The biggest, most attended code camp on the west coast takes place on October 8th and
9th, 2011
at Foothill College in Los Altos, California.  This code camp is none other than the two-day Silicon Valley Code Camp 2011!

CodeCamp at FootHill College.The first Silicon Valley Code Camp started in 2006 with a mere 55 sessions and a little over 850 registrants.  Last year, the Silicon Valley Code Camp had 193 sessions and approximately 3,000 registrants.  This year’s code camp looks to surpass those numbers as there are already over 200 sessions scheduled and just under 1,800 registrants.   To view the popularity of the sessions, check out the “Session Interest Chart” where you can view the top 25 most popular sessions, which are listed and sorted by interest level.

The Silicon Valley Code Camp will start with registration on Saturday morning followed by a short briefing and then the sessions will begin and will last throughout the day.  Sunday will be very similar except that there is no opening meeting and if you registered on Saturday, then you go right to your session (make sure you bring your badge from Saturday’s registration).

So if you live or will be in the Silicon Valley area and are interested in networking with other developers and learning new skills, then head out to the Silicon Valley Code Camp (it’s FREE!).  To register, click here

 

I’d like to say congratulations to the Capital Area .NET User Group of Florida as on October 1, 2011, their 7thAnnual Tallahassee Code Camp will be held at the Louis Shores building on the campus of Florida State University.  Over the past few years, over 150 technical professionals have attended the Tallahassee Code Camp with last year being the biggest, with attendance being just shy of 230.  We have been a sponsor of the Tallahassee Code Camp for the past two years (this will be our third) and it’s great to hear their attendance continues to rise.  We always recommend to developers to take advantage of the free code camps in their local areas as they really are a great way to network, learn and of course job hunt (a lot of recruiters attend code camps).

Currently, the Tallahassee Code Camp has 30 sessions scheduled divided by skill level ranging from Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced.  Some of the topics covered will be MVC 3.0 with Razor, Agile Estimation and Project Planning, Using SQL CE in a .NET app, Silverlight Reporting, What’s new in SQL Server “Denali” and much more.  In addition to the sessions, breakfast is FREE and lunch is FREE, so if you get hungry, you’re covered.

I know what some people are saying, “Saturdays are for college football”.  This may be true, but if you’re living in the Tallahassee area then you should know that Florida St. does not play that Saturday so there is no reason not to attend the code camp.  You can register for the Tallahassee Code Camp by clicking here.

 

I’m a monster sports fan (except for hockey) so when I think of the term “coach”, I usually associate it with sports.  There have been legendary coaches in sports history, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Scotty Bowman (as I said, I don’t like hockey but I thought I’d throw this in for John), just to name a few, BUT… are you aware of any AGILE COACHES?!

Yes, Agile coaches do exist and they teach development teams how to implement agile practices and how to avoid the common pitfalls development teams can fall into.  You may be asking, “How does one become an agile coach?”  Well, in addition to adopting an agile methodology, agile coaches learn from other agile coaches, in a similar way that assistant coaches on sports teams learn from head coaches.  However, unlike sports teams, there is no locker room to discuss Agile team practices or watch team video.  There is no team huddle to discuss Agile team strategy.  The place where Agile coaches come together to network and develop ideas and practices for enhancing software development is at AGILE COACH CAMPS!

Agile Coach Camps have been held around the world since 2008, and DiscountASP.NET is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Agile Coach Camp USA event being held in Columbus, Ohio, at Columbus State Community College, from September 23 – September 25.  Agile Coach Camp US 2011 is an open-space, self-organizing, highly participative conference for Agile leaders and aspiring Agile leaders to network and learn from each other.

This year’s Agile Coach Camp is split into two parts.  The weekend long event begins with the Agile Games Day.   The Games Day is rather unique in that coaches are allowed to share, and play, the games they have found useful in teaching agile practices with other coaches.  The Games Day is only one day and concludes at the end of Friday at 5pm, just before the coach camp registration begins.  The actual Agile Coach Camp then runs for the rest of the weekend.  On Friday evening there will be lightning talks with hors d’oeuvres and possibly wine/beer.  Saturday and Sunday will have all the 50 minute sessions.  If you are interested in enhancing your Agile coaching skills or even if you have no clue what Agile coaching involves and want to get a better understanding of what it is, then you should check out this event but hurry, its close to selling out!

 

Yes, I said that THREE TIMES!!  That’s because this Saturday, September 10, there are three different code camps that DiscountASP.NET is proud to sponsor.

The Austin .NET User Group (ADNUG) brings us the 5th Annual Austin Code Camp.  Over the past four years, there has been an average of 200 attendees at the Austin Code Camp and this year’s event looks to be even bigger.  This is a great opportunity for Texas developers to network, learn more about web development and win great prizes at the traditional code camp raffle.  This year’s Austin Code Camp will be held at the St. Edward’s Professional Education Center from 8am CST to 5pm CST and yes, it is FREE to attend but registration is required.

Also on Saturday, the 3rd Annual Vermont Code Camp will be held from 8am EST to 6pm EST at Kalkin Hall on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, VT. This one day free event brings together technology community members, students and development professionals to discuss a variety of topics such as .NET, PHP, Ruby, Python, Java and more.   Last year, 125 developers attended the Vermont Code Camp and Julie Lerman and her team are expecting the same enthusiastic turnout.  Also, we are sponsoring breakfast so get here early and eat your fill.  To register for the Vermont Code Camp, click here.

If you happen to live or will be in the Utah area, then this Saturday you should be at the Utah Code Camp presented by Utah Geek Events.  The Utah Code Camp will be held in conjunction with SQL Saturday from 9AM MST to 5pm MST at Neumont University.  With the two events combined, it is anticipated that close to 200 attendees will be on hand.  Presentations will cover a wide range of technology such as Microsoft Development, Mobile Development, Open Source Development, Database Development and more.  To register for the Utah Code Camp, click here.

As you can see we have entered the season of code camps and other tech related events.  We are definitely excited to sponsor and participate in as many code camps/events as possible and you should be excited too.  We’ll be blogging about more events over the next few weeks so if you have a code camp or a tech related event that you would like us to blog about, just let us know

 

Late last year, we launched our Team Foundation Server hosting and we have been absolutely thrilled with the positive feedback that our TFS hosting services has received.   More importantly, with our hosted TFS solution, TFS development teams are able to work with Agile and adopt an Agile approach.  The interest in Agile software development continues to grow and DiscountASP.NET definitely wants to be a contributor to the Agile community.

As part of our contribution, DiscountASP.NET is now sponsoring various TFS user groups and Agile events.  One Agile event that we are sponsoring is AgileDC, which is scheduled to take place on October 26, 2011 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel in Washington DC. At AgileDC, Agile experts and practitioners will explain how software developers can boost their agile technical skills. There will be a variety of tracks covering topics like Agile Engineering Practices, Agile in Government, Enterprise Agile, Agile & Business and yes there is an Introduction to Agile Development as well.

The cost to attend AgileDC is $125 but Manoj Vadakkan from AgileDC has been kind enough to provide us with a discount code that will give our customers a 15% discount.  Simply enter the promo code AgileDCSponsorDASPGuest on the AgileDC registration page and the 15% discount will be applied.  If you are located in the DC area and wish to learn how you can adopt an Agile methodology for your development team, then you should check out this event.

Lastly, if you are involved in any Agile events then please let us know about it as we would be happy to help.

 

DiscountASP.NET has been nominated in the 2011 DevProConnections Community Choice Awards and we need your vote.

Unlike in past years where we were nominated in one category, this year we have been nominated in two categories.  Our ASP.NET web hosting service has been nominated in the “Hosting Service” Category and our hosted Team Foundation Server solution has been nominated in the “Project Management/Defect Tracking” category.

We would greatly appreciate it and be eternally thankful if you could take a moment to show your support by voting for us. You can vote for DiscountASP.NET Hosting at the top of page 2, using the drop down menu under “Hosting Service” #13, and for DiscountASP.NET TFS Hosting in the middle of page 2, under “Project Management/Defect Tracking” #19.   Also, you can vote for your favorite components, applications, editors, resources, etc.   To vote, click here.

Voting ends on September 7, 2011.

Oh and if we win, beers are on Takeshi!

 

The 7TH annual Jacksonville .NET Code Camp will be held this Saturday, August 27, at the Hampton Inn in Jacksonville, Florida.  As you may or may not know, we are huge supporters of code camps as they allow .NET developers from different communities to network and share .NET knowledge.  Also, code camps are FREE with lunch and beverages usually provided (tough to beat that).

The Jacksonville .NET Code Camp is currently scheduled for over 30 sessions for .NET developers of all levels.  The sessions are divided into the following tracks: Business Intelligence & Sharepoint, Development Practices, Phone & Gaming, and Web Platform and Windows Phone 7.

In addition, snacks and lunch will be made available to all registered attendees, and like all code camps, there will be tons of SWAG.  Last but not least, there will be an after-party at the Sneakers Sports Grille for attendees.

 

That’s right, the event filled St. Louis Day of .NET is right around the corner.  In fact, it’s THIS WEEKEND, August 5th and 6th, being held at the Ameristar Casino & Resort in St. Charles, Missouri (Did someone say CASINO!!! WOOHOO!!).

With almost 800 attendees attending nearly 100 sessions, this St. Louis Day of .NET is expected to be the largest yet.  Sessions will cover such topics such as ASP.NET, Entity Framework, Security, Azure & Cloud, Project Management (i.e. Agile development), Windows Phone 7 and much much more.  In addition, the keynote will be delivered by Jay Schmelzer, where he will announce to the St. Louis community the release of Visual Studio LightSwitch, a new development tool that makes it easier to create high-quality business apps.

To start off the St. Louis Day of .NET right, on Friday, August 4th, registered attendees are invited to the Nights of .NET in the Ameristar’s casino nightclub.  The Nights of .NET is an 80’s theme so dressing in your favorite 80’s gear (although not required) will give you the chance to win a price for outstanding costumer.  There will also be food, giveaways, music and possibly gambling (after all, it is a casino).

This year’s Day of .NET has a regular full price registration of $200 per attendee.  The registration includes:

–       Attendance to any of the nearly 100 technical sessions

–       Breakfast and Lunch for 2 days

–       Attendance to the Microsoft keynote

–       Nights of .NET social event

–       Access to the Charity Book Fair

–       Free Swag

Hurry, registration closes soon:  http://stldodn.eventbrite.com/

 
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