D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

February 2008 Entries

Yeah, right

A quote from Jeffery Palermo regarding the Code Camp Project: "The mission of the first release is to provide an ASP.NET MVC Framework solution that can serve as the CodeCamp website for a user group. The project will be able to track and manage multiple conferences for a single user group." Funny enough, Pallermo never seemed to care about code camps. Suddenly he - and others - became the world’s expert on code camps, scheduling speakers, displaying sponsor logos and arranging catering. I wonder, ......

Getting a Shield Icon on your Winform Buttons

Admittedly I'm not a big Winform guy...give me Webforms any day.

However, I did run across this tip via Kate's blog about how the Vista UAC shield can be easily added to your buttons to help alert users about the impending warning message. Good tip to have in your bag of tricks.

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So far, so good...well, except MSN Messenger

I'm at work, I have a full 5 bars available to me, and my little Sierra 595U is working perfectly! I have Internet access at work! Hurray! And villagers dance... Still once slight glitch though: for some reason MSN Messenger does *not* like the connection. It logs me in for literally a second, then drops...tries to login again, connects for a second, then drops. Not sure if there's a connection with the type of connection I'm using and how MSN Messenger works, but Web-Messenger is working fine so ......

Why can't technology just work (Chapter 2 of my Telus fiasco)

Well, its not really a Telus fiasco...its a Sierra Wireless fiasco now. So continuing on...I went back and returned the non-compatible card for a USB based one. Now, USB...you plug, you play. Everything should just work properly. Sure, there's an extra little app that needs to run (Sierra Wireless Watcher), but I'm ok with that. Was I ok with the extra price? Not sure...but if it does what I need it to, maybe I'm ok (I'm just on a month to month, so no issue with the contract crap). Unfortunately ......

No really, I *know* what will work on my laptop...

So my current gig is going really well...I'm on contract with a government office doing analysis work. However, as it sometimes goes with new gigs and bringing on outside people, not everything is in place; the lack of a network account being the main one. But no big deal, I've got my laptop here with me so things should be alright. However, there's also no public internet access here...no wireless I can jack into, no free signals (well, there are...but they're all weak...and unsecured...but thanks ......

Now I Know How How Colin and Justin Feel

I'm working on a web project, implementing some new functionality. The web-app was originally written in .NET 1.1, upgraded to 2.0, and has all the "great, productivity-enhancing features" that Microsoft touted when .NET was first released. Of course, all those features can become an absolute pain when you need to add a huge piece of functionality, not just tweak something here or there. The state of the project doesn't fall with the devs; they were developing with the tools and best-practice guidance ......

Eerie Feeling...

So this morning I had a strange email in my inbox. I've been fortunate that I've never been hit with any identity theft, and I'm hoping this was just a random mistype or something...but still... I got an email stating that I had "requested my Prometric password" and it was being sent to me. Odd...I didn't request it though. And my email address on file there isn't one that could be typed accidentally (i.e. not a Hotmail or Yahoo account). I'm trying to tell myself not to overanalyze this, but it ......

My Buffer is Overrun...

Do you ever feel like there's just too much stuff to learn and not enough time in the day to learn it? I mean seriously...I've got the following things on my plate at the moment: VB.NET 2008 (as in exploring the new language features more in depth)MVCMore AJAX StuffLINQ (to Objects, to SQL)Entity FrameworkWCFWPFBiz TalkMobile Development using Mobile 6 and VS.NET 2008NHibernateSubversion and GitCastle Windsor[Edit]NDependNUnit [/Edit]... A co-worker made an interesting comment today that I think ......

DreamSpark...Your College Needs To Get In On This!

Microsoft announced the DreamSpark program recently, and it looks to be a phenomenal opportunity for any college student wanting to play with the non-trial, non-express versions of Microsoft development products. In a nutshell, if you're a student you get free licenses for VS.NET 2008 Pro, Expression Studio, Windows Server 2003 Standard, and SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition (as well as access to the express versions). To find out more information check out the website at: https://downloads.channel8.... ......

VS.NET 2008 Feature: Organize Solution Explorer Files By Type, Not Alphabetically

Oh...sorry...did you think I was going to tell you *how* to do this? No no...I simply wanted to put out there that I'd *love* to see this functionality built into the next version of vs.net, or maybe into the SP1 that will invariably come out. If I add a bunch of different types of files to my web project, they all get sorted alphabetically. It would be SO COOL if they sorted by extension first, and then alphabetically. Unless it already does and I just don't know about the setting? Anyone? Hmmm...? ......

Television: How Programs Became Commercials (or My Knight Rider Review)

So tonight I watched the better part of an hour-long Ford car commercial (well, it was technically two hours I think, but I just recorded the rest to run as background music for my next WoW session). Any of you that watched the Knight Rider premiere tonight...well, if you did, first let me offer my condolences. As with any remake of an establishment, there's always risk that things will turn into a gong-show while attempting to relive the glory days...and unforunately for Knight Rider, the gong is ......

Code Camp Lessons Learned

Now that the code camp is over, it's time for some reflection of what went well, what we'd do differently, and what others should watch out for in planning their own code camp. Do get a solid team for pulling off a Code Camp The guys we had organizing our event were top notch and is the main reason the event went off without a hitch. Organizing an event like this is not trivial, and you need to ensure that you have a team around you that buys into the event. Do contact sponsors and don't be afraid ......

Winnipeg Code Camp Speaker Interviews #2

Here are the remaining interviews from our Winnipeg Code Camp. Steven Soroka Part 1 Video: Winnipeg Code Camp - Steven Soroka Part 1 Steven Soroka Part 2 Video: Winnipeg Code Camp - Steven Soroka Part 2 Mike Diehl Video: Winnipeg Code Camp - Mike Diehl Mike Iwasiow Video: Winnipeg Code Camp - Mike IwasiowD ......

Dammit JIm (Duffy)....

For those that missed his post on the main feed, Jim Duffy has been accepted into the ranks of the RD's Congrats to Jim...but...there's something wrong...something that has bothered me for some time. And now, I think it only best that we air this out to the community to discuss it: Jim, you just was given the RD nod...can we once, just once, depart your blog with a HAPPY Ascii face?! Every post its "Have a day : - | " Even after the RD nod, where it sounded like you were truly happy, we still got ......

Winnipeg Code Camp Speaker Interviews #1

Here are the first two interviews from our Winnipeg Code Camp, one with Shane Sholdice (Shaneo) and one with Bil Simser:Video: Winnipeg Code Camp - Shane Sholdice Video: Winnipeg Code Camp - Bil Simser ......

Winnipeg Code Camp...Wasn't That a Party?!

It seems like all a blur, but already I'm blogging about how great the Winnipeg Code Camp was. For the most part, the event went off without a hitch and everyone came together to make this a great event: speakers, sponsors, organizers, and of course the attendees! We had 113 people registered and 79 people show up, so considering this is a long weekend for us Manitobans we were really happy with the turnout! Some pics... Juan Larios getting ready to lay the Sharepoint smackdown! Shane, Kelly, and ......

'Twas The Night Before Code Camp...

Tomorrow is the first annual Winnipeg Code Camp, and we were in full prep mode tonight doing some last minute setup... I'm still amazed at how many companies stepped up and provided prizes for us...unbelievable... Here's the Code Camp gang: Dean Clark, Kelly Cassidy, Roy Drenker, and Shane Sholdice. One sponsor might have thought we were hosting a Women of Technology event and not a code camp...we're still thankful for the 50 shirts they sent us, as they'll be a great conversation piece... Ok, enough ......

ASP.NET MVC: View Controls Not Accessible In Code Behind

I was working in the MVC framework when I came accross an issue within my views. Although I was dropping controls onto the form, none of them were accessible from the code behind file. I also noticed that there weren't any designer files anywhere, which I thought was odd. After some poking around it turns out that you need to convert your MVC projects to be web applications before you get the full ASP.NET feature set. Just right click your project file and select 'Convert to Web Application' from ......

Speaking at Dev Teach Toronto

Looks like yours truly will be gracing the stage for a talk at Dev Teach Toronto this upcoming May! The event is packed with great local and international speakers, and the topics are fantastic. If you're in the Toronto area and haven't had a chance to experience Dev Teach, this is a must-go event for you! The real question is whether Toronto can take Donald and myself unleashing our mucho-machismo on the unsuspecting public of Toronto?...or maybe the *real* question is whether I'm bringing my mask ......

Point Your RSS Readers At Regina!

My buddy Gary Pronych has decided to join the blogosphere and set up shop here at GeeksWithBlogs! Gary is a key guy in Regina, heading up the .NET User Group there and coming up will be the main VS.NET 2008 launch guy for his community. So if you want yet ANOTHER quality Canadian blog to fill your mind with joy and stimulate your developer-cortex, make sure to add Gary to your RSS feed. Ah yes...my plan to have Canadians take over GWB is going splendidly...mua ha ha! D ......

VS.NET 2008 and VWD Hotfix

The Visual Web Developer team released a performance hotfix for vs.net 2008 and Visual Web Developer. You can get more info about the improvements and download the hotfix here.



Use Paint.NET to Create Icon Files

James pointed out in a recent conversation that Paint.NET can be used to create icon files using a plug in. You can find information about the plug-in here. Thanks for the heads up James!

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Happy Birthday Donald!

So yesterday was Donald Belcham's birthday, and we had a good time razzing him on various things like scotch, prairie fires, kicking kids, and maybe a bit of cattle impregnating humor. But behind all the fun and laughter is a community of friends that really cares about their Edmonton via BC brother. In an embarrassing turn, while we have been gently chiding Don for a while, it took some unknown guy named Jason Doucette from Toronto of all places (or Ontario...which is basically Toronto right?) to ......

Back Pain Sucks

I used to always think my trainer was being silly when I'd do those balancing exercises or the ones where you had to move a weight in some weird motion like you were a waiter serving a plate of something. "It helps develop those small support muscles" he'd say. POPPYCOCK I'd think to myself (because if I said that I'd probably have to do 300 more crunches). Well...how right he was. Although my current status has more to do with muscles I didn't realize I *wasn't* working on. I've been working out ......

Blogging = Community Involvement

Jeff posted about it...Jeremy posted about it...I wanted to chime in my +1 that yes indeed: Blogging makes us all better, regardless of who you are and what you have to say. I think some people have this notion that blogging is a) Too time intensive b) Has no real value apart from *real* work One of the things that I hear from many people that read my blog is "How do you find the time to do it?" Seriously? How do I find the time? To take a few minutes to fire up LiveWriter and output something? Blogging ......