Code 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 in 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!
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.
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.
We had an unprecedented 50 sessions at Code Camp! That included a wide variety of presentation topics split into 8 tracks: 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.
It would have been hard to gather this amount of speakers with the help of several other groups in our area:
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
A Few Suggestions for Improvement (my comments in [Brackets])
*Thanks to Melanie Wright from DeVry and our own Mark Magliocco for providing the photos.