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Poor Bungie, getting put down by 'the man'. I'm not 100% convinced this whole stunt is over though with Luke Smith's postings on NeoGaf I'm about 99% sure this all really sucks. Considering E3 has pretty much been dead so far, a nice Bungie announcement could have brought things back to life a bit. Microsoft == Killjoy. There could be hundreds of reasons why the 'publisher' (aka Microsoft) decided to hold Bungie back so I won't go into them, I'm only hoping it's something legitimate and not something ...
To the readers of Vitamin CH: Larry Pond sits behind some very good friends of mine at Phoenix Mercury games. Over the last week, I have gotten the joy of attending two games thanks to those same friends. Now, I love the Mercury. They are a great team and they work well together. I also love women’s sports of all kinds. But, I don’t like when women’s sports teams are put at a disadvantage because of a problem outside of their control. Right now, the officiating in the WNBA is causing disadvantages ...
The Twin Cities Developers Guild is having their first meeting (and kickoff cookout) tomorrow evening (Tuesday, July 8, 2008) at New Horizons of Minnesota. The cookout begins at 5pm and the meeting begins at 6pm. Come out and have a burger or brat with us and stay for our featured speaker (see below). If you can't make it this month, be sure to catch next month when we'll have Rocky Lhotka introducing CSLA Light (CSLA in Silverlight.) All we ask is that you RSVP to developersguildevents@gmail... ...
A friend of mine made a blog post about the lack of conferences in Kansas City. Here is the post: http://www.codebucket.org/a... If you don't know Lee Brandt you need to know him, even if he's not necessarily a full on SharePoint Nation Inductee he's a great developer. He was one of my awesome teammates at Coders 4 Charity. I would like to call him one of my friends in Kansas City. He makes some good points. I also ended up in a conversation with Jeff ...
Do the Twin Cities really need ANOTHER .Net User Group? There are two answers to that question. The first is YES, we think so. The second is that we aren't a typical .net user group, even though we focus on Microsoft Technologies. We use the term Developers Guild to imply more than just a roomful of folks sitting around listening to someone talk. Our objective is to bring the various special interest groups of the Twin Cities together and also provide our own events. We think you'll be pretty happy ...
I LOVE being a .NET User Group Member, but I was raised by a hippie mother who believed in activism. She believed in getting involved. I guess a bit of that rubbed off on me. I wanted to get more involved in the .NET community this year, and I am having a blast doing it. One thing still rubs me the wrong way about the .Net community and the IT industry in general: they don't consider Kansas City a player in the IT world. I've blogged about this before. I see conference after conference being held ...
Emad Lotfy, a software engineer in test and fellow developer in my company, discovered yesterday that the EDC 2008 videos are now available on the EDC 2008 official website. See the videos NOW. Recommendations If I happen to choose only one session of those I attended then it’ll be Andrew Pardoe’s CoreCLR session (part 1 end of this file, and part 2 beginning of this file). Other than that,, there’s Also Ahmed Bahaa’s VSTS 2008 and beyond session (this file), Ahmed Farrag’s SAAS session (this file). ...
D'Arcy is one of the most interesting techy people I know, so he seems like the perfect match for this column. When I asked him to do it, he graciously agreed, and got answers back to me pretty quickly. Settling on his picture, however... well that took longer. Where are you from? Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (One hour from the North Dakota border) Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? I chose to become an independent consultant a year ago. ...
I have been participating in the KC Corporate Challenge for the past few weeks. I have been hitting the gym and going to practices for Softball, Basketball, Soccer, and Flag Football. Unfortunately, I pulled something in my foot, so I could not actually play in soccer. I am trying to encourage better fitness in my life alongside more self confidence by speaking at various conferences and user groups. My next speaking engagement (and the biggest one) will be a 15 minute presentation on how to create ...
This is the first in what will hopefully be a series where I ask NINE Questions of various Interesting People in the Technical Industry. My first victim is Andy Dunn of www.thezbuffer.com. 1. Where are you from? I’m from a town called Halesowen, just outside Birmingham in the UK. I’ve lived in the USA for almost 12 years. 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? I work for myself. I have no products besides my own abilities. You are buying ...
Seeing this conference coming together has been very interesting, not only because the subject matter is of great personal interest to me, but also from the standpoint of watching people self organize in the absence of a heirarchy so effectively. Four key principles of Open Space Technology are : Whoever comes are the right people. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. Whenever it starts is the right time. Whenever it is over it is over. To me there exists a great deal of similarity ...
So this year TechEd is divided into two weeks -- one focused on developers and one on IT Pros -- and I'm going as a representative of INETA. We'll have a spot in the community area. INETA is also a big force behind the BOF sessions. If you haven't been to one of those in the past, try to check them out this year. On Monday, June 2 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm we're having an INETA Community Leadership Summit to get the week kicked off right. If you're on Facebook, go add this event. Technorati Tags: INETA,Conferences ...
GeekFest Party at TechEd 2008 Developer Conference Let’s face it, going to technical conferences is good for your career, but it’s not a whole lot of fun. What you need is an outlet. You need to have fun. That’s where we step in. Cheap beer and lousy pizza! We are bringing back GeekFest! Join us at Howl at the Moon for a night of lousy pizza, cheap beer, dueling pianos, socializing and one wild rubber duck competition….yes, a rubber duck competition. There is limited invitations available, so what ...

I will be going to TechEd 2008 in Orlando (developer week).  As most of you know, I'm a twitter addict and usually post updates from conferences and general technology related information this way in a more realtime manner than my blog.  You can follow me at http://twitter.com/lespaulrob

It will be a fun ride!  :-)

So when I started blogging, I assured myself that I wouldn't waste anyone's time by posting socially irrelevant noise that just added to the spam we all have grown to hate. Without the "Hanselman connection" this post might be considered questionable. I was in my hotel room, tired and thirsty. It's a fancy hotel you know, so there are no vending machines on the floors where the rooms filled with people are located. You must dress yourself and venture down to the lobby and make a legitimate purchase ...
Another good party with Jeffrey Palermo at DevTeach in Toronto. Always good to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Jeffrey and I showed up a bit early for the party at Menage. What a great view on the outside patio overlooking the city street. Geeks would be arriving in droves momentarily. Given the typical percentages of male/female attendees at these events and user groups in general, I was surprised when a young woman showed up by herself and sat at a table by herself near the back. Turns ...
I am headed to Toronto Canada for DevTeach tomorrow. Scott Hanselman has the keynote first thing Tuesday morning. Lots of great sessions planned and networking with fellow user group leaders and members from Canada. What a great country. Everyone I've met from up there has been incredibly nice. Monday night is the traditional Party With Palermo. That's always a great place to catch up with a lot of familiar faces at these events. I'm also looking forward to the .NET Rocks hosted panel discussion ...
So from a note on Jason Langridge's blog about Mobile 2.0 I started looking deeper at some of the recent developments in the mobile world. Of particular note is the presentation embedded below from Rudy De Waele of m-trends.org and I would encourage anyone who is remotely interested in where things are heading with regards to mobile usage, Internet and information services to review this. | View | Upload your own Rudy definitely appears to have a finger on the pulse of what's going on in the rapidly ...
DevTeach Toronto - one of the best developer conferences in Canada - is less than a week away! Are you going? If not, you'll be missing out on a keynote address by Scott Hanselman, a panel discussion featuring Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, a highly-acclaimed "Party with Palermo" social event with Jeffrey Palermo, the ability to attend tons of sessions covering the latest & greatest technologies, and the opportunity to connect with many of your peers from across Canada and around the world. ...
So after the User Group Management Summit was over, a bunch of us also attended ALT.NET. It's a free conference by developers held in the Open Spaces format. I never would have believed how successful that format actually is unless I experienced it myself. I was pretty impressed and enjoyed several of the sessions I was able to attend. Touched bases with tons of friends, and even met some new ones. I especially enjoyed Scott Hanselman's session "Are we innovating or just porting?" Check out my buddy ...
CIPS Regina has done an incredible job setting up a 2 day seminar May 13 - 14th in Regina, SK. This seminar has Tech, Business and Student tracks on the first day; Tech and Business tracks on the second day. Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, is the feature presenter at this seminar. Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has significant experience in architecture, design, and development of ...
So I have a few conferences coming up...MVP Summit, Dev Teach, and Tech Ed. I didn't want to drag my 17" full-keyboard HP monstrosity around with me to all of those, so I picked up a smaller HP laptop as my "conference" laptop. Sweet little machine...2.0 Ghz AMD 64 bit chip with 4 GB of Ram. So the next question is...which OS do I put on it? Vista Home Premium comes pre-installed...but I'm obviously not sticking with that. I figure I have a few options: Vista Ultimate Server 2003 Server 2008 Any ...
In this post I would like to share my experiences with the new communitar I found few days ago - next application I found with help of friend of mine Chris Koenig - called just Digsby. What this communicator is so special? I would like to explain this in next few lines of my post. However, at the begging let me back few years back and introduce some problems I had with my previous communicators. Gadu Gadu It is really simple application, but one serious bug I am ecountering is conctact list synchronization. ...
Well I'm back from Vegas having attended the Microsoft Mix '08 conference. It was a first time Mix attendee and I must say my walking away impression is very positive. One of the things I liked the most, in addition to Silverlight 2.0, was the incorporation of designers AND developers. Typically, the conferences I attend or present at have an obvious, developer-centric slant on content. I enjoyed the sessions discussing design issues, strategies, and user experiences. I specifically enjoyed a number ...
Twin Cities XNA User Group - March 20, 2008 3D Game Development March Guest Speaker: Nick Landry This session quickly skims over the basics and takes you through an iterative approach towards building your first 3D game: a remake of the Space Invaders classic! Using live demos we’ll discuss the structure of a game, including the game loop, game time, initialization and workflow, explore the managed code libraries that form the XNA Framework, work with the XNA Framework Content Pipeline that allows ...
So I'm doing a bunch of traveling over the next few months to conferences and what not, and I'm not overly keen on bringing my beast with me on all of them. I'm considering getting a "conference laptop"...something small and portable yet powerful enough to run VPC's when I'm doing my talks. Just curious what you guys use when traveling and what you've found works best/worst out of the small laptop market. D ...
A quote from Jeffery Palermo regarding the Code Camp Project: "The mission of the first release is to provide an ASP.NET MVC Framework solution that can serve as the CodeCamp website for a user group. The project will be able to track and manage multiple conferences for a single user group." Funny enough, Pallermo never seemed to care about code camps. Suddenly he - and others - became the world’s expert on code camps, scheduling speakers, displaying sponsor logos and arranging catering. I wonder, ...
It's beginning to look like the start of the Code Camp Season, with at least 12 scheduled over the next 4 months. If you are organizing a code camp, there is a new open source project that Jeffery Palermo has started called CodeCampServer. The project aims to provide a solution that can server as the web site for a code camp and will be able to track and manage multiple conferences for a single user group. The project will use the ASP.NET MVC Framework and the MvcContrib. The project hasn't had their ...
For those interested in hearing me speak (or avoiding me altogether ;) I will be speaking at the Tulsa SQL Server Group on March 17th, 2008 and at the Little Rock TechExpo on March 27th, 2008. Tulsa SQL Server Group March 17th, 2008 Location: Oklahoma State University( OSU - Tulsa ) 6:30 - 6:45 Announcements 6:45 - 7:30 Presentation - Peers & Special Guests! 7:30 - 7:45 Drawings and Door Prizes 8:30 - ? Club Pub Little Rock TechExpo 2008 March 27th, 2008 Location: University of Arkansas at Little ...
I went to see a sneak preview of the Spiderwick movie the other night (It was good, but that's not what this entry is about) and I saw a movie trailer for what I can only call... The GeeksWithBlogs movie. (Yes... that's D'Arcy in the middle, in case you were wondering.) Apparently this movie was filmed at various Code Camps, Conferences and Chipotles around the country. If you look closely you can no doubt recognize other "famous" GWB personalities in this picture. That's Jeff Julian just right of ...
Just got the good news: I am a MVP for one more year :-) My first MVP award last year was for ASP.NET, but due to my new tasks in the field of WPF and Silverlight, I've been awarded one for Client Application Development this year. I think it makes sense, since my activities are really focused on the client (not just the UI, but mainly), and this is also what I have been blogging and speaking about last year. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Over the past week, it was announced that the ALT.NET Mailing list was changing its name. David Laribee asked for suggestions a while ago for suggestions on how to best split up the ALT.NET mailing list to get it more focused. The idea was to get each list more focused such as one for leadership, one for Q&A and one for peer review. Over the weekend, the ALTNETCONF mailing list was changed to CLI_DEV. Since that time, there has been a backlash against the name change for the fear that the group ...
The Philly .NET User Group has announced their 2008 Code Camp schedule. These hugely popular (and FREE!) conferences normally fill up very quickly, but this year, the User Group is partnering with DeVry university, which is going to allow them to host much larger conferences, with the first conference in January scheduled for 8 tracks and 48 sessions. Registration opens on December 15, and I believe if you register on the Philly.NET web site, you can choose to be notified when the registration opens, ...
After my experience at Dev Teach, I've decided to do away with the term "Rock Star" to associate with those that we deem as the top echelon of our industry. When you look at the musical version of Rock Stars, what do you think of? - Ego driven/Narcisistic- Expectation of appreciation by fans- Driven by monetary gain (Why are concerts only in the larger city centers?)- Assumption of relevence Rock Stars exist in our industry, make no mistake. At the recent Canadian MVP Summit that us UG leaders were ...
I really enjoyed this discussion. I knew I wanted to go to this when I saw that it was Scott Hanselman (great podcaster and now a Microsoft employee), Phil Haack (of SubText and now Microsoft), Rob Conery (of SubSonic and now Microsoft developing Subsonic full time), and Shaun Walker (of DotNetNuke). I love how panel discussions take on a life of their own, depending on the audience. This was definitely like that because we had some interesting people in the audience. Among the crowd, the first person ...
Observation 1: IT is still a VERY male dominated field. There are probably 300 people here and definitely less than 10 women. I won't speculate as to the social, cultural or genetic reasons for this but I continue to be surprised by this. I know many women that are awesome developers and architects. Observation 2: Presenters like Macbooks. I'd say that 1/2 the presenters at this Microsoft event have been using Macbooks to do their presentations. It's not because of OSX's superiority since they are ...
It's time for the next installment of the monthly Caffeinated Codey awards, where the link love flows for my favorite posts from the month. For Best Software As RoadKill Analalogy...Ben Scheirman on Don't Make Squirrel Burgers. The next time your boss tries to haggle you over the estimate, just pull out Ben's squirrel burger story. If that doesn't work, you may want to just feed your boss a squirrel burger when he's not looking, thereby earning you a several day deadline extension as he recovers ...
[NOTE: First of many posts on the ALT.NET conference in Austin that I attended this weekend] Initial Doubts - Before I left for the ALT.NET conference, one of my co-workers mentioned that he had visited the conference site and was a little "under-whelmed" by the agenda. I must admit that his comment caused me to suddenly doubt the wisdom of my decision to attend the event. I was used to large, well-organized conferences like Tech Ed and VSLive where you had hundreds of detailed abstracts to choose ...
Beyond the whole "Day two was Awesome" type shit. The things that are still with me as I drift between sleep and writing are these: The open spaces format is extremely cool. You have to have a passionate group of people and if you have that it seems that you can't go wrong. I truely hope that more conferences are run this way. I am only going to touch on this briefly, but I have found it amazing how we all interperate what all this ALT.Net stuff really means. The simplest transalation is 'Options.Net' ...
For years, I have fussed (and that's putting it mildly) about the state of software development. I have no end to my frustrations about trying to build software correctly while managers directors and such just want me to "code something". In the last several months, a few colleagues and I have started sharing emails about work-related frustrations on this topic. One of my recurring points is that we have no one to blame but ourselves. Oh I'm sure you, the reader, always capture requirements and always ...
I've often heard the phrase "seven year itch" in reference to the inclination of people to become unfaithful after seven years of marriage. I guess seven years has some mystical or mathematical significance when it comes to the human attention span. It's easy to imagine such a milestone leading someone to "climb the stupid tree", as a good friend of mine is fond of saying. However, sometimes I think that this general restlessness can be a positive force in life and help prod us out of a patch of ...
Today is the first day of Pakistan Developer Conference 2007. PDC 2007 is five conferences in the row from 2003. Today I attended the awesome tracks of Naveed Bajwa he is Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) for Connected System Development, today in his first track he presents us the workflow implementation through Microsoft InfoPath 2007 and MOSS 2007. The good thing that I found is demos that he shows in his presentation [increase my practical KBs]. I found a very fascinating feature of ...
Its once again its time for the weeklong geek-fest known as TechEd. This year is my 5th TechEd in a row, and I am looking forward to getting to reconnect with many of the people I only see at conferences and events. I was also pleasantly surprised at the number of interesting (to me at least) sessions that are scheduled for this year. My Schedule is already jam packed with sometimes 2-3 talks per time slot so its going to be hectic to say the least. Also, if your in Orlando on Sunday night, come ...
I wanted to ... oh yes, I wanted to come to TechEd. It is one of the best conferences out there and it is something that you will find simply overwhelming. I am unable to attend as the product that I have been working on for more than a year for Lipper is about to release (June 15th) and that is tooooo close to be messing around at a conference (no matter how cool I think that conference might be). I have to say though that the product we are releasing (for the financial services industry) is outstanding ...
It's now Tuesday lunchtime here in Montreal. Day one of DevTeach for me is now done, with the user group summit taking all day. Some really good information was learned by all, and then the keynote this morning confirmed another DevTeach in November, but now on the west coast in Vancouver. It will be nice to have 2 such conferences annually, and not just piggyback on the shoulders of an american tour, But, today's sessions so far... Introduction to WPF Interesting discussion about what it can do ...
I have to respond to Jeff's SharePoint book post on all of the GWB guys writing SharePoint books. Jeff, John, Murray, and I all seem to meet up at the major conferences and almost always hang out at least 4 of the 5/6 nights. I can say with confidence that all of the SharePoint development books that are coming out are written by seasoned developers and architects and personally, I can't wait to see what the other guys have written! I hope that all of our books aren't seen in the eyes of the readers ...
If you are a golfer, did you know that out of 85 golfers only 15% could accurately aim at a hole from six feet away. Now I don't feel so bad when I'm out on the links trying to guess will it go this way or that way. I caught this interesting read from the Boston Globe today. A hundred golf pros, gadget makers, golfers, and scientists filed into MIT's Wong Auditorium yesterday for the second annual Better Golf Through Technology conference. While the university hosts a multitude of lectures and conferences ...
A new book on WCF was just published by Juval Lowy at IDesign. For those of you that don't know, Juval is Microsoft's Regional Director for the Silicon Valley area and has helped in the internal strategic design reviews for the .NET Framework. He has presented sessions at the last two Tech·Ed conferences on WCF and helped shape the technical strategy and direction for WCF with Microsoft. I haven't picked up my copy yet, but will be getting one soon. The book focuses on the "why" behind particular ...
This post became too long that I had to split to two parts (1, 2). I intended to write this after the 3rd day in MDC, but I got REALLY busy after that, I was too stressed for Dody's travelling as well (he's already outside Egypt now, should be back in three weeks), and really tired as well, and even sort of sick too :(. I thought it was too late to blog it afterwards, until my friend Mohamed R. Samy called me yesterday, and we had discussions on some of the few good parts of the last MDC (mainly ...
While browsing the Tech-Ed 2006, I have found about Girly Geekdom, a blog hold by Sarah Blow to provide information and organize events on girl in IT. They are organizing a dinner at Tech-Ed and I will probably be joining them. It is really exciting to find out there are people out there like me! I really like my job and I think I am not too bad at it, but sometimes feel lonely or freaky. Also, I've been thinking for a while about organizing some sort of community of Girls in Technology but then ...