This Saturday, October 29, 2011, and Iowa.NET present Iowa Code Camp #8 (@iowacodecamp). This code camp will be held at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in West Des Moines, Iowa from 8am to 5:30pm. As of right now there are 300+ registered attendees for this free event, and there is room for more.

In addition to giving you the opportunity to network with other web developers, there are also 30+ scheduled presentations covering such topics as MVVM, Entity Framework 4.1, LINQ, 20 ways to make your site faster and more.  Also, feel free to download the Iowa Code Camp app so you can see detailed information about sessions and speakers:

Registration for the code camp is absolutely FREE (and there will be free giveaways), so before you eat your fill of Halloween candy, make sure you get your dose of geeky fun at the Iowa Code Camp.


Houston TechFest 2011!

On October 14, 2011, in Announcements, Technical, by Mark

A few days ago I blogged about the Socal Code Camp, but another stellar event will be held this Saturday – The 2011 Houston TechFest!  The Houston Tech Fest is the premier technical event in the Houston area designed for IT professionals, executives, business users, consultants and of course developers.  The focus is to bring technology experts and IT professionals together to discuss current and future technologies.  Even better, this is a FREE EVENT!   As of right now, there are approximately 1,000 people registered for the Houston TechFest but it is expected that 1,200 attendees will be on hand.

The keynote speaker for this Saturday’s Houston TechFest is Jeffrey Richter, co-founder of Wintellect and author of a number of books such as “CLR via C#”, “The Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming C# Collection” and “Applied Microsoft .NET Programming in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET”.  In addition to the keynote speaker, there are approximately 90 sessions scheduled for the day (not bad for one day).  The session tracks cover such topics as .NET, SQL Server, Cloud Computing, Agile, Mobile Communications and more.

If the keynote and various presentations aren’t enough, there will be recruiters from the Houston area present so attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes.  Also, don’t forget about the prizes that attendees can win.  Some of the prizes that will be given away include a trip to Vegas, Xbox 360 and Xbox Kinect, iPods, component suites and more.  Last but not least, lunch will be provided to all registered attendees.

The 2011 Houston TechFest will be held at the University of Houston and registration is absolutely FREE.  Preregistration is closed but you may still register on site on Saturday.


This weekend, October 15 and 16, the two day SoCal Code Camp is back at the University of Southern California (Fight on Trojans!). Because this is in our backyard, we will definitely be there. Our presence this time will not be limited to the usual manning of our table and saying hello to fellow ASP.NET developers. Yes, we will still have a table, so definitely please feel free to stop by, HOWEVER this year we decided to crank this thing to 11, so we will be presenting two sessions that are near and dear to our hearts.

Our first session will be presented by our in-house TFS guru, Joseph Jun; “Getting Started with Team Foundation Server”. We launched our hosted TFS solution last year and often times we get questions about how remotely hosted TFS works. In this session Joe will demonstrate some of the core functionality of TFS on a live, remotely hosted TFS server, including Build Server features. Joe’s presentation starts on Saturday morning at 8:45am, which may be a wee bit early but don’t fret, we will have coffee at our table. So prior to Joe’s talk, come by, grab a cup of coffee to get you going and then head off to listen and learn how to get started with Team Foundation Server.

Our second presentation, “Q&A with ASP.NET Web Hosting Provider, DiscountASP.NET,” will be presented by our very own Takeshi Eto, along with other members of the DiscountASP.NET staff. Essentially, this is your chance to grill the crap out of us. We will answer your questions about application development, server maintenance, domains, web hosting, the hosting industry – from our point of view as a hosting provider. Takeshi and some other members of our staff have been in the hosting industry for almost 15 years, so they’ve pretty much seen it all. They will give you straight, honest answers regarding the tough and competitive industry that is web hosting.

The SoCal Code Camp will also be packed with tons of other sessions throughout the weekend (last year, there were over 100 sessions) as well as Saturday night’s Geek Dinner at Casey’s Base and Grill. You are encouraged to get there early on Saturday morning as the first 150 who check-in will gain admittance to the dinner. Last but not at least, don’t forget about the giveaways and Sunday afternoon’s lunch and afternoon raffle prizes.

As always, code camps are FREE, but registration is appreciated. Click Here to register for the SoCal Code Camp. See you this weekend!


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.

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