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I’ve been meaning to blog for the last couple of year but it’s been really hard with work. I’m challenging myself to write more this year and also do some vlogs I’d like to record some 5-10 min videos explaining how to do something. I feel we live a world right now where 1h webcast are just too long, I usually tune out after 5-10m. So I’ll try to solving little thing with examples in that timeframe to help you guys fix/enable some functionality in TFS. I’m very happy to be renewed for the 10th year, ...
I am very honored to have received this award again. This is my fifth year in a row now and it feels really great! ;) That past year was a really blast and had a great time with the MVP Global Summit, was able to create and published new versions of my open-source controls at Codeplex, technical forum contributions, blogging,writing articles and speaking. I’m glad and very happy that I made it again this year despite of all the busy stuffs at work and life, I still manage to contribute to the ASP.NET ...
Our West Palm Beach Developer Group March 2012 meeting featured Herve Roggero, Azure MVP and co-founder of Pyn Logic. Herve covered multiple case studies on migrating existing application to SQL Azure. This event was quiet popular filling-in our meeting room. We would like to thank PC Professor for hosting our meeting and Sherlock Technology for sponsoring our free food. Our April 24th, 2012 meeting will feature Will Tartak who will be demonstrating how he used ServiceStack.net to quickly develop ...
In the previous posts we talked about the transport extension that scaling-out our WCF services over a message bus transportation. What we have done is to use request reply MEP as a example, and implement the asynchronous methods that makes our transport support the normal WCF usage – ServiceHost and ChannelFactory on service hosting and client invoking. Request reply MEP is the most common mode when we are using WCF, but there are two MEPs available in WCF as well: datagram and duplex. In this post ...
I know I am not a wise old sage like some people in the community. I just turned 30 however I feel like all my years looking back have changed me. My collective experiences and thoughts have given me a different perspective on life recently. Seven months ago my head was in a gutter and since then a lot of things have happened. I was always the weird kid in the corner reading Star Trek books. When I was in elementary school I thought that kids would throw me birthday parties out of pity because I ...
Microsoft is running another Dream Build Play contest and once again I’m entering. (You can enter too by registering here –> https://www.dreambuildplay.... I’ve entered every year since the inaugural launch in 2007. Every year I had a fantastic game idea. Every year I worked really hard on it. Every year I never finished and never submitted. So why am I doing this yet again? Because I want to be part of something. I miss the old XNA community of yore and with lack of announcements ...
Last week was the Microsoft MVP Global Summit, where Microsoft brings together their independent experts and community leaders for a week of sessions, product group interactions, and some fun along the way. These nights are always epic, stretching into the wee hours of the morning. I brought my camera and flipcam with me this year to capture the events, and so I give you The Most Epic MVP Attendee Party EVAR in Three Acts! It has everything – Playing football on an NFL field, singing karaoke with ...
With modern frameworks available that were built with loose coupling and separation of concerns in mind, working in WinForms may seem like a testability wasteland. But there are times when the options of WPF with MVVM or MVC on the web are not available, and you’re stuck with WinForms. But fear not, the Mode-View-Presenter pattern is here to save the day! If you are not familiar with the MVP pattern, the idea is that you have a presenter, which handles all the interactions between the user and the ...
I have some basic rules when it comes to checked in code to TFS. The one at the top of the list of rules is that, any developer should get the latest code from TFS, deploy and have a working web part, workflow or any other customization in SharePoint. This means that all dependencies should be deployed with the customization. If the web part uses a custom list as a data source, then a developer should not have to manually create site columns with the ‘correct’ internal and display name, list instances ...
Each week, the different MVP Leads send out an email communication to their MVPs letting us know about upcoming events and other things relevant to us. As part of that newsletter, an individual MVP is often highlighted. This week, I’m the featured MVP! Thanks, Heather, for spotlighting me and the Windows Phone Marketplace Requests site ...
I work as a Tech Lead/Web Developer, focusing mainly in ASP.NET technologies. My exploration into programming began at the age of 15;Turbo PASCAL, C, C++, JAVA, VB6,Flash and a variety of other equally obscure acronyms, mainly as a hobby. After several detours, I am here today on the VB.NET to C# channel. I now work on ASP.NET+C#+MSSQL+EF+LINQ+AJ... which go together like coffee crumble ice cream. I am a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP since 2009, Microsoft Influencer and a regular ...
In January 0f 2009 something crazy and awesome happened for me, SharePoint Saturday was born. I was a 26 year old girl from Saint Louis Missouri who was living in Olathe, KS. About 5 month prior I went to the most pivotal event in my career and life in Washington DC, the Regional SharePoint Conference, where I met Michael Lotter, Paul Galvin, Tony Lanni, Bob Fox, and Rachel Appel. Several months later I was visiting Michael at a code camp in Raleigh North Carolina and he told me we’re going to have ...
There’s an ongoing discussion in the community about various aspects of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) awards and this is a quick contribution I’ll make to share a few thoughts. Recent events in this discussion include MVPs who either weren’t re-awarded and/or declined their award. There are alignments and differences between their perspectives and mine, particularly in the areas of expectations and values. This is one of my contributions to that on-going discussion. In it’s simplest ...
If you follow the MVP program a bit, you might have heard about Rob Eisenberg and his struggles with the MVP program. If you haven’t, well, just move along, there’s nothing interesting to read here. Still here? Good. For those of you who don’t know who Rob is: he is the creator of Caliburn and Caliburn Micro, a MVVM Framework I truly love, support and have written about here before. He is one of the bigger contributors to the Open Source community in the Microsoft technologies. If you work on anything ...
I received the good news on Jan 1st that, for the 4th year in a row, I was awarded a Microsoft MVP award for ASP.NET/IIS. There’s some movement as there always is – some people not getting renewed their MVP award, new people attaining it. Some people have publically voiced how they turned down the award or just didn’t bother working for it for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into here. There’s also been some passionate Twitter discussions around community and groups and how valid they are, ...
Happy New Year! I am excited to be speaking at the first meeting in 2012 for the Tampa Bay Windows Phone 7 User Group As usual at Tampa WP7UG there is a jump start session for beginners before the meeting: 5:30PM An Intimate intro to WP7 Development with a local MVP Kevin Wolf in room 1, or a work session in the main room. Come on by early to hangout with other developers or attend the intro sessions. Here is the description of my presentation starting at 6:30PM: Live Tiles, Toasts and Push Notifications ...
January 2012 will go down as one of the most memorable months! What a fantastic way to start the year, received an email from Microsoft telling me that I have been presented with the Microsoft MVP Award in the Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Competency for 2012. Dear Tarun Arora, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise ...
I haven’t written a blog post in a while. I understand there is blog neglect going on, but there is a lot going on in my life. I am trying really hard to embrace the change and roll with everything thrown my way. I had a really hard year it was not my best and it was not my worst. I cannot say it was entirely hard, because January 1st I received the MVP Award. If you know me you know the three things that happened starting in August, but if you really know me it was miserable for a substantial period ...
On November 12th 2011, I gave a presentation at Chippewa Valley Code Camp titled, “Kinecting the Dots with the Kinect SDK”. As promised, here is the Slides / Code / Resources to my talk. (click image to download slides) The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers ...
"SQL Server-related performance problems come up regularly and diagnosing and solving them can be difficult and time consuming. Read SQL Server MVP Jonathan Kehayias’ Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA for descriptions of the most common issues and practical solutions to fix them quickly and accurately." Please go to http://www.red-gate.com/pro... RedGate produce some superb tools for SQL Server. Jonathan's book is ...
Introduction I’m sure by now you have heard that the Kinect SDK has been released by Microsoft. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog on “Getting the Most out of the Kinect SDK”. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at what it is: *Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect (originally known by the code name Project Natal),[8] is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console. Based around a webcam-style add-on ...
Introduction In case you missed it, I have a 10-part series on Silverlight 5 on SilverlightShow.net. In this extensive guide to Silverlight 5, I give a step-by-step introduction to Silverlight 5, and dives into the features most important to a Silverlight developer. You can check out the first 3 parts now and I will be adding a new one each week. The Roadmap for this Series I’ve included the Roadmap for the series below as you may want to visit other sections as you learn Silverlight 5. I picked ...
Below you will find my entire collection of Windows 8 Development Articles. I will focusing on XAML / C# Metro Applications in Windows 8, but may occasionally post on HTML / JS. Please bookmark this page as I plan on keeping this page updated with my latest Windows 8 articles. Windows RT XAML/C# Metro Applications Enabling Frame Rate Counters for XAML Applications in Windows 8 *NEW* - Adding an Application Bar to your XAML Metro Applications. Windows RT HTML/JS Metro Applications Enabling Frame Rate ...
Introduction I recently found out that I have been awarded with the Q3 Community Champion Award from INETA. It is a honor and a privilege to be part of this Elite group of community leaders. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by my peers for the community work that I do. Below is what the email said: I would like to congratulate you on winning the INETA Champion Award for the third quarter of 2011. I want to personally thank you for your time and effort in supporting and helping ...
Introduction We are all familiar with the Application Bars in Windows Phone 7… It can be achieved with a few lines of code as shown below: <phone:PhoneApplicationP... <shell:ApplicationBar> <shell:ApplicationBarIco... IconUri="/icons/download.png" IsEnabled="True" /> <shell:ApplicationBarIco... IconUri="/icons/settings.png" IsEnabled="True" /> <shell:ApplicationBar.Me... <shell:ApplicationBarMen... x:Name="mnuReturnToHome" Text="return ...
Hello Everyone, I thought I’d take a minute to update everyone on my upcoming talks and events that I will be attending. I have talks ranging from Kinect, Silverlight, HTML5 to OData! Wow, that’s a wide range of technology and I’m very passionate about everyone of them. Let’s get started. DevReach - October 17th through the 18th in Sofia, Bulgaria. I will not be speaking at this event only attending. I am very excited because this will be my first time visiting Bulgaria. I am looking forward to meeting ...
I was informed that my presentation on “Getting Started with the Kinect SDK” is now live on UserGroup.tv. The video quality is not that great, but that is my fault. Our camera quit working and someone had to record the session with an iPad2. Abstract: This talk is also designed for people who want to get started developing with the official Microsoft Kinect SDK. I will walk the user through downloading the bits and starting a new project. We will take a look at several great free open-source tools ...
Welcome to my new blog on this site. My current blog is still on: http://hassanfad001.blogspo... and will be moved soon to this site. Stay tuned for all information about: - Visual Studio (VS) - Team Foundation Server (TFS) & Team Foundation Service (Hosted TFS) - Visual Studio Application Life Cycle Management (ALM) - Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) - SharePoint (SP) - Community & MVP Program related staff and Microsoft Technologies at all. - ....ect Thanks. Hassan ...
In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Dave Campbell, Laurent Bugnion, Pete Brown, Asim Sajjad, Daniel Egan, Kunal Chowdhury, Joost van Shaik, Jeff Wilcox, Cristian Merighi, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 in Action Book Excerpt: Using the Accelerometer from Silverlight 5 via Native Extensions" Pete Brown WP7: "A note about remote URIs in Windows Phone secondary tiles" Jeff Wilcox Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Quick tip: Select the correct INotifyPropertyChanged in Windows 8 / ...
It looks like the MVP renewals went out over the weekend and we want to congratulate all the renewed and new MVPs for this quarter. If you are new, renews, or removed from the MVP program and are a Geekswithblogs.net blogger, please let us know @StaffOfGeeks and we will update our system accordingly. Congrats again! Technorati Tags: MVP,Geekswithblogs ...
When we talk about UI Architecture, a common theme of Model-View-Something continues to come up. The question is, however, what is the something? Am I working with Model-View-Controller? Model-View-Presenter? Something else? The purpose of this blog is to explore the difference between MVC / MVP to give you an understanding of what they mean to accomplish, what are the differences and what situations best cater to each. Does it really matter? Does the difference really matter between MVC / MVP? Well, ...
Introduction Just the other day I blogged about “Enabling Frame Rate Counter for XAML Applications in Windows 8”. At the very end of that post, I reminded everyone that that method does not work for HTML / JS Metro Applications. But, we are in luck as Mathias Jourdain provided sample code for accomplishing this in HTML / JS in his Build talk. The only problem was that he didn’t describe how to hook this into a new application to actually use. That is going to be the focus of today’s blog post. Let’s ...
On October the 15th, the Montreal .NET User Group will hold a special event... a full day of conferences and workshops on Azure ! The speakers for the special event will be our very own Guy Barrette, Azure MVP, Sébastien Warin also and Azure MVP and Cory Fowler who just happens to be yet another Azure MVP ! Ain't that just amazing to see how many of them Azure MVPs we managed to pack in the same room for you to learn from? All this for one low price... 10$.... and you have to be a registered and ...
I have been watching the influencer interviews with Richard Campbell as well as the Build Sessions recently published on Channel 9. Like most of you, I am trying to learn as much as I can about this new platform in the shortest amount of time. That is why I’m going to share my list of Killer Build Interviews and XAML Sessions. Note: Click on the image thumbnail to watch the video. First up, Interviews. Working at Telerik means that you get big influencers and great hosts at events like Build. I have ...
Introduction One of the things that we all look at before we ship software is the performance of our apps. Last November, I posted a quick and easy way to do it in Silverlight. Today, I am going to walk you through doing it in Windows 8 for your Metro XAML applications. After the Build event was over, I was interested in learning how to do this for my Windows 8 Metro Apps. I started watching videos from the Build RSS Feed and noticed this one from Tim Heuer that did just that. Let’s get started Click/Touch ...
Introduction I’m sure by now you have heard that the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate has been released. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog on “Getting Started with the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate”. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at a few new features: What is new in the Silverlight 5? Multiple Window Support - Trusted app can create additional Windows. Ancestor RelativeSource Binding – Enables a DataTemplate to bind to a property ...
Introduction The conference sessions are starting to appear on the Channel 9 RSS feeds right now. If you are like me then you probably want to download all of them and watch them later. Here is the method that I use to grab all the videos and thought that it would help others. Note: You can use either Juice or PowerShell (which is located at the bottom of this post). Let’s do this with Juice Navigate over to http://channel9.msdn.com/Ev... and select the option to Subscribe to this ...
I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ...
I usually do a bullet points from major conference events like this one from Mix11. The purpose of this post is to get you up to speed quickly with news and links you may enjoy. Build – Day 1 Keynote Windows 8 takes about half the amount of RAM to run compared to Windows 7. Windows 7 usage by consumers is now greater than Windows XP. Like the Metro Interface? Well, you better as the interface is similar to the Windows Phone 7. You can unlock your touch-enabled PC by tapping certain spots on a picture. ...
The August ‘11 TFS Power Tools are ready for download. Brian Harry has a good summary of the update here. The big visible changes are: 1. The ability to use the shell extensions against a TFS not on the same domain as your PC. You now get a credentials prompt. 2. Work Item Search!! The Work Item Tracking toolbar now contains a search box. I know my friend and fellow MVP Etienne Tremblay has been asking for this for about 5 years! 3. Rollback IN THE UI!! TFS 2010 introduced rollback. However, you ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for July 11 - 17, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Tutorials You Must Read Screencast: Modular WPF with MEF & MVVM Tutorial Part 1 The Windows Phone 7 Exam 70-599 is now available Consumerization of IT and Silverlight Line of Business Only on SilverlightShow: Brand New Windows Phone 7 eBook by the 4-time Silverlight MVP András Velvárt Visit and bookmark ...
At http://peterkellner.net/200... there is a very useful article by my fellow MVP Peter Kellner. This shows that ADO.NET is very much faster than LINQ to SQL unless the latter is compiled. Whilst there may be some cases where Linq to SQL offers genuine benefits, however we should proceed with caution in using Linq unless it a some single use form of query. I suggest after reading Peter's post you leave a note of appreciation for ...
I found out last night that I have been awarded with the Microsoft MVP Award for my contribution to the Silverlight community. It is a honor, a privilege and one of the biggest moments in my professional life. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by Microsoft for doing something that I love. According to Microsoft, this award is given by Microsoft to outstanding members of Microsoft's technical communities based on contributions made during the previous 12 months to offline ...
I was included in a very happy group of developers that yesterday was awarded (or re-awarded -- is that a word?) Microsoft MVP in their area of expertise. In my case, it was a re-award. My first was in 2007, so this is my 4th re-award. I'd like to take space in my blog to personally thank my Lead, Allen Li, and the folks on the Silverlight team for once again including me in the list with the cool kids. Also the Silverlight team for their steadfast support of the MVPs by keeping us in the loop. Re-awards ...
I’m quite happy , just recieved the mail that I’m MVP again ...
I just got a great news from Microsoft that I’m re-awarded as Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for this year. This is my 3rd year in a row as an MVP and I’m of course very happy about and feel honored by it. Woohoo!! Here’s the Proof =} “Dear Vincent Maverick Durano, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate ...
I had a distinct pleasure of catching up with Russ Fustino of Toolshed fame who is the new amazing community leader for GrapeCity while I was at TechEd11 I was invited by Microsoft to help with Microsoft Expression Blend booth (more on that). Check out the entire blog post and video: GrapeCity Russ Cam Episode #8 (Video) / TechEd Atlanta 2011 – Part 2 (blog) Scott Hanselman, Microsoft Principal Web Community Architect, Mary Jo Foley, author of the “All About Microsoft” Blog on ZD NET , Colin Blakey, ...
I was pleasantly surprised by my inbox yesterday to find that my session submission for VMWorld 2011 had been accepted! I had been trying for many years to break in to doing some sessions at Microsoft's TechEd - always to no avail. It always seemed like you had to know the secret handshake, be an MVP or work for Microsoft. I felt like I was destined to settle with speakling at user groups, no matter how badly I tried to get more experience in front of larger groups. So when my local VMWare account ...