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Pluralsight Review

9/9/2011 jeffa

I just posted a "review" of Pluralsight over on my blog.

I put quotes around "review" because it is not objective. At all.

Simply put Pluralsight sponsors our group, and I genuinely love their courses.

Their monthly passes are always amongst our most popular giveaways.

Short summary:

If you want to learn new development topics, you'd be hard pressed to do better than Pluralsight.

They get really smart people who are good presenters to walk you through each topic. You get to virtually watch over the shoulder of the presenter as he or she shows you what you need to know.

GGMUG Action Team 2011

9/8/2011 jeffa

Thanks to Mary-Jo Foley (a one-woman, Microsoft-watching strike-team), GGMUG is now forming an Action Team for 2011.

It started with this article that links to this awesome video:

Suddenly I was transported back to the '70s (well, mentally at least) and every action/adventure show ever made.

What GGMUG needs is an Action Team to travel the land, righting wrongs and refactoring evil. A team known only as "The Delegates". We also need a boss van like the one in the video. Pretty much a non-starter without it.

If possible, I'd like to recruit Kris Kristofferson as seen in the movie Convoy (based on the moving spirtiual ballad of the same name) to be our team's leader.

Our Leader

Our Leader: aka The Code Avenger

Oh, and I want bionics.
Did I mention the van talks and can drive itself? And the horn plays "Dixie"? Oh, and we have a chimp named "Bear".
Mary-Jo suggested the name "The Code Avenger" and suggested that we need action figures.
I say they all need a "Kung Fu Grip".
Oh, look! The nurse is here with my medicine!

September 2011 Meeting: Parallel and Asynchronous Programming in .Net

8/15/2011 jeffa

Parallel processing was one of the key technology pillars of .Net 4. For the next version, a concerted effort is being made to simplify asynchronous programming as well. In this session we'll compare and contrast the two alternatives. You'll see how to take advantage of each and learn when each approach is the most appropriate.

Jim WooleyBy day, Jim Wooley is a consultant for Slalom Consulting, In his free time, Jim is a frequent speaker, INETA Regional SpeakerMVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since it's announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing and speaking at code camps and regional events, including DevLink, DevWeek, CodeMash, CodeStock, VS Live, and MIX.


This will be a great meeting, so don't miss it!

We will meet at our usual time and in our usual place:

  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Building 100
  • Room 401
  • 9/8/11
  • 6:30 PM