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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 ...
Julie Lerman is one of the hippest, smartest people I know. If you haven’t already heard of her, this is your chance to crawl out from under that rock and get a glimpse of an industry legend. Don’t worry about that giant ball of fire in the sky, that’s just the sun. Those of you that HAVE heard of Julie probably already know how awesome she is, but keep reading anyway. My first introduction to Julie was hearing Bill Ryan refer to someone as “Julie Lerman smart.” I figured that was enough of a recommendation ...
At the last MVP summit in March, some of us were informed that a new MVP expertise had been created for Silverlight. They asked a small number of existing MVPs with strong Silverlight competency (including yours truly) if they would agree to switch to that new expertise. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Fair warning, I’m combining several blog posts into one. As a father, there’s nothing that makes you more proud than to see your son take his first steps, say daddy for the first time, or catch his first ball. In my professional career I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments my peers have been making. These are the people I’ve been working with and helping their professional community efforts, and while I like to think I helped them in some way, truth be told, they entirely did the work on their ...
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A couple nights ago I got an email stating that I won some award. At first I saw the header and I was skeptical, because I had never really heard of the award. I thought it was another scam where someone wanted me to throw them some personal information in exchange for some GBP...I opened the email and realized my INETA Mentor was cced and I actually won an award. It's been a while since I've won an award. In fact I think the last award I won was in high school or college and involved Cardinal's ...
After reading Michael Neel’s article on Devlicio.us about Balsamiq Mockups, I thought that the article must be insincere. Go ahead and check the article, itself even titled “You should be using Mockups”. Back yet? Well I’ll continue anyways… As I was saying, the article was too good to be true, and this Adobe Air application seemed to be too much of a dream. Well, needless to say, I decided to check the tool out, and I also flaunted my blog and MVP status to get a chance to test out Mockups for myself. ...
*Note: Re-posted from Miguel Carrasco’s blog. Be sure to check it out! Finally, SmackDown has come back to Winnipeg on May 19th, 2009! For the first time under one roof, New Media Manitoba, the Adobe User Group, and the Winnipeg .net User Group bring you The Silverlight and Flash SmackDown! This is, without a doubt the most electrifying topic in web development today! We are about to shake things up and end the fall season with a bang! Developers and Designers finally under one roof! A merger of ...
I was informed April 1st that I had received the MVP Award for Team System. It first appeared on the blogsite of Rune Grothaug, and later the same day a mail dropped into my Inbox from Microsoft. I knew about the nomination, but when it materialized I still got very happy and excited about it. It’s great to join such a group of talented people, but it also makes me feel the pressure to do even more for and within the community. I have always enjoyed sharing knowledge with other people, but this has ...
I’ve just uploaded the second in a series of webcasts looking at calling web services from an orchestration in BizTalk Server 2009 to BloggersGuides.net. This one will start were the last webcast left off, and will look at improving the performance and lowering the latency of the orchestration. The correct use of parallel actions and atomic scope shape will be demonstrated, as these shapes are often misused by developers. Thanks to the BizTalk people in Redmond I’ve got links to these webcasts added ...
In this Issue: Nikolay Raychev(2), Martin Mihaylov, Andrea Boschin, Giovanni Montrone, Alex Golesh, Mike Taulty, Timmy Kokke, Shawn Wildermuth(2), Jeff Handley, Mike Snow, and Jeff Paries. Shoutouts: Just before leaving on a well-needed vacation, Adam Kinney reported: Silverlight Advertising Creation Kit is now available. Gavin Wignall has a wonderful demo up of the app his company is working on: Metia launch Silverlight eMagazine platform... maybe I'm a sucker, but I love changing the car color ...
I’ll tell you, I never imagined it would happen this quickly, but I was nominated for the first time this quarter and also received the MVP Award for my contributions online and offline to the VB.NET community. I’m very honored and very thankful to everyone involved in getting me mobilized within the community, including Zain Naboulsi, J Sawyer and PJ Forgione (who nominated me). Also, I’d like to give some thanks for other great individuals I’ve met through becoming active in a great community: ...
By Michael Stephenson I've been wanting to play around with some of the Windows Azure features for a while and following Steve Marx presentation at the MVP Summit and the release of the Windows Azure SDK (March CTP) I decided to give it a go. In a previous post I had discussed how in the future versions of BizTalk I think they should begin to look at how BizTalk should look to take advantage of some of the newer technologies within the product itself. One of my suggestions was around taking advantage ...
Valter Minute received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award from Microsoft on April 1, 2009. Valter received this award for his work within the Windows Embedded community, most notably for his work with Windows CE. Valter can be found answering question in the Windows CE Newsgroups. Regulars to this newsgroup might recognize his name from the valuable feedback that he leaves on many of my posts. Valter can also be found speaking at Windows Embedded events in Italy. He also has a blog on ...
. BizTalk: What features we would like to see in future releases After the MVP Summit [http://geekswithblogs.net/... we, the BizTalk MVPs, have been asked to give feedback to the product team on what features we’d like to see in future releases. I created the list of features and separated it into parts. One is from the global, crazy things than never be implemented. But why don’t imagine? Second ...
Today I got an e-mail with congratulations for my MVP 2009 award. It may be an April fool's day joke... but if it's a joke who made it took great care in creating a fake web site with lots of contents an interesting things. I'm very happy and proud of that recognition of the work I did replying to questions on newsgroups, talking at conferences and also writing on this blog and I should thank all the people who helped me with replies to my questions or corrections to my replies, support and friendliness. ...

Just got the e-mail from Microsoft, so it’s official. I’ve been renewed as a Microsoft MVP for another year!

And, no.. this isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. I’m an April 1 MVP.

Congrats to all those renewed, and especially to those who were awarded for the first time.

A very long time ago, I was contacted by Marlon Grech who asked me to join a new Google group he had just created called the WPF Disciples. I was quite new in WPF back then and didn't know many members of the community yet, and I must admit that it slipped my mind and I didn't register (when you blog, and your blog gets a certain visibility, you get all kind of requests. I do my best to satisfy most of them, but sometimes I am just too busy and I cannot follow up). Read the rest of this entry » ...
I ran into Jessica at the MVP Summit and again recently at the Roanoke Code Camp, where she gave some BI talks. Jessica is an interesting person who not only codes in VB, but she digs sci-fi as well. Definitely a geek after my own heart. Check out these NINE Questions with Jessica M. Moss: 1. We’ll start off with an easy one… where are you from? I’ve lived most of my life in, and I still consider my home base to be, a little Virginian town called Culpeper. With my current job and an hour long drive ...
Oh my friends, you are about to be treated to a whole blog post-worth of SEXY! My MVP Summit interview has been posted up, and you can experience it in all its glory below. There’s also interviews with another of Canada’s sexiest developers, Rob Windsor: There’s also an interview with Craig Nicholson, a South African XBox MVP and some info on the MVP’s in the videos that you can intellectually gorge yourself on at the original blog post for all of this media here. D ...
I attended the MVP Global Summit 2009 in Seattle/Redmond, Washington a couple of weeks ago. I had a pretty good time hanging out with other MVPs and the Managed Languages team. I learned a lot, and I had a blast every evening. One of those evenings was at the Experience Music Project, and I promise I will post Steve Andrews, "I love TFS" if I can find the video. Here's the opening video for the event, followed by a behind the scenes look with Karen Young ...
I’ve just added a new webcast to BloggersGuides.net, on an introduction to MGrammar. I have another one in the pipeline which I hope to get out next week that will look at a more real-world example of using MGrammar. I found MGrammar confusing at first, and thought it would be one of the least used features of Oslo, but after having had the time to experiment with it a bit and get to know how it works I can think of a lot of scenarios where I will consider using it. At the MVP summit I met up with ...
Why did I start a Blog? welcome to my world of blogging, this is my first. Why did I start a Blog? First to express myself and to also contribute to the medium that has support my career (Internet). it is also my goal to achive MVP status soonest. What do I plan to cover here? Almost everything related to the technology and developer community. I will be writing .NET code snippets, talk about javascript, fiddle with jQuery, cover new product releases, write about new technologies as I encounter them, ...
I've been resisting doing this post. Really I have. With how poorly the world is doing (Economic Crisis 2009!) and all the sad sob stories I'm reading everyday, I really didn't want to be adding to the "woe is me!" noise out there already. But yeah, this has been a pretty crappy year so far. And honestly, I haven't had worse. All is not lost however, so just so it's not *ALL* bad, I will say, it's really not as bad as it could be either. (I at least still have some perspective!). I mean really, overall ...
As I indicated in a previous post, I was contacted by Newsday (a large regional newspaper from Long Island, New York) about what the MVP program meant for me as a small business owner. The original article is available at: http://www.newsday.com/busi... update 26-Mar-2010: Newsday moved the article...link has been updated ...
Recently a few of us were speaking about what would be the future of BizTalk after the 2009 release. I already had a few thoughts on what I think would be great additions to the product and what strategic directions it may move in. I have checked to ensure that none of my thoughts breach the MVP NDA and after getting the thumbs up I've listed my thoughts below so there might be a bit of discussion on these ideas. AreaThoughtNotesImproved or New FeatureConfiguration SubsystemWithin BizTalk solutions ...
I should be sitting in the Denver airport right now waiting for my connecting flight to Tucson, but I’m not. Instead I’m here in Winnipeg trying to make sense of my experience with the U.S. CBP (Customs and Border Protection) representatives. So first, some background: For those of you that don’t know what it is, NAFTA stands for the North American Free Trade Act. This act was intended to help make trade between Canada, the US, and Mexico easier and its been in existence since 1994. Part of NAFTA ...
As I blogged about previously, G. Andrew Duthie…ahem…”performed” Rebel Yell at the MVP Summit a few weeks ago. The video has been posted on his site and I thought I’d run you through it with my own commentary, pointing out obvious flaws and how I would have done things differently. I also reveal who Andrew Duthie’s muse was while preparing for the performance. Enjoy ...
David Penton is another one of those folks that I’ve known for a while via the InterTubes but never had the pleasure of meeting in person until the MVP Summit. He also works on one of my favorite products, which means if I have any questions… he’s the first name on my list. After hanging out in Seattle for a few days, I realized I hadn’t yet done a NINE Questions interview on David, so today’s your lucky day: 1. Where are you from? I was born and bred in Dallas, TX. I've lived in the Dallas area ...
The Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) will have its next meeting on March 25th at the Urbana Regional Library. It looks like we have another great evening scheduled! The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: A Look at Constructs and their Performance with John Blumenauer Intro Topic Description: In our day to day work, we use common constucts such as calling methods, collections, string manipulation, mathematical operations and many others. Often overlooked is the peformance of ...
I love Xbox 360 when we talking about: 1) XNA - great free tool for game developers 2) Boku/Kodu – great visual game language system 3) Games – plenty good games awesome Xbox Live 4) X360 Prize – not too expensive and good quality (now… http://gizmodo.com/5099721/... I hate and it’s drive me crazy when we talk about X360: 1) XNA – free tool but it’s not available in Poland! No Xbox Live… 2) Boku/Kodu – I made Polish translation for Kodu and I show ...
I am just back from the MVP summit in Seattle / Redmond and I had a great time there. It was fantastic catching up with old friends and making new ones. Seeing what is coming up in future releases of Silverlight and WPF (to name just those two) was electrifying. Of course I cannot talk about it because otherwise Justin Angel and the NDA police will track me down and kick my ass. If you never met Justin before, trust me, you don't want that to happen. :) Read the rest of this entry » ...
I’ve known Suzanna (aka @ZannaBanana on Twitter) for some time, but we finally met in person at the MVP Summit last week. Fortunately for me (and you, dear reader) she was willing to do a NINE Questions interview. If you’ve ever wondered just what an MVP Lead actually does, read on: 1. Where are you from? (if it's different than where you are now, please feel free to elaborate.) I was born in San Francisco, CA and grew up in northern California. I attended college in the small town of Arcata, CA ...
I’ve known Lou Vega a really long time and he’s a terrific guy. He’s the leader of the Charleston, SC .NET User Group (GC.NUG) and uber geek extraordinaire. I’ve been bugging Lou for a while to do a 9Q interview, and when he finally got back to me I ended up shelving it for a couple months. (Sorry about that man… travel gigs are a bear.) So without further ado, here’s Lou: 1. Where are you from? (if it's different than where you are now, please feel free to elaborate.) Hmmm – I was an “army brat” ...
SilverlightCream has been running for about 18 months and has aggregated over 2900 articles in the database. Some developers have told me that they read SilverlightCream or my blog and don't bother trying to aggregate links anymore. That may or may not be a good idea because it's through the network of readers that I find lots of blogs that I end up following. While at the MVP Summit last week my room-mate, Michael Washington of Silverlight Desktop fame, was discussing possible enhancements to the ...
Hi All, I've made pictures on the Microsoft Global Summit MVP [Most Valuable Professional] 2009 March 1-4, Seattle, Redmond. Mostly the BizTalk MVPs. http://public.fotki.com/leo... Steve Ballmer, many vice presidents, Microsoft Fellows, developers from different product teams. It was fun ...
In my notes on BizTalk 2009 post I have highlighted the fact that now, as part of the BizTalk installation, you can select the “Project Build Components” which allow you to build BizTalk projects without Visual Studio or BizTalk installed on the build machine. This is very cool feature of the product, but I have to admit that I have missed something quite important; luckily - Mikael Hakansson hadn’t – the provided tasks do not support deployment of BizTalk projects, but only build (see Mikael’s article ...
At the recent MVP summit, the questions was asked “When will the MVP’s be featured in an ‘I’m a PC’ ad?” Well…here we have it: MVP "I'm a PC" Video ...
Dear MVP’s, I wanted to write to all of you and express my deepest apology in what must have been a hugely disappointing part of the recent MVP Summit. For those of you who attended the EMP party I know you witnessed this atrocity first hand, and for those that didn’t I’m sure you felt the ripples of grief from those present. I had just written down my name and song on the list at the EMP party. Then, like you, I stood in disbelief as I heard the haunting intro to Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell. Many of ...
Just got back from the 2009 MVP Summit in Seattle Washington, and there is only one word to describe it....FANTASTIC! Microsoft did a wonderful job of moving from presentations and Q&A sessions into truely interactive sessions with some pretty deep discussions on emerging products and technologies. The material at the summit is all covered by NDA, and I will leave it to others to differentiate the topics which can be publicly discussed. As I find great technical posts, I will post them as links ...
I had some people ask me about the shirts I had made up for the MVP Summit: Homeboys (with a pic of Scott Hanselman, Phil Haack, and Rob Conery) DLUX – the name christened to me by The Elder Official Friend of Justice Gray – No explanation needed I looked around locally for shirt stores that could do custom prints, but many of them required large quantities or didn’t have any easy way to go over a design without being there in person. Then I found Wordans. Wordans is an online t-shirt making site, ...
Once again we return to the scene of the crime from last year for another evening of geeks getting in touch with their inner musicians. So let the concert begin! Let’s start with a Euro-guy and his rendition of Enter Sandman if the lead singer of Sepultura was on vocals: Video: MVP09-EMP-EuroGuy-EnterSandman Next we have The Elder channelling Garth Brooks… Young man…you must use MVC…I said young man…to learn it who should you see?…how bout, that guy…what’s his name? Don’t you know?…Why its Jef-rey-Pa-a-ler-mo… ...
I'M A PC AND I'M A MVP If you were in Seattle this week for #mvp09 (the 2009 Microsoft MVP Summit), then you either skipped the Wednesday Keynotes or you know what I'm talking about. For everyone else, we had to sign waivers because they filmed all of us yelling that. Then Steve Ballmer started his keynote by having us yell that as well! But just like all other good things, #mvp09 is in my rear-view mirror. I took the badge off and climbed on the shuttle to the airport about 1:45pm on Wednesday, ...
Ever since I started this blog it hasn't really had a title (or at least a subtitle) other than “blog”. Thanks to Stan Schultes, I now have a new subtitle. This was born out of watching the CLR 4 Futures talk with Joshua Goodman at MVP Summit 2009 (the majority of which is also available from the PDC 2008 site on Channel 9). Since I present a lot on .NET memory management, including a deep dive on how the GC works and how to properly implement IDisposable and the dispose pattern, he suggested the ...
With my new job, I’ve not been able to take advantage of a lot of Agile/XP practices. In a company of four, where each is effectively working on a different project, collaboration is minimal. Also, for the projects that I am working on, the customer is very adamant about getting a detailed proposal up front, including a list of all of the screens and how they will operate. I’ve managed to get by without too much detail, but it is still more than I am generally comfortable with. TDD and Continuous ...