Chris Pietschmann

husband, father, hacker, entrepreneur, futurist, innovator, autodidact


Milwaukee Azure Bootcamp - Apr 16, 2016

It's time for the 4th annual Global Azure Bootcamp, and this year it's coming to Milwaukee, WI on April 16, 2016. Whether you're already using Microsoft Azure, or are looking to learn and get started, then you'll likely be interested in this Free training event. It's a fully immersive, single day filled with presentations and hands on labs. Tables and Wifi will be provided, so do not forget to bring your laptops! Sign up to attend here This is a community events with local speakers presenting th... [More]

Deeper in .NET 2011 in Review with Pictures

I had a great time at Deeper in .NET 2011 this past Saturday. It was a day full of geek speak about .NET, HTML5, MVVM, Silverlight, IOC, Windows Phone 7 and more! Not only were the sessions great, but it was also an awesome opportunity to network with other local developers and recruiters. A special thanks goes out to all those who helped organize and administer the event! (Too many to name and frankly I don’t want to leave any one out.) Also, thanks must be given to the sponsors and speakers. ... [More]

Today (8/31) is last day to enter 2010 Community Coding Contest for chance to win an MSDN Ultimate Subscription!

Today is the last day to enter the 2010 Community Coding Contest for a chance to win an MSDN Ultimate Subscription plus a total of approximately $20,719 worth of prizes!! All you need to do is write some source code to do something, and enter it into the contest. Who know, you could be one of the winners!

Community Coding Contest 2010 - Looking for Input and Prizes

Now that it's 2010, and over a year since the first Community Coding Contest came to an end, I'm thinking about running the contest again in 2010. Last time it ran for 3 months and we had 6 really great entries. This time around I'm thinking that it may be better to accept entries for 6 months, and have the voting run for a full month. This will give much more time for entries to be submitted, and for people to work on their entries before submitting and/or voting begins. These are just some i... [More]

And, the Community Coding Contest Winners Are...

The final stage of the Community Coding Contest (the judging/voting) is now finished and the winners have been announced. Even though there were only 6 entries submitted, they are all really cool projects. I really encourage everyone to go check them out. Also, the 1st and 2nd place winners were neck and neck for some time during judging/voting, and the 1st place winner slid ahead in the end by only 2 votes! We almost had a tie! Community Coding Contest Website: http://communitycodingconte... [More]

Write code, Win FREE MSDN Subscription!

Have you got a cool piece of code you wrote, but don't know what to do with? Have you got a cool idea, but need the motivation to work on it? Would you like an MSDN Subscription, but don't have the money to pay for it? If you can answer, "YES" to any of the above questions, then you should definitely submit an entry in the Community Coding Contest by midnight September 30, 2008! As of today, there are 58 days left to submit your entries in the Community Coding Cont... [More]

Community Coding Contest to start July 1st - Chance to Win MSDN Premium Subscription with VS'08 Team Suite, plus more

A few weeks ago Microsoft sent me 3 MSDN Premium Subscriptions with Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite to give away to members of the community. I thought long and hard, and the best way I could come up with who to give them to is to hold a coding contest. So I'm happy to announce the Community Coding Contest! I don't have the website up yet, but I'll get it up as soon as I can. The website is now Live! What are the Rules? Here are the basic rules for the contest. Once the webs... [More]

DNR: Building Communities at Dallas TechFest

I just listened to episode #344 of DotNetRocks, that was released last week. This episode is on the topic of Building Communities, and the benefits of user groups. Normally each episode is very informative and top notch, but this episode is really rather interesting. Even though this is really not so much tech related, I really encourage anyone interested in user groups and dev/tech communities to take a listen. Building Communities at Dallas TechFest

Deeper in .NET 2008 is less than 15 hours away!

Deeper in .NET 2008 is less than a day away. It's tomorrow already! I am probably more excited about DiDN this year since we didn't have one last year, but it's still going to be awesome. Do you want to learn about some really awesome stuff?   Do you want to meet and talk with some of the best developers in the community? If you said yes to either of the above questions, then you wont want to miss out. If you haven't signed up yet, that is ok, you... [More]

.NET Community: Learn The Current State Of The Platform Before Deciding On Its Future

There has been some discussion lately in the blogosphere and on DotNetKicks around the subject of "What is wrong with the ASP.NET Community?". There has been alot of discussions goin on, and it has really gotten me thinking. Before reading on, please read the following two posts in order. What is wrong with the ASP.NET Community? - by Dan Hounshell The ASP.NET community's only real problem is education - by Jeff Putz Now that you've read the above t... [More]