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Iowa Code Camp in the rear view mirror

Well, it is official, the Iowa Code Camp has come and gone.  Yesterdays event was awesome.  They had about 125-150 people show up for the first ever Code Camp in Iowa.  The venue could not have been any nicer and setup any better.

There were a total of 5 tracks each with 5 sessions.  I had signed up to do 2 of them (listed below) and I think they both went off pretty well (more below).

0 to CI in 1 hour or less

This was my first session of the day and it went pretty well.  Had about 12-15 people in the session and they asked great questions.  By the end of the hour we had a full blown (yet simple) Continuous Integration server up and running that would Pull from VCS, Compile, Run Tests, Run Coverage and finally Publish to a Network location.

The PPT and scripts for this session can be found at the botton of the post:

Taking your tests to the next level with Mocks

This was my second session and I had a full run of about 25 attendees and boy did they ask a ton of great questions.  I actually had to cut this session short as we started to run out of time, which is never a bad thing.  What was really cool about this session was how mocking really started to click with a few different people by the end of the session.

The PPT and source for this session can be found at the botton of the post:

0 to CI in 1 hour or less -- Round 2

One thing that was really cool is how we had a 'bonus session' at the end of the day.  This session was voted on by the attendees as the one session they had originally missed, but wanted to see.  Turns out my '0 to CI' session was the lucky winner so I presented this as an encore presentation.  I was really happy people wanted see my CI session, but doing 3 sessions in a day is pretty rough.

After Party

Lets be honest.  The after part is where it is at.  This is a time for everyone to mingle and talk shop and boy did we do that.  Javier, Greg, Greg, Chris and gang (sorry i could not list out everyone) did a great job and treated anyone that wanted to attend to a great dinner.

During the after party I had the chance to chat with a lot of great guys (gender neutral term here) and finally put some faces to 'online personas' as well as meet a ton of new people.  What was really cool is I was able to meet up with a few readers of the blog (proves people actually do read this and it is not just my mom racking up the views).

In closing, great job guys. You ran a class act show.

Till next time,

 


Posted 05-04-2008 11:31 AM by Derik Whittaker
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Bill Sorensen wrote re: Iowa Code Camp in the rear view mirror
on 05-04-2008 8:55 PM

Thank you - I liked your session on Mocks!

Tim Barcz wrote re: Iowa Code Camp in the rear view mirror
on 05-04-2008 10:27 PM

+1 on the Mock session.

Enjoyed meeting you after reading your blog for some time.

Thanks for coming up from Chicago

Christopher Steen wrote Link Listing - May 5, 2008
on 05-06-2008 8:22 AM

Code Camps Iowa Code Camp in the rear view mirror [Via: Derik Whittaker ] NoVa CodeCamp 2008.01 Schedule...

Christopher Steen wrote Link Listing - May 5, 2008
on 05-06-2008 8:22 AM

Link Listing - May 5, 2008

Tim Barcz wrote Iowa Code Camp - November 8
on 10-07-2008 11:54 PM

I want to invite any of you who are within a few hours of Des Moines, Iowa to attend the second Iowa

Community Blogs wrote Iowa Code Camp - November 8
on 10-08-2008 2:17 AM

I want to invite any of you who are within a few hours of Des Moines, Iowa to attend the second Iowa

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