Mathias Brandewinder on .NET, F#, VSTO and Excel development, and quantitative analysis / machine learning.
by Mathias 13. October 2010 14:19

Thanks to all of you who attended my sessions on Mocking and on TDD at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2010; I had a great time presenting, in large part because you were awesome and asked great questions!

I uploaded the slides and code for the session on Mocks here. There wasn’t much “written” material for the TDD session, so I didn’t upload it. If someone wants it, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it, too.

Feel free to let me know if there are things I could have done better in the comments below, and don’t forget to fill in your evaluations on the Code Camp website. It’s very helpful for speakers, and… you can win an iPad, courtesy of!

On a side note, hats off to Peter Kellner and the whole crew of volunteers. Silicon Valley Code Camp gets bigger every year, and yet, the organization was flawless, and the whole event very fun. Congratulations!

by Mathias 26. September 2010 08:12

The most awesome free developer event on the west coast is back again, and it looks like it will be even more awesome this year. The 5th edition of Silicon Valley Code Camp is taking place Saturday and Sunday Oct 9th and 10th, 2010, at Foothill College, in Los Altos Hill. There are 194 sessions, already over 1,600 registrations, with topics for all tastes - .NET, Java, Cloud Computing, Python, Javascript, mobile development, and more.

The 2010 schedule is up here. I will be giving 2 talks, on Test-Driven Development, and on Mocking. Both are on Sunday – hope to see you there!

by Mathias 7. September 2009 13:14

It’s that time of the year again: Silicon Valley Code Camp is coming up on October 3rd and 4th, at Foothill College. If you live in the Bay Area and like to talk code, this is an event you don’t want to miss. The previous editions rocked, and this year looks like it’s going to rock even harder, with well over 100 sessions and close to 1,000 registered! Oh, and did I mention it’s free?

This year again, I will give an introduction to Test-Driven Development for .NET developers. It’s a topic which is dear to my heart; in his book on TDD, Kent Beck says that it “is a way of managing fear during programming”, and I have to say that my life as a developer got significantly more peaceful after reading it. I can’t guarantee that you will feel the same, but I’ll do my best to share the goods!

The session is targeted for beginners. My goal is to get you quick-started so that you are ready to use it when you leave the room. I will write some code live, to show the methodology in action, using only tools you can get for free. This year, I think I will focus mostly on NUnit and keep it to a minimum on the tools provided in Visual Studio, unless there is strong popular demand; hopefully this will give me enough time to squeeze in a few minutes on mocks. I also just ordered Roy Osherove’s “The Art of Unit Testing”, which looks very promising, and may push me to modify my plan a bit.

I hope to see you there – and if you have questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments section!

by Mathias 18. October 2008 12:38
Silicon Valley Code Camp 2008 is coming soon now! Both my sessions have been officially scheduled for Saturday November 8, room 4201 in Foothill College. I will be giving an introduction to Test-Driven Development for C# developers at 3:45, and showing how to build an Excel 2003/2007 add-in using VSTO at 5:15. I am pretty excited about it, and hope that I'll still have enough energy left in me to visit some of the other talks. By the way, feel free to make requests on what you want me to cover (or to avoid!) in the comments, or in the Code Camp wiki!


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