No man is an island -- and neither are you, dear reader. Whether you are a neophyte .NET programmer or an experienced .NET architect, you can benefit from joining a user group. They meet regularly, they often serve pizza, they occasionally raffle off books or software, and they always bring in guest speakers who keep you up to speed on the world of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. They also give you a chance to network with your peers and find job openings. Dave Campbell's recent blog entry, In Support of Local User Groups, offers one tale of just how useful and supportive a user group can be.
This Learning Guide offers a list of .NET User Groups in the United States, in Canada and around the world. With each entry we offer a bit of information about the group -- where and how often it meets, for example, or what usually tops the agenda. Many meet in and around major cities or on university campuses.
We begin our .NET User Group Learning Guide like any good Web resource should -- with some online user groups. After that, as you can see from the Table of Contents, the guide is divided into several geographic regions to help you find the .NET user group closest to home.
(Editor's Note: We are certain that we missed a few .NET user groups. If yours is not listed here, please don't take it personally. To the contrary -- email us and we will add it to the list forthwith. Thanks!)
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International Dot Net Association
The International .NET Association (INETA) provides structured, peer-based organizational, educational, and promotional support to the growing worldwide community of Microsoft .NET user groups.
Meetup for .NET Users
Meetup is a site that links people of common interest and geographic location. This page is devoted to .NET developers and architects who want to get together and share their experiences. The largest group is in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Development Questions and Answers: ITKnowledge Exchange
The ITKnowledge Exchange gives IT professionals a chance to interact with their peers by asking and answering a wide range of questions or writing their own blogs. The Development tag includes categories such as ASP.NET, SQL, VB .NET, XML and more.
This was first published in December 2007