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I put in my notice at work 2 weeks ago and am actively searching for some cutting edge .Net web development work.

The last 2 1/2 years have been great with my current employer. I’ve learned a lot in the technology training space and have met many good people along the way, but it’s time to get back into full blown development.

Here is what I’m looking for:

Cutting edge web development (not necessarily bleeding edge)

Some flexibility in the work schedule.

A company that is as concerned with maintainability as they are with speed of development. Hopefully they are at least unit testing, using an automated build process with good source control.

A team environment would be preferable to a one man show.

Getting to mentor and periodically teach a class would be a big plus.

I would like to be working out of Iowa City, but that is optional if there is some work flexibility.

If you work at a place like this and are looking for a web developer, please contact me through my About page.

Written by Chris Sutton

July 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm

MCT TechEd 08 Interview

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If you are interested in becoming an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) and want to hear from an experienced MCT then watch Ken Rosen’s interview (Titled “MCT – It’s not just for breakfast anymore!”) with Matthew Roche from the TechEd 2008 Developer week.

Matthew points out that good MCTs, hopefully the ones that stick around the program, are technically solid and are passionate about telling others about the technologies they work with.

A key point he made was that being an MCT is not an ego trip. Some people may like to get up in front of people and have the class be about them. Being an MCT makes the class about the students and the conversation during the course. I’ve been an MCT for 2 1/2 years and I tell students at the beginning of the class that I’m not up in front of the class to hear myself talk but to help them learn and grow. Students feel much more free to participate as a result. That being said the trainer definitely leads the class and keeps it on track, but the course is not about the MCT.

I think the funniest part is where Matthew describes MCTs as “vocal”. That might be a slight understatement.

There are benefits that come along with being an MCT such as getting access to all of the current and beta courseware for free and getting access to some tools that otherwise cost a lot of money. From a business and billing perspective it can be very beneficial because if people like you in the classroom that could turn into some good consulting.

But the most valuable part of the program is the existing community of MCTs. You get access to a large, experienced community that you can run ideas by and who can give you feedback on courses they have already taught. This is invaluable.

Written by Chris Sutton

June 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm

TechEd 08

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My flight leaves for Orlando at 5am this Saturday for the TechEd 2008 developers week. I’m working as a Technical Learning Guide (TLG) in the Hands on Labs area.

The highlight of the week will be getting to present an “Advanced MVC” Instructor Led Lab (ILL) on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. If you attend you’ll get to do things like build a custom view engine, swap out the controller factory and use some more powerful routes.  Should be a good time.

I’ll also be at Party with Palermo on Monday Night and the Influencer/MVP Party Wednesday night (no, I’m not an MVP).

Between working 32 hours as a TLG, a couple of parties and and attending some sessions; I think I’ll have a full week.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm

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Dime Casts is live

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Derik Whittaker has been building up a site called Dime Casts that is a series of well done videos demonstrating a variety of development techniques and skills. Currently there are 4 screencasts related to getting started with nUnit, but there are many more topics to come. Check this great learning resource.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 27, 2008 at 8:16 am

Visual Studio and .Net 3.5 2008 SP 1

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.Net Bloggers, you are clogging up my Google Reader view with all of the meaningless posts about about SP1. If you have nothing to add to the announcement, then please don’t :) Scott Guthrie and several others have said plenty about it and have done it well.

This post is mainly in jest, but please add something to the discussion if you blog it. Ironically, I’m not adding much to the discussion either with this post. I’m interested to hear what breaks as a result of installing it or what new features or fixes are part of SP1.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 13, 2008 at 8:05 am

Iowa Code Camp – ahhh

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Our first code camp happened last Saturday and it was a smashing success.

Updated: Cindy’s pictures are uploaded here.

~120 people attended 25 sessions in 5 tracks over the course of the day. We aren’t that big of a market compared to many places that get 200-300 attendees. The vibe of the event was upbeat, the flow was excellent and the speakers were all quality.

Many people and organizations contributed to make this happen. I’d like to thank ITS at the University of Iowa for hosting us, providing the facility and so much more. Ed Hill and Mike Noel went far out of their way to make sure we had what we needed to pull this off.

There were 6 of us that primarily took responsibility for this code camp. Bryan Sampica did much of the marketing and emailed countless people getting the word out. He also arranged though his company to have 50 attendee and 25 leader/volunteer t-shirts made. They were excellent quality and really added to the event.

Javier Lozano brought in a great group of contributors who made all of this financially possible. His work in the sponsor area helped us bring in a great set of prizes for everyone in the closing session. He also did some good things like let us use his company’s conference calling for planning our meetings. We probably wouldn’t have talked much as a group without it (Skype kept failing us).

Greg Sohl handled countless details (the kind I would have overlooked) that really made the flow and experience excellent at the actual event. Without his effort the experience would have been greatly diminished.

Greg Wilson kept the schedule full of high quality speakers and when there was some churn toward the end he stepped up and filled the slots last minute and even filled out the 5th track/room late in the game.

Last but not least, Tom Burns was our liaison for the conference center facility and he coordinated many of the logistical issues with Greg Sohl to make this event run smoothly. He did cool things like coordinate our code camp dinner at The Mill and he got a great Ethiopian blend of coffee(my favorite, thanks).

All of the leaders did much more beyond what I’ve mentioned above, but it would take too long to cover it all in one post. Also, thanks to all of the volunteers who did everything from registering people to setting up the food.

This may seem like excessive thanks, but trust me it is not. An event that runs as well as this only happens because many skilled, conscientious people invest a lot of their own time to make it happen. No one on the planning end of this event got paid a dime for their effort.

I’m looking forward to Iowa Code Camp – Des Moines this November.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Iowa Code Camp is here

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We just had our final code camp planning session at the Coral Ridge Mall tonight. Javier Lozano, Bryan Sampica, Greg Sohl, Greg Wilson, Cindy Nemmers and myself sat and chatted and planned a few last details. Tom Burns has played a big part of this event, but wasn’t able to make it tonight.

There are 150 people signed up. I’ll do a follow up post after the event too give an update on how the event went.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm

2008 Product Launch – Des Moines

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I’m in Mike Benkovich’s session at the Des Moines launch event. The room is almost completely filled up here at the Iowa Events Center. Looks like lots of people are getting to reconnect and learn about some of the new VS 2008 features.

Jeff Brand is in the back here getting ready for his session right after Mike’s. Should be a good afternoon.

Written by Chris Sutton

April 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Register for Iowa Code Camp

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We have over 100 people registered for the code camp, and that happened with very little marketing. We are getting ready to do a round of emails to let people know more of what it is about. We should see the numbers come up quite a bit from there.

If you are interested you should register on the home page to let us know you want to attend. Just go to IowaCodeCamp.com if you want to find any other information about the code camp.

Hope to see you all (20 or 30 of you who read this) at the Iowa Code Camp.

Written by Chris Sutton

April 24, 2008 at 10:41 am

Alt.Net – Friday Afternoon

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I made it to Seattle around noon and had lunch with Roy Osherove, Adam Tybor, Sergio, Ian Cooper and Tim.  We had some interesting conversations from mocking to mobile phones (until Roy said he was tired of that talk) to firing practices in the UK.

It was good to put some faces to blogs I have been reading for a quite awhile.

Written by Chris Sutton

April 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm