Posts Tagged ‘programming’

DevLink – Awesome Conference in Chattanooga

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

John Kellar started DevLink over in Nashville in 2006.  It’s a great conference.  I’ve seen presenters at DevLink in August only to catch the exact same presentations from them a few months later down at VSLive Orlando in December.  The difference in the price tag is $100-250 for DevLink and $1,500-3,000 (factoring in airfare, room and board) for VS Live.  That kind of difference is HAAARD to justify.

Thursday's Keynote



Professional Development - Convince Me


This year I’ve enjoyed a lot of AngularJS content and some architectural sessions, notably Mike Wood‘s Dependable Cloud Architecture and Rachel Appel‘s Web Runtime Architecture and Performance Deep Dive.


2013 Health Goals

April 4th, 2013 Comments off

My wife and I agreed with my doctors (as though they know something) that I need to take greater responsibility for my health.  This involves a change in my sedentary & repetitive lifestyle.  I sit at a desk for ~8 hours, 5 or 6 days out of 7; a sizable portion with a headset on, in meetings.  When I leave work I tend to feel drained (who got into technology so that they could go to meetings for hours on end?) and I find it challenging to focus.  My awesome wife also has some of similar desires to work on her fitness although she’s way more in shape than am I.


VS Live 2012 Day 1

December 10th, 2012 Comments off

I made it through Day 1 of VS Live 2012.  Well, technically this was the pre-conference workshop day.  I took in Miguel Castro‘s Using WCF and ASP.NET Web API class from 8:00 – (~) 5:20.

Miguel‘s presentation was full.  This is the same material he normally teaches in a 5-day class.


Miguel Castro presenting WCF

Miguel Castro presenting WCF

The class started with the basics of WCF, contracts and entities but rapidly and smoothly moved through SOA, hosting, clients and service calls (per-call, per-session and singleton).  He really dug in after lunch and covered callbacks, WCF faults handling, REST vs. SOAP based services and security in WCF.


Boilerplate – What’s that mean?

October 9th, 2010 Comments off

Boilerplate refers to infrequently changing but often-used things to speed the process of creating something.  I am most familiar with the term in relation to legal contracts and programming.

In legal documentation, boilerplate language would be language (phrases, paragraphes or entire sections of contracts) that doesn’t change from one document to the next.  In a Non-Disclosure Agreement, the basic language about the agreement will be the same from one NDA that a company builds to the next.  These sections that are similar can be considered boilerplate.  Specific terms of the contract are what differentiate one contract from the next.