LIDNUG & Scott Guthrie – 15th Q&A on the 9th of January



LIDNUG presents Scott Guthrie’s 15th Open Q&A and the first event of 2013.


Scott has been coming back to LIDNUGs members each quarter for the past couple of years and it’s been one of the best sessions to get answers directly from The Gu himself.


In this session Scott answers questions on technical solutions, advices on implementations and draws comparisons between methodologies – all in the span of 90 minutes where his sole focus is to answer whatever question that comes in from the attendees.


My name is Scott Guthrie, and I am a Corporate Vice President in the Microsoft Server and Tools Business. I run a development team that works on the following products/technologies:scott-guthrie

  • Windows Azure
  • Entity Framework
  • WCF
  • WF
  • IIS
  • Service Bus
  • Cache
  • BizTalk
  • Visual Studio Tools for Web
  • Web Services and Workflow

Register and attend this event for a chance to win 1 of 2 Telerik Ultimate .Net Collections.

Click here to register



Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Use the following link and send us a question

Is there sufficient parking available at the venue?
Yes, parking is available at this Virtual Online Event. Just make sure you park the car in your drive-way, have a cup of coffee and log in.

Who can I blame if I can’t access the session?
Just blame Brian (it’s easier that way) =>

Will attending this event help my career prospects?
Of course, you will be able to bring a treasure trove of knowledge with you to your next job interview.


LIDNUG and Wintellect Presents – .NET Performance Tuning with John Robbins

LIDNUG & Wintellect Presents – .NET Performance Tuning with John Robbins    John Robbins

One of our most highly anticipated events and presenters is coming up in just a few days (11th of October, 2012) – namely the return of John Robbins. Last time we caught up with John we had a full house, and with currently 700+ registered to attend it’s bound to be a blast.

.NET is an amazing environment. It runs on everything from a small phone in your hand, to the latest touch tablet, to your company’s server, to a cloud environment handling tens of thousands of transactions per second. But with that flexibility comes problems. When your applications performance slows down the issues go from “working OK” to “we are going to get fired any minute” literally overnight. You’ve got a performance problem with your .NET code so what the heck do you do?   In this session John Robbins will talk about the wonderful tools you have to find and fix those performance issues once and for all. There’s a lot of deep thinking over performance that most developers haven’t done because they don’t need to do it every day. Fortunately, John’s done that thinking for you so join him for this session and learn to tackle .NET performance problems. No matter if your performance problem is algorithmic or memory-based you’ll see how to deal with those issues once and for all.

Register to attend the webinar and you’ll be entered to win a Wintellect virtual training course (a $499 value). The winner will be announced during the webinar. You must be present to win.

The LIDNUG and Wintellect series of events are sponsored by Syncfusion.

For more details and to register, click here:

note: for those on the southern hemisphere please be aware that this event is held in the EDT timezone.

An April Fool’s Day MVP – MVP 2012

The 1st of April has been hillarious for me, ever since I got my first Microsoft MVP Award in 2006. Not solely due to the fact that I’ve been honoured by Microsoft by being presented with the MVP Award, but also because quite a few of my friends finds it funny to send me all types of “spoofed” emails on the day.

This year was of course no different – lots of emails (of various dubious qualities), but at the end of the day I did indeed received one particular email that’s bound to bring a smile to my face.

Yeps, I’ve been awarded the 2012 Microsoft MVP Award and I’m very pleased with it. The award is a recognition from Microsoft and irrespectively of why we do what we do for the community, it is indeed very nice to get the recognition. When you take a look at the company and quality of the MVPs out there, I feel truly humbled. Some of the industry’s biggest names are MVPs but it’s like comparing apples and flux capacitors.

So here’s to another great year of more community involvements – but first a big thank you to all of those that’s bothered to listen to me waffle on for hours on end – lets make 2012 even better, and bigger, than 2011.

 Anyways, you can find me floating around in a few places:

 Feel free to ping me if you got any questions..

oh, btw, the category is ASP.Net 🙂

Next up, scalability from thousands to millions at LIDNUG

Just a quick heads up to all of you that the next event at LIDNUG is happening on the 31st of January (10AM PT).

This time around it’s presented by no other than Omar Al Zabir and he’s going to take us through how he sorted out scaling a web site from thousands of hits to millions of hits.

Learn how I have scaled an ASP.NET AJAX Web 2.0 startup and an high volume enterprise webapp to millions of users. You will learn some advance tips like optimizing cookies, fine tuning membership stored procedures, implementing CDN, distributing content for faster parallel load, tuning pipeline for maximum performance out of commodity hardware.

 About the Presenter:

Omar is the Chief Architect of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) Platform in BT, living in London, UK. As the name suggests, I get to do the cool stuffs at BT.

He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Did his B.Sc. in Computer Science. When he was 9, Omar won the Best Competitor Award in the first Nationwide Computer Programming Contest. Media made his life complicated for a year. Omar’s first startup, when he was 15, was quite successful, where he built 4 multimedia titles and sold in a CD. There was a fun app for pre-school kids to learn alphabets, rhymes, puzzles; one app for teenagers to learn Chemistry with animations, 3D illustrations and a sci-fi style user interface and one app for learning Astronomy with hundreds of videos and clips from Nasa, and one for Tourism in Bangladesh with interactive maps, nearly 400 popular attractions’ photo and description. Omar had built an HTML rendering engine that could render styled text, inline image and video, using Visual Basic 5. If you know VB 5, you would recognize that as a noble-prize candidate effort.

Omar has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award 6 times in a row.


Click here to register for this event


LIDNUG: Scott Guthrie returns for 9th Q&A – Oct 26, 9AM

That’s right folks – Scott Guthrie is back for his 9th installment – he’s been absent from the scene for quite a while now. Hell, his last blog post was somewhere in September and then he went phufff.

But he’s back and we currently have 600+ registrations for the Q&A session, which Scott has normally held every quarter (but obviously with his new role…yes, what does his new role actually mean???…he’s been rather busy and have unfortunately had to postphone this session). But all good things come to those who wait – and it really doesn’t get much better than Scott Guthrie!




LIDNUG is looking for speakers again

Yes, it’s that time of year and we’re looking to fill our next 6 months worth of events for the Linked .Net Users Group (LIDNUG).

So if you have a hot .Net related topic and is interested in doing a virtual presentation (we utilise Live Meeting) for a seriously cool user group, please feel free to ping me (there’s a contact form on my blog).

You can see some of the events we hold on our unofficial website’s recording archives here:

Linked .Net Users Group..

The official INETA Linked.NET Group! (LIDNUG)

This group is meant to be for professionals using or interested in the
Microsoft .NET technologies

Professionals that are using or interested in the Microsoft .NET technologies
and the C# language in particular.

The group is for developers,
architects, designers (Silverlight), managers, consultants, Visual Studio
software engineers, QA and Program Managers and anyone else who is


Unofficial LIDNUG Home:

Event Recording Archives:

We’ve peaked past 45,000 members and have a thriving discussion board on LinkedIn (just follow the LIDNUG Home link above).


Getting more involved – virtual communities

As many would have noticed, i’ve been involved with LIDNUG for quite a while now as a group manager. We’ve seen the group grow hugely in the last couple of years and now count more than 43,000+ members – it’s my baby and I’ve spent countless hours organising events and responding to requests/questions from members in the discussions.

LIDNUG went to the “Open Group” model earlier in the year and is now accessible for non-members as well.

One of the big aspects of LIDNUG has been our monthly events [links to upcoming events can be found on the right hand side of my blog] and we’ve gathered some excellent support from our sponsors, with more requests coming in weekly.

We’ll keep rolling out a large range of presentation topics and here in June we have 4 events scheduled (apologies for those registered for the one today which we had to postpone – it’s on in 24hrs).

I’m a firm believer in virtual communities – i feel the reach of these communities extend well and truly far beyond physical locations/restrictions – something which is apparent when you live in the most isolated capital city in the world. To set the record straight, i don’t believe that virtual communities can (or should) replace physical user groups, but more complement them as well as open up opportunities for those that cannot either attend a physical user group or conference.

I was recently asked to assist with another virtual community – also based on LinkedIn – this community has grown well and truly out of mind-boggling proportions, with more than 60,000+ members – the .Net People group doesn’t currently run online events, but we’re working on getting some organised.

Looking at the numbers for these groups then it’s obvious to me that virtual communities can, and will, get more and more attention and is becoming an excellent technical (.Net) source of information.

So now i’m a group manager of both groups and are of course open to presenters wanting to present to our members – give me a shout if you’re interested.

LIDNUG: Zain Naboulsi has double the fun – VS2010 Tips and Tricks 2x Sessions

We’re ready to throw Zain Naboulsi (MSFT DPE) on the big screen again – this time we’ll be holding two sessions on May 31, at 10:30AM PT and 7:30PM PT respectively.

This will be a “Greatest Hits” session which promises to show you how to get productive using our primary tool of the trade – Visual Studio.

Head on over to our registration site for more details.

May 31, 10:30AM PT

May 31, 7:30PM PT 

Zain is the author of Code Faster: Getting Productive with Microsoft Visual Studio (

For over 15 years Zain has been working with the latest Microsoft technologies. He’s been a consultant and trainer since 1995. He currently creates the Visual Studio Tips and Tricks series. Also, he created Online Community Evangelism; which is an effort to build communities in virtual places like LinkedIn, Facebook, and elsewhere.  He is not only a proponent of the community aspect of online environments but also is a supporter of the myriad business applications that these new mediums offer.   

Zain’s efforts have been featured by eWeek, Redmond Developer News, and many others. 

He has been interviewed by Forrester Research, Gartner, and the Science Channel for his work. 

He is a frequent speaker at events in LinkedIn, Facebook, and other online venues. Zain also lectures world-wide on a variety of developer topics.

LIDNUG: ASP.Net MVC by David Haney recording available

We had a blast last week when David Haney took us through the ins and outs of ASP.Net MVC.

This was David’s first presentation (but hopefully not the last) for LIDNUG and we look forward to many more contributions by David.

David a software engineer who’s been using ASP.Net MVC commercial for quite a while and by request he took up the mantle and presented on one of the most requested topics we have at LIDNUG – Namely ASP.Net MVC.

The presentation recording is now available for download in our presentation archives.

Click here to browse the archives.

LIDNUG is now an open group

LIDNUG is now an open group – What does this mean? well, for all sense and purposes LIDNUG will continue to be the #1 spot for .Net.

This was a feature that was introduced a little while back by LinkedIn – It used to be so that all group discussions were closed and only accessible by members. This meant that if you had a great discussion going, or saw somebody else who had a good one going, that you really couldn’t link to it via twitter and/or blogs/forums etc. The problem always was that LI would annoyingly ask you to log in first – and then once you’d logged in you didn’t get redirected on to the discussion you wanted to read in the first place. That’s all been fixed now tho – can link directly to discussions in the group and people will be able to access them.

The differences are:

a) old discussions are now archived and only available to previous members. (this was done so that privacy policies were still kept a priority) 
b) new discussions can be read and linked to by the general public – even non-LinkedIn members.
c) in order to post a discussion or comment you still have to be a group member.

So as you can see, nothing major has changed – we thought that with the absolutely fantastic discussions we have from you, the members, it’d be a shame to withhold this from other people.

So, welcome to a new chapter of LIDNUG – this is 2011!