We had the pleasure last week of hosting Doug Turnure, the Developer Evangelist from Atlanta, Georgia. Doug and I started at Microsoft around the same time (I think he pre-dates me by about 6 months) and we've corresponded a few times but this was the first time I'd met him in person. We had a great time and learnt a lot from each other, especially around interacting with the community and getting our efforts to scale.
Doug's a master at the scale thing. A case in point is his .NET University, an online resource for anyone wanting to take some great training in a variety of Microsoft developer-related topics. The twist is that not only is the training available online as a video, but all of the materials for each course are freely available for you to download, rebrand and redeliver.
There are currently courses in
- Windows Communication Foundation
- Windows Presentation Foundation
- Windows Workflow Foundation
with more on the way.
What's more, if you do redeliver the material, send Doug a list of the people in the class and he'll send you certificate and a T-shirt for each of the "Alumni". Currently, I think this offer only stands for residents of the US (to save on Doug's shipping costs), but he brought a small supply of the shirts with him to Australia so I'll match the offer for Aussie classes while stocks last.
Of course, we couldn't let Doug go home without an Australian Icon.