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There has a bunch of great stuff going on here in St. Louis and it’s about time I shared some of the news.

St. Louis Day of .NET 2009

This event was held on August 28th and 29th here in St. Louis at the Ameristar Casino and Conference Center.  We had 500 people in attendance (including attendees, speakers, etc) and the overwhelming feedback was that is a HUGE success.  As organizers everything fortunately came off smoothly after all of our stress and prep-work.   We’ve accumulated a list of “lessons learned” for next year and are already planning for 2010.  Many others have blogged about this event so I won’t belabor the point but I did want to thank everyone involved in planning of this event and all attendees and speakers without whom it couldn’t have happened.   Our website ( has links to pictures from the event and session slides if you are interested.   As mentioned, we are currently planning for next year so please drop me an email if you are interested in speaking or sponsoring.

Please check out the site for a list of all speakers and sponsors who so generously donated their time, money, and other resources to make this event happen.  If you know any of them personally or professionally, please take the time to thank them for all the do.


Next, after 10 years working as the Chief Architect and .NET Practice Leader of a St. Louis, MO-based consulting firm called SSE I have recently started my own firm called ArchitectNow (  The goal of ArchitectNow is to provide the same types of architectural consulting and services I’ve offered through SSE by providing my clients with the means to grow and expand the capabilities of their own internal development staff.  I’m currently engaged in performing everything from architectural and code reviews to designing and delivering custom .NET training on some pretty cool topics.  I’m really excited and so far things are going great and, if you want to know more about what I’m doing or to check out a calendar of events for upcoming classes, seminars, and conferences in which I am involved, please check out my site at the link above.   You can also follow the business on Twitter @architectnow.  I’ve been learning a lot about getting a business of the ground and have a whole notebook filled with blog topics regarding info I’ll share on here over the next month or so.  So stay tuned for much more on the ArchitectNow site…

Part of the rational behind starting a firm like ArchitectNow was to ensure I could continue to devote time to the St. Louis development community and help with things like the St. Louis Day of .NET conference.  ( and the Coders-4-Charities event we are holding here in town in October (  I’ve gotten to work with some great community members during the organization of events like these and am pretty excited about the direction the St. Louis development community is heading.  For these reasons I’m looking forward to having a bit more flexibility in how I am involved and can support those efforts.

Coders-4-Charities St. Louis 2009

Last (but not least), over the last few years our peers in the Kansas City area have organized a charitable event called Coders-4-Charities wherein local IT talent (i.e. coders, PM’s, graphic/web designers, DBA’s, testers, network technicians, etc) are asked to donate a long weekend of their time and talent where they are then organized into project teams who develop solutions for local non-profit/charitable agencies who cannot generally afford these types of services (and, most likely, aren’t aware of what technology capabilities exist to help their organization).  

Since hearing about this event I have worked with a number of other St. Louis volunteers to help organize a St. Louis version of this same event that focuses on local charity agencies in our region.  While our implementation is slightly different, our goal is the same:  Help our community by helping these agencies!

Our fist-annual event is scheduled to run from Friday evening through Sunday evening on October 16th-18th.  We have secured the training facilities at Washington Universities CAIT program for use by our project teams (complete with fully configured student development machines and high bandwidth internet access and free wireless).

We have worked closely with the St. Louis United Way and sent a project request to 40+ agencies out of which we have received and selected 9 agency projects.  You can find out info on our sponsored organizations here: 

As of now we are actively gathering more IT volunteers via our website at

If you (or anyone you know) might be interested in this event, I encourage you to go to the above and get more information.  You can read about the agencies we are helping and about how the logistics of the weekend will work.

We are excited to be able to bring our community and our industry together for an event like this and, in reviewing the projects we are working to bring to fruition, we are even more excited about the potential impact a single weekend of our time can have on this town. 

Even if you can’t be involved, it would be of great value to us for everyone to help us get the word out about this event by posting our website and goal on Twitter, FB, blogs, etc.  Any help you can provide in getting news of what we are trying to do in the hands of St. Louis IT resources would be of great help to us.

If you have any questions about how you can get involved with our event as a volunteer or a sponsors, please drop me a line via this blog or at

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