Birmingham Code Camp (with pics)

This post was to be titled Alabama Code Camp, but after yesterday’s success there are plans in the pipeline for at least one more Code Camp in Alabama. Who would have guessed the Code Camp idea would have become so successful? If you have not attended one you work with .Net then you really should keep an eye on the Code Camp master list.

Props to Virgina College who permitted us to take over their classrooms for the day. Unfortunately the building lacked any large rooms so when en-mass we were outside, still I hope they allow us back next year:

Virginia College permitted about 140 unknown geeks into their building – Thanks guys!

Everyone I met was friendly and I very much enjoyed talking to these chaps at the pub club. From the sounds of it I am pretty darn sure they will be attending next year

Even Mark Dunn gave a presentation – can you believe these days are free too? I attended one of Mark’s sessions both to hear his content, and to pick up steal tips from a very experienced presenter. My own presentation was terrible (see the next post) due to a projector issue flustering me beyond belief. You can see here that Mark had a similar problem as me; the left of his screen is cropped – evidently he knew exactly what to do and carried on presenting commenting on it only once.

Is this a UN Food Drop or Free Books?

Turns out is was free books and games. Joe is seen here enforcing the 30 seconds to choose rule


The End – A Microsoft employee doing some physical labor. Would you ever see a Sun/ Oracle or Apple employee do this? Microsoft hires some great people and appears to filter out the elite snobs – I believe this is why we now hear much less of the ‘M$ is evil’ talk from the Linux/ Java guys.

So personally? Well my presentation really sucked. Aside from the Mobility Group kick-off presentation last year when Lariam kicked in this was my worst 60 minutes by a long way. It was good experience to fail though as it is a lesson learned. I was flustered by the projector cutting off large sections of my screen and kept blanking on details + mixed up a few acronyms while trying to code in a tiny screen area making sure it could also be seen on the overhead. On a very bright side it finally looks like Lariam has worn off – a year ago a panic attack would have rapidly built up and I would have wanted to escape the room asap (if you go to ever Africa think very hard before taking Lariam to prevent Malaria – side effects of drugs do hit some people and Lariam defines the term ‘living hell’).

The speakers were the best I have seen at a Code Camp since Florida’s in Ft Lauderdale. Being a speaker it is always a toss up between hanging out in the speakers lounge (good networking) or attending presentations (learning opp + I pick up presentation techniques). This time I saw as many presentation as possible but still met lots of stars including Wally and David. Talking of stars many of the developers I met really know their .Net – I wish I had the memory to list all their names here. I look forward to meeting them again next year.

There is so much more I would love to write about the day, but very few people read long posts so I will end now with a final thanks to Bruce Thomas who put a lot of effort in to organizing and planning this day – our conversion was cut short at the pub club, but I was hoping he would tell me all about working in Japan which must be fascinating.

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2 Responses to Birmingham Code Camp (with pics)

  1. Danny Sewell says:

    Mr. Lockwood:

    I enjoyed your talk. You didn’t suck and those tools are really kick-ass. Thanks for sharing the slides. I hope to see you at another camp.


    p.s. I saw Dunn’s xml talk too. That guy should be a comedian 🙂

  2. Paul says:

    Thanks Danny, the check is in the mail – we said $50 right?

    Yup Mark’s presentations are pretty polished and he is someone I try to emulate. He has so many funny stories to tell which helps too. If you ever have the chance then say hi to him as he is very friendly, probably the nicest guy I know in the whole .Net scene.

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