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Check out this video of Jason and I at the MVP summit talking about Imagine Cup!

Looks like I have been declined for a tourist VISA to Brazil and will most likely not have enough time to get a business VISA.  Kind of sucks, but I will survive if I can't make it.  They want a letter from a senior executive by tomorrow.  I replied, “Yeah, that's going to happen, have you heard of Microsoft?  They aren't small.”  She said, “Well isn't there and executive in Kansas?”  More laughter.  Let's see what we get pulled off though.


 

A lot of buzz has been generated by the Imagine Cup in the past week, and it is getting exciting.  I hope all the teams are well prepared and will give it their all to win this.  I (along with Jason Beres) am lucky enough to be invited as a judge during this year's festivities, so I am really looking forward to the adventure.  Hopefully, on a grand scale, Jason and I can mingle with the participants, after the judging, to discuss how our group (INETA Academic) can help them with next year's competition on a global scale.  Now I have to go hit my “Brazilian Portuguese phrasebook” so I can get myself a drink and hopefully to a bathroom when needed.  I will definitely be blogging and uploading photos during the event.


 

One night only!  Join Kent Tegels for a spectacular display for SQL Reporting Services at the Kansas City .NET User Group

 

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John, my new boss, will be on .NET Rocks tonight talking about Test-Driven Development.  This topic is also the topic of this months book for the book club, so get a head start with this show.  Lets see how many GWB.net bloggers we can have listening live in the chat tonight.


 

I am finally at a point to where I can re-org the book club again.  The multiple books at one time idea, not so good.  I can't possibly read that many books in a month, and I must be part of the interaction to get people started (since it's my club).  So my latest choice of books is “Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET” by James W. Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov.  This will be the topic of this weeks .NET Rocks Show as well when my manager is interviewed.  How does this book sound?

 

After the show, I have a new respect for the passion of FoxPro developers.  During a panel discussion, they show us .NET panelist that they have had features in their tools, that we are so excited about, for years.  Most of the FoxPros took lots of shoots at us .NETers, but we just giggled with them (no one attacked back). My sessions were small, but fun.  I was finally able to interact with the attendees at a personal level (yeah, really not many people in my session).  Next year I hope they invite me back to present. 

 

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Yeahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am really looking forward to this one.  I was not able to attend this show last year due to FNIS not letting me go (and laying me off 3 days later), but this year, I am going to try everything to get to go. 


 

Very cool stuff here.  Lots of good speakers, great sessions, and good attendance for a conference in Kansas City.  I have a Microsoft Technology Panel that I will be on tonight if you are here and 2 sessions tomorrow.  Now I need to go find some more new co-workers to introduce myself too.

 

Recently, John Alexander, from Vision Data Solutions has been recruiting me for his .NET Practice team.  Well this past weekend I accepted the offer and will be starting on June 21st.  This is great news for me, even though I will miss the individuals at PRL.  It was a great team to work on, but the excitement generated by the VDSI team is too much to pass up.  Being the only development-oriented MVP in the Kansas City area working with the RD for this area, I can see great things coming out of the building.  This also helps the KC .NET UG out, because the co-leader is the COO of the company, so we can discuss more ideas we have for the group on a regular basis.  This weekend I get to meet the team at their conference, DevEssentials, here in KC.  I am really looking forward to it along with my presentations and panel discussion during the show.