linkedingroup At tonight’s meeting I announced the new group.  If you are a member of Philly.Net, please join the group.  It’s a good way for us to find other members too, since you can search for members of a group.  Spread the word, we’ve got several thousand members of Philly.Net and a lot of us are on LinkedIn. Let’s see how many we can get in our group.

Click here to join the group.

Philly.Net is hosting yet another Code Camp in May.  Thanks to DeVry University in Fort Washington, we’ll be back at their excellent facility.  People really enjoyed the last one we had there in January.

So what’s going on for Code Camp now?

Steve is organizing the speaker/session list.  Bill sent out the “call for speakers” a while ago and the track leads are working with Steve to line it all up.  We’ll have 40 sessions this time.  We could easily do 50 again, but we all felt the day was a little long in January so we dropped a session.  But we’ll still have the variety of tracks including asp.net, SQL Server, Alt.Net, and more.

As usual, I’m working with the Partners.  We are very fortunate again that a great group of companies have stepped up to help.

Our Platinum Partners:

DeVry University Microsoft
DeVry Microsoft

Our Gold Partners:

HostMySite Micro Endeavors
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Perficient RDA
perficient_logo rda 

 

Our Silver Partners:

Neudesic Ted Pattison Group
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Telerik  
Telerik  

 

Want to know about what prizes we’ll be giving out at the end of the day?  I’ll post that soon!

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For those of you who were at the last Philly.Net meeting, Marc promised you his slides.  So here they are.  Enjoy.

 

Marc gave me two power point decks.  Interestingly, the 2007 version is much smaller.  I’ve noticed that with other presentations too.  They must have done something cool to keep the files smaller in the newer version…neat.

Mix Summary for Power Point 2003 (.ppt) 

Mix Summary for Power Point 2007 (.pptx)






 Big Crowds at Code CampCode Camp 2008.1 on January 12, 2008 was, in my opinion, the best Code Camp Philly.Net has ever had. This is supported by the comments of many of our attendees. We are very grateful to DeVry University The DeVry Teamin Fort Washington, PA for hosting this event. Their top-notch facility really made the day special for the crowd of around 350 people. Not only did DeVry generously allow us to use their campus for Code Camp, but they had staff on hand to help out and make the day great. It was really nice working with them.  Also a special thanks to all of the Philly.Net members who helped out setting up Code Camp!


Too long a blog post?  Click to read about Partners, Prizes, Sessions, Feedback 


Our Partners:  Code Camp is only possible thanks to our many partners. Special thanks to our local Microsoft Developer Evangelist , Dani Diaz, for year round support. And we definitely appreciate the support of our other Partners: ComponentOne, Infragistics, Neudesic, RDA, RedGate, CodeBreeze, Spherion and Solid Quality Mentors. It was great working with them all to make this such a successful event.  It was especially fun meeting some of our partners that were on hand for Code Camp.  If you enjoyed Code Camp, I hope you’ll support all our Partners. Click on their logos for more information.


ComponentOneTable2           RDA           NeudesicTable


 


Prizes:  I’d also like to thank our Prize Contributors. While we all attend Code Camp for the great sessions, everyone loves the prizes and giveaways that our partners provide.  Of course, the XBOX-360 from Red-Gate was a big hit. Plus we gave away a ton of other prizes including books and software.  We’ve continued our tradition of spreading out the prizes throughout the day.  Each speaker gets a bag of stuff including a book, a shirt, and a water bottle to give away during each session.  
















Platinum Partners

DeVry
Microsoft


 


Gold Partners


ComponentOne
Infragistics
neudesic
rda
Redgate 


 

Silver Partners
CodeBreeze
Spherion

SolidQuality



























































Company Prizes Provided
Addison Wesley/Sams Lots of Books
Apress Lots of Books
ASP.Net Pro Magazine A copy for everyone
Code magazine A copy for everyone
CodeSmith CodeSmith Licenses
ComponentArt WebUI Licenses
ComponentOne Studio Enterprise Licenses
Dundas Dundas Licenses
JetBrains ReSharper Licenses
O’reilly Lots of Books
Microsoft Lots of Software
Red Gate Software plus an XBOX 360
SQL Server Magazine A discount subscription offer
SteelBlue Solutions CodeBreeze
Wrox Lots of Books
Ndepend Software
Xbox Winner
Code Magazine
Getting Food


Sessions:


Jeff Deville's Session We had an unprecedented 50 sessions at Code Camp!  That included a wide variety of presentation topics split into 8  Kevin Goff's Sessiontracks: Alt.Net, BI, Database, Toolbox, Architecture, Collaboration, Frameworks, and UI.  With presenters with names from Andrews to Ziss presenting a huge variety of topics including:  ASP.Net, Silverlight, Databinding, LINQ, TDD, AJAX, SQL Server, MVC, Katmai, Spring.Net, BizTalk, WCF, IIS 7, Visual Studio, Powershell, Sharepoint, Continuous Integration, Refactoring, Dependency Injection, Reporting Services, T-SQL, Mobile, InfoPath, SubSonic, Exception Handling and more. 


For a full list of presentations, check out this list.


SessionCrowd Jeff Deville Presenting SessionAnnouncements Bill&Rob


It would have been hard to gather this amount of speakers with the help of several other groups in our area: 


PhillyAlt.Net



Philadelphia Area Office Geeks


Philadelphia SQL Server Users’ Group


Northern Delaware .Net User Group


Philadelphia Area SharePoint User Group


Feedback:


I’d like to share some of the feedback that we got from Code Camp.  We got high marks and praises from most of our guests  I’ve included a very small sample below.  In addition, some people pointed out a few areas for improvement.  I tend to agree with a lot of them.  This was a great event and we’ll get it even better next time.







Some of the General Comments



First time to code camp – classrooms worked great. No technical glitches – excellent job. Speakers were able to get up and rolling on time.


Great job! Great Code Camp! I love Code Camp.


Great Location!


Good event, venue and speakers. Would definitely attend future Code Camps.


Overall, this is an excellent venue to get exposed to new tools and ideas. I’m glad the Alt.Net group was included, I think they have a lot to offer, a little unpolished, but that’s cool too. Great!


Great event. Will certainly attend another.



Some of the Presentation Comments


Great speaker, great info. Content “From the horse’s mouth”!


No Slides, all Code, awesome.


This guy was top notch.


Did a great job, especially considering the huge turnout.


Very engaging, dynamic, animated speaker.


Loved it! Superb!!


Really good topic w/very pragmatic approach… will be very useful to me.


Very useful and tightly focused. Speaker was excited about the idea and it shows.


Phenomenal session.


Very useful, Can’t wait to try this out.


A Few Suggestions for Improvement (my comments in [Brackets])



Just need more people to help register – great problem to have at a Code Camp… too many people! Good job. [Yeah, we’ll get that one right next time.]


What, no internet connections? [Unfortunately, DeVry did not have Internet access for us to use.  Maybe we can work something out for next time. ]


Need larger rooms for some talks. [A good problem to have!  Many other conferences have a first come, first served approach like this]


No confirmation until 2 days prior to event. [I agree we should work on that one]


Birds Of a Feather – Good idea, not enough room. [We might need to rethink how we do BOF.  Maybe a longer lunch would help?]


Keep coffee running throughout day please. More veggie food please. Overall awesome event. Thanks to all organizers. [The Veggie Food went pretty quick, sorry about that.  Unfortunately, our Coffee Maker broke pretty early in the day. Luckily DeVry had a Coffee in the vending area]


More cookies! [They sure were good!  I agree.]


Another 5 minutes between sessions would be good. [I like that idea too]


Some speakers too quiet. [This was obviously more of a problem during the really crowded sessions.  Maybe we can look into some microphones.]


Bill and Vanetta
Last Minute Prep for Jon and Jeff
Andy Schwam and Mark MaglioccoDon XML   
Mark Magliocco and Tim Dodd
Lindsay Rutter and Rachel Appel


Marc Ziss, Bill Wolff, Sam Gentile


Mitch Reubush


Big Crowds at Code Camp


*Thanks to Melanie Wright from DeVry and our own Mark Magliocco for providing the photos.

We had a great Code Camp on Jan 12.  I’ve got a longer blog post planned to summarize the event.  I’m gonna work on that next.  But I promised Marc that I’d post his slides from his presentation “Building ASP.NET Dynamic Data Web Sites using LINQ for SQL”.  And to be fair, he sent me this stuff on Jan 14 and I’m finally posting it today.  Sorry to those of you who were waiting for it.  I sat in on this presentation and it was a lot of fun and full of content.  Thanks Marc!

 

He was kind enough to create two versions of the slides:

Slide Deck for Power Point 2003 (.ppt)

Slide Deck for Power Point 2007 (.pptx)