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Along with the new TV we purchased, I need a new antenna for Over-The-Air HD/DTV because I absolutely hate the Trek antenna I bought last year because of it’s bulky size and lack of a strong signal. I was strolling through Lowe’s picking up some stuff for youth group and I wandered by the home audio/video section. You will be amazed sometimes by the stuff Lowe’s carries and the prices compared to Best Buy and the chains. In this case I for the RCA Flat, non-powered antenna (see picture) for around ...
NotAtPDC is an awesome initiative from within the .NET community that allows people who cannot for any reason attend one of the major conferences (such as PDC, MIX etc…) to share knowledge, have fun, interact and generally have all kind of good times without leaving their home or office. This year, I cannot make it to the Professional Developer Conference because of multiple reasons (too much work, too many travels ;)) but I will talk to the NotAtPDC conference 2009! Read the rest of this entry » ...
We have extended registration to 300 people due to popular demand. We have 87 tickets left and no hands on lab sessions available. If you are interested in attending an event with 8 tracks (2 hands on labs sessions and 6 breakout sessions) with a mix of 2010 and 2007 topic and you are in the area stop on by. We will have breakfast, lunch, and snacks for everyone. Plus this time around really awesome prizes, such as netbooks, zunes, video cameras, books…Go to http://www.sharepointsaturd... and ...
Tomorrow night I’ll be at RockNUG presenting LINQ to SQL. Yes, LINQ to SQL. Again. In the last 2 years I have presented LINQ to SQL numerous times at various user groups and code camps. Why do I keep getting asked to present LINQ to SQL? Isn’t LINQ to SQL dead? Answer: No. LINQ to SQL is not dead! This confusion all started back in October 2008 with a seemingly innocuous post on the ADO.NET team blog discussing the emphasis that Microsoft was going to put into the Entity Framework going forward. ...
Tibi and I are winding down after a hectic few days at the ØreDev conference in Sweden. It was a great conference, with a lot of international speakers and attendees, and a good mix of technologies and tracks. One of the highlights was Ze Frank, who was delivering his stand up comedy routine, which was targeted just right for the attendees. I laid down the gauntlet to Tibi by challenging him to get an interview with Ze, and he accepted and delivered the goods, thanks to Herbjörn Wilhelmsen for chatting ...
<< Part 2 – A quick look at IronRuby Gambling with Cucumbers In part 2 we demonstrated how we can mix .NET and Ruby though IronRuby. The question is, why would you want to do that? It is probably easier to stick with one language for most projects. Why combine them? The problem with BDD in .NET One area where Ruby currently has a clear advantage over.NET is in the realms of Behavioral Driven Development (BDD). You can write Unit Tests and Integration Tests in .NET just fine, but what about ...
After the keynote sessions and lunch the first set of breakout sessions kicked off. Needless to say with the session line up it was difficult to choose only one to attend. However I thought it would be wise to at least see what is new and get an overview of the platform. I got to the session a bit late, but I don't think that I missed much. Arpan Shah was the speaker and it was a packed house. One of the largest rooms I have seen so far. Easily over 300 people in attendance. Here is what I caught. ...
Day 1 of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 is almost over. The conference is impressive. There are over 7400 people in attendance, a number that represents 92% growth over last year and which tops this year’s Tech*Ed and MIX attendance combined. All this in a year when most events’ attendance is way down. That should tell you something about SharePoint, and should explain why Steve Ballmer, in his keynote at the conference this morning, said (1) he wasn’t going to start this keynote by talking ...
Next week I am presenting two sessions at Software Architect 2009. Both sessions are new, new in the sense that I am creating them this week and new in the sense that whilst they are on topics I have experience with, in each case there is a significant new element for me to learn. I thought it would be fun and interesting (to me anyway!) to keep a diary of my preparations to get these sessions in good shape. The two 90minute sessions are: Design considerations for storing data in the cloud with Windows ...
I was having an discussion with my wife on things to come in computer software and silverlight. below is a brief snippet: My wife holds an computer engineering degree and is passionate about new innovations. She is a prolific programmer though she ONLY codes when she feels like(or finds a problem worth her attention) and thus is NOT a regular coder like mortals like me who are ... well, just coders, who codes for money:D Wife: What is this buzz around Silverlight? Subodh: Because we need smarter ...
Manual Labor I find occasional manual labor projects oddly satisfying. I’ve spent the majority of my career sitting behind a desk programming, or otherwise working on a computer. Putting a little bit of muscle behind a task gives my mind a chance to wander. Working on something manually taxing allows me to think of things out of order and without context. It gives me time to think about relationships. The Art of Wandering Relationships allow me to go from one topic to another without worrying that ...
This podcast accompanies the August 12th, 2009 edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes an interview with Mike Ormond discussing the new stuff in ASP.NET 4.0 plus an opportunity to ask Mike “Which are you? MVC or WebForms?”. Other areas discussed in the intro section include the RTM of Windows 7, the UK launch event of Expression 3 and Silverlight 3 plus the results of the poll of how developers scored in the Joel test. P.S. Apologies on the delay in publishing this podcast – but I did have ...
In the mix of things we were the 2nd SharePoint Saturday event and I think we can do far better. I wanted to have a free conference with 2010 content that people didn’t have to pay for if they couldn’t afford SPC. So we are now finally confirmed for Saturday, December 12th at Johnson Country Community College Regnier Center. This event will be bigger (250 is the cap) and far better. I have a lot of good people helping me out including Brian Laird, Kevin Huges, and Bob Davis. St. Louis is working ...
I have recently completed work on a WPF application which required a reasonable amount of interaction with Microsoft Outlook. Specifically, we needed to implement two operations: firstly, we needed the ability to generate a new email and open it in Outlook (without sending it); and secondly, we needed to send an email via Outlook behind the scenes, without any user interaction. There were a couple of additional requirements affecting how this functionality could be implemented. One of these was a ...
Most developers these days have moved on from C++ and its lower-level cousins. Higher-level languages are now the norm, including Java, Python, Ruby and C#. Developers have adopted these languages because of the productivity gains that are enabled by working in a higher-level language. Garbage collection frees a programmer from worrying about several common classes of bug. These languages also stress expressiveness over performance, meaning that you have to do less work to get the results that you ...
Originally posted here: http://www.thegrubbsian.com... I was listening to a recent Hanselminutes podcast episode in which Scott spoke with Michael Feathers of ObjectMentor on the topic of legacy code. They touched on a number of really effective techniques for approaching a legacy code-base and I wanted to echo some of their thoughts and add a few of my own. First, the definition of legacy code (as was discussed in the show) is really much broader than the face value ...
I'm keeping the last, up-to-date version of the Naming Conventions on the Microsoft TechNet site. Version 3.1 2012-05-14Version 3.0 2011-12-26 [Added a Namespace term, it simplifies everything. Extracted the Orchestration conventions into a separate document.]Version 2.2, 2011-01-05Version 2.1, 2009-08-09 Here is the BizTalk Orchestration Naming Conventions ---------------------------... rules The “Naming guidelines for the .NET Framework types” are used ...
Well, the hayfever has got me again! Here I am at 6am with a bunged up nose and itchy eyes wide awake. So I thought I would do the sensible thing and give you a heads up on what’s due in the next release of SAF. Here’s the Feature list : New Actions STSAdm Action. This allows us to call STSAdm commands and pass arguments from a SAF Macro. Powershell Action. Allows us to to call Powershell “Function” and pass arguments from a SAF Macro. Adapters In SAF, we think of “Adapters” as being components that ...
This is a simple but tasty recipe, made with simple and "poor" ingredients. Ingredients (for four people): - 160-200g of pasta (spaghetti, bucatini or linguine) - 8 tablespoons of grated bread - 8 fillets of anchovies - 4 tablespoons olive oil - some parsley Cook the pasta in boiling salted water as described in the other pasta recipes. While the pasta is cooking put the olive oil in a pan and heat it. Add the anchovies and let them cook for a while. Then, using a wood spoon, crush them until they ...
Mother of all Blog Posts Building expertise in WPF / Silverlight · Core Programming Concepts: Declerative programming, Dependency properties, DataBinding, Commands, Triggers, VSM, Control templating, the inheritence model , XAML extensions and control templating · Transforms and animations - SVG experience helps · Comprehend the core differences in SL and WPF- lack of Commands and Triggers (Behaviours and VSM are superior anyway), Calling different types of services (WCF, Sockets, Duplex, ADO.NET ...
If you are the minority who have been following my blog from the beginning you would know I am an avid practitioner and developer that centre on Microsoft SharePoint, and associated technologies. So some people may be thinking why write about Commerce Server? Is there any association between this and Microsoft Office SharePoint server (MOSS)? Well the answer is yes and no. In my earlier blog I briefly introduced Commerce Server, and this is hopefully the start of my series of articles introducing ...
Just about finished putting together my session for the FOWA tour in Bristol. I have only 50minutes. Which means I need to speak fast + demo fast + … remove some slides by 9:30 tomorrow :-) Slides: Windows Azure - Ericnel View more OpenOffice presentations from ukdpe. Links: Learn about the Azure Services Platform and access the SDKs etc Play with Windows Azure – http://www.azure.com Watch the MIX 09 recordings http://live.visitmix.com Need development tools? Students can get Visual Studio through ...
In this Issue: Erik Mork, Boyan Mihaylov, Tim Heuer, Jesse Liberty, Jonathan van de Veen, Al Pascual, and Jafar Husain. Shoutout: If you're interested in Azure and haven't taken the plunge yet (like me), Chris Hay is going to come to our rescue! He's announced My new Azure Book ... congratulations Chris! I'm a little backed up from all the AZGroups festivities over the last couple days. Since I have a couple submittals, I decided to post them this morning and cut the total I have queued up in half. ...
If you couldn't make it to Phoenix today, to be sure you missed an awesome event. For someone that has attended MIX 3 times now, I feel tonight the way I do after a day at MIX ... I just want to thank all involved, Scott Cate, and Joseph Guadagno for getting it all set up -- I can't imagine what all that means. Scott Guthrie, Tim Heuer, Glenn Block, and Jaime Rodriguez for presenting and Scott, Glenn, and Jaime for flying in. Not to forget all the vendors that contributed to make it all possible. ...
This is quite a classic way to cook spaghetti and, luckily, it's also quite easy to cook. For four people you need: - 320/400g of spaghetti - 8 tablespoons of olive oil - 4 small dried chilly peppers - 4 cloves of garlic - salt Put water in a large pot, make it boil and add salt (like in other pasta recipes). When it boils again add the spaghetti. Put the oil inside a pan, add the chilly peppers and the garlic cloves without their "skin". If you want to enhance the garlic taste you can slice the ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Scott Davis, Colin Eberhardt, Silverlight Girl, Tim Heuer, Koen Zwikstra, Ning Zhang, and Ben Waggoner. Shoutouts: András Velvárt sent me this link via Twitter the other day... Sorry András but I'm not on Twitter much, so this is late :( ... but it's sweet! ... He has done a 'Zoomery' of all the MIX sessions! ... this is awesome... all the slide decks and videos are there! WOW!! This is going on the sidebar of WynApse for sure: mix.zoomery.com... thanks my friend! Brad ...
If you have had a chance to look at the downloadable videos from MIX 09 (http://videos.visitmix.com... then you will have heard that it will soon be possible to develop Azure hosted applications and have good old Transact SQL as a backend! It was in Nigel Ellis’ session on ‘What's New in Microsoft SQL Data Services’ which gives all the details. However as of the time of writing this functionality, while due in the next couple of months, is not yet available. All is not lost. I am going to ...
Don't get this confused with the Scott Guthrie event and then be mad at yourself for missing it! On May 18th there is a FREE half-day Best of MIX Event in downtown Phoenix. Did I mention it is FREE? Come out to see Tim Heuer present on Silverlight 3, Dan Wahlin on ASP.NET MVC 1.0 and Web Forms, and Rob Bagby on Windows Azure. These are all 3 great presenters and great topics. You were going to celebrate Victoria Day anyway, so come out for an afternoon with 3 Phoenix "Rockstars" and get warmed up ...
As you know if you've been reading my blog for long, I've been writing software for a while. It seems I always gravitated to the user interface side although it took me a while to realize that. I visited my family in October of 2008 and my Mother's boyfriend asked what the 'payoff' was for writing software. He is a long-time woodworker and the payoff for him is holding something in his hands or seeing it put to use. My response to him was to ask about running an application an pushing 'buttons'. ...
1) OK, so Coders4Charities went well. The .NET User Group Meeting went well. Now it’s time to take a (small) break. 2) Most who know me probably already know, but I’ve been assigned as regional mentor for INETA membership for Missouri and Kansas. That will be consuming some of my time to get my head around who my UG leaders are and what they need from me, as well as helping fledgling UGs get started. 3) I won Fourth Place in Community Credit for the month of April! I get a sweet pin clock. 4) I will ...
The proverbial “bleeding edge” of technology has always fascinated me and for the most part has been very captivating for me. I spend a lot of time there. In fact too much time. So recently, as recent as a few days ago, I decided that I am changing my policies. Wouldn’t life be a little less hectic without all the bugs? How about incompatibilities? Performance? Yeah, its an epiphany of sorts for me. I love the edge, its addicting. But at the end of the day customers just want the code to work, and ...
Earlier this week I attended the RFID workshop held at Microsoft's Reading Offices. I thought Id write up some notes and thoughts I'd made about the event. Content/Trainer The course was based on the course developed by the guys at Breeze (http://breeze.net/default.... The material itself is excellently written and is easy to follow. It also has some nice little bits of humour which mean it is not the common/boring material you get on some courses. The material itself lets you build and enhance ...
In this Issue: Maurice de Beijer, Ruurd Boeke, Shawn Wildermuth, and Michael Wolf. Shoutouts: Brad Abrams reports that the ScottGu Mix Keynote coding demo posted The Silverlight Blog reports 13th Annual Webby Awards powered by Silverlight From SilverlightCream.com: Paging with the Silverlight RIA services DomainDataSource Maurice de Beijer demonstrates using the DomainDataSource in the .NET RIA Services app and discusses PageSize, LoadSize, and Progressive loading. Slideshow using DomainUpDown and ...
Before I joined Microsoft I worked at a software development company that focused on delivering large, mission critical systems on… Unix. My work environment included Gnu Emacs, Gnu C and C++ and Gnu Make, all products from the Free Software Foundation (FSF). My home environment was similar - a mix of PCs running early versions of Linux and BSD Unix. As a company and as individuals we were fans of the work of the FSF because not only were their products very good but as developers we also had unfettered ...
On May 8 the ugMIX Event is coming to Minneapolis. This will be a special presentation of the highlights from MIX, followed by the main attraction… A private screening of the new Star Trek movie!! I can’t wait! this is turning out to be geek heaven for any .NET developer. See you there! Technorati Tags: .NET,MIX,StartTrek ...
At MIX 2009, the Expression Blend team cam up with a new concept called Behaviors. In fact, the only thing new is the way that the Behaviors are packed. WPF developers have been doing what we called "Attached Behaviors" for quite some time already: see this thread (dated July 2008) to read a discussion around this topic at the WPF Disciples group. Read the rest of this entry » ...
These are both uniquely different things, but both worthy causes to make certain everyone is aware of. StirTrek Stir Trek is an opportunity to learn about the key announcements from the Mix 09 conference, at a location that is a little closer to home (if you live in Ohio or will be there on May 8, 2009), and in the comfort of a movie theater. There will be 10 sessions, in two tracks, so you'll be able to pick the content that interests you the most. In addition, the day will include lunch, a raffle ...
In this issue: Colin Eberhardt, Sparkling Client Podcast, Brad Abrams, Paul Chapman, Page Brooks, and Ning Zhang. Shoutouts: First, sorry Bill Reiss, but you've got company out there with 4 more Silverlight MVPs (so far) ... my buddy Michael Washington, Daron Yondem, Jose Fajardo, and Michael Sync ... congratulations guys!!! I'm on record as being officially jealous :) ... and I'll have to change my signature block now! You can see the list on the MVP Awardees Site. Koen Zwikstra exposed a hint of ...
. BizTalk: What features we would like to see in future releases After the MVP Summit [http://geekswithblogs.net/... we, the BizTalk MVPs, have been asked to give feedback to the product team on what features we’d like to see in future releases. I created the list of features and separated it into parts. One is from the global, crazy things than never be implemented. But why don’t imagine? Second ...
Today I got an e-mail with congratulations for my MVP 2009 award. It may be an April fool's day joke... but if it's a joke who made it took great care in creating a fake web site with lots of contents an interesting things. I'm very happy and proud of that recognition of the work I did replying to questions on newsgroups, talking at conferences and also writing on this blog and I should thank all the people who helped me with replies to my questions or corrections to my replies, support and friendliness. ...
I don't really have a break until after SharePoint Saturday D.C. Once the break occurs I am going to upgrade my VM with .Net 3.5 (finally get it to stick). Then I am going to write a WCF webservice that will pull data from profile services and search. Plus maybe some image library information for fun. I want to build a ton of controls using Silverlight as the front end and SharePoint as the back end. Check back here in about a month or so for some interesting experiments. I will probably post these ...
Silverlight 3 is going to be the highlight of this year's conference. You can see some important video sesson for silverlight 3 from MIX 09 What's New in Microsoft Silverlight 3 MIX09-T14F - - Building Out of Browser Experiences with Microsoft Silverlight 3 MIX09-T45F - - Building Amazing Business Centric Applications with Microsoft Silverlight 3 MIX09-T40F - - User Experience Design Patterns for Business Applications with Microsoft Silverlight 3 MIX09-C21F -- High-Speed RIA Development with the ...
In this all-submittal issue: Mark Monster, Rob Houweling, Bart Czernicki, and Jan Jelinek. Shoutouts: Corrina Black has her material up from #MIX09 and links out to other great presentations: ux musings : Mix 09' Was Amazing! Andy Beaulieu presented at Code Camp 11 and has all his material up if you were there or not :) Whats New in Silverlight 3 Graphics: Slides + Demos Jeff Paries, Animation Guru, has his #MIX09 material up as well: MIX’09 Presentation Projects From SilverlightCream.com: In memory ...
In this issue: Jesse Liberty, Gerard Leblanc, Seema Ramchandani, Kurt Brockett, Jeff Prosise(2), Public Sector DPE Team, Giovanni Montrone, and Jonathan van de Veen. This finishes the #MIX09 flood! Todays post has some old links and some very new links and the last of the ones that I attribute to #MIX09. With the links here, I've added 182 posts to the database since #MIX09. There are some interesting collaborations coming up that will make the 3179 database entries more accessible to you... so keep ...
In this issue: Jeff Wilcox(2), Chris Hay(2), Lutz Gerhard, Ed Maia(2), Peter Bromberg, Jaime Rodriguez, Swiss MSDN Team, Lee, Amy Dullard, Mike Snow, Jeff Prosise, Brad Abrams, András Velvárt, Christian Schormann, and Ruurd Boeke. Shoutout: Pete Brown was busy at MIX ... not only the Hanselminutes I blogged yesterday, but also Some of the Shows I did at or around MIX – Hanselminutes, Continuum From SilverlightCream.com: What’s new with the Silverlight AutoCompleteBoxJeff Wilcox blogs about the AutoCompleteBox ...
In this WriteableBitmap, Perspective3D, and MIX09 issue: Karen Corby, Mike Harsh, Joe Stegman(2, 3, 4, 5), Jeff Prosise(2), Nikolay Raychev, Andy Beaulieu(2), Corey Schuman(2), Mike Taulty, Jeff Paries, Pete Brown(2, 3), Chris Hay, and Alex Golesh. Shoutouts: If you weren't at MIX09, or didn't get a copy of Laurence Moroney's book, he has blogged: Free Silverlight 3 Book Preview Now available ... even if you got it... get the eBook :) Koen Zwikstra, who I had the pleasure of meeting at MIX09 has ...
Some interesting stuff for the technical geeks .... during the MIX 2009 conference in Las Vegas , ASP.NET team of Microsoft released the white paper on features list that will be available as part of ASP.NET 4.0. Although Microsoft not yet announced any date for the release of ASP.NET 4.0 Beta 1, this white paper will help the developers to understand the features list. You can access this white paper here and wait for the release of Beta 1 ...
Microsoft Silverlight provides a strong foundation for building Rich Internet Applications (RIA). .NET RIA Services (Code named ‘Alexandria’ ) introduced at Mix 09 further simplifies Line of Business (LoB) RIA development. .NET RIA Services complement the existing Data Access Layer and presentation components in the .NET framework and Silverlight. They build on the foundation of ASP.NET and codify, evolve and support some of the common patterns in web applications. The downloadable March Community ...
Thanks to Clint Edmonson, I got a chance to go to Mix this year. While Las Vegas was absolutely frustrating (it was the week of St. Patrick’s Day AND Spring Break week), Mix itself was outstanding. We kicked it off with a keynote from Bill Buxton. Each Mix attendee got a copy of his book on Sketching User Experiences. Bill is THE MAN when it comes to UX design, and he did not disappoint. He was energetic, animated and passionate: everything you look for in a speaker. It is always enjoyable to see ...
Note: I just updated the title for this article, sorry to all of you who were waiting for the TechDays Belgium source code and didn't realize it was here :) I just posted the source code of the demo applications I used in my MIX09 talk "Working across the client continuum". The source code is structured as follows: Read the rest of this entry » ...