I had the pleasure to attend and speak at WordCamp Ireland March 6-7, 2010. First off, huge kudos to the whole organizing committee especially Sabrina Dent and Katherine Nolan. The whole event was extremely well run. From the amazing venue to the session line up, I was impressed with the whole event. Second, big thanks to Martha Rotter who worked with Sabrina Dent to get me a speaking slot and » read more.
I’m thrilled and honored to be doing another speaking tour through Europe. I’m getting to visit a number of countries that I haven’t visited before and some old favorites. I’ll be speaking on PHP, Ruby and other non .NET technologies on Azure. The talk that I’m going to be doing in most places is PHP/Ruby on Azure or Leveraging Azure with Non-Microsoft Languages: Windows Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud Computing offering. » read more.
One of the many things that I love about SxSW is that they let the attendees vote for the sessions that they want to see. They are also very realistic that the attendees are not picking the sessions, but they do count for 30% of the vote. Their whole process is laid out on the main page at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/. It’s 30% attendee votes, 30% staff and 40% advisory board. The » read more.
Putting the “FUN” back in functional programming (or at least taking the “FU” out of it) Randall Thomas kicked off the morning with a talk on Functional Programming. I have seen a number of talks on functional programming but was really looking forward to Randall’s take on it as he’s not only smart but he’s really entertaining. The basis for functional programming was that there were a group of guys » read more.
Leadership 101 Jim Holmes kicked off day two with a talk called Leadership 101. This is an amazing talk. Jim, as humble as he tries to be about it, is an amazing leader. He has posted his slides at http://is.gd/2avEy. He started off the talk with a story about World War 1 and a story about trench warfare. I knew but it didn’t really hit home that the phrase “Over » read more.
This is my third year at eRubycon. I’m thrilled to be involved and speaking again this year. I’m shocked every year when Joe picks me as a speaker. I’m just honored to be considered worthy of speaking on a docket with Jim Weirich, Glenn Vanderburg, Leon Gersing, Charles Nutter, Randall Thomas, Neal Ford and all of the rest of the amazing speakers that are here. It’s definitely one of my » read more.
The Lost Art of Simplicity View more presentations from Josh Holmes. I recently did a keynote at the Central Ohio Day of .NET and a session at Kalamazoo X called “The Lost Art of Simplicity. I have to say that I’ve not been as excited about a specific talk in quite a while. I posted the slides to SlideShare and I’ve signed up for speaker rate for this session. » read more.
On the heels of the announcement by Michael Eaton, I thought I should post about how excited I am about the upcoming Kalamazoo X Conference… The Kalamazoo X conference, while being put on by the technical community, is a very different sort of conference. You’re not going to hear “technical” talks. All of talks pertain to technical folk but it’s a step back from the nuts and bolts that we » read more.
Wow I’ve been swamped. There’s so much to blog about in the past couple of weeks so I’m just going to catch some of the highlights. Ann Arbor Day of .NET was on 5/5/2007. It was fantastic! It sold out at 250 people and of that there were 210 people show up. That’s actually really good as most free events have a 40% droppoff and they had less than 20% » read more.
I’m not normally overly excited about the large Microsoft events, however, I’m really looking forward to the MDC Detroit next week. The idea behind the show is that it’s taking the most critical sessions from PDC and repackaging them in a one day format. I’ve had a chance to go through a lot of the content and see what all is going to be show. The cool part about it » read more.