix10 - the Designer/Developer LoveFest is now open. It's happening at Las Vegas on the 15th-17th March 2010
December, 2009
DDD8 Announced! December 18
DDD8, the 8th DDD event is to be held at Microsoft UK HQ in Reading on 30th January 2010
Black Marble VS2010 Event December 06
Catch up on the latest with Visual Studio 2010, with Black Marble in London on the 17th December 2009
November, 2009
Blog entry on installing SharePoint 2010 November 21
Dave's published a detailed blog entry on installing SharePoint 2010
Dave McMahon starts a new article series on SharePoint November 15
Dave McMahon starts a new article series on SharePoint
October, 2009
SQL Bits Conference October 27
SQL Bits conference is happening on the 19th-21st November 2009 - The Saturday being FREE!
Rare to Present at NxtGenUG XNA Day October 19
NxtGenUG are delighted to announce - Top games developer Rare will be Speaking at the NxtGenUG XNA Day on the 5th December 2009
PDC ticket Caption Competition October 10
Rich receives some PDC SWAG, and finds a PDC ticket - Time for another caption competition - enter for a chance to WIN!!!!!
TechEd Ticket Competition Winner!!! October 09
We're pleased to announce that the winner of this year's NxtGenUG TechEd Ticket Competition is Paul Marsh.
Blackpool BarCamp 17th October October 05
There's a Barcamp in Blackpool on October 17th. What's a BarCamp I hear you cry - Read On!
September, 2009
TechED 2009 Ticket Caption Competition September 17
The NxtGenUG Boys are giving away a Ticket to TechED Berlin 2009, simply complete the caption competition for a chance to win...NOW CLOSED
VBUG Annual Conference 2009 September 16
VBUG have just announced their Annual conference for 2009 will be held at TVP on the 26th November 2009
August, 2009
Dave's Microsoft UK Challenger Story ... August 19
Dave's written up his story of the Microsoft UK Challenger Event
Vista Squad Name Change ... August 18
Vista Squad User Group has changed it name to Edge UG, thereby future proofing the group ...
July, 2009
Latest NxtGenUG Podcast now live. July 26
Recorded at the UK Silverlight 3 launch party - Rich finds a special co-host to help record the show, featuring 3 additional inteviews.
June, 2009
Ron Watson XBOX Owner June 05
Congratulations to Ron Watson who's name was drawn from the list of 100% Feedbackers - He wins an XBOX 360.
May, 2009
Dave McMahon takes on The Microsoft Challenge! May 07
NxtGenUG Co-Founder Dave McMahon is taking part in the Microsoft UK Challenge!
April, 2009
Cmomplete your Feedback and you could win! April 23
NxtGenUG will pick one lucky winner to recieve an XBOX 360 just for completing your feedback by the end of May - Find out how?
DDD Events Getting Closer! April 08
There are a host of Community Events coming up all around the country .. fill yer boots, read on for details!
Norweigian Developers Conference! April 07
Our Norweigian Developer Friends have a great sounding conference in June, and they're offering special discounts to UK User Group Members!
March, 2009
NxtGenUG are growing again! March 31
Another NxtGenUG Region hits the UK, now up north in Manchester!
FEST09 Now open for Registration! March 14
FEST09 is now open for registration - limited places, members get first dibs, 'nuff said!
February, 2009
XNA Event In March February 24
The XNA UK User Group are hosting a one day XNA event on the 21st March 2009 in Birmingham at iCentrum. Listen to great sessions or show off your game!
SECURITY TRAINING WITH DINIS CRUZ ... February 17
NxtGenUG are working with DInis Cruz again to bring you TOP quality Web Application Security Training at a great price!
Announcing NxtGenUG's Sixth UK region this time in Hereford! February 17
****NEW NXTGENUG REGION - HEREFORD!! **** Read this news to find out more
Loads of Community Events! February 13
It's all gone mad, load of Community events happening. SQL BITS Registration is open plus voting for other events!
January, 2009
Developer Developer Developer Spreads ... January 31
The UK Community Developer Developer Developer branded events are spreading across the UK! Read more ...
Fit!Systems are looking for a .NET developer who is 'FIT for purpose' January 30
Fit!Systems are looking for a .NET developer who is 'FIT for purpose'
DDD SouthWest - Call for Speakers January 27
The DDD South West Call For New Speakers is now live and we are looking for proposals from new speakers who would like to speak at DDD South West on Saturday 23rd May 2009 in Taunton.
Silverlight Assault Course - Ireland Tour January 05
NxtGenUG Speakers and Silverlight Guru's Chris Hay and Richard Costall announce Silverlight Assault Course in Ireland - 17th (Dublin), 18th (Cork) January 2009.
Chris Hay awarded MVP January 02
NxtGenUG Cambridge co-ordinator Chris Hay has been awarded Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) - client application developer.
December, 2008
Fest08 - Web Cam Footage December 31
Check out some WebCam highlights recorded by the delegates at NxtGenUG's Fest08 Conference in June 2008.
Silverlight Mix10K Challenge December 29
Silverlight Man Richard Costall has entered the Mix 10K challenge, so cheer him on in the community competition by voting for him.
Fest09 Details Leaked? December 29
Dave,Rich and John have always had ambitious plans for NxtGenUG, and the Fest09 plans seem no different...
The Twelve Podcasts of Christmas ... December 13
Top blogger and pillar of UK community Craig Murphy is doing his own "Twelve Podcasts of Christmas!"
November, 2008
Geff Lombardi on BCS Interview November 24
NxtGenUG Member and Birmingham Coordinator Geff Lombardi talk about cetification on the BCS Site.
Silverlight, XNA and Gaming Videos. November 05
The Videos from Pete McGann and Richard Costall's popular Silverlight, XNA and Gaming session are now available.
We have a TechEd Ticket Winner! November 03
Graham Coleman from Southampton NxtGenUG is our TechEd Developers 2008 Ticket Winner!
October, 2008
Contigo Are Hiring! October 31
Are you an ASP.NET developer? Contigo a local company with 3 NxtgenUG members are hiring!
VBUG Conference October 26
The 11th Annual VBUG Conference is only a few days away
NxtGenUG - TechED Ticket Competition October 19
NxtGenUG are offering one lucky member a ticket to TechED Developers in Barcelona - What do you have to do?
PhotoSynth Test October 03
At the MVP Open Day Dave and Rich interview James ONeill on Photosynth (podcast #57)
VBUG 11th Annual Conference October 01
The VBUG 11th Annual Developer Conference will be on the 4th-5th of November - featuring Ken Getz and Jeffrey McManus
September, 2008
Rich Paints Self-Portrait September 28
See Richie Costall draw a self portrait on a Pizza on Microsoft Surface in our lastest Video.
Back to podcasting ... September 28
Dave & Rich have just released 2 new podcasts from REMIX UK, including a great 50 min interview with Scott Guthrie and Bill Buxton.
DDD7 Open for Voting! September 01
Craig Murphy has announced that voting for DDD7 is now open!
August, 2008
Silverlight Manic Miner LIVE! August 02
Richard Costall & Pete McGann are pleased to announce their “Silverlight” Manic Miner game Beta is now live on the NxtGenUG site.
July, 2008
Fest08 Redgate XBox360 Winner July 31
At the Coventry Volta meeting David Tims collected his Redgate XBox 360, as a prize for completing feedback on our hugely Successful Fest08 Event.
MSDN and TechNet On The Road Again ... July 27
The latest set of MSDN Roadshows have been announced and TechNet too.
Don't Forget SQLBits Cubed ... July 27
SQLBits III is on 13th September, its FREE to attend so why not go along?
The 3 MVP's July 18
Three members of the UK Community and NxtGenUG Speakers had been recognised in the latest MVP Awards.
DevExpress release new FREE Silverlight Control July 17
DevExpress have just announced their new FREE Silverlight AgDataGrid
DevExpress Sponsor Silverlight Assault Course! July 17
We're pleased to announce DevExpress are sponsoring the Silverlight Assault Course.
June, 2008
New SQL Server Courses Available! June 30
4 Top UK Community SQL Server guys have formed SQL Know How, and are offering some TOP SQL Server Courses!
FEST08 G(r)eek Dinner June 01
We're having a G(r)eek diner just before FEST08 - please feel free to join us if you're in the area
May, 2008
Daniel Moth - Final Appearance May 22
Daniel Moth is to make his final presentation, before heading off to Redmond, at Fest08 in a SwanSong Nugget - bring the hankies - it'll be a tear jerker.
April, 2008
Ridgian Are Hiring! April 30
Ridgian (Company Dave works for) are looking for a Business Analyst right now!
VBUG One Day Conference April 08
Want to catch up on Silverlight, WPF, MOSS, Workflow Foundation and Visual Studio 2008 ? - VBUG have a one day conference on 24th April 2008 in Birmingham.
March, 2008
NxtGenUG is Multiplying ... Again! March 29
NxtGenUG is Multiplying ... Again!
Senior Developer/Technical Architect Needed March 28
Chris Sexton, long time member of NxtGenUG and XSLT 'Nuggetteer' runs PET Learning in Coventry and is after a senior developer ...
DDD Ireland - Begorra! March 07
DDD Moves to the Emerald Isle - "Techprechaun" is born on Saturday 3rd May 2008!
February, 2008
NxtGenUG Announce Fest08 February 24
Save the Date : June 12th 2008 - That's the date for Fest08 - The NxtGenUG boys annual conference. This year the subject is "Data Today, Data Tomorrow".
NxtGenUG Forza MotorSport 2 February 18
If you own an XBox 360 and have Forza Motorsport 2- why not get a custom NxtGenUG paint job ...
NxtGenUG is Multiplying ... February 16
Two new Lombardi's arrive ...
InnerWorkings Providing FREE Training February 13
InnerWorkings is been running a special promotion giving away 10 hours of free training ...
January, 2008
Great New Iterative Training Courses! January 25
NxtGenUG's primary partner for Training, is running a fantastic course with Michele Leroux Bustamante with 15% Discount for members.
Voting open for SQLBITS 2008 January 03
Voting is now open for the next SQL Bits Community Conference which takes place 1st March 2008.
December, 2007
PDC 2008 Announced December 07
Microsoft have announced the date for the next Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2008 - October 27th-30th in Los Angeles.
Mix Session Online December 05
The Mix07:UK sessions are online - That's not new news, but they've just added Dave and Rich's legendary Micro-Presentation. Live the Legend!
November, 2007
Jeff Wharton wins Speaker Idol November 08
Australian Jeff Wharton has scooped TechEd developers 2007 Speaker Idol Competition in a thrilling final.
October, 2007
Missing You Already October 29
Missed Daniel Moth last Monday? - Never Fear, pop over to the VBUG meeting on Thursday 1st November to hear what all the fuss is about with VS2008
Joel Spolsky's World Tour is coming to Cambridge! October 24
Joel Spolsky's World Tour is coming to Cambridge!
DDD6 Registration is now open! October 24
DDD6 Registration is now open!
Barry Dorrans is an MVP! October 03
Barry Dorrans is awarded Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP)
September, 2007
TechEd Ticket Competition is now closed September 29
The TechEd ticket competition is now closed. Thanks to all people who entered, and if you haven't won. Why not visit the TechEd site or the Facebook group.
Where can it be? September 28
Time is running out on the TechED ticket competition, and Rich has had an update...
Silverlight Course Available - 8th October September 25
JBI Training are running a Silverlight course on 8th October
WIN A FREE DAYS WPF TRAINING! September 25
Win a day's Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Training in our latest competition.
NXTGENUG OPEN A NEW REGION IN SOUTHAMPTON! September 20
Then there were 5! Two months, two new regions, first Cambridge now Southampton!
NxtGenUG partner with Iterative Training! September 19
NxtGenUG have an exciting new partner in the form of Iterative Training!
DDD6 Announced September 18
DDD6 will be held on Saturday 24th November 2007 at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading
(Un)Official Press Photos September 12
Dave and Rich, booked a session in a studio to have (un)official press photos done - I think we look good
Treasure Hunt Extended September 09
The TechEd ticket competition has been extended for two further weeks, and now closes on the 28th September.
SQLBits takes place on Oct 6th! September 01
Saturday Oct 6th sees the first SQL Community conference called SQLBits!
August, 2007
4 MVPs and a Mobile Phone ... August 29
Criag Murphy has released a 'open discussion' podcast, of sorts ...
MSDN EVENT IN BIRMINGHAM!: August 22
MSDN Event coming to Birmingham!
NxtGenUG announce new Region! August 17
The Boyz from NxtGenUG are absolutely delighted to announce the opening of a brand new NxtGenUG region - this time in Cambridge!
TechEd Ticket Update August 09
Barry Dorrans has been out and about helping us to locate the TechEd ticket. Find out what he discovered. (Clue #2)
July, 2007
Win a ticket to TechEd 2007 in Barcelona July 31
Good news and bad news... We have a ticket to TechEd 2007 Developers in Barcelona. Bad news it went missing and we need your help to find it.
NxtGenUG sponsors of TechEd 2007 July 27
NxtGenUG are proud to be supporting Microsoft TechEd 2007 Developers conference in Barcelona in November this year.
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Available July 27
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is now available for download on the Microsoft sites, almost all features are complete!
NxtGenUG are on Facebook! July 25
NxtGenUG are on Facebook, so if you are part of this social network hook up with the NxtGenUG group and say hi!
Mix07 Registration Open! July 25
Registration for Mix07:UK is now open. Register now to take advantage of the £199 early bird discount and see Scott Guthrie :-)
NxtGenUG TechEd 2007 Page July 21
If you can't attend TechEd 2007 Barcelona this year then head on over to the NxtGenUG TechEd 2007 Page, for all the information on this years event.
TechEd 2007 - Barcelona July 17
The NxtGenUG boys, Dave, Rich and John will Speaking, Entertaining, Podcasting, and SWAGing at TechEd 2007 Barcelona this year - and you could be going too.
3d Desktop for Vista ... July 12
Dave's got a 3d Vista Desktop!
Chris Sexton NxtGenUG member is after recruiting a .NET Developer July 11
Chris Sexton NxtGenUG member is after recruiting a .NET Developer
How many Pizzas can 35 developers eat? July 10
Last night NxtGenUG Coventry saw Microsoft's Mike Ormond, presenting on Silverlight, XAML and WPF. John had a nightmare with Restart manager and Pizza won the day.
Craig Murphy of Scottish Developers is podcasting! July 10
Craig Murphy of Scottish Developers is podcasting and including interviews with key community people.
Presenting at Mix07 UK July 02
Mix07 UK is looking to be an excellent event, there is an awesome line up of top speakers,and could Dave and Rich be making an appearance?
DDD5 - The Aftermath! July 01
DDD5 on Saturday June 30th yet again showed that the UK Community is not only alive, it's thriving!
June, 2007
RedGate XBOX 360 Winner June 27
Last night at the Coventry NxtGenUG Ruby on Rails Event Chris Sexton picked up his Redgate XBOX 360 for submitting feedback for Fest07
Mix07 - UK June 21
Not Everything that goes on in Vegas, stays there. Mix07 is coming to the UK (London) on the 11th and 12th of September 2007 - Wow!
Downloads from Brum Meeting Available June 20
The slides and sample code from Monday's NxtGenUG Birmingham meeting are now available.
NxtGenUG : Coventry Event Change June 14
NxtGenUG Coventry July Event : The Coventry “Murder on the SQL Express” event has been rescheduled for October 15th 2007.. But there's good news...
Fest07 Speaker Awards June 13
At Fest07, Rich, Dave and John presented awards to the top speakers in each region - see the main presentation which took the top prizes.
David Lowe Interview June 10
Dave interviews David Lowe Senior Product Manager for Windows 'Longhorn' Server and chats a bit about IIS 7.0 too!
Fest07 XBOX 360 Winner. June 08
Congratulations to Chris Sexton, who was drawn from the hat, to win the Red-Gate XBOX 360 - complete with Viva Pinata and Tomb Raider.
Dinis Cruz Security Training June 04
Dinis Cruz is at it again! Dinis is running a couple of training courses , one in conjunction with NxtGenUG!
Fest07 Comments June 04
Fest07 is over, but we wanted to share a small slice of the feedback which we had from the event - Makes us so proud!
May, 2007
DDD Agenda and Registration May 30
Not only is the agenda published for DDD5, but you can register now for this excellent event on the 30th June 2007 - HURRY!
No PDC, but TechEd Open May 27
Microsoft are currently rescheduling the 2007 PDC - Professional Developers Conference, but the good news is registration of TechEd 2007 Barcelona is now open!
PowerPoint from Fest07 May 24
Some of the PowerPoints from FEST07 are now available for Download.
FEST07 FEEDBACK OPEN May 24
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!
NxtGenUG Members on Channel9 May 22
Who can remember the night in the Argosy? Still who can forget it? Channel9 have now published their videos from the evening.
Coventry Meeting : Venue Change May 11
Coventry NxtGenUG May 14th - Venue Change - Meeting will now take place at the Midland Air Museum, next left after turning for Flying Club.
Win an XBOX 360! May 06
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 ... May 05
A 'Geek' Dinner has been organised by Zi Makki of the DDD crew for 22nd May 2007, the evening before FEST07.
April, 2007
Proud to be twinned with... April 14
In another fresh new idea NxtGenUG is proud to announce it's User Group twinning program, with user groups around the world.
Final session announced April 12
NxtGenUG today announced the final session in the awesome Fest07 line up will be Rafal Rafal Lukawiecki on Software Development Paradigms.
Dave's got a Blog - Finally! April 06
Dave's found out that "Myspaces" is so easy to use, even he's managed to get himself a Blog. Welcome to the internet age Dave!
John @ theBestOf are Recruiting April 05
Fancy working on a brand new international web project? John is looking for a senior web developer.
Expression Web and MSDN April 03
Microsoft have just announced Expression Web and Expression Blend will be part of MSDN Premium. No more Jokes for Dave and Rich.
March, 2007
Podcast #31 is Out March 31
Podcast #31 is out and talks about Guy Smith-Ferrier's New User Group DotNetDevNet!
Whats the most secure OS? March 31
A recent Symantec report indicates that Microsoft is listed as the most Secure OS. It Seems like those Mac adverts may have backfired.
DDD5 Call For Speakers March 28
DDD5 has opened it's doors for speaker submissions! Fancy speaking at a fun community event? Submit a sesion now!
Fest07 Agenda Online March 26
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!
Virtual Earth - Competition March 24
In Podcast #25 Rich and Dave Challenged listeners to recreate their view with Virtual Earth. Andy Maggs entered one of the competitions, BUT YOU CAN STILL WIN!
New User Group March 23
Bristol will be buzzing as Guy Smith-Ferrier starts his own user group DotNetDevNET, aimed at helping Developers and ITPros in the South West.
Podcasts To Carry Health Warning! March 22
Find out how NxtGenUG can write off your vehicle AND save you money!
Bill Gates MVP Keynote March 16
Microsoft have published the transcript from Bill Gates's keynote speech at the MVP summit. Fortunately it does not include Dave's question.
Podcast #26 is Out March 14
Podcast #26 is out, see more details here ...
Podcast #24 and Summit Report part 1 March 12
The second Podcast for the MVP summit is now online, featuring an interview with Kimberly Tripp and Paul S. Randal - plus part one trip report
Podcast #23 available March 07
Podcast #23 is out with Kevin McDaniel as the featured interviewee. Read this news article to get to the links mentioned in the podcast
Seattle Podcasts March 07
Dave and Rich will the donning the extreme podcast earphones as they podcast daily from the MVP summit in Seattle for the summ[of]it@home pilot. [Note: all content is public]
February, 2007
Kimberley Tripp Session at TVP February 25
Kimberley Tripp, SQL Server "uber-guru" is speaking at a session at Microsoft Reading on 6th March ...
Meet the team in Nottigham February 18
Dave, John and Rich will be in Nottingham for the Developer MSDN Roadshow on the 21st February. So come over and say Hi!
Fest07 Watch February 16
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 February 13
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 February 12
NxtGenUG are proud to announce NxtGenUG Fest07 Event - to be held at the Microsoft Campus in Reading on the 23rd May 2007.
Traffic Jams, Pimp my ride February 09
When Dave, Rich and John got stuck in a traffic jam, like true geeks they opened up their laptop - pimp my ride.
January, 2007
"Wow" Prize Draw !!! January 31
The "Wow" prize draw from Microsoft to celebrate the launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system is at www.windowsvista.co.uk.
Flight of the Navigator January 30
Congratulations to NxtGenUG member Ade Bullock who came in just 7 miles short on the MSDN Roadtrip guess the mileage competition and bagged himself a navigator.
Oxford Date Event Change January 18
The Oxford NxtGenUG February meeting, is now on 'Biztalk' and has been moved to the 21st February 2007.
Vista and Office Online Event January 08
Microsoft are running a virtual online event as part of their launch of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
December, 2006
Dave and Rich on C9 again! December 23
You get nothing for ages and then two come along at once. Dave and Rich feature on Channel 9 again, talking about DDD.
Get Your Magazines From VBUG December 19
Checkout the Visual Basic User Group (VBUG) shop page where they advertise some great Developer Magazines.
Dave and Rich on Channel 9 December 14
In their continued world domination, Dave and Rich feature on Channel 9 talking about Community with Brian Long, Guy Smith Ferrier and Sarah Blow.
PDC 07 Announced December 13
Microsoft have announced the dates for PDC (Professional Developers Conference) To be held in Los Angeles October 2nd-5th
WPF/E Public Release December 05
Richer Web applications came one step closer today as Microsoft made a CTP available of WPF/E Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere.
Expression Web Ships! December 05
Microsoft Corp. today announced significant product line enhancements along with pricing and availability of the Microsoft® Expression® Studio for creative professionals.
WebDD Announce! December 03
Phil Winstanley announces WebDD - Designers and Developers conference to be held on Saturday 3rd Feb 2007.
November, 2006
4 Chaps from Blighty Podcast November 30
The 4 chaps from Blighty have started a podcast. Grab your headphones and listen to Episode one.
Free Microsoft Training... November 30
Are you drowning in the waves of technology? Still learning .NET 2.0 and not even considered .NET 3.0 yet? - Well here's a FREE quickstart from Microsoft.
1st Software are recruiting November 23
1st and The Exchange are teaming up to build a new mortgage solution. If you are an experienced C# developer, QA or Busines Analyst and fancy a new challenge, read on...
DDD4: Get Grokky and win SWAG! November 23
DDD4 is offering attendees the chance to present a short 'grok' style talk over lunch. Do a 10 minute presentation on something you think is cool and have a chance to win SWAG!
Vista RTM Available on MSDN Subscriptions!! November 16
Vista RTM Available on MSDN Subscriptions!!
October, 2006
NxtGenUG Pumpkin on SoapBox October 31
James Coulter's NxtGenUG Pumpkin is on Soapbox!
Dave and Rich on Virtual TechED October 28
Virtual TechEd - Full-time technical architects, speakers at Tech·Ed: Developers, founding members of NxtGenUG ... do Richard Costall & Dave McMahon ever go to sleep?
Podcast #9 Is Available! October 23
Dave and Rich recorded a podcast whilst at the 9th Annual VBUG Conference last week ...
Podcast #8 Available October 16
Podcast #8 - Now Available : Rich and Dave begin to feel the nerves of presenting at TechED, Featuring an interview with Darren Strange on Office 2007.
Get on your Soapbox! October 14
Microsoft have launched the beta of SoapBox - a new and exciting video upload service, and look at the video I found.
Ridgian are Hiring! October 10
Ridgian have a development opportunity in the West Midlands. You need to be competent in .NET development with strong underlying XML, XSLT and SQL Server 2000 / 2005 skills
Dinis Cruz Training Available! October 08
NxtGenUG are pround to announce two 2 day training courses entitled "Advanced ASP.NET Exploits and Countermeasures" which is to be run by Dinis Cruz in London & Birmingham.
We have a TechEd Winner! October 07
We are pleased to announce that we have a winner of our FREE TechEd Ticket, Geff Lombardi from our Coventry group submitted the winning entry.
Podcast #7 - Now available October 07
Podcast #7 - Now Available : Dave and Rich return from the MVP Day a little tired, and Rich especially is a bit distracted, Featuring Karen Young EMEA MVP Program Manager.
NxtGenUG on Channel 9? October 03
A couple of our soon to be NxtGenUG Oxford coordinators; Barry Dorrans and Dave Oliver star in a Channel 9 video when Chris came to visit London.
September, 2006
NxtGenUG:Ticket to TechEd! September 22
EXCLUSIVE to NxtGenUG Members!! - Enter for a chance to go to TechEd Barcleona, with NxtGenUg and Microsoft. *** TIME IS RUNNING OUT ***
Ridgian Are Hiring!! September 19
Ridgian have a development opportunity in the West Midlands. You need to be competent in .NET development with strong underlying XML, XSLT and SQL Server 2000 / 2005 skills.
Ed Gibson Leeds Venue Change September 19
Please note that the Ed Gibson 'On The Road' event in Leeds will no longer be held at Leeds University.
OrcsWeb Security Maintenance September 16
In response to Microsoft's latest security patch release, OrcsWeb will be patching servers on Saturday, September 16th. This may disrupt NxtGenUG between 9:00AM and 11:00AM.
Podcast#6 - Available September 16
Podcast #6 is now available - The one with a small world - Featuring, DDD4, TechED, Atlas Toolkits and an Interview with Paul Sheriff
Fancy a week out the office? September 15
Fancy a week out the Office? Watch out for a very special competition coming up, available to UK based NxtGenUG members... check back for exciting news...
INETA Country Lead September 13
NxtGenUG are excited to announce the appointment of Richard Costall as UK INETA Lead. Richard will oversee .NET User Groups within the UK.
DDD4 Speaker Submission September 07
Fancy doing a presentation? DDD4 is scheduled for Saturday 2nd December 2006 and is open for session submission. Go on, give it a try - you might just like it!
August, 2006
Ed Gibson On The Road! August 18
Ed Gibson The Microsoft Computer Security Advisor will be speaking at venues around the UK in association with NxtGenUg and Scottish Developers!
Discounted Wrox Available! August 17
Rich, Dave and John are pleased to announce that they have negotiated a 30% discount on Wrox Press books for all full members!
Podcast#5 -The one with TechED August 15
Podcast #5 Live: The one with TechED: Viva Espana! Dave and Rich talk about Microsoft's TechED Barcelona. Featuring Atlas, Powershell and an interview with Josh Holmes.
Barcelona here we come... August 03
Dave McMahon and Richard Costall are to be unleashed on the european developer community at Microsofts's TechED in Barcelona 2006 - November 6th-10th
July, 2006
TechED - Fly with us? July 26
Are you going to TechED Barcelona? - Fancy a presentation at 30,000 feet - If you are interested in flying from the midlands UK read this
Register for a chance to WIN 2 July 18
So good we did it twice! Register with NxtGenUG for a chance to be entered in the prize draw to win a copy of Office 2003 Profesional Edition.
OrcsWeb Security Maintenance July 13
In response to Microsoft's latest security patch release, OrcsWeb will be patching servers on Saturday, July 15th. This will affect NxtGenUG between 9:00AM and 10:00AM.
Dave McMahon - MVP July 02
Dave McMahon's outstanding contribution to the community, through NxtGenUG, Presentations and articles has been recognised with an MVP award from Microsoft.
Podcast #3 - Now Live July 01
Podcast #3 is now live - The one with added security, Dave turns up late and Richy reveals his secret xbox playing technique - Featuring Microsoft Security Evangelist - Steve Lamb.
June, 2006
Vista Nuggets Resources online June 29
Following on from the Vista Nuggets - Search session. John Price has provided us with some links, that he never got to show on the night (as he ran out of time)
Office Pro 2003 - Winner June 19
Many congratulations go to Neville Kennedy who was drawn from the hat (or ice cream tub) and wins himself a copy of Office 2003 professional
Bill to Step down in 2008 June 16
Microsoft finally landed the soft-spoken industry visionary, Ray Ozzie, last year and now he will succeed company founder Bill Gates as its top technical guru.
Podcast Show #2 - now live June 14
You asked for it, so you got it. Sock Puppets, World Cup, Karaoke, TechnoTotty and Mike Taulty on Microsoft WCF and his favourite book of all time. Podcast Show #2 live now.
.NET 3.0 Framework Announced June 12
Soma Somasegar, President of the Microsoft's Developer Division, announced .NET Framework 3.0 today. Don't be scared though - its just WinFX :-)
A Great DDD3 Conference June 04
Another Great DDD3 event took place on Saturday 3rd June 2006, check out our review...
May, 2006
NxtGenUG in Podcast Pilot! May 29
NxtGenUg have dipped their toes into the exciting world of Podcasting, and you know what? the waters warm, So come on in and enjoy the fun.
NxtGenUG on SQL Worldwide UG May 26
NxtGenUG get a cracking mention on the podcast of the SQL Server Worldwide User Group - Thanks to Chuck Boyce... check it out!
Next Meetings Announced! May 24
The next exciting meeting of the Birmingham Next Generation User Group will take place on Monday 26th June 2006 and will feature a session on Domain Specific Langauges (DSL)
NxtGenUG Coventry Launch May 16
The waiting finally came to an end last night when NxtGenUG held its first meeting last night in Coventry. Find out what the attendees had to say.
Ridgian Make Gold Partner! May 09
The Next Generation User Group's first corporate sponsor has just achieved Microsoft Gold Partner status!
One Week to Launch! May 07
It's just a week to go to the Coventry NxtGenUG launch, which takes place on the 15th May 2006 at the Coventry Flying club.
NxtGenUG Server Errors! May 03
The NxtGenUG site has been experiencing some strange server errors. Have you experienced any and if so can you help us?
Meet us at the Roadshow May 02
Dave, John and Richard will be at the MSDN Roadshow on the 3rd May on the community stand. So come along and Say 'HI' .. and bring those forms :-)
DDD3 Registrations Open! May 01
DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper3 Day Agenda is released and registrations are open!
Annual Membership online! May 01
Now membership to NxtGenUG is even cheaper, we are pleased to announce support for payment of annual membership fees online through NoChex.
Bug Busting May 01
Lastest build of NxtGenUG on the site. As well as online payments, the latest build includes fixes to rss feeds for News and Events.
Office 12 Excel Services Show! May 01
Anybody interested in keeping in touch with Office 12 developments, check this MSDN Blog out.
April, 2006
NxtGenUG on MSDN April 25
The NxtGenUG site is featured on the MSDN home page today.
SP1 for SQL 2005 released! April 24
Pretty much as they said they would, Microsoft have released SP1 for SQL Server 2005.
Register for a chance to WIN April 18
Register with NxtGenUG for a chance to be entered in the prize draw to win a cope of Office 2003 Profesional Edition. For Terms...
Coventry Date Change April 18
PLEASE NOTE: The Coventry Launch Event is now on the 15th of May as opposed to the 8th May
Another Day, Another Search .. April 17
Just three days after launch MSN comes up with TWO pages of links to NxtGenUG
Two new Interviews April 17
Two new interviewees join our impressive array. Richard Hale Shaw and Micrsofts Sean O'Driscoll
NxtGenUG Announce Meetings April 15
NxtGenUG are pleased to announce our first two user group meetings in Birmingham and Coventry during the month of May.
NxtGenUG Site Live April 14
Good Friday - No, its a Great Friday. NxtgenUG site goes live.
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