I am a Microsoft C# MVP and co-leader of the Lincoln .NET Users Group and Nebraska Code Camp. Having a deep passion for solving problems – I have turned to writing code as an outlet for that passion. Starting in the 4th grade on a Commodore64, I have continually pushed myself to learn more about the construction of software – and I love sharing that knowledge and passion with others. It’s a fantastic time to be a developer – and I’m loving every minute of it. When not speaking at conferences, or hanging out with my wife and 2 kids, I run my own independent consulting company – Barney Consulting (www.barneyconsulting.net) – out of my basement.
Being involved in your professional community is extremely important. If you’re someone who needs a professional network, or relies on potential clients, business partners or employers knowing you by reputation, the value of being actively involved can not be understated. It is well worth the investment of your time to put yourself out there, shake some hands and forge relationships with the people who could open the door for you to reach your career goals. It sounds cliche, but it’s true. Really.
- Speaking – It’s weird. I was the prototypical scrawny nerd growing up. Speech impediments (and also having “Chauncey” as my legal first name) led to me keeping to myself and being very shy and fairly opinionated. As I’ve met people in the technical community, I’ve really found my voice, you might say. I still have some nerve before a talk, but have grown to be very confident speaking in front of groups of people, and I try to do it as often as I can. [Visit my speaking page...]
- Lincoln .NET Users Group - In September 2008 Ken Versaw and I founded The Lincoln .NET Users Group. We currently have over 200 members of the group, with anywhere from 20-60 members attending each meeting. Our monthly meetings cover a wide variety of .NET topics suited for beginners and experts alike. We strive to deliver the best speakers from local and national sources while providing a valuable networking environment for our growing developer community. [Visit The Lincoln .NET Users Group...]
- Nebraska Code Camp – In 2011, Ken and I decided to reach more of the Nebraska developer community. That why we organized the first annual Nebraska Code Camp. It’s a free, community-driven developer conference. We’re growing every year, bringing in over 400 unique attendees over the two day event in 2013. Each year, top-notch speakers from the midwest and beyond come together to deliver great content to attendees. What’s great is that these are people who are taking a Saturday to come and learn more about their profession – they are here because the want to be. It makes for an awesome event! [Visit the Nebraska Code Camp...]
- Barney Consulting - In March, 2013, I decided I had had enough of working for “the man”, and left my full-time job to start my own company – Barney Consulting, Inc. I have way more requests for my time than I have time to give, which is certainly a good problem to have. For more information, visit the Barney Consulting Webs9ite (sorry – just a landing page right now). I will have a technical profile of myself, as well as a list of services I provide when the site is launched (soon – I promise ). [Visit Barney Consulting, Inc....]
- Amegala – As the user group and code camp began to grow, as well as the amount of sponsorship money, we recognized the need to form a corporation to be the financial parent of these groups – with the idea also that we could help other local groups by sponsoring, or acting as a financial parent for them as well, We also might have some software in the works. [Visit Amegala, Inc....]
Find Me Online
I’ve usually been the first of my friends to sign up for new social networks – I’m a geek – I like to see where the industry is going. But I’ve always used social media more as a consumer rather than a producer. Now that I’m an independent contractor, my value is in some way tied to how I represent myself to the world and how I grow my network. With that in mind, I’m now investing some of my time to become a valuable producer on social media. You’ve been warned.
- Facebook – You never know how people treat friend requests, so I’ll tell you how I do it before you request. I tend to only accept friends who I actually know – met face to face on at least 2 occasions and would happily stop on the street if saw them to have a conversation. That said, ooks like you can “follow” people on facebook now, so feel free. [Find me on Facebook...]
- Twitter (@cabarney) – I don’t tweet a lot, and when I do, it’s usually things from my personal life, not my professional. It’s strange because I use twitter primarily to consume technology-related tweets. As I become more active online as a producer, I will likely tweet more tech-related things. [Find me on Twitter...]
- LinkedIn – Unlike facebook, I will accept any request to connect on LinkedIn. Your professional network can never be too big, especially as a independent contractor. don’t contribute much to LinkedIn, but I would like to network with you. [Find me on LinkedIn...]
- Google+ – I have to admit, I thought Google+ was dead – nobody was there. But I checked in again recently and it’s really come along. I’d love it if it gained some market share. So, add me, and I’ll add you back assuming I know who you are. [Find me on Google+]
- StackOverflow – I made a real effort to be active on StackOverflow a couple years ago, and did ok, but then life got busy and I let it slip. I’m now recommitting to being an active contributor on StackOverflow. [Find me on StackOverflow...]
- github – I love consuming open source projects, and have a couple upcoming that I will be contributing to. github is also where I’ve started keeping the slides and demos from my talks. [Find me on guthub...]
You can email me. I won’t mind.