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Calling all MOSS Adventurers

October 25th, 2007 1 comment

mosscamp07Buck up little campers. We’re about to venture out to the concrete jungle for another DevCamp experience. Coming off our recent expedition into the land of Silverlight, we come back at you with an adventure beyond no other – to hunt down and conquer that elusive beast known as MOSS (better known in the common-land as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server).

Once again we bring together the best expedition guides that beer and pizza can buy. They will lead us down the path to MOSS domination in a non-threatening environment that fosters the best opportunity for you to conquer MOSS.

Join your fellow adventurers and report to MOSSCamp on Friday, November 9th, 2007 at Clarity Consulting located in the heart of the concrete jungle known as Chicago.

Special Expedition Leader (and resident camp archivist), Larry has additional details on the expedition. To read the full expedition itinerary and to determine whether or not you have the courage to join us on this hunt, head on over to http://mosscamp.net for the official expedition details.

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Buck Foley invades Indy TechFest

October 19th, 2007 2 comments

I was able to capture the antics imposed by motivational speaker, Buck Foley, during the Indy TechFest keynote. Buck took over the keynote from Brad Jones to lend his take on technology and to kick off a great event.

The lighting is bad, the camera shot is horrible (a result of uncontrollable laughing and no tripod), but this is way to funny not to post. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

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Popfly opens up it’s Beta doors and announces contest

October 18th, 2007 1 comment

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Today, the Popfly team announced the public beta of Popfly.com. What is Popfly you might ask? Well, Popfly is this incredibly cool tool, built using Silverlight technologies, that allows you to easily create mashups, gadgets and web pages. There’s a visual tool that offers a number of building blocks, some of which wrap API’s from social sites such as Flickr, Digg, Technorati and Xbox Live, and then link those blocks to various other blocks (other API’s, display blocks, etc.) and – voila! – you have your mashup without writing a stitch of code.

The great thing about this is you can take your works and embed them directly on your own personal websites, including your Facebook profiles! This really gives the non-developer an incredibly powerful tool to create their own mashups and web pages to personalize their own web experience. You can also share your creations and vote on your favorites within the Popfly community.

 

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Now, I hear the developers groaning out there. Developers don’t like these black box implementations. They want to see  the code. Well… guess what! You have access to the underlying code that makes all this magic goo happen and you’re free to customize it to your needs.

But, wait! There’s more…

To encourage your creativity, we are sponsoring a contest for the most creative and imaginative ideas produced using Popfly. Head on over to the Jeff Brand’s blog to get all of the details.

To help you understand what Popfly is and what the possibilities are, check out the Channel9 interview with Adam Nathan and John Montgomery.

Also, check out the podcast Jeff Julian and John (don’t call him Jason) Alexander recorded with Javier Lozano and Denny Boynton at the Heartland Developers Conference which kicks off today in Omaha, NE.

If you sign up for Popfly and create something amazing, be sure to let me know so I can vote on it. You’ll find me on Popfly as ‘DaveBost’. Feel free to leave a comment here with your Popfly name so others can add you as a friend as well.

Now get a poppin’ and a flyin’ and head over to Popfly.com.

 

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Sam Gentile brings SOA to the Chicago .NET Users Group

October 16th, 2007 No comments

INETA Speaker, MVP Solutions Architect and prolific blogger Sam Gentile will be visiting the Chicago .NET Users Group on Wednesday, October 17th to present his talk on Bringing SOA to Life with ESB and WCF. Sam and I had a couple of virtual meetings a couple years back when we were both trying to figure out Visual Studio Team System at the time. I finally get a chance to meet him in person and I’m looking forward to it. How could you not with such a light hearted topic on store. :)

What: Chicago .NET Users Group – West
When: Wednesday, October 17th, 2007, Doors open at 6:00PM
Where: Microsoft, 3025 Highland Parkway, Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL. (map)
Who: Sam Gentile, Bringing SOA to life with ESB and WCF

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Indy TechFest Post Mortem & Slides

October 16th, 2007 No comments

A little shout out to Brad Jones, Dave Leininger, Mark McClellan, Bob Walker and John Magnabosco for putting together an amazing Indy Tech Fest this past Saturday. There were close to 400 people who spent their Saturday to absorb as much they could about technologies such as .NET, Silverlight, AJAX, SQL Server, SharePoint, and VSTS. The organizers did an incredible job. It’s impressive display of professionalism, hard work and pure passion to pull off one of the best events of the year.

We had an amazing collection of speakers including Tim Landgrave, Chad Campbell, Craig Utley, Bill Steele, Chris Bennet, Larry Clarkin, Stephen Fulcher, Mark Strawmyer, Arie Jones, Brad McGehee, Robert Bogue, Paul Hacker, Tom Pizatto, Bret Updegraff and Trent Mera. Not to mention motivational speaker Buck Foley who lent his take (amuzingly so, I might add) to the day’s agenda during the keynote (video to come soon). Josh Holmes, my evangelism co-hort from Detroit and co-host of Code to Live, made it to Indy in the nick of time to close out the days festivities.

Here’s a collection of pictures from the event, http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/indytechfest/.

I delivered two sessions during the event. As promised to those of you who attended my sessions, here are the slides and resource links…

An Overview of LINQ (slides)

Resources:

ScottGu’s LINQ series
MSDN: The LINQ Project

Building WPF Apps (slides)

Resources:

http://windowsclient.net
Bill Steele’s WPF Soup-to-Nuts Webcast Series
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Newsreader
British Library – Turning the Pages 2.0 (Tim Sneath Project Overview)
I really enjoyed the Indy TechFest. I just wish I could’ve spent more time with the great people that we’re there. An amazing day to say the least. If you didn’t get a chance to make it out, don’t worry, as I know Indy TechFest 2 is already in the works. You can count me in!

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