# Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Great Lakes Area .Net User Group traditionally does not hold a regular meeting in December.

This year, we will replace the December meeting with a special event. Software developers in the area are invited to come together to share code and ideas in an informal setting.

I first heard of this idea from my friend Mike Wood. He is on the board of the Cincinnati .Net User Group, which sponsors a monthly pair coding meeting that they refer to as "Bitslingers". Shortly after hearing of Mike's group, I learned that a similar meetup took place weekly in Columbus. Because the Columbus folks meet in the morning, they call their group "Code and Coffee". I'm trying to think of a clever name for the Detroit area meetup.

The first Detroit-area meetup will be Wednesday December 16 from 6-9PM at Biggby Coffee at 26185 Evergreen Rd in Southfield, MI. If Biggby gets too crowded, we will move next door to Potbelly.

Bring your laptop and experience pair programming and exchange ideas with other bright .Net developers. Work on an open source project or dive into a new technology or explore a new technique or learn a new language.

I will be there with a personal project I started to help me learn ASP.Net MVC and the Entity Framework.

If this event is successful, we will consider holding it regularly.