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well, kinda.  i just found out that if you live anywhere near memphis, tn that you might want to head over to the memphis day of .net.  charles petzold, the master, will be delivering the keynote.  he aims to "explore the continuing love/hate relationship that both users and programmers have with graphics, and how WPF and Silverlight may change that relationship..."

aside from the keynote, petzold has indicated that he'll be hanging out for the rest of the day to chat about WPF 3D, animation, or whatever.  if you are in the area, this sounds like a must-be-at event.  it is free, so you have no excuse not to be there on 10 NOV!

 

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live in the utah area?  join in the code camp fun.  the community there is planning a code camp.  see http://utcodecamp.com for details and information on location/speaking/etc.  It will be at Neumont University in South Jordan, UT!

code camps are a great way to learn and participate in community.  it is always free to attend and you will undoubtedly learn something that day.  and if you have something to share, register to present.  the code camps are for everyone...you don't need to be a professional circuit technical presenter to participate...in fact, the best presentations are from "in the trenches" experiences.

join the utah code camp!

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in phoenix we just enjoyed an awesome code camp.  there was a ton of people that cycled throughout the two days amidst a flurry of technology acronyms, frameworks, etc.  it was a melting pot of bytes for sure.  i had a blast the day i went (didn't go to the second day where they also introduced refactor phoenix).

as with most conference, the sessions are great, but perhaps the conversations are better.  i had a great lunch conversation and a great conversation with some linux folks afterwards (or at least i though both conversations were great).  it is fun to meet and talk with people in person rather than only on the information super highway.

if you want to get you some code campness, check out your local user community.  if you live in the silicon valley area, heck there seems to be one happening whenever you want it to!  the silicon valley code camp is happening in october and there is still an opportunity to submit a session and participate.  it's a great area up there and i wish i could make it but will be in seattle during the same time :-(.

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so up in the valley (the one of silicon, that is), they have very interesting and different ways of getting communities in the tech world together.  one of them they've dubbed the .  i swear everytime i hear that said or even type it myself i can't stop thinking of saturday night live's tv funhouse:

but i digress (again).  anyhow, what is supperhappydevhouse?  well, if you read the site it is described as:

DevHouse is not a marketing event. It's a non-exclusive event intended for passionate and creative technical people that want to have some fun, learn new things, and meet new people. In this way, we're trying to resurrect the spirit of the Homebrew Computer Club. We also draw inspiration from the demoscene as one of the only intentional getting-things-done computer events in the world.

so how do i interpret this?  bunch of geeks, someone's house, lots of laptops, ideas floating around, people helping each other, hack-a-thon.  think of it as a barcamp bbq perhaps.  so in the spirit of this, a few in the other valley (the one of the sun, that is) have organized the .

so what is it?  didn't you just read above?  bring some grub that might taste good on a BBQ (one will be provided on site -- not sure if BBQ concierge is included though, so be prepared to cook it), bring some geek code, robots, whatever.  oh yeah, it will probably be like 138F outside, so if you want to stay cool outside, bring some swim gear (please, no speedos) as there is a pool.

so what could you expect?  your guess is as good as mine... i anticipate some conversations going like:

"dude, you should totally write a web app in ruby on rails to program your system in your pool!"
"nah, you'd need to open a web service endpoint on the pump valve so it would know when to go."
"yeah, you're right, but if we had ajax, then it would work."
"true, but why use ajax when you could do it all in flex?"
"or excel!"
"true dat, true dat."

or maybe something different.  it sounds interesting, it sounds fun...if anything come out and get to know some folks.  the information is all at the wiki site -- be sure to add yourself as coming.  there is a lightening round scheduled as well to show some stuff to everyone.  here's some of the details:

What:Phoenix DevHouse
Phoenix Dev House is not a marketing event. It's a non-exclusive event intended for passionate and creative technical people that want to have some fun, learn new things, and meet new people. In this way, we're trying to resurrect the spirit of the Homebrew Computer Club. We also draw inspiration from the demoscene as one of the only intentional getting-things-done computer events in the world. Pool included. Bring your swimming gear if you want to keep cool. BBQ on site. Please bring anything you want to put on the BBQ for consumption. Working on sponsors for beer, drinks and appetizers. If you know someone interested let me know. No ethernet access. Free Wi-Fi access provided.
When:Saturday, August 4, 2007 2:00 PM to Sunday, August 5, 2007 1:00 AM
Where:DevHouse #1
21469 East Lords Way
Queen Creek, Arizona 85242   United States

sure, it's in queen creek, but if you haven't been to the 'crik in a while, you don't know what you are missing -- we have safeway's and stuff out here now.  here's a map of where it will be.

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the date for the next desert code camp is announced...September 15, 2007.  the site is open for submissions and registration.  this is a FREE event for anyone.  this is not a microsoft event -- open to the technical community...everyone!  submit a session about your favorite technology, give everyone an hour of your knowledge.

visit http://desertcodecamp.com for details, current session submissions and to submit your own session!  get your travel plans set, block the date...come join us in the desert!  september in phoenix...very nice.