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Jekyll and Hyde Code Camp Experience

April 29, 2007 Leave a comment

So I went to the Deer In The Headlights Code Camp in Waltham, Mass at the end of March.  I’m originally from New England so I thought I would take a long weekend, see my parents and a few friends, then give a talk or two at the Code Camp, stop in to see my twin neice and nephew, and then head home.  Coming out of this I’ve decided something for sure at Code Camps in the future:  I am never again giving more than one talk at a a code camp.

For starters, the car I rented decided to blow a tire just after all the businesses closed on Saturday afternoon.  Now, I’m scheduled to give two talks in succession the next morning at 9 am, two hours away.  I considered driving down to Waltham on the spare donut, but I’ve done that in the past with disastrous results.  Which leads me to being up all night worrying and finally deciding to borrow my dad’s Impala, drive the two hours to Waltham, give my two talks, drive the two hours back to my parents, get the tire repaired, the drive the two hours back to Boston to spend the night with my sister and the twins before flying home to California the next day.

In addition, I hadn’t given either talk in months and I realized looking at the schedule that while my talks were built around 60 minutes speaking and 15 minutes questions, the schedule indicated I would need to speak for closer to 90 minutes…and now with a flat tire I had little time to prepare and adjust.

In any event, the first talk I gave was on Generics and I decided to scrap my entire powerpoint and just do code samples, and it went fantastic.  Even though I was on 4 hours’ sleep it had to be the best talk I ever gave.  People afterward were even coming up and telling me it was the best review of Generics they had ever seen.  I was very satisfied.

And then I followed it up with the worst talk I had ever given.  My talk on Reflection is very dry and hard to do code samples because you either get it or you don’t.  You either understand the situations where you would use Reflection or you don’t.  Reflection can be a very powerful tool if you can recognize it.  In the past I’ve had audiences who had enough people in the crowd who understand that enough dialogue was generated to demonstrate effectively.  However, I felt that I was not communicating well enough this time to draw out the group, and I had not had the time I had put into my Generics talk because of my tire issues.  I felt like no one really got anything out of the talk, and because of the lack of dialogue, the talk ran well short.  Basically a disaster and I owe everyone who saw that talk an apology.

So the moral of the story is, don’t do more than one talk unless you know they are both crisp and ready to go!

I’ve attached links to the Generics code samples and the Reflection demo.  Someone asked me to port the Generics code over to VB.NET but 80% of my demo was based around leverage anonymous methods and VB.NET doesn’t support them, so it didn’t make much sense to do the porting.

Also, sorry about the delay in getting these to you…it’s been a hectic month.  My wife is due in 8 weeks and my company is about to put its first major project into QA and I’ve just been swamped, but in a good way 🙂

Thanks for your patience!

Generics Code Sample



Categories: Code Camp, Informational

Central Coast Code Camp

February 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Ok so the site is ugly so far since I don’t have time to get a graphic designer to help out…but I’ve got this grand vision of bringing the code camp concept to the California Central Coast so that we don’t have to drive forever to go to conferences or catch up on new technology or pay bunches of bucks…with that in mind:

I’ve started preliminary work on finding a facility, and you can see from the Manifesto that there will be a lot of legwork to get enough volunteers and support from local companies to make this happen. But you’ve got to start somewhere and one thing I learned when I started the San Luis Obispo .NET User Group was sometimes you have to draw your line in the sand and just have a meeting to get things started.

This is going to be open to technologies of all types so this will be a good way for me to reach out to my development brethren amongst the heavy Java/PHP developers in the area and try to get us all together.

It’s either going to be great fun or a great disaster! But either way it’s going to be great.


Categories: Code Camp

Rock n Roll Code Camp Presentations

February 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Hey all,

I spoke at the Rock n Roll Code Camp ( this past weekend and it went very well. I’m considering giving the same talk / pair of talks in San Diego later this year, or I might come up with a new couple of talks, not sure yet. Always tough when the big hitters take the most common topics. Maybe I’ll flesh out the Generics talk I gave to the User Group a few months ago so that it’s a full hour and give that if no one else pipes in on it!

Anyway, here are links to the ppt and code for the two talks I gave:

Packaging in .NET 3.0:
Reflection in .NET:

Have at them, and send me any questions you might have…


Categories: Code Camp