I’ve been active in the technology community since 2000 when .Net was just announced. This started with doing some small talks at user group meetings and helping to update their web site. It didn’t take long before I was running meetings and networking with other groups. Over the years, I’ve gradually increased my reach by speaking at events increasingly far from my home base, including events as far away as London, Las Vegas, and Redmond. Prior to it’s being disbanded, my speaking involvement
TechEd2011 - GeekGive is cleaning up! Join Matt and I on Saturday, May 14th to help GeekGive make a difference in our local Atlanta community. We’re going to be picking up trash on streets and cleaning up a park. Not just any park, we’re going to be helping the Peopletown Revitalization Corporation to clean Atlanta’s first public beltline park on the day of its dedication ceremony! Registration for volunteers is now open and we badly need volunteers! Register at teched2011 - GeekGive
Things are really gearing up for me over the next several months. Here’s a list of the talks I’m scheduled to give at this time. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and let me know what you Thinq. 1/14-15: CodeMash: Sandusky, OH Building Dynamic Data Driven Applications (Part 1 & 2) 1/23/2010: Alabama Code Camp: Mobile Alabama LINQ to SQL Tricks and Tips LINQ Tools 1/30/2010: Columbia Code Camp: Columbia South Carolina LINQ Scalability LINQ to SQL Tricks and Ti
This summer at the Jacksonville Code Camp, I had the pleasure of being part of the taping of Russ' Fustino’s Toolshed. Finally, the episode has  been posted on Channel9 for you to enjoy. Here’s the overview of the episode. Toolshed: Episode 5 - Its All About The Tools TV Show Episode 5 has killer content on Deep Zoom, Expression Web 3, a codeplex project on a Snippet Editor for Visual Studio, LINQ Tool Samples, LINQ Pad, Link To Twitter, Expression Blend 3 Importing Adobe assets, and an
If you are in the Birmingham, AL area on July 25-26, consider signing up for the free two day LINQ Bootcamp event. I'm hoping to be there to help answer your questions as well. If you're interested in more information, here's a copy of the original announcement: …The upcoming LINQ Bootcamp [will be] on July 25th and 26th. To register for this great event please go to http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=139378 . Seating is limited to this free event. We still need volunteers for presenting, current
Russ Fustino and Stan Schultes have recently started bringing their popular Russ' Tool Shed show to the internet. If you want to check out the show, head on over to http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/toolshed. They also have all of the resources, including source code, slides, and demo scripts available at http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/toolshed. I was there when they recorded the first episode at the South Florida code camp as an attendee. We're hoping to do a recording at one of the upcoming
The speaking scene in the South East has been quiet for a bit but is starting to pick up. Here's a quick list of my upcoming speaking engagements starting this weekend. If you're near one of these, stop by and say hi. 6/26-6/27: CodeStock (Knoxville, TN) 7/14: Sarasota PASS (Sarasota, FL) 8/3: Atlanta MS Professionals (Atlanta, GA) 8/13 - 8/15: Devlink (Nashville, TN) 8/29: Jacksonville Code Camp (Jacksonville, FL) 9/5: Tallahassee Code Camp (Tallahassee, FL) If you attended any of these t
At the Atlanta Code Camp, Michael Neal introduced me to something I didn't know about LINQ before. Since a picture says 1000 words, I thought I would just share the picture with everyone else. For those who haven't seen it yet, here's the true POWER of LINQ.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of demonstrating Delegates, Lambdas and Expressions at the Alabama Code Camp. This is not the first time I presented this. The original demo project is still available in the Downloads section of this site. This time however, I was able to round off the VB set of the demos to demonstrate all of the abilities available in C# 3.0 due to the new Statement and Multi-line Lambda language enhancements coming in VB 10. The complete VB 10 version of the project is available
In case you missed the PDC, don't miss the opportunity to get some of the content for a greatly reduced cost. Microsoft touring the country with their MSDN Developer Conference  and are coming to Atlanta on December 16th at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. I'll be among the who's who list of local experts presenting the content. For my part, I'll be showing you the language enhancements that are coming for C# 4.0 and VB 10.0. This release is more about parity than ground-breaking advances li
If you haven't signed up for Tech Days '08 Atlanta, what are you waiting for. Run on over to http://www.msdnevents.com/atlanta and sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 days.
In addition to the posted conference, there's a series of chalk talks that are not on the official schedule. These are great ways to interact with experts at a level that is typically deeper than you get in the standard lecture type presentation. There are some interesting sessions which Glen has outlined on his blog.
After DevLink a number of us organizers, speakers and attendees went to the bar to wind down. While there, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell pulled out a mic and started recording people's reaction to the show. It may not have a lot of technical content, but is an entertaining listen anyway. Check the show #372 on DotNetRocks.Com. If you listen carefully, you can find out my twitter account as well. While at DevLinq (er DevLink), I also had the opportunity to sit back in the rocking chairs with
Glenn just announced that the Geek Speak podcasts are available again. They were disabled right before my session on LINQ Migration Strategies came out. If you have a Zune or IPod and want to subscribe to the feed, it is available again.
If you're at Tech Ed Developer in Orlando, make sure to find me. If you miss me on the convention floor, I'll also be participating in Speaker Idol on Wednesday 6/4 at noon. In addition, I will be doing a book signing in the store at 1:00 on Thursday, 6/5. As you can see from this picture, they have a couple copies of the book that you can buy if you didn't bring your copy. I look forward to meeting you.
If you're going to be at TechEd Developer '08, make sure to say hi if you see me. I'll be hanging out in the VB area of the Technology Learning Center for some of the conference. In addition, I'll be one of the contestants in Speaker Idol and appreciate all of my peeps coming out to show your support. One of the other great things about this year's TechEd is the inclusion of a community lead weekend between TechEd Developer and TechEd IT. There are quite a number of different events, including
Tomorrow, Wednesday 4/2/2008, I will be the guest speaker on the Geek Speak webcast. We will be discussing strategies for beginning to incorporate LINQ into your existing application infrastructure. In many cases, that does not mean replacing your entire data stack, but rather using pieces of LINQ to add functionality and in new components. Please join us. The Geek Speak webcasts are often driven by attendee questions. The more questions, the better the event.
When: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 12
I've uploaded the files for my presentations for the fall Code camp season which I just presented last weekend at the Birmingham, Alabama code camp. If you missed the talks, you can pick up the downloads at the following links. Also, I will be at the Charleston, South Carolina code camp this coming weekend (10/13) so you can catch me there. Additionally, the ThinqLinq talk is still available on the aspnetpodcasts.com. Links to all three parts of the webcasts are available on the file download pa
Please join us on Monday, October 1 at 6:30 PM for the monthly Atlanta Cutting Edge .NET / MsPros / VB Study Group meeting. Note, for this meeting we will be meeting at Turner in midtown (1015 Techwood Drive) rather than the usual Microsoft offices. If you haven't attended meetings in the past due to location, here's your chance to let us know if this facility is better. Scroll to the bottom of this message for directions to the meeting. To register for this event, please go to http://www.c
A couple weeks ago, I had the privledge of discussing my favorite topic, LINQ, in an MSDN Geek Speak. If you missed it, they posted a recording of it today. Check it out at http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032322905&Culture=en-US. Also, you can check out the LINQ Links at http://blogs.msdn.com/geekspeak/archive/2007/01/25/follow-up-from-linq-geekspeak-webcast-with-jim-wolley.aspx (Yes, I know they spelled my name wrong in the URL.)
Speaking of names, what do you t
I had the pleasure of helping to organize and run the Atlanta Code Camp version 3.0 this past weekend. From all accounts, it was an unqualified success. We estimate we had around 290 attendees which is up by 50 from last year. Nearly every room was full for every session which speaks to the quality and diversity of the speakers in that all topics are equally popular. The contributors really stepped up as well, including Cizer who contributed nearly $250,000!
We had speakers scheduled from 6 sta
Local Community Champion, Glen Gordon convinced me to share my LINQ insights in an open chat forum this Wednesday, 1/10. If you are interested in LINQ, sign-up for the talk at http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032322905&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US and check it out. Here's the link to the annoucment on their blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/geekspeak/archive/2007/01/08/a-new-year-and-a-new-series-of-geekspeaks-first-up-linq-with-jim-wooley
Fellow Code Campers,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Registration for the 3rd annual Atlanta Code Camp is now open. Please register on the Click to Attend website to guarantee your spot at the Code Camp.
Here's the link:https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=113135
Just a reminder. The 3rd annual Atlanta Code Camp will take place on January 20th. The event is completely free and lunch is included. Doors open at 7:30am at
Are you a Dotnet rockstar or do you want to become one? This is your opportunity to start the new year with a bang and share your talents at the Atlanta Code Camp 2007 which will be held on January 20. Call for speakers is OPEN. If you are interested in participating, head on over to the Atlanta Code Camp site and fill in the registration form. Send your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had the pleasure of heading over to Alabama for my last code camp of the year last month. I posted the files from my presentation but neglected to post a link to the files here. The VB 9/C# 3 talk was the same that I have given over the past year. This time, I also presented my first look at LINQ to SQL (formerly DLINQ). You are free to download the slides and demos at http://www.thinqlinq.com/Downloads/MontgomeryCodeCampDlinq.zip. You get everything from the presentation except for the 30,00
As if there aren't enough opportunities in the Atlanta area for developers to stretch their wings, our local developer Evangelist, Doug Turnure has teamed up with Wintellect's Todd Fine to put together a set of lunch events focusing on Dotnet 3.0. They'll be meeting the third Monday of each month at noon. What a better way to counter the Monday morning blues than to geek out. Check out Doug's annoucement on his blog for more details.
Atlanta Visual Basic Study Group AVBSG is proud to present .NET University as a 4-part series during this winter’s meetings! If you don't live in the area, you can get the course materials at the DotNet University web site and run one in your area. Join us to get an overview of the next version of the .NET Framework (.NET 3.0), including Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace. All topics are covered at a 100-level,
The Jacksonville Code Camp tried a new concept which was very well received. In it they asked people to bring "cool code" and show it in 7 minutes. Personally, I'm not sure what can be cooler than VB 9's XML literals, so I decided to give it a shot. In the end, I came up with a ONE LINE solution which can iterate over the event log and generate an XML string in the format of a RSS feed which is served up to the Response stream. When I showed the one line, some were skeptical. Granted,