Sunday, August 19, 2007

A public Thank You! to Jeff McWherter

As President of the GLUGnet user group for .Net developers, I'm very concerned that each monthly meeting be a great experience for our members in every possible way. This usually means that I worry too much about a lot of things that never happen. Or almost never.

On the morning of our last meeting on 8/16, our scheduled speaker sent an email in the morning that he had the flu and could not make the meeting. With only hours left until the meeting, Jeff McWherter of A.J. Boggs, Inc. kindly offered to do a presentation on ASP.Net Performance and Optimization. As we got to the meeting, I found out that he suffered a hard-disk crash that morning and was forced to reinstall Visual Studio and also finish the presentation.

Despite these challenges, he gave a very interesting presentation that was well received by the audience. We all learned some very valuable lessons. Jeff is a Board Member of GLUGnet and this is just another example of how he contributes so much to the group and we all benefit from it.

Great job Jeff! Thank you so much!


Thursday, August 16, 2007

GLUGnet Meeting Wednesday August 16, 2008 - ASP.Net Optimization

Greater Lansing User Group .net ( August Meeting

Where: 1145 Engineering Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

When: Thursday August 16th 6:00-8:00 PM

What: Free swag including Suite, Telerik Rad Controls for Winforms,Telerik Reporting, FarPoint Spread for Windows, FarPoint Spread for Web, DevLink conference pass, free pizza and more.

Topic: Optimizing and Performance Tuning your Applications

Jeff McWherter is the Director of Software Development at A.J. Boggs and Company in Okemos, MI. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications and Computer Science, and has twelve years of professional experience in software development. He is a founding member and current Program Director for the Greater Lansing Users for .NET ( He enjoys profiling code, applying design patterns, finding obscure namespaces, and long walks in the park. His lifelong interest in programming began with a Home Computing Magazine in 1983, which included an article about writing a game called Boa Alley in BASIC.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Easy and effective desktop publishing / page layout software

Over the years I have often needed to make high-quality visually-attractive flyers, announcements, brochures, etc. I needed specialized desktop publishing / page layout software that is inexpensive and very easy to use since I didn't want to spend a lot of time learning complex publishing software.

I am once again putting together a flyer this weekend and I am back to using the latest version of the same program that has always worked very well for me in the past and still works just great.

It is such an impressive solution and great piece of software that I want to give it some much deserved public credit with this blog entry. If you ever have the need to go beyond Microsoft Word to get a nice looking document, you likely can't go wrong by checking out PagePlus X2 by Serif Ltd.

Hope that helps,
Joe Kunk