What an awesome week! If you have been following me on twitter, then you know that I was on my BAM! User Group Tour this week. I spoke at three user groups, in three days, in two states, and two countries. It only took nine airplanes to get me there. Can you say frequent flyer miles?
My first stop was the Vermont .NET User Group located in Burlington, Vermont, lead by the much loved Julie Lerman. The day before the meeting, Julie and Rich took me out for a day of snowshoeing though the mountains of Vermont. The scenery was beautiful, and well worth coming an extra day early. This meeting was held on Monday, Feb 11th at the facilities of MyWebGrocer. This meeting just happened to fall on the 11th anniversary of the group. Lucky for me, because I got to eat the cake, and it was delicious!
Next on my tour was the Tech Valley .NET User Group located in Albany, New York. This meeting was held the very next day on Feb 12th at the Tyler Technologies facilities. I actually had some time to grab some “linner” (lunch/dinner) just before this meeting with group leader Chris Miller and Brian Peek. Yeah, I still ate four pieces of pizza at the meeting.
The final stop on my BAM! tour was the Montreal .NET User Group in Montreal, Quebec. This meeting was held at the Microsoft office in downtown Montreal on Feb 13th. Right when I got off my plane, I rushed downtown to meet up with a friend of mine that goes by the name of Odi Kosmatos. We had a delicious Italian dish for dinner (great pick Odi!). Then, I walked around for about 40 minutes trying to sightsee as much as I could before my talk. This was an awesome group of people. This group had the largest number of XAML developers I think have ever seen. Look at the pic! Nearly 99% of the room use a XAML technology. AWESOME!
I would like to thank each and every user group for inviting me come speak at their group. I would also like to thank all of the attendees that took time out of their day and away from their families to come hear me speak. I met a ton of smart and talented people. I am always amazed at the vast amount of knowledge that is shared at each and every group I attend. My favorite part about traveling to different groups is meeting all these great people. I always learn more from them, than they probably do from me.
I would like to give a special thanks to Julie, Sampson, and her husband Rich for being so hospitable during my stay in Vermont. They are some of the nicest people I have ever met, and I sincerely appreciate the kindness they showed me.
For those of you who attended and want the sample code, look no further.