Hey! I’m an INETA Community Champion!

By James at April 05, 2010 10:39
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General

Wow. I woke up this morning to a terrific email…


We would like to extend our thanks for your participation in the INETA Community Champions program and your commitment to the developer community. You were nominated by your local Developer Evangelist Lynn Langit.  You faced some challenging competition yet your accomplishments speak for themselves.  The Community Champions team is thrilled to inform you that you are one of our top winners for Q1 2010.  Congratulations!  INETA will be announcing the winners in our next INETA Newsletter as well as posting announcements on our web site. 

I had worked with the INETA Community Champs committee a few years ago, but never thought I would be a recipient.

Thanks everyone, especially Lynn (my own developer champion)!

And just so everyone knows I’m not kidding… here’s the proof.

INETA Community Champions Badge

Time to get crackin’.


I'm going to PDC 2008!

By James at October 25, 2008 12:44
Filed Under: PDC 2008

Ever since there has been a PDC I have wanted to attend. And for various reasons I wasn't able to, mainly due to the expense. Due to my work in the community, and being a charter member of their Academy, one of the IEDOTNETUG sponsors, JetBrains, offered me a pass to attend. All I would have to do is work in the booth 2 hours a day, and give a presentation.

I was stoked, until I got the call that they were reconsidering and wanted to have someone "more famous". Huh?! Bummed but not out, I started working my magic on everyone I know, and finally Lynn Langit, offered to help.

Lynn is great, and can get stuff that no one else can. But after 2 weeks of being told "Huh, umm, NO" by everyone she asked, it seem pretty bleak. Resigning myself to the fact that it would be yet another PDC of watching webcasts and dreaming of the day, I got both a rather strange email from Lynn, "Gisli Olafsson PDC pass for James Johnson", and a twitter message "@jamesIEDOTNET read your mail w00t!", last Wednesday morning (October 22) .

As it turns out Gisli is a Microsoft Employee in Iceland, and was called to Kenya during the same time as PDC 2008. I don't know how Lynn found this out, or got a hold of him, but she did and he graciously offered to transfer his registration to me.


Needless to say, I was flabbergasted, appreciative, happy, ecstatic, etc. Props and THANKS to both Lynn and Gisli for making this happen for me. I am going to have so much fun!

If you’re going to be at PDC 2008, send me an email via the blog, or follow me on twitter. My alias is jamesIEDOTNET. Stay tuned for more entries, photos and other stuff.


About the author

James James is a five time and current Microsoft MVP in Client App Development, a Telerik Insider, a past Director on the INETA North America Board, a husband and dad, and has been developing software since the early days of Laser Discs and HyperCard stacks. As the Founder and President of the Inland Empire .NET User's Group, he has fondly watched it grow from a twice-a-month, early Saturday morning group of five in 2003, to a robust and rambunctious gathering of all types and sizes of .NET developers.

James loves to dig deep into the latest cutting edge technologies - sometimes with spectacular disasters - and spread the word about the latest and greatest bits, getting people excited about developing web sites and applications on the .NET platform, and using the best tools for the job. He tries to blog as often as he can, but usually gets distracted by EF, LINQ, MVC, ASP, SQL, XML, and most other types of acronyms. To keep calm James plays a mean Djembe and tries to practice his violin. You can follow him on twitter at @latringo.

And as usual, the comments, suggestions, writings and rants are my own, and really shouldn't reflect the opinions of my employer. That is, unless it really does.

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