I mentioned earlier that I’d be giving my new “Improving Developer Productivity” talk at Dallas Code Camp this Saturday. I’m even more excited because, thanks to Caleb’s assistance, I’ll be giving away 2 copies of CodeRush (including Refactor! Pro). These are donations from DevExpress (via Mark Miller) and, from what I understand, a hard to come by item. Thank you Caleb; thank you Mark. If you haven’t already, go sign up. The agenda is packed with great folks and I’m sure it’s going to be a good time.
It’s looking like everything is set for Dallas Code Camp 2007: Microsoft Campus in Irving on April 21st and the agenda is officially released. And I’ll be talking on the DevExpress products, CodeRush and Refactor! Pro. I was originally slated to give an expanded version of my Windows Presentation Foundation and XAML talk from the Dallas .NET User Group but since Ed Blankenship is coming all the way from NJ and has a pretty cool announcement, I’m deferring to him. I’m pretty excited about the productivity talk and hope that all goes well – if you’re in the area, it will certainly be worth your time.
It was a busy weekend as I spent all of Saturday at the Dallas Code Camp. If you're not familiar with the code camp concept (see sidebar), it's basically one day, free (as in beer) band camp for geeks. There were 26 presentations split into 4 sessions – it was a big opportunity to find folks with knowledge in areas that you're lacking and pick their brains.
Not all the presentations were great but they were certainly informative and/or useful on some level. I managed to catch up with Karthik, a friend I met thru regular DDNUG meetings. I also met Tim Rayburn – he did a bit on BizTalk that was an excellent introduction for a novice like me and he even took the time to talk with me afterwards to help me understand the limitations and needs of a BizTalk project. Come to find out he's also a dev for the NUnit project so he and I had quite a bit to talk about. I really hope to keep in touch with him moving forward as he's a knowledgeable and friendly guy.
The whole experience was great and really made me realize what a wealth of knowledge our community has to offer. I managed to not only walk away with additional knowledge but several ideas for presentations that I'm going to attempt to develop over the next few months. Who knows, maybe next time I'll be lucky enough to give a talk. 🙂