West Region Team
I had a fun time visiting the folks at Gangplank today. I was invited to do a presentation on dynamic styling via jQuery. Code samples can be downloaded below.
Nice crowd of developers from a variety of platforms, and very courteous – despite working for Microsoft :) It was also nice meeting up with Scott Cate and Joseph Guadagno, both very active Microsoft MVPs in the southwest.
jQuery Code Samples Download
On Monday January 24th between the hours of 3pm and 5pm, I enjoyed spending time at my “office” in Denver. I relaxed at the Starbucks in the Bellevue Promenade. The place was quite busy – which was perfect. The highlight of my Denver experience is when Ely Lucas (organizer of the upcoming Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta) came to pay a visit. Thanks Ely for a great fireside chat!
From time to time, I will be hanging out at my various “offices” around my assigned geography – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Usually for a two hour period, I will chill-ax with a beverage and broadcast how to find me. The point? Allow developers in the area to chat with their local Developer Evangelist about anything and in a less formal setting.
Please click on the image below to watch the “Lightning Talk” (5 minutes) I did at WordCamp earlier this year in Phoenix, AZ.
I had a great time presenting on MVC 3 at the Web Camp in Silicon Valley. We (Doris Chen, Dan Waters, and me) presented to a full house of developers willing to sacrifice a Saturday to learn more about MVC and jQuery.
For those who were in attendance, thanks for all the feedback! The resources for the event can be found at the official Web Camps site.
Prior to joining Microsoft, I served for years as a Microsoft Regional Director. When I first heard the title, I was at lunch with Pete Miller (now with Statera). When he handed me his business card, I noticed the title "Microsoft Regional Director". I asked if he worked for Microsoft (common question), and he said no (at the time, he was working for Cunningham Consulting). He then when on to explain it was an honorary title bestowed by Microsoft upon an individual in a certain geography, and with the title came benefits such as close communication with Microsoft. I didn't think much of it until very soon thereafter I was informed I had been selected to be Pete's replacement (Pete stepped aside to pursue other lofty ambitions) as the "RD" in the Desert Mountain region (AZ, CO, NM, UT, NV) of the USA.
When I attended my first RD meeting, I was in the company of people like Richard Campbell, Carl Franklin, Clemens Vasters, and Scott Hanselman just to name a few. It was an honor to be in company with people that I professionally admired. I made some great contacts via the RD program, and I was in no hurry to walk away from it.
Then I decided to join Microsoft...
So, when I joined Microsoft the latter part of 2010, I had to surrender the title of RD and give up my MVP status as well. This meant that there was an opening for a new RD in Desert Mountain. With all that said, (drum roll) the new Microsoft Regional Director based out of Phoenix, AZ is Scott Cate with EventDay.com. Many developers in the southwest portion of the USA know Scott well. Scott is an MVP, published author, speaker, and community leader. Scott has helped bring major talent to the Phoenix area to share technology tips such at Scott Hanselman and Scott Guthrie! Scott is very motivated to also share what he has learned with others, and will do so with all the more fervor. So with a virtual round of applause, please welcome Scott Cate in his new role as an RD!
I attended my first Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta last week, though it was the 3rd installment of the community tech sharing experience. I was asked to be master of ceremonies, and I also presented on ASP.NET MVC 3.
The community event in Denver was very well attended and supported. Speakers came in from the local area as well as neighboring states such as Utah and Arizona. I was very impressed with the support shown by family members of the speakers and volunteers. I am also quite taken with a rising rock-star in the Microsoft developer community - Drew DeVault (only 17 years old). Keep your eye out on him!
Thanks to all the folks that made the event a success! I will be blogging about MVC 3 that will touch on all the items I spoke about during my presentation.
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In this episode, Michael Palermo welcomes fellow evangelist Jeremy Foster to the show to discuss storage options for Windows Store apps. Check out codeSHOW featured in this episode!
Michael Palermo and Jeremy Foster discuss the role of promises and demonstrate via codeSHOW.
I look forward to meeting all the attendees at the Information Sciences event at DeVry University in Phoenix on Friday December 7th!