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I should be sitting in the Denver airport right now waiting for my connecting flight to Tucson, but I’m not. Instead I’m here in Winnipeg trying to make sense of my experience with the U.S. CBP (Customs and Border Protection) representatives. So first, some background: For those of you that don’t know what it is, NAFTA stands for the North American Free Trade Act. This act was intended to help make trade between Canada, the US, and Mexico easier and its been in existence since 1994. Part of NAFTA ...
As I blogged about previously, G. Andrew Duthie…ahem…”performed” Rebel Yell at the MVP Summit a few weeks ago. The video has been posted on his site and I thought I’d run you through it with my own commentary, pointing out obvious flaws and how I would have done things differently. I also reveal who Andrew Duthie’s muse was while preparing for the performance. Enjoy ...
David Penton is another one of those folks that I’ve known for a while via the InterTubes but never had the pleasure of meeting in person until the MVP Summit. He also works on one of my favorite products, which means if I have any questions… he’s the first name on my list. After hanging out in Seattle for a few days, I realized I hadn’t yet done a NINE Questions interview on David, so today’s your lucky day: 1. Where are you from? I was born and bred in Dallas, TX. I've lived in the Dallas area ...
The Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) will have its next meeting on March 25th at the Urbana Regional Library. It looks like we have another great evening scheduled! The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: A Look at Constructs and their Performance with John Blumenauer Intro Topic Description: In our day to day work, we use common constucts such as calling methods, collections, string manipulation, mathematical operations and many others. Often overlooked is the peformance of ...
I love Xbox 360 when we talking about: 1) XNA - great free tool for game developers 2) Boku/Kodu – great visual game language system 3) Games – plenty good games awesome Xbox Live 4) X360 Prize – not too expensive and good quality (now… http://gizmodo.com/5099721/... I hate and it’s drive me crazy when we talk about X360: 1) XNA – free tool but it’s not available in Poland! No Xbox Live… 2) Boku/Kodu – I made Polish translation for Kodu and I show ...
I am just back from the MVP summit in Seattle / Redmond and I had a great time there. It was fantastic catching up with old friends and making new ones. Seeing what is coming up in future releases of Silverlight and WPF (to name just those two) was electrifying. Of course I cannot talk about it because otherwise Justin Angel and the NDA police will track me down and kick my ass. If you never met Justin before, trust me, you don't want that to happen. :) Read the rest of this entry » ...
I’ve known Suzanna (aka @ZannaBanana on Twitter) for some time, but we finally met in person at the MVP Summit last week. Fortunately for me (and you, dear reader) she was willing to do a NINE Questions interview. If you’ve ever wondered just what an MVP Lead actually does, read on: 1. Where are you from? (if it's different than where you are now, please feel free to elaborate.) I was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in northern California. I attended college in the small town of Arcata, CA ...
I’ve known Lou Vega a really long time and he’s a terrific guy. He’s the leader of the Charleston, SC .NET User Group (GC.NUG) and uber geek extraordinaire. I’ve been bugging Lou for a while to do a 9Q interview, and when he finally got back to me I ended up shelving it for a couple months. (Sorry about that man… travel gigs are a bear.) So without further ado, here’s Lou: 1. Where are you from? (if it's different than where you are now, please feel free to elaborate.) Hmmm – I was an “army brat” ...
SilverlightCream has been running for about 18 months and has aggregated over 2900 articles in the database. Some developers have told me that they read SilverlightCream or my blog and don't bother trying to aggregate links anymore. That may or may not be a good idea because it's through the network of readers that I find lots of blogs that I end up following. While at the MVP Summit last week my room-mate, Michael Washington of Silverlight Desktop fame, was discussing possible enhancements to the ...
Hi All, I've made pictures on the Microsoft Global Summit MVP [Most Valuable Professional] 2009 March 1-4, Seattle, Redmond. Mostly the BizTalk MVPs. http://public.fotki.com/leo... Steve Ballmer, many vice presidents, Microsoft Fellows, developers from different product teams. It was fun ...
In my notes on BizTalk 2009 post I have highlighted the fact that now, as part of the BizTalk installation, you can select the “Project Build Components” which allow you to build BizTalk projects without Visual Studio or BizTalk installed on the build machine. This is very cool feature of the product, but I have to admit that I have missed something quite important; luckily - Mikael Hakansson hadn’t – the provided tasks do not support deployment of BizTalk projects, but only build (see Mikael’s article ...
At the recent MVP summit, the questions was asked “When will the MVP’s be featured in an ‘I’m a PC’ ad?” Well…here we have it: MVP "I'm a PC" Video ...
Dear MVP’s, I wanted to write to all of you and express my deepest apology in what must have been a hugely disappointing part of the recent MVP Summit. For those of you who attended the EMP party I know you witnessed this atrocity first hand, and for those that didn’t I’m sure you felt the ripples of grief from those present. I had just written down my name and song on the list at the EMP party. Then, like you, I stood in disbelief as I heard the haunting intro to Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell. Many of ...
Just got back from the 2009 MVP Summit in Seattle Washington, and there is only one word to describe it....FANTASTIC! Microsoft did a wonderful job of moving from presentations and Q&A sessions into truely interactive sessions with some pretty deep discussions on emerging products and technologies. The material at the summit is all covered by NDA, and I will leave it to others to differentiate the topics which can be publicly discussed. As I find great technical posts, I will post them as links ...
I had some people ask me about the shirts I had made up for the MVP Summit: Homeboys (with a pic of Scott Hanselman, Phil Haack, and Rob Conery) DLUX – the name christened to me by The Elder Official Friend of Justice Gray – No explanation needed I looked around locally for shirt stores that could do custom prints, but many of them required large quantities or didn’t have any easy way to go over a design without being there in person. Then I found Wordans. Wordans is an online t-shirt making site, ...
Once again we return to the scene of the crime from last year for another evening of geeks getting in touch with their inner musicians. So let the concert begin! Let’s start with a Euro-guy and his rendition of Enter Sandman if the lead singer of Sepultura was on vocals: Video: MVP09-EMP-EuroGuy-EnterSandman Next we have The Elder channelling Garth Brooks… Young man…you must use MVC…I said young man…to learn it who should you see?…how bout, that guy…what’s his name? Don’t you know?…Why its Jef-rey-Pa-a-ler-mo… ...
I'M A PC AND I'M A MVP If you were in Seattle this week for #mvp09 (the 2009 Microsoft MVP Summit), then you either skipped the Wednesday Keynotes or you know what I'm talking about. For everyone else, we had to sign waivers because they filmed all of us yelling that. Then Steve Ballmer started his keynote by having us yell that as well! But just like all other good things, #mvp09 is in my rear-view mirror. I took the badge off and climbed on the shuttle to the airport about 1:45pm on Wednesday, ...
Ever since I started this blog it hasn't really had a title (or at least a subtitle) other than “blog”. Thanks to Stan Schultes, I now have a new subtitle. This was born out of watching the CLR 4 Futures talk with Joshua Goodman at MVP Summit 2009 (the majority of which is also available from the PDC 2008 site on Channel 9). Since I present a lot on .NET memory management, including a deep dive on how the GC works and how to properly implement IDisposable and the dispose pattern, he suggested the ...
With my new job, I’ve not been able to take advantage of a lot of Agile/XP practices. In a company of four, where each is effectively working on a different project, collaboration is minimal. Also, for the projects that I am working on, the customer is very adamant about getting a detailed proposal up front, including a list of all of the screens and how they will operate. I’ve managed to get by without too much detail, but it is still more than I am generally comfortable with. TDD and Continuous ...
In this issue: Velvart Andras, Corey Miller, Alex Knight, and Terence Tsang. Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth has comments about and a link to ADO.NET Data Services 1.5 Coming! From SilverlightCream.com: Zoomery Summitr I spent my bus ride from the Sheraton to Microsoft for #mvp09 talking to Andras Velvart about Silverlight... always a subject I enjoy :) Andras told me they have a new app up on the Zoomery site that allows you to upload your MVP Summit pix ... check this out... I love the circular 'globe' ...
Caleb Jenkins has been talking up the Fit February initiative for the last few months, and there have been some pretty amazing results and more svelte developers in the community than ever before! I was excited to throw my hat in the ring, until I realized a horrible non-NAFTAish plot to keep Canadians from participating: Only US residents could win the prizes! I caught up to Caleb at the MVP summit and put him on the spot about his anti-Canadian sentiment.* Video: Canada Fit April Announced! *Note: ...
If you’re at MVP Summit 2009 (or not at Summit) and trying to find people to follow I’ve started putting together a list of MVPs and Microsoft employees that I know who are here. Everyone should be using the #mvp09 hashtag for their tweets, so you can follow the conversations using #hashtags, Twitter Search, Twopular, TweetScan, or any other twitter search sites. If you want to be included in this list (or have updates to your information), leave a comment or message me on Twitter. Microsoft MVPs ...
In this issue: Chris Cavanagh, David Anson, Walt Ritscher, and Kevin Dockx. Note: The next few days may be a little slow blogging. I'll be heading to Seattle tomorrow for the 2009 MVP Summit that runs Sunday through Wednesday. I just looked at my schedule and it's going to be a fun/busy time. I'm looking forward to seeing people I haven't seen in a year and in general being able to soak up all the goodness I can. From SilverlightCream.com: ElementRecycler for Silverlight and WPF Chris Cavanagh has ...

The March travel madness is about to begin. During this month I will be away a lot. First destination is Seattle where I will attend the MVP summit 2009. Last year was my first summit and I loved this experience. This year should be even more fun, because I met so many software enthusiasts over the past year, and many of them are going too, yay.

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Have you noticed the tiny graphic image aside of your address bar when you load up your DotNetNuke site in your browser that looks like this? By default, you'll have a file called favicon.ico located in your folder where you installed DotNetNuke. Many developers have learned how to change this ico file to another image that identifies your website and it's fairly easy to do. A favicon is seen by the browser aside of your URL. It's only 16x16 pixel square icon. Once you find the favicon.ico file in ...
Hello, and welcome to my blog. I've set this up as somewhere I write about the technology I'm involved in, and possibly some of the business which uses that technology. I am a BizTalk developer, which I guess also means part-time designer or architect, depending upon the scale of the project or who I'm working for at the time. As well as BizTalk, I have most of the usual complementary skills in .Net (C#), SQL Server (up to 2005 so far), and some exposure to a greater or lesser degree to several other ...
February 10, 2009 - Guild Meeting, featuring Shawn Wildermuth When: 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) MAP Website: www.TwinCitiesDevelopersGui... Shawn Wildermuth Topic: Introducing Silverlight While Silverlight has a lot of people buzzing, many others think its just another Flash in the pan. But for web developers who are sick of fighting the browser, Silverlight represents a fresh step forward to create compelling applications on the web. In ...
The Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) will have its next meeting on February 25th at the Urbana Regional Library. This should be a great evening of talking .NET, doing some social networking and then wrapping-up the evening with a raffle. The scheduled agenda is: 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM - Intro Topic: Intro to LINQ with Ganesan Muthiah 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Main Topic: Using Silverlight in SharePoint with Sahil Malik Main Topic Description: Silverlight is one of the most exciting things to come out of ...

A while ago (before I joined Microsoft) I did a session on the Light Weight Scrum process template for MVP TV. It is a good overall discussion on Scrum as what that mean in the LWS process template in VSTS.

Check it out when you get a chance.

Happy Coding!

INETA Speaker Shawn Wildermuth is coming to the Twin Cities in February to speak at the Developers Guild. I'll get the website updated ASAP, but wanted to get this out there now: “Introducing Silverlight” Abstract: While Silverlight has a lot of people buzzing, many others think its just another Flash in the pan. But for web developers who are sick of fighting the browser, Silverlight represents a fresh step forward to create compelling applications on the web. In this talk I will create an application ...
Jan 29 – Holiday Party @ Fast Lanes, Lowell, Arkansas Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group Feb 7 – Kansas City Office Geeks (SharePoint Saturday) Daniel Larson Feb 12 – Little Rock .Net Users Group Keith Elder of Deep Fried Bytes Mar 1-4 – Microsoft MVP Summit Mar 18-20 – Mix ‘09 April 2 – Ozarks .Net User Group Claudio Lassala May 11-15 – TechEd 2009 ...
Join us for TechFuse 2009 on March 17! It’s back and even bigger than last year! With 36 sessions and two keynote presentations to choose from, TechFuse 2009 is the most cost-effective way for IT and Developer pros to get up-to-date, 200-300 level education on the topics that matter to your role. TechFuse will provide you resources on the latest developments in IT and Developer trends, technologies, application implementation issues, products and services from tons of local professionals. Website: ...
The Good News: We have the first leaked screenshots of the next Office suite on the web (view here).

The Bad News: Groove is going to be part of the next offering.

The Hopeful News: Maybe the Groove MVP's won't clog up the mic's at the MVP summit Q&A like last year begging that Groove not go away. ;)

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I have a great pleasure to invite you to two community driven conferences that are organized in Poland: 4Developers, 7th March, Kraków 4Developers is a first “hybrid” conference organized in Kraków, combining different programming languages (C#, Java, PHP, Ruby), as well as project management and database topics. It is planned for 700 attendees who can participate in 4 parallel tracks. Java – the track will be opened by Neal Ford and Adam Bien .NET & C# – everything one must know about Microsoft ...
As I mentioned in my earlier blog posts, my 2009 got off to a great start, having been notified of my MVP award and my selection to the INETA Speakers Bureau. Some of my really good friends also received their MVP awards (some for the first time) or appointment to the INETA Speakers Bureau, or in a few cases, both. So yesterday, Jan 2 2009, had a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint. A couple things happened yesterday, but the biggest is that my good friend Amanda Laucher (@Pandamonial ...
A colleague of mine, Luca Calligaris, in our Eurotech Italy office just received the MVP award for his work answering questions in the Windows CE newsgroups. Luca has been working with Windows CE for several years. He has been instrumental in getting several Windows CE products to market. Luca has is a Microsoft Technology Specialist having passed the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Developer exam. Welcome to the MVP program Luca. The Eurotech Press Release can be found at: Eurotech Developer Earns Microsoft ...
Well, wifey called me (and the world) to task, so I figured I should step up. I'll admit, I was being one of the debbie downers reflecting on everything that I didn't get done this past year. So, well here it is, some reflections on things that I did well and accomplished in 2008. It' all about the family and I made sure I focused on that. My wife and I had a great year. I mean, a REALLY REALLY REALLY good year. Our relationship has never felt stronger (and well, I feel we've been pretty strong from ...
I am humbled and honored to be awarded a Most Valuable Professional award by Microsoft for 2009. This will be my 3rd year as a MVP. I got my first award in 2007 for ASP.NET, and then due to my increased activities in the fields of Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight, in 2008 and now 2009 in Client Application Development. This expertise gathers specialists of these two disciplines and provides a fantastic way to exchange and discuss amongst professionals. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I opened my email this morning to discover that I received two awards. First of all, I was awarded 7th place in the Community Credit December 2008 contest. I wasn't able to log into Community Credit for months because my user name didn't appear to be working. However, last night I was determined to submit my points for the INETA Community Champion Program before the year ended, and that program links to the Community Credit program. I eventually figured out how to get my user name, then submitted ...
January 1st for many people is simply New Year’s Day. But there are those that continually monitor their inbox waiting anxiously to see if they receive a gift from Santa Ballmer. That gift is a Microsoft MVP award for 2009. There are multiple award cycles and days of renewal, but mine lands on Jan 1st and I’m very honored and pleased to report that I’m once again an MVP for 2009! But the purpose of this post isn’t to gloat about my MVPness (say it a few times…you’ll get it). There are many that are ...
2009 just keeps getting better.

I just got the email from Microsoft that I have received the Microsoft MVP award. This is my 4th time receiving it and it's still just as exciting as the first 3 times.  Looking forward to getting the package in the mail and going to the summit again this year!!
Woohoo!!
Happy New Year everyone, from SilverlightCream! I hadn't decided if I was going to do a retrospective post this year, I've done a couple, and if you haven't read them, they shouldn't be hard to find on my blog :) Going through my blog list, however, I came across a year-ender by Chris Alcock of "The Morning Brew", and taking his lead, I thought I'd put out some metrics on SilverlightCream. I have a list of 210 blogs I scan every day. This is an ever-growing list. As someone submits something to the ...
Learn how to make it better by attending next week's Orlando DotNetNuke User Group Meeting. Microsoft MVP Consumer Security (2004-2009), Janie Whitty, aka Calamity Jane, will be speaking about Malware and how it affects you and your customers. Janie is best known by her username Calamity Jane in PC Security circles. She specializes in HijackThis logs analysis and malware removal/prevention and PC security as an Independent Consultant for Lavasoft (makers of Ad-Aware SE) and is a Forum Administrator ...
This weekend I'm heading to Kansas City for the first time. Why? I'm speaking at KCDODN (aka Kansas City Day of .Net) (Un)fortunately the event registration is full, but I hear there is a waiting list available. To see the schedule, and get on the wait list(?), you can visit http://kcdodn.eventbrite.com/ I'm pretty stoked about it. This is my first Day of .NET talk. I've spoken at User Groups, Code Camps, the MVP Summit, CodeStock, Codeapalooza and even a couple of HDCs, but no "Day Of" yet. It's ...
In this issue: Jonathan van de Veen, Bart Czernicki, Tim Greenfield, Ben Waggoner, Ning Zhang, Jesse Liberty, Jonas Follesø, Jafar Husain, Expression Team Blog, Adam Kinney, and Gerard Leblanc. Also: Jose R. Guay Paz reports Enter the Manning Free Ebook a Day giveaway... free is a definite good deal! Jeff Weber details that the Popfly Game Creator Updating to Silverlight 2. If you want to see what can be done with Popfly, check out the MSDN team blog roll on my blog page. Matthias Shapiro has updated ...
Manning Publications Co. has some great books. Ever since I first heard that MVC was coming to ASP.NET I was extremely excited. I have always preferred the MVC pattern over the MVP pattern that ASP.NET used. Most of the information on MVC for ASP.NET is limited or not as in depth as I would like. I have created multiple MVC applications just by using Reflector to learn more about the runtimes. However, being a book junky, and one that really enjoys the early access program at Manning Publications ...
(UPDATE: This is a rerun of a best-of post from 2006. I applied the fix described below, and have never seen the error in question again.) Ever since I got my Gateway CX200X — and even before, with my less-than-wonderful Toshiba M200 (which I'm managing to put to productive use, but cautiously) — I've had this annoying problem. When I would shut the lid, with every expectation that that would suspend the machine, I would be deceived. I would put the machine in my backpack, and head off for the road ...
Switching MVP tracks form “BizTalk Server” to “Connected Systems” doesn’t mean I will stop working with BizTalk. BizTalk Server is still my favourite server product by a long way and, apart from the messaging and orchestration engines, my favourite feature is BAM. Last week I taught the QuickLean “BizTalk Expert Series BAM” course for the first time in Stockholm, it was actually the first delivery ever. As usual, I have taken a couple of the demos that I run in the class, and recorded them as webcasts, ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server Power ToolsThere is a new release of the Power Tools for team system. As an MVP I was involved in the trial that started early this month, and I can tell you that a LOT of work has gone into these :) Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I was talking with Phil Haack via facebook status comments regarding Phil’s picture for the upcoming ASP.NET MVC book being published by Wrox (which you can buy at amazon here, at amazon.ca here, or at your local bookstore…no link provided for that). Phil was commenting about some aspects of his picture, and I began to type “Well at least you don’t look like that guy on the en…” and then…I stopped…that couldn’t be…BUT IT WAS: Rob Conery. But what was it that caused me such grief and pain at the sight ...