First WP7 Application: Dominionizer



Over that last several months Chris Koenig and myself have been working on a Windows Phone 7 application that helps ease the task the picking the kingdom cards for playing the game of Dominion.  Version 1.0 to the market place and received certification in 3 days and it went live over the weekend.

It has been an awesome project to work on and we have a few features we want to add in version 2.0.  Currently supported cards sets: Dominion, Intrigue, Seaside, Alchemy, Prosperity, and Cornucopia, as well as the three promo cards.

I want to thank Chris for all of his support and patience while working with me on the project.  If you are a fan of Dominion please check out.

Description from Windows Phone Market Place

Dominionizer is an application to help ease the task of picking the 10 kingdom cards needed to play the card game Dominion.

Diminionizer supports the following Dominion, Intrigue, Seaside, Alchemy, Prosperity, and Cornucopia, as well as the three promo cards.

Settings allow you to control which sets are included in random selection. Other options allow you to apply rules to how the cards are picked, current rules allow for Require 2-5 Cost Cards and Require Reaction To Attack.

Once the cards are picked you may swap a card out for a different randomly selected card by tap-hold and selecting Swap Card. If you can't remember what a card does you can also tap-hold and select View Card to see the card information.


Dominionizer_Main Dominionizer_Main_Menu

The main screen displays the randomly picked cards along with cost, potion cost, and an icon to indicate which set the cards came from.  If you do not like a card you can use the hold menu to swap the card for a different card, or view an image of the actual card.

Dominionizer_Settings Dominionizer_Rules 

Settings allow you to control which sets are used for the card selection, and rules allow you to control how the cards are picked.  If you want to make sure you have an even spread of cost you can turn on the Require Two to Five Cost Cards rule.  If you don’t want to have an attack card without a way to defend yourself turn on the Require Reaction To Attack rule.

Microsoft MVP: ASP.NET/IIS Awarded; Again!


Microsoft once again has chosen to award me with the MVP Award for ASP.NET/IIS.  Once again I find myself very honored and humbled to be recognized for my efforts in the community.  I have always said that even if I am not an MVP I will continue to go out and foster community wherever I can, and I will, but not just yet.

I want to thank the Northwest Arkansas Technical community, hey they have to put up with me Winking smile.  They have been a great source of ideas and inspiration and I would go to bat for any of you.  Thanks for listening to me rant, and for sometimes telling me to shut up Smile.

Thanks again to Microsoft for the honor of being an MVP and thanks to the community for helping me get there.

Introduction to Agile Software Development Video on

The video recording of my presentation: Introduction to Agile Software Development at the Tulsa School of Dev has been posted on User Group TV website. 

Thanks to Shawn Weisfeld for all the time and money he has put into finding a way to bring community event to a broader audience.

Speaking at Tulsa Techfest–October 7th 2011


It is time for the Tulsa Techfes! Woo Hooo!

This time around I will be leading a Community Leadership Town Hall the night before and presenting two sessions.  This has always been an awesome event and I am sure this year will not be much different.

Session Info:

Developer Productivity Tips: How to Get Things Done

This session is a collection of tips and strategies I have learned that has helped me be a more productive person. Topics will range from better ways to handle the onslaught of incoming email to being more productive with you development tools.

Topics in this session:

  • Going Mouse-less
  • Customize your world
  • Developer Tools
  • Inbox Zero
  • 5 Sentences or less
  • Clean Workspace

The Creamy Goodness of NuGet

NuGet has quickly become one of my favorite extensions for Visual Studio.  Not only has it made it easy to add commonly used OSS libraries to your projects it has made them discoverable.

About 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.  NuGet automates most of this and makes it easy to add libraries for common task.

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

Community Leadership Town Hall–Tulsa Techfest


Community Leadership Town Hall – Tulsa Techfest
October 6th, 2011 6 – 10 PM – OSU Room NH150

We had a great turnout at last years Town Hall and this year we are doing it again.  There was a lot of great participation and discussion regarding common issues we all experience as community leaders.  This is a great forum for getting input from other community leaders.

What is a Community Leadership Town Hall?

In many towns and cities across the country the town hall is the center of the community.  The town hall is where the local governments keep offices, serves as the main base for the Mayor, and is where citizens of the community come to work with the official representatives to share issues, ideas, and solutions that can make their community better. 

The Community Leadership Town Hall brings this concept to community leaders in your area.  The evening will be filled with discussions about issues, ideas, and solutions regarding creating, maintaining, and growing user groups and technical communities.   This will be a highly interactive night where everyone will have a chance to suggest a topic and voice their opinion.

Bring your questions, ideas, issues, and willingness to share to the Houston Community Leadership Town Hall.


This is a free event!  Please join us.

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