Richard Gnall

Computer User Groups and Resources

Code Camps
Boston Code Camp
"Code Camp brings regional software development professionals together for the opportunity to immerse themselves in seminars, presentations, group exploration, and networking. Participants will be able to engage in their preferred technology, as well as to sample other options, with a focus on extending information exchange and enhancing the cross pollination of ideas."
Hosted at One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (NERD).
Best Coding Bootcamps
"The top 40 coding schools in the world - rankings, reviews, and expert advice."
Microsoft Events
List of upcoming events and workshops for Microsoft products.
Code Camp Manifesto
From Microsoft - "In order to use the official Code Camp name and banner follow these simple protocols..." (2004)
Programming
Python (East Hartford)
"Welcome to the Greater Hartford Python Group--where you will meet fellow software and Python enthusiasts and professionals--as we work to build and strengthen the community of software architects and developers; Python and Python-based application developers, architects and designers; and other computing technologists in Connecticut.
Join our group as a newcomer to Python or as an accomplished Pythonista. We hope that your participation in our group will help you and others to increase their understanding of what Python can do, the best practices to apply when using Python and Python-based tools, and generally, how to be a more productive, more effective and more knowledgeable software architect and developer."
Java (East Hartford)
"The Connecticut Java Users Group organizes monthly meetings on new and emerging Java technologies. It aims to help professionals stay abreat of the latest developments in Java and related open source projects. Meetings are free and open to the public."
CTDOTNET - Microsoft (Farmington)
"CTDOTNET is a community based professional development group. Our mission is to educate and inform the software development community on current and emerging technologies related to software and web development. Although our name includes ".NET", our presentations are not limited to any specific technology."
Linux (Rocky Hill, West Hartford)
Greater Hartford GNU Linux Users Group. "Linux user group, dedicated to all things related to GNU/Linux, BSD, and free and open source software." Includes job postings.
ByteArray (New Haven)
"ByteOverflow CT, a community of people learning web, mobile and game development skills together in free, or nearly-free workshops put on by experts. No once can take work out of learning software development-- but we certainly can work on the cost. These topical workshops will take place in various convenient locations throughout Connecticut. The rule is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) and you'll be ready to go!"
SalesForce (Hartford)
Connecticut Salesforce Developer Group - "Official Salesforce Developer group for all developers seeking knowledge in Salesforce 1 Platform in Hartford , Connecticut area. We mostly cover topics about Salesforce releases, challenges, new feature, best practices with cool swags."
SharePoint (Hartford)
"The Connecticut SharePoint Users Group (CTSPUG) is a place for professionals to come together and share their successes, near-successes, and almost-successes with the Microsoft SharePoint Platform. Our goal is to replicate the magic of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group with the scenic views and quaint New England charm of Hartford Connecticut."
Mobile App and Web Development
iOS Developers (Avon)
"This group is for developers - beginners to experts - in the Farmington Valley / Hartford, CT, area, interested in creating apps and games for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Developers for Mac (and Android) welcome, too!"
Web Development Meetup (Storrs)
"This is a group for anyone interested in programming or designing for the web or mobile devices. I started this group to meet other professionals, hobbyists, and students in the area so we can share ideas and learn together. We can meet in small groups to discuss projects or in larger groups to share presentations."
Design & Technology Meetup (New Haven)
"Come meet fellow designers (as well as web developers and social media experts) each month for drinks, networking, and knowledge sharing. We are creative leaning, but engineers and all levels of technology expertise are welcome!"
CT User Experience Professionals Association (Hartford)
"CTUXPA brings over 150+ UX professionals from local Fortune 500 companies and agencies committed to improving and growing their skills. Attendance is open to the public. CTUXPA members get special discounts on the event tickets. Attendance is encouraged for any professional working in the user experience-related disciplines. Any interested individual who is a "friend of user experience" is encouraged to join us."
Tech Startups
Hartford Meetup - Technology
A list of computer technology meetups in the Hartford.
Tech Meetup (Hartford)
"A monthly gathering of techies around Hartford. Nerds, creatives, entrepreneurs, and investors welcome! ... We want to bring Hartford students and faculty together with experienced professionals so they can benefit from each other's advice, knowledge, experience, perspective, and energy. Each meeting should have some demos, a group discussion about a particular topic, and some unstructured time for networking and socializing. We'll strive to have a keynote speaker whenever possible. We are also considering having regular group hack nights if we get enough interest from the members."
Other
Hartford VMUG
VMware User Group.
VMUG Communities
"The new VMUG community is a place to interact with other VMUG members.
Participate in discussions, view upcoming events, ask questions, join local Communities and more!"
Massachusetts
Boston User Groups
Calendar of upcoming user group meetings.
Boston-area User Group Calendar
Daily listing of various user group meetings in the Boston area.
Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group (Agwam)
"The Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group brings together people interested in Development technologies. We are Microsoft and Open Source Programmers, Sharepoint Gurus, Mobile Developers, IT Staffers, Enterprise Database experts, Entrepreneurs, Rookies, Professionals and Novices."
New England Microsoft Developers (Burlington)
"The New England Microsoft Developers meet monthly to discus software development with the Microsoft tools and products. We discuss .Net and Web and SQL topics. This group was formerly know as The New England Visual Basic Professionals. We've broadened the focus beyond VB to include other languages and technologies."
New England SQL Server User Group (Burlington)
Meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Microsoft offices at One Cambridge Center in Cambridge, MA.
National Information Security Group (Ashland)
"The National Information Security Group (NAISG) is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and education of information security through the support of local and regional chapters.
Microsoft DevBoston
User group for Microsoft development technologies such as Visual Studio, SQL Server, ASP.NET, ASP.NET Core, Team Foundation Server, DevOps, and Windows Azure.
Boston Mobile C# Developers' Group (Cambridge)
"...focuses on the use of C# in the exciting area of mobile development. The group's main topics are Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android and Windows Phone."
Meets at Microsoft, One Cambridge Center in Cambridge, MA.
Boston Linux & Unix User Group (MIT)
"Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society."
Startup Cafe (Boston)
"Startup Cafe Boston is regional group of innovative business entrepreneurs. The aim: to create create a true entrepreneurial mastermind, advisory board, and collective feedback forum for budding and veteran startups. The focus here less on networking or business cards than resources, connection, and shared success."
Professional Societies
IEEE Computer Society
ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
The Greater Hartford ACM Chapter
"The Greater Hartford ACM Chapter is dedicated to providing a forum for dialog and exchange for IT and business professionals, provide mentorship opportunities for students, networking and hosting dinner speakers on a variety of technological subjects. You do not need to be an ACM member to join."
Online Technology News Sources
Ars Technica
The PC enthusiast's resource. Power users and the tools they love, without computing religion. Many of the site's writers are postgraduates and some work for research institutions.
AnandTech
In-depth reviews of computer hardware such as motherboards, graphic cards, and CPUs with exhaustive benchmarking.
Wirecutter
The Wirecutter (and The Sweethome) is a list of the best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get.
CNET News
Top technology news headlines.
Engadget
Reviews of PC and consumer-electronics related devices.