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Dynamic Blog Posts with Jekyll

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Well “dynamic-ish”. The Speaking Engagements page on this site uses data files to generate the list of upcoming and previous speaking engagements. Which gene...

Why I Organize Desert Code Camp

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While I was mingling at the Desert Code Camp after party, I was talking to a long time attendee, Liz. Liz makes the drive up from Tucson every year to attend...

The Power of Community

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This blog post has been a long time coming. As a matter of fact, it has been on my Todo list for about two years. I know I am behind :). While parts of this ...

Desert Code Camp

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I posted on Twitter today that Desert Code Camp is not happening this year. The venue that we use, Chandler-Gilbert Community College is going through some ...

So you want to be a Microsoft MVP

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It’s very common for myself and other Microsoft MVPs to get asked “What does it take to become a Microsoft MVP” or “I want to be a Microsoft MVP, please tell...

Being More Productive with @Todoist

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It’s not unusual nowadays for the typical person to be overwhelmed with tasks that we need to get accomplished on a day to day, week to week or just plain ne...

Speakers are not Idols

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I’ve noticed that at a lot of conferences I attend conference attendees are afraid to approach the conference speakers. It would appear that some attendees t...

Bootstrap Theme Switcher jQuery plugin

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A few months ago a published an article on a Bootstrap Theme Switcher. I’ve since approved this post and the JavaScript and turned it into a jQuery plugin. T...

Bootstrap Theme Switcher

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UPDATE: This is now a jQuery Plugin. See the post Bootstrap Theme Switcher jQuery Plugin. While creating a Proof of Concept design for a web site I was worki...

Obsessed With Finding a Better Way

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For those that are friends, follow this blog or follow me on Twitter, know that about 9 months ago I started working at Quicken Loans as a Software Architect...

Twitter Bootstrap Resources

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This does Over the past few months, I have built quite a few sites using Twitter Bootstrap. I think it is an awesome framework for styling websites and abstr...

The Windows Azure Experience

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A few weeks ago, I embarked on a task to move one of my sites from a traditional hosting provider to Windows Azure Web Sites. I did this for a few reasons an...

2 Year Retrospective

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At around 6:30am PST on 3/19/2013, I hung up the phone from my last INETA North America Board meeting in which I was the President. I actually did not hit me...

Motivation

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According to the Bing Dictionary, motivation is defined as follows:

Foursquare Autocomplete jQuery Plugin

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This post will go over implementing the foursquare Autocomplete jQuery plugin. In the upcoming days (weeks) I will have a few blog posts on using the foursqu...

DebuggerDisplay Attribute

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Have you ever tried to debug an application and wish the Visual Studio debugger did not display {Namespace.ObjectName} when you wanted to see some of the det...

Introduction to jQuery Mobile

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Back in November, I sat in on a session by Scott Hanselman on creating a mobile site on ASP.NET using jQuery Mobile. While I was watching this session I cou...

40+

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So this blog post has been pending for over 4 months. I originally had the idea on June 1st, the day after I turned 40. It was to be titled 40 + 1. The inten...

LightSwitch Meeting for SEVDNUG

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We are having a special user group meeting this month on LightSwitch on August 25th where Beth Massi, Senior Program Manager for BizApps, will present up to ...

My TechEd Video on Community

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Back in May at TechEd North America Developer Express interviewed me about INETA, Community and Desert Code Camp. Check out the video.

Community Speaking and Cost

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At the beginning of 2011, I set a goal for myself to speak at least twice at a community event that was outside of my area, the Phoenix metro area.  There ar...

Thinking of starting a User Group

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A while ago I was asked by a friend of mine in SoCal (Southern California) about how to start a user group. After answering his email I decided it would be n...

Mix 10 Events Site Launched

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Are you going to Mix10 in March? If so, you might want to check out the new site I launched call Mix 10 Events.  Mix 10 Events will be you one stop shop for ...

MVP Summit Events Launched

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One thing that I have noticed of the past few years when it comes to conference or “Summits” is that there are a lot of after parties, tweets, etc. that happ...

Events for 2010

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I recently sat down with some other community evangelists in the Chandler / Phoenix area to talk about some of the events that I plan to put on in the coming...

A November to Remember

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And no it is not because the Yankees won the World Series (although congrats to them) it is because it has been an awesome month for me personally and profes...

Add an iCal feed to Sitefinity

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iCal feeds let you share your and/or import your events that are stored in Sitefinity. Here is a library that will let you generate an iCal feed from Sitefi...

LaidOffCampPhx was a success!

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Hats off to Rachel Reese for successfully organizing the first Laid Off Camp Phoenix. The event went smooth as could be.  I think the highlight of the event ...

T-Mobile WiFi Calling

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A month or so ago I signed up for this new T-Mobile plan that allows you to use your cell/mobile phone to make unlimited calls from almost any WiFi connectio...

New Sitefinity tool created

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As some of you know, I have the Southeast Valley .NET User Group web site running on Telerik’s Sitefinity product.  The product itself is awesome but needs a...

Telerik.Events

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This module is responsible for adding, removing, deleting events from the Sitefinity system. This guide is meant to supplement the documentation that is avai...

Huge Collection of Technology Posters

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A blog post from Chris Bowen has been making the rounds.  It contains quite a few technology posters available.  Here is a short sampling…

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Books

Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC Review

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Starts off with a good introduction to using Bootstrap in your ASP.NET applications. It covers the default “File | New” experience, manually added files and ...

Pro NuGet Book Review

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First off, I love the subtitle “Your Salvation from Dependency Hell’, although NuGet does offer its own Dependency Hell sometimes.

Book Review: Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook

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When I first looked at the title of the book Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook I wondered what it could be about.  You can’t cook with Visual Studio, at least not ...

Book Review: NuGet 2 Essentials

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A few months ago I was asked to be a Technical Reviewer for a new NuGet book coming out.  I happily said yes and a month or two later out came NuGet 2 Essent...

Book Review: ASP.NET Site Performance Secrets

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When I first got this book I thought it was going to be a compilation of tips and tricks. I was quite surprised with the fact that it really wasn’t.  The aut...

LINQ in Action

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I think the expression is “don’t cry over spilled milk…”, well when my son spilled milk on this book I almost cried. Why would you cry over a book you ask? T...

ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials

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The book is a good starting point for people that was to learn the different ways of binding data from supported sources to ASP.NET controls.  The author doe...

LINQ Quick Starter

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Packt Publishing recently contacted me to review their latest book, LINQ Quickly, so like any techie with three weeks off, I decided to catch up on some read...

Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed

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Just like the other Unleashed series of books, this one goes all out to explain Windows Presentation Foundation. The book actually has color examples which h...

Windows Communication Foundation Unleashed

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Similar to other books in the “Unleashed” series, this book goes all out to explain Windows Communication Foundation in an easy to understand way. This book ...

Programming .NET Components, 2nd Edition

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This book is a must for those that want to go beyond the “Hello World” applications. It covers many of the “advanced” topics in building .NET applications. T...

Pro ASP.NET 2.0 in C# 2005

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This book is a good for those of you who are experienced developers waiting to get into ASP.NET.

Introducing Microsoft LINQ

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This book is built on the beta of version 3.5 of the .NET framework. Since LINQ is a subset of the language enhancements made to .NET 3.5, the author chose t...

Introducing Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX

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So far I think every book or article I have read by Dino Esposito has been great, this is no exception! This book is broken up into three parts:

Inside Windows Communication Foundation

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As with most of the content from Wintellect, this book is an in depth look at Windows Communication Foundation. There is plenty of code and examples look at ...

C# Essentials

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The book itself is quite thin but covers enough of C# to make it useful for an introduction and to see the potential for the .NET framework.

Introducing Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX

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A pretty good introduction to the Ajax framework provided by Microsoft http://www.asp.net/ajax. Unfortunately, that most of the content now you can find on t...

Essential C# 2.0

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This book is a good starting point for learning the new features of C# 2.0. The only downside of the book is that there were several errors found in the boo...

Essential Windows Workflow Foundation

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This book was quite a hard read. It covers all of the types of workflows that are supported by the libraries. Unfortunately, it is a bit dry and the samples...

Essential ASP.NET 2.0

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This book covers new features of ASP.NET 2.0. This book assumes that you are familiar with ASP.NET (Essential ASP.NET) as such it covers web parts, membershi...

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Arizona Technology News

Upcoming Events in Arizona

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I was going through the AZ Groups calendar this week and noticed that we have a lot of events going on in Arizona in the next two related to Microsoft .NET T...

Startup Weekend Chandler

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I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event called Startup Weekend Chandler. Startup Weekend is a non-profit, community-building event that brings toget...

Annoucing Desert Code Camp 2011.1

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I am pleased to announce the date for Desert Code Camp 2011.1, aka April 2011 code camp. It will take place on Saturday, April, 2nd, 2010.

Desert Code Camp 2010.2 Sessions so far

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Here is the list of sessions that have been submitted and approved as of September 17th, 2010. It even includes 3 sessions for our Gangplank Jr. track for ki...

Announcing Desert Code Camp 2010.2

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I am pleased to announce the date for Desert Code Camp 2010.2, aka Nov2010 code camp.  It will take place Saturday, November, 13th, 2010. There are a few cha...

Code Camp redone

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So my family and I have been going camping a lot for the past two years and this got me thinking… Why not have a Code Camp with actual camping? We can still...

I Love Chandler…

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No not Chandler Bing from Friends, although maybe Monica :) … it’s living in Chandler, Arizona.

Announcing Desert Code Camp 2010.1

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It’s time for the 7th iteration of Desert Code Camp (my second one as director).  Desert Code Camp will be held on May 15th at DeVry again.

SEVDNUG: February Social Mixer

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Join us for our 2nd social mixer of the year at Brunswick Zone in Gilbert for two hours of bowling and socializing taking place on Monday 2/22 at 6:00 PM.

Call for speakers for 2010

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The Southeast Valley .NET User Group is looking for some speakers for 2010. The meetings are held monthly typically on the fourth Thursday of the month, alth...

Gangplank Jr Track at Code Camp Jr.

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Got a kid interested in Technology? Bring them to the Gankplank Jr track at Code Camp Jr. taking place at Desert Code Camp.

Another Phoenix area meet up

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Phoenix Geek Tag was a minor success so I decided to put together another Geek outing in October. Most likely October 20th starting around 6pm. I have narrow...

Desert Code Camp is back

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The next Desert Code Camp is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at DeVry University.  Great sessions, networking, food, and WIFI (yes WIFI) will be p...

LaidOffCampPhx was a success!

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Hats off to Rachel Reese for successfully organizing the first Laid Off Camp Phoenix. The event went smooth as could be.  I think the highlight of the event ...

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Web

Im Speaking on a Boat

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Well, it’s more than a boat is a cruise ship, the Norweigan Cruise Lines Escape. We will be departing from Miami with port stops in Falmouth (Jamaica); Georg...

jQuery Twitter Bootstrap Flickr Carousel

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A few months ago I built a jQuery plugin that uses the Twitter Bootstrap Carousel to cycle through images on Flickr. In order to use this plugin you need to ...

Taking the “Leap” to Everleap

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For the past 5+ years, I’ve had a few different sites hosted at Discount ASP.NET, this site being one of them. Recently, Discount ASP.NET released a new prod...

Foursquare Autocomplete jQuery Plugin

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This post will go over implementing the foursquare Autocomplete jQuery plugin. In the upcoming days (weeks) I will have a few blog posts on using the foursqu...

Add an iCal feed to Sitefinity

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iCal feeds let you share your and/or import your events that are stored in Sitefinity. Here is a library that will let you generate an iCal feed from Sitefi...

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Azure

Im Speaking on a Boat

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Well, it’s more than a boat is a cruise ship, the Norweigan Cruise Lines Escape. We will be departing from Miami with port stops in Falmouth (Jamaica); Georg...

The Windows Azure Experience

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A few weeks ago, I embarked on a task to move one of my sites from a traditional hosting provider to Windows Azure Web Sites. I did this for a few reasons an...

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Technology News

Windows Phone Unleashed Events

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There are two events Windows Phone Unleashed events coming to the Phoenix metropolitan area in May. Please register soon before the events sell out. Registra...

TechEd Events Site Launched

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Are you going to Tech·Ed North America 2011 in May? If so, you might want to check out the updated site I launched called Tech·Ed Events. Tech·Ed Events will...

MVP Summit Events Site Relaunched

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Are you going to Microsoft 2011 Global MVP Summit in February? If so, you might want to check out the updated site I launched called MVP Summit Events. MVP S...

Announcing Desert Code Camp 2010.2

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I am pleased to announce the date for Desert Code Camp 2010.2, aka Nov2010 code camp.  It will take place Saturday, November, 13th, 2010. There are a few cha...

Announcing PDCEvents.info

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Back a while ago, I created a site to track events at the Microsoft MVP Global Summit. I did this because there are so many after parties or events that happ...

Announcing PDCEvents.info

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One thing that I have noticed of the past few years when it comes to conference or “Summits” is that there are a lot of after parties, tweets, etc. that happ...

Visual Studio Theme Generator

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I’ve been looking to PIMP my IDE by changing some of the colors to it.  I came across this post on DEvHammer which pointed http://frickinsweet.com/tools/Them...

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News

SQL Pass Events Site Relaunched

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Are you going to PASS Summit 2011 in October? If so, you might want to check out the updated site I launched called PASS Summit Events. PASS Summit Events wi...

INETA and TechEd

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Since being elected the President of INETA North America in April, I have heard some good and bad things about INETA from several people. I want to make INE...

MVP Summit Events Launched

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One thing that I have noticed of the past few years when it comes to conference or “Summits” is that there are a lot of after parties, tweets, etc. that happ...

A November to Remember

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And no it is not because the Yankees won the World Series (although congrats to them) it is because it has been an awesome month for me personally and profes...

Desert Code Camp is back

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The next Desert Code Camp is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at DeVry University.  Great sessions, networking, food, and WIFI (yes WIFI) will be p...

Visual Studio Theme Generator

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I’ve been looking to PIMP my IDE by changing some of the colors to it.  I came across this post on DEvHammer which pointed http://frickinsweet.com/tools/Them...

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Visual Studio

Im Speaking on a Boat

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Well, it’s more than a boat is a cruise ship, the Norweigan Cruise Lines Escape. We will be departing from Miami with port stops in Falmouth (Jamaica); Georg...

Visual Studio 2012–Update Issues

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Yesterday I decided to re-pave my personal development machine because it was acting crazy. Since Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 came out on that day, it was a...

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communities

Congressional App Challenge

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I was proud to participate in the Congressional App Challenge last year even though it was just to help promote it in Arizona. The Congressional App Challeng...

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Speaking

Im Speaking on a Boat

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Well, it’s more than a boat is a cruise ship, the Norweigan Cruise Lines Escape. We will be departing from Miami with port stops in Falmouth (Jamaica); Georg...

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jekyll

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.net

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