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Eric Hammersley <insert impressive list of technology to blog about here> June 2005 Entries
For my final Orlando post, Microsoft introduces the Office 12 XML file format
Microsoft provided us (TechEd Attendees) with the first white papers on the new Office 12 XML file format standard. You can get more information at This is a good move in my opinion. Take a look at the whitepaper which is available at the above link to get an idea of what they have in mind. There is some advanced opportunity here to get the jump on tools and utilities for the new Office 12 version so read away and get the wheels turning. Goodbye ......

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 11:24 PM

DEVC14 - Reflection: Best Practices
Listen, if you get a chance to hear Joel Pobar (CLR PM) talk make sure you do it. This guy knows his stuff. His cabana talk tonight focused on Reflection Best Practices. Cabana #6 was packed and for good reason. He took us deep into reflection, perf, CLR parsing of assembly meta-data and proper technique. Honestly, and this is just my opinion, I believe Joel is one of the most knowledgeable speakers I’ve had the pleasure to hear. If you want to know the inner workings of the CLR I believe this ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:56 PM Bloggers quoted at
Some of us have been quoted over at the TechEd channel.  Take a look here.  Lets keep up the good work.

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 3:40 PM

TechEd Postcast Feed, are you watching?
So podcasting is something new for me and since the Microsoft Podcast crew has been flying around all week taping I decided to check the videos out. This page outlines how to get started watching the podcasts and the tools you need to do it. I downloaded the iPodder product and along with the TechEd XML feed on the page above it worked well. You can find out how to watch at ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 3:34 PM

Win a custom chopper by migrating to SQL Server
The site is still a little vague but Microsoft is offering a custom chopper as part of the “Cost Chopper Competition“ to the best SQL Server migration story.  You can find the details at

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:06 AM

BizTalk Server 2006 CTP released today
Paul Flessner announced in his keynote this morning that a Community Technology Preview for BizTalk Server 2006 would be released today.  I however cannot find a single link to it anywhere.  When the Microsoft Pavilion opens at noon I'll go ask the BizTalk team where it is at and I'll report back to you.

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:01 AM

Launch date announced for Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006

In Paul Flessners keynote this morning they announced the the official launch date for Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006.  The products will launch the week of November 7th 2005.  The official launch website can be found at  Bookmark the site for important updates prior to and during the launch.

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 9:55 AM

Flickr Photo Album is up and going

First off, my camera sucks so the pictures aren't that great.  I picked out the best ones and I'll upload more as the week moves on.  Maybe I'll win the EMC prize and then I can do this right.  Follow the flickr box to your left.

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 11:53 PM

So just how many Hands-On Lab systems are there?
I promised a number and here it is.  There are 990 machines of one kind or another in the Hands-On Lab area.  This was according to the MVP manning the main entrance this evening.

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 11:33 PM

DEV350 VB 2005: Productivity and App Architecture Improvements
Ok, so I'm a VB guy... I can't help it. If you are a VB programmer and you have yet to dive into the Beta 2 bits you missed a good session. There have been several improvements by the VB team for VS 2005. Edit and Continue is back and I'm love'n it. XML comments are now built in just like C# had them in 2003 so no more add in for that. We have Private Property Setters back so you can once again have a Public Property with a Private Setter. Refactoring... wow, that's a great add-on tool. Thanks to ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 6:15 PM

Get a live video feed from within TechEd
Check out the live video feed courtesy of AMD.  Most likely this only works during Expo Hall hours.

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 2:50 PM

The Keynote comic relief
I really have no idea if anyone else found it funny but honestly I'm a Samantha Bee fan, well... a Daily Show fan. For those of you who were not at the Keynote speech from Steve Ballmer I'll fill you in. Since this is my first TechEd I really have no idea if they do something like this every year or not but my gut says they probably do. The program started out with what they called “The Techie Show“ with a similar graphic and theme song as the Daily Show. Themed like a spin off if you ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 1:05 PM

You want an IP?
You can't handle an IP! Or get one for that matter. (I know, an overused movie quote) Chalk it up to day one glitches. Wireless in the Community Cabana and well... for that matter just about everywhere is stressed to the max. I haven't tried it upstairs in the halls surrounding the Track rooms but I imagine it is just as bad. The hardwire laptop table in the rear of CommNet was empty this morning and now it's every Man, Woman and Child for theirself because the struggle for one of those little purple ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 12:44 PM

Exchange Server Party
I passed the Exchange Server Cabana and I noticed they are having a party at Metropolis on Tuesday night from 7PM to 9PM. Directions are here. I've heard many a TechEd veteran say, “You don't hear about half the parties until the next day.” Well, here ya go. Of course this is probably one that everyone is already aware of but.... there's always one with their head in the sand ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 12:00 PM

Hands on Labs are up and they are sweet
Ever since I viewed this video over at Channel9 where Scooble spoke with Corey Hynes about the TechEd Virtual Lab control panel I've been excited to see what they had in store for us. I must report they have not let us down. The first feature that I just love is that you can schedule your labs in Commnet and when you login to the lab control panel you'll get a nice list of what you selected so you can keep up on the important labs. You might find yourself playing musical chairs if you choose the ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 8:25 AM

DEV001 Writing Secure Code, my first session (pre-conference actually) is under my belt
Well, my first TechEd experience, DEV001, is complete. Keith Brown from PluralSight was the presenter and it was time well spent. While I'm not even close to being an expert with C++ or C# I still took quite a bit away from this talk. I promised I would post some notes or information about the session up here but to err on the side of caution (CD from talk marked Confidential) I'll refrain from posting something I shouldn't. Maybe they don't care, but I'll just hold off. Some highlights and items ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 1:17 AM

Wheels up, wheels down, broadband broken?
Well, flight went perfect, car rental went off without a hitch, hotel room was much better than expected, broadband connection in the room was broken. First, I've never had much luck with the STSN broadband boxes in the Marriott's but as well as my day was going I was hopeful. There are several room here at the Residence Inn that are broke. The front desk thinks it is because of the weather? Not sure where that one came from... Anyway, hopefully it will get fixed in the AM. Shuttle leaves at 9:45AM ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2005 11:28 PM

Geek dinner set for Monday
Kevin Remde has posted the final plans for a Geek Dinner to be held on Monday night just after the Exhibit Hall reception. See Kevin's post here for the specifics. I'll be there, as if that bit of information will sway you ......

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2005 11:53 PM

TechEd, here I come!
Well, I'm a newbie both at blogging and at TechEd so I figure I'll start 'em both now. There are dozens of excellent articles pouring out of TechEd Bloggers and I'm always saying, “Boy, if I were a blogger I'd link to that” because not only would the very few (read: wife) that read this want to know but I would like to be able to reference it again in the future. If you haven't checked out the TechEd Bloggers site do so now. The content is great leading up to the event and will only get ......

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2005 3:39 PM

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