MeasureUp 2016: Distributed Systems 101

So guess what. It looks like I have been selected to speak at the second annual MeasureUp conference in Austin TX at the end of July. This year I will be giving a talk on Distributed Systems.

This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I recently was submerged (head first) into this new and exciting world and it has re-kindled my passion for building software in a big way.

I am really excited to share what I have learned so far and I am really excited to do it at MeasureUp. There are several Microsoft MVP’s who were selected to speak (Yes, I said MVP’s!) and they still decided to pick little ol’ me. How cool is that?


When is it
MeasureUp will be happening on Saturday, July 23rd 2016. Breakfast starts at 8:30 and the Keynote by MVP Jeffrey Palermo starts at 9am sharp!

If you are in the Austin area
This is your chance to come hang out with other .NET developers from the community as well as rub elbows some Microsoft MVP’s like Brian Sullivan as well as James Chambers and Simon Timms who have several videos on Channel 9. There will also be great speakers coming in from all over the country (even Canada!) like Kyle Nunnery and Chris Harrington. And if you are into Docker then you wont want to miss the great Gabriel Schenker who regularly contributes to to Los Techies on the subject. And of course me! Woot.

Not from Austin?
Then this is your chance to come visit the The Live Music Capital of the World, eat some great BBQ, and expand your knowledge base with some of the great developers in our industry.

So let’s do this already!
Check out the conference agenda. Docker, ASP.NET Core, continuous deployment, React.JS, Distributed Systems, microsevices, soft skills and more.

Register for the event.

See you in July!

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The Story of The Old Blacksmith

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Free JavaScript Date Picker

So about a week or two ago I spent a lot of time looking for a Free JavaScript date picker and was unsuccessful. You know the kind I am talking about. Like the one you find on an HTML form next to the date field that lets you fill the field in by clicking on a date. Well, all the ones I found were too complicated, looked ugly, or just didn’t work right. So I made one myself. The date picker can be used and downloaded for free from the JavaScript section on Pear Web. It has been released under the GNU Public License (GPL) so it can be modified used and redistributed according to the rules of the license. Feel free to contact me, Colin Pear, if you need help editing or modifying it. I don’t care what it gets used for as long as I get credit for originating it. Have fun!