Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Topic: Getting Started with S#arp Architecture
ASP.NET MVC is all the rage lately. There are also several peripheral projects that compliment ASP.NET MVC development (MVCContrib, NHibernate, Fluent NHibernate, etc). Sharp Architecture is an opinionated framework that brings a lot of the best practices of ASP.NET MVC development together and can get you producing useful ASP.NET MVC applications quickly. We will create an application using Sharp Architecture and examine what it does for use and how to leverage its capabilities.

Presented By: Lee Brandt
Lee is a Senior Consultant with Adventure Tech Group, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas. He has been programming professionally for over 10 years and developing solutions in .NET and C# since the early beta releases. He is an advocate for behavior-driven development, design patterns and agile methodologies.

Sponsored By: Aureus Group


Speaker: Karthik Venkataraman

Date & Time: Thursday, September 3rd, 5:45 pm

Location: Centriq, 8700 Stateline, Suite 200, Leawood, KS

Topic: Team based Development in a SharePoint Environment - A WCM approach

Abstract: This session continues on the development practices outlined in the previous meeting with an emphasis on team based development.
It explores the challenges commonly faced implementing an internet facing site in MOSS with WCM capabilities. The key concepts covered include custom Master Pages and Page Layouts development in a team environment with source control integration, configuration of a three-tier development architecture (physical environment), customized deployment actions for different environments along with tips and tricks!

Karthik Venkataraman is a Senior Consultant with Trabon Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in the development of portals and web applications. With over 8 years of experience building & architecting a variety of enterprise applications, Karthik is proficient in Microsoft technologies and has a passion for developing innovative SharePoint solutions.

Sponsor: TBA


*By registering for the event you receive one ticket to enter into the prize drawing. If you fill out a survey, then you will receive another ticket. Only one prize can be won per meeting.

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SharePoint Saturday Kansas City, Saturday, December 12th at Johnson County Community College Regnier Center.
Check back for more information at You can also follow the event on twitter at @spskc for information on registration, call for speakers, and call for sponsors.


Hello All !
Our next meeting will be held:
6:30 PM, Wed, August 26, 2009
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)
Sponsor: : Adventure Tech Group
Food and Door Prizes will be provided by : Adventure Tech Group
Monthly attendance is increasing! In order to ensure that we have enough food for you this month, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !
This is to ensure an accurate head count for food.

The topic is: ASP.NET Architectural Patterns: MVC vs MVP (Model View Controller vs. Model View Presenter) (speaker: Lee Brandt)

When developing professional applications, maintainability and testability are big concerns. We'll talk about layered application architectures in web applications, and learn how using an architectural pattern li! ke MVC or MVP can help make your ASP.NET (and other platforms) applications more maintainable and testable.

Lee Brandt BIO:
Lee Brandt is a Senior Consultant with Adventure Tech Group, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas. He has been programming professionally for over 10 years and developing solutions in .NET and C# since the early beta releases. He is an advocate for behavior-driven development, design patterns and agile methodologies.
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Meeting Date: 8/18/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

Do you want to know how to make photo collages, photo mosaics and take the wrinkles out of Grandpa's face?? In the first session Silvia will be talking about some freeware programs that allow you to do each of these. Come join us for a look at scrapbooking and photo editing software!!

In the second session we will continue with more programs to handle your photos. One of the programs will be one that can be a big help recovering photos you had deleted or which may have become corrupted on the memory card.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.

Meeting Date: 7/21/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at


Topic: SQL Server Administration
Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Speaker: Bill Graziano

About Bill:
He has been a SQL Server consultant for ten years. During that time he has helped companies large and small solve SQL Server problems. He does production support, performance tuning and application development around SQL Server. This session covers the steps I go through to configure and maintain a SQL Server. Bill is a SQL Server MVP. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server and Bill is a regular presenter at their conference. Bill started a web site for SQL Server professionals at that 20,000 people visit every day. And he likes to speak at user groups.
Detail: This session walks through a SQL Server installation, the post setup configuration, a basic security review, configuring a maintenance plan and basic performance monitoring. All with no PowerPoint slides. Instead we'll walk through my SQL Server setup and configuration checklist and I'll demonstrate everything I'm talking about. This session is great for new database administrators or part-time DBAs or anyone looking for a refresher. Experienced DBA's will learn something too! You'll get a copy of the checklist during the session and you'll get a link to download a copy for later. Some of the interesting things you'll learn during the session are:
• Why the Shrink Database maintenance plan task doesn't really shrink the database. And why you shouldn't shrink a production database anyway.
• Which database always needs its recovery model changed after installation?
• What free utility you can use for maintenance on the free Express Edition of SQL Server
• What is the most common mistake people make when configuring SQL Server Agent to send job notification failures
Sponsor: TBD

General: We have meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Our group meets at the Johnson County Community College Regnier Center. Our normal room is room #236 but check the visual displays when you arrive to confirm.
In an ongoing attempt to make the content presented useful to our members we start each meeting with a short Q&A session. Unless noted in the meeting notes the schedule for each meeting will be:
6:00 - 6:30 - General Q&A session & Announcements
6:30 - 7:30 - Presentation(s)
7:30 - ?? - Door prizes and Question & Answer session
Location 12345 College Blvd Overland Park
Kansas 66210-1299
Once you arrive the Regnier center is the red brick building next to the large white building. Parking is available under the center as well as on three sides. Once inside please check the room displays as the college frequently changes our room assignment. If you cannot find us please call Neil Watkins @ 913-515-1404


Share Point SIG meeting Aug 11th at 7:00 PM Regnier Bldg JCCC.

This is Part 2, of a series on SharePoint workflows. This continues from Part 1, which covered the OOTB workflows, with basic overview of declarative workflows created in Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007. Covered will be the Workflow Designer interface, basic declarative workflow construction, limitations and pitfalls of SPD workflows, and practical examples of their application.

This will be very informative especially for experienced SharePoint developers. Kevin Hughes is the SharePoint Architect at HNTB Companies in Kansas City, MO. He has been involved in the Information Technology field since 1979 and has been an application developer, network engineer, database administrator, trainer and architect. He has worked for diverse companies such as Raytheon, US Army, Texas Instruments, Embarq and Truman State University as well as small business owner. He has been involved in developing and deploying SharePoint solutions since 1999. Kevin is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, having taught courses on SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows Server and Network Design at Vatterott College and New Horizons Learning Centers, and holds the following
certifications: MCT, MCSA, MCITP, MCTS, MCP, Network+, A+, and ITIL Foundation.

This will be an exceptional opportunity. Don't miss it.


The next Access SIG meeting will be held on Wed, August 19th @ 6:30 – 2nd floor, Regnier Center @ JCCC.
Cynthia Wilson will be giving the Level 1 presentation on a topic of interest to new Access developers.

Billie Lenz will be giving the Level 2 presentation to demonstrate the advanced management and information retrieval capabilities of a large music and lyrics database she and Curtis Wilson have developed.

As always, bring your Access triumphs and challenges to the meeting.
We’ll work as a group on problems as time permits. Please email me (Lisa) at [email protected] ahead of time if possible so I can best plan the evening’s activities.


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