Be Part of a Live Studio Audience for “Russ’ ToolShed”

The Gold Coast Users Group (GCUG) will be doing their fifteenth annual holiday party and meeting a little different this year. On December 4th, from 2pm to 6pm, at the Embassy Suites on Yamato Road in Boca Raton, South Florida techies are invited to participate in a live studio audience for Russ Fustino’s ToolShed TV Show.

If you’ve ever tried your hand at being handy – around the house or under the hood of a car – then you know even the slightest difference in tools can make a huge difference on the job. This is the philosophy of Russ Fustino, creator of Russ’ ToolShed. His main inspiration is one of those very simple, yet very grand things: “I want to help people,” says Fustino. “Showing tools of the trade is key today, really in any profession. In today’s economy in particular, folks need to stay abreast of new tools to make their skill set stronger and make the job easier and better.”

Bringing Russ TV to the center of the GCUG holiday party will not only give the meeting an entertaining, enlightening, and educational twist, but marks a fresh start for Fustino as well. After conducting ToolShed events on behalf of Microsoft for twelve years, this episode will be the first seminar under Fustino’s new company, Russ’ ToolShed Network, Inc. Even if Fustino hadn’t informed me that he’s very excited for this episode, the multi-speaker lineup he has put together (nine celebrity geeks presenting their essential developer tools) would have cued me in:

  • Tim Huckaby – Multi Touch Silverlight applications
  • Ken Spencer – Windows Presentation Foundation Tips
  • Joe Homnick – SharePoint 2010 Developer Must Knows
  • Blain Barton – Windows 7.0 Developer Tricks
  • Shervin Shakibi – SQL Azure Tips
  • Paul Stubs – SharePoint 2010 Silverlight WebParts
  • Miguel Castro – Code Generation Techniques with CodeBreeze
  • Jason Milgram – Integrating Azure Cloud Apps using Linxter
  • Dave Noderer – TFS 2010 Source Control Basics

Of course, in addition to the celebrity guests, there will be the celebrity regulars:

  • Russ Fustino – 8 Behaviors of Blend
  • Stan Chultes – WPF Power Toys
  • Alex Funkhouser – Dev Community Update

Complementing the delicious morsels of technology that will be provided by Russ TV is a “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed after party complete with tropical dishes and bar. For more information, or a mouthwatering glance at the menu, visit And if food, pirates, and knowledge aren’t enough for you, members of the Russ TV audience will have the chance to receive copies of Visual Studio, SQL Server, Office, Windows 7, books, and t-shirts. Don’t forget to RSVP though, or you won’t have your shot at the prizes:

If you’re not a GCUG member, don’t worry, you can still attend the holiday party; however, a $5 donation is requested to help cover costs. For those interested in membership, it is $40 per year for individuals and $400 per year for corporations. GCUG is a “community driven” Microsoft Users Group dedicated to the database, developer and administrator professional.