Hello everyone, I just got back from another great codemash v2.0.1.2 and thought I’d post a quick update. I am pretty active on twitter these days, and I know my profile points to this blog. My last entry was a few years ago so I figured it was time to knock of the dust! Community wise I am still involved with the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group that I founded (nwnug). We’ve had a couple recent milestones- recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary (September 2011) and also are now an official non-profit org! Big thanks to Jason Follas for helping … Continue reading Update

Tech Ed 2008- in summary

Here are some final thoughts on my experiences at Tech Ed 2008: Regarding location:  Orlando is one of the better venues for Tech Ed if you have family that wants to come along. A little spread out but with the bus routes, you’re never waiting more than 15 minutes to go from A to B The weather sure is hot in June! But fortunately the conference center was very well air conditioned Regarding the party: The all-you-can-eat food is always a hit with me It was a perfect evening, the weather cooperated Most of the rides were shut down, and … Continue reading Tech Ed 2008- in summary

Tech Ed 2008 Updates

Things are going well at Tech Ed, I’m pretty pleased. This is the 7th Tech Ed that I’ve been to, but the first one in a few years. Here is a brief summary of the first few days at Tech Ed. Day 0 – INETA Summit.  I got to meet up with some old friends, and met a few new ones. Lots of good conversations about running user groups and what some of the current challenges are.  We also talked about code camps, Day of .NET, codemash, etc. and shared some of our experience for the events.  I was pretty pleased overall … Continue reading Tech Ed 2008 Updates

Tech Ed 2008

First apologize for the staleness of the blog. I’ve been on facebook recently, so a lot of my blogging has been done there lately. However, I thought I’d update my community blog, and I plan on updating it while at Tech Ed. I am also twittering- greghuber if you want to follow. What have I been up to lately?  I’ve been presenting on “Real World Agile Development” lately, most recently in Findlay (May meeting).  Jason Follas and I went down there and had a blast, it was nice seeing some familiar faces that I hadn’t seen in a while.  Going … Continue reading Tech Ed 2008

Rant on HD-DVD losing the format war

As many of you know I am a fan of the Xbox 360, Media Center, etc. and have given presentations combining the two technologies in the past. I am an avid media geek, and the HD-DVD format wars has been near and dear to me. I felt I needed an outlet to express my thoughts and concerns on the matter, so here I go. By now most of you following the “Format wars” (Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD) have heard that HD DVD has lost.http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/19/official-HD-DVD-dead-and-buried-format-war-is-over/ I personally was hoping HD DVD would be the “winner”, or at least continue to be … Continue reading Rant on HD-DVD losing the format war

Last night’s NWNUG meeting

I was pleased with the format of last night’s user group meeting. We had a smallish crowd, but considering the weather and that we had rescheduled the meeting it wasn’t too shabby. We even had at least one person drive a good distance to make the meeting- glad you made it out Michael! I spoke on Real World Agile development, and Jason presented on some new features of SQL 2008.  My goal was to make my portion of the presentation interactive.  My temptation is to do “normal presenter mode”, but fortunately about half way through the presentation I realized it was me doing most of … Continue reading Last night’s NWNUG meeting

Come on out… NWNUG meeting tonight

If you can make it, please come out to the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group meeting- http://www.nwnug.com Jason Follas and I will be tag-teaming it up and presenting. Jason is talking about new things in SQL Server 2008 that he found interesting from the developer perspective. I am going to be presenting on Real World Agile development.  I’m sure it will be fun! We’re playing around with the user group session format and going for something a little more interactive- this will be a good chance to test it out.    

Codemash continued

Day 1 of codemash was stellar and here are a few more highlights.  – Dustin Campbell’s F# talk.  It was at the end of the day, and probably my favorite session so far. F# is not a brand new topic, but it has been getting a lot of attention lately because it is a functional programming language, and things are just going that way (see my previous entry).  Dustin presented what could have been a very esoteric, academic talk and boiled it down to something very understandable and pragmatic.  I heard many other positive comments on the presentation- even Scott … Continue reading Codemash continued

CodeMash 2008… in full force

I arrived at Kalahari, in Sandusky, OH Weds night (Jan 9th) for CodeMash 2008.  I was pretty amazed to see all the attendees for the pre-conference that went from 7-9.  We’ve got quite a crowd this year- close to 350 from what I’ve heard.  This morning kicked off with Neal Ford- entitled “Software Engineering & Polyglot Programming”.  Neal did a great job and there seemed to be a lot of energy in the crowd.  My interest was piqued when mentioned multi-processor programming, and how functional languages (such as F#) will really help developers avoid some of the difficulties of traditional … Continue reading CodeMash 2008… in full force

Heartland Area User Group Summit Event

I had the opportunity this past Friday of attending the Heartland Area User Group Summit.  It was great to get to see some fellow UG leaders, MVP’s, and friends- a few of whom I haven’t seen since Codemash this past January! <tangent>Speaking of Codemash, don’t forget to register. It is going to be an AWESOME event and you can’t beat the price.  Though I didn’t submit an abstract this year, we may try and do some informal things in the vendor area (my new Employer, Perficient, will have a booth).  Please stop by and say hello if you are planning … Continue reading Heartland Area User Group Summit Event