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South Sound .NET Users Group Meeting December 11: Glenn Block on Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF)

Since discovering the ALT.NET community and its dramatic effect on my personal outlook on the way I think about and write code, I have been looking for ways to bring this philosophy to my local developer community. This meeting represents the first major achievement in that goal.

Connecting Camey with Glenn Block and Ade Miller was a stroke of divine intervention. If ever there was a time to come down and check out what the South Sound .NET Users Group is all about this is it.

Please join us on Thursday, December 11th for a presentation on MEF by Glenn Block.

Meeting Summary
Today, it is difficult for applications and frameworks to meet an open-ended set of needs. Building in extensibility allows third-party customization, however there are many challenges in doing so. The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) is a new extensibility model in the .NET framework that addresses many of these problems. It provides as simple declarative model for application developers and extenders. Come to this session and get an overview on what it is and what it will do for you.

About Glenn Block
Glenn is a PM for the new Managed Extensibility Framework in .NET 4.0. Prior to Microsoft, he worked for 10 years in various startups and ISVs wearing many different hats all related to developing software. Glenn has been writing code practically since the time he learned how to ride a bicycle. When he’s not writing code, he’s working on ways to build better software through learning good software design principles and methodologies. Glenn is a geek at heart and spends a good portion of the rest of this time spreading that geekdom through conferences, and the community through groups such as ALT.NET. When he’s not working and playing with technology, he spends his time with his wife and four year old daughter either at their Seattle apartment or at one of the local coffee shops.

Meeting Specifics
December 11th, 7 – 9 pm
Olympia Center (222 Columbia NW)

All attendees are eligible for the prize drawings. Past prizes have included technical books, passes to Devscovery, copies of Visual Studio, Vista, Office 2007 and more. Don’t forget to let your friends and co-workers know about this meeting.  Feel free to forward this email and/or direct them to www.ssdotnet.org for more information.

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