Friday, September 28, 2012

Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con - Final Update!

Below is a recap of the final update email that went out to attendees today! See you on Monday!

Registration opens at 7 AM on Monday. We're located on the 2nd floor of the Delta Regina - enter through the main doors and take the escalators to the 2nd floor. There's a link to the floor plan on our Schedule page:
Breakfast will be served from 7AM - 8AM in the Trentino room.


The Delta Regina does offer free wi-fi internet. However, one request - please try to restrain connections to one device while at the conference (i.e. phone, laptop, etc.). We've found in the past that we can overload the internet rather quickly, and reducing the number of devices connecting can definitely help.


There have been a few last minute changes to the schedule, so please review the schedule again before Monday. We will have paper copies of the schedule available and you can also check the schedule on our Mobile website:
*Note - the mobile site will be udpated over the weekend to reflect the schedule changes on our website.

Some of our sessions are labelled as "Dojos". These are hands-on sessions where the expectation is that you bring a laptop and code along with the presenter. Each dojo has pre-requisites that must be installed or downloaded prior to the session! We've put up a blog post that details where you can get the materials for each one:
We'll also have some hard drives at the registration table with any session materials/pre-requisites so you can copy them over at the conference.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all next week, and as always please let me know if you have any other questions!



Windows 8 Workshop
There's still time to register for Sunday's free Windows 8 Workshop! Visit the registration page for all the information!


Windows Server 2012 Hands-On IT Camp
There's still time to register for Wednesday night's free Windows Server 2012 Hands-On IT Camp! Visit the registration page for more info!

PITDC–Dojo Pre-Requisites

Below is the pre-requisite information for the various dojo sessions at the conference.

Using Node.JS to Manage Client-Side Development (Dave Mosher)
Please install the latest Node.JS version -

Please download this package, which contains the project, node_module dependencies, and the latest node installers for Windows, Linux, and Mac

Android – Come Build an App!
Please install the latest version of Virtual Box -

Please visit the registration booth at the conference to copy over the VM for this session.

Source Control Crusaders
Please install the latest version of Virtual Box -

Please visit the registration booth at the conference to copy over the VM for this session.

Build an HTML5 Mobile App with Sencha Touch
Please ensure you have a development web server installed (i.e. IIS Express although having Python or Ruby installed will be fine also).

Please ensure you have a webkit-based browser installed (i.e. Safari or Chrome)

Please download the files for this session here.

ASP.NET MVC 4 100mph Dojo
Please ensure you have VS.NET 2010 SP1 or VS.NET 2012 installed.

Please ensure you have a current version of NuGet (2.0.306 or higher) (available here)

Please ensure you have ASP.NET MVC4 release version installed. (available here)

NuGet and MVC4 bits will be available at the registration booth for copy.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Summer Discount One More Week!

It’s two weeks until Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con, and we want to ensure those coming back from summer vacation have enough time to take advantage of our summer discount. So we’re extending it one more week!

Register before September 24th to take advantage of our discount pricing:

2 Day Software Dev Days $499.99
2 Day IT Pro Day $249.99
All 3 Days $699.99

Groups of 3 or more for the Dev Days or full 3 Day conference registrations get an additional $50 off each registration!

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks are included in your registration.

Don’t miss out on the best way to learn about new and emerging technologies for web, mobile, cloud, .NET, Java, and more!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Announcing 2 Free Microsoft Workshops!

We’re thrilled to announce two more community events associated with Prairie IT Pro & Dev Con! And the best part of all – they’re both free! Microsoft is putting on a Windows 8 Workshop on Sunday, September 30th and a Windows Server 2012 IT Camp the evening of Wednesday, October 3rd!

Both have limited seating, so check out the descriptions below and if it sounds interesting register today!

Windows 8 Workshop

Date: September 30, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Delta Regina
Cost: FREE!

On August 15th, Microsoft made Windows 8 RTM and tools available for developers and designers to build apps for the Windows Store. With general availability in October, we want to help you build your app for the Windows Store.

  • If you know web development technologies, you can develop apps using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.
  • If you have developed .NET, Windows Presentation Foundation, or Microsoft Silverlight applications, you can develop apps using XAML, with code-behind in C++, C#, or Visual Basic.
  • If you know DirectX, you can develop s DirectX app using native C++ and HLSL to take full advantage of graphics hardware.

With over 500 million devices running Windows in the world, Windows 8 provides one of the biggest developer opportunities, ever. Building apps to be sold or provided for free in the Windows Store are easy to build and allow you to take advantage of new features in Windows 8 including Search, Share, Play To, file picker & extensions, touch first, live tiles and many more that will make your app successful and profitable.

In this workshop, we will combine presentation along with hands-on labs so that you are get familiar with the platform, the tools and get you prepared for submitting your first app into the Windows Store.

Pre-Requisites:Attendees should have Windows 8 and the developer tools already installed that can be downloaded either through an MSDN subscription or a free trial. If you have any questions about installation before the workshop, please send an e-mail to Please note, you cannot build Windows Store apps with Windows 7 or Mac OSX unless you have virtualization software.


Windows Server 2012 IT Camp

Date: October 3, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Delta Regina, Umbria Room
Cost: FREE!
Registration: Click Here!

Here's your opportunity to get hands on experience with Windows Server 2012 in an interactive, guided evening session. Learn what's new in Windows Server 2012 and how to take advantage of those new features!