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Wow, it only seems like just last week I was sitting at my PC trying to determine what I was going to concentrate on in software development for 2009.  I had also just started the Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) in September 2008 and I was trying to figure out how to get speakers scheduled.  Then, things started to quickly fall into place.  My local INETA mentor, Frank La Vigne, provided me with a few names of well respected .NET MVPs who would most likely be interested in speaking at FredNUG.  (Thanks Frank!)  After a few tweets with the speakers, I had the first half of 2009 booked and the year hadn’t even started yet.  It wasn’t until I started looking into some of the speakers’ past events that I realized there was a whole .NET Code Camp world I was missing.  I had previously attended the local NoVa Code Camp, but I did not realize how many similar events were so close to my locale.  After posting the upcoming code camp links on the FredNUG website, I decided to keep the other events in mind.  Then, while attending the January MSDN event in Reston, VA, I decided to take a more active role in the software community by submitting abstracts for code camps and sharing some of my experience and knowledge with others in the community.  So, as the “call for speakers” were announced at the various code camps in the area, I submitted abstracts on areas of my expertise in hopes of being able to share as well as soak up material at the events.  What a blast!  It’s difficult to convey the great value of attending and speaking at community events.  Aside from the knowledge attained, code camps and user group meetings are an excellent opportunity to network with well-respected and knowledgeable software developers while exchanging viewpoints on the technologies as they emerge.  During my speaking sessions there were often interesting tidbits being offered up by attendees and I’ve always been a big believer of incidental knowledge.  And so, my big concentration this past year ended up becoming more involved in the software community at-large.  I would encourage others to become more involved in the local software community either by attending or speaking at user group meetings or code camps in 2010.

2009 Presentation Log 

  • March 7, 2009, Roanoke Code Camp, Roanoke, VA; Unity Application Block-Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control
  • March 25, 2009, Frederick .NET User Group Monthly Meeting; Performance of Everyday Constructs
  • April 4, 2009, Pittsburgh Code Camp, Pittsburgh PA;
    • How about a little Unity? – Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control
    • Implementing the Model-View-ViewModel pattern in WPF and Silverlight
  • April 18, 2009, Philly.NET Code Camp, Fort Washington, PA; How about a little Unity? – Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control
  • April 25, 2009, Richmond Code Camp, Richmond, VA; Implementing the Model-View-ViewModel pattern in WPF and Silverlight
  • May 23, 2009, NoVa Code Camp, Reston, VA;
    • Understanding the Benefits of ASP.NET MVC
    • Utilizing Windows Live Framework & Mesh
  • June 24, 2009, Frederick .NET User Group Monthly Meeting; Utilizing Windows Live Framework & Mesh
  • June 25, 2009, NoDeNUG Monthly Meeting, Newark, DE; Utilizing Windows Live Framework & Mesh
  • September 9, 2009, RockNUG Monthly Meeting, Rockville, MD; Utilizing Windows Live Framework & Mesh
  • September 19, 2009, Raleigh Code Camp, Raleigh, NC; Developing WPF Applications with Prism
  • October 3, 2009, Richmond Code Camp, Richmond, VA;
    • Developing WPF Applications with Prism
    • Building Loosely Coupled Applications with Unity – Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control
  • October 10, 2009, NoVa Code Camp, Reston, VA; Building Loosely Coupled Applications with Unity – Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control
  • October 17, 2009, Philly.NET Code Camp, Fort Washington, PA;
    • Exceptional Exception Handling and Automatic Memory Management
    • Developing WPF Applications with Prism
  • November 19, 2009, Pittsburgh .NET, Pittsburgh, PA; Unity Application Block-Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control
  • December 5, 2009, Central Penn .NET Code Camp, Harrisburg, PA; Developing WPF Applications with Prism

 

A big THANKS to everyone who presented at FredNUG this year.  There were a great variety of subjects presented by some very enthusiastic developers.

2009 FredNUG Topics/Presenters

  • January 28 – (Cancelled due to inclement weather)
  • February 25 - Using Silverlight in SharePoint, Sahil Malik
  • March 25  – Intro to Table PC, Frank La Vigne
  • April 22 – Coding for Fun and Profit, Jeff Schoolcraft
  • May 27 – Dissecting DevEvents.com:  A Look at a Real World ASP.NET MVC Implementation, Steve Andrews
  • June 24 – Advanced Techniques for Everyday Development – Building a Basic Text Messaging System using Behavior-Driven Development with Mock Objects, Ned Ames
  • July 22 – Bot Bash Game Night
  • August 26 – LINQ to SQL in N-Tier Applications, Steve Michelotti
  • September 22 – Refactoring, Patterns, New Language Features, Code Quality and More!, Claudio Lassala
  • October 28 – Mash-up Your DotNetNuke using RESTful APIs, Antonio Chagoury
  • November 18 – Building Silverlight LOB Apps, John Baird
  • December 15 – 15 Minutes of Fame Talks

 

Looking forward to 2010

It’s difficult to predict what the new year will bring.  However, I’m sure the release of .NET 4.0 and VS2010 will get folks excited in a hurry. Aside from eagerly anticipating this release, I’m going to build on my accomplishments in 2009 and take my presentations and FredNUG to the next level.  While I did start blogging in 2009, I cannot be accused of spending too much time posting articles, so in 2010 I’ll be posting more regularly.  In addition, I’m going to add two other goals, writing articles and getting other folks to attend and speak at events.  I know of some very knowledgeable .NET developers who would make great presenters.  Hopefully, they’ll be accompanying me as I traverse the area attending code camps and user group meetings in 2010.

 

Happy New Year!  See you at an upcoming community event in 2010.  

Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009 3:51 PM | Back to top


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