There is a local Houston security conference that occurs every year or so called HOU.SEC.CON.  The next HOU.SEC.CON will be March 23, 2017.  

I have been wanting to make it for a few years but it seems like I always have a conflict.  This year, however, I will be able to make it and I am looking forward to it.

If you are interested in infosec and will be in the area, you should check it out.


Houston Techfest coming this weekend

This coming Saturday, September 28, will be the Houston Techfest.  This is annual conference that is free to attend and seems to grow larger and better each year.

The conference will be at Reliant Center and has many great talks on the schedule. I did not have the time this year to submit a talk but I will be sitting on the Business of Software discussion panel during lunch.

I have never been disappointed with the selection of talks at Techfest so you should come out if you are in the Houston area and have some free time this Saturday.

Presentation Slides and Code from October iPhone Dev Meetup

As promised, here are the slides and code that I used in last night’s presentation on Core Data.

Thanks to everyone who attended my talk. I thought the Q&A and conversation made the presentation much better than just me standing and talking to the room (although it also made the presentation go longer than I had planned).

Anyone in the Houston area doing iOS work that is not taking advantage of this great meetup is missing out.

Slides and Code

Speaking at Houston iPhone Developer Meetup Oct 26

I will be speaking at the next Houston iPhone Developer Meetup. I will be using almost the same slides as I did for the Core Data presentation at the Houston Techfest this past Saturday but I will have a little more time to present and the Q&A that goes on during the presentations is often the best part.

If you are in Houston, this is a great way to meet other iOS developers. We are fortunate in Houston, there are usually several individuals in attendance who have presented talks at national and regional conferences.

Presentation Slides from Houston Techfest 2010

As promised, here are the presentation slides (keynote) and the code from the presentation I gave today at the Houston Techfest. Thanks to everyone who attended my talk.


Alt.Net Houston Open Spaces 2010

Ben Scheirman is organizing a conference for the Alt.Net community in Houston and I have heard great things about it in the past so I am planning to attend this year.

The conference is organized in the Open Spaces format. For those who have not attended a conference like this before, the idea is simple. None of the sessions (or very few) are officially scheduled in advance. Generally the first day, in this case Friday evening, the group gets together and plans the schedule based on ideas generated from the group and those who volunteer to speak/lead a session. The sessions are generally very good and highly interactive.

The cost is $20 but that includes pre-conference sessions on Friday April 30, a full day of sessions on Saturday, and a few sessions on Sunday with breakfast and coffee included. Check out the conference website to register and hopefully I will see you there.

Slides and Code from the iPhone DevCamp Core Data Presentation

I’m quite tardy in posting this so I apologize. Here is the code and slides from the presentation I did on Core Data at the Houston iPhone DevCamp on Jan 30. Thanks to everyone that attended.

Sample Code

Presentation Slides

Houston iPhone DevCamp

The Houston iPhone DevCamp is going to be held the weekend of January 30-31 in the space next door to CoffeeGroundz. There will be a total of 12 talks during the day Saturday with a happy hour at the end of the day to celebrate the 1st year of the Houston iPhone Developer Meetup.

Starting Saturday evening and going through the night until mid-Sunday morning, there is an iPhone App Jam scheduled. The idea is to develop a complete iPhone app overnight and present what you have developed the next morning. I will be participating and I know of several others that plan on it as well. Don’t be discouraged if you are a newbie to iPhone development as several of the talks will be introductory to help you get started (there will also be advanced talks for those who have been at it a while).

I’ll be giving an introductory talk on Core Data but there will always be two talks going at the same time so you have the opportunity to not have to listen to me if that doesn’t sound attractive. You can sign up on the DevCamp site so I hope to see you there!

Speaking at the Houston iPhone Developer’s Meetup Dec. 15

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog (too long). I was out of town on business for several weeks during the late Spring and over the Summer so making time for the blog was difficult.

I wanted to let anyone who might be interested know that I will be speaking at the Houston iPhone Developer’s Meetup on December 15. The topic will be Core Data (obviously on the iPhone OS). The talk will be an introduction covering configuration of the store, querying, updating, migration, and the iPhone specific functionality not available on the desktop OS.

Hope to see you there.

Heading to TechEd

I’ll be heading to TechEd North America this weekend.  This year it is in Los Angeles. 

I am attending TechEd.  Are you?

It has been quite a while since I’ve been there so I’m really looking forward to it.  Hopefully the flu scare and the economy (and associated budget cuts) won’t cut down attendance too drastically.

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