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  • Blog Post: Local happenings to get Smarter on ASP.NET, F#, LINQ and More!

    eek! A couple of local (from my perspective) community run events that are usually a good deal in terms of mind expansion. Got a Saturday to get smarter? Join your peers for the 3rd annual Fairfield/Westchester Code Camp on Saturday November 7, 2009. 24 sessions, 4 tracks at the unbeatable price of FREE...
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas in Database Design and more SQL Smarts

    eek! Sleep well tonight if you plan on attending the free 24 hours of non-stop SQL Server and BI training on September 2 from the good folks at SQL PASS. All from the comfort of your favorite internet connected spot… Additional details, timings and registration at the SQL PASS website . From the website...
  • Blog Post: Power Programming with .NET 4.0

    eek! If you are around next week, you’ll be in for a treat when Richard Hale Shaw (RHS) visits Farmington CT on September 8th to deliver his session on: Coding with Confidence: .NET 4.0 Power Programming and More . I’ve seen RHS present in the past and he has a unique style and never disappoints. It...
  • Blog Post: Sisters are doing it for themselves (Part 1)

    As part of my last post , I mentioned DigiGirlz and completely forgot to tell you, dear reader, about a remarkable team effort that went into running our second DigiGirlz Day in Connecticut a few months back. We really had an awesome event last year and this year matched it. Details… We had over 50+...
  • Blog Post: Advancing careers from the classroom to the boardroom

    eek! I love my job and yet again , I was able to step out of ordinary and connect with folks who volunteer their time and resources to helping their community. Tonight I had the privilege of chatting with the Hartford chapter of the BDPA . It is truly amazing to me that there are so many unseen and unheard...
  • Blog Post: How Architects are made

    eek! If you are looking to don that coveted architect tag, then this event may be for you. Join us on Tuesday June 2, 2009 in Cambridge MA for The Architect Factory - Take Your Technical Skills to the Next Level . Details on registration, directions and agenda are available here - it is a free event...
  • Blog Post: Grab your seat at our next Code Camp

    eek! The second Hartford, CT CodeCamp is coming soon, will you be joining us? Great set of sessions and if you’d like to flex your presentation muscles, this is the forum to do it. Call for speakers ends in a few weeks. Jump in!
  • Blog Post: Wicked Smart Kids at the Invention Convention

    eek! One of the great parts of my job is that I get to collect fun experiences and log them as work :) Two weekends ago, I was a Microsoft judge at the Connecticut Invention Convention . What a thrilling experience to witness the youngest minds (grade 8 and younger) think up some truly fantastic creations...
  • Blog Post: Don’t miss our smarts; mark your calendars!

    eek! Great two weeks ahead for virtual events that you don’t have to dress up for. The good folks at the LinkedIn .NET Users Group have a bunch of sessions coming up with personalities you will not want to miss. Oh, and we are running a conference that you may like to peek in on (we are streaming certain...
  • Blog Post: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

    eek!   In these difficult economic times, we believe it is a great time to hear the voices of customers across various industry sectors , who are driving down costs, improving efficiency, and increasing agility and quality of solutions to business problems. Whether your interest is in industry solutions...
  • Blog Post: April Cool

    eek! Bucking the trend on April Fool by doing an April Cool post. Here are some of the things I talked about in March. Hope you get a resource or link that saves you time... Girl Geeks Rule Downloading IE8 Get Silverlight 3 Beta with eyes wide open Say Hello to the Microsoft Web Platform An Azure Moment...
  • Blog Post: Dancing with the Stars – the Oracle and SQL Server Pairing

    eek! Given the right music, these guys could win it all. I was watching the Microsoft on ISVs blog and stumbled upon this great resource for folks running Oracle applications on SQL Server. It is called the Microsoft Oracle Center of Excellence (MOCE). Check out the 2 day workshop coming to various cities...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell to the People – The Aftermath

    eek! To my friends at CTDotNet.org thank you for your time yesterday. As promised, here are the resources we talked about. The Slides My slides from the session . They contain other resource pointers (like the free eBook), so check them out. If you are behind a corporate firewall, you may have issues...
  • Blog Post: Get your motor running…

    eek! Bigger, badder and you’ll get to decide if it is better. The MSDN Northeast Roadshow comes to Hartford CT on March 18 2009 for a whole day at a new, larger venue (click the link to register and get details). It is FREE! Why? Catch up on… "Top Dev": Effective .NET Developer Practices Head...
  • Blog Post: Stomach Flu and the MSDN Suburban Roadshow Resources

    eek! To my buddy who is caring for an ill family, good luck. For my captive audience, here are the resources I talked about today around RESTful Programming with WCF 3.5 and Syntactic Sugar with .NET 3.5 . RESTful Programming with WCF 3.5   Get the Training Kits Why? Hands on labs, demos, presentations...
  • Blog Post: How much would you pay for serious SharePoint Smarts?

    eek! Looking for some serious SharePoint Smarts with topics ranging from SharePoint administration, architecture, development and the end user? How much would you pay for this (the random emphasis of keywords being mine)… Administration: Administration: SharePoint Server Fundamentals : Back to Basics...
  • Blog Post: I got XAMLized and you can too…

    eek! I intend to have a page with all the resources that we uncovered at the Connecticut XAMLFest last week . It was a blast and we had over 50 folks (see the photo below) crammed into our tiny office to get XAMLized for 2 days. Were you there? How did we do? Appreciate any feedback, so that we can improve...
  • Blog Post: Happy Groundhog Day!

    eek! In the category of – I’ve seen that before, I’m republishing my January posts in case you missed it. Happy Groundhog Day! The Joy of SxS Jumping in to .NET from ColdFusion? I’m not going to be a fool this April 1 Need more Business Intelligence? Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate is ready Candy...
  • Blog Post: Got XAML? Visit the XamlFest in Connecticut - seating is limited

    eek! We are hosting a XamlFest at the Microsoft Connecticut Office. Here's the agenda we are planning with additional details here (including registration details). Date? Feb 12-13, 2009. Space is limited. Please note that each attendee will need a laptop to take part in the assisted development sessions...
  • Blog Post: Unwrapping my gifts – PowerShell V2 CTP3

    eek! Hope you scored big this holiday season. Me? I’m busy unwrapping my gifts left under the tree, for example: PowerShell CTP3 V2 is here . If you are around the Connecticut Area on January 13th, join me and a few of my friends as we discuss this gift. “Automating the world one-liner at a time.” Indeed...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta DVD for MDC Attendees

    eek! Breaking news!!! Attend an upcoming MSDN Developer Conference and you will receive a Windows 7 Beta DVD. Note: The Windows 7 Beta DVDs may not be ready to hand out in time for the events, but we’ll definitely mail them out to you as soon as they become available. Register today and you...
  • Blog Post: November Posts

    eek! A lean month of posts in November as I immersed myself in post-PDC learning. If this is your first time here, this is what we discussed in November... Perceptions, Reality, Clouds Let the slicing begin Get in the Game with Visual Studio Team System Software + Services: The Greater Sum Azure Services...
  • Blog Post: How to run a successful Code Camp

    eek! What a great job Mark and team did with this weekend's Code Camp in Stamford, CT. Mark has decided to share the wealth and lessons learned in a nice piece on the preparation involved in running a Code Camp . Nice work! I was there, and had the pleasure of doing 2 sessions: Silverlight + WCF What...
  • Blog Post: The Best of the PDC in your neighborhood

    eek! Coming to a city near you, check for yours. The MSDN Developer Conference will sell out early. Register today. The cities... The agenda... The details... Conference web site with additional information and details.
  • Blog Post: Coming to your favorite city - the MSDN Developer Conference

    eek! Unable to make it to the PDC next week? Your local Microsoft teams have come up with something that is in your backyard and perhaps easier on today's tightened budgets: the MSDN Developer Conference. Conference sites are listed on the home page and some are ready to accept registration. What does...
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