Last week, I toured up-state New York’s .Net User Group community. I spoke about KendoUI and got to meet a lot of great folks in New York state. I have to say, as cliche as it may sound, the foliage really is beautiful in the fall in up-state New York. The people were awesome and the pizza is not to be missed.
First, was Albany and the Tech Valley .Net User Group. I flew in at 4pm and by the time I got my car and got to the meeting space, it was just about time for the meeting to start. Chris Miller and the guys at Tyler Technologies that hosted the meeting are avid KendoUI users and so we had some great conversations about how they use KendoUI. Everyone at the meeting was knowledgable and engaged. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay too long after the meeting and socialize as I had to hit the road and head to Syracuse for Tuesday’s meeting.
Syracuse saw me at the New Horizons in East Syracuse for the CNY .Net Developers meeting. Andy Beaulieu is the leader of the group and the organizer of the tour, so a BIG thanks to Andy for that. The group, again was engaged and (I think) really interested in KendoUI in particular. A very smart group of developers passionate about software for business. I hung out for a few minutes afterward to give away some KendoUI stress balls and KendoUI Mobile licenses, and then headed to Rochester for Wednesday’s meeting.
Wednesday’s meeting of the Visual Developers of Upstate New York was held at New Horizons in Rochester. So sorry to hear about the passing of their UG leader Bob Nims. My understanding is that he WAS the user group. Steve Maier, who is a Microsoft Evangelist, headed up the meeting that night and we had a moment of silence to remember Bob. The group was again engaged and interested. The question ranged from entry to advanced level and I could tell that some of the folks used KendoUI in their daily work. I also got to meet Lou Gramm’s keyboardist! I got a chance to hang out after for a bit and then off to Buffalo!
My final stop was the Microsoft Developer’s of Western New York in Buffalo. Rich Nalezynski, the group’s leader met me at Buffalo Compter Graphics and we got all set up. Buffalo was definitely the largest crowd. The screen was immense as well. Some good local pizza for the meeting and I was off and running. Again, I had some folks who were new to KendoUI and some old-hats. There were compelling questions and some really good suggestions for future presentations. Afterward, I did get a chance to go to Duff’s Famous Wings in Depew for some world-famous Buffalo Wings. They are not the originators but, I was told, were just as good and they were close to my hotel. Rich and I had a beer, some wings and talked about software development and the future.
Just a great tour and great folks. I would love to do this tour any time! Thanks to Andy Beaulieu for organizing it and to Telerik for making it possible!