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Have you ever found that one book or resource that just brings it all home? Seriously. These are rare finds when you read the content and all the stars seem to align, you have those "Ah ha!" moments. Well, I have found that book and it is CLR via C#, Third Edition by Jeffrey Richter. If you're not familiar with Wintellect, look them up. This book is ......

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Feb 09

Yes, this blog has been neglected for some time.  I'm not a great blogger by any means.

So, a new look, a new title, and now time to start updating regularly.

Gerry



Sunday is when the keynotes are taking place. This is a switch from last year and I think a good decision. The reasoning behind it is to allow for more session times. We need to get the rest of our room setup and configured. One of our sessions will require subnetting to work correctly so we need to physcially seperate the computers by using the switches. ......

Well, day 2 for us anyway. We found our way to the Boston Conference and Exhibition Center and registered for the conference first thing. There were a grand total of 20 people registering when we arrived so the lines haven't started yet. The first couple of sessions were strictly speaker and staff training sessions. After that we had our training session ......

737-800s are no more comfortable than an Airbus A319. About the same amount of leg room and seat room (Not nearly enough). Otherwise, very happy with Alaska Airlines. A 5 hour non-stop flight and we found ourselves in Boston. We are staying at the Hilton Boston Logan which is actually quite nice. Our first trip into downtown Boston resulted in a cabby ......

This will be a different TechEd for me this year. I will be in attendance as a Microsoft employee. Looking from a different side of the fence this time. It should be cool. If you are in anyway interested in seeing what Microsoft Learning's official Instructor Led Training has to offer, I recommend stopping by the Instructor Led Lab sessions (ILLs). ......

So, if you plan to accept an offer of employment from a US based company to work in the US, please make sure you investigate all the immigration and work elegibility requirements for your spouse and other family members before you accept the job. I have a fantastic job so I'm not complaining about that aspect. What I find troubling is the lack of information ......

Wow, has it been this long since I posted? Neglect has no excuse. Not that I have a band of regular readers mind you. ;-) The reasons? I have gone through the hiring process for Microsoft. Successfully I might add. What a roller coaster way of getting a job. Here's what happened as I remember it. 1) I debated in renewing my MCT with Microsoft as I wasn't ......

For all those VB6 developers who have not yet moved to .NET or perhaps will not move to .NET, there is some salvation for you still at Microsoft. MS has announced the opening of VBRUN, the Visual Basic 6 Resource Center. It is a subsite of the Visual Basic Developer Center and can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/v... This looks like a great ......

I spent some time trying to figure this one out. I had a web service that was written in Visual Studio 2005 Beta1. I was accessing this web service from an app that was written in Visual Studio 2003. When adding a web reference or updating the reference, I was getting the error; “Unable to download the following files. http://url_goes_here/servic... ......

Well that was interesting. I had my first attempt at deploying a Sharepoint site I created to a remote server. At first I wasn't sure how smoothly the deployment would go. The main reason is that my test environment hosted the Sharepoint site and the database on the same server. The remote site would host the Sharepoint site on one server with the database ......

My latest quest is finding the most efficient way to edit a cell in a datagrid and have those changes affect the contents of another cell. Simply put, I want to change a quantity value in one cell and have the value in the Total cell change to reflect that. And of course the changes must be written back to the Dataset that populates the data grid in ......

I am now using Sauce Reader as my aggregate RSS app, mostly due to a recommendation from my employer. He likes it better than RSS Bandit because he says you can update your blog from within Sauce Reader. I think that is a great idea however, I now have to figure out how to configure Sauce Reader to work with this site. It has an option for .Text enabled ......

After spending some time with Reporting Services over the past couple weeks, I have noticed a few issues that I find rather odd, at least in my opinion. If you create a report and use a parameterized query, report services will nicely add the parameters to the report for you as well. This is a great feature and I really like that aspect. What is different ......

Today, I have spent considerable time bashing my head against the wall. Our company policy stipulates that no developer will work while logged on with an administrative account. Although I applaud this idea and accept it for its inherent security and general all around good idea, it is still frustrating as heck. (Not the word I want to use). Why do ......

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