East of Toronto .NET User Group Web Camp: Saturday, February 19th

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The East of Toronto .NET User Group always has something going on, and next month, they’ve got something big: they’re holding a Microsoft Web Camp in Ajax on Saturday, February 19th.

Microsoft’s Web Camps are big workshop events where you can learn how to build websites and web applications using Microsoft web tools and technologies. From ASP.NET MVC (my preferred way of building sites on the Microsoft stack) to the new WebMatrix to OData, Web Camps are a great way to get introduced to these goodies.


Here are the sessions being held at the East of Toronto .NET User Groups’ Web Camp:

Session 1 – Implementing OData

The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a Web protocol for querying and updating data that provides a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. OData does this by applying and building upon Web technologies such as HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide access to information from a variety of applications, services, and stores. The protocol emerged from experiences implementing AtomPub clients and servers in a variety of products over the past several years. OData is being used to expose and access information from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, relational databases, file systems, content management systems and traditional Web sites.

Session 2 – An Introduction to WebMatrix and Razor

Microsoft WebMatrix is very light-weight alternative to building Web applications with Visual Studio. WebMatrix is designed for those who: are new to programming on the Web, want to build a small site quickly, prefer inline scripting, want to integrate with an OSS application, or perhaps all of these mixed together. In this session we’ll look at how to build applications using WebMatrix and the new “Razor” view engine.

Session 3 – Almost Instant Web Site

DotNetNuke is an ASP.NET framework for web site creation.  During this session, attendees will see how the DotNetNuke Framework facilitates the creation of fully functioning web sites, like the Toronto Code Camp web site, in less than 30 minutes.  The session will demonstrate the creation of a DotNetNuke site from the ground up including software installation, database configuration, site customization, and skinning.  Specific focus will be given to some of the issues that can trip up the first time users of DotNetNuke Framework.  Additionally, the new "Razor" plug-in for will be demonstrated showing off DotNetNuke’s newest feature.

Session 4 – Case Study – Optimist Club of Ajax

The Optimist Club of Ajax has just released its new website into the wild! In this session I will talk about how we used Windows Live Admin Center to provide services like email, calendaring and document management for the club. We will also discuss how we are leveraging a new feature for Internet Explorer 9 – Pinned Sites. With pinned sites enabled for a website, users can pin that site to the Windows 7 taskbar or add the site to the desktop or Start menu. Finally I will show you how we are leveraging Microsoft Tag. Microsoft Tag is a new kind of bar code that connects almost anything in the real world to information, entertainment, and interactive experiences on your mobile phone.

Where and When?

The East of Toronto .NET User Group’s Web Camp takes place on Saturday, February 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Ajax at the Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Road) in the Commodore Room. Admission is free, but you need to register.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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