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INETA has giving the Kansas City .NET User Group the luxury of having Jeff Prosise speak at our group tomorrow. Unfortunately, I will be out of town during the presentation. If you are in the area, this event is highly suggested.

I'm leaving for the airport in a few minutes to catch a ride to Kansas City. Tomorrow night I speak to the Kansas City .NET SIG. Join the fun if you're in the area.

I have a new prop to try out in tomorrow night's talk. I won't say what it is so I won't ruin the surprise. :-)

[Via Wintellog]


Seems like a lot of bloggers in our community are expecting to be fathers soon. This list includes me so I thought I would share a book I have found useful during the prenancy. The book is titled The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and thus far (5th month) the book is very good. It is a month-by-month guide that lets you know what your child's mother is going through. Along with these tips and facts, it covers financial advice to prepare you for the birth and other helpful tips. If this is your first child, you are probably like me and wish you could find your head since it has been chopped off. This book will help you find it.

After browsing the book in the store, I decided to go ahead and pick up the whole set, that should get you from prenancy to toddler years. Anyone else suggest other reading for these questions that expecting fathers might have?


If you would like to support ESS in your systems, you might need a icon. This one follows the typical RSS layout.

This one is follows the XP icons


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 and listen better than any other attendee.
Since I don't drink outside of conferences, I usually make the mistake of drinking a few to many beers (4ish) the first night and you can figure out what happens later. This time though, I woke up with two popped blood vessels, one in each eye, so most of the conference I am sure I was scary to look at. All in good fun though.
At the end of the show, the Microsoft folks walked in with powerpoint and guitar singing, "All we are saying, is give SOAP a chance". They even got Tim Bray to sing a verse on the mic. Definitely the best way to end a show like this one.
This event definitely required some knowledge of XML and a feel for the pains of dealing with the specifications we use today. DonXML told me some stories of a few people who attended the previous year to learn XML and there were a few this year. At least it was a cheap conference, but I really don't think they could actually walk away with much.


Wow, I was the Community Who's Who in ASP.NET Pro this month. That is so awesome! First time I have had my mug shot printed in a magazine.


Here is an article about the idea of syndicating events via ESS, take a look at it and let me know what you think.


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 below will be attached to the specification.
<?xml version="1.0"?>
     <title>Kansas City .NET User Group Schedule</title>
          href="" />
          <name>Jeff Julian</name>
     <entry event:scope="public">
          <title>Hacked! How evil people attack ASP.NET web sites--and what you can do about it.</title>
          <content type="text/html" mode="escaped">
               Security is a big deal in all network applications, but it's even more important 
               in applications deployed on the Web. Every day ASP.NET developers unwittingly 
               deploy sites that are vulnerable to SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting 
               attacks, hidden-field tampering attacks, and other hacks. In a fun-filled and 
               action-packed evening, Jeff demonstrates the most common and debilitating types 
               of attacks used against ASP.NET Web sites, and provides step-by step 
               instructions on how to code against them. Be warned: what you see here might 
               scare you!
          <event:starts>Wed, 28 Oct 2004 00:00:00 GMT</event:starts> 
          <event:ends>Wed, 28 Oct 2004 01:00:00 GMT</event:ends> 
              <event:address sequence="1">7950College Blvd.</event:address> 
              <event:city>Overland Park</event:city> 
          <event:audience>Local .NET Developers</event:audience> 
          <event:speaker>Jeff Prosise</event:speaker> 
In fact, if you have a item-based syndication format, ESS will most likely fit perfectly.


"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 < 1MB of memory
  • Main purpose of XML use is to speed up SOP process interaction.
  • XML Parser = libxml (
  • 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 met Jason Olson last night at the Portland .Nerd Dinner. This was the first time I have met a blogger that I didn't know before they started blogging. It's definitely weird to see a personality in a blog and this put a real-time conversation in-person with blogger. I am going to name this concept "Handshakecasting", where you actually meet in person and then syndicate thoughts. Any takers?


    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 this?


    I'm there!

    There's a geek dinner tomorrow night. 6:30 p.m. at the Crossroads in Bellevue.

    [Via Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger]

 's member and all around great guy, Drew Robbins has been named Regional Director and ASP.NET MVP in one week. This is well deserved for the creator of * during major conferences.