Announcement: C# SIG – Double Header

June 3, 2009

Tomorrow night (Thursday), I’ll be speaking at the C# SIG. Since I’ve been watching so many TED videos, I’ve come to think that NO ONE should expound for 2 hours on any single subject – the quantity is just overwhelming. To that end, I’ll be breaking up my time and doing not 1 but *2* presentations.

Building a Castle: Introduction to Windsor

Getting introduced to Castle Windsor can be a daunting thing, I know since I’ve gone thru it. But under the covers, there is a great power. This talk will introduce the concepts as well as the methods to harness and take full advantage of all that power without getting overwhelmed.

CodeRush Ninja Training

If your not using a productivity tool, you’re ripping off your customers and wasting your time. We will take a look at how CodeRush can help you to be more productive in code and have a great time doing it. With a little practice, you can learn to be a CodeRush ninja too.

Come sign up and I look forward to seeing you there.

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.


AgileDotNet Conference…

November 11, 2008

AgileDotNet Conference 2008
This Friday, Improving Enterprises and Microsoft are putting on a 1-day FREE (as in beer) conference to showcase agile methods in a .NET ecosystem. I will be giving my “Refactoring To Patterns” talk on the development track but there will also be two other tracks (Biz/PM related & Requirements/QA related) and number of knowledgeable speakers. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with folks and sharing ideas on how we can better promote and utilize the systems we work with to adopt agile practices and principles.

Regardless of whether you’re new to agile concepts or already moving towards adoption, you will have an informative and good time. If you’re interested, go sign up while there are still spaces available.

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

Presenter Mentor Kickoff…

October 10, 2008

finlogo1.jpgIf you’ve ever wondered if you could get into speaking at the local user groups but just haven’t been sure where to get started, then this is the group for you. Whether you need help with that bad case of stage fright or you’re just looking for help in getting that deck/code combo just right, we can help.

And you are??

This group is comprised of some really passionate folks with diverse experiences and styles in technical speaking. We hope to create a highly interactive and focused group that will help to grow and hone those skills that you need to be effective and interesting as a speaker. Come join us and see if we can help you find your voice – hey, we’ll even help you find a speaking spot once you’re ready.


We are happy to announce that we are finally ready to have our first meeting (or so we believe). Granted, this is as new to us as it is to anyone so I’m sure that it’s going to be a process but I’m really looking forward to see what comes of it and I know that we’re going to have a good time helping folks. If you’re interested, please go sign up on CodeZone so we can get you on the attendance list as well as letting you know about future events.

Hope to see you there.

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

Announcement: NDDNUG – Refactoring To Patterns

July 6, 2008

On Wednesday, July 9th, I’ll be giving a talk at the North Dallas .NET User Group called “Refactoring to Patterns (Not the Book)”. It’s not going to be some dry, academic talk with and bunch of UML and “Hello World” examples but an example using “real world” code like what you and I work with in our every day lives. The main patterns we’ll focus on for this web application are Model-View-Presenter and Adapter. My intent is to show the things that I’ve discovered in journey towards better, more maintainable code and provide ways to apply that knowledge in a realistic fashion. This is going to be a code intensive talk and, hopefully, a very interactive one.

Here’s the sign up form – I hope to see you there.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the Google Code repository that contains both a start and end copy of the solution so you can see and try the refactoring that was demonstrated.

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

Announcement: Speaking at DNUX…

February 26, 2008

Ok, so it’s not really “speaking” in that I’m giving a presentation but rather that I’m facilitating a discussion. I’m pretty sure that the topic will be Silverlight Streaming but I’ll wait until we’re a little closer before nailing that down. If you’re interested, please sign up at the DNUX site. Hopefully, I’ll see you there.

David O’Hara is a Senior Consultant with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

Presentation at DDNUG…

February 21, 2008

So my talk on the ASP.NET MVC went ok – it wasn’t a great presentation but I didn’t stink up the place either (as far as I know). The slides were good and I was able to get the concepts across but the code demo didn’t go quite as planned. Regardless, I wanted to post both here (PowerPoint & Code) so that they were accessible for anyone interested.

Announcement: DDNUG – ASP.NET MVC

January 22, 2008

In ramping up for the new year, I knew this was a topic I was really looking forward to learning more about and sharing with others. On February 20th, I’ll get a chance to do a bit of the latter. I’ll be giving my “ASP.NET MVC – What does it mean to me??” presentation at the Dallas .NET User Group. We’ll be covering Model-View-Controller (MVC) concepts and the benefits of utilizing it in creating your web applications. As always, I’m going to try to be light on the slides and heavy on the code so that you can see the framework in action.

As a bonus, Rob Vettor will also be presenting, “What is LINQ and how it can help you” so you’ll get a chance to enjoy 2 topics for the price of one (free!).

Go sign up!!

David O’Hara is a Senior Consultant with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.