When is the next Carolina Code Camp?

The Enterprise Developers Guild hosted the first code camp in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, April 30, 2005. When asked what spurred the camp’s creation, Bill Jones, Co-Founder of the Guild stated, “We saw a lot of change coming and no easy way for contract developers to get training.” The daylong event was the first of its kind locally. Mark Wilson, the Guild’s First Vice President, described it as having “more than 20 hours of hard-hitting technical content.”

As the program evolved, user groups from around the region took interest. This prompted the name change from Charlotte Code Camp to Carolina Code Camp. With the added diversification, the Enterprise Developers Guild had created one of the most influential training platforms for IT talent in the Carolinas.

Since its pilot, the trademark event experienced monumental growth. The initial event only had around 100 in attendance. Last year, almost 400 attended with many more on a wait list. The amount of content also grew with a total of 60 hours of training offered last year. Additionally, the agenda has seen many upgrades. Attendees have enjoyed the integration of hands-on labs and informal “Chalk Talks” hosted by Microsoft MVPs, authors, and of course, local developers.

Over the course of ten years, the Enterprise Developers Guild hosted a total of 14 events. While no one kept official statistics, it’s safe to say thousands of attendees across the region have benefited from hundreds of hours of training. But despite the overwhelming success of the event, the 2014 Carolina Code Camp was the last one.

What happened to code camp? In short, it grew! Due to an overwhelming attendance, we’ve outgrown the previous venue. This presented an opportunity to shake things up…and we couldn’t resist!

This year, Wilson, Syl Walker, the Guild’s Vice President, and UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics, along with others, are introducing Spark Conference. This all new event will become the premier, must-attend event for technology enthusiasts in the South Atlantic region. But rest assured that our goal for Spark Conference is to not just match the rich success of Carolina Code Camp but to make it better than ever for our attendees, speakers, and sponsors.

To learn more, please visit the event website at www.sparkconf.org.

Developer Community Newsletter: April Edition

The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for April 2015: #JavaScript of Tomorrow, Carolina Code Camp, Spark Conference, and Community Calendar – Developer Community Newsletter: April Edition

Carolina Code Camp 2014: Inspiration for Developers, by Developers

When it comes to technology, to say change is constant would be an understatement. Change is ever-present. With what seems to be a mass migration to the cloud, paired with the rampant enthusiasm for the Internet of Things (IoT) movement, keeping up the relentless pace of advanced technology seems nearly impossible. But impossible means little to those who carry a deep-rooted passion for field, those like the Enterprise Developers Guild. Read more…

Developer Community Newsletter: April Edition

Read the latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for April 2014: CryptoCurrencies, Carolina Code Camp, & Community Calendar: Developer Community Newsletter: April Edition

Carolina Code Camp: Developing the Passion

Carolina Code Camp

For the past 15 years, the Enterprise Developers Guild has brought developers from around the Carolinas together for one specific purpose: to fuel the passion of technology. Through monthly meetings and annual conferences, such as Carolina Code Camp, the Guild has been able to provide their members with vital insight to upcoming technologies. Additionally, the group’s efforts have created an enduring community of developers whose involvement is motivated solely by their love for the industry.

On Saturday, May 4th 2013, the Guild kicked off their 13th annual Code Camp with an astonishing 365 local techies. Held at the CPCC Levine Campus, attendees took their pick of sixty sessions ranging from classroom style lectures to hands on labs in which they built complex machines. Read more…

You can also relive Carolina Code Camp 2013 again or see what you missed in this recap video produced by Logical Advantage!

Enterprise Developers Guild: Enriching the IT Talent in the Carolinas

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written and published by Logical Advantage. We would like to thank them for their kind words and effort to research our undocumented history.

It seems the buzz around the IT industry lately has been largely focused on the supply and demand issues for trained talent. What many don’t realize is that training in the technology sector doesn’t simply end when you’ve received your diploma.

Whether you’ve just completed your undergrad, or you’ve received your doctorate from MIT, the rapid development of technology creates a constant flow of lessons to be learned, even to the most experienced developers.

Why is constant knowledge so important? It’s simple: job security. Many IT pros are hired to complete special projects, and upon completion, the organization assesses the continued need of the contractor’s specific skills. Although permanent positions are occasionally created, there is no sure bet, and the free agents must keep current in order to qualify for the next project. The question now is, without burying yourself in more student loans, HOW?

Cue the Enterprise Developers Guild.

Started in August 1998, the Guild has created a vital community where gurus can share knowledge of very specific technology. The group’s training sessions focus on Microsoft technology, with the goal of assisting contract software developers in the exploration of new processes. Additionally, the Guild aims to develop a network of professionals in which knowledge can be shared, and skills can further be – for lack of a better term – developed.

Bill Jones, Microsoft MVP and Co-Founder of the Enterprise Developers Guild, describes the group’s motives, stating, “We realized we couldn’t train in-depth, but we could help developers decide what to focus on – what emerging technologies would impact them in the near term by introducing them to the various technical topics.”

The magnanimous leadership of Jones, also association President, along with an enthusiastic company of active board members, has nurtured the society to its modern presence. What began as a network of 200 local developers has since gained enormous momentum, obtaining a dedicated following of nearly 3,000 professionals.

On April 30th, 2005, the Guild expanded their monthly training to kick-off the first annual Charlotte Code Camp. The daylong event was the first of its kind locally and is described by Mark Wilson, association First Vice President and evangelist, as having “more than 20 hours of hard-hitting technical content.”

When asked what spurred the camp’s creation, Jones stated, “We saw a lot of change coming and no easy way for contract developers to get training.”

As the program evolved, user groups from around the region took interest, prompting the name change from Charlotte Code Camp, to Carolina Code Camp. With the added diversification, the Enterprise Developers Guild had created one of the most influential training platforms for IT talent in the Carolinas.

Since its pilot, the trademark event experienced monumental growth, with an initial attendance of 100 guests to its current attendance of nearly 300. Additionally, the agenda has seen many upgrades, including the integration of hands-on labs and informal “Chalk Talks” hosted by Microsoft MVP’s authors, and of course, local developers.

The Enterprise Developers Guild and Carolina Code Camp owe much of their success to the support of key individuals and organizations such as Logical Advantage. Logical Advantage has been an active sponsor of the association’s efforts for over a decade, providing credible speakers, and a relentless amount of pizza for the monthly gatherings. Dan Thyer, CTO and Co-founder of Logical Advantage, along with the firm’s Senior .Net Developer, Mark Wilson, are both prideful members of the steering committee, and go above and beyond their roles, hosting the group’s website, and holding elite positions within their parliament.

But Logical Advantage owes a lot to The Enterprise Developers Guild. You see, in it’s early years, Thyer, held a dynamic presentation on an asp.net technology at one of the monthly meetings. That evening the Thyer’s skills sparked the interest of someone monumental – Logical Advantage’s first client. Since that night, Logical Advantage has been one of the fastest growing IT consulting firms in the area.

This year’s Carolina Code Camp is scheduled for May 4th at the CPCC Levine campus. If coding in .NET is your passion, or even just your hobby, sign up for the camp. You’re bound to get in-depth exposure to exciting new developer technologies, and you’ll probably make a friend or two while you’re at it. For more information on the Enterprise Developers Guild, or to register for Carolina Code Camp 2013, visit www.developersguild.org and learn how you can develop skills, develop knowledge, and develop friends.