Archive for May, 2008

Leading the Christchurch .NET User Group

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Photo of a man extending his hand for a handshakeMay has been a busy month for me (you may have noticed the distinct lack of blog posts) and I’m only now getting back to being able to tend to my blog. One exciting piece of news I haven’t mentioned is that I am now the leader of the Christchurch .NET User Group!

Daniel Wissa, the current user group leader, is leaving for Melbourne and I feel honored that he suggested I pick up the reins in his absence. I feel that it is going to be a challenging but rewarding experience and I look forward to being able to serve and help grow the community.

If anyone wants to present at the user group or has ideas on how we can better help you please feel free to comment on this post or contact me in private. Even if just to say hello, I would love to hear from others in the local developer community.

This new commitment has not changed my involvement in helping to organise the Christchurch Embedded .NET User Group.

One year of blogging… how can I help you?

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Photo of same candles on a birthday cakeA year ago to this day I was sitting in a cafe within the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and writing my very first blog post. I had just attended the Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) for the first time and was inspired by seeing industry leaders in person to start being more involved within the developer community myself.

I decided that starting to blog would be a good initial step and it has been a challenging and beneficial experience since. In the year that followed I have managed to write 104 blog posts and readers (that’s you!) have contributed 202 comments.

The 5 top posts so far have been:

This clearly shows a preference for posts which include custom controls or frameworks that extend the built in capabilities of the .NET Compact Framework.

Complementing my blogging I have also been active in the Compact Framework newsgroups and the MSDN Forums website. In fact in the latter I have made 1386 posts in this timeframe and I am extremely close (perhaps tomorrow!) in gaining my 5th star within their member ranking scheme due to the number of answers I provide.

Moving forwards I would like your help in further shaping this blog. How best am I able to help you?

  • How do you learn? Are short posts with small code snippets, longer articles, screen-casts or detailed sample applications best for you?
  • Are you looking for many shorter beginner how-to information or less but really technical and in depth exposes?
  • What kind of topics and technologies would you like to see covered?
  • What’s the best thing about this blog?
  • What’s the worst thing about this blog?

My immediate blogging goals will be to:

  • Finish the improved version of my popup notifications class.
  • Renew my effort to complete my 70-540 Study Guide.
  • Continue to develop the today screen plugin framework.
  • Continue to tidy up some loose ends on a couple of posts.

Many of these are sitting partially completed on my laptop and I just need to find the time to polish them up for general distribution…

I can’t wait to see what sort of opportunities my second year of blogging leads to. The first year has been a real hoot!