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Mark Your Calendars, and Buy Your Tickets! ThatConference is Coming

by Angela 19. May 2015 11:00

I’m excited. No, I’m absolutely PUMPED about ThatConference 2015! It’s now our 4th year. Some of us camp counselors are old salty dogs at this whole things by now, and we love every minute of it. Just ask.  Well, just don’t ask us on the last day, LOL.

We have an amazing family track, again.  We have more kid presenters than ever. SO AWESOME! We were overwhelmed and humbled by both the sheer amount and high quality of the submissions we got in response to our call for speakers.  I wish we had room for more sessions, and if you didn’t get picked keep in mind there are SO many more opportunities to share your experience and knowledge during networking events, happy hours, meal times, and of course during the Open Spaces.

Tickets go on sale TOMORROW May 20th at 8:10am CST, and we even have an early bird discount (save $100, whoa!) AND bulk discounts if your company is sending a small army. And for these prices, your company SHOULD send a small army. Use my referral link to register at the bottom of this post and you effectively buy me a beer at the first happy hour :)

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What better way to spend so little and get so much than sending an entire software team to an event where they can learn, collaborate, and have fun together! Speaking of fun, here are some of my favorite pics from last year including the badge decorating activities for the geeklets, a pic of my favorite and possibly youngest attendee, the PACKED game night, one of the family track sessions where kids learned about conductivity with play-doh, and of course the pig roast!

 

So be sure to hit up the registration site in the next few days, grab your ticket early, and start planning your sessions. We can’t wait to see you in August campers!

 

Don’t forget I run craft activities for the kids and board game night in addition to being on the conference committee and a camp counselor. Hit me up with questions, ideas, and anything else!

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Free eBooks on Azure From Microsoft Virtual Academy

by Angela 18. May 2015 08:10

I was just lamenting that I needed to get caught up on Azure stuff, and then saw this amazing tweet from Scott Guthrie:

@scottgu: I just realized there are a bunch of *free* Azure eBooks now available to download through Amazon or online: http://t.co/g5ofSNUWJg

Whoa! It’s like they HEARD me. Creepers.  Anyway, there are a ton of free eBooks available, and some also have Kindle downloads too.  And not just Azure!  You’ll find books on System Center, Windows 10 Preview, Xamarin, SQL Server 2014, and lots more!

You can find the entire catalog of free books here, but below are the ones I am most excited about:

Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure: The “Microsoft Azure Essentials” series helps you advance your technical skills with Microsoft Azure. “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure” introduces developers and IT professionals to the wide range of capabilities in Azure. The authors—both Microsoft MVPs in Azure—present conceptual and how-to content for seven key areas and describe management tools and business cases.

Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model: Discover how a hybrid cloud model—combining cloud storage services with traditional on-premise storage—can solve multiple storage challenges cost-effectively, all under a single data management system. Focusing on the Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution, this book offers concise insights on technical, strategic, and practical considerations—so you can begin evaluating potential benefits to your organization.

Managing Agile Open-Source Software Projects with Microsoft Visual Studio Online: With this ebook, the ALM Rangers share their best practices in managing solution requirements and shipping solutions in an agile environment, an environment where transparency, simplicity, and trust prevail. The ebook is for Agile development teams and their Scrum Masters who want to explore and learn from the authors’ “dogfooding” experiences and their continuous adaptation of software requirements management.

Get them while they are still free!

 

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Azure | Application Lifecycle Management | .NET | Cloud Computing | Mobile | Microsoft | SQL Server | System Center | Xamarin | SQL Server 2014

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IAMCP WIT Women in Tech Breakfast Briefing on June 11th in Downers Grove IL

by Angela 15. May 2015 14:19
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About the Event 

Most women in the technology field have developed their careers surrounded by male peers and leadership. The percentage of men in IT leadership roles continues to outnumber women, however, several female leaders have found their way through the IT leadership maze.

With the mission of providing valuable resources and support to its members, IAMCP WIT Chicago would like to offer you the opportunity to hear the female perspective of IT, women and leadership.
At the upcoming IAMCP WIT Women in Tech Breakfast Briefing we will feature an all-female panel and discuss a wide range of key issues and topics that affect female IT professionals within the technology sector.

 

Explore Frequently Asked Questions 

Do you need to act like a man to be a successful woman in tech?

What have you done to achieve work-life balance?

What can you do to support your colleagues who might feel marginalized?

How can we encourage women to stay in the IT field?

 
Event Details

Date: Thursday, June 11th 

Time: 8:30AM – 11:30AM

8:30AM-9:00AM – Breakfast and Networking

9:00AM-11:00AM – Panel Discussion

11:00AM-11:30AM – Questions and Closing Remarks

Location: Microsoft Offices in Downers Grove

3025 Highland Pkwy #300, Downers Grove, IL 60515

REGISTER TODAY – LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE!  

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How a Pinterest Hack for FireFox broke my TFS Web Tooling

by Angela 11. May 2015 11:43

Because I am sure you ALL use Pinterest right? Whatever, you do, you can admit it. Anyway, I ran across a weird case where a grease monkey script that I was using to hack Pinterest caused really odd behavior with my TFS web tools, and surely one or more of you will have this happen to you, or one of your fellow TFS users.

I logged into my TFS web portal today, and all of a sudden the TFS web tools were acting REALLY weird. The Code, Build, and Test tabs worked fine, but anything related to areas/iterations or work items was blank. A good portion of the admin screens were blank too.

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First I panicked a little because we had been having some serious issues on the data tier and had to reboot the server. I couldn’t imagine what would have caused this to happen. I was a TFS admin with god rights, and I could see code, builds, and test plans. Then I confirmed it was just me, and then I also confirmed it was only in FireFox. Whew!!

I cleared my cache, restarted the browser, and rebooted, still busted.I figured it HAD to be something I changed in my browser settings, or maybe an update I recently installed. I couldn’t remember what I had changed in FF lately, then it came to me, I had added a grease monkey script over the weekend to remove all of the “picked for you” items from my main Pinterest feed. Because Pinterest is important. And reasons, shush you. Anyway, I turned it off and everything went back to normal. Yippee!

Here was the blog post with the grease monkey script that I had installed: http://bethmcmillan.com/blog/?p=1254. I haven’t had time yet to figure out exactly which part of the script was killing my TFS app. All I care about for now is I can work again.

So if you have Pinterest users who are also using TFS, this may happen to you.  Hopefully if it does, you remember my lesson learned instead of panicking and going down a rathole of troubleshooting that will lead you nowhere.

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Application Lifecycle Management | Visual Studio 2013 | Visual Studio | VSOnline | VS 2013 | TFS 2013 | TFS Administration | Team Foundation Server

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