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The Goal: To bring the latest hottest topics to the developer community in Africa and South Africa.

The 2004 African Roadshow, Kenya

Microsoft special guest speakers will be flying in from Australia to present the hottest .NET topics to the .NET community in Africa. SSW would like to invite you to this once in a life time event held at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Microsoft West, East and Central Africa, and Africa Dot NET are supporting SSW with The African RoadShow

For more information and registration details, please email Rebecca , or check out these links:

Schedule - The African Roadshow October 2004

Session Details
1: 15 tips for Real World Windows Forms Applications (1.5 hours)
  • Techniques for better:
    • Searching
    • Data validation
    • Configuration management
    • Error trapping
    • and more
  • See a set of tool and techniques that will super charge you next application

2: A big peek at ASP .NET 2 Whidbey Applications (1.5 hours)

  • ASP.NET Whidbey overview
  • Working with data
  • Caching improvements
  • Master pages
  • New features
  • Personalization

Lunch (1 hour)

3: Up and Running with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services (1.5 hours)

  • Developer features
  • Real world examples for creating, managing, delivering a variety of reports
  • Reporting Services

4: Combining Exchange Data, SQL Data and SQL Reporting Services (1.5 hours)

  • Advanced code
  • Extending out-of-the-box features
  • Creation of a Reporting Services solution
  • You will learn about the importance of
    • Security
    • Data access
    • Rendering
    • Delivery
  • Deployment Issues
  • Sample code

Afternoon Break (0.5 hours)

5: eXtreme Programming for .NET Developers (1.5 hours)

  • Advanced programming techniques in Visual Studio .NET
    • Defining tasks
    • Test first coding
    • Re-factoring
    • Spiking
    • Automated testing
    • Automated build

Detailed Session Descriptions:

Session Details

Session 1

Get techniques for better searching, data validation, configuration management, error trapping, code standardization, plugging in cool 3rd Party controls and any other routine capabilities of data applications, with minimal code. See the end result: a set of tools and techniques will super charge your next app.

Session 2

ASP.NET Whidbey is the current name for the next version of ASP.NET. Adam Cogan will give a talk on: ASP.NET Whidbey overview, working with data, caching improvements to significantly boost the performance of the next generation of ASP.NET applications, master pages for consistent web sites, new membership features, and personalization.

Session 3

OK so you know about how the new powerful reporting platform from Microsoft will change the landscape of enterprise reporting. Come see Sydney based SQL Guru and MS Regional Director Adam Cogan show the developer features of this latest addition to the Microsoft SQL Server family of products. You will see real world examples of this server-based platform when used for creating, managing, and delivering both traditional, paper-oriented reports and interactive, Web-based reports. Reporting Services combines the data management capabilities of SQL Server and Microsoft Windows Server with familiar and powerful Microsoft Office System applications to deliver real-time information to support daily operations and decisions.

Session 4

Come see an advanced code packed session will show you how to extend the out-of-the box features of Reporting Services. Everyone who has an Exchange Server 2000/2003 should be reporting on it but nobody does. Following this, we will explore the creation of a real Reporting Services solution. You will learn about the important issues of security, data access, rendering, and delivery. We will also discuss the deployment issues of an application that requires Reporting Services. Sample code is provided so you can use this useful solution.

Session 5

Using a hands on approach, this course takes you through some advanced programming techniques for rapid development of high quality code in Visual Studio .NET such as defining tasks; test first coding; re-factoring; spiking; automated testing and automated builds. Let Adam take you on a fast-paced journey that will change your coding methods forever.

  • An introduction to tools such as: NUnit You are going to a site outside of SSW and NAnt You are going to a site outside of SSW .
  • Defining tasks
  • Re-factoring
  • Automating testing
  • Automating builds

Session Dates



Nairobi Tuesday 5th October
Dar es Salaam Monday 25th October
Johnnesburg Thursday 28th October

About the Speaker

Adam Cogan Adam Cogan is the Chief Architect at SSW, a Microsoft Certified Partner specializing in Office and .NET Solutions. At SSW, Adam has been developing custom solutions for businesses across a range of industries such as Government, banking, insurance and manufacturing since 1990 for clients such as Microsoft, Quicken, and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. His wealth of experience in the industry and unsurpassed technical knowledge will ensure you are provided with the very best advice on how to apply .NET principles to real life situations.


Adam Cogan
Jatin Valabjee
Andrew Weaver
Drew Walker
Rebecca Gardiner