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St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 Wrap-Up
Thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers and sponsors who made this fifth annual event another huge success. Thanks to all of the speakers, many of whom paid for their own travel and lodging in exchange for free chicken & waffles. My favorites were: Alex Papadimoulis: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder (A Talk on Ugly Code) Got myself a “WFT” mug! NuGet for the Enterprise Thanks for harshing my NuGet buzz, man! Alex alerted us to some of this shiny new toy’s gotchas that my team hadn’t ......

Posted On Sunday, August 5, 2012 12:00 PM

St. Louis ALT.NET
I’m a huge fan of the St. Louis .NET User Group and a regular attendee of their meetings, but always wished there was a local group that discussed more advanced .NET topics. (That’s not a criticism of the group - I appreciate that they want to server developers with a broad range of skill levels). That’s why I was thrilled when Nicholas Cloud started a St. Louis ALT.NET group in 2010. Here’s the “about us” statement from the group’s web site: The ALT.NET community is a loosely coupled, highly cohesive ......

Posted On Saturday, June 30, 2012 8:14 AM

Virtual Brown Bag Recap
I haven't posted a recap lately, because the Virtual Brown Bag recordings weren't being uploaded for a while. That was fixed two weeks ago, so I had a lot of meetings to catch up on. Here's an all-you-can-eat brown bag buffet… March 3 Guest presenter Jim Christopher - creator of StudioShell, a deeply integrated PowerShell host available inside of Visual Studio 2010 and 2008. StudioShell exposes many of Visual Studio’s extensibility points in a simple and consistent way, and it makes the Visual Studio ......

Posted On Saturday, April 16, 2011 7:29 PM

Virtual Brown Bag: Ruby Newbies, Mockups, There *is* an I in SOLID, fuv
At this week's Virtual Brown Bag meeting: Claudio pointed us to Try Ruby! and Rails For Zombies, two sites to educate Ruby newbies We looked at the free version of Balsamiq, and other online mockup sites George walked us through a refactoring to isolate roles and adhere to the Interface Segregation Principle (the "I" in SOLID) We laughed at fuv, the code editor for "real programmers" For detailed notes, links, and the video recording, go to the VBB wiki page: https://sites.google.com/si... ......

Posted On Saturday, February 12, 2011 11:49 AM

Virtual Brown Bag Recap: JB's New Gem, Patterns 101, Killing VS, CodeMav
At this week's Virtual Brown Bag meeting: JB showed off his new SpeakerRate Ruby gem Claudio alerted us to the Refactoring Manifesto We answered the question "How do I get started with Design Patterns?" Ever had to kill a frozen instance of Visual Studio? Yeah, I thought so. Claudio showed us how to do it with PowerShell. (It's faster) JB previewed his new CodeMav web site, which will be a social network for developers (integration with Speaker Rate, slide share, github, StackOverflow, etc.) For ......

Posted On Sunday, January 9, 2011 7:50 AM

Virtual Brown Bag Recap: FancyHands, CanCan, 1KB XMas Tree, YouTube Yuks
At this week's Virtual Brown Bag meeting: Claudio has some one-month Evernote premium accounts to give away Claudio & George talked about FancyHands, the 4-hour work week, and paying people to do the stuff you don't want to JB shared more Ruby gems: cancan and open and talked about insert and other Ruby Enumerable functions We looked at the winner of the 1KB JavaScript Christmas contest and some fun YouTube videos For detailed notes, links, and the video recording, go to the VBB wiki page: https://sites.google.com/si... ......

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:38 PM

Virtual Brown Bag Recap: NuGet, PoshCode, Code Templates
"Virtual Brown Bag" anagrams: Roving Tuba Brawl Lawn Bug Vibrator Rubbing Two Larva Vulgar Rabbi Town A Vibrant Grub Owl Blurting a Bar Vow At this week's Roving Tuba Brawl Virtual Brown Bag meeting: Claudio Lassala asked "What does your work environment look like?" He and several others shared pictures. George Mauer talked about NuGet, .NET's answer to Ruby Gems, and PoshCode, a PowerShell code repository Claudio showed how he uses CodeRush templates to quickly generate unit test code Alan Stevens ......

Posted On Saturday, December 4, 2010 8:50 AM

Virtual Brown Bag Recap: Rhino Mocks, Hg-Git
At this week's Virtual Brown Bag meeting: Claudio alerted us to his blog post "You Have Been Deleted!", expounding on our DDD/CQRS discussion from a couple of weeks ago Mark talked about / demoed Rhino Mocks George told us about an Hg (Mercurial) / Git syntax comparison cheatsheet, and the Hg-Git plugin Mark hipped us to iconizer.net For detailed notes, links, and the video recording, go to the VBB wiki page: https://sites.google.com/si... I'm trying out a new style for ......

Posted On Friday, November 19, 2010 5:21 AM

Virtual Brown Bag: Rails Rumble, SOLID, Cucumber
Recapping the most recent Virtual Brown Bag meetings: 10/21: Rails Rumble: George Mauer talked about his team's participation in the Rumble, and talked about jsFiddle and Google Chrome developer tools Links and video recording: https://sites.google.com/si... 10/28: Claudio talked about taking a break from speaking SOLID discussion: The Liskov Substitution and Interface Segregation principles Why doesn't IEnumerable have a .ForEach method? Cucumber, SpecFlow and Cuke4Nuke ......

Posted On Friday, October 29, 2010 8:10 PM

St. Louis ALT.NET Meetup - Wednesday, October 20
The first-ever meeting of the St. Louis ALT.NET group will be held Wednesday night at 7PM at the offices of Professional Employment Group at 999 Executive Parkway (Suite 100) in Creve Coeur (South of Olive off of Mason Road - Here's a map). The topic will be "Introduction to NHibernate", presented by Nicholas Cloud: setting up NHibernate for data access configuring NHibernate building and mapping domain objects to a SQL Server datastore querying the domain model for data The ALT.NET community is ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:28 PM

Virtual Brown Bag: Readable Web, Advanced LINQ
There was a bonus second Virtual Brown Bag meeting this week - The boys from Texas had a lunch meeting at the Houston TechFest, and shared it via LiveMeeting. This week's topics: Tools for "a more readable web": InstaPaper and "Readability" Favorite things learned at VBB meetings George Mauer discussed some advanced LINQ methods: SelectMany and Aggregate Links and video recordings: Thursday's meeting: https://sites.google.com/si... Saturday's meeting: https://sites.google.com/si... ......

Posted On Saturday, October 9, 2010 1:59 PM

Virtual Brown Bag: Pomodoro and Rails
At this week's Virtual Brown Bag meeting: Claudio talked about the Pomodoro Technique JB continued his ramping up with Rails series by showing how to create a model, controller, and views This Rails thing looks pretty cool, but it I think they stole some ideas from Microsoft's invention of the MVC pattern. ;) Links and video recording: https://sites.google.com/si... ......

Posted On Saturday, September 18, 2010 10:21 AM

Windows Phone 7 Boot Camps
Columbus, OH September 7 Waukesha, WI September 14 Grand Rapids, MI September 14 Little Rock, AR September 15 Cleveland, OH September 15 St. Louis, MO September 16 Downers Grove, IL September 21 Southfield, MI September 21 Austin, TX September 22 Chicago, IL September 23 Des Moines, IA September 23 Tulsa, OK September 28 Memphis, TN September 29 Houston, TX September 30 Knoxville, TN September 30 Technorati Tags: Windows Phone 7,Silverlight I'm registered for the St. Louis boot camp on September ......

Posted On Friday, August 27, 2010 9:12 PM

mvcConf recap: (M)egacool (V)irtual (C)onference
Technorati Tags: ASP.NET MVC,mvcconf I took the day off work today to "attend" mvcConf: the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference, and had a great time. Thanks to all of the presenters and organizers of the conference. It was a huge success, and I'm sure that like me, most of the attendees hope there will be another soon. It was amazing how smoothly everything went. There were only one session cancellation and very few technical difficulties (I experienced none, but people in the chat rooms reported a few ......

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2010 10:13 PM

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