So Cal Code Camp–USC

By James at October 25, 2010 21:12
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I love code camps, especially the So Cal Code Camps. Yup, that’s plural as Southern California is lucky enough to have three per year. Last weekend, October 23-24 was So Cal Code Camp – USC and I was lucky enough to get the chance to present again. I gave the same presentation as what I did at Silicon Valley Code Camp three weeks ago – ASP.NET MVC and Entity Framework 4 – but this time it went a whole lot smoother. The room was ready, the projector was working correctly, and the audience was right on. Just about 50 attendees with standing room only and five people sitting on the floor. I brought along six of our C1 beanies which I tossed out during my talk to people who made good comments, pointed out different ways to do things, and laughed at my jokes.

I also manned the ComponentOne booth during the day and had a great time talking to the wide variety of Code Campers about our products, passing out literature, key chain carabineers, and our magic “wear these and you’ll never write bad code again” sunglasses.

Thanks to Art Villa and everyone who helped to put on a successful event. It’s a lot of work and they all deserve a big round of applause. And a special thanks to my wife, Carmina, (my own personal booth babe) who took over for me when I went to present.



My slides are at, and if you happened to be in attendance, please take a few minutes to tell me what you thought of my presentation at


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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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