Archive for July, 2008

July HDNUG Wrap-up

July 29, 2008

This evenings HDNUG event saw lower number than the last few with 13 attendees, I suspect the main reason for lower numbers was less publicity/advertising of the event due to a lack of hours in the day on my behalf. The venue and food lived up to their usual high standard and a big thankyou must go to Microsoft and The Federal Group for their ongoing support of these events.


I’ve posted up the slide deck and source code on my blog for you to download;


July Event

July 27, 2008

The end of the month is upon us again and that means it’s time for our monthly event, details of next weeks meeting are below. 

As I will be leaving Tassie shortly it has come time to hand over the User Group, I am pleased to announce that Chris Baker will be taking over the reins. I will be working with Chris to organise the July and August meetings before I head off. It has been wonderful to meet you all during my time with the User Group and if you would like to stay in contact with me I can be reached at

Date: Tuesday 29th July
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point – Riviera Room (Mezzanine floor directly above reception)
Time: 6pm Food and networking; 6:30 Talks begin
Presenter: Rowan Miller (Technology Services Group)
Topic: Introduction to the ADO.Net Entity Framework

Based around an example application we will take a practical look at the upcoming ADO.Net Entity Framework (coming shortly with SP1 for .Net 3.5) and how it will reduce development time for data driven applications.

A primary goal of the ADO.NET Entity Framework is to raise the level of abstraction available for data programming, thus simplifying the development of data aware applications and enabling developers to write less code. The Entity Framework is the evolution of ADO.NET that allows developers to program in terms of the standard ADO.NET abstraction or in terms of persistent objects (ORM) and is built upon the standard ADO.NET Provider model which allows access to third party databases. The Entity Framework introduces a new set of services around the Entity Data Model (EDM) (a medium for defining domain models for an application). []