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8:00 AM 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Development Best Practices & How Microsoft Helps
9:30 AM 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM 10:45 AM Test Driven Development: Improving .NET Application Performance & Scalability
10:45 AM 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM 12:00 PM quot;It Works on My Machine!quot; Closing the Loop Between Development & Testing
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Treating Databases as First-Class Citizens in Development
2:00 PM 2:15 PM Break
2:15 PM 3:15 PM Architecture without Big Design Up Front
3:15 PM 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM 4:30 PM quot;Bang for Your Buckquot; Getting the Most out of Team Foundation Server
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Close & Giveaways!
Did you Know..
• Hostess Twinkies are 68% air
• 40% of Americans have never been to the
• December 29th is National Whiners Day
Steve Lange (“Slang”) is a Developer Technology Specialist for
Microsoft. Steve spends a typical day educating customers on
high-end development tools such as Visual Studio Team System
and Team Foundation Server. His goal is to put Team Suite on
Based in Denver, Steve covers the “Desert Mountain” area of the
US, including Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas.
Steve Lange Prior to Microsoft, Steve was a systems engineer at Borland
Microsoft Software for 6+ years specializing in SCM & RM tools.
Session: The only way Steve will leave Microsoft is by force.
Practices & How
Jerry is a Principal Architect for nixoncorp, a Denver-based
consulting firm focused on workflow automation and enabling
ISVs on the Microsoft platform.
Jerry recently led several $1M+, award-winning VSTO3, WCF, and
SmartClient solutions innovatively leveraging Business Process
Since 1995, Jerry’s true geek-passion has been around SQL
Jerry Nixon Server query performance. He has spoken at many events, lives
Nixon Corp. in Conifer, Colorado, and is father to three daughters (under 6)
who are slowly learning the C# flow control syntax. :)
Joe Shirey is a Senior Architect Evangelist for Microsoft based in
Prior to joining Microsoft, Joe was a Vice President at Interlink
Group where he was responsible for services delivery for their
In the past, Joe was a Microsoft Regional Director, a member of
the Microsoft Architect Advisory Board, and sat on the .NET
Joe Shirey Partner Advisory Council.
Joe has more than 18 years of hands-on technical and functional
Session: experience in project management, systems analysis, design,
quot;It Works on My
development and implementation. Joe attained his Microsoft
Certified Architect in Solutions in 2005.
the Loop Between
Rob Bagby (“Bags”) is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. He
has been touting Microsoft technologies for better than a
decade. Microsoft, however, has only been paying Rob for these
services for the past 2 years. Rob has been invited to speak at
various national and international technical conferences such as
PDC, TechEd, DevConnections and VSLive (places he is not
welcome are too numerous to list).
Rob plans to continue evangelizing Microsoft technologies until
Rob Bagby he retires or is otherwise quot;asked to leavequot;.
Peter Provost is a Program Manager for Visual Studio Team
System Architecture Edition where he focuses on code-centric
modeling and product extensibility. Prior to that, Peter managed
the patterns & practices development team at Microsoft where
they created Guides, Software Factories and Application Blocks
like Enterprise Library and the Composite User Interface
Before joining Microsoft, he was a consultant in the Rocky
Peter Provost Mountain region focusing on Microsoft technologies and agile
Microsoft software development techniques. He has spoken at a number of
conferences and user groups and has written articles on test-
Session: driven development, ASP.NET, Web services and other topics.
Big Design Up Front
Ted is currently Director of Strategic Solutions for
Configuresoft, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified ISV Partner. At
Configuresoft, Ted is primarily responsible for the Configuration
Intelligence Analytics product, which applies Business
Intelligence concepts to IT operational data to provide deep
insight into IT Operations.
Prior to Configuresoft, Ted was a consultant and trainer and
worked with many Fortune 1000 clients to deliver dynamic, data-
driven solutions using Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft
suite of development products. Ted has worked with SQL Server
since version 1.0 (Yes, there really was a 1.0 version) on OS/2.
“Bang for Your Buck:
Ted has been involved with the Visual Studio Team System suite
Getting the Most
of products since the beginning, and has focused heavily on Agile
out of Team
Database development methods using MSF and quot;Data Dudequot;.
Did you Know..
• World’s best selling cookie: Oreo
• Most toilets flush in E flat
• “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s shoes are in the
Baseball Hall of Fame
“In order to understand recursion, one must
first understand recursion.”
- Author Unknown
“Programming today is a race between
software engineers striving to build bigger
and better idiot-proof programs, and the
Universe trying to produce bigger and
better idiots. So far, the Universe is
- Rich Cook
“A meeting is an event at which the minutes
are kept and the hours are lost.”
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“I met this beautiful girl at a barbeque,
which was exciting. Blond, I think – I don’t
know. Her hair was on fire. And all she
talked about was herself. You those kind of
girls. It was just me, me, me. Help me. Put
- Gary Shandling