Announcing TECHbash 2016 – A New Developer Conference


A couple of years ago, a few developers in the community talked about hosting a new developer conference in the Northeastern US. Over the past six months, after several discussions with the CodeMash team, we turned the talk into action. Next September 28-30 (2016), we’ll be hosting the first annual TECHbash event at the brand new Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Center in Pocono Manor, PA. This location event is less than 2 hours from New York City and Philadelphia and around 4-5 hours from Washington DC and Boston. For the first year, we’re planning on capping the registration at 400 attendees. Also, while we plan to be technology agnostic, we’ll likely emphasize .NET for the first year.
If you’re interested in participating, please visit our landing page at If you’d like to talk to us more about it, feel free to reach out to one of our TECHbash Foundation board members on Twitter. The board includes Jason Gaylord, Andy Schwam, Devin Rader, Brian Minisi, Jess Chadwick, and myself.


Looking for Opportunities near Philly

[EDIT: 29-Jan-2013]: I have accepted a new position with Corporation Service Company (CSC) in Wilmington, DE and will be starting there on Feb. 4th. I am looking forward to the new challenges that lay ahead. Thanks to all of you who reached out over the last several weeks!


I recently (Nov. 2012) rejoined Allscripts in Malvern, PA as an Expert Software Engineer. I have enjoyed my time back at the company, getting to dive back into some WPF/MVVM work. I returned to work with a group of people that I like and respect. Unfortunately, I have good reason to believe that Allscripts has decided to close some offices this week, including the one in Malvern.

If any of my Philadelphia-area peeps knows of any great opportunities in the area, please reach out. Here’s a summary of my skills and professional interests.

Skilled with Work Experience

  • C#
  • VB.NET
  • WPF
  • MVVM
  • WinForms (with WPF interop)
  • JavaScript
  • SQL Server
  • Unit Testing
  • Agile Development (SCRUM, task boards, 2-3 week sprints, daily stand-ups, planning)
  • SSRS

Skilled, Strong Interest, but Only Experience is Personal or Used in Demos/Presentations

  • Windows Phone 7/8
  • WinRT XAML/C#
  • Cross-Platform Apps with both Telerik Icenium and DevExpress DXTREME
  • Cordova (PhoneGap)
  • jQuery/Knockout.js
  • Single-Page Applications
  • TDD
  • Pair Programming

Strong Interest, Some Knowledge, but Limited Exposure

  • Android Development
  • MonoDroid
  • MonoTouch
  • iOS Development
  • node.js
  • Windows Azure
  • KendoUI

I have nearly 18 years of development experience on the Microsoft stack now. I have a passion for what I do, which is evidenced by the fact that I have been awarded as a Microsoft MVP four times. I would like to find a company that shares my passion for Microsoft dev technologies. I am hoping to find an opportunity where I will be surrounded by other smart, passionate developers… someplace where I can continue to advance and grow my skills over a long period of time.

Here is a current copy of my resume. If you know anyone who is interested in hiring an experienced .NET developer, please send them my way. If you have multiple openings, I know of other great developers, testers and business analysts who will also be looking for work soon.



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Programming Skills a Little Dull? Why Don’t You C-Sharpen Up with Philly .NET on 6-Oct-2012?

In case you missed my link to Steve Michelotti’s post about C-Sharpen Up in this morning’s Dew Drop, you can read that here. Here’s a blurb:

On October 6th, I’ll be presenting at C-Sharpen Up at Philly.NET at the Microsoft Malvern, PA location. I’ll be presenting along with Stephen Bohlen, Andy Schwam, and Danilo Diaz.

This is an encore presentation of the popular C-Sharpen Up event held by the Philly .NET User Group this past spring. Don’t be fooled, this is not an Intro to C#. This event is aimed at developers who are experienced in C# and want to take their skills to the next level. Learn some LINQ, Lambdas, SOLID principles and unit testing practices from some of the best in the region.

The event is on 10/6 from 8:00am – 4:30pm, and it will very likely sell out. Go! Register now! Tell ‘em I sent you. You won’t get a prize for that, but you might get a dirty look or two.  Winking smile


– Alvin