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Webinars are go.

Presented the very first DotImage webinar today.  Went well, I think.  Only ran into two glitches.

The first was when I couldn’t figure out why I was muted.  Five minutes into playing with every button and configuration I could think of, I realized there was a switch on my microphone.  Headset 1, Elaine 0.

The second glitch came when I discovered that Visual Studio refused to save all the snippets I had prepared ahead of time.  I use two different kinds of snippets – one saved as XML files and another that are just chunks of code dragged over to the toolbox.  It’s the second kind that VS doesn’t save, when you’re viewing a Javascript page.  I’ve never had trouble saving them from ASPX pages or code-behind, so I wasn’t expecting to be so unprepared.  Visual Studio 1, Elaine 0.  Luckily, though, I was able to demonstrate what I needed to without the snippets, so Visual Studio 1, Elaine 1.

I think I was less nervous when doing a presentation in front of 20 people live than doing one over the internet.  Luckily, I had Rick from Sales and Eric the Marketing Dude join me.  Rick was a calming influence, and Eric got me a glass of water (which I had completely forgotten about) and told me to present to Yoda (a figurine we have in the office).  Having an audience always makes presenting easier.

The next webinar is next Wednesday, same Bat time, same Bat channel.  The topic will be another basic application, but this time focusing on DotImage WinForms controls.  I’ll also be adding other webinars later, such as an advanced Web how-to, WPF, and Silverlight applications.

If you’d like to sign up for a webinar, go to our new Education page.  And, uh, “try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. And, finally, here are some completely gratuitous pictures of” fish.

Published Wednesday, April 15, 2009 2:42 PM by Elaine


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