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What is Code Camp? Code Camp is a FREE one day event held on Saturday July 14th 2007. This is the third year for Tampa Code Camp. The event will have speaker's from the local community and beyond. Speakers will be presenting some of the most requested topics like ASP.NET AJAX, Visual Studio Orcas, Silverlight, Widows Presentation Foundation, Sharepoint 2007 and SQL Server 2005. This event is like Tech-Ed for Free but it's community driven and its the only place you can get this content for free. ...
Technically Funny Comedian Don McMillian has a very funny bit about How NOT to Use PowerPoint. I've seen Don perform live at a conference I attended and was very impressed with him and his material. I'll never forget his binary high five bit... very funny. This video clip is a must see for all presenters, be it a conference presenter, user group presenter, Code Camp presenter, or just someone who delivers presentations as part of their job. Enjoy ...
Tampa Code Camp for 2007 has just been announced. Registration just opened on June 4, 2007 so there is still plenty of room, but there is a maximum attendance of 400 people so space will fill up quickly. This year, the event has moved to the St. Petersburg College (ICOT Center) in Largo, Florida and will be held on July 14, 2007. The new location promises larger rooms and state of the art AV equipment. If you have never attended Code Camp or don't know what it is, Code Camp is a free one day event ...
I have put the source code up from my Portland Code Camp 3.0 presentation. For this talk, I created a Donkey.bas clone during my session (well, we almost completed it...) The game itself is super simple, but it demonstrates quite a few 2D game development concepts without a lot of the usual design and development clutter. I plan on writing a bit more about the talk itself and the rest of the Portland Code Camp, so I'll save that for a later post. For now, I'll just say that I think it went ok and ...
Charlotte .NET University Code Camp was a great success Have you heard about .NET University (www.dotnet-u.com)? It provides presentations and hands on labs for WPF, WCF, WF and Cardspace. We built our spring 2007 Code Camp on that content. We started by offering two .NET U tracks but had to expand to three. We also offered a presentation track and an XNA hands on lab track. Our presentations included Orcas and LINQ, SharePoint and ASP.NET sessions. All sessions were very well received. Our facility ...
As I continue to prepare for my Portland Code Camp presentation, I thought it might be a good idea to ask those who have gone before for some nuggets of wisdom. What advice could they give a new Code Camp presenter to help him get through this first presentation? One man, rose to this occasion and provide me with the perfect bit of advice. With these words in my heart, I know I'll be OK. Ever one to share when I gain some valuable piece of knowledge, I now give these words to you. May they grace ...
Chris (who I meet down at SC Code Camp 2006) left a comment on my C# connection string validation code pointing out some flaws in my code. He suggested playing with System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCo... I redid the code to take advantage of this helper class. Here is the updated version of the code. Note that I only validate Data Source, Initial Catalog, User ID and Password because that is the only thing our software uses right now.public static bool IsValidSQLConnectionString(... ...
Portland Code Camp 3.0 is nearly upon us and I hope you are as excited as I am (well, I might be excited and just a little nervous too, but you don't need to be nervous, Code Camp is a great experience, we will get to why I'm nervous in just a bit). Running May 19th to the 20th, Portland Code Camp looks like it's going to be another great experience this year. If you are a developer in the Portland, Oregon area, you NEED to attend this event. It is a free event, so just get registered and drive yourself ...
At my Calgary Code Camp presentation on ASP.NET, the subject of compression came up. We were talking about the benefits of using CSS adapters to reduce the amount of markup that gets sent over the pipe and someone in the audience commented that IIS compression was also something that had worked well for them. I found this excellent post on Scott Forsyth's blog talking about how to enable it in IIS 6, and its not as trivial as simply clicking a checkbox. There's edits to the Metabase that need to ...
Bill posted some pics from the code camp this past weekend in Calgary, and I thought I'd add some of my own: This pic is a code camp tip that you all should take to heart: if you're going to be taking pictures of incredibly good looking presenters, then please...for the love of God...have a camera that can HANDLE taking such sexy pictures! You have one minute...can you find JP Boodhoo in this picture? This one is especially hard because Justice AND myself are both in this picture...standing side ...
Once again I am awed by a Code Camp, this time Richmond Code Camp 3. Great job by the Richmond crew - from the organizers, Andy Leonard, Susan Lennon, Frank LaVigne and Darrel Norton, to the speakers, volunteers and of course the attendees. There were close to 100 people there - great turnout. It was good to see some other folks from Roanoke there - TOLGA: You are one true geek getting up and leaving at 4:30 am then driving back on the same day! I spent most of my time learning about 3.0 Framework ...
The Calgary Code Camp has come to an end, and it was a great success! Kudos to James and his team for putting together a fantastic developer event! Some highlights: I performed my first code-camp presentation (on ASP.NET and solution architecture) and I think it went pretty well. Can't wait for another opportunity to speak at an event like this. I sat through JP's talk on Monorail which was excellent, Steven's talk on Castle, and Donald's discussion on Continuous Integration practices...all excellent! ...
Dev Teach started the trend of having some fun with Canadian DE John Bristowe. And today at the Calgary Code Camp is no exception. It was announced in my presentation that he's going to be releasing his own line of Calgary Flame jerseys for the 2008 season. He even modelled it in the promo photos! I personally think the Away jersey goes better with his eyes. D ...
Just about to start into JP Boodhoo's presentation on Monorail, which I'm actually very intrigued ot hear about. My session went really well, I'm pretty happy about it. I messed up on having too many folders with trial projects around...stalld the presentation for a bit...but I was able to get past it and we had some great discussion. Thanks to everyone that came out to my session! I brought up the use of CSS generated controls, and someone in the audience brought up how IIS 6 has an option (apparantly ...

The second Twin Cities Code Camp will occur this Saturday, April 28th.  Here's the website, which includes a schedule and list of sessions: http://www.twincitiescodecamp.com/TCCC/Default.aspx

I'll be presenting on utilizing BizTalk's BAM features from non-BizTalk applications.

BIG news for the Triangle's .NET development community! The Raleigh-Durham Code Camp is scheduled for June 23rd. I'm excited about it and I will definitely be submitting my topics. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! :-) I presented at the previous Code Camp and had a great time ...
Hats off to Shawn Weisfeld and his crew for organizing what seams to be a great upcoming code camp this Saturday at Seminole Community College in Sanford, FL. Shawn is a Microsoft MVP and INETA leader and I saw him in passing last week in Seattle at the MVP Summit. He was chanting code camp, code camp in the halls! To date, there are 478 coming to a great event. There will be 52 Sessions, 38 speakers including 16 MVPs and 9 Authors. Where else can you get that kind of education for free. Here's the ...
The FIRST Roanoke Code Camp (there will definitely be more!) exceeded any expectation I could have imagined. The top four ways to attend code camp are: As an ATTENDEE: You'll learn a lot, meet other attendees, meet presenters and if you want to know more about a presentation just ask. Stop any presenter (except on the way to lunch) and you'll get one-on-one exchange. As a VOLUNTEER: You will get all of the benefits of the attendee PLUS even more time hanging with the presenters and other volunteers, ...
Code Camp NYC II – 3/3 Code Camps are "grass roots" mini application platform developer conferences, free of charge to attendees and open to presenters of all stripes and experience. Get ready for another Code Camp NYC, to be held at Microsoft's offices in Midtown Manhattan (1290 Avenue of the Americas between 51st/52nd Streets) on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 from 9am - 6pm. This is an all-day event with refreshments served, including a developer's "power lunch" (pizza and soda). This event is being ...
Code Camps are *great* because you get to take a Saturday and go "all out" diving into the fun side of software development. It brings lots of people out that wouldn't normally come to a user group meeting. If you haven't had one in your neck of the woods yet, I recommend getting a few friends together and get the momentum going!You may be surprised at how many people will volunteer to speak, that is if you approach folks with the right kind of excitement and ask them to get involved. Largely the ...
I capped the registration at 650 but we still got 500 attendees (better than normal conversion rate..) The 120 pizza's went fast... we could have used a few more... On the other hand there was only $27.69 left after everything was paid so it all worked out ok! We also drank over 700 bottles of water and cans of soda plus many dozens of donuts, muffins and bagels. Not to mention gallons of coffee. Even with all this food, the small cafe in the Devry cafeteria did a booming cash business. Thanks to ...

South Florida Code Camp was a huge success we had 40 speakers delivery 60 sessions to over 500 attenedees. I want to thank all the volunteers, speakers and most importantly the attendees for makeing this such a great event.

 

 

I'll be speaking at this very popular code camp on Saturday, March 24th at Seminole Community College. My session will be on Best Practices to Learn Dotnetnuke. This session is geared toward helping you learn Dotnetnuke. Learn first hand how this Microsoft MVP was able to create a web portal for his students to use. He then developed curriculum for Microsoft Corporation. This curriculum is being used by high school and college students and is available to developers as well. Attend this session and ...
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group is meeting tomorrow night and my friend John Lunsford is giving a pretty cool presentation on Windows Presentation Foundation. For those who haven't seen him speak at a user group or Code Camp yet, John's a pretty talented presenter and with this particular topic he blew me away when I saw the code demo's he has lined up for this! Starts at 6PM, at Blackbaud on Daniel Island. Visit GCNUG for more info! ...

As per Peter Laudati... NYC Code Camp II has been announced for March 3, 2007.  Get the word out and think about presenting.

For the Communit, By the Community!

--chaz

Get Ready New England Geeks! March 31 - April 1 2007 Via Chris Bowen's Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/cbowe... Hmmm, something's *really* fishy about Code Camp happening on April Fool's Day, I'm very very afraid... Give a yell if you're going, I'm definitely going, most likely speaking. Any ideas for talks that might be interesting? ...

Registration now open for Roanoke Code Camp I

Saturday, March 3rd - Virginia Western Community College - Roanoke, VA

Register here

2007 has started off a little more busy than normal for me…first I spoke at the Greater Charleston .NET user’s group on January 11, then this past weekend on the 20th I spoke at Atlanta Code Camp. As usual (this is my 3rd code camp!) Code Camp was a blast! Here are some of the highlights (in no particular order). The location was pretty good for such an event. It was hosted at a DeVry University campus. Meat on a stick – our lunch was grilled chicken on a stick…need I say more? Yum! Seeing familiar ...
Mark your Calendars, Sync them to your devices, and tell everyone that... Now is the time to register for the 3rd Annual South Florida Code Camp to be held on Saturday February 10th, 2007 at DeVry University in Miramar, FL. This is a full day of software developer presentations including lunch, givaways and much more, all for FREE!! Included this year is an all spanish track. Registrations go quick - so sign up now:Click Here to Register: https://www.clicktoattend.c... ...
CodeCamps are contagious. If you don't believe it - attend a few and soon you'll find yourself hosting one in your home town. I caught the disease from Chris Williams and the Richmond UG gave me a second dose (Thanks Andy & Frank). So - RV.NUG is hosting the first Roanoke Code Camp on Saturday, March 3rd. Many thanks to the local community college for providing what promises to be a great venue. Calls for speakers are going out on January 8th (oh wait - that's when they were "supposed" to go ...
Date:Saturday March 31st, 2007 Are you a developer interested in improving your .NET skills? Then this is the event to attend. The Second Annual Toronto Code Camp promises to be the biggest and best community owned event we've ever had. This free one day seminar with 25 code intensive technical sessions is designed to guide the developer to the next skill level. The focus of a Code Camp is to deliver programming information and sample code that can be used immediately. All training, slides, manuals ...
Having finally gotten a chance to install Vista on a machine of mine, I was pleasantly surprised at how much cleaner and simpler the install routine for Vista is compared to previous versions. I’ve been installing Windows operating systems since Windows 3.1 and this was by far the fastest and easiest install I’ve had to with Windows. And that’s even accounting for the rather low-end machine I put Vista on…in this case a Dell I used from Code Camp and the one I was playing with XNA on (My Vista Experience ...
Have you ever seen the now banned Bugs Bunny cartoon featuring a meat hungry dog? If not; the gist of the story line is that a starving dog hatches a plan to get food by running a scam to respond to all of the lost and found ads for a lost cat. The first phase of his plan is to have the cat (an abused captive of the dog) swipe food from the house of the owner it has been returned to. Each time the cat delivers the food, the dog says in disgust "what?! no Gravy?" After a while of this he hatches an ...
Just saw registration opened up for New Jersey Code Camp - Part Trois. Check out www.njcodecamp.org for details. If you haven't heard of this little phenomenon - it's an all day event put on for developers, by developers. Code Camps are great opportunities for developers to get together and learn from each other. It's not your standard INETA or Microsoft evangelist speaker in a movie theater - although I guess some code camps could take place in movie theaters and some speakers might belong to INETA ...
The Atlanta Code Camp 2007 is gearing up. The official date is January 20, 2007 and they have now opened up the call for speakers. If you are interested, follow this link: http://www.atlantamspros.co... I just signed up to present three topics on .NET design topics (Master Pages, Themes, CSS, Navigation, etc). We'll see how many I actually get to do. I presented these same topics at the Alabama Code Camp but I felt like at least the Themes discussion could have ...
Tampa CodeCamp 2006 @ USF was featured in The Executive article: http://www.coba.usf.edu/ser... We are hoping to have the next code camp publicized more and covered by a press better then this years'. The site for Tampa CodeCamp is still up at www.tampacodecamp.com Nikita Polyakov Microsoft Student Partner – Technical Rep. University of South Florida ...
I'm driving to Jonesboro, AR today to install ParaPlan for our newest client, EAAAA. I'll be driving through Clinton, MO. You might remember that we stopped there on our SC Code Camp trip. It's also Jeff Julian's hometown. Watch me here. Technorati tags: Where's Tim, EnGraph, South Carolina CodeCamp, Jonesboro, Clinton, Jeff Julian ...
Joe Stagner of Microsoft was kind enough to take time and talk about Federate Logic, ASP.NET, PHP, and podcasting. Joe is a very interesting guy and he stated that he will soon be returning to the world of podcasting over at DevRadio.com. There are a lot more podcast coming from HDC and South Carolina Code Camp so stay tuned. MP3: http://download.podcaststud... Feed: http://feeds.geekswithblogs... Technorati tags: Microsoft, Joe Stagner, PodcastStudio.net, ...
Well after squeaking by the last two months in 12th and 13th place on Community-Credit I noticed this month there are "only" 10 prizes so I guess the competition is picking up speed. I have noticed the numbers growing over the past month which is great. And darn my bad luck that this month I've got no Code Camp presentations or User Group presentations to give... If you haven't already looked into it, by all means take a peek at Community-Credit and see what it's all about. ...
Since I'm such a big fan of Pocket PC's in general I spend a lot of time goofing around with them. One thing I naturally like to do is play games on them. Sean O'Connor (across the ocean in England) develops some pretty neat games for the Pocket PC and you can get trial versions of them from his web site: http://www.windowsgames.co.... The two games I've been playing in spare moments while waiting in line, etc. recently have been Pocket Slay and Pocket Conquest. Those of you who've attended ...
Michael Palermo and Simon Allardice hit another home run at Desert Code Camp II on October 28th. I had to leave so I missed Simon's presentation on "Why Your User Interface Sucks and What You Can Do About It", so I hope I can get some slides or something. I was able to see the "Visual Studio Tips & Tricks Every Developer Should Know" presentation that Michael and Simon did, and it was just one great tip after another. Michael shared a link with us that I wanted to post here called Visual Studio ...
We had a bunch of fun this year at HDC. Joseph, Dru, and I all travelled up to Omaha to do some podcasting. This year we recorded shows with: DonXML Andrew Troelsen (Day 2 - Keynote Speaker) Joe Olson & Phil Wolfe Nick Parker & Tim Gifford Joe Stagner (Day 1 - Keynote Speaker) Dru Sellers & Jeff Julian (Our impressions of the Conference) I will start publishing these over the next coming weeks as well as the remainder of the South Carolina Code Camp podcasts ...

I've loaded the Power Point Presentation and code files for my Desert Code Camp II presentation on Delegates to my site at the following locations:

Power Point Presentation

Zipped executable Demo file

All source and exe zipped

I'll elaborate on this when things settle down

I received the following communication this morning from Jason Mauer, our Developer Evangelist. Because of the late breaking location change, please pass along! Code Camp Agenda The preliminary agenda has been posted and is available online at http://seattle.techevents.i... . Please double check before the event to confirm session times. Venue Change DeVry University is unavailable to host Code Camp this weekend. Fortunately, the show will go on thanks to the folks at DigiPen, ...
Well, Code Camp Montreal was a huge success, we add 320 register and about 260 showed up on a Saturday to attend the camp. We had 12 speakers and 15 sessions. In my two sessions I had about 70-80 people and it was great fun. Lots of great questions and interest. As I suspected, about 5% of the people are "actually" using TFS but it still generates a lot of interest, people want to move off of VSS but can't get their employer for small teams to purchase VSTx. I suspect this is the main reason. Another ...

Over the past couple of months I've been working furiously on a couple of projects, and now I need to start taking some of those learnings and putting them here on the blog.

More to come shortly...

If you're wondering if this is the same Driss Zouak who presented at Code Camp in Montreal, yes it is.

Thanks to Miguel Castro and INETA for a great user group meeting last Tuesday (2006-10-10). Miguel gave his classic custom control presentation which opened my eyes to a few things. While I do lots of user controls, I've never bothered to make them into separate custom controls but will give it a shot! One unusual thing about the meeting is that we spontaneaously had a fairly lengthy Q&A session before the meeting started. Miguel arrived and got setup an hour before the meeting started and as ...
GC.NUG will be hosting Greg Young this month as our featured speaker. Some of you know who he is from the Code Camp last month. This month Greg will be speaking about Advanced Debugging. "Advanced Developers never create bugs in their code, but they are frequently called upon to find and squash the bugs that mysteriously work their way into code due to "environmental issues". We start with how to set up an enterprise environment to enable us to be more efficient in combating problems and then we ...
I remember a couple months back I got an e-mail from Chris telling me about the Community-Credit web site. So the concept seemed pretty cool (Stupid prizes for smart people) and I signed up. Well a little while later Chris won the Grand Prize (July 2006 contest) and was pretty excited so I started thinking about keeping track of things more. September was a busy month for me with the Greater Charleston .NET User group meeting (I’m the VP), Code Camp 2.0 (2.5 sessions presented), a Microsoft ...
Congratulations to Rob Farley, who runs the SQL Server User Group in Adelaide on recently being awarded as an MVP in SQL Server http://robfarley.blogspot.c... That takes the total number of SQL Server MVPs in Australia up to 5. Rob is a fellow speaker at the SQLDownUnder Code Camp this week end, so if you are going, make sure to congratulate him. And if you look really close, you might still be able to see the scars where the implants were inserted :) ...