Prairie Developer ConferenceA few months ago, my friend, D’Arcy Lussier, and I had the following conversation:


Want to speak at a developer conference?


Sure. Sounds awesome!


It’ll be in Regina, Saskatchewan.




It’ll be in June.


Where do I sign up!?!

All joking aside, D’Arcy is putting together what looks to be a great regional conference. I think D’Arcy’s explanation of how this conference came to be describes it best:

“Having lived my life between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, I saw an opportunity to create an event to bring high calibre presenters and sessions to the talented technology professionals of the Canadian prairies, and thus the Prairie Developer Conference was born!”
— D’Arcy Lussier, Prairie Developer Conference Chair

The conference will take place June 2 & 3, 2010 in Regina, Saskatchewan. I’ll be giving two dojos, one on jQuery and the other on NHibernate. If you’ve been wanting to learn these technologies, I’ll be walking you through them – dojo-style – so you can follow along with your own laptops.

NHibernateNHibernate Dojo

I’ll be covering NHibernate fundamentals, mapping with Fluent NHibernate, and querying with LINQ to NHibernate. This session is intended to be very interactive with attendees working examples on their own laptops and asking questions.

jQueryjQuery Dojo

I should have called this session: Dr. Weblove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love JavaScript. In this dojo, I’ll take you on a tour of jQuery and show you that JavaScript is anything but a toy language. JavaScript is a powerful functional language and jQuery allows you to harness that power with truly amazing results. Come learn about selectors, effects, DOM manipulation, CSS, AJAX, eventing, and much more.

imageIn addition to my two dojos and sessions by many other speakers, my friend, Donald “IglooCoder” Belcham will be giving a post-con on “Making the Most of Brownfield Application Development”. If you’ve got a legacy codebase that needs taming – and who doesn’t? – this is a great post-con to check out.

Registration is now open at a price that won’t break your (or your employer’s) bank. Come check it out.