dotNetDave Rocks SoCal Code Camp (Los Angeles)

I hope to see you at this years SoCal Code Camp on November 15th & 16th! This is an awesome Code Camp drawing 400+ people. I hope you will attend my sessions listed below.

Please click here to donate to the tour to keep the buses rolling (gas prices are going up)!

Tour Sessions

Röck Yoür Technical Interview™

Have you ever not gotten a job because you weren’t prepared for the interview? Would you like a big raise? Do you need motivation to rock your career? I’ve interviewed 100’s of software developers and will share my knowledge on how to survive, what we look for and even divulge some of the secrets we use during the process. This session (62.5% new material for 2014) will include crazy and strange interview stories from engineers just like you! This session includes tips to get you started, working with recruiters, getting prepared, the technical interview and more. You will also learn what is the #1 question you need to ask during an interview… it’s a game changer! Sit close and you just might catch a custom dotNetDave guitar pick. Some of some of them will win you free software!

New: Rocking Your Technical Interview with David McCarter interview on dotNetRocks!

Here’s What People Are Saying About This Session

  • Chris S. – I wanted to thank you for your DVD on Technical Interviews. I attended your presentation at Desert Code Camp in 2012 and purchased the DVD. Your guidance on how to handle technical and even non-technical questions gave me great support and confidence going into a round of interviews I had. That confidence translated into performance, as I was able to receive attractive offers from multiple companies, and I was able to make an important move that has been a life-altering, exciting change for me.
  • Bill W. – Good information! I had forgotten to study the technical questions, did that this morning and I felt I aced my technical interview just now  Thanks Dave!
    • GO now!!! Dave is why I have the best job I have ever had!!!
  • Daniel I. – Great presentation because you made me realize that I’m not doing enough to better my career! You struck a chord when you said we should keep our resume up-to-date and on-hand at all times. Thanks for helping me realize something I should have been doing a long time ago. Your DVD is very helpful. The fact that you have hiring managers and recruiters giving interviewing tips is great. I’m glad I bought it!
  • Ken – Thanks for the great presentations – really enjoyed all your presentations at the code camp, learned a lot about interviewing and gained a lot of insight into how recruiting process works.
  • Stacy P. – An invaluable presentation for less experienced developers and a great review for senior developers that should know better.

Please take the How Do You Find A Job survey before attending this session (you could win a free copy of my Rock Your Technical Interview DVD).

You can purchase a DVD for this session (sponsored by AbleForce) for only $15 (credit cards accepted) or purchase online by clicking here.

Röck Yoür .NET Cöding Standards™

The Code Isn't RightWith lots of new material for 2014 (126.190%), this session will guide any level of programmer to greater productivity by providing the information needed to write consistent, maintainable code. Learn about common coding mistakes, defensive programming, writing better types and much, much more. Code tips are included to help you write better, error free applications. You will also find out what ‘Progniant’ is. This session is based on my latest book, David McCarter’s .NET Coding Standards. Sit close and you just might catch a custom dotNetDave guitar pick. Some of some of them will win you free software!

We will be playing a game during the session where you can win fabulous prizes!

Please take my Coding Standards Survey before attending this session (you could win a free copy of my Rock Your Code DVD).

You can purchase a DVD for this session (sponsored by ComponentOne) for only $15 (credit cards accepted) or purchase online by clicking here.

Check out the Coding Standards For The Real World webcast I did for SubMain.com.

Röck Yoür Cöde With Visual Studio Add-ins™

This session will focus on my must have Visual Studio add-ins and other tools that makes programming faster and easier (and makes you look like a rock star programmer). All the tools that are either free or very affordable. Tool categories include add-ins for debugging and profiling and more. These tools are designed to impress your boss and get you home at a reasonable time. This session is packed full of demonstrations! Sit close and you just might catch a custom dotNetDave guitar pick. Some of some of them will win you free software!

A few of the demos from this session are already online: – https://google.com/+SubMainSoftware

You can purchase a DVD for this session (sponsored by ComponentOne) for only $15 (credit cards accepted) or purchase online by clicking here.

Shop the "Rock The Nation Tour" store by clicking here. 
Anyone seen wearing a t-shirt from the store will win 
some geeky swag!

More Info

All slides and videos can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/dotNetDave and on YouTube.

Anyone seen with any item from my Code Camp store, will win some cool swag!

dotNetDave Rocks Visual Studio Live! Orlando 2014

VSLive!For the first time the  dotNetDave “Rock The Nation Tour” is coming to Visual Studio Live! in Orlando on November 17-24th! I hope you will attend my sessions below.

Röck Yoür Cöde Using Code Contracts

This session will introduce developers to the new powerful new feature that is part of the .NET 4.5 framework called Code Contracts. Code Contracts brings the advantages of design-by-contract programming to .NET programming. Contracts are used to improve testing via run-time checking, enable static contract verification, and documentation generation. Sit close and you just might catch a custom dotNetDave guitar pick. Sit close and you just might catch a custom dotNetDave guitar pick. Some of some of them will win you free software!

You can purchase a DVD for this session (sponsored by ComponentOne) for only $15 (credit cards accepted) or purchase online by clicking here.

Röck Yoür Cöde With Visual Studio Add-ins™

This session will focus on my must have Visual Studio add-ins and other tools that makes programming faster and easier (and makes you look like a rock star programmer). All the tools that are either free or very affordable. Tool categories include add-ins for debugging and profiling and more. These tools are designed to impress your boss and get you home at a reasonable time. This session is packed full of demonstrations! Sit close and you just might catch a custom dotNetDave guitar pick. Some of some of them will win you free software!

A few of the demos from this session are already online: – https://google.com/+SubMainSoftware

You can purchase a DVD for this session (sponsored by ComponentOne) for only $15 (credit cards accepted) or purchase online by clicking here.

Shop the "Rock The Nation Tour" store by clicking here. 
Anyone seen wearing a t-shirt from the store will win 
some geeky swag!

More Info

All slides and videos can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/dotNetDave and on YouTube.

Anyone seen with any item from my Code Camp store, will win some cool swag!

256 Seconds with dotNetDave (E3) – Before You Leave for the Technical Interview

In this episode dotNetDave talks about the four things you need before you walk out the door for a technical interview. Check out more about this subject at the “Rock Your Technical Interview” conference at an event near you. Click here for dates.

Links mentioned in episode:

Rock Your Technical Interview DVD

Business Cards

Episode Sponsor

ComponentOne delivers Data Visualization, UI, Spreadsheet, and Reporting controls for every .NET platform and HTML5/JavaScript. Samples with source code and free trials available at www.componentone.com

Getting Up To Speed

I recently received an email from someone who watched my “Rock Your Technical Interview” video:

… long story short, I have way too many years of classic VB (and all its flavors) and only two or three years of asp.net (VS 2005/2008).  I have had several interviews but have discovered I’m too light in too many areas and what i know is not current. Can you suggest what i should focus on to get up to speed the quickest?  maybe MVC?  WPF?  Azure?  MCSD certification?  Any help appreciated.

Here is my reply to him:

You are in a hard spot to get a job in the .NET world. First, get a current version of Visual Studio by going to DreamSpark.com or BizSpark.com. These sites will give you for free VS 2013 Professional.

Second, start watching training videos on Pluralsite.com. You can get a free trial there or if you are enrolled in school, they will give you free access to the site (not sure for how long). Many of my best friends create content so I know a lot of it is good.

Third, the technologies you mentioned are all very different. Try to decide if you want to do front-end or back-end programming and go that direction. It’s too hard to know it all anymore.

Forth, I do recommend taking classes. For instance, I teach at UCSD and we have a certificate program there that is good proof that you got through our program. They all are online now if you don’t live in the San Diego area. Also, certs are good too. Anything you can show to a perspective employer will help. Any recruiter will tell you this is a good idea.

Finally, I am recommending this to everyone who comes to my Rock Your Technical Interview conference session this year; always write programs at home no matter what level programmer you are. A program you thought up and wrote and maybe sell. Take these programs on a thumb-drive so you can show a company during an interview. At my last company we required this… especially for beginners. This goes a long way to proving you know your stuff. This is actually how I got jobs as a beginner but I carried around a box of floppy disks back then.

Also, you can get the latest version of my tech interview conference session on DVD by going here: https://squareup.com/market/nicheware/rock-your-technical-interview-dvd-v

I hope my suggestions will help you too. If you have any feedback, please post a comment to this post.

 

 

What’s happening to the AJAX Control Toolkit?

I have been using the AJAX Control Toolkit ever since it was released and have really liked it. Microsoft released it to Open Source and now they have turned it over management to DevExpress. Look for a new release in 2015.

Here is the blog post on the news: https://community.devexpress.com/blogs/aspnet/archive/2014/09/22/ajax-control-toolkit-devexpress-offer.aspx

Share Your Technical Interview Stories

I’m looking to share your stories in next years Röck Yoür Technical Interview conference session. This is my most popular session ever and there is no code! Each year I add new content including stories from engineers just like you.

If you have recently gone on an interview and/or got a new job I’d like to hear about your experience. If I can interview you (on video) in person or via Skype you will get my latest DVD based on this session for free. Please use the contact form below to get the ball rolling.

dotNetDave Rocks Desert Code Camp (2014.2)

I hope to see you at this years Desert Code Camp on October 18th! This is an awesome Code Camp drawing 800+ people. I hope you will attend my sessions listed below.

Please click here to donate to the tour to keep the buses rolling (gas prices are going up)!

Tour Sessions

Röck Yoür Technical Interview™

Have you ever not gotten a job because you weren’t prepared for the interview? Would you like a big raise? Do you need motivation to rock your career? I’ve interviewed 100’s of software developers and will share my knowledge on how to survive, what we look for and even divulge some of the secrets we use during the process. This session (62.5% new material for 2014) will include crazy and strange interview stories from engineers just like you! This session includes tips to get you started, working with recruiters, getting prepared, the technical interview and more. You will also learn what is the #1 question you need to ask during an interview… it’s a game changer! Sit close and you just might catch a custom dotNetDave guitar pick. Some of some of them will win you free software!

New: Rocking Your Technical Interview with David McCarter interview on dotNetRocks!

Here’s What People Are Saying About This Session

  • Chris S. – I wanted to thank you for your DVD on Technical Interviews. I attended your presentation at Desert Code Camp in 2012 and purchased the DVD. Your guidance on how to handle technical and even non-technical questions gave me great support and confidence going into a round of interviews I had. That confidence translated into performance, as I was able to receive attractive offers from multiple companies, and I was able to make an important move that has been a life-altering, exciting change for me.
  • Bill W. – Good information! I had forgotten to study the technical questions, did that this morning and I felt I aced my technical interview just now  Thanks Dave!
    • GO now!!! Dave is why I have the best job I have ever had!!!
  • Daniel I. – Great presentation because you made me realize that I’m not doing enough to better my career! You struck a chord when you said we should keep our resume up-to-date and on-hand at all times. Thanks for helping me realize something I should have been doing a long time ago. Your DVD is very helpful. The fact that you have hiring managers and recruiters giving interviewing tips is great. I’m glad I bought it!
  • Ken – Thanks for the great presentations – really enjoyed all your presentations at the code camp, learned a lot about interviewing and gained a lot of insight into how recruiting process works.
  • Stacy P. – An invaluable presentation for less experienced developers and a great review for senior developers that should know better.

Please take the How Do You Find A Job survey before attending this session (you could win a free copy of my Rock Your Technical Interview DVD).

You can purchase a DVD for this session (sponsored by AbleForce) for only $15 (credit cards accepted) or purchase online by clicking here.

Röck Yoür Cöde With Defensive Programming ™

This is a companion session to the “Rock Your .NET Coding Standards” that takes writing better code to the next level. Do you enjoy receiving bug tickets from QA? Didn’t think you would, so this session will provide solid practices that I have been using for most of my programming career to check-in to source only rock solid code. You will learn my #1 mantra, along with 13 rules, that I use while writing code that allows me to write new code (features) and stay out of maintenance mode hell.

Please take my Coding Standards Survey before attending this session (you could win a free copy of my Rock Your Code DVD).

You can purchase a DVD for this session (sponsored by ComponentOne) for only $15 (credit cards accepted) or purchase online by clicking here.

Check out the Coding Standards For The Real World webcast I did for SubMain.com.

Shop the "Rock The Nation Tour" store by clicking here. 
Anyone seen wearing a t-shirt from the store will win 
some geeky swag!

More Info

All slides and videos can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/dotNetDave and on YouTube.

Anyone seen with any item from my Code Camp store, will win some cool swag!