It was a packed house last night, with about 60 people in attendance for the 5 Guys With Code/Swag extravaganza.  Everybody loves the corporate guy with a big bag o' swag, and most of the room sent up the "swag signal" (click the photos below for a larger version), which is similar in concept to the Bat Signal, but for free stuff instead of a caped crusader.  The right side of the room deserves extra stuff next time for better participation.

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This led, naturally, to another completely flawless demo that ran perfectly on time.  My talk was a brief introduction to the new SQL CE 4 database, using Web Matrix and the Razor syntax.  I've uploaded an updated set of slides at http://helpcentral.componentone.com/CS/evangelists/m/evangelist_gallery/236488.aspx.  The slides are in a PDF, and I turned the spoken demo into a series of slides so you can follow along with what we covered.  As a bonus, you can see the grid that never rendered thanks to an errant proxy setting in my IE.

Many prizes were given away, including a license for a ComponentOne control suite of choice.  This uber-lucky winner was Rod Boggess.  Don't forget to call Eve soon, Rod!

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As a tribute to my habit of cramming a lot of information into very little time, my former coworker Nate Duchene presented me with the "30 Minute Presentation in 15 Minutes Award".  A giant bottle of Mountain Dew, he's very thoughtful.  It has a special place on my desk.

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Thanks to Dave Hoerster for organizing another great event!