"Did .NET kill MySpace?" - .NET in startups, and WPF Validation in an MVVM world

  • May 17, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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.NET in Startups: Nick Ganju (CTO of ZocDoc) will discuss his experiences on building a successful startup on ASP.NET.

WPF Validation in an MVVM world: Jason Dolinger (Consultant at Lab49) will talk through a validation approach that helps bypass the shortcomings of out of the box WPF validation mechanism (IDataErrorInfo or ValidationRule).  Mark controls on your view as errored from your ViewModel, and have you ViewModel be informed of Validation.Error events occurring from View <-> ViewModel databinding type conversion errors..

Plus as always we'll have pizza & drinks.

SECURITY NOTE: We are meeting at Microsoft's offices, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, NOT at Lab49, for the Meetup. In order to get in, you MUST RSVP with your full name, not a nickname, or else you won't be able to get in.

See you all there!

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  • Michael P.

    Part of the content of the talk was taken from this blog post : http://codedoc.zocdoc.com/why-we-hire-net-programmers-and-all-other-kinds-of-programmers/294

    May 21, 2011

  • Joshua G.

    I couldn't make it to the talk, but are there slides to Nick's talk? Any highlights/suggestions to using .Net for "startup" projects?

    May 21, 2011

  • Kevin P.

    Two very interesting .NET talks. I'm particularly interested in clever solutions to common problems (WPF validation) and other people's issues related to scalability. From my experience, people dealing with scalability issues are always working late (waiting for DB connections to drop) and don't have time to give meetup talks. At least, that used to be my excuse.

    May 18, 2011

  • Veronica

    Last night's meetup was great, thanks Jason and Nick for presenting!

    One of the tools Nick mentioned was FxCop. Not sure how many are using it, but it has saved us a lot of time in our code review process.

    I wanted to share the following link which we found very helpful in customizing FxCop:

    http://media.techtarget.com/digitalguide/images/Misc/professionalvsts_ch08.pdf (I am not the author or connected to them)

    May 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    unable to view application mvvm solution to really get a handle.
    The 2nd speaker was really an uncalled for non-technical talk

    May 18, 2011

  • Edward V.

    Coincidentally on the same day as this meetup this blog post went up: http://www.piehead.com/blog/2011/05/why-startups-could-use-net-but-don%E2%80%99t trying to explain that startups don't use .NET because it's cultural. If any of you follow Rob Conery on Twitter, he had a bit of back and forth about .NET and startups on his stream last night at around 10:30pm EDT.

    May 18, 2011

  • Michael f.

    This was definitely worthwhile. The presentation on WPF validation was a good, practiced solution and well-presented. The presentation on startups was unexpected but awesome, though I think the listeners' enthusiasm (questions) pulled from the focus of the presentation a bit.

    May 18, 2011

  • Sameer S.

    Interesting talk on how start up companies manage/struggle/cope with labor, apps, frameworks and methodologies. In the process, got to know more about the these frameworks and soft wares which constantly improve(screw-up) a developer's life.

    May 18, 2011

  • William D.

    On Biz Spark:

    The disclaimers: 1) I do not work for Microsoft
    2) I am not a lawyer

    That said, if I read this blog post correctly:


    production server licenses are NOT part of the Biz Spark deal after the start-up's initial three year term ends even though the $100 exit fee allows all development tools acquired during the program to continue to be used for free.

    May 17, 2011

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