Sunday, May 17, 2009

NYC .NET Developers Group – May 21, 2009

I will be speaking this Thursday night at the NYC .NET Developers Group.

My topic will be “Getting Started with Windows Azure.”

I will begin with a brief overview of Windows Azure, and then take an existing ASP.NET MVC application and migrate it to Windows Azure.

Since Bill Zack has already given a solid overview of the Azure Services Platform at past user group meetings in New York, I plan to keep the overview short and move quickly to the code.

If you’re interested in attending, you need to register at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=138432 in order to be admitted to the building.

WPF/Silverlight Meetup Reignition

One of the projects that I have been working on for the last few months is bringing back the NY WPF/Silverlight Meetup group.

Tomorrow night will be our first meeting with me as the organizer.

The meeting tomorrow will feature Ronald Lintag.  He will be presenting doing agile development using the new Sketch Flow feature in the upcoming Expression Blend 3 to create low-fidelity mockups.

Next month will feature Dmitry Lyalin giving a presentation on using Prism 2.0 to develop composite applications with WPF and Silverlight. 

I have also been working to get presenters lined up for July and August.  I’ll post more here and at Meetup.com when I have the final details worked out.

Tomorrow’s meeting is currently full, but if you are interested please join the group and RSVP for the June 15th meeting.

In addition to my speakers, I want thank Bill Zack and Peter Laudati from Microsoft, Daniel Chait and Daniel Simon from Lab 49, and Alex Hung, my colleague from ThoughtWorks, for their assistance helping me to reboot this group.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Catching Up

I apologize.  I've been a lazy blogger. 

I’ve had lots of ideas to write about, but I’ve taken a position at a new firm and I’ve been dedicating myself to my first project.

This project took me to Cincinnati every week, and so I’ve been learning how to settle into the life of a jet set consultant.

It sounds much more glamorous than it is.   I don’t mind the actual travel, navigating the airports and TSA.  I’m a seasoned traveler and know how to avoid most of the common pitfalls.  Mostly, I have just missed being in New York during the week to do things in the city, like catch a play that is only on a Monday night or attend the local user groups during the week.

The travel has also eaten up most of my free time.  What wasn’t taken by travel has been spent apartment hunting and moving.  My lease was up and rent prices are dropping in NYC for the first time since I moved here, so I wanted to find a place where I could save more.  Between trips, I was able to find a new apartment in Astoria and I have finished the move.  Although there are still a lot of boxes waiting to be put away, it is starting to come together finally.

My project in Cincinnati has ended and I am back in NYC, so I am planning to catch up with my backlog of posts, so don’t be surprised to see a sudden flurry of activity before I am assigned to my next project.