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Wow, what a fast summer! It seems like just yesterday several of us were saying our goodbyes at the May NoVA Code Camp in Reston, VA. I remember how excited I was on the way home from NoVA code camp. It was a great way to finish up spring code camps. While the schedule seemed a bit crazy at times, it was well worth it. The variety of sessions offered and incidental knowledge obtained via hallway, open spaces and speaker lounge conversations with other professionals makes the trek to each event very ...
Just a reminder that the FREE Raleigh Code Camp is coming up quick! Mark your calendar! Saturday, September 19th, is the day, ECPI in Raleigh is the place and FREE is the price!! Never been to a Code Camp??? Oh well then you haven’t lived! From the Raleigh Code Camp site: “Code Camp is a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring ...
This month FredNUG is shaking things up a bit! Instead of meeting on our traditional 4th Wednesday of the month, we’re moving the meeting to Tuesday, September 22. Also, instead of having an intro talk, we’re doing pizza from 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, INETA Speaker Claudio Lassala will present on Refactoring, Patterns, new language features, code quality, and more! This sounds like a topic that all .NET developers can benefit. The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social ...
I’d like to provide you with a SilverBullet™, a small snippet of Silverlight, a class or namespace hidden in the silverlight .NET framework, to help you out in times of need. It’s not to learn, but something to keep in your pocket. Just remember it’s there and you’re safe. When developing applications, especially graphic intensive web applications you want to monitor the performance when running. The System.Windows.Analytics class can help you with that. The class has no methods of any significance ...
For years, one of the popular parts of TechEd has been the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions hosted by INETA. A BOF session is a conversation among a community of peers around a topic about which the participants are passionate. There may be some participants who are more knowledgeable than others, or have more experience; some who have less. Some folks will be well known, some will not. Some folks may want to just listen. The point of a BOF session is to bring together people who share an interest ...
If you're a .NET User Group leader, you probably already receive the INETA newsletter (and if you haven't been getting it, contact your mentor to update your contact info!!) On the other hand, if you aren't a .NET User Group leader, you might not realize that you're missing out on some valuable community info that isn't just for UG leaders. If you want to see what's going on with INETA, and the greater .NET Developer Community by extension, hit this link: (http://www.ineta.org/Conta... ...
The Regina Technology Community welcomes Nick Nastic! Topic: SQL Server 2008 R2 and project codename "Madison" SQL Server 2008 R2 is the next generation of the Microsoft SQL Server database platform, planned for release in the first half of 2010. SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008 to help organizations improve IT and developer efficiency with: new and enhanced tools for the management of applications and multiple servers master data services complex event processing ...
I am happy to announce the launch of the Regina Technology Community. The Regina Technology Community has formed from a consortium of local special interest groups: • .NET User Group • IT Pro User Group • SQL Server User Group • SharePoint User Group We recognize that no technology is an island. We work in technological ecosystems that requires an understanding of many disciplines. Having one community allows us to deliver a wide spectrum of content to our members. It also provides the forum for ...
I am proud to announce, that I won a prize from Community-Credit in July. If you speak in the community, blog, help organize things or just attend meetings, go to their website and sign up and get your chance to win some stupid prizes. :0) ...
What is Sharepoint? SharePoint is Microsoft's product in the Enterprise Portal, Content Management and Colloboration space. SharePoint is actually 2 products. Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) - This is what is bundled into Windows Server 2003 and later versions and includes the set of standard site templates for building web sites in SharePoint. In addition WSS includes version control, alerts, RSS feeds ans task notifications. WSS is bundled into Windows Server 2003 and greater and I believe that ...
Since the beginning of July, I've been working on a java project. The language is very close to C#, although it has some minor irritating differences, like the lack good generic support, extension methods and closures. The big difference however is not in the language, the tools, the libraries or the utilities. One of the big differences I've seen is the community. I've been on many projects that have worked exclusively with Microsoft tools, libraries and (god forbid) examples. When the subject is ...
The Visual WebGui Web/Cloud development & deployment platform community continues to initiate with some more cool projects. We are proud to present the Genius Code project. GeniusCode.net is the spontaneous idea of Ryan Hatch and Jeremiah Redekop - the blog includes anything from screencasts to code articles while the idea is that Anyone can be a genius. "We've discovered some tools that developers can use in order to implement their ideas quickly and effectively," said Ryan and added that "the ...
In this Issue: Jesse Liberty, Christian Schormann, Tim Heuer, Jeff Kelly, Jeff Prosise, Jeff Wilcox(2), and Alex Golesh. Lots of Shoutouts today: David Anson has been getting lots of feedback on his HTML5 canvas post, so he's Following up on some of the attention [Live sample posted and a *very* small tweak to the Html5Canvas source code!] I know there was some discussion about this on the Insiders list, but Ben Anderson announced a Popfly Parting Present ... no not the PopFly source, but the Game ...
I try to spend a little time every day brushing up on my developer skills. Some days I have more success than others. I might attempt to brush up on my skills by reading a tech book (currently working through "Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael C. Feathers, I'm loving that book!), practicing some new language features (I'm still wrapping my head around lambda expressions and LINQ) or just browsing tech blogs and listening to tech podcasts. I do this partly because our industry changes ...
SQLbits is a great conference. This time around there is three distinct days and it happens to be taking place in my part of the world, just “over the bridge” in Wales at the marvellous Celtic Manor (which feels very American – in a good way). Training Day on the 19th with all day sessions (£199 if you register before Sept 30th) SQL 2008 and R2 on the 20th (£99 if you register before Sept 30th) Community Day on the 21st – for FREE Don’t delay, register today. Oh and I hope to see you on the Saturday ...
[UPDATE 27/8/09 14:51: The hoster is back up - stick with Itunes and the RSS feed in the original posts] Yesterday I posted two podcasts on XAF (show 008) with Gary Short and ASP.NET 4.0 (show 007) with Mike Ormond. No doubt because of my enormous number of followers (cough) the hosters site failed(podcastfm.co.uk) which means your RSS reader and ITunes will not be able to download them until podcastfm get it fixed. I have placed the shows on my Skydrive whilst this is resolved. I think it is time ...
I’m very pleased to announce the newest technical community to Manitoba: the Winnipeg SQL Server User Group, a PASS Associated Organization! Myself and Michael DeFehr are running this group and are excited to provide a forum for database professionals working in the Microsoft space. Here are the details for our first event: T-SQL Development: Bullet-Dodging and Spoon-Bending Michael DeFehr, Protegra Did you think you could dodge bullets with SQL server? Well if you learn some of these techniques, ...
While western Virginia has more mountains, northern Virginia has more technology events. They might have more events, but when we have them, we have the best. Don't believe it? Sign up and attend a Developer or IT Pro session on September 10th. Better register now or you will only get to attend via the tweets from those of us that registered early :) Microsoft Roadshow visits Roanoke Thursday, September 10th Location: Roanoke Higher Education Center Registration is required Our very own, Microsoft ...
Tuesday night, the INETA Speakers Bureau Director (Randy Walker) chose to step down for undisclosed reasons. I wish him well and respect his decision. Unfortunately, there's never really a GOOD time for something like this to happen, so as with all departures, a void was created that needed to be filled immediately. As a result, I am stepping in to fill this position. I have served on the INETA Speakers Bureau committee for several years as well as being an actual Speakers Bureau speaker and user ...
This podcast is an interview with Gary Short in which we discuss the DevExpress eXpressApp Framework™ (XAF) for quickly building WebForm and WinForm applications. Along the way we manage to mention testing frameworks, home-grown source control, rabbits feet, British Rail and Microsoft Access (Apologies in advance to the Access User Group) but most of it is about understanding what XAF is and when you would use it. Show Notes: XAF Posts on the Project Management application being built in XAF eXpress ...
This podcast accompanies the August 12th, 2009 edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes an interview with Mike Ormond discussing the new stuff in ASP.NET 4.0 plus an opportunity to ask Mike “Which are you? MVC or WebForms?”. Other areas discussed in the intro section include the RTM of Windows 7, the UK launch event of Expression 3 and Silverlight 3 plus the results of the poll of how developers scored in the Joel test. P.S. Apologies on the delay in publishing this podcast – but I did have ...
On October 14th, 2009, Winnipeg will be the site of the first annual SDEC09 – Software Development and Evolution Conference, hosted by Protegra! We’re really excited to put this on and think its going to be an awesome event! The cost of the conference is $100 until September 18th and $150 after that. What do you get for that low admission fee? Three Tracks of Sessions: Development Foundation Skills Learn best practices on how to use developmental skills such as test driven development, SOLID principles, ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the discuss (questions) from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: RajeevDu[MS] (Expert): Hi, This is Rajeev Dubey, Bluetooth Program Manager. Sue Loh [MS] (Moderator)[12:02]: Hi, I’m Sue Loh, a developer in the Windows Devices Core team at Microsoft. ...
To help developers and architects better understand how to leverage the cloud, Microsoft is offering two "train-the-trainer" sessions for user group leaders and influentials. Here's a great opportunity to learn more and present back to your user groups. Sessions are: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 5:00 PM-6:00 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:00 AM-9:00 AM (UTC-8:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Here's What You'll Learn Development tools for Visual Studio ...
Before we had Azure and the various bits and pieces that became Azure at PDC 2008 Microsoft had a number of disparate groups working on various ‘cloudy’ projects. these included BizTalk Services, Red dog, Mesh and the Live framework to name a few. Then at PDC 2008 with the wave of a marketing teams wand they all be became Azure or Azure Services or Azure platform or …well anyway the over-arching message was that they were all part of Azure!! Furthermore we were presented with the vision below… Now ...
During the last days and weeks, there's an increasingly heated debate about the performance of NHibernate vs. some other commercial and noncommercial ORMs. This debate was triggered by the launch of a new website called ORMBattle.NET, which is allegedly "devoted to direct ORM comparison" (and hosted by a commercial competitor of NH...). The comparisons are largely based on batch processing tests like this one: protected override void InsertTest(int count) { using (var transaction = session.BeginTransaction()) ...
At Google, we like to reflect the ever-changing world of our users through the logo designs on our homepage. These ‘doodles’ celebrate scientists, artists, local events or special dates and are designed by our original doodler, 31-year-old, Dennis Hwang. We’re now giving you a chance to design a doodle for us, through our doodle competition, Doodle 4 Google. If you are currently a student in any school in India (between the 1st and 10th standards), then this is your chance to have your doodle be ...
In the mix of things we were the 2nd SharePoint Saturday event and I think we can do far better. I wanted to have a free conference with 2010 content that people didn’t have to pay for if they couldn’t afford SPC. So we are now finally confirmed for Saturday, December 12th at Johnson Country Community College Regnier Center. This event will be bigger (250 is the cap) and far better. I have a lot of good people helping me out including Brian Laird, Kevin Huges, and Bob Davis. St. Louis is working ...
I blogged a while ago about creating a series of posts on building an ASP.NET MVC application. To be honest I had already built one. It took me three months. And I haven’t touched it for about two months, so I thought at least I can share it with you geek readers. The main difference between MVC in Rails and MVC in ASP.NET is that Rails generates the infrastructure from the commands you type, as for the ASP.NET MVC part you are responsible for building the infrastructure. What do I mean when I say ...
One of the new features of the BizTalk Build Generator is a provider pattern for the build script generation. This means if you prefer to use a different format/structure in your build scripts or even don't like MsBuild and would rather use NANT, Powershell or traditional batch scripts then you could create your own provider which would take advantage of the metadata used by the BizTalk Build Generator and then produce scripts in your own format. In order to create your own provider you must create ...
This is an interesting IoC project that I used in a couple of occasions, nothing big, but I sure enjoyed it immensely. Autofac is wrist friendly so to speak and it tries to solve your configuration problems in a simple and concise manner. Without further ado go at http://code.google.com/p/au... to get the latest version. Next I’ll try to create a simple example that I hope we’ll use for the most part of this series. In learning the inner workings of IoC containers we’ll develop a console application ...
If you follow me on Twitter, read my blog, or have me on Live Messenger, you know that over the last few months I’ve had bouts of reflection, thoughtfulness, and philosophical rambling. Many of you have pinged me asking if everything was ok and I wanted to thank everybody who voiced concern, whether it was a tweet, an im conversation, an email, or breakfast in a Vancouver restaurant that I’m pretty sure was a front for a secret police command center. I couldn’t share with you what was on my heart ...
According to BusinessWeek (2008)... In 2007, a new form of attack, using sophisticated technology, deluges outfits from the State Dept. to Boeing. Military cyber security specialists find the "resources of a nation-state behind it" and call the type of attack an "advanced persistent threat." The breaches are detailed in a classified document known as an Intelligence Community Assessment. The source of many of the attacks, allege U.S. officials, is China. China denies the charge. Below are some recent ...
I have looked at LINQ and still get this uneasy feeling that it is definitely a love/hate relationship, but I figure I would ask the community on their views on it. Here are my personal issues with it that is steering me away from it currently to be used as a main driving framework of a brand new project: LINQ is a framework in which I may not agree with how it handles all the "voodoo" behind the scenes which can lead to developers believing it is the next thing to sliced bread. I agree it does add ...
Visual WebGui Professional Studio version 6.3.9 was released. This version includes several new features & enhancements of previous studio versions as well as some fixes. For example, the new 6.3.9 version includes a simple and convenient way to specify what runtime version of Silverlight that the Visual WebGui application should support. 6.3.9 versions of the open source Visual WebGui Community SDK & Express Studio are expected to be available for download on the Visual WebGui website by ...
So today I poked the proverbial sleeping bear that is the web-dev community by making this statement on Twitter: I'm a day in to using jquery and I'm already questioning why having an abstraction over a script-kiddie language is a good idea. This of course resulted in a flood of tweets in response asking if I was joking, suggesting that I fill my purse for the ensuing fight, and Caleb Jenkins yelling “One Flag”. I think I convinced people to put down the pitchforks and douse the torches (us Canadians ...
http://timheuer.com/blog/ar... Tim Heuer talks about confirming a delete from a Dataform control. http://mtaulty.com/Communit... Mike Taulty got the chance to talk with Ellison-Taylor about the Silverlight 3 UK Launch. http://blogs.msdn.com/delay... ...
Well, it has taken me a while to actually get a post up but I'm going to try to work towards a weekly major post which will deal with relevant common themes I found in articles or ran into at work with minor "comment" or "pointer" posts on a roughly daily basis which will reference other articles which I found particularly relevant to the subject of this blog, getting Windows and GNU/Linux working together. I'm also going to try to have a truly useful article dealing with making Windows and Linux ...
Visual WebGui, the Web & Cloud Application Development Platform, announces the creation of a Wiki page designed to provide a new interaction zone for Visual WebGui users to read, post, and share development knowledge. The Wiki page will feature detailed information on Visual WebGui, tips and tricks on how to best use the platform, code samples, control pages, SDK version highlights, case studies, and much more. The site will also feature user-generated content posted by Visual WebGui community ...
Jeremy Wiebe here at Imaginet created a handy tool for managing SQL aliases: The SQL Aliaser tool aims to solve one small problem: managing an alias for a SQL Server. This tool allows you to alias a remote SQL Server to your local SQL Server. Currently it is very limited in functionality, but it makes the process of flipping between the remote SQL Server and your local instance as easy as clicking a single button. This release supports 64-bit platforms. Future releases may add support for multiple ...
ual WebGui is evolving and as we go new opportunities present themselves. As you all know we have been working hard on maturing Visual WebGui rich web offerings along with adding functionality that you, VWG community members have been asking for. This autumn we target to release 6.4 which promises to be the ultimate enterprise rich Internet application solution. We still have some mileage ahead of us on the road to turning VWG into standard de facto rich enterprise solution, but apparently we are ...
Today i recevied a mail from the community Credit program. Bellow Is the content of the mail. "Hello Ramaraju, Congratulations. You won 7th Prize in the July 2009 Contest. As you may know, a lot of people competed, but only a few won. Nicely done! Please also keep in mind that your prize is not just a stupid, geeky gift, but it's also a symbol to represent your contributions to the development community. When folks ask you how you won, you can tell them that it was by helping out other geeks. Be ...
I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now… Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program that will help you build professional development skills. Ready to move forward in your software development career? Ready to learn new skills, say SharePoint development for example? Well then head over to Ramp Up and check out the available tracks and start moving forward today! Tracks include: SharePoint for Developers Web Development With ASP.NET Learn ASP.NET: For PHP Developers ...
Today i wrote a extention method for System.Collections.Generic.... to randomize the items in a list and shared to community through www.extensionmethod.net. you can find the code snippet for that @ http://www.extensionmethod.... happy coding ...
Well on my last post, i talk about changes on controls in #Silverlight3, while i tried to use a demo about Navigation and Styles, Corrina and her team had developed 7 additional application templates, for the community to consume and they’ve put them up on the Expression Community Gallery for download: Aurora Frosted Cinnamon Toast Lime Shocker Pinky Retro Sky Line Subdued All templates are terrific and very easy to use only change the reference to the resource in the styles.xaml code file. But if ...
I thought I’d write a little “about the author” regarding myself, since I just recently opened this blog in this community. I work pretty much exclusively in ASP.NET ,using C# as my preferred language. Something about no curly braces really weirds me out in code…It seems unnatural. (: I’ve been working with and enjoying computers my whole life, so it only made sense to make it into a living. I work for a start-up company that I helped co-found and I do some freelance work on the side. I’m also working ...
At Last! Finally, we have released the SharePoint Action Framework (SAF) on CodePlex!! Please take a look at : http://saf.codeplex.com . Now that I can take a minute, I just wanted to spend a bit of time detailing why we have spent the best part of 18 months (with lots of late nights building it!) Here's a FAQ to give you some answers: If you are developing with SharePoint, do you suffer from any of these ? Lots of Defects caused by differences in SharePoint Farms. – eg. “It works on Integration, ...
Hi everyone, I've been talking with Microsoft regarding the Entity Framework and they desperately need your feedback. One of the features with the .NET Entity Framework 4.0 is the ability to generate/create an Entity Data Model using Code Only. Code Only allos you to use the Entity Framework, using plain old CLR objects (POCO) entities and without an ECMS file. According to Microsoft, they need to get a lot of feedback on it before they can consider putting it into the product. If you are a fan of ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, August 26th at the Urbana Regional Library. At the meeting, we’ll recap the previous meeting’s bot bash code challenge. Since the last meeting, several members have begun improving their bots. During the recap, we’ll provide and overview of the challenge for those folks who missed the July meeting and then see whose bot can accumulate the most wins. Following a break for pizza, a little bit of social networking and a demo from ...
SharePoint’s Branding Limitations, Part 2 (SharePoint Magazine) As a Front-end Developer with a background in designing I’ll show you how to make a graphical design that works for a default SharePoint-environment. If you want to take control over the front-end, don’t use any themes. Create your art by using style sheets! SharePoint Daily - Bamboo Nation Technorati Tags: SharePoint,Limitations,Part... Windows Live Tags: ...