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I am very honored to have received this award again. This is my fifth year in a row now and it feels really great! ;) That past year was a really blast and had a great time with the MVP Global Summit, was able to create and published new versions of my open-source controls at Codeplex, technical forum contributions, blogging,writing articles and speaking. I’m glad and very happy that I made it again this year despite of all the busy stuffs at work and life, I still manage to contribute to the ASP.NET ...
Vishal Ranjan invited me to have a short interview about myself. The details of the interview was featured in his blog here: Interview with Vincent Maverick Durano Technorati Tags: Community,General,Asp.NET ...
Yes, Just got an email from Microsoft that I have been re-awarded as an ASP.NET/IIS Microsoft MVP for 2012. The last year for sure was very busy with projects and I’m glad I made it again and able to contribute to the ASP.NET community. It is really a big surprise to me! Wohooo!! =) I am looking forward to contribute more in the community. BIG thanks to Microsoft, my MVP Lead Lilian Quek, Clarisse Ng our SEA MVP Program Specialist, family, friends, readers, and everyone who has supported me!!! Technorati ...
This being my first time going to TechEd and I want to make sure that I get the most out of it. The first goal is to make sure that I get to the sessions that cover as many topics as possible. This is important for me as a Solution Architect consultant specializing in Microsoft technologies. To this end I have spent some time going through the sessions on the myTechEd site. The other reason for the trip is to connect with the Microsoft development community. This includes both members of my local ...
It has been a week since we moved our Geekswithblogs.net System to a new set of load balanced servers and everything has been going great. I am so amazed at the performance of the new hardware. On average, we only use less than 5% of the CPU at any given moments or the database and web servers. I have seen a performance boost in page load as well, but I will have to confirm that with the statistics as they roll in. This is all in preparation for a new community we are launching with some friends ...
Today I received an email from Microsoft stating that: Dear Jakob Ehn, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 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 Visual Studio ALM technical communities during the past year. This is incredibles news and I really want to thank both the people at Microsoft who nominated me and ...
For the last decade, I have repeatedly, in my imitable Microsoft fan boy style, offered an alternative view to commonly held beliefs about Microsoft's stance on open source licensing. In earlier times, leading figures in Microsoft were very vocal in resisting the idea that commercial licensing is outmoded or morally reprehensible. Many people interpreted this as all-out corporate opposition to open source licensing. I never read it that way. It is true that I've met individual employees of Microsoft ...
Andy Dunn, known far and wide as The Zman (accept no substitutes) has been a strong supporter of the XNA community for many years now (and the Managed DirectX community before that). This coming Sunday at 9:41 pm EDT (UTC + 4) the Kickstarter project for the game, Guncraft, (on which he is the Lead Programmer) comes to a close. They’ve garnered pledges in the amount of $15,375 at the time I’m writing this. The project must meet a funding target of $16,000 by the aforementioned deadline. I think this ...
Microsoft is running another Dream Build Play contest and once again I’m entering. (You can enter too by registering here –> https://www.dreambuildplay.... I’ve entered every year since the inaugural launch in 2007. Every year I had a fantastic game idea. Every year I worked really hard on it. Every year I never finished and never submitted. So why am I doing this yet again? Because I want to be part of something. I miss the old XNA community of yore and with lack of announcements ...
If you're like a lot of people I've known, worked with, and been, you have a history of either installing Visual Studio (or getting a computer from IT with Visual Studio already installed), selecting a preset option from the "what kind of development work do you do?" menu, and coding away. I spent years occasionally hearing words like "CodeRush" and "Resharper" without really knowing what these things were or giving a second thought to how a productivity tool like them could help my work. A couple ...
Last week was the Microsoft MVP Global Summit, where Microsoft brings together their independent experts and community leaders for a week of sessions, product group interactions, and some fun along the way. These nights are always epic, stretching into the wee hours of the morning. I brought my camera and flipcam with me this year to capture the events, and so I give you The Most Epic MVP Attendee Party EVAR in Three Acts! It has everything – Playing football on an NFL field, singing karaoke with ...
Zack Weiner from Arrow Consulting was our speaker for our February 2012 meeting. Our February meeting also celebrated INETA’s tenth birthday. We started off the meeting sharing on INETA, its history and the vital service it offers to the technical community worldwide. Zack then skillfully covered the new features in Silverlight 5 in a very interactive session. We look forward to seeing you in March, where we will be covering Migrating Application in Azure with Herve Roggero. Below, please find some ...
One of the thoughts I've been considering recently with chocolatey is consistency with packages and naming conventions as chocolatey continues to grow. It's fine to name packages by the app/tool name, that's both intuitive and expected. What I am more interested in is when an application has multiple installation options (ie. an MSI and a ZIP). It can become confusing for people to install these when they don't know what they are getting if they call a package that has both. If you start with one ...
Single Page Application Frameworks are gaining popularity in the ever evolving web community with lot of libraries such as JavaScriptMVC, Backbonejs and many other libraries. ASP.NET MVC 4 introduces experimental support for building single page application (SPA) through a template. Much of the plumbing work of wiring up the client side scripts, javascript modelviews and the controllers is automated, making it a quick start to develop SPAs relatively easier. Lets examine a scenario where we are building ...
A few days ago I read an article by Richard Seroter comparing the different cloud storage options and comparing Windows Azure and Amazon S3. I commented on his blog about how Id like to see companies use these more and more for B2B data exchange when you have a batch file rather than the traditional solutions using FTP and the painful infrastructure piece that often goes with this kind of project. The normal challenges include: Who hosts the FTP service or do we both What kind of security do we use ...
Today we launched a new feature on Geekswithblogs.net to make it easier to share your posts with short URLs. The domain we are using is wblo.gs and you can share individual post or you can share you main blog page through the shortened URLs. To share your blog URL, use your blog application name like this: http://wblo.gs/jjulian – Jeff’s Blog http://wblo.gs/ – Geekswithblogs.net Community Page If you would like to share a post using a short URL, you can find the URL in two places. The first is on ...
I gave a SharePoint presentation at Norwegian SharePoint Community last week. I wanted to have as smooth a presentation as possible by minimizing page load times. The easiest way to do this, is to make sure that the pages you request are already cached. And the easest way to do this, is to pre-request the pages. ...and an easy way to do this, is to have a PowerShell script request these pages in the background. We just want to request the pages, we are not concerned with error status or how long ...
The Windows Phone Marketplace is ever growing (at the time of this post, there were around 60,000 apps), but sometimes the application you’re looking for is only available for Android or iOS. Sometimes this is because the vendor doesn't think the Windows Phone community is large enough to matter so they refuse to build (or even consider building) a Windows Phone version; other times it's because the vendor simply doesn't realize there is a demand for it. As consumers, the only thing we can do is ...
Today I was finally able to post the registration site for an upcoming full day workshop that our .NET User Group had been anticipating for quite some time. Although this seems like a trivial thing to get head over heels excited about, getting to this point took months of planning, organizing, polling, budgeting, begging and cold calling. So pardon me while I round a few cartwheels to celebrate this milestone. When the good folks at Microsoft put forth the offer to the User Groups to host a full ...
It was full of engineers & IT professional who were eager-to-learn about SharePoint and the presentation was exactly for them. This was my 2nd Presentation on the Community Day as I already descried about it in my previous post. Sorry to post this in late and this is just to share my feelings with you. Robiul, SoftwarePeople started the presentation for the ASP.Net Developer who are completely unfamiliar with SharePoint. He diverted his presentation to others audience who are little bit familiar ...
I work as a Tech Lead/Web Developer, focusing mainly in ASP.NET technologies. My exploration into programming began at the age of 15;Turbo PASCAL, C, C++, JAVA, VB6,Flash and a variety of other equally obscure acronyms, mainly as a hobby. After several detours, I am here today on the VB.NET to C# channel. I now work on ASP.NET+C#+MSSQL+EF+LINQ+AJ... which go together like coffee crumble ice cream. I am a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP since 2009, Microsoft Influencer and a regular ...
Paul Schaeflein wrote this yesterday: http://www.schaeflein.net/b... First off Paul is awesome so do not think of this blog post as an attack it is just my opinion. So first off I was there at the first SharePoint Saturday and I knew it was happening well before it happened. I have been an attendee, volunteer, speaker, and sponsor. I have thrown thousands of dollars and effort into these events. I am sold on the idea. Michael Lotter once told me that the whole point of ...
Before I describe about my session, let me introduce the history of making this great event. We SharePoint Experts Community arranged this Community Day jointly with Microsoft to introduce SharePoint 2010 on 7th January 2012 which is the first time in Bangladesh. Thanks to Microsoft Bangladesh to Sponsor the whole Program and others co-sponsors. We planned 6 months ago to arrange this type of event for Developers and IT Professional who might be interested about SharePoint Technology and proposed ...
In January 0f 2009 something crazy and awesome happened for me, SharePoint Saturday was born. I was a 26 year old girl from Saint Louis Missouri who was living in Olathe, KS. About 5 month prior I went to the most pivotal event in my career and life in Washington DC, the Regional SharePoint Conference, where I met Michael Lotter, Paul Galvin, Tony Lanni, Bob Fox, and Rachel Appel. Several months later I was visiting Michael at a code camp in Raleigh North Carolina and he told me we’re going to have ...
If you're interested in hacking (and by that I don't mean programming, I mean cobbling together various wires, circuits, bits and gizmos to form something new and innovative) then you've probably come across MAKE magazine. The folks at MAKE have released a special edition: MAKE Ultimate Kit Guide 2012. At 101 square-bound pages, and a $9.99 price tag, it's something more than a magazine but not quite a book. The first 30 pages are devoted to the kit "industry" itself, with articles on: The Rally ...
There’s an ongoing discussion in the community about various aspects of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) awards and this is a quick contribution I’ll make to share a few thoughts. Recent events in this discussion include MVPs who either weren’t re-awarded and/or declined their award. There are alignments and differences between their perspectives and mine, particularly in the areas of expectations and values. This is one of my contributions to that on-going discussion. In it’s simplest ...
If you follow the MVP program a bit, you might have heard about Rob Eisenberg and his struggles with the MVP program. If you haven’t, well, just move along, there’s nothing interesting to read here. Still here? Good. For those of you who don’t know who Rob is: he is the creator of Caliburn and Caliburn Micro, a MVVM Framework I truly love, support and have written about here before. He is one of the bigger contributors to the Open Source community in the Microsoft technologies. If you work on anything ...
I received the good news on Jan 1st that, for the 4th year in a row, I was awarded a Microsoft MVP award for ASP.NET/IIS. There’s some movement as there always is – some people not getting renewed their MVP award, new people attaining it. Some people have publically voiced how they turned down the award or just didn’t bother working for it for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into here. There’s also been some passionate Twitter discussions around community and groups and how valid they are, ...
Happy New Year! I am excited to be speaking at the first meeting in 2012 for the Tampa Bay Windows Phone 7 User Group As usual at Tampa WP7UG there is a jump start session for beginners before the meeting: 5:30PM An Intimate intro to WP7 Development with a local MVP Kevin Wolf in room 1, or a work session in the main room. Come on by early to hangout with other developers or attend the intro sessions. Here is the description of my presentation starting at 6:30PM: Live Tiles, Toasts and Push Notifications ...
With TFS 2010 a basic installation of TFS has been reduced to a matter of clicks, the pain however lies in getting an appropriate environment provisioned from the Infrastructure team. There will be planned and unplanned downtime as the infrastructure team takes the environment down for patching. There are various TFS hosting services available out there that’ll take this pain point away from you. Some of the leading players amongst others include DiscountASP.net, TeamDevCentral, Praktik Hosting… ...
I read Dave Rosenberg’s recent article on CNET entitled “What you should do in 2012: Start a company”, which focussed on interacting with venture capitalists to raise money. I think this is jumping the gun a bit though. The reality is that you don’t need VCs to run, or even start, a company. You also don’t need to quit your day job to do it, or hire employees right away, or put up huge capital to start it. An Idea that Provides Value…or Don’t Be an Underpants Gnome The most important thing you need ...
2011 started with a bang and ended with a boom for me. Anyway that’s not what I want to talk about in this blog post. I am not looking back I am walking forward. I was reckless with my life for several years and thought it was the best idea to act in a certain manner. I was reckless because I was neglectful of my happiness. I am changing that in 2012. I am instituting a travel policy where I will be traveling only once a month for an event or user group and no more than once a month. That means I ...
January 2012 will go down as one of the most memorable months! What a fantastic way to start the year, received an email from Microsoft telling me that I have been presented with the Microsoft MVP Award in the Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Competency for 2012. Dear Tarun Arora, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise ...
The latest release of the Community TFS Build Extensions include a brand new tool called Community TFS Build Manager and has been created for two reasons: An implementation of the Team Foundation Build API which is referenced by the Rangers Build Customization Guidance V2 (available H1 2012) Provide a solution to a real problem. The Community TFS Build Manager is intended to ease the management of builds in medium to large Team Foundation Server environments, though it does provide a few features ...
Greetings, this is my first geeks with blogs posting. so forgive me if it looks so sloppy. Purpose: To calculate additional shipping fees for a shopping cart full of items based on product name in Magento 1.4. We will assume the same shipping rate for all services here. Most items in our store are the same size and weight, except for a few items that are a little larger. We will identify those large items by name and add some amount onto them. First we shall start off with a free open source Magento ...
If you've ever had a poke around System.dll or System.Core.dll in Reflector, you may have noticed TypeForwardedToAttributes applied to the assembly: [assembly: TypeForwardedTo(typeof(Lazy... [assembly: TypeForwardedTo(typeof(Lazy... [assembly: TypeForwardedTo(typeof(Acti... [assembly: TypeForwardedTo(typeof(Acti... [assembly: TypeForwardedTo(typeof(Acti... [assembly: TypeForwardedTo(typeof(Acti... This post has a look at what these are, ...
In November Alex Groß (http://therightstuff.de/) was in Uganda for holidays and we hijacked him to speak to us on some .NET geek stuff. In the image above you see Allan Rwakatungu, Jude Opima, Myself and Alex Groß. More pictures http://www.flickr.com/photo... These are some of the topics that were discussed. Test Driven Development. Alex shared a great amount detail and a step by step tour of how you can work with unit tests and went on to show MSpec as a BDD tool. ...
First off for those of you who attended some presentations the past few weeks here is the link for the code samples: https://skydrive.live.com/#... Here is the link for the slide decks: https://skydrive.live.com/#... Now I wanted to explain why the blogging has been very few and far between. As you guys know I went through some craziness in the past few months. I am just coming out of the tunnel and I can see ...
I have been a member of GWB for a while now, and have really enjoyed it. There is a sense of community and I enjoy some of the feedback and comments I get from other posters as well as reading other community members blogs. Part of the reason of joining GWB was seeing what other people with similar interests were blogging about and interacting with them. What does worry me is lately I have noticed an increase in spam by some of the other bloggers… By spam, I don’t mean reviews of products as blog ...
When Rob Conery left Microsoft I gave a blog retrospective on possible reasons behind his exit. Today I’m happy to reload the cannon and aim it square at the latest Microsoftie to hand in his blue badge – Phil Haack. Phil has been a huge part of why Microsoft MVC is a success, and his contributions have changed the way web development is done on the Microsoft platform. So why leave, and why leave to Github? Couldn’t he have just switched to the TFS team if he liked code repositories so much? Well, ...
I've been at GeeksWithBlogs for 6 years now, and over the years its been great to see new people join the GWB community. I wanted to highlight a few blogs that started up this year that you might want to add to your RSS feed.Simon Cooperhttp://geekswithblogs... has some crazy deep, low level type posts on .NET code which I'm sure some people would think is fantastic. But what I really like is the insight into RedGate. Simon works for RedGate software, and shares experiences ...
Normally, virtual method overrides in .NET are done implicitly; if a subclass has a virtual method with the same name and signature as a virtual method in a base class, then the method in the subclass overrides the method in the base class: .class public BaseClass { .method public instance virtual string Method1(int32 i1, object o1) { ... } } .class public SubClass extends BaseClass { // this method implicitly overrides BaseClass::Method1 .method public instance virtual string Method1(int32 i1, object ...
For a while I’ve been working on an idea and whitepaper around analyzing source code to measure the size and complexity. There are some tools around which can do this but my differentiator is that I was interested in BizTalk projects and wanted to look at how these could be measured. Note however this can be easily used for non-BizTalk projects too. The aim is to be able to understand the size and complexity of a solution and to allow some real metrics to contribute to your understanding of the Total ...
I sent out an email newsletter to my local user group members recently to discuss the benefits of putting their IT skills to use. I felt it was important to reiterate that message here, just in case someone happens to actually read it and finds value in the message. So here’s the excerpt from that newsletter: The holiday season is approaching, which means it’s the season for giving! Why don’t you consider volunteering your time and your super mad .NET skills to a good cause? Visit getvolunteering.ca ...
Anyone working with developing custom activities in TFS 2010 Build has run into the following dreadful error message when running the build: TF215097: An error occurred while initializing a build for build definition \TeamProject\MyBuildDefinit... Cannot create unknown type '{clr-namespace:[namespace]... What the error means is that when the TFS build service loads the build process template XAML for the build definition, it can’t create an instance of the customer workflow ...
This was a very interesting event, I had never spoken in an event with so many developers in one place. It was cool! I had two talks, one on HTML5 and IE9 where I demonstrated the HTML5 and CSS3 coverage in IE9 and performance improvements, the second on ASP.NET MVC Best Practices where I talked about a fraction of things that you need to be aware of and possibly use when you are developing an MVC application. The HTML5 and IE9 talk was more of a showcase and focused on new features that will continue ...
I have learnt from Serge Baranovsky ofSubMain that work has started on the new version of GhostDoc and the first beta is expected in January.For more details see http://community.submain.co... too can make suggestions about the next version of GhostDoc at http://feedback.submain.com... ...
Let me clarify what I mean by “3 role” environment. When looking at the division of roles with products, solutions or environments, it has been very normal to break it down into IT Pros (Admins), Developers and End Users. And many approach SharePoint in the same style. Does it fit? Sure. Is it the most effective approach? HECK NO! Let’s look at it piece by piece. Now the question is where do we start? We need to redefine this. In all cases leaving it as IT Pros, Developers and End Users is too broad. ...
We are almost at the start of the new year. The group is currently on our December break from presentations but we are looking to return full steam in January. The Chicago Information Technology Architects Group is community driven and as such we are looking for speakers and topics to keep our community thriving. If you have a topic that you would like to present or know someone who has a topic that they love to talk about in the IT Architecture space please contact me through this blog. del.icio.us ...
Today is the first day of my fourth year at IdentityMine. I can hardly believe how fast it went, and how exciting the trip has been so far. Read the rest of this entry » ...