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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 ...
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I ran into Jessica at the MVP Summit and again recently at the Roanoke Code Camp, where she gave some BI talks. Jessica is an interesting person who not only codes in VB, but she digs sci-fi as well. Definitely a geek after my own heart. Check out these NINE Questions with Jessica M. Moss: 1. We’ll start off with an easy one… where are you from? I’ve lived most of my life in, and I still consider my home base to be, a little Virginian town called Culpeper. With my current job and an hour long drive ...
PACT , the Professional Association for Computer Training, is offering this session on April 10th. "Effective Career Management in a Challenging Economy" Presented By Mark Gasche Mark is the Director of Specialized Services at Capella University. April 10th 2009 Reclaim ownership of your career path! Your career doesn’t just happen. It needs proper care and feeding. Professional development applied thoughtfully to your career life serves as a crucial component of career development, job satisfaction, ...
Follow Me On Twitter http://twitter.com/Mohamed_... So, a very short note on my last news is that now I’m in Abu Dhabi, UAE; for a while not having a laptop, which is why I haven’t blogged since dotNETwork CodeCamp’09. Then I thought of Micro-blogging. If you know Twitter already you know what I mean, if not, think of something like facebook status; micro space to say something that’s in your mind now. A good way to say something quick and it has been popular for technical guys and even some western ...
Daylight Savings Time went into effect this past Sunday, and nearly all of my devices updated correctly. However, my Windows XP work PC didn't. My first inclination was to check the date/time settings. It was set to Eastern Standard Time, and the checkbox for adjusting for daylight savings was checked. I then set the clock ahead an hour, but a few minutes later it reverted back when it synchronized with the time server. I contacted the system administrator, and he said that my workstation was one ...
So, this post is probably more for my personal benefit than for anyone who may read, but I'm just going to highlight the good or bad of 2008 for my personal life and then visit my hopes for 2009. This year really marked the beginning of my involvement in the .NET community. I consider myself somewhere around a junior level developer, and by giving back to a community that has given so much to me, I know I have grown and learned more than had I just waited for knowledge to come to me. I got involved ...
It's the end of the 2008, and I will be celebrating the new year with Kitty and some friends from work tonight. Although this is a time for fun, I feel it's important to look back and analyze what I've done and identify areas of improvement. Here is what I have accomplished this year: 1) Ran Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild 2) Presented at 13 events. It may not look like much, but doing all of that takes a good amount of energy. Running a user group is a constant process with many surprises that ...
Roanoke Valley .NET User Group meetings and events for the first quarter of 2009 has been scheduled. For more details visit www.rvnug.org January Meeting - Thursday, 1/8/2009 Justin Etheridge, founder of Richmond Meet and Code Dinners, Senior Consultant at Dominion Digital, will walk you through an ASP.NET MVC application. February Meeting - Thursday, 2/5/2009 Joel Cochran, RV.NUG Member extraordinaire presents, "Going beyond Hello World: Developing real world WPF applications using Blend and Visual ...
So some of you have no idea who I am. I don't even know who I am sometimes. What self respecting 26 year old knows who they are. Anyway, I moved to Kansas City about a year and a half ago and I was depressed when I moved. I had just started to get involved with the St. Louis Jewish Community. I was going to go to start school again, but my job basically was we want to move you to Kansas City and we don't really have other options. I knew how it went. I was 24 years old. I had to move. My boyfriend ...
Before I move on to other topics...I wanted to do one last post on STLDODN 2008. Now for some random event thoughts: The event was held this last weekend and it was one of the longest weekends of my year. As an organizer I spent last week stressing over many of the final details and anxiously awaiting final shipments of swag. I also spent a significant amount of time with my assistant* packing take-home bags. At one point I even paid each of my three girls $10/apiece to help stuff pens into bags ...
A user group officer has referred a friend to me -- his friend wants to start a user group and does not know where to begin. The three of us are going to work together to get a group up and running. I will blog my advice, the acutal steps (and notes on what works and what doesn't). Phase 1: In this phase, we're going to start planning and create the user group. The group must exist before you can do anything else (promote it, recruit speakers etc). Find one enthused person that wants to spearhead ...
Who would every believe that our local DotNetNuke user group membership would reach 100 online users. During the summer of 2007, I wanted to start a local DotNetNuke user group in our area. I first went to the DotNetNuke site and clicked on the Join A User Group Today link. At that location, you can find a local existing user group or start your own. We started our meetings on a Saturday after I constantly polled new members as to when they wanted to have a meeting. You can't please everyone on a ...
If you are a Microsoft Partner and are not a member of this group, please join us on December 18th to find out more about the group. The format of the meetings has changed, so if you've been before and decided not to come back, please reconsider and join us for the 2009 season. We have alot of great things in store! When: December 18th from 4:00 – 6:00 Where: Major’s Sports Café 6440 Wayzata Boulevard Golden Valley, MN 55426 Why: The local chapter of the IAMCP would like to provide an opportunity ...
Well after agreeing to take over managing my local user group I've managed to have 2 meetings in the past couple of months and interest seems to be building back up. On Wednesday it was my turn to present on some of the new T-SQL features found in SQL Server 2008. It felt good to be up front and presenting again as it has been a while for me. I was a bit rushed for time since I was the second of two presenters but that was fine with me. I simply cut out some demos. I know I made some mental notes ...
One of the timeless articles among the lists of "must reads" for programmers, The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Steven Raymond, was written to expose how the open source community can succeed. The article exposed commercial software construction as an unyielding entity that is structured and secretive, where only those closely involved understood the inner workings. Similarly, open source was associated with the bazaar, as a thriving community where everyone is involved, and the internal structure ...
(Reposted from Agile Summer Camp. The team will edit and improve that version, filling in the gaps in my memory and understanding. This is my rough draft.) Organized by Chris Woodruff with the able assistance of Josh Holmes and Michael Eaton, Agile Summer Camp 2008 was a fantastic success. This is an Agile Summer Camp Diary, documenting bits and pieces of a fun, rich, informative weekend with a crowd of unwashed geeks. No text page (nor even sadukie's great pictures) can capture the full experience ...
Please join us for the upcoming Chicago Architects Group meeting. The discussions during the meetings are usually lively and great for exchanging ideas. Please register at the link at the end of the information below. Hope to see you there. Chicago Architects Group - Thurs, November 20th Microsoft Corporation 3025 Highland Pkwy. Suite 300 Downers Grove, Il 60515 Presentation : Presentation at 6:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm The Business Process Workflow Model, a case study by Howard Edidin Register ...
All of the meeting times from now through the end of 2009 have been published on our meeting registration page. The topics for the 2009 meetings have not been finalized yet…so if you are interested in speaking please let me know. Online Event Registration - Powered by www.eventbrite.com ...
This morning I attended our weekly TechMasters meeting and, as always, I leave that meeting very inspired. The goal of the group is to help members improve their public speaking skills, both in prepared speeches as well as impromptu. We have 15 members as of today (after just 5 weeks of meetings), and we need 20 to official charter. I personally joined the group to improve my impromptu speaking. I was a trainer for years, and have since moved into other roles, and the old saying is very true... "If ...
So my wife and I sat down to watch "Strangers" last night. We tried to watch it for Halloween but our youngster was so hyper from candy overload it was hard to get him to bed. My rating would be: 6.5 stars out of 10 Summary: Overall, not a bad movie to watch and was entertaining for a horror flick. Liv Tyler, I thought did a good job with her acting. In many parts she betrayed really well how freaked out someone in that situation should have been. Scott Speedman on the other hand couldn't get less ...
Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised by receiving email from David Silverlight that I had won 4th prize in Community Credit October 2008 Contest. The prize I won is the awesome Electronic Drum-Kit T-Shirt that you can hit with your finder to play drum sounds. I think it would totally rock combined with the Equalizer T-Shirt I got from my lovely wife some time ago. The Community Credit awards are presented for community related activities that you submit during a month. For each activity you receive ...
Friend and colleague Jason Bock has asked me to consider presenting my parsing work at a future meeting of the Twin Cities Language User Group (TCLUG), and I was only too happy to accept. Jason and I haven’t worked out any details yet, but we’ll probably finalize my talk for either the April 2009 or May 2009 meeting. When I get more information, I will be sure to post it here. In the meantime, I encourage everyone in the Twin Cities area (that’s Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and St. Paul, Minnesota, ...
Difficult task: Choosing the sessions I am interested in for PDC08... Difficult because there are really many session that are very attractive to me, and also because I need to include side activities and meetings with members of the WPF and Silverlight community.

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Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA October meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. "Fix the Architecture" - Open Discussion We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at a time. Please bring your topics to discuss. ...
So I've been playing the role of Scrum Master for a grand total of 6 Sprints on 2 projects. In that time I've come to two very distinct issues that make me question if what I am doing is really Scrum? While I believe that you cannot adhere to any methodology 100% without some interpretation and customizing, I am wondering if the things I am doing are so profoundly out of bounds that it invalidates our approach as Scrum. Scenario 1: I as a "Scrum Master" dutifully play the role by limiting if not ...
We are very pleased to be holding this meeting in cooperation with the Central Florida BizTalk User Group. Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) using BizTalk Server 2006R2 Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) using BizTalk Server 2006R2. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2, the latest version of BizTalk, is an exciting tool that all .NET application developers should know about. BizTalk fills two key business needs: enterprise application integration, and business process automation. This session ...
"Fix the Architecture" - Open Discussion We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at a time. Please bring your topics to discuss. We also have a backup topic of Tips for Performance in a Web Architecture. When & Where: ...
If you haven't been keeping up with the latest news on the Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group site (www.cossug.net) then I thought I would drop a little bit of a blast on my blog. We have decided to move the meeting nights from the first Tuesday to the second Wednesday of every month. This was mainly due to the fact that we were overlapping with another really established .NET User Group in the same area. We couldn't have that. We want everyone to be able to make it to all of the User Group meetings ...
Here is the slide deck from my presentation on SOA with WCF that I delivered to the Tulsa Developers .NET Group 9/29/2008. If you live around Tulsa and have not been to one of their meetings check out the Tulsa Developer .NET website and give them a shout. David Walker has a great group of people there and they are doing great things like Tulsa Techfest. Also, don't forget to check out the Bartlesville .NET User Group while your in Oklahoma. Service Oriented Development With Windows Communication ...
Central Florida BizTalk User Group [Meeting in Tampa] Wednesday, October 1st, 6:30 PM at Tampa Microsoft Office Central Florida BTUG is an independent, non-commercial user group focused on Microsoft’s BizTalk 2006 R2 and related technologies such as RFID, SOA, Windows Communication Foundation, and other divisions of connected systems. Targeted audience includes technologists at all levels including developers, architects, users, and decision makers. The user group will hold bi-monthly meetings delivered ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA September meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. SharePoint Architectural Perspectives While SharePoint does have the one-button install option, it isn't a monolithic application that just gets dropped on a server. SharePoint has a number of moving pieces that should be understood by both infrastructure and application architects. In this session, we'll review the architectural makeup of SharePoint's infrastructure, as well as the components of a custom SharePoint ...
Here is the thing, I sitting here on someone's backdeck talking to myself (blogging) while my wife attends a purse buying party. I am perfectly fine sitting here tapping away on my iPhone without any remorse for the lack of social commentary. Have I always been this way or has tech let me become anti-social? I think in my case it allows me to be more alone in a crowd than before because I look busy. On the other hand, I feel I have a better relationship with more distant friends or relatives due ...
I’ve gotten a lot of interest from people who want to know more about the TechMasters idea and some really great questions. To address these I’d like to schedule a couple times to meet over coffee to answer these. Because my office is in the South metro, I tend to think of places near me, so how does Bruegger’s off of France sound (Bruegger's Bagel Bakery · (952) 926-2696 · 7101 France Ave S, Minneapolis)? If I get a lot of feedback maybe we can pick someplace further north as well. We will plan ...
Productivity Tip Series from Murray Gordon, Architect Evangelist at Microsoft. Recently lots of folks have been asking me how I expose my calendar to folks on the Internet. So I thought I would give everyone a little how to. First you need to open outlook. Then go to to the calendar view Click the calendar you are trying to share In this case it's just "Calendar" Then you should click "Share My Calendar…" This is how you share your calendar with someone you work with. This is NOT how you share your ...
SharePoint Architectural Perspectives While SharePoint does have the one-button install option, it isn't a monolithic application that just gets dropped on a server. SharePoint has a number of moving pieces that should be understood by both infrastructure and application architects. In this session, we'll review the architectural makeup of SharePoint's infrastructure, as well as the components of a custom SharePoint solution. A thoughtfully-designed SharePoint architecture can be the difference between ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA August meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition focuses on building the server side of a web services infrastructure, using either ASMX or WCF services. The new release uses three Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to model services: service contract, data contract and host models. Through use of these DSLs, WSSF helps developers construct a scalable, extensible ...
This post is a comment on JP's post on redability. JP asks what the community thinks about the readability of this piece of code: Run.the<wire_up_global_e... .then<initialize_the_con... .then<initialize_the_use... .then<initialize_the_ui_... .then<initialize_the_mai... .execute(); My first feelings: only JP writes like this ;-) After reading it with full attention, I realize it clearly ...
System Center User Group Meeting Registration Link: http://www.clicktoattend.co... Date: August 21, 2008 Location: Microsoft Office in Bloomington Time: 4:30 (registration) 5:00 (meeting start) Details: Well the summer is nearly over and we'd like to start having regular user group meetings again. Please consider joining us next week on Thursday 8/21/2008 at the Microsoft Bloomington Office where free food and beverages will be provided. Welcome time and food is at 4:30 and we will start ...
MPI (Meeting Planners International) Monthly Meeting Website: www.mnmpi.org Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Topic: Marvelous Meetings: Kick-off Event & Committee Sign-up Kick off the 2008-2009 MPI MN year at its August meeting where you will be able to hone your leadership skills as well as be “educated” by committees from MPI MN including Membership, Education, Finance, Community Outreach, Leadership, and Communications. Each of these committees will be showcasing what they offer to our chapter ...
Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition focuses on building the server side of a web services infrastructure, using either ASMX or WCF services. The new release uses three Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) to model services: service contract, data contract and host models. Through use of these DSLs, WSSF helps developers construct a scalable, extensible web service framework from the service interfaces to the translation of domain data ...
Thanks to Scott Klein for organizing a set of SQL focused meetings here in South Florida. The first meeting was held in West Palm Beach at the Palm Beach County building on 8/7/08. I took a few pictures you can see at: http://cid-e8348157304bce63... Eitght of us were there and as it was mostly an organizational meeting, we dicussed the location, topics and format of meeting that would be good. The topics were pretty straight forward: ...
Excellence Share - "Meet, Collaborate and Share" Presented by PACT members PACT (Professional Association of Certified Trainers) www.pactweb.org The PACT Excellence Share is our annual event to celebrate and share the accomplishments of our membership. This is an opportunity for you to share and facilitate a discussion on any topic that you are passionate about, have an expertise in, or maybe you've implemented within your organization. If you choose not to facilitate a table, as a participant, you'll ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA March meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at a time. When & Where: Thursday, July 31, 2008 from 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM (ET) Kforce ...
Kansas City Office Geeks will be meeting Thursday, August 7th on Windows Workflow Foundation. Jeff Julian is going to present, so it should be good. If you want the official information go here: http://www.clicktoattend.co... If you need to sign up for the newsletter or have any other comments, questions, or concerns go to http://www.officegeeks.org/... or fill out the contact form on my blog and I will add you. I'm open for suggestions. So far we have the sponsors through ...
Very happy to announce that the KC .Net User Group site is live! The site is intended to announce upcoming meetings and presenters at the User Group, and to promote the adoption and use of the Microsoft .NET framework and related technologies to the Kansas City community. It will be evolving as future needs arise, but I think it's a great starting point for keeping local developers in touch with all things .NET! So... what are you waiting for? Check it out now! Register! Post a thread on the forum! ...
From N1DCN... HAM = Amateur Radio Operator as defined by FCC part 97 rules. There are currently three possible licensing levels, Technician, General and Extra. As of last night, I passed the General test. Starting a couple of years ago, you do not have to learn morse code to get licensed. With the general license you have almost full access to all the frequencies which are split into 16 bands ranging from 160 meters starting at 1800 kilohertz up to 23 centimeters starting at 1240 Megahertz. The Technician ...

Fresh chocolate chip cookies and fresh coffee over garden variety cookies and instant coffee

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value items on the left more.

The unspoken rule is that non-team members attending team meetings must come bearing the fore mentioned items

Only a few hours ago I posted and Outlook macro for creating meetings from an email. I’ve already updated it with some new features (requested by me, of course). The new version is available on my SkyDrive account and has the following new features: You can now create either a meeting or an appointment – there are two macros now. The reminder time has been changed to 10 minutes (bug fix). The original email message is now an attachment, which means the body of the appointment or meeting is blank. ...