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

May 2009 Entries

Developers Have a New Threat – The Offended Designer

For most developers going to the DBA for any sort of request was usually a mixture of concern, apprehension, strife, and anger…because while you just wanted to cold-cock the snarky bugger, you knew that you’d have to play nice if you had any chance of seeing your stored proc change getting put in place before the next release. Now it appears that developers need to look both ways before crossing the street, and the threat comes from the one group you’d think would be shy and timid: the designers! ......

Why Won’t My Silverlight Rectangle’s Mouse Enter Fire?

I wanted to create an area in a Silverlight app that would react to the MouseEnter event. My first attempt looked something like this: Don’t freak out about how I got the brushes window there…this is a paint.net smoke & mirrors image. I wanted to show what my settings were on my rectangle though. I figured that, since I didn’t want the rectangle to actually be visible, that I could just leave the fill and stroke values to be ‘No brush’. But when I ran my app I noticed that my MouseEnter events ......

SharePoint Saturday – Toronto: Call For Speakers

SharePoint Saturday in Toronto will be happening July 11 at the Microsoft offices. This is the first ever SharePoint Saturday and should be a great community event!

They’re currently looking for speakers, so if you’re interested check out their website to download the speaker submission form.



Protegra Nerd Dinner June 4th @ King’s Head

Note: This is a reminder/update from a previous post. We’ve got our event listed on the NerdDinner website so interested attendees can register there! Geek Dinners have been around for a number of years, and are venues for geeks to get together and socialize in a comfortable setting. Recently Scott Hanselman, Phil Haack, Rob Conery, and Scott Guthrie released a book on the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC framework and also did a starter site focussed around the scheduling and searching of geek dinners. They ......

EDMPASS Inaugural Meeting May 28th!

If you live in Edmonton and do anything with SQL Server you should definitely check out the upcoming first ever meeting of the Edmonton chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (EDMPASS). Colin has done a great job getting this group off the ground, and he’s brought in Scott Gillespie to talk about SQL Server 2008 for Developers and DBA’s. I’ve included the info about the session below. Go be part of your local technology community. Date: May 28th 2009 Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Location:Stanley ......

Winnipeg’s Silverlight User Group Unveiled

At the Silverlight/Flash smackdown last night we announced that a new SIG (special interest group) would be starting up this September in Winnipeg, focussed on Silverlight and the Expression tools: Silverlight Winnipeg! If you’d like to be kept up to speed on news and information as we plan over the summer for our first event this fall, please submit your email at http://www.silverlightwinni... ......

Silverlight/Flash Smackdown a Great Success!

The Winnipeg .NET UG, Flash in the Peg, and New Media Manitoba did a fantastic job last night running the Silverlight/Flash Smackdown event last night! We had close to 160 people show up, the biggest pizza order in our user group’s history, and gave away over $12,000 in prizes! I took a few pics posted below (sorry, camera phone), and I’ll update this post once we know what the verdict was: did Silverlight get the Bundy Splash or did Flash succumb to the People’s Elbow ......

Protegra Hosting a Geek Dinner June 4th!

Geek Dinners have been around for a number of years, and are venues for geeks to get together and socialize in a comfortable setting. Recently Scott Hanselman, Phil Haack, Rob Conery, and Scott Guthrie released a book on the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC framework and also did a starter site focussed around the scheduling and searching of geek dinners. They called the site NerdDinner.com and provided a free e-tutorial on how to build it. Protegra would like to invite you to join us as we host our own Nerd ......

VS.NET 2010 – Possible Bug Referencing ASMX Service From Silverlight 2

Decided to use VS.NET 2010 for a really small Silverlight project, and LOVING the designer UI! It’s awesome to have designer functionality within Visual Studio. Blend isn’t going away (the styling features are still baked into Blend, not VS.NET), but at least this gives developers the ability to do layout changes within VS.NET before handing it off to the artists. So back to the title of this post. I whipped up a quick ASMX web service to collect some simple data. I posted it up to my server and ......

Come for the DevTeach, Stay for the Alt.NET

We’re only a few weeks away from DevTeach Vancouver, and there’s still time to register for this awesome technology conference! Speakers include the likes of Donald Belcham, Miguel Castro, Kathleen Dollard, Jim Duffy, Oren Eini, Ted Neward, Beth Massi…seriously, just go look at the speakers page because there’s too many amazing speakers! While Dev Teach is reason enough to head over to Vancouver this June, there’s another reason to entice you to Canada’s west-coast: the Alt.NET Canada conference ......

VS.NET 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 Available Today

Microsoft has released Beta 1 of VS.NET 2010 and the .NET framework 4.0 to MSDN subscribers today, with the rest of the world getting access to it on Wednesday. The bits will go live as of 10:00 AM PST (so in a few minutes from the time I’m writing this). For more information on where to download the beta and how to provide feedback, visit the Visual Studio 2010 Product Page . (Note: at the time of me posting this, clicking the link results in a “page not found” message and a redirection to live ......

Tech Ed Thoughts – Microsoft <3’s India

As I watched the keynote on Day 1 of TechEd, something occurred to me: No Steve Ballmer. No Steve Ballmer? In the middle of North America’s (and really the worlds) economic situation, why wouldn’t Steve Ballmer be present to address the throngs that gathered at the biggest Microsoft learning event of the year? The answer is that he did attend Tech Ed and did deliver the keynote…it was just at Tech Ed India. It seems odd that Microsoft would have scheduled both events at the same time, but that sentiment ......

Protegra Presents - Optimizing Employee Retention for Non-profits

Protegra, in partnership with the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, will be leading a session on optimizing employee retention for non-profit organizations. This breakfast event will be held on Thursday, May 21 at the Norwood Hotel. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the breakfast will run to 9:00 a.m. The session is for executives, supervisors and team leaders interested in achieving high levels of employee engagement and retention through the application of innovative and engaging people practices ......

Star Trek Review (or, The Trouble With Time Travel)

Non-Spoiler Review I went in with 0 expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The movie is a great base for future Star Trek movies and reboots the series in a way that purists and new fans can appreciate (I think anyway…I’m not Trekkie ;) ). Definitely worth a watch. 3.5 out of 5 Scroll down for the spoiler review. Spoiler Review The movie was good, don’t get me wrong. But it was plagued with the same thing as Wolverine: a less-than climactic final battle scene that seemed to end all too quickly. ......

SharePoint and Silverlight – Displaying Silverlight in a Page

I had the pleasure today of trying to get Silverlight and SharePoint to play nice with each other. You’d *think* this wouldn’t be that difficult. But as I’m learning more about SharePoint, I’m realizing also that things are sometimes more complex than we assume. Prelude: Clarification on Form Content Web Part So in a previous post, I talked about my frustration with how code in a Form Content web part wasn’t behaving the way I expected. Instead of showing the Silverlight app it was always showing ......

Canadian Geek Boutique Now Online…Although Who Runs It Is In Question

Oh sure, Think Geek has been around for a while. But y’know, as kewl as Think Geek is, the whole US dollar and international shipping just never got me to make that jump to actually order anything. But thanks to a couple of Canadians out in Fredericton NB, Canada now has a home-grown option for getting its geeky stuff. The Geek Chic Boutique has been in business since December 2008, and has recently gotten its online store up and running. Their products cover the gambit: t-shirts, gadgets, electronics, ......

Wo?dPad Can Co?rupt Config F?les When Remo?ing

As I was working on my recent SharePoint issue (closer to a solution btw, stay tuned!), I had to make a few changes to the web.config file on the server. I remote in, I make some changes, I save, and *poof* – SharePoint is broken?! Odd…the error message is pointing to a typo in the web.config file. Turns out that TypeName was showing as Type?ame. Huh, weird…I didn’t change that area. Oh well. This little game of fix, save, find-new-questionmark went on for a while. I tried a couple of times to revert ......

Brandon .NET User Group May 14th

The Brandon .NET User Group will be hosting an event this Thursday, May 14th! From their website: In this session we will take you through building a data-driven web site using some of the latest tools in the ASP.NET landscape. We will go from zero to fully-capable site in 10 minutes, then drill deep to cover off how it all came together. Discussion: ASP.NET, LINQ to SQL, Dynamic Data Templates, URL Routing, SQL Server Express 2008 Pizza will be provided. To register for this event, click here ......

Calgary PASS Group Event May 13, 2009

The Calgary PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) is hosting an event tomorrow night, with John Bristowe talking about SQL Server Data Services. They’ll also be giving away a free registration to the upcoming DevTeach conference in Vancouver this June! Info on the event is below and you can register for the event at their website here. When: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Where: CGI, 7th Floor, 800 – 5th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB Presenter: John Bristowe of Microsoft Canada Topic: SQL Server Data Services ......

Weird SharePoint/Silverlight Issue – Plugin Not Installed Template Firing

[Edit: Note that a solution to this was found, and you can read about it here.] Weird problem that I don’t have the answer to…yet. I have a Silverlight app (.xap) uploaded to a document library in my SharePoint site. I want to display this in a Form Content web part. In the source editor I have something akin to this (altered to keep it short and easy to read): <asp:ScriptManager ID="ScriptManager1" runat="server"/> <asp:Silverlight ID="Xaml1" runat="server" Source="/Silverlight/Silver... ......

Tech Ed Online

Microsoft Tech Ed 2009 kicks off today, and like last year they’ll be making some content available online.

To visit their online portal, visit:

http://www.msteched.com/online/home.aspx

For Monday, the keynote will stream live at noon central time (10AM PST).

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Microsoft Academic Resources

If you’re a student taking computer courses or interested in technology, or if you’re an instructor of computer science, you should definitely take a look at this list of resources that Microsoft has available.

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Silverlight and Flash Smackdown May 19th – Event Updates!

I wanted to post a reminder of our awesome upcoming community event May 19th featuring Silverlight and Flash! There’s a few announcements regarding the event. Start Time While the registration page does say the event starts at 6:00, please plan on being there for 5:30! We will have food out for that time, and with the large amount of people attending we want to make sure we get people seated and settled so the presentations can start as close to 6:00 as possible. Venue Change! We’re now going to ......

Winnipeg SharePoint User Group May Event - Power Features, Cool Tools and Hot Tips with SharePoint

Join us May 27th for the next session of the Winnipeg SharePoint User Group where Microsoft MVP Eric Legault will give a guided tour of SharePoint and the Office System. Focus will be on some of the powerful and overlooked features throughout the suite, as well as demonstrating some third-party software and tools that can give real-world value for your current projects. Cool Community Tools Overview of the “Fantastic 40” Site Templates and how they can be batch installed Connecting Office Applications ......

Protegra Featured in “High Tech Hub” Article

Protegra was featured in a Winnipeg Free Press article talking about the impressive technology firms that call Winnipeg home (view the article here). From the article: Among other things, Protegra designed and implemented an online campsite reservation sys­tem for Manitoba Parks in 2006, producing the work in record time and, according to Ibrahim, allowing the provincial Parks Department to increase its campsite reservations by 50 per cent. Protegra's ability to apply innovation to make its customers ......

Wolverine Review, or “Marvel, why do you let Hollywood do this crap?!”

Warning – This post gives away massive spoilers to the new Wolverine movie. If you don’t want to ruin the movie for yourself, stop reading this now. I have a love/hate relationship with Marvel comic based movies. Spiderman 1, loved it, Spiderman 2, was ok. Spiderman 3, well I think we know how I felt about that one. XMen started good in the series, ended a little weak. Hulk and Iron Man I was never really into, so I had no major expectations. And then comes Wolverine. Let’s start with the good. The ......

Community Credit Winner for April – Tetris Magnet Set

That’s right beeyatches, don’t hate the playa hate the game! 12th Prize: Tetris Magnet Set The fun of Tetris without the annoying music This prize includes all seven of those dearly beloved pieces ready to hold up all your loose papers in various configurations all over the fridge. Best of all, these magnetic pieces won't fall down like in the game. Very cool ......