Cleveland Tech Events: Week of August 24th – August 30th

The Cleveland Sharepoint Users Group will be meeting this Wednesday, August 27th, at the Cleveland Microsoft Office at 4pm-6:30pm. Bill English, an author and educator focused on SharePoint technologies, will be speaking on “Findability and Taxonomies: Notes from the Field”. For more information, check out their website at:

Also on Wednesday, Corey Haines announced a geek dinner with Chris Woodruff, one of our fellow Tweeps (people from Twitter), starting at
6pm at Great Lakes Brewing Company. All are welcome to attend!

While checking out the GCPCUG C#/VB.NET SIG site, I found out that this month’s meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 28th at 6:30-8:30pm. That’s right — it is moved to this Thursday and will not be on Tuesday. Joe Fiorini will be presenting on MVC (Model View Controller). Unfortunately, I am unable to make it since I have other plans I cannot break, but I highly recommend checking this group’s meetings out if you have time. They meet up at the Sogeti Auditorium (lower level at Beacon Place) for the meeting, and they typically go out to The Winking Lizard after the meeting. For more information and to reserve your spot, check out their site.

If you happen to know any other Cleveland tech events that you want me to blog about, please drop me an email at sarah at codinggeekette dot com with the event information and I’ll include it here.

Cross-Platform Presentations

Over the past year, I’ve met some people who have been encouraged me into giving presentations and getting involved with the community. The more I talk with them and hang out with them, the more I want to really get back into presenting. Although I’ve been staying involved with the community the past few months, I haven’t been pushing to speak. But now I’m ready to really get back into it.

Cross-Platform? Why?

My presentation roots were started in the Linux community. I co-presented on SAMBA/SWAT – the networking protocol and its web administration tool – at the Toledo Area Linux Users Group. A month or so later, I was part of a team that presented our Java-based coffee vending machine at OOPSLA in Denver. We wrote it in a Windows environment since that was all we had at the time, but Java apps are fairly cross-platform. My last formal presentation at that time was on Squeak, a variation of Smalltalk, running on my Linux box at the time.

But you’re a Windows dev…

Just because I develop in one environment doesn’t mean that it’s the only one I’m familiar with. My Linux days started with Slackware and bounced through a variety of other distros – including Red Hat, Mandrake, Caldera, and Debian. Back in college, I had the joys of working with FreeBSD and OpenBSD. We still have a Linux box at home for one of our file servers – it is running Debian.

My primary operating system nowadays is Windows, but I still follow the Linux world as well.

So where’s your next presentation?

I’ve submitted a talk to Ohio Linux Fest, and I hope to submit talks to Ann Arbor Day of .NET and CodeMash. Also, I was stopped today on my way out of the BA SQL SIG, and there’s a chance that I will present for them as well.

Are you going to bring back IronPython?

Yes, I will eventually bring back my IronPython presentation. I need to work on it, and I hope to bring it out for Ann Arbor Day of .NET. After looking at the feedback from Cleveland Day of .NET, some things will change and more content will be added.

So what topics are you presenting on?

In addition to IronPython, I’m working on presentations on social networking for geeks and an overview of a SQL 2008 app that I’ve been putting together. The geocaching geekette in me looks forward to showing off the SQL 2008 app that I’ve had planned for awhile.

So stay tuned, as I will update my blog whenever I do find out that I’ve been accepted to speak at an event.

Consuming Web Services in Silverlight with John Stockton

What: John Stockton, presenting “Consuming Web Services in Silverlight”

Where: Microsoft Office
6050 Oak Tree Blvd
Suite 300
Independence, OH

When: Tuesday, August 12th, 5:45pm-????*

John has spoken locally at the GCPCUG VB.NET/C# SIG and at Cleveland Day of .NET. He is also co-authoring Silverlight 2 in Action, of which he will be giving a copy away at the meeting. He has accepted an offer with Ascentium in Seattle and will be leaving us, and we are sorry to see such a talented devigner (developer + designer) go. So come out and see John in one of his last Cleveland presentations.

* The Bennett Adelson SIG meetings are typically scheduled until 7:30pm. But I’m issuing this challenge to my readers who come to these meetings — come out with us afterwards. And if you have other people who attend these meetings with you, bring them too!

Where: The Winking Lizard, Independence, OH

Even if you don’t consume frosty adult beverages, come out for the conversation.

If you need approval from a spouse or other significant other, talk with them now and explain to them that it’s going out with a group of geeks, talking about all things geeky and some non-geeky talk too! It’s meeting fellow developers in the area, seeing what they’re about. It’s networking with others, as you never know who you’ll be there and who you can meet. From learning new things to maybe getting help with a problem that you are experiencing with your code, you’d be surprised what you could gain from being there.

So August 12th – see you there!

Getting Hands-On for Charity….

Oh the craziness we geeks go through for people and charities that we care about! So James Avery and Mike Eaton are at it again, and hilarities will ensue down at CodeStock. I’m a bit bummed that I can’t be there to experience this in person, but I’m looking forward to the pictures.

James made a shirt for Mike to wear during his presentation down there, and many people are donating money that will go to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Mike has all the donating details in his blog post.

The stunts geeks will go through to raise money! Go check it out!