It’s a Big Bright Microsoft Morning! Yeah!

An old Sealy mattress commercial theme “It’s a Sealy Posturepedic morning!  Yeah!” inspires this post title, one of the popular culture TV clips used in “Being There,” probably my all-time favorite movie. 

“I like to watch.”

Inspired by Chris Bowen and Bob Familiar’s MSDN Road Show yesterday here in Burlington, this morning Microsoft showed its dominance in this simple developer’s life as I got serious about upcoming Microsoft Events in the New England area.

First was knocking out my New England Code Camp 8 registration, hotel reservation and presentation submissions. 

COMMUNITY SERVER THEMING WITH CHAMELEON

The first step in building an online community with Community Server is theming and branding your site.  Chameleon is the new theming engine released with CS2007 and vastly improves the Community Server theming experience over previous versions.  In this session we’re going to review the out-of-the-box GUI theming support built into CS2007, show you how to get started customizing your site with Chameleon, and using the Community Server SDK we’ll look at the source code behind Chameleon and examples of custom Chameleon controls in action.

EVERYDAY CODESMITH

Development is all about patterns, patterns we use every day that CodeSmith excels at creating for us if we were to take advantage of this powerful Code Generation tool.  In this presentation we’re going to use CodeSmith to build a Data Provider, business object, and the methods required to populate that object in a matter of minutes.  And because the session title is “Everyday” CodeSmith, we’re also going to see how we can use CodeSmith tools like Active Snippets in everyday tasks, from writing CSS classes to entering XML configuration data.

I had blogged the other day about the idea of Photoshop Chops for .NET Agile Development, but the more I thought about it the more I felt that I should be talking more about “code” for Code Camp.  The Photoshop Chops presentation got chopped.

The second Microsoft Event I took care of was Remix07 in Boston on October 8th and 9th.  Bob and Chris handed out free tix to the conference on Monday, normally $299, and I was inspired by the Silverlight demonstrated on the Roadshow, a taste of what will be on hand at Remix07.  I’m not diving into Silverlight until version 1.1 and until VS2008 goes RTM, as I have lots of Community Server Cool to continue with between now and then.  But I know Silverlight is next as a dominant Web technology and next for my personal development path.

So look for me at Code Camp 8 and Remix07.  I’ll be the guy humming, “It’s a Sealy Posturepedic morning!  Yeah!”

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.