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Beantown .NET Meeting on 7/10/2008 with Chris Bowen on XNA

Reminder: Beantown .NET is meeting on Thursday, July 10th.

For our July meeting, we have Chris Bowen from Microsoft presenting “Introduction to Game Development with XNA”.

As always, our meeting is open to everyone so bring your friends and co-workers.  If you’re planning to come, please RSVP by 3pm on 7/10.  Click here to RSVP.

Our location (75 State St) has tighter security than our old location so it is important to RSVP in advance to make your security check in as smooth as possible. 

Future meetings:

• No August meeting

• September 4 – TBA


Beantown Meeting Details

When: Thursday, July 10, 2008, 6:00 – 8:00pm


Hollister, Inc.

75 State St., 9th Floor

Boston, MA




Introduction to Game Development with XNA


Summer is upon us, so what better excuse to break away from the norm and discuss games?  This meeting is for people who enjoy games, and have always wanted to know more about how they’re made… and maybe how to make their own.  XNA ( is a game development platform based on the .NET Framework that helps to make it easy to develop games for Windows, Xbox, and now the Zune as well.  Using the free XNA Game Studio, you can use those same C# skills that pay the bills by day for creating your own games by night (or really whenever you’d like.)  We’ll introduce XNA, show you around the XNA world, then create a simple 2D game from scratch to give you a feel for game mechanics and the architecture of XNA.  This session requires no game development experience, only a passion for coding and for games!


Chris Bowen ( is Microsoft’s Developer Evangelist for the Northeast.  A software architect and engineer with over 15 years of experience, Chris joined Microsoft after holding senior architect and developer positions at companies such as Monster, VistaPrint, Staples, and IDX Systems and consulting on web presence and eCommerce projects with others.  He is coauthor of “Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System” from WROX and “Essential Windows Communication Foundation” from Addison-Wesley.  He specializes in application architecture and building highly-scalable transactional web systems and holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Management Information Systems, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.



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