Oh man... oh man! JP's puttin' on a contest and givin' away free stuff... Lot's of it! *drool*
It's kind of a cool idea... The gist of it is to describe how YOU are contributing to the community, and how YOU are leaving an impact on those around you. It's all about YOU!
I can think of a few people that I have definitely left an impact on my life. If anyone's left an impact on you, why not nominate them!
The first place winner of the contest...
wins a seat at the Nothin' But .NET Boot Camp, held in Las Vegas! That's about $3000 bucks for that seat alone! Plus... they get a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite... Plus a full years subscription to an MSDN Premium subscription.
I have no idea what an MSDN Premium subscription is... so I Googled it, here's what I found:
"MSDN Subscriptions are the ultimate resource for professional Developers, teams and organizations..." - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/aa718661.aspx
Oh man, oh man... not only do you get a first class ticket to one of the most fulfilling courses you'll ever take, but.... you also get the ultimate resource for professional developers. If that doesn't get you all the fame and glory you've ever wanted... I'm not sure what will!
The second place winner...
wins a stack of books, and tools and another copy of Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite with another fully year subscription to MSDN.
The books are wicked too, not to mention expensive! You get...
- The Pragmatic Programmer
- Code Complete
- Head First Design Patterns
- Design Patterns
- Test Driven Development
- CLR via C#
- Working Effectively with Legacy Code
- Domain Driven Design
- Agile, Principles, Patterns and Practices in C#.
I've read everyone of these books except for the last one. I can honestly say, I would read them over and over again. In fact, I am... and the tools.... oh man the tools... once you go ReSharper you'll never go back to naked studio, you just can't physically do it. It makes you physically ill... I puked once trying to do it... it was messy!
The third place winner...
wins a gift card from Amazon worth $140 bucks... That's quite a few books for a starving reader.
For more information go read up on the contest here...