Monthly Archives: May 2012

TechEd BOF: Can Model-View-Controller (MVC) Architectural Pattern Add More Cow Bell to Your App?

MVC started in 1979 for SmallTalk programming and has become a widely used architectural pattern for web applications using Visual Studio. Recently, MSFT announced MVC 4 would be open source with contributions from the developer community. Are you an avid MVC developer? Maybe you are considering using MVC? Come discuss what it was like to change from web forms to MVC. How is the architecture different between these two approaches? Can you “port” a web forms application? What about managing security? Is ASP.NET Membership still a viable option? Many people use jQuery on the client in MVC based applications. Has jQuery worked for you? Come join what is sure to be a lively discussion on these and many other MVC topics. Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

June 14 – 10:15 am to 11:30 am, RM S319   View Session Details   NEW! Add this BOF and others to your schedule!

BOF Facilitator Adam Tuliper is a software architect with Cegedim and has been developing software for over 16 years. He’s a Certified Scrum Master and MCPD Enterprise Applications Developer. Adam started his work in security and reverse engineering (x86 based – pre .NET) with the direction of going into the software protection and anti-piracy field. He has been deeply involved in .NET internals since early .NET beta and currently works extensively with WCF, ASP.NET, SQL Server, MVC, C#, jQuery, and Silverlight. Adam is an MSDN author, Pluralsight.com author, and an INETA Community Speaker. He regularly speaks at .NET User Groups and events nationwide. Besides development, he has performed security audits and penetration testing for large and small companies alike and really likes security. Read up on his current topics at www.secure-coding.com completedevelopment.blogspot.com.

Blog: completedevelopment.blogspot.com

Twitter: @AdamTuliper

TechEd BOF: I’m a SharePoint Developer in an Enterprise World!

As a SharePoint Developer in the Enterprise, often it seems like you are asked to work magic-sometimes against your better judgment. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced as a SharePoint Dev in the enterprise? In this session we will discuss building SharePoint solutions in the enterprise environment with multiple developers and teams, and discover best practices for SharePoint Development Architectures. We will examine pain points from the group and discuss possible strategies to overcome challenges. Come share your experiences and tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

June 14 – 8:30 am to 9:45 am, RM S319   View Session Details   NEW! Add this BOF and others to your schedule!

BOF Facilitator Shannon Bray is a SharePoint evangelist and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint Server 2010. He is currently employed with Planet Technologies as their Chief Architect. Shannon specializes in architecture design and solution development using Microsoft technologies. He is the President of the Colorado SharePoint User’s Group and has presented SharePoint topics at Microsoft’s TechReady, TechED, and SPC11. Shannon has authored several SharePoint video training series and served as a Technical Editor for ‘Pro ASP.NET 4.0 SharePoint Solutions’. In addition, he co-authored ‘Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0′ with Gary Lapointe.

Blog: http://shannonbray.wordpress.com/about/

Twitter: @noidentity29

TechEd BOF: What’s the Path to Successful Scrum?

Is your Scrum broken in your organization? Are you struggling to implement or use Scrum effectively? Are you going through the motions without realizing the benefits? Or are you part of a group interested in starting Scrum but cautious because of the war stories you’ve heard? What does it take to be successful at Scrum? Can Scrum be successful if you only implement pieces of it, or slowly progress into Scrum? Can grass-roots Scrum implementations succeed and gain support from executives over time? Share your Scrum tragedies and triumphs at this Birds of a Feather session where we uncover the path to successful Scrum methodologies. Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

June 13 – 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm, RM S319   View Session Details   NEW! Add this BOF and others to your schedule!

BOF Facilitator David Starr is the Chief Craftsman for Scrum.org where he works to improve the professional of software development. He focuses on agile software development, the Visual Studio ALM platform, and patterns and practices in .NET.  He enjoys helping software development teams improve and expressing human intent to computers. David Starr is a technical contributor at Pluralsight, a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, host of several successful podcasts, and the founder of the blogging community ElegantCode.com. He has over 20 years of software development experience, most of them spent practicing adaptive engineering techniques like test-first development and reducing wait time between feedback cycles.

Blog: elegantcode.com

Twitter: @elegantcoder


BOF Facilitator Alicia Large leads the web application development at SMG, a market research firm in Kansas City, MO.  Her 12 years of IT experience include application development, project management, agile practices and process improvement.  Since implementing scrum, she has coached her team into a high-functioning, high-output scrum team.  Additionally, Alicia is currently serving as an officer of SMG’s Toastmasters

club and is helping to lead the company’s GetFit initiative to encourage employee health and fitness.


Tech Ed BOF: How Important is User Experience (UX), Really?

User Experience (UX) has been quite the buzzword for a while now-yet if UX is so important why is it so hard to sell? It seems to be common sense that software needs to be intuitive, user-friendly & aesthetically pleasing. Have you had to sell UX improvements to your company? How did you demonstrate ROI? Are you about to start this battle and have some questions or thoughts on how to be successful? Does UX really matter in a corporate context if the users have no choice? Bring your questions and opinions to this session, and tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

June 13 – 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm, RM S319   View Session Details

BOF Facilitator Girish Gangadharan is a MS certified developer who has over 7 years of experience building software (for profit & open source). He spends a lot of time thinking, studying & researching about building better UX for software applications (check out http://uxd.absg.com). He loves to write clean, concise, well-commented, beautiful code that not only solves the problem in hand but also is a pleasure to support & maintain. Follow him on Twitter – @appoosa and subscribe to his blog – http://giri.sh

Blog:  http://giri.sh

Twitter: @appoosa

 

TechEd BOF: Code vs. “No-Code”: Exactly Who Gets to Call Themselves a SharePoint Developer?

It’s no secret that there is much disagreement as to what constitutes “development” in SharePoint, with everyone from Power Users to seasoned MVPs packaging custom features laying claim to the title. Who is right? Do you have to use Visual Studio to be considered a true SharePoint “Dev”? What about the explosion of client-side “no code” solutions that can be applied using only SharePoint Designer? In this sure-to-be-controversial session, we aim for constructive dialog between both sides and an expanded understanding of the positions of each. Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

June 13 – 10:15 am to 11:30 am, RM S319   View Session Details

BOF Facilitator Shannon Bray is a SharePoint evangelist and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint Server 2010. He is currently employed with Planet Technologies as their Chief Architect. Shannon specializes in architecture design and solution development using Microsoft technologies. He is the President of the Colorado SharePoint User’s Group and has presented SharePoint topics at Microsoft’s TechReady, TechED, and SPC11. Shannon has authored several SharePoint video training series and served as a Technical Editor for ‘Pro ASP.NET 4.0 SharePoint Solutions’. In addition, he co-authored ‘Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0′ with Gary Lapointe.

Blog: http://shannonbray.wordpress.com/about/

Twitter: @noidentity29


TechEd BOF: Is Windows Azure a Contender for my Next Application?

Windows Azure has been available long enough for developers to “kick the tires” and determine if it is a technology that can be used in their next project. Are you one of the people that has explored or used Azure? What did you determine? Did you decide to use it in a real life application, or did you decide it didn’t fit your needs or wasn’t ready for prime time? Did you end up using a competing technology like Amazon Web Service? If so, why? Maybe you are still in the “curious” stage and want to ask some questions of your peers with Azure experience. Come join the open discussion on Windows Azure to share your experiences and get answers to your questions. Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

June 13 – 8:30 am to 9:45 am, RM S319  View Session Details

BOF Facilitator Mihai Tătăran is the General Manager of Avaelgo (ex H.P.C. Consulting) a software consulting and custom development company based in Romania. There he works with the latest Microsoft technologies for different customers around the world. Latley Mihai had an extensive experience with Windows Azure: 5 completed solutions for different customers, and delivering the Microsoft DPE training on Azure for partners in Romania. One of those projects made it to a Case Study on Microsoft .com website.

 

 

 


BOF Facilitator David Giard has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies since 1993. He is a Microsoft MVP; a member of the INETA Board of Directors; and a past President of the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group. David has presented at many of the conferences and user groups around the Midwest. He is a recovering certification addict and holds an MCTS, MCSD, MCSE, and MCDBA, as well as a BS and an MBA. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com. David lives in Michigan with his two teenage sons.

Blog: http://davidgiard.com/

Twitter: @DavidGiard

TechEd BOF: BIG DATA: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity

June 12 – 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm, RM S319

The amount of data in our world has been exploding to the point where 15 of 17 sectors in the United States have more data than the 234 terabytes collected by The Library of Congress in 2011. Analyzing these large data sets known as “Big Data” is becoming an essential component of gaining a competitive advantage in business. As Big Data grows and becomes more important application developers have to give more consideration to the database and associated tools used to meet these needs. What databases can be used for these large collections of data? Have you had to deal with Big Data in your company? Would you like to know how to deal with it? Come share your experiences and learn from your peers about this huge growth area. There are a lot of job opportunities here… Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

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BOF Facilitator Mark Tabladillo (Microsoft MVP) is a data mining architect. He consults and trains at companies across the United States and around the world. He also teaches at the Management School of the University of Phoenix. Mark blogs at http://marktab.net, and tweets @marktabnet

Blog: http://marktab.net/datamining

Twitter: @marktabnet

 



BOF Facilitator Alex Keh is a principal product manager at Oracle. He focuses on Oracle data access and database integration with .NET and Windows. He’s spoken previously at many Microsoft and Oracle events, including Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, VSLive!, and Oracle Develop and OpenWorld.

Blog: http://otn.oracle.com/windows

Twitter: @OracleDOTNET



BOF Facilitator Tony Darnell is a principal sales consultant for Oracle/MySQL. Tony has over 20 years of experience in consultative sales, product development, database design/development, web site design and implementation.

Blog: http://scriptingmysql.com

Twitter: @tonydarnell

TechEd BOF: Can You Make a Million Dollars with a 99 Cent App?

June 12 – 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm, RM S319

As apps become a part of the Microsoft world many of us are wondering if we too should pursue writing an “app.” It seems viable given the Apple App Store has over 500K apps and there have been 25 billion downloads. However, with all those apps does anyone make “real” money? Have you created an app for Microsoft or Apple? Have you made any money? Did you do it as a side project or is it your full time occupation? How did you determine your business model and market? What about determining your price point? If you have written an app for Microsoft, Apple, or Android come share your experiences in this open discussion. Thinking about venturing down this path? Come join the discussion and ask your questions. Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev.

BOF Facilitator Patrick Hynds is the President and Founder of DTS and a Microsoft Regional Director. Named by Microsoft as the Regional Director for Boston, he has been recognized as a leader in the technology field. An expert on Microsoft technology and experienced with other technologies as well. In spite of the demands of his management role at DTS, Patrick stays technical and in the trenches acting as Project Manager and/or developer/engineer on selected projects throughout the year.

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Blog: www.patrickhynds.com

Twitter: @patrickhynds

Congratulations Q1 2012 INETA Community Champions

The purpose of the INETA Community Champion Award program is to recognize individuals with the highest levels of contributions. Those exceptional leaders and volunteers who devote innumerable hours towards hosting user group meetings, organizing Code Camps and special events, mentoring and supporting their members, publishing newsletters, updating web sites, and the list goes on and on. The Community Champion program provides INETA with an opportunity to showcase the efforts of our user group communities as a whole as well as provide individual recognition. Recognition that we hope will open doors to networking opportunities, potential sponsors, future employers or partnerships.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Q1 2012 INETA Community Champion Award!

  • Matt Ruma
  • Joe Waldin
  • Sam Abraham
  • Chad England
Community Champions

Special thanks to everyone who took the time and energy to participate in this program. Keep contributing to your local developer community and submit your activities through the Champs program. This is your chance to show the world what community leadership is all about and to gain some of the recognition that you deserve! For additional information and to view past winners, please go to the Community Champions site.

TechEd BOF: Development Methodologies in the Wild: Agile, Continuous Delivery, Scrum and more in the Real World

June 12 – 10:15 am to 11:30 am, RM S319

Is your dev team using a development methodology to improve efficiency? Lately it seems like everyone’s implementing the latest development methodology-and whatever new titles and ideas that go along with it. However, alongside these adoption stories you hear tales about broken or half-implemented methodologies. What have you seen succeed? What are some pitfalls of new methodologies and where do they innovate? In this session we’ll discuss various development methodologies, including Continuous Delivery, Scrum, Agile and more-and what may make one successful where others have struggled or failed. Tell your friends and colleagues at home to watch the live broadcast and participate on Twitter using #bofdev

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BOF Facilitator Esteban Garcia is a Solutions Architect and ALM Consultant at AgileThought, Telerik Insider, and president of the Orlando .NET User Group (ONETUG). He has over 13 years of experience in software development, working in all phases of application development using Microsoft technologies. Esteban excels in architecture and best practices and is passionate about Scrum and SDLC improvements. He also has a bachelor of science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Blog: http://estebanfg.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @EstebanFGarcia



BOF Facilitator Roberto Hernandez is currently a Managing Consultant for Excella living in the Northern Virginia region right outside Washington, DC. He has been designing and writing software solutions using Microsoft technology for the past 12
years.  He is passionate about doing things right and finding the right “simple” solution for the job. He is originally from the Dominican Republic, and is the proud father of two beautiful daughters that make his life special.

Blog: http://www.overridethis.com

Twitter: @hernandezrobert


BOF Facilitator Alicia Large leads the web application development at SMG, a market research firm in Kansas City, MO.  Her 12 years of IT experience include application development, project management, agile practices and process improvement.  Since implementing scrum, she has coached her team into a high-functioning, high-output scrum team.  Additionally, Alicia is currently serving as an officer of SMG’s Toastmasters club and is helping to lead the company’s GetFit initiative to encourage employee health
and fitness.



 



BOF Facilitator Philip Japikse is an international speaker, Microsoft MVP, MCSD, CSM, and CSP, and a passionate member of the developer community, and has been working with .Net since the first betas, developing software for over 20 years, and heavily involved in the agile community since 2005. Phil works as the Agile Practices Evangelist for Telerik’s Agile Project Management Division (http://www.telerik.com/teampulse), serves as the Lead Director for the Cincinnati .Net User’s Group and the Cincinnati Software Architect Group, and is the host of the Zero To Agile podcast (www.telerik.com/zerotoagile). Phil also founded Agile Conferences, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to advancing agile in all aspects of software development. Phil also serves as Cub Master for his sons’ Cub Scout Pack, volunteers for the National Ski Patrol, and is a recently retired Firefighter/Paramedic. You can follow Phil on twitter via www.twitter.com/skimedic and read his blog at www.skimedic.com/blog.

Blog: www.skimedic.com/blog

Twitter: @skimedic


 

BOF Facilitator David Starr is the Chief Craftsman for Scrum.org where he works to improve the professional of software development. He focuses on agile software development, the Visual Studio ALM platform, and patterns and practices in .NET.  He enjoys helping software development teams improve and expressing human intent to computers. David Starr is a technical contributor at Pluralsight, a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, host of several successful podcasts, and the founder of the blogging community ElegantCode.com. He has over 20 years of software development experience, most of them spent practicing adaptive engineering techniques like test-first development and reducing wait time between feedback cycles.

Blog: elegantcode.com

Twitter: @elegantcoder