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Last year we had an adhoc GWB meeting at TechEd that was a little less than successful. This year I want to organize a meetup before the event and try to get everyone together in Boston for a meet-n-greet. Many of us know each other through our blogs, IM, and email but very few of us have ever met in person. Let's change that and try to make it a reoccuring event at major Microsoft events. If you are going to be at TechEd 2006 in Boston and are a member of Geekswithblogs.net, then send a email to ...
One thing we noticed this year, and other years, is that people who are watching the news from TechEd and plan to talk about the topics of TechEd but are NOT attending don't register themselves on TechEdBloggers.net. When you register on TechEdBloggers.net, there is a category for Community. This is for the people that I described above. So if this is you, register yourself on the site ...
I realize and apologize that I have not posted to my blog for 3 months. Many people have been getting on me lately to start blogging again. I'm starting to get a good handle on my workload and hope to spend more time on my community commitments including blogging. I also plan to migrate my blog to MSDN sometime in the near future. The current community efforts that I'm working on are: INETA Community Activities Our latest initiative is the INETA Live webcasts. The webcast can be viewed at http://live.ineta.org. ...
Rick Pelletier, Solutions Architect and Jesus Rodriquez, Chief Software Architect and BizTalk Server MVP, both of Two Connect in Coral Gables presented at our meeting on Tuesday May 9th, 2006. Also you can see much of this content on a MSDN Web cast: http://weblogs.asp.net/gsus... AND both Rick and Jesus will be speaking at TechEd 20006 in Boston this June. WSE - Web Server Enhancements, 3.0 is the latest version.. WSE 3.0 has three major areas: Security Latest security ...
So I will try to post as much as possible about my experience in 4 continents and 7 countries not counting the airports in transit countries. So here is a quick break down of my next 2 1/2 months First New-Zealand land of the hobbits and home to our first stop on the WWT2K6 (World Wide Tour 2006) Next Brazil, followed by Kokomo Indiana (where I will amongst other things give a live MSDN webcast). Following Kokomo, I will go to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and then TechED in Boston. Upon my return from ...
Today is my birthday and I am finally 25! My big insurance break is here and I can rent a car without an additional fee. I hear this is your last good birthday so every year from now with be the nth anniversary of my 25th birthday. This year I received a Garmin Nuvi 350, awesome, and a Lexmark E240n laser printer, awesome awesome. Review of the Garmin Nuvi 350: Amazing!!!! The rechargable battery is great, I can think of a thousand uses of portable GPS, one being TechEd 2006 Touch screen is awesome. ...
For those of us living in the US, Andre Odendaal might just be the hardest working guy you never heard of. For the last few months, Andre has been working hard to establish a game development community (dare I say, Industry) in South Africa. Jason and I first spoke to Andre, via an introduction by Julia, several months ago when he was just getting started. I caught up with Andre this morning over GTalk and chatted him up a bit. Turns out he has been one busy fella. Not only has he established a web ...

Who's going to TechEd 2006?

Got any extra space in your hotel room? I'm a bum, I know...

Seriously though, I've got my registration taken care of and I'll probably just drive up instead of flying (sadly, my employer doesn't seem terribly interested in stuff like TechEd) but I need a place to crash while I'm there.

Any takers?

Now that the site has been live for a month now, we are really starting to see some compelling posts about topics that will be covered at TechEd. One thing to keep in mind, this site is not just for attendees, it is for anyone interested in what Microsoft will be announcing and talking about during the event. The hot topics include Office 2007, SharePoint, .NET 2.0, Atlas, Exchange Server, etc. If you haven't checked out the site, I highly suggest you do and start aggregating the feed to get the ...
From the Birds of a Feather team: “Rock the Birds of a Feather Vote – TechEd 2006 Reminder: your Birds of a Feather session proposal is available for public voting at:https://www.msteched.com... until Friday. Tell your friends, blog about it, shout it out to the world. And tell everyone you know to propose their own Birds of a Feather sessions at TechEd 2006 at:https://www.msteched.com... Proposals and voting open now until Friday, March 31 at 5:00 ...
I did a presentation at the Melbourne SQL Server User Group this week on the proactive caching feature in Analysis Services 2005. One of the topics that I covered was the different notification methods that Analysis Services 2005 can make use of in order to discover that something has changed in the underlying relational source. The first notification method on the list is SQL Server notifications, but you will notice that as soon as you select this option a warning message appears at the bottom ...

Well I’m all set and ready for TechEd 2006 in Boston. There are approximately 12 of us going from the team I work on. Should be a blast.

Technorati tags for TechEd 2006? I know techedbloggers.net will have all the latest skinny, but watching the Technorati cloud for things not directly related is nice. You know, essentials like parties, geek dinners, friends, where is the good wifi, twinkies, etc.

TechEd, TechEd06, TechEd2006

Jeff Julian does a great job with this site and building the community around it at TechEd. The site is now live, so if you are going to be at TechEd and you blog,  sign up and get your blog feed included. They asked all this information as well when I registered for TechEd, and I will be curious to see if there is any cross-pollination. See you in the land of crabs and tea!
Since Mickey Gousset raised a good point in his comment on my previous TFS post, I've been looking into this further. I was going to post my findings from the current licensing white paper, but Chris Menegay basically said what I was thinking. “Anyone editing data will require a CAL“ What exactly does that mean? I hope they add clarification for (and exclude) API usage. At TechEd '05 they showed a demo of Team System's collaboration capabilities. In it, they talked about how easy it would ...
TechEd coming to Boston in 2006!! I know it's not breaking news, but it seems to have slipped through the cracks, TechEd is coming to Boston in 2006. Important Dates: • January 31, 2006: Registration opens • March 15, 2006: Last chance for VIP Sweepstakes • April 14, 2006: Early Bird registration ends • June 11–16, 2006: Tech·Ed 2006 Just a friendly reminder I guess, get all the info at : http://www.microsoft.com/ev... ...
I do like the generics, but sometimes I think Microsoft have tried to simplyfy them to much. They've made it to hard to do the odd things. An example; recentlyI was working with a list of name value pairs, so I used a Dictionary: Dictionary<string, object>Everything was going fine, until I realised that in a default situation I needed the first value; regardless of name. I ended up writting a function lookingsomething like:private object GetValue(){ foreach (KeyValuePair<string,obj... ...

The news is out :

Teched Europe 2006 wil not be held in Amsterdam in July.
Instead it will be in Barcelona (7-10 november) together with ITforum (14-17 november)
The first week will be 100% for developers.

Both events will be branded under the name Microsoft TechEd 2006.

More details http://www.mseventseurope.com/teched/05/pre/content/default.aspx

After good successes for the past few years at both TechEd and PDC conferences, we are introducing the concept of “Bird of a Feather” sessions to Code Camp. These are not presentations but rather, an interactive discussion among people with similar interests. Two sessions are planned, “Dot Net Nuke” and “Conversion to 2.0 .NET” Dot Net Nuke is intended for people using or interested in using Dot Net Nuke. This community portal project that grew out of the I Buy ...
I’ve been busy. Don’t ever seem to have enough time to write about my current projects. Time seems to fly when you are having fun. It started when I was at TechEd 2005, manning the INETA booth. I was approached by a guy who asked me if I was a User Group leader. I responded that I was and he introduced himself as an employee of Red-Gate Software. He told me that if I did a presentation utilizing the Ants Profiler, he would give me one and provide one as a giveaway during our meeting. ...
Heads up on the layout of Canadian launch events!! Simultaneously with the developer and it professional tracks, we will have the ‘cabana’ track. Sure enough, it sounds very exotic, but it has nothing to do with pink drinks with nice little umbrellas. But ….developers at PDC and TechEd loved it, so we are bringing them to Canadian launch events. So, what is “Cabana” anyways? For those of us who haven’t been so lucky to be at this year’s PDC or TechEd, cabana ...
Keynote overran, same as in TechEd 2005 Orlando. Office 12 was very interesting, and I want it :). It was interesting to see the starting of merging of handling of relational (databases) and non-relational data (code). Could be very useful. The announcement re: the cheap mobile devices was a bit irritating, since they had sold out within 10 minutes of keynote finishing (i.e. lots of people left early). Went to a presentation on building a compiler in 1 hour. Ok, so quite a bit of the code was prepared ...
I posted this before for TechEd 2004, but I just wanted to remind everyone as they get ready to fly to LA on Sunday or Monday what they should remember to bring. Here is what I am bringing!: WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO PDC 2005: A BIG suitcase. You will be getting a ton of giveaways from PDC. There hasn't been one PDC where I didn't come up with a minimum of five new books. You will also be getting free software, t-shirts, papers, mementos, etc. You will need the space to bring this stuff home so be ...
I’m working to get the BizTalk 2006 Beta installed to do some work on a BAM demo. I’m moving ahead with the multi-box install (I have the pre-beta 1 bits from TechEd that I did a single box install on). The setup is greatly improved, and I’ve got a few screen shots showing what I selected for the developer box install. This box has Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 (along with the Indigo beta bits, so I can muck around with the Indigo adapter and learn two birds with one stone). The best ...
Ahhhh, I'm going to be PDC bound coming up next month! I love PDC. This will be my third PDC and it is a fun event - a different crowd than what you find at TechEd and a lot of sessions on topics which you usually know nothing about - that's the best part. I was rather late to getting my hotel this time around and quickly found out that ALL the hotels were rather booked - so I ended up in a *very cheap* hotel near the convention center for $300 for the entire week! Hmmmm. Seems like I will be only ...
According to Martin LaMonica over at news.com the Mono group is requesting a Birds of a Feather session at PDC 05. They claim that their BOF session request for PDC 03 was swept under the rug. While the article hints at conspiracy one has to wonder what the advantage of keeping them out would be. The Microsoft vs. Linux Fanboy argument aside I can’t see the benefit of keeping them out. Of course I don’t see the big picture, or at least the picture Microsoft is looking at. I remember for ...
Its been almost a month since I last blogged - partially due to the fact that I was in Redmond, meeting key product teams and also attending TechReady - an internal technical conference. During my trip, I met Steven Pratschner who authored Customizing the Microsoft .NET Framework Common Language Runtime - check details on this book here. Its an excellent behavioral insight into the CLR, with complete details on the new hosting APIs of CLR 2.0 and its implications. This book serves to be the complement ...
So I’ve been reading the posts about installing Vista Beta 1 on VMware since my initial post and observations on the evening it was released. What puzzles me is the requirement everyone seems to throw around of having to partition and format with a Windows XP disk or running diskpart from a recovery console. Unless I’m in a bubble or happen to have “special bits” (read: not likely) this just isn’t necessary to install Vista Beta 1 on VMware v5 build 13124. Here’s ...
I originally spotted this post from Stephen Thomas’s blog. His article is available here. Since I caused a stir a while back with my BizTalk Server 2006 CTP Released Today post from TechEd I figured I should follow that up with a trackback to Stephen’s article. You can sign up for the BizTalk beta at the link below. Microsoft BizTalk Server: Sign Up for BizTalk Server 2006 Beta 1 ...
There has been a couple fo posts recently regarding the hiring practices of companies. I have had a couple of interesting experiences with this recently. These experiences I would classify as how *not* to hire someone. First one happend about 4 or 5 months ago. I submitted a resume to consulting firm. The company is fairly well know in the .NET development circles as is the owner. I received a call from one of the developers in the company and we chatted for about 5 or 10 minutes. Very informal, ...
Via Andrew Connell Blog MCMS 2002 Service Pack 2 will have the support for ASP.Net 2.0 though there will still be some New features that will not be supported or fully suported by MCMS running under ASp.Net 2.0 framework for example Web Parts ... MCMS 2002 Service Pack 2: Expect this to be released after the .NET 2.0 Framwork is released (BTW: today’s keynote at TechEd announced that Visual Studio .Net 2005 and SQL Server 2005 will be released to manufacturing [RTM] the week of November 7, ...
This is our current question. Our user group, http://www.wichitadeveloper... has been struggling to grow and prosper. We suffer from lack of structure and firmly assigned positions. We are just a group of interested users trying to make a group go. We have the unique distinction of being the only user group in the state of Kansas. After attending the INETA User Group Leaders Summit at TechEd 2005 in Orlando, I have become more convinced than ever that our group needs to incorporate to give us structure ...
I always think of the keynote as the highlight of Tech*ed, because it shows Microsoft's vision for the future.Last year, the keynote was very interesting. But this year there wasn't much to it, although the show was great. Here are some pictures: An interesting moment was when Microsoft was showcasing a Sun system. One of the computers was running Solaris, another one was running Windows. They were demonstrating that they can remotely control all kinds of computers, including Sun systems, and controll ...
I am currently working with AMD and Frank Cabanski from IGames in order to provide a TechEd like Game Zone during our Developer Jam on Oct 13 from 9:00 pm - 1:00 am. Since we can have a max of 32 Alienware machines, we figure that we can rotate 250 players through during the event. In order to provide entertainment while people are waiting to play in the GameZone, I am also trying to get a mach casino up and running. I'll keep my blog updated as I have more information. It's looking to be one of ...
I’ll be working on the “Ask the Experts” stand for BizTalk Server at TechEd in Amsterdam next week, along with other MVPs and Microsoft staff. Feel free to drop in if you have any BizTalk related questions. There’s a lot of BizTalk 2006 presentations that I want to catch, I got an early build of 2006 a couple of weeks ago, and I’d be keen to see a run-through of the new features. The new admin console is great, and the setup and config is a lot easier (have not tried ...
While the physical TechEd 2005 is over and now recorded for posterity, you can still use these great resources whether or not you attended: "Best Of" Tech·Ed 2005 Webcasts TechEd Podcasts From The Microsoft Podcast Team Regional Director GrokTalks MSDN Virtual Labs If you did attend TechEd 2005, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it totally rocked! Make sure you check out the Recorded Sessions now available. The adventure doesn’t stop there, however. If you haven’t ...
I have been looking for this, since I heard about it at TechEd 2005. This release includes the following new features: 1. Support for multiple endoints pointing at a single document library folder 2. Dynamic send port support using the following syntax 3. Username, password, and domain support per endpoint 4. Binary file support 5. Receive adapter context properties set (Site, Folder, View, Name) 6. Send Port endpoint properties set (UserName, FileName, Site, Folder, etc) 7. Fixed "unable to process ...
Like the morning after a night of out-of-control drinking I am now experiencing a TechEd Vendor Exhibit hangover. Of the email variety … I made a vow after last year’s post TechEd SPAM deluge that I would use a bogus email address … and forgot all about it. I woke this morning to about 20 email's starting with “we saw you at TechEd 2005 in Orlando”  . . .
Now that TechEd is over, the blogger team is focusing more on MSDNEventsBloggers.net and TechNetEventsBloggers.net. These sites are a great place to get news about Microsoft related topics, Webcasts, and Events. If you blog about Microsoft technologies and attend either Webcasts or local events, go sign up for your flavor (IT Pro or Dev) and we will get you on the aggregation list. Also, if you speak at these Events and Webcast, please sign up as well ...
My spouse is well-trained. Every time I attend an MSDN Event, the first thing she asks is if they handed out a free t-shirt. I had to tell her that there were no shirts this time. She was disappointed. She was again bummed when I told her the Microsoft pen was black ink. She is a blue ink fiend, and a connoisseur of pens. She got excited, though, that I had picked up two of the Microsoft notepads. She loves to use them for shopping lists. Naturally, she is tough to please. Today, Russ Fustino gave ...
Without question the message from TechEd this year was services. How to migrate services, how to make services, how to use data in services etc etc etc. However, a comment was made in the BOF session I hosted that has me thinking. The question came up that since his organization is trying to move to service based architecture, he has found that the design of the application is changing. Instead of having a nice pluimp object model, he said he now is just pumping messages around. His problem was that ...
I think my favorite sessions at this year's TechEd were John R Durant's sessions on programming Office using the new Visual Studio Tools for Office. John is a very entertaining speaker and is very passionate about the VSTO tools. I loved his session on Outlook where he demonstrated creating an Outlook add-in. It's very easy to extend the functionality of outlook using these tools. I can see a lot of good uses for this. For example, a company may use email for its business, and one of its needs is ...

Planning still in progress but INETA will be running the Birds of a Feather sessions again, Stuart Celarier who did a great job for Teched 2005 has already starting working on them with Microsoft.

Still in discussion what other presence INETA may have at PDC.

I had a great week at teched. Here is a quick summary of some interesting things I learned. Architecture program from microsoft. Microsoft has an architecture advisory board. I met a member of that board at TechEd - Jim Wilt. You can read more here http://msdn.microsoft.com/a... IIS 7.0 - Is too long in coming and has all of us Admins waiting and drooling over the features GotDotNet - They are funded by MS and will be updating their site and systems soon. The guys there know of their current ...

Sorry to all my readers that I did not post more from TechEd 2005. I had huge laptop problems even though I thought I fix them earlier in the week. I will try to summarize and collect my notes from TechEd and post them this week, but no promises as I will be trying to catch up at work.

There’s a new edition out now, get it here. I’ve added a “BizTalk Server 2006” section, there’s only one post there, but this should change in the next edition as you guys get your hands on the TechEd builds, and the beta becomes available. I’m thinking of keeping the 06 stuff in the same guide rather than creating a new guide. As the orchestration and messaging engine are the same, a lot of the stuff is relevant to both products. I’m thinking of adding a header to the articles depending on which ...
There was a typo in the Session Handout for TechEd saying the MCP testing would be open until 6pm on Friday, however, they were closing at 4pm.  John and I went in at 3:20 to take our testing for half off, since if we failed, we had this summer to retake it.  They told us we couldn't take it cause they were closing down, but gave us each a FREE TEST because of the issue.  That was very cool of them, so I wanted to thank them. 
I attended TechEd for the first time on a full scholarship from INETA. (Thank you INETA!) I started the conference off by attending the keynote presented by Steve Ballmer. It was a bit hight level for my taste, but still very informative. INETA kept me very busy the rest of the week working the INETA booth, prize patrol, and hosting Birds of a Feather sessions. While I wasn't working I spent my time walking the exhibit floor, listening to cabanas, and playing Frycry in the Game Zone. Between work ...
If you are at TechEd and a Geekswithblogs.net member, please join us in front of Registration at 2:45 today for a quick hello to the members of this site.
Me being busy with a project with a business partner, I hadn't been paying any attention to TechEd, not to mention the fact that its right in my back yard! So unfortunately I'll probably miss it, the hefty price tag will be taxing to me right now, mainly due to the speculation of this current project. Oh well, hopefully more conventions will begin showing up here in Orlando again... Just wanted to see how many people are actually in “the city beautiful” (Orlando's motto, of which its ...