Non-Tech Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Tech Stack

Greenfield projects are typically a great deal of fun. It is something new and exciting! No legacy code that will bog down or needlessly frustrate the »

The 10% Rule to Presentations

When mentoring new technical speakers, I like to cite what I call "the 10% rule". Think about it like this: If you are presenting on a »

A "Revolution" is Coming

A couple years ago, I was involved in a project called MADExpo, or the Mid-Atlantic Developer Expo. An amazing, dedicated group of people came together and »

Managing Your User Group: Food

Edit: Based off some comments, I've included options for non-lovers of meat. Also added other comments. For a lot of user groups, food depends highly on »

Enable SignalR Logging with One Simple Line

It is easy to think that SignalR works within a black box, but if you are deploying JavaScript clients, here is an EASY trick to learning »

SignalR Transports Explained

When I sit down to talk to people about SignalR, a common discussion we have is around transports and what the difference between them are. While »

Banks, ATMS, and Horrible User Experiences

Note: I'm pretty much going to rant about a bank experience I had. Lessons aren't obvious, but if you're designing something that's pretty dang important... make »

Paying Attention

Last week I did a training gig for a great group of folks out on the west coast. I worked from the comfort of my home »

Managing Your User Group: Locations

A common misconception a lot of new user group leaders have is that they need the perfect location for their user group. While that thought is »

How I'm Beating Email Addiction

Today, I really want to talk about email, because I see people everywhere having the same issue with email that I had. I used to be »

No matter what you do: add value

Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with a gentleman about a potential mentoring gig. The way I like to approach these sort of talks is »

How to run Visual Studio Code from Zsh on Mac OSX

Using Visual Studio Code on your Mac, but can't call it from Zsh? Using Terminal? Go here Currently, there isn't an automatic method for doing this, »

How to run Visual Studio Code from Terminal on Mac OSX

Edit 12/10/2015: Thanks for commenter on letting know that latest release of Code broke original post. Updated with code from documentation. Using Visual Studio »

Building Real Time Web Applications with SignalR

Thanks so much for those that attended my talk on Building Real Time Web Applications with SignalR! It was a blast to chat with everyone. Here »

Managing Your User Group: Sponsor Relationships

As a user group leader, you might have this feeling that you need to get sponsors for your user group. This is a common feeling! In »

Managing Your User Group: Calendar Roulette

One trait of successful user groups is don't play calendar roulette. Meaning: they chose a time or day each month to hold the group meeting. We »

I suck at writing unit tests, but I'm trying to change

65 tests I have just hit a personal record when it comes to writing unit tests. A measly 65 unit tests. I've always noticed that there »

Review: 7 Recurring Revenue Recipes for Freelancers

During a flight from Norfok to Charlotte, I had the opportunity to read Ryan Castillo's new book 7 Recurring Revenue Recipes for Freelancers. In this book, »

Speaker Gifts

This post is a part of a series I wanted to do on simple user group management tips. When you visit a user group, the person »

Codemash 2015 Followup

I am now finally getting rested after an exhausting week at CodeMash 2015. Thank you so much to everyone that came out to chat with me. »

The Non-Techie Guide to Source Control

Update 1: Brandon pointed out a mistake in my math. Adjusted to reflect his comments. This is one of those posts that I have been meaning »

Review: Rollbase

Disclaimer: For this review, I was paid a fee for my time to review Progress Rollbase. I performed this review using the standard 30-day trial, which »

Review: Everleap

For this review, I am being provided a free account at Everleap for hosting my user group, the Hampton Roads .NET Users Group. If you are »