We all know that Code Camps are great. We meet many smart and interesting people, learn a ton of information, and nearly everyone walks away with at least one giveaway or door prize. All for FREE! Well, on February 7th and March 28th, you will have the chance to once again have a blast with fellow geeks! They are the South Florida and Orlando Code Camps, respectively.
One of the things that is unique this year is that both of the code camps will have a track dedicated solely to DotNetNuke! We have had a track at one or the other, but not both.
The South Florida Code Camp is huge! Last year, there were over 700 registered attendees, and they hope to have more this year. It will be held in the Miami area, and has 12 tracks of 6 sessions, including a DotNetNuke track! Dave Noderer and many others are doing a truly fantastic job of bringing everything together to once again host the largest code camp in the state of Florida. There is still time to register! Do it now!
I have had the pleasure to attend every single Orlando Code Camp that has been held. Up until this point, Shawn Weisfeld has been organizing the code camp. Now, Jessica Sterner and Fabio Honigmann are heading this one up. We have had a DotNetNuke track at this code camp twice so far, but this year will make number 3. While this code camp is a bit smaller in comparison to the previous one, at 300+ registered attendees, you wouldn't know it by the quality of the speakers or content.
The Orlando Code Camp website is not quite complete yet, but it will be soon.
I mentioned the DotNetNuke track. So what does it entail, really? The DNN track has 6 speakers, including myself. However, I am the only one that is not a published author. I have been the Technical Editor for some of the other speakers, but they have all had at least one book published by Wrox. In fact, one of the books is due to be on the shelves in just a few weeks!
Here is what you have to look forward to! I suggest going to both code camps and making sure you get all of the information you're hoping to get.
Session 1: Introduction to DotNetNuke 5 & Overview
Speaker: Brian Scarbeau
Brian Scarbeau, co-author of the upcoming Professional DotNetNuke 5 book by Wrox gives an overview of DotNetNuke 5. This session will review an Introduction to DotNetNuke and some of the new features that comes with DNN 5. Learn how to install DNN and learn how to create pages and put modules on your pages. Learn how to get free skins and modules for your site. Finally, learn how to create your own module using Open-Smart Module.
Session 2: DotNetNuke 5 Architecture and API's
Speaker: Darrell Hardy
Darrell Hardy, a co-author of the upcoming Professional DotNetNuke 5 book by Wrox goes over some of the most important areas of the architecture in the newest version of DotNetNuke. DNN 5 has many new features and back-end functionality that often goes overlooked.
Session 3: DotNetNuke 5 Module Development
Speaker: Stan Schultes
Stan Schultes will begin with a quick technical overview of DotNetNuke, and a discussion of why you might build a custom DNN module. Demos will include how to install the DNN portal on a development machine, and how to install a custom module into the portal. Then we'll dive into setting up Visual Studio 2008 for module development and demonstrate how to install a module source package and run it in design mode. Finally, we'll walk through the process of developing a custom module using the sample module to provide details, and we'll see some development tips & tricks along the way. This is a 300-level session - some experience with DotNetNuke will be assumed.
Session 4: Pure CSS DotNetNuke 5 Skinning
Speaker: Ryan Morgan
Ryan Morgan, co-author of the upcoming Professional DotNetNuke 5 book by Wrox shows us how to create skins using "Pure CSS" techniques. In this session, Ryan will demonstrate advanced skinning techniques in DotNetNuke 5. The session covers writing valid and clean code with XHTML, the new Super Stylesheets in DNN 5 that give a starting point for pure CSS skinning, using the new object token format and considerations for making search engine optimized skins. If there's time at the end, we will also review a few of Ryan's favorite client side widgets that come with the new version of the framework.
Session 5: DotNetNuke 5 Widgets
Speaker: Will Strohl
Will Strohl, contributing Technical Editor of Professional DotNetNuke 5 by Wrox gives an overview and functional demonstration of what widgets are included in DotNetNuke 5, and how to work with them. Afterwards, you will learn how to create and install your very own widgets using DotNetNuke 5.
Session 6: Advanced DotNetNuke 5 Management
Speaker: Tracy Wittenkeller
Tracy Wittenkeller, author of the DotNetNuke Websites Problem Design Solution book by Wrox show us how to manage a DotNetNuke website, highlighting the new features in DotNetNuke 5. The newest version of DNN is packed with new features and ways that DNN can be managed.
Name: Brian Scarbeau, Microsoft MVP
Brian Scarbeau is a Microsoft MVP and a seasoned computer science trainer. He has his MBA and Certifications as a WebMaster and Network Instructor. He has spoken at various Code Camps about DotNetNuke® and he has developed DotNetNuke® curriculum and a series of webcasts for Microsoft Corporation. He was also selected by Microsoft Corporation to be part of a Faculty Advisory Board. He has traveled the United States and Canada conducting training seminars on .NET products. Presently, he is on the Board of Directors for the Computer Science Teacher's Association and he started the Orlando DotNetNuke® User Group. Brian is also a co-author of the upcoming Professional DotNetNuke 5 book by Wrox.
Name: Darrell Hardy
Darrell Hardy has been designing and building data driven applications for over 20 years. Having spent several years working with a management consulting firm, he brings to the table not only technical expertise but also an understanding of the business side of the equation. His passion is for software that matches business processes and allows for improvements in the business process as well as the software. Currently Darrell is the Vice President of Hardy Consulting, Inc. (http://www.hardyconsulting.com/) and manages several domestic and international accounts. He enjoys speaking, teaching, problem solving and helping people become problem solvers. Darrell is also a co-author of the upcoming Professional DotNetNuke 5 book by Wrox.
Name: Stan Schultes, Microsoft MVP
Stan Schultes is an Architect and Software Developer at a mid-size, high tech manufacturing company, where he designs and builds engineering design automation systems. He has been building enterprise manufacturing software for more than 25 years, and building Microsoft solutions since 1994. He has led application development teams in companies as diverse as a small startup to the Fortune 200. Stan is a Microsoft MVP in Visual Basic, and is very active working and speaking within the Florida developer community and beyond, and he runs the SarasotaDev.net developer group. He is a former columnist and Contributing Editor with Visual Studio Magazine, has written in MSDN online, and has recently wrapped up work on the upcoming WROX Professional DotNetNuke 5 book. Stan is a prolific speaker at community events such as the MSDN DevCon, Visual Studio 2008 and 2005 launch events, Day of Patterns & Practices, Code Camps, user groups, and more. He has recorded more than 15 MSDN WebCasts, and is currently developing new episodes of the popular It's All About the Tools! developer seminar series with Russ "Toolshed" Fustino. Stan can be reached through his website at VBNetExpert.com or his blog at StanSchultes.spaces.live.com.
Name: Ryan Morgan
Ryan Morgan is a senior .NET consultant with Arrow Consulting & Design, a software development and web design company based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Currently, Ryan is currently working on an Army Research Labs funded WPF project in partnership with Columbia College. Ryan has architected and delivered solutions for global companies including Microsoft, Starwood Hotels (Sheraton, Westin and W Hotels brands) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition to the large-scale projects, the Ryan leads a team that has delivered hundreds of e-commerce and custom development projects for small to medium-enterprise clients including www.palmbeachnutrition.com, www.perfectweightamerica.com, www.recruitradar.com and www.friendssharing.com. Most recently, Ryan co-authored Professional DotNetNuke 5 from Wrox and spoke in the Open Force track at DevConnections in Las Vegas.
Name: Will Strohl
Will Strohl is an ASP.Net architect and developer based in the Orlando Area. Having been in the web development field for over 10 years, he began professionally in 2000. Currently, Will is the Technology Director for an exciting new online travel company called RezHub.com. He is also an active member and President of the Orlando DotNetNuke® Users Group, and a member of the reformed DotNetNuke® Media Module Project Team. He regularly speaks at local events about DotNetNuke® and the various ways it can be used and managed. He also won the INETA Community Champions award for 2008 Q3. Most recently, Will has been publishing DNN videos on JumptStartTV, and is a contributing technical editor for Professional DotNetNuke 5 and DotNetNuke 5 User Guide by Wrox.
Name: Tracy Wittenkeller
Tracy Wittenkeller is the president and founder of T-WORX, INC, a leading provider of professional DotNetNuke skins and website solutions. He has been working with DotNetNuke since its inception over five years ago and has successfully been offering skins commercially since November 2004 through his company's website (www.t-worx.com), snowcovered (www.snowcovered.com) and the DotNetNuke Marketplace (http://marketplace.dotnetnuke.com). As a result of his company's success in the commercial skin market, Tracy has developed custom DNN skin packages and website solutions for a large variety of companies all over the world. He works with many DotNetNuke core members and has also donated his time to different aspects of the DotNetNuke open source project. More recently he has done some work with Sharepoint themes and looks to build a niche in the Enterprise market. He has been a professional designer for web, print and electronic presentation media for over 17 years. He also does a lot of public speaking at important .NET conferences in person and online, including DotNetNuke OpenForce07 in November, 2007. Tracy is the author of DotNetNuke Websites—Problem Design Solution, published by Wrox in July, 2008.
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