Justin was sick and couldn't make it, but Roy filled in for him with a lecture about Regexes. My lecture was the second one, and I think it went very well. I managed to show everything that I planned to (although not all that I wanted), and actually got to the last slide on time, which was a major worry for me.
Things to improve:
- This is supposed to be an entry level user group - but I feel that I had answered too many questions at a higher level than may have been appropriate. This was probably because those were good questions, but I probably should have saved
- It is probably not a good idea to show the SQL code from NHibernate when the dialect is set to SQL 2005 - when you start to use paging scray stuff with CTE are starting to happen, which just confuses people.
- I noticed mid way that I sometimes get stuck in the middle of explaining a complex concept. This is because to understand the concept you need to understand a whole lot of stuff behind it, which I simply can't explain in a short time frame. As a result, there were several cases where I started a sentence, paused with an "Ah..." and then had to bail out by saying it is too complex.