It’s been awhile since posting, so to kick things off again for the blog, here’s a summary of how the Fall 2013 season is shaping up.
A couple weeks ago I volunteered for the E-Town Festival. E-Town is a ”…conference where educators meet entrepreneurs, explorers meet economists, and evangelists meet entertainers … and together we challenge the future of everything“. My roles varied from greeting attendees and answering inquiries, to corralling vendors at the Capital Ideas sponsored food truck feast. All in all, it was a great experience where I was able to make a lot of new friends, professional contacts, and even rub shoulders and chat with the presenters.
Edmonton .Net User Group
The 2013-2014 season of the Edmonton .Net User Group (EDMUG) is shaping up to be a fun one. My role as both VP and Sponsorship Director sees me wearing few hats. Edmonton has a great .Net community, and each meeting brings out plenty of like minded technology professionals. I’ve already put my bid in to present three topics this year which will include the likes of LightSwitch, Azure, and PowerShell.
Coding with a Conscience
Coding with a Conscience is a group of like-minded developers who come together to help non-profits achieve success through technology. I am really excited to be a part of this. Our first journey will be one where we are going to be helping a wonderful organization named Free Footie. Created by Tim Adams, Free Footie is a free after school soccer league for kids. The team of Coding with a Conscience volunteers are partnering with Tim to create tools that will help Free Footie support the administration and growth of the league.
Of course I am doing a lot of LightSwitch stuff. The blog has been a bit stale lately, and that’s only because of how heads-down I’ve been with learning and playing with new stuff. I have a number of ideas for LightSwitch based articles, and I’ll be making a more diligent effort to present those in the near future. Visual Studio 2013 is having some say in all this too. There is a lot of new features in VS2013 that are article worthy. I just don’t want to push an article out there too soon. Who knows what may change.
Azure, Azure, and more Azure
Over the past year I have been very deep into the Windows Azure world. I even went as far as signing up with other cloud services providers to do some comparisons – so that I could be more objective in what I have to say about Azure. Even after doing that, I have an even more evangelistic view of Azure today than I did a year ago. In fact, I’ll be presenting Azure at one, or probably more, EDMUG meetings this season.
Visual Studio 2013
Not sure if this is a fault, but I like to get my hands on and play with the latest/greatest development tools. Visual Studio is one of those. These past few months has seen me putting Visual Studio 2013 through it’s paces. As I move along with more LightSwitch articles, the content will likely be in the context of using Visual Studio 2013.
My daytime gig has me re-inspired with a new found passion for SharePoint. We have seen a dramatic pick-up in SharePoint business, especially SharePoint 2013. Richard Bourke and Rob Pukanich are each SharePoint gurus. Their passion for SharePoint is infectious, and has me discovering some great and powerful features in the new SharePoint 2013 – something that is invaluable as I move along with my teaching escapades at the local polytechnic (NAIT).
Well, our oldest daughter, Alexandra, is continuing her studies at the University of Alberta. With this being her second year, she is starting to find what interests her and where her passions are. She really enjoys the arts; hence her blog and the 365 day challenge that she put herself on.
Our youngest, Kaitlyn, is in grade 9 and with the community league basketball season under way, as well as the upcoming school team play, she is keeping us busy with car rides to practices and games.
My wife Linda has been very busy with her photography business and her volunteering. I don’t know how she does it all. I could use some of that endless energy she seems to have.
Coby seems to have his Fall all figured out. In fact, he’s already started on his planned activities…