Last weekend I made the trek up to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the GR DevDay conference. This was the second time I’d attended this conference but this time was special – it was my first time speaking at a conference! I was honored to have my talk “F# Needs Love Too” selected and to have been included in line-up of speakers that included some familiar names like Eric Boyd, Jay Harris, Michael Eaton, David Giard, and Jennifer Marsman.
My talk was in the first time slot immediately following the keynote. Considering I was up against some HTML5 and mobile development talks I was happy to see such interest in F#. I thought the talk went well and spurred some good conversation. Thanks to everyone that attended. Hopefully you were inspired to take a closer look at the language and see how it can change the way you think about writing software.
Having the first time slot gave me the rest of the day to attend other sessions. The sessions I selected were:
Collaborate: Windows Phone and Windows 8 – Michael Perry
Make Node.js Package. Become Famous. – Jay Harris
Hot Data and Cool Cash – Joe Kunk
Creating apps with high code reuse between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 – Jennifer Marsman
All of the talks were interesting in their own right. Naturally I was most interested in the two Windows Phone 8/Windows 8 talks and they didn’t disappoint. The other two sessions weren’t as immediately relevant to me but gave me some stuff to think about.
I’d like to thank the organizers for putting on yet another great conference. I thought the event was every bit as good as the last one and was happy to be a part of it.
Ok, this should be the last post about speaking engagements for a while ;) I have something else in the works that’s going to take a lot of my attention for some time (more on that on Friday).
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to Fort Wayne in June to talk about the Microsoft Fakes framework (formerly the Moles framework). In this talk I’ll introduce the Fakes framework, discuss the use cases for the different isolation techniques, and show how to take advantage of them in your unit tests.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Pizza and drinks will be available at 6:00 with the presentation starting at 6:30. For more information please check the NUFW site.
On April 20, 2012 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM Theoris IT Services is hosting the next installment of its Theoris Innovation Series. For this event Alex Gheith and I will be discussing many of the modern features of C# including:
Parallel Programming (including the upcoming async and await keywords)
This is a free event but please note that space is limited to the first 40 respondents. For more information, please check the event site.
If you missed my Parallel Programming in .NET 4 talk at IndyNDA on June 9th you now have another chance! I’ll be giving the same presentation to the .NET Users of Fort Wayne (NUFW) on August 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM. Be sure to check the NUFW site for registration and logistics.
I’ll be speaking at the 126th meeting of IndyNDA. In this session I’ll cover Parallel Programming in .NET 4 and as a bonus show some of the features included in the Visual Studio Async CTP. I hope to see you there!
6/9/2011 6:00 PM
Management Information Disciplines, LLC
9800 Association Court
Indianapolis, IN 46280
Be sure the check the IndyNDA site for full logistics and other information.