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For those out there that are interested… I am now one of the hosts of the Driven2Distraction podcast. Being a fan of podcasts like .Net Rocks and Hanselminutes for years now, I have always wanted to be involved in the recording of a podcast and now that time has finally come. What makes the Driven2Distraction podcast different from all the others out there is its uniquely South African flair. It’s focus is towards Software Development in the Southern Africa – and has a mix of “what happening locally” ...
One of the things I’ve had to give up in order to have some development time at night is gaming. It’s something I refused to admit for years but I’ve just had to face the facts. I’m no longer a gamer. I just don’t have hours and hours of free time to pour into gaming and when I do have hours and hours of free time I want to pour them into game development. That doesn’t mean I don’t game at all! I play games pretty much every day. It just means I’ve moved more into the casual game realm. It’s all ...
I will begin this in the traditional, blunt fashion that you've come to expect from me. I am an idiot. There. I said it. I'm not a proud man. I can admit when I invoke my inner moron. Now, ask you, why all this build up? Simple, remember that impression of the Visual Studio 11 Beta from last week? You see, it turns out, I didn't install the Visual Studio 11 Beta that was released a few weeks ago. I installed the Visual Studio 11 Developer's Preview from last September. It was a simple mistake. A ...
This blog post started as a simple one, but grew to be quite large and time consuming. I am splitting it, because I really want to publish the first findings already. Stay tuned for more! I am sure that you heard that Windows 8 was released last week in an early although quite stable stage called "consumer preview". Windows 8 is an interesting mix of touch-based and mouse/keyboard based system. Some aspects are a bit annoying (see my post about the "split personalities" in Win8 to see what I mean!) ...
I have started to experiment with MiniProfiler to log our query performance. We currently use a mix of pure SQL and Entity Framework, since we need Fulltext search some pure SQL is unavoidable. Depending on the hotspots more queries will move back to pure SQL but for simplicity’s sake trivial queries will remain with EF. Getting started is relatively easy once you figure out which part of the documentation applies – I found my ways through various Stackoverflow questions and GitHub. Starting point ...
Retrospectives are a tricky thing, you get a mix of people who have varying personalities and qualities and now they need to look objectively at the previous iteration, focussing on the performance of the team and interact, giving ideas and finding ways to improving the team practices for the next iteration. In the ones I have been involved in, you get an array of people, some like to dominate the conversation while others would rather not say anything. Getting a balanced participation and a focus ...
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Disclaimer Firstly, I must come clean, I work for a digital music company which is involved in digital music streaming and downloads. In no way are the views expressed are the views of the company for which I work. They are merely the subjective views of an atypical music consumer. I say atypical because despite being over 40, I seek out new bands on the radio, using listen again on 6Music and BBC Introducing programmes, such as Christian Carlisle’s excellent BBC Sheffield programme. I make an effort ...
I’ve been putting a lot of thought lately into how LINQ can be introduced to programmers whose C# skills range from being a fairly new programmer conversant in C# to a seasoned programmer who learned just what they needed to convert skills in another language to C# and the .Net platform and I think that a workable approach would be to introduce first some of the concepts and language features that I view as existing to enable LINQ and then tie them together. The first step we’ll take towards learning ...
On November 28th, 2011 I had the opportunity to give a presentation at the St. Louis .NET User Group on my experiences developing software for the Windows Azure and SQL Azure platform. Having been at PDC in 2009 for the announcement of Azure and been able to work on a number of Azure projects since that time I frequently see many Azure talks that are either: A) too high level and marketing oriented as they never tell you anything important or B) too low level and focused on a specific feature that ...
In this Issue: Brian Noyes, Michael Crump, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Kunal Chowdhury, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Working with Prism 4 Part 1: Getting Started" Brian Noyes WP7: "Getting Started with the Coding4Fun toolkit Tile Control" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "How to Connect to and Diagram your SQL Express Database in Visual Studio LightSwitch" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert ...
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Much has been the expectation about Silverlight 5 ever since the fire-starter in December 2010 Silverlight 5 has been the expectation of every SL developer ever since the SL4 release and the huge momentum surrounding HTML5 on the web. While HTML5 is definitely promising, Silverlight and other proprietary plugins have their own strengths in terms of rich capabilities such as Digital Rights Management which have evolved to a great extent. In MIX 2011, Scott Guthrie unveiled Silverlight 5 Beta among ...
I cut my DBA teeth on IBM's DB2 UDB EEE (enough acronyms) back in the 90's. I have always appreciated the scalability that is available with a MPP architecture. So a couple of years ago I was excited to hear that SQL Server was going to have a MPP architecture available. Now I am at SQLPass Summit 2011 and seeing the PDW (Parallel Data Warehouse) and the hardware offerings by Dell and HP to scale that up and out. However, I was disappointed to learn that this technology does not extend to Analysis ...
What a week it has been! The BUILD Conference just concluded http://www.buildwindows.com... and there were tons of announcements. This is one of the reasons I am passionate about this company. Even when I was outside Microsoft, the momentum and the focus they have on Developer audience simply amazes me and they continue to do it, years later. Windows Developer Preview BUILD is a developer conference which premiered the first Windows Developer Preview bits. Clearly, the developers ...
Excited to come speak at JaxCodeCamp this coming weekend, there are many amazing session and speakers! Jacksonville .NET Code Camp - http://jaxcodecamp.com What: All day geek fest focusing on code and not marketing fluff. When: Saturday, August 27, 2011 All day (registration opens at 7:00am) Where: Univeristy of North Florida - 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville FL 32246 Cost: Free! Sessions will range from informal "chalk talks", hands on labs, to presentations. All are welcome to attend and speak. We will ...
Recently, I gave a presentation on Flow at Agile Executives. It was a fun meeting and a fun topic and lead to several realizations on my part. First, when Alistair Cockburn is in the audience, I get a bit nervous. Second, Lean and Agile aren’t incompatible, they’re complimentary. Let me explain. The Sterility of Lean Lean tends to think of people as nothing more than metrics. Cogs in the grand scheme of things. Little focus is placed on the human aspect of software development when talking about ...
Occasionally I write a rant or two and this one has been boiling for ages. First off you need to read Mike Watson’s Blog Post on Silverlight Ambiguity in Office 365: http://jmikewatson.wordpres... So now let’s get started. First off this post has been boiling since I have heard the question in one of my sessions last year “What do you think will happen to Silverlight now that HTML 5 exists?”. I brushed it aside. I ignored it when ...
Just an update .... I'm currently working on the next presentation in the multi-part of a series on the Applied Design Patterns project called “AdventureWorksDesignPatterns” . It has been a busy summer both at work and home. Summer is "DIY" time at my house as I'm building a 16 by 20 foot raised deck. Work wise ..... Some of my team and I have been updating some of our "Demonstration" and "Proof Of Concept" applications to test out Microsoft's Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric. This is turning ...
Technorati Tags: Scala,C# to Scala Introduction This post gives an overview of Scala from a C# developer’s perspective in light of efforts for a current .Net port coming closer to fruition. By closer I mean they have the compiler done but not the Visual Studio or SharpDevelop plug-in. From what I could find there is also no CLR based REPL available. You are also unable to call CLR code with generic signatures. While all of these issues are being worked on, to have a play I suggest using the JVM implementation ...
This blog will help you prepare for an upcoming release of SQL Azure that will offer support for Data Federation. While no date has been provided for this feature, I was able to test an early preview and compiled a few lessons learned that can be shared publicly. Note however that certain items could not be shared in this blog because they are considered NDA material; as a result, you should expect additional guidance in future posts when the public Beta will be made available. What is Data Federation? ...
Preamble Microsoft’s first introduction of upcoming Windows 8 spurred lots of discussions among developers. The most noticeable part of the demonstrations at D9 conference and Computex show, as well as on YouTube, is, of course, the new touch-centric UI. So why is it controversial among developers? Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s press release: Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities ...
This article is a Part 5 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions WCF, Routing Service Q&A • What are the features of the Routing Service (RS): Protocol bridging; Message transformation; ...
(A picture that I took on 6/3/2011 waiting for the keynote by Charles Petzold to begin at the Bijou Theater in Knoxville, TN) Day One (Thursday Night) I headed out on Thursday morning with my friend Daniel Heisler for CodeStock. We were driving from Birmingham, Alabama so it was going to take us about 4.5 hours to get in. After stopping a few times, we finally arrived at the Knoxville Hilton. After checking into our rooms, we met Rafe Kemmis and Spede Bryan in the lobby and headed over to Barley's ...
Has the cloud backlash started? Stallman's cloudburst when he railed against the dangers of allowing our data to be locked up offsite and online (http://www.guardian.co.uk/... was perhaps predictable, but he is not the only voice to have suggested that cloud vendors are overselling the benefits and ignoring the risks. On the one hand we have some very large corporations (Amazon, Google and Microsoft in particular) pushing the advantages of migrating ...
Sweet! I get to go to Build (formerly PDC) this year thanks to my awesome company Veracity Solutions. Secretly, I’m hoping that MS gives away Windows 8 tablets AND a mango edition windows phone. I went to Mix and got a Kinect. That was cool, but since I already had one . . . Technorati Tags: General ...
This past week was an interesting experience. My first trip to Washington DC on Washington business. As part of the Association for Competitive Technology (http://www.actonline.com) I joined 27 other small software developer company owners from around the country to visit and educate congressional staffs. I already knew 1/2 dozen of the people attending from my activities in the Microsoft developer community and had the pleasure of renewing friendships with them and making new friends with others. ...
In this Issue: Alex van Beek, René Schulte(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Jeremy Likness, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” - Part 7 of 8)" Alex Golesh LINQ: "LINQ Deferred Execution–Oops!" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: My friends at ...
I'm a fan of pretty much all kinds of music, but certain types of music really resonate with me. For most of my adult(?) life, I've been a huge Danzig fan. I've seen them play live at least 5 times and have managed to collect a few backstage passes, guitar picks, tshirts, etc over the years... along with buying everything they've ever released, for better or worse. Mostly, I'm a fan of the first three albums and the Demonsweat Live EP. After that, there were too many lineup changes and musical direction ...
This pas week, the company I work for re-launched our external facing Internet site, complete powered by SharePoint 2010! Check it out at www.imaginets.com. I get two concerns when clients look at doing something like this, either internally or externally: You can't really get a great looking site with SharePoint. We can't justify a great looking site. Well if you facing the same issues consider the great looking site that was put together by some very talented guys. If you think it can't be done ...
Introduction Now that the MIX 11 conference is over and we have heard the news of the Silverlight 5 Beta being released, it’s time to explore some of the new features. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. In this piece, I am going to provide information about one of the most important and game-changing features in the Silverlight 5 Beta. - XAML Debugging. In my opinion, this is one of the most important features in the Silverlight 5 beta. In a future article, ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Morten Nielsen, John Garland, Bil Simser, Adam Nathan, András Velvárt, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, Damon Payne, and Xianzhong Zhu. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using ICustomTypeProvider in Silverlight 5" Damon Payne WP7: "Hardware Back Button + Marketplace Certification" Adam Nathan Lightswitch: "Deploy Your LightSwitch Application As A DotNetNuke Module" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: Deploy Your LightSwitch Application ...
In this Issue: Dave Davis, Oren Gal, Colin Eberhardt, Dan Wahlin, Jeff Prosise(-2-), @yuriylsh, Bill Reiss, Richard Waddell, Andrea Boschin(-2-), András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Working with User Names and Roles in Silverlight Applications" Dan Wahlin WP7: "Silverlight for Windows Phone Programming Tip #7" Jeff Prosise MIX11: "MIX11 Mass Download Tool" @yuriylsh From SilverlightCream.com: Controlling Silverlight Child Windows Using MVVM Dave Davis has a post up that revisits a subject ...
This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for April 11-17, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Silverlight 5 Beta Released! HTML5 & Business Apps: Back To Reality Shawn Wildermuth's Take on the Silverlight 5 Part of the MIX 11 Keynote Silverlight 5: 3D Physics Demo Silverlight Status Report Also... at 10 AM PST today, SilverlightShow has a Lightswitch webinar going on: Upcoming SilverlightShow Webinar: 'Switch or no switch: Can I build my business ...
At the recent Mix 2011 conference the datajs team talked about this new cross-browser JavaScript library that makes writing data centric web apps easier. Its fairly simple to use and can be very powerful. Here is a quick application I threw together using the library. The code uses datajs, jQuery, jQuery UI and jQuery templates. Microsoft has an OData Service at http://live.visitmix.com/od... which exposes all Mix sessions. I used this source to get a list of all sessions using the datajs ...
During the MIX conference in April 2011 in Las Vegas, Microsoft has (accidently?) mentioned they might publish the official Kinect SDK as OpenSource.This is great news, although there already is an open source alternative: the OpenKinect movement has several samples of open source initiatives available. Read the blogpost by Joshua Blake for more details. Nevertheless, the whole thing has started me thinking about using Kinect as an alternative to more traditional means of getting user input. Of course, ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for April 4 - 10, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for week before last: Silverlight 5 Beta Here, HTML 5, Sterling Feedback and More HTML vs. Silverlight vs. WPF Silverlight 5 beta to debut at MIX and a few Windows Phone numbers that matter 'Do you twig?' Silverlight App – Full source code available Performance tips for RIA Service with Silverlight 4 Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
Now that Mix11 is over, Microsoft’s next big conference is Tech-Ed 2011, which happens May 16th through May 19th in Atlanta, GA. Each of Microsoft’s conferences have a theme; Mix is about the Web, PDC is about new and upcoming technologies, and there are many more. The focus of Tech-Ed is on current Microsoft technologies. In other words, you would go there to learn about the software that you can use today to get your work done. If you haven’t been there yet, Atlanta is a nice city and the surrounding ...
One of the questions I get asked most about WP7 is what the enterprise story is. With the initial release of WP7, there isn’t one…at least not like iPhone which offers an internal server application for distributing apps within an organization, or BlackBerry with their BEZ server. Currently all apps need to go through the AppHub marketplace for WP7. A friend of mine working on a non-public app worked around this by requiring a seperate unlock key to be used, but this isn’t practical over the long ...
MIX 11 happened this past week and I’m still trying to find and catch up on all the announcements changes that came from that. It looks like we can now use XNA on the web via Silverlight (and am I reading that we can do 3d?). We can now use Silverlight in our XNA projects with Windows Phone 7 (yay for having an easy way to make UI’s in XNA now!). And I’m still searching around to see if there were any other big news. The Silverlight + XNA news is pretty big because that opens up a lot of new game ...
So, for the last couple of years, we’ve been giving out Moleskine’s as our swag at conferences. Last year, we gave out one to some Microsoft people. Guess what showed up in the SWAG bags this years? Yup, Internet Explorer branded Moleskine’s! And yes, we’ve been able to confirm that they did in fact get the idea from us. Imitation is the best form of flattery. BTW—Check out www.letmegooglethatwithbing... Technorati Tags: Mix ...
On Day 2 of Mix 2011, it announced the new version of Silverlight. The main features in this first beta version are: XAML Debugging with breakpoints for binding debugging Implicit data templates for easy UI reuse Double (and multi) click support GPU-accelerated XNA-compatible 3D and immediate-mode 2D API Low-latency sound effects and WAV support Real operating system windows and multi-display support Significant performance improvements, fixes and much more You can see all necessary information and ...
Photo by Vilseskogen “Anazasi pottery objects” under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License The term “going native” can be a terribly derogatory phrase, connoting the prejudiced outlook of colonists toward the peoples on whom they’ve imposed themselves. But it can also be playful or empathetic, summoning images of intrepid travelers who get out of their hotels and try to meet people in the countries they visit, and maybe even eat their local delicacies and learn a few words ...
After the excellent Azure news from MIX 11 yesterday, I thought now would be the best time to release a brand new article about how you can get started with Azure and Windows Phone 7. Intro I’m sure by now you have heard of Windows Azure. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s take a look at the definition: The Windows Azure Platform[2] is a Microsoft cloud platform used to build, host and scale web applications through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure Platform is thus classified ...
At long last, Microsoft stuck to its promise and unveiled Silverlight 5 beta at MIX 11. Though unable to attend the event, I kept track of happenings through Twitter. Just a few mins back, the announcements came pouring and immediately, there was a flurry of activity in the community. People posted links to their blogs detailing features of Silverlight 5. I was astounded at the speed at which these folks acted. Wow. Anyway, here’s a roundup of all the activity since the announcement: Tim Heuer’s ...
Microsoft announced about IE 10 Platform Preview 1 on the first day of MIX and made it available for download. "IE 10 Platform Preview 1 is the first step in delivering the next wave of progress in native HTML5 support. Web sites and HTML5 run best when they run natively, on a browser optimized for the operating system on your device." says Microsoft. This video demonstrates some of the new features of IE 10 and a sample on 'flow of content in multi-column layouts'. For more details, read article ...
I am very excited to help share this news with you today! I feel as excited today as I was when Windows Phone 7 developer story was revealed at MIX10 last year. I see so many more application scenarios with the new tools and features in Windows Phone 7. There has been a few announcements made at MIX11 – let me recap some of what I find important. There was not a disclosure or showing of any new end-user features. There is a commitment to delivering the next update later this year as a free updates ...
Here is the sample code I demoed in my MIX11 session “Deep Dive MVVM”. Please download the Zip file, and then unblock it in Windows Explorer by right-clicking it, and then selecting Properties. If you see an “Unblock” button, please click it. You can then extract the content of the Zip file on your hard drive. Read the rest of this entry » ...
So, I’m at mix 2011 this year, and here’s the message I’m feeling from Microsoft: Silverlight is a plug-in. It will always likely do things that the standards don’t yet support, but it’s part of the web (i.e. html5), not competing with it. You should build in HTML first and only use silverlight where the browser can’t fill the gap. Must of the functionality that you get in XAML has been reproduced in CSS3 + HTML5 + all of the other HTML5 stuff. The tooling for HTML5 dev stinks right now. Multiple ...