Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sarasota .NET Developers Group

The Sarasota .NET Developers group focuses on building solutions using Microsoft Visual Studio, SQL Server, Office, and other related tools. This is a technically oriented group where our monthly 1.5 - 2 hour presentations concentrate on code development and techniques.

Meetings are generally held on a Mon/Tue/Wed, in the middle of the month (speaker's choice). Our usual location: Sarasota Community Foundation, located at 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237 (just west of Tuttle on the north side of Fruitville).

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SarasotaDev - Upcoming Meetings

December 2014

Cory Smith - Microsoft MVP from Dallas is visiting Florida!

The meeting will be on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Location: Station 2 Innovation Center - 912 7th Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34202. Note the location change.

The *NEW* .NET Compiler Platform (aka "Project Roslyn") - What does this mean for the rest of us? For the last 14 years, the VB and C# compilers have been secret black boxes that worked their magic to turn our code into executables... that is all changing with the ".NET Compiler Platform".  There is a ton of "this and that" floating around, but what does all this really mean to the majority of people who are just like you and I?  We will cover both what is in the box today as well as what the future beyond the new "Roslyn" languages compiler platform may look like.

Cory Smith maintains a .NET related blog at and is very active in the .NET community. His community involvement includes: Microsoft MVP (10+ years), President of the Fort Worth .NET Users Group, Founder and President of the BASIC SIG, Microsoft VB Insider, Microsoft C# Insider, Microsoft CLR Insider, former President of the Dallas/Fort Worth DNUX group, member of the South Central District Developer Guidance Council alumni and a member of the INETA Speakers Bureau alumni. 

A veteran developer (professionally writing software for over 20 years) working on projects ranging anywhere from major e-commerce sites such as and to applications that are at the heart and soul of over 4600 radio stations around the world. His work history includes working for Tandy/RadioShack, Rare Medium, Inc., Electric Works Corp., Scott Studios Corp. and Shiny Stone Digital.

In his spare time, Cory is also a certified instructor in several combative martial arts, coaches a MMA fight team, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and attempts to watch every action movie ever released.

Upcoming SarasotaDev Events: 

Quarterly in 2015 - TBD 

Please reply to this email if you have feedback, speaker suggestions, or would like to sponsor the group.

Nearby Events of Note:  

  • BarCamp Sarasota - Holiday Party - Thu, Dec 11 - join us at 5:30pm-until at the new Station 2 Innovation Center in Bradenton for a pot-luck dinner and great holiday conversation! More info here.
  • Suncoast Technology Forum - Holiday Party - Tue, Dec 16 from 5:30-7:30pm - at the Polo Grill. More info here.
  • Tampa Windows AppDev - Sat Dec 13 - day-long Games for Windows Windows Hackathon in Tampa. More info here.
  • BarCamp Sarasota After-hours South - Thu, Jan 22 - join us after the holidays at 5:30pm-until at Pub 32 on the South Trail for great conversation! More info here.

More Florida events can be found on Joe (devFish) Healy's events page.
More Sarasota events can be found on

Florida CodeCamps (CC), SQL Saturdays (SS) ITProCamps (IT), and BarCamps in 2014:

Dates are being filled in as they're known. If you haven't attended in the past, a CodeCamp is a free, all-day Saturday developer event put on by regional developers, for developers. If you've been to CodeCamp in the past, then you know you don't want to miss the upcoming season. BarCamps are similar to CodeCamps, except they're not developer-specific, covering business, design, and other topics as well.


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