Material from Presentations in Southern California

I’ve uploaded my material presented at the LA C# and SoCal user groups here and here, respectively. I’d like to thank everybody who showed up. There were lots of good questions and participation from attendees.

I’ve had some weird things happening to my machine at the SoCal meeting. In the last several days I’ve noticed that is seems like there’s a Windows Update available almost every day. I normally apply the updates and they seem harmless. When I was shutting down my machine before heading to the SoCal meeting, I noticed there was an update “ready to be installed”, so I just trigger the install. I found it odd that it took about 20 minutes for the updated to finish installing.

Things looked normal as I was doing the presentation, but when I got to the point where I was going to dive into test projects, I noticed that the project was being listed, but I couldn’t see any files underneath. Eventually I decided to just recreated the test project from scratch, but Visual Studio gave me an error that essentially told me all my VS project templates were gone.

I went ahead and ran “devenv /installvstemplates” to recover the templates (which takes a couple of minutes), and when I’m finally back inside Visual Studio, the machine is running *really* slow. I’ve had to reboot everything and start all over, and it took me a lot of time to be able to get back into VS and continue on with the coding part of the presentation. I’ve tried to fill in the time by taking questions from the audience, so I hope they didn’t get too annoyed by these technical difficulties.

I usually never make changes to my machine before doing a presentation, and the one time I do, all hell breaks loose. Oh well…

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  1. #1 by Craig on August 7, 2009 - 9:51 am

    I don\’t run automatic updates simply because I don\’t want this to happen.

  2. #2 by Unknown on August 7, 2009 - 10:56 am

    Great and useful presentation at Socal meeting in spite of the technical glitch 🙂 Thanks posting the code so promptly! Are you going to post the power point as well?

  3. #3 by Claudio on August 10, 2009 - 9:25 am

    yeah, I don\’t run automatic updates either… :-/

  4. #4 by Claudio on August 10, 2009 - 9:26 am

    The zip files contain both PPT and source code.

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