The Boston .NET User Group grew out of a core group of individuals who had been active in the Visual Basic Professionals User Group. We wanted “more” in terms of moving into distributed computing and internet-based programming. In addition, we all felt that .NET would be the future of Microsoft-based programming so we wanted to get started as early as possible.
My own personal involvement began when I worked for a software company called CODA Finanacials. Some local folks, including Pat Tormey, were looking for a host company for an Access/VB user group in southern NH (circa 1995). Thru Pat, I was introduced to the VB Pro UG which met at Microsoft's Waltham offices. It was there that I got to know Chris Pels and sometime in early 2000 Chris convinced a few of us to get together to plan what became the Boston .NET UG.