Final SoCal Code Camp Details

This weekend Jan 28th & 29th
At Cal State Fullerton

We are all set so we wanted to make sure you are all set for the big event.

We are looking forward to another amazing event! We have over 100 sessions which will make for crazy but great weekend! A BIG thanks goes out to all of the speakers who submitted sessions.

We will be kicking off SoCal Code Camp at 8:30am at Cal State Fullerton see the directions page for a map. We will have a registration desk setup next to the UH building on the same side as the H building. We will have schedules and campus maps for you at the registration desk thanks to DevelopMentor.

We hope you plan on staying for the Geek Dinner on Saturday night see the Geek Dinner page for more information. Note we are limited on space for the geek dinner so please come early if you want a ticket and if you take one but are not going to use it (code camp can be overwhelming) please drop the ticket off at registration so someone else can go.

Please make sure you visit our sponsors and thank them for making SoCal Code Camp possible!

Some tips for this weekend:

• Give some advanced thought to the sessions that you want to attend.

o If you haven’t already done so, please login to and check the sessions that you are interested in. You have the ability to print YOUR own custom schedule (i.e. the topics you have expressed interest in).Print out the following from the site:

• YOUR Schedule (login and click "Show My Schedule") on the schedule page

Check in when you arrive:

• When you check in you will receive

1. A ticket for the map the Saturday Geek Dinner (only the first 150 who check in) which will enable you to gain admittance to the Saturday Geek Dinner

2. A raffle ticket each day – for the for the Sunday Afternoon Raffle (yes come both days and double your chances)

We hope you have a great time and learn a lot, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.


Thanks to all our Sponsors
Cal State Fullerton, GrapeCity,, PDSA, Cynergy Systems, Crescent Solutions, Highlander Solutions, DevelopMentor, InterKnowlogy, Telerik

Teaching Kids about Sustainable Living

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend?  Teach them about what it means to leave behind a better world and protect our environment.  Children can make a difference if you teach them about sustainability and empower them to appreciate and preserve the environment.  Here are some of the things we’ve done with our kids to help promote sustainable living:

Plant a garden

The best way to teach children about sustainability is to plant a vegetable garden with their help. It need not be an elaborate garden as you can just start with some tomatoes and some herbs for your daily kitchen needs. We used a couple of 2×10 boards to create raised bed boxes and filled them in with garden dirt and compost.  It need not be complex at all!  Children can plant their favorite fruit trees or vegetables and make sure you go totally organic. Let them water the plants and help you fertilize the garden with natural compost, or even prepare for them Organic Snail and Slug Pest Control which they can spray on the plants. They will be participating in the growth of the food produce which will make them feel more responsible towards nature. This will instill the value of appreciating nature but also what goes into the food that we eat and what is healthy.

Start a compost pile

Creating your own compost pile with the help of children can be great fun for them as well as a learning process. Children will appreciate how the food wastes are utilized as organic garden fertilizer.  Plus they can contribute and watch the compost grow.  Here’s some reading on how to get started with your own compost:

And of course, what better incentive than a little competition.  Try growing your own Giant Organic Pumpkins from Compost.

Eat Natural Food

You can make the vegetables appear colorful and pleasing to the eyes as children are naturally attracted to colors. You can even pick out the menu together by evaluating the nutritional contents of each meal. This will be a great way of instilling the idea and importance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals which have various benefits for their bodies.

Buy from the local farmer’s market or CSA

Buy local grown vegetables which are not only healthy but fresh and safe. Take the children along to see the produce during the weekends and allow them to choose the vegetables they prefer. Explain to them that you buy from the local market or Community Supported Agriculture not only for the freshness of the produce but also to help augment the local economy. This will give them an idea of how they too can contribute towards this healthy practice.

By making small changes in the area where your children live, they will be helping immensely towards creating a better world. Encourage your children to be a part of that world and always appreciate them for their hard work and efforts towards sustainable living.

Visual Studio 2008–Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 1.3 CTP

The Visual Studio extensions for SharePoint (VSeWSS) provide project templates for developers using Visual Studio 2008 to create, debug, package and deploy SharePoint projects including Web Parts, Data Lists, Content Types, Event Receivers, Templates, Modules and other SharePoint artifacts.

Here’s a short list of new features, for the details check out the SharePoint Team Blog. The v1.3 release is an incremental release of the VSeWSS including top feature requests.  Get it here.

  • Can be installed on x64 Server OS machines running SharePoint x64. Previously only x86 Server OS could be used.
  • Separate build commands for package, deploy and retract are added
  • Command line build, package and retract commands are included enabling continuous integration and build servers. Previously command line build of SharePoint projects was very difficult
  • Refactoring support for renaming of Web Parts. Previously renaming a web part required changes in several files in the project
  • WSP View improvements for consistency of deleting feature elements, merging features and adding event receivers to features
  • Solution Generator can now generate solutions from publishing sites. Previously only regular sites could be generated
  • Allowing partial trust BIN deployments of web parts. CAS configuration must still be provided by the developer.
  • New project item template for SharePoint RootFiles items
  • Deployment will now optionally remove conflicting existing features on the development server prior to redeployment. Previously any feature name conflicts would result in an error
  • Ancillary assemblies such as for business logic can now be added to the SharePoint Solution WSP
  • Hidden features related to Site Definition projects are now shown in WSP View. They are no longer hidden
  • For advanced users a fast deploy is included to update only the compiled assembly on the SharePoint development installation
  • The User Guide is now installed with the extensions instead of being a separate download