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May 2009 Entries

Long past due is a review of Julie’s book, Programming Entity Framework, ISBN 978-0-596-52028-1 Julie adopted Entity Framework early on, from before it was even available to most MVP’s. This book is a reflection of that involvement with the product and the product teams over the past few years. This 23 chapter, 750+ page book covers a lot of ground and provides a great reference book for almost everything entity framework related. The first few chapters introduce the framework and will give you a ......

Marc Asselin has put together a short video about the Kickstartz entrepreneur weekend coming up June 18-20 2009. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watc... Kickstartz website: tp://www.kickstartz.com/ ......

When I’m home in Deerfield Beach, FL (26.317N, 80.078W) and there is a space shuttle launch watch it from the top of the 5 story garage across the street. Below is the view overall slightly enhanced and then the launch trail heavily enhanced so you can see it clearly. The view is facing north so you can see that the the space center is actually a bit west, ~ 80.6 W due to the slantof Florida to the east. The tall building below the right corner of the enhanced area is the Boca Resort. We live a few ......

I was happy to find Small Basic from Microsoft that comes with a programming manual that is simple enough for anyone to follow. Download and more information here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... As of today the program is in CTP but makes writing windows programs very easy. First “Hello World” program is very simple: TextWindow.WriteLine("Hello World") When you start the program a very nice and simple dev environment comes up. Here with a program from the book showing nested ......

It’s always nice to learn something new… Today I learned that variables in SQL Server stored procedures have no scope rules. Take this example: -- Declare @Outer int Set @Outer = 1 While 1 = 1 begin Declare @Inner int Set @Inner = 2 break end Select @Outer, @Inner As a developer I expected that a new “instance” of @Inner would be created on each iteration of the loop and that the ending select would actually get an error saying that there was no variable @Inner. But this is not true, all variables ......

We had the first online version of the Ft Lauderdale developer group meeting tonight. Eighteen people were online but i was the only one with a web camera… I hope more start getting the video cranked up! The topic was Introduction to MVC and was suppose to be given by Jim Zimmerman out of Tampa but he called at 5:30 (for the 6:30 meeting) reporting that his laptop power brick was toast and he was out of juice. He had tried to get another one but at this point he was dead in the water because his ......

Visiting son Michael here in Rochester this weekend, he “scored” a couple of VIP Passes to the RIT Imagine Festival (http://www.rit.edu/imagine/) a free event that over 20000 will attend. We got there early to see the start of the energy race. The idea was to see which vehicle could travel the 3 mile campus course using the least amount of energy. The winning entry used 27.5 watt hours of energy from solar charged batteries. The entry below did not win but i thought it was an interesting vehicle. ......