BUPA Great North Run – Done – Next Challenge Please!

gnr_logo I’m very late posting this but I want to say a big thank you to all of those who have supported me and sponsored me in my efforts to complete the BUPA Great North Run and raise some money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

On Sunday 5th October, on a beautiful sunny morning, where conditions were perfect!  The atmosphere on the Metro into Newcastle and at the start line was great.  The BUPA Great North Run was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed the whole day.  I managed to complete my first ever half marathon in 2:15:10.  I’ve now got a time to beat and watch this space to see if I enter next year, I’m still mulling it over, I will do the GNR again but… :).  I’ve managed to raise over £500 so far and money is still coming in – keep an eye on the JustGiving counter on my blog for latest information.  I know the money will go to a great cause!

guide dogs blue logo Big thanks to the people at the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity for looking after their runners so well after the Great North Run!!!

As you’ll remember from my previous BUPA Great North Run postings, this started off as a challenge and has left me enjoying running and the level of fitness I’ve achieved and will maintain.  Now I’m looking for new challenges and experiences!  Next up maybe snowboarding, western riding, who knows – suggestions on a comment please!!!

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VBUG Newcastle: Introducing OpenXML with Craig Murphy – Wednesday 29th October 2008

I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Craig Murphy to VBUG Newcastle on Wednesday 29th October to give us his introduction to OpenXML.  Craig has this to say about the topic:

Overview
With the release of Office 2007, Microsoft moved their document formats over to XML-based formats. This text-based format has many advantages, including, but not limited to readability, good compression and ease of reconstruction.

However, as developers [responsible for report creation], OpenXML has significant benefits for us. We now have a consistent object model across all Office applications. More importantly, we no longer have to understand the intricacies of the Component Object Model (COM) in order to create an Excel spreadsheet (for example) from our applications. This in itself should be reason enough to consider looking at OpenXML!

Looking at costs, OpenXML can bring savings. Server-side creation of Word, Excel, etc. documents can be performed without an Office license being purchased – these files are little more than text-based files. Similarly, if you are using a brand-name reporting engine, the cost of its license could be saved by using Excel or Word as your reporting medium.

Over the course of 60-75 minutes Craig will introduce OpenXML and will demonstrate how he is incorporating it into one of his line-of-business applications. Code examples will be written using C#.

For more information and to register for this free event please visit the event page on www.vbug.com

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Developer Developer Day 7 – Agenda Live!!

DDDLogo Yes folks, all the votes have been counted and verified and the Developer Day Team have now published the Agenda for the 7th Developer Developer Day on Saturday November 22nd 2008 at Microsoft’s Reading Campus.  There is a great deal of variety and what is most exciting is that there are a number of new speakers taking the plunge, including VBUG’s very own Phil Pursglove!  It looks to be yet another cracking day! best of luck to all new speakers!!

For latest registration information keep an eye on the Developer Day Website and if you’re on Twitter, follow @DeveloperDay for latest information

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11th VBUG Conference 4th and 5th November 2008 – Book Now!!

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I have been heavily involved with the Agenda for this year’s VBUG Conference and am pleased to say that we have been able to set up a great selection of topics and a plethora of excellent speakers including the Keynote by Roy Osherove, sessions from Ken Getz, Jeffrey McManus, Oliver Sturm, Tony Whitter and many, many more excellent speakers.

Session Highlights include

  • Tips and Tricks for Successful Software Teams
  • ASP.Net 4.0
  • Silverlight for Mobile
  • Distributed Caching for ASP.Net Applications
  • Create Managed Code for Office 2008 in VS 2008

We have a wide range of sessions with a good mix of introductory sessions such as Introductions to Windows Workflow accompanied by highly technical sessions such as Create Custom Workflow Activities.  Hopefully we have achieved a great balance of topics and there is something in the agenda to interest everyone.  For full details see the Conference brochure and for latest information see the conference pages on www.vbug.com

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VBUG Online Meetings Return: Tuesday 21st October – CSLA.Net Introduction with Andrew Hallmark

At VBUG we are pleased to announce the resumption of our Online Meetings, and we resume with CSLA.NET Introduction by Andrew Hallmark next Tuesday, 21st October 2008, from 19:30 – 20:30.  I know a few people in my own region have asked for this topic to be covered but unfortunately it’s not been possible, but now you can see the presentation online from wherever you are :).  Be sure to sign up for this free event – for more information and to register for the event be sure to visit the event page – VBUG Online: CSLA.NET Introduction with Andrew Hallmark

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