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After many years, a new adventure…

I am back to my developer roots…. . After 10+ years working for Microsoft, I have decided to shake things up a bit. Don’t get wrong, MSFT is a great place to work. And I loved my various roles, especially the Developer Evangelist gig. Talking about cool dev. technology with fun people is a great way to make a living. But for the last couple of years I had strayed from my passion. Which is as a developer. I learned a lot, stayed with my hands in the tools, but I knew I wanted to get back. Then the ......

Upgrading my personal site to VS 2008 and .Net 3.5...

Grabbed the VS 2008 bits and installed them a few days ago. Decided to update the site to Asp.net 3.5 so I can use all the new tools to annoy the 3 or 4 people that actually go to my site (my daughters, friends that might want to see pictures). I have a TFS server in my basement (not much of a box, as it supports a design team of 1, maybe 2 if my wife decides she wants to contribute). I am currently installing the new team explorer bits to get the latest version of the site. This site is based on ......

Enter a parallel universe...

Interesting announcement today. The bits of framework 3.5 that are focused on parallel computing were released in a CTP form today. This first one is not yet active, but should be... Parallel Computing Developer Center But the download link works. Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework CTP download Anyone think of some interesting applications? What would people think of a contest? Perhaps a "write the coolest app" with a vote for the submission? Anyone interested? I can come up with the prizes, ......

Tickle Me MasterChief...?

Remember that Bond Movie where our trusty spy James played a video game against the villain, in which you were shocked as you lost ground? A bit more violent than a rumble pack.. Well, reality raises it's head to deliver to meet a need. I know I want to know when that sniper hits me that it hurts... http://www.technologyreview... so, who will be the first to hack it, hook it up to a stronger compressor, and cause real damage? Maybe a Xna game that tickles you instead of kills you? ......

HDC Scenes version 1.0

Here are some of the scenes from the Heartland Developers Conference Last week in Omaha NE. Where 500 of our closest friends met and learned... The podcast booth set up to capture some of the interesting bits at the conference.. The CodeToLive Roadking sitting on the trade show floor. It was wet and cold getting it there, but I look good in leather... :) Me chatting on the show floor, wanting to take the bike out for a ride... Technorati Tags: codetolive, HDC ......

I am not dead yet....

Okay, how the hell do we get on certain mailing lists? Got home last night, went to the mail box and started reading the material on the way back across the street. and I notices this.... I am not that old, I don't need a burial plot. And I have to wonder just how festive a "Fall Fest" and a grave yard could be. I am not dead yet, I am not dead yet ......

CodeToLive Podcast from the Heartland Developers Conference...

Last week I journeyed to the sunny (okay, soggy) environs of Omaha Nebraska to attend and present at the Heartland Developers Conference. Along with my sparkling personality, I took the CodeToLive Harley and a good presentation on an introduction to WF. Some in my session asked for a link to the Hands on Labs for WF and Orcas. WorkFlow Hands on labs... Enjoy. Takes a couple of hours. While there, we conducted a few podcast recording, and I was interviewed on one of them. Go have a listen and see ......

Interesting Podcast on moving from LAMP to .net 3.5

I found a interesting Podcast on Scott Hanselman's Hanselminutes talking about a move from LAMP to .net  3.5 for EarthClassMail.

If anyone out there wants to know how someone did it,  and the issues they had..

 

this week’s Hanselminutes podcast

MOSSCamp in Chicago....

One of my peers/friends in the Chicago area announced a new community event in November. Go check out Larry Clarkin's post about a MOSSCamp coming up in a couple of weeks. http://larryclarkin.com/Mar... Let me know if you are going. Technorati Tags: MOSS, Sharepoint, .NET ......

New MSDN tester resource...

A new resource for those lonely testers. Announced this morning. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... Go take a look as see if it has value. Let me know what you think. If any of my tester friends out there want to take a look and do a video interview about what your thoughts are, let me know. I would be happy to help get the interview done, and get it published on the CodeToLive show on Channel 9. Technorati Tags: .net, testing, codetolive ......

CodeToLive is born...

A new show is happening on channel 9. It is the Code To Live show. Your hosts are myself, Steve Loethen, and Josh Holmes. The show should be a departure from other things you find on channel 9. Are goal is to highlight non-msft folk and the great things they are doing. Cool projects, weird uses for .net and technology, and in general, all the things that make our jobs more than a paycheck. Want to get involved? Have a good story to tell? Want to be seen by thousands of developers all over the world? ......

The guests are arriving.

Check this little dude out ......

Setup complete...., but can't show you the game..

No pics or video until after midnight, but we do have a couple of interesting decorations... and anyone want a masterchief in there office? :) Bribes accepted ......

Halo 3 Party loadin begins....

The Central Region Developer Platform Evangelism team is starting on a day of fun and action. We are hosting a Halo 3 premier party for our customers and developers. We are taking over most of the Bloomington MN offices tonight, with food, drink, and of course, lots of Halo 3... Here is the equipment in boxes. 6 xbox's, 4 hd projectors, 2 hd tv's. lots of controllers.... we have 150 guests coming tonight ......

With all these messages flying about, what do they look like...

So far we have a contract, 2 client/server pairs (one programmatic and one administrative). We can observe that the highly difficult tasks of text concatenation and changing case are happening. But these examples are extremely trivial, and as we increase complexity, try new things, it would be nice to observer what is going on, especially when it does not go well. Luck for us, there is a built in logging facility in .NET and a complete feature set and viewing tool specifically for WCF. And all can ......

Let's add config file support to the client...

We have overhauled the server to support the endpoints in the config file. Let's do the same for the Client. We can then start playing with various config file settings. Just to preserve the samples, I am going to copy the client code to a new app, and modify the new one. Let's call it WCFConsoleClientCfg. Step 1. Delete the interface file we had in the previous client. We are going to use a tool to recreate it. Or at least it's equivalent. Step 2. go to project->add new and pick a application ......

Why write code when we can specify our services administratively in XML?

Okay, that was a joke. I like writing code. I am not trying to get rid of coders. Okay, trust me? One of the interesting features of WCF is the ability to do the Address and Binding portion of our 3 legged stool administratively. In a xml file called app.config or web.config. This allows some interesting possibilities of changing the service endpoint without changing code. Being able to take a project from development to QA to production (assuming all is well with it) without a recompile to redirect ......

Let's Host our service and build a client

First, let me correct my service implementation. I must have missed my low caffeine light when I wrote the implementation. The code should read str = str.ToUpper(); and str = str.ToLower(); to work. Amazing how returning the string you sent offers little value. Not that this particular service is of great value, but at least now it does what I intended. What we have done so far... So far we have a simple, 3 method web service, using basichttpbindings, sending strings in and out. This should be very ......

I am taking a contract out on WCF...

First, a choice of tools.. I am going to use Visual Studio 2008. I know, it is in Beta, Beta 1 in fact. But Beta 2 should be out soon, and it should release q4 of 2007, q1 of 2008. There might be a tighter date published, but I haven't looked today. It also has a better support for WCF and the .Net 3.5 stuff in general. So, that is where we are going to live. Contract definition As far as I can tell, WCF has four kinds of contracts. (btw, thanks Juval Lowy's book for the list that is coming) Service ......

Time for some serious WCF investigation...

In my job at Microsoft, I am forced to be a generalist, knowing about all development topics. I find it too easy to allow myself to find excuses to not commit the time to go deep and completely understand a topic. But sometimes along come some very intriguing topics that really peak my interest. The current set of technologies in the .net framework, specifically WCF, WPF, WF, and Cardspace were the first to grab my attention. And the Next Gen web UI stuff in the form of Silverlight really needs a ......

Microsoft eScrum Version 1.0

eScrum: Agile Project Management Tool eScrum is an end-to-end Project management tool for Scrum. It is a web based tool built on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) platform. Its components include a web interface,and a TFS Process template. With the increased adoption of Agile methodologies and TFS, eScrum fills an important gap of having an integrated solution for customers. eScrum external offerings: o Multiple ways to interact with your Scrum project, with integrity of data: ......

So, no takers on working on a list of templates?

Maybe there are enough out there. If so, which ones are they? I mean *.vsi installed, show up in new/project.... dialog. Ones that use the features of asp.net if they are web templates (membership, themes, etc) or good solid winforms apps. Now, take that template and update to .net 3.0. WCF, WPF, WF, CardSpace.... Are they out there? Tell me about them, I will investigate and do a writeup on using them. The beauty of a community is the number of eyes that can find and bubble to the top the good stuff. ......

A modest proposal....

Have you ever noticed something that bothered you, and decided to see if you could do something about it? I have a pet peeve regarding the "Search online for a project template" feature of VS.NET. That has existed for several versions. But I have yet to get any results any time I have ever followed that link. Why? Do project templates not exist? Are they not bubbled up in the right way? What can we do as a community to create some interesting project templates that will make our lives easier. So, ......

Recent developer events in the middle of the country...

I atttended and presented at a couple of very interesting .Net events in the midwest in the last few weeks. First, there was DevLink (www.devlink.net) in Nashville TN. This event was the maiden voyage of a hopefully annual event for the TN area. Registration was somewhere north of 500, with over 300 actually showing up. Great turnout for a first year event, and it was driven by the community. A couple of Microsoft speakers, lots of partners, MVP's and RD's. Look to the devlink site for info about ......