Monthly Archives: January 2012

January 19, 2012 – Scott Walters – “Entity Framework Code First”

Join us Thursday (01/19/2012) at 6:00 PM for free food and drinks. The lab meeting begins at 6:30 PM, followed by some great giveaways, such as books, training, and software. Our meetings are held at 22 Century Blvd, Nashville, TN (map).

Topic: “Entity Framework Code First”

Microsoft’s ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF) simplifies data access to avoid working directly with the database in your code. Besides “database first” development style, and “model first” development style EF4 also enables a more code-centric option which we call “Code First development”. Come and learn more about that technology!

Helpful links:

If you listen to podcasts during commuting, I advise the 70th DeepFriedBytes episode:

Materials on MVC3 App EF 4.1, Code First development on MSDN:

Scott Gu’s blog:

A code Project article:

Speaker: Scott Walters

January 12 Meeting Canceled Due to Inclement Weather

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory starting at noon through midnight, indicating road conditions may become unsafe. After discussing among the leadership, we have decided to cancel tonight’s meeting. We do not like the idea of canceling our first meeting of the year, but it is much more important for everyone to stay safe. Live to code another day!

One of our goals is get better at communications and announcements from the group. If you haven’t already, please register on the NashDotNet Google Group, as this is currently our best method for sending out timely messages to all members.

January 12, 2012 – Gaines Kergosien – “Testing with Microsoft Pex and Moles”

The holidays are over. You’ve nearly recovered from all the food and festivities. And, you’ve written out your New Year’s resolutions. Desperately scrawled at the top of your list you find…

“Time to kick it up a notch, sharpen the ax, and become a better software developer in 2012.”

Good. Because, that’s what we are here to help you do!

Join us at 6:00 PM for free food and drinks. The lecture begins at 6:30 PM, followed by some great giveaways, such as books, training, and software. Our meetings are held at 22 Century Blvd, Nashville, TN (map).

Topic: “Testing with Microsoft Pex and Moles”

Pex is a testing tool that analyzes code and generates unit tests. Moles is a framework that isolates code with dependencies on other application layers or frameworks. With just a few mouse clicks, you can generate suites of tests against code that previously may have been difficult or impossible to test.

Links to get smart: Pex and Moles – Isolation and White box Unit Testing for .NET

Speaker: Gaines Kergosien

Gaines Kergosien is a .NET Solutions Consultant for Deloitte. Gaines is former president and current board member for the Nashville .NET User Group. With over 12 years in solutions development using Microsoft technologies, his work includes consulting for such companies as Lexis Nexis, Gibson Guitars, Cardinal Healthcare, and HCA Physician Services. Follow him on Twitter @gainesk.

Welcome to 2012!

David Neal

Happy New Year! I am humbled and honored to serve as president of the Nashville .NET User Group for 2012. It is my goal to build on the great foundation and momentum of 2011. I definitely have some big shoes to fill!

I am also thrilled to be backed by such a talented team. Your 2012 elected officers are:

  • Josh Bush, Vice-President, in charge of sponsorship and swag
  • Csaba Toth, Secretary, in charge of recording and communication
  • Frank Grimmer, Treasurer, in charge of finances
  • Gaines Kergosien, Member-at-Large, in charge of providing experienced leadership and counsel

Our primary mission is to serve, encourage, and equip our developer community. We welcome and encourage your feedback! Any positive or constructive feedback will help us improve our group, the effectiveness of our meetings, and ultimately our entire developer community.

The Lectures

We will continue to have traditional lectures on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Last year we had a great mix of speakers covering a wide range of topics, including alternate technologies to broaden our perspective of what can be used to compliment .NET development.

The Labs

The labs were a big success last year. We will continue to have a hands-on lab the 3rd Thursday of each month. The labs are the perfect opportunity to pick up new skills, experience the rewards of mentoring, and have a some geeky fun in the process!

I have already spoken to a number of awesome leaders in our community that are interested in speaking or facilitating labs this year. I am very excited about what is in store for 2012!


Bryan Hunter laid the foundation last year for our user group to become a true 501c3 non-profit. We are continuing to move forward with this effort. Becoming an official non-profit organization will provide a lot of advantages to our group. We will keep you updated on our progress and what impact this will have.

Thank you again for this opportunity. I look forward to serving this year, helping you grow, and sharing some fun along the way.

David Neal
President, Nashville .NET User Group, 2012