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NINE Questions with Dana Coffey
I'm taking a break from this glorious day, with nice weather and grilled meats to bring you this interview with Dana Coffey (someone many of you know as @CrazeeGeekChick on Twitter.) Dana is from a place near and dear to my heart. The South. Every time I see her take the time to actually type out the word "y'all" I get a chuckle. So without further delay, here is Dana Coffey and her NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? Peachtree City, GA – land of the Golfcart paths. It’s just south of Atlanta ......

Posted On Friday, August 1, 2008 3:36 PM

Have Fun. Raise Money. Help Kids. I give you the Charity Fragathon
so a few of you (including my parents) have been wondering what this "big idea" of mine was. It's not another game store, although don't rule that out permanently. It's not a video game studio, although again... never say never. No, this is something truly magnificent. I give you the Charity Fragathon. The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest ......

Posted On Friday, August 1, 2008 10:06 AM

Egads! cont...
I went for option B.  :)

Posted On Sunday, January 30, 2005 8:45 AM

upcoming user group / conference visits
The next 6 months are going to be pretty fun (and by fun, I mean hectic.) In addition to a couple of interesting side projects (writing & video), I'm also going back on the speaker circuit. Fortunately, I'll be able to tie a few of these stops to some "vacation" destinations. 3/18: GSP Developers (Greenville, SC) 4/22: Enterprise Developers Guild (Charlotte, NC) 5/15: WNC.NET (Asheville, NC) 7/11: Codestock (Knoxville, TN) TENTATIVE 8/07: RV.NUG (Roanoke, VA) 8/28: DevLink (Chattanooga, TN) TENTATIVE ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:41 AM

ch ch ch changes...

After a mostly great 6 years and 3 months, I'm leaving Magenic. My last day is officially 9/14/12.

I'm going to be taking a much needed break from consulting, to focus on parts of my life that have been, well... rather unfocused lately.

Posted On Thursday, September 6, 2012 9:34 AM

Travelling at Magenic
I occasionally get asked if we travel "a lot" at Magenic. Sometimes the question comes from job candidates. Other times it's clients, recruiters or friends. To give a simple yes or no answer would be a disservice to the person asking the question. So here is my standard answer:It depends.(That was the short version. Here's the long version...)We do have some guys that are more "national" in focus, and they can travel a fair amount. They also receive a little extra in compensation for doing so. It's ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2012 2:57 PM

You've got questions? These guys have answers...
I'm sure most of you reading this have heard of, seen or actively used Stack Overflow. If you're like me, you probably thought to yourself... this would be such a great resource for other stuff... like games. Fortunately, that's exactly what is. Quite literally, it's StackOverflow for gamers. It doesn't matter if you're into board games, video games, card games, minis games or those weird games you used to play with your older cousin when your mom wasn't home (ok, maybe not THOSE ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:47 PM

UGSS / INETA .net user group support kits have arrived
After a lengthy break, the user group support kits from Microsoft have resumed. FedEx dropped off a big white box this morning, so if you are still awaiting yours... it should be there when you get home from work (or maybe in the next couple days.) User Group leaders didn't have the option of picking and choosing the contents for this cycle (or any future cycles, I would assume...) but don't fret, the contents are quite good. Assuming all the "Dev Group" kits are identical, this is what you can expect: ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 2, 2009 3:07 PM

DevExpress webinar series for Windows Phone
When I was at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of the DevExpress folks and working out some of the details for a series of Windows Phone Development webinars. Here they are, for your viewing pleasure: #1 Introduction to WP7 Development with Silverlight and XNA - #2 Deeper Dive Into XNA on Windows Phone - The source (in C# and VB.NET) for the demos in this talk can be found in my book, or ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2011 8:32 AM

Making the move to Wireless N
A couple weeks ago I was watching Netflix on the Xbox 360 in my living room and every so often, it would have to take a moment and rebuffer and just generally spoil my television enjoyment. As I thought about this, and thought about how often I was having to cycle the power on my aging Linksys Wireless G router, I decided it might be time for an upgrade. This is no small undertaking, mind you. With 8 desktop/laptop computers, 1 Windows Home Server, 4 Xbox 360s, 2 Wiis, 1 mini cell tower, various ......

Posted On Sunday, March 20, 2011 3:38 PM

Professional Windows Phone 7 Game Development: Creating Games using XNA Game Studio 4
In 24 short days*, my (along with the awesome George W. Clingerman) first book will be released: Professional Windows Phone 7 Game Development: Creating Games using XNA Game Studio 4 (or as we like to call it, that damned 550 page monstrosity that nearly killed us) Weighing in at 552 pages and featuring a foreward by the legendary James Silva (Ska Studios, creator of The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, I MAED A GAME W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1, and more...) this book gives thorough ......

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 10:24 AM

new year, new goals, same old blog...
So, I've been kind of a slacker on the whole blogging front. I pretty much took 2010 off from blogging, not necessarily on purpose of course, but I was doing a lot of tweeting and I guess after condensing things down to 140 character bites, I didn't have much else to say here. Unsurprisingly, I've grown bored with Twitter. (I find the busier I am, the less interest I have in what everyone else is doing... go figure.) So, I need a good outlet to talk about the things I'm working on and what I've been ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:54 AM

Since the new issue of Code Magazine is hitting the stands any day now, I'll go ahead and post my article on Give Camps from the previous issue. GiveCamps Chris Williams This month I’m going to take a brief departure and talk about the growing phenomenon in the developer community known as GiveCamps. If you’ve never heard of these, keep reading (you better keep reading either way, bub). What Exactly Is a GiveCamp? GiveCamps are the brainchild of Microsoft Central Region Developer Evangelist Chris ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:33 AM

Devs For Wendy

If you're in the NYC area, please consider donating to or participating in Devs For Wendy. (

If you aren't in the NYC area, please consider donating anyway to this good cause.


Posted On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:53 AM

What's new in VB 2010
Hello VB Folks, These sessions are designed to be a primer for getting started using various features in Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. (Yes, some have already occurred... you can still watch them, just not live.) · Nov 3rd 10:00-11:00AM -Getting Started with IntelliTrace (formerly the “Historical Debugger”) by Habib Heydarian and Justin Marks · Nov 4th 10:00-11:00AM - Getting Started with SharePoint Development in Visual Studio 2010 by Boris Scholl · Nov 5th 9:00am-10:00am - A Lap ......

Posted On Thursday, November 5, 2009 1:35 PM

Japanese Bug Fights
What's that, you say? You've never heard of Japanese Bug Fighting? The Bumfights of the Insect world? Imagine this... 30 ROUNDS (yes, that's right THIRTY ROUNDS) of 1 on 1 fights to the death... all building up to the FINAL BATTLE!! Check it out: http://www.japanesebugfight... If this isn't the coolest thing you've ever seen, well... then I want to see what is. I bet the PETA people just love this (and if they don't care... then I guess they're hypocrites... I dunno.) ......

Posted On Monday, April 13, 2009 9:08 AM

Geek Cruise - Floating Tech Conference
I'm throwing this post out here for you folks to think about and provide me some input/feedback. I'm considering putting together another event: A Geek Cruise... Somewhere between Code Camp and Conference, on a big ship, with large fruity drinks and foreign port visits. Here's what I have so far: Duration: 3 days Location: Caribbean Depart From: Miami, FL (probably) Date: TBD (probably fall... these things take time to plan) Speakers: TBD (but I have a few volunteers so far) Cost: TBD (hopefully ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 4:04 PM

eXtreeeeeeeme Project Management
In addition to learning WWF (that's Windows Workflow Foundation, Paul) I'm also reading a book given to me at the client, titled: eXtreme Project Management. I haven't read any PM books before, and I've only just started this one. The intent is for me to read, discuss and learn, so I figure why not open it up to a broader audience and see what you think too... 1) Have any of you read this book? It's by Doug DeCarlo, published in 2004. 2) If you have, what did you think? 3) Whether you have or not, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:41 PM

Kansas City Day of .NET
If you're in the Kansas City area and you haven't heard about Kansas City Day of .NET (or KCDODN) then you're missing out. KCDODN is Saturday, December 6th at the Centriq Training center. (Go here to register...) Looks like 4 tracks of .NET Developer goodness, including a session by yours truly. GWB'ers Jeff and John will be there as well... so come say hi if you're there. Kansas City Day of Dot Net Development Architecture SharePoint Special Interest 8:00am - 9:00am Registration & Breakfast ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:35 PM

new gig
I've been pretty quiet the last week and a half (at least in my blog... I'm still twittering plenty.) The reason for this is that I've started a new gig with Magenic and I've been really, really busy. This new gig has me traveling from Minneapolis to a smallish town named Mitchell, SD and back each week. Between work and travel (and spending most of my nights getting up to speed on new stuff and new concepts) I haven't had much time to blog regularly. So, I'm going to try to make a conscious effort ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:30 PM

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