The high school students are currently wrapping up the final part of their computer competition. Kudos to all of them for hanging in there. Today was an 8am – 4pm all day marathon for them, as they work together throughout the day to finish a challenge programming assignment. This year’s assignment centered around a fictional construction company, and involved many aspects, including the design of a login interface, a Requests for Proposal submission form, and a system to generate estimates based on construction costs. I anxiously await hearing back from the students to see how they think they did.
The High School Computer Competition is an important part of the BDPA conference, whose focus is on highlighting and developing the African-American presence in the IT industry. I also find it interesting that this same week there are a couple more conferences of similar perspective going on. The National Association of BlackJournalists Conference is happening this week in San Diego (10TV’s Jerry Revish told me about that one as we both waited to board the plane leaving Columbus), and this week also marks the 100th anniversary and conference of the National Urban League.
So, lots of history going on this week. Let’s see if our BDPA Columbus team can also make history in their competition today. Go Team Go! :-)
This week I will be traveling to Philadelphia with a group of talented high school students as we all attend the 2010 Black Data Processors Association (BDPA) National Conference. These high school students have spent almost every Saturday morning with me for the past few months learning ASP.NET web development skills in order to compete in this year’s BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) at the Conference. I’ve been teaching concepts such as object-oriented programming, master page development, and page event handling. And I believe their Saturday commitments will pay off, as I’ve seen them make great progress in their understanding of the concepts.
It should be a great event for all of us. In addition to the Competition, the Conference includes a Youth Technology Camp, Career Fair, Technology Expo, and great workshops on topics like ‘IT Workforce Development’, ‘Business Process Management’, and ‘Cloud Computing’. And of course there’s the National BDPA Golf Classic, which I would attend if I had any golf skillz whatsoever. :- )
Every blogger hopes that their blog is useful and interesting to their readers. I’m going to try to add some value to my blog very soon by posting some info regarding solutions I’ve recently discovered for a couple of SharePoint and InfoPath quirks I’ve bumped my head against recently. When I scour the Googleverse/Bingiverse and don’t find a solution to my issues, I figure that might be a good sign that it’s time for me to add a new Rix Bit. :)
If you happen to like reading my blog, you might be interested in some of the other blogs from my talented peers at ICC, like our SharePoint Infrastructure guru Veenus (MCP/MVTS). More ICC bloggers will be added to this list in the future, so stay tuned.
Since it’s only 10-minutes, I thought I’d go ahead and post my slides with live narration, in case you weren’t able to attend last night’s COSPUG meeting (that means you, Brian!) I’m also interested to hear any feedback or comments on the topic – what has your own experience been trying to use SharePoint outside the office environment? Post a comment below. Thanx.
Today I’ll be presenting a Lightning Talk on SharePoint at the Central Ohio SharePoint User Group meeting. That means I’ve got no more than 10-minutes to dazzle the crowd with my thoughts about the challenges of using SharePoint outside of a controlled office environment, specifically as it relates to:
Choice of tools
This is a free event, but if you show up please don’t heckle me. :)
There’s an online techie forum I subscribe to, in which a conversation got started regarding Twitter. They were discussing the relevance of Twitter versus ‘more popular’ services like Facebook. I got a slight suspicion that maybe they simply had not been given a good reason why Twitter was a useful tool for today’s techie, and since I also remembered being in their shoes oh so many twitter-months ago, I decided to respond and see if I could shed some light on the subject. Let me know if you find this useful as well.
This weekend in Columbus, Ohio a whole room full of smart people are giving their time to make websites for non-profit organizations. It’s called Give Camp, and it’s a 3-day all-night marathon of coding goodness. Local developers work thru the wee hours of the night helping organizations with their tech needs. Follow the official Twitter hashtag (#cmhgc) to see real-time tweets and pictures.
I couldn’t participate myself, partly because I do a little techie volunteering myself on Saturdays. I help teach .NET web development to high school students through the local chapter of BDPA and the HSCC program, a national competition which this year will take place in Philadelphia. Today they learned a little more about accessing MySQL databases with .NET (explaining datasets and connection strings to teenagers is not as easy as you might think). :) I’m proud to say that they’re doing a great job grasping the material, including object-oriented concepts.
It’s great to see Central Ohio talent giving back to the community. I hope the Give Camp folks can stay awake long enough to dot[notation] every I[nterface] and cross every [app domain] T[hread]. ;-)