Community Leadership Town Hall–Tulsa Techfest

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Community Leadership Town Hall – Tulsa Techfest
October 6th, 2011 6 – 10 PM – OSU Room NH150

We had a great turnout at last years Town Hall and this year we are doing it again.  There was a lot of great participation and discussion regarding common issues we all experience as community leaders.  This is a great forum for getting input from other community leaders.

What is a Community Leadership Town Hall?

In many towns and cities across the country the town hall is the center of the community.  The town hall is where the local governments keep offices, serves as the main base for the Mayor, and is where citizens of the community come to work with the official representatives to share issues, ideas, and solutions that can make their community better. 

The Community Leadership Town Hall brings this concept to community leaders in your area.  The evening will be filled with discussions about issues, ideas, and solutions regarding creating, maintaining, and growing user groups and technical communities.   This will be a highly interactive night where everyone will have a chance to suggest a topic and voice their opinion.

Bring your questions, ideas, issues, and willingness to share to the Houston Community Leadership Town Hall.

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This is a free event!  Please join us.

Event Sponsors:

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Configuration File Transformations for All with SlowCheetah

When I first saw that ability in Visual Studio 2010 to transform web.config files for the target platform I was very excited.  This was a real deployment issue solved for me.  Over were the writing code that was environment aware, an maintaining multiple config files; one for each environment and swapping them out at deploy time.

The main thing that disappointed me was that it only worked on web project.  This was a real problem for other project types too.

Today I squealed like a little girl when I read SlowCheetah - Web.config Transformation Syntax now generalized for any XML configuration file on Scott Hanselman’s blog.

SlowCheeta - XML Tranforms is a Visual Studio extension that bring configuration file transformations to any xml file.  I have downloaded and installed it and will be following Scott’s excellent post to learn more about it. 

The Holy Grail of maintaining your configuration files has been achieved!

Community Leadership Town Hall #3–Dallas Techfest Recap

There was an awesome turnout for the Community Leadership Town Hall #3 during the Dallas Techfest.  There were about 35 folks in attendance, which lead to a lively discussions on several very awesome questions from the user group leader community.

Some of the discussions lead to a list of sites that of were to interest so I wanted to make sure I made them available.

Finding User Groups:

Calling for Speakers:

Open Spaces Technology:

Thanks again to all who attended and to Improving Enterprises for the awesome space, and Component One for pizza from Dough Bros.

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If you would be interested in having a Community Leadership Town Hall with your event please contact me.

Community Leadership Town Hall–Dallas TechFest Edition

Community Leadership Town Hall

Community Leadership Town Hall – Dallas TechFest 2011 
August 12th, 2011  7 PM – 10 PM – Improving Enterprises– Jay Smith

In many towns and cities across the country the town hall is the center of the community. The town hall is where the local governments keep offices, serves as the main base for the Mayor, and is where citizens of the community come to work with the official representatives to share issues, ideas, and solutions that can make their community better.

The Community Leadership Town Hall brings this concept to community leaders in your area. The evening will be filled with discussions about issues, ideas, and solutions regarding creating, maintaining, and growing user groups and technical communities. This will be a highly interactive night where everyone will have a chance to suggest a topic and voice their opinion.

We will be providing light hors d’oeuvres and talking community so bring your questions, ideas, issues, and willingness to share  and I’ll see you there.

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I want to thank our sponsors for helping make this event possible:

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mysysGit 1.7.4 Running Slow on Windows 7

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The other day I was finally feed up.  Every day when I open my Git Bash window to pull in some new changes or push an update to GitHub the commands just seem to take forever to run.  Even just  a simple ls outputs the directory information to the screen but takes about 8+ seconds before the prompt returns.

I finally resolved myself to figuring out how to speed things up.  As usual Stack Overflow (http://stackoverflow) to the rescue.  Someone else was also experiencing the same issue, Git/Bash is extremely slow in Windows 7 x64.

The solution for me was to uninstall mysysGit 1.7.4, re-install, and then reboot.  Now the Git Bash command return almost instantly.

Oh, don’t forget to backup any files you may have had in the git home directory, like .gitignore, etc.

***UPDATE - 6/28/2011***

This turned out to be only part of my problem, the next day the slowness returned.  After doing a little more investigation I determined that my $HOME was being set to %HOMEDRIVE$%HOMEPATH%.  Which for me turned out to be a network mapped drive, my company has a logon script that maps me to a networked home drive.  This also explains some issues I had with configs when not on the work network since it was looking in two places.

The next solution was to create an environment variable HOME and point to to where I wanted all of my config files to reside, not on the network of course Winking smile.  To keep it simple and to make it work for all users I pointed HOME to %USERPROFILE%.

Now, the Git Bash commands are running a lot faster.

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