News and Announcements for 2008
Thanks to all that participated in our Toys-For-Tots toy drive. We've topped off the bins and took the overflow to Wegman's in Wilkes-Barre. If you'd still like to participate, you can drop your toys off at your local Toys'R'Us store. You may also check the official Toys For Tots website to find other drop off locations near you.... [read more]

User groups, blogs, and community forums exist because of the community. Our User Group, .NET Valley, alone has received thousands of dollars worth of software, books, food, and more over the years to attract members and thank them for coming to our events. It’s time for us to collectively do our part.

For our next .NET Valley meeting on December 18th, we're planning on collecting toys or donations for Toys For Tots. Please don't feel obligated, but at the same time, if you'd like to bring something, we'll graciously accept on behalf of the Marine's Toys For Tots program. ... [read more]

SQL Server Magazine is coming to Philadelphia in December and they have offered us a special discount on their 1-day roadshow training. I wanted to make sure everyone has the information as this will provide a great networking opportunity as well as a chance to get anwers to all your questions about SQL Server 2008. Following you will find some more information about the event.

SQL Server 2008 is finally here! Why should you care? How do you know if this version offers real value to your business? Should you even consider the leap from your current version now?

Get answers to ... [read more]

(Wilkes-Barre) Synergistic Networks, Inc. located in downtown Wilkes-Barre, recently acquired Penn Software and Technology Services, a division of Penn Millers Insurance Company, in a move that creates one of the largest IT consulting firms in Northeast Pennsylvania. Long considered competitors, the purchase allows for greater efficiencies, expanded services and a broader geographic reach. The purchase and integration of clients has been completed with Synergistic Networks, Inc. finalizing the merger of systems earlier this month.

"We are thrilled to add PSTS’s book of business to our organization," noted Christopher O’Brien founder, President and CEO of Synergistic Networks. "They were our largest and ... [read more]

Microsoft and .NET Valley would like to invite you to come to the MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 14th, 2008. The event will be held at Scranton University in Room 405 of the DeNaples Student Center and will begin at 9am. A schedule of events can be found below.

To register for the event, you can go direct to the MSDN registration page here.

Event Schedule

8:30 to 9:00 – Breakfast and Registration

9:00 to 10:30 – Windows Presentation Foundation Demystified

Today’s applications need to do more than simply work.  They ... [read more]

Download the first four modules from your choice of our new 16-module ASP.NET 3.5 courses. Each download includes approximately four hours of step-by-step instruction by experts Ken Getz and Don Kiely, plus hands-on lab exercises, printable courseware, sample code and pre/post exams.... [read more]

Currently seeking .NET developers to design, modify, develop, write and implement Web and Windows applications using .NET 2.0 - 3.5 and C#. Position requires a bachelor's degree in computer science or related field and 4-6 years of experience in .NET and Web development. Strong knowledge of object oriented programming and the software development lifecycle required. Familiarity with open source projects like NHibernate, Bugzilla, CruiseControl.NET a plus. Please submit resumes to with the job title as the subject. ... [read more]

Starting August 5th, you will be able to get a free second chance to pass your Microsoft Certification Exam. Limited offer, plan NOW!... [read more]

Business Continuity is the HOT buzz term these days. In a nutshell, it refers to the concept of providing a business with continued operations given some form of catastrophic event.  A catastrophic event could range from a hurricane totally wiping out an entire building to an employee who accidentally looses a laptop in a coffee shop.... [read more]

Since we are in the height of the vacation season, we've decided to take the summer off from our monthly meetings. We'll look to resume normal meetings on September 17th. From all of us at .NET Valley, have a safe and enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing everyone again in September.... [read more]

We have received another job opportunity for the area.

This opportunity is a 3 month contract to hire opening in the Allentown area. The position requires Microsoft Access programming and the knowledge of Oracle SQL. If you or someone you know is interested, please forward a cover letter and resume to Janet Hand at

... [read more]

.NET Valley is now a fan page on If you have a Facebook account, be sure to sign-up for the fan page which can be found at [read more]

There are 4 job postings that we've received:

More information about these positions can be found on their respective websites.

... [read more]

We've greated a single location to aggregate the feeds and social networking sites for .NET Valley members. You can sign up for this room by visiting In a future version of the .NET Valley website, we'll be taking this feed and displaying it on our website.... [read more]

The TECHbash 2008 event was a huge success! We'd like to thank everyone that participated as an attendee, sponsor, presenter, or organizer. If it wasn't for all parts, the event would never succeed. We're already looking forward to next year's event which will be held in April or May of 2009.

We've uploaded a bunch of pictures from the TECHbash 2008 event. They can be found under the TECHbash2008 tag at Flickr. We've also added a link to the photos on our Facebook account.... [read more]

TECHbash 2008 will have swag - lots of it! Before we begin listing the endless amount of swag we have, we'd like to thank our sponsors again for their gracious donations. A lot of this swag has been built up over the past year. During the event we plan on raffling off 41 books. Some may be given out during sessions, others at the end of the day. This is what we have currently:


  • .NET Valley bag containing official event T-Shirt, .NET Valley pen, and .NET Valley post-it notes
  • ASPAlliance Brochure
  • CoDe Magazine
  • Kentico CMS Offer
  • TechSmith Swag
Pick-A-Prize Auction ... [read more]

Feel like the fast-moving information technology world is pulling away from you? If so, you can do some catching up on Saturday when TECHBash takes over the Educational Conference Center at Luzerne County Community College.

Version 3 of the annual technology gathering is bigger and better than last year’s event that drew about 120 attendees, said Jason Gaylord, president of event sponsor .NET Valley User Group.

“This year we’ve actually doubled the event,” he said, going from six presentations to 12 and from two tracks to three; IT Professional, Developer and Emerging Technology.

Gaylord counted about 130 registrations Monday morning. “We’re hoping for ... [read more]

In just under 5 days, TECHbash 2008 will be held at Luzerne County Community College. An estimated 150 IT Professionals and Developers will have the opportunity to learn about technologies from industry experts at Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, Nortel, and more! Come out to the event to see what the hype is all about. To guarantee your spot for this event, be sure to register at today!

We hope to see you there!

... [read more]

The TECHbash 2008 session schedule has been released. Registration begins at 7:30am. During the registration period, a continental breakfast will be served in the dining room. The keynote presentation by Joe Stagner will begin at 8:30am with breakout sessions to follow. Lunch will take place at noon in the dining room and we may have some activities going on during that time. The final breakout sessions will take place after lunch with a presenter Q&A following that. To wrap up the event, we will be holding a raffle. Some raffle prizes will require that you are present to win. More ... [read more]

TECHbash 2008 is only 10 days away. This year promises to be better than last year with presenters from Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, and Nortel. The first 150 registered attendees will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies from .NET Valley and the sponsors of TECHbash 2008. We'll be giving away an estimated $15k in prizes from books to software licenses. More swag details will be coming soon. A full schedule will be released this week with details. A complete list of the seeions can be found at

Limited seating is still available so be sure that you sign-up, ... [read more]

Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge. Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.... [read more]

The TECHbash 2008 registration is now open. We have limited seating available for the event. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than last year with twice the number of presentations and presenters. For more information and to register for the event, visit ... [read more]

Rachel Appel, a member of .NET Valley, became the third Microsoft MVP in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rachel received the official word from Mike Fosmire, Microsoft's ASP.NET MVP Lead earlier today. She joins Chris Leeds and Jason Gaylord as MVPs in NEPA. We'd like to congratulate Rachel on her accomplishment.... [read more]

The official TECHbash 2008 website will be live soon. Check back frequently for more updates.... [read more]

We're looking for individuals who'd be interested in presenting at TECHbash 2008. We have a bunch of slots open over 3 tracks: IT Professional, Application Developer, and Emerging Technologies. Below is an idea of the presentations we are looking for in each track:
  • IT Professional Track – Microsoft Technologies (Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1, Exchange 2007 SP1, etc.) and Hardware Solutions (CISCO, HP, IBM, etc.)
  • Application Developer Track – ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Emerging Technologies Track – AJAX, Microsoft Silverlight, LINQ, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and other emerging technologies.
If you are interested ... [read more]

.NET Valley's annual IT Professional and Developer Conference will be held on May 10th, 2008 at Luzerne County Community College in Luzerne, Pennsylvania. At this time, we have no other information to announce. The full event announcement will be posted on this website on April 1st. The website will also be active at that time with event registrations being accepted. Please continue to revisit for more details.... [read more]

From is a unique multi media content web site dedicated to .net developer community around the world and was launched on January 18, 2008 and is created and maintained by Ravi Nangunoori. The site primarily focuses on C#, ASP.NET and SQL Server 2005 based Data Tutorials. Currently, the site has over 120+ FREE videos for registered users and all the videos are under 10 minutes in duration. There are over 200+ additional videos in the pipeline to be added to the website. All the upcoming technologies from Microsoft such as LINQ, ASP.NET 2.5, ASP.NET MVC, Visual Studio 2008, ... [read more]

One of the sponsor's of our group, asp.netPro Magazine, now allows members to dowload a copy of their magazine from their website. Here's a listing of just some of what's available in the March issue:
  • Matthew Hess discusses some powerful WPF technologies, and demonstrates how to create a custom Spinner control.
  • Steve C. Orr shows us how to get our textboxes to do new tricks with useful extenders from the AJAX Control Toolkit.
  • Dino Esposito explores AJAX-enabled services.
  • Michele Leroux Bustamante demonstrates how to expose classic HTTP endpoints with WCF in .NET 3.5.
  • If you're a consultant and you ... [read more]

We will be at the Microsoft Launch Event in Harrisburg on March 6th and Philadelphia on April 3rd and can use your help. We're looking for a couple of individuals who would be interested in sitting at the User Group booth and talking to individuals about our user group. If you're interested, please provide us with your contact information and availability using the feedback form on our website.... [read more]

(Courtesy of Reuters) TOKYO - Japan's Toshiba Corp (said on Tuesday it would stop promoting its HD DVD format for the next-generation DVD after losing the support of key studios and retailers to the Blu-ray technology backed by Sony Corp.

The decision ends a war between rival consortiums led by Toshiba and Sony vying to set the standard for high-definition movies on DVDs.

Toshiba said it would begin to reduce shipments of HD DVD players and recorders and aim to end the business by the end of next month.

The Blu-ray win means consumers no longer have to choose between rival incompatible formats ... [read more]

(Courtesy of USA Today) NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless (VZ) Tuesday will unveil a plan that offers unlimited domestic calling for a flat fee of $99.99 to $139.99 a month.

Unlimited plans for BlackBerry devices and other smartphones will start at $129.99 a month. The pricier plans offer extra features, such as unlimited messaging, global e-mail and video.

The new "Nationwide Unlimited Anytime Minutes Plan" could rewrite the competitive rules of the wireless industry, which has long embraced the idea of selling "buckets" of minutes for a set monthly price. Verizon, which claims 66 million customers, now offers a bucket of 2,000 ... [read more]

We have received two more job postings:

Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus, Computer Support Specialist

Responsibilities include management of technology resources, providing usage reports and identifying procedures. The successful candidate will be part of a helpdesk team providing specialized support services to students, faculty and staff. Requires an Associate degree in a technical or administrative program or equivalent, plus one year of work-related experience in a technical discipline. A general knowledge of networking, operating systems, PC analyzing, and audio/video setup for classrooms and large events preferred. Provide technical backup for network and systems including computer labs, printers, telephone system, file servers, campus ... [read more]

United One Resources, a Wilkes-Barre based corporation, is looking for a Senior Application Developer or Application Architect to help fill a newly created position on the team. The position is reserved for a .NET developer looking to use the latest technologies. United One offers a competitive salary, benefits, and an enjoyable working environment.

If you're interested, please forward your resume and salary requirments to IWantToProgram [at]

... [read more]

One of the sponsor's of our group, asp.netPro Magazine, now allows members to dowload a copy of their magazine from their website. The February issue (about 8MB in size), includes articles about WebEAV, serving images, enhancing the autocomplete, 3.5's new controls, extending the ServiceHost and ServiceHostFactory and more!... [read more]

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo Inc for $44.6 billion in cash and stock, seeking to join forces against Google Inc in what would be the biggest Internet deal since the Time Warner-AOL merger.

In its boldest-ever acquisition move, Microsoft said on Friday it offered $31 per share for Yahoo, or a 62 percent premium over the Internet media company's closing stock price on Nasdaq Thursday.

Yahoo, whose shares jumped to $30.75 in premarket trading, said it would evaluate the bid.

Microsoft shares, which have a market capitalization of about $300 billion, fell 6 percent ... [read more]

(BetaNews) - The Learning Technologies Project Office of NASA is actively considering hopping on the video game bandwagon by releasing its own massively multiplayer online game.

NASA has apparently gotten wind of the fact that young people are intensely interested in MMORPG games, and is now actively pursuing the possibility of developing or at least hosting its own game in an effort to renew students' interest in what it calls the "STEM" subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.... [read more]

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