Virtual user groups continues to grow in popularity. MS dev teams have held live online chats for ages and both Second Life and ReactionGrid [http://www.flickr.com/photos/30456505@N06/sets/72157608187006774/] have hosted virtual user group spaces for a while now as well. Last year, .NET developers on LinkedIn started LIDNUG, an online user group that such luminaries as Scott Guthrie [http://weblogs.asp.net/ScottGu/Default.aspx] have already presented on, bridging the continents in one fell swoop rather than visiting Europe one day and India the next. And now we have VirtualDNUG.com [http://virtualdnug.com/], a new virtual user group being started up by Andrew Siemer [http://geekswithblogs.net/AndrewSiemer/Default.aspx]of dotNetRadio [http://dotnetradio.com].
I am finally going to put my full steam into setting up my VirtualDNUG [http://virtualdnug.com] users group. With the help of the good folks over at ineta [http://www.ineta.org/] (they are providing a LiveMeeting license for us) I am hoping to host a great environment for learning. I will probably start off with topics on ASP.NET MVC and the various side projects that surround that world (Turbine, Spark View Engine, FubuMVC, etc.) but I am totally open to just about any other cutting edge .net topics as well.
If you are interested in attending our initial meetings, would like to present, or have a topic that you would like to be covered, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this another reason to sit in front of a screen of an evening? Yes. Is it another opportunity to try out presenting for those who want to? Absolutely, and with the added bonus that if the demo gods fail on you, you can blame LiveMeeting or the snow that’s currently hampering your broadband connection. Meanwhile, you’re talking to like-minded people around the world. Which is pretty cool.
Andrew is California-based so meetings may well be timed GMT+8. However, they can also be recorded so if you’re elsewhere in the world, this is not necessarily a problem.Posted on January 5, 2010 #Megaphone #Geek Stuff