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April 2010 - Posts

  • Chicago, Iowa and Ann Arbor Kick Off the Code Camp Season

    May signifies the starting point of the busiest time of the DevExpress community calendar – code camp season really kicks off.

    Chicago Code Camp ImageThis weekend Chicago, Iowa City and Ann Arbor are all hosting events to open the season. All are set to be hugely popular with some great sessions lined up.

    Chicago Code Camp is hosting four Microsoft evangelists from a variety of different products and platforms, as well as highly-regarded independent software professionals including Rockford Lhotka and Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin. Not only that, but the DotNetMobile will be rolling into town, bringing with it Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell on another DevExpress sponsored event: the .NET Rocks Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip.


    Iowa Code Camp Image Iowa Code Camp has invited a whole host of regional consultants and community speakers to its event, including a bunch of the guys from independent consultancy ThoughtWorks. Ola Bini describes himself as a language geek for ThoughtWorks, and I am also wondering if he has been running a sneaky side project in teleportation – he will be speaking at both Chicago Code Camp and Iowa Code Camp on the same day!


    Day of .NET Image Ann Arbor Day of .NET reads like a list of all that is good and great about the Michigan (and beyond!) developer community. Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jennifer Marsman, Jim Holmes, Jeff McWherter, David Giard, Jay Harris and the insanely intelligent Jay Wren will be sharing their experiences and knowledge this weekend. You’d better bring a big notepad and a stash of pens!

    If you have not yet signed up to attend these events (you don’t have to follow Ola’s lead and go to multiple ones … unless you want to of course) I recommend you visit their registration pages and plan to take a trip over the May Day weekend:

    Wherever you end up this weekend I hope you have a great time. Don’t forget to seek out the event organisers - Scott Seely in Chicago, Chris Sutton in Iowa and David Giard in Ann Arbor – and thank them for their Herculean efforts in putting together these fantastic developer events for the community.

    And with that, let the code camp season commence!

  • Winners Announced – The ComponentSource Easter Egg Hunt

    Thank you so much to all of those of your who took the time to participate in our ComponentSource Easter Egg Hunt.

    I received literally hundreds of emails in response to this contest, and I was really pleased that such a huge number of you found it a happy little distraction from the Visual Studio 2010 hubbub. But in equal measure, I was shocked to find a surprising number of you who didn’t recognise one of, if not the most recognisable developer, Scott Guthrie – shame on you! For those of you who didn’t enter the contest, here were our pictorial clues:

    Scott Guthrie Lots of eggs A finger pushing a button

    The correct password was, of course, Developer Eggs Press or Developer Express.

    With almost 200 correct answers (and a huge number of not so correct answers) we had a fantastic response to the contest. But we can only have two winners, and those winners were:

    • Henrik Brinch
    • Pete Sykes

    Both Henrik and Pete will receive their choice of either the award-winning DXperience Universal or the full VCL Subscription. Many congratulations to you both!

    Thanks again to everyone who took part. Please leave your messages of congratulations for our winners in the comments below.

    We hope you enjoyed celebrating the ComponentSource Bestseller announcements with us. Without you, your support and your enthusiasm DevExpress would not be the company that it currently is, and for that we are all very grateful.

  • DevExpress Declared ComponentSource Bestseller: Let’s Celebrate with an Easter Egg!

    DevExpress were named as the Number One ComponentSource Publisher

    [UPDATE 19th April 2010: This contest has now closed. Thanks to all who participated and those of you who left such kind comments below. The winners will be announced this week – keep your eyes on the blogs! ~ Rachel]

    Last week ComponentSource, one of the most frequented online component resellers, announced their 20Follow me ....9 -2010 Bestseller Awards.

    We’re very happy to share with you that DevExpress was declared ComponentSource’s Bestselling Publisher and DXperience was awarded their Bestselling Product.  

    DXperience was ComponentSource's Number One selling product in 2009In addition, out of over 10,000 individual products listed on ComponentSource, the DevExpress VCL Subscription also featured in the Top 75 products – Delphi development is most certainly alive and well!

    To celebrate with all of you, the customers and enthusiasts that trusted us and our products and made us the ComponentSource Bestsellers, we’re celebrating with a belated Easter egg hunt.

    Now, I don’t know about you but if I see another chocolate egg I may turn an unnatural shade of green and keel over on top of the Easter Bunny! So with the Easter weekend celebrations and religious rejoicing now over, DevExpress are continuing the egg-related festivities with a more appropriate Easter egg hunt.

    We’re offering two lucky winners the chance to win their choice of either a copy of DXperience Universal or a copy of the VCL Subscription package.

    All you need to do is:

      • Find the egg hidden on this page and follow it to its destination - there you’ll find a series of 3 images that will look a little out of place
      • Work out the “password” from the 3 images (I’ll give you a hint: say eggsactly what you see)
      • Email your answer to me at rachelh@devexpress.com with “ComponentSource Easter Egg” in the subject line and leave a note in the comments below to encourage other to get involved

    Egg-ceptionally easy!!! Ha!

    This competition will close at 5pm (PDT) on Friday April 16th 2010, after which the two winners will be randomly selected from the entries. We’ll announce the two prize winners the following week and in issue 26 of DX Press: The DevExpress Newsletter.


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