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I just read an excellent article posted on XKCD on how to create a better IRC chat. Basically, to keep chats interesting, the server boots out users who enter things already entered before. Wouldn't that be good for corporate meetings? The rule could be amended: If someone says anything said before (even using different words), the person cannot speak again for the duration of the meeting. Imagine how much shorter meetings would be with this rule. No more endless repetitions. No more wasted time. ...
So today was our first day back to school after our Christmas break. We had meetings in the morning and we get the rest of the day to get ready for the next semester. I have 20 new pc's in my room so I needed to windows update each one along with installing the software for the xbox controller that the students will use in my XNA class. Here's a picture of the lab. I was able to write my lesson plans for each class that I'll be teaching and put the finishing touches on the Honors Programming II class. ...
A lot happened in 2007: I finally got around to obtaining my MCTS in ASP.NET, I started a new long term contract, I bought a house, and I got married! More relevant to the community, I helped found the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild and decided to take up speaking. Today will not be a day of new resolutions for me. I will continue the plan I laid out privately a few months ago. I'm listing it here to share my goals, much as some of the other bloggers have done. My plan is aggressive, because ...
Just over six months ago (at the end of June 2007), I started on a path to becoming a better developer. This was a movement started by the impressive, charismatic and sexy blogger Justice Gray (the check is in the mail right?). He hand picked me to be in on the first generation of developers dedicated to focusing the next six months of their lives to becoming a better developer. I immediately hopped on board (by "immediately" I mean after several nagging emails from Justice to get started) this movement ...
We are moving the event registration to Eventbrite, which has added a lot of new capabilities and flexibility for us in terms of allowing people to register for the meetings. The most significant change is that we now have a dedicated URL for all of our meetings. To find any of the meetings that we are hosting, simply go to http://tampabayiasa.eventbr... From that page, you will see all of the events we are hosting, some information about the chapter, and a link to subscribe to an RSS feed to ...
Early this month I've read Scott Hanselman's invitation to Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest in Portland. If found the idea to get lots of people to install Visual Studio together quite interesting. I started looking around and quickly learned that this is a huge event for all .NET user groups in United States. However it turned out these meetings are not being held anywhere in Europe. What a bummer! But I liked the idea so much that I though we should organize this in our user group ourselves. We asked ...
I started the following unified calendar for Microsoft technology meetings in the following calendar. Note that the first events posted are in January, 2008. Meetings include Saint Louis Microsoft Sharepoint, CRM and .NET Meetings... Feel free to add to the calendar (I will be try to maintain this as well). View Saint Louis Microsoft Technology Meetings calendar Enjoy, Jonathan Starr ...
RAID servers have an integral role in today’s businesses, businesses, companies, corporate firms et al. Microsoft Exchange Servers’ extensive communication and planning features have made them a necessity to the businesses. A server failure can be devastating and can cause user’s mail communications to go haywire and the planning features to fail making it intricate to organize meetings and email files become damaged. RAID Server is a Microsoft program that uses its network and has become very popular ...
In the wake of Philly and Pittsburgh ALT.NET groups, those of us in the Washington DC area felt it was time to address some of these issues in our area as well. For those unfamiliar with ALT.NET, here are the kinds of developers that are ALT.NET as defined by David Laribee: Is always keeping an eye out for a better way. Reaches outside the mainstream to adopt the best of any community: Open Source, Agile, Java, Ruby, etc. Is not content with the status quo. Things can always be better expressed, ...
Sometimes people ask me what it takes to get a good user group going... so hopefully these tips help to minimize the pain a bit. 1. INETA (www.ineta.org) won't even talk to you until you've had at least one meeting on your own. Then you go to their site and fill out an application. (You'll need to register on their site first.) 2. CodeZone (www.codezone.com) works basically the same way. Both of these will net your group some free swag, and INETA will get you a couple speakers per year. 3. Find out ...
Depending on where you live, December can be a tough month for user groups. In Minneapolis, that's no exception. Several of my area groups are forgoing the technical content and opting for "Holiday Socials" instead. But hey, at least they're still meeting... right? December 4th: MN.swf (Minnesota Flash/Flex Programmer Group) - progress continues on the scorched earth game, December meeting topic & location are TBD. December 6th: Twin Cities IGDA (International Game Developers Association) - Holiday ...
Earlier this month, I talked about the inaugural meeting for the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) Tampa Chapter, which was held last night (October 30th). We had about 20 people show up, mostly from the Tampa area. Tom Fuller kicked off the meeting by talking about the IASA and what the goals are for the Tampa Chapter. After that, Jeff Barnes gave a talk on "The role of a Software Architect". I want to point out that even though this event was hosted by Microsoft and everyone ...
It's time for the next installment of the monthly Caffeinated Codey awards, where the link love flows for my favorite posts from the month. For Best Software As RoadKill Analalogy...Ben Scheirman on Don't Make Squirrel Burgers. The next time your boss tries to haggle you over the estimate, just pull out Ben's squirrel burger story. If that doesn't work, you may want to just feed your boss a squirrel burger when he's not looking, thereby earning you a several day deadline extension as he recovers ...
I’m currently in Bellevue, near Redmond and the SOA & Business Process Conference kicks off today with a meet up at Parlor Billiards in the evening. A few of us decided to meet up in Manzana’s for a meal Sunday Night, Jon Flanders made a brief appearance, Sam Gentile, Tim Rayburn and Saravana Kumar stayed around for food, and we were joined by the guys from KnowIT. This will be my first time presenting, I’ll be talking about “Reliable Messaging on the Microsoft Connected Systems Platform” on ...
Microsoft SharedView is now in Beta 2. While SharedView isn't a Windows Live application, it is available under the Windows Live Betas page, and will probably end up being rebranded to Windows Live SharedView before it actually ships. Even though there is a similar application available to Windows Vista users (Windows Meeting Space), I have a feeling that both Microsoft SharedView and the Windows Live Photo Gallery will eventually replace both Windows Meeting Space and Windows Photo Gallery, respectively. ...
Roanoke Rocks! Three years ago when I had recently assumed leadership of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group and attendance was waning and I was becoming discouraged, Geoff Snowman, Microsoft DE at the time came to visit. He delivered a presentation. I emailed him a thanks and appreciation for visitng with such a smal group. In his reply, he said Roanoke had a great user group. The members were fantastic. He closed with"Roanoke Rocks". I never forgot those words. They have carried me through meetings ...
I'm really happy to announce that last week our good friend Bartosz Pampuch received the MVP award in Visual Developer - Team System category. I think this is a well deserved nomination. I've met Bartek few years ago at one of our first .NET user group meetings (KGD). From the outset he was a very active member and throughout the years delivered many outstanding presentations. Bartek is currently leading the RND team for one of the largest software houses in Poland, where he researches new technologies ...
The Midwest Robotics League is having their first competition of the new season this Saturday at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, MN. It's not quite as hyped and polished as the old BattleBots (Robot Wars) TV show, but it's still a good bit of fun to watch. The kid leagues (Middle School and High School) are doing 15 pound robots, but there's a 120 pound class also, so you might see some pretty impressive damage. I'm not actively participating this year but I'm planning on hitting most ...
Recently a question came up on the ScrumDevelopment list asking about using Scrum an a team doing multiple projects in parallel. Since being involved on a team doing just that, I've been wanting to take the time to document our approach but have never taken the time to do it. Now I have an excuse and I thought i would share it with everyone. > I wonder how would you approach to planning and tracking when there is > a small (<15) team involved in several projects at the same time (not > ...
Recently I attended my fourth Philly .Net code camp. Bill Wolff sure knows how to run a code camp. Every code camp has gotten better than the previous one. Lucky for us Philly .Net gets to hold meetings and the code camp’s at the Microsoft Malvern campus. Microsoft opens it doors and allows us to learn their technologies, supply us with freebies, etc. If you have not been to a code camp, you are missing out! Code camp is a MSDN event on steroids. We had all the great speakers; Miguel Castro, Sam ...
I was fortunate to work with ASP.NET wizard Chris Love as the Technical Editor for his soon-to-be-release book ASP.NET 2.0 Your Visual Blueprint. I could go on and on about the book but I'll let Chris handle that in this blog entry. I've seen Chris present at user group meetings (TRINUG) and code camps and have always been impressed with his in-depth knowledge of ASP.NET. Being a part of this project just reinforced that perception. Good job Chris. Have a day. :-| ...
Here are a few scenes from the first day at my new job: My welcome kit consists of a coffee mug, a pen, and a DVD of the Big Lebowski. My new boss is a huge fan of this movie and several technical artifacts and regular meetings are named after characters and scenes. As we are leaving for a group lunch, I quickly run back to my desk because I remember some friendly warnings about what happens to people who forget to lock their computers. Apparently any of a number of fetish sites is likely to be prominently ...
The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) is using .NET University for their September meeting. We had to make a few adjustments from the normal monthly meeting but it has received great reviews and benefits. Check out .NET U here. A big thank you to the .NET U Team for providing us with an easy way to grow the User Group. ATTENDEE BENEFITS: Separate presentations on an introduction to each component of the .NET 3.0 Framework: Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows ...
In the Agile community, a war room refers to a team room where developers work, customer meetings take place, and all projected related information is displayed. It is supposed to maximize communication and transparency into the health of the project. I think one sign of a healthy agile project is evidence of some good fun. These are pictures taken from a war room at the bank where I am currently wrapping up my near six year tenure. These guys have obviously taken the war room to a whole new level. ...
Last Friday I gave my two weeks notice at the bank that I worked at for the last 5 years. At first it was very difficult to tell people. When I told my boss, I had roughly the same anxiety level that I had when I broke up with my last girlfriend. It actually took me two attempts to tell the CFO, who I run with on a regular basis. Nevertheless, the anxiety gradually faded into nonchalance, which then quickly slid into boredom. I am now hovering at annoyance and feel that I am about to plunge into ...
Thanks Joe Healy and Mike Wells! If you were fortunate enough to attend either the Sarasota Developers Group meeting or the new Sarasota SQL developers group meeting on Tuesday night, I am sure that you will join me in thanking both of the speakers. I have been told that there are plans to ensure that the meetings are scheduled on different evenings in the future. I also was reminded that I have been negligent in maintaining my blog, so I will again resolve to do a better job in the future. My current ...
…just do it over there and try to be quiet about it. I’ve got work to do. Anyone who has ever worked with me knows that I am not fond of meetings. I'd like to think that I have improved over the years, so it is not quite as apparent to people who don't know my body language well that I am getting impatient. I used to give ever-so-subtle hints like moving to the edge of my seat with my hands on the arms of the chair or throwing out the "...so is there anything else?" phrase with just the right intonation ...
I was talking with a neighbor who is going to DePaul University for software engineering. Things have definitely changed since I was in college. He was working on a Java PDA app and a traffic light controller application. That is a long way from encryption programs and inventory reports. One thing that is a little scary is that he says his focus is on project management. Now maybe my thinking is outdated, but I don't believe that you can effectively manage developers without knowing how to develop ...
Tim Hibbard has tagged me, so here goes... Meet more developers Not so long ago I posted about a new user group in my area (well, 1hr drive away) yet I am still to attend a meeting, I really must; I know very few developers and I have no doubt I could learn a great deal from attending such event and hopefully enjoy the whole thing! Targeted Reading & LearningI do spend a lot of time reading, researching and playing with new stuff but need to target my reading/learning. I tend to read loads of ...
My group is pretty immature as far as anything like CMM(I) goes. We are only a couple steps ahead of complete chaos, which is pretty darn bad. So how do you get from chaos to order? What are the first steps to take? I'll speak from my own experience over the few months that I've been in this group. A little history: at my last job, the process was more mature. There was only one project, a large one. It was managed pretty well, and everyone was working on the same codebase with the same tools, etc. ...
Hell is other people, and Dev.Hell is no exception. While I feel secure in saying that most of the unnecessary strife faced by development comes from immature practices and corporate short-sightedness, there are plenty of problems that come from those of us who live down in the code; demons or damned souls both. Let's start with what developers are not: Developers are not lazy. Devs love technology, they love code, they love working... because working is playing. When devs become discontent it is ...
So this is my first year attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. and about 10 months into my new position as Microsoft Technology Center of Excellence lead for Excella Consulting. I really did not know what to expect from this conference. I knew it would be more on the business side rather than the technical side, but I thought "Hey, the sell sofware there has to be some development stuff". Well...there was, about 6 total sessions. I few of the same old Silverlight demos, but again ...
A few years ago I shifted roles from a developer team lead who coded almost full time to an Architect. Although I am naturally a bit of an abstract thinking and find architectural issues interesting, I have always been hesitant about this role because of the ubiquitous Architecture Astronauts that have given the discipline a bad name. These guys have a knack for intimidating even the smartest of developers by throwing around architectural jargon that they can describe in the abstract but are completely ...
Vivek opened up for discussion Jamie Cansdale's current plight. Well, I've got some opinions because indirectly it impacts me. I'm very involved with various user groups in the Phoenix area, having coordinated two code camps. In our camps we strive first and foremost to incorporate the widest variety of technology possible. Perl, PHP, Ruby, and Linux are are always hot topics, right along side Atlas, WPF, and Sharepoint. Everything is equal. So when Microsoft's legal arm pulls these kinds of tricks ...
Sheldon Cohen has organized a meeting at Host.NET on Thursday, May 31st.Tracy Wittenkeller from T-Worx www.t-worx.com will be presenting at this meeting. He'll be covering DotNetNuke skinning. Skinning is one of the main reasons why so many people have decided to use DNN, with it?s flexible architecture and layout. Please visit: http://dotnetnuke.meetup.co... to register. It is good to see other groups forming, a very good sign! Looking at MeetUp there are a lot of web and computer ...
Charlotte .NET University Code Camp was a great success Have you heard about .NET University (www.dotnet-u.com)? It provides presentations and hands on labs for WPF, WCF, WF and Cardspace. We built our spring 2007 Code Camp on that content. We started by offering two .NET U tracks but had to expand to three. We also offered a presentation track and an XNA hands on lab track. Our presentations included Orcas and LINQ, SharePoint and ASP.NET sessions. All sessions were very well received. Our facility ...
Microsoft has created a Tips for the "Newbie" page designed to give first time Tech·Ed attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. It does a decent job letting the first timer know about what Tech·Ed has to offer, but I don't think it goes nearly far enough. Tech·Ed is a huge event, last year's event had about 13000 people attending, with an equally huge amount of content. The current count of sessions (including the Hands-on labs) is 1057. That's right, over 1000 sessions. The actual ...
A couple of months ago, I began searching for local developer user groups to take part in Columbia, SC. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be a lot going on. I ended up heading to the Charlotte Enterprise Developers Guild to get my fix. There, I met the president of the Guild, Bill Jones, who suggested that I work with other developers in Columbia in forming a new group. In April, I decided to take up his suggestion. I spread the word out to the people I knew, and the ball began to roll. Soon thereafter, ...
If you are based in the southwest of England you are probably aware that there isnt a dot net user group and if you want to see any presentations you have to either be lucky enough and well planned to get in when MS come to Bristol but most likely theres the drive up the M4 to Reading. (I guess you could brave public transport and risk being late, getting lost or perhaps just not getting anywhere - bollox to that!!) I did post sometime ago enquiring how one would go about starting a user group - ...
Oh, how we lament the lack of savvy users in the IT industry! Everyone who has been in IT for a while has a story about users, bad users, dumb users, arrogant users, users with bad smells, and users who sleep through meetings and drool on their keyboard. We’ve all heard about the user who used the CD tray as a cup holder and the call to tech support about why the unplugged computer wouldn’t work. And yeah, there are some users that probably shouldn’t even be allowed to touch a computer. There are ...
Now I was looking for something completely different, but I happend upon this little Gem - 6 Steps to a Simpler Network - courtesy of the MCP Magazine 6 Steps to a Simpler Network There's a saying in IT that "complexity is the enemy of security." It's also the enemy of efficiency, troubleshooting and other critical network functions. Here are six ways to untangle that crowded web you've weaved. by Bill Heldman May 2005 Has your single LAN of the '90s evolved into a gargantuan enterprise? If your ...
There's an interesting post at Tyner Blain regarding Business Requirements. Their piece is a follow-up piece to a piece by Robin Goldsmith. I find both pieces fascinating because they deal with whats and hows, two items that I find myself constantly bringing up in our design meetings whether they're with the clients or not. The difference between REAL business requirements and system requirements is not the level of detail. The difference is qualitative. Business requirements are whats. System requirements ...
As I had mentioned in my review of the NJUX meeting the User Experience movement seems to still be in its infancy stages. So I am psyched to see things like Josh Holmes' blog about the User Interface Smackdown 2007. These are exactly the types of meetings and conversations that need to happen to bring more momentum and attention to the User Experience. It was also great to see that the attendees were cross vendor (Microsoft & Adobe). This is a reaffirmation for the NJUX that we need to be cross ...
I’ve always been a fan of agile methodologies – just as I’ve always dreaded process heavy projects…mostly that fear has come with good reason, i.e., the project I’m on right now that is a waterfall project in scrum clothing ;) Well I found myself briefly thinking “Grrrrr – why did *this* have to change” today when I found out a nice chunk of work I’ve done for the current sprint I’m on will need to be re-worked because there were some rather significant database changes, i.e., adding 4 more tables ...
Spring is here...the snow is melting, rain showers have started, and everyone is starting to jump on my winter fashion trend of short-sleeve shirts (they're a season behind, but whatever). This winter has been rough...just seems that there's been alot of crap going on, alot of deep serious contemplation, alot of growth personally...but it feels like I'm climbing a mountain and starting to take looks back at the valley that I just walked through. So I'm starting a new theme for life in Spring/Summer ...
For sometime now I have been working on a few papers on the subject of SOA. This is the first, my definitive definition of what is SOA Governance. 'SOA Governance' is perhaps the hotest of topics in the SOA world currently but it seems that almost everyone with an opinion has a different definition of what it is and how to do it. I have attempted with this post to distill these definitions into one document which you can take away and use as part of a policy statement to help you with your SOA's ...
Hear ye, hear ye. This is going to be a serious post! Calling all people passionate about UGs and the developer community! The INETA North America Board is accepting nominations now for the upcoming elections. If you are serious about the community, and want a chance to get more involved (not to mention work more directly with little ole me :) ) read all the info below. Note - nominations must come from an INETA UG Leader, and the deadline is 2/15/2007. Elections are being held for the INETA NorAm ...
Brian posted about a service that's going to add wi-fi to Avis rental cars. I tried to post a comment on his blog about whether I thought this would be useful, but for some reason hitting the Submit button did nothing (Jeff - possible bug with the skin and/or IE 7?) So anyway, here's my response: I can see it being beneficial if the car didn't come with a built in GPS device. That way, if you got lost, you could check Google Maps or some other service with your laptop or PDA. Or, if you're a mobile ...
I went on a job interview the other day, and it really went horribly. I know I've interviewed far better than that, and I've been trying to determine what caused me to interview so badly. Based on the interview I gave, I would have rated myself as a mid level developer with little or not leadership experience, which is far from where I'm at. To give you an example, I incorrectly answered the question, "By default, does c# pass variables by ref or by val." Yeah, I know, DUH!!!! I've ASKED that question ...
I thought we had a productive meeting last night discussing the Ann Arbor .Net Developers new member drive, or 'get some butts in the seats' as I like to call it. I like the points incentive, getting points for signing up, exchanging books, speaking, etc. and using them to "buy" books, software, etc. Hopefully, getting more people in the meetings will bring in bigger speakers and sponsors to keep the momentum going. I'm also looking forward to the new look of the website : http://www.aadnd.org If ...