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9Apr/090

indy code camp

Indy Code Camp registration opens up April 10, and the event itself is on Saturday May 16 from 8-5.  The space is limited to ~250.  This should be an excellent code-packed event.  The session list is here: Session List.

I went to the inaugural event last year and had an excellent time, and from looking at the session list, I’m pumped that its going to be even better, ... I highly suggest going.  And who knows; you might even see a familiar face giving a presentation ;)

I'll be creating a pocketmod again for this event once the final schedule is posted… stay tuned for it.

Update:  I’ve created the pocketmod.

PDF Printable PocketMod

Word Template (in case you need to modify it, if the schedule changes)

21Nov/080

indy alt.net call for speakers!

This doesn't really have to be tightly coupled to indy alt.net, its really about general evangelization (did I just make that word up?... eh, sounds right), but this started out as an email from me to some folks here in our indy tech community to see if we can get some good quality content coming our way.  Feel free to replace (in your brain) Indy Alt.NET with "Technology X", or "User Group Y"

I know, as soon as you read the title for this, your brain started making up excuses why you wouldn't ever be able to contribute to a group in this way.  Believe me, been there, done that. Get. Over. It! Here is a list of your excuses, and reasons why they're not valid.  If you have any other excuses I missed, I'd be glad to tell you why its invalid as well ;)

  • Excuse #1: I don't have a good story/content.
    • FALSE: You almost certainly know something intimately that none of the rest of us know.  We are all thirsting for information, do us a favor and share it with us!
  • Excuse #2:  I'm not an expert on anything.
    • DOESN'T MATTER: What a coincidence!  None of the rest of us are either!  Just remember, "there are no smart guys, just us"... that includes you!  If you REALLY don't know anything cool enough to talk about... go spend 10-20 hours learning something new/cool, distilling it down to 60 minutes so we can all leech off your brain.
  • Excuse #3:  I'm scared/anxious/have issues talking in front of people/etc.
    • GREAT!: What better way to practice than in a small intimate setting with a few of like minded peers?  This is a great opportunity to learn new things, and step out of your comfort zone to grow personally and professionally.
  • Excuse #4:  I suck at PowerPoint.
    • ALL THE BETTER:  I, personally, would rather see code than PowerPoint any day.
  • Excuse #5:  I don't know .NET very well.
    • AWESOME:  We don't necessarily care about .NET (our speaker last night is a non-.NET dude!).  Our main goal is continuous improvement, and the practices and principles that will make us better.

I'd like to invoke a few loosely translated Fight Club Rules on us.
[Originals]
Rule #1:  You don't talk about fight club.
Rule #2:  You don't talk about fight club.
...
Rule #8  If this is your first night at Fight Club, you have to fight.
[Translated]
Rule #1:  You must talk about Indy Alt.NET
Rule #2:  You must talk about Indy Alt.NET
...
Rule #8:  If you have not presented before at Indy Alt.NET, then you have to present (sometime, not necessarily this upcoming time, I won't hold you to it like Mr. Durden would).

16Oct/080

indy alt.net – team roles fishbowl

We're having another Indy Alt.Net (www.indyalt.net) meeting tonight!

The topic is on team roles. We're planning on having a

  • BA - Sorry A-Team fans, this is a Business Analyst, not Mr. T
  • Developers - All who serve at different levels in their own organizations
  • PM - [Hopefully] If you're a PM, and can come, please do, we need you!

The goal is really just to have good conversation about different roles in different organizations so we can all learn something by the way other organizations behave.

As usual, free pizza and networking starting at 5:15, with the talk starting at 6:00.

Logistics:
Tonight (October 16)
6:00P - 8:00P (food and networking at 5:15)
Ivy Tech near Fall Creek and Meridian on the north side of Fall Creek
Auditorium, 4th Floor 50 W Fall Creek Pkwy North Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Map

Hope to see you there!

1Oct/081

IndyTechFest PocketMod

It's October in Indy (well, most other places too), so that means time for IndyTechFest.

For those of you that read this, or find this, I've put together a PocketMod for the session schedule.  IMO, the UI is easier to use than the mini poster.  I'm sharing so you can have one too!

Here it is:  IndyTechFest PocketMod

Here is how I did it:

  • Used Word to create this: PocketMod source
  • Used the Office 2007 PDF Publisher to publish it to a PDF
  • Used the PDFtoPocketmod converter app to convert the 8-page PDF to a 1-page PDF with all the pages squished and arranged just right
  • Printed, and trimmed the margins with a paper cutter
  • Folded and snipped, via the video at Pocketmod.

Super simple, super awesome.

22Aug/081

Going Medieval on Your App with Castle MonoRail – Indy ALT.NET

So last night I gave a talk at Indy ALT.NET on Castle MonoRail.  It was really just a sort of intro to MonoRail type of deal, but the cool part was that we held a Dojo after I got done jabbering.

We ended up building a Poll Generator for our dojo activity.  We almost got done in the 45 minutes or so that we dojo'd.  It was a pretty fun activity, and I'd like to do it again sometime soon.

Also, this was really my first public speaking engagement to our technical community, and let me say it was a blast.  Everyone had great things to say, and many great questions were asked too.

I set up a google code repository so you can grab my slidedeck and grab the source for our dojo activity and my demo app.

Maybe next time I'll post before the talk, so I can let people know about it.

Thanks guys for all the great feedback, and thanks to my wife for understanding why I wasn't spending any of my evenings with her this week!

16May/082

indy alt.net

The inaugural indy alt.net meeting was last night!

The group appears to be led up by jaxidian/Shane Milton of Leaf Software Solutions.  Many thanks to Shane for getting this group together!  I think this is an awesome opportunity for our community to learn how to be more receptive to alternative thinking in a .NET world.  I have heard of so many shops that have their blinders on and won't even consider working with frameworks/etc. other than those provided by Microsoft.  This can only be a true blessing to our community and where we are going as craftsmen.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing Microsoft, they make world-class software.  The problem is that we need to be careful to always use the best tools that serve us in any given situation, rather than using only the tools that we are told to use via the mothership.

Last night's discussion was led by one of the co-founder's of Entity Spaces.  Their product, Entity Spaces, is a code generation based ORM tool.  I'm very familiar with the concept, but haven't had much of an opportunity to use many ORM's other than ActiveRecord in a Rails project I worked on, so I'm not sure how the usual suspects (NH/ActiveRecord, Linq2Sql, Linq2Entities, SubSonic) add up in a real implementation scenario, but it's at least worth thinking about.  Maybe I'll do a write up or try to find a comparison.

Also, many thanks to Tridge Alliance for their financial support of the group.

All-in-all, it was a great inaugural meeting.  I am sure we'll only continue to grow and get better.  If you're reading, and are in the area, and feel like you're missing something (sort of like Neo, ya know?) please come and see what we're all about!  We meet the third Thursday of every month.  Check the website for more info.

I'm stoked!  Let's make our tech community a better place!