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Responding to a tweet I received, asking if I found it hard to write a blog and keep it interesting. This is one of the situations where a 140 character response doesn’t do a question justice. There’s a lot to think about between the subjects of writing, subject matter, and entertainment. Here’s my take on each of these three topics: There’s all types of writing you can do with various degrees of difficulty. If you’re writing a book and you have a gazillion editors bleeding over your every utterance, ...
So, I busted my old blog and hadn't been keeping up with it. Decided it would be easier on me to use software that I didn't maintain, so several months ago I signed up for a GWB account. You are a witness to procrastination at its finest! I was remarking to my friend Abby that I hadn't written anything in ages, that I've typed a bunch in the last 5 years or so, but that the typing belonged to someone else as work product, was boring technical mumbo jumbo, or was only good before it spoiled, that ...
Few months ago, I’ve created a simple demo about “Creating a Simple Registration Form using the ADO.NET way”. In this article, I'm going to demonstrate how to create a simple form that would allows users to insert data to the database using L2S. As an overview, LINQ to SQL is a technology that allow you to query sql server. LINQ to SQL is an O/RM (object relational mapping) implementation that ships in the .NET Framework "Orcas" release, and which allows you to model a relational database using .NET ...
Recently the question came up from a close friend of mine, "will my PhD help me attain a higher income in the north west?" I had to tell him, that it might get him a little more, but it won't get him in the top income brackets for the occupation. Another time, a few days later, someone else asked this too. Then again, I see a job posting that requires a Bachelors Degree and some other nonsense. The job posting even states they want "A-Game" talent. I am almost shocked at how poorly part of this industry ...
One of the biggest questions I routinely get asked is how scalable Commerce Server is. Of course the text book answer is the product has been around for 10 years, powers some of the largest e-Commerce websites in the world, so it scales horizontally extremely well. One argument however though is what if you can't predict the growth of demand required of your Commerce Platform, or need the ability to scale up during busy seasons such as Christmas for a retail environment but are hesitant on maintaining ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce that we have an excellent speaker lined up for March. On March 16th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, Roberto Hernandez will present “Ramp up on ASP.NET MVC2!” The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social Networking/Announcements 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Main Topic: Ramp up on ASP.NET MVC2! with Roberto Hernandez Main Topic Description: Learn about the new features in the ASP.NET MVC2 Beta release. Learn how Areas, ...
Alot of literature has and is being written about agile developement and its surrounding philosophies. In my quest to find the best way to express the importance of agile methodologies, i have found Robert C. Martin's "A Satire Of Two Companies" to be both the most concise and thorough! Enjoy the read! Rufus Inc Project Kick Off Your name is Bob. The date is January 3, 2001, and your head still aches from the recent millennial revelry. You are sitting in a conference room with several managers and ...
Tim Bass posted on ‘Orwellian Event Processing’. I was involved in a heated exchange in the comments, and he has more recently published a post entitled ‘Disadvantages of Rule-Based Systems (Part 1)’. Whatever the rights and wrongs of our exchange, it clearly failed to generate any agreement or understanding of our different positions. I don't particularly want to promote further argument of that kind, but I do want to take the opportunity of offering a different perspective on rule-processing and ...
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I suppose sometimes when one’s personal life gets busy, there are some things that fall by the wayside. So what all has happened since I last blogged? Business has been good with lots of lessons learned. I had hoped I would have had an important announcement several months ago concerning the business I own, but that simply hasn’t materialized yet. Will keep everyone posted. Ensuring your business has a good sales pipeline and stays ahead in the technology curve ...
Today at the Unversity of Washington, Steve Ballmer gave a speech on Microsoft’s cloud strategy. Significantly, Azure was only briefly mentioned and was not shown. Instead, Ballmer spoke about what he called the five “dimensions” of the cloud, and used that as the basis for an almost philosophical discussion. Ballmer opined on how the cloud should be distinguished from the Internet.as well as what the cloud will and should enable. Ballmer worked hard to portray the cloud not as a challenger to Windows ...
An hour of small computing time: 0,12$ per hour A Gig of storage in the cloud: 0,15$ per hour 1 Gig of relational database using Azure SQL: 9,99$ per month A Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Premium account: 2500$ per year Winning an MSDN Professional account that comes preloaded with 750 free hours of Azure per month: PRICELESS !!! But was it really free???? Hmmm… Let’s see..... Here's a few things I learned regarding Azure billing policies when I attended a promotional training at Microsoft ...
My company, Applied Information Sciences (AIS), is currently hiring for multiple positions. AIS is growing and we have immediate needs for all levels of technologists with a focus developing on the Microsoft stack! We are seeking .NET developers with a strong Object Oriented Foundation around the DC metro area. Our goal is to find smart people that are technology enthusiasts and interested in staying on the bleeding edge. If you have a passion for solving complex business problems by building flexible ...
Posts like my intro to jQuery client-side templates may appear, at first glance, to add nothing to the existing body of knowledge. However, the trouble that I regularly encounter with technical documentation is that the author tries too hard to be exhaustive. When first approaching a new topic the reader is most interested in the success scenario. Under normal conditions, how would I use this technology? What is the most basic syntax? A great example of documentation that focuses on the core usage ...
On Saturday 35(ish) developers met up on rainy day in Birmingham to take part in an Open Space Code day on the Windows Azure Platform. Around 5 of us had experience of Open Space meetings or developing for Azure prior to the day – and I think only two of us had experience of both :-) As I was on point to keynote the day and make sure it was a success, I did turn up with a few concerns matched by a good deal of excitement. My primary concern was that people would expect to be trained – and the Open ...
Technorati Tags: ASP.NET,General I often see questions at forums(http://forums.asp.net) asking stuffs like: Where to begin? Where Do I start? How to Get Started? So I decided to write this "boring" post to express my opinion and hopefully this can help beginners find their way to get started with ASP.NET. Based on my experience learning ASP.NET is just like learning how to play a guitar.. (oh really? why could I say that? ).(1) First you must have this what we call "interest" because if you don't, ...
To me Azure is a new technology but in fact it's not that new. In the PDC08 Microsoft announced that their cloud computing platform had been released with the name Azure, which stand for the color of the sky. I began to play with Azure recently and will post a series of blogs for what it is and how to use it. But first of all we'd better to understand what's Azure. If we went to the official website of Azure we can find the official definition. The Windows Azure platform offers a flexible, familiar ...
Since everyone else is getting in their final thoughts…I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. For anyone who hasn’t been following me on Twitter or Facebook over the last week, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to spend a week in Redmond, Washington at Microsoft’s yearly MVP Summit. While “Twitterverse” (i.e. #mvp10) sometimes makes things sound like one big party it was actually a very fascinating week I was very proud to be involved with. I had never before had the opportunity to visit ...
I'm here at PyCon 2010 in Atlanta. One of the pervasive themes (other than improving Python performance and testing which are very good pursuits IMO) is the recurring, omni-annoying "The Web is the New Operating System" concept that the .com busters (who failed us so miserably in the 90s) just love to espouse. The Web is a lot of things to a lot of people. If you asked 10 people what they thought "The Web" really means, you would probably get several very distinct answers, depending on their experiences ...
Engineers, Developers, Entrepreneurs, and Innovators mark your calendars for the first annual Saint Louis Innovation Camp! Local technology user groups, area businesses, and most of the entrepreneur support community will join forces to present a one of kind camp designed to spur innovation in the Information Technology community, support economic recovery for displaced technicians, and most importantly spark an entrepreneurial renaissance in the Saint Louis Area. When: Feb. 26th – 28th Where: JC ...
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on March 16th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Mike Vogt Topic: Data Integration Architecture Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A/B Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Architects Group,Data Integration Architecture,Mike Vogt ...
I love the Bioshock series (guess it's a series now that there are two of them), I really do. I've completed them both, and am tempted to start the first one over and do through them to get the other ending (won't tell you which one I got the first time). After I'd completed the second one, I began to analyze why I like them so much. Is it the first-person shooter? Nah, I like FPS but that's not really a big deal. They made some updates to the game play for Bioshock 2 (some pretty cool ones, too), ...
Below is the current list of charities that will be receiving free software implementations at the 3rd Annual Coders4Charities event on March 26-28, 2010 at Centriq Training in Leawood, KS. 1st Breath 1st Breath is committed to providing education, advocacy, and public awareness of stillbirth in addition to assisting families and medical professionals dealing with the death of a baby. Needs: 1st Breath would like C4C to update their website to allow for interactive forms and the ability to accept ...
Putting my last attempt at creating a business on the shelf... Passed to second round of grant funding but ultimately did not receive grant. We were looking to submit GHS for the first round of federal grants being offered for HIT Regional Extension Centers. Bio.... Green Health Solutions Inc. (GHS) a non-profit, minority owned Health Care Information Technology Company, will support President Obama's goal of strengthening the quality, affordability and security of the United States health care system ...
I’ve been running around trying to find my place in the community not quite situated yet. This past Monday I attended a community social event where all the community leaders in the area got together and discussed upcoming plans for the year. It was a lot of fun and surprisingly interesting. I thought there would be a lot more people in attendance of this event. I always assumed this area had so many more people. That I would be this tiny itty bitty fish in a very large pond. It didn’t really feel ...
Recently I realized I was losing all that great math knowledge I had learned in college due to the fact I have zero math books. To re-kindle my mathematics background I purchased a book called 'The Numbers of Numb3rs'. The book is based around the TV show 'Numb3rs' and how credible the math within that show is. At this point I'm only slightly halfway through the book but have really enjoyed what I've read (and understood). The book details a lot more than just the numeric background behind episodes ...
Coders4Charities 2010 planning is well underway! For those of you not familiar with the event, C4C is an event where developers, DBAs, graphic designers, business analysts and other geeks come together to provide free software implementations for local non-profit organizations over the course of one weekend. This is the 3rd year for C4C, and it will be taking place Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, 2010 at Centriq Training in Leawood, KS. We’re still looking for geeks willing to volunteer for this ...
Figured what the heck, I'd share my two cents. I know someone is prolly interested in yet another view of the new device by Apple. I've read tons of views and being the lemming I am (as my boss calls me for owning an iPhone and using Ubuntu alongside my MS products), I figured a post was in order. After all, why not? For the record, I am a “fanboi” of no one's technology. I both love and hate their technology equally and often for the same reasons. The only thing I fanboi about is The Batman, as ...
I have been working on some hobby project sites of mine. One of them is a site where you can convert eBooks from one format to another. In my opinion eBooks are a great invention and now that there are a lot of affordable readers coming on the market, this technology will get a lot of new users. On the site you can upload your eBook and convert it to a whole range of different formats, such as .epub, .lit, .mobi and .txt. I didn't build the conversion algorithms myself, but am using the free and ...
Lots of folks keep asking me for UK prices and to be fair it does take a little work to find them (You need to start here and bring up this pop up) Hence for simplicity, I have copied them here (as of Jan 29th 2010). Note that there are several rates available. The following is “Windows Azure Platform Consumption” Windows Azure Compute Small instance (default): £0.0728 per hour Medium instance: £0.1455 per hour Large instance: £0.291 per hour Extra large instance: £0.5819 per hour Storage £0.091 ...
After the second installment of our Speaker Idol format, I was asked by INETA to write an article for the January newsletter targeting other user group leaders. It came out great. The article describes the event format and some of our lessons learned. You can view the article at http://ineta.org/newsletter... There is a lovely mug shot. That serves me right for not having a more professional picture ready and had to get someone to take a picture in the office with ...
Microsoft Previews Tool to Ease Migration from MySQL to SQL Server Microsoft has released a new preview version of a tool that enables users of the MySQL database to migrate to Microsoft's SQL Server. On Jan. 11, Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL toolkit. This tool dramatically cuts the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server. A new addition to the SSMA family is the CTP version 1.0 for MySQL that provides ...
I don't go to many meetings, and that's actually a good thing. But yesterday I got roped into one hosted by the erstwhile IT department at my client's facility. They are in the last 6 months of probably a year project surrounding a $3Million dollar upgrade to what I consider a DBMS tool. Yeah... that wasn't a typo... and the 80s are calling wanting this sucker back too, at least the old one. No field validation so data I get propogated into the part of Oracle I have access to is all honked because ...
The Windows Azure Platform is now live. It is showcased by a terrifically exciting web site which tells you what it is and makes it incredibly simple to sign up. Actually, it isn’t. We have http://www.microsoft.com/wi... It is an “ok” site I suppose. The detail is there. It has the occasional decent enough diagram, but TBH its a maze of words, pages, whitepapers, links, videos, downloads. I dislike it a lot. Sorry. I think the technology is great but the site is not. I would encourage you ...
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on February 16th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Chris McAvoy Topic: Amazon Cloud Services Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 ...
That’s right: January isn’t over and I’ve already plowed through not one, not two, but three books on my way to a record year for devouring tomes of the written word! Now some of you might be thinking that, while you enjoy reading my technology posts or announcements of community events, or shamefully plugging the Prairie Developer Conference, really all you want is *just* my book reviews. Well I have good news: I’ve setup shop over at Blogger and you can read *just* my book reviews at http://darcysbookclub.blogs... ...
Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the official release timeframe for SQL Server 2008 R2 would be May of this year. Since a huge proportion of the features new to SQL 2008 R2 are Business Intelligence-related, Microsoft BI users and professionals should be very happy. Ostensibly, Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will be released concurrently with R2, or very close to it, and the MS BI stack will get its most important refresh in quite a long time. Reporting Services will have important new data visualization ...
With this grassroots effort, several techie groups have met to discuss how they can help the people of Haiti with various projects they started. Here’s a list of projects: Check out their Wiki and try to get involved if you can. We Have, We Need Exchange This project will create a "Craigslist" type of self-identified needs and requests by non-profits assisting in Haiti relief operations. Clay Johnson @cjoh Port Au Prince Basemap This project will provide new geospatial perspectives and data points ...
Even MORE ALM Ranger goodness can be found here. Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Requirements Management Guidance This Ranger solution addresses the People, Process, and Technology guidance for Requirements Engineering (RE) using Team Foundation Server. The goal of this guidance is to provide formalized Microsoft field experience in the form of recommended procedures and processes, Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server configurations, and skill development references for ...
Microsoft Community TechDays is back again.In Hyderabad one day full event on 24th Jan 2010. Attend deep technology sessions for developers and IT professionals, as some of the best-known names come to your city to share their insights in topics ranging from .Net, Visual studio, Silverlight, to Windows and SQL Server. Build connections with Microsoft experts and community members and gain the inspiration and skills needed to maximize your impact on your organization while enhancing your career. For ...
WOW! Unbelievable stream of goodness coming from Visual Studio ALM Rangers!! Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 VM Factory The purpose of this project is to build prescriptive guidance around the virtualization of the Visual Studio 2010 and guidance for full automation of the creation of virtual machines. The goal is to help users with the installation and configuration of virtualized environments with least effort and maximum automation. Visual Studio ALM Rangers This guidance is ...
Tonight was the inaugural audience event of the newly formed New York Technology Council, and I must say the organization is off to an excellent start. The event was panel discussion focusing on technology trends for 2010, and included Alfred Spector, who heads Google’s research and special initiatives (and is based in New York City, not Silicon Valley), Bill Zack, an Architect Evangelist for Microsoft focusing on Azure, and New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer, who is the Chair of the Council’s ...
Phizzpop 2010 contest site http://www.phizzpop.com/ launched today, and a MSFT Press Pass article also went out $50,000 PhizzPop Design Challenge: Agencies Called to Design New Web Site for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The more official launch email will go out to agencies after Wednesday, but I wanted to make sure you are aware so you can please inform you all. Partners will need to submit their Design Challenge entry (up to 10 page PDF) by February 19, 2010 – so get your submissions in quickly. ...
As an avid Microsoft observer and dedicated partner, I find special excitement in attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Redmond delivers the event’s night-before keynote, and it has a large booth immediately adjacent to one of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall entrances. Beyond that, attendees are genuinely interested in what Redmond has to say about the Consumer Electronics Industry. It’s a place where Microsoft can shine, outside of the hardcore IT world. ...
It’s always exciting to attend the CES keynote. This was the second year that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has had the honor of presenting the night-before keynote and, as a speaker, he did well. On the PC front, we saw new slate form factors from HP and others. On the Xbox side, we saw a new mystery/film noire genre game, a new version of Halo, the new Xbox Game Room service that will feature numerous classic arcade games and Project Natal, the forthcoming Xbox innovation that will let you use your ...
2010 is going to be a busy year for me. The latest release of Commerce Server 2009 (Codenamed "R2" ) scheduled to be released at some time this year, and the CTP's are literally "flying" out of the product team's office and on to the Internet – with some great enhancements around deployment, and the Commerce Foundation API. I'll write a post about the updates and changes later this week, however one of the major enhancements is the removal of the dependency of Commerce Server assemblies to be present ...
In June 2009 we created a survey for UK developers to tell us how they prefer to learn about technology which we used as input into planning for a number of activities in the UK in the second half of the year. I just “rediscovered” the raw data and thought it was interesting enough to share more widely. Top level: Most folks are generalists Web is “where it is at” for many We each have to invest a lot of time in learning technology Search trumps colleagues for answers Few of us have certifications ...
Well, another year, and heck …. even another decade and 2010 is going to be such an important year, or kick-off year for technology that I thought I would take a stab at making some technology predictions on what I think might happen this year. Technology always has these “next thing” items coming forward that it is really hard to even really know what is for real. Technologies might be quite good – but it will also take additional things like community ground swell or true behind-the-scenes business ...
That’s right, Oprah isn’t the only hottie to have their own book club! One thing that I didn’t get a chance to do as much of last year was read. I have a pile of books sitting on my night table, but with our daughter being born in July I haven’t had a chance to plow through them. Now that life has settled into a schedule, I want to get back into these tomes of business and technology wisdom. What better way to help ensure I do that then by creating a semi-fictitious book club! I say semi-fictitious ...
Winnipeg has its own Girl Geek Dinner organization kicking off in 2010! The “Geek Dinner” idea has been around for a while now, providing an opportunity for geeks to get together over a meal or drinks and talk tech, sci-fi, or whatever geeky topics come up. The Girl Geek Dinner movement is meant to provide a forum for the fairer-geeks to get together and network with other femme-geeks. From the Winnipeg GGD page: Winnipeg Girl Geek Dinners is an offshoot of the London Girl Geek Dinners, started by ...
I consider myself extremely fortunate. I go to work everyday and do something I LOVE to do and I get paid quite well for it. Everyone should be that lucky. But about once a year I go through what I call, "Code Burn Out". I still enjoy what I do, I just don't come home and work on my own stuff. I don't spend all my time reading about software development and practicing to make myself better. I spend very little time on Twitter, and I don't even get on my computer very much after normal working hours. ...