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The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog

I had an incredible time in Tulsa.  Things were a bit rocky at first, because Google gave me some bad directions for Friday night, so I turned around about 4 times just to get the 11th street exist from highway 64.  I was a little disappointed with the Doubletree Inn, so I'm sticking with Hampton Inn from now on.  $20 for a burger and Ore Ida fries that I could make on my grill at home is insane.  Some of the people were really nice at the hotel, but some were just flat out rude.  When it was time to go to sleep I could barely get there, because someone decided to run around and make a lot of noise.  Everything else went pretty well, except for some camera issues (don't even get me started about Best Buy)...

The next day the alarm went off about 7 am, so I woke up showered and was really glad to leave.  I got some directions from some of the nicer hotel staff the night before, so getting to Tulsa Community College was incredibly easy.  I felt a little nervous at first, because no one was there so I sat around playing with my electronics a bit until registration opened.  Eventually I met up with Scott Spradlin, one of the coolest SharePoint Devs from MOSS Camp.  I also ended up meeting the coordinator, David Walker, who has the most energy I have ever seen in a dev.  I think he could do 50 tasks at once and get them done in an hour.  He said he had 4 kids, so maybe they keep him on his toes:)

I presented in the same room right after Scott, which was great because he talked about building web parts in SharePoint.  His whole talk sort of led into my talk about building AJAX Solutions in SharePoint using the SmartPart.  When I finally came up to speak I felt a lot more confident than I was with my MOSS Camp Presentation.  I believe that I messed up much less in this presentation than I did at MOSS Camp.  I got a lot of great questions and a couple people handed me there business cards for friends who are good at drawing.  Hopefully, I can get some people to help me out with the MOSS Comic I want to create.  After my speech I felt really energized like I could play 10 tracks in a row on the drums in Rock Band.  Unfortunately due to camera issues I only was able to see Scott's Presentation, but I did meet Corey Roth who seems like a really neat guy.  I think he's the first person who aggregates to that I have actually met in real life.  It is kind of cool to put a face to a name.

At the end of the day I was really happy to meet all the awesome people and take home a couple prizes.  I took home with me a third VS 2008 T-Shirt and a Silverlight 1.0.  David Wise invited me to Tulsa Techfest in October and pending any issues I will definitely come back to Tulsa.  The Devs are friendly and despite many citizens trying to maul me down on the highway I ended up surviving unscathed.  If anyone else has the opportunity to go to Tulsa for a Dev event I would recommend you get out there ASAP so you can benefit from the awesomeness.  I hope that everyone had a good Mother's Day and a good weekend.

Also, if anyone missed my CodePlex Project link for the slides and code at School of Dev it is:

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 12:43 PM | Back to top

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