The Kalamazoo X Conference 2011

12 Apr 2011
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On Saturday, April 30th, we’ll be holding the 3rd Kalamazoo X Conference in downtown Kalamazoo, MI. The event continues to focus on “soft skills” – all the things I like to say developers are typically bad at doing. :-)

It’s amazing how much time developers will spend learning the latest “shiny” tool or technology, but when it comes to improving their soft skills, they spend almost no time trying to improve. It’s something we’re trying to fix with the X Conference.

This year we have another great line-up of speakers including Joe O’Brien, Leon Gersing, Jim Holmes, Tim Ford, Jeff Blankenburg, Jeff McWherter and Laura Bergells. I have a couple other speakers in the pipeline, but I don’t want to announce until I have a firm commitment.

The talks this year range from “Rocking Your Body Language” to “Design Skills Every Developer Should Know” to a talk about what DBAs believe developers should know and do. I’m looking forward to each and every talk because I know the speakers are all extremely passionate about their topics.

We are continuing with our single-track format with talks ranging anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes. We’re also going to have what I think will be an *awesome* panel discussion on interviewing!

Here are some pictures from last year’s event and an interview I did with my friend Dave Giard for his Technology and Friends show.

You can register for the event here!

Updated at 9:23pm on 4/12 – fixed date.

I’ll be speaking at Codestock 2011!

12 Apr 2011
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When the Codestock voting ended, two of my talks ended up in the top 4! I’ll be delivering “Simplify your WPF / Silverlight Applications with Caliburn.Micro and Re-thinking the (Desktop) User Interface.

Codestock has always been one of my favorite events. If you haven’t signed up, do it now!

Going Independent with Deep Fried Bytes

06 Apr 2011
by mjeaton, posted in business, personal, programming   |  2 Comments

Shortly before the MVP Summit, I received emails from Keith and Chris asking if I’d like to be on DFB to talk about WPF or going independent. While I really dig WPF, I told them I’d prefer to talk about being an independent developer for the past 10 years or so. A couple weeks ago, we recorded this episode. After Keith edited out an epic amount of “umms” (from both of us) and some of my so-called “tangents”, here is the result: Episode 67 – Tips on how to be an Independent Software Consultant with Michael Eaton


Codestock 2011

20 Feb 2011
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Smartphones, tablet computers, and televisions running applications; the future is in motion. The technology landscape is changing and it can be hectic for developer and IT professionals to keep up. At the same time, opportunities for technology entrepreneurs are huge and it has never been easier for small independent startups to reach the consumer market. Join us in the future at CodeStock 2011!

  • Keynote by Author Charles Petzold
  • Sessions for Developers, IT Professionals, and Entrepreneurs
  • 100+ break out sessions + Open Spaces (self-organizing sessions)
  • Panel discussions and live podcasts
  • CodeStock Social Event to meet and make connections

Space is limited so register today at

Also, please vote for my sessions! :-)