# Thursday, June 25, 2009

I have been to Nepal several times and trekked to the Everest Base camp twice. Since 2003, I have used a sherpa, Ngima, who totally rocks. Here is a photo of him on top of Mt. Everest:

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While trekking to Everest base camp last year, Ngima invited me to come visit him at his home village Chyangba. I wanted to eat his mother’s cooking (dal bhat!) and visit the school children in his village. (They can help me improve my soccer skills.)

One thing led to another and it turns out that his Uncle, Pemba, is in the States and is working to build a school, library, and bring running water to the village. They are leading a trip this September that will raise money for the library via a US based charity called Elevation Education. We will be going to Chyangba with Ngima, Pemba, and Elevation Education on September 25th, to both raise money and do physical labor in the town. (Yes think of me giving up the laptop for a week and chopping wood and building a library.)

You can donate here. Please do.

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# Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009
An Introduction to Oslo

Subject: 
You must register at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=138919 in order to be admitted to the building and attend.
"Oslo" is the code name for a family of new technologies that enable data-driven model based development. First we will explore the nature of model driven development and then apply the concept of model driven development to Oslo. Learn about the three major components of Oslo: the new “M” language, the “Quadrant” data visualization tool, and the Oslo repository. An M tutorial will show you how to capture all aspects of an application schematized in the Oslo repository and use Oslo directly to drive the execution of deployed applications. In addition to learning how to use M to model an application, we will use M to build and interact with domain specific languages (DSLs). See how Oslo interacts with Visual Studio and .NET. We will finish up with a discussion on where Oslo is going and how and when you can adopt it. (Note, there will be enough time for an enjoyable Q&A.)

Speaker: 
Stephen Forte, Telerik
Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor in .NET components. He sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works and is also a certified scrum master. Prior he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder of Corzen, Inc, a New York based provider of online market research data for Wall Street Firms. Corzen was acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. He currently an MVP, INETA speaker and is the co-moderator and founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group. Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York.

Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Time: 
Reception 6:00 PM , Program 6:15 PM

Location:  
Microsoft , 1290 Avenue of the Americas (the AXA building - bet. 51st/52nd Sts.) , 6th floor

Directions:
B/D/F/V to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Ctr
1 to 50th St./Bway
N/R/W to 49th St./7th Ave.

posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 6:34:23 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Are you just starting out with Agile, XP or Scrum and need to get up to speed? Or do you know a thing or two about Agile but want to learn the basics so you can implement it in your organization? Then this Firestarter is for you. We’ll take you from 0 to 60 in 8 hours. Bring a laptop with Visual Studio 2008 Express edition or better for an all day hands on seminar led by some of the NY area’s Agile practitioners.

When: Saturday June 27th

Where:

Kaye Scholer LLP
425 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Time: Registration and welcome 8:30am

Cost: $8 (to cover the pizza and materials)

To Register: http://agilefirestarter2009.eventbrite.com

Agenda:

• Registration and Welcome

• Intro to Agile (Steve Bohlen)

• Agile Estimation (Steve Forte)

• Test Driven Development (Steve Bohlen)

• Pizza!

• Continuous Integration (Alex Hung)

• Refactoring (Mark Pollack)

• Dependency Injection (Mark Pollack)

• Retrospective Erik Stepp

• Wrap up

Register today, space is limited! More info is here: http://www.agilefirestarter.net

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