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Cream, as in 'pick of the litter' is always subjective, but this is my list for today as I view my Morning Paper, and will add on as I come across others: Silverlight Games 101 New Blog dedicated to Silverlight 1.1 Game development by DirectX MVP Bill Reiss Public Sector June Webcast Schedule Among other good webcasts, there is a Silverlight Intro and LINQ Intro both of which apply to Silverlight 1.1 ...
Michael Singer posted an article on Information Week about Microsoft's seeming lack of community (Thanks to Scott for originally posting about the article on GWB). I think that he might have gotten some misinformation from less-than-reliable sources, so I wanted to go through his article and give a Microsoft-ie point of view. Let's review the article shall we? "Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is ...
I'm sure most of you that read my blog have probably heard that there are some features in Excel 2007 pivot tables that only 'light up" when connected to an SSAS server with SP2 installed. However actually finding a list of those features has not been as easy as you would have thought. My friend Deepak asked a number of people about this at the MVP Summit back in March and while everyone was sure that there was a list somewhere, no one seemed to be able to put there hands on it at the time. Well, ...

Just in case you weren't aware of the latest, Microsoft MVP Beth Massi has been assimilated into the "evil empire" :-). She is now writing content for the VB Developer Center and doing a great job BTW. Check out her blog for tons of information and links relative to .NET developers. 

It was a great meeting at West Palm Beach, hosted again by Frank Bocchino and Joe Kelley at OpenClose.com. We had standing room only as Joe Healy, our Microsoft Developer Evanegelist out of Tampa gave me a hard time about a slight miss spelling of Orcus ... I mean Orcas. It was perfect timing because earlier that day the Orcas Beta 1 had been posted on MSDN. Joe gave an excellent run down on the new developer related features. Class extensions, LINQ and many others. Actual release date is unknown ...
Well with all this hoopla surrounding Microsoft Silverlight, and the question of the product’s name origin, I finally decided to get down to the bottom of it…and it was perfect timing that my Community-Credit prize package from January and February arrived today. Earlier this evening I managed to get in touch with David to ask him first hand about it and was quite surprised at the answer. With all that said, Congratulations David! It’s a great feeling to have your last name attached to a major product ...
Microsoft officially announced Microsoft Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media rich experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. In other words, Silverlight is the official release name for WPF/E. For those of you who are wondering where Microsoft came up with the name Silverlight, it is named after David Silverlight. David is the creator of XML Pitstop and Community Credit. He is also a central figure in NonProfitways.com and ...
There is always some time left after the AP exam to teach our students more before we leave them for the summer. In Florida, we have a couple of weeks to learn more and if you’re from different parts of the country you may have even more time to teach students something new. I am really sold on having students learn about creating games so that’s what I’ll be doing with my students. There are several options available for you to do with your students and several languages to use as well. If you want ...

I just got awarded an MVP in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server!!!   Whoooo Hoooooooo!   

 

I've just been re-awarded Microsoft MVP for the third year.

Congratulations to Peter Ward who has just been awarded as an MVP in SQL Server, that takes us to 6 SQL Server MVP's in Australia.

At the MVP summit, I learned about Grava. This new educational product from Microsoft is both an authoring and developer tool. Here's an example of what I mean: If you've been in the education market for long you can see that this application looks like an application created with Hyperstudio. What's different about Grava is that the product has its own SDK built on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and provides a programming model and tools for building rich educational experiences. I learned ...
Today, I'll blog about Multipoint which was demonstrated at the Emerging Technologies session at the MVP Summit. As everyone knows, students love to use technology. Notice the keyword everyone! However, not all schools in different countries can afford to have a computer for every child so they have to share. As a classroom teacher, I remember the days of sharing pc's and I was like a traffic cop getting kids equal time on the computer. I did my best to make sure each student was able to use the ...
Hats off to Shawn Weisfeld and his crew for organizing what seams to be a great upcoming code camp this Saturday at Seminole Community College in Sanford, FL. Shawn is a Microsoft MVP and INETA leader and I saw him in passing last week in Seattle at the MVP Summit. He was chanting code camp, code camp in the halls! To date, there are 478 coming to a great event. There will be 52 Sessions, 38 speakers including 16 MVPs and 9 Authors. Where else can you get that kind of education for free. Here's the ...
Capital Area.Net Users GroupMeeting Announcement - March 27th, 7:00PM Meeting Announcement - March 27th - 7:00PM - Frank LaVigne - Developing for the Tablet PC Speaker: Frank La Vigne Location: AT&T Building, 1900 Gallows Road, Tysons Corner Learn all about the the basics for building Smart Client applications that leverage the portability and power of the Tablet PC platform. In this session, Frank La Vigne introduces developers to the hardware, software, and development options available to ...
I got permission from the speaker at the MVP Summit last week to blog about some of the things that I learned last week at the Microsoft MVP summit. The session that I attended was on emerging technologies in education and they talked about three products. The products covered were multipoint, steady state and grava. Today, I'll write about steady state which is also called shared computer toolkit. Computer teachers in computer labs, libarians who manage computers and school IT department will like ...
So here I am with 100 other Canadian at the last weeks' MVP Summit. Good times Big thanks to Jeffrey Palermo for throwing such a great party! Cheers, ET Update: here are a few more... ;-) Boy were we in Red :-) check out the Canadian Crew ...

He's back from the MVP summit, he went to see Dio and Megadeth Sunday night...he must know why he's so sexy...

So Eric...why are you so sexy?

"Because I learned early that the word 'unisex' didn't refer to fornication with horned animals."

And my DVD collection of the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon series will never be the same again...

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Just came back from the MVP Global Summit 2007 that was in Seattle/Redmond, WA, which was this past week March 12th-15th. It was one of the biggest most influential events I have ever attended. I saw Bill Gates in probably one of his last public appearances. [Update: For a transcript of his speech go here- http://www.microsoft.com/pr... I also got a chance to hear directly from Soma, the main guy lading the Developer Division at Microsoft. 99.9% of ...
So I haven' blogged in a few days, mostly due to my attempts at recovering from a serious lack of sleep. (i.e. I've been sleeping.) The summit rocked. I haven't gotten this much Microsoft lovin in a long time. Free books, free shirts, a trip to the company store, lots of gnarly NDA stuff that most folks won't see for another year... etc. The Orcas stuff is sweet, and I encourage you to play with the CTP to see it all. There's some "make my life easier" stuff in there, but also so cool new powerful ...
And so for my final report from the MVP summit. For the BizTalk MVPs, day four started with a Q&A session with product team members. A number of issues were discussed centred on the recurrent themes of evolving a coherent strategy across the Connected Services Division and the more effective inclusion of the MVP community into the feedback loop. From my perspective, the BizTalk MVPs must surely be a valuable, if rather under-utilised, resource for CSD. The collective wisdom and experience bought ...
Day three of the MVP summit was held at the Microsoft Campus. Things started badly with a long and slow bus ride through heavy traffic leaving me with no time for breakfast when I finally arrived at the conference centre. I boarded the shuttle for building 43 to find most of my fellow BizTalk MVPs (the ones who have been staying in downtown Seattle since the weekend) equally late, and we arrived en masse about 15 minutes into the first session. Jesus Rodriguez was on his feet presenting the forthcoming ...
I am very impressed with everything about the MVP summit. Never in my life have I been in attendance at an event with so much diversity. I've met people from Honduras, Peru, Germany, Lithouania, Russia, Japan, and just a half hour ago a group of Koreans had come over to hang out here in my hotel room and see a 30-year old piece of history I brought along. Let me explain more about that. Over the weekend before the event my dad and I dove into the storage shed and dug up a momento we had used some ...
Day two of the MVP summit is over. We were at the Washington State Convention & Trade Centre all day, but will be decamping to the Redmond campus tomorrow. The day started with an unscheduled bout of ‘pre-match’ chanting from the Canadian MVPs. They are an excitable crowd, and have spent much of the day ensuring that we all know which country they come from (Canada, I believe). It appears that all Canadian MVPs (with the exception, I am glad to report, of Brian Loesgen) wear identical clothing. ...
At the Microsoft MVP summit today, Bill Gates gave the keynote to 1800 MVP award recipients from all over the world. Before the session, many people were already in line. My thoughts were to eat breakfast fast and then get in line to get a good seat. In line it was a great experience for me to be able to be with people from all over the world. In front of me were a group from Brazil and they have a great sense of humor even though I had no clue what they were speaking in Portugese. To my right side ...
I was having breakfast with Josh Holmes at the Microsoft MVP Summit this morning and we were asked by one of the attendees about resources for doing effective code reviews. So this got me thinking about the things that have really worked for me in the past and I thought I’d pass them along. Tip #1: First and foremost, review code often. I’ve worked with many architects that do regular code reviews every one or two weeks. Think about how much code you yourself could write in one eight hour work day. ...
This wraps up day two in Seattle for the MVP Summit. I got in Sunday afternoon, and went to the Party With Palermo (which was great... thanks Jeff!) There were a ton of people there, and I picked up some cool swag. Jason and George and I hung out with Rory for a bit as well as seeing some other familiar faces. Eventually we went to our respective hotels and I called it a night after drinking an entire pot of hot chocolate and surfing the web for a bit. After sleeping in a little (for the first time ...
I'm in soggy Seattle at the MVP Global Summit, and, like so many of my fellow MVPs, it seems appropriate to keep some kind of daily journal - you know the form - let you know how fortunate I am to be on a big Microsoft freebie, and how unfortunate you are to, er..., not be...and, of course, get a bit of name-dropping in as well. The first round of name-dropping has nothing to do with the summit. A week ago I was at the Microsoft Architect Insight conference at the Celtic Manor outside Newport, Wales. ...
I will be out of the "intertubes" for about the next week. Microsoft's MVP summit is running this week and they STILL haven't realized their mistake and stripped me of my MVP title yet, so I will be there. I'm really looking forward to all of the sessions (and hopefully I get at least some information that my NDA with Microsoft won't prevent me from talking about) since a ton of my sessions will be about the XNA we all know and love. (well, everyone except for some very special readers (you know ...
This weekend, I'll be travelling to Seattle to attend the MVP Summit which will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle. The summit is an enormous event and there will be close to 2000 professionals from all over the world in attendance. This will be the 2nd summit that I am privileged to attend. I was unable to attend the last summit because I was at another meeting held at Microsoft campus and I couldn't be out of school for that length of time. The keynote ...
I like Visual Basic.NET because… A professional picks a tool for logical reasons. As a professional business programmer, I pick VB.NET. Before I expound further on my choice, you should know whether or not I am qualified to have an opinion. Certified in C# and Visual Basic.NET, I was lucky enough to be chosen as Microsoft MVP in Visual Basic.NET in 2006. I founded and head up a 1500+ member .NET User Group in Charlotte, the Enterprise Developers Guild (www.DevelopersGuild.org). We routinely have ...

Yes its time once again for "Eric, why are you so sex?", the part of my blog where I ask my co-worker and Microsoft Outlook MVP Eric Legault why he's so sexy.

So Eric, why are you so sexy?

"Because I'm like a KFC/Taco Bell combo restaurant: I run for the border where its finger licking good."

Oh my...

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It's time once again for another installment of "Eric, why are you so sex?", the blog entry where I ask my co-worker and Microsoft Outlook MVP Eric Legault why he's so sexy.

So Eric, why are you so sexy?

"Cause the fingers do the walking and the rest do the talking!"

On fire!

D

I've been training myself in all the new .NET 3.0 stuff and for those of you not aware yet, the extension frameworks (WPF, WCF, WF, & CS) are not the only thing that's new. There are quite a few language extensions (specially in C#) even aside from the ever-so-popular-now, Linq. I was going to give a runthrough here of some of them, but I came across a blog posting by David Hayden, an MVP from the Sarasota , FL area, so in the interest of not stealing his thunder and saving myself some fingerwork, ...

It's time once again for another installment of "Eric, why are you so sexy?", where I ask my co-worker and Outlook MVP Eric Legault why he's so sexy.

Eric, why are you so sexy?

Eric - "Because I know the entertainment value of 9 volt batteries and breath mints."

Rock on brother, rock on...

D

Before you install SP2 you really should read the readme file. I have already seen one post on the MSDN forum who ran into the issue documented in section 5.3.2 of the readme. You can find the ReadMe file here http://download.microsoft.c... And the What's new file here http://download.microsoft.c... There are a lot of good things in SP2, ...
My Texan buddy, Jeff Palermo has become known for organization get-togethers prior to conferences, and since he's now an MVP, we get to experience an extra "Party with Palermo" prior to the MVP Summit this year. If you're gonna be at the Summit, you're gonna wanna be here: http://partywith.palermo.cc cya all there ...
Traditionally, Microsoft has done a pretty good job reaching out to the developer community around the world. I mean, just look at MSDN -- an entire site devoted to developer information and technical readiness. But what about software architects. Where's the love for them? Enter ArcReady. This is a new series of community events geared toward current and aspiring software architects. If you are currently working in the role of an architect, think you're working in the role or think someday you would ...
I'll be speaking at this very popular code camp on Saturday, March 24th at Seminole Community College. My session will be on Best Practices to Learn Dotnetnuke. This session is geared toward helping you learn Dotnetnuke. Learn first hand how this Microsoft MVP was able to create a web portal for his students to use. He then developed curriculum for Microsoft Corporation. This curriculum is being used by high school and college students and is available to developers as well. Attend this session and ...
http://news.com.com/2061-10... Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is scheduled to appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday, January 29, the eve of Microsoft's Windows Vista launch. News of the interview was confirmed by Tony Fox, the executive vice president for Comedy Central. "He sure is!" said Fox, when asked if Bill Gates would be appearing on the program and talking about Vista. Gates' visit to The Daily Show could be a particularly ...
Microsoft is ramping up to launch the contest to end all contests in the next week. The Dream/Build/Play contest has the potential to change a hobbyist developer's life forever. While the contest PALES in comparison to the fine game development contests run by Geeks with Blogs (when are we starting the next one Jeff and John?), it's sure to make you dream big as you imagine a game that you wrote being picked up officially on XBox Live Arcade. I'm officially throwing my hat in the ring on this one. ...
Well I did, and the issue seemed to be intermittent. Here’s what it looked like for me: Here’s what I found out. You can read about the issue on Microsoft’s Help and Support at FIX: You may receive an InvalidCastException error in an ASP.NET-connected Web application (http://support.microsoft.c... Unfortunately, there’s no immediate download or fix. You have to call Microsoft Support to find out if the secret fix applies to your scenario. In my case ...
Dear Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group - I am pleased to announce that Microsoft MVP and all around Exchange good-guy Paul Robichaux will be speaking at the February 1st meeting in Mason, Ohio at 6:30pm (Max Technical Training Center). Paul will be addressing Unified Messaging in Exchange 2007. Paul has been actively working with Exchange and a leader in the community for as long as I can remember. Paul is a partner with 3Sharp, author of truckload of books and magazine articles (Windows IT Pro ...
The 2nd semester of the school year starts next week after a two week hiatus to rest, relax, and be with family. Most of my classes are semester long classes so I get a chance to meet new students when I go back to school next week. My AP students will be the same and there's always pressure with that class to meet the goals of the AP curriculum and prepare them for the AP exam in early May. They have much more to learn in OOP like inheritance, polymorphism, and they need to learn about recursion ...
...here are my answers anyway. I think it is a fun topic. [Update: Or maybe I just can't read well...Chris Haaker (can't believe he isn't an MVP yet) tagged me last year and I just didn't see it.] Geekswithblogs.net was created because I was kicked off of dotnetweblogs.com (A.K.A weblogs.asp.net). The back story was, a few of us were discussing the differences between VB and C# and we can just say the conversation started to get heated. Toward the end of the conversation, Cory Smith and I were the ...
One of the famous quotes of Socrates that drives me all the time is: "Know Thyself". Around the world there are lots of things which might be in your interest on not. Knowing yourself doesn't only mean to find your choices, it also includes the facts, which don't belong to your choice as well as! Knowing what I don't know Well, so I need to know myself. As a technical guy, how do I know where I can be the best fit or where I can be comfortable to explore my ideas to create new but necessary things? ...
Friends, this time of year can be extremely difficult for many of us. As the clock continues to move ahead, and the new year approaches, many of us will feel an emptiness...a sadness...possibly even anger and angst. Why are we different? What is it about us that makes us un-worthy of the love and affection poured out to others? Yes, I'm talking to you my brethren, the ones that DIDN'T GET AN F'N MVP STATUS AWARDED THIS YEAR. I know it's tough right now with so many gloating about the joy of reading ...
Happy New Year Everyone. I just found this morning I have been awarded MVP ( Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional ) Award for Year 2007 for my contribution to the Visual c# Community. My MVP Profile: https://mvp.support.microso... might be also interested to see the following links:My Blog: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... My Current Open Source Project at CodePlex : SmartCodeGenerator My Articles at CodeProject: 1. Ready-to-use Mass Emailing ...
I woke up this morning, rolled out of bed, checked my email and screamed. This caused my wife to promptly leap out of bed and begin flailing around madly with the Louisville she keeps next to her night stand. Several small bruises, some missing teeth and a light concussion later, I was finally able to tell her, the paramedics, the police and our next door neighbors (I had NO idea Mrs. Wilson looked so smoking hot in her robe...) that I got a Microsoft MVP award! This is a great way to start 2007 ...
Yay... I picked up MVP again for 2007. Just got the letter this morning.

Looks like this year is off to a good start.

and of course, my birthday is in 5 days and I already know THAT's gonna rock.