Pittsburgh GiveCamp Needs Volunteers!

This weekend, I was supposed to be going to the Pittsburgh, PA area to help them with their first-ever GiveCamp. Unfortunately, I have to stay back due to health issues, but while I can’t be there, I want to be able to get them the help they need.  One of their organizers sent this today:

Come and be a part of something
special this weekend

A small group of software developers and web site designers will be
spending this weekend helping 7 local non-profit groups to build web sites,
system integrations, and solve other technical issues. It will be a marathon
event for sure but on Sunday afternoon we will go live with all of the projects
from Pittsburgh’s first GiveCamp.

Even with all of the support there are still some technology gaps that need to
be filled and we can really use your help in these areas.

– PHP experience

– Web Design (HTML, CSS, Photoshop)

– Experience with any CMS including Drupal, DotNetNuke, Joomla, Orchard, etc.

– WordPress themes

Even if you can’t volunteer for the entire weekend, please consider
volunteering a few hours on Friday or Saturday and add your experience to one
of our projects. In just a few hours you can help make a difference to these
groups and in turn they will spend the rest of the year making a difference to
thousands of others right here in Pittsburgh.

The event is being held at the DDI offices in Bridgeville. You can find the
location and sign-up form on our web site.



If you’re able to help them, please volunteer to help them!  The Pittsburgh community, from what I met in April, are a great group – yes, they seemed to like me even though I root for their rival NFL team!

This one time, at Pittsburgh Code Camp…

This past weekend, I had the privilege to speak at Pittsburgh Code Camp 2011.1 at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA. The talk I was scheduled to give was “Three’s Company – Writing for the Desktop, the Browser, and the Phone”. This is my tips and tricks for choosing WPF or Silverlight and writing as little code as possible for apps on all 3 platforms. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties – blue screens of death and random rebooting of the demo’s VM and video card corruption issues on the laptop – the code wasn’t shown. There will be code coming up after Stir Trek, so in the next couple weeks.

The slide deck is available here.

(Note: This is the second time I’ve had technical difficulties with this talk, so it is getting shelved until after the code is blogged about and things are looking better.)

While I was there, I did get a chance to meet the organizers – Eric Kepes, John Hidey, and David Hoerster. These guys are driving many of the events in the Pittsburgh area and could always use more help! I’m looking forward to joining them again July 15-17th for their first Pittsburgh GiveCamp. I also got to learn about a website called BrainCredits, a great way of tracking your conferences, user group events, and other technical training participation. This site is in BETA, but we’re still going to try it out for this year’s Stir Trek. David Hoerster is one of the people behind it.

I sat through Matt Groves‘ talk on Project Euler, scheduled at the last minute due to a cancellation. If it had been better publicized, it would’ve been better attended. I enjoyed the talk!

I also enjoyed sitting in John Baird‘s Windows Phone LOB talk, as it was nice to see a LOB app on the Windows Phone and not some toy app. He will be blogging on some of the things he talked about, so catch his blog here: http://blog.xamlware.com/

The session though that my husband and I both really enjoyed together was Matt Stultz‘s “.NET in the Physical World”, where he talked of Hack Pittsburgh, netduinos, arduinos, weather balloons, LEDs, and how to control a tri-color LED through a circuit and *gasp* some C# code. But it’s so simple! So cool! My husband has been tinkering with an arduino for awhile – he set it up to poll some temperature sensors so that we could monitor the temperature in the house while we’re away, so that we can see if it gets too hot for our chinchillas. This was a session that he could relate to, and it got a lot of coolness points in my book.

Overall, I’m glad I went to Pittsburgh Code Camp! It was a great opportunity for me to see some of my friends from the community – including Rich Dudley and Joel Cochran. It was also great to meet some of the developers in Pittsburgh’s developer community. I look forward to attending more of their events in the future!