Matt Van Horn


Matt Van Horn is a Sr. Consultant with Capax Global. In his current role, Matt is responsible for working with clients to produce applications to serve our clients needs. Matt, a seasoned developer with proficiencies in a wide-array of programming languages and platforms, focuses on creating flexible and dynamic code tailored to the specific needs of customers. Matt is an experienced presenter, regularly speaking at user group meetings and Code Camps.

Running Highly Effective Agile Teams

Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 8:30 am
Having been a part of Agile, Waterfall, and projects with no SDLC at all. As a consultant in the business of solution delivery I will often have to come onsite and assimilate to the culture of the client. Other times it is our job to realign the culture of the client to a more agile and efficient way of getting things done. In this talk we will cover estimation, accountability, people vs. process, empowering your team while not risking the delivery dates. I will cover how to pair programming and code reviews contrary to common corporate belief actually make teams more productive and result in higher quality code. And yes how testing will make your team all rock stars!

Holy Repository Batman!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

The repository pattern is one of the easiest things to implement in an app. A good repository pattern can allow you to do all kinds of wonderful things like test your code in pieces! (sometimes know as units). This pattern can really help get your code organized and open all kinds of new opportunities for releveraging existing code. In this talk I will start out with the basics of a repository pattern and then move into walking through a pretty simple implementation of a basic repository pattern starter that I have on CodePlex. Following this pattern we will take the same bits of code and show how you can use the same code in WPF, Silverlight, MVC, ASP.NET, Windows Phone 7, Windows forms, and anything else in the .NET space nearly seamlessly.

Silverlight Field Tested Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 am

As someone that has been actively using Silverlight for over a year and is working towards migrating existing ASP.Net applications to Silverlight, I have hit my fair share of speed bumps along the road to Silverlight bliss. In this presentation I will go over how to use Silverlight in the REAL world as well as issues that you will have to address when working with Silverlight for application development. The following will be addressed:

  • Silverlight Navigation – how to use Silverlight Navigation Framework
  • Expression Blend Data Binding– some real world examples of complex data binding with IValueConverter
  • Control Choice – tools that out of box are ready for you to use in Silverlight and how to know which one will make your life easier
  • Silverlight Auth – make a Silverlight application that requires authentication
  • RIA Services – RIA Services is an amazing tool for Silverlight, see some of the tricks to take full advantage of it
  • Q & A – Ask about how to use Silverlight in your project