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Twin Cities Code Camp MVC Session

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Thanks to everyone who attended my ASP.Net MVC session. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you get the opportunity to try out what the MVC framework has to offer. The slides have a lot more information than what I was able to get through in my talk. The project is still very young, but has so much potential.

Please leave comments here and let me know what you thought of the session. I’m trying to constantly improve it to make it the right fit.

More ASP.Net MVC Slides.

Written by Chris Sutton

April 8, 2008 at 11:41 am

Twin Cities Code Camp IV

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Yesterday, I was in the Cities at the fourth Twin Cities Code Camp.  It really was a fantastic experience, likely the the best one yet (I presented at the first two code camps as well). From the presentations I attended I would say that the quality of the presentations was very high. They easily would rival what you get at a paid conference. I also met a bunch of people I had never seen in person which is really cool.

Some of the Iowa crowd that went up was Javier Lozano, Bryan Sampica and Greg Wilson. There were several other attendees from Bryan’s company as well. The Iowa presenters and attendees have grown significantly since the first one where I was the sole Iowan as far as I know.

Some interesting people I met/saw were D’Arcy Lussier, Neil Iverson (Inetium), Brandy Favilla (New Horizons), Robert Boedigheimer, Chris Williams (Magenic), Aaron Erickson (Magenic), Kent Tegels (DevelopMentor), Jeff Ferguson, Chris Johnson, Saviz Artang, John Thurow, Kirstin (Magenic), Nicole and Kristen (New Horizons) and Justin Chase.

My favorite session was Neil Iverson’s PowerShell for Developers.  It was a fast paced live demo that kept incrementally building.  Rarely have I been so engaged in a session. D’Arcy’s MVC vs ASP.Net talk was also really interesting.  We only had about 6 people in the session, so we went around the room and said where we were coming from in our ASP.Net development experience. Then D’Arcy showed us how he typically structures his webforms applications, and we peppered him with questions.  I learned a lot from the session.

My talk was the second of the day in the large seminar room so we actually had about 50 people in the session.  One thing that was cool was that D’Arcy Lussier did an intro talk right before mine, so I got to build off of what he did in the session before. Mine seemed to go pretty well. There were a lot of questions and interest in what MVC brings to web development in the Microsoft space.

Jason Bock did a great job again bringing this all together.  It’s a lot of work coordinating an event like this.

If you liked what you got at the Twin Cities Code Camp you’ll definitely want to check out the Iowa Code Camp.  We’ll be a little bit smaller, but have some top notch presenters, a great facility and will have great prizes as well.  The registration is right on the home page and is as simple as it gets.

Written by Chris Sutton

April 6, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Solon Public Library

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If you live near Solon, Iowa you’ll want to check out the Solon Public Library.  It is a good facility and has plenty of resources. There is a great audio book library that I use frequently for my 1/2 hour commute up to work. There are meeting/study rooms that your group or club can use for meetings.

There are a whole set of computers that you can use on a timed basis if you don’t have one at home. If you have a laptop there is a free wireless connection that you can connect to as well.

For children, there are Storytime and Babygarten programs weekly.

They are also in envisioning phase of building out the facility and services.  It’ll be interesting to see what new things the library will bring to the Solon Community.

Written by Chris Sutton

March 26, 2008 at 11:13 am

Iowa Code Camp – Spring 2008

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We are planning our first ever Iowa Code Camp.  It’s going to happen at the University of Iowa’s Conference Center in Iowa City on Saturday May 3rd.

The details are coming together nicely and we already have about 1/2 of our speakers in place.

Our current sponsors are:

  • University of Iowa
  • Microsoft
  • And several others are in the works

We are currently looking for more sponsors to provide some good food, drinks and prizes.

If you are interested in helping in any way, leave me a comment and I’ll make sure to pass your information on to the right person.

Javier has already posted the Code Camp on bostondotnet.org

A New Year in Iowa

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2008 is here and it’s freezing (about 4° F, without wind chill) cold. I pulled out my snowshoes today and hiked for about 40 minutes into a strong headwind. It was a good hike, but I had to duck into a culvert a couple of times to keep my face from freezing. I hope to be outside much more this year (biking, canoeing, hiking, fishing and snowshoeing).

On the tech front I’m going to blog more consistently. Iowa doesn’t currently have many prolific tech bloggers, so I think its time we banded together. Here are a few of the Iowan techies I know: Tim Barcz, Javier Lozano, Arian Kulp, Nick Parker, Tim Gifford and Bryan Sampica.

We are planning the first ever Iowa Code Camp possibly on Saturday March 1st.  There will be more to come on this. If you are interested at all in helping out, please contact me and I’ll get you plugged in. The website is certainly not ready, but I’ll be working on it as I have time.

CRIneta.org held even in attendance and stabilized a bit this year. I’ll likely be president again this year; I’d like to keep the stability and grow the group in 2008. We’ll bring in two Ineta speakers and might get to bring a third national speaker if things work out with one of our sponsors. We’ve also had an excellent experience with our local speakers and want to keep them presenting (Javier, Arian, Nick, Mike Jackson, Eric Johnson and Bryan).

Happy new year.

Written by Chris Sutton

January 1, 2008 at 9:53 pm

CRIneta Meeting – Arian Kulp and LINQ

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If you are interested in learning the direction that Microsoft is going with data access you really should come out to our meeting tonight in Cedar Rapids, IA (if you live in the region of course).

Arian Kulp is going to be showing us the ins and outs of how LINQ works – how to query, filter and update data. Btw, Arian wrote the LINQ Hands on Labs for the 2005 PDC, well over 2 years before its official release, and probably long before most of us were aware the technology was being developed.

Written by Chris Sutton

December 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm

CRIneta Meeting with David Yack tonight – C# 3.0

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David Yack is speaking tonight(11/12/2007) at CRIneta on C# 3.0 and Visual Studio 2008.  We are serving BBQ and are giving away some ReSharper licenses and a bunch of books and software.

Hope you can make it to hear this great talk.

Written by Chris Sutton

November 12, 2007 at 10:02 am

End of May

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This has been my second May in Iowa and it is my favorite month. The cold lets go, the rain is plentiful and and the world is green again. Until next year May.

Written by Chris Sutton

May 31, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Richard Hundhausen in Des Moines

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Richard Hundhausen is going to be speaking out at the .Net user group in Des Moines on December 6th. Tim Gifford was scheduled to do his Agile Project Experiences talk this month, but graciously gave up his speaking slot since Richard was in town. I spoke out at the Des Moines user group earlier this year and I think Tim had gotten bumped from that talk as well (sorry Tim). Anyway, I want to make it out to hear Richard Hundhausen’s talk, but hope that Tim gets to do his talk soon as well. If I can time it right I’m hoping to make it out there from Hiawatha.

Just a reminder that Sam Gentile is speaking at our user group in Cedar Rapids on Workflow Foundation on Monday December 11th. Should be a great talk.

Written by Chris Sutton

December 3, 2006 at 2:50 am

Twin Cities Code Camp Follow-up

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I did my first Code Camp talk last weekend up in the Cities and had a great time. My time slot was 9am and it was in a huge seminar room (which caught me a little off guard). I was envisioning a smaller more intimate setting maybe 15 people, but I ended up with 30+. I got good feedback from many of the people who attended and I’ve adjusted my talk to really show the value of WPF more clearly. I’m improving the demos to get to point a little quicker and cutting back on the time I spend talking about the background to WPF.

To be honest, working with WPF makes me want to do Windows programming for the first time. I’ve done mostly web development for the last 7 years, so it pretty cool to find a new way to develop for the desktop and have it change my bias toward the web. The whole stateless nature of the the web and web development has always made sense to me but I’m coming around.

The quality of the the speakers I listened to was fantastic. For the price of the Code Camp ($0) I can’t say enough good things about the quality of the speakers. I got to present in the same room as Rocky Lhotka (only 7 hours earlier :)). If you are interested in intelligent business objects and you work in the .Net world you really should look at his CSLA framework. I’ve been reading his blog and books for about 3 years now and have learned a lot from him.

Nathaniel Schutta‘s AJAX talk was great. I only got to talk with him briefly, but got a better view of what is going on with AJAX and got a great overview of the players involved (dojo, Google Web Toolkit, etc).

Jake Good is a Rails developer up in Minneapolis for Space 150. I think Jake’s talk was the most entertaining, I got to see some good Ruby integration with the CLR, the hybrid monster and hear about Guitar Hero.

Michael Dunn gave a good talk on the Microsoft Speech technologies. I probably won’t use it any time soon, but it was pretty cool to see what it can do.

The best talk I heard was Robert Boedigheimer‘s talk on cryptography. He was presenting out at the Heartland Developers Conference, but I missed his talks so this was the first time I had heard him. His knowledge of the topic, clarity and the ease of his talk was top notch.

Big thanks to Jason Bock for organizing and coordinating the Code Camp. Maybe we’ll have one in Iowa next year.

Written by Chris Sutton

November 17, 2006 at 2:33 am