Introducing the Ann Arbor Dot Net Developers

Stolen from Bill Wagner


A short commercial announcement

I’m posting this to announce the inaugural meeting of the Ann Arbor .NET Developers Group. In a short time, you’ll be able to read all about our group at (It’s not live yet). Our mission is to educate software developers in the greater Ann Arbor MI area about .NET development practices with the goal of helping our community of developers grow professionally.

2/8/2006 – First Meeting

6:00 to 6:45 – An Introduction to ASP.NET 2.0

Speaker: Jay Wren

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ASP.NET 2.0 is a powerful and compelling web application platform. Many of the patterns of traditional web development are completely abstracted using OO concepts, ASP.NET Control, and other .NET concepts. How did we get here? How do we get started using these tools and thinking at this new level? A gentle introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 demonstrates some of what can be achieved using this web application platform.

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7:00 to 8:30 – It’s all about you! Personalized Web Sites with the ASP.NET 2.0 Portal Framework

Speaker: Josh Holmes

Your users can go to thousands of web sites. Why do they come to yours? It’s for content that they are interested in. The more focused this content is on them, the more likely they are to re-visit. Through the ASP.NET 2.0 Portal Framework, you can allow the user to narrow that focus and refine it to just the content that they want to see. has been using this framework for some time now but it’s available to us now so you will see a lot more personal portal sites popping up. Rather than building web sites, the portal web site developer will focus on building panels of content, called web parts, similar to SharePoint web parts. In this talk, we will discuss how the framework operates as we build a simple web portal application completely with web parts.

We will also be supplying pizza and pop between our tutorial and our main presentation.

Our ongoing meetings will be on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Ann Arbor Spark Central. (330 E. Liberty, Lower Level).

We’d like to see you, and as many other .NET developers you know join us.