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

August 2010 Entries

Last Day for SDEC10 $299.99 Price!

Today is the last day for the $299.99 early bird price for the Software Development and Evolution Conference 2010 happening in Winnipeg this October! The conference is 2 days of sessions spanning development, management, methodologies, and technology topics and features a wide range of local and out of town presenters! We’re also very happy to announce that Microsoft has graciously provided two free passes to the upcoming Tech Days 2010 event in Winnipeg this December, so we’ll be giving those away ......

w00t – 70-516 Exam Defeated!

So proud to say that I defeated the 70-516 Microsoft exam which covered data access with .NET 4.0! Obviously because of rules around taking Microsoft exams I can’t get into details about what I encountered, the things the questions focussed on, etc. But really I don’t have to since Microsoft is listing really good details on what’s covered and what percentage of the exam you can expect questions from the different areas. Experience obviously plays a role in determining how successful you’ll be, but ......

TekPub Content is FREE this Friday!

It’s James Avery’s birthday on Friday, and to celebrate he (and by extension Rob Conery) are opening up the TekPub content vault! Tomorrow (Friday), all content is free to view for a full 24 hours (barring server crashes, earthquakes, alien invasions, etc.)! You can read the official announcement on the TekPub blog here. Now maybe you’re not familiar with TekPub. It’s basically an online video store with tutorials created by experts in the technology field. These videos span everything from Entity ......

Mystery of the Uncooperative VS.NET 2010 Installation Resolved, or If Life Gives you Lemons…

…make a LEMON GRENADE! I blogged a few days ago about this maddening issue with VS.NET 2010 and not being able to use the designer for ASP.NET 3.5 projects or add an EF model file to a .NET 4.0 project (You can read all the gory details here). Well my friends, I’m happy to report that I have a solution! Well, not a solution…but a workaround…kinda like how they dumped Megatron into the ocean at the end of Transformers instead of dismantling him: the threat is still there, just dormant. Unfortunately ......

35 Hours of EF, LINQ, and ADO.NET – CAN HE DO IT?!

I’m gearing up to take the 70-516 exam, which focuses on ADO.NET, EF, LINQ, and XML as it relates to .NET 4.0 and VS.NET 2010. My exam is scheduled for Friday, although I had thought about moving it. Busy work/family life has meant my best intentions of studying haven’t happened. When I looked at the availability for when I could move my exam though, the earliest was in early October (we only have two Prometric test centers here in Winnipeg…before a month ago or so we only had one). So I’m gonna ......

Mystery of the Uncooperative VS.NET 2010 Installation Continues…

I blogged last month about an unsolved mystery I was experiencing, which I dubbed the Mystery of the Uncooperative EF Model and the Missing Target Frameworks. Since then, I’ve since expanded that to include the Mystery of why VS.NET 2010 can’t seem to resolve where my .NET 3.5 assemblies reside. Because of all this, let’s just go with the title of this blog, or as it’ll be known in its European release: HOOPED – a boy and his VS.NET installation. Without getting too wordy, let me give you the recent ......

Deciphering Blue Screen Dumps with BlueScreenView

I’ve been running into some blue-screens with Windows 7 64bit lately (what I thought was related to a video card driver might be a more widespread problem with Direct X, but that’s for another post). Of course, trying to read those demps (or even get into them to access the info) can be daunting. I found a freeware tool called BlueScreenView from NirSoft. It scans your dumps and gives you information in a way much more digestible. If you’re interested and want to learn more about it, visit the site ......

SDEC10 – Early Bird Price Extended!

We realize that many people were on vacation over July and may have missed the announcements regarding the upcoming SDEC10 conference being held in Winnipeg this October. So we’re extending our early bird price of $299.99 until August 31st! This gets you two days of great sessions with breakfast and lunch provided both days. For more info, visit our website and for how to register click here ......

Software Development is Hard, Get Over It!

So I'm on this private email group and a discussion starts by someone pointing out this blog post which talks about the Microsoft.Data.dll and the Microsoft.Data namespace. From the blog post: It’s an awesome new assembly/namespace that contains everything you’ll ever need to access a database. In ASP.NET WebPages we wanted people to be able to access the database without having to write too many lines of code. ... The user doesn’t have to learn about connection strings or how to create a command ......