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Monday, May 9, 2005
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Big congratulations to my friend, Andrew Duthie, for a very well organized, interesting and useful Code Camp. He had a lot of support from the local community, but as is often the case in events like these, there is one person who is the driving force behind the entire thing who is making sure that the thousand big and small details are taken care of. Andrew did an excellent job!

The talks were very interesting and wide ranging. The hard part was deciding which talks to attend. I stopped in to see Brian Noyes who was giving a talk on "Secure Smart Client Deployment and Update with ClickOnce". Very, very interesting technology that seems to be maturing very well. This is something that I am interested in both personally and professionally and will be taking a serious look at deploying once .NET 2.0 goes RTM. The one thing that I want to find out is what the corresponding technology on the J2EE side is. And no, it is not Webstart.

A talk that I very much enjoyed was Julie Lerman’s "Web Services Security for Humans: Security Fundamentals". The content was not new to me, but Julie did an awesome job of making it much more approachable and understandable "… for humans". I absolutely loved her graphics that described Symmetric and Asymmetric Encryption as well as Digital Signatures. As I mentioned to her when we met for dinner with Wally McClure, I will absolutely be "leveraging" (with full credit to her, of course) her graphics in any relevant presentations that I give on this topic.

Speaking of Wally, it was good to see him again as well. BTW, when you are checking out ASP.NET 2.0 and you do NOT run into bugs, you can thank Wally. He’s definitely been one of those people who have been seriously digging into the guts of the framework and feeding back info to Microsoft on the things that go bump in the night. This makes him one of the first people that I’ll ping if I have any questions about ASP.NET 2.0.

It was also great to run into Dwayne Taylor again. He gave a talk on "Using WSE to Build Secure Web Services". Dwayne is another Security Geek and he was a fellow presenter at the Washington D.C DevDays. He was doing the Threats presentation while I was doing the Countermeasures presentation. He works for RDA and is currently doing a consulting stint with Microsoft. The strange thing for me was to find out that I am currently acting as an external reviewer for some of the work that he is doing. Small world, indeed!

Stopped by the BizTalk 2004 talk but left soon after finding out they were doing the basic BizTalk intro. I’d taken Developmentor’s "Essential BizTalk 2004" class some time back (Excellent class and instructor!) and have been working with the product for a while, so that was nothing new. So I dropped in on K. Scott Allen who was doing the "Debugging Tips, Tools and Strategies". His virtual machine was not cooperating with him, but he made a good recovery and managed to get his point across.

All in all, a very worthwhile event and highly recommended.

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5/9/2005 11:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time  |  Comments [2]  |  Disclaimer  |  Permalink    Tracked by:
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Tuesday, May 10, 2005 8:34:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I finally discovered your blog. RSS'esd
Thursday, May 12, 2005 1:33:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Anil, you are too kind. The credit rightly belongs with the speakers and volunteers who made the event a success. I'm glad I was able to get the event set up, but one person alone can't run an event of that scale, and I'm very grateful for all the help I received.
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