Nwa TechFest Sessions

Today I submitted my sessions for the Nwa TechFest, hopefully I will get some of them accepted. If you want to speak please go submit your sessions!

Here is the session info, I would love some feedback on the topics.

Getting Started to ASP.NET MVC3

This session will teach you the basics of building an ASP.NET MVC web application using Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET MVC3.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to create a new ASP.NET MVC project
  • How to create ASP.NET MVC controllers and views
  • How to create a new database using the Entity Framework code-first paradigm
  • How to retrieve and display data
  • How to edit data and enable data validation

Getting git: Distributed Version Control

You may have heard a lot of buzz about the distributed version control system called git. It has been very popular with open source projects and was developed by Linus Torvalds to use by the Linux Kernel team.

Here is what you will learn:

  • Why git?
  • First Steps
  • Basic Workflow
  • How to clone repositories
  • How to work with remote repositories

The Creamy Goodness of Nuget!

NuGet is a free, open source developer focused package management system for the .NET platform intent on simplifying the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development.

There are a large number of useful 3rd party open source libraries out there for the .NET platform, but for those not familiar with the OSS ecosystem, it can be a pain to pull these libraries into a project.

Here is what you will learn:

  • What is nuget?
  • How to add packages to your project
  • How to update packages in your project
  • How to host your own package repository
  • How to create and publish your own packages

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Ozarks: June 12-13, 2010

imageI will be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Ozarks in Harrison on June 12, 2010.  This is an awesome event full of SharePoint and .NET goodness right in our own back yard. Mark Rackley, The SharePoint Hillbilly, did a great job organizing the event last year and I am sure this year will be even more awesome.  In fact I know it is since he has organized a float trip on the 13th.

I am sure there will be a SharePint at the Hotel Seville after the sessions since that is where everyone will be staying.  I haven’t decided if I will drive over that morning or go early and stay the night.

If you haven’t registered go here, now, I’ll wait, it opens in a new page, go register and then come back, go now, go, go.

Ok, now that you are registered we can talk about the sessions.  There are going to be some awesome SharePoint sessions and a few .NET sessions as well.  Mark, thanks for throwing us none SharePointer’s a bone.  I hope to hit a lot of the SharePoint sessions as I will be working on a project soon to port over an old application to SharePoint.

Check out all of the sessions to start planning your day and check out Mark’s blog for updates. He has some great post regarding the event, and some awesome pictures from last year too.

Here are the two session I will be presenting.

Make Deployment Easier with VS2010 Config File Transformations

In any development environment we have to code local, publish to test, and then have the tested code published to the production environment.  The process has built in gates to ensure that bad code doesn’t make it into production, but it causes a huge issue with keeping up with service and database connections in your configuration files.  Visual Studio 2010 introduces Web.config transformations as a way to solve this problem.  In this session we will look at the age old problems, discuss some solutions in use today and take a look at how Visual Studio 2010 has solved this problem for us today.

Planning Poker: Play Estimate, Plan

Planning Poker is a fun way to gather estimates for project task that levels experience, and helps document assumptions where everyone on the team has input.  In this session we will look at Planning Poker and then we are going to estimate some task using the techniques we have learned.    This session is educational as well as fun.  Yes, estimating can be fun.

Hope to see you there…

University of Arkansas .NET User Group: Lap Around Visual Studio 2008

February 5th, 2008 I had the opportunity to present at the University of Arkansas .NET User Group. I presented a Lap Around Visual Studio 2008 to about 15 member so the group. It was a great experience and I would like to thank Eddie Mahar for the opportunity and thanks to the group that showed up it was a great discussion. Some Major Points from the Presentation:

  1. Visual Studio multi-targeting allows you to easily move up to Visual Studio 2008
  2. LINQ simplifies data access through language extensions for C# & Visual Basic
  3. WF & WCF make it easier to build rich, connected applications using a variety of types of services
  4. WPF Designer provides design-time support for building WPF applications and a streamlined workflow between developers and designers
  5. VSTO enables developers to build Office Business Applications for Office on the client or server
  6. NetCF 3.5 brings major .NET Framework enhancements to mobile devices

If you haven't made the jump to Visual Studio 2008 and would like to, check out my earlier post on how you can try it for free.

Presenting Model View Presenter Design Patterns In Tulsa, OK Feb 25

I just finished talking with David Walker of the Tulsa .NET User Group and confirmed I will be presenting to them on February 25. I will be giving a presentation on the Model View Presenter Design Pattern. I am very excited to be able to present in Tulsa. Since the Northwest Arkansas .NET User Group formed because a member from Tulsa moved to Northwest Arkansas it feels good that we can complete the circle. If you live in the Tulsa, OK area please check out you local user group Tulsa .NET User Group.


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