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Chris Bell
The astoria talk was well presented and covered all of the current knowledge on the subject, but still left tantalising glimpses at what could come.
Richard Allen
Guy was a fabulous speaker and will definitely be knocking on his door to get him in for another talk.
Neil Robbins
Shame about the elephants next door - but that couldn't spoil an excellent evening!
Neil Robbins
Very interesting keyword, hadn't come across the Full text index query stuff before, and could straight away see useful applications of this. I'd more than welcome seeing the full presentation with all 10 keywords.
Ron Watson
Excellent event especially considering that this was the first. If future events are as good as that one, I will be joining the NxtGenUG.
Steven Elliott
Very well presented. If the next one is as good as this, and an event in southampton becomes a regular fixture, I will become a paid up member. An enjoyable evening.
Steven Elliott
Very usefull. In fact, I found a use for containstable today :)
Adrian Sutcliffe
I had been meaning to look into Astoria for a while when Guy's talk came up. This really saved me a lot of effort. Guy covered the basics well and answered all questions. I wish I had Guy's knack of picking up a new technology quickly. Must be something that gets issued to MVPs.
Adrian Sutcliffe
I saw this presentation at SQL bits and as a non-SQL server user it was good revision. Dave's sessions are always fun and informative. Outside of the MS crew I think he sets the standard for speakers in the UK.
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Event: Southampton 'LAUNCH Event'! 
Then there were 5! Two months, two new regions, first Cambridge now Southampton. So we're having the mandatory 'Launch' extravaganza featuring Top UK speaker Guy Smith-Ferrier and NxtGenUG's own Dave McMahon. It's going to be informative and fun! 'Astoria' will be covered by Guy and Dave will get one of his Nuggets out on SQL ... We'll have swag, pizza, chat, everything a User Group ever needed. See you there for a never to be repeated event!

If you are not a member of NxtGenUG, you are more than welcome to attend. We just ask you register on the site, to help us to plan numbers and refreshments. Once registered on the site, you can then register for this event from this page.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Region: Southampton
Location: St Andrew's Hall
Avenue St Andrew's URC
The Avenue
SO17 1XQ
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Guy Smith-Ferrier Microsoft Codename "Astoria"
The emergence of Web 2.0 technologies has brought new opportunities and caused us to solve old problems in new ways. AJAX and Silverlight applications need read/write access to data and business objects without performing full page refreshes and without dumbing down the data so much we are just left with primitives. Microsoft's answer to this problem is Microsoft Codename "Astoria". In short "Astoria" is a data access layer for client-size technologies such as AJAX and Silverlight. This session shows how it works, how you can write "Astoria" data servers and how you can customize "Astoria" to your applications requirements.
Dave McMahon My Third Favourite SQL Keyword ...
Dave's got a full session on his 10 favourite SQL keywords, but he's only got time for one thank goodness, find out what it is and why it's only third!
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