Monday, 10 November 2008

The .NET Developer Network - December Meeting

When: Tuesday 2nd December 2008, doors open 6:00pm, meeting starts 6:30pm

Where: UWE (University of the West of England), Frenchay, Bristol - Room 2q49 (in Q block)

What: "What’s New In C# 4 ?" and "Strategic Development Methodologies Using Rock Band"

Who: Guy Smith-Ferrier, co-founder of The .NET Developer Network, MVP, author, rather dodgy singer.

Why: Because knowing what's in C# 4 allows us to know where to spend our precious R&D time and to make better long term decisions. Also because it's Chistmas and Rock Band is just a whole load of fun that everyone should be able to share.

How do I sign up for this meeting: Send an email to meetings at and quote your user name and the December meeting.

Abstract: What’s New In C# 4 ?
Microsoft are keeping C# 4 under wraps until PDC 08 at which point we start the roller-coaster of catch up all over again as we desperately struggle to keep up with what’s new and why we should be interested in the latest flashy feature. This session is only a month after PDC so you should be way ahead of the game this time.

Abstract: Strategic Development Methodologies Using Rock Band
Developers tend to get stuck in a rut using the same old tools over and over again. Visual Studio, C#, .NET Framework, SQL Server, NUnit, Cruise Control. It might come as a shock to learn that one of the best development tools is Rock Band on the Xbox 360. This session introduces us to Rock Band and through the use of numerous demos drawing on heavy audience participation we learn to code better, be not just better developers but better people and, most importantly to solve world hunger and develop peace and harmony for everyone. (And just so we’re clear here – this session has absolutely nothing to do with strategic development methodologies – it’s just a clever title).


Guy is an MVP in ASP.NET. He is the author of ".NET Internationalization" published by Addison-Wesley ( He is a Microsoft Certified Professional developer, author, trainer and speaker, has spoken at many European and US conferences, is the winner of the NxtGen Best Presentation 2006/2007, has been voted best speaker three times and is an INETA Speaker. He runs The .NET Developer Network (, a free .NET user group in the South West of England. He is the author of C#/.NET courseware and much of the official Borland courseware including courses on COM and ADO. He has written over 50 articles for numerous magazines, has co-authored an application development book and is the author of the ADO chapter of "Mastering Delphi 6". You can read his blog at