Experiences and Experiments in Programming

 Monday, November 13, 2006

I have been meaning to mention that I won the 8th place prize in October from Community Credit. The 8th place prize is a really cool lightening disc for lack of a better term.  You can see a picture of one here.  If you have not visited Community Credit yet, check it out!

Monday, November 13, 2006 12:29:35 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Saturday, November 11, 2006

I posted a new book review on Digital Photography Hacks. While it might not seem like much of a technology book, developing for the web does mean occasionally being a photographer.  I am often asked to take new photos or do post processing on existing photos for use as images for a website.  I assume many others are in the same situation.  Anything that helps me take better digital photography, makes me a better web developer.  As a UI developer, graphics is of great interest to me.  So you will see more reviews on books dealing with photography, Photoshop, and graphics in the near future.  Click here to read the review.

Saturday, November 11, 2006 4:44:43 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Well I don't know if I am late to the game on this or not but Jeff just brought to my attention that the Mix '07 dates and location have been announced.  It looks like it is going to be at the Venetian in Las Vegas again April 30 - May 02!  For anyone who was not able to attend last year, the event was excellent.  A ton of great information!  I hope I will be able to go again this year!  Looks like registration is going to begin sometime in January!

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006 3:31:12 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Jeremy Chance and I spoke with Doug Turnure at the Code Camp in Montgomery about doing a .NET University run in Birmingham sometime before the end of the year.  Tentatively looks like we might shoot for December 11 and 12.  I will announce the final dates and details when we have more.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 8:06:48 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Monday, October 30, 2006

For anyone that attended my presentations at the Code Camp in Montgomery, as promised, I will get the slide stacks and the code samples out here on the blog in the next day or so!

Monday, October 30, 2006 3:56:07 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

My wife has been very patient over the past month or so with all the work I have been doing at home and late into the night.  So I promised that after Code Camp last Saturday I would rest my fingers and give her and my little princess of a daughter some attention!  Accordingly, I didn't even crack the computer for the rest of the weekend.

But now I thought I would say a couple of things about how this last code camp went.

On Friday night before the day of the code camp, as is customary, the speakers got together to chat prior to the event.  It was a good night.  Jeff Barnes and I carpooled together and after a fairly short drive down south we met the gang at the Montgomery Brewery and Pub.  The band they had was in costume (I think)!  If you were there, you know what I mean :)  We had some food and good company!  Doug Turnure joined us for this code camp for a couple of reasons.  First, Joe Healy had some pressing matters he had to attend to.  Second, Doug will be taking over as DE for our area in December.  So while our thoughts were with Joe, we welcomed Doug into the Wild and Crazy world of Alabama!

As far as the actual Code Camp, I think we have had our 3rd successful Code Camp.  We had some great speakers, some old, some new, but all entertaining and informative!  As I mentioned in a previous post, the inaugural run of the .NET University occurred at this Code Camp and went well.  I think the attendees got a great look at the four technologies headed their way in .NET 3.0!

The word on the street is that the guys down in Mobile at the Lower Alabama .NET User Group are getting reved up on the fourth code camp.  Looks like it might take place sometime around April or May of 2007!  I'm looking forward to that one.  I guess I need to sand-proof my laptop.  I wish those guys luck and look forward to seeing what they come up with.  I anticipate another great success story.  So as we say goodbye to another code camp, we look forward to the future (and the beach) with anticipation.  Maybe I should start working on my presentations NOW!

Monday, October 30, 2006 3:54:35 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tonight I attended the 3rd Annual AITA Leadership in Technology Awards.  The company I work for, Softech Development, was nominated for the Small Technology Company of the Year.  So I would just like to thank everyone in Softech for working so hard to help make Softech a consideration for this type of award!
Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:50:08 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Wednesday, October 25, 2006

On October 13, Doug Turnure announced the official opening of .NET University for business.  This afternoon Doug announced that the inaugural run of the .NET University will take place at the Alabama Code Camp in Montgomery, AL on October 28.

So here is how it is going to work.  If you are not registered yet for the Code Camp, do that first.  Click here to register for the third Alabama Code Camp.  Once you have done that, or if you were already registered, there is a separate registration for the .NET University.  Click here to register for .NET University at the Alabama Code Camp.  You do not have to register for .NET University to attend any of the sessions.  However if you do register and you attend each of the sessions that are a part of .NET University (there are four), you will receive a t-shirt and a "graduation" certificate!  If you want to see what the t-shirts and certificates look like, you can see them on the .NET University Alumni Page.  This is going to be great fun and some really good information.  I am proud to be presenting the WPF .NET University session and expect to see everyone there!

Don't worry if you can't make it to the Code Camp.  There will be plenty of other opportunities to attend a .NET University.

The mission of .NET University is to give a good technical overview of what is new in .NET 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX).  The .NET University consists of four sessions: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), and Windows CardSpace.  These are the four new technologies introduced in .NET 3.0.  If you are trying to get up to speed on what is coming soon in .NET 3.0, this is definately the way to do it!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 9:27:24 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
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