Experiences and Experiments in Programming

 Saturday, February 23, 2008

Well I got in to Huntsville last night and went to the speaker's event.  We had a game night...not to mention cookies and other food.  Notice I specifically mentioned cookies!  While I am not a big gaming person, I watched Doug Turnure, Keith Elder, and Jeff Barnes play Rock Band.  They did a lot better than I could have!  As a matter of fact, I think Keith needs more to do since it looked like he must play 5 times a day!  Anyway, it is now day 2 and things have started off great.  There is a large group here so I am sure it will be another overwhelming success!

Saturday, February 23, 2008 9:14:48 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Sunday, February 17, 2008

Although I have not been blogging much, I have been spending a ton of time on WPF and Silverlight projects.  I am still doing some things with ASP.NET AJAX but the majority of my time over the last year or so has been spent in what I call the "XAML Technologies".  Recently I had the opportunity to work with 3 other guys from Moxie Interactive on a Silverlight project for a 20th Century Fox movie called Jumper.  The site is an interactive trailer viewing site built entirely in Silverlight 1.0.  Take a look at the Silverlight site and definitely go see the movie!

Sunday, February 17, 2008 11:50:52 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Monday, February 11, 2008

blings_9_25_f Well I am going to get to go to Mix this year.  Jeff Barnes and I went to the first Mix (Mix 06) but neither of us were able to go last year.  Looks like I am headed back this year.  This should be a great year to be there too.  There are going to be plenty of announcements and I am sure there will be a really great look at Silverlight 2.0.

Over the last 2-3 years I have been working with Silverlight (WPF/E) and I am really looking forward to Silverlight 2.0.  Don't get me wrong, I think Silverlight 1.0 is terrific and I don't mind having to write a good deal of JavaScript (I guess I am sick that way).  There are a lot of folks who are waiting till 2.0 so I think the world of Silverlight is just going to explode as more people start to seriously use it.  The future is waiting to be discovered!

Hope to see any of you there!

Monday, February 11, 2008 9:36:18 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

Well our 6th installment of the Alabama Code Camp is well on its way to being here.  The 6th Alabama Code Camp will be in Huntsville, Alabama on February 23, 2008.  It is going to be at Virginia College.

If you have never been to a code camp then you might wonder what in the world it is.  Well, in a nutshell, a code camp is an all day free developers conference.  It is put on by the development community, usually hosted by the local user group with help from volunteers.  The speakers range from the guy you sit next to at work to Microsoft MVPs to INETA speakers to Microsoft employees.  The topics range from beginner level introductions to more advanced topics.  And the material is very code focused so there is not a lot of marketing hype.  This is just the "good stuff".  You will have a chance to network with your peers and ask questions of those that are working with the technologies everyday.

Code camps are great fun.  They usually involve free lunch, breakfast, and, if you stay till the end, free swag!  If you have not registered, visit the site and click on the registration link or just go straight there.

I hope to see you there!

Monday, February 11, 2008 9:00:21 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
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