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No matter which ORM or data access technology you use, at some point you just need to do some CRUD, and you need to do it fast. In this post, I’m going to show you how to get your CRUD on with the latest version of Entity Framework in no time flat. In fact, I’d be surprised if the code to get your first CRUD operation done takes you more than a few minutes. The one thing the EF team did right with Code-First is make it really easy, but most of the “getting started” videos and documentation is packed ...
Another week and another whirlwind of wonderful works coming from the XNA Community. I find it crazy just how hard it is to keep up with everything going on and knowing just how big the community has gotten recognizing just how much I’m missing as well. But here are the things I DID manage to catch… XNA Developers @Chounard ponders whether he should port sfxr to XNA http://twitter.com/Chounard... And showing just how awesome the XNA commmunity @Chounard DOES (and in a day!) ...
Phil Factor blogged about his quest for SQL Code Smells. He wants to start some discussions about coding standards and best / worst practices. This is sure to generate a lot of discussion. In fact it already has. Follow the #sqlcodesmells hashtag and you can follow the discussion. I have tweeted several sql code smells of my own. There are also some interesting comments on the blog. There is a debate brewing there about the futility of defining standards, art vs. science arguments, etc. One comment ...
The release of the recent update to the Xbox 360’s dashboard has caused quite a commotion among the Xbox LIVE Indie Games (“XBLIG”) community. The primary reasons for this have been a negative response to various changes that have occurred in regards to XBLIG’s look and presence on the Xbox. Unfortunately, what was an “Indie Developers Unhappy With Dashboard Changes” story has been slowly corrupted into a “Microsoft Wants To Kill XBLIG” story. I undoubtedly played a part in that with my post here ...
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 ...
I created a getting started guide for the MVVM pattern back in June 2010. Since the guide came out, I had several developers ask me when I was going to publish my MVVM example that I had promised. I played around with a way to present this that did not seem like the same old MVVM blog post that everyone has already written. Most of the blog post that I ran across explaining the pattern had lots of complicated diagrams and code snippets that would leave out vital pieces of information. I decided that ...
Today I bought an iPad at the Apple store in Greensboro, NC. No, it's not what you think. I have a client discussing with me some ideas for iPad applications. (I'll be buying a MacBook Pro soon, too.) General Store "Feel" I found it very interesting that they were relatively chaotic in the store. No one greeted us upon entry. It was relatively difficult to distinguish the employees from the patrons. The employees wore blue t-shirts with the Apple apple logo on the front. They did wear name badges ...
Another butt-kicking, and before 6:30 AM to be exact. I (obviously) like to write… well, maybe not so much that an editor is going to be reviewing my work, but if I’m doing my own editing, I can go on and on. So my solution to ‘Status Reports’ is to start the weekly report on Monday, and keep it open as a draft, typing in thoughts, problems, solutions… more of a journal than Status. Then at quitting-time on Friday, I send my boss and me both a copy. Since I’m my own boss for now – hey, a plus – see ...
An old colleague (Biff Gaut) of mine has a great daily newsletter from the PDC. This is certainly targeted for those of us looking for a “light” look at all things new that come out of PDC, but at times very technical with a perspective from someone who has been in the industry for some time (20+ years), started off as a C or C++ developer (not sure how early as I started with C/ASM). But, as always, with the technical content comes the sometimes dry, humor that only Biff can interweave into the ...
I was IM’ing with a co-worker recently, and both of us were working on writing Unit Tests for code we had just completed. He was saying that his car was having trouble, was in the shop, and that they really didn’t know what was wrong with it. I was going to tell him to not take any excuses from the mechanic, when the RhinoMocks IgnoreArguments()option popped into my head. I said something like “'tell him ‘FixMyCar.IgnoreArguments()’”, and it was a downward spiral of geek humor from there. Below is ...

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Manual Labor I find occasional manual labor projects oddly satisfying. I’ve spent the majority of my career sitting behind a desk programming, or otherwise working on a computer. Putting a little bit of muscle behind a task gives my mind a chance to wander. Working on something manually taxing allows me to think of things out of order and without context. It gives me time to think about relationships. The Art of Wandering Relationships allow me to go from one topic to another without worrying that ...
Last week, i.e. in a single week, Microsoft was on real tear: the company announced a release date for Windows 7, disclosed details of Zune HD and Zune’s integration into Xbox Live, discussed Project Natal and other coming improvements to Xbox, and launched its Bing “decision” engine. And all this week, at a special software design review (SDR) event, Microsoft is introducing major new business intelligence features coming in SQL Server 2008 R2, including its project Gemini product that helps rogue ...
Postal was revered in many countries because of it’s inherent ability to tick off people by going over the line with overly inappropriate ‘jokes’. Of course, our good friend Mr. Uwe Boll thought it a good idea to make a movie based on a game where random killing is built-in. Oddly though, the movie isn’t half bad. The movie actually is a relatively good representation of what the game is. Essentially the main character (known only as ‘The Postal Dude’) gets so annoyed with the little things of everyday ...
Yesterday, I took the longest plane ride of my life so far. (Yes, I know some of you international rock star types have taken longer, but this is my story.) Eight and a half hours (5 time zones) later and I’m sitting in Honolulu. I knew I was in for an adventure when I got to my seat and noticed the “in-flight entertainment system” which consisted of personal monitors for every seat and on demand movies and video games. woot! I had some work to do, but I had also spent a good chunk of my Easter weekend ...
Wow! If you have any sense of humor you have to see what Google has come up with now! As many of you know, you can set your Microsoft Outlook to have an automatic out of office reply. I will detail some tips on how to do that in a second. However, how great would it be to have an automatic, politician like, non-committal spin generator for when you are out of the office, instead? Leave it to the Geniuses at Google to add this feature to Gmail! Talk about an office productivity booster, instead of ...
The Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) will have its next meeting on February 25th at the Urbana Regional Library. This should be a great evening of talking .NET, doing some social networking and then wrapping-up the evening with a raffle. The scheduled agenda is: 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM - Intro Topic: Intro to LINQ with Ganesan Muthiah 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Main Topic: Using Silverlight in SharePoint with Sahil Malik Main Topic Description: Silverlight is one of the most exciting things to come out of ...
We had fun with this one and I hope that you enjoy it as well.  In this episode, you will hear our cheeky humor as well as learn where to focus your SharePoint skills for 2009.

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Because you have to have a sense of humor to do what I do. Otherwise, you'd go putting forehead-shaped dents on all of the flat surfaces your office, and we can't have that. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I'm here, and that's why I started this blog - to save your employer money on broken office furniture and computer hardware. I want to personally welcome you to what will become a heaping galvanized bucket-full of knowledge and wisdom regarding SharePoint, ASP.NET, Commerce Server, ...
After my previous blog posting asking for the old and familiar "Classic" start menu, it seems as if my VPC of Windows 7 has a sense of humor and obliged me with an old familiar BSOD...my first Windows 7 BSOD! For all the changes to things over the years with the Windows systems, this is one old standby that hasn't changed a bit. I ended up going into Windows normally but this process was repeatable and the next time I went to shut down my Windows 7 VPC I got the same BSOD. So it looks as if I have ...
After seeing a couple of other posts about resolutions, I couldn't resist. The funny thing is, I got this on the second attempt. Tags: Humor, Community ...
I may have been a little harsh in my initial criticism of Chinese Democracy. (I stand by my statement that this is not (nor should it be confused with) Guns N' Roses... more like Axl's solo project.) On my most recent drive to South Dakota (6 hours) I forced myself to listen to Chinese Democracy the entire way. Nice and Loud. Around the 4 1/2 hour mark, something happened. I started to catch myself singing along (even with the really bad songs, which I maintain there are a couple.) Maybe it's not ...
So we're having a terminology discussion with co-workers of mine. The word, "Screen" comes up, and one of my co-workers says, "It's not a screen! That's the thing you look at. It's a form!" Instant response from another co-worker, who has a gift for this kinda thing: "You're using a program called Windows and you can't see through it, so what the hell!" Technorati Tags: Humor,Development ...
Project management involves lots of metrics: data you gather, measure, and analyze to assess and predict the state of your project. But I find some of the most useful project metrics are often overlooked. Here are a few to add to your toolbox. WSR (Work-to-Sleep Ratio) This is a measure of how likely your team members are to make mistakes at crucial moments. If their WSR for the week is 1 or less, they're probably bored. 1.25 or even 1.5 are signs of a team moving at a good pace. Higher than that, ...
RealTechnologyHeroes.com RealTechnologyHeroes.com is a very cool website with a great concept. As described by many people, it "uses Geek Humor to recognize people for their special talents". One has the opportunity to send awards and to even create new ones on the fly. Example of awards include: "Mr. It Works on My Computer Guy", "Mr. I Can Write My Own Version of ASP.NET better than Microsoft" Guy and "Mr. Overly Complicated Application Guy" . This website is owned by the guy which Silverlight ...
Show – Off always Shown up in Showdown This was my fortune cookie the other day. It was attributed to Confucius. Now, I doubt that Confucius actually said it. The humor shines through only in English, I think. For the sake of not plagiarizing, let’s continue attributing it to Confucius. It reminds me of another quote that I heard a while back. This one attributed to a Buddhist monk “What I am I am and say not. Being is the great explainer”. We will get to this quote in a moment. But first … If you ...
I've known Kirstin pretty much since she came to Magenic, and she's one of the smartest (and most energetic) people I know. Shortly after joining our team, she was off and running and hasn't slowed down yet. Through dogged persistence (and a few emails), I was able to keep up with her long enough to ask her these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. I had a brief stint in Silicon Valley right at the beginning of the tech bubble – that was cool! Got home-sick though. 2. ...

Biff Gaut is continuing his tradition of mixing humor with some good technical content as he attends the PDC.  Over the past several PDC's, Biff has always been able to sprinkle his dry sense of humor into the mix of his daily reports on what he sees.

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I wrote recently how Jerry Seinfeld is going to be a celebrity pitchman for Microsoft. The initial fruits of that labor have been released. Watch it and let me know what you think. UPDATE: Here's a link to a higher quality version of the video. My feelings are mixed. Yes, it is funny. It successfully blends the observational and situational humor of Jerry Seinfeld with the dry, geeky image of BillG. While I like Seinfeld and have always found the video bits that BillG has done at Microsoft very entertaining, ...
I met Lisa through my interaction with Microsoft as a VB MVP. We got a chance to hang out some at Tech Ed 2008 and via the VB mailing list. She's got a great sense of humor and is also one of the smartest people I've met. She's also incredibly busy, so I've been chasing her via email to bring you these NINE Questions with Lisa Feigenbaum: 1. Where are you from? Los Angeles, in the Encino area. (Yes, like the movie Encino Man.) It’s part of the San Fernando Valley. I’ve toned down the accent a bit ...
Have you ever tried to remote into a windows machine and couldn't because the machine had exceeded its available sessions? Can't RDP into a machine because there are already 2 active sessions? Want to play party tricks on your friends and wow them with your "techie-ness?!" Say hello to my little friends qwinsta and rwinsta (AKA query session and reset session, respectively) The Disappearing Session Magic Trick Open a command line. Find the computer in your network you want to query. Type this, smile, ...
I saw The Dark Knight last week. I was anticipating this film for some time and it did not disappoint. For those of you who know me, I can't simply give a "thumbs up/down" review. So if you're in a hurry… I highly recommend this movie but I must warn you that it is dark, unhappy, disturbing, and emotionally exhausting. If you're not in a hurry… My general sense of the movie is that it is dark and disturbing. I equate it to disturbing in the sense of Silence of the Lambs. The story is excellent and ...
I have been trying for the last year to write a OneNote book. (Old news, I know) After a flash of inspiration caused by a friendly comment, I have realized why this book hasn't been working. Most books on computer applications tend to be step by step directions on how to use the software. I write that kind of book, and not too badly either. But for this book, that approach hasn't been working. What I was writing was coming out boring and unreadable. I wasn't having fun writing it and I knew it wasn't ...
Agility Starts With Sales How many of us have had a sales rep sell us something we didn't need as a solution for a problem we needed solved and solved well. Everybody? That's what I thought. Often times, we as consumers get sold things that unnecessarily do more than just meet our basic need. Other times, we get told a product can do something when it can't. We want marketing to be enthusiastic about our software, but there are limits to everything. Better make sure marketing has actually used the ...
He seems to take it better than Bill did the pie. Steve Ballmer Egged in Hungary - Watch more free videos Technorati Tags: microsoft,humor,video,steve ballmer ...
Amazing... you let someone go to ONE MVP Summit and sit in a couple VB sessions and now he's a man on a mission. You're preaching to the choir here D. (Not that your message isn't right, because it is... I just find the newfound enthusiasm amusing.) Read more here... He's right of course... the lang wars are soooo 5 years ago. The divide is getting narrower and narrower every year. One thing I've noticed is that you don't really see the VB guys bashing C# nearly as much as the other way around. Wanna ...
Today was my first day of SharePoint training. I've been to the New Horizons facilities here before (for Code Camp) so other than the foot of snow in my driveway, it was pretty uneventful getting there. The class is going well so far. Lots of introductory material which is good since I'm a total SharePoint newb. The instructor has a decent sense of humor (thankfully, since I busted on him a couple times... hey ya gotta do something to stay awake after lunch!!) I can already see some pretty cool potential ...
Rob Conery has posted a webcast showing the new Repository base class functionality coming in the next version of Sub Sonic. Adding this functionality to Sub Sonic is *awesome* as I'm one of the many who aren't a fan of having "smart" objects (I'm sure I could make a correlation between smart/dumb objects and Tucker Max's rules on dating...and lose all female readership in the process...so we'll just carry on). Now, at this point I could leave it here and you would have a great post encouraging you ...
I love when web categorization goes wrong! Check this out. Go to toysrus.com and select Shop By Age. Select Big Kids and yes you get some fairly age appropriate recommendations: But then Narrow By Category to Arts & Crafts and guess what. Teenagers are really into Thomas the Tank Engine! Who knew? Technorati Tags: shopping,humor ...
Thanks to the Marketing with Microsoft for Partners... blog for letting me know about this one. John and I were both said, "There are others like us!!!" Technorati Tags: Microsoft,Conference Call,Humor ...
Please stop shoving icons onto my desktop and quick launch bar every time you update. Your like a rude guest that shows up unannounced and then leaves his trash behind. I'd tell you from now on it's by appointment only, but for some reason if I don't let you show up when you want, your many enemies might break into my house. Why don't they just break into yours? I like spending time with you. Well, not really. But you're the only way I can Quickly view some of my videos, any Time I want. And I know ...
Video: Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip Technorati Tags: humor,microsoft,bill gates,video ...
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'Twas the night before implementation and all through the house, not a program was working, not even a browse. The programmers hung by their tubes in despair, with hopes that a miracle soon would be there. The users were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of inquiries danced in their heads. When out in the machine room there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter. And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a super programmer (with a six-pack of beer). ...
Click here for part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 For those of you who don't know, I've been wanting to build a new development workstation for quite some time now. You would think that it would be an easy task and one that would not take very long to accomplish; but you would be wrong. You see, I don't do anything the easy way. Maybe this is out of sheer ego or maybe it's that I have some real luck issues, but if the fact here is that during this process (at least at the beginning of it) I became very ...
Ok....First off, know that I don't normally watch "broadcast" TV. Up until last night the only TV show I watch which isn't on basic cable is "House, M.D" (WHICH PREMIERS TONIGHT! WOOT). That being said, I have a new sitcom I will be setting up on my DVR to record. "The Big Bang Theory" is on CBS and in my time zone comes on at 8:30 on Mondays. I watched the first episod e ( i think ) last night and its HYSTERICAL. Yes--Its stereotypical geeks with a stereotypical blonde bombshell bimbo. Will the ...
I've long felt there was a special place in hell for American Airlines employees. Now I realize that, at the very least, they won't be alone. Northwest Airlines has managed to earn a special place in my heart as well. The last few weeks, I've been "forced" to fly NWA instead of AA. I say "forced" with a smile because while nobody actually held a gun to my head, I still didn't really have a choice in the matter. When you're booking short notice, you take what's available. So... on one of my recent ...
We went to see Stardust tonight, the fantasy story/fairy tale starring Claire Daynes and Robert DiNero, and Michelle Pfeifer (who can still look cougar-hot even with tonnes of makup on to try and turn her ugly). I went in with absolutely no expectations, and seeing that this movie seemingly came out of no-where with very little marketing, I really didn't know anything other than what I saw in the previews. The movie is fantastic. Guys, if you're looking to take a girl on a date movie and she's somewhat ...
I've been tagged (see here for details) So here are a few things I couldn't live without in no particular order: 1. My Husband and My Son: Yes I know--All Together Everyone (AWWWWW). But seriously, they are the reason I get up in the morning and trudge off to work and they are the reason I rush home every day. My husband for his quirky sense of humor and unusual perspective on the world. My son for being that little piece of immortality I leave for the future. 2. My Zen Vision: M MP3 player: I couldn't ...
No shop talk on this post...just strictly personal stuff, but hopefully somewhat entertaining (kind of like how Chris's posts are always entertaining...although I always feel guilty reading them and enjoying his humor because I know it always comes at his expense...). My wife and I do movie night every Tuesday (the theatres here offer a free popcorn/drink with each movie ticket, so its a great excuse...but really, even if they didn't offer it, its great to set aside a night with your honey and spend ...