Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Here's the presentation I delivered at the Auckland Code Camp 2010. It covers 10 things that I found when surveying attendees websites :)

posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 4:18:01 PM (New Zealand Standard Time, UTC+12:00)  #    Comments [0]
 Thursday, August 26, 2010

If you're in Auckland this Sunday, come along and check out the latest Microsoft technologies from MS Communitiesmsc-logo.


It's happening Sunday 29 August from 930am till 530PM at the University of Auckland Business School. This is a free event so please Register and attend



The MS Communities website is at with the days agenda

posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010 1:07:55 AM (New Zealand Standard Time, UTC+12:00)  #    Comments [0]
 Saturday, September 26, 2009

We got some great feedback from attendees at this year's Code Camp in Auckland. I thought I'd share some stats from the survey sent to attendees.

We counted 300 people there at one time, so we estimate somewhere between 300 and 350 people came along for sessions during the day. Note that approximately half of the attendees responded to the survey that these figures were drawn from.

We had three streams: Development, SQL and Security.

Attendance was roughly:

  • Development: 68%
  • SQL: 19%
  • Security 13%

Although, people could switch between streams as they wished.

Did you also go to TechEd?

  • Yes: 30%
  • No: 70%

How did you find out about Code Camp?

Session feedback:

  • 94% of session feedback was in the range 'satisfied' to 'very satisfied'
  • 40% of feedback was 'very satisfied'


  • 85% from Auckland
  • 4% each from Wellington and Bay of Plenty
  • 3% each from Waikato and Canterbury

User groups:

The presenter with the most feedback on his sessions was the AWESOME Ivan Towlson.

We got lots of great general comments, here are a few:

Great work guys! Thoroughly enjoyed.

Really enjoyed the day - thanks guys!

Thanks for the opportunity for those of us who could not attend TechEd

I am a sole operator / consultant with very limited budget, so "free" events are really appreciated.  I am very happy to dedicate my time to attendance at events that are run as well as this was.  Thanks again.

We appreciate international visitors giving up their mornings to our benefit

I really enjoyed every session and thought that each one had a valuable piece of information to take away - well done!

Thanks everyone for your feedback (good and bad constructive), we'll use it all to help make the next community Code Camp even better!


To find out about future Code Camps, and user group events in your area, please visit the website and sign up to a mailing list.



posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 1:26:03 PM (New Zealand Standard Time, UTC+12:00)  #    Comments [0]
 Sunday, August 30, 2009

Code Camp is less than two weeks away!

If you want to catch some free sessions on the state-of-the-art in .NET development, SQL Server and developer security then sign up for Code Camp Auckland 2009 now.

Code Camps are non-profit, and organised by members of the local developer community. This year the Auckland Code Camp is the day before TechEd (Sunday 13 September), so we've managed to nab a few great speakers on their day off to present to us.

It's the biggest Code Camp ever - over 14 hours of sessions across 3 streams from 10am till 5pm:


  • What's Happening in .NET Languages and Why Should You Care?
  • .NET on the iPhone and Beyond
  • Behaviour Driven Development
  • Domain Specific Languages
  • C# 4.0 new features
  • Silverlight with Prism
  • Becoming Certified
  • Lightning Talks
  • and more!

The latest and greatest in development topics, by the people that know!

SQL Server?

  • SQL Server Virtualisation Best Practices and Recommendations
  • SQL Server Analysis Services and Gemini
  • Query Optimization and Query Tuning
  • Understanding SQL Server Indexing
  • SQL Server Maintenance

Training and guidance from the best SQL trainers in the industry!


  • Secure Development Lifecycle and Threat Modelling workshop
  • Secure Coding Practices

We are lucky to have Michael Howard, author of Writing Secure Code and 24 Deadly Sins of Software Security giving a free workshop for developers, architects and team leads on Threat Modelling and the Secure Development Lifecycle. This will be followed by a session on how to write secure .NET code.

Auckland has never seen such an awesome free event!

Presenters that are offering their time include Greg Low, Nicholas Dritsas and Auckland's Alex Henderson of Architecture Chat fame.

To cover the costs of the event, we have the help of our generous sponsors: Microsoft, Datacom, Intergen, INETA and Xero.

All that's left for you to do is to visit the website for more details, and sign up now!

See you there on Sunday 13 September,


posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 11:17:02 PM (New Zealand Standard Time, UTC+12:00)  #    Comments [0]