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I spent all day (Jan 12, 2008) at what I have to say was the BEST Phillydotnet code camp to date. If you did not read my last blog, if you weren’t at this code camp – you missed out!
An unbelievable 48 session, 48 speakers and just about 400 colleagues to talk with!!! A true win win win situation. In other code camps I would jump around from classroom to classroom to ensure I saw the speakers I wanted to hear. Today because Philly Dot Net grouped the course by subject we were able either pick between groups talks or individual talks. One could attend all of the - Alt.Net, Business Intelligence, Database, Toolbox, Architecture, Collaboration, Framework or User Experience courses or one could jump around between different individual courses.
I elected to attend all of the Collaboration (Team Collaboration) classes.  At 8am, Russ Basuira gave an informative discussion on programming composite application’s with Sharepoint Business Data Catalog. At 9:30 I had probably the best sesson of the day. I also probably learned something that will take me for years to come. Gary Blatt, supplied an outstanding course on OpenXML. I’ve programmed Office applications for years. I’ve learned tricks to open, run macros, reformat, mail merges, and just about everything else that can be done in Office. The new .docx and .xlsx brings an entire new (BETTER) methods of doing what I’ve been doing for years. The new thing I learned from Gary is you can rename (YES RENAME) a .docx or .xlsx document to a .zip. Open it in zip file and explore through the document and see the new way Microsoft stores (OpenXML) the document. I truely look forward to learning more about OpenXML!
My next course was Bob Fox who showed us how backup and recover a Sharepoint database – good stuff!. Lunch was great and free. After lunch I got to speak with an old buddy of my Lindsay Rutter. Lindsay is the local Microsoft Evangelist. She encouraged me to start speaking at these events. I’ll never be an MVP until I start talking… Can’t just keep answering questions on the forums…
Next was Michael Lotter, he showed how to use InfoPath 2007 with Visual Studio 2008 and Sharepoint. Pretty impressive, I can see myself using this with the bank. Next was another great course from David Mann. David was joking how he got done with his slide and code just before our class. He did an outstanding job. My last class was Tony Testa (not the actor), he is a young Ajax developer – very knowledgeable – his lesson was using Ajax with Sharepoint. A better way to make the user experience better than having flashing screens. code camps are getting better and better. This is the fifth or sixth one I have been too. They are pulling in great speakers, great lessons. They offer every level of training you want or need. Everything I did today was level 200 or 300. Lindsay said some of the classes today were level 400 and of course they have level 100 intro courses as well. The leaders of are unbelievable. They are true stewards to our community. They want to make sure everyone gets what they need. I’m proud to say I am a member of Philly Dot Net!
KenL -
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2008 10:05 PM | Back to top

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Yup, I'm serious...gotta start talking at those things! :)
Left by Lindsay on Feb 19, 2008 6:16 PM

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very very nice post.Thanx
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