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

March 2008 Entries

David Laribee on Separated Interface Pattern

David Laribee recently blogged a great post on the Separated Interface Pattern. (ok, by recent it was Feb 29th, so I'm a month behind...c'mon, been busy!). Anyway, he has a couple of videos that do a great job explaining the patterns and how they work. The kewl thing is that they're whiteboard based: David holding a camera, drawing on the board, and explaining all at the same time. I liken this to jumping on one foot, rubbing your stomach clock-wise and your head counter-clockwise. The kewl thing ......

Helpful Tech Ed 2008 Links

Wanted to comprise some links for helping plan your Tech Ed event: Map of conference hotels. Listing of conference hotels (with rates and contact information). Avis rental car Tech Ed discount page. D ......

Even more incentive to go to Tech Ed...

So I didn't get the "golden email" saying that I was selected to work at Tech Ed this year (people who are chosen get a free pass to the conference in exchange for a few hours of work). [Edit] I just got the "golden email" tonight, so they were just out a day or so later than the advertised 26th cutoff!!! I couldn't be more stoked about the opportunity! :D [/Edit] I'm still considering going though, although I was trying to justify the cost of flying down and hotel. You figure 5 nights stay plus ......

What do these four people have in common?

That's right! They were all at the Winnipeg Community Connection event on Tuesday night!* Hope you all had a chance to get out to your local Community Connection event and connect with your colleagues! D *What, did you think there was some other commonality ......

And the Lord said "Let us give them a way to find the best chicken wing deal throughout the week..."

So we're at Earl's after the VS.NET 2008 launch event yesterday, and the subject of wings comes up because my buddy Henry was at Smitty's for wings and Roy was like "Smitty's has wings?" Then Henry passes on what I can only call a message from God... "You guys should check out WinnipegWings.com...it lists all the wing deals throughout the week." O...M...G... It's true...the site does exist! And my life is complete. D ......

Encouraging

One of the things that's been encouraging about this event is the amount of college students that have come out to the event and are networking with the rest of the industry...there's even a high-school student here taking in the event. The more we can connect with the college and high school group, the better.

Anyway, random thought...off to mingle.

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Stories from the Ask the Experts Booth...

Part of the Winnipeg VS.NET 2008 launch event is manning the Ask the Experts booth where we help people with some of their technology questions. I've had two interactions so far: The Mobile Guy Met someone who was looking for information about developing against Windows Mobile 7, specifically doing more lower-level stuff. Luckily I have a buddy who worked on a project doing lower level stuff, so hopefully I can get them connected. If anyone else has done anything along the lines of dealing with Windows ......

Blogging from the VS.NET 2008 Winnipeg Launch Event

The VS.NET 2008 launch tour has rolled into Winnipeg! Last night we had a fantastic Community Connection event hosted by Microsoft and CIPS. There was a great turnout and great discussion. Today I'm blogging from the Silver City Polo Park theatre where the event is happening. Looks like a great turnout (I had heard numbers around 350 a few days ago). In another "I really need to lose weight" moment though, my XL MVP jacket isn't quite "D'Arcy" XL if you know what I mean...but that's ok, I still rock ......

Weird Leopard Issue: Drops Wireless Network Connection

I upgraded my iMac to Leopard recently, and so far I've been totally underwhelmed with the "enhancements" to the OS, although the time-capsule feature is really the main reason I picked it up (my wife hasn't really played enough with the new iPhoto yet, so I'm sure more of the tweaks will come to light eventually). But as an OS, it still works well, runs WoW...does what I need it to. But I've noticed a weird issue lately: ever since I upgraded the OS, I randomly lose my wireless network connection. ......

Winnipeg Community Connection Event This Tuesday!

Leading up to the Winnipeg VS.NET 2008 launch event, and hot on the heels of the very successful Regina and Saskatoon community connection events, comes the Winnipeg Community Connection Event! So what is the event and why should you come out? The CC events are meant to provide a forum for us as a community to interact and discuss issues that we're facing. Five areas are used as a baseline for discussions, but as we've seen in past cities the groups ultimately dictate where the conversations go. ......

Looking for Digital Camera Recommendations

So during my traveling last week I lost my camera. How do you lose a camera? Heck if I know. I put it in my bag at home, and when I got to Regina it went *poof*. The only thing I can think is that I took it out at Winnipeg airport when I was getting a book, set it on the chair next to me, then forgot to grab it when it was time to board. It sucks because it was a GREAT camera, both for pictures and video, but alas its gone and now its time to get a replacement. I picked up a Casio Elixim (or whatever ......

Saskatoon Community Event Pictures

Some pictures from the Saskatoon Community Connection event. You can also see Jean-Luc's photos here. We had approx 100 people show up at the event! Awesome turnout! Jean-Luc mc'd the event. A new IT Pro User Group leader is born... Brenda Byers of CIPS sharing her thoughts. Even IT Pro Advisors have their groupies. Rodney Buike (IT Pro Advisor), Jen Pearcey (.NET UG Leader), and Jean-Luc David (Developer Advisor) ......

Saskatoon Community Connection Event

I'm dead tired tonight and have to be up in 4 hours to catch my flight, so I'm going to keep this brief and expand on it tomorrow or Friday, but let me just say that the Saskatoon Community Connection event was awesome! We had a great turnout (100ish), with alot of great discussion and input! Jean-Luc and Rodney were awesome as usual, Brenda and her colleagues from CIPS were excellent hosts and were great representatives of the CIPS organization. Jennifer Pearcey from the Saskatoon .NET UG was also ......

The Saskatchewan Trip So Far...

Regina was a blast. It was a lot of fun connecting with the local developer community, and the turnout to the event was a great testament to what's going on there. Don't discount SK my friends, there's good stuff going on. I'm pretty sure that trend will continue tonight at the Saskatoon Community Connection event as well. I flew into Saskatoon this morning on Transwest Air. The plane was *small*. I've never flown on a plane that sat six before, and where you had a full view of the pilot and steward/co-pilot ......

Regina Community Connection Event

We had an amazing time at the Community Connection event here in Regina. Over 100 people came out to connect, discuss, and share. The turnout was phenomenal and is a testament to the work that Gary and Will have been doing here in the Regina community. Jean-Luc and Rodney did a great job with MC'ing the event, showing demos, and most importantly giving the vision to the audience of why they were there and the importance of community building. Below are some pics. Sorry about the quality...I lost ......

Rob Conery on SubSonic's New Repository Base Class - A Review

Rob Conery has posted a webcast showing the new Repository base class functionality coming in the next version of Sub Sonic. Adding this functionality to Sub Sonic is *awesome* as I'm one of the many who aren't a fan of having "smart" objects (I'm sure I could make a correlation between smart/dumb objects and Tucker Max's rules on dating...and lose all female readership in the process...so we'll just carry on). Now, at this point I could leave it here and you would have a great post encouraging you ......

CFL Football Video Game (Sorta...)

So there's this guy...I can't say *who* he is because I don't want his work to get trashed in the potential "Those are our trademarks and you can't do that blah blah blah" backlash. Basically, this guy created a mod for Madden 08 (for the computer, sorry 360 owners!) that simulates the CFL experience! Check out some of the images I captured from a preview video he put together to show off his work: ......

Going to Regina...and Winnipeg Airport Security

I'm heading to Regina tonight (thank you Telus Aircard for the uninterrupted, hassle free internet!) to attend their community connection event in association with the VS.NET 2008 launch events. Very pumped. I'm meeting Gary and Will for drinks...I guess I'll have to sample Pilsner...I never have. [Edit] In the time that I started writing this and right now, they just announced the flight will be delayed...I'm not boarding until 9ish, which is about 40 minutes late.[/Edit] So...I'm going through ......

Introducing Henry Khaw

So as part of the community helping him out with going to Dev Teach, we're putting a few requirements on his plate. For one, he has to do a guest post introducing himself (which is below). Secondly, he'll need to set up a blog of his own to keep everyone filled in with how Dev Teach is going (Hey Jeff, can you help a brutha out?). So, without further ado, here is Henry's guest blog post: My name is Henry. I am a student enrolled as a Computer Science Major for University of Manitoba perhaps also ......

THE BOY IS GOING TO DEV TEACH!

Just a mere hour after my last update on this endeavor, Kyle Baley has stepped up to cover the remainder of the cost for hotel! We now have full coverage for all trip expenses! Thanks to all who have donated to give this young man an opportunity he otherwise wouldn't have been able to take advantage of, and thanks to all who blogged or commented about it. This just goes to show what the power of community can do! D ......

THE BOY IS *ALMOST* GOING TO DEV TEACH!

It's amazing how community steps up to the plate and rallies around a good cause. Less than 24 hours since I blogged about the plight of a local university student that won a Dev Teach pass but couldn't afford the airfare and hotel, we're a mere $250 away from making this happen! Rod Paddock and Donald Belcham have both stepped up huge, with Rod covering the return airfare and Donald covering two nights at a hotel! Bill Ryan has also offered to throw some greenbacks towards the cause, so things are ......

LET THE BOY GO TO DEV TEACH!

I remember a few years ago when I was just starting to really get involved in the technology community I had the opportunity to attend Tech Ed 2005 through INETA and a contest they were holding at the time. That experience forever changed my life...which sounds overdramatic, but is entirely true. It's because of Tech Ed that I met guys like Chris, Matt, Brendon, Caleb, Amanda, Shane, and many others...and also got to learn alot about technology as well. Recently, we had a code camp and gave away ......

Another PwP Drinking Game Idea...

So to follow up with the amazing idea of getting random people to spell Palermo's last name and forcing them to drink luke-warm tequila out of Donald Belcham's ear if they spell it wrong, comes another *fantastic* idea: Can you beat the Mad Mexican at SF4?! It turns out that Capcom has *finally* realized what it needed to bolster the Street Fighter brand back to top-tier status: include a Luchadore character! (We'll forget the fact that they filled his backstory with stupid stuff like he's a gourmet ......

I've got friends in low places...

...and they'll all be at the MVP summit's Party with Polermo! If you're an MVP attending the summit and have *never* experienced a PwP, then you *MUST* ensure that you don't miss out on this event! Highlights include: Chris Williams after 10 glasses of Chardonnay acting out his last Dungeons and Dragons session. Donald Belcham down 5 SUCCESSIVE PRAIRIE FIRES before finding the closest Earl's Eric Legault go toe to toe with pints of Guiness before launching into a riveting air guitar rendition of ......

Community Connection Events - Regina and Saskatoon Next Week!

I'm really looking forward to heading to Regina (March 18) and Saskatoon (March 19) next week to participate in their community connection events, hosted in support of the VS.NET 2008 launch events by Microsoft. The format of the event is very kewl as well. We'll have a bit of an intro from the CIPS people, then see some technology demonstrations...but then the *real* benefit of these session occurs: We get an overview of the community story...why its important to nurture and get involved with your ......

Dev Teach Toronto 2008 - Help Make *HISTORY*

We're only a couple of months away from the biggest event to ever hit Toronto...Bigger than Wrestlemania! Bigger than all of the future Buffalo Bills games put together! Bigger than the stink from that garbage strike a few years ago! Yes, we're talking about Dev Teach 2008, the *premiere* developer conference in Canada...nay, the WORLD. This year, *you* can help make history. This year, *you* can have your say in how you want Dev Teach to be remembered. Once again, the Mad Mexican will be making ......

Tech Ed 2008 BOF Voting - *NOW* You Have a Reason To Vote!

You could almost see the tears in his eyes as he wrote the blog post. Rob Zelt, nestled at his computer, pleading for someone...anyone...to come to the aid of the Birds of a Feather sessions and take it from a "Well that was fun" level to "OMG, my head JUST EXPLODED from the amazing discussion!" I heard Rob's cries...and I'm happy to report, that the call has been answered. Ok, so now that my dramatic intro is out of the way, the BOF (Birds of a Feather) sessions have become one of the hallmarks ......

Do you care?

Do you care about your developer community? No really...be honest with yourself: do you care about your local developer community? Do you care that developers are being nurtured and encouraged in becoming better and adopting best practices? Do you consciously think about the rates of university and college grads entering the workforce and how to help them begin their career? Are you active in your organization for pushing policies and processes that help ensure that the IT department can meet the ......

Many are not silent, but few are ever heard. Work to change this.

I'm doing some analysis work for a social services branch of the government, and in one meeting I noticed the phrase I titled this entry with on a poster. The poster was about how to build a community, and listed a bunch of stuff like 'grow a garden' and other neighborhood type things. But that statement really struck me...it really made me think about our industry and our developer community. When I look around Winnipeg, I see a great number of skilled developers. I also see a great number of developers ......

You're Missing The Point...

Previously, on As the Geek Blogosphere Turns... Hammett questioned Polermo's MVC-ness Justice responds to Hammett's post Hammett took Ben to task I offer my .02 cents Justice expresses man-love for Hammett Hammett responds I posted a comment on his response...unfortunately, that comment isn't showing up...and other comments have shown up after my attempt...odd...oh well, I'll just post it here: "Actually Justice, *I* labelled him bitter. I'll admit the book deal bit was more an idea I got from some ......

Watch Justice's Blog for MVC Posts

Justice - "I have the most amazing news!" Me - "Really? What?!" Justice - "Oh, I'm not going to TELL you! I just wanted you to know that I had amazing news." In a nutshell that was my conversation with Justice this morning. He did drop a few crumbs (he's *SO* dramatic...seriously, the last Dev Teach we were at he hired a few homeless people to walk in front of him dropping rose petals wherever he walked and spray FeBreeze whenever he farted), but basically he's waiting to drop huge info on his blog. ......

TELUS: Canada NEEDS Samsung SCH-i760

OMG...Telus...why do you *not* have this phone available ......

HardRock Site Running Silverlight 2

I was msn'ing with Derek, imploring him to tell me how HORRIBLE Mix08 was and how I should thank the Good Lord that I didn't book days off to go down, and what a horrible waste of time and money it was and I was FAR better being in Winnipeg in March in freezing weather. Instead, he sent me this link to the new Hard Rock Memorabilia site which uses Silverlight 2. Thanks Derek...thanks alot... D ......

Twin Cities Code Camp - Spring 2008

Spring is almost here, and with it comes the Twin Cities Code Camp! This time around there's another group of very talented speakers covering topics from MVC, Ruby, F#, LINQ, game programming, Silverlight, and Rocky will be out talking up CSLA .NET 3.5, among other great presentations!

Check out the official schedule here!

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Vista Ultimate Focused "UltimatePC.Com" Launched

Microsoft has released a new website specifically tailored for users with Windows Vista Ultimate. www.UltimatePC.com has a collection of stories (case studies), marketing material, etc. around Vista Ultimate...and it clearly is meant to showcase the multimedia capabilities of the product as well as mac-like uses (graphics, arts, etc.). It also has profiles of various hardware that is built to run Ultimate. One other thing it has is an area for extras and exclusives. These are add-ins that are made ......

It all started with Scott Hanselman...

It started innocently enough...I was reading Scott's post about how he had been at Microsoft for 6 months and asked whether he was "evil" yet or not. Somewhere during the comments there was a question posted about whether this meant that Scott's blog was somehow de-valued and whether people should consider his blogging tainted by the blue stain. This of course triggered Justice's spidey sense to action, where he quickly dove to the lowest common geek denominator: Any of you who say that a) Scott ......

Sierra 595U - We Have Messenger!...No We don't...I spoke too soon :(

[Edit] I spoke too soon...there's a setting on there for "Disable Microsoft Networking Bindings for 3G Connection Connection (no, it really does have Connection twice after each other)", and it gets checked whenever you check "Enable NIC for Data Connections", regardless if you want it. Messneger was good, but everything else was slooooow. And I had to remove the modem and reseat it to get things back working properly. Lame. [/Edit] I finally got my MSN Messenger working with my Sierra 595U USB card! ......

So Far So Good...But Still No MSN

So continuing on the storyline from this post, my 595U is now working really well for me and I'm very happy with it! I'm glad that I won't have to worry about paying those annoying 10$ fees in airports for an hour of time when I only need 5 or 10. It does need a pretty good signal to function properly, but I think my issue at home was just service coverage in my area (C'mon Telus, let's get some more towers in west-Winnipeg!). I did have to change my data plan the *next day* however. I took an 8 ......

Are Datasets Bound For Extinction?

I'm working late on a project tonight where I'm implementing a MVC pattern into a non-MVC ASP.NET application. The original application was done in .NET 1.1 and relied heavily on a dataset for accessing the database. A thought occurred to me... Are datasets bound for extinction? Think about it... .NET 1 and 1.1 .NET is released upon the world, and the biggest shift in Microsoft development begins. There are a *tonne* of VB 6.0 devs who are chomping at the bit to try the new fully OO language features, ......

Conference Laptop Suggestions

So I'm doing a bunch of traveling over the next few months to conferences and what not, and I'm not overly keen on bringing my beast with me on all of them. I'm considering getting a "conference laptop"...something small and portable yet powerful enough to run VPC's when I'm doing my talks. Just curious what you guys use when traveling and what you've found works best/worst out of the small laptop market. D ......

Making User Groups Work in Small Markets

I read Gary's recent post and totally understand his frustration. Trying to maintain a user group in a small market can be a difficult, and although we have great national sponsors (especially in MSDN), the reality is that community initiatives from a corporate point of view occur based on corporate objectives. This is why places like Yellowknife or Whitehorse will never get any type of Microsoft event...it just doesn't make sense from a business point of view. Or take the Atlantic provinces: they ......