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C4C (Coders 4 Charities), in Kansas City, is always a fun event. At points it gets to be a pressure cooker as you zone in trying to crank out some fantastic code in just a few hours, but it is always fun. A great challenge of your skill as a software developer and for a good cause. This year my team helped The United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Kansas City organization to add online job applications and a database for tracking internal training. I keep finding that there is one key rule to pulling ...
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 ...
In January 0f 2009 something crazy and awesome happened for me, SharePoint Saturday was born. I was a 26 year old girl from Saint Louis Missouri who was living in Olathe, KS. About 5 month prior I went to the most pivotal event in my career and life in Washington DC, the Regional SharePoint Conference, where I met Michael Lotter, Paul Galvin, Tony Lanni, Bob Fox, and Rachel Appel. Several months later I was visiting Michael at a code camp in Raleigh North Carolina and he told me we’re going to have ...
So about a year ago Michael Lotter handed over the reigns to SharePoint Saturday New York City to Jason Gallicchio and myself. I had no real idea what this meant, because each city you run an event in is different. You have to learn the rules about that city. Kansas City I had to fight for speakers, sponsors, attendees, and volunteers. What I quickly learned about New York City is that I have a tiny amount of space and more people who would like to use it than I had the room for. If you look at the ...
New York City was always this fantasy far away that I couldn't touch. I'm not sure it's really New York, but a place that was outside of St. Louis. A place that was outside this whole midwestern bubble I lived in when I was a kid. All I had was school and baseball, because well everything else wasn't so great when I until after I turned 18. When I was 18 I had this really great summer and it felt like everything was changing. It was the beginning of my life. I had no idea what that summer meant, ...
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 ...
I wasn’t expect to run an event from 1,000 miles away, but some stuff happened you know like it does and I opted in. It was really weird, because people asked why are you living in NJ and running Kansas City? I did move, but it was like my baby and Karthik didn’t have the ability to do it this year. I found it really challenging, because I could not physically be in Kansas City. At first I was freaking out and Lee Brandt, Brian Laird, and Chris Geier offered to help. Somehow I couldn’t come the day ...
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I am back to my developer roots…. . After 10+ years working for Microsoft, I have decided to shake things up a bit. Don’t get wrong, MSFT is a great place to work. And I loved my various roles, especially the Developer Evangelist gig. Talking about cool dev. technology with fun people is a great way to make a living. But for the last couple of years I had strayed from my passion. Which is as a developer. I learned a lot, stayed with my hands in the tools, but I knew I wanted to get back. Then the ...
TOPIC: BDD and SpecFlow This is a presentation on how to use BDD and SpecFlow to build software driven by specifications. It will include a brief overview of how SpecFlow works and how to define specifications, followed by a compare and contrast with standard TDD. It will finish with real-world SpecFlow examples of successes and failures. PRESENTER: Darren Cauthon Darren Cauthon is a developer with over eight years of experience, half of which have been on the .Net platform. He currently works for ...

I'll be speaking at Kansas City SharePoint users group this coming Tuesday, topic:- Migrating your SharePoint 2003/2007 to SharePoint 2010 while mitigating downtime. Also lessons learned in the field.

Will be at Johnson County Community College Regnier Center, 2nd Floor September 14th, 6:30 PM

Thanks to everyone who attended the “Flip on LightSwitch!” at the Kansas City Office Geeks User Group last night! Lots of great questions and interaction from the group! As promised, here are the resources we talked about: First, you need a place to play with LightSwitch. As it is beta, a vpc is always a good idea. Currently there are three flavors of the Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate VPC: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Microsoft® Virtual PC ...
I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog as of late with getting the Kansas City chapter of IASA Global up and running. We are excited to bring the training and education factors of IASA into the local Kansas City market. It’s a little selfish on my part as I want the training courses here locally so I don’t have to get travel approved as well. Due to this, I have put in a lot more effort to make sure this group is set correctly and running as efficiently as possible. With that, our initial meeting ...
Technorati Tags: .NET,Kansas City Thanks to the KC development community for a great free event. The Johnson County Community College provided very nice facilities. I’m the sort of guy who would willingly drive 4+ hours each way for a free XL (or “developer medium”, as Richard Campbell calls it) T-shirt, but got a lot more than that out of the event. Here's a recap of the sessions I attended: Why Kanban? speaker: Troy Tuttle Troy is a “pragmatic agilist” at AdventureTech (not AdventureWorks – I was ...
Technorati Tags: .NET,Kansas City I just found about about / registered for Saturday’s Kansas City Developer’s Conference, and am going to make the drive over from the right side of the state (Hey, no offense, KC – I’m just looking at a map, and St. Louis is on the right side, Kansas City’s on the left). (I’m sure the event’s been mentioned on geekswithblogs several times, but I’m on a “staycation” this week, getting cabin fever, and noticed @leebrandt’s tweet today.) I’m looking forward to some ...
OK. I admit it. The last post I hade mentioned that we moved the XAF DSL to the Entity Framework. This has caused a lot of confusion. I meant to say that we have used the ADO.NET Entity Data Model extensions. This is the design surface that can be tailored to create Entity Framework. We leveraged the code generation within the ADO.NET Entity Data Model (EDMX) file to generate XAF/XPO classes. This allows you to visually create the entity model, set a few XAF properties and then generate the business ...

I have uploaded the BI Presentation slideds for SharePoint 2010 that I presented at Kansas City SharePoint Users Group. The slides can be downloaded from http://www.etekglobalinc.com/Portals/0/blogs/Business%20intelligence%20with%20SharePoint%202010.ppt

I have been recently been doing more photography and Flickr was only allowing me to do so much with the images in displaying them. No customization of skin, no page grouping, no post like pages. So I decided to host a WordPress blog to host my images. I really wanted to try WordPress to see what features single-hosted blog products offer that our multiple-hosted blog system could take advantage of. So far the product is very cool, I can see how such a large developer network would help produce such ...

I will be presenting BI with SharePoint 2010 at Kansas City SharePoint Users group. See ya there http://hugkc.org/dnn49/SharePoint/tabid/56/Default.aspx

I will be presenting BI with SharePoint 2010 at Kansas City SharePoint Users group. See ya there http://hugkc.org/dnn49/SharePoint/tabid/56/Default.aspx

Hey all. I am still here. Still kickin’. I’ve been swamped with work and community stuff. But I wanted to post about some of the things going on. Just finished up Twin Cities Code Camp 8, and had a blast! Always good to see these guys. First of all, up-coming speaking engagements: Iowa Code Camp – May 1st in Iowa City, IA [more info] DevLink – August 5-7 in Nashville, TN [more info] Plus I am organizing a second developer’s conference in Kansas City. Kansas City Developer’s Conference (KCDC) – June ...
Here’s the obituary my mother wrote for Tykie, I still miss the little guy quite a bit. Anyone who’s interested in further information on hearing dogs should check out the IHDI website. I cannot begin to express how helpful a hearing dog can be for the hearing impaired. If you feel so inclined, please make a donation. In Memoriam, Tykie 1993-2010 The American Legion Post 401, South Wichita, KS, supported one of its members and commander by sponsoring a service dog for him. Unlike most service dogs ...
Interested in getting up to speed on Windows Azure? Then check out this FREE boot camp, all across the US this spring. What is a Windows Azure Boot Camp? Windows Azure Boot Camp is a two day deep dive class to get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep real world experience with Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned. ABC is more than just a class, it is also an event in a box. If you don't see a class near you, ...
Coming to Kansas City April 8th and 9th is the Microsoft Azure Bootcamp. This event looks very promising for those developers who are looking into Azure for themselves or their companies. It covers the wide range of topics required to understand what Azure really is and is not. Space is limited so if you are considering Azure, register for this event today.Agenda:Module 1: Introduction to cloud computer and AzureHow it worksKey ScenariosThe development environment and SDKModule 2: Using Web RolesBasic ...
A while back, maybe 6 months, I got some bad news about 2010. Microsoft was removing Office from the MOSS equivalent of 2010, so basically my alias would be obsolete the second 2010 caught on in the community. I thought about it for some time. I had some discussions with friends in the community. I even noticed that the MOSSMan changed his twitter id. I started my blog around a WSS 3.0 project when I worked for LRS in there St. Louis Office in February/March 2007. So I think it’s fitting to keep ...
Topeka DNUG is free for anyone to attend! Mark your calendars now! SPEAKER: Troy Tuttle is a self-described pragmatic agilist, and Kanban practitioner, with more than a decade of experience in delivering software in the finance and health industries and as a consultant. He advocates teams improve their performance through pursuit of better practices like continuous integration and automated testing. Troy is the founder of the Kansas City Limited WIP Society and is a speaker at local area groups on ...
Below is the current list of charities that will be receiving free software implementations at the 3rd Annual Coders4Charities event on March 26-28, 2010 at Centriq Training in Leawood, KS. 1st Breath 1st Breath is committed to providing education, advocacy, and public awareness of stillbirth in addition to assisting families and medical professionals dealing with the death of a baby. Needs: 1st Breath would like C4C to update their website to allow for interactive forms and the ability to accept ...
I’ve been running around trying to find my place in the community not quite situated yet. This past Monday I attended a community social event where all the community leaders in the area got together and discussed upcoming plans for the year. It was a lot of fun and surprisingly interesting. I thought there would be a lot more people in attendance of this event. I always assumed this area had so many more people. That I would be this tiny itty bitty fish in a very large pond. It didn’t really feel ...
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 ...
I don’t really want to make an “End of 2009, beginning of 2010” post. Mostly because we’re almost in February, but also because I’m sure both of my readers could care less. I do, however, want to mention what I’ve been up to (mostly as just a shout out to all the cool events and people). Last year became SUPER busy right at the end, and so far this year, it’s been exciting too. I have been traveling quite a bit around the Midwest, speaking at user groups and Code Camps. I did HDC last October, then ...
So I did it. I moved, I ran a SharePoint Saturday, and I attended a wedding. I can’t say everything went smoothly in the process, but I will say it all worked out for the best. I started out my stressful adventure a couple months ago with packing and changing everything over to the new address. Here is my account as best as I can describe it to you guys… I woke up on Friday, December 11th at about 6 am after sleeping on the floor with my boyfriend. The mover’s came at about 7 am to pack the pod. ...
I consider myself extremely fortunate. I go to work everyday and do something I LOVE to do and I get paid quite well for it. Everyone should be that lucky. But about once a year I go through what I call, "Code Burn Out". I still enjoy what I do, I just don't come home and work on my own stuff. I don't spend all my time reading about software development and practicing to make myself better. I spend very little time on Twitter, and I don't even get on my computer very much after normal working hours. ...
So I set out on a quest to install a SharePoint 2010 VM with Bob Davis, one of our 101 instructors for SharePoint Saturday Kansas City and a Co-Leader of the KC Office Geeks. We started around 5 pm and ended around 11 pm. Everything that could possible go wrong went wrong in triplicate. Here is a list of things you need to know: Turn on Virtualization in your bios: Bob did not have virtualization turned on in his bios, so the virtual machine I had stubbed out did not work. You need to make sure that ...
I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. This past Thursday was the last user group meeting of the year and the last meeting with me present as leader. Next week I am meeting with about 4 or 5 people to hand over the KC Office Geeks. Every so often I look back and reflect on where I have come in the past few years and how I got to this point in time. We have 177 people on the mailing list and an average from 15-20 people at each meeting. When Jeff handed off the group to me we were average 3 people per ...
So you are going to an event with 7,000 people that have similar interests to learn about a product that you have a vague idea about…I was excited prior to the event and nervous. I had a very bad week before the event. Every piece of technology that I brought with me to St. Louis broke. I had little sleep trying to get my code done and my technology to the point I started out with that Monday. Finally by Friday I was beat and hung out with my friends…On Saturday I went to Coders and everything after ...
I’ve been a little scarce lately as I prepare for HDC (I’m doing a lightening round), finishing up a project for a client (rollout in a week), and help out some with Sharepoint Saturday, Kansas City (December 12th). Be sure that I will continue my series on building a dev shop and things should get more back to normal after next weekend. Stay tuned… ...
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 ...
So I’ve blogged about this a lot. If you read my blog you know how I got started. Kansas City .Net User Group and walking up to the right person at the right time plus meeting the right people at the right events that just clicked as good people (Lee, Brian, Jeff, John, Tim, Michael). I guess looking back over the past 2 years (as of this month I believe?) in retrospect would be nice. I was pretty hardcore into World of Warcraft back then without many friends newly moved to Kansas City. Right now ...
This month Howard Davy will be discussing SharePoint Designer Workflows. He was one of the volunteers for SharePoint Saturday Kansas City. He helped orchestrate the event with me and a ton of other people. As his day job he’s a SharePoint Trainer, so this should be a really good presentation. If you guys are in Kansas City and find SPD a little scary. I would show up just to see what it actually can do. We are meeting as usual this Thursday at 5:45 pm at Centriq (8700 Stateline, Leawood, KS 66206). ...
My name is Becky Isserman. Everyone in the Kansas City Community knew me as Becky before they even knew who MOSSLover was on the web. I didn’t even buy the domain until last year in April after the first event I attended, STL MOSS Camp. It’s really weird how much I’ve done and how far I’ve come since then. I swear I was ten times more nervous that first time. Who wouldn’t be with there dad in the room? When I was at DC I got up and I spoke and I fumbled ten times less. I can see the pay back for ...
C4C in Kansas City was, once again, an incredible event. There were about 8 charities and probably about 30 developers / designers. We even had our own film crew from KC VideoCore, there to document the event and record the “ninjas” at work. I had the privilege of helping the Focus North America team building an aggregate data interface for personal donation campaigns on the Focus North America Site. The experience taught me, first and foremost, that Joomla is my enemy, but even enemies can work ...
All right so I exaggerated slightly with the title, but I literally did not see my bed for two weeks. A couple weeks ago was Passover, so I flew to Florida to visit my grandmother. Nothing exciting really, but Passover and fixing bugs. Then my grandmother, her husband, and I flew to Philadelphia to see my cousins. We had a pretty full house. I stayed for about a week and drove into the New Jersey B&R Office. I also spoke at the Philadelphia Office Geeks about Silverlight 2.0 and SharePoint. It ...
I don't really have a break until after SharePoint Saturday D.C. Once the break occurs I am going to upgrade my VM with .Net 3.5 (finally get it to stick). Then I am going to write a WCF webservice that will pull data from profile services and search. Plus maybe some image library information for fun. I want to build a ton of controls using Silverlight as the front end and SharePoint as the back end. Check back here in about a month or so for some interesting experiments. I will probably post these ...
I finally am home. I slept most of today, but I finally can say that my bed and I will be connecting. That’s right my king size pillow top will have a nice conversation for 7 hours tonight. A full 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep with Johnny at my side and Gambit laying right in the spot where I want to move my feet. So anyway to recap I started in Kansas City worked my way to Phoenix had a layover in Vegas flew red eye to Boston and got stuck in Newark before I ended up coming home. I saw Joel Oleson, ...
My friends, Clint Edmonson and Mike Benkovich are coming to Kansas City next Tuesday, March 10th for their quarterly community events. Clint will be talking about the cloud and how it will affect our future architectures in the morning and Mike will be sharing some Visual Studio 2008 debugging secrets and developing mobile Windows applications that afternoon. If you live in or around KC or are going to be in the KC metro next Tuesday, head on over to the Microsoft building in Corporate Woods and ...
Last we left our harrowing superhero she was in Kansas City coughing up a storm and running a SharePoint Saturday event.  Now we find her one day off from her speaking gig in Jacksonville, Florida, where she will finally meet the legendary AC.  Will her Silverlight Presentation go well?  Will she make it to SharePoint Saturday New York to help out the mysterious ML?  Tune in next time for details on her adventures with the B&R Gang and AC.
Management Data Warehouse (MDW) & Performance Monitoring When: February 17, 2009 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM Register www.mnssug.org Session 1: SQL Server 2008 Data Collection and the Management Data Warehouse Speaker: Lara Rubbelke, Microsoft One of the more powerful new features for database administration, diagnostics, and trending is the SQL Server 2008 Management Data Warehouse. The new Management Data Warehouse leverages a data collector framework to centralize and store SQL Server system and ...
Just a quick post to show my appreciation for the KCDesignCore user group support tonight. I'm sitting here at Johnson County Community College, Reigner Center, Room 255, to be exact, and I'm witnessing the magic of over 20 Kansas City graphic designers working on a flyer for the event. The KCDesignCore group meets the first Thursday of every month, and this month is a "lab" to design the best PDF flyer to be used to promote the Coders4Charities event April 24-26, 2009. Special thanks to Buck Sommerkamp ...
So I've been in San Francisco for a few days to kind of write about some things I've done and seen. I wanted to kind of just write this out so I can process some of it while it's happening. I've met some really cool people so far one person, Barb, in particular seems pretty cool and really nice. Just the type of person you can sit with and kind of have a decent discussion. Really laid back incredibly smart and awesome. Not overly crazy. The other person I met who is insane, but I like is Neville ...