Omaha .Net User Group February Meeting
Start Time: March 08 2012, 6:00 PM

Posted by mruwe at February 20 2012, 2:12 PM

Fellow .Net users, We had a great time at our January meeting competing in an attempt to win the Maze code challenge.  Congratulations to Adam Barney ($250), Matt Birrell ($150), and Chris Olson ($100) who were the winners of the maze challenge.  We also awarded $50 participation prizes to Naveen Akode, Joe White, and John Haro.  You can check out the details of the challenge or give it a try yourself at http://www.code-challenge.com.  Our next .Net user’s group meeting will be a couple weeks later than usual due to our speaker’s schedule, but the change should be well worth the wait.  Our next .NET Users Group meeting will be held on Thursday March 8th starting at 6:00pm (food will be provided 15 to 20 minutes prior to the start of the meeting).  Location:

Lease Team (http://binged.it/x1c9Wm) **Topic:

**Unit Testing Patterns and Anti-Patterns Trying to unit test your code but finding that you end up with brittle, hard-to-maintain unit tests that are taking more and more of your time to keep current as your production code evolves? Do you KNOW you should be writing tests, but just cannot find an efficient way to do so? Then this talk is for YOU!  Effective unit testing is more art than science -- in this talk we'll look at both Patterns and Anti-Patterns for writing, organizing, and designing efficient, effective unit tests that help to ensure your tests continue to add value to your project throughout its evolution rather than becoming an anchor that weighs down your progress and impedes your speed!  Learn both what to do and what NOT to do from someone who has been writing unit tests for over ten years! Attendees should have at least some familiarity with basic unit testing frameworks (using Asserts, etc.) and be comfortable with general C# language constructs. **Presenter:

**Steve Bohlen Currently a Senior Software Engineer for the SpringSource division of VMware where he is the Technical Lead and Community Evangelist for the Spring.NET Framework, Stephen brings his varied 18-year-plus experience in software and technology to the design and delivery of Software Engineering Solutions and Frameworks for other Software Engineers.  In addition to his work on Spring.NET, Stephen is also an active contributor to several other .NET Open-Source Software projects including NHibernate, NDbUnit, and others. Active in the software development community, Stephen speaks publicly, blogs (semi-)regularly, and is the author of several popular screencast series focused on Agile and ALT.NET concepts and technologies including the widely-praised 15-part Summer of NHibernate video series introducing viewers to the popular open-source O/RM tool.  Stephen is also a founding/organizing member of the NYC ALT.NET user group which meets monthly to discuss Agile-focused techniques and technologies in the world of Microsoft software development and beyond.  He is also a Microsoft MVP award recipient, a member of the ASP Insiders and Visual C# Insiders, and presently holds the office of the Vice President for INETA, North America. Sponsor:

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**Definitely! **How to attend:

**Please RSVP by clicking on the link at the top of the page to indicate that you plan on attending. This helps us know how much food and prizes we need to bring to the meeting! BE SURE TO RSVP AS THE GIVE AWAY DRAWING NAMES WILL BE DRAWN FROM THE LIST OF ATTENDEES WHO RSVP THROUGH THE WEB SITE. **Call for Topics and Speakers

**As a community-based user group, we encourage involvement from our members (whether it's presenting on a topic, providing topic suggestions, or supporting the group by attending the sessions). If you have a topic that you would like to present or learn more about during a future Omaha .NET Users Group meeting, please let me know. We are always in need of speakers and topics. Thank you, Matt Ruwe

 .NET Users Group Co-Leader

 mruwe@omahamtg.com Brian Olson

 .NET Users Group Co-Leader

 bolson@omahamtg.com  

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