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

July 2010 Entries

MVCConf Videos Posted!

Last Thursday was the first ever MVCConf – a virtual conference around Microsoft MVC Framework, and it looks to have been a great success! I wasn’t able to make it to any of the sessions, and if you’re in the same boat then you and I are both in luck: the organizers recorded all the presentations and have posted them for viewing! You can access all the conference content here ......

Mystery of the Uncooperative EF Model and the Missing Target Frameworks

I’m prepping this week for the 70-515 exam I’m taking on Friday, and I thought I’d go through some VS.NET 2010 labs as part of my prep. One of them has to do with setting up a WCF service, where you create a web application and then add an Entity Framework model file to the project. Right click, Add New Item, Entity Framework file, and… Huh. Well that’s weird, considering that this is a .NET 4.0 web application project in Visual Studio.NET 2010…how can it not resolve to the target framework? So I ......

Microsoft PDC10 – A Sign of the Times

When I did the Prairie Developer Conference it was with the idea that you don’t need to have a large-scale event to have a quality event. Other conferences like DevLink, CodeStock, and HDC are smaller scale yet all very successful, and it was their model that I tried to emulate. Contrast that with Tech Ed and PDC events from the last few years. Large cities (New Orleans, Orlando, Los Angeles), large venues, large staff requirements, and large…well, pretty much everything. The feedback I’ve heard ......

SDEC10 in Winnipeg this October!

Last year my employer, Protegra, put on the first ever Software Development and Evolution Conference (SDEC) in Winnipeg. The event was such a huge success and the feedback we got was so positive that we’re doing it again this Fall and we’re making it bigger and better than last year! SDEC10 will occur October 13th and 14th 2010 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre! We’ve expanded the event to two days from the one day we did last year, and that means more sessions and more speakers! We’re still feeding ......

Microsoft Partner Program – Keeping Pace With a Moving Target

This year Microsoft revamped their partner program with changes to eligibility requirements, competencies, and other areas. In this post I want to talk about some changes to the competency requirements. The idea of competencies aren’t new, however this year we’re seeing Microsoft take a more serious view of who they allow into their partner program. Because of this, achieving those competencies are more difficult and require more investment. The idea is that only serious partners participate. Microsoft ......

Have You Donated to DevsForWendy Yet?

From the www.devsforwendy.com: Wendy is a 30 year old software agilista from Long Island. She's a strong WPF developer and a firm believer in the agile method of development including pair programming and TDD. Wendy is wife and mother of a beautiful girl named Kaylee who will be 2 in August. In August of 2009 Wendy learned that she had a rare and agressive pediatric cancer called aveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Her treatment consists of high dose chemotherapy and radiation. She has had to leave her job, ......

Winnipeg Brownfield App Dev Workshop Early Bird Extended!

Donald Belcham is coming to Winnipeg in July to give his “Making the Most of Brownfield Application Development” workshop and its been announced that early bird pricing of $149.99 is extended for one more week! This workshop was put on in Regina at the recent Prairie Developer Conference and it received rave reviews from attendees! To see the workshop abstract and information on how to register, visit the event page here. D ......

Good Grades Don’t Solve World Problems

I’m going to toot my own horn here for a bit, highlighting some accomplishments from the last almost-decade I’ve been in the IT industry: Stayed up almost 48 hours straight creating suite of Crystal Reports for a start-up company’s initial product (which launched at the end of that 48 hour period btw). Wrote my own markup language for declaring formatting within an XSL:FO doc that would be translated through a Java app to output a PDF. Introduced initial prototype of web-based application ported ......

Book Review – Tribes by Seth Godin

The world is a vampire, sent to drain Secret destroyers, hold you up to the flame And what do I get, for my pain? Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game Even though I know – I suppose I’ll show All my cool and cold – like old job Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage… Smashing Pumpkins, Bullet with Butterfly Wings A few years ago I was given these words of wisdom by my then boss: Leaders lead. At the time, the weight of wisdom in that statement was lost on me. In Tribes, Seth Godin ......