by Jason Gaylord

Hello speakers! We're happy to inform you that our call for speakers for TechBash 2021 is now open here.

We are hosting our CFP on Sessionize once again this year, and you can submit proposals for standard sessions or full-day workshops through June 4th.

TechBash 2021 will be happening on October 19-22 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Poconos. This location is the second largest indoor waterpark in the U.S. Tuesday, Oct 19th will be our optional day of workshops for attendees. Head over to our home page for more information about TechBash or email our speaker committee with any questions.

Please tell your friends! We want to make this the biggest, most diverse TechBash developer conference yet.

We hope to see you this fall!

- Your TechBash Organizers

by Jason Gaylord

Last February (2020), the organizers of TechBash were in the midst of planning their 5th straight regional software and web developer conference. We all felt that we were ahead of the game and making great strides to make our event even better than previous years. However, the event never took place due to the pandemic that caught nearly everyone by surprise.

Today we'd like to announce that TechBash will return to the Pocono Mountains in October. Our goal is to host a safe and enjoyable conference for all. We are hopeful and optimistic that the wide-spread effects of COVID-19 will continue to diminish over time. As we approach the event, if we feel that our attendees, sponsors, presenters, colleagues and friends will be placed in harms way or will not have an enjoyable time, we will reconsider the 2021 event.

We will be sharing additional information in the weeks ahead including the opening date for registration. For now, save the date, continue to be safe, and get ready for the return of one of the best regional conferences around, TechBash 2021.

We'll see you in October!

by Jason Gaylord

For an update on TechBash 2021, please visit https://techbash.com/blog/2021/02/09/update-on-techbash-2021. 

Save the date! TechBash 2021 will return to the Poconos on October 19-22, 2021.

The event will mark the 5th annual TechBash Developer Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, PA. Attendees can expect more of the great content, speakers, and activities they have come to expect from TechBash. Our newsletter is the best way to find out the day that Early Bird tickets go on sale. Don't miss out!

Speakers can watch for our call for presentations to open early in 2021. Are you interested in speaking? Sign up for our newsletter to be among the first to find out when the CFP is launched. Do you know somebody who should be speaking at TechBash? Send them our way!

Thanks to all of our speakers, sponsors, staff, and attendees for making TechBash 2019 a huge success! While we had to skip 2020 due to the pandemic, we plan on making the 2021 event safe and enjoyable for all. We can't wait to see you in October!

- Your TechBash Organizers

by Jason Gaylord

Over the past several months, the world has been dealing with COVID-19. Many in person events have either been cancelled or moved to a virtual format only. The organizers of TechBash has spent significant time discussing TechBash 2020. We're fortunate enough to have a venue, Kalahari Resorts, that is willing to work with us.

After much deliberation, we are cancelling our in-person TechBash 2020 conference. We would like to announce that we'll be back at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, PA from October 19-22, 2021. We're excited to see you all in person in 2021.

Stay tuned for more information!

by Alvin Ashcraft

Last month we published another awesome session from TechBash 2019. Subscribe to our YouTube page so you'll be notified of all the great new content from TechBash every year.

Zero to Eighty: Getting Your Testing Initiative Off the Line

Nicole Tibaldi

Just over a year ago, my team’s frontend codebase lacked any meaningful test coverage. Our release process was painful, requiring us to complete nearly one hundred manual QA steps to give us even the smallest amount of confidence that new features didn’t break existing functionality. Now, our tests are automated, fast, stable, and nobody complains about having to write them! As I recount the tale of how I became the team’s “test captain” and led us to testing bliss, you’ll learn about mistakes we made, how we changed course when needed, the milestones we achieved, and some general dos and don’ts for creating better habits within your team.

Check back soon for more announcements about TechBash 2020!

- Your TechBash Organizers

by Alvin Ashcraft

Last week we published another session from last November's TechBash 2019 event in the Poconos. Subscribe to our channel today to get notified when we publish new videos.

Gene Gotimer - Get to Green: How to safely refactor legacy code

For many of us, legacy code is a fact of life. Code without tests -- no safe way to make changes, no safety net, no hope of untangling the web of accumulated ugliness, an incomplete understanding (or less) of how it really behaves. And your next set of changes is just going to add to the garbage pile and make it worse. You need tests so you can safely make changes, but you can't add tests without changing the code. It is a chicken-and-egg problem.

So how do you turn legacy code into code you can change confidently? Slowly, one step at a time. Join Gene as he shares his experiences working with a monolithic codebase that was so bad it made national news. He'll go over the steps he and his team used to refactor the code safely by using mocking frameworks, mutation testing, and patience to build an understanding of how the code worked so that they could change it confidently.

This talk is for anyone that has inherited legacy code that they aren't confident in and wants to make it something they can work on and improve. You'll leave with some tools and techniques that will help you change your legacy code into something maintainable.

by Alvin Ashcraft

Hello speakers! We're happy to inform you that our call for speakers for TechBash 2020 is now open here.

We are hosting our CFP on Sessionize once again this year, and you can submit proposals for standard sessions or full-day workshops through April 15th.

TechBash 2020 will be happening on October 13-16 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Poconos. This location is still the largest indoor waterpark in the U.S. Tuesday, Oct 13th will be our optional day of workshops for attendees. Head over to our home page for more information about TechBash or email our speaker committee with any questions.

Please tell your friends! We want to make this the biggest, most diverse TechBash developer conference yet.

We hope to see you this fall!

- Your TechBash Organizers

by Alvin Ashcraft

Catch four new TechBash 2019 session recordings on the TechBash Dev Conference YouTube channel today. Here's what you've missed if you aren't subscribed to our channel:

7 Habits of Highly Effective Developers - Gaines Kergosien

Software and website developers are in extremely high demand and rates continue to climb, but many developers have not yet realized their potential. Being good at what you do is important, but it's equally important that you can communicate the value you bring to an organization and build a reputation that will provide opportunities for growth, both professionally and financially. We will work together to measure your accomplishments, establish a personal brand, and walk away with a resume that conveys your true value!

From Razor to Blazor with ASP.NET Core - Bill Wolff

ASP.NET keeps adding exciting new features. See the progression from web forms to MVC, WebAPI, SignalR, and Razor Pages. The newest trend is client-side C# web development with Blazor and Web Assembly.

.NET: Past, Present, and Future - Scott Kay

.NET is a proven platform for building every conceivable category of software with an exciting and transformative future still ahead.

Impostor Syndrome: Slaying the Beast - 'Tine Zekis

Impostor Syndrome is a nasty beast that preys on us at all levels of our careers. But there are times when we are particularly vulnerable to its lures. Learn how to recognize the beast when it starts to sneak up on you, and more importantly, what to do about it! You will leave this talk armed with tools for fighting off Impostor Syndrome, and the confidence to strut into your next meeting, standup, or job interview. Once you’ve learned to slay the beast, you’ll be ready to just slay, in general.

Happy viewing, and keep an eye out for our call for speakers in the coming days!

by Alvin Ashcraft

The TechBash 2019 Keynote is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Learning at Lightspeed - Jeffrey T. Fritz

Is the speak of Open Source frameworks stressing you out? Do you need to be watching all of the podcasts and reading every blog about your favorite technology or else your career will be left behind? Distractions are everywhere in our community. We’ll learn how to focus our projects on the technologies they’re built on to manage the pace of change for our organization while still maintaining support where available.

Let's learn from Microsoft's open source journey over the last 5 years and how to interact with developers and ensure they get the latest updates without overwhelming them.

Stay tuned for another recorded session later this week!

by Alvin Ashcraft

It's that time again. The next TechBash 2019 recorded session is now available on our YouTube channel!

Getting Started with Docker - Tim Corey

Docker is everywhere but maybe you aren't quite up to speed yet. You can talk about it or at least fake your way through a conversation but you haven't had time to get started actually using it yet. If that sounds like you, this is your session. We will walk through Docker from the beginning. Don't be fooled though. This isn't a PowerPoint session. We won't be doing fun pictures and abstract concepts. We will be taking code and putting it into containers. Then we will look at how to use those containers, how to communicate with them, how to manage them, and more. After we cover the basics, we will get into orchestration and other more complicated topics. While this is a language-agnostic talk, we will use the Visual Studio tools for some sites and situations.

Check it out and subscribe to our channel to get notified when new sessions are posted each week.