# Monday, October 29, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012 2:09:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012 2:11:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Saturday, October 27, 2012

This screencast demonstrates how to change a Visual Studio 2010 Coded UI Test after you have recorded it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 3:22:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, October 26, 2012

This screencast shows how to add assertions to a Coded UI Test while recording your mouse and keyboard actions.

Friday, October 26, 2012 3:19:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Thursday, October 25, 2012

This screencast covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Coded UI Tests, a feature of Visual Studio 2010, Premium and Ultimate Editions. You will learn how to record mouse and keyboard actions to record a simple "smoke test".

Thursday, October 25, 2012 3:17:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Even though I’m still recovering from delivering 5(!) presentations at the Tampa Code Camp, I am actively seeking new presentation opportunities.

Here is a list of events at which I am currently scheduled to speak:

Date Event Location Topic  
Oct 24 Detroit Google Developers Group Detroit, MI Effective Data Visualization Link
Nov 7 Ann Arbor Computing Society ann arbor, MI How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love jQuery Link
Dec 8 Central Ohio Day of .NET Hilliard, OH A Lap Around SQL Server Reporting Services Link
Jan 8-11 CodeMash Sandusky, OH How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love jQuery Link
Feb 21 Greater Lansing .NET User Group Okemos, MI Persistence In The Cloud: How to Use Azure Storage Link
Jun 3-6 Microsoft TechEd North America New Orleans, LA TBD Link

If you would like me to speak at your event, please send me an e-mail at [DavidGiard] [AT] [DavidGiard] [DOT] [COM].

As always, I am grateful to Telerik for their sponsorship that allows me to speak at so many events.

You can see a list of all my presentations (past and future) at http://www.davidgiard.com/Schedule.aspx

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 3:37:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our noses were pressed against the inside of the 19th floor window when the giant RV drove by. I called Richard to tell him we saw them and he asked where they could park their 37-foot vehicle. “Ask the valet to park it,” I joked. Within seconds, I heard Richard asking a terrified valet if he would park his car.

A few minutes later, Richard Campbell, Carl Franklin, and their driver found a few concurrent spots to park the RV and arrived at the 19th floor for a special meeting of the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group (GANG) and a special live recording of the Tablet Show. The event was part of the 2012 DotNetRocks Road Trip that spans 39 cities and nearly 3 months. At this stop, Richard delivered a presentation on DevOps; Carl a presentation on Building Windows 8 applications; and Jeff Wilcox of the Microsoft Azure team gave a brief presentation about his life and work. Afterward, Carl and Richard interviewed Jeff about his Fourth and Main application, built for Windows Phone 7. You can listen to that interview here.

The trip was initiated by Carl and Richard, who are the famous hosts of a number of popular podcasts, including The Tablet Show, DotNETRocks, and RunAs Radio. When I heard the trip would include a stop in Michigan, I immediately contacted the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group volunteers and a great many people worked hard to make the October 9 stop in Southfield a great success.

We billed it as a second October GANG meeting with President Kent Fehribach hosting, New World Systems chipped in some extra sponsorship money and we ordered a barbecue dinner from Lockhart’s of Royal Oak. About 120 people packed the room and nearly all stayed for the entire 4 hours. Many went to the pub after the show to continue the conversation.

Somehow, I ended up getting the credit for the local event, but that simply isn’t fair – many people contributed to the night’s success and I’m proud to have been one of them.

I’m hoping this isn’t the last tour Richard and Carl organize and I’m hoping it’s not the last time they visit Michigan. We have a lot more valets waiting to be terrified.




Dot Net Rocks Road Trip

The Tablet Show

Interview with Jeff Wilcox

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:03:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, October 22, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012 3:50:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, October 21, 2012

For many, the Tampa Code Camp was an experience to learn about others; for me, it was a challenge and an adventure.

I submitted five talks because I wanted to allow the organizers to pick what they wanted and in case someone else submitted some of the same topics I did. Little did I know that they would ask me to deliver all 5! There were only 6 time slots and I was scheduled for 5 of them! To be fair, I could have e-mailed the organizers and asked them to cancel some of my talks, but I saw the thrown gauntlet and I accepted the challenge.

Because I was speaking almost the entire time, I didn't get to experience much of the Code Camp directly. However, I can say that the audiences in my sessions seemed really energized and there was a lot of enthusiasm at the after-party.

The Tampa Code Camp was held in conjunction with the Tampa Bar Camp. About 1000 attendees turned out in total. I don't know the numbers for Code Camp versus Bar Camp, but it didn't much matter as the sessions all took place in the same 2 buildings. I was told that the Bar Camp tends to include more open source presentations, while the Code Camp was focused more on Microsoft technologies. I love this kind of mix because it gives attendees a chance to learn about things about topics outside their comfort zone and to meet people working in other disciplines.

I did record an interview with Kevin Wolf, who had built a remote-controlled helicopter using a variety of hardware and software. This will be available on Technology and Friends in a few weeks.

I was able to attend this year’s Tampa Code Camp, thanks to the support of Telerik.

All in all, the Tampa Code Camp was a great success for the organizers, for the attendees and for me personally. I will definitely consider this conference again next year.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 4:39:27 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, October 15, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012 6:37:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)