Microsoft Helping to Launch National Day of GiveCamp

It is very exciting to see that Microsoft is stepping it up when it comes to helping developers give back to the community. 

Scheduled for January 14-16, 2011, to coincide with the MLK National Holiday, the National Day of GiveCamp will be a single day where GiveCamp events will be run simultaneously in multiple cities all over the US.

This is a cause that is very close to my heart and I have been working very hard to help bring the GiveCamp event to Northwest Arkansas.

It is also very exciting to see that many of these events will be using the Give Camp Starter Site.  This open source project hosted on codeplex has become a focus on mine in the recent months.

I look forward to seeing all the good that can happen on a single weekend and hope to get lots of feedback on what we can do in the next release of the starter site.

For those of you looking for assistance on getting the starter site up and running don’t hesitate to contact me.  I will also be posting some more detailed blogs about how to do common things in the starter site to allow you to customize it to your needs.

GiveCamp Starter Site v1.2 Alpha Released

GiveCampStartSite

I am happy to announce the alpha release of the GiveCamp Starter Site.  This release is a minor feature release that contains additional fields for volunteer registration to capture Shirt Size and Shirt Style, as well as, a new default theme.

With this release I am also trying to beef up the documentation.  Please download and test this version and look over the new documentation and give me your feedback. 

The new documentation is not complete but the rough outline is there.  If you are interested in joining the team to help with documentation please let me know.

Dallas TechFest 2010: Let the games begin!

DallasTechFest

There is just one day left to register for the Dallas TechFest to be held on Friday July 30, 2010.  If you are a .NET, Java, PHP, Flex, ColdFusion developer or interested it MVVM, AIR, Exchange 2010 or building scalable applications you need to be there.

I will be heading that way and on site Thursday night ready for the big Friday event.  Last year was an awesome event and I can’t wait to be there this year.

Sessions I plan on attending:

  • 10 Practices Every Developer Should Know - Caleb Jenkins
  • Dropping ACID: Building Scalable Systems that Work – Chris Patterson
  • ASP .NET MVC2 and Azure Table Storage – Change Dhall
  • The Rich Standard: Getting Familiar with HTML 5 – Todd Anglin

I have to admit I am in a quandary about Dropping ACID: Building Scalable Systems that Work by Chris Patterson and Hard Lessons Learned From Being Stupid About TDD by Matt Hinze.  I feel like I have been pretty stupid with TDD, I understand some of the base concepts but suck at actually doing it.  Might to switch that one.

I will also be working on the GiveCamp Start Site project some while I am there, so if you have any ideas or feature request please find me.

GiveCamp Starter Site Version 2 Feature Input and Help Wanted

GiveCampStartSite I have been involved with the GiveCamp events for for the last three years, and it is always  a great feeling to use your skills to provide a not-for-profit or charity with something they couldn’t afford.  It goes a long way to helping them accomplish their mission.

The GiveCamp Start Site was created to make it easier for the community to have a give camp.  The goal of the starter site was to enable a community to have a website up quickly and easily.  That way the community could spend more time on organizing the event than having to create a web site for it. 

Version 1 of the starter kit has been well received and has been used for several Give Camps.  I joined the project in a very limited capacity about a year ago, but am ready to devote some serious time to making the next version of the GiveCamp Starer Site even better and easier to configure. 

With that in mind I am looking for two things, your input and your help.  Your input is needed to help us decide features we should add so that we can be sure we are delivering feature that are bringing value.  We also could use your help with development, testing, and documentation.  If you would like to become involved with this project please contact me or one of the other project coordinators.  You can do all of this on our CodePlex site http://givecampstartersite.codeplex.com.

Help us make the next version of the GiveCamp Start Site and help us help others give back.

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