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I’ve known Shawn for a few years now, mostly through his work with the developer community and of course his affiliation with INETA. I figured it was time you got to know him as well. Here are NINE Questions with Shawn Weisfeld: 1. Where are you from? I was born in Brooklyn New York and moved to South Florida when I was still in grade school. After graduating from high school I moved to Orlando to go to college at the University of Central Florida. There I was introduced to my first User Group, the ...
In the next few weeks, I'll be wrapping up my current assignment in South Dakota, taking a week for TechEd and then (assuming all goes well) starting my next assignment. In the middle of all this, I'm also studying for one of the MCSD -> MCPD Enterprise Application Developer upgrade exams (there are 2.) As you can imagine, all of this (coupled with my recent Mafia Wars addiction) is rather time consuming, so I'll be cutting back on the blog entries for a while, aside from the occasional announcement ...
If you're going to TechEd 2009, be sure to stop by the INETA booth while you're there. Not only will you get a chance to meet some of the new Board Members, but we'll also have members of our Speakers Bureau present throughout the week as well.
I’m currently on my first INETA Board of Directors Conference Call and I thought I’d keep people updated on what’s going on, as there’s some really good stuff being discussed. I know one of the perception problems, is that INETA is a black hole, which is on the top of my list to help change, and hopefully by doing this, that perception will change. If you’d like to write content for the various code magazines, there are opportunities for you! Community Night (aka Birds of a Feather) at TechEd is ...
I’ve uncovered a fiendish plot tonight to try and dissuade Canadians from going to TechEd this year! I wanted to check the dates to see if they coincided with any of the upcoming NIN|JA tour dates, but when I went to the TechEd site at www.microsoft.com/events/Te... I saw…THIS: I tried refreshing…I even tried opening up another browser, but to no avail. So I did what anyone else would do: I turned to Twitter. However, it wasn’t enough that Andrew Duthie took my constructive critique of his ...
We Are the Masters of the Twitterverse How did we ever survive without social networks? I asked myself that today and couldn’t come up with an answer I liked. If I need to find contact information for that DBA I worked with three jobs ago, it’s off to LinkedIn or Plaxo. When I’m wondering about that guy from high school who was going to be a world famous rock star, Facebook is only a couple of clicks away. Out of town for a conference? No worries, I just check Twitter to see where my friends are. ...
One of our developers going to TechEd today received a bad news, good news email from Microsoft (CRG Events) about TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles. It said: "We have made a change to previously published agendas. The attendee party will no longer take place, however we are planning an alternative social gathering which will continue to provide a great opportunity for attendees to network with each other in a fun social setting. Additionally this year you will receive a full copy of Windows 7 and Windows ...
Recently I received a discount code for the virtual conference by SSWUG group, the organizers call it VIP code :) I am going to present 3 sessions under the .net conference sessions and really liked the whole concept; for less than 5% cost of what one would pay at VS live or Teched one can get same quality of session at the comfort of home or office and you can pause the session or replay them when you think it’s getting way over your head to understand the accent of guys like me. Check out the sessions ...
Taking a GreenIT approach does not mean that you have to scrap entire projects. As IT professionals it is native for us to look for the most efficient way to complete tasks; why not take this skill to the next level? Everyone in the IT community can participate in GreenIT. Here are some roles and how they can contribute Architect : Green design, integration Developer : Reduce the "energy footprint" of your applications, CPU cycles, bandwidth/traffic SQL Professional : Performance tuning, indexes, ...
Jan 29 – Holiday Party @ Fast Lanes, Lowell, Arkansas Northwest Arkansas .Net User Group Feb 7 – Kansas City Office Geeks (SharePoint Saturday) Daniel Larson Feb 12 – Little Rock .Net Users Group Keith Elder of Deep Fried Bytes Mar 1-4 – Microsoft MVP Summit Mar 18-20 – Mix ‘09 April 2 – Ozarks .Net User Group Claudio Lassala May 11-15 – TechEd 2009 ...
OK, so I haven't been the best blogger. You know how it goes - you start working on a project and it consumes all your time. Then you start on another project, then another, and so on. The good news is that I was doing some very interesting work and have lots to share here. To give you an idea of what's to come, here are some of the topics I've been working on: BizTalk, MOSS, WCF, and WF - all together in a series of Hands-on-Labs soon to be available from Microsoft BAM For Developers - a series ...
The last 3 days I was present at the MCT summit 2009. A gathering of 250 European MCT (8 of them are fellow Belgian) in a fine congreshotel with some cool speakers and great content (exclusive for MCT's, technical and soft skills). The summit took place in Prague. We got Matthew Roche presenting on SSIS (=SQL Intergration Services) until late in the evening. Matthew is Quality Architect for Microsoft Learning and keeps an eye on the MCT quality newsgroup posts. Two very succesfull sessions were given ...
Merry Christmas everyone! As my Christmas gift to you guys, here is a list of random SharePoint Resources and tips and tricks you can use to aide you in your development efforts (not to mention, now I’ll know where to find it and can stop looking through all my bookmarks). Again, Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed New Year. Essential Blog Posts and Dev Resources If you are curious what can be done in SharePoint check out the sites listed at SharePoint Public Web Sites ...
As one of the books part of the 75 centimeters of MS Press books I won as Speaker Idol at TechEd EMEA Barcelona I selected the training kit for the WCF Exam (70-503). Here's my review on this book. You can buy the book at http://www.microsoft-press.... Included in the book is : - a DVD with Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (90 day evaluation). Nice to have for people without VS2008 at their work environment and want to learn WCF and prepare for the exam. - ...
Pssst! Registration for TechEd 2009 opens on December 10th. The conference has also been pushed back about a month earlier to May 11-15th, so I think I can actually go this year! Is it too early to start tweeting #teched2009? Technorati Tags: TechEd,TechEd 2009,Tweets,#teched2009 ...
Just got back from TechEd EMEA Barcelona, had a great week as MCT proctor in the Hands-on-Labs area for the SOA/BMP track, Ask-the-Expert on Biztalk and supported at the Ramp-up booth. Fun stuff to do. Most exciting part of this trip was my participation in the Speaker Idol contest. Speaker Idol is a contest for aspiring TechEd Speakers, a live competition on presentation skills between fellow European community geeks. We all did a 5 minute presentation at the community area for a panel of judges ...
DevTeach aims offers TechEd like content and high calibre, TechEd speakers to Canadians, without traveling all the way to the US! Check out sessions across 8 different tracks (including a couple of really great sessions by myself and Carl Perry on the Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services). This year the conference will take place in Montreal from Dec 2-4th. All TechDays attendees can receive $350 off the conference price and all Canadian user group attendees will receive $100 off the conference ...
As much as it frightens me that DevTeach Montreal is in 3 weeks, I want to say that they've defintiely sweetened the pot for attendees! Every attendee will receive VS2008 Professional, Expression Web 2, and a set of the TechEd Conference DVDs... I just checked and the TechEd DVDs are no longer available... in addition to being about $1000 worth of swag! So let's see... presuming someone needs this software, the cost of the 3 days is $1061, not counting hotel or travel... so really, you're only going ...
Tech•Ed EMEA IT Professionals Nov. 3-7, 2008 Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) Some notes from Woody, an attendee: http://www.thesanitypoint.c... Jonathan Noble http://jonoble.spaces.live.... PowerShell: http://jonoble.spaces.live.... Tech•Ed EMEA Developers Nov. 10-14, 2008 Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) Jason Zander keynote: http://blogs.technet.com/st... ...
This weekend, I had some free time, and what does every developer do with this free time - I went to my TechEd 2008 DVDs to watch some sessions. But in loading the DVDs, I realized that they wouldn't work as I thought. I was only getting a reminder that I needed to install the Beta 2 version of Silverlight (the RTM of Silverlight 2 is out now). Tim Heuer put up a nice blog post stating a solution to the problem and he also has a little Silverlight application on his page that allows you to search ...
No, it's not the PDC 2008 World Champion Darts competition, but actually it is one of the coolest conferences on the planet. Microsoft's PDC 2008 (which stands for Professional Developer Conference) is a conference that is focused on the future Microsoft technologies. While TechEd is focused on the here and now - PDC focuses on things that are coming in the next 18 months or so. This is by far my favorite conference as there is quite a bit of energy and the crowd is excited and hungry for knowledge. ...
Having not ever been to the PDC before, only TechEd (x9), MEC (x2) and WWPC (x2), and I am curious to attend my first one. I have also never been to LA before so this should be a double mint of traveling pleasure. I hope I see some celebrities eating ice cream at a sidewalk cafe like in the magazines my wife always reads! :) Plus I love me some Mexican food and there has to be some good stuff in LA! I started up the TweetDeck filter for PDC and there is a lot of traffic and a good buzz going already. ...
Rob's one of my community buddies that I run into at various conferences and online of course. In addition to being a VB MVP, he's been around the UG and Code Camp scene pretty much since there was one. He's one busy guy, so I appreciate him taking the time to answer these NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? I’m from Mississauga, Ontario. It’s a suburb just outside of Toronto, Ontario. I’ve lived there all my life. 2. What do you do? / Who do you work for? / What is your product? Give me the 10 ...
First, I would like to say that I am quite the Microsoft guy and I am at my first non-Microsoft conference - Oracle OpenWorld 2008. Within my organization, Thomson-Reuters, I lead a team that built a new product platform. Our platform has an Oracle 10g back end and a complete .NET 3.5 middle tier and presentation layer. I have been to a lot of PDCs and TechEd sessions and it is interesting some of the differences between the two conferences. The first big difference is in how they do these keynotes. ...
I'm for the first time at a non-Microsoft conference in my life. I am at Oracle's OpenWorld 2008 in the lovely city of San Francisco. So far so good. The biggest surprise is really how big this conference is. There are more than 43,000 people at this conference. Wow - amazingly big. The other thing that is different than the TechEd and PDC conferences that I attended in the past is that there are a number of keynotes here and it seems that the first ones aren't that important and they build up in ...
I'm looking forward to attend both PDC (26/10 - 30/10 Los Angeles) and TechEd Developers EMEA (10/11 - 14/11 Barcelona). Happy to go to Barca again, this time as MCT proctor. Some more announcements on the conferences : Countdown to PDC2008 by Amitabh Srivastava on Channel9 : http://channel9.msdn.com/po... Interview with Hans Verbeek (with info on TechEd TV) on TechEd EMEA 2008 by Katrien De ...
I was just checking out the PDC site for the upcoming event and noticed that they had added more sessions. Now I had already gone and added a bunch of interesting sessions to my schedule, most of my time slots are now triple or even quadruple booked. I got quite a shock as I was looking at the neat tag cloud thingy they have for browsing the sessions by topic. Can you believe it? There is a session for XNA! I was quite impressed that there were two sessions at TechEd Developers for XNA. My top topics ...
That’s right friends! Coming to a city near you* this October to December, its the Microsoft Tech Days 08! And the reigning members of Microsoft’s in-house wrestling team, The Nation of Domination**, are EXPECTING you to come out and LEARN, INTERACT, GET FREE STUFF, and LEARN EVEN MORE! Don’t be caught in the cross hairs of Sasha “The Rock” Krsmanovic’s eyebrow raise, ‘cause you know the MVP Elbow is just around the corner! Ok, so seriously though…Microsoft is going to be coming through Canada between ...
I first met Chris at the Twin Cities Code Camp pre-party in the Spring of 2008. Since then, it seems like I've run into him everywhere... Iowa Code Camp, TechEd, Codeapalooza, etc... This guy really gets around. Fortunately, he was able to pause long enough to answer these NINE Questions. Unfortunately, he did it over a month ago and I promptly lost it. So now I give you, The Lost NINE Questions interview, with Chris Sutton: 1. Where are you from? Brazil, Minnesota, Florida, Missouri, Colorado and ...
History Back in 2005 Eddie Churchill, one of the BizTalk team members presented a couple of Channel 9 video titled “First look at Solution Designer” and “Biztalk's sexy new XSLT Mapper”. These videos showed very early prototypes of want may go on to form a part of BizTalk Server vNext. The BizTalk Solution Designer and the new mapper looked like great tools, and I remember many BizTalk developers looking forward to using them in BizTalk applications. Unfortunately they never made it into BizTalk, ...
Jordan Knight hooking up the Browser back/forward buttons, Cameron Albert with "Joust", Andy Beaulieu with "Hook Shot", Jonas Follesø's TechEd ANZ Presentation, Azret Botash on SL & XPO, and John Papa on Event Declaration. Tim Heuer announed a webcast tomorrow (September 9) on Troubleshooting Data Services in Silverlight.... looks like it might be one not to miss! From SilverlightCream.com: Control Silverlight by Using Browser Back and Foward Buttons Jordan Knight sent me this link about controlling ...
Chris Cavanagh with YouCube, Bart Czernicki with a Multithreading control, Doug Blackmore with a SL2 Combobox, SilverlightShow with a 'glow' effect, SilverlightGirl on making a text appear and disappear, Peter McGrattan with a 3-part series on WCF Polling Duplex Support, IdentityMine with Desklighter, Shawn Wildermuth on the new build of DataServices library, Jonas Follesø with presentation material, and Chris Hay with Manic Miner on Spectrum Emulator. Yeah... I know I've got a couple database fixups ...
Carl is one of the folks I credit (blame?) with getting me started in my career as a VB developer. Back in the mid 90's when I worked for the DoD down in New Orleans, I was a regular visitor to Carl & Gary's VB Homepage. If not for those guys, I'd probably be selling crawfish for a living or worse, coding in Java. So I'm happy to bring you these NINE Questions with Carl Franklin: 1. Where are you from? I was born in New London, CT and lived until I was 19 with my family in Mystic, CT. I spent ...
I met Lisa through my interaction with Microsoft as a VB MVP. We got a chance to hang out some at Tech Ed 2008 and via the VB mailing list. She's got a great sense of humor and is also one of the smartest people I've met. She's also incredibly busy, so I've been chasing her via email to bring you these NINE Questions with Lisa Feigenbaum: 1. Where are you from? Los Angeles, in the Encino area. (Yes, like the movie Encino Man.) It’s part of the San Fernando Valley. I’ve toned down the accent a bit ...
Time to cap off the week with another interview. I spent some time with Jim at TechEd (Developers) 2008 and was quite impressed with not only his VB knowledge, but also his enthusiasm for sharing it. If you've ever worked with LINQ, you've probably been to his website (www.thinqlinq.com) at some point. So without further introduction on my part, I give you NINE Questions with Jim Wooley... 1. Where are you from? I've been living around Atlanta, GA for the last 9 years. Most of my formative years ...
Sorry folks... only 1 interview this week. I've been busier than Gil Gerard at a one hour buffet. Our guest this week is my very good friend Jason Olson. Jason works for Microsoft now, but I knew him when... although that's a story for another day. Here are my NINE Questions with Jason Olson. 1. Where are you from? Now, Kirkland, WA (just outside of Seattle). As a child I was from McMinnville, OR (which had the adoring nickname of McHickville). And no, I'm not a hick. 2. Ok so we know you work for ...
I first met Rachel at TechEd 2008 and have been following her Twitter feed ever since. She's a newly awarded ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, Microsoft Certified Trainer and one seriously cool geeky chick. You can find her blog at www.RachelAppel.com. Fortunately for you, dear reader, she was able to squeeze these NINE Questions into her busy schedule. Enjoy... 1. Where are you from? I’m from Northeastern Pennsylvania. I was born, raised and remain here, only to escape during my frequent travels. 2. Who ...
If you live in the southeast United States, chances are you've heard of Wally McClure. You may have even met him in person. I met Wally at the Charlotte Code Camp, back in the early days before my inevitable ascension to .NET Demigod. Wally is always a lot of fun to talk listen to, so enjoy. 1. Where are you from? I grew up in Knoxville, TN. I have a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech. I worked at “The Coca-Cola Company” in Atlanta, but I found that the corporate life wasn’t for ...
I've worked with Laurel for a few months on a number of different projects and had the good fortune of finally meeting her face to face (that would be her face on the right, and yours truly on the left) during TechEd Developers 2008. She was gracious enough to indulge me in a few drinks at Howl At The Moon and to answer these NINE Questions, so here we go... 1. Where are you from? I grew up in a small town in southern Maine. I now live in Medford, Massachusetts, less than two miles from O'Reilly's ...
Well, we're back again, this time with Trisha Cardell (formerly Lacey) of INETA/CodeZone fame. Trisha is also an occasional blogger at GeeksWithBlogs and plays a rather wicked Night Elf in World of Warcraft. Yes guys, really. So without further ado, here are NINE Questions with Trisha Cardell. 1. Where are you from? Gainesville, GA. A smallish town NE of Atlanta. http://www.gainesville.org/. To be more specific, I actually grew up in Flowery Branch, GA on a street called Quiet Meadow Lane. 2. We ...
Well as far as I am aware, XPe as it stands to day will be available through till sometime in 2010, but it seems more news is getting out about is’s possible Vista based replacement? My personal view is that MS should take a deep hard look at the *LACK* of take up and interest in Vista before heading down this path anytime soon – but that doesn’t mean they won’t try regardless. Now of particular note from the details below from Mary Jo Foley is the indication of the size of the OS? XPe may have a ...
Karen Corby on VSM part 2, Jesse Liberty on upcoming Webcasts, a Coffee-break Webcast with Martha Rotter, Tamir Khason discusses formatting and validating a TextBox, Brad Abrams on his FlickR demo, Mark Rideout's TechEd session, Laurence Moroney's SL2 book is out, and Lee on TabItem styling. On the recurring subject of updating to SL2B2, Jeff Prosise has updated his samples to B2, if you haven't seen them, go take a look... good stuff as you'd expect from Jeff! From SilverlightCream.com: Parts & ...
I sat through a session by Heather Solomon at TechEd 2008 where she talked about creating custom templates for SharePoint 2007, something that definitely isn't a quick weekend project. She has some great resources to get started on that process. CSS Reference Chart for SharePoint 2007 - This is an amazingly detailed drill down into all the CSS options that are available for use in SharePoint. What's even better is she includes screen shots for where each CSS style gets applied. Minimal or Base Master ...
Seminar Overview Yes, I'll admit it. Not long ago I was a 90 pound quality weakling. Other developers would kick sand in my face and flex their low bug counts and rock solid code, but I just couldn't get my code integrated fast enough to fight back. I didn't even know if my entire application would compile, let alone if the pieces would all work together! It was embarrassing… humiliating even. But that was before I discovered Team System and the included build system! I started an automated build ...
This is #3 in a series of interviews where I ask NINE Questions of various interesting people in the technical community. This time, we're talking to Amanda Laucher (aka Pandamonial.) You can find her blog at www.Pandamonial.com 1. Ok, let's kick this off with an easy question. Where are you from? I am from a small town in SW Pennsylvania called Dilliner, originally. Now I live and work in Columbus, Ohio. 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to work there, ...
The daily list still remains high: Peter McGrattan(3), Lee(3), Dave Relyea with a Dialog Class, Michael Sync raffling off eBooks, Karen Corby's TechEd material, Pete Brown with a streaming upload work-around, 6 Webcasts by Lindsay Rutter, and Koen Zwikstra on his P2P Library. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 2.0 Unhandled Exceptions I had been tracking an old link for Peter McGrattan and had completely missed some good stuff on his site, so we're going to play catch-up: First is this short ...
Okay, I didnt know what to expect this being my first Apple WWDC. I am a vetran of ten Microsoft TechEd’s and a couple MECs. For the most part, Microsoft has cold the logistics of feeding, moving and running over ten thousand people around in an orderly fashion. People would joke about the strictness of the lunch ushers or the “soda and cookie nazis” that guarded the coolers and treats until just the right moment. We laughed at the guards that made us go a certain way and managed the ebb and flow ...
I while ago I did a case study with DevExpress. My product, CodeBreeze, was developed using the DevExpress DXPerience suite so they did a nice case study with me and here's the link: http://www.devexpress.com/H... Also, this year at TechEd I did an interview with Ray Navasarkian, the CEO of Developer Express, where I got talk about my product, CodeBreeze. Here's the link for that: http://community.devexpress... ...
Well, TechEd 2008 is over and so is my first speaking slot in this extremely large conference. My talk was "Sexy Extensibility Patterns" and I was properly inaugurized with an 8:30am slot on the second to the last day. However, to my amazement, 296 people showed up to watch my deflowering. The final averages were 8.13 which I'm told me puts me in the "above average" category so I can't complain about this first TechEd speaking experience. As usual, there were a few idiotic comments from people who ...
So TechEd 2008 was pretty awesome. I spent a lot of time at the VB.NET booth, interacting with members of the VB team as well as VB community influencers and talking with VB users who had questions. I also managed to hit a few sessions. The sessions I hit were really good, and informative, but I have to wonder... I think the real value of TechEd lies in the networking and the spur of the moment discussions that pop up everywhere. I think I learned more that way than I did in the sessions I attended. ...