St. Louis Code Camp Materials links

Sorry this took so long. Here are the links that I have from people to the materials from their talks:

Cory Foy – Ruby for C# Developers, Achieving Customer Zen with Fitnesse
Kevin Grossnicklaus — Advanced Threading in .Net
Dave Holsclaw — Rails without the Hype
Jeff Barczewski — Extending Ruby on Rails (Project Site)
Steve Brennan — Bringing Existing Code Under Test
Chris Caplinger — Using the Atlas Framework for ASP.Net
Kyle Cordes —
Alex Miller — Getting Started with Xquery
John Hubb — Humble Dialog: Work Effectively with Legacy Swing
Darrin Bishop — Creating SharePoint Web Parts in C#
Jeffrey Harter & Mitch Land— TFS: Hype, Hope, and How to be Hip

I hope to have the last few presentations sent to me soon. If you happen to know these people, please bug them for me and force them to send me links to their materials 🙂

On another note, I do want to thank all those who showed up, all those who spoke, and all those who volunteered. We had a great time, I know I learned a lot, and we’ve even decided to do another one this fall!



Update — 6/1: Alex Miller link


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What are your top 5 things to consider when building a framework?

Help me out with an experiment…

I’m finishing up the slides and content for my TechEd talk, and I want to do a little research based on the community. The subject of my talk is “Architecting your own enterprise framework”, and I’m curious to know what you consider when you’re doing this, and what you’d like to hear someone talk about. This is going to be used in the structure of my talk to make a point about how frameworks are built, so your answers are very important to me.

Please drop me a note at with your answers!

I appreciate any help I get from this, and I hope to see many of you in Boston!

— bab


I’ll be speaking at Tech Ed!

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but I’m finally making myself do it now…

I’ll be giving a presentation on “Creating Your Own Enterprise Application Framework” at Tech Ed in Boston, on Friday, June 16 at 9:00 AM in Grand Ballroom A. My talk is based on experiences in my 2–1/2 years in patterns & practices and how I believe we most successfully build our libraries and frameworks. I set out to build a technical talk on this subject but quickly came to the realization that framework and library building is just as much about the softer skills of team building, politics, and negotiation.

If you’re going to be in the area, look me up!

— bab


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Code Camp Organizer podcast with Podcast Studio posted

I was asked by Jeff Julian and John Alexander to participate in a podcast of MSDN Code Camp organizers yesterday evening, and the resulting podcast has been posted.

The group consisted of Jeff and John, along with Thom Robbins, the originator of Code Camps, Don Demsak (DonXML) from the NJ Code Camp, Chris Williams and Robin Edwards from the South Carolina Code Camps and yours truly. It was a round-table discussion of aspects of organizing and holding a Code Camp. The entire podcast went very well, except for when I accidentally pressed the Suspend button on my keyboard and mysteriously vanished for several minutes 🙁

Thanks to Jeff and John for asking, thanks to the rest of the panelists for participating, and mostly, thanks to the folks who attended, volunteered, and spoke at the St. Louis Code Camp.

— bab

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St. Louis Code Camp — huge success!

The St. Louis Code Camp was yesterday, and it went great. We had 72 people there, 14 talks, lots of good conversation, and we even gave away an xbox 360!

I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered, everyone who showed up, and all the speakers. A great time was had by all. The best news out of all of this is that people were practically demanding that we do this again in the fall!

So, I guess we’ll start tihs all over again in a few months. Anyone want to speak???

For those of you who spoke, please send me links to content I can link to on my blog ASAP.

— bab