Show Your Community Involvement (and Win "Stupid Prizes")

Thom Robbins pointed out a web site this past week on his blog; he also gave a personal “shout out” to me about it. I think that CommunityCredit is a fantastic idea! –

Earning Credit in the Developer Community

What is Community Credit?
Community Credit is a way of showing your contribution to the technology community.  Community Credit helps show off the enthusiasm and passion you have for the success of our industry.

How do I actually get points?
You can submit points on our
Point Submission page. Simply type your name, email address, date you earned the points and point category and they will instantly be added to your total. The points that you earn can be seen on our Community Leaders.


If you are active in the developer community, you should really check out CommunityCredit.

Coming This May – Code Camp 5 – Code Frenzy!

Ah, yes – I can hear the music from “Jaws” playing already.


From Thom Robbins web site

Announcing Code Camp 5: Code Frenzy!


Saturday, May 6,7 2006


May 6 – 8:30 AM – 9PM

May 7 – 8:30 AM – 4PM


Microsoft Waltham Office

201 Jones Road, 6th Floor
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
United States

Call for Speakers


Are you a developer interested in improving your .NET skills? Then this is the event to attend. Code Camp 5: Code Frenzy! promises to be both bigger and better than anything we have done before. This free two day seminar is designed as a series of intensive code related demos and technical sessions to guide the developer to the next skill level. The continuing goal of the Code Camps is to provide an intensive developer to developer learning experience that is fun and technically stimulating. The focus is on delivering programming information and sample code that can be used immediately. All training, slides, manuals and demo code is provided free!


This two day camp is hosted in our Waltham facility. The leading technical camp counselors from both Microsoft and the New England Developer Community will share their technical expertise and experiences. Each track starts with a β€œget the code” basics before advancing to more advanced topics. 


Register early as it will fill quickly!

FYI – I plan on being there, .NET Compact Framework code in hand… πŸ™‚

Virtual Earth Madness – Presentation and Code Now Available

Thanks to all of you who attended the Virtual Earth Madness developer event at the Microsoft Waltham, MA offices today. Also, thanks to those that attended virtually via Live Meeting. For those who are unaware, Virtual Earth (aka – Windows Live Local) provides an SDK that allows web (and WinForm, with a bit more coding) developers to provide a wealth of mapping, search, location and direction-based information into their applications.

I have posted a ZIP file in our Downloads Section that contains my PowerPoint presentation, as well as fully functional sample HTML code used during the presentation. If you haven’t checked out the Virtual Earth SDK yet, you don’t know what you (or your web site) is missing out o­n.

You can download the presentation and code directly from here –

Virtual Earth Madness – Anatomy of a VE Application