Announcing: Pablo’s Days of TDD in Austin, TX

Los Techies(.com), its president, Pablo El Burro, and our sponsors are pleased to announce "Pablo’s Days of TDD" (PDoTDD).  PDoTDD is a day-and-a-half event of workshops, discussion, practice, and training around automated unit testing, specifically the practice of Test-Driven Development (TDD).  Experienced practitioners of TDD will be conducting workshops, labs, and discussions around the practice of TDD in the hopes that its practice will bring value to the developer community in general.

We’ll also be giving away a few prizes including a full copies of Windows Vista Ultimate, Office 2007 Ultimate, Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition, FOUR copies of JetBrains’ ReSharper product!

NOTE: Please check back as this page may be updated. There are a few things in the works that you may find interesting (more prizes, possibly an evening event on Friday night, and a few other interesting things!)

What

Pablo’s Days of TDD – Workshops, Labs, and Discussions around the practice of TDD.  NOTE: Space is limited, so please sign up using the link at the bottom (please read through all the stuff, too :) ). We’re doing this as a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner you register the better.

We’ve set up a Google Code project + wiki where we’re trying to prepare all the materials and such. Feel free to peruse and, if you want, join the project and help us out!

The plan is to have Workshops and Labs for novice- to intermediate-level practitioners.  For intermediate- to advanced-level practitioners, there will be at least one room dedicated to open/free-form discussions. We’ve asked Jeremy Miller (The ShadeTree Developer, and friend of the Los Techies crew) if he can help lead a discussion or two on some advanced testing practices.

When

Friday October 3rd, 2008 from 2PM-5PM and Saturday, October 4th, 2008 from 9AM to 5PM.

Where

Austin, TX Microsoft Technology Center 

Stonebridge Plaza—Building One
9606 North Mopac, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 795-5300

Live Maps

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How Much?

FREE, Thanks to our sponsors!

Who should attend?

.NET developers of all levels of experience.  Most of the workshops and labs will be geared towards the novice.  Some of the discussions will be targeted for experienced practitioners wishing to gain deeper insight.

This will be primarily a .NET/C#-based event, but people who use other platforms and frameworks are welcome to attend and share their insights and hopefully take away some as well.

What should I bring?

Yourself, of course. Also you may want to bring a laptop with CDROM and/or USB support as we will likely have some digital handouts.  The venue may not have Internet access (I’m checking on this to be sure), so please do not plan on that.

Who will be presenting and Assisting?

Most of the Austin/San Antonio Los Techies Crew and a few others.  Namely (subject to change): Jimmy Bogard, Eric Hexter, Ray Houston, Joe Ocampo, Jason Meridth, Jeremy Miller, Chad Myers, John Teague, Gregory Long, and others.

Why? 

Because we feel that TDD and related practices have brought a lot of value to our software products and to our employers. We feel that we should try to share this success with the community as a whole in an effort to advance the state of the art and increase the quality of software products in general.

Who’s sponsoring this?

In no particular order (we thank all of our sponsors equally!)

Microsoft

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Microsoft is graciously providing the facilities and the free software for giveaways, logistical support, as well as advice, suggestions, and guidance.

 

The Rand Group, LLC

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The Rand Group, LLC will be providing dinner during the Friday night festivities.

 

Shiftwise

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Shiftwise will be providing breakfast and beverages on Saturday morning and has provided some additional support and assistance in getting this event off the ground.

 

TekSystems

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TekSystems will be providing lunch and beverages on Saturday and possibly a few other things.

 

JetBrains

JetBrains will be donating 4 ReSharper licenses to be given away at the event.

 

TOPAZ Technologies, Inc.

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TOPAZ Technologies is donating resources and material for the labs.

 

All of our sponsors have been very gracious and supportive. It’s my first time lining up sponsors like this and I was greatly pleased to see just how enthusiastic they were to support the community. It’s clear to me that they see more than just dollars in the community, they see a long term investment in everyone’s future.

We’re lining up a few other sponsors whose names and logos we’ll post here as we finish up the details with them. So please check back!

How do I sign up?

We’ve set up a registration site over at WuFoo.com:   http://pablosdaysoftdd.wufoo.com/forms/pablos-days-of-tdd-registration-form/

Please fill out the form to let us know which days you plan on attending so we can plan accordingly. Thanks!

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About Chad Myers

Chad Myers is the Director of Development for Dovetail Software, in Austin, TX, where he leads a premiere software team building complex enterprise software products. Chad is a .NET software developer specializing in enterprise software designs and architectures. He has over 12 years of software development experience and a proven track record of Agile, test-driven project leadership using both Microsoft and open source tools. He is a community leader who speaks at the Austin .NET User's Group, the ADNUG Code Camp, and participates in various development communities and open source projects.
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  • andrea

    hi there
    i would love to go, but i m in europe! why all events are in the states :(

  • http://www.dragos-stefanescu.ro dragosh

    HI
    I would like to be there too but, I am in Europe too.

    Is there a chance, keeping in mind that it is free, to record it and maybe to put it on viddler like the guys from ALT.NET?

    It will be a very good study material for us, the ones that can not attend to such events because they are on another continents!

    Hopping we will se that on web …

  • Ike

    If possible, please record the sessions. I’m also from Europe, so I can’t make it there. However, very interested in some tdd best practices

    Best regards,
    Ike

  • Ike

    +1 for recording the sessions. Also from Europe, but very interested in some best practices for tdd

    Best regards,
    Ikz

  • Gabriel Schenker

    hey, obviously we are many from Europe! Why don’t we organize something similar here? Anyhow recording it would be great
    +1

  • http://dskc.blogspot.com DSK Chakravarthy

    hi,

    i’m trying to register with these people. unfortunately, i couldn’t, because.. guess.. that these guys are having some rule on the IP address. And hope that some one from our company have already registered, thus, my registration is not accepted.

    If you have any clue about their contact, pl share them with us.

    Thanks for reading.
    Chakravarthy

  • http://stevencasey.com steve

    another +1 vote for recording the sessions… I’m all the way down-under in australia!

  • http://chadmyers.lostechies.com Chad Myers

    @DSK:

    I removed the IP restriction. Please try again. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  • Jason

    I am unable to click on the registration link, is it down?

  • http://chadmyers.lostechies.com Chad Myers

    @Jason:

    It appears to be working for me. Do you have a proxy/gateway/filter restriction or something?

    Can you email me (chad @ *firstname*myers.com ) and I will manually register you?

    Thanks!
    Chad

  • Jason

    It worked for me this time. Thanks!! See you there.

  • http://weblogs.asp.net/jvano joey

    *sigh* in Orlando :(

    Look forward to the recording though.

  • dragosh

    Hi,
    Any news on recordings?

    I am still waiting for the video, was it posted somewhere?

    Thanks

  • http://chadmyers.lostechies.com Chad Myers

    @dragosh: Sorry, we have lives and such, it’s slow going. Would you like to help us revise the lab documents and get them into production-ready shape? That’s our current task right now. Currently, the lab materials are inconsistent and have some errors and such and we’re systematically going through them to make them all good for posterity.

    Any assistance anyone could offer would be great.