TRUIX

Tampa Ricj User Interface/eXperience users group
  • TampaSLUG Meeting is March 3rd, 2010(Tonight) with Greg Leonardo

    our next meeting is tonight at 7pm at the MS offices (check out the TampaSLUG site for more info). Greg is bringing a us a talk which should coincide nicely with the talk I gave last month (even if you missed last month Greg's talk is still for those of you who want to learn).  If you have a desire to learn Silverlight, but don't know where to begin, or simply just want to get some background in it. This is the group and night for you! . Greg is really knowledgaeble about Silverlight so this night...

  • Wed, Feb 10, 2010: Basics of Building Silverlight Applications (For Business Devs)

    Tomorrow, is our next meeting at 7pm at the MS offices (check out the TampaSLUG site for more info). I want to stress that this is a very basic 101 type of talk. If you have a desire to learn Silverlight, but don't know where to begin, or simply just want to get some background in it. This is the group and night for you! The night will be focused on a couple topics, but it's mostly about building forms with Silverlight and binding data to those forms to make your life easier (SIlverlight is actually easier in many respects...

  • TRUIX Update for Nov. 3rd! Jim ZImmerman is sick!

    We are not cancelling though. Greg Leonardo has graciously offered to step in and give us a talk he calls “Impromptu Sketchflow.” Should be fun. Everything else is the same (7:00pm for the speaker/Pizza at 6:30pm.. MS Offices)

  • A very important TRUIX meeting with Jim Zimmerman on Nov. 3rd

    Next Tuesday, November 3rd, we have Jim Zimmerman coming in. Jim is talking about a subject that in my opinion is important to both developers and designers. Jim will be showing us how to do something that both areas of app development need to know how to do. He’s teaching us how to take a Photoshop file, slice it up into usable web graphics and then build html and CSS to create a web layout from the original file which is perfect for an ASP.NET Masterpage. You might wonder why I think this is so important. The reason is simple. In...

  • The Next TRUIX meeting is October 8th

    The next TRUIX meeting is October 8th. We are still finalizing some of the details for the night, but we will definitely be continuing tutorial on building a UI (using our www.TampaUx.net site). We also plan on bringing you some material for the Silverlight 3/Expression 3 launch. Things will get started at about 7:00pm (with doors opening up at 6:30pm). Sorry it’s taken us so long to get a next meeting (we’ve had a lot of scheduling conflicts to work through of our core team). PS. the meeting after this one will be on November 3rd and we’ll have Jim Zimmerman talking...

  • Tampa UX .NET next meeting July 29th at the Microsoft Offices (in Tampa)

    Just wanted to fire off a quick blog post/update on what is happening with Tampa UX this month. With the switch to the Microsoft Offices in Tampa (map, etc to come in a future post), we had to adjust the schedule a little, so sorry if this inconveniences you (BTW, I don’t have credentials for our web site nor do I have the email list at this time, but I will do my best to update them soon). Look for an update on our new URL – http://www.tampaux.NET We have really, really exciting things happening (I can’t wait to share them at...

  • Tampa ux… Meeting tomorrow night (Wed. June 10th, 2009).. 7:30pm

    We are meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings across the street from our normal location tomorrow night. If you have had any complaints or suggestions about how we run Tampa UX, you need to be there. It’s an important meeting. We have some ideas that we want to run by you guys and see what you guys think.. We can’t do this without you!

  • clientscript as the view controller

    I’m finalizing my demos for next week’s talk at the Tampa ASP.NET MVC user group. I’m also in the midst of a deploy to our test servers of among other things a page that is an experimental architecture for me and my team. I was talking with my boss (Perry for those of you who attend Tampa UX). He had to do a little touch up on my quickly thrown together UI. He told me after playing with it that he really liked how it performs and even how it works. He thinks it’s a pretty good UX. It’s actually very...

  • TUX: Wednesday May 13th, 2009 with Christopher Bennage

    Just a quick reminder that at Tampa UX tomorrow night we’ll have Christopher Bennage presenting. Shawn Cady will also be continuing his What is UX series. Doors open at 6:30pm with the speaking starting at 7pm. Check out the web site for more detail.

  • What is UX (User Experience)?

    (and should I be afraid to talk at a user group that has UX as its focus).. UX or User Experience or User Experience Design is a pretty hot topic right now… well in some circles. In other circles its a feared topic. Oftentimes when I ask someone to speak at my group Tampa UX, I get a response like “Isn’t that just for designers? I’m a developer, you don’t really want me there.” I usually end up coaching the speaker on what they should and should not do. Along the way I find that I have to explain what I’m...

  • TAMPA UX: Re-MIX this Wednesday (April 8th)

    The flurry of activity from last month is over (March Madness??). Those of us who went to MIX09 have finally recovered, but we’re all still taking in the information that was presented. Look for MIX09 to have a deep impact on TUX. Anyway, this week we’re going to go over the highlights of MIX. Shawn Cady, Jay Kimble, Nikita Polyakov, Bill Reiss, and Diane Leeper will each present a piece of it. Here’s the hot topics of MIX09: Windows Mobile 6.5, Blend3, SketchView, Silverlight3, Super Preview, IE8. We’ll try to cover them all in one form or another. As usual, we’ll have pizza...

  • TUX Tomorrow night

    Tomorrow night at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30) I am presenting on MS Ajax and Services. This is a pretty important topic in the Ajax space because it’s sometimes the difference between a slow web site with Ajax and a fast one. Shawn Cady will also be presenting the next talk in his “What is UX” series (which is defining what TUX is all about). Also, newly minted (first ever Silverlight MVP) Bill Reiss will be with us. Bill has a really cool new project that he’s going to show to us as well (if you...

  • TUX with John Papa is tonight at 7:00pm

    Just a quick reminder blog that John Papa will be speaking at TUX tonight on ADO.NET Data Services and on Silverlight2 Data Binding. Shawn Cady (my boss and the resident Answers Systems Design guy) will be continuing our series on “What is UX” with one of the 7 UX elements (I’m not sure which one at the moment) We will be giving away a bunch of John’s books and some additional O’Reilly books. We’re also giving away a full Expression2 Studio (I’ve been keeping Shawn away from this… I think he’s been “eyeing” it), and some other things from...

  • TUX: Next Meeting - Wed. Jan 14th 7:00pm

    If you missed the MSDN Flash (thanks, Joe or whoever got us listed... I forgot to do it), here’s what’s going on. Shawn Cady will continue his 8 part series on "What is User Experience?" If you missed the first one you will still get something out of this one. (We will be putting that first one online in the future). This was a great presentation and not to be missed. His first one was very informative, fun, and at times veering into some dangerous territory (we talked about UX on certain types of web sites that a...

  • Tampa Code Camp 2008 Wrap up

    Yesterday I had an excellent day at the Tampa Code Camp. My wife gave me a vacation day from the family (thank you!) which makes for a good day that I can just hang out catch a couple sessions, speak, and connect with a few other geeks. I have attached my slides and sample projects to this post (the sample solution requires that you have Script# installed). I also attached my MS Ajax Cheat sheets as well. Normally that would be all that I would put up here, but there were some additional things that happened as a...

  • TUX: Update...

    Last night we had a fabulous night at TUX. I really think we are starting to hit stride now. Shawn Cady (our resident Dev-signer) did a fantastic presentation on using heatmaps for UX analysis. Before launching into this demo he decided to do a fabulous overview of UX. His thoughts echoed my own as I was planning on having an open discussion on this very topic. I would be remiss if I missed mentioning that Marc Aniol followed up with a demonstration of Astoria (ADO.NET Data Services) being used with MS Ajax Templates (and Virtual Earth, and a...

  • Multiple threads to improve UX (User Experience)

    Shawn (of TUX -- BTW, we have a TUX meeting coming up tomorrow night) pointed me to a pretty cool article yesterday. It’s the End Bracket in this months MSDN Magazine. You can read it online here. Perry (my boss and also of TUX) and I have been talking about some things related to our ASP.NET app’s reporting module (among other things) that additionally got me thinking. This is pure theory (and potentially a really strange idea)... I admit this up front, but I’m going to throw it out for all to see (and potentially make fun...

  • TUX Meeting 3 - Nov. 12th

    Our next meeting will be on Wed. Nov. 12th. The responses that we got for changing the meeting was inconclusive (so we’ll talk about it next meeting feel free to email me if you can’t make it). We’re trying a small experiment for the next meeting. We are doing an "Implementation meeting" which is to say "Show us your UI and why you think it provides a good UX! (or maybe it doesn’t and you need advice)" Shawn will also do a short designer-friendly topic (not sure what he’s doing, but the big block of time is for your...

  • Tampa User eXperience (TUX) - 10-8-2008 - Agenda

    This Wednesday, we are having our second TUX meeting! Bill Reiss will be doing a talk on Silverlight2 (with a little more design emphasis than my JavaScript talk last month). We are addressing some of the things raised in the survey (and haven’t addressed them all yet). In light of this new format we will also be introducing some smaller talks along with the main speaker. So here’s the agenda: - Arrive between 6:30 and 7:00pm, for a social time and with food (thank you, TekSystems) - Welcome by me and introduction of TekSystems (who is...

  • TUX First Meeting wrap up

    I am proud to say that our team pulled together our first meeting ever without any hitches that I know of. Most people found it fairly easily (despite my probably insufficient instructions). We had about 28 people (I think) show up. As you may know (or you may not because you missed it), I spoke at the first meeting on an in depth talk on the MS Ajax Client Script enhancements (we’ll try not to get quite this heavily "developer-centric" in the future). We gave out the MSDN Premium that Bill Reiss donated to us and Chris Faulhaber won...

  • Tampa UX (TUX) First Meeting Tomorrow Night (Sept. 10th, 2008)!

    Since we are still waiting on the website to go live (it will be at http://www.tampaux.org once the files get copied up), here’s some detailed info on the TUX meeting tomorrow ay 6:30 (for food) with the actual meeting starting around 7:00pm (we should be done around 9:00pm) Here’s Answers Systems (where we’re meeting) on Virtual Earth That address is 4029 Tampa Rd, Oldsmar, FL 34677-3206. Basically, if you are coming from Tampa, take Hillsborough Ave. to Oldsmar. We’re the bullding (on the same side of the street) just past the McDonald’s that...

  • TUX Update... (AKA I missed something)

    MSDN Premium Subscription is up for grabs I forgot to mention this yesterday. Bill Reiss our resident MVP is giving away an MSDN Premium Subscription. So if you come you have a chance at getting it. Multi-location BTW, we are working toward being multi-location, so if you are in another state in the US (probably more of an East Coast thing) or in Florida, one of our goals is to make our meetings available via streaming (but only to groups... sorry you won’t be able to just dial up our stream from your desk at home)

  • TUX (Tampa UX) is next Wednesday (Sept. 10th) at 6:30pm

    The Tampa User eXperience User Group will have its first meeting next Wednesday. The presentation will be MS Ajax Client Script 101 by Jay E. Kimble (me). We will be meeting at  Answers Systems (4029 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, Fl 34677... right next to the Oldsmar Fleamarket). Email me if you are planning on coming (use the contact form on the site). I will post my cell phone a day or two before (so you have someone to call in case you get lost). Pizza and drinks will be supplied, so come on out.

  • Writing Better JS Components

    Perry (my boss... a developer/manager... he codes and manages) and I have been having a recurring conversation lately. One that keeps bringing to my mind a product that I knew about when I worked for ZAC Catalogs (way back in the day). I would daresay that none of you had even heard of it (although we did pick it up as a result of Xtras carrying it, so maybe a few of you knew about it). I believe it was a called "MFC DataGrid Wizard" or something like that. Anyway what it did was build a custom DataGrid component for...

  • Tampa User eXperience (TUX) User Group is coming September 10th, 2008…

    I am proud to announce that I and a couple other guys are starting User Group that revolves around User Experience (or UX) in the MS tools eco-system. The other guys are Shawn Cady, Perry Panagopoulos, and Bill Reiss (MVP) [Bill always gets his MVP props]. I could give you all their backgrounds, but I’ll make them do it at the first meeting. I’m sure Papa Fish (aka www.devfish.net) the local MS Dev Evangelist (my Blog Father) Joe Healy will be around (at least for the first meeting). TUX' Focus Our focus will be on the "now" of Ajax and how it...