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

April 2008 Entries

MSDN Canada - Crack the Code Contest

MSDN Canada has a contest right now called Crack the Code. You answer four "puzzles" (they aren't hard), and you're entered to win a $4000.00 Future Shop gift card. They have some early bird prizes as well.

You can check out the site here.

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All I Want Is To Resize My VHD...

So I tried to build a VPC to mess around with Biz Talk with, but I made one crucial error: (Windows Server 2003 + Extra Windows Components + Visual Studio 2005 + SQL Server 2005 + Biz Talk 2006 R2 + .NET Framework 2.0 + .NET Framework 3.0) = just under 10 GB Unfortunately, I WAY underestimated the amount of space and set my VHD size to...you guessed it...10 GB. No worries, I'm sure there's a way to magically resize my...oh...there isn't? I CAN'T resize it? Hmm... But then I found VHD Resizer. This ......

Winnipeg Code Camp - Fall Edition!

Our last code camp was a huge success, and we're planning on doing another one before 2008 is over!

This November we'll be putting on the next Winnipeg Code Camp, and we're already taking submissions for sessions/speakers. If you're interested in speaking, drop me an email via my blog and let me know!

We'll be updating the Code Camp site soon to reflect the new date information, so stay tuned!

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Tech Ed 2008 - A Warning on Session Builder

I went through my session builder for Tech Ed 2008 and picked out all the sessions that looked appealing. Now normally I wouldn't bother, especially this early. But I'm heading down on a work-visa: MVP's can work at the "Ask the Experts" booth at Tech Ed in exchange for a free pass to the conference. You have to schedule when you're *working* though, which also means you need to know what you want to take in beforehand so you know when to work. Anyway, the point of all this is that I'm really looking ......

8 Reasons Why You *MUST* Attend Dev Teach Toronto

Dev Teach Toronto is only a few weeks away, and if you haven't registered yet you need to do so NOW! Why? Because otherwise a very angry French man will kick your @$$. In fact, you should review Guy's blog post although I must warn you, reading it might mislead you. You might be sitting there after reading his post thinking: Gee, I can't go to Dev Teach...I wouldn't fit in...I don't... a) have facial hair b) suffer from baldness c) know how to talk to girls d) know how to speak Hebrew I'm happy to ......

Twin Cities Code Camp Fall 08 - I'm Speaking on What?

Jason announced the Twin Cities Fall Code Camp will happen on October 11, 2008 and once again I'll be making the trek down for it! However, my topic may come as a bit of a surprise considering my last slew of talks: So What is Biz Talk Anyway? We've all heard of Biz Talk, but not many of us truly understand what Biz Talk is and how it fits into a larger solution. In this session we'll take a tour of the features of Biz Talk and give attendees a good starting point to learn more about the product ......

I Didn't Win *What Justice Means To Me*...I Won Something *Better*

So Justice Gray announced the winners in his "What Justice Gray Means to Me" blogging contest, and unfortunately I didn't win. The top prize went to Russell Ball, with another award going to Jeremy Miller (this has more to do with a secret man-crush Justice has for Jeremy than the blog post in question I think...). Russell won some *fantastic* prizes...and by fantastic, I mean if you're a 30+ something man and are interested in the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus prancing around the stage, then I suppose ......

ASP.NET MVC - Interesting HTML.Form Helper Behavior

Part of my UG talk the other night involved going over the helper classes that come with the MVC framework. These make it pretty easy to generate HTML that is friendly to your MVC structure without having to hand-bomb the markup yourself. You can read a great article covering them on Rob Conery's blog here. One of these helpers is Html.Form. This outputs a form tag with the appropriate href for handling any submit action that occurs. In the code below, you can see that I've got three helpers: the ......

ASP.NET MVC Framework - Separating Out View - Controller - Model

When you create a new project with the MS-MVC Framework, it defaults to giving you a controller, model, and view folders. The recommendation is to keep that structure if you're going to be developing your application out of one project. But what if you want to split it up into separate projects: one for the views, one for the controllers, and one for the model. This question was raised at my MVC talk on Tuesday at our local user group and we had a bit of theoretical discussion about how yes, it could ......

Newest Online Shirt Store: CNN?!

I was checking out CNN this morning when I noticed an odd icon next to some of the headlines under Latest News... It looked like it was a...well...a t-shirt... Intrigued, I clicked it... I would *love* to hear the business-case conversations that led to this being added to their site! So someone was like "Hey, I bet some of our wilder, tabloid-like stories would make *great* t-shirts...and I bet people would be willing to pay $19.99 for them! Let's add it to our site." I mean, I guess a lot of sites ......

Ramblings Of An Unsettled Web Developer...

I remember playing this game on my Sega Genesis...it was one of the Phantasy Star series where eventually your character had to get married. Who you chose as your wife would determine which character you would get in the *next* generation (or phase of the game). I feel like I'm reliving that, only my console has been replaced with the world wide web and my choices aren't nearly as sexy. For the last 7 years we've been learning the web form framework, learning the ins and outs of state management ......

Best Buy Customer Service And My Camera

You may have read my review of my Canon SD 870 IS camera and know that I was returning home with a busted machine. I was pretty bummed about it, but thankful that my Sony camcorder could be used as a camera (and it took really good pics for a 4 MP camera mode!). I returned to Winnipeg and went by the local Best Buy to submit my camera for service work. I always by the extended warranties on this stuff, so I figured it was going to be sent out, returned, and either be fixed or else it was time to ......

Of Course TDD Doesn't Guarantee Quality!

Wouldn't it be great if we could just utilize some new methodology or tool out there and instantly insert quality directly into our software? Like, just add *whatever* and *poof* - you get quality! Of course, that isn't reality. TDD will not *guarantee* quality. NHibernate will not guarantee quality. NUnit will not, neither will BDD, or DDD, or any other buzzword that is happening currently. The output of software may be something automating a process, but the process of software development is still ......

Language Wars Need To End; Language Assignment Needs To Begin.

I've got news for everyone out there: VB.NET isn't going away anywhere. I've got other news: C# is a great programming language. So is F#, and Iron Ruby, and Iron Python, and <insert language here>. In fact, now more than ever we have choices as to what language we can use for our development, and for some reason *that* fact has been lost in the noise of the language argument. Here are some facts: VB.NET has been a great language for those who were exposed to VB 6.0 and made for a very easy ......

What is the *True* point of innovation?

I was thinking more about the "Are we innovating or just porting" session we had yesterday here at Alt.NET conf. The discussion was around why the Java community has created so many tools for their development, and yet the .NET community has just seemed to slap an 'N' in front of it and ports it over. We then discussed what products have come from the .NET space to help enable our own software development, instead of relying on the Java space to provide these. We did end up identifying a list of ......

ALT.NET Conference: Saturday Night

So after the day long drinking from the firehose, it was time for some dinner and drinks. We hit a local Indian restaurant that had just opened a few weeks ago...we didn't call either. But to their credit, they were able to manage us pretty well. Edmonton Posse... Austin Posse... Regina Posse... Everyone Else Posse... Then it was back to the hotel for some bevies and talk of NHibernate and other goodness. D ......

Spring Seminar in Regina

Regina will be hosting a 2 day IT seminar in Regina May 13th and 14th this year, sponsored by CIPS.

They're getting in Venkat Subramaniam to speak along with Jeff Sandquist and Richard Baker...great speakers and a great topic list!

I'd type all the information, but Gary has done a great job of outlining it on his blog, so click here to get the details.

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ALT.NET Conference: Are we innovating or porting?

This is a discussion around why we're getting most of our tools as ports of Java or other platform tools as opposed to innovating and generating our own. Scott Hanselman is heading the discussion...we have alot of great devs in the room... So why? Here's what we've got written on the board: Time OSS Culture Apathy Platform Centricity $ Personality Good Base Hmm...interesting...note that all those Java tools that were originally created were done *without* Sun...Sun themselves told their *own* developer ......

ALT.NET Conference: NHibernate with Dancing Cartoon Bears

I was very disapointed with this session. Why? Because there were *no* dancing cartoon bears!!! LIES! However, Oren did a great job of answering questions about NHibernate, we heard from people who found that it was very complex and a tough learning curve for some organizations, and although some of the things were over my head (this wasn't an intro session...seemed that most in the conversation already had some exposure to it), I still gleamed some info about NHibernate that I didn't have before. ......

ALT.NET Conference: Microsoft MVC Framework

We had a pretty good discussion on the MS MVC framework. Phil Haack and Brad Abrams were in the house for it, and it pretty much turned into a "let's grill the Microsoft guys" sort of forum...which I think is ok...I mean, who better to answer the questions and offer feedback to? I was *really* impressed with our audience. We had about 40 people in the room, and there was *much love* for the new framework and the work being done. There were some tough questions, but nothing along the lines of what ......

ALT.NET - Functional Programming in an OO World

Functional programming is *not* what I thought it was. It's the idea of stringing together smaller functions. Well, that makes it sound like procedural...but its not. It's this idea that you pass in methods as parameters to other methods...not the *output* of those methods passed in, but the actual method itself. When you have a language like F# you don't need to worry about delegates...you can just go straight in with passing the method themselves. There was great discussion about computational ......

ALT.NET - Microsoft V1 vs. Mature Open Source

We had a great discussion in the first session of the day. Oren, Chad, Scott Gu, and Brad Abrams all chimed in as well as many others in the audience. The biggest items that seemed to keep coming up is justifying using open source to the business, arguing against the perceived risk, and educating the masses on the tools available and what they help solve. All three of these, I think, are related. Justifying open source, even the mature tools, can be difficult when coming up against Microsoft V1 offerings ......

Alt.Net - So what are we checking out today...

There are a TONNE of great topics scheduled here, but here's my list of what I'll be checking out today. Microsoft vs. Mature Tools This one should be a lively discussion. What do you define as "mature"? I'm sure many here would say that tools like NHibernate, NAnt, and other tools that don't come out of Redmond are considered *mature*, but what's the difference between those tools and what Microsoft provides? Both are created by teams of developers, but the key difference seems to be purpose (Microsoft ......

Pics from Alt.NET

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Alt.NET Conf: Brain is back in skull, ready for the onslaught.

Now that I've had a few hours of sleep, here's a bit more involved report on Alt.NET day 1. Also, if you want to see video of the opening of the conference, Jeffrey has video of it on his blog here. First off, we went over the 4 principles of open space: - Whoever comes is the right people - Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened - Whenever it starts is the right time - When its over, its over Now these might seem a bit airy at first glance, but they make a tonne of sense. The ......

ALT.NET Conference: My Mind Is Blown

We had the first few hours of the Alt.NET conference tonight, and my mind has been blown. It started off with the room filling up with people, and the ground rules of what a real open spaces event is about. Then there was the announcement of topics...incredible, insightful, deep, thoughtful, and downright weird topics (I'm hoping 'Explaining NHibernate with Cute Comic Bears' gets in!!!). Then there was the voting...people just deciding with topics sounded good, regardless of competing interests or ......

Apparently nobody in Seattle eats after 10 PM...

I was here in Seattle a few years ago and I remember my wife and I driving around for HOURS looking for a place to eat...and finding nothing...and going back to our hotel and ordering pizza. I have two similar stories to add, and let this be a warning to you if you travel to Seattle and like late-night snacks/eating. Wednesday Night This was the EMP party night, and after coming back to the hotel and hanging out with the gang in the lobby for a bit, I called it a night...well, I intended to. What ......

Justice Gray: A Community Sends Their Love

Many of you know who Justice Gray is, a self proclaimed metro-sexual developer living in Edmonton who tries to provide organizations and developers with insight on best practices, coding standards, and hair care tips. Recently, there was much buzz about Justice becoming an MVP...to which he took dramatic license on his blog to tell the world "I can't be one until my well deserving brothers are acknowledged!" Now, that's how I know he meant it to sound even though reading the post you would think ......

Last Day of MVP Summit: Ballmer/Ozzie Keynote

Technorati Tags: Canadians @ MVP Summit 2008 Thursday was the last day of the MVC summit and it went out with a bang! We assembled at the convention centre and were treated to keynotes and question/answer sessions with Ray Ozzie and Steve Ballmer. The Canadians were assembled en-masse and we definitely made our presence known. This was the first time I'd heard Ray Ozzie speak, and although he'd definitely not the rah-rah guy that Steve is, he has the same thoughtful demeanour that Bill Gates has. ......

MVP Summit EMP Party - MVP's ROCK OUT!

Technorati Tags: Canadians @ MVP Summit 2008 Wednesday night was the party at the Experience Music Project here in Seattle. It was a *fantastic* time, where we had access to the entire EMP museum, the Sci Fi museum, great food, a free bar, rooms for Rock Band and Guitar Hero...but the BIG draw, the BIG ticket item was...KARAOKE! "Say what? Karaoke? That doesn't sound fun." you say. Well, what if its Karaoke with a LIVE ROCK BAND?! Oh yeah, then it all of a sudden becomes an event of LEGEND! So below ......

Canon SD 870 IS Review

So I purchased a Canada SD 870 IS before coming down to the MVP summit. I was *very* happy with my purchase until just a couple of days ago. The camera takes great pictures! They're very clear and colours are excellent. I do find sometimes the flash is a bit much, but I haven't played enough with what's available with shutter exposures to figure out how to tweak it. The screen on the back of the camera is huge, and I don't miss the manual viewfinder at all! All would be good...except for one thing: ......

Has ORM Made Stored Procs Obsolete?

I had an interesting conversation with Donald and Tom over lunch today around the stored procedures and their relevance to software development today. Their argument is that stored procedures have no value when a solution is utilizing an ORM mechanism (like NHibernate) because the ORM creates/maintains the database SQL queries. You end up with having to maintain and manage an extra layer when you incorporate SP's into the mix in this scenario. Although they had good points, this seemed to work well ......

Ivanna Test ASP.NET Webforms A Lot!

Schott Hanselman twittered tonight about a tool he came across called Ivanna. It's a unit-testing tool for web forms...not the MVC framework based stuff but the 'old school' front-controller based ones that are still obviously in the majority of aspx applications. As this blog post shows, the idea is that you create an instance of the page in your unit test, populate the controls via code, execute a postback, and then assert that the values in the controls are what you expected. The example used ......

Hangin' With The VB.NETers

VB.NET peeps had a kewl thing to end their summit track: they let some of the MVP's do short presentations. Cory Smith Showing how to integrate Glass into your win-form applications...kewl tip! Chris Williams Chris is showing us that you can actually use Visual Basic with XNA. He's getting mad applause. OMG, Rob Windsor *just* threw a pair of underwear at Chris! He is a *rockstar*! Steele Price Very kewl demo...might be NDA (?) Not sure... Some guy from Europe Um...yeah I have no idea...OH...DasBlog? ......

ASP.NET Movers/Shakers Panel

Had a great lunch hour session with a who's-who of ASP.NET, including Scott Gu, Phil Haak, and Scott Hanselman. I was going to blog about what was talked bout, but I'm not sure what is and isn't under NDA. But here's a pic ;) ......

INETA Provides UG's with Live Meeting Account

Now, all of you *should* be reading your INETA newsletters, but I understand that we're busy and sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. But I wanted to bring some attention to a great new program. Basically, INETA is providing UG leaders a free Live Meeting account! This is a great offering from INETA and brings huge value to user groups who can now a) Have virtual board/regional meetings b) Expose user group events to occur online at the same time as in person c) Allow for remote speakers to ......

ASP.NET Product Group Dinner

So last night we had the product group dinner with the ASP.NET team. It was a great event (held at the Hyatt), and it was awesome to connect with the other ASP.NET MVP's from around the world. Scott Gu was around and I got to talk to him for a bit. Turns out that there's a Canadian connection: his father is from Manitoba! D ......

Live Blogging MVC Presentation

I'm here in the MVC Framework talk with Phil Haack and Scott Hanselman. Here we go... - Pie chart showing influence...part Hanselman, part Haack, the rest MVP's...where is Conery on the chart?! - Scott is talking about the solid foundation that Web Forms have...he mentions something and Oren starts waving his hand and yelling "No its not!". They're going to meet at the Microsoft playground after the session. - The key message coming out is that MVC is *not* a replacement to Web Forms...Car vs. Motorcycle ......

Importance of the Human Factor in Software Development

A comment was just made in the session today about preventing developers from doing something. The response was, in a nutshell, "Well, tell them not to do it." I've noticed this in a few sessions/discussions that I've been part of at the MVP summit. Yesterday in our ASP.NET open space, we talked a lot about the MVC framework and the challenges coming up between MVC and Webforms. Alot of the discussion revolved around what this means for developers and learning, knowing what is the best practice, ......

Petition to Make Rod Paddock Honorary Canadian MVP

We have had many friendly Americans who have graced our great Canadian landscape, but none have committed so much to the Canadian developer landscape than Rod Paddock. (the below picture was entirely ripped from Justice Gray's blog...click the link to see the associated post) As you may (or may not) know, all the Canadian MVP's show off their colors at the MVP summit by wearing Canadian hockey jerseys which are the *envy* of all at the summit (Russians did their own shirts, France MVP's have berets, ......

MVP Summit - Hanging with the VB.NET kids

I'm in a few VB.NET sessions this morning here at the Microsoft campus. We went through a bit of an overview of where the Visual Studio language team is at, where things are moving, and where VB.NET fits into that picture. Donald decided to infiltrate and see what was going on with the non-semicolon kids. He's now become a convert and ran out of the room tearing off his badge and saying "I can't believe I've been so blinded!" I've been sitting with Chris Williams and Jason Olson... The first demo ......

1:18 AM Pacific Time - End of Day 1

Wow...what a day. My last post covered the early parts: we had a lunch provided, then into the keynote. Sean O'Driscoll was the keynote presenter and did a fantastic job as usual. Sean has actually announced his leaving from Microsoft, and they gave him a great tribute as part of the entire presentation. Very kewl. After the keynote it was off to the open spaces sessions. I attended one on ASP.NET and discussing the MVC framework. We had alot of good discussion, but what I really got out of it was ......

MVP Summit Keynote

Had a great lunch. We really saw the diversity of countries that are present here, and also how Sasha's idea of the Canadian hockey jerseys have really caught on, with the Russians having their own shirts, the Taiwan group, the Italians, and France did their own thing... So now we're sitting in the keynote of the morning (pic below is obviously from before we started). Great message about the importance of community and how leadership happens, and a great layout for this summit (there's a UG summit ......

MVP Summit - What Am I Hoping To Get Out Of It

There's no denying that the MVP summit is a great time of socializing and partying...everyone gets together with their peer group and has a good time. I'm hoping though that through this week there will also be some time to "get work done". I have some things I'd like to raise with other ASP.NET MVP's and also community leaders on a whole (most MVP's happen to be community champions). How do we inject good coding practices for existing ASP.NET webform dev? I was talking with someone after my TCCC ......

MVP Summit Day 0

What a day...a long, somewhat exhausting, but ultimately enjoyable day. It started early for me: I caught my plane out of Winnipeg at 8:00 AM, flying through Denver and landing in Seattle at 1:15 this afternoon (local time). After Donald, Tom, and Dave landed about an hour later, we headed to the hotels. After settling in, we left to go register for the MVP summit along with the Quebec contingent of MVPs. Dave decided to try and hit on the girl running one of the tables and at the same time get information ......

Conference Laptop...but what OS?

So I have a few conferences coming up...MVP Summit, Dev Teach, and Tech Ed. I didn't want to drag my 17" full-keyboard HP monstrosity around with me to all of those, so I picked up a smaller HP laptop as my "conference" laptop. Sweet little machine...2.0 Ghz AMD 64 bit chip with 4 GB of Ram. So the next question is...which OS do I put on it? Vista Home Premium comes pre-installed...but I'm obviously not sticking with that. I figure I have a few options: Vista Ultimate Server 2003 Server 2008 Any ......

RIP MCSD/MCAD

Microsoft has announced that it will be discontinuing the exams required to achieve the MCAD and MCSD designation by March 2009. This obviously makes sense since they've moved to the new TS and PD model of certifications instead. So for all those thinking of getting your MCAD or MCSD or in the process of, better get it quick!

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Learn TDD with Rob Conery...Plus MVC!

Rob Conery has started posting a series of web casts on building a storefront website with the MVC framework and using TDD principles. Rob has been very forthcoming in that he is *not* an expert in TDD, and he is *not* doing this series as a "how to"...more of a "learn along with me" type of thing, which is great! If you haven't done TDD before and want an interactive way to learn, consider following Rob's series and interacting with him via his blog. Initial Webcast Second Webcast D ......

My Tech Ed BoF Session Accepted

I just got the email that my birds of a feather session on 'ASP.NET vs MVC - What's your Take?' has been accepted! It's slotted for June 4 at 7:45 - 8:45 PM, so if you're interested in having a lively talk about the future of web development, how the MVC framework will play into the larger web application initiatives of Microsoft and your own companies, and share your stories and experiences with the MVC framework, c'mon over and get into the conversation!

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EDS Chooses Winnipeg for Service Center Location

This morning's Winnipeg Free Press ran a story on EDS announcing Winnipeg as the location for a new service center (not sure if the link will be valid after today, but details are below). From the article: The new Manitoba centre will provide a variety of services to national and international customers including hardware and software support, financial services, back-office customer support and document processing and accounting and administrative services. EDS has suggested that this center will ......

Winnipeg Junior High Girls Tech Camp

One of the things that kept coming up during the recent Community Connection events was the concern around the lack of students enrolling into computer related programs and what that means for our industry going forward. There definitely needs to be more interaction between the industry and potential students, especially at the high school and junior high levels. Unknown to many of us here in Winnipeg's technology community, there have been some that have already taken action in this! Laurie Cutrone, ......

To Those That Went For Drinks Last Night...

Sorry I didn't make it to the pub last night. I got flipped around and instead of turning right out of Major's to get to the interstate...well ......

Twin Cities Code Camp Comes To An End...

And so the Twin Cities Code Camp came to an end yesterday, and Jason and his team did a phenomenal job once again. The turnout was even higher than last year, and the presentations and speakers were a who's-who of talent from Minnesota and the surrounding states. I was able to connect with a few new faces, like Javier Lozano, Chris Sutton, Bryan Sampica, and Chris Johnson, among many others. It was a great community event. My afternoon presentation on Developing ASP.NET with MVC without the MVC Framework ......

Twin Cities Code Camp - MVC Framework Talk

Having a ball here in Minneapolis (although the lack of sleep is going to smack me in a little bit...if not already)... My presentation went well enough I think. I ran into some hardware/software issues, and I need to better streamline how I cover the different aspects of how the MVC projects are structured. I also discovered an important rule when it comes to technology presentations: Don't assume that its as easy for something to work the way you think it would. Especially with the MVC framework. ......

Adventures in the USA - Twin Cities Code Camp

I'm in Minneapolis this weekend for the Twin Cities Code Camp, tired but ready for a great day of geek goodness tomorrow! Unfortunately I'm not tired from Chris William's CodeCampPallooza (sorry again that I couldn't make it Chris...I have a few hours of straight session prep to do as it is before I crash into a semi-comotose state :( ). Instead, I had a whirlwind day... It started at 5:00 AM. Yes, 5:00 AM. We got up (me and my wife), got ready, and then headed out shortly after 6:00 AM on the road ......

Donald Belcham and Kyle Baley Got Together and Made a Book!

My buddies Donald and Kyle have put together a book on Brownfield Application Development with .NET through Manning press, and it's now available for pre-order off of the website! You can snag the free first chapter at this link. Donald presented on this to our local user group back in December, and he had fantastic insight. Definitely a book you should add to your collection! D ......

Need PHP Dev in Winnipeg

A non profit here in Winnipeg needs some enhancements to their PHP website. If anyone has some spare cycles and is interested, please ping me.

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Twin Cities Code Camp This Weekend!

I'm super pumped to be speaking at the Twin Cities Code Camp this weekend in Minneapolis! They have a fantastic set of speakers and sessions, and recently extended the schedule to include a sixth track! I'll be doing talks on introducing the Microsoft MVC Framework as well as how to implement MVC into your web-form based applications. Other topics cover everything: Workflow, F#, ORM, WCF, Spatial Computing with SQL 2008, Silverlight, Sharepoint, LINQ, CSLA...30 sessions over an 8 hour period...its ......

Big Reason to Move From VB 6.0 to VB.NET

At the recent Winnipeg Community Connection event, we had one person voice how he hasn't seen a good enough reason to leave their VB 6.0 development for .NET. He felt that they had better code security, it still did what they needed to, and they were able to meet ISO requirements (an important thing for his organization). All of his points seemed valid...nobody really stepped up to say "well here's one reason". Well...here's one reason: My buddy Chris has posted his findings on the cost of purchasing ......

Weird Word Problem

I've been Googling this and haven't found a difinitive answer...hoping someone out there might have some insight. I'm trying to print a Word document. This Word document has images in it. However, whenever the document gets to that page in the printing process (by seeing the little icon telling you what page is being processed), a funny thing happens: My computer crashes. This happens on a co-workers machine as well with the same document. It's not the image itself...if I copy/paste the image into ......

An Open Message to Jeff Julian

Hi Jeff, Recently Chris Williams posted this on his blog: That's it, I'm done. No more blog. No more tech. No more consulting. No more speaking. I'm dropping out of the tech community and I've lined up a promising new career on an Alpaca farm in New Mexico. I'll supplement my income selling peyote to tourists and doing alien tours of Roswell. (So, yeah... no more snow either.) Peace. The post has since been removed, however I think it's clear that Chris has realized that farming Alpaca's in New Mexico ......

Yet Another Canadian MVP!

Congrats to Dave Woods for his MVP award in the area of Security (which is funny since most fathers lock up their daughters when Dave comes around...)

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Another Canadian MVP!

Congrats to Tom Opgenorth for his recent MVP award for C#!!!

There's one off the Justice Gray nomination list!

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I Won at Community Credit!

What do you know, I actually won something! That something happens to be a super-fly clip on 8-bit tie that I'll be sporting at the MVP Summit's Party with Polermo!

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Accept No Substitutes!

Apparently there are some that are trying to take away from my announcement that I am in fact the man behind the Alt.Net Pursefight blog. And when I say some, I mean basically everyone who looks up to me as their geek idol: Bil Simser Donald Belcham Derik Whittaker Sergio Pereira (arguably the most believable for including an endorsement by the Mad Mexican) Tom Openorth David Woods and Kyle Baley (who no matter what he says was actually kicked out of Canada...he didn't leave on his own will) Now ......

Pursefight!

{Edit} Ok, obviously this was *not* written by me...but its part of a bigger story, which can be read over here. You can read the full explanation at Bil Simser's blog here (in fact, please do...this post makes me sound like a total jackass). {/Edit} Long has it been rumored that the identity of the alt.net purse fight blog has been one of the persons initially involved in coining the phrase/starting the movement. This is not the case and I figured it was time that I put an end to the pointless speculation ......