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Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award Given to Manager at Professional Services Firm Rand Group

Each year, Microsoft awards an elite group of technical professionals who have demonstrated leadership in the community with the Most Valuable Professional Award. Recently Teresa Burger, Manager at Rand Group, received this prestigious award for her ongoing contributions to the technical community, and her acumen with the Expression Blend product.

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Posted On Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:35 AM | Comments (0)

Dallas Day of .NET
RIA Consulting, LLC is hosting the third annual Dallas Day of .NET at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving Texas on February 8th and 9th 2013. This year brings several highlighted speakers including Scott Hunter and Richard Campbell. See the full list of speakers at http://www.dallasdayofdotne... I enjoy the Dallas Day of .NET for the great networking opportunities. I meet more local IT and Development managers at this event than I do at our other local events. It is great to be ......

Posted On Sunday, January 13, 2013 4:57 PM | Comments (0)

Dallas First Robotics Competition (FRC) 2012
Wow! That is all I have to say after three fun filled days in a world that fed the geek, sparked the competitor, inspired the humanitarian, encouraged the inventor, and continuously warmed the heart in me. First Robotics FRC 2012 First Robotics is an amazing program that strives to inspire young people to get involved with science and technology. To accomplish this goal, they team up young people with engineering minded mentors to create machines with a goal of competing both on the field and by ......

Posted On Sunday, April 1, 2012 1:39 AM | Comments (0)

Dallas GiveCamp Jan 14th-16th 2011
A big Thank You to everyone who showed up for and sponsored Dallas GiveCamp 2011. As did many others, I had a great time and made some lasting new relationships as well as bonded with old friends. I owe a special thanks to Shawn Weisfeld and Chris Koenig for asking me to help with this project. It was a great weekend of hard work and community. Attendees over came some kinks and issues to produce some great work for Charity. I have gotten a lot of fantastic feedback from both developers and charities. ......

Posted On Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:39 AM | Comments (1)

Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 DFW DevCamp (Silverlightpalooza) is around the corner
It is really shaping up to be everything I had hoped. Prizes are stacked up behind me. Food is in place. I have a set of wonderful volunteers beside me. The event has been full for weeks. I will not be doing any official blogging for this event on this blog. You will have to watch the official blog for that http://silverlightpalooza.d... – June 18th and 19th. I plan to post pictures and descriptions of everyone’s projects during the event. It is going to be wonderful fun. Shawn ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:00 PM | Comments (0)

Dallas GiveCamp Oct 2011
74 Developers, 13 Charities helped, 0 slices of pizza served. GiveCamp is a national organization to help people organize development events for charity. Dallas GiveCamp is one of those events where Developers give back by building websites or solutions for charity. This years Dallas GiveCamp was held at CTRECH Hilton. With classrooms and whiteboards available to each charity group individually, we had the most hours worked on site that I have seen in past years. Many people where here all night ......

Posted On Sunday, October 23, 2011 12:28 PM | Comments (0)

Victor Gaudioso will be in Dallas Sept 25th and 26th
I really do want to get back to technical blog posts but I have one more announcement first. Victor Gaudioso will be in Dallas September 25th and 26th. This will be the first of what I hope will become a series of weekends with Silverlight related authors that I am calling "sharing the light". If this works out well, I am hoping to organize 4-5 sessions a year. They will be one or two days -- authors choice. Please sign up for Sharing the Light - Victor Gaudioso dives into Silverlight Development ......

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2010 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

What is happening to our IT workforce?
During the course of my experiences as a parent and as an active tech community member, I have had opportunities to observe students-- both mentored and not mentored--who have worked on websites and who use technology at various skill levels. I have also heard a LOT of talk from the IT community about the value of diversity in the work force and the lack of diversity in IT. Concern that minority students are not looking at IT positions as likely possibilities for their career choices is a "hot" topic, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Comments (1)

Using the MVVM design pattern and Blend
Update!!! Sorry but I have some work priorities that need to take precedence. I will not be able to give this presentation. Michael Perry has graciously agreed to give an MVVM talk in my place. I plan to still be there with laptop and Blend in hand so if you had some specific Blend questions, look me up. I will also be posting my MVVM with NAV WebServices project to this blog soon. Join us October 19th at the Forth Worth .NET UG ( where I will lead a discussion about using the ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2010 10:27 PM | Comments (0)

Introducing North Texas Silverlight User Group
I can comfortably say that Caleb Jenkins is my favorite mentor in DFW and has been a key influencer in my .net career. Please come out to see him talk about Silverlight at the first meeting of the North Texas Silverlight User Group at the Microsoft offices in Irving, TX on October 11th. A Blendable Note – The Noth Texas Silverlight User Group (http://www.ntsilverlight.c... is going to dedicate 20-30 minute block for a “Blend tip of the month”. You don’t want to miss this!! ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2010 9:40 PM | Comments (0)

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