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Canberra VSTS User Group – March 2010 Meeting

March sees a slight break in schedule, with the Australian ALM conference in April we’ve decided to move the next meeting forward a month. This means our next meeting will fall on Wednesday, March 10th. The details are below:

0810 – 0830: VSTS Breakfast

Share a bite to eat with the Canberra VSTS group. Bring your VSTS queries and triumphs and share them! Quiz your peers on how they are getting the most out of VSTS, and maybe pick up some ideas you can take to work with you.

0830 – 0930 : SessionVisual Studio 2010 Tips and Tricks
Ducas Francis – Senior Consultant for Readify

Are you looking for an excuse to move to Visual Studio 2010, or do you simply want to know how to make the most out of an amazing new IDE…? Come see some of the cool new features in the latest release of VS2010 that can help you increase your productivity as a developer. You might even walk away with some insights into features you didn’t realise already existed. Just remember, ReSharper is a dirty word!

Thanks to the support of Microsoft, this month we have copies of Windows 7 Ultimate to give away! To go into the draw all you need to do is hand in your speaker evaluation form, with the winners being picked at random from the submissions.

Head here to register your attendance, and sign up here to get notified of upcoming meetings/news!


Canberra VSTS – February 2010 Meeting

0810 – 0830: VSTS Breakfast

Share a bite to eat with the Canberra VSTS group. Bring your VSTS queries and triumphs and share them! Quiz your peers on how they are getting the most out of VSTS, and maybe pick up some ideas you can take to work with you.

0830 – 0930 : Session Microsoft Lab Management
Mitch Denny – Chief Technology Officer, Readify

Mitch Denny has been working with Team System since early alpha versions in 2004. Since then Mitch has helped establish the ALM practice within Readify and has personally implemented Team System at many clients around Australia. Mitch is a VSTS MVP and now serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Readify establishing high performance project teams using Microsoft’s latest tools and technologies

In this session Mitch will introduce Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 then move on to demonstrating the advanced Lab Management features in the new product. In this session you will learn how an MTLM environment is structured and the various techniques you can use to get value out of the tooling.

Remember to submit your speaker evaluations at the end of the session for your chance to win a JetBrains ReSharper licence!

You can now register for this session at http://cvstsfeb10.eventbrite.com/

Silverlight in the Capital – with Scott Barnes

Well – July looks like being a massive month for Silverlight here in Canberra! Not only do we have Jordan Knight in town to present the fantastic Silverlight in a Day training session, but Scott Barnes – Microsoft Product Manager for Rich Client Platforms will be in town! I’ve been talking with Adam Cogan who runs the Canberra .Net User Group and there looks like being a special out-of-band user group meeting to give Scott the opportunity to talk to us about all things Silverlight. It’s not too often we have somebody directly involved in the product team in town so bring your questions and suggestions!

Mark these days in your calender now – and if you haven’t registered for the Silverlight in a Day be quick, we’re almost out of seats!


When: 18th July (0900 – 1700)

What: Silverlight in Day

Where: Cliftons Canberra

Cost: Free!


When: 28th July (Lunch: 1230-1330,  Evening: 1630-1830)

What: Scott Barnes on Silverlight

Where: Microsoft Canberra

Cost: Free!


Make sure you don’t miss out on either of these events and rsvp now by emailing me, or for the .Net UG head over to the SSW site to register!

Canberra VSTS User Group – Call for Speakers!

A short time ago I was talking to a friend of mine Sean Ferguson about VS2010 and some of the things I talked about at Code Camp. During the talk we spoke about how it’s a real shame that the Canberra VSTS User Group was no longer in action. After I went home that night I decided I’d get in contact with a few people and investigate what it would take to get it off the ground again. A couple of months and a fair few emails and a website later and I’m putting out a call for speakers to get content for the re-launch of the group!

Who am I looking for?

If you’ve done something interesting with VSTS, fixed a tricky issue or just have some ideas around how to get things done with any of the parts of the VSTS product suite then I’d love to hear from you.

What’s the format?

I’m looking at either formal presentations or community discussion facilitation. If you’ve got something that fits into either of these categories – make sure you contact me!

I’ve never presented before…

No problems! First time presenters are more than welcome – and are in fact, encouraged. I’m happy to help out with content and presentation reviews, and put you in touch with people with years of presentation experience if you’re after advice. The best advice I ever got was to jump in. Presentation is an extremely rewarding endeavor both personally and professionally.

How can you contact me?

There’s a couple of ways to get in contact with me. You could head over to the canberravsts.org website and use the contact form, leave a comment on this blog or contact me directly via email.