This past weekend I presented SQL Server 2008 for Developers at the PGH.NET Code Camp. You can download the slides here if you would like a copy. You can also check out my scheduled speaking engagements.
The PGH.NET 2010.2 Code Camp was organized very well. I want to give a big shout out to organizers as they did a great job. My favorite session of the day was Scrum 101 with Eric Kepes (Blog | Twitter). Personally, I knew very little about Scrum coming in to the presentation so this was a great opportunity for me to see how others have implemented it in their shops. The presentation lead to some great debates.
If you would like to see Eric’s presentation or download a Scrum worksheet check out his blog post.
On August 10th 2010 I attended and presented at the PGH.NET User Group meeting named “5 Guys with Code.” According to one of the PGH.NET leaders tweet it looks like the headcount was 60+
The following are some thoughts and highlights from the presentations.
- John Sterrett (Blog | Twitter) – Table Value Parameters with SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft .NET
I presented a feature that is included in SQL Server 2008 and underused by many developers. This presentation shows developers how to pass a DataTable, DataReaders and Lists to SQL Server database objects with only two extra lines of C# or VB.NET code.
As promised below are some reference links
- David Hoerster (Blog | Twitter) – jQuery Code Snippets in Visual Studio 2010
I really liked the jsFiddle.NET tool. It looks like a great tool to mockup some a user interface (more on user interfaces later).
- Rich Dudley (Blog | Twitter ) – A Quick Look at the New SQL CE Engine
Being addicted to databases I very happy to see that I wasn’t the only one presenting a topic based on databases. Rich did a great job explaining what SQL CE can do and what it cannot do.
Rich blogged about his experience (post includes photos, slides and more)
I have to admit that XAML and I don’t get along well. We had a fling a few years ago. XAML cheated on me and I haven’t been the same since.
Ok seriously, I tried XAML a few times and found it very hard to understand. John did a great job going over the common things that are hard to understand when you get started with XAML. John started with some very basic controls and then built a final example that included all the basic controls.
At this summers PGH.NET Code Camp we had a speakers session where one of the presenters said, “Code is considered legacy code when TDD is not applied.” Eric bowling for TDD example showed how anyone can start developing TDD.
Hello everyone, I want to share some cool events going down in Wheeling, WV in December.
If you like wine or technology I highly recommend catching the Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association for Information Technology Professionals meeting on December 9th. This meeting is open to the public. We will meet on the forth floor of Wheeling Central High School at 6pm. All attendees will have the change to share their 2009 accomplishments while we chow down a pizza dinner. Dinner will be followed by a wine tasting at the Good Mansion Wines store. Check out the event page to signup for the 2009 December meeting.
Are you a young superstar go getter? If so, OVConnect is the group for you. The mission is to bring young professionals in the valley together. This months installment includes a holiday toy drive with a happy hour twist. On December 17th at 5:00pm we will socialize and get our drink on at River City. In order to attend all you have to do is signup and bring a toy or make a ten dollar donation. All donations benefit Catholic Charities.
Bonus Pittsburgh Technology Event
Are you a .NET programmer and interested in what’s going on with MVC? If so, this months installment of the PGH.NET User Group is a must attend free event. The PGH.NET meeting is on December 8th. You can find more info here or register here.
Tonight I made the trip from Wheeling to Pittsburgh to attend “Four Guys with Code.” I thought David, Jeremy, John and Erick all presented good presentations. The following are some afterthoughts from the event:
Being a die-hard Pirates fan I really liked the “Build a RESTful Data-Driven Application with jQuery” presentation. David leveraged a baseball stats database while showcasing how easy it is to use jQuery. I have now implemented jQuery on a few projects so its always good to see how others are using this great library.
David mentioned that there will be a code-lab in September covering “Build WCF Data-Driven Applications with jQuery. I will add more when I get details.
The following three presentations all gave me some good thoughts. Being new to Silverlight John’s presentation opened my eyes toward things you must consider before you release a RIA application. Eric’s presentation gave me insight towards refactoring code and setting coding standards. Jermey’s presentation gave me a good introduction into dynamic C#.