Development in my neck of the woods seems to be growing and it is evidenced by the 2nd annual Southwest Florida .NET Code Camp on October 3rd, 2009. Code Camp will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL and is sure to turn out a substantial crowd of developers as well as a great collection of distinguished speakers.
If you’re interested in attending the Southwest Florida Code Camp, head over to to find out more and sign up for free.
Code Camp should cover several different topics in various tracks including the following:
- .NET 4.0 Entity Framework
- Be Productive with MVC: Telerik Open Source Extensions for ASP.NET MVC
- Bing Map Web Control API
- Building Windows Mobile Widgets
- Cloud Computing: What you can do now to move your software infrastructure online
- Code Style & Standards
- Enterprise Library and Unity Tips & Techniques
- Game Programming on Windows Mobile
- Introduction to DotNetNuke 5
- Introduction to DotNetNuke 5 Widgets
Preparing for Code Camp
Before attending an educational seminar such as Code Camp, I prefer to do a bit of research on the topics presented. Most lectures provide a good introduction to the topic, so it’s not critical to “study-up”, but I’ve found that you get the most “bank for your buck” when you come in knowing a little already.
Additionally, a great way to understand and retain the information from Code Camp is to come with a specific project in mind and ask yourself “How can this subject make my project better?”. At least in my case, I tend to retain much more by applying the topic to a real life application.
A Few Links to Help You Prep
- bing Develop Center – Read Virtual Earth and the Windows Live CTP
- Telerik (third party control suites) – Read Battle of the Third Party Controls
- Windows Mobile Developer Center
- Windows Azure Platform
- Read Homegrown CSS Standards
- Enterprise Library – (See David Hayden)
For those of you developers that have been hit hard by the current economic market, Code Camp acts as a double wammy to keep you sharp and build on your current skillset as well as being a forum to meet recruiters, fellow developers, and potentially, your next job opening. Now’s the time to network and Code Camp is the perfect place to do so. Hope to see you there!