Wow, I’ve just come off the back of the busiest three weeks I’ve had in a long time, all in preparation for the last week. Lets run through it in order:
Over the past couple of months I’ve been helping run the Wellington .Net User Group while Kirk takes a well deserved step back. This means I’m now officially a co leader of the Wellington .Net User Group and last Saturday we kicked off the new season and all got together before Tech.Ed to have a brainstorm about what’s in planning for this year, we have all got great ideas of talks and discussions to put on this year, and we’re looking to promote a few more tour style talks this year trying to get to some of the oft overlooked groups such as New Plymouth and try and get content to them too. So if you’re interested in speaking or know you’re travelling at some point and wouldn’t mind presenting on some topics please drop me a line and we can get you started.
What an absolute blast, I was a bit worried about the venue this year as we moved from the trusty Tech.Ed venues to cut some unnecessary costs but it turned out I needn’t have been. The Auckland Business School is awesome and what a great venue with some amazing lecture theatres. There were also some great students to help us get around, and a whole hearted thanks to them.
This year I presented a bit of a generalist development topic. Rather than focusing on .Net I focused on trying to convey my love of Programming languages and tried to encourage more people to take some time to learn something outside of their standard toolkit. My talk 5 languages in 50 minutes was heavily influenced by Seven Languages in Seven Weeks a great book that I suggest people look at picking up (it’s currently in Beta release but should be printed soon)
I whizzed through Io, Scala, Prolog, Clojure and Erlang and showed off some of the syntax and constructs from each language, it was a great fun talk and I really enjoyed presenting on the subject, I really hope some people have taken away something from it and we might have more people picking up paradigms from these languages in their professional development
I was invited to present on two generalist topics at Tech.Ed this year, the Tech.Ed dev track was really quite light with a lot of focus on Windows Phone 7 and Azure, but it still came as a surprise when both my sessions overflowed into corridors and I had to be relayed onto TV screens around the place (a great idea, just needed to up the presenter volume from the sessions I watched on the screens)
The talks themselves were great fun to present, a Whirlwind Tour of .Net 4 and Visual Studio Tips and Tricks.
I was really happy with my Whirlwind tour presentation, I managed to cover everything and not run out of time (I actually finished a little early) but the Visual Studio tips and Tricks finished way too early as I must have seriously rushed my content. I should have opened up the discussion to the floor but thus is hindsight.
All in all the 5 days in Auckland were a great success and I look forward to doing the same next week.
I’m taking a bit of a break this week and next week I’ll be re-presenting my 5 languages in 50 minutes talk for the Wellington .Net User Group so if you weren’t able to make it in Auckland, please come along.
The Tech.Ed presentations should all be available online:
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Thanks to everyone who showed up