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Another Community Update

October 9, 2009

I can’t believe that September has come and gone so quickly.  After my most recent post, I expected my season to be winding down about now.  Little did I know that the most exciting things were yet to come.

What’s Past

Raleigh Code Camp

I’ve had the pleasure to participate in a couple great events since my last post.  In September I presented at Raleigh Code Camp, also known as RDU Code Camp.  Not that geography has much to do with it, but this was my first time speaking out of state.  I was really impressed by what a great community Raleigh has, and a special kudos to Dug Wilson who headed up the event.  I also had the chance to catch up with an old friend, Michael Marshall.  If you ever need SEO training or consulting, Mike is the genuine article and I highly recommend him.

Richmond Code Camp

Two weeks later we converged on the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College campus for Richmond Code Camp 2009.2.  Richmond also has a great community, chock full of .NET heavyweights like Kevin Hazzard, Kevin Israel, Andy Leonard, and Justin Etheredge.  And let me tell you, they know how to throw an event!  Great facilities, fellowship, and first-class organization. Kudos to the entire staff. One of the speakers had to cancel last minute, so I got to fill in and give a second presentation.  This was my first time giving two, and I loved it!  For the first time I *almost* felt like I had enough time to speak. <grin>

As always, I cannot stress how wonderful it is to be part of such an active and awesome community.  The community presenters, organizers, and attendees all volunteer their time and knowledge – not a lot of other communities can say that.  If you have never been to a Code Camp or User Group, what are you waiting for?!?

What’s Ahead

Philly Code Camp

Oct. 17th I will be journeying out of state again, this time to present at my first Philly Code Camp.  I’ve heard nothing but great things about this event, and it will be different heading north for a change.  I will be presenting on one of my favorite topics, “Data Binding in Blend”.

CapArea Silverlight SIG – Expression Blend 3 Launch

Oct. 28th I will be presenting at the Expression Blend 3 Launch in Vienna, VA.  Thanks to Frank La Vigne for inviting me, I’m really looking forward to it!

Roanoke Valley Silverlight 3/Expression 3 Launch

Nov. 5th I will be back at my home group, RVNUG, to present at the Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 Launch.

CMAP Code Camp

Nov. 7th is Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals (CMAP).  I have submitted two presentations, naturally on Blend, so I may be presenting there.  I will update when I know for sure.


I’ve heard it said that everyone developing on the Microsoft stack needs to attend PDC at least once in their careers.  Well, fortune has smiled upon me and I will be attending PDC09 this year in Los Angeles, Nov 17-19. The session lineup looks incredible and I am very excited to be attending.  The only thing I already regret is that I will not be able to attend the FREE Win7 Workshop on the 16th.  I plan on blogging a lot while I’m there and sharing a lot when I get back.  I’m sure I won’t want this to be my only trip to PDC!


I never intended this year to be so jam packed, but what a great year it has been for community events.  I also never intended this blog to have so many posts about myself, but don’t worry: I’ve got some exciting stuff in the pipeline, so I plan to return to more technical content once the event season calms down a bit.  Thanks for reading, hope to see you out in the Community!

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