TulsaTechFest 2008

Press Kit

 Featured Speakers

Chris Bernard, User Experience Evangelist, MicrosoftBrian Gorbett, Architect Evangelist, MicrosoftRob Howard, Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, an ASPInsider, Founder and CEO, Telligent
Jef Newsom, Co-Founder and the Agile Practice Leader, Improving Enterprises, Inc.Bill Vaughn, Microsoft MVP, INETA Speaker, Founder, Beta V CorporationLes Pinter, Microsoft MVP, INETA Speaker, Founder, Pinter Consulting
Chris Koenig, Developer Evangelist   , MicrosoftZain Naboulsi, Developer Evangelist, MicrosoftPhil Wheat, Architect Evangelist, Microsoft
Jason Lee, Senior Java Developer, Sun MicrosystemsCaleb Jenkins, Microsoft MVP - Visual Developer ASP/ASP.NET, Training Mentor / Consultant, Improving EnterprisesBrad McGehee, Microsoft MVP - SQL Server, Director of DBA Education, Red-Gate Software
Brent Ozar, SQL Server Expert, Quest SoftwareClaudio Lassala, Microsoft MVP - Visual C#, Senior Developer, EPS SoftwareDave Nicollette, Senior Consultant, Valtech Technologies
David Walker, Microsoft MVP - Visual Developer ASP/ASP.NET, Technical Special in the Microsoft Practice Area, The Revere GroupDennis Bottjer, Microsoft MVP - Visual Developer ASP/ASP.NET, Software Solutions Architect, SpringPoint TechnologiesEd Blankenship, Microsoft MVP, Release Engineering Team Lead, Infragistics
Eric Shupps, Microsoft SharePoint MVP, Founder / President, Binary WaveRandy Walker, INETA Membership Mentor, Microsoft MVP, Owner, Harvest I.T.Raymond Lewallen, Microsoft MVP - Visual C#, Solutions Architect, EMC
Robert Boedigheimer, Microsoft MVP - Visual Developer ASP/ASP.NET, The Schwan Food CompanyTim Rayburn, Microsoft MVP - Connected Systems, Principal Consultant, SogetiBrett Schuchert, Senior Trainer, Mentor and Consultant, Object Mentor
Bryan Powell, Systems Engineer, Idera SoftwareJim Hudson, Senior Technology Evangelist, OakTree SoftwareRyan Hoegg, Senior Consultant, Valtech
Tina Mangham, Consultant, President - APLN Oklahoma, ValtechNoah Everett, Founder/CEO, NusoniBill Day, Director of Developer Products, Digital Reasoning Systems, Inc. (DRSI)
Brad Vernon, Owner - Shark Media, Web Developer, Bixby Telephone CompanyCuong Dang, Marketing Creative Director, Engage SoftwareDerek Lane, CTO, Semantra
Dustin Staiger, Creative Consultant, The Frontline GroupHenry Kenuam, Co-Founder / Chief Technology Officer, Engage SoftwareJayson Street, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCFA, IEM, IAM, CCSE, CCSA, Security+, f0rb1dd3n
John Hale, Professor of Computer Science and Director, Institute for Information Security, University of TulsaKen Byrd, .NET Consultant and Trainer, TekFocusLuke Crouch, Software Engineer, SourceForge.net
Michael Lotter, SharePoint Solutions Architect, B&R Business SolutionsPatrick Renner, Project Manager, Engage SoftwarePaul Holser, Agile Technologist, Semantra
Rob Reynolds, Federal Home Loan BankRob Vettor, Microsoft .NET Architect/Senior Solution Developer, AvanadeTim Elrod, Founder, Ri0tnet Security
Larry Winters, Project Management Practice Leader and a Senior Consultant, The Persimmon GroupBecky Isserman, Terracon ConsultantsBen Scheirman, Principal Consultant, Sogeti
Carlos Moreno, Marketing Director, Evolution StudiosConnor Raus, President, Connexs CommunicationsMichael Morehead, Senior Sales Consultant, Oracle Corporation
Alex Pezold, CISSP, CNSS, MS, QSA, Director of Strategic Services, FishNet SecurityBrandon Burk, Systems Development Manager, Sonic CorporationBrian Dukes, Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, Engage Software
Buddy Lindsey, Jr., Waterfield TechnologiesChris Patterson, Software Architect, RelayHealthChuck Tryon, Tryon and Associates
Corey Roth, Enterprise Consultant, StonebridgeDru Sellers, Solution Architect, Federal Home Loan BankIan Robinson, Software Developer, Engage Software
Jason Townsend, Senior Analyst in Global Web Application Services, Conoco PhillipsJohn Eimer, Engage SoftwareKenyatta Clark, Senior Consultant, Valtech Technologies
Kyle Kelin, Senior Consultant, InfusionMark Jones, Director of Solution Services, Anyware Mobile SolutionsMark Watson, "Code Camp Junkie", Principal Consultant, Bizwax Solutions
Michael Paladino, Lead Application Developer, Eagle OneSaif Khan, Freelance Designer / ConsultantVance Lucas, Web Developer, Back40 Design, Inc.
Boyd Evert, Senior Associate, Connolly ConsultingRichard Oltmann, Senior Consultant / Principal Trainer, OakTree Software

Oct 9th - Track 10 - WinDev & TFS

Asynchronous Programming Techniques in .NET

Speaker(s): Ken Byrd

Learn how to speed up and improve the usability of your applications using a variety of asynchronous programming techniques! We'll look at the BackgroundWorkerComponent, Web Service proxies, working with delegates, the Windows Workflow Foundation, and explore how to manage different threads of execution using the System.Threading namespace.

Oct 9th - 10:30 AM
Oct 9th

Oct 9th - Track 10 - WinDev & TFS

WinForms User Controls

Speaker(s): Les Pinter

When I first contemplated using WinForms User Controls, I misunderstood what they were for. In this presentation, you'll learn what they are, how to build then, and how to do what you THOUGHT UserControls were for.

Oct 9th - 1:00 PM
Oct 9th

Oct 9th - Track 10 - WinDev & TFS

Giving your WinForms apps a facelift with WPF

Speaker(s): Les Pinter

Remember when Windows made our DOS applications look old-fashioned? Perhaps your parents told you about it. Well, it's happened again, and you need to embrace WPF if you don't want your apps to look clunky. The good news, however, is that it's not too difficult, and it's going to get easier.

Oct 9th - 2:30 PM
Oct 9th

Oct 10th - Track 10 - WinDev & TFS

Becoming a .NET Jedi with Resharper

Speaker(s): Ben Scheirman

We spend most of our day writing code.  We are given an IDE with some simple code editing capabilities, and most people just stop there.  Why?  Any time you type repetetive code you should be looking for a shortcut.  Any time you reach for the mouse, you're probably slowing down.  We'll see how ReSharper can boost your productivity by automating repetitive actions and leveraging keyboard shortcuts.  We'll also see how ReSharper's refactoring features can enable you to make changes (even drastic ones) to your code base with relative ease.  Come learn how to write code as fast as you think it with ReSharper!

Oct 10th - 10:30 AM
Oct 10th

Oct 10th - Track 10 - WinDev & TFS

Visual Studio Reporting

Speaker(s): Bill Vaughn

The inside scoop on how to get the most out of the new ReportViewer control and how it's evolved in Visual Studio 2008. This discusses how to leverage your Reporting Services skills and RDL reports to create application-based reports and how to manage the myriad of issues that come up when trying to emulate Reporting Services functionality like parameters, connections, pick-list population and much more. This session previews the SQL Server Reporting Services technology coming with SQL Server 2008.

Oct 10th - 1:00 PM
Oct 10th

Oct 10th - Track 10 - WinDev & TFS

Automation using Visual Studio Team System 2008 - Team Build

Speaker(s): Ed Blankenship

Team Foundation Server 2008 provides exciting new features for automating your build process using Team Build 2008.  We'll discuss continuous integration, managing multiple build servers, running automated tests, and producing build reports that indicate what changes & work items (tasks, bugs, features, etc.) are included in the build.

Oct 10th - 2:30 PM
Oct 10th

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Red Gate Software makes simple tools for Microsoft technology developers and DBAs. The company`s product line includes tools for comparing and synchronizing SQL Server databases, understanding and fixing .NET code problems, and load-testing .NET web applications. Red Gate is a Microsoft Gold Visual Studio .NET launch partner and a VSIP partner.

TippingPoint addresses the security needs of complex network environments for enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. With TippingPoint’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), organizations are protected against internal and external cyber attacks that may threaten critical infrastructures. TippingPoint’s Network Access Control (NAC) solution enforces device and user policies to ensure both endpoint compliance and granular post-access compliance. Interoperating with TippingPoint’s IPS, TippingPoint NAC ensures all malicious traffic is blocked from each endpoint and suspect/non-compliant traffic triggers other policy-controlled actions, including blocking, quarantining, alerting or rate-shaping. TippingPoint’s products are complemented by the Digital Vaccine® service, powered by TippingPoint’s DVLabs.

Infragistics has led the user interface components industry for over 1 years and has evolved into a multi-platform Enterprise Software products and services vendor with global reach at nearly every Fortune 2000 company.  Infragistics empowers developers to build great application user interfaces and compelling user experiences on diverse platforms including Windows(r) Forms, ASP.NET, Tablet PC, JSF, Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight.  Infragistics NetAdvantage(r) products feature customer-driven functionality and keep pace with the rapid advancement of technology to enable developers to craft applications based on Microsoft(r) best practices like the Composite Application Block (CAB), AJAX and modern interfaces consistent with the Office(r) 2007 and Windows Vista(r) look and feel.  Infragistics also offers automated UI testing tools, code-level support, award-winning training, and consulting services that help ensure your organization`s ultimate success.

Data Dynamics, Ltd. provides award winning software tools and controls for application developers using Microsoft design environments. The company’s primary product focus is on data analysis and information reporting.

GDH Consulting provides technical staffing solutions for today’s changing workplace. At GDH Consulting we provide the highest level of IT and telecom professionals on a Contract, Contract-to-Hire and Permanent basis. While others claim to provide a certain skill, GDH Consulting places an emphasis on finding the best overall “fit” for both our clients and candidates.

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SourceGear offers cross-platform development tools for small and midsize teams. Vault, our popular version control system, is a compelling replacement for SourceSafe – bringing you painless branching, atomic commits, excellent remote performance, and full VSS imports. SourceGear Fortress combines the source-control power of Vault with integrated issue tracking and continuous integration support. Both tools offer Visual Studio and cross-platform Eclipse IDE integration, so your whole team gets the same first-class toolkit. Both Vault and Fortress are FREE for single users, and competitively priced for teams.

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INETA provides structured, peer-based organizational, educational, and promotional support to the growing worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups. Our mission is to offer assistance and resources to community groups that promote and educate their membership in Microsoft`s .NET technologies. INETA welcomes all facets of the .NET user community, from developers and architects to project managers and IT professionals. Members can be user groups or special interest groups that focus on a single aspect of .NET, such as C, target the entire .NET platform or concentrate on other development technologies but are also interested in .NET. INETA is the next evolution in user group communities a non-profit, independent organization, chartered with supporting all user groups interested in the Microsoft .NET platform. INETA is run by a board of user group leaders, elected by their peers, and supported by Microsoft Corporation and other sponsors.

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