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In this Issue: Davide Zordan, SmartyP, Corey Schuman, Gavin Wignall(2), Jeff Paries, Vikram Pendse, Victor Gaudioso, Jeremy Likness, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutouts: Tomasz Janczuk has updated his research from July:Adoption of Silverlight serialization and communication technologies in web applications – October 2009 Check out Alexey Zakharov's Issues of Silverlight style system and join in the discussion. DanDan sent me a link to his Binaural Beats Generator... I'll let you be the judge From ...
This is my 100th post to this blog, but it’s also, in a real sense, my first. That’s because, starting now, my blog will be syndicated on RedDevNews.com and VisualStudioMagazine.com, the same sites that carry my monthly column, Redmond Review. For those who haven’t read my posts or columns before, allow me to present a quick intro. (For everyone else, go ahead and skip to the next paragraph.) My name is Andrew Brust, and I’m a Microsoft MVP and Regional Director. I don’t work for Microsoft – they’ve ...
As a VB MVP and someone who really loves VB in general, this kind of news really makes me smile… Microsoft has heard your feedback that VB/C# content parity is a top priority for the VB community. Given that, this issue has become a top priority for the languages team. The Approach We’ve gone about a prioritized approach, in order to fill holes for the most important technologies and content types first. Here are some general guidelines we’ve used… Technologies are prioritized by the number of current ...
One of the biggest successes of any technology platform is the success of its communities that back it, and in my opinion this has been one of the biggest contributing factors of SharePoint's ever growing popularity. So in contract if you look at the community effort for a product such as Commerce Server, which itself is a niche – but one that is now starting to head into mainstream with the achievements of Commerce Server 2009 and its alignment with both the SharePoint family, and moving into the ...
First I'd like to congratulate all the returning MVPs, and all the new ones... fun awaits and I hope to see you all at the Summit! I'd particularly like to call out people I know that have just become Silverlight MVPS. Tim Heuer did a great post with links to everyone, so I won't repeat that. Bryant Likes -- wow... it's been a well-earned award all the way back to rolling that gear, Bryant :) Jeff Paries ... if you're not familiar with Jeff, you should be... Jeff is the animation master of Silverlight! ...
I just found out today that I was awarded the MVP designation from Microsoft in the area of ASP.NET. It has been a very busy 2009 for me, speaking at various user groups and code camps including CMAP, CapArea, RockNUG, SoMDNUG, FredNUG, and Richmond Code Camp. I would like to thank all of those user groups for having me present and I look forward to continuing my involvement with all of those user groups and more in the year to come. With .NET 4.0 and the 2010 wave just around the corner, the upcoming ...
I've been renewed again this year as a member of this elite cabal of crazies that call themselves Team System MVP!! I feel really happy today, this is always good to know our commitment to the product we love is recognize by our peers, community leaders and Microsoft. This program has really been a blessing for me in the last 5 years I've met incredibly bright, funny, cranky (at times) and very passionate people that I always look forward to seeing and talking too. My professional career has really ...
Yesterday at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston, Kevin Dallas the General Manager of Windows Embedded at Microsoft announced that there will be a major release of Windows Embedded CE 7.0 in Q2 2010. Well, that is entirely accurate; the release will be named Windows Embedded Compact 7.0. That is right, the name is changing from CE to Compact. This brings the naming in line with naming of other Windows Embedded products. This spring I attended the MVP Summit at Microsoft, an NDA event, and ...
Channel9 posted my presentation from Episode 4 of the TV Show Russ Tool Shed presents... "It's All About The Tools" Tool Shed Tooltip #26 - Mobility and the Mobility Market Place I don’t physically have test devices, how do I develop for so many different screen sizes on mobile devices? How do I make money selling my application for a mobile device? Can I develop for Windows Mobile 6.5 now? Lean the answers to these questions and more and join Nikita Polyakov, Microsoft MVP Device Application Development. ...
Well, here we are again. Last time, we talked about project structure and came up with the one we’ll use for this series. Next we’ll talk tools. We’ll talk tools like Tim Taylor talks tools: with lots of grunts for my favorites and only a little explanation about what the tools do.) This is mostly because there is LOTS of material on the interwebs about all of these tools. I tend to favor the tools that are the most widely used for two main reasons: they have been battle tested by the largest crowd ...
September Meeting - 17 September 2009 6PM Two meetings for the price of one! This month we start up again after our summer break with a new twist to the user group experience here in Charleston…now you get 2 user groups for the price of 1! :) Our next meeting on September 17th, 2009 at Blackbaud on Daniel Island will feature the Greater Charleston .NET User Group meeting in one room with the brand new SQL Server User Group meeting in another room. Both groups will meet at the same location on the ...
Alright dear readers (both of you), I told you last time that I would answer that age-old question, “How many projects should I have in my solution?” The answer is: only as many as you need. I know, I know, but it’s not a copout, really it’s not. I’ve really found that is it easier to start with fewer projects and break them out when you need to, than trying to combine projects later on. Does that mean that one project with everything in it is right? Yes. If that is all you need. I realize it sounds ...
Commerce Server 2009 was the single biggest upgrade to the Microsoft e-commerce platform in nearly 10 years. A large proportion of the changes are the introduction of a single API covering the multiple business logic implementations required within an e-Commerce site. In former releases business concepts such as inventory, catalogue, order management, user profiling, and marketing had each been separated into their own domain logic and thus each had a unique API which made it difficult for new developers ...
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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 ...
Microsoft announced the new updated public website for MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional): www.microsoft.com/mvp The site is designed to help people understand the MVP Award Program and the exclusive nature of the MVP Award. Offered in nine languages, the new pages feature a fresher design, and simplify the user experience while addressing the key questions that site visitors ask. One improved way to the MVP Award Program ...
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 ...
Well, I crashed and burned tonight. I knew the information, but I had one small problem, that kept my demo from working. I added the SchemaNameConvention to the Data project for handling database schemas, and added it to the Fluent NHibernate conventions list. I SHOULD NOT, however, have changed the code for getting the Id of the domain objects. What this does, is it looks at the object and determines, by domain signature attributes, which property mappings need to be mapped as an Id not a property. ...
I have written a couple of articles about my trials at getting CeRegGetNotificationInfo() to work (see Windows CE: CeRegGetNotificationInfo() Doesn’t Seem to Work and Windows CE: CeRegGetNotificationInfo() Doesn’t Seem to Work Part 2). Well, I have it working and think that I understand its limits now. Special thanks to Luca Calligaris, colleague and fellow MVP for his assistance in figuring this out. My hope is that our work will help others out when they need to monitor for changes to the registry. ...
News broke today over at WekeRoad.com that Rob Conery has decided to turn in his blue-badge and go back to the solo-scene (cue that music from the Hulk series where Bruce Banner is always walking down the road alone while the credits role). Now there will be much speculation on why Rob Conery chose to leave Microsoft. Some have already suggested that it was in a fit of jealous rage after hearing about Scott Hanselman’s promotion (which Rob has already stated isn’t the reason, and as you’ll see below ...
Here is a very interesting article found on asp.netPRO that provides a review of Visual WebGui. The article was written by Bill Haider, a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET and this is its overview: "Living in the era of rich Internet applications (RIAs), as we ASP.NET developers do, calls for complex and interactive designs, easy deployment means, rapid development, and high-performance and scalable applications—not to mention the full features of an RIA solution. For a Windows Forms or Web Forms application ...
Looking for something to do this weekend? Looking to master PowerShell? Windows PowerShell MVP Dr. Tobias Weltner has released a free book just for you, Mastering Powershell! This isn’t a little cheatsheet; it’s 567 pages long. Here’s a linked chapter list if you want to jump directly into a topic. Chapter 1. The PowerShell Console Chapter 2. Interactive PowerShell Chapter 3. Variables Chapter 4. Arrays and Hashtables Chapter 5. The PowerShell Pipeline Chapter 6. Using Objects Chapter 7. Conditions ...
Nov 19, 2008 is a day that lives in infamy. It would mark the last day that Justice Gray would have any online presence for 6 months…a gap of silence that left the entire technology community collectively asking WTF. But then in May Justice resurfaced, the absurdity of the SharePoint Knights too much for even him not to comment on. That turned out to be but a teaser, for when July rolled around we saw Justice burst back on to the blogging scene as if he had never left. We were treated to posts such ...
Speaker Tim Huckaby is currently focused on RIA & Smart Client Technologies like WPF, VSTO, Surface, and Silverlight. He has been called a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Tim has been awarded multiple times for the highest rated Keynote and technical presentations for Microsoft and numerous other technology conferences around the world by Microsoft Corporation. Tim has done presentations on Microsoft Technologies at technology events like Microsoft Tech Ed, Product Launch ...
Hi all, Just wanted to tell you all that I am now a SharePoint MVP!! Thanks to Darcy Lussier for the nomination.So what does this mean? I certainly don't feel smarter, or that I'm any more compitent than before. This Brings me back to evaluate why I blog and why I give to the community. Make no mistake, this award is something that means a lot to me but it does not magically give me special powers! It is nice to be recognized by my peers and I look forward to all the perks that come along with being ...
I wanted to wait to announce this until I got my award package in the mail, in case they decided they made a mistake. :0) I am now officially a Microsoft MVP for Solutions Architecture. Thanks to everyone, and I hope to prove I’m worth the award. ~w00t ...
2009 Silverlight Control Builder Contest is live! Remember last year Page Brooks invited me to help with his Control Builder Contest? I didn't do much, and this year with Silverlight Contrib and Silverlight MVP under his belt, he's off to the races with the 2009 version of the contest all on his own. There's a big difference though, because last year the contest, like many others, was U.S.-only. If you've been reading this blog long enough, you'll remember I was particularly miffed at the lack of ...
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Today I received my MVP Award Kit from Microsoft. The kit consists of the following: * Certificate * MVP Plaque * MVP ID Card * MVP Badge I’m very excited and honored by having this reward as it shows recognition from Microsoft towards my continuous contribution in the ASP.NET community. Thanks to Microsoft! Technorati Tags: Community ...
Where Have I Been? I got to checking out old blog posts today and realized it’s been months since I’ve had the time to sit and put up a post. That’s not to say that a lot hasn’t been going on so I figured it’s time to post. Since my last post (which, btw, was posted while I was in Las Vegas for Mix09 in March I have been: Traveling – I’ve spent time touring Rome, Italy, working in Bangalore, India, and working on projects in Denver, CO and Reno, NV. My job doesn’t generally call for travel so when ...
To update the UI with values returned from an asynchronous WCF/web service call you need to make sure the coding updating the UI is running on the UI thread. Depending on how you've performed the async remote service call, often this is done on another thread - so when the handler executes upon completion of the call it is not on the UI thread and causes a threading exception. Within winforms, the solution is to use the Invoke() method eg the following method would be on your form or user control ...
Yesterday I’ve been informed that I’ve gained the Most Valuable Professional award again for next year, in ASP.NET category. This is the third time I have received this award, which is pretty exciting. Here is my MVP profile: https://mvp.support.microso... Special thanks to few Microsoft employees including Technical Fellow Brain Harry, Sr. Program Manager Joe Stagner, Lead Product Manager Dan Fernandez and South Asia MVP Lead Abhishek Kant who encouraged and supported me in several ...
Today I got a pleasant surprise when I received an email from Microsoft stating that I have been awarded Microsoft MVP Award (ASP.NET) for 2009!! I still can't digest the news !! It was like a music to ears! This is the email I received . Dear Vincent Maverick S. Durano, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2009 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 ...
It was very exciting to see an email from the MVP Award program in my inbox this morning saying that I had been re-awarded as an MVP for another year. This will be my 4th year as an MVP and I am very honored to have been re-awarded ...

My english blog has landed. Although I have been blogging in Dutch for quite a while now, it’s time to change gears a bit. I will continue to blog on my original blog site (which is http://www.dotned.nl ) but I will also post stuff here which might be of interested to a larger audience.

Being a C# MVP means I will talk about Visual Studio .net, C# but mostly about Microsoft Surface.

So stay tuned!

The ASP.NET MVC framework was just released as a preview when I started to write my first book (ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking). In the early days of design decisions for my book I was faced with the problem of building with the MVP pattern or the new MVC pattern/framework. At that time there was next to nothing regarding the use of the ASP.NET MVC framework (proper or improper). Shortly after I got started with my project (which I chose to do in MVP) I was asked to do a review for the ASP.NET MVC ...
The epicness continues… Dev Teach Day 1 So on Tuesday, it was the *official* start of the DevTeach conference. Good times had by all. My first talk went pretty well I think, and I caught Shawn’s excellent MVVM talk. That night was the speaker dinner at a local Thai restaurant. After that I was talked into heading down to scout out a dance club with a group of friends. We never did dance, but we did learn that 1. I forgot how awesome Centurions and Visionaries were. 2. If you want to go dancing but ...
Last month (May 2009) Microsoft has released its first beta for Visual Studio Team System 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 release, two of the most waited and wanted tools in developer community. From my point of view these two releases are going to be one of the most historical releases, as lots of really cool stuffs has been added with respect to the last version. However, as the Beta 1 releases are pretty infant, there are very limited resources available in the web and community, so I just ...
As of this week I have changed positions within Eurotech to become a Field Application Engineer (FAE). This is an exciting new challenge for me, and I look forward to it. I spent the last five years working as the Director of Windows CE Software Engineering, managing development at three offices. This period of my career was rewarding and challenging, very challenging. I have watched the company grow and eventually be bought by a bigger company. My team has architected solutions to manage the ever ...
I woke up this morning to quite a nice surprise.  The SharePoint Pod Show is featured on the Microsoft MVP blog today!  It discusses our guests as well as our latest show about Test Driven Development.

Check it out here.
So we’re throwing together a new code camp in Montreal at the end of May (May 30th actually) and I’m going to be speaking Check out the site here http://www.codecampmontreal... Here’s my session (It’s going to be in French as you can see by the Bio) Etienne Tremblay Etienne Tremblay Etienne Tremblay est Directeur Associé en charge du centre de technologies Microsoft chez DMR. Il as plus de 17 ans d’expérience en technologie des TI. Au cours des 10 dernières années il s’est spécialiser dans les technologies ...
A friend and fellow MVP Jeff Arnett recently collaborated on a project to replace some DLL files in an existing NK.BIN file for testing. Jeff tried to use BinMod.exe, but it didn’t work. When trying to extract or replace a DLL the following message was output to the console: BinMod V1.0 built Apr 5 2006 11:32:47 Checking record #70 for potential TOC (ROMOFFSET = 0xFEC634B4) Checking record #195 for potential TOC (ROMOFFSET = 0x00000000) NOTICE! Record 195 looked like a TOC except DLL first = 0x4001C001, ...
I don’t know Joel personally, but some recent posts of his caused a stir within the community, and he seems like a pretty interesting dude… so that makes him a perfect candidate for a NINE Questions interview. Unfortunately, I never got a pic from him with this interview, so this placeholder pic will have to do for now. I know you’re all chomping at the bit to read my latest interview, so without further ado, I give you these NINE Questions with Joel Oleson, aka SharepointJoel. 1. Where are you from? ...
I finally posted the code from my book ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking on CodePlex at http://community.codeplex.c... Several people have asked for this so that we can make changes to the code and improve/expand the code base. I think I may also take the time to convert it from the MVP pattern to the latest ASP.NET MVC pattern/template as well as add test coverage the project. I also set up a forum for this at forum.socialnetworkingin.net and a separate blog at blog.socialnetworkinging.net ...
Join us May 27th for the next session of the Winnipeg SharePoint User Group where Microsoft MVP Eric Legault will give a guided tour of SharePoint and the Office System. Focus will be on some of the powerful and overlooked features throughout the suite, as well as demonstrating some third-party software and tools that can give real-world value for your current projects. Cool Community Tools Overview of the “Fantastic 40” Site Templates and how they can be batch installed Connecting Office Applications ...
(in dutch as the target audience is dutch speaking!) Ik geef twee seminars over mijn favoriete .NET technologien (WCF en WF) voor SyntraWest SyntraWest IT CLUB for Developers/Architects Seminars 26 mei 09, Windows Communication Foundation Deep Dive 10 Scenarios om een WCF Service aan te spreken. WCF is een zeer breed toepasbaar platform voor distributed applications en services te implementeren. In deze demo georienteerde sessie worden 10 uiteenlopende scenarios besproken waar bij een clientapplicatie ...
As you know if you've been reading my blog for long, I've been writing software for a while. It seems I always gravitated to the user interface side although it took me a while to realize that. I visited my family in October of 2008 and my Mother's boyfriend asked what the 'payoff' was for writing software. He is a long-time woodworker and the payoff for him is holding something in his hands or seeing it put to use. My response to him was to ask about running an application an pushing 'buttons'. ...
I wrote a post a bit ago that was kind of a bummer. If you didn’t like that one, I suggest you move alone right now because this one is going to make that one look like rainbows and unicorns. I’ve already mentioned this has been a rough year, but well, I didn’t go into a lot of details. Now I’m going to because lately I’ve been having to pass on a lot of speaking opportunities and I’ve been dropping the ball on a lot of things that I normally help out with (Code Camp and PAXNAUG just to name a few). ...
The second edition of the Microsoft Belux (Belgium and Luxembourg) Architecture newsletter is out and refers to this article on Azure architecture. See : http://www.microsoft.com/be... Interested in Microsoft Architecture ? See the blog Architects Rule by Philippe Destoop, Enterprise Architect for Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg. The Azure Services Platform is an infrastructure managed by Microsoft in their datacenters that enterprises and ISV’s ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, May 27th at the Urbana Regional Library. We’re pleased to have Jeremy Kadlec returning to FredNUG as well as Steve Andrews who is coming to FredNUG as part of his goal of 52 (yes 52!) talks to the Developer Community this year. It will be an excellent meeting filled with valuable content! The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: SQL Server Dynamic Management Views with Jeremy Kadlec Speaker Bio: Jeremy Kadlec ...