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

July 2009 Entries

RIP Microsoft Soapbox

arstechnica.com is reporting that Soapbox is set to die August 31st. Soapbox was the Microsoft YouTube competitor, which never really garnered the same sort of following that YouTube did. I was a big SoapBox fan. It was nice to not need yet another username/password and associate instead to my Live account. If you have videos uploaded, Microsoft will allow you to download them up to the August 31st deadline. I have a *tonne* of videos that I’ll have to download and replace on my blog…hoping that ......

The Return of Justice Gray and What It Means for Our Industry

Nov 19, 2008 is a day that lives in infamy. It would mark the last day that Justice Gray would have any online presence for 6 months…a gap of silence that left the entire technology community collectively asking WTF. But then in May Justice resurfaced, the absurdity of the SharePoint Knights too much for even him not to comment on. That turned out to be but a teaser, for when July rolled around we saw Justice burst back on to the blogging scene as if he had never left. We were treated to posts such ......

Office 2010 – Feedback Via Smiles and Frowns

I installed the preview release of Office 2010 tonight. Just started playing through it, so I don’t have anything crazy whiz bang to report. However, for those of you doing an Office beta for the first time I wanted to share something I found in how we can submit feedback. This is nothing new. Apparently it was part of the Office 2007 beta and feedback program also. But for those of us that are unaware, hopefully this is insightful. After I installed Office, I noticed an interesting little application ......

Thoughts on Hope

A million tears A million codes 1:15 No way to go You point your finger To the moon It looks like rain Coming soon I figured all My worst fears Believe in childlike heroes But I don't want to go That way Surrender hope Again I don't want to go that way Surrender hope And faith Again Golden State, All Roads Lead to Home Hope is not natural. Hope is something that we as a species have developed to protect us emotionally from the realities of our existence…from that which we cannot control or stop. ......

Silverlight 3 Released!

The Plugin The Silverlight 3 browser plugin is now available. You can download it from here. The Tools To get the Silverlight 3 tools for VS.NET 2008 go here. Note that if you’re upgrading to Silverlight 3 on a development machine you *must* install the tools first before you can install the runtime. If you have an MSDN subscription, Blend 3 should be available to you either today or tomorrow. For those without a subscription but who want to try it out, you can get a trial version here. The Launch ......

Iteration 1 – Tales from a TDD Project

I just completed my first iteration on a project I was injected into at work. What makes this project interesting is the approach to software development as well as the technology makeup. Many developers wonder what its like to switch from traditional methods and adopt something like TDD or OSS tools like nHibernate, Rhino Mocks, Castle Project, etc. I wanted to share some thoughts and what my experiences have been after completing my first iteration in exactly that type of environment. TDD – Different, ......