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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. October 2009 Entries
Wanted: Killer apps! Reward: $12,000 prize!
Wanted: Killer apps! Reward: $12,000 prize! Spread the word—there’s a contest for developers blazing trails with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio, Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server, or SharePoint. We’re looking for interesting, powerful and unique solutions based on the latest Microsoft technologies. And the winners get their choice of a 15 day Galapagos Islands Adventure or a new Smart Car! Two ways to win! Judges Choice: Impress the panel of technology industry leaders and ......

Posted On Friday, October 30, 2009 1:11 AM

Twin Cities Code Camp 7
TCCC7 is just around the corner (this weekend!!) and it looks like this one will be the biggest ever (again.) We have a terrific lineup, featuring intro talks on CSS, Ruby, XAML, Silverlight 3 & Robotics Studio. For the more seasoned developers Donn Felker has a great talk on the Spark View Engine and you definitely don't want to miss Adam Grocholski's talk on Code Generation. The architects among you may also enjoy Jordan Terrell's Domain Driven Design talk. Just like last year, we're holding ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:18 AM

Tonight in User Group land
Tonight in User Group land: The Twin Cities Developers Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each month, and tonight's meeting features Donn Felker of Agilevent. http://www.TwinCitiesDevelo... Topic: Testing with Mocks: Test this, test that, no problem. But what about when we need to start building full object graphs into our test in order to test an interaction or state? Yeah, Houston, we have a problem. With mocks we can streamline development by mocking out dependencies. Mocks will allow ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:15 AM

VB / C# Language Parity
As a VB MVP and someone who really loves VB in general, this kind of news really makes me smile… Microsoft has heard your feedback that VB/C# content parity is a top priority for the VB community. Given that, this issue has become a top priority for the languages team. The Approach We’ve gone about a prioritized approach, in order to fill holes for the most important technologies and content types first. Here are some general guidelines we’ve used… Technologies are prioritized by the number of current ......

Posted On Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:03 PM

DotNet U
Over the years, I have met many user group leaders (and been one myself a few times) and I often hear this question, or a variation of it... "I'm in a pinch, I can't find a speaker, I've got a new guy who wants to try speaking... Where can I get already prepared presentation materials to use at code camps and user group meetings?" Well... I am thrilled to announce that Doug Turnure from the Microsoft Marketing team has been leading an effort to compile these materials. He’s made about 40 presentations ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 7, 2009 2:47 PM

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