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It's been a crazy month...got in a car wreck on May 9th and spent about a week in and out of the ER due to a concussion...just as I was getting cleared to return to work (and drive) again from my doctor, my son was admitted to the hospital again (May 19th). We're both home now and doing much better. In between those events I managed to squeeze in a presentation at Charlotte Code Camp (which was really therapeutic for me). I have a ton of stuff to catch up on but hopefully I can catch up quickly and ...
Our Fourth Desert Code Camp will be held Saturday May 31, 2008 at University of Advancing Technology, in Tempe, Arizona. Log into the site and register to attend or present! At the time of writing there are 40 sessions in the works on all ranges of subjects -- 4 of them on Silverlight. If you're anywhere near Tempe, Arizona on the 31st, plan come on by and join us ...
"We have very little need for speakers, and we're starving for teachers." "The difference between speaking and teaching is subtle, but the whole point of leading a session is made or lost in that subtlety." "Clear sign you're speaking rather than teaching: you believe that an hour isn't a long enough time to really teach something." - Scott Bellware via Twitter (all of the above) I've had it all wrong. For so many years I looked up to the rock-star speakers that I saw come through events or get up ...
****Please Note***********************... This is not a formal announcement, nor is this a sure thing. We are in the "gauging interest and exploring feasability" stage. Code Camp Vegas may or may not happen in 2009... or ever. Please let us know your thoughts. ***************************... After scouring the area for a .NET user group and coming up empty, a couple of cohorts and myself are attempting to organize the first ever MidWest Code ...
Our www.Phillydotnet.org second installment of the 2008 Code Camp series will be held at the DeVry University campus in Fort Washington, PA on Saturday, May 17 from 8:30-5:00. Please register on our web site.-->Detailed directions are on the DeVry web site. sold out. There will be another Code Camp in May.--> Lots of code, just say no to slides! 8+ hours 40+ sessions (8:30, 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30) 8 tracks + lunchtime entertainment 500 seats with tables (laptops welcome) Free breakfast, lunch, ...

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Magenic Road Trip - Iowa Code Camp Spring 2008

Photo: Chris Williams

The first ever Iowa Code Camp has come and gone, and what a great event! I was lucky enough to be a part of this event as well as attend it, and I even won a Fowler book (one I don’t have... thank you Amanda- F# Speaker Extraordinaire- for trading it for the Ruby book that I actually won… ) The sessions were great, the facility perfect, and the logistics seamless. The after-party (as always the most important aspect) was a blast with just the right mix of food, fun, and geeking out. I especially ...
Iowa Code Camp was a lot of fun.  Looking forward to the next one.

Iowa Code Camp was pretty terrific. Everything went without a hitch, all the sessions went well and a lot of folks went away with some good stuff. My XNA session went well and got some really good questions. The room was mostly full and there were even a few Magenic folks in there. After the Code Camp, we walked over to the dinner, which was nice. Excellent turnout for dinner and many MANY drinks were purchased and consumed. Played some pool and socialized for a few hours before the crowd starting ...
Jason and I got here fairly early. Checked in, got speaker badges. Snagged some breakfast... and hung out for the opening comments.  This is the first Iowa Code Camp and everyone seems really excited.

A few logistical difficulties involving wireless access, but otherwise everything is running smooth.
It took about 5 hours to get here (Iowa City) from Minneapolis, not counting a Pizza Hut stop around the halfway mark. I didn't see much corn (wrong time of year) but I did see plenty of corn fields and windmills... lots and lots of windmills. The weather sucked for a bit... really heavy rain and almost no visibility for part of it, but we eventually punched through it and got here. Checked into the hotel... hmm, not so great. It's kind of a dive and the security lock is busted off my door. That's ...
Joel Neubeck with an IPhone-style flip animation, Peter Himschoot on DataBinding, Tim Heuer Skinning an embeddable SL2 media player, Mike Taulty on WCF and MaxMessageReceivedSize, Lee with a SL2 Rating control, Pete Brown on Part 1 of his Chat Demo, and Tamir Khason on a multi-platform stand-alone SL2 app. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3D flip animation Joel Neubeck is a perfect example of me not finding someone. Until Tim Heuer posted his Skinning example, below, and credited Joel, I hadn't ...
Today, in a few hours, a bunch of Magenic folks are piling into a couple of cars and driving down to Iowa City for the first Iowa Code Camp. Jason Bock is speaking on "Writing Better Code" and I am covering "What's this XNA Thing I Keep Hearing About?"

Tonight is also the opening night for Iron Man, which I hope to catch after the Code Camp tomorrow, with a bunch of my fellow geeks.
ChrishayUK on Isolated Storage, Page Brooks with a Color Picker, AdamJTP with a Lightbox, Jaime Rodriguez with a Viewbox, Jonas Folles on Interactive Video, Bob Familiar on SL2 RIA, Christoph Husse with SL2 Rich Text Editor, and Ineir with a WrapPanel. Lots of goodness... controls today... Lightbox, ViewBox, WrapPanel and holy crap... a Rich Text Editor... not to count other ineresting articles, read on... From SilverlightCream.com: Isolated Storage (Quota.dat) ChrishayUK digs into Isolated Storage, ...

Our last code camp was a huge success, and we're planning on doing another one before 2008 is over!

This November we'll be putting on the next Winnipeg Code Camp, and we're already taking submissions for sessions/speakers. If you're interested in speaking, drop me an email via my blog and let me know!

We'll be updating the Code Camp site soon to reflect the new date information, so stay tuned!

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This year, US Teched will be held in Orlando starting on June 2nd with the developer week and continuing the following week for IT Pros… So it happens that the Orange County Convention Center is available and as many of you already know, the Florida people are putting together a number of things that include SQL, DotNet University, DotNetNuke, etc.. AND a Florida Code Camp which Shervin and I are heading up. This is the first “tweener” weekend and may end up being a major event in and of itself. ...
Jason announced the Twin Cities Fall Code Camp will happen on October 11, 2008 and once again I'll be making the trek down for it! However, my topic may come as a bit of a surprise considering my last slew of talks: So What is Biz Talk Anyway? We've all heard of Biz Talk, but not many of us truly understand what Biz Talk is and how it fits into a larger solution. In this session we'll take a tour of the features of Biz Talk and give attendees a good starting point to learn more about the product ...
What I'm doing, where I'm speaking... throughout the summer. MAY 08 Iowa Code Camp Iowa City, IA - 5/3/08 JUNE 08 BDNUG Bloomington, IL - 6/10/08 Day of Sharepoint Minneapolis, MN - 6/14/08 Magenic Technology Council Chicago, IL - 6/18/08 - 6/22/08 JULY 08 Iowa City .NET User Group Iowa City, IA - 7/2/08 TCXNAUG / IGDATC Cookout Golden Valley, MN - 7/19/08 AUGUST 08 nothing yet :( SEPTEMBER 08 HDC Minneapolis, MN - 9/28/08 - 9/30/08 (session submitted - awaiting confirmation) OCTOBER 08 Twin Cities ...
It's official! Twin Cities Code Camp V is on the calendar for October 11th. So far we have 5 rooms reserved, with a possible 6th as needed. We already have about a half-dozen speakers signed up and it's only been open for a day. If you're wanting to speak at this one, be sure to submit a session topic and description ASAP. Last time they filled up really fast. For more information, go here: www.twincitiescodecamp.com ...
Rick Barraza on Particles, Michael C. Neel on "FlashLight" :), Jeff Prosise on SL Interop, David Anson on Buttons in a ListBox, Yavor Georgiev on DataBinding and SyndicationFeed, Todd Miranda's CodeCamp Starter Template, LeeOnTech with Tooltips on DataGridRow, and Daniel Moth on Assemblies & Namespaces. From SilverlightCream.com: Bitmaps and Particles in Silverlight Rich Barraza of CynergySystems sent me this, and I looked at it just briefly from home. When I tried to bring it up from here it ...
This post-meeting post is actually a little delayed because I went from giving my presentation at the user group straight to the hospital where my son (Little Lou) was being admitted. To make a long story short, he has a rare medical condition which every now and again causes problems which require him to be admitted to the hospital. It's to the point now where when we notice the signs and symptoms, we just call his surgeon and then the surgeon calls the hospital and arranges for him to bypass the ...

The code samples from my recent presentation at the Maryland CMAP code camp can be downloaded here:  LINQ to SQL

Ola Karlsson on SL/HTML, Michael Washington with a SL2 Toolbar, Pete Brown with a Chat Client, LeeOnTech on StoryBoards in DataTemplate, Robby Ingebretsen with SL2 Kaxaml, Cheryl (SilvelrightSDK) on the Popup Control, and Frank LaVigne on Cross Domain Proxy's and his Policy File Checker Utility. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight on top of HTML Ola Karlsson sent me this one while I was at the Summit, and am finally getting to it. This is a nice step-by-step explanation of using SL over HTML. ...
WoW, it took a couple weeks to get everything in order; but we are excited to be hosting Heroes Happen {Regina} April 30th in Regina, Sask, Canada. I worked with the local IT Pro user group to create this night of community run technology sessions. What is interesting, is that we are holding 3 sessions concurrently, then we are running the same session again so attendees can participate in 2 of our 3 sessions. They layout will look like this Windows Server 2008; Room X SQL Server 2008; Room Y Visual ...
Dave Laribee and Jeremy Miller recently recorded an episode on DotNetRocks and was just posted today. Episode 333 "It's the ALT.NET Show" can be found here. It's a great show that explains ALT.NET for those who may not really know what it is outside of some of the arguments on the altdotnet mailing list. This includes discussions on open source frameworks, agile practices, refactoring and so on. It's great to see the reaction from this show at least from my perspective. To see the job we're doing ...
John Stockton brings Custom Controls vs User Controls and a Code Camp Session Scheduler, Christoph Husse brings an example of his rich text control, and Ashish Shetty on screen resolution an layout/rendering. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 2: Custom Controls vs. User Controls John Stockton discusses the process of designing a Custom Control and the advice/questions asked and answered ... if I had known he was going to include twitter posts in here, I'd have responded :) Silverlight Session ...
As I prepare for my yearly pilgrimage to Microsoft (also known as the MVP Summit), I also happen to be wrapping up my current gig through Magenic. When I get back from Redmond, I'll have a day left here and then the weekend. After that, I'm off to whereever Magenic sends me next. I also got some good news via email today. I've been appointed to the Magenic Technology Council. From the email: The purpose of the MTC is to recognize Magenic consultants/associates who are evangelizing Microsoft technologies ...
I think I'm addicted to posting here, and nothing I've said is even useful. Oh well. I just wanted to say last weekend I attended Twin Cities Code Camp 4, which is my 3rd time going to the TCCC event. It wasn't bad but I think their topics weren't as varied as previous years. Plus, I think everyone was using VB; I didn't realize there was such a demand for VB code. Granted, the topics can be ported but even so. Towards the end the classes began to get very dry but was otherwise definitely worth the ...
Michael Washington provides a Hello World SL2/DNN, Karen Corby has part 1 of 2 on SL2 and Networking, Laurent Bugnion talks about SL2/JS/Unit Testing, DeepZoom Composer Forum from Expression BLog, Andy Beaulieu's material from a SL2/Data CodeCamp talk, Adam Kinney on SL2 Sidebar Gadgets on Vista 64, and LeeOnTech with a Silverlight Wizard. From SilverlightCream.com: DotNetNuke Silverlight Hello World Michael Washington decided to start at Hello World with a DNN/Silverlight 2 series... he's been doing ...
And so the Twin Cities Code Camp came to an end yesterday, and Jason and his team did a phenomenal job once again. The turnout was even higher than last year, and the presentations and speakers were a who's-who of talent from Minnesota and the surrounding states. I was able to connect with a few new faces, like Javier Lozano, Chris Sutton, Bryan Sampica, and Chris Johnson, among many others. It was a great community event. My afternoon presentation on Developing ASP.NET with MVC without the MVC Framework ...
Twin Cities Code Camp 4 is almost over, and it's been awesome. Red Bull just showed up with the cool Red Bull car, cute Red Bull girls, and a couple hundred cans of ice cold Red Bull. (My legacy as a geek god is forever intact.) As usual, I didn't catch many sessions since I spent most of the day working on my own demos... what I did catch was very good though. My session went well (VB.NET, XNA, AI) with plenty of good questions. It was a small session, with about 10-11 people. No time to relax though. ...
I'm in Minneapolis this weekend for the Twin Cities Code Camp, tired but ready for a great day of geek goodness tomorrow! Unfortunately I'm not tired from Chris William's CodeCampPallooza (sorry again that I couldn't make it Chris...I have a few hours of straight session prep to do as it is before I crash into a semi-comotose state :( ). Instead, I had a whirlwind day... It started at 5:00 AM. Yes, 5:00 AM. We got up (me and my wife), got ready, and then headed out shortly after 6:00 AM on the road ...
I'm super pumped to be speaking at the Twin Cities Code Camp this weekend in Minneapolis! They have a fantastic set of speakers and sessions, and recently extended the schedule to include a sixth track! I'll be doing talks on introducing the Microsoft MVC Framework as well as how to implement MVC into your web-form based applications. Other topics cover everything: Workflow, F#, ORM, WCF, Spatial Computing with SQL 2008, Silverlight, Sharepoint, LINQ, CSLA...30 sessions over an 8 hour period...its ...
Mike Snow has an article about creating a new SL2 project, Bill Reiss on adding keyboard input to our game, Shawn Wildermuth's Code Camp materials, Laurence Moroney on Dynamic Languages, Jesse Liberty on his SLMicroBlog, Karen Corby and Mark Rideout on Accessibility, and Lee on Listbox Styling. From SilverlightCream.com: Mike Snow's Silverlight Blog Funny how serendipity works... I came across the next article by Mike Snow this morning, and Bill Reiss blogged about finding another Silverlight Game ...
When I went to Atlanta last weekend for Code Camp I got up at 2AM and was on the road by 3AM driving to Atlanta. Got there just as registration was opening up and stayed through to the end of the prize drawings arriving home that night at nearly 11PM which made for a really long day. I know a couple of other folks who did similar trips - so I'm wondering who's got the story for the longest trip to Code Camp? I know we had at least one Canadian developer come down to Charleston during our last code ...
First of all - a huge thanks to all those folks in Atlanta who pull this thing together each year. They really do put on a good event in Atlanta and I look forward to it (almost to the point of bugging Jim via e-mail) each year. This was actually my 2nd code camp where I didn't speak...though I did have some slide decks ready in case there were some last minute cancellations. I actually missed a chance to speak since I was helping Bill move furniture while Jim was looking for me to cover a session. ...
A huge thanks to Benefit Focus for providing us with an awesome meeting facility and to TEKSystems for providing the food! We had a really awesome presentation given by Karl Shifflett on one of the projects he's been developing for a few months now called Mole. Karl introduced me to Mole a few months ago via e-mail and chat on Community-Credit's discussion forums and I've been a fan since. I was floored that he accepted my invitation to come down to Charleston (a nice 3 hour drive from Charlotte) ...
I thought I would take a small moment to introduce myself and give some context around my opinions. I have been developing software professionally for 12 years in consulting, product development, corporate IT, premium Brand web sites and e-commerce. I until recently worked for a well known golf equipment company as the Director of eCommerce Technology. In this role I have worked on a number of ecommerce sites and have learned a great deal about online retail for both new and used products. I have ...
There were a couple of hundred Code Campers on Saturday in Heathrow, FL at Seminole Community College. The day was jam packed with 56 sessions and 13 tracks. Kudos to Microsoft MVP Shawn Weisfeld for organizing the event and running around to make sure everything was working correctly. Another kudos to Microsoft DevFish Joe Healy for always trying to hook you up with someone he knows that would be a good network contact for you. I heard that the infamous Microsoft Guru Russ Fustino was there but ...
The meeting started out with our own Marc Ziss telling us everything he learned at the MIX conference. He had video’s, examples and a lot of stories. The one thing that really stood out in my mind was what Microsoft and NBC are doing for the 2008 Olympics. You just wait! Never before has any company taken on such an undertaking! MS is going to supply 22,000 hours of streaming video via Silverlight. Viewers will be able to watch live streams, taped events, be able to pause during an event and come ...
As mentioned in my previous post about my speaking schedule, I am helping organize the ALT.NET track at the CMAP Code Camp. I plan to be speaking on a few topics and will get that posted when the schedule is finalized. Either way, it should be a great time and bringing ALT.NET ideas to a new audience is always a good thing. I feel there is a lot of momentum around the movement right now with the help of the "What is ALT.NET?" MSDN Magazine article by Jeremy Miller and Dave Laribee on Hanselminutes. ...
While I'm finishing up my F# post on pattern matching, I thought I'd throw out my speaking schedule for April. It's going to be a busy one with code camps, user groups and conferences. Some time I'm sure I'll find some time to sleep and get my own work done. Below is my current schedule as of right now: RockNUG - April 9th Decouple Your Applications with Dependency Injection and IoC Containers CMAP Code Camp - April 12th Heading up the ALT.NET track at the CMAP Code Camp to talk about ALT.NET topics ...
I remember a few years ago when I was just starting to really get involved in the technology community I had the opportunity to attend Tech Ed 2005 through INETA and a contest they were holding at the time. That experience forever changed my life...which sounds overdramatic, but is entirely true. It's because of Tech Ed that I met guys like Chris, Matt, Brendon, Caleb, Amanda, Shane, and many others...and also got to learn alot about technology as well. Recently, we had a code camp and gave away ...
If anyone is interested in a MOSS code camp and they can get to St. Louis on April 5th they will be hosting a MOSS Camp Event. I signed up to present, but I'm not sure if I'll get picked. I want more experience and this event looks really cool. Plus I go to St. Louis once a month, so I figure I will get to see my best friend who I am missing this weekend. After all I have at least two or three extra places I could stay if for some reason I couldn't stay at my parents place. Here is the link for anyone ...
My last blog entry title was also Roanoke Code Camp 2008 and it was a month ago. Why is that? That's because that's what I've been spending my free time on since the last blog entry. The event was one week ago and I am just now blogging. WHEW... but what a great success! Photos have been posted here: Slides / code will be linked to the schedule soon. Once done you can find them here. Statistics from Roanoke Code Camp 2008 130 Registered 102 Attendees (that's almost 80% attendees / registrations!) ...
I'm doing some analysis work for a social services branch of the government, and in one meeting I noticed the phrase I titled this entry with on a poster. The poster was about how to build a community, and listed a bunch of stuff like 'grow a garden' and other neighborhood type things. But that statement really struck me...it really made me think about our industry and our developer community. When I look around Winnipeg, I see a great number of skilled developers. I also see a great number of developers ...
Coming April 5th, the Twin Cities Code Camp IV is going to be awesome! I've been emailing and calling practically everyone I know, helping Jason line up speakers and lining up some killer swag. We got loot from Infragistics, Sourcegear, Pearson Ed., O'Reilly, Magenic, Microsoft and much much more. I'm doing a talk again this time around (only one this time) on Game AI basics. Should be a blast. We've also got some great surprises planned. (I'm still trying to get a hold of Red Bull, so if you know ...
The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (www.rvnug.org) finished its second Code Camp yesterday and in my opinion it was a HUGE success! I want to especially recognize and/or thank the following people (in no particular order) for their contribution(s): Bret Shawn - Bret was responsible for the speaker's lounge. He did a SUPER job. He had fresh fruit and other snacks, plenty of water, and special gift bags for the speakers. It was a great experience as a speaker. Gilbert Armour - Gilbert was the venue ...
I read Gary's recent post and totally understand his frustration. Trying to maintain a user group in a small market can be a difficult, and although we have great national sponsors (especially in MSDN), the reality is that community initiatives from a corporate point of view occur based on corporate objectives. This is why places like Yellowknife or Whitehorse will never get any type of Microsoft event...it just doesn't make sense from a business point of view. Or take the Atlantic provinces: they ...
A quote from Jeffery Palermo regarding the Code Camp Project: "The mission of the first release is to provide an ASP.NET MVC Framework solution that can serve as the CodeCamp website for a user group. The project will be able to track and manage multiple conferences for a single user group." Funny enough, Pallermo never seemed to care about code camps. Suddenly he - and others - became the world’s expert on code camps, scheduling speakers, displaying sponsor logos and arranging catering. I wonder, ...