Community Stuff, Apr 2009

First, thanks to the folks at Cedar Valley INETA for coming out to my PowerShell 101 talk earlier this month. The deck, scripts and demo transcript are available for download here. Among other things, we looked at a script to use System.Speech from PowerShell. The results were outstanding:

Recognized [0.2717747] “some of”
Recognized [0.2246611] “us in the all the rest of us are”
Recognized [0.302918] “the Mike Tyson > Microsoft software”
Recognized [0.4645212] “of Mike Tyson is”
Recognized [0.4163939] “this still undecided vote”
Recognized [0.3286791] “-Mike Tyson did not understand its electricity can”

I’m not sure what I was trying to say, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that. Thanks to Josh and Travis for the great work they’re doing with that up-and-coming group.

Next up is the Iowa SharePoint User Group on Apr. 1st with Corey Erkes:

SharePoint and Social Networking

We will explore how to use SharePoint for social computing that will power the next generation of business productivity. During the session we will highlight the following components and how they can be extended using customization, Codeplex and partner solutions:

  • MySites
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Podcasting
  • Unified Communications


As usual, if you have ideas or requests for future IASPUG topics, please send them to

Then on Saturday, Apr. 4th, I’ll be presenting at Twin Cities Code Camp 6:

Introduction to F#

With Visual Studio 2010, F# will officially become a first-class citizen in the .NET development ecosystem. This session will explore functional programming, why it matters in an object-oriented world, and how F# bridges the gap. I will also discuss some lessons learned from using F# with OpenCV, an unmanaged computer vision library.

And finally on Tuesday, Apr. 7th, I’ll be at the inaugural meeting of the new Dubuque INETA presenting an overview of what’s new in Visual Studio 2008, .NET 3.5 and the language features of C# 3.0 and Visual Basic 9. Thanks to Elizabeth Groom for her hard work getting that group started.

Also, the next Iowa Code Camp is confirmed for May 2 at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids. The last two have been fantastic, so definitely looking forward to it.

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