SSW Update - Are your customizable and non-customizable settings in different files?
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There are three types of settings files that we may need to use in .NET :

  1. App.Config/Web.Config is the default .NET settings file, including any settings for the Microsoft Application Blocks (e.g. the Exception Management Block and the Configuration Management Block). These are for settings that don't change from within the application. In addition, System.Configuration classes don't allow writing to this file.

  2. ToolsOptions.Config (an SSW standard) is the file to hold the users own settings, that are users can change in the Tools - Options. e.g. ConnectionString, EmailTo, EmailCC

    Note: We read and write to this using Microsoft Configuration Application Block. If we don't use this Block we would store it as a plain XML file and read and write to it using System.XML classes. The idea is that if something does go wrong when you are writing to this file, at least the App.Config would not be affected. Also, this separates our settings (which are few) from the App.Config (which usually has a lot of stuff that we really don't want a user to stuff around with).

  3. UserSession.Config (an SSW standard). These are for additional setting files that the user cannot change. e.g. FormLocation, LastReportSelected

    Note: This file is over writable (say during a re-installation) and it will not affect the user if the file is deleted.

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Sydney .NET User Group -
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.NET User Group

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Sydney .NET User Group
Wednesday 20th October 2010
5:45pm - 9:00pm
Microsoft, Sydney
1 Epping Road, North Ryde

Getting a grip on ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta

Speaker: Justin King

Over the past 18 months, ASP.NET MVC has been making great leaps and bounds and just released the new ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta to all.

Come see Justin show you how to get up to speed with ASP.NET MVC. We will cover the basics of ASP.NET MVC 2/3 such as Controllers, Views, Models, Helpers, Routing, Templating, Areas and Validation

This will be a demo focussed session that will also cover the new Razor syntax View Engine and a run through of the NuPack integration that was also included in this Beta to add packages to your website quickly.

To see more details and RSVP, please visit our facebook .NET group or our LinkedIn .NET group.

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Canberra .NET User Group -
Changed date and location for this month

Canberra User Group

Changed date and location for this month - 4 days to go

Canberra .NET Developers User Group
Tuesday 19th October 2010

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Microsoft Canberra Branch
Walter Turnbull Building
Level 2, 44 Sydney Ave
Barton ACT

Changed date and location for this month - merged with the SQL User Group

The Canberra .NET User Group will be on a different day this month.

What’s new in Reporting Services for SQL Server 2008 R2?

Speaker: Greg Low

In this session, Greg will describe the improvements to reporting services available in SQL Server 2008 R2.

Greg will explore general reporting enhancements, changes to report viewer, report builder and report manager, the introduction of map data, shared components and shared data sources.

Greg’s details Greg Low is an internationally recognised Consultant, developer and trainer. He has been working in development since 1978, holds a PhD in Computer Science and a host of Microsoft certifications. Greg is the Managing Director for SolidQ Australia (, a SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director.

To see more details and RSVP, please visit our facebook .NET group or our LinkedIn .NET group.

We are currently looking for potential speakers for future sessions. Anyone who is interested in speaking at the Canberra .NET User Group in the future should contact Adam Cogan on 04 1985 1995 or email him.

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SSW Brain Quest -
Team Foundation Server and SharePoint 2010


42 days to go!

SSW Brain Quest Full Day Event:
9:00am - 6:00pm. 26 November - Brisbane

Team Foundation Server 2010 for Successful Project Management by Adam Cogan

Visual Studio Ultimate (formerly Visual Studio Team System (VSTS)) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) are the cornerstones of development on the Microsoft .NET platform. These are the best tools for a project manager to have successful projects and for the developers to have a focused and smooth software development process.

Come and see Adam Cogan, Microsoft Regional Director, VSTS Champ and Chief Architect from SSW show you:

  • How to successfully gather requirements with User stories
  • The right way to use work items
  • The way to complete a work items and send a 'done'
  • Use templates for your standard work items
  • The extra work items that developers always forget
  • What is good and bad about Excel and Project integration
  • What you can use from the built in reporting as well as the Project portals available on from the SharePoint dashboard
  • The important reports to give your Project Manager

Walk away knowing how to see the project health and progress. Visual Studio Ultimate is designed to help address many of these traditional problems faced by project managers. It does so by providing a set of integrated tools to help teams improve their software development activities and to help project managers better support the software development processes.

During this session we will cover the lifecycle of creating work items and tracking of releases using Visual Studio Ultimate and Team Foundation Server.

Visual Studio 2010 Team System - An Overview

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Team System is an integrated software development platform to build the mission-critical applications that businesses depend on. It extends Visual Studio's integrated and productive experience from the developer to the entire development team by delivering powerful new role-based tools for software architects, developers, testers and project managers. In this session you will see an overview of these tools and how they can improve your software development cycle.

Visual Studio 2010 Testing with Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 - the life of a bug

Visual Studio 2010 makes up a large part of a .Net developers life. This session will delve into the 'life of a bug' by taking a walk in the shoes of an everyday bug from discovery to release (and the steps that make up the in between). Come along and check out the new features that will make you happier by making your code better, your job easier, and your team more productive by reducing the obstacles you face in your everyday coding life. Learn:

  • What the new features for testers and developers
  • How you now care - even if the tester can't reproduce the bug
  • How to stop struggling to find the source of the bug in your code
  • How can you streamline the testing process and make sure you don't repeat the same bugs
  • How to automate more and reproduce bugs easier and discover problems sooner.
What's new in SharePoint 2010

In this session Adam Cogan will provide information about what is new in SharePoint 2010 and his personal favorites. The SharePoint Team has invested in many including:

  • UX support for Silverlight and Ajax
  • their Web Content Management System
  • Digital Asset Management System (for videos)
  • Visual Studio 2010 tools for SharePoint 2010
  • Developer Platform
  • Office 2010 integration
  • RESTful Web API
  • Tagging and Rating

Let's see what's good and what's not.

Something About Mary (SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010)

Come see Adam Cogan explain what works well with SharePoint and Office for Mary and the other knowledge workers.

First you will get an overview of what is great about having SharePoint in your business. Then see real world examples of:

  • Using SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 together (Comparing with what with had with 2007)
  • Where it fits with other important Microsoft products like CRM 4 and TFS
  • Examples of how Word and Excel can be integrated into business processes (separate from SharePoint), and then followed by
  • Examples of how Word, Excel, PowerPoint can be combined with SharePoint to improve visibility/searchability/versioning across the company
  • Overview of how data can be synchronised between the two (eg using Access and Excel)
  • Overview of what 'workflow' (really!) means
  • How Office can be incorporated into company workflows with SharePoint
  • High level examples of using/integrating Office with other products (eg VSTS integration with Outlook)
  • Where VBA and VSTO fit in terms of how solutions can be developed
  • Examples of other interesting Office/SharePoint integrations (eg the Atlassian SharePoint Connector and Office Connector)

This is a good chance for you to consider new ways of using Office in your company, along with pitfalls to avoid. Adam gets excited about this session because too often companies limit Office to just an email application, word processor and spreadsheet - completely missing the positive impact it can have on the entire business process.

Price (ex GST)
TFS 2010
26 NOV 2010
17 DEC 2010

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Scrum Training Course


45 days to go!

Scrum Training Course
Sydney, Wellington, Melbourne, Beijing and Perth
Cost: $3995 + GST
Cost for UG Members: $2995 + GST

This course is normally $3995 but there is a limited offer for User Group members to do the course at $2995 + GST


This Scrum Developer course is a unique and intensive five-day experience for software developers. The course guides teams on how to turn product requirements into potentially shippable increments of software using the Scrum framework, Visual Studio 2010, and modern software engineering practices. Attendees will work in self-organizing, self-managing teams using a common instance of Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 to achieve this goal.

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SSW Update

October 2010


Due to the tremendous growth that our business has experienced over the last few months, we are seeking enthusiastic people to join the SSW team.

Our Company is based in Neutral Bay which is one of the most elegant and scenic areas of Sydney. SSW is an Australian owned progressive consulting firm specialising in building, implementing and maintaining Microsoft .NET software applications.

We are currently strongly looking for a SharePoint Developer.

We are also currently looking for:

  • ASP.NET, VB.NET, C#, OLAP, SharePoint Software Developer
  • Technical BDM in Melbourne, Brisbane, or Canberra
  • IT Senior Marketing Consultant (part-time)
  • Project Manager

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