Talk on “Purpose of User Group Meetings”

AdilOnUGLast week I had an opportunity to talk on “User Groups and Purpose of User Group(UG) Meetings” at Emerging .NET Devs – June UG Meeting. In Pakistan we are trying to promote the culture of UGs and sharing of knowledge voluntarily. So in order to share the sprit of User Groups and the benefits of UG meetings, we did a 30 mins discussion in which following points were discussed with the audience as ‘Purpose of UG Meetings’:

  • Learning
  • Networking
  • Sharing
  • Job Opportunities
  • Meet Experts
  • Solution to Problems

For details about the event, please visit the Emerging .NET Devs blog here.

MCTS 70-505, Win Forms Application Exam Passed

Yesterday I cleared MCTS 70-505, WinForms Application Development exam and hence become Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) 🙂

MCTS WinForms Logo

Overall the exam level was not very much difficult but I would recommend that one must have around 1 year of experience in Windows Forms with some hands on LINQ and ADO.NET. Plus there were number of questions related to PrintDialog and controls’ interaction with database using datasets etc.

This was one of the milestone achieved as I’m looking forward for the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) track for Enterprise Applications so a way to go 🙂

User Groups And User Groups

As many of you know that I’m leading INETA User Group,  “Emerging .NET Devs” and I was quite busy and active in arranging events, meetings, communicating with sponsors, and prizes or giveaways for the members on behalf of User Group. Yes the User Group is growing day by day and I got appreciation from many fellows and it’s going quite successful.

BUT yesterday there was a BANG!! Ali Raza Shaikh (MVP), User Group Leader of DevNext, asked me to lead DevNext as well! because since while he was looking for someone to replace him and I think for leading user group, one must be really passionate about it 🙂 Perhaps he found me currently the most active or suitable in the community [this is just self appreciation 😉 he didn’t say something like that]. So I replied to Ali that okay I will think of that 😉 as it’s really tough to manage two groups at the same time with full time job as well. Finally we decided that I will be the User Group Leader from now on and Ali will support as Founder 🙂

Though Emerging .NET Devs is really emerging day by day, we have now around 75+ members on Facebook but DevNext is really a big group having hundreds of members having bigger scope than Emerging .NET Devs.

You can directly read the announcement from Ali here.

Hopefully it will be fun leading TWO User Groups and I look forward to meet all the volunteers of DevNext and Emerging .NET Devs for collaboration and organizing events keeping our vision in mind.

“Dissemination of information through knowledge sharing sessions and to enable the developers’ community to collaborate with each other”

Meeting with Microsoft Student Partners

IMG_0955“Microsoft Student Partners are a selected group of technical students rock stars who are using technology to improve your life, make things easier and have fun. They are everywhere and they share their passion for technology, their knowledge and expertise with al the students around the globe.” – MSP Blog

Last week I had a kind of session with MSPs at Microsoft Innovation Center, FAST-NU. The agenda of session was

  • Debugging Techniques: Visual Studio 2008
  • Workshops at respective universities on behalf of Emerging .NET Devs

In July, Emerging .NET Devs is planning to organize some workshops at different universities in Karachi to enable students to get familiar with current technologies in the software development industry such as C#, ASP.NET, Design Patterns. For this purpose, I thought that MSPs are really a point of contact for the universities and us.

Hence we communicated with them the vision of Emerging .NET Devs and the purpose of workshops. Almost everyone of them were interested in organizing such events 🙂 which I believe is really a good thing and I must appreciate their interest. Further we discussed some of the concerns in organizing workshops such as

  • What should be done to make the events as successful as possible
  • In which topics/areas students are interested
  • Timings/Date

The session last around 1 hour followed by Q&A. The MSPs showed their interest by raising their points of concern and suggestions. I’m looking forward for further collaboration with MSPs.

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