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  • An evening of festive fun at the DevExpress Meetup in London

    Thank you so much to the customers, friends and fans who braved the London crowds to come and join Rory, Oliver, Don and myself at Ye Olde Watling Pub for the inaugural UK DevExpress Meetup. We all had a wonderful time and it was absolutely fantastic to meet and talk to so many of you, especially during this busy festive season.

    Don and Friends at the DevExpress Meetup in LondonI am sure those of you that were there would join me in extending a big thank you to Jackie for looking after us and coming to the rescue when our Old Spots started to smoke in the tureen! Nothing weird for those who weren’t present, just our delicious sausages getting a bit too much of a smoking.

    Rory, Don, Oliver and I were very grateful to have the opportunity to mix with such a friendly, engaged and passionate group of DevExpress users. Rory told Don and I, as we walked to catch the tube, that he had tried to find people who had something negative to report to us but he kept receiving positive feedback from happy people. I don’t think that many companies could bring together a group of customers and not get one bad comment all night. We are blown away by that kind of support from our customers.

    Rachel and DevExpress MVP Robert AndersonIt was a pleasure to meet one of our UK-based DevExpress MVPs, Robert Anderson. I wish I could explain why I look so pained in the picture that was captured of us mid-conversation, but I honestly have no idea. Captions in the comments please!

    For anyone who isn’t familiar with our DevExpress MVPs, take a moment to visit the webpage and learn a little more about them. They are users, just like you, but they go an extra mile or more to help other users get the most from their DevExpress experience. Some of them are available for consultancy opportunities, so please do connect with them.

    If you want to join us at the next DevExpress Meetup in the UK, we’ll be in Leeds on Wednesday 14th December at The Brewery Tap. We’d love to see you there.

         
     

     

  • Excitement building for our DevExpress Meetup in London

    The festive season is approaching, and with it brings the first of our DevExpress Meetups in the UK. I for one am really looking forward to it.

    Rory, Oliver, Don and I will be traveling to London on Thursday 1st December to join our local customers for a relaxed evening of talk and tech in one of Sir Christopher Wren's drawing rooms - pretty cool!

    We are really excited to be hosting a large number of you there. I am keely aware though, that many more of you were hoping to join us too, but weren't able to secure a spot. The interest in this little gathering was staggering. It's my hope that we'll make a return trip to London for a second meetup, so please keep an eye on our events page for more information as well as dates for further UK meetup locations that are currently in the works.

    If our London meetup sounds like fun but you are in the North of the country, why not come and join us for some festive fun at The Brewery Tap in Leeds on 14th December? We have some spaces available for our second meetup event at this central venue with an on-site microbrewery! :D

    I am really looking forward to seeing many of you in London this week, and I hope to see more of you at our other meetup locations around the country over the coming weeks.

    If there is a location that you'd like me to look into, drop me a message in the comments. I have been compliling a list from the replies I have been receiving from you all already, and I will do my best to try and make sure that some of those requests are fulfilled.

    DevExpress Meetups in Dec 2016 - Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom

  • Free DevExpress licenses for all National GiveCamp volunteers

    Free licenses for developers. Free licenses for charities.

    October 21st to 23rd will see teams of volunteer developers hard at work creating new websites, donor databases and social widgets for a number of local charities as part of the second National GiveCamp event.

    DevExpress is a national sponsor for GiveCamp, and we are working with Microsoft to support all the events throughout the USA and right here in the UK (co-ordinated, in part, by yours truly Smile).

    GiveCamp developers have a raft of software to choose from, and we are very happy to be able to offer all developers working on a GiveCamp project the opportunity to implement a solution using DevExpress controls by offering free licenses to anyone interested in making use of them.

    GiveCamp logoIn addition to offering developers a completely free set of controls, it makes sense to allow the charities that they are supporting the opportunity to obtain the same, in order to maintain their solutions.

    So there it is. If you are a developer volunteering on a GiveCamp project that could make great use of DevExpress controls, we’ll give them to you for free. In addition, when your code is handed over, your charity will receive the same set of controls in order to maintain their solution.

    If you want to take up this donation, contact me for more information (rachelh@devexpress.com).

    Just one more reason to sign up for a GiveCamp near you.

  • Philly Code Camp – “Ding Ding” … Round 2!

    philly.NET Code CampOn October 15th Philly Code Camp rolls back into town for its second instalment of the year.

    DevExpress is very proud to be supporting another great community event headed up by the wonderful Andy Schwam.

    Friends of DevExpress, Miguel Castro and Kendall Miller, will be delivering some interesting sessions during the course of the day:

    Miguel Castro: Advanced MVVM: Engineering the UI, Without the UI
    Kendall Miller: Massive Scalability for ASP.NET You Can Afford

    Make sure you check these guys out if you have not attended one of their sessions in the past. They are two speakers that you don’t want to miss.

    If you are not already signed up for Philly Code Camp … eek! … It’s sold out! The team have created a wait list, so if you do want to try your luck you can sign up on their registration page.

    If you are going to be in Philly, please show us what you’ve been up to - take some pictures of your antics and post them to the DevExpress Facebook page.

    Safe travels!

  • Join us at the DevExpress Developer Mixer in NYC

    DevExpress Developer Mixer at La Pomme in New York CityAs we career into the Fall, our DevExpress event calendar starts to get a little hectic! You’ll see a lot of posts cropping up about where you can find and spend time with DevExpress staff members over the next few weeks.

    However, one place that you just have to be this month is the DevExpress Developer Mixer in New York City on Thursday 29th September from 8pm.

    Azret and Rachel Reese will be in town for the NYC Code Camp. They’ll be bringing over a little bit of Californian fun from the West Coast as we host a casual night of drinks, appetizers and music in Manhattan. It’s going to be a great crowd, and there might even be a guest appearance from our new Chief Marketing Officer, Dave Mendlen.  

    You can register your spot now by clicking on our invitation to the right.

    We’d really like to have you there with us, so sign up and join us. The drinks are on DevExpress!

    See you in New York City!

  • NYC Code Camp: This Big Apple Event Gets Bigger and Better

    October 1st sees the Fall outing of NYC Code Camp move to a new home that will allow for more than twice as many attendees to come and join the fun! Steve Bohlen, Mark Freeman and the team are pulling out all the stops to bring another fantastic event to the Big Apple.

    NYC Code Camp offers the breadth of topics of an entire conference distilled into a one-day event. Supported by sponsors like Microsoft and DevExpress, it offers the local developer community a chance to learn from experienced conference speakers and local community experts alike. Even the initial preview of the session schedule shows some great material like Program Manager Damian Edwards on ASP.NET Web Forms vNext, and Cross Platform Mobile Development with .NET by Greg Shackles.

    Gary and I visited in NYC Code Camp in February for the Spring event and we had a fantastic time. Let’s face it, there’s no place like NYC, so naturally their code camp was going to be amazing. I think that the event in October is going to be even better, and the fact that it can now accommodate upwards of 700 session-hungry devs is just brilliant.

    If you are headed to NYC Code Camp be sure to look out Azret and Rachel (the other Rachel that is Smile) and as them about DevExpress’ plans for multi-touch gesture support. With all the Win8 news coming from this week’s Microsoft Build Windows event, this is going to be exciting news for developers looking forwards to next stage of Windows application evolution for desktop and web apps.

    I heard through the grapevine that the number of available places for NYC Code Camp is dwindling, so if you want to attend you need to get your inline skates on and register now!

    NYC Code Camp 2011

    See you in New York!

  • Tulsa TechFest 2011: DevExpress + Glenn Block = Awesome!

    What is Tulsa TechFest?

    Tulsa TechFest is the brain child of David Walker, Senior Application Development Manager with Microsoft. In a life before Microsoft, David set up Tulsa TechFest to provide the Oklahoma community with a technical conference that provided great quality content to the developer community completely free of charge. Now in its sixth year, Tulsa TechFest has gone from strength to strength, continually bringing phenomenal speakers to Tulsa to engage and delight the masses.

    Tulsa TechFest is a one day community-driven event that aims to bring great speakers to its audience for no cost except “2 cans or 2 bucks”. This seemingly small donation meant that almost 470 pounds of food was donated to a local charitable cause last year. This year all canned food will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and all financial proceeds will be donated to the Family & Children's Services.

    Think about it this way: you’re giving a little to get A LOT!

    Tulsa TechFest

    Where is Tulsa TechFest?

    OSU-Tulsa will be hosting this year’s Tulsa TechFest.

    You can map it with Bing here.

    When is Tulsa TechFest?

    Tulsa TechFest will roll out its red carpet on Friday October 7th with registration opening at 8am sharp and sessions kicking off at 9am.

    Why you should attend Tulsa TechFest

    Tulsa TechFest is a fantastic community-driven conference that is co-ordinated by a community leader who has a passion for encouraging the process of sharing. Not only does the event provide the Tulsa development community with completely free educational material, but it also brings in leading figures from the Microsoft development teams.

    This year, not only will you find our own Seth Juarez loitering and chattering about the Kinect API and Machine Learning for .NET, you will also find Microsoft Senior Program Manager Glenn Block onsite. Glenn leads the teams working on WCF, .NET FX and the Managed Extensibility Framework in .NET 4.0.

    Tulsa TechFest is not just another community event. It is an experience.

    Register now – you won’t regret it!

    See you in Tulsa!

  • Smash Mouth to Perform Live at Exclusive DevExpress Party at Microsoft BUILD 2011

    Microsoft Build Windows 2011DevExpress is excited to announce that guests at the exclusive DevExpress party, at next week’s Microsoft BUILD event, will be treated to a live performance by multi-platinum selling artists, Smash Mouth!

    In addition to dinner, drinks and a buzzing party atmosphere at the House of Blues in Anaheim, Smash Mouth will be performing their hit singles Walking on the Sun and All Star live.

    We still have a few spaces left at this fantastic event and we’re inviting our local Californian customers and Microsoft BUILD attendees to join us. All we ask is that you be sure to RSVP for your spot on our guest list as our guest passes are limited.

    Here’s the T's and Cs Smile:

    • All guest passes are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis
    • We can only offer one pass per RSVP (i.e. no “plus one” passes can be given)
    • Your name must be on the guest list and you must have a wrist pass in order to get into the venue
    • We must receive your RSVP by 11:59pm Pacific Time on Monday, September 12th 2011 (the guest list will close at midnight)
    • You can collect your wrist pass from the DevExpress booth at Microsoft BUILD or from 7:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, September 15th at the House of Blues

    The DevExpress team can’t wait to let loose and enjoy the show with our guests, so if you haven’t already RSVP’d to this event, do so now by writing to me.

    Click on the images of our party invite below to enlarge them and view information on the time of party, as well as the food and drinks you’ll be able to enjoy for free on the night.

    You’re an All Star. Get your game on. RSVP!!

    HOB-Invite-Front DevExpress House of Blues invitation (back)

    See you in Anaheim!

  • Get your geek on at Utah Code Camp

    The Fall outing of the the Utah Code Camp will kick off this weekend and rumour has it that registrations have already reached a record level.

    This is an intimate and friendly community event that you can guarantee will deliver a great experience.

    Utah Code Camp

    What is Utah Code Camp

    Utah Code Camp is part of the Utah Geek Events network of community activities. This is the team behind the local user groups, SQL Saturday Utah and, of course, Utah Code Camp.

    You can expect a full day of events, lunch and a huge prize raffle at the end of the day.

    The organisation is a registered non-profit and with the support of sponsors, contributors and speakers, this event continues to deliver a quality level of sessions and content.

    This time around there are some really interesting sessions planned on a huge range of topics including Android and iOS development, NoSQL and Knockout JS, as well HTML5, jQuery and a session on code katas (check out one of my blogs from a little while back to find out more about those!)

    When is Utah Code Camp

    Utah Code Camp will fire up the engines on Saturday September 10th.

    Where is Utah Code Camp

    This year Utah Code Camp will be held at Neumont University, South Jordan, UT.

    Why you should attend Utah Code Camp

    Utah Code Camp is a great opportunity to meet other local developers from your community. You can share anecdotes, war stories and new job opportunities with like-minded people, and you get a full day of great technical content.

    The best part about Utah Code Camp is that it is a completely free event. There are no costs to attend this event. To me that makes a pretty great return on the investment of your time Smile.

    Utah Code Camp has already broken previous registration records and you wouldn’t want to miss out on your chance to attend. Register today!

  • Registration for Tulsa TechFest is Open!

    Tulsa TechFest returns for its sixth event this October. DevExpress Reporting Evangelist, Seth Juarez, will make his way to Tulsa to participate, and DevExpress are proud to be supporting David Walker and the organising team behind the event.

    We know that Tulsa TechFest will be a terrific community event, which is why we are a Gold sponsor. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the virtues of this conference, here’s a bit of information to help you consider registering as an attendee.   

    What is Tulsa TechFest?

    Tulsa Tech Fest 2011Tulsa TechFest is a one-day event that focuses on educating attendees in a number of areas: software development, tooling, development trends, database management and personal development. This year the team have also added tracks on mobile technologies, social media, entrepreneurship and mentoring.

    There aren’t many conferences that offer such a wide scope of exciting areas to dip into.

    Tulsa TechFest aims to invite both industry leaders and innovative peers to speak at the event, giving attendees the opportunity to listen to and share thoughts with professional speakers like Glenn Block and our own Seth Juarez without having to travel to an expensive vendor-led event.

    When is Tulsa Tech TechFest?

    You can start planning your trip to this event right now. Registration is open for the conference which will be on Friday October 7th

    Where is Tulsa TechFest?

    Tulsa TechFest will kick off at OSU-Tulsa’s downtown campus for a full day of content and networking.

    If you are travelling from outside of Tulsa, you can find some useful information on accommodation and transport on the Tulsa TechFest FAQs.

    Why you should register for Tulsa TechFest

    Tulsa TechFest is a conference that is driven both by and for the community. It is an opportunity to get exposure to exciting topics, network with industry professionals and your peers, and also chat with vendors and recruiters that are relevant to your day job.

    By attending, you can also be in with a chance of winning some great prizes donated by sponsors and supporters of the event. Last year, the prize pile amounted to over $100,000 worth of prizes.

    Best of all, thanks to sponsorships and the support of OSU Tulsa, this event can be provided to the Tulsa technical community for free. The organisers operate a charitable donation scheme that encourages you to bring “2 cans or 2 bucks” that is donated to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Family & Children’s Services.

    Aside from this small charitable gift there is no charge for food, no charge for drinks, no charge for registering, and absolutely no charge for attending.

    What are you waiting for, register free for Tulsa TechFest now!

    See you in Tulsa!

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