.NET Development
I’m presenting “Modern Web Development With HTML5/CSS3/JQuery: What's the big deal?” for the Cape Fear .NET User Group September 19th.
The Cape Fear .Net User Group in Wilmington, NC is being resuscitated and I’m honored to have been asked to be the kickoff speaker in what I hope will be the first of many presentations I do for this reborn user group. I’m presenting my popular “Modern Web Development With HTML5/CSS3/JQuery: What's the big deal?” session and hoping that topic will draw a good crowd for the new group. Here’s the session overview: HTML has grown up and the lines separating web, desktop and mobile applications are getting ......
Posted On Monday, September 17, 2012 5:04 PM | Comments (0)
Windows 8 Developer Camp - Raleigh September 25th
Time is ticking away and the time to act is now! How's that for some motivation? :-) Microsoft Developer Evangelist Brian Hitney and I want to help you get your app in the store in time for the October 26 Windows 8 launch. Come join us on Tuesday, September 25, at 9:00 AM in the Microsoft RTP offices to learn how simple it can be to construct a world class Windows 8 application. Don't think you can be ready to join the Windows 8 launch? Come anyway. You might be surprised. Don't have any idea what ......
Posted On Friday, September 14, 2012 1:56 PM | Comments (0)
GrapeCity & ComponentOne Merger
Big news in the software component industry today… my good friends over at GrapeCity have unofficially announced (official announcement is tomorrow June 11, 2012) that they have acquired ComponentOne and will be merging the two companies. Yes, the people who bring you Spread.Net and ActiveReports have merged with one of the market’s leading developer component vendors and will continue to do business under the ComponentOne brand. I think this move will propel the company to new heights in the component ......
Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:24 PM | Comments (0)
Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Officially Launched Today
It’s official!! Microsoft released Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 today. Here are a few places to read more about today’s release and for more information about LightSwitch 2011. Jason Zander’s blog The LightSwitch Team blog Beth Massi’s blog I’m excited about the release. Today’s timing is perfect since we have a project we’re about start and we’re going to be using LightSwitch in order to quickly get a functioning application in front of our users. Based on the initial prototyping work we’ve done ......
Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:16 PM | Comments (0)
Free eBooks from Microsoft/MSDN
Just reminder of a post I wrote back in December. Don’t forget that there is a variety of free ebooks available for download on a number of different developer and IT topics. Developer subjects include Programming Windows Phone 7, Moving to Visual Studio 2010, and Introducing SQL Server 2008 R2. IT topics include Deploying Windows 7, Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions and First Look at Office 2010 just to name a few. Have a day ......
Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 9:46 AM | Comments (0)
Introducing Debugger Canvas Power Tool for VS 2010
Oh this is just too cool… check out the new Debugger Canvas Power Tool for Visual Studio 2010. You have got to watch the demo video. It’s called the Debugger Canvas and the best news is that it’s going to be available for download from the Microsoft DevLabs next month. It looks like this could really revolutionize the way we debug code in Visual Studio. There is a lot to like here. I like being able to see all the code in the call stack. I like being able to save the status of an object for comparison ......
Posted On Sunday, May 22, 2011 11:24 AM | Comments (0)
Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta Released!
Just thought I’d pass on the word that the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta is now available to download. VS2010 SP1 Beta ships with a go live license which means you can start using it for production work though I’m not sure I’m going to be that brave until I check it out a bit first. Jason Zanders has a blog post outlining the new features/fixes included in the beta. Here are a couple BREAKING news items you’ll want to TakeNote of… VS2010 SP1 Beta BREAKS ASP.NET MVC 3 RC Razor IntelliSense. ......
Posted On Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:17 PM | Comments (0)
.NET Rocks Road Trip in Raleigh this week May 6th…

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Thursday May 6th as the .NET Rocks Road Trip comes to town!


Reynolds Theatre, Duke University, West Campus

125 Science Dr.

Durham, NC 27708


Thursday, May 06, 2010 from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, May 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Comments (0)
FREE Online Azure Workshop includes a **FREE Azure Account**
My friend and all around good guy, Microsoft Developer Evangelist for the Carolinas, Brian Hitney, along with fellow Microsofties Jim O’Neil and John McClelland will be presenting a FREE Windows Azure online workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4th from 7pm-9pm. What? You can’t make it Tuesday evening? Not to worry. This webcast will be repeated again a number of times over the next month or so. Taken from Brian’s blog post about it: “Elevate your skills with Windows Azure in this hands-on workshop! In ......
Posted On Monday, May 3, 2010 4:33 PM | Comments (1)
Windows Azure Training Kit (November 2010 Release Update)–Fantastic Azure training resource
At PDC 2010 in October Microsoft announced a number of new enhancements/features for Windows Azure. In case you missed it, these new enhancements/features have been released in the new Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio November release (v1.3). The Windows Azure team blog is an excellent resource for information about the new release. Along with the new release the Azure team has also updated the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. What is the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit you ask? It is ......
Posted On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 12:36 PM | Comments (0)
Free eBooks from Microsoft–We like free!
In a recent blog post I mentioned the availability of the Programming Windows Phone 7 ebook by Charles Petzold. Well I have good news, there are a number of additional FREE ebooks available from Microsoft to help you continue honing your tech skills. Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions (Second Edition) First Look Microsoft ......
Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:03 AM | Comments (0)
ASP.NET MVC V2 Preview 1 Released

Microsoft has released the latest and greatest version of it’s ASP.NET MVC project. Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie has an excellent overview of the new release on his blog.

Are you using ASP.NET MVC in your current web projects? Planning to in the future?

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, July 31, 2009 7:33 PM | Comments (1)
Get “Ramped Up” and Learn New Software Development Skills for Free!
I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now… Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program that will help you build professional development skills. Ready to move forward in your software development career? Ready to learn new skills, say SharePoint development for example? Well then head over to Ramp Up and check out the available tracks and start moving forward today! Tracks include: SharePoint for Developers Web Development With ASP.NET Learn ASP.NET: For PHP Developers ......
Posted On Friday, July 31, 2009 10:02 AM | Comments (1)
Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch makes it easy to take a closer look
Following up on my most recent post about LightSwitch I thought I’d keep you in the loop on a valuable LightSwitch resource. The Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch provides a jump start to get you and the department-level-typical-Ac... rolling with LightSwitch in no time. The guide is broken down into 4 easy to follow parts. Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part – 1) – Working with New Data Entry Screen Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch ......
Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:01 AM | Comments (1)
Visual Studio LightSwitch: Yes, these are the droids you’re looking for
With all the news and focus on the new features coming in Silverlight 5 I thought I’d take a few minutes to remind folks about the work that Microsoft has done on LightSwitch since the applications created by LightSwitch are Silverlight applications. LightSwitch makes it easier for non-coders to build business applications and easier for coders to maintain them. For those not familiar with LightSwitch, it is a new tool that provides a easier and quicker way for coder and non-coder types alike to ......
Posted On Monday, December 6, 2010 8:48 AM | Comments (2)
Silverlight Firestarter 2010 Keynote with Scott Guthrie: Silverlight has a bright future!
If you didn’t get chance to watch the Silverlight Firestart event live during the webcast it is available online to view now. If you’re a Silverlight developer or perhaps a shop actively planning on developing a Silverlight application then you’re going to want to watch this video. The Silverlight 5 feature set unveiled during the keynote is fantastic! I particularly like Scott’s approach and comments on the future of Silverlight. I appreciated his open and direct acknowledgment that there has “been ......
Posted On Saturday, December 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Comments (0)
Silverlight Firestarter Today!! Local viewing event in Research Triangle Park!
What is the Silverlight Firestarter is all about? It is a one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie. It begins at 9am Pacific time. Yes, that noon for us east coasters here in the U.S. It provides new self-paced labs and walk through videos. It is interactive and you can ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. To me the really interesting part is going to be the opening keynote by Scott Guthrie. Keynote : The Future of Silverlight Be first to ......
Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2010 10:29 AM | Comments (0)
Windows Azure Boot camp – Raleigh Wednesday June 23, 2010 * FREE*
Yes I know this is my second blog post about the free one-day Windows Azure boot camp on June 23rd in Raleigh, NC. What can I say I don’t want anyone to miss out on an opportunity to take advantage of some free Windows Azure training. Microsoft Developer Evangelist Brian Hitney and I will be presenting a one-day Windows Azure boot camp on June 23rd in Raleigh, NC at the Microsoft RTP offices. For more information on content, what to bring, directions, etc. just click here to go to the information ......
Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 11:25 AM | Comments (0)
Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.2 (June 2010)
I have good news! Microsoft has released the June 2010 Windows Azure Tools + SDK. These new tools extend Visual Studio (both VS 2010 & VS 2008) for Windows Azure development. With these tools you can create, configure, debug, build, run, and deploy scalable web apps on Windows Azure. At first glance what I see as some of the most interesting points of interest are the fact that Visual Studio 2010 RTM is fully supported as well as .NET 4 support. You can choose to build your apps with the .NET ......
Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 11:19 AM | Comments (0)
FREE Windows Azure Boot camp – Raleigh Wednesday June 23, 2010
Just want to be sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to take advantage of some free Windows Azure training. Microsoft Developer Evangelist Brian Hitney and I will be presenting a one-day Windows Azure boot camp on June 23rd in Raleigh, NC at the Microsoft RTP offices. For more information on content, what to bring, directions, etc. just click here to go to the information and registration page for the Raleigh event. To find other dates and locations for the Windows Azure boot camps head over ......
Posted On Monday, May 24, 2010 11:20 AM | Comments (1)
Visual Studio 2010 Keyboard Shortcut Posters Available
I’m a firm believer in the productivity gains you experience when using keyboard shortcuts in Visual Studio. If you’re not using keyboard shortcuts while coding then your productivity is suffering. Some of my favorites (omitting the obvious ones like F5 to start debugging) as are: Ctrl+K, C – Comment section of code Ctrl+K, U – Uncomment section of code Ctrl+K, D – Format the current document (indentation, etc.) Shift+Alt+C – Add new class to a project Shift+Alt+A – Add existing item to a project ......
Posted On Monday, May 3, 2010 9:41 PM | Comments (0)
Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook – Book Review (sort of)
I just received my copy of the Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook, co-authored by fellow Microsoft Regional Director, Gill Cleeren, and at first glance I like what I see. I’ve always been a fan of the “cookbook” approach to technical books because they are problem/solution oriented. Often developers need solutions to solve specific questions like “how do I send email from within my .NET application” and so on, and yes, that was a blatant plug to my article explaining how to accomplish ......
Posted On Wednesday, April 28, 2010 11:48 AM | Comments (0)
Very Cool – Miami 311 System for tracking citizen service requests (Windows Azure, Silverlight & Bing Maps)
Having grown up in South Florida this short, but very enlightening, video explaining how the City of Miami has implemented a 311 citizen service request system using Windows Azure, Silverlight and Bing Maps definitely caught my attention. Miami311 The Miami311 System is a Windows Azure/Silverlight-based solution which enables City of Miami citizens report and track issues reported to city management. The system uses Bing Maps to plot the location and relevant information about each issue reported. ......
Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 8:02 PM | Comments (0)
Introduction to Microsoft SQL Azure: Free self-paced Microsoft class
Here is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of some FREE Microsoft Learning content on SQL Azure. This self-paced 2 hour class is broken down into 4 segments each with a self test at the end. Class Segments 1) Understanding the SQL Azure Platform 2) Designing Applications for SQL Azure 3) Migrating Applications to SQL Azure 4) Achieving Scale with SQL Azure If you’re getting started with Windows Azure or have been working with it for a while and need to take advantage of the storage capabilities ......
Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:58 PM | Comments (0)
MSDN Video: Windows Phone 7 in 7: Silverlight and Windows Phone 7
Looking for a quick introduction to developing applications on Windows Phone 7? I found just the thing then. Check out this short 7 minute MSDN Video titled Windows Phone 7 in 7: Silverlight and Windows Phone 7. I liked the direct and to the point nature of the video. Like the title implies, it’s less than 7 minutes long and provides just enough information to start laying a solid foundation to start learning more about Windows Phone 7 development. Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Comments (0)
Visual Studio 2010 Launch Events
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about the new features in Visual Studio 2010. Check out the MSDN Events page and find out when the talented folks of the Developer & Evangelism group will be visiting your city to prove to you that /*Life Runs On Code*/. I’ll be attending the Raleigh event June 2, 2010 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. North Carolina State University, Jane S. McKimmon Conference Center 1101 Gorman St Raleigh North Carolina 27606 United States From the Raleigh Event page: Event Overview ......
Posted On Monday, April 26, 2010 4:59 PM | Comments (0)
Gems In The Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit - Introduction to ASP.NET MVC: Learning Labs
Following up on my prior “gems post” is another nugget I found in the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit. ASP.NET MVC has established quite a bit of momentum in the ASP.NET development community since it was introduced in early-ish 2009 though I’m sure there are many developers who haven’t had the time or opportunity to find out what it is, not to mention learn how to use it. If you’re one of those “I’ve heard of it but I’m not sure what it really is” developers then I suggest you ......
Posted On Monday, April 26, 2010 11:56 AM | Comments (0)
Gems In The Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit – Introduction to MEF: Learning Labs
No, this post doesn’t have anything to do with cooking up illegal drugs in some rundown shack outside of town. That, my friends, would be a meth lab and fortunately that is waaaaay outside my area of expertise. Now I can talk Kentucky bourbon, or as Homer Simpson would say “mmmmmmmmmmm bourbon”, with you but please refrain from asking me meth questions. :-) Anyway, what I’m talking about are the MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) Learning Labs contained in the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework ......
Posted On Monday, April 26, 2010 11:35 AM | Comments (0)
The Silverlight 4 Training Kit and Green Eggs & Ham
Microsoft has released the Silverlight 4 Training Kit that steps you through the process of constructing Silverlight 4 business applications. “The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4. The business applications course includes 8 modules with extensive hands on labs as well as 25 accompanying videos that walk you ......
Posted On Monday, April 26, 2010 11:03 AM | Comments (0)
.Net Rocks Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip coming to Raleigh, NC May 6th
Listen up .NET developers within 50 miles of Research Triangle Park, NC! Take out that red, blue, green, black or any other color Sharpie marker you fancy and circle May 6th! Fellow Microsoft Regional Directors Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell are going to be bringing the .Net Rocks Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip to town. What’s that you say, you’ve never been to a .Net Rocks Road Trip event and don’t know what to expect? Let me help with that. I stol… uhhh… I mean I was “inspired” by some content ......
Posted On Saturday, April 24, 2010 3:43 PM | Comments (0)
Best Practices on Building SharePoint 2010 Web Parts with Visual Studio 2010
In this Channel 9 interview, my good friend Beth Massi recently sat down with Boris Scholl, a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Team building tools for SharePoint development, to discuss the best practices for building SharePoint web parts with Visual Studio 2010. SharePoint developers upgrading to Visual Studio 2010 might want to check this out. Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:43 PM | Comments (0)
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit
Now that you’ve had time to download and install Visual Studio 2010 its time to start learning about all the new features and capabilities. That’s where this post comes in. Microsoft released the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit on the same day Visual Studio 2010 became available to download. It contains presentations, hands-on labs, and demos on a variety of features and framework technologies including: C# 4 Visual Basic 10 F# Parallel Extensions Windows Communication Foundation ......
Posted On Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Comments (0)
Dynamically Launching A WinForm Via Object Factory Article
Woo hoo!! My article on dynamically creating and launching a WinForm object has made it’s way to the MSDN VB DevCenter. I’d be a slacker if I didn’t give props to Rod Paddock for all his help with the code in the article. This article focuses on answering a simple yet not-so-easy to answer question. “How do instantiate an object when the class I want to instantiate is determined at runtime, not compile time?” If you’re wondering why you would want to do that in the first place, this article provides ......
Posted On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:38 PM | Comments (3)
The Future: Web or Windows Client Development, your thoughts?
A question I have for you is with all the focus on web or cloud-based applications (Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, etc.) is there still a vibrant future out there for Windows Client desktop applications? Will Windows 7 do much to swing the focus back to desktop applications? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying desktop based application development is dead, it’s not by a long shot. With development tools like WPF and ClickOnce deployment desktop applications still rock. I’m just saying that it appears ......
Posted On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:10 PM | Comments (0)
Sample .NET RIA Services Application Available

During my Building Line of Business Applications with Silverlight 3 presentation I walk through the creation of a sample application. The complete code for that sample application is available for download on the TakeNote Technologies website. Scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and you’ll find the Presentations section.

If you have any trouble getting it running please let me know.

Have a  day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, November 8, 2009 10:06 AM | Comments (0)
.NET RIA Services Community Website Now Online!

The crew over at Microsoft have been working on putting together a RIA Services Community site where everyone can contribute resources and engage in discussions about .NET RIA Services.  It’s live now and ready for you to check out. You’ll find downloads, overview documentation, blog post references, and other resources.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, November 8, 2009 9:58 AM | Comments (0)
One Question Silverlight Poll – Let your voice be heard!

Here’s your chance to let Microsoft know what’s important to you when it comes to Silverlight tweets and blog posts. What information are you interested in? What’s more important, information on getting started or what was just released? Deep dive information or what’s coming?  Jump on this simple survey and let your voice be heard.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, November 2, 2009 9:30 AM | Comments (0)
So long Microsoft Office Accounting…
It seems that the financial software business at Microsoft is slowly being pushed off the cart. First they discontinue Microsoft Money and now, according to a PC Pro article, Microsoft Office Accounting is getting the boot as well. I found this quote on the Microsoft Office Accounting page: “Microsoft Office Accounting will no longer be distributed after November 16, 2009.” I’ll admit its been a while since we did any custom development work using the Microsoft Office Accounting developer tools but ......
Posted On Friday, October 30, 2009 10:59 AM | Comments (1)
Microsoft is opening the Outlook .PST format to developers
From this blog post: "In order to facilitate interoperability and enable customers and vendors to access the data in .pst files on a variety of platforms, we will be releasing documentation for the .pst file format. This will allow developers to read, create, and interoperate with the data in .pst files in server and client scenarios using the programming language and platform of their choice. The technical documentation will detail how the data is stored, along with guidance ......
Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 1:02 PM | Comments (0)
Silverlight Toolkit October 2009 Released
The Silverlight Toolkit October 2009 release was posted on CodePlex this week. You will find a complete list of changes between the October 2009 release from the July 2009 release here. Among the significant changes are support for Visual Studio 2010 and drag & drop support. Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:23 AM | Comments (0)
CSS Designed for Readability or Excuses Not to Comment Your Code
I saw a link to this article (5 Rules To Write More Readable CSS Files) on Twitter this morning, checked it out, and felt the need to share, so here I am sharing. :-) It also reminded me of a funny full-page ad I tore out of a programming magazine many years ago that listed excuses for not commenting your programming code. I think the ad was for an COBOL comments generator or some type of utility like that. I’m sure I kept that magazine page and have it somewhere around here but where it is today ......
Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:09 AM | Comments (0)
Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit
Wow, this looks like a fantastic learning resource for coming up to speed with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. Yeah, I’m lazy and just grabbed the following text from the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit page: “The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0 Visual Basic 10 F# Parallel ......
Posted On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 6:40 PM | Comments (0)
Simplicity comes to the Visual Studio 2010 SKUs and its about time
Before I can get into the meat of this post I need to make sure you’re up to date on a couple items: Item 1: In case you missed the news yesterday, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was released for download. You can get it here. Item 2: Microsoft has announced that VS 2010 will be released on March 22, 2010. What I think is one of the more significant items to come out of this announcement is that Microsoft has simplified the product marketing structure for Visual Studio 2010. Instead of the myriad ( yeah, ......
Posted On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:28 AM | Comments (0)
Toolbox Essentials for a Web Developer – Your Suggestions?
Imagine some newbie or junior web developer walks up to you and says, “What tools would you suggest I use to become a better web developer?” Assuming they’re already using either Visual Studio or Web Developer Express, what utilities or resources do you find indispensible for working with ASP.NET or just web development in general? Maybe you have a favorite online resource site that you recommend, Stack Overflow for example, or maybe you have a favorite utility like Chris Pederick’s Web Developer ......
Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 9:28 AM | Comments (0)
Visual Studio Documentary – The History of Visual Studio on Channel 9
I’ve been meaning to blog about this for the last week or so and I’m finally getting to it. Ever wonder where Visual Studio and the rest of the Microsoft development tools like Visual Basic, C++, and so on got their start? A two-part Visual Studio Documentary on Channel 9 pulls back the curtains on the history of your favorite development environment going waaaay back in time to the beginning. You’ll see interviews with Microsoft employees and industry veterans as they recount their memories of the ......
Posted On Sunday, October 18, 2009 10:20 PM | Comments (0)
How Do Your .NET Applications Know If They’re Running Under Windows 7?
Sometimes it’s the little things that seem to drive ya nuts while developing an application. This is a follow up post to a my How Do Your .NET Applications Know if They're Running Under Vista? post from September 2008. There are features in Windows 7 that are NOT available in earlier versions of Windows so there may be times when you need to know what OS your application is running under. Determining the OS version is as simple as checking a few properties on the the System.Environment.OSVersion ......
Posted On Sunday, October 18, 2009 1:07 PM | Comments (0)
Windows 7 Developer Learning Resources on Channel 9

If you’re looking to jumpstart your Windows 7 developer skills then check out the Windows 7 Developer Learning Resources available on Channel 9. You’ll find videos, hands-on labs, and real-world coding samples to help you ramp up your skills on the new developer features in Windows 7.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, October 18, 2009 11:29 AM | Comments (0)
ASP.NET MVC - Why, How & What Videos (and other resources)
If you’re a web developer using Microsoft technologies then, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably heard of ASP.NET MVC. If you’re not sure what it is, how it works, or why you would want to consider using it, you’ll find three videos on the ASP.NET MVC page that will answer most, if not all, of your questions. Video #1, titled “Why Use ASP.NET MVC?”, is a 3 minute video which provides a high-level overview of ASP.NET MVC for decision-makers. I especially like the motor ......
Posted On Saturday, October 17, 2009 12:19 PM | Comments (2)
The FREE Raleigh Code Camp (September 19th) is Right Around the Corner!
Just a reminder that the FREE Raleigh Code Camp is coming up quick! Mark your calendar! Saturday, September 19th, is the day, ECPI in Raleigh is the place and FREE is the price!! Never been to a Code Camp??? Oh well then you haven’t lived! From the Raleigh Code Camp site: “Code Camp is a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring ......
Posted On Monday, September 7, 2009 5:40 PM | Comments (0)
Raleigh Code Camp Taking Session Submissions Until Next Week
Listen up people… come Saturday September 19, 2009 I expect to see you at the Raleigh Code Camp. Fortunately for you I will be accepting a selected number of excuses for not being able to attend though. Should you find yourself scaling Mt. Everest that weekend, you’re excused from attending. Should you find yourself scouring Area 51 searching for signs of extraterrestrial life, you’re excused from attending or should you find yourself living in a shotgun shack or should you find yourself in another ......
Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:47 PM | Comments (0)
MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow - September 2009 Edition
My two favorite southern Microsoft Evangelists, Glen Gordon and Brian Hitney, will be touring the south in September disseminating nuggets of software development goodness with them in the form of the MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow. I’ll make sure I let the the police in these five lucky cities know they’re coming and when. :-) September 1 - Huntsville, AL September 2 - Atlanta, GA September 11 - Raleigh, NC September 21 - Augusta, GA September 22 - Charlotte, NC The best part, well besides seeing ......
Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:21 PM | Comments (1) – Virtual Online Operating System

Thought some of you might find this interesting.

“ is a Silverlight based online virtual operating system. It is is a website that simulates an operating system inside your web browser.”

More information here:

Live demo here:


Posted On Friday, July 17, 2009 9:51 AM | Comments (0)
Microsoft Previews Office 2010 to Developers
First paragraph from this article posted today on “At its Worldwide Partner Conference Monday, Microsoft unveiled the next generation of one of the most popularly used pieces of software in history, Microsoft Office, delivering a "Technical Preview" to partners and developers.” New features look pretty cool. I’m anxious to see the online versions of the different apps and how well the document sharing and collaboration features work. Are you doing any Office development? Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Monday, July 13, 2009 12:00 PM | Comments (0)
Getting a business degree from Dungeons & Dragons U!
While I personally have never played the game, I do understand that a number of you out here in geekdom have logged many hours doing battle a dragon’s liar. Here’s an article pointing out the 10 Business Lessons I Learned from Playing Dungeons & Dragons. I personally think that #5, “The best quests require a mixture of skills in the party”, totally applies to assembling a successful software development team. Notice it didn’t say “mixture of people”, it said “mixture of skills”. As we all know, ......
Posted On Monday, July 13, 2009 9:11 AM | Comments (0)
Scott Guthrie Discussing Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 RC

Here’s a video added today on Channel 9 with Scott Guthrie and Laurence Moroney discussing the availability of Silverlight 3 and the Release Candidate of Expression 3.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 6:05 PM | Comments (0)
Developer vs Designer… “he never listens to me!”

Here’s a funny bit on Channel 9 to coincide with today’s launch of Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3. Nicely done gentlemen but I like to think I’m the creative one! :-)

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 6:00 PM | Comments (0)
Microsoft MVP For a 6th Time
"First I'd like to thank all the members of the Academy for their support and their continued confidence in me and my work. Let me add that it was truly an honor working on a film with such a fantastic crew, director, producer, and of course the other actors." ...and so goes how my acceptance speech for an Oscar would go. But today I'd like to thank Microsoft for their continued confidence in me as a technical community leader. This morning I received word that I have received my 6th MVP Award and ......
Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Comments (2)
How Do Your .NET Applications Know if They're Running Under Vista?
There are features in Vista that are NOT available in earlier version of Windows so there may be times when you need to know what OS your application is running under. Determining the OS version is as simple as checking the System.Environment.OSVersion object. If System.Environment.OSVersio... >= 6 Then 'Vista specific code here Else 'Earlier versions of Windows code here End If There are a number of other useful pieces of information in the System.Environment namespace such as GetFolderPath ......
Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2008 11:10 AM | Comments (7)
What is significant about the Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 Releases?
While I know I’m not the first person to share the news of the Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 release with you I want to take just a few moments to mention what I see as being significant. What I find most significant of all has nothing to do with either tool specifically. I think that with this release of Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 Microsoft is once again continuing to innovate in the user experience (UX) design and related software development areas. With new design tools like SketchFlow I ......
Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 12:59 PM | Comments (1)
Beautifying Code in Visual Studio With Format Document
I don't know about you but to me looks are everything! :-) I have a long way to go before I'm even close to resembling something beautiful but that doesn't mean my code has to suffer the same fate. I don't know about you but I can't stand working with program code or HTML that isn't indented and formatted correctly. I find it hampers my productivity. A Visual Studio feature I use all the time is Format Document. You'll find it on the Edit menu under Advanced. Hope this helps you have a beautiful ......
Posted On Wednesday, March 11, 2009 2:12 PM
Are You Reading CoDe Magazine? No? You Should Be.
I'll admit I'm NOT the most objective guy on the subject because the editor-in-chief (Rod Paddock) and publisher (Markus Egger) are both friends of mine, not to mention I also write for the magazine, but I can say that that 99% of the software development and .NET content in CoDe Magazine is first rate and absolutely ROCKS! Where is the other 1%? Those are my articles. They're second rate at best and sounds more like disco. :-) Each issue is full of amazing solid content from well known software ......
Posted On Monday, February 23, 2009 12:11 PM
Smart & Gets Things Done - Book Review
I just finished my weekend read of Joel Spolsky's book on finding and hiring the best software developers, Smart & Gets Things Done. This is a must read for people responsible for bringing in new software developers. Although his approach is slanted toward finding developers for a product-oriented software development shop versus a corporate I.T. development shop, Joel covers a wide variety of topics from delving into the thoughts and motivations of a typical developer to practical suggestions ......
Posted On Sunday, February 22, 2009 2:53 PM
What Programming Language Should We Advise People Learn?
There is an interesting blog post here where the author offers advice on what programming language new software developers should learn/use. I went through all the comments and it's interesting to note just how heavily slanted this post and comments are on technologies such as PHP, Python, Perl, Java, and so on. The Microsoft stack (Visual Studio VB/C#, ASP.NET, & SQL Server) gets mentioned but not nearly as often as the others. My favorite reply was posted yesterday (2/14/09) and basically said ......
Posted On Sunday, February 15, 2009 10:31 AM | Comments (4)
Raleigh Code Camp - Saturday, November 15th
Attention southeastern U.S. software developers! If you're in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, or anywhere else in the southeast U.S. don't forget to mark your calendar for next Saturday! Not sure what a Code Camp is? Check out this link and find out! Raleigh Code Camp Saturday, November 15, 2008 , 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: ECPI I'll be presenting a session on integrating Microsoft Virtual Earth into your web applications. Hope to see you Saturday! Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Sunday, November 9, 2008 11:34 AM | Comments (2)
FREE Visual Studio 2008 Pro, Expression Web 2 and the Tech-Ed DVD Set For All DevTeach Attendees!
Yes, you read that title correctly. All attendees at the DevTeach conference Dec 1 - 5 will receive VS 2008 Pro, Expression Web 2, and the Tech-Ed DVD set free. How sweet a deal is that??!! So in addition to kick ass session content, hanging out with world-renowned speakers like DevTeach keynote speaker Ted Neward, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of DotNetRocks fame, my fellow Microsoft RDs Tim Huckaby, Joel Semeniuk, Stephen Forte, Guy Barrette, & Barry Gervin, as well as CoDe magazine editor ......
Posted On Friday, November 7, 2008 4:43 PM | Comments (3)
PDC at a glance!

Greg Duncan has made it real EASY to check out all the PDC content. He has listed all the sessions (including the keynotes) with links to the videos & slides presented. Great stuff!

Thanks Greg!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Saturday, November 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Comments (1)
Silverlight How-Do-I Videos With VB Sample Code!

I have good news for the VBers interested in making the leap into the world of Rich Internet Applications (RIA). In additon to being available in C#, the Silverlight team has posted VB sample code for all of their How-Do-I videos

Thanks Silverlight team!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, October 5, 2008 4:01 PM | Comments (3)
TRINUG Meeting Last Night - Tim Huckaby Rocks!!
It's a good thing North Carolina has an awesome reputation as a fly fishing hot spot because it brought fellow Microsoft RD, Tim Huckaby, CEO of InterKnowlogy to town to present at our TRINUG meeting. Tim's presentation wowed us with WPF demos, Silverlight demos, and since lugging a Microsoft Surface machine across the country would have cut into space for his fly fishing gear :-) , he played a couple of videos of in-production Surface applications his team has worked on. You can find those and other ......
Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:27 AM | Comments (2)
Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008

Looks like the VS 2008 SP1 has got company today. You can download the latest Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008 from here.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, August 11, 2008 2:26 PM | Comments (6)
Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Available for Download

It is available here.

You'll find a l ist of what's included as well as a list of fixed issues here.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, August 11, 2008 11:54 AM | Comments (0)
SQL Server 2008 RTM is available for download!

Yes, you read that correctly. Check it out here:

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Wednesday, August 6, 2008 4:31 PM | Comments (3)
FarPoint Spread Training
My company, TakeNote Technologies, still has seats available in our FarPoint Spread training classes next week. If you're a FarPoint Spread user looking to get up to speed with the power of the best spreadsheet component on the market make plans to attend our classes. For more information click the links below. FarPoint Spread for Windows Forms 4.0 FarPoint Spread for Web Forms 3.0 Have a day ......
Posted On Thursday, June 19, 2008 11:09 AM | Comments (1)
Microsoft PDC Registration is OPEN!
Registration for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is now open. The conference runs October 27 - 30 in Los Angeles, CA. I can tell you that it in the past it has SOLD OUT so if you're even remotely interested I'd make up your mind and get registered. Register by August 15th and save $200!! I've been to the past two PDCs and consider it one of the conferences/events that I do not miss. I'll be there... Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Wednesday, May 28, 2008 8:53 AM | Comments (0)
I'm Presenting at the RDU .NET User Experience Group TONIGHT!

Just a reminder that I'm going to be covering some of the highlights from the day-long Silverlight post-conference event that Rod Paddock and I conducted at DevTeach 2008 TONIGHT at the RDU .NET User Experience Group. Head over to Rob Zelt's blog here for more infomation.  I hope to see you there...

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:24 AM | Comments (0)
VB.NET is Kickin' Some Butt!
Ok, so VB.NET isn't in 1st place (see this report) but it is ahead of that "other" .NET language. You know, that "other" .NET language that starts with the letter "c". You guessed it, COBOL.NET!! Kidding aside, it looks like VB.NET is making a VERY STRONG showing against some solid competition. VB.NET is in 3rd place behind JAVA and C and I think that ROCKS! VB.NET is kickin' some COBOL (and c#) butt! Tell all your friends, they probably won't care, but tell 'em anyway. Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Monday, April 21, 2008 8:19 PM | Comments (18)
Building Business Applications With Silverlight 2.0 (DevTeach post-con event)
Just thought I'd give people attending (or thinking about attending) DevTeach next month a heads up that Rod Paddock and I have changed out the session we were doing for a Silverlight 2.0 session. Rod Paddock (MVP and CoDe magazine Editor) and I are going to be presenting a day-long, post-conference Silverlight 2.0 event after DevTeach 2008 (Friday, May 16th) in Toronto next month. Here is the text from the DevTeach site: Make plans to stay an extra day after the conference to take advantage of this ......
Posted On Monday, April 21, 2008 2:50 PM | Comments (0)
The Shoe is on the Other Foot for VB.NET Developers
I don't think anyone will disagree that our thoughts can play a huge role in our emotions. One thing we have as human beings that sets us apart from every other species on the planet is self-awareness, the unique ability to analyze our thoughts and emotions and make adjustments to our behavior based on that self reflection. The following is for all the VB.NET developers who migrated to .NET from VB6 (or earlier versions). Close your eyes and imagine this scene in your head: Years ago, say in 1998, ......
Posted On Monday, April 21, 2008 1:00 PM | Comments (7)
RDU DNUX / Silverlight Group - Meeting V1.0

A Silverlight user group in forming in the RTP area of NC! The kick off meeting is Tuesday, April 22nd. For more information check out Rob Zelt's blog posting about it.

I'll be there!!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2008 12:46 AM | Comments (0)
Extending Visual Studio with the Visual Studio Extensibility Developer Center
While at Mix '08 last week I had a chance to have lunch with CoDe Magazine Editor, Rod Paddock and a mutual old friend, Ken Levy. I've known Ken since waaaaay back in our Visual FoxPro days. These days he's the Product Manager for the Visual Studio Ecosystem. Microsoft designed Visual Studio to be extensible and encourages the community to contribute tools and utilities to make other developer's work more productive. If you're interested in writing your own Visual Studio add-in head over to the Visual ......
Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 1:08 PM | Comments (0)
Microsoft Group PM for the .NET Framework Brad Abrams Presenting at TRINUG in April
Mark for calendar for Wednesday, April 9th as Microsoft Group Program Manager for the .NET Framework, Brad Abrams, will be in town and presenting at the Triangle .NET Users Group (TRINUG) meeting that evening. For details on what he'll be presenting check out Brad's blog. I for one will be there. Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 12:46 PM | Comments (0)
MIXing it up....
Well I'm back from Vegas having attended the Microsoft Mix '08 conference. It was a first time Mix attendee and I must say my walking away impression is very positive. One of the things I liked the most, in addition to Silverlight 2.0, was the incorporation of designers AND developers. Typically, the conferences I attend or present at have an obvious, developer-centric slant on content. I enjoyed the sessions discussing design issues, strategies, and user experiences. I specifically enjoyed a number ......
Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 3:50 PM | Comments (0)
I'm on TV, Ok, Well dnrTV Discussing Virtual Earth
I was given a wonderful opportunity to make an appearance on DotNetRocks TV (dnrTV) last week. I'll use Carl Franklin's words to describe my appearance: "Jim Duffy comes to the dnrTV screen this week with a great presentation using Microsoft's Virtual Earth in ASP .NET. Jim shows you how to incorporate live maps in your applications complete with push pins, lines, shapes, links and more." While it doesn't say it specifically, I also covered how to import GeoRSS data feeds into Virtual Earth providing ......
Posted On Monday, March 3, 2008 5:25 PM | Comments (1)
Microsoft's DreamSpark Program Gives Free Developer Tools to Students
This is a story I mentioned in the wrap-up entry for today's Computers 2K8 radio show that I co-host but I also wanted to be sure it got an entry of it's own so people find out about it. Microsoft's DreamSpark program gives university students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools for FREE. This includes Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Microsoft Expression Studio, and the XNA 2.0 Game Studio. The program is currently available in 11 ......
Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 11:23 AM | Comments (0)
Notes From Computers 2K8 Radio Show! (February 24, 2008)
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K8 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began today's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website or you can listen do us live as we stream the show across the web. Here a few of the topics discussed on today's show... Installing Windows Update Without an Internet Connection A caller this morning wanted some clarification on using a restore CD to take his machine back ......
Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 11:13 AM | Comments (0)
What is a Microsoft MVP?

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

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:42 AM | Comments (0)
"Implementing Virtual Earth With ASP.NET" Session Files Uploaded

The slidedeck, VS 2008 project files, and GoingGolfing database files (.mdb and .ldb) for my Implementing Virtual Earth With ASP.NET 2.0 session that I presented at the Raleigh Code Camp this weekend have been uploaded to the TakeNote Technologies website.

Thanks for everyone who attended and asked some great questions!


Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2008 4:36 PM | Comments (1)
New Microsoft Regional Director - ME!
For me one of the highlights of the Raleigh Code Camp this weekend was having Microsoft Developer Evangelist Brian Hitney announce that I have been added to the Microsoft Regional Director program. I'm excited about working closely with Brian to help spread the word about Microsoft .NET and related developer products like Visual Studio 2008. I'm humbled and honored that I have been accepted into such an extremely knowledgeable and talented group of people. I consider a number of RDs as friends and ......
Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2008 12:06 PM | Comments (5)
Raleigh Code Camp 2008 Recap!
I had a great time and the Raleigh Code Camp 2008 went off without a hitch yesterday. What a fantastic job the volunteers with the Triangle .NET Users group (TRINUG) did preparing, organizing, and executing on their plan. There was plenty of food, attendees, world class speakers delivering targeted content, discussions in the hallways, books, giveaways, fun, and excitement in the air. I'd be remiss if I didn't point out and thank a few key individuals on the TRINUG Leadership Council, one being Microsoft ......
Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2008 12:05 PM | Comments (0)
Notes From Computers 2K8 Radio Show! (February 17, 2008)
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K8 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began today's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website or you can listen do us live as we stream the show across the web. Carl Franklin of DotNetRocks Fame Live in the Studio Today! Wow, what a show. Since he was in town for the Raleigh Code Camp 2008, we were fortunate to score DotNetRock's own Carl Franklin as an in-studio guest ......
Posted On Sunday, February 17, 2008 12:01 PM | Comments (0)
Creating an Office Accounting Professional Add-In
One of our developers has been working on a project to create an Add-in for Microsoft Office Accounting Professional. He's gone the public forum posting route (see the question here) and now we're trying to work our way through the Microsoft support channels. The add-in involves modifying pieces of information for a kit item. Everything is working just as it should EXCEPT when it comes time to saving the quote/order. Anyway, if you, or someone you know, has some knowledge about working with the Microsoft ......
Posted On Wednesday, February 13, 2008 9:14 AM | Comments (0)
Raleigh Code Camp 2008 Session Highlights - THIS WEEKEND!
Just thought I'd give you an idea of some of the content that will be presented at the Raleigh Code Camp 2008 this Saturday. Jim Wooley - What's new in VB 9 Richard Campbell - Performance and Scalability Mark Dunn - BizTalk Miguel Castro - How to Work with Recruiters Rob Zelt - Silverlight Bill Jones - LINQ in VS 2008 Josh Carlisle - Customizing MOSS Publishing Brian Gough - Wrapping a User Control in a SharePoint Web Part Josh Carlisle - SharePoint for ASP.NET Developers Kevin Boles - SQL Server ......
Posted On Wednesday, February 13, 2008 9:05 AM | Comments (0)
Are You "mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration"?
According to renowned computer scientist Edsger W. Dijkstra, as an avid Visual Basic developer, I just might be! Are you??? Let me fill you in. Waaaaaay back in 1975 Mr. Dijkstra came up with his list of computer science "unpleasant truths". My two favorites are: 1) "It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration." Wow, kind of harsh I'd say. While I'm sure ......
Posted On Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:11 AM | Comments (6)
Feeling the VB Love...
Yeah, I know I'm late with this and all but for those of you who didn't hear about this check out Chris Anderson, Don Box and Amanda Silver (from VB Team) on this Channel 9 video as they do a great job singing the holiday virtues of VB!! It's nice to see VB getting some love... :-) Have a day ......
Posted On Friday, January 4, 2008 9:42 PM | Comments (0)
MSDN Events: Visual Studio 2008, “Astoria” and Silverlight - Thursday, Dec 20th!
If you're located in the Carolina's (or southern Virginia) you might want to check out the "The Ultimate Backstage Pass with MSDN Events" event scheduled for this Thursday, December 20th in Greensboro, NC. The event starts at 1pm with a welcome time starting at noon. I'll be presenting the "What’s New for Web Development in Visual Studio 2008" session, Chris Love will be presenting the Astoria session titled "A New Paradigm for Data Development with Web Based Data Services" and Microsoft Developer ......
Posted On Saturday, December 15, 2007 2:31 PM | Comments (0)
PDC 2008 in ON!!

From the MSDN website:

Announcing PDC08

October 27–30, 2008
Pre-conference October 26, 2008
Los Angeles, California


Mark your calendars! This event is targeted toward software developers and architects and typically focuses on future Microsoft development technologies and platforms.

Posted On Saturday, December 8, 2007 11:03 AM | Comments (0)
TRINUG Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest - December 12th!
Instead of trying to come up with my own text (yes, I'm that lazy sometimes!) I'll just "borrow" the text about this event from Chris Love's blog. Before I do though I'll add that I too will be presenting at this event. I haven't decided exactly what yet but I know it'll be VB 2008 centric. Ok, here's the text from Chris's blog post: "Next week, December 12th, the Triangle .NET User Group will be holding an Installfest for Visual Studio 2008. Each Registered attendee, and I stressed registered attendee, ......
Posted On Saturday, December 8, 2007 9:55 AM | Comments (0)
Microsoft Developer Evangelist For the Carolina's Brian Hitney
A few weeks back, Brian Hitney joined us on the Computers2K7 radio show. We discussed a number of topics including Brian's role on the Vista team, VS 2008, Silverlight, among others. Yeah, it's taken me this long to get a picture I took of Brian in the studio... Great job Brian! Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Saturday, October 27, 2007 12:01 PM | Comments (0)
Thank You Microsoft - MVP for 5th year in a row!
I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to Microsoft and everybody on the VB team. I've been recognized as an MVP for the 5th year in a row and I couldn't be more appreciative and thankful to everyone who had anything to do with me being awarded again. VB ROCKS! does the entire VB team. It's people on the VB team like Beth Massi, who has been doing an outstanding job working with the VB Community BTW, that makes it fantastic being associated with such a great development langauage! Come, leave ......
Posted On Wednesday, October 3, 2007 2:28 PM | Comments (1)
Notes From Computers 2K7 Radio Show! (September 30th, 2007)
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K7 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began yesterdays show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can USUALLY download the show from the show's website but not this weeks show.... grrrrr.... details below. This week the coding gods must have been smiling on us because we were fortunate to have Microsoft Developer Evangelist for North and South Carolina Brian Hitney join us in-studio. Brian discussed a number of ......
Posted On Monday, October 1, 2007 9:29 AM | Comments (0)
Congratulations Rod Paddock on being named an INETA Speaker!

Well it's about time... my good friend and software development partner Rod Paddock has been added to the INETA speakers bureau. Rod is a fantastic presenter and one of, if the the best developer that I know.  You won't go wrong having him present at your next user group meeting!


Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, September 14, 2007 11:53 AM | Comments (1)
FYI: Join me on geekSpeak Wednesday!
I stole, errrr, borrowed this from Glen Gordon's blog... :-) "Join geekSpeak on Wednesday, August 29 at noon PT (3 PM ET) for a revisit from one of our favorite geekSpeak guests - Jim Duffy. Jim's an MVP for Visual Basic so he'll be chock full of information this time on the use of Generics in Visual Basic, and how a programming language with such humble roots handles this elegant construct. Jim's always a riot to talk to, so make sure you bring your best questions - serious and not-so-serious." ......
Posted On Monday, August 27, 2007 8:04 PM | Comments (0)
VB/ASP.NET 2.0 Training Class Announcement
I'm proud to announce, well, I'm proud to announce on behalf of my company, TakeNote Technologies, that Chris Love has been added to our list of instructors. You may know Chris from his blog or all the great work he's done with the Triangle .NET User Group (TRINUG). Chris is going to be teaching TakeNote's upcoming August .NET classes including VBN101: Programming With Visual Basic 2005 (August 13 & 14) VBN301: Developing ASP.NET 2.0 Web Apps With Visual Basic 2005 (August 15 - 17) Head over ......
Posted On Monday, July 9, 2007 1:17 PM | Comments (0)
"How Do I" Videos for Visual Basic

Well Beth Massi has been quite the busy little Microsoftie since joining the evil empire. :-)  She has put together an ongoing series of "How Do I" videos for helping people learn and work with Visual Basic.  SUUUUUH-WEEEEET! GREAT JOB BETH!

Have a day.

Posted On Friday, July 6, 2007 11:48 AM | Comments (3)
XP Welcome Screen/Login Problem From Today's Computers 2K7 Show

I just got an email from Al, one of our listeners from this morning's Computers 2K7 radio show, and he found another resource dealing with this issue.

Thanks Al!

Posted On Sunday, July 1, 2007 1:38 PM | Comments (5)
MSDN Road Show Events in North & South Carolina!
Are you interested in learning more about the next generation of web-oriented technologies? If so, please join us for a half-day seminar on the new and improved suite of tools and technologies from Microsoft that will better empower you to design and develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). This road show will highlight how Microsoft is putting the final touches on a new suite of services and technologies that will help you build visually stunning, yet amazingly lightweight applications designed ......
Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:55 PM | Comments (0)
Developing Rich Experiences with Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 and Visual Studio® 2005
Here's an offer to good to miss. Have you been thinking about diving in to the .NET 3.0 technologies? Microsoft if offering a collection of three free E-Learning classes on .NET 3.0. Topics covered include Windows Presentation Foundation Windows Workflow Foundation Windows Communication Foundation Check it out here... Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 2:34 PM | Comments (1)
The #1 Programmer Excuse for Legitimately Slacking Off

I found this link on and just had to make sure other developers see it. Here's a link to the The #1 Programmer Excuse for Legitimately Slacking Off!  Enjoy and use this excuse wisely... no need to over use it and ruin it for the rest of us!!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 11:39 AM | Comments (1)
Sending Emails in .NET with the System.Net.Mail Namespace
They like me, they really, really like me... ok, well, maybe not so much, but the good folks at Microsoft, specifically Beth Massi, Program Manager, VS Core Community, must like me because she posted an article I submitted to her on the Visual Basic Developer Center Community Page. In it I cover all the in's and out's of using the System.Net.Mail namespace to send email from within your .NET Application. Topics such as sending attachments, CC, BCC, specifying the reply-to address, setting message ......
Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2007 9:22 AM | Comments (3)
Raleigh Code Camp ROCKED!
If you didn't get a chance to attend the Raleigh Code Camp this past Saturday, you missed a fantastic event! I was fortunate enough to be selected as a speaker and presented my Write Better Code Using the Refactoring Tools in Visual Basic 2005 session. You can find more information about Refactor! on the MSDN site and find a great whitepaper on using it as well. I want to be sure I thank everyone involved starting with all the volunteers from the Triangle .NET User Group, the other speakers, and ......
Posted On Sunday, June 24, 2007 11:32 PM | Comments (2)
Beth Massi's MSDN blog - Great VB Stuff!

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. 

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2007 11:40 AM | Comments (5)
Working With Shortcut Keys in Visual Studio 2005
I found an informative article on the VB Team Blog from Lisa Feigenbaum about working with shortcut keys within Visual Studio 2005. It is a nice compliment to the keyboard mappings poster I blogged about a few days ago ......
Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:09 AM | Comments (7)
I'm Missing Being in the Mix at Mix '07!

Yeah, I'm sitting here at my desk in Raleigh, NC and not wandering around with the assembled masses of web geeks at Mix '07. Been reading some of the blogs about the event, sounds like I'm missing a good one. Here's what Rod Paddock and Chris Love are saying.

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2007 9:42 AM | Comments (0)
My DevTeach 2007 Sessions: (Pre-Con Training Workshop) Introduction to Visual Studio 2005 Development With VB 2005
Back by popular demand, Rod Paddock and I are teaming up to deliver this pre-conference training workshop at DevTeach 2007 in Montreal next month (May 14-18). If you're new to developing .NET applications, whether you're coming from a VB6 background, Visual FoxPro background, or another development platform, this session will get you pointed in the right direction and will serve as a solid foundation to build upon at the rest of the DevTeach 2007 conference ......
Posted On Monday, April 30, 2007 1:21 PM | Comments (0)
My DevTeach 2007 Sessions: Working With Master Pages and Themes
Just another heads up on another of the sessions I'll be presenting at DevTeach 2007 in Montreal next month (May 14-18) is Working With Master Pages and Themes in ASP.NET 2.0. In this session you will learn how to take advantage of the new Master Pages and Themes/Skins features found in ASP.NET 2.0. Combined with CSS style sheets they allow you to richly customize the user interface of your next ASP.NET 2.0 application. While themes provide a way to define reusable styles, or skins, for an ASP.NET ......
Posted On Monday, April 30, 2007 1:14 PM | Comments (0)
VB 9 Overview
In case you've been too buried by current projects to check out what's coming down the road in the next version of VB, you might want to check out the Overview of Visual Basic 9.0 article up on the MSDN site. I particularly like the new Relaxed Delegates feature, ok, well not the feature so much as the name. For me it conjours up visions of political types floating on rafts in a resort swimming pool, enjoying adult beverages, discussing the merits of the candidate they want to nominate. Now that ......
Posted On Monday, April 30, 2007 11:14 AM | Comments (0)