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For the past several weeks, my students have learned C# and started to learn XNA by reviewing the tutorial that Microsoft MVP Bill Reiss put together on his site. Today, we reviewed how to put sound into the game. The XNA Creators Club has a good video on this topic. I would highly recommend using the Sound.cs file that Bill uses in his tutorial for you to create your own sounds using XACT. You just need to change the namespace to the project you are working on and then initialize the sound under ...
An odd thing happened to me after installing the Vista SP1 RTM. I have a laptop running Vista Ultimate. The OS was installed using my MVP Team Suite license. I use this machine as my primary development box. After installing Vista SP1 I had two interesting things show up on the desktop: 1. "Test Mode" showed up in each corner of the desktop - Run Bcdedit.exe /set TESTSIGNING OFF using an elevated prompt to turn off test for signed drivers. 2. "for testing purposes only." and build number - This one ...
I've been having an interesting time with the Vista SP1 install and Virtual PC 2007. After installing Vista SP1, I thought all was well. Assuming "Well" means that you now have "For testing purposes only" and the build number watermarked in the corner, but I'll save that for another post. I was unfortunately at a client site when I went to start Virtual PC 2007 for the first time, post Vista SP1. Started okay but then as soon as I clicked on "New", all I got was an open task in the task bar but no ...
As I was looking over the main feed and wishing I could be a fly on the wall when D'Arcy takes back that PCMCIA card - I noticed there are a lot of Microsoft MVPs blogging on this web site. Now, I know the measure of the man is not MVP membership, but by and large these people are very bright and know their stuff. Out of the top 13 posters by volume, only five of them are not Microsoft MVPs. And there are a ton (technical unit of measurement) more on the list. Jeff, you have quite a community here. ...

In this article, fellow Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Jonathan Goodyear does a wonderful job of defining what an MVP is and explaining the process for becoming one.

Have a day. :-|

This just might be the best week ever, or at least the best one in a long time... Sunday I watched the new Knight Rider which was a lot of fun. I hope they make it a series. My tablet finally showed up yesterday and its working GREAT. My XBOX 360 has been repaired and is on it's way. (edit: FedEx says it will be here tomorrow.) I just finished tech editing a (IMO) terrific VB 2008 book for O'Reilly. Yesterday I got a nice letter from Microsoft, not just informing me about my MVP status & benefits ...
Note this article is primarily based on Microsoft/.Net technologies, although the principle apply to any technology. Before development of any reasonable business software project begins the following areas need to be nailed down: Application Architecture (application structure) ORM (Object/Relational Mapping - data source access and translation to/from business objects) Base framework (system framework, helper classes, base classes, etc) UI. There are many tools available that will dictate or guide ...
I had a great time and the Raleigh Code Camp 2008 went off without a hitch yesterday. What a fantastic job the volunteers with the Triangle .NET Users group (TRINUG) did preparing, organizing, and executing on their plan. There was plenty of food, attendees, world class speakers delivering targeted content, discussions in the hallways, books, giveaways, fun, and excitement in the air. I'd be remiss if I didn't point out and thank a few key individuals on the TRINUG Leadership Council, one being Microsoft ...
If you're in the Raleigh-Durham area this weekend you don't want to miss the Raleigh Code Camp!! The speaker's list contains 4 Microsoft Regional Directors and 12 Microsoft MVPs, including me! :-) A few notes: I'll be presenting a session titled Implementing Visual Earth in Your ASP.NET Applications Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of DotNetRocks fame will be in attendance I understand there will be plenty of swag given out For a more detailed list of speakers, etc. check out recent MVP Chris Love's ...
Over at the Community Credit website, there are over 8000 geeks who participate in a monthly geek prize for their contribution to the development community. Last month, I happen to place 5th and won a one of a kind 4 hub tape dispenser. David Silverlight who runs this site is very fair on who wins these geeky prizes from month to month so he throws you the curve on points if you are a current winner which keeps the contest fair for others to win. My curve is at 85% and expires at the end of March. ...
Today was .NETwork usergroup second gathering. The usergroup is the first and only large/effective "offline" usergroup in Egypt (although there're many others in INETA). They had a great success in their first gathering when they brought Steven Forte to talk about SQL Server 2008 new features for developers and ASP.NET MVC design pattern. I had a detailed post about it in my GWB blog at that time. Check it out for details. Background: First To Second Gathering (Warning: Boring Part!!) The .NETwork ...
The Tampa Bay chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is dedicated to building a community of professionals interested in topics related to software architecture. This organization welcomes all interested professionals. Whether you are a senior enterprise architect at a fortune 100 company or an aspiring architect with only a few years of experience. When: 2/28/2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Topic: Introduction to Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) Write less code and create ...
I've blogged in the past about Community Credit and really love the site. As a 5 time Community Credit winner, I just received the email today (although I actually knew about it over the weekend) that I have been inducted into the Community Credit Hall of Fame for 2008. There are a total of 17 inductees, all of whom have contributed a great deal to the development community. Thanks David for all of the hard work keeping Community Credit running smoothly so we all have a place to share with the community ...
As I prepare to embark on this grand tour of Arizona User Groups, it occurs to me that I should have some place on the web for the people attending the presentations to learn more about OneNote. Instead of trying to give them a piece of paper with the links on it, I am going to start my own list right here on my blog. This way, I have it electronic whenever I need it and I don't kill trees! OneNote blogs: David Rasmussen's Blog - OneNote tips, from a developer's point of view. Lots on shared notebooks. ...
Microsoft came under one of its *biggest* PR nightmares recently, when Rob Conery's recent post describing how Scott Hanselman single-handedly schooled a "Red Shirt" while also creating the newest catchphrase to be seen on t-shirts at the upcoming MVP summit: "That's Comp-Sci Baby!" This was how it was made out as: However, it would take the courage of a lone Canadian with incredibly good looking hair and a throng of fans (like him, him, him, him, and him) to expose what *really* happened that fateful ...
Wow, didn't realize I was this slow on things.

CONGRATS to S.B. Chatterjee on his MVP for Office Groove! 

See more here : http://weblogs.asp.net/sbchatterjee/archive/2008/01/13/microsoft-mvp-award-for-groove.aspx

Way to go man, 'bout time!
I'm still prepping a few posts on F# and Design by Contract (DBC), so stay tuned in the next day or so. But, I recently read through the altdotnet mailing list about conducting interviews and phone screens. Jeremy Miller had a great response to this that I felt needed its own response. I've been interviewing people all throughout my career and I've definitely picked up on things as time goes on, honing the craft as it were. Cloning Myself It's true in the past I've been guilty of wanting someone ...
I'm doing another webinar - this time on the wonders of hyperlinking with PowerPoint. I would love to have you come join me! Link Up With PowerPoint! Enhance Your Presentations with Hyperlink Tricks Brought to you by Eli Journals & AudioSolutionz Skill level: Intermediate Software: Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 and earlier Live Event: Link Up With PowerPoint! Enhance Your Presentations with Hyperlink Tricks When: Tues, March 4, 2008 • 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT • 60 minute audio/video event Details Most ...

Few days ago I blogged about "Who's Coming at MVP Conference 2008?" Brian Scarbeau suggested a very good idea about getting all the geeks of "Geekswithblogs" together. I think it is a great idea to get to know everyone on this blog website.

What do you people think?

Today, I purchased my tickets to go to Seattle for the MVP Summit which will be held in April. The MVP Global Summit is a four-day invitation-only event hosted at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With more than 400 sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and Regional Directors (RDs) to: Connect with other MVPs and RDs Engage with Microsoft ...

Are you Microsoft MVP 2008 and planning to attend the MVP Conference 2008 from April 14th to April 18th. If so, then post a comment. I will be attending the conference and would love to meet fellow MVP's.

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I was telling my students last week about my experience being a Microsoft MVP and a student of mine told me that his goal was to be an MVP. I told him about the two high school students that I met that were MVP's and what they were involved in. I was extremely happy that this student was motivated to learn more about becoming an MVP and I hope he pursues this. Nikita Polyakov who is a student at the University of South Florida and a Microsoft MVP blogs about his experience. The Microsoft Channel ...
I spent all day (Jan 12, 2008) at what I have to say was the BEST Phillydotnet code camp to date. If you did not read my last blog, if you weren’t at this code camp – you missed out! An unbelievable 48 session, 48 speakers and just about 400 colleagues to talk with!!! A true win win win situation. In other code camps I would jump around from classroom to classroom to ensure I saw the speakers I wanted to hear. Today because Philly Dot Net grouped the course by subject we were able either pick between ...
One of the requirements for the MVP pattern is to keep everything out of the UI (View) that does not have to be in the View. Data mapping is one of those things that we would like to move out of the UI. I tend to think of it along these lines, “If I wanted to expose this same functionality in a different UI what do I not want to have to rewrite?” If the View defines an interface exposing read write properties for all of the data needed, which it should, then the interface could be simply passed to ...
Re-Post of my Comment from a Ch8 Video Post: What's an MVP and how to become one? Karen Young tells you all about it! This is a great presentation. The video goes in great depth on what MVP is about and the kinds of people are involved and what you should know as a Student or Enthusiast. I did want to quickly destroy some myths, because honestly, even I a few years ago though those were true. [read my signature at the end for irony] I did not just want to shortly summarize the video, please do still ...
I have been working on some new videos for AspAlliance which will be posted on the website on weekly basis. Here are some of the upcoming and new videos: 1) Introduction to the Dynamic Website Project 2) Unit Testing ASP.NET Pages Using WatiN 3) Unit Testing ASP.NET Pages Using Watir 4) Introduction to the ASP.NET MVC Framework 5) Implementing MVP Framework for ASP.NET Application You can find the complete list of videos at www.aspalliance.com/videos Enjoy ...
Hi All, This is Lakshmi Murthy and i am a biztalk enthusiast. I have been awarded my third consecutive MVP Award in BizTalk Server technology for this year. I have been blogging for many years now and you can find my blog posts in BizTalk and other related technologies at http://techsavygal.wordpres... (old blog : http://techsavygal.blogspot... Microsoft has released RFID platform in September last year as a part of BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Release. BizTalk RFID enables to integrate disparate ...
Since today is my birthday, we took a break for dinner and went to one of my favorite places to visit in Seattle: GameWorks. I was pretty excited because I still had a bunch of credits on my card leftover from the MVP summit. Well, we got in there and the place looked really different. Apparently in the last 8-9 months, they have rearranged things a bit. So we work our way upstairs and grab a table. The food was good, but my mixed drink was terrible. (Jason, Andy & Jolene with with me. Jason ...
Nice article at Microsoft MVP Carlos Sequra Sanz around adding custom workflows using SharePoint Designer 2007. Although the blog is in Spanish the relevant article is in english.... To access Part 1: Click here To access Part 2: Click here ...
Ok, this isn't necessarily up-to-the-minute news, as Sean posted about his leaving Microsoft on December 20. However I'm not sure if many outside the MVP program had any exposure to him, and my brief meeting with him left enough of an impression that I'd be blogging about him here. At the Canadian UG Summit this past November we held it simultaneously with the Canadian MVP Summit in Vancouver as well. We (the user group leaders) were invited to attend the MVP keynote and discussion period. Sean delivered ...
Great news of 2008: Just today we knew that Mohamed Raafat Samy is now an MVP (Solutions Architecture MVP). Mohamed is a technical architect in ITWorx (a true rare title in Egypt !!), a top contributer n Microsoft online spots, a SUPER fan of anything that carries the "Microsoft" name on it Mohamed is also and most importantly my closest friend in the software field, and of the closest in life in general. It's so exciting to see him get what I and many around him always believed he truly deserved. ...
I just noticed this on Amazon a few minutes ago... Learn Programming Now! with XNA Game Studio Express and C# Express Edition (Link to Amazon here.) No big deal, except the cover prominently mentions C# 2008. (Last time I checked, XNA didn't support 2008) Apparently the guy that wrote it is a devices MVP in the UK. Looks like it's published by MS Press. Here's the odd thing... Amazon says it has a CD containing Game Studio Express (which means it's 1.0 refresh at the latest) and another CD containing ...
I have been re-awarded the MVP status for the 4th year. This year is different as I am now a SharePoint MVP where in the past I was an XML MVP. The transfer process was not as difficult as I thought it would be and I would like to thank Rafael Munoz, my previous lead, and April Spence, my new lead, for all the help when I asked to move to another designation. It wasn't a straight move like I asked and it was done, I had to go through the qualification tests again, but I knew what to expect. If you ...
Happy New Year to me from Microsoft when I learned I received my first MVP Award (Visual Developer - Visual Basic.). I am honored and in awe. I've met many MVPs as I have worked with user groups and Code Camps; they are a fantastic bunch of people. I'm honored to be included. Special thanks for helping me achieve this honor to: Brian for his continued mentoring and encouragement from the day I began learning .NET and leading a user group Chris for starting the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group and then ...
My last post which alerted the world to my MVP-ness was a bit...unlike me. I mean, for one thing, it was a one sentence type of post...when do I *ever* post a one sentence post? But you need to understand my condition at the time: stayed up all night playing board games and pool with friends, then went for breakfast and didn't get home and into bed until after 7AM. So below is the post that I *would* have posted earlier if I hadn't been such a zombie at the time I got up to check email quick before ...

The year 2008 starts off on the right foot as I got my MVP again for this year. Thanks everyone!

For over a year now, I've been busy learning XNA and then try to put together some curriculum for my Honors Programming II class to use. 3dbuzz has an excellent online class and. I would highly recommend their training. I am using moodle class management system with my students and it is a very convenient way of organizing a course. I'll be doing weekly blogs on the progress of the course . I am hoping more high school teachers would teach XNA to their students and we all can share games together. ...
I just got my e-mail this morning that I have been renewed as a Microsoft XNA MVP for 2008 for my work this past year. So what did I do to deserve this? Well. A lot. This past year has been a busy one for me just in general and I didn't get nearly as much done as I had planned on doing for the XNA community. But here is what I did do. If you've ever wondered just what DOES an MVP do? What is it that earns them a nomination or gets them renewed? Here's my list. I can't guarantee that by duplicating ...
I'm very humbled and honored to have been named an ASP.NET MVP for 2008!

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Just got the good news: I am a MVP for one more year :-) My first MVP award last year was for ASP.NET, but due to my new tasks in the field of WPF and Silverlight, I've been awarded one for Client Application Development this year. I think it makes sense, since my activities are really focused on the client (not just the UI, but mainly), and this is also what I have been blogging and speaking about last year. Read the rest of this entry » ...
The new year is certainly starting off on the right foot for me. I woke up this morning to an email from Community Credit telling me that I won 4th place for December's competition. That was cool news (sorry David, but this slightly bigger news) until I saw another email from Microsoft telling me that I have received the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award in the Visual Developer - Visual C# community. This is my first MVP Award and I'm really excited about what it will bring over the course of the year ...


I received the email at 9:02am this morning, letting me know I had received the MVP award for 2008 for VB.NET.

This is my 3rd year receiving it and it's still just as exciting as the first time. woohoo!
This year 2007 was a very special day for me! Some of great events in my life happened in this year. The first day of this year, 1st January 2007 (Monday) was the Eid-ul-Azha. It was nice to have the Eid at the first day of year, as a Muslim. But much more exciting news was waiting for me at the end of day, when I got back to home. I was just checking my mail inbox and noticed that I got the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award from Microsoft for this year! I couldn't believe for first few moments. ...
For the past couple of years, the Model View Presenter pattern has gotten a lot of attention on the .NET platform and more in particular to ASP.NET. For a thorough introduction on MVP with ASP.NET, read the article on CodeProject by Billy McCafferty. Recently, it has come to play that many now favor the Model View Controller (MVC) pattern over MVP. If you're confused about the differences between the two, check out this post which will explain it well. The basic gist is that the MVP pattern gives ...
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Last month's meeting with Cory Foy was excellent. Cory Foy talked about concepts from Michael Feathers' work on Working Effectively with Legacy Code and I presented a quick introduction and overview to the MVC and MVP patterns. We had about 15 people attending which was down a bit from October's meeting but we did have a few new faces as well. Just a reminder, there will be no meeting in December due to the holidays. The next meeting will be the end of January and should feature Ron Jacobs. We are ...
Validating user input is a very common task that we perform during web page development, and in the ASP.NET world we have a handful amount of choices to perform validation. ASP.NET Validation Controls ASP.NET ships with a handful amount ASP.NET Validation controls such as RequiredFieldValidator, CompareValidator, RangeValidator, RegularExpressionValidator, CustomValidator and ValidationSummary. These controls are very easy to hook up with other ASP.NET controls, and if properly configured they check ...
Last Tuesday night witnessed a relatively new kind event held in Microsoft Egypt building @ smart village. It was said to be "announcing dotNETwork user group" which I thought was some Microsoft Egypt initiative for a new offline user group model of developer community. I was so excited about so, and it was even better! The Idea The dotNETwork group is just am offline user group that's done right. It just happened to have Microsoft Egypt host the group gathering, as this is the hardest issue to maintain. ...
Recently, Jeff posted a picture of a cake he baked in celebration of Chris Williams overtaking Tariq in the GWB posting ratings. How nice. However, we must not ignore the inevitable: Just like Bret Hart who held the WWE championship with the Hart Foundation for so many years, so it will be with GWB that a Canadian will soon be atop the GWB rankings and all will realize that we're not just a hockey loving, beer chugging, toque wearing country of Tim Horton junkies...no doot aboot it. So to Jeff, I ...
Sadly, this is Microsoft's official position. http://forums.microsoft.com... From MVP Teo Lachev: "VS.NET itself doesn't support BI project types. They get added to VS.NET when you install the SQL Server client tools. Since SQL Server 2005 client tools don't know anything about VS.NET 2008, nothing gets integrated with VS.NET 2008. I believe that working with SQL Server 2005 projects will require you stick with BIDS 2005 or VS.NET 2005. That's because when ...