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Analyzing CES 2012
I just got back from the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 (CES) which was held in Las Vegas. This is a good show for me and the company that I work for as it shows us some of the possible future trends of digital media consumption. Things presented at CES may just come and go and be quickly forgotten, but at the same time, there are definite themes on the conference that companies need to pay attention to. 3D is so yesterday! This was actually the second CES that I have been to and both were focused ......

Posted On Sunday, January 15, 2012 3:50 PM

Windows 7 Up and Running
I have installed Windows 7 on “bare metal” on one of my machines. This was a laptop that I work with and it was a very easy install. First off, it was the quickest OS install that I have ever experienced. You can tell that Microsoft spent some significant time working on the performance and quality of the install and bravo to the team that worked on that feature! I also used the 64-bit version of the operating system. More and more people are turning to 64-bit and it is really starting to be the ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:41 AM

IIS 7.0 Rocks the House!
Yes, we have Windows Server 2008 coming. Yes, also SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5, and more - but probably one of the more exciting new items to come at this same time is IIS 7. As Scott Guthrie states in his recent blog post on IIS, this is a major update to the technology. IIS 7 will allow for a plug-in architecture and allows you to take out all the pieces of the IIS stack that your applications don't need. It also allows you to build your own extensions and plug ......

Posted On Saturday, September 29, 2007 7:55 AM

Code Brew Happening in Boston!

From Robert Hurlbut's blog ... they are starting up a Boston CodeBrew! Outstanding! Our CodeBrew here in St. Louis was outstanding.


Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2004 1:45 PM

Very Cool Microsoft!

Sometimes it can be the little things. Good job Microsoft on sending over an XBOX and 30 games+ to everyone's ASP.NET friend Steve Smith!

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 9:52 AM

Microsoft Releases XML Schema Designer CTP1
As noted to me from Scott Hanselman, Microsoft just released the CTP1 of the XML Schema Explorer. Seems that there are a lot of changes coming in the XML space for the .NET 3.5 release and the XML tools that are currently present in VS2005 will be no more as they are replaced by some new XML tools - the XML Schema Designer being one of them. Here is a screenshot of the new XML Schema Explorer. You can see from this screenshot that the schema is open on the left-hand side of the shot, while the schema ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2007 5:02 PM

Microsoft Surface and the Future of Home Computing?
The big news of the day is that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft Surface. A table computer that allows the end user to interact with the computer through their fingertips! No keyboard - no mouse. First thing you should do is take a look at the movies Microsoft made about this: The ability to drag and drop items around with your fingers. The ability to place a digital camera on the table surface and automatically pull the images / send them / edit them ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:41 PM

Alas my friends - I'm *not* TechEd bound
I wanted to ... oh yes, I wanted to come to TechEd. It is one of the best conferences out there and it is something that you will find simply overwhelming. I am unable to attend as the product that I have been working on for more than a year for Lipper is about to release (June 15th) and that is tooooo close to be messing around at a conference (no matter how cool I think that conference might be). I have to say though that the product we are releasing (for the financial services industry) is outstanding ......

Posted On Monday, May 28, 2007 10:10 PM

New Book - Professional VB 2005 with .NET 3.0!
Another book! I and some friends just finished a new release of our Visual Basic book. This is another book I wrote with the wonderful Kent Sharkey! :) We really cleaned up this version of the book. This book came together quite well and shows not only the core of .NET 2.0 in depth - but it also covers the new ground of .NET 3.0. The .NET Framework 3.0 includes the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), and the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). The table ......

Posted On Monday, May 28, 2007 10:03 PM

My Latest Book - Professional XML
This week marked the release of my latest book - Professional XML. I wrote this with friend Kent Sharkey and some other authors including Michael Kay (editor of the XSLT specification and other things). This book came out really nice and after quickly covering XML - goes straight into covering all the major technologies that are based upon XML. The Amazon site doesn't seem to provide the table of contents at the moment, so here it is: 1. XML Syntax 2. XML Editors 3. XHTML and CSS 4. XFL-FO 5. Document ......

Posted On Friday, March 30, 2007 10:52 AM

HOW TO: Build Your First WPF Application
I just really started playing around with WPF and XAML and how to build an application in this new format. I really like it, but at the same time, I have a lot to still learn! For my first example, I wanted a form that would have some sort of event that caused UI to change in some manner. For this, I put together a form with a simple Button control on it and a place to put some results on the form after the button is clicked. This form really needs two pieces to work - Window1.xaml and Window1.xaml.cs. ......

Posted On Monday, November 20, 2006 7:16 AM

Office 2007 to the Rescue!
I installed Office 2007 on my laptop. This was for me an upgrade from Office 2003 and the upgrade went beautifully. It launches by asking you for the Office key right at the beginning and you can copy and paste the entire key in at once as it is a single textbox (which is a nice feature). You can also provide the key later and just install Office directly without this key. From there, you are provided two buttons - Upgrade and Custom. For kicks, I pressed the Custom tab to see what it was installing ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 10:12 AM

Web Services - Sending Large SOAP Messages
I have been working in the area of Web services for some time and I am on a project where I needed to distribute some extremely large datasets to some clients (Windows Forms). So, imagine an interface where you need to request information about an entity and you have a service where you can send in an array of entities to then get back an array of result sets about each one of the identifiers passed in. We had one such application and it worked quite nicely in that we built some ASP.NET 2.0 Web services ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 1:33 PM

Random Notes 04Jan2005
Reuters was in the list of the top 10 European stock gainers. It seems our stock here went up 60.9% in 2004. Nice! Interesting site I found today ... IT Conversations. What is a traditionalist to do? It seems that the New York Times is going to stop carrying pages of stock prices in their newspaper, stating - “You can get this information on the Web anyhow“. Bah Humbug! I got 2,000 spam messages over my four day break from email that I took around XMAS. My 2004 New Year's resolution of ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 4, 2005 11:15 AM

The Visual Studio 2005 November 2005 CTP Toolbox Issue
I just got my VS2005 CTP Nov 2005 disc in the mail and installed it yesterday. Today I tried pulling up an old project and creating a new project, but I found that there was nothing but the HTML controls showing up in my toolbox. I even tried a reset (right-click for this option) and that didn't work as well. Googling ... I found this solution and it worked: You have to delete the toolbox.tbd file from %userprofile%\local settings\application ......

Posted On Thursday, December 30, 2004 10:32 AM

Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition
Oh yeah .... Scott Hanselman beat me to the punch, but Mission “Build Biggest Book Possible” has been completed! Our Professional ASP.NET 2.0 book from Wrox just had to get bigger with all the cool stuff we wanted to add. 300 new pages! So big, that we could only offer the book in hardback because they don't make bindings big enough to handle all the pages (~1,700). Its called, Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Special Edition (because it is just so special). :) And as was stated by others: Here's ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:07 PM

Can't View CHM Files in IE7 - A FIX
If you are having problems viewing CHM files (like the new WCF documentation CHM files), you might be seeing a blank IE screen when you click on any of the subject headings contained ni the file. If this is the case, right-click on the CHM file and select Properties from the provided menu. You can then click on the Unblock button at the bottom. This will then allow the CHM file to be viewed using IE as it should be ......

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 9:00 AM

SQL Server Everywhere Has Arrived! Links for info and download
At TechEd 2006, I was quite impressed with the new SQL Server Everywhere. I am not sure why ‘Everywhere’, but I guess just because this program is so dang easy to install, that you will just start using it in all of your applications – therefore it will get installed ‘everywhere’. SQL Everywhere was formally called SQL Server Mobile and has been expanded to now run on the desktop. Rather excited about it myself as we are going to use it as a local store in our new smart ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 1:36 PM

This is cheap for right under $100. Wrox is releasing their “WROX BOX” on Amazon starting May 9th and it includes the following books and chapters: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server™ 2005 Wrox books DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Professional Edition This is a top of the line ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 18, 2006 12:43 PM

Uploading Files In ASP.NET 2.0

I just noticed when looking at the ASP.NET Developer Portal on MSDN that my new article on uploading files in ASP.NET 2.0 has come out. You can read the article here:


Posted On Friday, January 6, 2006 5:55 AM

Wrox's Professional ASP.NET 2.0 FOR SALE!
Today, the book Scott Hanselman & Devin Rader & I put together (Professional ASP.NET 2.0), is for sale on Amazon. You can really tell that people are excited about ASP.NET 2.0 since the book is ranked 404 on the Amazon book list (as of 8am this morning) and is ranked #8 on the technology book list! ScottGu and team did an excellent job giving us one of the more outstanding technologies out there to put into production today! Cheers to the ASP.NET team ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 6:29 AM

Introducing the Media Share Library Starter Kit!
The first article in a series I am doing for MSDN just came online. The ASP.NET Jumpstart series will run an ASP.NET hobbyist through the creation of their own application/starter kit. This first article, Introduction to the Media Share Library Starter Kit, is an introduction to the starter kit and runs you through installing and configuring the starter kit. ALSO, at the top of the page, you will notice that you can download the starter kit yourself to install on your machine. To steal from myself, ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 7:27 AM

Wrox's Professional ASP.NET 2.0
This is an exciting month for me as my book, Professional ASP.NET 2.0, will finally make it out. I started working on this book at the beginning of 2004 ... yes, that is right ... 2004! This lead to a release of the ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview book which was based upon Beta 1 code. Since then, I re-worked the table of contents so that it would fit nicely in the 1000+ page Professional model that makes a Wrox book so good and asked some good ASP.NET authors out there to help me finish the project. The ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 10:58 AM

Time Tracker Starter Kit MSDN Articles
From Kent's plethora of new content list, I noticed that my Time Tracker Starter Kit articles have made it online at MSDN: Introduction to the Time Tracker Starter KitExtending the Time Tracker Starter Kit Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, September 22, 2005 11:51 AM

Windows Forms is NOT Dead!
I just had a conversation with the head of the Microsoft Windows Forms team in the developer lounge and told him that one of the biggest questions I get about Windows Forms is whether or not it is dead. Avalon is coming and the rumor was that this 2005 release of .NET 2.0 was the last release of Windows Forms. Asked about this, his reply was that IT IS TOTALLY NOT TRUE! His comments included: This is not the last version of Windows Forms (Windows Forms is not dead) The Windows Forms team is still ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:59 AM

Club Web Site Starter Kit

Looks like my Club Web Site Starter Kit articles made it out and are now available on MSDN:

Introduction to the Club Web Site Starter Kit
Extending the Club Web Site Starter Kit


Posted On Friday, July 1, 2005 10:27 AM

Personal Web Site Starter Kit
For those that haven't seen it yet, the Personal Web Site Starter Kit based upon ASP.NET 2.0 is out and I have a couple of MSDN articles for you on how to work with it: Introduction to the Personal Web Site Starter Kit Extending the Personal Web Site Starter Kit Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 10:08 AM

Bookpool's 10 Best

I just noticed that Bookpool put out my list of 10 favorite tech books from the last 10 years.

What's your favorites?

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 2:24 PM

Though just a start ... ASP.NET Learning Resource List
I started putting together a resource list - kind of a 'best of' - of all the resources out there on the Internet to help you learn ASP.NET. There is so much material out there, that I wanted to put together a list for those that don't really have the time to go through it all and just give them links to what I deem is some of the most valuable material people should be aware of. Here's the link: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... I plan on expanding this list ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 9:45 AM

Code Brew!
Here in St. Louis, we had the first Code Brew (as we call it)! We have been meeting at user group meetings for the last four years. It is nice to always go to a user group and meet others, network, and see some great presentations. But a few of us wanted a bit more interaction - so born was the idea of a Code Brew. We held the first one in my dining room. Here is the idea of what a Code Brew is and how it can work for you too: A Code Brew consists of a small group of peers (4-10 to be effective) ......

Posted On Friday, November 5, 2004 11:36 AM

VB User? Go and Vote!

Not that election mind you ... but the Duncan Mackenzie VB usage survey.

Take the survey here.

Posted On Tuesday, November 2, 2004 8:28 AM

Microsoft resubmits a revised anti-spam specification to the IETF
Earlier, Microsoft's submission of the SenderID specification (anti-spam) to the IETF was rejected by a lot of companies and this sent Microsoft back to the drawing board. This was due to concerns about the spec falling in certain patented areas of Microsoft's world. Now the SenderID spec has been revised to take care of these concerns and now Microsoft has AOL on their side. The idea of the spec is that mail servers will match up a domain name from the email address to make sure that the email really ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 11:06 AM

Microsoft has their own section on and they put a focus of me and my job at Reuters on it. Thanks!

Posted On Monday, October 25, 2004 8:04 AM

ScottGu Post Update on Beta 2 of ASP.NET/VS 2005
Over the weekend, ScottGu announced how they are doing on getting Beta 2 out the door. Pretty interesting to hear how many tests they run on ASP.NET. Wow.

Posted On Monday, October 25, 2004 8:02 AM

My ASP.NET 2.0 Book Just Released!
Wow, I came home from vacation and found a box with copies of my latest book in the mail - WROX's ASP.NET 2.0 Beta Preview. It is great to see it finally out and available for everyone. Hope you all enjoy it! ... can you believe I am ALREADY working on the next version of the same book? It never stops! ;) ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 10, 2004 10:35 AM

New Presentation: Microsoft Web Development Roadmap
In the monthly release of user group presentations from Microsoft, this month's presentation is titled: Microsoft Web Development Roadmap. This covers the Microsoft Web development roadmap, leading in to ASP.NET 2.0 and the Express products for Visual Web Developer and SQL Express. These presentations are free to the public and include some talking points ......

Posted On Friday, July 16, 2004 6:23 AM

From Information Week: A little about me and my job
Information Week's John Foley did a little write up in this week's issue about me and my job. If you want to learn a little bit of what I do at Reuters, then take a look. It is titled: Work/Life: At Reuters, Mr. How-To Hits The Road ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 4:26 AM

WROX's Professional VB.NET 2003 Released!
I just got a copy of my latest book, WROX's Professional VB.NET 2003, in the mail last week, so I am guessing the book is out and ready for sale even though Amazon at this moment says it hasn't been released yet. This was a fun book to work on and I got to write it with the likes of Billy Hollis and Rocky Lhotka - two icons in the VB world! Enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 1:49 AM

Off to the Technology Management Conference in NYC
Just back from TechEd 2004 and now onto the Technology Management Conference in NYC. A brief synopsis of what this is:“This is the annual management education program designed expressly for individuals within securities firms who have management responsibility for technology-based support activities, including: communications, market data, trading room support, web and Internet technology and information systems. Vendors of related securities industry specific products and services will overflow ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2004 5:14 AM

Get Help in the MAY 2004 build of VS2005 to work!
I wish I would have found this sooner than I did, but thanks to Fredrik Normen and others for this post (reprinting here). The MSDN Library that shipped with the Visual Studio 2005 CTP for May, will not display any documents. It just searches and searches for the content. This can be fixed by doing the following tasks: Go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\help whidbey Open the file dexplore.exe.config Change the following lines: <supportedRuntime version="v2.0.40507" safemode="true"/> ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 12:56 PM

Java Guru Posts Story About INETA

This is a great review of INETA from a Java Guru that came to our user group leader conference. It is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ my friends!!! It is from: N. Alex Rupp

Posted On Wednesday, May 26, 2004 4:21 PM

New Presentation from Microsoft for User Groups!!!!
In the continuing series of FREE presentations for user groups and others to use, Microsoft has released to INETA a presentation entitled: 'Microsoft Client Presentation Roadmap'. [ DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE ] This presentation looks at: * Presentation history* Windows Forms 2.0* New Controls and Click Once* Avalon and Longhorn* XAML* and plenty more..... It also includes a demo to use in the presentation. Even if you are not presenting this to a group, it is a great learning tool. Take a look and ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2004 6:13 AM

Wrox's Professional C# 3rd Edition Coming Out at TechEd!
I understand that my book Professional C# 3rd Edition which I wrote with 5 other great guys is coming out when I am at TechEd! Outstanding. I guess that Jay Glynn and myself will be doing a book signing on Thursday in the Wiley/Wrox booth, so see you there! I am looking forward to this book coming out as it was a lot of work ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2004 3:41 AM

INETA User Group Leader Conference at TechEd 2004!
INETA will be holding the 3rd Annual UG Leader conference at TechEd 2004 in San Diego. The UG leader conference will be held on the Sunday before TechEd at a hotel near the event. Contact me if you wish to attend this event. We are expecting around 75 or so UG leaders to help plan the next year of INETA. TechEd is going to be rather exciting for INETA as we will be involved in the following activities: * INETA UG Leader Conference* Birds of a Feather sessions (BOFs)* INETA at the community booth ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 1:16 PM

Reuters Video and Case Study Appear on Microsoft Site

A Reuters video and case study about our lightweight architecture that we use for our customers has appeared on the Microsoft site. These items are associated with the ad campaign that we are going with Microsoft on Windows Server System. I had the privilege of working on these items - so enjoy!

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 7:13 AM

Microsoft Gives New Presentation on Prog. Languages to User Groups
Microsoft is going to be providing free presentations for user groups to utilize via the INETA content repository. The newest (and first) presentation from this group is titled: Microsoft Programming Languages Roadmap. The goals of the presentation are to: Outline the Microsoft programming language philosophy Provide an overview of Microsoft’s current programming languages Detail programming language enhancements in the upcoming Whidbey release Lay out the programming language roadmap and vision ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 11:40 AM

INETA at TechEd 2004 - Birds of a Feather - BOF
INETA is going to be running the Birds of a Feather (BOFs) again this year. We did this at PDC 2003 as well and it was rather successful. It is an amazing addition to the overall event. YES, TechEd and PDC are great events, but it is one PPT presentation after another with a handful of questions at the end. The BOFs are meant to be community driven discussions/debates around a particular issue. There is no speaker - just a moderator for the topic and everyone is encouraged to participate and discuss ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2004 6:45 AM

My Latest MSDN Article - The File Field Control
My latest article on MSDN just came out. It covers the File Field control. Enjoy.

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 5:31 AM

Lorem Ipsum - THE SITE!
Went to lunch with Devin Rader today and he told me about where to get the Lorem Ipsum text ... from the Lorem Ipsum site of course! (I need it for a screenshot in a book I am doing at the moment).

Posted On Tuesday, February 24, 2004 6:12 PM

Wrox Professional VB.NET 4th Edition
4th, you say? What about the third? Well, I just finished author review on the 3rd Edition and then had to get the Table of Contents for the 4th edition in by tomorrow morning - so I spent some of the day on it. I think it is a great book and it will be exciting doing the 4th edition on Whidbey. If you would like to see something different in the 4th edition of the WROX Professional VB.NET book, then let me know here by commenting ......

Posted On Sunday, February 22, 2004 7:02 PM

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