Update on Fresno

You know those collective nouns, like a herd of elephants, an army of ants, a murder of crows, a sleuth of bears, a charm of hummingbirds, an ostentation of peacocks, etc.? For tech people, I would use an enumeration of programmers. That’s a programming thing, so if you’re not a tech person and you didn’t get it, don’t worry about it. If you are a .Net programmer and you didn’t get it, check this out:

I spent time with an enumeration of programmers at the .Net Users Group in Fresno last week, where I gave a talk about Click Once Deployment. I thought the talk went really well. Nobody fell asleep that I noticed, or if they did, they didn’t snore so you could hear, and that’s always a good sign.

While not as large as the Pleasanton (California) .Net User Group meetings I attend regularly, they seemed just as determined to have an experience where tech people can come together and share information, which is what it’s all about. If you actually figure out how to get something complicated to work, don’t you want to share it with someone else who might have the same problem, to save them all the time you spent? That’s one of the many great things about the tech community.

Thanks to the people in Fresno for asking me to come down there, and for listening to me; I had a great time.

I’ve lived in different-sized towns in several states — Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, and California — and I have had relatives all over Texas in small towns and large, and every town, no matter how small, has something interesting about it.

I wouldn’t call Fresno small — according to the 2000 census, they have over 425,000 people living there, and that doesn’t count the surrounding environs — but it isn’t exactly close to a huge metropolitan area, but it still has things to do and points of interest — and I’m not just counting the three National Parks within an hour or so of driving distance.

In the next few days, I will make a GoldMail or two and share what I found interesting about Fresno. In the meantime, code on!

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