Chris Pietschmann

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


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]

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]

LinkedIn Group for the Wisconsin .NET Users Group

Here's a link to the Wisconsin .NET Users Group LinkedIn Group I just created. Anyone can join this group on LinkedIn, and it's a nice way to show your affiliation with the WI .NET Users Group within your LinkedIn profile. Also, heres a link to the Facebook group for the Wisconsin .NET Users Group:

WI .NET Users Group - Holiday Party 2007 InstallFest

It was a great night, with a really great turn out. I'm not sure the exact number of attendees, but I think it must have been over 150! A few volunteers got up and gave some great demo presentations of new features in VS'08 and .NET 3.5. There was even a 360 setup with Halo 3 for people to play. Don't forget about all the great prizes that were given away: a couple Zunes, an XBox 360 Premium, an XBox 360 Elite, and alot of other games and software. Oh, and don't forget about... [More]

WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been Cancelled due to Weather...

The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been Cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled. The new date for the party will be announced as soom as possible. Here's the announcement that went out to all registered attendees via email: Everyone - The holiday party has been cancelled due to weather.  Even though the ice warnings are expired, there is still snow falling and Direct Supply (our host for the evening) has asked us to cancel the party because of hazards ... [More]

Attend WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party and get Visual Studio 2008 Free!

Update Dec. 11, 2007: The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party has been cancelled due to weather, and will be rescheduled. On Dec. 11, 2007, Microsoft is teaming up with the Wisconsin .NET Users Group to throw a special holiday part. There will be Free food and prizes, just like at every other group meeting. Do you want to get Visual Studio 2008 Free? Just bring in your computer and install it at the party. Those that install VS'08 at the party will get a full licensed copy of Visu... [More]

WI-INETA: Augmented Reality with .NET on 11/13/2007 with Casey Chesnut

This months Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting (and the last one of the year) is tommorow (Nov. 13th) night. This month Casey Chesnut will be presenting on "Augmented Reality with .NET". On a related note, Casey has an article titled "/wpfAugReal: Augmented Reality with Windows Presentation Foundation" that he posted back in the beginning of October. I don't know any details of what he'll be presenting (other than the below meeting description), but I'm assuming he'll be covering some... [More]

WI-INETA: Oct. '07 - Code Generation, Software Factories and Visual Studio Extensibility

The October 2007 meeting of the Wisconsin .NET Users Group is falling on the third Tuesday this month. There has been some scheduling issues; mainly in regards to finding a meeting location. If you would like to host a meeting, please contact the group. This months meeting (on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM) we will be having Brennan Stehling presenting on Code Generation, Software Factories and Visual Studio Extensibility. See the description of what will be covered below: Productivit... [More]

WI .NET User Group - 7/10/2007 - Silverlight!! buzz....

In a nearly last minute announcement, I recieved the usual Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting announcement email late list night (although I didn't see it until this morning.) This months meeting (July 10th) is on Silverlight (buzz, buzz buzz...). As the WI .NET UG site states "Silverlight is the topic, but the rest of the details are coming soon"; so I don't know who's going to talk or what exactly about but I do hear a loud "BUZZ". If you're interested in attending (and it's completely free) ... [More]

WI .NET Users Group - Having troubles finding meeting locations!

The turn out for each of the Wisconsin .NET Users Group meetings is really great. So great, there are regularly 100+ attendees. The reason for such great attendance can be attributed to two things: The presenters (mostly local talent) consistently perform really awesome, informative and educational presentations. There is a pretty large .NET community in the Milwaukee area I've been a member of the group since 2003 and attend the meetings very regularly. I've also&... [More]

Wisonsin .NET Users Group website - Some enhancements may be coming...

After the last Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting (on Tuesday) I discussed with Scott and a couple others some potential ideas for enhancing the groups website. Hopefully in not too long, we will be working on a new website for the group. A couple of the ideas we've come up with are adding Blogging and/or Forums functionality. These feature sets would allow members to contribute more easily and communicate with one another outside the meetings. If you are a fellow WI-INETA member, ... [More]

WI-INETA: Overview of Web 2.0 with Larry Clarkin

Larry Clarkin presented at tonight’s WI .NET Users Group meeting on the topic of "Overview of Web 2.0". He provided a very good description of what really is "Web 2.0"; and he had a whole 5 days to prepare. The reason he had only 5 days to prepare is because the presenter that was scheduled for tonight couldn't present. Well done Larry You can view the presentation notes here: One of the items discussed was Google, Yahoo and MS Virtual Earth mapping. If you are i... [More]

Wisconsin .NET Users Group (WI-INETA) Website is lacking...

I've been thinking about it awhile now and have the following comments/suggestions to make regarding the Wisconsin .NET Users Group (WI-INETA) website. The current WI-INETA website is lacking in the following areas: The "Next Meeting" info on the homepage is often outdated to the previous meetings info. The only "usefull" content on the homepage is the next meeting announcement. The discussions forum is framed into the site shows a "The res... [More]

Learn Regular Expressions with Dave Wanta!

At the next Wisconsin .NET Users Group, Dave Wanta will be presenting an introduction to Regular Expressions, also known as RegExes. The presentation will be covering the basic Regex operators, metacharacters and pattern matching. Then he'll move into advanced groupings, replace and logic branching. This presentation sounds great! I'm a little familiar with regular expressions, but I'm sure I'll learn alot from this presentation. I'll probably be bringing my laptop to this one. June 13, 2006 - ... [More]

WI-INETA May 9th: Object Relational Mapping Frameworks: Simplify & Improve Your Data Access Layer

The next Wisconsin .NET Users Group meeting is just two days away. One of our local MVP's, Sean McCormack will be speaking on the topic of "Object Relational Mapping Frameworks: Simplify & Improve Your Data Access Layer". I'm looking forward to this months meeting since this is a topic that I don't know a whole lot about. Several frameworks will be covered; including NHibernate, Codus, Elementary and the DLinq specification among others. Other ORM capabilities will also be covered;... [More]

I went Deeper in .NET yesterday again!

I attended Deeper in .NET yesterday, along with a few hundred others. It was an excellent day filled with .NET goodness. I’m not sure what the actual attendance count was, but I guess it was higher than last year’s event.   We learned about: WCF (formerly Indigo) Top to Bottom with Michele Leroux Bustamante Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog with Scott Hanselman ADO.NET 2.0 Integration with SQL Server 2005 with Julia Lerman AJAX and Atlas with... [More]

I met Scott Hanselman the night before Deeper in .NET 2006

Friday night, two days ago, the Wisconsin .NET Users Group held a dinner to thank some of the most active and influential people in the community. I was lucky enough to get invited because I’m one of the more active Bloggers in the users group. The dinner offered the chance to enjoy live local music, learn more about the WI .NET Users Group and meet/talk with the speakers that would be presenting at Deeper in .NET 2006. How could I pass on this great opportunity? Well, since I’m sor... [More]

WI-INETA: Scott Hanselman to present at WI .NET Users Group's Deeper in .NET 2006!

On April 22nd at the Wisconsin .NET Users Group's Deeper in .NET 2006 event, Scott Hanselman will be presenting on "Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog". DasBlog is one of the most popular ASP.NET blogging engines. In this presentation Scott will cover creative uses of HttpModules and HttpHandlers, using background threads within ASP.NET, internationalization, caching, skinning, creating a macro language, Web Services that are more than SOAP and more. This day long event... [More]

Are you ready to go Deeper in .NET!?

It's time for the Deeper in .NET 2006 event. This years event will be held Saturday April 22, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. Registration is FREE for this full day packed full of excellent speakers, Free food and plenty of door prizes (books and software). You even have a chance to WIN a copy of MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite, worth over $10,000, if you register by April 18th! I have attended the last two annual events, and my expectations have always been ex... [More]

WI-INETA President, Brian Tinkler, takes a trip to Redmond

Brian Tinkler is out in Redmond this weekend where he get to be one of the 5 judges for the national competition for software design for the Imagine Cup. This is awesome! He is blogging about his experiences out there: First Impressions from Redmond: He got to meet Scoble: 2Go Services: ... [More]

May 10th WI-INETA Meeting on Design Patterns in .NET

At the next WI-INETA meeting, on May 10th, Matthew Deiters will be speaking on Design Patterns in .NET. I'm sure it'll be a great presentation like they always are. I encourage all .NET developers no matter what skill level you are, to join the user group and attend the meetings. You will learn alot. After all, membership is FREE!!

WI-INETA: Need for Speed: .NET Performance Tuning (April 12)

The next WI-INETA meeting is on April 12th. Jacob Cynamon will be speaking on the topic of Need for Speed: .NET Performance Tuning. Jabob will show us tips and techniques to fine-tune the performance your WinForms applications. The key areas of focus for this session will be data processing, memory management, and startup time. For more information: Jacob Cynamon's Blog:

I went Deeper in .NET, yesterday

The speakers were great, and I learned alot as usual. These were the same speakers that speak at events such as: TechEd and PDC. We learned about: Creation of Distributed Object-Oriented Apps in .NET from Rock Lhotka ASP.NET 2.0 from Scott Guthrie Blackbelt ASP.NET 1.x Tips & Tricks from Rob Howard ClickOnce with Visual Studio 2005 from Chris Mayo Smart Client Applications with WinForms/SQL Server 2005 (writing Stored Procs, Function and Triggers with C#/VB.N... [More]