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Solving Business Problems in MDX http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... November 10-12 Location: New Horizons of MN (www.nhmn.com) based in Edina MN Class Overview This three-day, instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to write MDX expressions, calculations and queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services in order to implement the most demanding requirements for a Business Intelligence project. This course was written by Chris Webb, a mentor ...
Is your company looking for a good community manager or social media geek? I might just be who you need. How's that for the opening of a blog post? It's a post I have been considering writing for several weeks. I am looking for full-time employment in the social media world. I would love to be a part of team that is dedicated to reaching out to their audience and listening to what they have to say. What I bring to the table: I am experienced. I started in the newsgroups before the turn of the century. ...
User Group contributors (not just the leaders, all of those members that pitch in and help in so many ways) often peform tasks for multiple meetings events -- their pay is $0. If they do a great job, we double their pay. Thanks to INETA and David Silverlight, there is now a way for these folks to track their contributions to the user group and the user community at large. The INETA Community Excellence Award program recently launched. They have tired to make it easy to record everything sending meeting ...
As the Grand Poobah of Visual Basic at Microsoft, Paul is one of the busiest guys I know. Fortunately for us, he managed to find the time to answer these NINE Questions. 1. So, inquiring minds want to know, where are you from? Originally, Durham, NC. But I’ve been in Seattle almost as long as I was in Durham so… 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? A small technology company in Redmond, WA. You probably haven’t heard of them or used their ...
We had our July, 2008 Silverlight User's Group meeting tonight at Interface Technical Training in downtown Phoenix, and considering the heat, we had a decent showing. If I counted correctly, there were 16 there. Some of the attendees were first-time, and it's always good to see new faces. The Phoenix rock-stars were in attendance: Mike Palermo, Steele Price, Tim Heuer, and Phoenix' newest MVP: Joel Neubeck of Terralever. Steele gave a great presentation on Top Bananna focusing more on the how than ...

I wanted to thank Microsoft for awarding me with an MVP award for 2008.  It is such an awesome program and an honor to be included in such a great group of professionals.  I really appreciate the friendships and relationships that are a part of this prestigous program.  Thanks again for the recognition and congratulations to all of the MVP award receipients.

Scott Lock

Congrats to my buddy Miguel Carrasco who received an MVP award for Expression Studio! Miguel is a VP at Anvil Digital, a Winnipeg media/technology company that has been doing some great work with Silverlight! He's also been on the board of the Winnipeg .NET User Group for the last year and presented on Silverlight just a few months ago. Welcome to the MVP ranks buddy, well deserved! D ...
I got an email from the MVP program this morning saying that I have received the MVP award for another year. And congratulations goes out to Greg Galloway on being awarded as an MVP. Greg and I have work with on BIDSHelper and the Analysis Services Stored Procedure project together and he is one smart cookie :) ...
So today starts a new month and with it comes some pretty awesome news especially with all that's gone on in my life recently. I received an e-mail this morning (around 11:30) congratulating me on being awarded Microsoft MVP for Device Application Development. Oddly enough in this day and age of rapid information exchange via Twitter, I had folks congratulating me via Twitter and E-mail before I had even finished going through the MVP registration site. There are certainly a number of people who've ...
I'm not sure which was sweeter, getting MVP the first time, or getting re-awarded, but I got my email this morning: "Dear Dave Campbell, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award! ..." In the words of my buddy Brian: Woot! Thanks to everyone involved in this effort, and all the time they put into vetting all the MVPs. And thanks to all the folks that read my ramblings because when it's all said and done, the development community is what it's all about. I know ...
It's great pleasure for me that Microsoft has awarded me as MVP (in ASP.NET category) again this year! I become MVP for the second time, for my contribution in developer community. Check out my MVP profile here. Besides, another interesting news to be shared with all, in the last weekly show of Channel 9, two of my posts published here 10 Tools Which I Left After Using VSTS 2008 and 10 Tools Which I Still Use, Even I Have VSTS 2008 has been discussed. Thanks Microsoft for your recognition! It really ...
How do you thank someone who's friendship and support has changed your life? I'm going to try to do it by letting you all know how wonderful this specific person is… Betsy Weber and I met in person at the first PowerPoint Live. It was like a spark that just kept growing. If you don't know Betsy, she is the Chief Evangelist for TechSmith corporation. They make SnagIt, Camtasia, Jing, Morea, and ScreenCast.com. I used SnagIt long before I knew Betsy. Sharing tips about SnagIt and PowerPoint started ...
I swear a good day lasts forever. This day lasted a long time. Let alone this week was pretty good too. First off this unrelated, but I have an MSDN Premium Subscription with Team Systems, so I can finally develop at home without any issues. How awesome is that? I can do what I love to do for fun without have to use trial copies and uninstalling and reinstalling programs. It gets so annoying after a while. I am so excited, because I can finally do the real playing that I want do with Server 2008 ...
My personal laptop is a Dell Inspiron XPS (It’s a first generation and pretty much a piece of crap by the way) with a 60 gig hard-drive which is almost completely full (less than 10%). The Windows defrag tool was useless because the drive was so full. Being a MVP has some perks. One of those is that I get lots of software for free. I remembered that I had seen a product called Diskeeper on the private MVP newsgroups and thought I would give it a try. I was amazed! First, the limited space did not ...
The 5th dotNETwork gathering will be: Saturday, June 28, 2008. The agenda is as follows: 12:00 AM - 01:30: Delivering Rich User Experience Applications using Silverlight 2 by Yasser Makram 01:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Coffee Break 02:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Patterns and antipatterns of SOA by Mohamed Samy 03:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Lunch It’ll be in: Canadian International College - Busses will be available at: Nady El-Sekka (11:00 AM - 11:30 AM). The gathering being on Sunday not Saturday as usual makes it harder to attend ...
The other day I needed to import a long list of Areas into my client's TFS server. I had the list in Excel, but I did not want to enter them manually. I searched around the web (using Live Search, thank you) and found a tool from fellow MVP Neno Loje that can be used to import and export Areas and Iterations. If you need to move Areas between team projects or foundation servers, this tool can save you some time. Check it out when you get a chance! Happy Coding ...
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This time, I'm talking with Beth Massi of the Visual Basic Dev Center (http://msdn.com/vbasic/) and (http://msdn.com/vsto/) at Microsoft. You can also find Beth's blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/bethm... In case you can't see it, the beer in her hand is a Victoria Bitter (get it? VB!) 1. Where are you from? I was born in San Pedro, CA (Southern California) but moved up to Northern California for college. I’ve been living primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. 2. Who do you work for? ...
2 years ago, on a Sunday, I posted my first blog post. Since then so many amazing things happened, partly due to this blog: I got the MVP status, I got a better recognition in my firm for my expert knowledge on some topics (such as WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET and C#), I started speaking in conferences... One year later, I got a book deal (more on this soon). I met amazing people, and made a lot of new friends in the industry. I went to Redmond a few times and had the chance to talk to some really amazing ...
We've had our third meeting of PAXNAUG and it went really well. We had an interesting discussion on sprite movement and the presentation and demonstration went swimmingly. We had quite a lot of snacks and refreshments as well. We had the room reserved, the signs posted and even put up reminders on the PAXNAUG site. We did have one slight issue though. Small turnout. It's ok. We know you were busy. But we did miss you just a little. We want to start bringing in speakers from great faraway lands. Other ...
If you have been following my tweets (or have been anywhere around me since MVP Summit), you have likely heard me randomly screaming in my very obvious Nashville accent "SHAREPOINT NATION!", especially at events/conferences and such (they typically frown on me randomly screaming it at work). :-) Here is a little insight. SharePoint Nation is a name that we started giving to all of us SharePoint folks as we seem to connect at conferences, events, etc. and somehow are bonded by the product that we ...
It was this time last year at TechEd that Cory Smith introduced me to the Visual Basic product team. He first introduced me to Ed Hickey, who is the VB MVP Lead at Microsoft. The funny story about Ed is, less than a week after Ed awarded me the MVP status, he transfers out. I knew I was hard to work with, but didn't realize I was .... that .... difficult. Also last year at TechEd 2007, Cory let me hang out with him at Universal Studios where I rubbed elbows with the Visual Basic product team! He's ...
I suppose I was naive in thinking that once I received my Microsoft MVP award, I could breathe a bit. But we've had sooo much Developer Community activity, I haven't had a chance to breathe, much less blog. I still haven't had an opportunity to blog about the MVP Summit! Needless to say, the MVP Summit was a blast (other than having a digestive track illness, where I missed the last day's keynotes). The best thing about the Summit was the ability to meet and talk directly with the product teams. ...
Some of you have probably seen the new logo on our shirts that we gave out at the MVP Summit or on a few of my posts and wondered what is going on. We we are in the process of redesigning the community portal (currently just a homepage) of the site to allow readers and visitors of the site to learn more about who our bloggers are and what topics are of interest. With this redesign comes the a new look. This means we are killing the Green Monster. Sad day for me when we go live, but it had to be done. ...
I had taken a look at Community Credit quite a while back, but hadn't looked closely at it. After a quarterly MVP chat with my lead where Karl Shifflett talked about it, I took a closer look. I entered all my stuff from April, and actually thought I'd be in the running for the lowest prize, but wow... some of those guys get LOTS of points :) I entered some things for May and read up on how they 'curve' out people for a while when they win something and realized all the big names were curved out until ...
The LCD display on my Nikon L11 (simple point and shoot) broke sometime during Steve Balmers talk at the MVP summit this year. Having heard all the horror stories, i figured this camera was done for. I got a quote of ~ $150 to fix it from an online service but that is more than it is worth. So... i disassembled the camera, i figured i had nothing to lose. After a few very nasty shocks reminded me about the large capacitor used to fire the flash, i bought a 1k ohm, 1 watt resistor from Radio Shack ...
One of these days I'll make it to a TechEd that's NOT in Orlando, but for now I'm just happy to announce that yes, The Great One, will in fact be at Tech Ed 2008 Developers in Orlando, FL. :) I'll be hitting the BillG keynote, some sessions (mostly the Developer Tools & Languages track), checking out the booths, talking VB.NET to anyone who wants to do so, and of course hitting the awesome TechEd MVP party at the House of Blues. (Unfortunately, The Great One will not be attending Party With Palermo ...
I wrote this series of data entry SharePoint web parts using Infragistics' UltraWebGrid in C#. Afterwards, the client proclaimed they really wanted everything in VB so I used one of those online converters and it didn't take hardly any time at all. The project was created with Ted Pattison's STSDEV available on CodePlex. (I highly recommend this tool ... thanks to my buddy Brendon Schwartz, SharePoint MVP for pointing me to it.) Unfortunately, the version of STSDEV I used only created C# projects ...
My friend and fellow MVP Richard has a unique project that he started to help raise money for one of his local primary school's swimming pool repair fund, which needs to raise £40K. He's running a balloon race, which is being combined with Microsoft Virtual Earth to allow people to record and track where the balloons are found. Prizes are being offered (courtesy of Microsoft) for the finder of the balloon that has traveled the farthest and the person who launched that balloon. If you are interested ...
I've been trying to catch up on my reading and came across this post by Fredrik Normén where he raises the question about returning null or using the Null Object pattern. Interestingly enough, last month while I was in Seattle for the 2008 MVP Summit I had a very similar discussion. The end result of that discussion was that null objects, and nullability in general, ideally should be treated as a "first-class" citizen in the CLR. This means that if you try to execute a method on a null object you ...
The theme of this year’s Imagine Cup is "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." It had been a great honorary for me to take part as one the Judges of the 2008 Imagine Cup Australia. All the teams worked real hard and came up with breathtaking solutions. The interesting part was solutions were built on top of cutting edge technologies technologies ie. Silverlight, Virtual Earth, LINQ, ASP.NET 3.5, WCF, .NET 3.5 and SQL2005. The Project SOAK is announced the winner of ...
Although new to all this MOSS stuff I am getting stuck in with the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) and XSL. They are a pretty powerful combination, but pretty soon I could see how this could become slightly wild and considering ListStyles.xsl is an "out of the box" file, getting crazy with custom files could become more of a problem than simply a huge file. Check out these two posts on how to manage custom styles. 1. Liam (Sharepoint MVP here in the UK) posts about editing the ListStyles.xsl, but only ...
dotNETwork 4th gathering will be Saturday May 31st. Agenda: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM SharePoint Development Marwan will give us an overview about SharePoint development. This session will be first session of a SharePoint sessions series. Marwan Tarek MOSS MVP - Team leader ITWorx 01:30 PM – 02:00 PM Coffee Break 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM Introduction to Silverlight Hussien will talk about Silverlight. Silverlight™ is the Microsoft® cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next ...
After Alt.Net had wrapped up for the day on Sunday there were a few stragglers left in the hotel lobby talking about all manner of things. After hanging out for a while (which included a spontaneous group effort to get schema support added for SQLite in NHibernate (r3478). We eventually migrated over to the Claim Jumper for dinner. Where I was pleasantly surprised by Roy announcing that TypeMock would be sponsoring dinner! We proceeded to order dinner, and a pleasant conversation (2 actually) started ...
Tamir Khason with a WPF article, Jon Davis on SL/Entity Spaces, Nikhil Kothari on Default Commit, Jeff Prosise on Page Turning, David Anson on IValueConverter, and Michael Sync with a Rich Text Editor Demo. I spent some time in the database yesterday clearing out dead links (that I knew about), and making sure if you selected "Blog" and hit search, you'd only get one of someone. That dropped the total number of articles by a bit, but not much -- 948 this morning, and we now have a valid blogger list ...
I forgot to blog about this... When I was in Seattle for the MVP summit, we had lunch with some locals and Joe (I think it was Joe?) from the Mono team at Novell. One of the locals was Ben Joldersma. We introduced each other, shook hands, and then he gave me his business card. Skull Squadron His company was named Skull Squadron! The discussion then followed... Me - "That's not a Robotech reference by chance is it?" Ben - "Well yes it is!" Me - "I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU CONVERTED MYRIA YOU MICRONIAN SCUM!" ...
Peter Matuchniak on a PodCast, Tamir on making Silverlight 'Air', Page Brooks on Disabling JS debugging, John Stockton on Textblock Mouse Event Issues, chrishayuk deeper in Isolated Storate, and Dan Wahlin/Spike Xavier with the Silverlight Song! From SilverlightCream.com: Podcast about Live Streaming Media System Peter Matuchniak from Technicolor shows off a Live Streaming Media System he's been single-handedly working on... in an interview from Infragistics. Peter's system is awesome... lots of ...
It's been a busy April for me. Been doing a lot of networking, presenting, some travel, and living with lots of changes. All in all a great thing - because most of it was related to two of my favorite things in the world: Social Media The MS MVP program It started off great when I got my renewal notice April 1st. I love April Fool's anyway, but knowing that what I do is seen and recognized on that day makes it very special. I am once again a OneNote MVP. In the first two weeks of the month, I presented ...
Date: Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m. Topic: Data Access Layers with LINQ to SQL and ADO.NET Data Services Speaker: Scott Hanselman and Beth Massi, Microsoft Join Scott and Beth as they show you how to build a data access layer using LINQ to SQL and then how to expose the LINQ to SQL entities using ADO.NET Data Services. LINQ to SQL is an O/RM (object relational mapping) implementation that ships in the .NET Framework 3.5, and which allows you to model a relational database using .NET classes. You ...
The MVP Summit has come and gone for 2008 and once again I was just blown away by the experience. This was my second summit and I came back extremely motivated and inspired to make sure I have a third. Just being around the other MVPs and the people at Microsoft makes you feel like you should be better at what you do. Just smart and inspiring guys all around. I personally want to say thanks to the entire XNA development team. You guys are doing a fantastic job and I really felt my time there the ...
Recently, I blogged about some of the changes I would make within the membership division if elected to the INETA Board of Directors. It's a terrific opportunity to do some good within an organization I believe in, and within the developer community as a whole. While at the MVP Summit, I interviewed with the board members. Answering questions and presenting my thoughts on what areas need improvement. So... this morning (a week later), when I received an email titled INETA Board Elections, I was pretty ...
This article is for Silverlight 2 beta 1 Update: Corrado Cavalli translated the example in VB.NET. Thanks Corrado!! Apparently, one reader had issues declaring events for the User Control example that I posted earlier this week. He is programming in VB and unfortunately I don't have a lot of experience with VB.NET, so I first created a working example with C#, and my good friend and fellow MVP Corrado Cavalli translated the example in VB.NET (see below). The big difference between WPF and Silverlight ...
Rob Houweling with video control, Bill Reiss on event handlers in XAML, Laurent Bugnion on stand-alone SL, Dan Wahlin on pushing data to SL Client part II, Michael Palermo on photo magnifying glass, Mike Taulty dynamically loading assemblies, Martin Mihaylov on using the DeepZoom composer, Kathy Kam on Calendar and Date Picker, and Jesse Liberty on INotifyPropertyChanged. From SilverlightCream.com: Controlling video with dragging Rob Houweling has a very interesting way of controlling video, and ...
Introduction I guess that it's time to write about it, after making a few people curious at the MVP summit in Seattle. This article is to be taken as a proof of concept, and (I hope) as a way to "motivate" Microsoft to integrate this ability into Silverlight. As soon as I started playing with Silverlight, I saw the great potential that this technology has. As a RIA technology, it provides extended functionality over the web. As a WPF subset, it allows me to leverage the knowledge I already acquired ...
Last night, I fell asleep at my keyboard for a bit. (Cut me some slack, it was 2am.) While dozing off, I had a dream about the MVP Summit. Not so much a dream really as a kind of an instant replay. I do this sometimes... it's my brains way of processing things later (on a separate thread I guess.) In my dream, there were several semi-related events boiling down to a single slide-show: 1. Drunken Podcast in the Westin Hotel lobby. I watched several intoxicated MVPs attempt to pontificate on (something... ...
Amazing... you let someone go to ONE MVP Summit and sit in a couple VB sessions and now he's a man on a mission. You're preaching to the choir here D. (Not that your message isn't right, because it is... I just find the newfound enthusiasm amusing.) Read more here... He's right of course... the lang wars are soooo 5 years ago. The divide is getting narrower and narrower every year. One thing I've noticed is that you don't really see the VB guys bashing C# nearly as much as the other way around. Wanna ...
While at the MVP Summit, I interviewed for an INETA Board Position. Specifically, the VP of Membership. I have no idea if I'll get it, though I hope I do. If I do get it, there's going to be some ch-ch-ch-changes. If I don't get it, I hope whoever they do pick takes these suggestions to heart. #1 The membership committee needs some SERIOUS house cleaning. As a User Group leader, I can count on one hand (actually one finger, with room to spare) the number of unsolicited emails I have received from ...
ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle has come to a close. What a great time it was and it met every expectation if not exceeded them. Currently I'm in the Seattle airport waiting for my flight home which just got re-arranged. Anyhow, I'd like to wrap up my thoughts for the first day of the event. Setting It Up I arrived one day early for the event to make sure we were set up appropriately. I was able to meet up with Dave Laribee, Glenn Block, Scott Bellware, Jeremy Miller, Greg Young, Scott C Reynolds, Ray ...
Ola Karlsson on SL/HTML, Michael Washington with a SL2 Toolbar, Pete Brown with a Chat Client, LeeOnTech on StoryBoards in DataTemplate, Robby Ingebretsen with SL2 Kaxaml, Cheryl (SilvelrightSDK) on the Popup Control, and Frank LaVigne on Cross Domain Proxy's and his Policy File Checker Utility. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight on top of HTML Ola Karlsson sent me this one while I was at the Summit, and am finally getting to it. This is a nice step-by-step explanation of using SL over HTML. ...
I just got back from attending my first MVP Summit and have to say the level of access we received to the product teams and other people within Microsoft was outstanding. Since this was my first Summit, I don't really have a frame of reference to know how it compares to previous years, but it did quickly become apparent to me that Microsoft really does listen to community as much as they are able. Obviously some groups and products are better able to do this than others, but that seems to be mostly ...