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Programming Sudoku - Wei-Meng Lee ISBN: 1-59059-662-5 I’ve been a fan of sudoku for some time now, and have, since playing it the first time, been very interested in writing my own version for the .NETCF. I’ve been looking for a good reference on the subject for some time now. While at the South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 (I was a speaker on .NETCF game development), I saw this book (Apress sent it as giveaway…thanks for that), and flipped through a few pages. I was very impressed, ...

I often read people blogs and they are off to Code camp or some event with their user group talking about the free stuff they get from MS and well, I want to go! BUT...I live in England, near Bristol.  I can't seem to find any such thing near me!

So (two part question!)

1.  Is anyone out their from my area and part of a dot net user group?

2.  How would I go about starting one? Who is the best person to contact about this?

Thanks

Desert Code Camp Strikes Again! The last Code Camp in Phoenix was held almost five months ago in May, and we had a great response. Out of the couple hundred feedback cards that were turned in, every single person said they would attend again in the future. So we have been busy making plans for the next one, coming up three days before Halloween. Right now we are nearing the end of our "Call for Speakers" window of opportunity, currently having 35 confirmed sessions. There are 29 openings left if ...

At the South Carolina Code Camp, John and Dru interviewed Chris Williams and Doug Turnure and discussed what it took to organize the event.  If you are thinking of doing a Code Camp in your area, or want to learn from the experience of any tech events, this is a good listen for you.

MP3:  http://download.podcaststudio.net/18.mp3

Well after spending a bit of time installing and configuring my virtual PC to run XNA, I run into a glitch where the VPC doesn’t support Direct3D. My first clue was when I went to run the SpaceWar project that’s included, I got the following exception: "Could not find a Direct3D device compatible with the current device preferences." I thought to myself, “Self – that’s odd because your graphics card does have Direct3D, dxdiag says so (and passed all tests as well!). ...
We held Code Camp at the Buck Mickel Center, from here on referred to as the facility. The facility was nice. Not perfect, but pretty good and the price was right (Free.) Naturally, nothing is ever really free. In order to use the center, we were required to order any food through them. This didn't sound like a big deal, so I agreed. Basically, as it was explained to me, they get points for community activities, and ordering the food through them helps achieve this. Sounds simple enough. So we did ...
Here is the list of all the podcasts were recorded in the car on the way to and from the South Carolina Code Camp: Day 4: Thank you for your messages (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 19:41:09 GMT) Day 4: The Casualty (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 19:02:40 GMT) Day 4: A Stop at Dave Ramsey's offices (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 12:55:13 GMT) Day 4: Saying Goodbye to John (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 12:40:40 GMT) Day 4: Back Back Seat Podcast (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 10:32:56 GMT) Post Code Camp Interview (Sun, 17 Sep 2006 09:26:15 GMT) Reality Check Podcast ...
See, that's humor, boys & girls. Those of you who know me are chuckling right now. If you read my code camp recap, you may have noticed a few things: I had a blast. We had a lot of people. Some of those people suck. For those of you just tuning in, it's this 3rd point I'd like to address. I find it perplexing that out of everyone who attended, and we're talking about a lot of folks (see point #2), the only (yes, ONLY) people that were rude to me were volunteers. This is perplexing for a couple reasons. ...
Well, it's done. South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 is complete, and it qualifies as a complete success. I am just now home from Greenville via band practice, and it's late. As such, I am going to keep this as brief as I can. I wanted to thank Paul and Chris for making the camp a success. They worked very hard to arrange things, and get everything lined up for us. They provided the structure that enabled we speakers to come and focus on speaking. Thank you to Denise for handling the volunteers, you were ...
South Carolina Code Camp 2.0, that is. That's right, we're done. Finished. The End. Turn out the lights, the party's over. Goodnight. Seeya. Bye. The South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 kicked off on Friday, September 15th with an excellent dinner at The Olympian Restaurant for all the speakers and volunteers. This meal was provided by Magenic Technologies and was our way of saying thanks for all the hard work our speakers had done so far and our volunteers were about to do. We hung out for a couple hours ...

I'll be doing a presentation about LINQ (Latest Bits, Visual Studio “Orcas”) on September 30th at the Edmonton Code Camp (www.edmontoncodecamp.com).

See you there!

Daniel.

 

Jeff, Dru, Joseph and I are just leaving Kansas City for the Code Camp in South Carolina. We just recorded a podcast at a Walmart and uploaded it. There is more CPU in this van than in most small offices. Podcast Feed Picture Feed We got a 16 hour trip ahead of us, so call us on my cell to keep us entertained - 785.550.1483. Welcome to Guardian readers ...
CodeCamp 2.0 is all but upon us! I am very pleased to say we will be adding a NETCF session from Lou Vega after mine on Sunday. Lou's “da man“ on the CF, so I am sure we'll all see a lot of very cool stuff from him. Sure going to make my game look lame. See, it's this box that pops up and says “Hello, World!“ in it...the goal is to click the X in the upper right corner. I was afraid it would be too hard for most, so I made the box stay perfectly still...... In any event, if ...
Still getting ready for the CodeCamp over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September. Putting last minute touches on the presentations I am doing. My presentatio on Game Dev for the .NetCF has sort of morphed more into a set of gotchas and some advice on the subject. My biggest challenge on this is that the darned emulator loads so slowly on my machine. I am considering bringing my desktop to bring some more significant processing power and RAM to bear. Guess I need to invest in a new laptop one ...
South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 is in 11 days. This year, Code Camp is 2 days instead of one and is being held in Greenville SC at the Buck Mickel Center on September 16th and 17th. On Saturday, we have tracks on Web, Windows, Framework & Tools and Business Intelligence. On Sunday, we have more sessions on the Web track, along with Data, Game Development and the MSDN coding4fun site (hobbyist development.) In addition to local developers, we also have some special guests coming all the way from Kansas!! ...
John and I have decided it is time to get back into podcasting. To do so, we needed more equipment. Our major focus this time around will be live events and interviews with speakers and committee influncers. We will be traveling to South Carolina in September for Code Camp and then in October we will be heading to the Heartland Developers Conference in Omaha. Yesterday we visited Musician's Friend and Guitar Center to pick up the equipment we needed. Here is a list of what we got: Marantz PMD670 ...
Well, Bill Ryan got me intrigued enough that I've registered for South Carolina Code Camp 2.0. This is my first foray into participating in the developer community so I'm pretty pumped. I've got to do it on the cheap, though, so if anybody from the Augusta area wants to head up together or if anyone in G-ville wants to give a total stranger a place to crash, let me know ;-D On a side note, this is my first post using Live Writer, and I'm liking it. I currently don't have an internet connection at ...
Jeff, John, Joseph, and Tim are going to South Carolina Code Camp 2.0. No word on whether Waldo is going or not. These guys want to do something nerdy along the way. Great idea, and I'm always up for nerdy games. :) We can easily create one RSS feed that shows their real-time location (using Where's Tim), the weather they are experiencing (yahoo weather), local events happening in the area that day (upcoming.org), and area restaurants in case they are hungry (yahooLocal). I don't know anything about ...

They've released the first of a series of advertising posters for the Edmonton Code Camp coming up in September...not too sure how I feel about this one:

Justice and Donald have been working on some posters for the Edmonton Code Camp coming up in September (you can see them on Justice's blog).

I thought I'd help them out with designing one of my own:

Oh, let the flaming begin.

;)

D

Well, the Portland Code Camp v2.0 is over and it was quite a success. I know you're sad that you couldn't make it this year, but dry those eyes and just don't be such a loser next year. Seriously, I'm shocked that you even considered not attending, but hey, I guess some people just don't get it. Portland Code Camp is teh awesome!!!11!!!11!! and for proof of that just check out these totally awesome write-ups. Portland Code Camp Portland Code Camp a second perspective Introduction to Ruby on Rails ...
Do you live with in 200 miles of Portland Oregon? Do you have a subject related to programming that you are passionate about? Are you a geek with a hidden desire to demonstrate to the world that you know what you are talking about? Are you available to be in Vancouver Washington this Saturday and / or Sunday? If you or someone you know fit's the above description, we need you NOW. Run, don't walk over to the Portland Code Camp site and sign up to give that presentation you've always wanted to give. ...
Well, the 2006 Tampa Code Camp is now a thing of the past. And, I must say it again for me it was quite a successful event. The agenda, topics and speakers again all proved to be quite excellent. For anyone, who has not attended a Code Camp I would highly recommend that you try to attend one soon. Of course, the content and speaker quality of these events usually spans all ends of the spectrum; I can truly say I have never regretted attending one. I truly look forward to the next one in Tampa. Thanks ...
Thank you to everyone that attended and help run Tampa Code Camp this weekend. Thank you to all the volunteers and attendees that helped us run the event throughout the day. Special thanks to Keith Kabza, Jim Zimmerman, Joe Healy - with out you the event would have not been possible. Thank you to Dr. Stanley Birkin, Department Chairman of Information Systems and Decision Sciences for helping us to reserve such a large facility and provide out most assistance along the way. Great thanks to Russ Fustino ...
If you want to improve your skills unlike this poor soul get to Code Camp we will even supply the food for lunch. Mark your calendars for July 15. I can't attend this one since I already have plans for the weekend that take me out of town, but if you are in Florida and want to go you should check it out. Just incase you forgot Code Camp is FREE, and its the only place you can learn from the best out there under one roof. If you program in Visual Studio.NET you need Code Camp. If you use ASP.NET you ...
Tampa Code Camp Tomorrow! www.TampaCodeCamp.com USF Campus in Tampa, FL Registration 7-8AM Event would run approximately till 6PM Event is followed by a networking [more speaker face time] event at a local restarant. REMINDER: Please pay for $3-6 parking at USF, daily parking permits are available at the main entrance to USF, refer to the Location section of our website. See you all there ...
So on a lark, I threw my hat into the ring for Portland Code Camp 2.0, I didn't expect to get accepted, there were already a few sessions on unit testing and nunit but I figured, what the heck, let's gear it for beginners, and do it in VB.Net. Now I'm in the process of getting ready and I figured I should blog about things and or techniques as they came up. For my first trick, testing a private method. First rule of thumb: Don't do this. No really, Don't. You are locking the internals of your code ...
Code Gin (to the tune of Cold Gin, with apologies to KISS) Whoo, alrightMy slides are done and Im so tiredGimme some books to start a fireThe laptops off, the lights are out, yeahMy google maps are all printed out Ooh, its CODE CAMP time againThere's some swag I just gotta winCODE CAMP time againYou know its the only timeyou'll get my whole weekend, owIts time to leave so I head for the doorDrive down the highway with my foot to the floorHaha, gonna get there early and grab a seatbefore I get back ...
Better late than never I guess... Now that you've officially joined Microsoft, maybe you can use your evilangelist powers to make an appearance at South Carolina Code Camp 2.0!! --->BlogPost LinkBar ...
[Edit: There appears to be something wrong with the Code Camp site, I'm sure it will be up soon, but for now just note that the links I've provided for the Code Camp do not work. I'm assuming that Jason Maeur is on the issue, but so far I haven't heard anything from him.] [Edit: Well, apparently the site has moved servers and it's just taking a while for the changes to propagate. The links should be working again soon.] [Edit: The Code Camp site is working again for me, so it should be for you as ...
Update on the Tampa Code Camp! [! Stand by for public registration for now !] Saturday, July 15th @ USF Campus in Tampa,FL 8AM-5PM [times might vary slightly] Speakers Wanted!If you wanted to teach the world .NET you need to speak at code camp. Click Here to download the speaker application. Mail your request to speakers@tampacodecamp.comonce completed. Code Smith Tools On Board,Code Smith is now an offical sponser of the Tampa code camp. For more on Code Smith Code Gen tools click here Volunteers ...
I attended the Reston Code Camp this past weekend.  It was a great time, and I enjoyed hearing about topics that other developers in the Metro DC area are excited about.  Thanks to all those who gave their free time to present and make the event happen.  For those interested in attending future code camps in the area, here is a link to the Mid-Atlantic Code Camp website.
I just received another comment on my post about customer service and it triggered a thought from a side conversation at Code Camp this weekend. So what if there was an industry standard code that you could give to the first tier customer service representative on the phone? A code to let the CS rep know that the stuff on his/her little queue cards will not work. It would indicate that we have already tried those little tricks, we are technically savvy IT people, so let's move on. Think of it as ...

In case you are looking for the NJ Code Camp II Presentation Files ...  navigate to the Files tab and expand the “Presentations” node of the tree.  There is a sub folder for NJ Code Camp 2.  You will find the files there.  Or now, you can just click on this link!

--chaz

Well as I've come to expect after a Code Camp I am recharged and psyched about programming again. Like NJ Code Camp I, I met a lot of great people and made some new friends. I have to say that I'm a bit shocked that there was more controversy in my “Down with Datasets!” session than my session on “Living in an Out-Sourced World”. I appreciate the honest and open dialog in both sessions. I received some great challenges to my stance on using custom objects over datasets. I ...
Ok, despite what the timestamp might say, it’s midnight here in CT. A late end to a long day. It started around 530 AM when I got in my car and headed to Iselin New Jersey. Many hours and many miles later, I do declare the day to be another success for Don, Scott and Peter, as well as all who attended and presented. I did 2 talks VB2005 for VB6ers and Meet Visual Web Developer Express. Although the ‘intro’ sessions weren’t as popular as they were at the last Boston Code Camp, those who *did* attend ...
I attended my 1st Code Camp– 2006 South Florida Code Camp, Feb 2, 2006. Not only did I learn a lot, I had a great time. I learned which of the presentations I should goto...( I have seen David Silverlight, Alex Funhouse, and Russ Fustino’s presentations many times during the year). I think that I should attend new presenters that I have never seen before, and I did. I also learned from every session I attended, and from the many conversations I had with other speakers and attendees. I could easily ...
It's time to go to camp! This year, the Portland Area Code Camp will be happening on July 22 & 23 in Vancouver, WA. There are more details on the code camp here on Jason Mauer's blog. I wouldn't mind doing my Cryptography in .NET presentation again but I'm not sure I'll be able to go this year, with the new job and all. In fact, I think it falls on a weekend where we have a scheduled downtime, so I may not be able to go even if I wanted to.... Hmmm.... I'll have to see about that. Anyways, if ...
Eventually, all roads lead to home or something like that. I'm back in town and back in the game. A few things to update: - GWB Game Contest, yes. still working on that one. My Tank game without tanks has suffered a minor setback, but should be playable in time. - Reality Check, yes. we have a space, should be open mid July. - South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 - still on track, still need a location. We have 3 months and 16 days to go. (We spent less time preparing for SCCC 1.0 and that was a huge success.) ...
Just an interesting note, but the Option Explicit switch in QTP doesn't apparently *always* work. I can routinely find cases where the switch isn't honoured. Not only is the value not there (i.e., a null variable), but the code in question *should* through an error thanks to the null value (like Div by Zero), but it doesn't....grrrrr......these sort of things drive me *nuts*!!!! Also, I might not be posting as much in the next few weeks. I am working to get up to speed on the setlist for Jaded, the ...
So the Calgary Code Camp has come and gone, and I really hope that Daniel and the rest of the Calgary .NET User Group are proud of the event they put on. They had great speaker selection, and really showed off the local speaker talent. I think the comment of the camp came from an unamed person (who I'm not revealing because I want to try and get him out to our user group next year ;) ) who said “This thing is so hot on my lap, I think it might catch on fire!” Also, congrats to John Bristowe ...
First presentation of the code camp was Daniel Carbajal on the newest May CTP of Orca, which includes the LinQ tools. LinQ is a new technology in Orca that sits as a layer on top of ADO.NET. Although you can still use ADO.NET in Orca, you also now have the ability to use LinQ exclusively and not touch ADO.NET again...ever..seriously. No more creating command objects or whatnot...its all done behind the scenes now. Some other very kewl features are xml write in the code file (no more wrapping it in ...
If you have trouble registering on line for NJ Code Camp II because of your “Live ID” there is a way around it. When you click on the Register link if you recieve an error message that there was trouble with your Live ID, simply choose to log on with a different e-mail account. When prompted, go ahead and use the same e-mail account again anyway and you should get through. According to the message on the right side of the page Microsoft is aware of the problem and it is not specific to ...
Good news! Turns out the sliders are merely jscript there for show; they alter the value of some hidden fields in the frame where the sliders are located. Since there is no validation involved with the sliders themselves, I can access the fields via XMLDOM and change the values. Once changed, just submit like always. Sweet! Join me at: ...
Glen Gordon (SouthEast US Developer Community Champion) spoke at the GSPDevelopers meeting last night. I've heard Glen speak before (several times, in fact) and he always does a great job. Last night was no exception. After some initial announcements and Code Camp hoopla, Glen got started. He spoke for about 90 minutes on the System.Net namespace in 2.0 and what all you can do with it. Very entertaining and engaging presentation. You can grab the slides and sample code HERE. Also, Glen introduced ...
I was asked recently to automate some new functionality provided to our clients via a custom web interface, and have run into 2 major snags. The custom interface contains custom controls, and quite literally, QTP can't recognize them. It won't even recognize them to the point of saying "I don't know what this is". I am going to see if I can resolve this, but unless the devs are willing to change it some (and I know they are not) we won't be able to automate this application. Darn it. I'll keep at ...
Donald Belcham posted here about some of the quotes that were said during the week...hilarious!...he mentions as well that some needed to be heard in context, so let me expound on some of them. “Swear at me Nolan, Swear at me!”I'm a morning person. My buddy Nolan apparantly isn't. We started discussing what it would be like working together, where I'd be uber-chipper at 8AM and singing the Viagra “Good morning“ song and he'd be “F*ck off”. So the joke for the week ...
I am using some of the code I listed earlier in my blog to open and get the hwnd of some browser/page objects. However, one of the other automation engineers found an issue with my code. Apparently, the code had trouble opening a url like http://groups.google.com/gr... So, I began to work on it. QTP was returning the ever-useful “General Error“ error, so I had to sleuth this out for myself. I am using this construct in my code to get at the handle: If Browser(“hwnd:=“ & ...
After the bad news about Scoble's mother, we postponed his podcast for a later time. However, we will have a show this week that will be recorded tomorrow night covering code camps!!!! We have a panel set up of Thom Robbins, Chris Williams, Don XML, Robin Edwards, and Brian Button. All these individuals have organized a code camp and with the recent amount of code camps popping up, I thought this would be a good topic to cover to assist other organizers and attendees. We will record tomorrow evening ...
Never been to a code camp? You should go! Lots of code, all day.... Find details here: I am still working on my two sessions, but find the time has been tough. Also, I am trying to figure out how to use my crummy laptop to show the NETCF game session. The trouble is that the emulator for PDA in VS2005 is *very* slow to load. I've considered selling a kidney to buy a new one, but so far Sheri is saying no...something about me needing mine ...