Missoula .NET Users Group Meeting

  • December 9, 2010 · 6:00 PM
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Hi Everyone! Our next meeting will be on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. It will be at the WhoCanHelp.com office located at 725 SW Higgins:
http://bit.ly/gNHF6N... There will be free pizza and beer. Also, I have quite a bit of swag to give away including a Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, some copies of Windows 7 Ultimate, t-shirts, and more. Tim McCall will be presenting on SpecFlow. Here is Tim's short bio and his SpecFlow abstract: Tim's Bio Tim lives in Missoula, MT and works in a tiny space in a backyard shed beside the warmth of a space heater. He has worked with Microsoft technologies since the good old days of SQL Server 7, VB 6 and ASP. Now he is a big fan of ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, standards compliant HTML and CSS, and any open source tool that helps to facilitate his laziness. SpecFlow .NET gets Cucumber! What's Cucumber? It's a fantastic plain-language testing framework available for Rubyists. We'll talk basics, how SpecFlow maps your plain language statements to test code, and how, through the power and flexibility of regular expressions, you can craft your own DSL for testing your applications. It is no exaggeration that SpecFlow makes testing fun and straightforward in a way that no other tool does. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again, and talking about programming! Let me know if you think you'll make it so I get enough pizza, but don't feel like you have to RSVP to show up. Lance Fisher

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  • Kermit V.

    Hey Ken, Some how missed your message way back. I wanted to go to the meeting in April, but it conflicted with a vacation that had been planned. Will you be going to the barcamp?

    May 10, 2011

  • Ken T.

    Thanks Lance for making this happen, and Tim for a great presentation on SpecFlow. Well done and informative! It was fun to see an overlap between the .Net UG and Montana Programmers.

    Kermit: I live off of Hwy 93 north of St. Ignatius. We could consider a carpool from here next time. Also, my inlaws live in Big Fork --we should touch base.

    December 11, 2010

  • Jaylene N.

    Thanks very much to Tim and Lance for this meeting! I don't have a ton of .NET experience (just one class on ASP.NET in C#), so it was awesome to learn even more. This was my very first meetup and I want to thank everyone, especially Lance, for making me feel comfortable. I'm looking forward to the next one!

    I'm wondering if there would ever be enough "baby" programmers that could get together to learn about some of the more basic .NET topics, such as preventing SQL injection attacks, how to deploy .NET applications to Windows, etc. I suspect that most everyone in this group already knows how to do those things, so I imagine it wouldn't be that useful to most of you, except to show off your skills :)

    December 10, 2010

  • Lance F.

    Tim did a great job talking about SpecFlow, and Harold discovered some cool Gherkin syntax.

    December 10, 2010

  • Lance F.

    Hey Kermit! It looks like Oslo (or M) became SQL Server Modeling. http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/SQLServerModelingCTP

    It doesn't look like it's going anywhere to me, but I could be wrong.

    I hadn't heard of Lightswitch before. That's interesting.

    Thanks for making the long drive down. Hopefully, we'll see you next month too!

    December 10, 2010

  • Kermit V.

    Hey, it was a great meeting last night, worth the drive from Bigfork, even Kalispell where I started out yesterday afternoon. Thanks a lot Tim for demonstrating a powerful testing framework and thanks to Harold for persisting with some excellent questions that revealed even more power with the tool.

    Hey Lance, the thing I was trying to think of that I thought some "Oslo" might have morphed into was Visual Studio Lightswitch. But after looking at it again a little, I don't think so.

    December 10, 2010

  • Lance F.

    Thanks for coming everyone, and thanks for presenting Tim! It was great to meet you Gabriel, Geoff, Jaylene, and Kermit, and it was great to see the rest of you again.

    Here is an article from this month's MSDN Magazine that talks about SpecFlow, WatiN, and BDD: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg490346.aspx We didn't cover WatiN at the meeting, but it is a tool that allows you to automate the browser for testing.

    December 10, 2010

  • Geoff P.

    Wow. Yes too. The potential ability to create testing scenarios applicable on multiple platforms is intriguing. I do have to admit, I'm waiting for a robust ui testing platform although info tonight about cucumber (or some variant on the pickle class) with html seems a great start. -g

    December 10, 2010

  • Harold

    Fantastic meeting!

    December 9, 2010

  • Harold

    Truly inspiring and invigorating to hear about better testing using BDD. I had no idea Cucumber had gone as far as .Net. Thank you Tim McCall - and thanks to Lance for putting this together. Great meeting!

    December 9, 2010

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