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  • Blog Post: A Technical Conference Filled with Women

    Ok now that I have your attention (!), I am going to write a bit about my first experience at the international, annual Agile conference.  Agile 2011 was held in Salt Lake City, Utah last week.  I attended and spoke (on ‘Teaching Kids to Program Using Agile Practices’) and had a GREAT time...
  • Blog Post: Lanyrd.com–Great for Technical Speakers

    While at fooCamp this weekend in Sebastopol, among many interesting people, I met the founders of a new site – Lanyrd.com.  They call themselves a ‘social conference directory’ and from my first try-out – I LOVE their services and site. Take a look at the Lanyrd page for the upcoming SoCalCodCamp...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report: Agile Open Northwest 2010

    As I sit on yet another plane (flying over to Denmark to teach DigiGirlz there next week), I contemplate the conference I attended earlier this week and wanted to share here.  Agile Open Northwest 2010 was held in Seattle this year.  It’s held annually in Portland or Seattle.  So what...
  • Blog Post: 200 Girl Geeks in a room

    And what happens then?  I attended the annual She’s Geeky unConference at the Computer History Museum in San Jose Feb 29-31, 2010 and had a great time.  Because, literally, no men are allowed (conference organizer’s rules – not mine), I thought I might share some of the highlights for the general...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal answers your Windows 7 Developer Questions

    Wow what a launch today in Orange, CA!  Thanks to the standing-room only audience this morning.  Because of the crowd size, you were so kind as to send your questions via text messages.  I didn’t have time to answer all of your many questions all at the event, so here are the rest of the...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal shares Windows 7 Launch LIVE

    Well, it’s not me presenting, but it is the same content.  If you couldn’t make it to the Windows 7 launch event next Monday, October 26th starting at 9am, you can watch the live stream of the presentation of my developer evangelist colleague Daniel Egan and more presenting on Monday. Here’s the...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal presents Windows 7 Developer APIs

    Next week Monday and Wednesday, I’ll be presenting at the MSDN launch events for developers for Windows 7.  Both events are registered full already – however, I am posting my decks here for you.  Also we may be recording one set of launch sessions, if we do so, I’ll post the link to the recording...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal answers ‘What is Windows Azure?’ in 5 minutes

    Slides from #CloudCampSVCC – 5 minute time limit for my lightning talk.  It was also filmed, I’ll add the link after it’s published. What is Windows Azure? View more presentations from SoCalDevGal .
  • Blog Post: What is Gemini? Deck from #SVCC

    I presented at #SVCC introducing Gemini – here’s the deck. Gemini Introduction View more presentations from SoCalDevGal .
  • Blog Post: Where is SoCalDevGal? – SoCal Developer Events for Oct 2009

    By popular demand I am attempting to aggregate SoCal Developer events on a monthly basis.  For October 2009 as follows below. I’ll be happy to add any developer events I may have missed, just send me mail via my blog. Week 1 (Sept 27 – Oct 3) Mon, Sept 28 – GirlsInTech / Santa Monica / 7pm - ‘How...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal interview Bart de Smet and Mwansa Lumpa at TechEd Africa 2009

    Enjoy - (can you tell I was a bit jet lagged?) first Bart on his work with .NET 4.0 Framework then Mwansa on his work developing SmartCare in Zambia
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – WomenBuild 2.0 SeriousPlay with LEGOs

    Happy to have led the Women in Technology event at TechEd last week.  Asli Bilgin and I have been working with a team at Microsoft to build this event brand for a year now.  Microsoft has hosted WomenBuild events across the US and Australia already and intends to host more in the future. ...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – Jam on IT Community Party

    Thursday was community party night at TechEd.  In addition to the attendee party, we in SoCal were able to invite around 300 people from the local tech community (who weren’t registered to attend TechEd).  It was really cool to see who turned out for our free food and drink, and then hung around...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – Windows Mobile Applications Update

    People ask me ‘how do you keep up?’ Well, sometimes I don’t.  I am horribly ‘behind’ in the world of Windows Mobile applications, development, etc…So I decided to spend a bit of time at TechEd trying to remedy that situation.  First I attended the (in)famous Windows Mobile Smackdown session...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – ITPros know how to throw a great party!

    Well it wouldn’t be TechEd, if there weren’t one or more fun parties to attend, but I have to hand it to our corporate ITPro team this year.  Their Windows 7 SpringBoard party at the StandardLA was really great. The atmosphere was great – Stephen Rose (Sr. Community Manager Windows Client ITPro...
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – What’s new with SQL Server BI?

    During the day, whenever I could I hung out in the SQL Server Business Intelligence world (another main site – here ) – sessions, floor booth, also I did a book signing for my BI book .  I was also fortunate enough to have a long lunch with Gemini PM Donald Farmer .  So, what did I see? 1....
  • Blog Post: Report from TechEd – What is Oslo? What is M? What is Intellipad?

    All week at TechEd I worked in the Oslo booth in the SOA area.  I worked with Kris Horrocks , Miguel Llopis and Shy Cohen .  Kris and Miguel are on the Oslo product team and Shy is an architect and trainer, who recently left Microsoft after over 10 years in Redmond.  Working with Softies...
  • Blog Post: Post TechEd SoCal Tech Events

    There are worse problems to have, but a person really needs stamina to keep up with all of the possible tech events in SoCal.  I had fun at TechEd, working in the Oslo booth with the team (finally met Don Box in person!), leading the WiT event, attending sessions (mostly BI or Windows Mobile), and...
  • Blog Post: Going to TechEd in LA next week? – find SoCalDevGal there

    TechEd starts for me on Sunday, May 10. Here’s where to find me day-by-day – if you can’t find me send me mail via this blog with your number and I’ll text you back. Sunday day - MVP event at LACC -and- OSLO booth prep night – SharePoint by Night Party -and- MCT ‘foodie’ meet up Monday morning...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal’s Tweet Stream – Do you follow llangit?

    Many of you have expressed interested in this week’s Windows 7 Developer Incubation week which is being held at Microsoft in Irvine, CA.  The quickest and easiest way to follow what is going is to follow me on Twitter (llangit), as I’ll be here all week and will be tweeting as we go.  We’ll...
  • Blog Post: Win7 – getting your apps ready – here’s how

    Check out this great blog post one of our Architect Evangelists ( Bruce Kyle ) – filled with useful links.  Probably the best place to start learning about Win7 is to learn how to enable multi-touch .  Of course there is much more as well. http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde/archive/2009/04/25/walkthrough...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal is still Mix(ed) up – part 2 - what about IE8?

    Maybe these new FREE Hands on Labs will help.  Let me know if they do.  Also my colleague, Mithun Dhar, has been blogging about IE8 for developers . MSDN Virtual Lab: Building Web Slices with Internet Explorer 8 Developer http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9655888 MSDN Virtual Lab: Preparing for...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal is still Mix(ed up) – part 1 – Attendees tell it like it is

    So, I didn’t get to Mix09, but 50 of my closest friends did.  So, I asked them about it and here’s what they said: From The Developers Announcements that mattered most – MVC , Silverlight 3 , Super Preview From The Designers Announcements that mattered most – Silverlight 3 , Super Preview , SketchFlow...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 for .NET Developers - session from TechDays Antwerp March 2009

    Here's the deck - link to pptx deck   Here's a link to the zipped demo files - FIXED_DEVSQL-code.zip - Windows Live Here's a link to my book - here Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal is heading over to Europe

    Yup, I am taking a little work trip - leaving shortly for 20 days in Europe.  During this time I'll be speaking at TechDays Belgium in Antwerp , TechDays Sweden in Vasteras and more.  Although I've been to other European countries in the past, this will be my first trip to both Belgium and...
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