Boise Code Camp was fantastic. It was held this past Saturday on the Boise State University campus. They had 500 people register and about 375 showed up. Amazing! I think we had about 100 at the last Utah Code Camp.
My favorite session was “Architecture Fish Bowl”. Think of it as a panel discussion where any audience member can get up and join the panel. When someone does that, a current panel member has to sit in the audience. Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman moderated. Some things I picked up from the session:
- Architecture does not equal design. Architecture is far more reaching than a single application. The design fits into the architecture.
- One way you can tell you’re doing architecture is if there is governance around it.
- The roll of the architect is to provide direction
- I learned a new term, “Refactorbation”. It refers to people who just sit around and tidy code.
- Architects aren’t the founatain of all knowledge. They should hold “town meetings” to get the input from other members of their teams.
Richard Hundhausen did a great session on Visual Team System Database Edition. I had never seen this part of Team Suite before, but I’m now convinced it’s the only way to do SQL Server database maintenance. You can run tests on your TSQL code, store stored procedures in source control, run code analysis on the TSQL and more.
My third favorite session was one on “Prism“, a new package coming out of Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices group. Glenn Block, who is on the P&P team was there to show it off and this was the first time Prism had been shown outside of Microsoft. Prism is not a new CAB or part of the Enterprise Library. Prism is designed to manage composite WPF applications. This is where you have a form with a menu, toolbar, and maybe some kind of links on the left-hand side. The main part of the form hosts different plugins that are the main UI. The first public test release is available here.
Other sessions I attended include Service Oriented Architecture and NHibernate. My session on Continuous Integration went very well. I heard great feedback on it after.
The Code Trip crew was there too, shooting video for their site and Channel 9. They asked me about being a Roadie on the bus and about the MVP Program. I’m still waiting for the video to be posted.
Saturday evening, The Code Trip crew sponsored a party at the BSU Hall of Fame. Great food and lots of fun. There were three XBox 360s set up. I tried my hand as a drummer in Rock Band and failed miserably. Not surprising since I’m musically declined.
All in all, Boise Code Camp was fantastic. I’m hoping to make it again next year.