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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May 2010 Tech Events in Chicago

The month of May looks to be an exciting month in Chicago for Tech Events!

Saturday, May 1st 2010 from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (CT)
Chicago Code Camp 2 will actually be held in Chicago's IIT campus this year!  Speakers, presentations, and the agenda have all been posted now.

Here is my tentative schedule that I plan to attend:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Use Git Like a Boss by Kevin Gisi (Ruby)
10:15 - 11:15 - Habits of Highly Effective MVC Developers by Curtis Mitchell (C#)
1:00 - 2:00 - The Technical Debt Trap by Michael Norton
2:15 - 3:15 - CSLA .NET 4.0 by Rocky Lhotka (C#, VB)
3:30 - 4:30 - What can I do w/MEF? by Damon Payne (C#)

IIT- Stuart Building
10 West 31st
Chicago, IL 60616
Twitter: @chicagocodecamp

Thursday, May 06, 2010 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CT)
The Chicago Silverlight Users Group (Eventbrite link)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CT)
Chicago Agile Project Management Meetup Group (Meetup.com link)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CT)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CT)
Chicago ACM - What Ever Happened to Software Quality? by Conrad Weisert

Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (CT)
TechCocktail 13 (Eventbrite link)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM (CT)
CodeMastery.com (direct link)

Friday, April 09, 2010

LinkedIn Mobile Apps: No Love for Android

Got this in my inbox from LinkedIn.  iPhone: check.  Blackberry: check.  Palm: check....

No love for Android.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Software Review: Balsamiq Mockups

I first read about Balsamiq Mockups a few weeks ago on StackOverflow.

In general I agree with what Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky said about the product on their podcast (IT Conversations: Episode 47).  It really is a simple mockup tool that isn't about being exact and precise, but rather sketchy and fast so you can get your idea down quickly.  It makes starting something easy and fast, so you can move on to what's next.

What I like:
  • Simple to use.  No need for instructions.  Just use and play.  If you are familiar with basic design and computer usage, you can start using this product.
  • Tabs to handle multiple screen mockups.
    • Copy & Paste between Tabs makes reproduction simple.
    • Ctrl+Tab to move between Tabs.
  • Project files (*.bmml extensions)
  • Resizing controls is really simple.
    What I'd like to see in future versions:
    • Mouse wheel integration for vertical and horizontal scrolling.  To be used in the UI Library shortcut icons section.  I simply do not like to click and drag the scroller!  Although I'm not sure if this is possible on Adobe Air.
    • Make the Quick Add search for the UI library textbox bigger.  Once I'm more familiar with the names of the UI controls, I'd like to type and search for them right away, rather than drag and drop.  Right now it's so small and shoved way on the upper left where it's completely inconvenient to get to.
    Overall, I like the product.  I'm a software developer that really cares about usability and design.  This isn't as pimped up as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Visio, but it's not meant to be.  Those products would be overkill when you want to sketch a basic workflow and layout out.

    Good job on a nice product!

    Monday, April 05, 2010

    April 2010 Tech Events in Chicago

    Here's a list of April 2010 Tech events in Chicago that I'm aware of.  Most of them, I shall be attending.

    Thursday, April 01, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CT)
    Mobile Visionary Mixer - Effective Networking at Chicago's Hottest Brazilian Steakhouse! (Eventbrite link)
    I attended this event already and really enjoyed it.  Meet and spoke to a lot of great people and hope to attend future events.

    Wednesday, April 07, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CT)
    The Chicago Silverlight Users Group (Eventbrite link)

    Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM (CT)
    Windows Phone 7 DevCamp (Eventbrite link)

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 5:30pm - 8:00 PM (CT)
    Chicago Agile Project Management April Meetup (Meetup link)

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CT)
    Chicago ACM: Android workshop #3 (Eventbrite link)
    I wish I could make this event!-- But I have work!

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CT)
    Application Instrumentation with WMI (Eventbrite link)
    Chicago Alt.net link

    Thursday, April 15, 2010 5:30 PM (CT)
    Chicago SQL Server User Group (direct link to user group page)
    Thanks to @jayape.

    Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (CT)
    Launch 2010 Technical Readiness Series - Chicago (Oak Brook) (Microsoft link)

    ** UPDATE (Newly Added event)**
    Wednesday, April 14, 2010 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Social Hour) 6:30 pm Presentation (CT)
    Chicago Chapter of the ACM (direct link to Chicago ACM homepage)