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I have been converting my current client’s development environment to a VPC instead of taking over my main machine as we did to get the project kicked off. I decided to go with Windows Virtual PC now that it has RTMed, but quite a bit has changed. Once I had Windows 7 installed and VS 2008 configured, I started looking for a multiple monitor solution for VPCs. In the past, I had just lived with the limitation of running virtual and not getting the benefit of dual monitors. This time I wanted something ......

 

I have been re-awarded the MVP status for the 4th year. This year is different as I am now a SharePoint MVP where in the past I was an XML MVP. The transfer process was not as difficult as I thought it would be and I would like to thank Rafael Munoz, my previous lead, and April Spence, my new lead, for all the help when I asked to move to another designation. It wasn't a straight move like I asked and it was done, I had to go through the qualification tests again, but I knew what to expect. If you ......

 

Well John and I are back in the swing of things. We have reorganized the equipment to make it easier and faster to record podcasts. Watch this blog for our next move as it should happen fast. Here is a recap of the HDC podcasts we recorded: Joe Olsen and Phil Wolfe, HDC coverage and our last podcast from the event Don XML - LINQ, VB Literals, New XML Technologies Chris Williams - XNA and Game Development Adam Esterline & Chris Ortman - Ruby, Agile, Testing Kent Tegels - SQL Adoption and features ......

 

DonXML starts this conversation with a recap of ALT.NET, then breaks into the new technologies Microsoft is releasing in the area of XML. Don has been an XML MVP for the past 4 years and is definitely one of the brightest in this space. Read his blog here. Listen to DonXML talk about XML! Technorati tags: HDC, DonXML, LINQ, ALT.NET, VB, XML ......

 

I found this site today (guessing some of you have seen it to) and I must say I love the idea. It analysis your Vista Score data and gives you a nice little HTML blob to share your Vista score on your blog as well as other tools. You can also view top performers in graphics and processors. Very cool! Here is my score (laptop): .score, { font-weight:bold; font-decoration:none; font-size: x-large; cursor: hand; background-image: url(http://www.shareyoursco... color: #ffffff; ......

 

During a current project, I needed a tool for generating PDF documents for reporting on pre-printed forms. The majority of reports in the system use this form. I wanted to find a solution that fit my needs and nothing more. Other systems do so much and very well, but for just developer needs, they are a bit much. I found a utility call Siberix PDF Library and it's counterpart Siberix Report Writer. If you need a tool for PDF generation, I highly suggest these products. At the current time, the price ......

 

I found out yesterday when I was in bed sick with the flu (not Xbox 360 Flu, but the real one) that I have been awarded MVP again in 2006. My area is XML and I am glad I am still part of that team.


 

Tonight I am giving my XML Serialization talk at the Kansas City .NET User Group. If you are in the area, we would love to have you show up. The demos will be in .NET 2.0, but should be portable to 1.1 in most cases. We are at a new location if you haven't attended in a few meetings. Instead of Centriq University, we are at the Foss Training Center on State Line ......

 

Wow, all I can say is that event was amazing. I missed the PDC to aggregate PDCBloggers due to the amount of registered bloggers we had this year, so I was hoping to get some of that information at the Summit. Luckily I did and a bit more. I can't go into too much detail, but I can say one day the XML MVPs had a private meeting with Anders in a small conference room with 6 MVPs and a few product team members. That was very cool. Technorati Profile ......

 

Today, XML is 7 years old.

Irwin asked what we were doing at this time 7 years ago.  Well I was a Junior at Clinton High School in Clinton, Missouri taking PASCAL and BASIC.  I really hope they upgraded their development classes, maybe I should check.

What were you doing when XML was born?


 

The team is back! The team is back! And with a blog. Mike Champion, who was a recent MS hire, started the XML Team blog along with his own blog on MSDN. Very cool, and thanks for listening. He also has a cool title, "Program Manager - XML Standards". Good job Mike, and we look forward to hearing from you and the team. Is Arpan back? Hopefully ......

 

Irwin Dolobowsky has recently taken over the XML Developer Center at MSDN with many promises of a new center for XML developers. During his self admitting 2 or 3 "first post" entry, he states a few items he is going to do to make the dev center better. This post took place a month ago, and here are some results. Bring out the MVP's - Being one of the few MVP's in the area of XML, I can say that I have not been contacted on this front. I am guessing the functionality is there for this, since the other ......

 

In this episode of MSDN TV Mark Fussell, former Lead Program Manager of the WebData XML Team, talks about XML features of Visual Studio 2005. Inside of which he talks about the XPathDocument being editable and XQuery support and we know that is not going to happen. The show is basically based on his article that needs to be updated, but that is doubtful since everyone on the WebData XML Team either left or has went back into an unknown hole to not be found. That is another problem for another day ......

 

Wow, Mark Fussell is leaving System.Xml team for the WSE team! Congrats Mark! So now that Dare and Mark are gone, where are the System.Xml team bloggers? No I am not talking about the "Have-to-blog-bloggers", but the real bloggers that want to help the community understand System.Xml and it's power. Mark points us to Arpan Desai, but with a total of 9 post, I don't think he is going to be a valuable source. Pretty much looks like we are going into the dark with feature announcements for System.Xml ......

 

All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful event. This is the first conference I have ever attended where I didn't skip a single session. Each was packed with information, some better than others, but none were irrelevant. The best part of every conference is the one-on-one networking. How many opportunities does a simple XML developer get to ride from the airport to the hotel with Tim Bray? Not many, in fact probably only once. The infamous Rory Blyth was amazing to watch, because he could ink photos ......

 

"This stuff isn't for sale". These are my notes from the presentation by Whitney Kemmey of the DoD. Software is mobile and can take battle damage and underwater. Re-targets missles and system maintance 8 years ago, main computer Main purpose of XML use is to speed up SOP process interaction. XML Parser = libxml (www.xmlsoft.org) The system flows is completely in XML instead of code. Best question was "Are you worried about other countries having faster parsers?", Answer, "No, we have bigger missiles" ......

 

I am sitting here at XML Dev Con, jealous? It is definitely the event that everyone has hyped. Tim Bray gave a thrilling presentation on syndication formats and primarily the love of Atom. This talk made me dream of ESS being a popular syndication format and residing in Atom. Without changing the spec, I have tasked myself to write a sample of ESS inside Atom to prove it will work because of the containerless approach we took, it can reside inside the "entry" element. Anyone interested in seeing ......

 

That is very cool! After only 5 weeks of registrations, the Applied XML Developer's Conference has sold out. With 4 weeks of registrations left to go, we've gone back to the venue for extra space. It's not much extra space, though, so if you want a seat, you should register expeditiously. [Via Marquee de Sells: Chris's insight outlet] ......

 

This coming Tuesday, I will be give a "Introduction to System.Xml and Web Services" talk for the Kansas City .NET User Group. If you are in the area and want to coming, please feel free and register. The presentation will cover the basics of System.Xml and the different APIs you can choose from when processing XML in the .NET Framework. The second half will go over what all the buzz is about with Web Services. After the meeting we will meet as a .NET Book Club Chapter and confirm everyone is on path ......

 

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) 

 

GO! GO! GO! GO! GO! Sells Out Fast! Get your Training Time together and get your seat. Every year it gets harder to pick speakers for the DevCon. This year, I had 4x the number of submissions for which I had available slots. So, while it's hard for me to pick, it makes for a fabulous line up for attendees: For speakers, we've got keynotes from Tim Bray (co-inventor of XML) and Tim Ewald. We've also got Don Box, Sam Ruby, Jeff Barr (of Amazon.com), Keith Brown, Scott Hanselman, Chris Anderson, Doug ......

 

http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3519

Great vid, lets people know that XML does get complex if you go beyond configs and RSS.


 

Another brilliant article was published on MSDN XML Dev Center (which is new today as well) by Mark Fussell named What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release. I highly recommend reading this after reading Dare's previous article. Mark's book is the first book of the month at the .NET Book Club ......

 

Dare has done it again. Best Practices for Representing XML in the .NET Framework explains the way you should use or manipulate XML inside the .NET Framework (well the title says it all). If you are getting into XML in .NET or are already use it today, I totally suggest you read this and save a hard copy as well. http://msdn.microsoft.com/l... ......

 

Well I just love making RSS and using RSS to make other things, I can't help it. Today, for my fifth example, I wrote a simple RSS to WordML transform. WordML is a very robust dialect. I can't believe how many elements actually go into producing WordML. Very interesting stuff. If you are looking for the best resource for information on XML and Office 2003, check out “XML in Office 2003 - Information Sharing With Desktop XML” by Charles Goldfarb and Priscilla Walmsley. Tons of good information ......

 

Tonight I used the iTextSharp libraries to transform RSS into the iTextSharp XML dialect, then transform it into PDF. This library is awesome and open source. If you haven't checked it out, I suggest you do. It is a .NET implementation of a Java library set called iText so some of the method names might bug you :D. I forgot how clean (and dirty) C# can actually be until I opened the source to make it support stream as input to the XmlParser instead of the filepath string it supports today ......

 

Lately I have been working on some samples for my presentation in Columbus (Drew) and Austin (Scott Belleware). Tonight I came up with a new sample idea. With iTunes 4.2 being one of my favorite applications and one of the only ones, outside of VS.NET, I have open all day, I thought it would be cool to build a transform from the playlist to RSS, based on the songs I have recently played. It isn't a very real world example, unless you are the RIAA :D, but is a good sample on how do convert an existing ......

 

Right now I am adding some new features to .Text. The main feature is the ability to use and XML data store instead of the SQL database. This will make it possible to get the 4.95/month account for Webhost4life and run a personal blog. At the same time, it will support multi-blogs. This is probably going to take some time to finish, but let me know if this is interesting to you.

 

Here are the links to my republished articles on Microsoft Academic Site. ToString() or not ToString()? http://msdnaa.net/Resources... ToString() or not ToString()? That is the question. One of the many misconceptions of the .NET Framework occurs when a developer adds characters to the end of a string after the string is created and expects the same concatenation to occur in memory. In reality, it doesn't happen this way. Check Your Email With Style http://msdnaa.net/Resources... ......