It's the first of the month, do you know which user group meetings you're going to yet? Here are some to choose from.
I believe that tonight is the Ruby MI user group meeting, but their website doesn't seem to be responding, so I can't check for sure.
You may recall that the Java User Group is moving its meeting to later in the month to avoid the first week, when so many meetings get our attention. Keep an eye on their website for an announcement (and here, too). Instead, hit High Tech Tuesday at SPARK, where Scott Johnston (product manager for JotSpot) will talk about the future of Google apps. That event costs $25 for non-members and is held at Ann Arbor SPARK, 330 E. Liberty (lower level). More information and registration at http://annarboritzone.org/eventlist.asp?EventID=1227.
Wednesday is the Ann Arbor Computer Society, where we will once again here a "non-Microsoft related talk". For those of you who thought the group was Microsoft-centric, pay attention! Now that there is a .NET developer group in Ann Arbor, many of the Microsoft talks are featured there and Jay Wren has been working hard to attract speakers from other languages, platforms, technologies. This month (Wednesday) features "Experiences in Wireless and Network Access Control @ Oakland University", by Chris Chamberlain of Oakland University. November's talk is from John Hickey (of Apple) on the Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard release, what is new, what is old, and general mac desktop AND server things. And December's talk is on Ubuntu Linux, the new release, what is new, what is old and general linux desktop things, presented by Kevin DuBois. See, no Microsoft in sight!
Thursday's Michigan Python User Group (MichiPUG) meeting brings out Jay Wren, talking about the Boo programming language. Boo, in case you don't know, is a statically typed language built with Python-like syntax (for .NET).
The following Wednesday (October 10) is where you will find Microsoft content at the Ann Arbor Dot Net Developer group meeting (AADND). Martin Shoemaker is going to talk about "Dee Jay: A Voice-Controlled Juke Box for Windows Vista". Sounds interesting, but that's NEXT week.
The Ann Arbor Computer Society, MichiPUG, and Ann Arbor Dot Net Developer Group meetings are all at SRT's offices. That's at 206 S. Fifth Avenue, Suite 200. It's at the corner of Fifth and Washington in downtown Ann Arbor, across the street from the Blue Nile and directly above the Linux Box. Entrance is from Fifth, take elevator to 2R or stairs to floor 2.