Thursday, February 24, 2011

Additional Links for Design Patterns

I've had some folks who have attended my Design Patterns session suggest some links that they have found useful.  (And if you want to check out the session materials, just go to my website: Learn the Lingo: Design Patterns.)

Head First Labs - Head First Design Patterns
This is the link for the "Head First Design Patterns" book that I've recommended.  And there's some really good news.  I noted that the book is written with Java samples, but that it's not too hard for a C# developer to follow along.  The good news is that the labs includes a link to a collection of C# samples.  Just search for "C#" on the labs page, and you should find it.

Head First Design Patterns Study Group
The O'Reilly On Java website has suggestions on forming your own study group based on Head First Design Patterns.  I've heard from some folks who have done this, and they found that it was a good learning experience for everyone involved.  Discussion with other developers usually leads to new insights for everyone.

Do Factory - Design Pattern Framework 4
This site sells a product called Design Pattern Framework 4.  As a disclaimer, I have not actually used this product, nor do I really know much about this.  But I have received recommendations from session attendees, so it may be something worth looking into further.  In going through the information, there is also an endorsement from Miguel Castro (who is one of the big players in the .NET community), so that leads me into wanting to look at this a little more closely.

If you've had experiences with either the Head First Design Patterns study group or using the Design Pattern Framework 4, please drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Happy Coding!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I have a couple of speaking engagements scheduled in February.  Feel free to come out if you can.

Feburary 15, 2011
Disney .NET Developers Group - Burbank, CA
Web cast available.  Disney employees and Cast Members can check TechSpot for details.

February 16, 2011
San Gabriel Valley .NET Developers Group - Monrovia, CA

Also, it looks like I'll be heading back to the Desert Code Camp on April 2, 2011 in Chandler, AZ.  More information here:

Hope to see you there!  And if you have a user group or other event you'd like me to come speak at, just drop me a line and let me know:

Happy Coding!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thank You for Coming!

I want to thank everyone who attended one of my sessions at the SoCal Code Camp this past weekend (and even those of you who were brave enough to attend more than one of my sessions).  As a reminder, the Walkthroughs, Slides, and Code Samples are all available for download:

If you have any questions, suggestions, or even session topics you'd like to see me present in the future, feel free to drop me a line at

Until next time...

Happy Coding!