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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. ...
improve my => 'code' On weekends, I tend to go off tangent, and this weekend is no exception. I started to read some of the works of Levi-Strauss, the structural anthropologist, and it occurred to me that many of the positive changes from Agile Development are not merely the result of greater business focus. Agile also develops culture in a field that is generally devoid of culture. This can be a stabilizing factor for companies by - Reducing turnover by empowering team members. - Creating rituals, ...
Overall my family, friends, and I are pleased with my new job. We’ve actually been able to use my travel points to take real vacations (New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando). My wife often reminds me that I hadn’t taken any vacation or sick time since I entered consulting 5 years ago. Things are OK at work. Like most that leave MS, I get frustrated with the manusha of the corporate world. However, my experience over the last year as an Enterprise Architect has been worthwhile. My breadth in all ...
Testing the Casino The July meeting of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group was one of the best ever! During the summer months, user group attendance is usually low. Therefore, we try to have meetings that are a little less formal and require less preparation for the presenter. This July we not only had a HIGH ATTENDANCE but we had 100% MEMBER PARTICIPATION during the meeting. Here's the formula: Take the Black Jack Starter Kit Add Bugs Deliver a brief presentation on Unit Testing in Visual Studio ...
This is from the May 2008 RV.NUG newsletter User Groups and Blogs Keeping current with technology continues to be a daunting task, especially if your job does not lend itself to tasks that help keep your skills current. One way to benefit from the trials and tribulations of others is via blogs. The blog search engine Technorati indexes over 112 million weblogs. With 112 million blogs from which to choose, how can you determine which blogs to use? More importantly, how can you determine which blogs ...
User Group contributors (not just the leaders, all of those members that pitch in and help in so many ways) often peform tasks for multiple meetings events -- their pay is $0. If they do a great job, we double their pay. Thanks to INETA and David Silverlight, there is now a way for these folks to track their contributions to the user group and the user community at large. The INETA Community Excellence Award program recently launched. They have tired to make it easy to record everything sending meeting ...
I stumbled upon this cool new tool called PhoneVite today. I went ahead and signed up for the free account. I am hoping that I can use this to help with the organization of the Bartlesville .NET User Group. I am thinking that I can setup multiple phone calls under the free account (the free account only allows 25 contacts). I can then setup phone reminders for the day of the meetings to remind people to attend. I also plan on trying to use this tool to see if I can drive participation in the websites ...
Technical Software Project Management is Dead I’ve manage projects, I’ve lead them, I’ve been a developer, I’ve tested, I’ve organized releases, I’ve done all the paperwork. It’s just that lately, that seems to be the role expected from the developer on any given project. Don’t get me wrong, project managers are great. I still have never hired, fired, had to argue for the budget. Yikes! All these things have nothing to do with actually building the software. However, try developing something with ...
Back in March of '07 I blogged about a great book I read called The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. Looking back I realize that blog post was supposed to be the first of a series that went in depth to each of the Dysfunctions. I might actually finish off that series, but regardless of what I blog about you should pick it up. Great book for organizations to help evaluate their team...remember: nobody is perfect and there's always room for improvement. This all leads me to another recommendation. I recently ...
PACT (Professional Association for Computer Training), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the oldest professional computer training associations in the United States. We meet the second Friday of every month to provide information, discuss options, and discover answers regarding issues and technologies facing today's ever-changing organizations. PACT is your opportunity to take three hours a month to focus on your professional growth and development. At monthly meetings you will hear your ...
The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group held a monthly meeting tonight. The topic was Unit Testing with Visual Studio 2008. It was arguably one of the better meetings we have held. Even though I have been using Unit Testing for years (starting with JUnit forever ago). Although I feel that I perform unit testing well enough, I am amazed and how much I can learn in just a few hours by collaborating and interacting with others. It seems that over the past 7 years or so I have performed a significant amount ...
The June 30th meeting of St. Louis .NET User Group tried something new -- a meeting following the Open Space Technology. OST is a method of running meetings of groups of any size. Essentially, it's a self-organizing process where the attendees construct the agenda and schedule DURING the meeting itself. How can this be? There's no way this would work. Chaos I say! Well, we did it and I think it worked out quite well. For those new to the idea, here's a quick outline of what we did. Everyone showed ...
"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. If you have a question/topic to discuss please let me know by Monday, July 21 or when you register for the meeting. After the ...
Twin Cities Languages User Group My colleague, language geek and Twin Cities Code Camp leader, Jason Bock has recently formed a new Dev Languages focused user group. As leader of the Twin Cities Developers Guild, I have already extended him an invitation to join as one of our first affiliate groups. Here is Jason's description of the group: As developers, we use a number of languages throughout the lifecycle of a project and our careers in general. Learning core aspects and features from other langauges ...
I conducted a Webcast last week on Thursday, June 19th 2008, with Gunther Lenz. Some of you might have been able to make it. We had a great turnout for the event. Here's the info... Webcast Title: "Composite Rich Internet Applications" You can check out the Course Details at the following link: http://www.isvinnovation.co... Course Description: Join Microsoft’s Murray Gordon and Gunther Lenz for an informative webinar on the Composite Rich Internet Applications. ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA June meeting is this Thursday night (June 26th) starting at 6:30 PM. Please be sure to register so we have an idea of how many pizzas to order, and remember that the outside doors lock and the elevators need a security key after 7:00 PM. Don't forget to sign up for our free newsletter! Dependency Injection using the Microsoft Unity Application Block The Microsoft Unity Application Block is a lightweight Dependency Injection Container that is currently being ...
Neat is often wasteful, and we don't like wasteful do we? A real world example of this is the McDonald's Drive-Thru order preview screen. If they did any feasibility studies on this, that guy was asleep. How many times have you seen your whole order come up on the screen before you are told to pull up? How many times do you still hear, "I'll have your total at the window." Guess what, by the laws of the universe, that drive through conductor has figured out that you are just another train at the ...
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." Smells wonderful, but what if no one plants it, no one waters it and even the gardener can't remember what the heck the flower that smelled so nice was called. I’ve been somewhat absent in the Microsoft events and hooplah in the past. These meetings and events used to be mostly about technology previews and the next cool tool or language that will revolutionalize software development (in recent while, I’ve noticed ...
The Tampa Bay chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is dedicated to building a community of professionals interested in topics related to software architecture. This organization welcomes all interested professionals. Whether you are a senior enterprise architect at a fortune 100 company or an aspiring architect with only a few years of experience. Please be sure to register so we have an idea of how many pizzas to order, and remember that the outside doors lock and ...
Even if you don't listent to DotNetRocks on a regular basis (you should!), if you are a user group leader or interested in starting a user group you should listen to this show. It is been quite a while since DotNetRocks has had a community focused show. http://www.dotnetrocks.com/ Show #344 | 5/22/2008 (69 minutes) Building Communities at Dallas TechFest Carl and Richard talk with three community leaders in Dallas about building communities, and specifically how you can directly benefit from participating ...
I was honored to be able to attend the first meeting of the Bahams .net (www.bahanet.org) user group in Nassau last week. Kyle Baly (http://codebetter.com/blog... organized the meeting held at a local comany IPBS. Fairly small group but that is ok! None of them knew what to expect and surprisingly none of them were there due to a direct contact with Kyle but because someone told them about it. After getting them warmed up to what was possible in learning, business networking and socializing, ...
If you're in the Phoenix Area, please join us at Interface Technical Training in downtown Phoenix for our next regularly scheduled Phoenix Silerlight User's Group Meeting on Wednesday May 7 from 6pm to 8pm. Our meetings follow the pattern of a short presentation followed by a break which is then followed by two sets of Open Space discussions. Anyone can sign up for an Open Space and these can be anything from "How do I ..." to "Help me finish..." or "Look what I did" There are plenty of experienced ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA February meeting is Thursday night (April 24th) starting at 6:30 PM. This is an open discussion meeting, so bring your architecture problems, 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 be sure to register so we have an idea of how many pizzas to order, and remember that the outside doors lock and the elevators need a security key after 7:00 PM. Technorati Tags: ...
This week I had a couple meetings with employers on the theme of recruitment. Personally, I am a fan of training and grooming rookies in a self proclaimed IT shortage as I spoke about in a previous post. For my client, hiring a rookie is not an option (in their opinion). They have had 1 open position for 1 year; now a 2nd position has opened. The first open position has been posted numerous times in the employers format with little success. When I look at job postings, I typically see this format ...
Today was extremely busy and exhausting as well. The routine here is to wake up early, grab a boxed breakfast and coffee in the huge ballroom at the hotel and then run off to where the buses are parked to take you to the Redmond Microsoft campus. I scheduled meetings with some Microsoft personnel today along with poking my head into some of the sessions that were going on at the Conference Center. I continued to evangelize computer science education and spoke with interested people about the concerns ...
Well the weather in April is quite different than the weather in Orlando, FL at this time of year. However, I did notice that there is more color in the trees and plants even though it's cold. I spent most of the morning at an XNA workshop. Even though I'm an ASP.NET MVP, there are certain events that we can go to outside our area. It was interesting to listen to the XNA concerns that the MVP folks had. The speaker who is a senior manager mentioned XNA being used in colleges and that opened up the ...
I arrived early at the airport and met up with our Microsoft local leader Joe, Devfish, Healy. Joe was in high spirits banging away on his keyboard at 7 am! Joe drove from Tampa to Orlando to take the Alaskan Airlines direct flight to Seattle. Joe feels so committed to the MVP program that he makes sure he has money in his budget to go to this event and hook up with the user group leaders at this event. Shawn Weisfeld, a C# MVP and Onetug leader, was next to arrive at the gate. We all boarded the ...
Location Our meeting will be held at Benefit Focus on Daniel Island. If you ever attended the past meetings at Blackbaud, you probably remember passing Benefit Focus on the way there. If you need directions follow this link from Benefit Focus: http://www.benefitfocus.com... Register Please! Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP at EventBrite: http://april-gcnug.eventbri... Topic 1 We’re going to explore Windows Mobile development a little deeper with demonstrations and code ...
Actually, I wanna be like ScottGu and ScottHa and Phil Haack, and.... well you get the idea. I have been thinking about things I want to accomplish in my career for awhile now. I have set out some goals for myself. Like Becky Isserman, I want to become an MVP. This is a bit longer road for me because, I have not been super active in the developer's community here. It's not that I don't want to, I just haven't figured out how. I haven't figured out how ScottGu and ScottHa and Phil manage to do it. ...
This entry is from the RV.NUG March newsletter You are the U in RV.NUG Help define the group to be what you want it to be! The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group recently turned 4. During the last four years, we have seen a lot of change in the users of the group. We have members that have been with the group since the very first meeting, members that joined during the Community Launch of Visual Studio 2005 and members that have joined in the last few months. One thing that has remained constant during ...
Time for another adventure in F#, covering some of the basics of functional programming and F# in particular. This is intended at looking at the foundations of F# as well as how it relates to .NET and IL on the back end. I realize I need to spread more of the F# goodness around, so I'm hoping that I can work to bring it at least to the FringeDC user group. Their main meetings are every three months, so hopefully I'll get some time in to do that. Once I get that set up, I'll be sure to let everyone ...
The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities By Dr. Greg Low Published by Rational Press 2007 ISBN: 978-1-932577-32-7 Running and maintaining a user group over time can be quite challenging and rewarding at the same time. Having recently stepped into a new role as leader of our local user group I was looking for additional help and ideas that would provide me with the wisdom of others who have been far more successful at this than I have been in the past. I think it was actually through ...
Introduction In this post I would like to share my experiences about creating and maintaining a web site for a Wroclaw .NET User Group and platforms that can use to create such web site. Hope that some of my thoughts will be useful for someone who is active member of any community group. I am a leader of Wroclaw .NET User Group since November last year. Since then Wroclaw .NET User Group grows quite quickly and we have more and more needs and expectations how our web site should look like. Currently ...
SDLC – something everyone one of us System Architects/Developers talk about or at least should be talking about. From my reading and discussion with others there are a lot of different idealisms. For sure everyone seems to agree the starting point is conceptualization. But in actuality where does the concept come from? 95% of the things I develop are business needs. Thus for me the idea is derived from a need. Generally someone comes to me and says we need a system that can do this. Then through ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA February meeting is Thursday night (March 27) starting at 6:30 PM. Mark Willoughby, Product Marketing Manager, CISSP, Symplified, Inc. is speaking on "A Veteran’s Experience Succeeding With Identity Management". Please be sure to register so we have an idea of how many pizzas to order. Technorati Tags: IASA, Meetings ...
Location This month's (and possibly future) meeting will be held at Benefit Focus on Daniel Island. If you ever attended the past meetings at Blackbaud, you probably remember passing Benefit Focus on the way there. If you need directions follow this link from Benefit Focus: http://www.benefitfocus.com... Register Please! Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP at EventBrite: http://march-gcnug.eventbri... Topic The Mole Visualizer For Visual Studio has taken the developer ...
I'm dead tired tonight and have to be up in 4 hours to catch my flight, so I'm going to keep this brief and expand on it tomorrow or Friday, but let me just say that the Saskatoon Community Connection event was awesome! We had a great turnout (100ish), with alot of great discussion and input! Jean-Luc and Rodney were awesome as usual, Brenda and her colleagues from CIPS were excellent hosts and were great representatives of the CIPS organization. Jennifer Pearcey from the Saskatoon .NET UG was also ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA March meeting is next Thursday (March 27), starting at 6:30 PM. Mark Willoughby from Symplified, Inc. is presenting on Identity Management. This promises to be an interesting and informative presentation on the core principles and challenges faced when designing and deploying an Identity Management solution. In case you're worried, this is a non-sales presentation intended for business and security/IT professionals who are looking to cut through the noise and ...
There are so many good things happening right now in the Polish .NET Community that I thogh it would be best to put it together in one post. So here you have it: C2C'08 is a first ever countrywide IT conference organized by community of Microsoft .NET and SQL Server professionals. On April 5th 2008 eleven speakers will have opportunity to show the most wanted topics, and answer the most desired questions. The list of speakers looks very impressive and includes celebrities like Dino Esposito and Matin ...
Inspired via the Monkey. His Kung Fu is strong. Ladies and Gentlemen if I say I am a SOFTWARE ARCHITECT you will agree with me. And I wish to speak to you today about DEVELOPING SOFTWARE. There are those who will say they can craft you an application, and that may VERY WELL be TRUE. But can they get you to ZERO BUG BOUNCE? Can they craft a decent USER INTERFACE. Can they craft a decent CONFIGURATION MANAGER? Will they rely on a creaky THREE-TIER ARCHITECTURE or have they mastered FIVE? It is these ...
The Tampa Bay chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is dedicated to building a community of professionals interested in topics related to software architecture. This organization welcomes all interested professionals. Whether you are a senior enterprise architect at a fortune 100 company or an aspiring architect with only a few years of experience. When: 3/27/2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Topic: My 10 Years In Identity – A Veteran’s Experience Succeeding With Identity Management ...
MIX08 is over, and I am home with what one could call the "post-MIX" mood. It's a mix (pun intended, haha) of various feelings Obviously I am extatic to be with my family again, even more so because I was away for almost two weeks, which I usually try to avoid. It's just so good to be with them again. I wish I could take them with me every time I am abroad. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA February meeting is tomorrow night starting at 6:30 PM. David Hayden is presenting an Introduction to Aspect-Oriented Programming. Please be sure to register so we have an idea of how many pizzas to order. Technorati Tags: IASA, Meetings ...
So I am somewhat involved in a user group that was started a couple months ago by Jeff Julian. This user group was created due to a lack of a SharePoint User Group that deals with more developmental and administrative aspects of SharePoint in the Kansas City Area. (Please stop posting comments about the user group that Daniel Webster hosts. I have no beef with him or his user group it is great for project leads and business analysts. I am not trying to spread hate towards anyone.) So we have some ...
Another great meeting!!! Tonight I walked in with Bill; I got to help push the mounds of food and drinks in. As usual the meeting was held at the Microsoft Malvern campus. The meeting started with Dani Diaz our local MS rep. His course was named VS c# Tips and Tricks for the MS Visual Studio 2008 IDE. Dani started out with showing us around VS 2008, key commands, explaining the versioning and how it works, etc. Some of the key commands that he showed were pretty cool, ones I never saw before. Then ...
****Location Change**** February Monthly Meeting February 21, 2007 Location This month's (and possibly future) meeting will be held at Benefit Focus on Daniel Island. If you ever attended the past meetings at Blackbaud, you probably remember passing Benefit Focus on the way there. If you need directions follow this link from Benefit Focus: http://www.benefitfocus.com... Register Please! Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP at EventBrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e... ...
The Problem In an N-tier application, you keep your logic in a business logic tier, typically a different VS project that can be used from a website, a windows service, or desktop application, and that should be valid to writ unit tests against on its own. But how about if your requirements say that you need to to upload some file for the business logic to work? Think of a scanned image (signed contract maybe?) or just a comma separated value file containing some emails. Typically the business logic ...
Download Solution - OfflineHtml.zip So, one of the cool controls available to us in WinForms is System.Windows.Forms.WebBro... The WebBrowser control is essentially a managed wrapper around some COM interfaces that bind to Internet Explorer and provides us with several interesting capabilities. First of all, one can use WebBrowser to easily display a web page in a WinForms application. All you have to do is set the WebBrowser.Url property and the control takes care of getting the assets from across ...
I was able to meet last week and help the new group who is trying to form a .Net User Group in Fort Smith. I will post more information as I find it. If you are interested in attending, learning about, or helping form the new FSDNUG, please contact one of the following people: Michael Paladino - mpaladino (remove) @ (remove) goeagleone.com Kerry Jenkins - kerry_jenkins (remove) @ (remove) data-tronics.com Jeremy Sloan - sloan (remove) @ (remove) data-tronics.com They tentatively have the following ...
After meeting with Johan and Mikael from WMData we have planned a new start for the BizTalk user group. We plan to hold about six meetings during 2008, about one every two months. The first meeting will be at 17:45 on the Tuesday the 12th February at the KnowIT offices in central Stockholm (Klarabergsgatan 60, two minutes walk from the central station). . If you would like to attend, or be on the mailing list for future events, contact me via the blog with your email details. The agenda for the first ...