Monthly Archives: October 2010

Speaking Update

Just a quick note here about some recent and upcoming speaking engagements for me. 

A couple of weeks ago,  I gave my Mercurial presentation at Houston Tech Fest.  This conference gets better and more varied every year.  I saw presenations on everything from Xaml styling to the Core Data API for iOS.  I also got to meet Markus Egger, and spoke to him about writing for the project postmortem series in Code Magazine.  I’m working on a pretty cool project at work right now that I think would be interesting to Code readers, so hopefully I’ll be able to get started on that soon.

Last week I presented at both the Tyson Developers’ Conference and the Northwest Arkansas Code Camp.  I really enjoyed hanging out with some friends from the Northwest Arakansas area, as well as some of the other guys and gals I’m beginning to think of as the “Road Crew”.  No matter where I’m speaking, I’m getting to the point where I know at least a few of the other speakers, not from having worked with them or even lived in the same area, but from speaking at other conferences together before.  It’s kind of cool to start to feel a part of the “Brotherhood of the Demo”.  😉

Coming up soon, I’ll be speaking in Hattiesburg, MS at the Hub City .NET User Group, run by my friend Keith Elder.  I’m putting together an intro presentation on Silverlight for that group, which will be an interesting change of pace.  Most of my previous presentations have been fairly advanced or at least niche subjects, but I think having an intro-level talk in my repetoire will advantageous.

Over the weekend, I also found out that one of my submissions got accepted for CodeMash!  This will be the farthest I’ve ever travelled to speak at a conference, and the trip will end up being pretty expensive, but I’m really looking forward to this one.  The organizers have built up a stellar reputation for CodeMash, evidenced by the fact that all 800 tickets were sold in less than 4 days!  At this one, I’ll be presenting on the Entity Framework Code-First API that was released as a part of the Community Tech Preview 4 of EF.  Since the API is similar in some respects to Fluent NHibernate, I’ll be able to port some of the samples I used in my talk on that to the one on EF.

Hope to see you at an event soon!

Blank Page When Viewing an ASP.NET MVC Web Application

Since I recently purchased a new laptop for my personal dev machine, I’ve been working with a pretty fresh install of Windows 7.  As I was prepping a presentation for Tyson Dev Con next week, I ran into an odd and frustrating problem.  My presentation involves an ASP.NET MVC application, specifically served from IIS rather than the ASP.NET development server, so I enabled IIS and ASP.NET in the “Add/Remove Windows Features” dialog.

I successfully deployed the app to IIS, but when I hit the site, all I got was a blank page.  What was odd was that when I deployed a Web Forms app to IIS, it worked just fine.  This led me to think it was a problem with my MVC installation, but that wasn’t actually the case.

When you install IIS with the default features enabled, one of the things that is off by default is HTTP Redirection.  The first thing the default MVC template application does when you request the root of the app is redirect to Home/Index.  Enabling this IIS feature fixed my problem immediately.

Hopefully this will help someone who runs into the same problem!

Speaking at Houston TechFest

I’ll be speaking at the Houston Tech Fest this Saturday.  I’ll be doing the same presentation that I did at DevLink, “Introduction to Distributed Version Control with Mercurial.”  Planning to get some extra rehearsing done in the next couple of days so it’ll have a little more polish than last time.

I’m looking forward to the Community Leader Town hall the evening before on the Microsoft campus in Houston, led by my friend, Jay Smith. Always great to get together with other South Central community leaders!

Hope to see you there!