CoderCamp Hamilton

The new CoderCamp Hamilton website went live tonight hopefully signaling a new phase for a great tech get-together in Hamilton.

CoderCamp is a local, monthly mini-conference where local software developers get together to share their experiences with new tools, technologies and techniques. It is a chance to get together with like minded people in a casual setting and talk about our tech passions. It is also a chance to meet other like-minded people in Hamilton and help build a strong tech community.

We meet every month and try to have several presentations lined up, but we are always looking for new people to share their passions with the group. If you would like to give a short, informal presentation to the group, please contact the organizers at

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log4net Slides and Example Code

I have been contacted people who cannot attend my Toronto Code Camp session on log4net tomorrow requesting a copy of my presentation and example code. I cannot find it posted on the Code Camp site, so here is a copy for anyone who is interested.

The presentation is in PowerPoint 2007 and the example code is for Visual Studio 2008. update: I have uploaded a PDF version of the presentation for those people without Office 2007.

If you are attending, I am looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at 9 AM.

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Speaking at Toronto Code Camp

tcc-logosmall I found out last week that I will be speaking at this year’s Toronto Code Camp on March 1st.  I will be giving an Introduction to log4net from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM.

I will begin the session with an overview of the license, features and capabilities of log4net, including log levels, log hierarchies, logging contexts, configuration and filters.

I will then dive into code by adding logging to a simple application. Next, I will configure the logging to output the logs to multiple destinations. I will end by discussing best practices for logging with log4net and answer questions.

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.NET Podcasts

The landscape of software development changes quickly and it is hard for developers to keep up. During my commute to and from work, I listen to a selection of podcasts that help me keep up with new technologies and where .NET development is going. They expose me to new technologies coming out of Microsoft, great open source projects and new ideas in software development.

I have listened to most of the development related podcasts, but over time I have deleted all those that don’t deliver regularly or don’t teach me new things. I am also biased toward audio only podcasts because I listen to them on my commute.

Hanselminutes – A weekly show that promises to not waste your time. Scott Hanselman and Carl Franklin discuss utilities, tools, programming languages, and how-to advise for .NET programmers.

.NET Rocks – This twice weekly show with Richard Campbel and Carl Franklin dives into the new technologies coming out of Microsoft, open source projects and everything .NET.

In addition to the .NET podcasts that I listen to, I also subscribe to several tech oriented podcasts that help me keep up with tech news.

Cranky Geeks – John C. Dvorak and a panel of cranks discuss the latest in technology.

this WEEK in TECH (TWiT) – Leo Laporte hosts a roundtable discussion on the latest tends in high tech.

Security Now – Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte discuss the hot topics in security. Every developer should be aware of what is happening in security and how their programs are being exploited.

Diggnation – On the lighter side of tech, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose discuss the weeks top stories on Digg.

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