Twin Cities Developer Guild

The twin cities developers guild has recently formed as a way to help bring together and organize other special interest groups.

Magenic is currently sponsoring an XNA User Group as well as a Languages User Group and now the Developers Guild is being formed. I’m happy to say that these groups are open for everyone and will encompass any relevant topic. Check out the respecitve websites and come to the meetings when you can!

Twin Cities Languages User Group

A new user group has formed in the Twin Cities with a special focus on programming languages.

The first session will be held by Charles Nutter, who works for Sun Microsystems developing JRuby. He works right here in the Twin Cities and I’ve met him personally at the Lang.NET symposium this past January and found him to be very knowledgable and exciting to talk to.

Getting a chance to talk with someone who is actively working on a professional programming language should be quite interesting. If you have any interest at all in programming languages you should definitely go to the link above and find out the logistics.

Boo is blowing my mind

For the next Twin Cities Code Camp I am planning on talking about Boo, a very new and interesting .NET language.

It’s truly blowing my mind, check out this example of Syntactic Macros for an example of what I’m talking about. If you want to try boo out for yourself the easiest way to get started is to just install SharpDevelop. Boo comes compeltely integrated out of the box and that’s all you need to do to get going.

My mind is reeling with the possibilities… is this truly the solution to the intentional programming with N levels of embedded DSL’s I’ve been wanting?

Shawn Hargreaves at the Twin Cities XNA User Group

This May 15th, the Twin Cities XNA User Group is pulling out all the stops to bring you a Shawn Hargreaves (Microsoft, XNA Team) Double Feature! Shawn is flying in from Redmond for one night and while we have him here, he’ll be answering YOUR questions and presenting on the following topics:

1.) Defeating the Network Game Gremlins and

2.) Understanding Shaders.

For more information and to register, please visit

Meetings are held at Magenic (4150 Olson Memorial Hwy, Suite 400, Golden Valley, MN 55422) on the Third Thursday of each month at 6pm.

Twin Cities Code Camp, April 2008 Wrapup

On Saturday I attended the Twin Cities Code Camp and had a great time. I presented on Visual Studio Extensibility and felt like it went pretty well. In addition to my talk I attended presentations about the ASP.NET MVC Framework, XNA and the new Parallel Framework (or PFX). I found all to be very interesting and educational.

There were lots of people at this code camp; it felt like it was completely full compared to the last couple of code camps. As usual the quality of the food and the swag was great and I managed to walk away with a 5 user SourceGear fortress license that I’ll have to try out sometime soon.
If you are interested I am making available for download the Slides and Source Code from my VSX presentation.
From what I hear there will be another Code Camp in October, be sure to check in on the RSS feed regularly so you can ensure be sure to sign up in time!