Sep 4: MVC: Free Yourself from Web Forms!

Meeting Sponsor: MaconIT


September’s Presentation: MVC: Free Yourself from Web Forms!
by Joey Beninghove

Thursday, September 4, 2008, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Social Time starts at 6:00!
Location: Markel Plaza
4600 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060 [map]

Please take a moment to register so we’ll know how many people to expect. Thanks!

MaconIT is bringing dinner from Firehouse Subs and they will give away a 160GB portable hard drive!

The Model View Controller (MVC) pattern has been around since 1978, so why do we all of a sudden see these new MVC frameworks springing forth?  Why should we care and what advantages does it have over Web Forms?  What is Microsoft doing to help the .NET community leverage the power and simplicity of the MVC pattern?  During this presentation, we’ll discuss the MVC pattern and why it helps us to create applications that are easier to test and maintain by adhering to sound object-oriented design principles.  We’ll also dive into the up and coming ASP.NET MVC framework.  Interactive discussion is very much welcomed and expect to see a lot of code.

About Me
Joey Beninghove is a senior software engineer for TrackAbout, Inc.  He is an experienced test-driven development (TDD) practitioner having utilized TDD and solid object-oriented principles to build quality ASP.NET web applications since .NET 1.0 using both the "Web Forms" approach as well as MVC.  His blog can be found at

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For User Group Leaders: Get free stuff from Manning Pubs

From the Manning web site:

Manning Publications User Group Program

Manning Publications is proud to support User Groups worldwide with review copies of Manning titles, donations of promotional items, UG member discounts on books, newsletters, updates, and contests.

Want to register your group?

Groups wanting to register with the Manning Publications User Group Program should have a membership of at least 5 and communicate regularly through newsletters or an online website. In exchange for review copies, please publish your review on your group’s website, online bookstore, newsletter or other relevant public forum. Please also send a copy of your review to . We reserve the right to use quotes from reviews in promotional materials, but most of all, we pass reviews along to the editors and authors as valuable feedback. We expect reviews to be published within 60 days of receipt of the book.

Review copies are available in ebook format and/or as print books. We cannot ship review copies outside our normal distribution territories. Foreign requests may be limited to ebooks.

Group leaders can register here!

Questions and Comments:

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My Love Affair with FireFox 3

I get a pretty large number of hits to my old post on Speeding Up Firefox the Right Way. So much so that Brendan changed the algorithm we use to determine the top blog posts on! At least the ad revenue from that post helps pay for our servers and the large amount of bandwidth all of our wonderful readers consume (I’m not complaining, really).

I downloaded Firefox 3 the day after it was released. Great download speeds and no dropped or busy connections. I have to say it is truly a great browser. I tweeted once that I wonder how much is left in the IE tank. The one place that IE trumps Firefox is in corporate settings. There is a ton more support for administrative configuration in enterprise settings than Firefox offers. But for home use, Firefox is my favorite.

My most recently discovered cool feature:

In the browser history for your current tab (the browser history is tab-specific) you can middle-click any link to open that link up in a new tab.

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Aug 7: SharePoint for ASP.NET Developers by Joshua Carlisle


Meeting Sponsor: UDig Techforce Solutionsimage

August’s Presentation: SharePoint for ASP.NET Developers
by Joshua Carlisle

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Social Time starts at 6:00!
Location: Markel Plaza
4600 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060 [map]

Registration is not required, but please take a moment to register so we’ll know how many people to expect. Thanks!

UDig is bringing dinner from Jersey Mike’s subs (meat and veggie) and they will give away a $100 gas card!


SharePoint for ASP.NET Developers – Whether it be by choice or by company directive many traditional ASP.NET developers are being asked to implement and support SharePoint based solutions for their company. Previous versions of SharePoint only utilized the .Net Framework but SharePoint 2007 has been rebuilt from ground up on the .Net Framework. Many have gone as far as referring to SharePoint as application extensions for ASP.NET. In this session we’ll cover many of the common elements found in ASP.NET and we’ll compare and contrast the implementations of those elements in SharePoint in order to get a better understanding of how to leverage your skills and knowledge as an developer within the SharePoint context.

About Joshua Carlisle

Joshua Carlisle is a principal consultant in Raleigh based Viewfusion Solutions LLC. He specializes in collaboration solutions based on the .Net Framework, ASP.NET, and SharePoint. He has been developing with Microsoft tools for over 13 years and with SharePoint since 2003. In his current role he works with clients to design and implement enterprise and commercial solutions based on the SharePoint platform. He is on the Triangle .Net User Group Leadership Council, active in many community projects, and can be found speaking at many user groups and code camps across the east coast. His blog can be found at

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Disable TFS 2008 AutoConnect

I’m not a big fan of having Visual Studio 2008 automatically trying to connect to my TFS server. Sometimes you just want to open VS and bang out some code!

I’ve found the registry hack for TFS 2008 is a bit different than 2005.  It’s simple enough, though.

  1. In the registry editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\TeamFoundation\Servers\<TFS SERVER NAME HERE>
  2. Open the AutoReconnect DWORD
  3. Change the value to 0 (zero) decimal

Let me know if you’ve found a different or better way to do this!

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