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

November 2008 Entries

Microsoft Offering Free Media Streaming for Silverlight

So you have a Silverlight application, and you want it to serve up some videos or deep zoom images, but you don’t want to fork over major cash to your hosting provider for the extra disk space and traffic. Well has Microsoft got a deal for you… The Microsoft Silverlight Streaming program gives you space online to not only host your media files but also the bandwidth to serve them up to your Silverlight app…and its *free*! Here’s the details: - 10 GB of space to host your media files. - Up to 5 TB ......

Microsoft Keynote Start to Finish

Came across this video via some blogs…very kewl timelapse showing exactly what goes on to setup for keynote speeches at Microsoft conferences (this one from the recent PDC). Video: PDC 2008 Timelapse ......

Using a FullTextSQLQuery object and LINQ in Sharepoint 2007

My buddy Juan Larios did a 4 part blog series on using a…well, you read the title of this post so you know. I figured the Sharepoint-inclined readers of my blog might find it interesting, so below are the links. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Enjoy! D ......

MSDN Dev Tools Power Hour

MSDN is putting out a whole whack of webcasts on how to utilize and use various Microsoft tools. Session topics include Visual Studio .NET 2008, Silverlight, Team System, BizTalk, and others.

For more information, to register, or to watch previously recorded sessions on demand, check out the site here.

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Winnipeg SharePoint User Group Launches!

We launched our Winnipeg SharePoint User Group last night, and it was an awesome event. Ed Musters did a fantastic job presenting and we had a great turnout. Can’t wait for our next event in January! Sharepoint UG has launched in Winnipeg! Mental Note: Figure out the light switches in that room so its not so dark up front. Sorry Ed! Post-event beers and wings ......

Code Camps, Demo Camps…now Startup Camps?

I read an interesting article on CNN today that talked about a new kind of “camp”: the Startup Weekend. The premise is simple: - Get a bunch of people together for a weekend. - Have people pitch ideas about some product or service offering. - People gravitate to the ideas that interest them the most. - Spend the rest of the weekend working on this idea. And that’s it! Although the official Startup Weekend site (its an actual startup itself) is definitely technology minded, I could see this being ......

People Against Paired Programming Part 1: Smelly Troll Developers

So because of an oversight on my part using LiveWriter, Part 1 is being posted after Part 2. To recap, over at Aarron Erickson’s blog he got quite the response to his post about the marketing failure of XP and specifically Paired Programming (PP). Aaron, in his post, jokingly (although much truth is said in jest) talks about how PP will prevent developers from doing things like surfing the web or getting bothered by others, but he makes valid points that there are tremendous benefits to an organization ......

People Against Paired Programming Part 2: Douchebags

We continue our discussion of comments left over at Aaron Erickson’s blog in response to his post about the marketing failure of XP and specifically Paired Programming (PP). To recap: Aaron, in his post, jokingly (although much truth is said in jest) talks about how PP will prevent developers from doing things like surfing the web or getting bothered by others, but he makes valid points that there are tremendous benefits to an organization that implements PP. The point of the entire post was making ......

Winnipeg SharePoint User Group!

The SharePoint Nation has infiltrated Winnipeg and we are proud to announce the formation of the Winnipeg SharePoint User Group (or WSUG for short)! Our first meeting will be on November 25th at 5:30 PM. Ed Musters will be presenting on SharePoint Customization and Best Practices! If you’re in Winnipeg and are currently developing with SharePoint or are interested in the technology, don’t miss out on this great event! You can find out more information, including details on time and location as well ......

Silverlight: Using Non-Standard Fonts

I had a custom style defined in a Silverlight application… I wanted text using this style to display using the Impact font, which is common to Microsoft Windows font sets. When I ran my app however, it never displayed the text with Impact font. I wasn’t getting any information about why, so I thought I’d try it in Blend. Low and behold, Blend gives me a helpful message… Embed it you say? After doing some online research I discovered the answer. Silverlight Default Fonts Silverlight out of the box ......

Creating A User Group: Winnipeg Sharepoint UG Case Study

In my last post, I talked about how to start a user group and what the steps were to get it going. In this post I’ll talk about how we got our SharePoint user group up and running in less than a week. November 10 Juan Larios emailed myself, Eric Legault, and Gerald Danais about getting a SharePoint group going. We had discussed this idea on and off as a group over the last few months, but now we were ready to actually make it happen! We discussed that we’d aim for a January 09 event, seeing as how ......

How To Start A User Group

I’ve been involved with user groups for a number of yeas as well as INETA. One of the questions that I’ve heard over and over again through those years has been “How do I start up a user group?” Well my friends, below I’m going to share with you the secret formula…and you may be surprised. Starting a User Group 1. Get a venue 2. Get some speakers 3. Set a date 4. Start getting the word out and building hype. Those are the basic steps that you need to perform to get your user group up and running. ......

TFS - Limiting Iterations in a Load Test

We ran into a situation recently where we wanted to evaluate the performance of a single iteration of a load test. We wanted all the load testing goodness of throwing 25 requests at code while not waiting for the load test's time to elapse: just a sliver showing what a single barrage from all 25 would look like. Unfortunately this isn't something supported out of the box. Fortuntely, there's an article on codeplex which outlines how to write a very simple load test plugin that will allow you to set ......

Josh Bernard – A Geek With A Blog (and “The Beer Fountain”)

Talent…unbridled, God-given talent…here for you, courtesy of Josh Bernard. Enjoy! Video: The Beer Fountain ......

New Pro MVC Book (or: Rob Conery…how did it come to *this*?!)

I was talking with Phil Haack via facebook status comments regarding Phil’s picture for the upcoming ASP.NET MVC book being published by Wrox (which you can buy at amazon here, at amazon.ca here, or at your local bookstore…no link provided for that). Phil was commenting about some aspects of his picture, and I began to type “Well at least you don’t look like that guy on the en…” and then…I stopped…that couldn’t be…BUT IT WAS: Rob Conery. But what was it that caused me such grief and pain at the sight ......

Dev Teach Attendees Now Get Free Software

If you needed another reason to go to Dev Teach, here it is:

All attendees will now receive a copy of VS.NET 2008 Pro, Expression Web 2, and a set of Tech Ed Developers DVD's with all presentation content! That's a pretty sweet add-on for no extra cost. So if you haven't signed up for Dev Teach Montreal, head on over to http://www.devteach.com and find out how you can attend this excellent conference!

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Air Canada To Offer Wi-Fi In 2009

Air Canada has announced that it will be offering Wi-Fi service on select flights to the US in Spring 2009. Partnering with AirCell and GoGo, this is a great addition to Canadian air travel offerings. Realistically, we won't see domestic flights having this technology for a while: the reason the US flights are the first to get it has to do with Aircell's network, which currently is in the US only. Eventually I would assume they'll set up a network in Canada but I would be surprised to see that before ......

MSDN Ramp Up E-Learning

MSDN has a new program called Ramp Up. It's a free e-learning program designed to help developers improve/upgrade their skill levels to the next tier. The tracks (called 'routes' for the program) include: - VS.NET 2002/2003 Developers (VS.NET 2005 and .NET 2.0) - VB 6.0 Developers (VB.NET 2.0 track) - Java Developers (C# 2.0 track) - Aspiring Developers (Programming fundamentals, VS.NET 2005 and .NET 2.0, Data and Security, and Web Apps) - VS.NET 2008 - Sharepoint for Developers - Part 1 As a reward ......

PDC Session Notes - ASP.NET Roadmap

Bill Evjen did a great recap of the key points from the ASP.NET Roadmap presentation at PDC. For a complete rundown, check it out here.

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US Airtravel – My United Story

After a whirlwind week of PDC and Vegas, it was time to head home. I’ve flown from the states many times, but I’ve never run into any issues like I did today before. Got to the airport and proceeded through booking. I was informed that my suitcase was too heavy (57 lbs) and that I’d have to lose 7 lbs or pay $125 dollars. Luckily I had brought a bag for my running shoes, so I stuffed as many pairs of jeans as I could into it and my laptop bag until my suitcase was only 50.5 lbs. D’Arcy’s Travel Tip ......

Glad I Didn’t Waste Time With LINQ to SQL

This post from the ADO.NET team, and the initial response in the comments from Elisa Flasko, seem to be tolling the death bells for LINQ to SQL…or at least in its current form. Over and over in the blog post we’re told of Microsoft’s investment into EF and how that will be the “recommended data access solution for LINQ to relational scenarios”. So if you have heavy investment yourself in LINQ to SQL, you might want to start looking at EF…or contacting Microsoft to let them know you like your LINQ ......

Labowski or Vedder?

This was one of the biggest discussions held at PDC: Did Ted Neward look more like the Big Labowski or Eddie Vedder? YOU DECIDE! D ......

Vegas Tip List

So after staying in Vegas for a whole three days and now *obviously* being an expert on the city, I thought I’d share some observations based on the experience. No guarantee or warranty that your experience will match mine, but hopefully something here is helpful for your next trip down to LV. Hotels/Casinos MGM Grand Awesome hotel, and not just because this was the one I stayed at. MGM has a great gaming area, great restaurant selections, and a number of bars and clubs. We found ourselves very content ......

Greg Duncan And The PDC 2008 Quick List


Greg Duncan has done the community a great service by working a little magic and posting links to all the video, audio, and ppt resources for all the PDC sessions on his blog.

Check it out here.

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