Even after a mild winter,

Let's Build Something Mobile

We returned from Boise Code Camp, VS Live and DevConnections to jump right into my first webcasts, which were repeats of the Let's Build Something Mobile series we did back in January with Microsoft.  They got in the way of me writing this post, so  they're history now.  We're planning another series in the May timeframe, too.  In the meantime, you can see what they're about at http://our.componentone.com/2012/04/02/lets-build-something-mobile-round-2/.

Twin Cities Code Camp

This will be my first visit to TCCC, but not my first to the Minneapolis area.  I'm actually switching places with Kevin Griffin on this trip, so if you see references to him on the schedule, they mean me.  Kevin's schedule is taking him elsewhere, so I'm filling in.  I'm presenting one talk:
Getting Started with SignalR

SignalR is an asynchronous signaling library for ASP.NET. It's designed to help you build real-time web applications without a lot of hassle. In the past, developers would have to wire up "real-time" applications as a series of polls to a webserver, waiting for it to receive data back that was useful. This approach usually cost more in bandwidth than we wanted it to. SignalR simplifies this process, and makes it more useful for the ASP.NET developer. In this presentation, Rich will guide you through implementing SignalR into your applications, and how you can take advantage of everything it has to offer.

This is a prelude to our upcoming TechConnection Live event in May.  We're bringing SignalR back, as well as jUICE UI, MVVM and getting control of your branches and merges.  TechConnection Live is free, but space is limited and registration is required.  Check out the details at http://techconnectionlive2.eventbrite.com/.

Louisville .NET Meetup Group

Later this month it's a trip down the Ohio River, back to my hometown of Louisville, KY.  I couldn't make codepaLOUsa due to a conflict with my wife's schedule, so I'm giving the same talk I was supposed to give.  This is a very popular talk, and in case you can't make the meeting, you can see an older iteration at http://c1.ms/2.

Rocking ASP.NET WebForms with jQuery


Reports of WebForms' demise are very premature; in fact, WebForms still rock!  And by adding just a little jQuery UI magic, they can rock even more.  Whether you're beginning a new WebForms application, or maintaining an existing one, it's very easy to add a little UI razzle-dazzle that can both make your code cleaner and the application more user friendly.  In this session, we'll look at what jQuery is, how to use it in ASP.NET WebForms applications,  and what it can do for our WebForms applications.  We’ll also look briefly at the new jUICE project--if you've used the ASP.NET Ajax Toolkit in your applications, you'll want to see what is replacing it.

I'll show off a little of the new jUICE UI, which if you like, you can hear from the lead dev on that project at our TechConnection Live (see above).  Soon, Studio for ASP.NET Wijmo will contain jUICE-d extenders, so you can have all the benefits of Wijmo without having to change a thing.

I look forward to seeing y'all on the road!  Let me know what you build!