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I always love speaking at tech conferences. My wife would tell you it’s because I’m a ham, but I really get a charge when one attendee says something like “Wow! I had no idea that was possible!” or “That will really help me on project X.”

Events like TechFuse promise these kind of responses from a lot of people. This year’s event will be hosted at the Minneapolis Convention Center on March 21st, 2013.


This year will be my first time speaking at this event in Minneapolis and I’m really looking forward to it. As someone who organizes an annual tech conference, I appreciate the kind of work that goes into these things and I want to thank Benchmark Learning for putting this together and allowing me to speak.

My session will, of course, be on What’s New in Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012. You can find details on my session and view the entire agenda here.

For those of you that read my blog, I’m sure you’ll find something at TechFuse that you’ll find useful and I hope to see you at the event!


St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 First Round of Sessions

Every year a few people ask to see the sessions before they register for the event.

Here’s our first round of 18 selected sessions. There are many more to come of course, but I thought this would be a decent representative sample. (Surprise! They are all .NET developer-related sessions!)

Registration has been spiking recently so be sure to register before the best developer conference in the Midwest sells out!

St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 UPDATE

I wanted to update you on some St. Louis Days of .NET activity.

In an effort to provide some more variety, we’ve added another pre-compiler. Ted Neward will host “Architectural Katas” which should prove to be quite interesting.

We hope to have a dozen or so general sessions announced on the site this week, but don’t wait to register. You know it’s going to be the best and brightest speakers covering everything a .NET developer needs to know! If there’s a particular topic you are anxious to see, let me know by providing a comment below. If you are wondering about the timing of events, we’ve posted the agenda here.

If your wife or girlfriend is bummed about you being gone for the weekend, make it a semi-romantic getaway! This year, we are offering shopping and spa packages for those who like that stuff. Find more info here. If that’s not of interest, don’t forget…it’s a casino! Get a hotel room and let them eat, drink, and play games all day and night.

If you are thinking about submitting topics, remember the deadline is the end of June and the good topics are going fast!!

Registration is now open for St. Louis Days of .NET 2012

Registration for the St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 is now open!  The conference will once again be held at the Ameristar in St. Charles, Missouri, on August 2-4, 2012. The “early bird” price of $175 per person will be available through June 30. You’re going to want to ACT FAST THIS YEAR – due to our ever-growing demand and our desire to fit within our venue, we have had to cap our event to only 900 available tickets!

To celebrate our fifth year, we have a number of exciting changes in store. There is now an optional THIRD DAY of content. For an additional $75, you can come out on Thursday (August 2) and spend a full 8-hour day in a deep and focused dive into one of a handful of new and upcoming technologies and practices. (For instance, I will be hosting a hands-on workshop for the upcoming Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.) The main conference sessions will, as usual, take place on Friday and Saturday.

In addition, we have two great social events planned on Thursday and Friday evenings. Take it easy after the long day of sessions and hang out with your peers, meet the speakers, or just have some great food and drink!

Meet your peers, make connections, have great discussions with industry leaders and luminaries. From start to finish, we look forward to bringing you our best and most exciting conference yet! Remember to spread the word – tell your friends and colleagues to register as soon as they can once registration opens up this Thursday.

And lastly, we still have great opportunities available to become more involved. We continue to review speaker submissions for those interested in presenting. Or if your company wants to get its name out there, we still have a few remaining sponsorship opportunities. Check out our website ( or email us for more information.

Speaker submissions:

Sponsorship information:

Thanks a ton for your ongoing support! We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis again this summer!

St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 Call for Speakers

We have finally set up the session submission pages for our 5th St. Louis Days of .NET!

Go here to submit your session ideas or go here to learn more about the event.

RE: Registration: We haven’t opened attendee registration yet because we want to have the pre-compiler options available when you sign up, but we will do so very soon. We appreciate your patience on this.

Kansas City Developer Conference

Woohoo! I’ll be presenting at KCDC in Kansas City, MO on April 27th and 28th! It’ll be great to see my boys: Boon, Jonathan, Lee, and more!! Cigars and booze!

I’ll be presenting:

  • Improving Java & .NET Developer Collaboration and
  • Software Quality is Everyone’s Responsibility

Lots of other interesting topics and familiar speakers are also on the agenda.


Find out more at

Are YOU going to this conference?

The Greater Midwest SQL Relay

I’m happy to be a speaker at the upcoming Greater Midwest SQL Relay put on by Oakwood Systems. The event is Saturday, February 11th from 8:00am-4:00pm. Go here to register or find out more.

My topic is:

Database Development Using Visual Studio – Today &Tomorrow – Jeff Fattic
In recent years, Microsoft has revisited the tools available to database developers. While these tools have been known to only a few people, they are really powerful and can have dramatic impact on the productivity and quality of your work at the data layer and your collaboration with other team members. This demonstration-heavy session will focus on the features available to database developers in Visual Studio 2010. Features covered in this session include getting your database code into source control, refactoring, unit testing, test data generation, and, most importantly, deployment. The session will wrap up with a preview of radical new direction Microsoft is taking with the next version of Visual Studio.

Some of my friends are also presenting – including Kathi Kellenberger & John Dempsey.

CodeMash Shout-out!

CodeMash 2012 in Sandusky, Ohio starts tomorrow (Jan 11) and runs through Friday (Jan 13). If you can make it, you should definitely try. I’m not able to go since I just switched jobs, but I want to hear your feedback on the event!

There looks to be a session on “Slate time for Windows Azure” and anything with the word ‘slate’ always intrigues me. (I can’t wait until we have those transparent, flexible slates they show in movies like Avatar or Minority Report!)

My colleague, Clint Edmonson always puts on a great show and will be doing a session entitled “A Force of One: Agile and the Solo Developer”.

Check out sessions from some of my other colleagues below:

session presenter time location
wednesday, jan 11
building social games using html5 with windows 8, azure, and .net (full day) nathan totten all day nile
html5 is here & the web will never be the same brandon satrom & clark sell 1:30pm salon g
windows phone 7 workshop jeff blankenburg & dave bost 1:30pm sage/zebra
thursday, jan 12
what the heck are they doing over there? inside the ms web stack of love scott hanselman 9:45am orange
what’s new in windows phone mango jesse liberty 9:45am salon g
breaking the barrier with node.js on windows & azure glenn block 1:45pm salon a
coffeescript is for closers brandon satrom 3:35pm salon e
a force of one: agile and the solo developer clint edmonson 3:35pm aloes/leopardwood
friday, jan 13
making crazy money with games and the cloud brian prince 9:30am salon b
an introduction to SignalR brady gaster 9:30am nile
dealing with information overload scott hanselman 10:45am aloes/leopardwood
mobile smack down iron chef style jeff blankenburg 1:45pm zambezi
ask us anything. seriously. ms team 3:00pm zambezi

There are plenty of other interesting-looking sessions like:

  • Putting the D&D in TDD
  • .NET TDD Immersion
  • Beginning and Intermediate Software Craftsmanship Workshops
  • The People vs JavaScript (amusing description!)
  • Async from the Inside
  • Async from the Outside
  • Making a Mockery of Hard to Test Code
  • …and plenty more!!

Give Camp in the STL

The St. Louis Give Camp (also known as Coding for Charities) is coming up fast. From Oct 21st to Oct 23rd, we’ll be writing code, designing web sites, and more to assist local charity organizations. This is the third such event here in St. Louis and I’ve enjoyed the experience every time.

Give Camp is a great opportunity to:

  • network with peers get involved in your local developer community
  • help a charitable organization with IT needs they otherwise can’t afford
  • learn some new skills or mentor others

I’ll be leading a team again this year to help out a charity from last year: The Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments. We’ll probably be creating a small web application for them and refactoring their back-end database.

Find out more about this fun event here.

St. Louis Day of .NET 2011

Registration is now open at!

There are already a bunch of sessions posted and I should have an agenda before the end of the month. Let me know which sessions you are most excited about and I’ll make sure they get the bigger rooms. Also, let me know if you don’t see particular topics represented at all!