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Update: What I plan to do this year to become a better coder!

Jun 3

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009 10:40 PM  RssIcon

Progress update as promised (late, but still as promised).

PHEW!  Made some progress for my objectives!




 May 02 Present at Ottawa Code Camp 2009 Presented my Windows Services Down'n'Dirty presentation to about 25+ people.  It didn't go off without a hitch, BUT the hiccups made it all the more personable and interactive.  I was lucky enough to be able to give away four cool books, plus my Windows Service book to someone who was truely keen!
 Mar 09 Get my next MS certification (Web Apps)

YAHOO!  I'm done and officially recognized by Microsoft that I can take a Microsoft exam! :> 

But seriouly I learned a boat load of cool things about  Ya, there were some dud info in there too, but the people were great in the study group!


Learn WPF/Silverlight/XAML so much that I become the Markus Egger of Ottawa (if you're doing WPF and haven't heard of this guy, you're missing out on some great info), ya, I know this is a "reach for the stars" kind of goal but nothing ventured, nothing gained (any other clich├ęs I can mangle? :>)

Bought a book (Programming WPF, and won two books at Ottawa Code Camp, Begining Silverlight 2 and Data Driven Servcies With Silverlight 2).  I still haven't cracked them open yet.
 May 5 Start another study group, I have a bit of a training bug, this let's me fulfill that side of my personality We have 19 fully commited and participating members!  Very cool!  Check out our progress and code on CodePlex!
 June 2 Create a blog entry for creating/debugging/delivering a Windows Service (some juicy, time saving tips here!) I JUUUUUST finished this one tonight!  This was two plus weeks in the making, it's long but VERY complete!  It has screen caps, (hopefully) straight forward and easy enough to follow
  Create two screen savers (just something I've always wanted to do, boring I know, but these will be slightly different, stay tuned!) No progress on this one so far.
  Learn about unit testing with C#/VS  JUUUUUUUST starting to scratch the surface with this one.
  Help people via blogs (something I'm starting to see now and I LOVE it when someone posts a comment saying my entry helped them, I LOVE THAT!) I've had a few people post and email with positive feedback about the site and posts!  I love that! :>
  Learn more about patterns No explicit progress on this one.
 Jan 09 Install and expose sample code via SVN

Update (March 2009): I've since exposed some of my code via SVN.

Code from/about/for my blog:

Personally for my website:

Update (Jun 01) Starting to rethink this one.  I've created two "projects" on CodePlex (ODNC Study Group andOttawa Code Plex) and after dealing with that learning curve, I'm growing more and more convinced for sharing blog code, that's the best way to share it.  Why not let someone else manage the IT/hardware/resources for me?

  Learn to better recognize negative personalities, then to avoid them, to not let them sway my convictions and to seek out positive people to surround myself and family I am so lucky!  I'm around people who are awesome and a huge source of positive reinforcement and energy!  When things are going tough/wrong/slow a good laugh is literally just over the cube wall or in the lunch room!  You know people are a fun loving bunch when everyone in the lunch room is laughing at lunch time!
Updates to the list (as things get completed I plan on adding new things to it, very Agile-ish :> sort of like a Product Backlog? :>>>>)
  Learn MVC  

Past Progress: Mar 18, 2009, Jan 27, 2009, Jan 6, 2009

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