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So I was talking to one of my friends, Cathy Dew, and I’m wondering how to start out this post. What kind of title should I put? Somehow we’re just randomly throwing things out and this title pops into my head the one you see above. I woke up today to the buzz of a text message. I spent New Years laying around until 3 am watching Warehouse 13 Episodes and drinking champagne. It was one of the best New Year’s I spent with my boyfriend and my cat. I figured I would sleep in until Noon, but ended up ...
A few metrics that of course got out of hand, but some may find interesting: 1/2 My share of the MVP of the Year award in February of 2009 with Laurent Bugnion 2 Number of degrees I hold: B.S., M.S. Electrical Engineering 3 Number of years in the U.S. Army 3.5 Number of years SilverlighCream has been posted 4 Number of times awarded MVP 6 Number of professional positions I've worked: Antenna Rigger, Boilermaker, Musician, Electronic Technician, Hardware Engineer, Software Engineer 16 Number of companies ...
What is the Silverlight Firestarter is all about? It is a one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie. It begins at 9am Pacific time. Yes, that noon for us east coasters here in the U.S. It provides new self-paced labs and walk through videos. It is interactive and you can ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. To me the really interesting part is going to be the opening keynote by Scott Guthrie. Keynote : The Future of Silverlight Be first to ...
On Thursday Dec 9th, 2010 at 11:30am EDT I will be a guest presenter with Stephen Cawood (@cawood) from Metalogix as part of an ongoing webinar series titled Migrating to SharePoint 2010. This specific webinar will be focused on Master your SharePoint 2010 Migration with PowerShell. During the webinar I’ll be presenting a brief overview of how and why to use PowerShell to administrate your SharePoint 2010 farm. I’ve known Stephen through various interactions at conferences, events, and Twitter so ...
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In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Vikas, Kevin Dockx, Brian Noyes, Kunal Chowdhury, Gergely Orosz, Garry McGlennon, René Schulte, Matias Bonaventura, Bart Czernicki, and Dennis Doomen. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to: create a nonrectangular ChildWindow - part 1" Martin Krüger Prism: "Prism Training Kit: Updated to Prism 4.0" Matias Bonaventura Shoutouts: Component Ways has a releast of their xamlDataGrid for Silverlight... might be worth a look ... check out the feature set and download the eval. ...
I have to admit it. I’ve had fun the last 14 years. Starting a company, not knowing where it would take me. Hiring our first employee, that was kinda scary…Moved away from Delphi and jumped aboard the .net train, without a second of regret. Became a MVP because the company allowed me to spend a lot of time on the community. Saw my first Surface computer while attending a MVP summit in Redmond. Became one of the first 4 Surface MVP’s because the company allowed me to work with that technology extensively ...
*Note: This post was supposed to go up a few days ago, but I had internet issues. So after my DLE Flash Cards app was rejected I fixed up my app and then re-uploaded it. I went to the corresponding step in the submission process and uploaded my new xap. My status changed to “Submission in Progress”, and I waited. And waited. And waited. A week went by, and nothing. This seemed really odd. I mean, were they really that backed up in testing submitted apps?! But then my MVP lead, Simran, sent out an ...
Latest update (and hopefully last update): Microsoft has published a few posts to clarify the debate. Please consider the following: PDC and Silverlight by Bob Muglia PDC Thoughts by Steve Ballmer *NEW* Silverlight Questions by Scott Guthrie Silverlight is dead. Long live Silverlight! by Tim Heuer Committed to Silverlight by John Papa ---------------------------... Read the rest of this entry » ...
The WP7 app market is going to be hot (IMHO), and as a developer, you want to get good reviews. Or said another way, you don''t need bad reviews. A Silverlight MVP friend of mine, René Schulte, is deeply involved in graphics work and has released to the marketplace a photo manipulation application called "Pictures Lab". You can see his excellent discussion, pictures, and explanation on his blog. Read on to see my personal review of the app ...
Hi All, I have been crazy busy in the last while, I am hoping that now I will be able to blog about all the things I have been busy with and have the community benefit from the projects and experiences I have had over the last while. Stay tunned for a bulk of Blog posts in the next month!!! I wanted to let everyone know that I will be speaking at the Winnipeg User Group Event on Oct 25 2010. Here is a copy of the abstract. Everyone is welcomed, please help pass on the word and let anyone you think ...
On October 19th, Craig Anderson, Jason Lepp and Mo Khan will be presenting “From MVP to MVVM: An Introduction to Model-View-ViewModel”. Register at http://tiny.cc/flu0b ...
This week's Virtual Brown Bag topics: Houston TechFest Recap - You can download slides from Claudio, JB & George's presentations MV Envy: What are these MVx patterns all about? What are the differences between MVC, MVP and MVVM? The latest episode in JB's continuing saga of building the new Virtual Brown Bag site (http://www.virtualbrownbag... using Ruby on Rails. This week he talked about adding a registration/login feature, and using Sass (Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets) and Exceptional ...
Our West Palm Beach .Net User Group will be honored to have Scott Klein, Microsoft MVP and Author of Pro. SQL Azure (APRESS) as our October speaker. Scott will be talking and answering all our questions about Azure. Time has never been better for our Fladotnet West Palm Beach .Net User Group. We are fortunate to have a free meeting location offered to us by CompTec and to enjoy the backing and sponsorship of many top notch companies. This support is enabling us to uphold our founders’ vision: Create ...
It was a long ago. Smart guys from all across the world were in one place, at Microsoft campus. There are pictrures from the MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) Summit 2010 in Bellevue and Redmond, WA. All pictures are here: http://public.fotki.com/leo... Here are mostly BizTalk and CSD MVPs. See list of BizTalk MVP here https://mvp.support.microso... list of the Connected System Developer MVP ...
I just noticed I haven’t blogged in about 8 months… time flies when you have work to do. Things are going well and I have a few bits of insight I’ll try to share in the coming months (ya ya to busy to blog, etc). Anyway I wanted to say that I was renewed as an ALM MVP for the 6th year, I’m very happy about this obviously, I invest a lot of time in the Montreal community and with the ALM Team at Microsoft to make each version of the ALM suite just a bit better. I will continue to drive the team and ...
A couple of months ago Devnology recorded a podcast where Erik Havir from the Microsoft Surface team and myself were interviewed about all things Surface. You can listen / download it here. If you’re new to Surface, this is definitely worth a listen! Technorati Tags: surface,wpf,mvp ...

I have just received notice that I’ve made Microsoft MVP for another year..

For years I’ve been a Visual C# MVP. It was always a title I was very proud of, since it meant that the work I do for the community didn’t go by unnoticed. Still, every year when renewal time came around I got more and more nervous. Would I be an MVP again this year? Today was renewal day so I was anxiously waiting for that email (or not getting it…). And just after 4 pm I got that email: congratulations, you’ve become an MVP awardee! I was very happy of course. But then I took a better look at that ...
Update!!! Sorry but I have some work priorities that need to take precedence. I will not be able to give this presentation. Michael Perry has graciously agreed to give an MVVM talk in my place. I plan to still be there with laptop and Blend in hand so if you had some specific Blend questions, look me up. I will also be posting my MVVM with NAV WebServices project to this blog soon. Join us October 19th at the Forth Worth .NET UG (http://fwdnug.com/) where I will lead a discussion about using the ...
Since sometime I have been toying with the idea of publishing developer interviews on my blog. There are a large number of non-Microsoft developers(ie, developers who are not MS employees) who have been doing good work. A lot of them are largely unknown to the worldwide developer community. Some are awarded MVPs, yet are not much known outside their league/ chosen technology. And there are many who haven’t received the MVP award, even though they strongly qualify for it through their relentless support ...
I will be presenting: Topic: Intro to Windows Phone 7 – A different kind of phone Come learn basics about the most anticipated phone platform of the year - Windows Phone 7. See the new design, new methods for developing application and the new opportunity this all brings. Speaker: Nikita Polyakov, MVP Bio: Conversations on Web, UX and Windows Phone. A Microsoft MVP, Speaker and Employed Consultant. Home Theater in free time. Internet Media User Group Bio: The focus of this group is about Photography, ...
I knew the daily updates would get old… if they weren’t getting tired for others, they got tired for me. But, today is a week… an odd week though… with a 3-day holiday in it. I’m hoping that’s why I haven’t gotten returns on almost anything yet. That’s not to say I haven’t. There are a couple really nice folks I’m talking to, and I worked all day yesterday and will some today… so that’s good. I’m still waiting for the ‘email in about 20 minutes’ from the lady last Tuesday morning about 10. I’m used ...
My own very recent personal experience mirrors this blog post: Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age So what do I do to deal with that? Looking at Vivek’s advice, item number 1 is to move into management … yikes… I firmly believe that if someone thought I had the chops to be a manager it would have happened 20 years ago… nobody wants to make me a boss, trust me :) besides which, I like coding! Item 2 sucks… and goes totally against the American Dream of continually moving up… expect to ...
Okay, this is one I’ve been meaning to write for far too long. (So long, in fact, that NDepend 3 is released already, and has been for some time now.) One of the indispensable tools I use is NDepend. This is a great code analysis tool, providing not only valuable insight into our code base, but also visualization tools that let me easily convey a sense of architectural issues to management. Whenever I need to understand why something isn’t working the way I think it should, or I get the dreaded “cannot ...
Well... I should have known better than to try to interview for a new job, but it was a Windows Phone gig... and could have been a career-extender. Not to even think about the crap that's going on at work right now, this would be a sweet deal. But... I don't interview well. I've proved that to myself and others multiple times. I work on .NET 2.0 web database software connected to Oracle, Oracle Stored Procs, and Microsoft Access 8 or 9 hours a day. The stuff's not tricky by any means, it's mostly ...
As most of you know, Microsoft gives MVP awardees access to some great benefits. I’ll admit, this is the first time I’ve used it to have access to something fun and non-work related. While I only had the opportunity to play it twice (it’s just hard to find the time to play games), the new Age of Empires Online game is quite interesting. I was able to play it during it’s Alpha stage, and it’s now hit the closed Beta stage, which we’ve been encouraged to invite people to apply for. http://www.ageofempiresonli... ...
[Check out other guest posts if you like this one. They are often better than mine!] One thing I miss about being the Technical Editor of the UK MSDN Flash is interacting with smart individuals to get their technical article ready for inclusion. It occurs to me that I use GuestPosts on my blog to get a similar “fix” :-) It is time for another fix :-) In this case the author is Patrick Smacchia, a very smart developer who happens to be the the lead developer for the rather amazing tool NDepend (and ...
First of all, sorry for not posting for a quite long time. I have started working on designing and developing a charity website for blood donation. So all my leisure time was diverted into that. I will ensure that going forward, I post at least one post every week. Lets get into the topic of this week, without delaying any more time. I have always been using asp:Menu and asp:Treeview for transforming the sitemaps to super cool menu which are auto generated by ASP.NET for us. But I wanted more and ...
Arnie Rowland (a SQL Server MVP and an amazing individual) has come up with a a great challenge for anyone who happens to be unemployed or under-employed (as he puts it). The challenge? Well, go on an read about it The original post: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/ar... An update, now joined by other MVPs (I see Ted Malone, another one of those great dudes I have had the joy of working with): http://sqlblog.com/blogs/ar... ...
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 ...
My day started out very rough. Hit a few rough patches early on, but then turned around to end as one of the best days of the year! I spent the night in the hospital last night. My wife had surgery yesterday and I stayed with her. No one wants to stay in the hospital, right? Bright and early at 6 AM, I went to the car and discovered a flat tire. I am a software guy. Changing a tire is too much like hardware. I have changed 3 flat tires career total. In the course of changing the tire, I learned a ...

Today I’ve got an email from Microsoft announcing my Silverlight MVP renewal, yahoooooo !!!!!!!!

I'm sure the twitter-verse is congested with all this, but since I can't get on twitter from this place, I had to wait until someone else posted a list. Here's a list of all the folks awarded/reawarded Silverlight MVP today by Mamta If you know any of these folks personally, send them an email of congratulations... this is the end-product of a LOT of work for everyone ...
Today the latest Silverlight MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) awards were announced. Here is the list of new/renewed folks. Alex Knight Cigdem Patlak Rodrigo Diaz Concha Jeremy Likness Roger Peters Andrea Boschin Dave Campbell Vikram Pendse Eric Ambrosi Joel Neubeck András Velvárt David Kelley John Stockton Jonas Folles Emil Stoychev Alex Golesh Congratulations to all of you ...
Just got an email from Microsoft stating that I have been re awarded as an ASP/ASP.NET Microsoft MVP for 2010!! I am very honored to receive the award the second time. Feels really great! =) Here's the email below: Dear Vincent Maverick Durano, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2010 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions ...
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 ...
Fellow MVP Jochen Dieckfoß has posted a tutorial about Silverlight for Windows Embedded development using the new tools included in the Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP on his blog “Discover the Windows Embedded Experience”: http://discovertheexperienc... This tutorial is very useful also because it allows you to compare the differences between the current version and the new one and, more specifically, allows you to appreciate how the ...
As many of you know, I have a passion for music. And after being gone 3 weeks, it’s nice to be home and discover the new music that has hit the scene over the past few weeks. One song in particular struck a cord with me and in a matter of a few weeks while I was gone, it went from being unheard of to being ranked number 3. So the chorus of the song is about “Can we pretend that airplanes, In the night sky, Are like shooting stars” so I can have all the wishes, as there are planes in the night sky. ...
This list is in no particular order. Just the 10 best programming podcast that I have found so far. Stack Overflow Podcast - Jeff Atwood (of codinghorror.com) and Joel Spolsky (of joelonsoftware.com) discuss the development of their new programming community, StackOverflow.com. [This Podcast hasn’t been updated in a while, but its always great to hear more from Jeff Atwood] Hanselminutes - Hanselminutes is a weekly audio talk show with noted web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman and hosted ...
The last few months have been pretty crazy. Just before the MVP summit in February I was approached about changing to a different project with my (then current) employer, and right after the summit I was approached by another company. Eventually I went with the new company and a new role in the Information Assurance field. More to come on that as things progress. All that being said I've not been as active in the .NET community as I once was and I miss it - so I'm looking to dive back in especially ...
In this Issue: Miroslav Miroslavov, Chris Klug, Beau, Christian Schormann(-2-), Dan Wahlin, Pete Brown, Michael S. Scherotter, Philipp Sumi, Andy Wigley, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutouts: Mark Tucker set about learning Caliburn, and in the process is writing a Caliburn Book: Chapters 1-3 Jesse Liberty has a great link-laden post up about why we should all be learning/using Blend: Why Developers Should, Must, Do Care About The New Expression Blend be sure to read what he says about WP7 development, ...
Great Websites for everyday tips and tricks http://www.lifehack.org/ - Tips & Tricks to hack your life. http://www.lifehacker.com/ - Great tips and tricks for life and computers http://www.nirmaltv.com/ - Good blog by a Windows MVP concentrating on Windows tips & tricks. http://www.neowin.net/ - Good blog that summarizes the tech world happenings. http://techcrunch.com/ - Blog concentrating on the internal happenings for big companies Inspirational Stuff http://sourcesofinsight.com/ - Insipration ...
Have you ever found that one book or resource that just brings it all home? Seriously. These are rare finds when you read the content and all the stars seem to align, you have those "Ah ha!" moments. Well, I have found that book and it is CLR via C#, Third Edition by Jeffrey Richter. If you're not familiar with Wintellect, look them up. This book is published by Microsoft Press and is the third edition of this title. I'm in chapter 5 at the moment and already I have a better understanding of the ...
Mark Arteaga – fellow MVP just helped me with this, thought I’d share. Windows Phone 7 SilverLight supports persistent storage, which is a great way of saving settings betweens runs of your application. However I couldn’t get it to work. If you do this to create a persistant storage instance - private IsolatedStorageSettings userSettings = IsolatedStorageSettings.App... To retrieve settings do the following - string xx = userSettings[“SomeValue”].T... Hiowever the bit that got ...
Shervin Shakibi, Microsoft Regional Director, ASP.Net MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer will be our speaker at our West Palm Beach .Net User Group May meeting, Shervin founded the FlaDotNet Users Group Network to which our West Palm Beach .Net User Group belongs. Shervin will be talking to us about the new features of Silverlight 4.0. I am personally looking forward to attending this event as I have always found Shervin's talks fun and a great learning experience. At the end of our meeting, we ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Adam Kinney, Mike Taulty, Kirupa, Gunnar Peipman, Mike Snow(-2-, -3-), Jesse Liberty, and Lee. Shoutout: Jeff Wilcox announced Silverlight Unit Test Framework: New version in the April 2010 Silverlight Toolkit From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight TV 23: MVP Q&A with WWW (Wildermuth, Wahlin and Ward) John Papa has Silverlight 23 up which is a panel discussion between Shawn Wildermuth, Dan Wahlin, Ward Bell and John... wow... what a crew! Design-time Resources in Expression ...
This is one of the question that I’ve been asked more and more frequently at my public speeches and each time I meet customers. The announcement of the new Windows Phone 7 platform and the release of Visual Studio 2010 generated a bit of confusion around Windows CE and some of the technologies it supports. Windows CE is still alive and a lot of good programmers are working on the new releases (I had a chance to know some of them during the MVP summit in February). Here’s a blog post from Olivier ...
The Back Story: As a Microsoft MVP awardee, one of the many benefits is free software, books, and various products. Some of the producers/manufacturers ask for reviews in exchange, others just ask for a brief mention (nothing is ever really free). But considering that some of the products are essential to my everyday computing, I never mind mentioning their names and evangelizing their products. One of these tools just happened to save me a countless number of hours. With the release of Microsoft’s ...
Ted Neward, MVP & INETA Speaker spoke to us at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group meeting at CompTec about Microsoft OSLO and DSLs on Tuesday April 27th 2010. Ted kept the audience well engaged throughout his presentation and shared his experience with DSLs in a humorous and fun setting. At the conclusion of the talk, we had our free raffle and concluded the evening with networking while enjoying the pizza and soda brought to us by Sherlock Technology (www.sherstaff.com) This meeting was also ...