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So yesterday, after code camp was done and buried on Saturday, we (D'Arcy and Boy #1 and myself) got up early and headed downtown to the Metrodome to catch the Eagles and Vikings game. I'd never been to a real Pro game (of any sport) although I'd certainly seen plenty of ECHL (hockey) back in Charleston. The excitement level was pretty high and there were lots of folks in jerseys and body paint. D'Arcy was even sporting an Eagles jersey. We got there a little early and walked around watching all ...
So the Twin Cities Code Camp III is over... thoughts? I had a great time meeting a lot of the local developer community, including some Magenic and Microsoft folks that I hadn't had an opportunity to hang with before. It was great seeing Bill Ryan, Lou Vega and D'Arcy Lussier again. The four of us, plus a few extra folks (Justin Chase, Aaron Erickson, Michael Dunn) all got together at my house the night before to work on our presentations, have a few beers and jam on Guitar Hero II. Michael brought ...
The past weekend marked the end of my Code Camp "tour" covering 4 states and 4 Code Camps in 4 weeks straight. October 6th - Attended Richmond Code Camp 4, Richmond VA - arrived a little too late to fill in a speaker slot for someone who dropped, had fun in my very first code camp as an "attendee only" :) October 13th - Helped host South Carolina Code Camp 4, Charleston SC - also gave a presentation on Windows Mobile Gaming for Fun and Profit October 20th - Spoke at Charlotte Code Camp, Charlotte ...
So I gave a session at the Montreal Code Camp this weekend and it was a blast. There was about 70 people, and a lot of great questions. I think the buzz is starting about VSTS/TFS 2008 it will be a great release... Here is the deck. Now one month until Devteach and my move to my first house!! Cheers, ET Technorati Tags: TFS 2008 , VSTS 2008 , Code Camp Montreal ...
I think my talk on "ASP.NET - Preparing for the Presentation" went really well. We had some great discussion, and the audience was amazing...thanks to all those that came! The quote of the session had to be this one gentleman who stated at one point..."The roads are lined with the corpses of Winform applications..." I can't remember the rest, but it was awesome! The code camp was excellent in general! The speakers were taken care of very well, the venue was excellent, the breakfast and lunch was ...

We opened up the Twin Cities Code Camp this morning and the first sessions are just kicking off now!

Honey-walnut cream cheese is a good thing...I love this country!

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I made the trek to Minneapolis (Maple Grove to be exact) safe and sound. The flight from Winnipeg to Denver was fairly uneventful...although I thought that Denver was right in the mountains...apparently its more like Calgary, where its on the outskirts and you can see the mountains in the distance. The flight from Denver to Minnie flew by...one of those things where I closed my eyes, opened them, and it was an hour later and we were getting ready for our descent. Minneapolis Airport is awesome...lots ...
If you have been looking for the promised slides from my presentation on "Upgrading from WSS 2.0 to 3.0" at the Richmond Code Camp 4, don't give up. They will be here soon. I have excuses. I corrupted my registry I am helping get a new user group going There's too much good football on TV - Go Mountaineers! (#7 in the BCS) The dog ate my homework UPDATE: The slides have been posted to the RCC4 site here ...
This weekend I'll be speaking at the Twin Cities code camp about designing the presentation layer in ASP.NET. The funny thing is that as I've been preparing for this talk, I'm realizing that its really not about ASP.NET specifically at all...its more about our mindset around software development and the practices and processes that we implement. Sure there are best practices that we can look at, but by and large the biggest issue facing not only web developers but software developers in general is ...
The next few months are going to be pretty insane for me... here's why: This weekend (October 27th) at the Twin Cities Code Camp I'm doing two sessions on Game Development. One on "XNA for teh total Newb" and the other on "Build a Game in an Hour with XNA and TorqueX." Jason has been ripping on me to go minimalist on the Powerpoints, so for my TorqueX talk, I won't be using one at all. That's pretty minimalist, yeah? (All code will be posted and made available of course.) My buddies Lou Vega, D'Arcy ...
earlier today, someone I respect very highly asked the following question: "Is this a REAL problem… Do we really need to worry about being VB Developers or not ?" I've given this a lot of thought and I believe it's a problem when the "great VB / C# divide" keeps me from using technologies that are of great interest to me. This isn't just about missing code samples anymore. I am a VB.NET developer. Before that, for many years, I was a VB Developer. Prior to that, I was a BASIC developer, in all it's ...

Well, I am sad to say I didn't make the Charlotte Code Camp as I had hoped. Too many things going on (wedding stuff, mostly) and I just couldn't get there. I am disappointed, cause I know the Charlotte user group puts on a great show. Maybe next year.....

Today marks the 3rd Saturday in a row I've gotten up before the crack of dawn to head out for a Code Camp :) I started on October 6th - driving up to Richmond for Richmond Code Camp 4. Last weekend I didn't have a long drive, but since I was helping to organize and set up SC Code Camp 3.0 I showed up by 6AM. This morning I got on the road by 5AM so I could make it to Charlotte Code camp. I'm scheduled to give a presentation on Code Analysis using Visual Studio Team System later this morning and I'm ...
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GCNUG) (www.gcnug.org) hosted South Carolina Code Camp 3.0 in Charleston, SC this past weekend (10/13/07). This was an incredible event. All of the speakers, both local and national (even International with one Canadian!), were top notch. I honestly felt like I was at a real Microsoft conference rather than a locally-run User Group Code Camp. The participation in the sessions by local technologist attendees was animated and engaged. I learned from both the ...
"South Carolina Code Camp 3.0 was an incredible event. All of the speakers, both local and national (even International with one Canadian!), were top notch. I honestly felt like I was at a real Microsoft conference rather than a locally-run User Group Code Camp. The participation in the sessions by local technologist attendees was animated and engaged. I learned from both the speakers and the attendees. I'm proud to be a part of the Greater Charleston .NET User Group." - Andrea Williams, Director ...
Quote from the event: "The third South Carolina Code Camp, a free community supported and run one-day technical conference, was held this past Saturday in Charleston and provided an excellent opportunity for about 150 local developers to learn from each other, strengthen their local community and also bring attention to the growing technical community in the region. While the code camp consisted primarily of local talent, both attending and speaking, it also brought in developers from as far away ...
I'm going to be speaking at the Twin Cities Code Camp in just under two weeks, and am totally pumped about heading back to Minneapolis. My original topic was going to be Pimp your UI with AJAX, but I realized after seeing the schedule that Robert Boedigheimer is going to be doing an AJAX presentation right before me. So instead of rehashing I decided to change my topic up a bit to still cover UI design/implementation, but from a different slant: ASP.NET - Planning for the Presentation “[Javascript/Client ...
This weekend wasn't too bad. I mean, sure, it could have been better but all in all it was ok. Let's take a look at how it went. I finished my slide deck for one of my code camp sessions. That's a check in the plus column. I went to the Midwest Robotics League competition this weekend. There was much carnage. Big check. One of the kids was bored to tears and we ended up leaving early. That sucked. I went to GameStop and traded in enough old games to totally prepay for Guitar Hero III for the Wii. ...
If you're going to the South Carolina Code Camp 2007, be sure to check out my sessions. I'm giving two talks: Code Styles and Standards (Chalk Talk), 8:30 AM - 9:40 AM Garbage Collection in .NET, 11:10 AM - 12:20 PM If you make it and go to my sessions (or even if you don't), the presentations are available for download on Windows Live SkyDrive in the South Carolina Code Camp folder ...

South Carolina Code Camp 3.0

Charleston, SC hosts this years South Carolina Code Camp - if you're not already signed up - go ahead now...see you there!

In an earlier post I mentioned a relatively uneventful 6+ hour drive from Charleston, SC to Richmond, VA for the Richmond Code Camp this past weekend. Having left my house in the wee hours of the morning and encountering very little traffic along most of my route I was pretty ready to just get to the event and get out of my car as I was pulling in toward Richmond. It was daylight and there was more morning traffic on the road. Having travelled up most of I-95 at a steady 70-75 MPH (the posted speed ...
Many thanks to all the folks who pulled together to bring us Richmond Code Camp 4! I drove up from Charleston, SC leaving home at 3AM to make the drive up to Richmond. It was mostly uneventful until I was pulled over by a VA State Trooper just 20 minutes outside of Richmond (more about that in a later blog post). I actually arrived there shortly after the first sessions began, but just a little too late to help them out by speaking since some of their scheduled speakers weren’t able to make it on ...
All the code Idols did a great job. In the end, mostly by popular vote, Steve Potter won the "Top Geek" title. I'm sure we will see more of Steve as he is very interested in presenting at future meetings! Thanks to the code idol contestants: Steve Potter - Cache Register Jonas Strawski - SQL Server as Document Repository Lou Yovin - Volume Shadow Copy Tim Corbett - System Tray App Louis Datz - dashCommerce Martin Anderson - XML Schemas and powershell Max Trinidad - Powershell script to create CSV ...

I am going to be presenting (hopefully) at the SC Code Camp 3.0 on October 13th. Doing a primer on CSLA for people who have never seen it.

Hope to see you there!

I just got a nice letter from Microsoft letting me know I got awarded as MVP for the 3rd year in a row. I feel really good about last year and all the stuff I did for the community. I'll try to do as much this year again. I love meeting new people and helping them network or solve their problem (If I can ;-)). Looking forward to talking (virtually) to some of you tomorrow in the Webcast, this autumn at the code camp and devteach and throughout next year. Thanks Microsoft for the 3rd vote of confidence. ...
SC Code Camp 3.0 still has some open slots for speakers - if you've never been to Charleston, SC before it's pretty nice this time of year! We are looking for one-hour sessions, with 10 minutes of question and answer. We want to see more code than PowerPoint slides. We want to see your passion. Download the Speaker Submission Form, fill it out and send it to us via gcnug1@gmail.com ...
I've got a large list today, I missed one from last week, and had one submittal this morning, plus found some good stuff in my travels: Andy Britcliffe has code for dynamically applying a Render Transform; Tim Sneath announced a white paper on Deploying Silverlight in the Enterprise; Michael Cameron blogged about Keyspline Animation and Drag Speed and Direction; Granville Barnett digs into Silverlight 1.1 in a second article on RIAs; Mark Dawson sets up a CodePlex project for a 1.0 3D graphics engine ...

until South Carolina Code Camp 3.0! There's still time to register and we still have seats available.

Head over to http://southcarolinacodecamp.eventbrite.com/ and register - see you there!

 

Recently I attended my fourth Philly .Net code camp. Bill Wolff sure knows how to run a code camp. Every code camp has gotten better than the previous one. Lucky for us Philly .Net gets to hold meetings and the code camp’s at the Microsoft Malvern campus. Microsoft opens it doors and allows us to learn their technologies, supply us with freebies, etc. If you have not been to a code camp, you are missing out! Code camp is a MSDN event on steroids. We had all the great speakers; Miguel Castro, Sam ...
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Philly.net Code Camp this month.   It was easy to see why attendance sold out!  A nice mix of topics, enthusiastic speakers, and dedicated volunteers:

sharepoint.phillydotnet.org/Lists/Code%20Camp%2020072/calendar.aspx

Many thanks to Bill Wolff and all who made this event possible!
Michael Washington posted a DNN/Silverlight Picture album viewer; Andy Britcliffe posted an article to help debug Silverlight no-show issues; vivekdalvi discusses XamlReader.Load; Craig Dunn has an example of combining Silverlight and Virtual Earth; Bob Familiar discusses Silverlight 1.1 and Web Services; and Dave Campbell [that's me :) ] posted a write-up on the Desert Code Camp III Silverlight presentation of a Silverlight 1.0 Outlook Bar From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Album Michael Washington ...
Silverlight 1.0 OutlookBar Control I finally got an article up for my Desert Code Camp III presentation. I didn't have a slide deck, and for the presentation, I talked through the 5 subfolders of data in the download. The presentation culminated in the control demonstrated above. The code is name-agnostic so it can be easily extended. I only have one menu item in each menu, but that is very easily extended, and could be done so in a downloader object. If you use this let me know, I'd like to see ...
We had an amazing time out at camp last weekend. I was pretty exhausted afterwards, but I'm finally caught up with sleep, and pretty well on top of everything else going on in my life. So now I have a moment to take a look at some of the results. All in all we had 380 people attend on Saturday, and 95 on Sunday. Thanks to all who came out to be a part of it. And thanks especially to the 56 dedicated presenters who prepared 90 excellent sessions of content! We had quite a variety of different technologies ...
Well it's been a while since I've last posted, I'm in my eyeballs with stuff to do. We have finally released our internal Team Build offering and I will hopefully soon start my series of post on Team Build. We have just bought a house so getting everything ready running around to see what we need to do, mortgage, boxes, phone numbers, address changes... you know what I mean. I'm preparing my presentations for the fall, I'll be a panelist on the "Ignite your career" Webcast series offered by MSDN ...
The first day of Desert Code Camp III was today, and as with the other two Code Camps we've had, in my opinion, it was a rousing success! Great presenters giving great presentation. Thanks to Lorin and Scott, and all the volunteers and presenters! There were not many empty seats in the auditorium for my Basic Silverlight presentation, and somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 admitted to never having run Silverlight, so the material was on the mark for them. I'm jammed on time right now, so I don't have ...
So I bought...I mean, my company bought me, a new toy to use with my laptop today: a Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 (possibly the longest mouse name ev-AR)! I'm doing a few code camp presentations coming up, and I've always wanted one of these, so this was a great opportunity to pick one up...well, that and Best Buy had it on for like $40 off. This mouse has a bunch of awesome features that ALL mice should have: An ON/OFF BUTTON!Seriously, this should be STANDARD for all mice here ...
I've got two Code Camp presentations coming up next month, so I've been spending some spare cycles playing with XNA and TorqueX, working through tutorials and fiddling with my slide decks. The XNA deck is VERY intro and has been pretty much writing itself. I'm not diving very deep on that one. The TorqueX session is a bit more advanced, and shows how to knock out a quick game using XNA Game Studio Express (GSE) and TorqueX Builder (TXB). One of my biggest hurdles so far is coming up with decent looking ...
3 days to Desert Code Camp III!! Come on down and watch me put on the intro to Silverlight that's not completely written yet! Better yet, join me in watching Dan Wahlin do the Advanced Silverlight presentation! With 97 sessions running, I'm sure there's something everyone is interested in, and many big-name presenters. Using a term I first heard from Scott Cate, I ended up eating my own dogfood yesterday while trying to find something on SilverlightCream.com. Someone had submitted a link to me and ...
If you're going to be anywhere near Phoenix on the weekend of September 15 & 16th, at least take a look at what's being offered at Desert Code Camp III. Over two days there are currently 97 sessions being offered. I'm doing an Introduction to Silverlight and Dan Wahlin is taking it from there into animation, data display, and AJAX integration. When I present, I like to show something new that I haven't done before, and this time is no exception. With about 9 months of WPF/E and Silverlight having ...
So, I went to the Mall of America a couple days ago and they have a huge LEGO store (I think it's called an Imagination Center or something) and was looking at the LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits. I've played with the VEX kits before, but they don't have any official support with the Microsoft Robotics Studio, although this guy is doing some interesting stuff. Anyway, so I was looking at the NXT stuff, and I noticed there were a number of accessories available (although apparently they only stocked the ...
The Greater Charleston .NET User’s Group is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual South Carolina Code Camp or “South Carolina Code Camp 3.0” You are cordially invited to this community event where developers, architects and technologists talk with—and learn from—fellow developers, architects and technologists. All are welcome to attend, volunteer and speak. Please register regardless of whether you are speaking, volunteering or attending. To register, please Click Here (or paste this link in your browser: ...
It was May 22, 2007 that I hit 100,000 page hits at WynApse.com I've now passed 250,000! The majority of the page hits have been since January/February of 2007 when I started chasing Silverlight, and everyone else was looking for it. I had estimated that I'd hit a quarter million the end of September, and even without posting new material in a while, I hit it early! SilverlightCream.com has taken some time away from new material, and a magazine article has been taking some time as well, and still ...
During my talk on Garbage Collection in .NET at the Jacksonville Code Camp 2007, Joe Healy mentioned that I should take a look at the changes made to the GC in the .NET Framework 3.5 release. (This is based on the Beta 2 release, but it should be pretty stable at this point.) After doing some research using the SSCLI 2.0 code base to look at the GC class as it exists in .NET 2.0 and Reflector to look at it in .NET 3.5, I found the single change that was made. (For those of you wondering why I used ...
If you're going to the Jacksonville Code Camp 2007, be sure to check out my sessions. I'm giving two talks: Garbage Collection in .NET, Room 140/141, 10:20 AM - 11:30 AM Code Styles and Standards (Chalk Talk), Room 102, 1:50 PM - 3:00 PM Jacksonville Folder Jacksonville If you make it and go to my sessions (or even if you don't), the presentations are available for download on Windows Live SkyDrive in the Jacksonville Code Camp folder ...
I've been mentioning the idea of Community 2.0 with my colleagues and peers over the last few months, and a recent discussion of it prompted me to write this post to bring the reality of the community landscape to full focus. Community 2.0, for me, is the emergence of the next generation of influencers in our industry. It’s more than just the changing of the guard, it’s the revitalization of the developer community back to the grass-roots movements that spawned the user group initiative, INETA, and ...
Time to register again for this years Code Camp. Technorati tags: .net, code camp, silicon valley, programming ...
the previously promised details... Yes, I'm staying with Magenic. I love my job and you couldn't ask for a better company to work for. So why the move? I've been living in South Carolina and working for an office in Atlanta for a company based in Minneapolis. I've been traveling nearly 100% and simply put, I'm a bit tired of it. I'm tired of never being home, never seeing friends or family, never really getting a day off... When I wasn't traveling, I was at the shop. If you've ever owned a retail ...
I attended the July TRINUG meeting tonight where Scott Shorter, a Technical Evangelist for FarPoint Technologies demod their FarPoint Spread spreadsheet control. Wow! I hadn't had a chance to check out their control in the past but I definitely will be in the future. Why you ask? Because for the first time in all of the user group meetings, code camp meetings, conferences, etc. I've attended over the years, tonight I actually won one of the swag prizes. More about this later in the post... I've used ...
Jonas Stawski of ASPSOFT, a Florida .NET User group member and frequent speaker here in South Florida and around the state has achieved MVP status. You can visit his MVP profile at: https://mvp.support.microso... I took the opportunity last night to present him with an official set of "MVP Speakers" he can hook up to his laptop! Congratulations Jonas! This brings up the subject of MVP (Most Valuable Professional)... in recent months a number of people ...
April 17th, 2007 is a day that has been burned into my mind. This is the day I was given a very serious task. This is the day I was branded with a mark. The mark is for a brotherhood. The task I was assigned was to spread the gospel of the brotherhood to others. Later, I was to then brand those ready to accept the tenets of the faith with the mark of the brotherhood. I was to assign to them my task and make it theirs. I was to continue in this work in perpetuity. What is the brotherhood? It’s a vision ...