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*Moved to: Commit to Visual Studio ALM on Area51 A few weeks ago I proposed a new community for StackExchange and it has been growing at an exponential rate. We are about half way there, but we need your help to make this community a success.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
This coming Saturday Aug 14th I will be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Columbus 2010 and next Thursday Aug 19th I will be speaking at the local Central Ohio SharePoint User Group (COSPUG) monthly meeting. If you’ve been following me lately you may have overheard that I’m the lead event coordinator for SharePoint Saturday Columbus. That alone has consumed almost all of my time for the past 3 months, even more so the last month. It has truly been a wild ride so far but the event is coming together ...
In this Issue: René Schulte, Haruhiro Isowa, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Shawn Wildermuth, Evan Hutnick, Don Burne, Mark Tucker, On Ali Tinwala, Derik Whittaker, and Mark Arteaga. Shoutouts: Chris Cavanagh has converted his Soft Body Physics Demo to WP7: JelloPhone for Windows Phone 7 Joe Healy has his list of 7 Steps to Get You Going on Windows Phone 7 Dev ... I might add a couple more links to item 5, but I'm prejudiced :) If you're in the mood for purchasing a WP7 Toolkit for building apps, ...
I borrow this quotation from Douglas Adams to thank Fortech for the last great 15 years of working experience. I started by writing ms-dos applications, moved to Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and almost all the embedded and non embedded "Windows something" operating systems. Here I learnt the difference between being able to write some code and being able to write a piece of Software that is reliable and usable. Now I decided to begin a new experience as a self-employed "Embedded Software Craftsman" and ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2621 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Please note this chapter is also covered in ICT2622 – Object Orientated Analysis Objectives of Chapter 5 Understand why identifying use cases is the key to defining functional requirements Use three techniques for identifying use cases Write brief, intermediate, and fully developed use case descriptions Explain how the concept of things in the problem domain also define requirements ...
Continuando con esta serie de artículos acerca de Cloud Computing, conforme se ha revisado los conceptos de Cloud Computing se han observado varias de las ventajas que brinda el modelo de tercerizar los diversos servicios de tecnología, tanto a nivel de infraestructura como de software. Sin embargo, los que hemos visto hasta este punto no son todos los factores a considerar si se piensa seriamente en adoptar este modelo. Como no todas las organizaciones son iguales, ni en sus necesidades, ni en su ...
En el artículo anterior se definieron los conceptos de la Nube y Cloud Computing, y se repasó rápidamente la evolución de tecnologías que favorecieron el surgimiento de dicho paradigma. En el presente artículo se definirán los diferentes conceptos “*aaS” relacionados con el concepto de cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.). SaaS digamos que ya es un término hasta cierto punto conocido, pero ¿y los demás? Eso es lo que se aclarará en este artículo. Los servicios de computación en la Nube, así como ...
En estos días mucho se escuchan los términos de “cloud computing” y/o computación en la nube, y se habla mucho de lo beneficioso que puede resultar este modelo para las empresas, pero ¿de qué se trata realmente toda esta nueva revolución? ¿Cuáles son los verdaderos beneficios de adoptar este modelo de computación? Y como nada puede ser 100% positivo (por lo menos no para todos los escenarios posibles), ¿cuáles son los riesgos que conlleva adoptar la computación en la nube? El presente artículo es ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2621 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 4 Describe the activities of system analysis. Explain the difference between functional and non-functional system requirements. Describe three types of models and reasons for creating models Identify and understand the different types of users who will be involved in investigating system requirements Determine the kind of information that is required to model ...
Logging, validation, exception handling: that´s easy aspects to insert into an Event-Based Components design as I´ve shown in my previous post. But what about multi-threading? Or better: parallel and asynchronous processing? In this article I want to show you, how you could approach multi-core programming using aspects you insert into an existing EBC architecture. Asynchronous processing Why use multiple threads at all? It´s because you either want to hide latency, or you want to decrease latency, ...
Many, maybe even most, Windows CE devices are single purpose devices that have an application that fills the entire screen. So of course setting the application to entirely fill the display is important. In this article we will explore setting an application to display full screen using C/C++. My plan is to create a simple application that fills the screen with white and displays two buttons, exit and explore. Those may be odd buttons for a kiosk application, but they will come in handy while working ...
I came across SharpSvn when trying to find a .NET API that I could use to do some tasks against Subversion. I was building a tool where I needed to pull a list of SQL files that have changed between revisions. Well, pretty much, the documentation is non-existent. In order to get a grasp of SharpSvn, I first had to realize that the API was not designed to be a quick-help utility. Instead, its API is very open, leaving it up to the consuming developer to create that "utility". First, I created an instance ...
In my previous post I described the architecture for a small application to index .TXT files. Here´s are the napkins with my design EBC diagrams so far: Currently the implementation is working in a synchronous and sequential mode. Now, today I want to move on and introduce a couple of aspects (in the AOP sense) into the design/code. I find Event-Based Component architectures very easy to extent in that regard. No special AOP tools necessary. But see for yourself… Adding a logging aspect The “Hello, ...
One of the new features of XNA 4.0 is the Content Project. Those of us who’ve worked in XNA 3.1 and earlier are familiar with the old Content folder, which was simply a folder inside your game project into which you’d place your raw content and from which your game would load the compiled XNB files. In theory it could be named anything since one of the things you would do in the constructor for your game is specify the name of the Content folder. XNA 4.0 has moved content (i.e. game assets like music, ...
AOP still is pretty much a pain when living according to “traditional” object orientation. You need fancy tools or you need to do some advanced code slinging. With Event-Based Components, though, introducing aspects is a piece of cake. Actual code is freed from tackling special concerns. Rather concerns become a matter of architecture. But see for yourself. The scenario for today is file processing. I want an application which indexes .TXT files. The program should crawl a directory hierarchy, extract ...
Download GPIO Example driver and appplication source code A recent discussion thread in the Windows Embedded Compact Platform Development forum made it clear to me that for new Windows CE Software Engineers doing something as simple as accessing a hardware register can be very difficult. In the old days, Windows CE 5.0 and before, it was very easy; write an application that allocates a virtual address and then read or write a register. The problem with that is that allowing applications to access ...
“prefer active patterns over multiple when guards” In line with my previous posts on 5 best practices for F# from Daniel Mohl’s slideshow, over the last few days I have been learning about active patterns. The exact best practice is to prefer active patterns over multiple “when” guards during pattern matching and in this post I am going to try and compare the two techniques and then also explain some of the basics of active patterns and why it is called active. Now before I go any further, let me ...
Some of you may have come across this helpful blog post recently, discussing when the garbage collector (a/k/a the GC) runs on Windows Phone 7 devices. Anyone who has programmed in XNA for the Xbox 360 before knows the GC well. For those of you new to XNA, there are several tricks and tips for slaying the evil GC monster that eats frames. This applies to Silverlight apps too, though since Silverlight does quite a lot for you automatically, there’s only so much control you have. First, you must leave ...
After a too long hiatus, The Unstable Mind of a .Net Developer is back. In fact, a lot has changed since I last posted almost a year ago. I plan on correcting that and over the next couple of days, I will be continuing my series on Architecting Software Solutions – Part II Setting Your Limits. It will be good to be back. In the meantime, I will be presenting my series on Adventures in System.Diagnostics at the St. Louis Day of .Net conference this August 20-21, 2010 at the Ameristar Casino in St. ...
Yesterday’s West Palm Beach .Net User Group’s meeting was quiet special. Our Microsoft DE and speaker for our July meeting, Joe Healy, aka “devfish” (www.devfish.net) drove more than 250 miles to share with us his take on VS2010 and to show us his 36-hour old Windows Phone 7. Joe also promised to return to our group in November to dedicate a whole meeting to Windows Phone 7 as we had limited time to explore Microsoft’s innovative reincarnation of its mobile platform. Our meeting lasted a record 2.5 ...
Recently I wrapped up primary programming on a library for Windows Phone 7 development, which you can find here: http://btiphone.codeplex.com/ . I started it around 6 weeks ago as a quick way to learn Silverlight and replicate some controls that don't exist on WP7 (SaveFileDialog, OpenFileDialog, and FolderBrowserDialog). Quick it wasn’t, but I feel like I understand Silverlight now and I created some nice controls along the way so I’m happy with how it turned out, even if it took about 3-4 weeks ...
Cuando se trabaja con ficheros en asp.net, especialmente para aquellos que en alguna ocasión han tenido que luchar con los gestores documentales, una actividad necesaria es la posibilidad de poder comprimir una carpeta junto con todo su contenido para poder enviarla al navegador del usaurio para que la descargue. Pues, nuevamente, nuestro objetivo será crear una clase sencilla utilizan la libreria ICSHARPCODE que pueden descargarse de Libreria, y que utilizar para comprimir facilmente. Ahora sí, ...
Time for me to evaluate the progress on the original goals of our project. In januari, I started on a new project and set myself/the project a few goals. These goals were explicitly written down in a previous post. We've now finished phase 1 of the project, and I took the time to see what's left of my new year's resolutions.What's the point?I believe that you can only improve and learn new things when you deliberately set yourself explicit goals. Publishing these goals for all to see has been a major ...
El primer paso a completar es el tener una cuenta en Azure, hay que tener muy claro que esto representa algo que va a significar en costo y cargos por utilizar los servicios. Lo que haremos es ir a www.azure.com . Veremos una página como esta El siguiente paso es acceder a la cuenta de la siguiente manera, haciendo click en Account llegamos a la siguiente página… 1. Si ya se tiene cuenta en alguno de los servicios, pues se hace click en las opciones de la derecha. 2. Si no se tiene cuenta, entonces ...
Technorati Tags: ASP.NET MVC,mvcconf I took the day off work today to "attend" mvcConf: the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference, and had a great time. Thanks to all of the presenters and organizers of the conference. It was a huge success, and I'm sure that like me, most of the attendees hope there will be another soon. It was amazing how smoothly everything went. There were only one session cancellation and very few technical difficulties (I experienced none, but people in the chat rooms reported a few ...
Here is the list of those who were able to post 30 blog posts in 60 days on Geekwithblogs.net: Enrique Lima (60 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/e... Dave Campbell (51 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/W... Eric Nelson (38 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/i... Brian Schroer (34 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/b... MarkPearl (33 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/M... mbcrump (31 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/m... Stuart Brierley (31 posts) - ...
For the past 4 weeks I have been assigned on a project with lot of performance issues. It’s an asp .net 3.5 project based on DNN 4.9 framework. The project is quite complex and the team has already put in almost 50 man years in the project and as usual most of the efforts were towards getting functional part working as per requirements. At first I tried to verify the server configurations and other parameters to make sure that there was no issue with any of that. After couple of days of research ...
So today I finally got around to playing a bit more with Silverlight. F# has been taking most of my spare time and I felt I needed to branch out into something different for a day or two… Now, before I go into this post… my disclaimer… I am a Silverlight noob – in fact I have focussed most of my development time at normal applications so the whole internet is a bit of a mystery to me… that being said I had some very definite goals for this posting… Setup my server so that it would work with the services ...
Existen ocasiones en que por distintos motivos, se deben brindar a los usuarios de un sistema elementos que permitan: 1-Hacer un uso mas enriquecedor 2-Ayudarlo a evitar errores 3-Una rápida utilización Un elemento importante que ayuda en la concepción y alcance de los tres puntos anteriores es la función de autocompletar. Pero antes debo destacar que este es un requerimiento presente en la mayoría de proyectos que se realizan y si bien para algunos no parece útil, es una herramienta sencilla y potente. ...
Uno de los temas que esta de moda es hablar de “Cloud”. Para los que hemos estado involucrados en Internet por ya algun tiempo, pues ese era el nombre o talvez para ser mas preciso el simbolo con el que hacemos referencia a Internet, una nube. Bueno, veamos que es esto de Cloud … En principio basico el tema de Cloud se refiere a, eso si nos apegamos al marco de referencia, un sistema distribuido, que ofrece continuidad de servicio y que tiene la capacidad de balance tambien. No es el solo hecho de ...
I have been programming computer in some professional capacity for almost 13 years. In that time, I have written code in several capacities. I have been a permanent employee of a company that hired me to write internal applications, I have been a permanent employee of companies that have paid me to write applications for their clients. I have been a contractor and I have also been a consultant. On the surface, those might seem like the same thing; but consulting and contracting are very different ...

No detail, aside from date and location that is.

When? November 16-18, 2010.  Where?  Microsoft Redmond.

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Well it looks like everyone who is going to be getting a shirt has made it over the line unless someone goes crazy and starts writing. It has been great to see the quality of content that has been coming out of Geekswithblogs.net during the last few months and I am excited to announce the next contest in the GWB Newsletter. Current Winners of 60 in 30: Enrique Lima (53 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/e... Dave Campbell (50 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/W... Eric ...
About a month and a half ago I had a good friend visiting us for almost a month. Being also a photograph enthusiast, and one with a nervous finger, he took just over 4 thousand photos with his Nikon D5000. Of course we needed to download the files from his camera and free his SD card often, and we did that on my home computer, which is where I usually do the same with the photos taken with my Nikon D40. At the time he did not have his laptop with him and since I would want a copy of his photos as ...
On July 21st I received a tweet on Twitter from Engadget pointing to an article entitled “Build a Blu-ray / TV Tuner-equipped HTPC for under $1,000” That day I essentially used the shopping list from that article to load my shopping cart on Newegg.com. I slept on it and finally completed the order the next day – July 22nd. No fancy shipping. (As a matter of fact most of the items had free shipping.) My boxes arrived on my doorstep last night – July 23rd. nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Steel HTPC 2000B ...
This week, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft’s Developer Division, announced, via blog post, the early Beta release of a new tool called WebMatrix. WebMatrix is a free developer tool that enables Web development geared toward what might I might call Markup-and-Script developers (more on that in a minute). And although WebMatrix draws upon technologies already, or soon to be, present in the fuller ASP.NET Web development platform and the Visual Studio integrated development environment ...
¿Sabe usted cual es la diferencia entre SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server? Hay que empezar por el principio. Veamos, cuando pensamos en construir una casa, normalmente (y con justa causa recomendable) tenemos que planificar la elevación, la planta, etc. para esa casa. Vamos a pensar en la solidez de la fundacion y de lo elemental de los pilares en la base de la casa. Dicho esto, la casa ofrecera servicios esenciales, tales como habitaciones, areas de servicio etc. Todo desde un punto de ...
Technorati Tags: jQuery,ASP.NET,ASP.NET MVC,conferences I was excited yesterday to learn of two upcoming virtual online conferences about topics in which I'm very interested. The first one I heard about was mvcConf, the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference - Thursday, July 22. From the website: mvcConf is a virtual conference focused on one thing. Writing awesome applications on top of the ASP.Net MVC framework. The event will be free to attend, and your brain will explode from taking in so much hard core ...
Remember, if you want to get your own custom Geekswithblogs.net shirt, this is the week to do it. All you have to do is have a combined 30 posts in the 60 days (starting May 15th) and you are in. The last date is July 14th so get to typing! Here is the list of people who have already won: Enrique Lima (52 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/e... Dave Campbell (45 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/W... Eric Nelson (34 posts) - http://geekswithblogs.net/i... MarkPearl ...
I was recently tasked with coming up with a way to keep the session alive in ASP.NET as long as the user had the web page open. That way if they started filling out a form, then went to lunch and came back, they wouldn't lose all of the information just because their session timed out. The concept is actually pretty simple. You just need to make a call back to the server every once in a while before the session expires to update the session timeout. We figured as long as the user has the browser ...
*Moved to: Changing the Team Project Collection of the Team Build Controller When you are doing demos or training for Team Foundation Server 2010 (TFS 2010) you may have multiple Team Project Collections (TPC) for different scenarios or process templates. You may even be attaching a pre-built TPC image so you can start from a particular point. If you try to do create a build you will find that it complains about there not being a Team Build Controller (TBC).Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I’m going to toot my own horn here for a bit, highlighting some accomplishments from the last almost-decade I’ve been in the IT industry: Stayed up almost 48 hours straight creating suite of Crystal Reports for a start-up company’s initial product (which launched at the end of that 48 hour period btw). Wrote my own markup language for declaring formatting within an XSL:FO doc that would be translated through a Java app to output a PDF. Introduced initial prototype of web-based application ported ...
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In this Issue: Ben Hodson, Marcel du Preez, Karl Shifflett(-2-), Rishi, Chris Koenig, Adam Kinney, Xianzhong Zhu, Jeremy Likness, and CrocusGirl. Shoutouts: Victor Gaudioso posted an inteview: Checkout my Interview with Bytes on MSDN (Microsoft) The Silverlight Web Services Team poses this question: How can we make WCF support in Silverlight better? ... read and give feedback in the comments. Timmy Kokke has announced the opening of a new XAML resource site to bookmark: XamlResource.com Chris Bowen ...
If you are (or were) running the RC version of the VMs, it expired yesterday (June 30th, 2010). There is a new set of VMs available for download, and available for Hyper-V, Windows Virtual PC and VPC 2007 SP1. Hyper-V: http://www.microsoft.com/do... Windows Virtual PC: http://www.microsoft.com/do... Virtual PC 2007 SP1: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
I recently got the opportunity to teach a 3 day course on the subject of "Principles, Patterns and Practices in .net". I must say it was a fun and enriching experience. I have never taught a course before, so I decided to go off the beaten path and do a little experiment in format. No need to copy existing formats that can be found everywhere else in Belgium. Format I took the excellent Head First Design Patterns as a guide to run through each pattern in the same way: - show an existing implementation ...
So I must admit, the first time I saw it I scratched my head and thought to myself, why will I ever use that? Several months since then and now I love the Forward Pipe (FP) in F#. Why? For me, the the FP makes me think of a problem in a different way. In C# when I attempt to solve I problem I typically break it down in steps, once I have reached the end result I have my smallest step, and then I work my methods backwards so that I can get back to the original input… in a very real way it makes me ...
Shards (defined as a collection of databases acting as one) are starting to take serious traction in the database development world because they offer something that was unavailable previously: asynchronous data fetching. It is fair to say that developing multi-threaded applications can be difficult. Shard technologies remove many of the complexities required to fetch data from multiple databases asynchronously. In this blog I will discuss a specific case in which performance was improved significantly ...
I attended my first CodeStock this year and in short it was awesome. Like 100 billion hot dogs awesome. The travel there was crazy to say the least, but I met lots of new people, had a session go well and recorded 3 podcasts. So that is the short version. If you are on twitter and either follow me or followed the #codestock hash tag, you probably saw my airline craziness in Philly. It all started on Monday. We had a client deliverable on Wednesday morning and due to some things that happened I only ...
Some time ago, I found myself in the difficult situation of trying to explain why business logic shouldn't be placed in the database, but instead in the code (preferably in a Business Logic layer or Object Model layer). The situation seemed so clear to me. It was striking how differently others in the team saw it. You may find yourself in a situation similar to this one, where you are working on a database that contains *many* business rules. Perhaps it started out as a set of tables that very closely ...