Robots Hate Stickmen! Who Knew!

You probably never knew that Robots Hate Stickmen, but it just so happens, they do!  How do I know?  Well at my last So Cal Code Camp session on creating XNA Games on Windows Phone 7, I left it up to the audience to draw the art for the hero, for the villain, and for the projectile in an XNA game we built on the fly.  The hero turned out to be a robot, and the villain was a stickman.  I guess the session should have been about twice as long because we didn’t get through as much of the game development as I would have liked, but I have finally gotten around to cleaning up (and completing) the code for the game. 


Grab the source code for the game, or the slide deck from my session


“Getting Started with Windows Azure” Code Camp Session

I had a great time at my “Getting Started with Windows Azure” session at So Cal Code Camp today! If you would like a copy of the slides you can get them here!

SoCal Code Camp Video Stream

There is this cool site called that allows you to stream video from your phone to the net. 

Here are videos from the 2009 So Cal Rock and Roll Code Camp in Fullerton:

(Ok, so this may not be working in IE8.  It is working for me in FireFox though)

If you’re here at code camp, sign up on, join the event on and stream some video yourself! 

SoCal Code Camp Slide Decks

Ok, so I am finally posting the slides for my SoCal Code Camp sessions this weekend.   Get ’em here while they’re hot. 

Getting Started with Windows Azure (0.8 MB)
These are the slides from my "Getting Started with Windows Azure" talk at the CSUF SoCal Code Camp on 01/24/09

Get Started with SQL Data Services (0.5 MB)
These are the slides from my "Getting Started with SQL Data Services" talk at the CSUF SoCal Code Camp on 01/24/09

SQL Server Integration Services Control Flows (0.1 MB)
Given at the SoCal Code Camp in Fullerton on 01/25/09

SQL Server Integration Services Data Flows (0.1 MB)
Given at the SoCal Code Camp in Fullerton on 01/25/09

Thanks for those that attended my sessions!!  I hope you got something out of it.

SoCal Code Camp Rocks!

Have you ever gone to a Code Camp?  Don’t let the "camp" word scare you.  We don’t sleep in tents and sing kumbaya.  We don’t camp.  What we do is attend great sessions, on cool technology, given by great folks!  FOR FREE!

The first time I went to a Code Camp was the SoCal Rock & Roll Code Camp in Fullerton last year.  I was blown away with the breadth of content, the caliber of the speakers, the energy of the event and the pure dollar value of the experience.  The most amazing thing about it was that it was 100%, no strings attached, amazingly, FREE!  Did you hear that?  FREE! I am now a lifer.  These are true community events, put on by the community for the community. 

Many of the people that speak at Code Camps (including this one) are the same people you would pay to see at PDC, Tech Ed, MIX, whatever.  Take a look yourself at the list sessions & speakers.

If you are anywhere near Fullerton, CA (And by near, I mean within a 400 mile radius), you owe it to yourself, to come check out the SoCal Code Camp.

Things you will miss if you don’t come:




LA Code Camp Slides…

Ok, here they are.  If you attended my sessions you know they are more demo than slides so it is questionable how much value you can get from the decks themselves, but people asked and I promised so here they are.  I would like to do screen captures of these and hope to do that soon.  If and when I get that done I will post links on the blog.



LA Code Camp Session Slides Coming Soon

I had a great time at the LA Code Camp last weekend.  I never got a chance to get up and play rock band, but I managed to have fun anyhow.

For those that attended my sessions and wanted the slide decks, I promise to try and post them up here this week.

Thanks, and I hope to see you at the next Code Camp!

Central Coast Code Camp

Hey, you in the California Central Coast? Come to the Central Coast Code Camp this weekend!

I will be presenting there on SQL Server Integration Services and there are a bunch of other great sessions.

Hope to see you there.