Category Archives: Training

DevIntersection 2014 Coupon Code for $50 Off

Hey SoCal Devs

Last time this conference came around, you said we didn’t give you enough notice to get the cost approved by your company.  Well, now you have plenty of time. For those of us in SoCal, if you go to one paid conference a year, this should be it.

Dev Intersection – Nov 10-13 2014 Las Vegas

Everyone you want to see will be speaking here :

  • Scott Guthrie
  • Steve Guggenhimer
  • Scott Hanselman
  • John Papa
  • Michele Bustamante
  • Richard Campbell
  • Dan Wahlin
  • Paul Sheriff
  • Mark Minasi
  • Billy Hollis
  • Juval Lowy

And Many more. If you are a .Net Developer in the west, this is really an event you don’t want to miss. 

You can find out more and register here :

If you use the code “SoCal” at registration, you will get an additional $50 off of your registration.

And Remember.. this is not just DEV, it’s also :

SharePoint, Office 365,, Visual Studio, Azure, SQL too.

OCSPUG | Mobile Revolution and Best-Of Deployments (6/26/2013)

Please RSVP at Eventbright to help us get food for everybody

The June OCSPUG meeting has special guest Joel Oleson speaking on SharePoint 2013 and Enterprise Mobile.


Speaker: Joel Oleson

Title: Enterprise Mobile SharePoint Revolution

Description: SharePoint 2013 takes a great step forward on mobile support through apps, office web apps, and cross browser support. There’s a revolution in the enterprise toward support for mobile. In this session we’ll dig into browsers, mobile, tablets, and this revolution which brings major change to the enterprise strategies.

Speaker: Bill Pitts

Title: SharePoint 2013: Art of the Possible

Description: IT has deployed SharePoint, and yet the business struggles to find business value. In this session we’ll unlock the possible in a special prezi style presentation zooming in and out of real world deployments that takes the best of Intranets and Internet sites built on SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

Venue Information:

Roland DGA

The entrance to our classroom is left of the main lobby, just behind the handicap parking sign in this photo

Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit | 29 April 2013 – 01 May 2013 San Diego, CA

So last minute a vendor offered me a pass to the Gartner event down in San Diego, looks like some fun and I’m always down to network and hang out with fellow geeks. 

What’s interesting is how most of the topics are fairly generic in the Web world and yet one product is mentioned specifically by name in some of the Panels and Workshops.  SharePoint 2010/2013 appears to be a hot topic and is drawing quite a few speakers all things considered.  Of course, the fact that Yammer is one of their platinum sponsors probably doesn’t hurt.

Event site can be found here:

Here’s their About the Conference blurb:

Engage at the Nexus of Social, Mobile, Information and Cloud

Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit delivers the tools and insights needed to tap into unprecedented portals, content and collaboration opportunities. Disruptive trends are yielding an array of business-critical imperatives: Deliver secure access across a widening range of devices. Mine and leverage nontraditional content. Use social software to drive efficiency and innovation. Exploit context-aware computing.

This summit represents the single most important event in the portals, content and collaboration space, where IT and business leaders gather to learn from the latest Gartner research and interact with 24+ Gartner analysts, peers and solution leaders. Experience new research and innovative thinking in a variety of session formats that drill down to your most critical topics.

They also hit pretty hard on the concepts of a mobile workforce, especially true in today’s world.  But it’s not just about being mobile either, it’s really about being able to build the best teams utilizing the best talent from anywhere in the world through the use of mobile technology.  There is no reason why you can’t have two outstanding team members who just happen to sit at opposite ends of the country in their own home offices.  The resistance to having cube drones who have to sit on the same floor or next to each other in cubes is swiftly evaporating.

Here’s their key benefits section on the conference:

Through analyst sessions, roundtables, workshops, tutorials and end-user case studies, you’ll gain the insight to:

  • Empower mobile workforces securely
  • Know when to use cloud and SaaS options
  • Deliver the experiences customers and constituents have come to expect
  • Harness social to drive innovation and delight customers and employees
  • Demonstrate the business value of portals, content and collaboration technologies
  • Add increasing amounts of context to everything you do
  • Understand how PCC impacts organizational dynamics
  • Use analytics to improve business processes

So, anyone else going to this event?  Drop me a line here or shoot me a PM over at Twitter.

SharePoint Saturday | Los Angeles May, 18 2013

It’s a little over a month away, mark your calendars! Always a great time and hey, we feed you breakfast and lunch!

Food and training? Must be expensive, right? Nope, the cost is FREE

What’s particularly interesting this year is that we’ve got a couple of different tracks that you don’t see at your typical geek event, tracks include:

  • Business User: Includes end user and business executives.
  • IT Pro / Admin (AKA “the geek track”): Infrastructure architecture, operations, management and administration including PowerShell.
  • Developer & User Experience: Coded solutions, no code development, branding and end to end technical solutions.
  • Integrations: Includes a product, add-on, or service. Could include Microsoft products like Exchange but also vendor products and services.

SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint for ‘SharePoint Saturday’, on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Santa Monica College.

SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively event filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.

SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

Meet accomplished technology leaders, network with your peers and increase your proficiency in SharePoint in a fun and free environment.

Event Details:

  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served at the venue.
  • Wireless access will be provided so you can follow along with your mobile Twitter client.
  • Follow us now with hashtag #SPSLA
  • Get more information at

Register today so your spot is saved!

And… if you’ve gotten this far, you’ll want to go check out the new SharePoint Saturday BETA site, located here:

Want to be extra geeky? Here’s the GPS coordinates for SPSLA:

  • Latitude: 34.01897
  • Longitude: -118.47033

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

For those of you looks at the new Windows 8 platform and how to use items like the WinJS, commanding UI, animations and sensors, it’s a really nice run down of everything you would want for building out a basic and elegant Windows 8 app on a mobile platform.

I’ve skimmed the chapters and am now diligently working my way through the exercises…