I enjoyed presenting at the Atlanta Code Camp this weekend. We had a speakers’ dinner the night before, and I got to meet most of the other presenters. The room was long and narrow, though, so I did not meet a few people at the other end of the room.
In particular, I enjoyed discussing LINQ with Jim Wooley and Wally. I got a good introduction to Visual Studio extensebility from Vinay Ahuja. I had a fun exchange with Charlie Arehart and Geoff Hiten about the impedance mismatch that occurs between developers and DBAs on where to put data access logic.
My father traveled with me, which was fun. This was my first Code Camp, and I was surprised by the amount of organization and coordination required to pull it off smoothly. Brendon, Matt and Doug as well as the rest of the volunteers deserve lots of credit for putting this together for the community.
My session was in the first time slot of the day, and was well attended. The audience seemed engaged in the material, and I enjoyed presenting. I had to high-tail it back to Knoxville immediately following my session in order to attend my daughter’s ballet recital, so I didn’t get to see any of the other sessions.
There was some discussion of another Atlanta Code Camp in February. If it happens, I would love to present again. In addition to more Team System talks, I would like to do a developer focused presentation on Windows PowerShell. Most of the current material is slanted toward administrators.
Finally, I owe a HUGE "thank you" to Noah Subrin for loaning me his laptop power cord. I left mine sitting on the desk in Knoxville, where I tested everything before packing for Atlanta. What a typical rookie mistake. Thank’s Noah, you rock!