August 2008 - Posts
Coming up September 27 and 28 is the Central Coast Code Camp in San Luis Obispo. Again this year, it will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel. Check the Central Coast Code Camp web site for details. Looks like about 35 sessions registered thus far. I’ll be doing my dynamic languages presentation. Several people are planning to take the Amtrac train, going up on Friday and coming back to SoCal on Monday.
Architect & IASA Connections
October 6 - 8 San Francisco, CA
Don’t miss this unique event for IT & Software Architects that will impact how you think, design & innovate – and help guide you as a professional architect. The conference offers over 70 in-depth sessions from industry experts including lots of great architecture advice for your WCF, Workflow and WPF applications. The first 100 attendees will receive Visual Studio 2008 Professional & IASA Membership. Visit www.IASAConnections.com or call 800-438-6720
SQL Server 2008 BI Architecture
In this demo-filled session, Lynn explained architectural considerations around implementation of OLAP cubes and Data Mining models using the SQL Server 2008 product stack. Here she demonstrated SSAS, SSIS and SSRS. Her talk included research for her new book, along with lessons learned from the real world (from her previous practice as BI architect).
Here’s Lynn’s slide deck from her presentation.
Lynn Langit is a developer evangelist for Microsoft. She blogs at http://blogs.msdn.com/SoCalDevGal. In addition to presenting information about new .NET developer technologies, such as WCF, LINQ and Silverlight, Lynn speaks about SQL Server Data Warehousing and Data Mining. She also speaks about SharePoint. Lynn leads the local DigiGirlz days and camps – these are free events for high-school-aged girls. As part of this effort, Lynn advises on curriculum using non -traditional developer tools such as PopFly and StoryTelling Alice. She has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer for 9 years and holds these certifications: MCP, MCT, MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, MCITP (SQL Admin/Dev/BI) and MSF. In April 2007 Lynn published “Foundations of SQL Server
The Managed Services Engine - Curt Peterson, Neudesic
Today’s SOA implementations require more than just Web services and messaging, they are complex environments in need of feature rich, robust management and governance solutions. End to end service lifecycle management with support for versioning, deployment, service composition, ESB, and repository features are just a few of the capabilities required to form a moderately successful SOA platform. The Managed Services Engine (MSE) is one approach to facilitating Enterprise SOA through service virtualization. Built upon the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and the Microsoft Server Platform, the MSE was developed by Microsoft Services as we helped customers address the challenges of SOA in the enterprise. In this session you will learn how MSE can help you and your organizations deploy services faster, coordinate change management, and maximize the reuse of various service elements.
Here’s Curt’s slide deck from the presentation.
Curt Peterson is a Distinguished Engineer at Neudesic, one of Microsoft’s leading .NET professional services firms and Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, headquartered in Irvine, CA. Curt brings considerable expertise and over twenty five years of experience in building complex, mission critical applications based on Microsoft technologies, and is responsible for all field engineering aspects of Neudesic’s Neuron ESB product. He has presented technical tracks at numerous industry events including Microsoft’s Visual Studio.NET roll-outs and Gartner conferences. Curt is a member of the Southern California .NET Architect Council and is a regular speaker and trainer for numerous Microsoft .NET programs, specializing in SOA, and Enterprise Architecture. In addition, Curt was the founding member of the Microsoft Connected Systems Division Virtual Technical Specialist Team, and is a part of the Microsoft Connect Systems Advisory Board.
California State University, Fullerton’s Extended Education is putting together a certificate program in Service Oriented Architecture. I’m proud to be a contributor to this program and will be teaching a segment, "Elements of Service Oriented Systems" this fall. You can get a complete description here by downloading the descriptive pdf.
The Extended Ed folks have done a great job organizing this program by connecting with experienced practitioners, vendors and consultants. The program is targeted at both business and technical in order to get everyone on board for successful implementations.
Adam Calderon has a new book out. “Advanced ASP.NET AJAX Cerver Controls for .NET Framework 3.5” co authored with Joel Rumerman.
Advanced ASP.NET AJAX Server Controls For .NET Framework 3.5
Early sales numbers are looking good on Amazon:
Top AJAX Best Sellers
Top ASP.NET Best Sellers
The TechZulu people were at the Inland Empire .NET 's special meeting honoring its Most Valuable Members (MVM). They have some really interesting interviews on people and action in the tech entrepreneurial space. I had the honor of being interviewed in which I talked about INETA and how we support user groups and about Iron Python and Iron Ruby dynamic languages. Check it out here http://techzulu.com/index.php/interviews/20-bus-dev/315-mike-vincent-ironpython-a-ironruby.
Last month I had the privelage of delivering one of four mini presentations at the Inland Empire .NET's special MVM meeting. James Johnson, IE.NET president has really put together an inovative program for getting volunteers involved in the group and recognizing them for their contributions. Members earn points for just about every taks involved in making a user group run smoothly. James got sponsors involved and the whole program took off. It's a great model for other user groups to follow and there is a feature article in INETA's August Newsletter.
2007/2008 Most Valuable Member Awards
It took a while for the idea to catch on, and I had fears it just wouldn't take. Boy was I wrong! The sponsors started to see what was happening, a buzz started developing and more and more members started participating. Points accumulated started to soar. In March, the highest point total was 7,900. When point collection for this year was stopped on July 3, the highest total was 19,400!
Most Valuable Member 2007/2008. 42 entries and total points of 19,400 - Volkan Uzun
Volkan has been coming to the meetings for several years, working in several levels of the group, most recently developing and teaching a 12 week Beginner’s ASP.NET course affiliated with the IEDOTNET, writing several blog postings per month, and recently received two Microsoft Certifications. He must stay up nights, thinking of new ways to give back to the development community.
MVM Runner Up. 21 entries and total points of 17,840 - Michael Roth
Mike has a ton of great ideas, and will someday make his fortune on the interwebs. He is diligent about submitting his points early, and loves to donate a previously won raffle prize to someone else.
MVM Second Runner Up. 23 entries and total points of 16,110 - Paul Chu
Paul makes the trek from San Gabriel every meeting. He is always here early to help setup, stays late to help tear down, actively participates in discussions during the meetings, and offers to help where ever he can.
Congratulations to all!
And a really big "Thanks!" to the sponsors who came through to help me with this. Rachel Hawley at Red Gate, Britt King at JetBrains, Janine Rood at InnerWorkings, Joseph Anderson at telerik, Marsee Henon at O’Reilly, and Woody Pewitt at Microsoft
See pictures of the MVM event on Flickr