What? You haven’t registered for the best developer conference in the Northeastern U.S. yet? Well don’t worry, there is still time. First, let me tell you why you need to attend.

Full disclosure: I am a founding board member of the TechBash Foundation. Myself and a few other people run this event for the community. We make no money from the event. All fees and revenue generated by TechBash are put directly into the event to cover costs.

OK, on to it…

What is TechBash?

TechBash is a 3 day developer conference. If you are interested in topics like .NET, Web, Cloud, JavaScript, DevOps, Architecture, Patterns, Mobile, Frameworks and more, you should be at TechBash.

Why should you be at TechBash 2017?

I’ll summarize and you can read on below for more details:

1. Content – TechBash has got great content. Want to learn about the latest frameworks and patterns from industry experts? We’ve got them. Want to hear directly from Microsoft employees and MVPs? We’ve got plenty of them. TechBash is bringing in the best speakers from top tech companies to deliver content to you. read more…

2. Location TechBash is organized by a small group of developers who were tired of traveling across the country for good content. So now they are bringing the content to you. TechBash is in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. That’s less than a 2 hour drive from NYC or Philly. Plus, the short drive time means you won’t need to ask your boss for two extra travel days. read more…

3. Price. Book now and you can register for TechBash plus 3 nights in the hotel for less than $1000. That’s a great price for a conference of this caliber. Plus, no airfare needed so TechBash fits into your budget!  After 9/8 hotel rates may vary. read more…

4. Venue  The Kalahari Resort. This is the largest indoor water park in the country. So while you are coming to learn and network with tech leaders from around the country and meet up with old friends and new, you can have a little fun and hit the water slides. read more…

5. Fun for the Family – Yes, it’s a huge water park. But there are a ton of other activities at the Kalahari Resort and nearby. Plus, Friday afternoon we have Sara Chipps hosting a Jewelbots build event for kids 8 and up. They can learn to code too. read more…

 

Plus, if you want to bring the whole team, contact us regarding group discounts: info@techbash.com

 

Great Content – Learn from the best

We’ve got great speakers from top tech firms around the country coming in to speak to you. And you may notice these are some of the same speakers that you’ll see at much more expensive conferences. Here are a just few of our featured speakers:

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And if you are interested in content direct from Microsoft, we’ve got that too:

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OK, here is a full list of our speakers. You can see our current schedule on our website.

Alon Fliess, Ambrose Little, Anne Bougie, Anoop Kumar, Ashley Grant, Bill Wolff, Cameron Presley, Chris Houdeshell, Damian Brady, Danny Brown, Dave Voyles, Donovan Brown, Eran Stiller, Erika Carlson, Gajan Pathmanathan, Jason van Brackel, Jeffrey Fritz, Jeremy Clark, Jim Wooley, Joseph Guadagno, Joshua Garverick, Ken Dale, Kevin Griffin, Lee Brandt, Nate Barbettini, Nick Landry, Ondrej Balas, Oren Novotny, Paul Hacker, Richard Taylor, Sam Basu, Sara Chipps, Scott Allen, Scott Kay, Stephanie Herr, Stephen Bohlen, Steve Michelotti

Location – If you are in the Northeast, we are close by

Just check out the map below. We are about 2 hours from NYC, NJ, and Philly. We are close by to Delaware, Central and Western PA, NY State, Maryland, DC and much more. The best part is that you don’t need to sit on long flights or ask the boss for extra travel days just to attend TechBash! Oh, and that means travel costs are lower too.

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Price – The Price is Right!

TechBash fits your budget! An all access ticket to TechBash is only $349. That includes 3 days of content plus breakfast, lunch and coffee/snacks too. Compare that price to some other conferences and see what you think. Of course, you’ll need to stay over for a few nights. We’ve got great prices reserved at the Kalahari Resort (use group id 1145) and if you book quickly you can still get the conference registration and 3 nights in the hotel for under $1000. That is an incredible deal for the content we provide. If you need help convincing your boss, check this out.

Venue – The Kalahari Resort is AWESOME!

To start, The Kalahari is a first class conference center with plenty of Wi-Fi to go around! The place was brand new last year and this year they expanded to add another 500 hotel rooms. Plus, it is now the largest indoor waterpark in the country! So after you are done learning from the best, hit the slides and have some fun!

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Family Fun – There is plenty to do!

Bring the whole family to TechBash! The kids will love the waterpark but that isn’t all there is for families. This year TechBash is very proud to announce that Sara Chipps will be offering a hands-on event for kids ages 8 and up to learn to code and work with Jewelbots. Kids will learn entry level coding and Arduino. Plus there is face painting, crafts, and more! There is a $10 ticket required to cover costs for this. Check out all of the great stuff to do while at TechBash on our site. We’ve got a ton of ideas.

I hope I’ve shown you why TechBash is the best conference for you. Contact me via my blog if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Andy

If you find yourself stuck because you need to use EF 6 features in an ASP.NET Core web app with Identity, don’t worry, it is easy!

Like many of you, I am trying to get all caught up with ASP.NET Core. It has some great features and I’ve been looking forward to using it. I finally have a new project to start so Core was my first choice.To expand on that a bit, I am using ASP.NET Core with the full .NET Framework. At this point, I don’t need to use .NET Core in cross platform scenarios.

It wasn’t long after I got started that I ran into what I thought was a big problem.Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t a big problem at all!

A new project created for ASP.NET Core (configured to use Individual Accounts for security) will be all loaded up with Entity Framework Core as well as Controllers and Views and Code to make all the authentication stuff work. This post isn’t about that. It was all working nicely. That is, until I needed Entity Framework Spatial Types with SQL Server. My website needs to calculate distance between two points, something that is surprisingly easy with the right tools. However, EF Core doesn’t yet support that! I’d needed EF 6 instead. Now, this is where I made my big mistake. I assumed that I couldn’t have EF 6 and EF Core in the same project so I removed all of the EF Core stuff. I began to set up EF 6 instead and ran into issues wiring things up with ASP.NET Core. To set up all of the Dependency Injection stuff and wire up services, you need code like this:

services.AddIdentity<ApplicationUser, IdentityRole>()
.AddEntityFrameworkStores<ApplicationDbContext>()
.AddDefaultTokenProviders();

But it turns out that AddEntityFrameworkStores doesn’t exist in EF 6. This got me going on all kinds of research, trial and error. All for nothing.

You see, I was going about this all wrong.

Thanks to some help from Julie Lerman (Entity Framework Guru and fellow Microsoft MVP) and Diego Vega (from the EF team at Microsoft), I found out that I could in fact run EF 6 and EF Core in the same project! All I needed to do (after getting all of the EF Core nuget packages all loaded up again) was create 2 DbContexts! One with EF Core for the Identity stuff. And one with EF6 for my application logic (so I can use the spatial features including DbGeography). At first, I had a some namespace confusion because there are classes with the same names in EF 6 and Core. But that was easily resolved.

It’s great when the solution is so simple.

This past Friday, I had the pleasure to present a full day of content at day 1 of Philly Code Camp. My talk has an odd title: “End to End Development With Schwammy’s Favorite Patterns and Practices” This was the fourth time I did this talk and it has sold out very quickly each time so far. So I guess the silly title makes sense to people. Or maybe it’s that they read the description:

To create excellent software, you need to know a lot more than just the language basics. If you are an experienced developer looking to take things to the next level, this talk is for you. In this talk I’ll present many patterns and practices that I use as a Technical Architect. I’ll review and demonstrate many of my favorite patterns such as SOLID, Repository Pattern, Unit Of Work, Dependency Injection, etc. I’ll show how these patterns can be used for both server and client side development in ASP.NET MVC. I’ll demonstrate great ways to use TFS for automating your builds and deployments. During this full day session I will create a web application using VS2015, C#, ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework, SQL Server, Bootstrap, Knockout.js and ELMAH. Unlike in traditional short talks, with the full day session you’ll see how all the pieces fit together. As always, I’ll throw in lots of tips and tricks along the way. FYI: this is a repeat (with some updates) from my popular full day session from the last Philly Code Camp. The session will not be hands-on for attendees however I’ll provide the complete solution with which you can review and experiment.

It’s a jam packed day – about 7.5 hours of me talking. I’m truly honored that people sign up to spend the day with me. Thanks to all of the attendees who participate and ask questions and make it a great day. Of course, a big thanks to the Philly.Net team Bill Wolff, Rob Keiser, Ken Lovely and a bunch of other great people who run that event so well year after year. I know how hard it is since I used to be one of them Smile.

So here is all the content. I’ve posted it before but this is the most up to date version:

Good luck, it was never really meant to stand on its own so it may not make sense. If you have any questions, let me know.

Did you know that early bird registration is now open for TechBash 2017? I can’t believe it is 2017 already, I never even got to write up a TechBash 2016 recap post!

TechBash 2017 | October 4-6, 2017 | Kalahari Resort, Pocono Manor, PA

If you attended our last TechBash, you know it was great. So now is a good time to take advantage of the early bird pricing. All 2016 attendees received a special discount code that can be used before January 31. If you didn’t attend, you can register for $279 for TechBash 2017. Prices go up Jan 31.

What should you expect from TechBash 2017? Great speakers, great content, great venue. We are currently working on getting a list of talks for 2017. But I can tell you now that most of the presenters have said they’d like to be back for 2017. Here are some of the comments we received from our evals. I think the quotes tell the story nicely.

Having a conference of this caliber in NEPA [North Eastern PA] is awesome. The speakers were all friendly and accessible enabling deeper conversations regarding their presentations and related topics. It was a wonderful event and the content was perfect.

Really, I thought everything was covered quite well.  Nitty gritty implementation and syntax seminars?  Check.  Higher-level software planning seminars?  Check.  New and coming tools and libraries?  Check.  Inspirational keynote talks?  Yep.  Fun?  Absolutely.   I have all good things to say to our team upon returning, who will no doubt be a little jealous they didn’t attend this year.  We will likely have a bigger group attending next year.  Keep up the great work.

Really good conference.  I will definitely be returning next year.  I had a great time

This was my first major/multi-day conference and it was a great experience. Thank you to the organizers and speakers, I am definitely looking forward to attending again in the future. I was also inspired to one day hopefully speak in front of a group of developers.

Great first conference, looking forward to next year!

Speaking for the organizers, the conference went pretty smoothly, especially for a first time event. Mostly, the only problems that were obvious to any attendees were the occasional “presenter can’t connect to the projector” issues. And thanks the awesome tech staff at the Kalahari, these situations were quickly resolved. We heard a ton of feedback about how great the presenters were, people loved the venue and waterpark, and (this is real and I was quite surprised) people said we had the best lunch of any conference they attended! This event had a great community feel to it. Presenters, attendees, sponsors, and staff all learned from each other over 3 days. Lots of new friendships were made.

Oh, and if you enjoyed the waterpark, you’ll be glad to hear that phase 2 will be completed this spring. That means a total of 200,000 sq. ft. of fun – doubling the size of the waterpark! Plus new restaurants, a ropes course and more!

Please check out TechBash 2017 for more information and to register. If you are not already on our mailing list, please sign up to get all the latest info.