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Kicking Off 2009 In Style
I opened my email this morning to discover that I received two awards. First of all, I was awarded 7th place in the Community Credit December 2008 contest. I wasn't able to log into Community Credit for months because my user name didn't appear to be working. However, last night I was determined to submit my points for the INETA Community Champion Program before the year ended, and that program links to the Community Credit program. I eventually figured out how to get my user name, then submitted ......

Posted On Thursday, January 1, 2009 1:17 PM

End of 2008
It's the end of the 2008, and I will be celebrating the new year with Kitty and some friends from work tonight. Although this is a time for fun, I feel it's important to look back and analyze what I've done and identify areas of improvement. Here is what I have accomplished this year: 1) Ran Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild 2) Presented at 13 events. It may not look like much, but doing all of that takes a good amount of energy. Running a user group is a constant process with many surprises that ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 31, 2008 8:04 PM

Dev InTENsity
I will be presenting at New England Code Camp 10: Dev InTENsity! this weekend. Chris Bowen has posted the schedule on his blog. Here are my presentations: Sunday, September 21st 9:00am, Room MPR B, New Features in C# 3.0 Sunday, September 21st 12:30PM, Room MPR B, Introducing MSBuild ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 6:56 PM

Braving Fay
I was surprised to hear that the Jacksonville Code Camp wasn't cancelled. A major tropical storm was coming through the area at the time, but the organizers for the Code Camp weren't going to let that stop them. I decided if they were brave enough to hold a conference during a tropical storm, I should be brave enough to drive into it. Just not in my rag top; we took my wife's car. Friday, my wife and I packed our bags and headed out the door. We were picking Lou Vega up from Charleston, and it was ......

Posted On Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:27 PM

Sessions Galore
I've been busy since the South Florida Code Camp. I've been promoted to the Architecture Team on the South Carolina Integrated Tax System project, and I've been to two more code camps. The speaker list was already full when I tried to get in on the Raleigh Code Camp. I was still able to do a session on Continuous Integration due to another speaker's VM crashing. I had very few attendees since it wasn't advertised. However, as long as I have one person interested in the topic then I'm good to go. ......

Posted On Friday, March 7, 2008 11:10 AM

Earlier I wrote about how I felt pwned during my first session at the South Florida Code Camp. Luckily, things turned around during my second session. I was unable to turn it in a discussion as I had planned. The room was still set up to serve presentations, and some of the people I would have liked to have in the discussion (like Scott Dorman) were busy with their own sessions. However, everything went smoothly during my second presentation. I had great crowd interaction, and I received good applause ......

Posted On Saturday, February 2, 2008 10:51 PM

I just finished my session on Design Principles in the South Florida Code Camp. I feel kind of pwned by what happened at the beginning. I should have expected it. After all, there are over 600 people here, and I warned everyone at the beginning that it was meant to be an introductory class (hence the 100 level). The presentation still has good nuggets even if you're an experienced developer. My room was packed. About 5 minutes into it, 20-30 people walked out. Having all those people get up, walk ......

Posted On Saturday, February 2, 2008 12:12 PM

Missed Airplanes and Automobiles
There's a reason you're supposed to arrive at an airport an hour before your flight. I arrived 35 minutes before my flight, and as they were confirming my information, it kicked the guy off and refused to issue my tickets. Luckily, another flight was found for me, but now I will arrive 3 hours later. I am currently sitting around Charlotte waiting for my next flight. It's a good thing they have free wireless Internet here. I'll arrive in Philadelphia sometime after midnight. Then, I've got to get ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 8:40 PM

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