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14 of us gathered last night for a great presentation. As advertised, Les Brown of Sogeti came out to talk to us about the 4.0 enhancements, and brought along a new graduate and fellow-worker Chris Ross (Congratulations on your degree, again). Good discussion about MEF and Les' approach to using it, all of which is available on CodePlex along with other fun things Les has done, for example: FileUpload Control, FlipPanel, Animation Extensions, etc., and also his CodeCamp material. As it turned out ...
Event On June 7th Expression Studio 4 will be launched at the Internet Week in New York. One day later, on June 8th, the Dutch Silverlight and Expression User Group SIXIN organizes the Dutch Community Launch in collaboration with Microsoft and Centric at Centric's office in IJsselstein. To celebrate the 4 Expression release we have two interesting speakers. In addition, we give three packages Expression Studio and more great gifts away. Program The preliminary program for the evening is as follows: ...
I released another new extension to the Visual Studio Gallery again today called Work Item Visualizer for TFS 2010. I've only heard positive things about it so far, hopefully it stays that way :) Basically, it creates a diagram of all work items linked to a work item ID which the user specifies in a search box. This extension was coded using DGML (the same graph rendering language used for the Visual Studio 2010 Architecture Tools). It was pretty cool getting a chance to create something using some ...
Good Product Owners will help the team be the best that they can be. Bad product owners will mess with the team and won’t care about the team. If you’re a product owner, seek to do good and avoid bad behavior at all costs. Remember, this is for YOUR benefit and you have much power given to you. Use that power wisely. Scope Creep The product owner has several tools at his disposal to inject scope into an iteration. First, the product owner can use defects to inject scope. To do this, they’ll tell ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce our May speaker will be Kevin Griffin. Kevin has been speaking at several community events this spring and we’re pleased he’s stopping by FredNUG to present at our May meeting. On May 18th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, Kevin Griffin will present “Awesomize Your Windows Apps.” The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social Networking/Announcements 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Main Topic: Awesomize Your Windows Apps ...
In a previous post, I outlined the rules of Scrum. This post details one of those rules. I’ve often heard similar phrases around Scrum that clue me in to someone who doesn’t understand Scrum. The phrases go something like this: “We don’t do Agile because the idea of letting people just do whatever they want is wrong. We believe in a more structured approach.” (i.e. Work is Prison, and I’m the Warden!) “I love Agile. Agile lets us do whatever we want!” (Cowboy Agile?) “We’re Agile, but we use a process ...
Well we got the hung election so many of us wanted! I believe it really is time for electoral change. Why? Consider: the ConMen under Cameroon have polled 36% of the great British voting public – well those that got to vote!! That means 64% of us don’t want him as PM. So what gives him the right to govern? Well an ancient voting system ideal for two party politics. But for the last 30 years we’ve had multi-party politics and going forward we may see 4 or 5 parties stepping up. We have to set in place ...
Well we got the hung election so many of us wanted! I believe it really is time for electoral change. Why? Consider: the ConMen under Cameroon have polled 36% of the great British voting public – well those that got to vote!! That means 64% of us don’t want him as PM. So what gives him the right to govern? Well an ancient voting system ideal for two party politics. But for the last 30 years we’ve had multi-party politics and going forward we may see 4 or 5 parties stepping up. We have to set in place ...
[Suggested twitter tag #selfpacedazure] We (myself and David Gristwood) have been working in the UK to create a fantastic opportunity to get yourself up to speed on the Windows Azure Platform over a 6 week period starting May 10th – without ever needing to leave the comfort of your home/office. The course is derived from the internal training Microsoft gives on Azure which is both fun and challenging in equal parts – and we felt was just too good to keep to ourselves! We will be releasing more details ...
I’ve been doing the whole programming thing for awhile and reading and watching some of the best in the business. I have come to notice that the really great developers do a few things that (I think) makes them great. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I am one of these few. I still struggle with doing some of the things that makes one great at development. Coincidently, many of these things also make you a better person period. Believe That Guidance Is Better Than Answers This is one I ...
One of my colleague and friend, Robin is playing and struggling with the ASP.NET MVC 2 on a project these days while I’m struggling with a annoying client. Since it’s his first time to use ASP.NET MVC he was meetings with a lot of problem and I was very happy to share my experience to him. Yesterday he asked me when he attempted to insert a <br /> element into his page he found that the page was rendered like this which is bad. He found his <br /> was shown as a part of the string rather ...
I wrote this two years ago and thought it was worth posting… Some may think this is a daunting task and some may even say “what a waste of time” and want to open MS Project and start typing out tasks because someone asked for an estimate and a task list. Hell, maybe you even use Excel and pump out a spreadsheet with some real scientific formula for guessing how long it will take to code a bunch of classes. However, this short exercise will provide the basis for the entire project, whether small or ...
Here’s the obituary my mother wrote for Tykie, I still miss the little guy quite a bit. Anyone who’s interested in further information on hearing dogs should check out the IHDI website. I cannot begin to express how helpful a hearing dog can be for the hearing impaired. If you feel so inclined, please make a donation. In Memoriam, Tykie 1993-2010 The American Legion Post 401, South Wichita, KS, supported one of its members and commander by sponsoring a service dog for him. Unlike most service dogs ...
Alot of literature has and is being written about agile developement and its surrounding philosophies. In my quest to find the best way to express the importance of agile methodologies, i have found Robert C. Martin's "A Satire Of Two Companies" to be both the most concise and thorough! Enjoy the read! Rufus Inc Project Kick Off Your name is Bob. The date is January 3, 2001, and your head still aches from the recent millennial revelry. You are sitting in a conference room with several managers and ...
On Saturday 35(ish) developers met up on rainy day in Birmingham to take part in an Open Space Code day on the Windows Azure Platform. Around 5 of us had experience of Open Space meetings or developing for Azure prior to the day – and I think only two of us had experience of both :-) As I was on point to keynote the day and make sure it was a success, I did turn up with a few concerns matched by a good deal of excitement. My primary concern was that people would expect to be trained – and the Open ...
I've been home since Saturday, but today (Monday) is my first day back in the 'real world' after spending time breathing the rarified air shared amongst the attendees of the 2010 MVP Summit. Very simply put, the Summit brings together the MVPs and the Product Team members for the area of competency in which you're involved. There's some picking of brains both ways, and a bit of roadmap discusion. Beyond that, it's a world-wide networking opportunity to see all those folks you only see once or twice ...
One of my goals for the year was to speak at least three times this year and from the looks of things, it appears I’ll meet that goal in the first half of the year. This is what’s going on this year for me (subject to additions/changes): Rocky Mountain Tech Tri-Fecta 2.0 - http://rmtechtrifecta.pbwor... Coders For Charities (C4C) - http://coders4charities.org/ Chicago Alt.NET May Meeting KC .NET UG July Meeting Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) Virtual Alt.NET Meetings Other Events Rocky ...
After the second installment of our Speaker Idol format, I was asked by INETA to write an article for the January newsletter targeting other user group leaders. It came out great. The article describes the event format and some of our lessons learned. You can view the article at http://ineta.org/newsletter... There is a lovely mug shot. That serves me right for not having a more professional picture ready and had to get someone to take a picture in the office with ...
I am very excited to announce the Community Megaphone Podcast. It is a new podcast hosted by myself and G. Andrew Duthie (aka devhammer) that focuses on community as well as technology. The guests will be developers and speakers that you would find at your local user group or code camp. Our hope is that this podcast will help you, as a developer, to learn more about speakers in your area and encourage you to visit your local user groups or code camps. The podcast is part of Community Megaphone and ...
Wow, it only seems like just last week I was sitting at my PC trying to determine what I was going to concentrate on in software development for 2009. I had also just started the Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) in September 2008 and I was trying to figure out how to get speakers scheduled. Then, things started to quickly fall into place. My local INETA mentor, Frank La Vigne, provided me with a few names of well respected .NET MVPs who would most likely be interested in speaking at FredNUG. (Thanks ...

Registration is now open for the SBUG meetings in January.  Refer to the below link for details and registraton

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This last weekend I had the opportunity to head up to Des Moines, Iowa and give a presentation at the a regional developer event called the Iowa Code Camp. Due to a bunch of recent travel and speaking commitments (including the Windows 7 Launch event in St. Louis and spending next week in LA for PDC) I decided a weekend in Des Moines would make a very nice little trip for the family. During my time at the conference my wife and three little girls took the opportunity to hit the local zoo and the ...
First of all, you should go to this site to read about the ten reasons you should learn and use web standards. Next, you should travel to DNNCreative website to read an article by Stuart Colville entitled Become a better Standardista. Finally, you should travel to the Wrox site to read the Wrox Blox that Cuong Dang wrote on DotNetNuke and Web Standards. Many companies need to sell to upper management why they should have a DotNetNuke site and web standards often comes up in this conversation. Cuong ...
Billy McCafferty will join us once again on the heels of releasing Service Pack 1 for S#arp Architecture version 1. He will spend some time reviewing feature improvements, changes and add more context tot he framework where time was not permitted in the first meeting. If you have any specific questions you would like addressed during the evening please let the thread begin... Time and location of the meetings Times below are Central Daylight Time Start Time: Nov 4, Each week 8:00 PM UTC/GMT -5 hours ...
The team and I were having a conversation about developers (we do that from time to time). It went something like: “Isn’t it a shame that so many developers are stuck on Visual Studio 2005 when Visual Studio 2008 would be way better for them and Visual Studio 2010 is just around the corner” “Why is that?” <LONG CONVERSATION LISTING EVERY REASON DEVELOPERS ARE ON 2005 DELETED> “And… then there are all these myths that developers believe to be true which hold them back from adopting Visual Studio ...
We got a couple upcoming meetings for software developers in the Baton Rouge area that are going to be a great amount of fun and learning (what, together? Nahhh…) BRDNUG Meeting: Tomorrow, Oct 21 2009 Brian Sullivan from the Shreveport area will be coming down to speak on NHibernate with Fluent NHibernate. Should be a great meeting, I’m very sadly missing it. Agenda 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm: General Introduction/Food and Drinks 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm: Brian will speak on NHibernate with Fluent NHibernate 7:20 ...
I’ve been tracking my time in one form or another for just under twenty years. Until recently, I must confess that my motivation for tracking my time has been largely accountability. Although I have never had issues remaining productive, I don’t have good memory for certain things. I remember numbers, equations, programming languages, solutions, etc, very well…I just can’t remember what I did yesterday! Even though I’ve never had someone ask me what I’ve been working on, or question my priorities, ...

Just a reminder that previous content from SBUG meetings is available from skydrive

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For Visual Studio 2010 / TFS 2010 please see: http://geekswithblogs.net/M... In one of our meetings the other day a few developers on our team asked if there was an Auto Shelve feature in TFS to shelve their pending changes automatically each night. I couldn't find anything in the Visual Studio 2008 IDE that allowed us to do this. After some research, I did find a work around. Basically, I just created a batch file that uses ...
Due to scheduling conflicts, the meeting has been moved to Thursday September 24, 2009. http://groups.google.com/gr... I updated the original post as well. This being the second time in two months comes with a little explanation. The business where we hold our meetings graciously lets us use the meeting space for free. As such sometimes they ask that we reschedule to meet their needs ...
September Meeting - 17 September 2009 6PM Two meetings for the price of one! This month we start up again after our summer break with a new twist to the user group experience here in Charleston…now you get 2 user groups for the price of 1! :) Our next meeting on September 17th, 2009 at Blackbaud on Daniel Island will feature the Greater Charleston .NET User Group meeting in one room with the brand new SQL Server User Group meeting in another room. Both groups will meet at the same location on the ...
I try to spend a little time every day brushing up on my developer skills. Some days I have more success than others. I might attempt to brush up on my skills by reading a tech book (currently working through "Working Effectively with Legacy Code" by Michael C. Feathers, I'm loving that book!), practicing some new language features (I'm still wrapping my head around lambda expressions and LINQ) or just browsing tech blogs and listening to tech podcasts. I do this partly because our industry changes ...
Wow what an event considering that it was first SQL Saturday event in South Florida, now the next event we have to setup is where Scott Klein will jump in a pool full of alligators, (he had promised in one of the SQL PASS meetings that he would do that if we have more than 300 registered attendees, and it was way more than that). I did a session on ADO .Net sync services (my favorite), one thing that surprises me is that it’s been out for well over 2 years and still has not found a big user base. ...
I experienced this error recently and spent an eternity trying to resolve it. I finally found the solution to my problem and wanted to document it for others. For me, the issue only appeared when I tried to invite people to a scheduled meeting. Under normal circumstances, blank (no invitees) scheduled meetings worked fine. Ad-hoc meetings worked fine. Some invitees worked, but others did not. When an invitee caused the issue to appear, this message would be displayed either when I saved/sent the ...
NewCloudApp is a challenge (some kind of developers contest) for Azure based applications. See www.newcloudapp.com My application (for Ordina.be) called SHPH as submission for this is running on shph2.cloudapp.net. SHPH is an application in the cloud running on the Microsoft Azure Services Platform. Using this application allows sending pictures taken during holidays from a PC in your hotel to PC’s at home via the cloud. The idea is to share your holiday experience directly with family and friends. ...
Tags: Surface A lot of people come to me with the question “why should we, as an organization, invest in Surface?” Or, to be more honest: developers come to me with the question “What can I do to convince my manager to buy us a Surface Unit"?”, which is the same question but more honest. The answer is, of course, the same answer as I give to everyone who asks me for a justification for investing in hard- and software: there needs to be a business case. And in these hard economic times: there needs ...
Sometimes I get the feeling the Dutch are pretty much of a gadget freak. Somehow we are always one of the firsts to try out new things, to play with new toys and to advocate new technologies. Since we have quite a small population (about 16 million people) I find it rather amazing that everytime there is something new and cool, you’ll always find some Dutch there. Same goes for Surface. Dr. Neil Roodyn told me once that no matter where he gave his Surface training, there was always at least one Dutch ...
June 29, 2009 --- Introduction Good afternoon. My name is Andrew Brust. I am the Chief, New Technology at twentysix New York, a consultancy specializing in application development, business intelligence and other software technologies. I am also a native New Yorker and former technology professional with the City of New York. In the mid and late 1980s, I was a programmer for the Department of Parks and Recreation and later I was the Computer Systems Director at the Department of Cultural Affairs. ...
To make a pun about an “elephant in the room,” one cannot discuss technical writing these days without involving India. It is a particularly touchy subject, especially for American writers, but I will hazard a few observations. The quality of writing coming from India in the early days showed that it was in its early stages of development. Although, English-language-speaking Indians created a market for technical writers, much of the written content contained somewhat stilted language that a good ...
The Adobe UG here in Winnipeg has an event tomorrow night (Thursday, June 25th). From their website (which you should visit to RSVP to): Flash Catalyst/Flash Builder Demos Date and Time: June 25, 2009 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm Address: Red River College 160 Princess Street Winnipeg, Manitoba Speakers: Darren Osadchuk Agenda: Adobe recently made beta versions of Flash Catalyst and Flash Builder publicly available on Adobe Labs. Come out and see these exciting new tools in action and learn how they integrate ...
I'm starting a new usergroup with focus on the Azure Services Platform and .NET Services. AZUG.BE is a Belgian user group with focus on development and architecture of the Microsoft Azure Services Platform. Azure is a cloud hosted development platform for internet oriented applications aimed at high scalability and based on .NET technology. Our goal is to share knowledge and experiences with the .NET community in development and architecture in the Azure Services Platform and the .NET Services technology. ...
This month Howard Davy will be discussing SharePoint Designer Workflows. He was one of the volunteers for SharePoint Saturday Kansas City. He helped orchestrate the event with me and a ton of other people. As his day job he’s a SharePoint Trainer, so this should be a really good presentation. If you guys are in Kansas City and find SPD a little scary. I would show up just to see what it actually can do. We are meeting as usual this Thursday at 5:45 pm at Centriq (8700 Stateline, Leawood, KS 66206). ...
This is Fun... We are so excited about Tech Ed India, Me, Abhishek Kant, Abhishek Baxi Sitting in Delhi Airport waiting for our flight (Delayed), I am Flying back to Bangalore and they are on the way to HYD (Tech ED), I am going to Tech Ed on 14th One day later... have pre configured meetings for 13... me and Kashi (BDotNet) are going together to HYD on 14.. it will be serious Fun to catch up with everyone there. Right now we are simply sitting in unbelivably clean Delhi Airport .. ya we are missing ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, May 27th at the Urbana Regional Library. We’re pleased to have Jeremy Kadlec returning to FredNUG as well as Steve Andrews who is coming to FredNUG as part of his goal of 52 (yes 52!) talks to the Developer Community this year. It will be an excellent meeting filled with valuable content! The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: SQL Server Dynamic Management Views with Jeremy Kadlec Speaker Bio: Jeremy Kadlec ...
If you live in Phoenix, Arizona or anywhere near, or have the ability to get here at will, May and June are going to be great months for developers! I'm writing this post as much for my own memory as to get everyone else on-board! Team System Big Event May 7, 2009 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM This “break through” event will not only provide you with best practices around development and testing, but will demonstrate key capabilities of both Visual Studio Team System 2008 and the upcoming 2010 release. It’s ...
I’ve known Shawn for a few years now, mostly through his work with the developer community and of course his affiliation with INETA. I figured it was time you got to know him as well. Here are NINE Questions with Shawn Weisfeld: 1. Where are you from? I was born in Brooklyn New York and moved to South Florida when I was still in grade school. After graduating from high school I moved to Orlando to go to college at the University of Central Florida. There I was introduced to my first User Group, the ...
Register Now: $299 rate through May 8, 2009 Students attend for only $50. (Must be enrolled full time and present valid ID) Check with UMSA member and affiliate organizations for a discount code! Conference DVD Special Offer: Register by April 30 and you can purchase the 2009 conference DVD with PPTs /audio presentations for just $69. (Regularly $129; a 45% discount!) Order DVDs at the conference. See Pre-Conference events for additional professional development opportunities Keynotes: Howard Schmidt ...
I know, what's new Chris! We have heard this a million times before you. And, yes, you might have heard this a million times before me. But, as I go from project to project there is one thing that remains constant for a successful project and that is good communication. When communication fails the project fails when its flows easily then projects are successful. That's one of the reasons why I am a fan of true Agile/Scrum types of development efforts over things like Rational and waterfall. Don't ...
I was talking to a US friend recently about what his experience is coming through the Canadian border when doing speaking at a user group, code camp, or conference. He said he’s never had a problem doing it. Huh…in fact, when I talk to any of my US friends who speak in Canada, none of them seem to have any issue and none of them withhold any information when declaring what they’ll be doing. The reason for this is because Canada actually has a list of jobs that do not require a work permit. And oh…look ...