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I haven’t been writing here I know. I am very sorry, but I am just too busy trying to make my personal life just as good as my SharePoint life. So I was at TechEd again helping with the hands on labs, but I had a very long couple of weeks. I will have a long week again. I started out going to my friend, Randy Walker’s, wedding and I ended up at my grandmother’s condo in Fort Lauderdale. It was a very trying week. I had to drive 5 1/2 hours to the wedding from St. Louis and back. So Randy is an awesome ...
TechEd this week was a great experience and I wanted to wrap it up with a summary post. First let me say a thank you to John and Jeff from GWB for supplying power, connectivity and a place to work in between sessions. The blogging hub was a great experience in itself. Getting to talk with other bloggers and other conference goers turned into a series of interesting conversations. And where else can you almost end up in the day 1 highlights video? The sessions at TechEd were a mixed bag of value. ...
While I spend a certain amount of my time creating databases (coding around SQL Server and setup a server when I have to) it isn’t my bread and butter. Since I have run into a number of time that SQL Server needed to be tuned I figured I would step out of my comfort zone and see what I can learn. Brent Ozar packed a mountain of information into his session on making SQL Server faster. I’m not sure how he found time to hit all of his points since he was allowing the audience abuse him on Twitter instead ...
Usually speakers take offence if you wear headphones in their talk. For the exam cram session it was a requirement. This was because it was a cubical walled room with an open top next to a study hall. While no-one was going to come out of this session ready to take a test, I am glad that I took the time to attend it. There was a fair amount of material that you should know already if you have ever taken a certification test before. This was packed around a mix of key concepts and some tidbits that ...
I haven’t spent any time looking at Office 365 up to this point. I met Donovan Follette on the flight down from Chicago. I also got to spend some time discussing the product offerings with him at the TechExpo and that sealed my decision to attend this session. The main actor of his presentation is the BCS – Business Connectivity Services. He explained that while this feature has existed in on-site SharePoint it is a valuable new addition to Office 365 SharePoint Online. If you aren’t familiar with ...
While digesting my lunch it was time to digest some TFS Build information. While much of my time is spent wearing my developer’s hat I am still a jack of all trades and automated builds are an important aspect of any project. Because of this I was looking forward to finding out what new features are available in the latest release of Team Foundation Server. The first feature that caught my attention is the TFS Admin Client. After being used to dealing with NAnt in the past it is nice to see a build ...
My morning sessions for day three were dominated by Team Foundation Server. This has been a hot topic for our clients lately, so this topic really stuck a chord. The speaker for the first session was from Boeing. It was nice to hear how how a company mixes both agile and waterfall project management. The approaches that he presented were very pragmatic. For their needs reporting is the crucial part of their decision to use TFS. This was interesting since this is probably the last aspect that most ...
Paul Sheriff was a real character at the start of his MVVM in XAML session. There was a lot of sarcasm and self deprecation going on prior to the . That is never a bad way to get things rolling right after lunch. Then things got semi-serious. The presentation itself had a number of surprises, but not all of them had to do with XAML. When he flipped over his company’s code generation tool it took me off guard. I am used to generator that create code for a whole project, but his tools were able to ...
Windows 8 is here (or at least very close) and that was the main feature of this morning’s key note. Antoine LeBlond started off by apologizing to the IT professionals since he planned on showing code. I’m not sure if IT Pros are that easily confused or why you would need such a disclaimer. Developers do real work, IT Pros just play with toys (just kidding). The highlights of the Windows 8 keynote for me started with some of the UI design elements that I had not seen when I was shown one of the Build ...
This being my first time going to TechEd and I want to make sure that I get the most out of it. The first goal is to make sure that I get to the sessions that cover as many topics as possible. This is important for me as a Solution Architect consultant specializing in Microsoft technologies. To this end I have spent some time going through the sessions on the myTechEd site. The other reason for the trip is to connect with the Microsoft development community. This includes both members of my local ...
From Brian Keller: “I’m very pleased to announce the availability of the Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM Virtual Machine along with 6 hands-on-labs / demo scripts. This marks an exciting milestone in our journey towards RTM. You can now roll up your sleeves and start learning about the many capabilities we announced at TechEd North America last year and have been talking about in greater detail since then. You can download and install the beta of Visual Studio 11 (and Team Foundation Server 11, .NET Framework ...
In 2007, Microsoft created a "Tips for the Newbie" page for TechEd (which is apparently no longer available) and I created a follow-on post called Tech·Ed for Novices. I created a similar post in 2008 as well. With TechEd 2012 around the corner, I thought it would be good to bring it back. TechEd is a huge event, topping out at over 14000 people (usually), with an equally huge amount of content. This post is designed to give first time TechEd attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. ...
The SQL Azure Federation had been publically launched several weeks ago and this is one of the most existing features I’m looking forward. This might be the first post of SQL Azure Federation, and hopefully not the last one. Some Backgrounds SQL Azure Federation was mentioned in about 2009. The Microsoft told that there will be a feature in SQL Azure allow users to split one database into many based on some sort of rules But from the client side perspective, user can interact their data as if in ...

 

Here are the slides and code samples for MVVM Programming Introduction given at TechEd Africa 2011

In the closing keynote at TechEd Africa 2011, Clifford de Wit (Microsoft South Africa) made improvements on his previous years attempt to geekily give away a prize, but unfortunately still got it wrong… here’s why. At Teched 2010 Clifford gave away an amazing prize of a wheel barrow full of tech goodies – if my memory serves me right, it included a laptop, xbox, kinect as well as a whole bunch of other fun stuff – a geeks delight. Unfortunately he was given some flack on how he decided to pick the ...
Today TechEd Africa 2011 ended. It was a great conference and the first time I have ever had the opportunity to present an hour long topic – I had the joy of presenting two sessions at this conference, one session based on a topic which I should have been able to cover easily and one with a topic that I battled with and felt totally out of my depth. In retrospect, there are a few bits of advice that I would like to give other people that are thinking of presenting at a conference like this for the ...
On 13rd Oct, I had had a presentation on TechED 2011 Beijing. It was about how to build a multi-tenant application on top of Windows Azure platform. Thanks to the people attended my session, and special thanks to my friend Wang Tao, Robin Lo, Jason Lee, etc. I had uploaded the PPT and demo here please feel free to download (The PPT was in Chinese). Hope my session helps, and looking forward to see you all in TechED 2012. Shaun All documents and related graphics, codes are provided "AS IS" without ...
With TechEd Africa starting in two days time I thought I would briefly blog about two useful extensions I use for VS2010 when presenting. They are Presentation Zoom by Chris Granger ZoomEditorMargin by Benjamin Gopp The Presentation Zoom extension creates a global zoom level so that if you zoom a single window, all editor instances will be updated to that zoom level. Before I had this extension I had a few circumstances where I was not aware of the resolution restrictions of the projector until 5 ...
I'm down in Los Angeles this week for my first ever Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference! This is the biggest industry conference I've ever attended, with more than 15000 people from around the world! It's also a bit different too because I don't know *anybody* here. WPC is more of a business/sales/marketing type of conference, not so much technical. As a result, its an entirely different crowd than the usual suspects at TechEd, PDC, etc. That's not a bad thing though! I'm meeting some great people ...
Back in May, I presented at TechEd 2011 North America – Atlanta. I just now realized my ppt never made it to the materials section on the myTechEd website. Here is the link to it … ...
One of the things that I have really enjoyed in the process of working with SQL Azure is the SQL Azure Management options. Mind you, it does not have a built-in backup tool, yes there are other options. redgate SQL Azure Backup Currently, Red Gate has a SQL Azure Backup tool (since it is Beta, it is free for the time being). Obviously, in order to use the tool the network/ip address from which you will be connecting has to be enrolled into the Azure Firewall for your account. The first step … connect. ...
As I already blogged a while back, native code has been on the lips of many since TechEd 2011. Microsoft seems very committed to actually putting the language to use again after all these years of radio silence. Regarding this I urge you all guys to watch this video interview of Mohsen Agsen about C++ Today and Tomorrow http://channel9.msdn.com/Sh... on Channel 9. What I find very inspiring about this interview is that Microsoft has a number of internal ...
When I was at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, I had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of the DevExpress folks and working out some of the details for a series of Windows Phone Development webinars. Here they are, for your viewing pleasure: #1 Introduction to WP7 Development with Silverlight and XNA - http://tv.devexpress.com/#W... #2 Deeper Dive Into XNA on Windows Phone - http://tv.devexpress.com/#W... The source (in C# and VB.NET) for the demos in this talk can be found in my book, or ...
If you were at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, you likely heard or saw what is coming in the next release of the Visual Studio product line and technologies. Here is a summary of some of those items: Visual Studio Roadmap http://www.microsoft.com/vi... The Future of Microsoft Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management Presentation from TechEd http://channel9.msdn.com/Ev... ...
I was pleasantly surprised by my inbox yesterday to find that my session submission for VMWorld 2011 had been accepted! I had been trying for many years to break in to doing some sessions at Microsoft's TechEd - always to no avail. It always seemed like you had to know the secret handshake, be an MVP or work for Microsoft. I felt like I was destined to settle with speakling at user groups, no matter how badly I tried to get more experience in front of larger groups. So when my local VMWare account ...
PhillyNJ.NET short demo on how to view TechEd 2011 Session Videos and Presentations In case you missed it you should go check out the free content. Here is how to get started!! The presentation was held at http://www.phillynj.net which is a sub group of http://www.phillydotnet.org . We’ve been meeting at the Greenwich Township Branch Gloucester County Library System 411 Swedesboro Road Gibbstown, NJ 08027 PHONE: (856) 423-0684 If your looking for talent to employ, or just out to find fellow geeks ...
For those that attended TechEd NA 2011 last week in Atlanta it should be no surprise that more and more companies are betting on the Azure platform, whether it is Windows Azure or SQL Azure. There have been developments, changes and improvements for every aspect of the Windows Azure platform in general. And with that tools from 3rd parties to enhance or extend the experience. That is the case when we look at SQL Azure Backup from Redgate. A way to simplify and sync your SQL Azure data to local SQL ...
This week was TechEd in Atlanta and an opportunity for the Windows Azure Platform product groups to make some announcements on new and future technologies and services. I’m collating them over on my team blog – check them out: Windows Azure Platform announcements from TechEd Atlanta May 2011 ...
You probably have already visited Channel 9, and if you have not I would recommend to definitely check it out. There are literally thousands of videos about development using Microsoft technologies (and more). You can watch the videos on the site using Silverlight player or you can use links on each video page for downloading. This usually works fine if you are interested in just one or a small number of videos, but it might become somewhat tedious if you want to download a bunch of them. I recently ...
Tomorrow am returning home, to Tokyo. Atlanta has been fun, but it does seem like city where you need a car or seriously figure out the metro. Next years TechEd is in Orlando, I like the convention centre, but it seems to in the middle of nowhere. In Tokyo, I live close to middle of city, with plenty to do everywhere. It's funny, when I was living in England, my passport lasted 10 years, but in 4 years in Japan I've filled up the passport with all the trips, exploring Asia. Actually happy going home, ...
Next years TechEd will be in Orlando, with registration starting around 24th. Planning on going, but do wonder how it will go. This year have not gone to as many 400 level events, nor has there been as many 'famous' speakers. Perhaps they are holding off till PDC - got to make this years one, missed last year due to being too busy. The content has been good, with some talk of VS vNext - which I want now. One of the main focuses seems to be on simplifying the developer experience. They will have a ...
At TechEd this year, there's only a few sessions and expo booths aimed squarely at devs rather than sysadmins and DBAs, but one of the things I picked up on was what's going into Visual Studio vNext. There's no shiny new UI features (that they've announced so far...) but they are doing a whole lot of work improving the performance and memory usage of VS - parallel builds (already supported in core MSBuild, just not used in VS up to now), and spinning off a separate process to do each build. This ...
Well not really that long ago, this is actually a brand new for me. I just decided today to start blogging about my experiences as an IT professional. Since none of you know me, I am a systems engineer for a NJ based energy company. My main areas of expertise are in Microsoft server technologies specifically Exchange, Active Directory and plane old Windows Server along with vSphere and many more. My job responsibilities entail life-cycle management, developing infrastructure standards and solutions ...
Somehow it happens that my first ever blog post is at the same time as TechEd 2010 in ATL. Being occupied with work I didn’t have a chance to attend this enormous event this year, but wanting to learn more on new tools I am trying to keep up by reading your posts. Thank you for the news! Hopefully next year I will be an active participant ;) --- The first question you will ask me is why blogging now? Finally I decide to focus on my professional skills more and get up to speed with everything I missed ...
Geeks With Blogs has been given the opportunity to host a blogger’s lounge at MS TechEd 2011 this year. I highly encourage anyone who loves to blog about technology, Developer or IT Pro, to head on over and introduce yourself. I have been blogging off and on (as life and time permit) with this group for a long time now and you couldn’t find a better bunch of guys that are passionate about both community and technology and their site really supports this. Be sure to say hi to Jeff and John. They are ...
I used to be envious of those people who could go to every conference. I would look on twitter and I would watch the streaming keynotes. I wondered how can I get to these events? Somehow I did it I’ve been to SharePoint Conference, The Expert’s Conference, and Best Practices Conference plus 31 or so SharePoint Saturdays. So now what? Well I finally got to go to TechEd in Atlanta as a HOL instructor. It’s kind of nice not speaking for once and just helping other people out. I don’t have as much pressure ...
In case you missed it, the Windows Phone Hackathon was last night. TechEd attendees and community folks from around Atlanta showed up to get some free training on Windows Phone development (Silverlight, XNA, Azure) and have some Q&A with various subject matter experts (and free help with their projects.) We had a really good turnout, with most people in the Silverlight room learning about making apps. We had a few folks in the XNA room, some who were brand new to XNA and others who were already ...
You have heard, an read about TechEd North America 2011. If you are at TechEd 2011 then you have received some additional information about sessions, the number of miles between buildings (joking) and really the building layout and room numbers. Anyway, somehow the room where the Study Hall is, has been labeled Certification Testing Center. And while there is a Certification Testing Center, that is in room B-316 only. Now, on to the reason behind the post ... room B-315 is the Study Hall. This means ...
John walks you through the Blogger Hub at TechEd 2011 Atlanta. If you are here, you should swing by. Technorati Tags: Geekswithblogs,TechEd,Atlanta ...
Big room, with space for lots of people, but not the biggest teched keynote room they've had. Breakfast was ok, among the better ones they've served up. They are really pushing the myTech*Ed, formally CommNet - I wonder if they've finally got it right. Taken them long enough. At least it worked on day 1 :)
This has been a fantastic week of XNA activity and news. Standing ovation the the XNA Team for the interaction they’ve been having with the community as well as the new features they’ve been rolling out for Xbox LIVE Indie Game developers. Simply outstanding and I can’t wait to see what might be coming next. It’s also been a fun week to watch people’s Dream Build Play projects inch ever closer to completion. With the submission deadline coming up in June this is the crunch time for many developers. ...
Next week is a huge week for us at @StaffOfGeeks. We will be at what we think is the best tech conference of the year, Microsoft TechEd. John and I have been going to this event for years and now we have the honor of running the Blogger Hub (formerly the Blogger Lounge) to help generate some buzz around the event, sessions, and experience. So if you are attending, how do you find us? To the cloud….just kidding. We will be in Atlanta! Then we will be at the Georgia World Congress Center: Then we will ...
Let’s focus on Exam 70-583 this time. This exam is PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications. This guide itself will be a different approach to preparing for the exam itself. Instead of just taking the individual topics, let’s review the topic in as much information as we can. Here is a set of resources to get started. This is the topic I will be presenting at TechEd North America 2011, so expect more information after 5/18/2011. Here is the link to the session: http://northamerica.msteche... ...
I have mentioned I will be speaking on a Cram 4 exam session at the upcoming TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta. The topic is the prep for exam 70-583: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications. This is a PRO Level exam. There are two other exams needed to get the MCPD Azure credential, those exams are TS level exams. Those exams are: EXAM 70-513 TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 EXAM 70-516 TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework ...
Looks like I'm going to TechEd 2011, thanks to GeeksWithBlogs.net and all of you that helped get me there by clinking the Tech Ed link in my previous posts. I'm really looking forward to going, and I wouldn't be if not for your help, so seriously... THANKS!! If you're going too, hit me up on Twitter (@ChrisGWilliams) or Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/2atcqbg) or maybe catch me at the INETA booth or the Blogger Hub (run by the fine folks at GWB.) ...
April was maybe the busiest month I have seen. Projects are closing but many are going strong. Many lessons came with it. A deeper and stronger involvement with Windows Azure. Specially around System Center Operations Manager and Windows Azure. Also, that brings me to the next chapter in the Windows Azure adventure. I will be presenting a Cram 4 Exam session at TechEd North America 2011. More details to come on this soon. May, then, looks exciting and with many lessons to learn. For those going to ...
It has been too long since I have last posted to this blog. Life has a way of taking over and the next time you put your head up it is 2011. I have been in a long long Exchange 2010 migration as well as some other family related things. Kids growing up, sports, travel, etc. I am sure Twitter and Facebook have also eaten in to my formal blogging activities. I have been posting there when I have had time. They lend themselves much easier to three sentence updates of the hectic lifestyle. I would feel ...
Check out the post over on the StaffOfGeeks blog outlining our participation at TechEd 2011 Atlanta. We are so excited to see how Geekswithblogs.net, the best Microsoft blogging community in our opinion, can change the way people blog at TechEd. We are doings so by facilitating a new area we helped design called The Blogger Hub. In this area we have dedicated areas for writing blog post with hardwire network drop and power for your laptops, an education area for learning how to create a blog and ...
Going to TechEd 2011? If so, you have an amazing opportunity at TechEd 2011 with the TechEd Bloggers Hub, facilitated by Geekswithblogs.net. Located in the Connect Zone, the TechEd Bloggers Hub is a wonderful resource for the new blogger and the experienced one. In this area, there are experts that can assist you getting started, great tips and tricks on how to run your blog, resources and tools that can make your blog and writing experience better! And Geekswithblogs.net is proud to facilitate!!! ...
Every year, as the spring turns to summer there is a gathering we all want to make it to, TechEd North America. Here we are coming from a cajun experience last year ( I actually decided to drive from Indianapolis to New Orleans). And it was a great event, and great to see New Orleans. This year I am going to make the trip again, but not driving this time around. It will be a great event, no doubt. I will be presenting a Cram 4 exam session, helping prep for the Azure MCPD Certification. I will provide ...