Passion is Contagious

Posted on July 03, 2007 @ 00:04 journal

Last week was yet another busy week for mista mO! I wont bore you with the details, but needless to say.. I have enjoyed the long weekend.

Last Wednesday I went and checked out Richard Campbell’s presentation on SQL Querying Tips & Tricks at the Calgary .NET user group. Mr. Campbell is the man! He’s the co-host of .NET rocks with Carl Franklin and the host of Runas Radio with Gregg Hughes.

The presentation was awesome, not only is Mr. Campbell funny, but he’s a great presenter. He knows how to keep his audience involved, and the stories are great! SQL is definitely not one of my strongest points, so some of the discussion was slightly over my head, but overall I’m glad I attended!

One of the coolest things that happened that night was I got to speak to Mr. Jean-Paul Boodhoo, the man, the myth, the legend! It was really cool, he actually remembered my name, and asked me how I was doing with “The Introduction to the Theory of Computation.” He handed me his card, which read:

Jean-Paul S. Boodhoo Software Artist

And a “Software Artist” he truly is… watching him write code on the fly, and react to questions whether on DNRTV or at live presentations is awesome. Very little is scripted which makes his presentations more believable. At least to me… he’s not only telling you that you can actually apply these concepts in real business applications, but he shows you just how!

I must admit, that his passion for development, teaching, and hard work is definitely contagious. I’m sure my co-workers are sick of me talking about JP, but he’s definitely one of the hardest working, and friendliest people in software development!

Thanks JP!

(I can only imagine what Justice Gray would say, if he read this post!)