Tulsa TechFest 2011

Conferences
It’s that time of the year again… Time for Tulsa Tech Fest 2011!  I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at this conference for the past several years and it has always been a well-planned and orchestrated event.  If you are going to be around the Tulsa area next week (Friday, October 7th) then take the time to register (it’s FREE! although a food donation is requested – see the web site for details) and enjoy some great content throughout the day. This year I will be presenting on the following topics: Getting Started with the TFS Object Model - Microsoft's Team Foundation Server (TFS) is a very capable platform for integrating all aspects of the software development lifecycle (SDLC). There is a great deal of functionality provided out of the…
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//build/ Observations from the Outside–Day 1

Conferences, Visual Studio, Windows 8
Like so many others, I was not able to attend the //build/ conference (formerly known as the Professional Developers Conference or PDC).  However, I did have the opportunity to watch the streaming keynote live and I’ve also spent a good portion of the day watching various twitter, Facebook, and blog posts from those who are attending.  With so much coming out of Microsoft in one day it’s hard to keep up with everything being announced and talked about so I thought I’d put a few notes together around today’s event. The word of the day is BOLD I didn’t actually count the number of times the word “bold” was used during the keynote session earlier today but I can safely say it was used a lot.  In general, it was…
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Nebraska Code Camp

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Are you looking to get your geek on this weekend?  Are you in the general neighborhood of Lincoln, NE?  If so, then you will want to attend the Nebraska Code Camp this Saturday, April 9th at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As always, the Code Camp is free and there a lots of great sessions scheduled covering a wide variety of topics. Date: Saturday, April 9th Start Time: 08:45 (registration opens at 08:00) Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Avery Hall Check out the links below for more information. Nebraska Code Camp Schedule Sessions Speakers
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MVP Global Summit 2011 Comes to a Close

ALM, Conferences
This year marks my third consecutive Microsoft MVP Global Summit.  Each year seems to be a little bit better than the last.  However, this year was a lot better than last year’s summit – mainly due to the timing of products and content of the sessions.  Although there was lots to see and discuss, the content is under NDA so not much can be discussed. However, one thing is certain, working with the Visual Studio/ALM product groups is nothing short of amazing.  Having been an MVP for close to three years now (first a Team Foundation Server MVP and now a Visual Studio ALM MVP) I can’t imagine being grouped with a better bunch of people (including my fellow MVPs and the Microsoft Product Group members). Here’s the group of…
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ALM Summit Videos Available On-line

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If you were not able to attend the ALM Summit this year, the session videos are now available on-line.  You can view the session video links here as well as in the table below.  Currently, the videos are available only in streaming format for on-line viewing.  It is hoped that off-line (i.e. downloadable) versions will be made available in the near future. Speaker Session Title Downloads Day 1 Ken Schwaber (scrum.org) Keynote: Scrum: The 3rd Decade The inventor of Scrum describes his collaboration with Microsoft to create the Professional Scrum Developer training for VS 2010 customers. Watch video David West (Forrester) The State of ALM: An Industry View Dave is full of insights and data about the state of agile adoption in the industry and Microsoft’s emerging leadership.  He is…
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Talks and Slides

Conferences
Over the past few weeks, I’ve given six talks (on three subjects) at three different conferences.  Although the slide decks are pretty much the same between conferences, I thought I’d go ahead and post links to them all here in case anyone is looking for them. Tulsa TechFest, November 2010 What’s New in TFS 2010? Migrating to TFS 2010 – Lessons Learned Creating Quality Software: A Look at Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools Tyson Development Conference, October 2010 VS2010 ALM – What’s In It for Me? Migrating to TFS 2010 – Lessons Learned Heartland Developer Conference, September 2010 Creating Quality Software: A Look at Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools
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HDC 2010–In the Books

Conferences, Visual Studio
For the past three days, the Heartland Developers Conference has been in full swing.  The first day was comprised entirely of hands-on classes (eight choices all together) while the remaining two days consisted of 45 sessions, 4 keynotes, and 2 receptions/after parties.  All this for a steal at $250 (plus a little extra if you signed up for any of the 1st day classes)!  Needless to say, Joe Olsen has once again put on a great conference. I attended several sessions over the past couple of days and there was some great information to be consumed presented by some great speakers.  My personal favorite, other than my own session of course , was the Windows Phone 7 “Deep Dive” session by Jeff Brand. Russ Wagner and I had the privilege…
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PDC 2010

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Just announced, there will be a Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this year after all.  And, for the first time, it will be on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond. The PDC has always provided direct access to the people behind the technologies, but this year we’re upping the ante by providing access to the places, too. For the first time ever, our most influential customers will converge on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond for the PDC, this October 28 – 29, 2010. We’re opening the doors to our buildings and labs, and providing unprecedented access to Microsoft’s leaders and engineering teams on their home turf. Registration for the conference is now open. Learn more about PDC10 at http://www.microsoftpdc.com/ Join the PDC email newsletter for the latest information about PDC10
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TechEd 2010 Birds-of-a-Feather Proposals Being Accepted

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The Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) volunteer organizing team is now accepting proposals from discussion leaders for BOF sessions at Tech-Ed 2010 in New Orleans June 7-10.  BOF sessions are community-led open discussions on any technology related topic.  No code, no slides, just discussion. You don't have to be an expert on the topic, just passionate or knowledgeable enough to lead a discussion. There will also be a session moderator to help keep the discussion flowing smoothly. To submit a proposal visit http://northamerica.msteched.com/Birds-of-a-Feather.  The deadline for proposal is Monday, April 5th. (Note: proposals are reviewed in the order submitted so the sooner the better.)
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Presentation Slides

Conferences
Today concludes my run of talks (at least for the next few weeks :-) that I’ve been giving over the past few weeks so I thought I’d post the PowerPoint decks in case anyone might find some use from them.  With that said… An Introduction to Silverlight 3 – presented at the Farm Credit Services of America internal User Group. VSTS – What’s in it for me? – presented at the Omaha Team System User Group,  Dubuque, IA .NET User Group, and Tulsa TechFest. Team Foundation Build 2008 – Automating the Build Process – presented at Tulsa TechFest. Using Team Foundation Build 2008 in the Real World – presented at Tulsa TechFest and the Tyson Developer Conference. Keeping Up with C# – presented at the Tyson Developer Conference.
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