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.

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We are having a blowout sale on TechBash tickets. Plus, the Kalahari has extended our room discount (while supplies last). You can now attend TechBash (tickets and hotel) for under $650! Here is the news you need…

TechBash is Sept 28-30 2016, Pocono Manor, PA

Here are 3 great reasons to register for TechBash 2016

1. The Content is really awesome!

The first and most important reason to attend a tech conference is learning. We’ve got you covered with some of the best and most knowledgeable speakers from across the country! At TechBash you will get the facts from experts. Learn about web, cloud, DevOps, design patterns, and tools. Want to learn about Microsoft tech like ASP.Net, Azure, C# or Visual Studio? At TechBash you will get expert knowledge and great perspective because we have speakers from inside and outside of Microsoft. Here are some names to get you interested:

From Microsoft: Amanda Lange, Chris Risner, Dave Voyles, David Giard, James Tramel, Jeffrey Fritz, Joel Cochran, Pete Brown, Stephen Bohlen

Microsoft MVPs: Chris Woodruff, Iris Classon, James Bender, Jesse Liberty, Jim Wooley, Joseph Guadagno, Ondrej Balas, Oren Novotny, Sam Basu, Steve Michelotti, Kevin Hazzard, and organizers Alvin Ashcraft, Andy Schwam, Brian Minisi, Devin Rader

But that’s not all: We’ve got other top speakers including Glenn Bock, Joe Kuemerle, Kendall Miller, Ashley Grant, Bradley Holt and more!

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Click here to see our full schedule!

2. The Location is great (and close by to many of you)!

Our venue, the Kalahari Resort is really cool. It’s a new Resort, Conference Center, and 100,000 sq. ft. indoor waterpark! TechBash is located in the Pocono Mountains in PA. That means it’s not only a beautiful setting, but it’s also really close. If you are in the northeast US and tired of flying cross country for tech conferences, TechBash is for you. We are less than a 2-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, and northern NJ. And this location is still within reasonable driving distance of many other major cities in the northeast, including Boston, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, DC!

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3. The Price is Right!

This Labor Day we’re celebrating everyone who puts in a hard day’s work by offering you the best TechBash deal yet.

Our best price ever: Buy your ticket between August 31st and September 7th using the promo code TBLABORDAY and we’ll knock $100 off the normal registration price and you get our discounted Kalahari hotel room rate of $159 per night. This offer is for a limited by room availability at the Kalahari so don’t wait.

Now is the time to register!

Talk to your company, and let them know great advantages of attending TechBash. Tell your boss that about the content and the savings. Talk to your family, and think about combining the conference with a long weekend of water park fun! If you want any other information, contact me or check out our website www.techbash.com.

TechBash 2016 is a non-profit, community run event.

techbash-2016The content for TechBash is really looking good. Ok, I am biased a bit because I am helping to run the event Smile.

But seriously, we’ve got great speakers coming in from around the country to share their knowledge with you. I’m excited about a lot of it but some areas really stand out. For us ASP.NET developers, so much is changing and there is a lot to learn. Now is the time to get up to speed. Here are a just a few of the talks that are sure to help:

Title: A Deep Dive on ASP.NET Core

Presenter: Jeffrey Fritz

Are you considering ASP.NET Core for your next project? In this session, join one of the Microsoft program managers responsible for this new development platform as we take an in-depth look at the new ASP.NET Core platform. We will cover how the new .NET command-line interface enables you to build applications inside and outside of Visual Studio. We’ll look at how to use ASP.NET Core with docker and how you can build re-usable components with NuGet integration. Attendees of this session will have a deeper understanding of the topics they need to deliver more effective and faster applications with ASP.NET Core.

If you don’t know Jeff, you should. For us Philly locals, Jeff is well known as he is one of us. He’s been speaking in our area for years (I’m pretty sure was at his first talk ever) and now he is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft! Not only that, he’s a great presenter and writer! Yes, this is a great opportunity to get the info from someone who really knows his stuff. We are really lucky to have Jeff with us at TechBash. You can see Jeff’s full bio and view all of the sessions (although the list is still growing) on the TechBash website.

Title: Getting started with Entity Framework Core

Presenter: Jim Wooley

With the cross-platform version of .Net, Microsoft has had to rewrite many of the core components that we have come to depend on. If you include data in your applications, chances are you have used Entity Framework in the past. In this session, you’ll learn how to get started using EF Core and how to handle the changes in this version.

Lucky for us, Jim Wooley is traveling to us from Atlanta. He’s the author of the popular “LINQ in Action” which is an awesome book. He’s also a great, popular presenter at conferences around the country. You can see Jim’s full bio and view all of the sessions (although the list is still growing) on the TechBash website.

Title: A Lap around ASP.NET Core 1.0!

Presenter: Sam Basu

Man, naming products is hard! But change is in the air for ASP.NET developers, as vNext ushers in a new era. Let’s talk – .NET Core | ASP.NET Core 1.0 | Open Source | .NET Frameworks Changes| ASP.NET Runtimes | WebForms | MVC 6 | Cross-Platform Tooling | Omnisharp.NET | Homebrew | Yeoman | CLI with VS Code or Sublime Text | Docker. Join me as we explore all that’s new & shiny. This is one of the best times to be an ASP.NET developer – let me show you why!

 

Did you read the summary above? Can you see how much there is for us to learn to be ready for ASP.NET Core? Sam Basu is coming in to help us out. Sam Basu is a Developer Advocate at Telerik (now Progress). He’s also a popular speaker and you are sure to learn a lot. You can see Sam’s full bio and view all of the sessions (although the list is still growing) on the TechBash website.

So, is that all?

NOPE! There will be lots of other great sessions at TechBash 2016. Please check out the current list on our website. I’ll try to highlight more soon.

TechBash: Sept. 28-30, 2016

Kalahari Resort, Mt Pocono, PA

Purchase your tickets and book your room now! We have a limited number of tickets and hotel rooms.

I look forward to seeing you there!