CodeCampOz Report

CodeCampOz is organised by senior developers from Readify Pty Ltd, Mitch Denny and Greg Lowe, with some support from Microsoft.

On 23 and 24 April at the Charles Sturt Uni main campus we attended two days of 08:00 to 17:30 sessions presented by a series of experienced software developers. Highlights for me were the sessions on:

  • Atlas by Paul Glavich; his book on ‘Programming with Ajax.NET’ is about to appear
  • Windows Presentation Foundation by Chuck Sterling, Joseph Cooney and Deepak Kapoor
  • SharePoint 3.0 by Angus Logan
  • Hacking Applications by Rocky Heckman
  • Avoiding Recompiles in T-SQL by Greg Lowe

Mitch Denny gave excellent talks as usual on LINQ and Team Foundation Service Branching. The changes to C# 3.0 to support LINQ were also significant.

Others talk gems covered topics such as Windows Workflow, Guidance Automation Toolkit, and future directions in modelling tools (Sue Entwhistle). Other talks on BizTalk and Mobility kept me up to date but not enthralled.

Philip Argy, the current ACS President, gave a waffly talk and had to endure pointed questions from all sides including myself. Maybe we will see some changes to the ACS IT degree curriculum. The guys running the Industry IT Masters degree at CSU reported 630 students currently enrolled with virtually all these taught at a distance.

Although the drive there and back was arduous the two days of Code Camp were well worth it.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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