Saturday 15th marks the date for the first ever code camp held by Aarhus .NET user group. We went with ASP.NET for beginners as the theme building a small blog application with Visual Studio 2008 and ASP.NET 3.5. Due to space constraints we'd set the upper limit for attendees to 12 and I'm happy to report that we had a full house. The skills levels of the attendees varied from people who'd never opened Visual Studio before to people with some knowledge about ASP.NET.
Brian put together a nice program which took the attendees through creating various new features for the blog application like adding comments and membership support for login. To get the attendees coding some of the interesting parts of the application Brian provided a nice starting point for the code camp with a blog application laid out nicely in a Visual Studio solution along with a database. Due to differences in how we usually work with the stuff we encountered some interesting problems with getting the database up and running in SQL Server Express. Turns out that the SQL Server engine is prohibited from accessing user folders on the machine it's running on.
Coaches were in place to help out with questions the attendees might have, Søren Lauritsen who signed up to help at the last minute provided valuable help during the day, as did Brian himself between the short tech briefings, and myself. Every single attendee came well prepared and had all the prerequisites installed before showing for the code camp, thank you all for being so well-prepared.
During the day we had nice discussions on various aspects of ASP.NET, .NET in general, and we provided a number of tips and tricks like looking at compiled assemblies with Reflector and taking that a bit further with TestDriven.NET which enables you to simply right-click on a referenced assembly in Visual Studio and open it up in Reflector; no more digging around the file system to find that pesky assembly.
URLRewriting.NET was discussed along with ASP.NET MVC for creating friendly URLs. And I should mention that I'm doing a presentation on ASP.NET MVC in April If you want to know more about that in general. I'll post more information about that meeting once I know more about the particulars. As always the date and time is set so make sure to mark your calendar for April 30th 18:00 if you wish to attend.
Thanks to all who attended the code camp my impressions are of a successful day during which the attendees learned a lot. With that I'll leave you with some more pictures from the day. As you can see people were deeply focused but still very eager to help each other out. Nice work everybody!
Be sure and grab Brian's source code and presentations. Also you can check out all the pictures taken at the meeting.
Blog application source code and presentation
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