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Thoughts from a Training Junkie

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 18-Dec-2008 15:43

Thoughts from a Training Junkie

PASS Camp

James Teaches

What It Was

  • Professional Association of SQL Server - Code Camp
  • Whitireia Polytechnic
  • Porirua, New Zealand
  • Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December 2008

What I Learned

  • Adam Cogan is a barrel of laughs
  • Dr Greg Low is the fount of all knowledge
  • People are interested in learning about Certification
  • Adam has top 10 lists for everything
  • Nathan Pitcher is good at getting people to volunteer their time
  • Adrian Englebrecht is good at getting people to honour their committments

Live Services Jump Start

What It Was

  • Live Services (Mesh & Azure) Training
  • Four Points Sheraton by Darling Harbour
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th December 2008

What I Learned

  • Dr Neil Roodyn is the fount of all knowledge
  • This is bleeding edge stuff
  • SQL Data Services is NOT a relational database in the cloud
  • Microsoft still haven't worked out a marketing/pricing model for this stuff yet
  • This is a direct result of the success of Google's offerings
  • Android is Google's operating system for smart phones
  • Azure is still in Beta; developers are encouraged to make use of up to 50GB capacity; we are encouraged to make any recommendations we deem appropriate
 

Book Review

Book Cover

Title

The Rational Guide To...

Sub-Title

Building Technical User Communites

Author

Dr. Greg Low, Microsoft Regional Director

Publisher

Rational Press, 2007

Pages

122

Price

US$24.99

Description

In this guide you'll learn how to...

  • Build Successful Technical User Communites
  • Raise Funds For Your User Groups
  • Attract New Members

Contents

  • Part I - Overview
    1. People, Not Technology
    2. Something for Everyone
    3. Finding Speakers
    4. Tried and True
  • Part II - Starting and Growing User Groups
    1. Pizza Does Not Define a User Group
    2. Don't Reinvent the Wheel
    3. Recruiting Members
    4. Content and Handouts
  • Part III - User Group Meetings and Conferences
    1. Using Technology
    2. Recruiting Volunteers
    3. Conducting Meetings
    4. Tips for Presenters
  • Part IV - Legal and Finance
    1. The Fine Print
    2. Funding
  • Part V - Extras

Review

A great little ripper.  I must confess, that a lot of things happening around me currently all seem to be converging on community as the way of building relationships and getting things done in this technological and impersonal 21st century.  This is a timely book, not just for technical communities either.

Highly recommended.

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Supply chain complexity

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James Hippolite
Wellington
New Zealand


Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".