Hi folks, its been a while since my last post. I guess i have been a bit too busy, but no complains thats the way it goes.
Coming to the point, althought i havent been blogging but i have been busy sorting out podcasts for the DotNetMe (Microsoft.Net Middle East) show. Just to give you a head’s up, so far, we have recorded following sesssions:
- Agile Development with Hammad Rajjoub (shameless plug, i know :> )
- Localizing Microsoft Technology Stack for Arabic with Dina Lasheen
- Understanding Micrsoft EPM – Enterprise Project Management with Bilal Okour
We are going to record two more sessions tonight
- Understanding Sharepoint for Developers using C# with Mostafa Arafa
- Inside Sharepoint for Arabs with Ayman el Hattab
We are aiming to go live on MSDN Channel9 15th December with these shows with lots of more shows to follow.
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I am extremely pleased to announce the very first ‘Microsoft.Net focused podcast series in Gulf’. Let me give you a little bit of background first and then we can drill down into the details of who, what, how and when.
Having been in Dubai, on and off, for past 4-5 years and being Microsoft MVP all the while has given me an oppurtunity to work with local developer communities here in the Gulf. In terms of dev communities, Kwait (with dotnetboom http://www.dotnetboom.net) and Qatar (with oryx dev http://oryxdev.com/en/default.aspx) have been successful with setting up their user groups. Unfortunately we dont have similar success story for the UAE in particular and the rest of Gulf in general.
This lack of dev community itself is a biggest motivation for trying to bring all the developers on a common platform. Objectives include empowering regional Microsoft developers with relevant technical content on Microsoft Platform, presenting topics in English/Arabic, sharing ideas, learning from each others experiences/mistakes and above all finding an oppurtunity to get in touch with like minded professionals across the region.
From years of experience we have learned that its difficult to get developers to come and attend user group events in the emirates. Generally this is attributed to problems related to ‘commuting’ to and from the event venues as well as lack of well designed event calendar(schedule).
To mitigate these potential issues, myself and Anton (from Microsoft Dubai) agreed on hosting a developer podcast series. The idea was discussed when Somasegar was visiting Microsoft Dubai and hosted local dev community for an informal talk/lunch at Microsoft Dubai office in DIC – Dubai Internet City last month.
The plan, as i said, is to host a series of sessions targetting regional developer community. Come up with a clear agenda and share the detailed schedule with the developers so that they can mark their calendars and look forward to the events that they think are most relevant for them. Upload all the podcasts to MSDN Channel 9 so that the content can be downloaded easily (and be listened to while driving on Sheikh Zayed Road ;)).
I will be posting a detailed calendar in next 2-3 weeks but tentatively we have agreed on following dates and topics:-
1- Agile 101 presented by Hammad Rajjoub on 7/8th October 2009
2- Win 7 for Developers by XXXXX on 27/28 October 2009
3- Whats new in WCF 4.0 by XXXXX on 17/18 November 2009
Ofcourse this is an initial draft and we would like to get the feedback from the community and let them choose the content thats most relevant for them.
- Watch out this space for more details as we finalize the plan and confirm the content/date/speaker tuples.
- Follow us on Twitter for instant updates. http://twitter.com/DotNetMEPodcast
- Provide us with your feedback on twitter or this blog post
Last year Dubai saw for the first time a hugely successful Microsoft Developer Conference
which was titled as Geeks. It was absolutely great experience being there. I got to meet speakers from Microsoft Corp & .Net Palm
was also launched during this event.
So far so good so good for the history
Now the good news, Microsoft is coming up with the second episode of Geeks developer conference in the end of March. Itenerary hasnt been finalized but i am sure it will be bigger and better this time.
So keep your fingers crossed and get ready for another GEEK event!