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From a consumption point of view, tech blogging is a great resource for one-off articles on niche subjects. If you spend any time reading tech blogs, you may find yourself running into several common, useless types of posts tech bloggers slip into. Some of these lame posts may just be natural due to common nerd psychology, and some others are probably due to lame, lemming-like laziness. I’m sure I’ll do my fair share of fitting the mold, but I quickly get bored when I happen upon posts that hit these ...
For any of those in the Kansas City area, I recommend Coders For Charities as a great once-a-year event! It’s a weekend code-a-thon in which small, quickly-assembled teams of software engineers construct as much as possible for a charity in need. Contributors include anybody with relevant experience such as software developers and graphic designers. The projects seem to typically involve creating a website. I personally was only available for about half of the total event, but I contributed to a ...
The St. Louis .NET User Group is hosting a holiday party this year for the very first time in our 10 year history. The event will be held at the Bottleneck Blues Bar at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. It will be an open house style event meaning you can drop by any time from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and enjoy the Unhandled Exceptions...the band that played at the St. Louis Day of .NET 2011. $5.00 at the door gets you in and goes to support a local charity The Backstoppers. If you cannot come, you can ...
74 Developers, 13 Charities helped, 0 slices of pizza served. GiveCamp is a national organization to help people organize development events for charity. Dallas GiveCamp is one of those events where Developers give back by building websites or solutions for charity. This years Dallas GiveCamp was held at CTRECH Hilton. With classrooms and whiteboards available to each charity group individually, we had the most hours worked on site that I have seen in past years. Many people where here all night ...
Before I begin with the Milestone 1 recap, I have a few things I need to announce. To begin with, we need to help some kids! Every year, I participate in Extra Life. It's a charity that raises money for hospitals that are members of the Children's Miracle Network. I'm looking for sponsors. You can visit my donation page at http://www.extra-life.org/i... If you feel funny about not giving to your local CMN hospital, then ...
I bet some of you were wondering why I am not going to any events for the most part in June and July (aside from volunteering at SPS Chicago). Well I basically have no life for the next 2 months. We are approaching the 11th hour of SharePoint Saturday New York City. The event is slated to have 350 to 400 attendees. This is second year in a row I’ve helped run it with Jason Gallicchio. It’s amazingly crazy how much effort this event requires versus Kansas City. It’s literally 2x the volume of attendees, ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...
You’re a talented guy (or girl). You’ve done alright. Years of hard work and stick-to-it-ive-ness have paid off and left you with plenty and an opportunity to make a positive difference to someone else. And then there are people with less than they need. Sometimes all they need to help themselves is a start. Opportunity International provide micro financing to help people grow their small businesses so that they can afford food, shelter, water and education. microfinance to solve poverty MonsoonerOrLater ...
My grandmother wanted me to make her a video when she heard I got MVP in SharePoint Server of one of my sessions. I decided I haven’t visited in two years, so maybe I can do an in person session. I googled around and found South Florida Code Camp, which will be Saturday, February 12th. I will be doing a session at 9:50 in the morning on Silverlight just for my grandmother and whoever shows up. Here is the link for more information: http://www.fladotnet.com/co... In the upcoming months I plan ...
This past weekend (Jan 14-16) there were GiveCamp events accross the country. At the New York City event, nearly 100 developers, designers and database administrators came together to dontate their time to provide technology solutions for over a half dozen charities. The experience was amazing, projects that would normally take weeks or months went from concept to delivery between 6:30pm Friday evening and 3:00pm Sunday afternoon. There were many comparisions to both Habitat for Humanity and Extreme ...
The day has finally arrived for twelve local charities here in the Dallas area, when they’ll get some help from various local Developers with their website initiative needs at this years Dallas GiveCamp. I’m really looking forward to helping out at this year event and what I hope will be the start of many more GiveCamps to follow. Similar to Habitat for Humanity, where people gather to help build and improve homes for people in need, GiveCamp brings together programmers and equips them with the virtual ...
What is a Give Camp? I get asked this question constantly in the SharePoint Community. About 3 years ago there was an event called "We Are Microsoft" in Dallas, TX. A lady named, Toi Wright, gathered up a bunch of charities and gathered up a bunch of IT Professionals in the community. They met for an entire weekend devising better ways to help these charities with 3 days projects. None of these charities had in house IT staff or they were lacking. The time these projects would save would help out ...
Welcome to 2011, it is already shaping up to be a very exciting year. The title of the post is not about charitable giving, although that is also a great topic. Application Lifecycle Management and the Systems that support the environment is, and 2011 will be a year where I expect many teams to invest heavily in this area. For those not familiar with ALM, it can be simplified down to "A comprehensive view of all of the iteas, requirements, activities and artifacts that impact an application over ...
I am proud to announce that, with one week to go, the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 is almost upon us. I have been pretty swamped with Day of .NET organization tasks this year (as well as growing a small business and building out my own development team) and haven’t spent too much time blogging. That said, I wanted to get this post out to share some great news about the conference. For those of you who don’t know much about the conference, it is called the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 conference and will ...
First of all, sorry for not posting for a quite long time. I have started working on designing and developing a charity website for blood donation. So all my leisure time was diverted into that. I will ensure that going forward, I post at least one post every week. Lets get into the topic of this week, without delaying any more time. I have always been using asp:Menu and asp:Treeview for transforming the sitemaps to super cool menu which are auto generated by ASP.NET for us. But I wanted more and ...
From the www.devsforwendy.com: Wendy is a 30 year old software agilista from Long Island. She's a strong WPF developer and a firm believer in the agile method of development including pair programming and TDD. Wendy is wife and mother of a beautiful girl named Kaylee who will be 2 in August. In August of 2009 Wendy learned that she had a rare and agressive pediatric cancer called aveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Her treatment consists of high dose chemotherapy and radiation. She has had to leave her job, ...
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 ...
Four teams race for charity. They need your help. Four teams of MCPs are racing to TechEd in New Orleans on a quest to win $10,000 for the charity of their choice. But they can't win without your help--pick a team, join their pit crew, and earn them points toward victory! While they're on the ground, they need your help in the cloud--pick a team, join their virtual pit crew, and earn them points by meeting online challenges. Join us, be part of this amazing drive to raise awareness and help out by ...
Yesterday I posted the following as attention getter / advertisement (as well as my feelings). In the groups, (I am in) on the social networking site, LinkedIn and boy did I get responses. I am fighting mad about (a figure of speech, really) not having a job! Look just because I am over 55 and have gray hair. It does not mean, my brain is dead or I can no longer trouble shoot a router or circuit or LAN issue. Or that I can do “IT” work at all. And I could prove this if; some one would give me at ...
Last weekend I had the opportunity to give back to the community doing what I love. As geeks we don’t usually have this opportunity. The event is called Coders 4 Charities (C4C) and it’s a grueling weekend of coding for nearly 30 hours over the weekend. When you finish you get to present to the charity and all of the other groups what you have completed. From the site: Coders For Charities is a 3-day charity event that pairs charities and local software developers. Charities often do not have the ...
One of my goals for the year was to speak at least three times this year and from the looks of things, it appears I’ll meet that goal in the first half of the year. This is what’s going on this year for me (subject to additions/changes): Rocky Mountain Tech Tri-Fecta 2.0 - http://rmtechtrifecta.pbwor... Coders For Charities (C4C) - http://coders4charities.org/ Chicago Alt.NET May Meeting KC .NET UG July Meeting Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) Virtual Alt.NET Meetings Other Events Rocky ...
Coders4Charities 2010 planning is well underway! For those of you not familiar with the event, C4C is an event where developers, DBAs, graphic designers, business analysts and other geeks come together to provide free software implementations for local non-profit organizations over the course of one weekend. This is the 3rd year for C4C, and it will be taking place Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, 2010 at Centriq Training in Leawood, KS. We’re still looking for geeks willing to volunteer for this ...
Welcome to another instalment of my book review blog posts! It’s only the middle of January and I’ve already blazed through the second book of 2010! Before we get to the review, I wanted to mention that if anyone has recommendations for books I should flip through, please send them my way! Alright, on to the meat of this post… When All You Have is Hope Frank O’Dea (For more information about Frank, check out this ‘About’ page on his website which includes a great interview on CBC’s The Hour) Links ...
I was involved in the St. Louis Coders 4 Charities event this past weekend; I was part of the TURNERS team that is responsible with helping the Turning Point agency (Warren County Council Against Domestic Violence) create a website. You see, out of the 9 charitable organizations in C4C’s list, Turning Point was the only one that did not have a website. It was an interesting project, and it allowed me to learn quite a bit of stuff. We recommended Webhost4life to be their webhost provider, asked them ...
I just finished listening to a great .NET Rocks interview with Phil Japikse, where he talked about his experiences working on Hope Mongers, a volunteer-run asp.net-based website that brings charity projects together with donators. “Chief Monger” Sam Henry says: Whether helping orphans on the other side of the planet or families just around the corner, so much authentic living, learning and feeling flows from the intense human connection that happens when you know you are changing someone’s life. ...
There has a bunch of great stuff going on here in St. Louis and it’s about time I shared some of the news. St. Louis Day of .NET 2009 This event was held on August 28th and 29th here in St. Louis at the Ameristar Casino and Conference Center. We had 500 people in attendance (including attendees, speakers, etc) and the overwhelming feedback was that is a HUGE success. As organizers everything fortunately came off smoothly after all of our stress and prep-work. We’ve accumulated a list of “lessons ...
I’ve heard good things about last year’s Kansas City event, and am excited that we’re doing it in St. Louis. Thanks to the organizers for this great opportunity to help out some good organizations… Are you interested in volunteering your time and technical talent to help our community? On October 16th through the 18th we have organized a local charity event called Coders 4 Charities. This event will benefit many St. Louis-area non-profit organizations by providing them IT solutions that would traditionally ...
What a great weekend! This year's event was awesome. All teams did a GREAT job on their charity's new websites and solutions. I was very impressed with the end results of all the teams. I am stoked to see the progression this event has made in just it's 2nd year of existence. Last year's event was fun, but only 1 site went live out of the 7 or 8 charities that signed up. This year, i believe all 8 out of 8 charities will have their solutions go live within the weeks to come. My team did an exceptional ...
If you are going to be in San Francisco or surrounding areas I would recommend attending SharePoint Saturday San Francisco. It will be just as good as all the other SPS events, such as Tulsa, New York, Virginia Beach, Kansas City, etc… The link for the event is http://www.sharepointsaturd... It looks like Paul Schaeflein, Michael Lotter, and others will be presenting. San Francisco is a nice city. You could check out Fisherman’s Wharf and the second largest Chinatown in the country. ...
I will be speaking at SPS Saturday Tulsa on March 28th (http://www.schoolofdev.com) about Dazzling SharePoint with Silverlight. I will also be speaking at the St. Louis MOSS Camp on April 18th (http://www.stlsug.org/MOSS... I have three sessions at the SSWUG.org SharePoint Virtual Conference on April 22, 23, and 24th (http://www.vconferenceonli... If you want a special code to get a discount let me know I can knock $10 off I believe with my speaker ...
I’m going to be polar plunging to raise money for the Special Olympics Michigan this coming weekend in Belleville. This is a charity that is special to me because of my youngest daughter, Maura, who has a lot of challenges of her own. One day, my hope is to see her compete in the Special Olympics. To find out how you can help – check out my post at Polar Plunging for the Special Olympics ...
Lately I have been extremely busy helping with the We Are Microsoft – Charity Challenge Weekend. Well that weekend is almost here I am am extremely excited! The list of charities that were put together were absolutely amazing, the people organizing the event are extremely talented, and the event promises to be extremely high energy! The Bartlesville .NET User Group, that I am the President of, has put together a very good team of developers to compete in this challenge, and we promise not to take ...
For most of my career I have wanted to make a difference to society. Something that would changes someone's life, or leave a lasting impression. Part of this is because for part of my life I wrote Interactive Voice Response systems. You know the ones that no one likes, where the company you are trying to get support from specifically disallows “zeroing out” to an operator and forces you to wait through their nasty tree of menus and submenus. For the past few months I have been working up to this ...
January 12 IIBA Professional Development Days Conference January 12 Twin Cities Developers Guild www.twincitiesdevelopersgui... January 13 - 14 MACO Winter Conference (Government event) January 13 TechMasters www.techmasters-tc.com Jan 13 CTA Luncheon - High speed wireless Eagan Community Center www.ctamn.org January 13 - MSDN Developer Conference www.msdndevcon.com Jan 14 SharePoint User Group Meeting www.sharepointmn.com January 15 BizTalk User Group www.mnbiztalk.com Jan 15 Code Freeze http://www.umsec.umn.edu/ev... ...
Lately I've had a few people approach me after speaking engagements or conferences and ask for some advice on becoming a .NET developer. Sometimes this has been moving into IT from an unrelated field or other times it's just been a transition of existing development skills into .NET. Now if you have been in this industry for awhile (and had any success) you have apparently demonstrated at least some capability to migrate your skills from one newly released technology to the next. In 2009 it's hard ...
So some of you have no idea who I am. I don't even know who I am sometimes. What self respecting 26 year old knows who they are. Anyway, I moved to Kansas City about a year and a half ago and I was depressed when I moved. I had just started to get involved with the St. Louis Jewish Community. I was going to go to start school again, but my job basically was we want to move you to Kansas City and we don't really have other options. I knew how it went. I was 24 years old. I had to move. My boyfriend ...
Thursday, November 6th, 2008. 5PM-7PM Sign Up Now What's this XNA thing I keep hearing about? Presenter:Chris Williams Abstract: This session will cover what XNA is (and isn't) along with what's needed to develop with both XNA 2.0 and the 3.0 CTP. We will also cover key differences between the two versions along with the features and limitations of each. Target platforms of Windows, XBox and Zune will be discussed. We'll go through some demos and take a look at some code, identifying key aspects ...
The Charity Fragathon was last night, and I'm happy to say it was a huge success.

We had 90 people sign up and 78 in attendance.

I'm still crunching the financial numbers, but it looks like I'll be handing a check for around $6000 to Children's Hospital.

Lots of pictures were taken, fun was had, pizza was eaten, sodas consumed, G33K B33R was chugged, prizes were won, n00bs were pwned.

Last night was truly made of pure awesome.
The Charity Fragathon was a humongous success, and it totally kicked my butt. I'm swamped and exhausted.

NINE Questions will be back next week with interviews featuring George Clingerman and Lindsay Rutter.

Thanks,
Chris
Don't TELL me you haven't heard about the Charity Fragathon?! Are you kidding me? It's only going to be the biggest, loudest and rockinest XNA gaming event to benefit a charity ever! This is one of those events that makes me wish I didn't live where I do because I KNOW I'm missing out on the start of something cool. So if you're within driving distance of Bloomington, Minnesota (or you have the resource to fly there), don't be lame, shake off some of that mid-week lethargy and do something fun like ...
The Charity Fragathon (http://www.charityfragatho... is only THREE days away. We're hosting a HUGE HALO 3 tournament and a Rock Band 2 Room. I am SO CLOSE to hitting the mark on this, and really need your help. Magenic (my awesome employer) has committed to matching 100% of the first $3000. I'm just a few hundred bucks short of maxing this out, and I need your help to make it happen. If you've been thinking about attending, but haven't registered yet, please do so. We've got some great prizes ...
I started my new job at B&R Business Solutions this week and met some pretty good people (Nas Ali, Chris Regan, and Nick Gallo). It was a lot of days of bad sleep due to some early on health issues with my boyfriend and then later on me falling asleep at odd hours. It was definitely a change of pace, but I liked it. I was actually surrounded by SharePoint People. I felt like I was not a Klingon working on Earth (for lack of a better analogy). It feels like this job will stick for a while. I also ...
Have nothing to do the evening of Wed. Sept 24? Want to do something? Check out the Charity Fragathon, a charity LAN party being thrown in Bloomington, Minnesota. You can find out more information at the link given above. Admission is $10 and will cover your entrance, provided pizza/soda/Bawls, etc... Also, they'll be giving prizes away for their tourneys and more random shwag! Definitely check it out, it goes to a great cause ...
Website: http://www.charityfragathon... Where? Microsoft 8300 Norman Center Dr, Suite 950 Bloomington, MN 55437 When? Wednesday September 24, 2008 Time? 6-10pm 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 Halo 3 tournament you've ever seen. We'll also have a room set aside for Rock Band 2 and of course XNA games for anyone who wants to check out the new Xbox Live ...
This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). There is a huge difference between living and surviving. Many of us are in the latter group: we accept the things dealt to us in our lives and try to make the best of the situation we're given. All of us, especially in the comfortable developed world of 2008, have the option of ...
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. www.charityfragathon.com 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 ...
Help iT4 Communities (http://www.it4communities.org.uk) - a Charity working in the UK that gets us IT professionals helping Charities who couldn't afford our services, by giving them (us) for free!!

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One of my fellow Coders 4 Charity Groupmates, Lee Brandt, will be speaking about Test Driven Development using C# tonight. If you are in town you must come. If you are not in town and you want to come. Well hop on a flight? Anyway, here is the official information *commenses brainwashing tactics*: Topic: TDD Using C# Test-Driven development is a methodology that can help developers write solid, well-designed code. Very few developers practice it because very few understand how it works and how to ...
No, really... this one's for real... you watch the Office 2008 Charity Demo and Microsoft coughs up a buck for the charity... Watch the demo Gosh, you'd think the Mac fan-boys would jump on this to try to break Microsoft :) Looks like it's capped at $100,000AU ... so I've done my 35 seconds worth, and we've now all watched it $2790AU worth according to the counter. The entire site is Silverlight, so it's cool to see the UI and how it all works. Check out the links in the lower left... very cool :) ...
So... To challenge myself and to make good on all those times I said, "I'd like to give back.", I joined other local developers for the C4C (Coders 4 Charities) http://coders4charities.org event last weekend. What a Blast!!! I can't say I was expecting the experience I had, but I can say that I'm glad I participated. I teamed up with some outstanding developers and wish I could work with these guys (and gal) everyday. Not only were there great personalities on my team, but Tim, the charity representative ...