User Groups in Indiana are the Best!

Many people know that I’m really into (addicted) to user groups and technical conferences.  I love monthly meetings, code and coffees, meet-ups, happy hours, and even the big conferences.  The reason is that I love what I do for a living.  It’s work just like all jobs.  I don’t like HR crap, contracts, financials, and other office duties.  But I love to code.  I love research and development.  So I really like to talk about what I do.  I love what I do for a living.

In the year 2011, I’ll be speaking in Indiana.  I’m not flying out to NYC, Kansas City, or driving up to Michigan or down to Kentucky.  I’m going to try to talk to the fellow Hoosiers and build the community here.  It’s not that I won’t go out of state if asked, but I’m going to try to not submit abstracts and focus on Indiana.

Here is the current schedule:

January 13th - Indianapolis .NET Developers Association

March 22nd – Fort Wayne Professional Association for SQL Server

June 21st – Indianapolis Professional Association for SQL Server

I think I’ve still got some SQL Saturday events outside Indiana, but that’s it, I swear, I can quit anytime.  I’m not an addict.

Here is a list of my favorite user groups in Indiana (copied from , Dave Leininger

An organized group of professional software developers in the Indianapolis area with a specific interest in Microsoft's .NET technologies.

A group of individuals wishing to maximize their common experience, namely the use of Microsoft Windows in the business realm. IWUG is the place to be if you want to learn more about Windows Server 2003, network with IT professionals and students, discuss challenging technical issues, review Windows best practices, see first-hand the value of certification, or simply hang out with peers.

The group is just being founded (January 2005) but promises to be an exciting group for those interested in learning more about the SharePoint platform.

Indiana's first user group dedicated solely to discussing issues related to SQL Server.

Meet other local Python Programming Language enthusiasts.

Anybody and everybody who works with .NET technology, design patterns, system architecture, or anything else us geeks work with and would like to improve!

Drupal is an open source Content Management System(CMS) that is a very modular framework for developing websites. It can be very beneficial for those who take the time to learn to leverage it. This group is for people of all levels of experience, and tries to keep up with the latest topics in the Drupal Community.

Meet other local Ruby programmers. Anyone interested in Ruby or the Rails framework is invited!