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News Brandy Favilla is currently the Community Engagement Manager at New Horizons of Minnesota ( In this position, she helps people define and build their careers through educational events. Brandy focuses on networking with members of the Information Technology community to form partnerships in education. She strives to maintain New Horizons’ reputation as a high-quality learning center throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Some of her accomplishments include chairing the committee for both the TechFuse and MindSurf Conferences hosted by New Horizons, co-chairing Twin Cities Code Camp and Twin Cities SharePoint Camp, Co-host of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, VP of PR for TechMasters (, Communications Chair of PACT (, Programs chair for IAMCP, President of the Business Intelligence User Group ( and actively participating in the SharePoint User Group ( *the thoughts and opinions in this blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of New Horizons of Minnesota
Twin Cities IT and Developer Events Postings by Brandy Favilla

A Crash Course in HLSL (September 11th, 2008)

Microsoft’s High-Level Shader Language (HLSL) is a shading language developed to give graphics programmers complete control over the graphics in their applications. This talk starts at the very basics explaining what a shader is, how it works, how to write one, and why they’re so important in the future of next-gen graphics.


Matt Christian is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stout studying Applied Mathematics and Computer Science with a concentration in Software Development. In 2006 he was the outstanding graduate in the IT – Programmer/ Analyst degree at Northcentral Technical College. He has been programming game demos since high school and has been actively learning DirectX, OpenGL, XNA, and other game related topics. You can find out more about his current projects at or

What is the Twin Cities Languages User Group?

As developers, we use a number of languages throughout the lifecycle of a project and our careers in general. Learning core aspects and features from other langauges can help a developer apply new techniques and designs to their own projects. This group is open to anyone who has a deep appreciation for programming languages and all of their related topics (compilation, parsing, execution, syntax, etc.). Talks are not limited to any OS or VM (or lack thereof). If you want to talk about Ruby, F#, Lisp, etc., stop on by!


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I relocated my projects site so that projects link won't work. The new link is:
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