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John and I sat down with one of the Adobe Evangelist, Terry Ryan, to talk about the shift of products from Adobe, developers, and designers. Adobe is one of those unique companies having quality products that are able to reach into developers lives and designers lives. Photoshop and illustrator are amazing tools that designers use to produce the work we enjoy. Developers can use Brackets and PhoneGap to build quality HTML for use on web sites or mobile applications to break through the barriers that ......

 

To start, I love Red Gate Software’s Tools. I have loved them since the first time I started using SQL Backup and SQL Compare when I first started Geekswithblogs.net. I think they create quality products and have been a “Friend of Red Gate” for years. So know that this review is coming from a “fan boy” of sorts. What is SQL Compare? Well the name sort of says it all, this product compares SQL databases. But not just databases, but backups, snapshots, and source control using their product SQL Source ......

 

The C# Programming Language, Fourth Edition by Anders Hejlsberg, Mads Torgersen, Scott Wiltamuth, and Peter Golde Publisher: Addison Wesley (Special Annotated Edition for C# 4.0) I can honestly say I have had a copy of this book for each edition it was published. I love this book and have always loved it. Ever since Microsoft stopped publishing the White Reference Guides we used to all have back in the day, Addison Wesley has became my reference book dealer. These White cover books with the most ......

 

We I first received this book, I was not sure what to expect. When it comes to development topics on debugging the spectrum is very wide. Most developers, including myself, only use basic techniques for day-to-day debugging. These get us through our problems quickly and they work well for 80% of the bugs we encounter. We forgot to close a connection, we didn't set a variable, we forgot to exit a loop, we fat fingered a variable name. All of these are daily errors we as developers face and fix with ......

 

The wonderful people of Sams Publishing were kind enough to send me a few books to review recently, and one of them was C# 4.0 How-To by Ben Watson. There were a couple things about this book that really compelled me. The format (this is a first How-To book by Sams for me so I assume it goes across the board) was very much like a focused blog. It was broken up into small posts about each topic. The other thing that compelled me was the amount of code samples. This is not a book that you can sit down ......

 

Since installing Option Pack 4 for Windows NT to get IIS running Classic ASP, we have all felt the lack of ease from Microsoft to actually create websites on a developer box. There has always been an expressed need to not need a custom configured machine to install Visual Studio and create web sites right away. Why must we open Windows Configuration and add all these pieces if a solution for our OS could be added to the development product line. My first development job was 10 years ago when I worked ......

 

Coming to Kansas City April 8th and 9th is the Microsoft Azure Bootcamp. This event looks very promising for those developers who are looking into Azure for themselves or their companies. It covers the wide range of topics required to understand what Azure really is and is not. Space is limited so if you are considering Azure, register for this event today.Agenda:Module 1: Introduction to cloud computer and AzureHow it worksKey ScenariosThe development environment and SDKModule 2: Using Web RolesBasic ......

 

We want to know what you are thinking bloggers and visitors of Geekswithblogs.net. If you were able to add items to the product backlog for this site, what would they be? New skins? Better search? Organic tag system? Better twitter integration? More ways to link other social media outlets to your blog like LinkedIn, Plaxo, Flickr? …. What would you like to see? You can leave feedback on this post or email me at support@geekswithblogs.com. We love this community and want to see how we can continue ......

 

I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder to those who registered for Coders 4 Charities that the event starts tomorrow. Doug, John, and myself are extremely excited to host this event and work with the developers are we attempt to help these charities and non-profits with applications that will benefit them immensely. If you are in the area of the weekend and want to check out the event or just help the devs with some questions, please feel free to join us. See you all tomorrow! Here is a list ......

 

Speaker: Jeff Julian Date: Thursday, February 7th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Centriq Foss, 87th & State Line Road Sponsor: AJI Software Description: Want to know about what is offered in Service Pack 1 for Office, SharePoint Designer, or SharePoint? Join us this month where we will dive through this topic and discuss how developers can use the advantages offered in the latest bits of SharePoint and Office. Register For The Event Technorati ......

 

What a great event! I want to thank everyone involved and wish all the charities good luck with their new software. If you haven't listened to the shows yet, I highly suggest it. You will be compelled to look at your work with the community and see different ways you can help charities with your development skills. Here is a list of all the shows we recorded during the event, please help spread the word about these so others can get involved in their local areas either by themselves, as a user group, ......

 

This was a very interesting interview, because we had the ability to talk to two developers who were helping out this weekend, not to talk about a specific charity, but more to speak about their experience this weekend, and what motivated them to come help. Tim Rayburn and Jason Duncan are both with Sogeti and were working on the CITY House team. Jason Duncan was performing two roles this weekend, one as developer for CITY House, and the other as the charity representative for Spina Bifida. This ......

 

The Volunteer Center of North Texas is an organization that provides a link between volunteers and volunteer agencies. They network with about 1,800 agencies in the Dallas and neighboring northeast Texas area. Doug Butscher and I spoke with Dana Riley, the Associate Executive Director of the VCNT, and Bruce Harlan, the Director of I.T. The organization needed to improve user access to their information, and they were assigned several developers to help accomplish this task. Listen to the Volunteer ......

 

Texas CARES provides for abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as educating the public about the humane treatment of all animals and the responsibility of pet ownership. After overcoming a hardware issue with our recording equipment, we spoke with Carol Benassi, President of Texas CARES, and Brian about their needs and implementation efforts this weekend. Texas CARES has been running primarily off of Excel spreadsheets to manage their organization, after losing ......

 

This was a really fun interview, because we had the chance to talk to Toi Wright and Amber Weiss, the two people who coordinated the event, and who we worked with closely during the event. Toi coordinated this event by contacting charities in the Dallas area, gathering their requirements and defining a selection process. She was looking for charities who were in need of a software solution, but something that could be completed over the course of a weekend. She also sent out the call to local developers ......

 

We had a chance to talk to Dorothy, the General Manager, and C.C., the Outreach Coordinator, from St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, who help out their community by providing low priced goods and services for their neighbors in need, so that they may live in dignity. Dorothy was a little nervous to speak with us, but as you can tell in the interview, they both did an excellent job at conveying their mission and passion for what they believe so much in. They are by far the most technologically innovative ......

 

North Park Missionary Baptist Church mission is to seek the lost, strengthen the saved and meet the needs of the people through the teaching and preaching of the word of God. The site will be dedicated to informing individuals and families about the services and assistance we offer through our facility. One of the amazing facts about this project is that this organization's is first presence on the Internet. The team didn't just want to build the standard site, they wanted to build them something ......

 

This weekend, our team will be down in Dallas podcasting those who are involved in this unique event. We Are Microsoft is a charity challenge where developers will be matched with a charity to develop an application based on their needs. At the end of the 3 day event, all of the participants will vote of the apps and proclaim the champion. Check out their site and if you meet their sponsors, thank them for helping out with this awesome event. Keep an eye on my blog for the shows. We will start publishing ......

 

Kent Tegels, of Enjoy Another Sandwich, joined us yesterday to talk about SQL Server and adoption amongst developers and DBAs. During this podcast, Steve Loethen, Microsoft Partner Evangelist, takes on the role as co-host. In this show we talk a lot about CLR Stored Procedures and where they really fit. Kent is really excited about Spatial support in SQL Server 2008 and it definitely comes through when you talk to him. Listen to Kent discuss SQL Server! Technorati tags: SQL Server, HDC, Kent Tegels ......

 

We had a great show yesterday with Bill Vaughn, author and former VB project manager, talking about SQL Server and how developers should look at later versions of SQL Server. Read more about Bill here and BetaV Corporation. If you haven't made the move to SQL Server 2005, Bill discusses with us what is good and bad about the product as a developer and talks through some of the issues you might have during the migration Listen to Bill Vaughn discuss SQL Server! Technorati tags: HDC, Bill Vaughn, SQL ......

 

If you are in the area of NE and you don't have your seat for the HDC 07, they just added 25 more seats. These seats are first come first serve and will only be available until Wednesday, so act fast if you want to go. Not only is this my favorite conference (3rd year in a row), but John, Jerod, and I will be there doing a lot of podcasting and you will have an opportunity to record your own show while you are there. Not an interview with John and I, but your very own show! Technorati tags: Heartland ......

 

Tonight, John and I will be presenting on SharePoint 2007 at the .NET User Group in Kansas City. Along with this presentation we will be launching the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City to add an additional focus on Office and SharePoint development in the area. If you are around tonight, please stop by and have some free food and good conversation. TriCom Technical Services will be the food sponsor this evening so be sure and thank them while you are there. The meeting starts at 6:00pm, ......

 

Man I need some accessories. Last night I downloaded so much music that I have been meaning to listen to (well over $249.99 in CDs), but I don't have anything for playback in my car. Here is my review of features: Radio - Robert's friends say it isn't good, but I am in the middle of a large brick building (center office, middle floor) and it comes in perfectly. It is nice to just flip from CDs to FM, too bad I mostly listen to AM and there are no talk radio stations on FM in KC. Buttons - Yeah this ......

 

Joe Olsen, who is the most interviewed person by Podcast Studio, delighted us again with an update on the HDC 2006 event in October. This event is going to be awesome, and if you are attending or thinking about attending, this is a must listening to podcast for you. The Podcast Download Heartland Developers Conference Website ......

 

John and I have decided it is time to get back into podcasting. To do so, we needed more equipment. Our major focus this time around will be live events and interviews with speakers and committee influncers. We will be traveling to South Carolina in September for Code Camp and then in October we will be heading to the Heartland Developers Conference in Omaha. Yesterday we visited Musician's Friend and Guitar Center to pick up the equipment we needed. Here is a list of what we got: Marantz PMD670 ......

 

John and I will be podcasting from the Heartland Developers Conference on Thursday. We are both very excited because remote podcasts are always fun. If you are planning to attend, look us up on Wednesday night during the reception and we can have a chat. I wish we had Tim's application because we are driving up and that is just a cool application! Here is a picture of John and I if you are at the event, I am on the left (no goatie anymore) and John is on the right ......

 

Wow, I must say I haven't had this much fun recording a podcast. Last week, the Indigo Road Show came to Kansas City and we had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Turner and Payam Shodjai of the Indigo team to discuss what the Indigo Road Show is, as well as answer many of the questions developers have about Indigo. MP3: http://www.podcaststudio.ne... ......

 

Special Kansas City .NET User Group Meeting - December 16thLocation: Microsoft Kansas City OfficeTime: 6:00PM - 7:30PMTopic: Software in a Service-Oriented WorldIf services are the next big thing—and they are—what impact will this change have on software development? David Chappell will give a perspective on this question, focusing on the impact this move will have on .NET. Drawing from his forthcoming book on Indigo, David will describe how this new technology fits and what it does, ......

 

INETA Academic is forming a K-12 Committee because of the recent jump in pre-college developers using .NET and other Microsoft Technologies. This committee will be ran by Eric Maino and you can watch for news here. Hopefully we don't keep him too busy with his recent engagement announcement.


 

ESS, Event Share Specification, is currently in it's 0.91 version and will be where it will stay until something major is needed for future usage. It is drafted format, it was sampled for usage inside an RSS container element. We took this approach because at the time, RSS was the most popular source of syndication, but wouldn't always be. Now that Atom is gaining popularity, I have decided to add an appedix to the specification with a sample usage of ESS inside an Atom container element. The sample ......

 

Yeah, VDSI Rocks! Last year FNIS wouldn't let me go, instead they wanted to lay me off the next week.

Thank you for registering for Applied XML Developers Conference 5. 
Date:  10/20/2004 - 10/21/2004 
Cost:  $345.00 
Location:  Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington 
           (40 minutes from Portland Int'l Airport) 

 

Well the book club isn't going off as planned, but I will keep trying. This idea is definitely hard to complete, because it is asking a lot out of the members. Even though reading books is part of our profession, it is hard to get developers to read. It is too much of a chore for most of us. How can we change that? What would make a group like this better? I hear a lot of people complaining about time. I have no time, blah blah blah. I don't know how many people I have seen from the lab portion of ......

 

A a member of two INETA committees, I feel user groups are one of the most important entities to make developers the best they can be.  If you don't attend your local user group, you need to stop coding and head right over.  On the left bar of the Main Page for Geekswithblogs.net you will find a list of the next user group meetings with INETA speakers.