Four speaking engagements coming up

I’m just going to list them… This Saturday (July 18th), at Code Camp SA. I’m going to be talking about functions in SQL, particularly those that involve BEGIN and END. At the end of the month, at the ACS Branch Conference. I’m going to be part of a panel discussing Open Source v Closed Source. In August, I’m going to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday (Adelaide), about the integration of Reporting Services and SharePoint. In September, I’m going to be a presenting at TechEd Australia, about SQL Azure. Be nice if there was more of an overlap in topics…

Code Camp hits Adelaide

July 7-8 is the date for Code Camp SA. If you’re superstitious and seven is your lucky number, then it might be worth pointing out that the date is 7/7/7. It’s being organised by ADNUG, UniSA and the ACS, and you can find a full list of speakers here. I won’t be there, but the Australian SQL Server User Group world is being well represented with David Gardiner, Greg Linwood and Greg Low presenting. It starts bright and early on the Saturday morning, and finishes in the afternoon on Sunday. It should be an excellent time for anyone who can … Continue reading Code Camp hits Adelaide

Interviewed

Debbie Timmins, who I met through the ACS, asked to interview me. If you’re interested to know what she asked, and how I responded, then check out http://deb.foocode.net/?p=87 Deb has been involved with the Young IT side of the ACS recently, and we’ve had quite a few conversations about various things. It’s good to have people like Debbie in Adelaide.

Paul Turner

Paul Turner is an Adelaide guy I know well. He’s been a trainer at Kaz for quite a while, is on the local ACS executive committee with me and has been involved in the local .Net user-group too. He’s had a couple of major lifestyle changes in the last couple of weeks. Most significantly, he’s become a father, but also he’s become a Readifarian (and word is getting out!). All very cool, and Paul is justified in being excited. I think the two changes will work hand-in-hand very nicely, as Readify will probably have him doing a lot of his … Continue reading Paul Turner

Coffee and Community

It’s amazing how coffee can be conducive to community. Community is about sharing, it’s about developing passion and enthusiasm, it’s about friendship. And coffee is too. The age-old invite – “Let’s do coffee” – is a great way to sit down with someone. It’s cheaper and less formal than lunch, and it doesn’t stop you driving home like beer would. I think it’s really exciting that the Perth .Net Community of Practice (mainly Nick Randolph, Alastair Waddell and Mitch Wheat) have set up a weekly cafe catch-up. More about it here. Mauricio Freitas has often written about the group of … Continue reading Coffee and Community

ACS BEC meeting

Last night I attended my first ACS Branch Executive Committee (SA) meeting. It was certainly quite interesting. Great to meet the other people, even some of those who are stepping down from the committee now (presumably to be replaced by me!). The new chairman, Reg Coutts seems like a very interesting guy who has great ambition for the ACS to do a better job of all kinds of things. I will enjoy talking to him throughout the year and trying to help goals be scored. The outgoing chair, Brenda Aynsley has a lot of energy, and it will be interesting … Continue reading ACS BEC meeting

On learning (Calvin and Hobbes, the ACS and digital natives)

Digital natives learn differently. How do we take advantage of that? The funny thing is that right away, I’ve written this from an external perspective, when I’m probably in a mixture of both camps. Feel free to consider me in either camp as you read this. At TechEd Australia this year, the keynote was from Anne Kirah. She talked about the concept of the digital native. That’s someone who has grown up in a technology culture, and therefore thinks differently to someone who has grown up in a non-technology culture and come into it. I was born in late 1974, … Continue reading On learning (Calvin and Hobbes, the ACS and digital natives)

What’s wrong with IT?

To a large degree, it's the perception of experience. The IT industry has so many things wrong with it. It tends to be 'governed' (I don't know of a better word for what I mean there, 'run' would be wrong) by people in their 50s. It's also full of Cowboys and Indians (and I don't mean 'people from India' here, I mean 'people who will work for a pittance'), and this means that some degree of governance is actually quite important. My blog post about "How they know you know" really is a much bigger factor than assessing a candidate … Continue reading What’s wrong with IT?

ACS SA Branch Committee member now

I am now a member of the ACS Branch Executive Committee for South Australia. Hopefully I can influence things in some way, for the good of IT, the ACS and Adelaide. Of course, I have a few thoughts on what needs to be done… but I won't list them here (at least, not yet).

ACS SA Branch Committee

I've been nominated for the ACS SA Branch Committee. I've been a member of the ACS for a few months now – a Senior Member even. But it hasn't really meant a lot so far. As I want to be an influencer, particularly in regards to promoting IT in Adelaide (it's where I live, and I figure that if I can help develop IT as an industry here, then that's good for both me and anyone else who lives here), I had toyed with the idea of joining the committee. Nominations close this Friday, and after checking with Roslyn about … Continue reading ACS SA Branch Committee