Meeting Topic: Don't Be A Jerk

Chris Leon will be presenting ideas on how to be a better servant leader and build stronger teams and trust. As managers with technical backgrounds, we are often tempted to do the "wrong" thing. I would like to discuss some of these behaviors and talk about ways I've avoided the temptations. In other words, how to be a manager of technical people and get them to do things for you/the company without totally offending everyone.

Chris Leon is the software development manager at Performance Contracting Group (PCG), a construction company based in Lenexa, KS.
Chris manages the the development, testing, and release management aspects of the PCG IT department.
He is a certified ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and MCSD.NET certified developer with 10 yrs. experience in software development experience, three of those years as a manager.
Hope to see you on the 15th!
6:30PM at the Pizza Shoppe:


Don't miss our next KCDNNUG meeting May 13, 7:00-8:00 PM at the Leawood Pioneer Library 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS‎ 66211.

Our topic will be "Localization in DotNetNuke." Watch for a complete agenda coming soon.


Dru Sellers will be delivering a developer oriented presentation on messaging for enterprise applications. We only have to look at Amazon SQS and the rise of languages like ERLANG today to see that messaging is a hot topic. But why? We will address the topic of bringing a message oriented architecture into you enterprise. What messages are, how they add value, how they are similar to how we program today, and how they are different. We will review moving from a procedural or OO progamming style to a message based one as well as the new architectural capabilities made available by using this style of programming. We will also cover the future of what messaging might be, what services we might see as a result of this technology.

Location: JCCC, Carlsen Center, Room 211

Time: April 7th, 5:30 - 7:30

Registration (required):

Dru Sellers is currently the Solutions Architect the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, a $59 billion wholesale lender. For the past eight years, Dru has been building enterprise applications using the Microsoft .Net platform in various industries. Dru is currently focused on architecting enterprise integration platforms using messaging and metadata driven solutions. Having over seven years of open source software development, Dru has been exposed to a variety of project styles and interesting attempts to solve various problems. Dru has an in-depth appreciation for the alignment of business and technology with a degree in International Business and passion for technology.

masstransit: open source .net implementation of the ESB pattern.

topshelf: the simplest way to get started with windows services


A call for developers: KC IT Professionals Philanthropy (KCITP^2) is the volunteer arm of this group. We leverage our valuable skillsets in order to assist non profit organizations by creating efficiencies via technology solutions. We've worked with several local non profit organizations, including Harvesters and the Kauffman UEP. One of the skillsets we desperately need is that of developers. If you're interested in volunteering, please register here If we have opportunities that match your skillset(s), we will be in touch. If you're not a developer, please feel free to register. The more resources we have, the more we can help those who need it.


WHERE: Centriq Training, 8700 State Line Road, Leawood, KS
WHEN: 6:00 PM
TOPIC: Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle for Agile development

Microsoft recently added secure development guidance for agile methodologies within their SDL. During this presentation, Nick will summarize the new guidance and discuss what makes this guidance successful for Agile development.
SPEAKER: Nick Coblentz

Nick Coblentz is a senior consultant within AT&T Consulting Services'
Application Security Practice. He focuses on helping organizations build mature application security programs and secure development processes. Nick has provided consulting services to fortune 500 companies within the retail, financial services, banking, and health care sectors.

SPONSOR: TekSystems

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Our next meeting will be held:
6:30 PM, Wed, March 24, 2010
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)

Sponsor: Robert Half Technology
Food and Door Prizes will be provided by Robert Half!

In order to ensure that we have enough food for you, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !

This month's topic will be:

1. Eye Path, Usability, and Design... Oh My (Suzanne Atchison, Level 1 Web Designer, Aplus.Net)

Presentation: Suzanne will be addressing usability and design in the programming of a standard website. This will expand to 'sizing up' your design and programming to fit the different browsers that are still being used in the market. She will also be addressing the huge advantages to using css vs flash in designing the framework for your website.

Suzanne Atchison BIO:

Suzanne Atchison was born in California but has since lived in several other states. Her degree is in Graphic Design Communications from Philadelphia University. She currently resides in Overland Park and is working at as a Level 1 web designer, in their in house marketing department. She has been working as a graphic designer since 2004 and a web designer since 2007. She enjoys the study of usability in graphic and web design and believes that the joint efforts of design and human interaction makes the best design.

Our website URL is:


Date: April 22, 2010 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Location, Large conference room
4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112

-6:00-7:15: “Protecting Your Applications: How to Secure Business Critical Applications from Time Bombs, Backdoors & Data Exfiltration"

Topic is backdoors and malicious code. In this session;
Prevalence of backdoors and malicious code in third party attacks
Definitions and classifications of backdoors and their impact on your applications
Methods to identify, track and remediate these vulnerabilities

-7:15 – 8:00: Chapter Business to Discuss the 2010 Calendar Items and Networking

Attendance of OWASP meetings is free and anyone interested in web application security is welcome to attend. Pass on this meeting announcement to anyone else that would benefit from joining us.
For more info go to:


Event Overview
Join us for this 2 day deep dive program to help prepare you to deliver solutions on the Windows Azure Platform. We have worked to bring the region’s best Azure experts together to teach you how to work in the cloud. Each day will be filled with training, discussion, reviewing real scenarios, and hands on labs. Snacks and drinks will be provided, we advise you to make your own lunch arrangements prior to the event.
You will also need to bring a computer loaded with the software listed below. For more information please visit, or email us at [email protected].

To read more or register go to:


Meeting Date: 3/16/2010 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

This month we will continue our discussion on taking a deeper look into Windows 7. Those of you with Windows 7 laptops bring them with you and those with Vista being yours also. We can compare the differences and similarities among Windows XP, Vista and 7.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.
I have received some information there are questions on some of the freeware we have discussed in the past. Also some have found some interesting utilities that may be of interest to the rest of us so bring those also.

Door Prize One Microsoft Lifscam VX-1000 webcam with software for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 32 and 64 bit.

Hope to see you there.

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


What: March 2010 Access SIG (Special Interest Group of the Heartland Users Group, )

Where: RC 355 3rd Floor - Regnier Center, most eastern building at
Johnson County Community College

When: 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Wed, March 10th
(NOTE that this is the 2nd Wed of the month vs. the 3rd. After March, we'll go back to our regular "3rd Wed of the month" schedule.)

Why: Two great Access presentations:

1. Bridging the Gap - real-world Access database demo by J. Stout "your local action and education environmental non-profit"

2. Collecting Access data using Outlook email messages - B. Lenz

Who: All Access SIG members and anyone interested in checking out the Access SIG meetings

Hope to see you there,

Lisa Friedrichsen
Access SIG Leader

PS: Interested in joining our group? Come and check us out. Dues are only $25/year for full membership. You'll pick up many times the value in knowledge.

PSS: Interested in making a presentation? Fabulous. Email Lisa Friedrichsen with your idea and the month you would like to present. Thanks.

John Krzysztow, HUG VP has some ideas for those between jobs or may have been downsized.


Subject:New Services Architecture in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Avepoint will be sponsoring food and refreshments. Attendees Please RSVP so we can plan on having enough food.

You thought planning and architecture design for SharePoint was complicated with MOSS07! Wait until you see the new services architecture of SPS2010. As always, with more functionality and flexibility comes more design considerations, requirements gathering and indepth planning.
We will present an overview of services architecture, discuss implications in your workplace and perhaps drill down in one or more services if time.

Presented by Daniel Webster
Subject Matter Expert with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Microsoft Search Server 2008 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Currently, SharePoint Architect for CACNet Support Team at Ft.
Leavenworth, Kansas.
MCT, MCSE: Security + Internet, MCTS: SharePoint Server Co-Author, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator's Companion Technical Editor, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Best Practices Co-Author, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Administrator's Companion Co-Author, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Administrator's Pocket Guide


Don't miss the kick off meeting for the Kansas City DotNetNuke user group on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 at the Main Street Coffee House 107 S. Main, Independence, MO 64050. Come meet your fellow DNN enthusiasts, pick up some useful tips, and help shape the future of a great new DNN user group.


Join us for a sneak peek at some of the new capabilities in Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010, a landmark release of the premier development and testing toolset for Windows®, Web and Cloud development.

Microsoft has made significant investments to improve the Testing/QA tools in Visual Studio 2010. The Next Generation Testing Event is your exclusive opportunity to experience the incredible power and capabilities these new tools bring to the QA and testing process. At this event, you’ll get a comprehensive overview, as well as a deep dive, into the range of new tools and how they can enable you to improve the way you develop and test software on the Microsoft platform.

This will be an invaluable opportunity to learn how to take software development to the next level with Visual Studio 2010’s new testing features

For more info and to register go to:


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