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

August 2009 Entries

Winnipeg SQL Server UG Launching in September!

I’m very pleased to announce the newest technical community to Manitoba: the Winnipeg SQL Server User Group, a PASS Associated Organization! Myself and Michael DeFehr are running this group and are excited to provide a forum for database professionals working in the Microsoft space. Here are the details for our first event: T-SQL Development: Bullet-Dodging and Spoon-Bending Michael DeFehr, Protegra Did you think you could dodge bullets with SQL server? Well if you learn some of these techniques, ......

Announcing SDEC09 – The Software Development and Evolution Conference!

On October 14th, 2009, Winnipeg will be the site of the first annual SDEC09 – Software Development and Evolution Conference, hosted by Protegra! We’re really excited to put this on and think its going to be an awesome event! The cost of the conference is $100 until September 18th and $150 after that. What do you get for that low admission fee? Three Tracks of Sessions: Development Foundation Skills Learn best practices on how to use developmental skills such as test driven development, SOLID principles, ......

Silverlight 3 FireStarter Live Meeting Sept 17th

Got this from my MS Dev Advisor John Bristowe: Register to attend the Silverlight 3 FireStarter event on Thursday, September 17th. We will have Scott Guthrie (@scottgu) keynote the event, followed by presentations from Tim Heuer (@timheuer), Brad Abrams (@brada), Karl Shifflett (@kdawg2) and others. At this event, we will focus on three (3) areas: · What’s latest and greatest in with the latest release of Silverlight · What’s happening in the world of Expression 3, and · Give you a run down on .NET ......

Hello World – My New Role And My Life’s Next Chapter

If you follow me on Twitter, read my blog, or have me on Live Messenger, you know that over the last few months I’ve had bouts of reflection, thoughtfulness, and philosophical rambling. Many of you have pinged me asking if everything was ok and I wanted to thank everybody who voiced concern, whether it was a tweet, an im conversation, an email, or breakfast in a Vancouver restaurant that I’m pretty sure was a front for a secret police command center. I couldn’t share with you what was on my heart ......

Top Three Reasons Rob Conery Quit Microsoft

News broke today over at WekeRoad.com that Rob Conery has decided to turn in his blue-badge and go back to the solo-scene (cue that music from the Hulk series where Bruce Banner is always walking down the road alone while the credits role). Now there will be much speculation on why Rob Conery chose to leave Microsoft. Some have already suggested that it was in a fit of jealous rage after hearing about Scott Hanselman’s promotion (which Rob has already stated isn’t the reason, and as you’ll see below ......

I Want A New Web…I Don’t Know What It Looks Like, But I Want A New One

So today I poked the proverbial sleeping bear that is the web-dev community by making this statement on Twitter: I'm a day in to using jquery and I'm already questioning why having an abstraction over a script-kiddie language is a good idea. This of course resulted in a flood of tweets in response asking if I was joking, suggesting that I fill my purse for the ensuing fight, and Caleb Jenkins yelling “One Flag”. I think I convinced people to put down the pitchforks and douse the torches (us Canadians ......

Ignite Your Life: Reaction – Live Performance Driven, Not Perception Driven

This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). In January, 2004, the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers found themselves tied up after 4 quarters of their playoff game. After the Seahawks won the coin toss to begin overtime, their quarterback Matt Hasselback was asked if they wanted the ball or to defer. He responded… ......