Mathias Brandewinder on .NET, F#, VSTO and Excel development, and quantitative analysis / machine learning.
by Mathias 4. June 2010 12:19

I am very honored that the East Bay chapter of the Bay Area .Net user group will have me as a speaker this upcoming Wednesday. I’ll be talking “For Those About to Mock”, about Mocks and Stubs in .Net, after a presentation of the unit testing features of Visual Studio by Deborah Kurata – an apt opening topic, if you ask me.

You can find more information about this event here; Hope to see you on Wednesday!

by Mathias 9. January 2010 08:09

I will be presenting “For Those About to Mock” on Tuesday, January 19th at the North Bay .Net user group in Sebastopol – and I am very excited about it, because it is my first time in this user group, and because I really enjoy the topic. As a long-time fan of TDD, I came across mocking a long time ago, but it took me a while to incorporate it in my daily code, not really because it’s complicated, but rather, because I didn’t quite understand what issue mocking frameworks were solving. Also, explanations on the topic are often fairly intimidating.

My goal will be to spare you the misunderstandings I went through, so that you understand where mocking can help you, and how to use frameworks like Rhino.Mocks and Moq in your own code. Hope to see you there, and if you have specific requests or questions you would want me to address, please let me know in the comments!

Event info here.

by Mathias 24. June 2009 12:43

Since the longest time, I have been a member of Bay.Net, the San Francisco Bay Area .NET user group. It’s one of the largest user groups in the country (north of 4,000 members), very active, with four chapters in the Bay – and first and foremost, it’s a fantastic way to keep up with what is going on in the ever-changing .NET world, and meet fellow developers and fun people.

I initially came to attend the meetings, started to get more involved and volunteering in organizing events (if you are interested in volunteering, drop me a line!) – and I was very honored to be offered to co-chair the San Francisco chapter. The current chair, Kim Greenlee, has been doing an amazing job at lining up great speaker after another, and making the meetings fun to attend, but she wants to dedicate her energy to another Bay.Net related project, and can’t be full-time chair anymore, so… the pressure is on – I’ll do my best to keep it up!

by Mathias 5. April 2009 16:53

The Legendary Juval Lowy will conduct a free half-day seminar introducing the EnergyNet. The EnergyNet is a massive new software system analogous to the Internet, transferring watts and usage data instead of packets and request, connecting anything and everything in the energy market. He will demonstrate why software developers should care and how they can become engaged in this exciting new field, and point out the skills and expertise required for those that want to not only survive but thrive on the next boom in software.

This should be a great event. Juval is an amazing speaker, and I haven’t heard him being so fired up about something since a while!

More information here.

Where and when

Microsoft San Francisco
835 Market Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2009
9:00 AM  - 1:00 PM

by Mathias 3. February 2009 18:16

We had a full house at the Bay.Net education day this Saturday in Cupertino - 150 attendees, with people coming from as far as Utah, Wisconsin and Mexico. Karl Shifflett and Jaime Rodriguez gave a talk on building Line of Business applications with WPF using Model-View-View Model. Judging by the survey, this was a success! Logistics were a bit stressful, as this was the first time we organized a lab on such a scale, but things went rather smoothly. Thanks to HP for providing a great venue, and especially to Mamoun for making this possible!



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