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Here is a very interesting article found on asp.netPRO that provides a review of Visual WebGui. The article was written by Bill Haider, a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET and this is its overview: "Living in the era of rich Internet applications (RIAs), as we ASP.NET developers do, calls for complex and interactive designs, easy deployment means, rapid development, and high-performance and scalable applications—not to mention the full features of an RIA solution. For a Windows Forms or Web Forms application ...
Much as people love hearing on the new features of ASP.NET, one of the frequent requests that I receive is around performance counters, high transactional sites using ASP.NET and real world applications that do very well on ASP.NET. While there are thousands of sites out there running on ASP.NET, many of them being mission critical, our own Windows Update is a great example of high performance. Windows Update is something all of us use, whether we like it or not. It helps maintain your system up ...
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on July 30th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: You Topic: Current Topics in Architecture Open Discussion Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:15 ...
The SES Investigator application is a tool developed to allow law enforcement investigators to store case information in a central repository that is accessible and shared with other investigators in the task force. The main reasons that lead for the development of this new version of the Investigator application was the requirement to move from a single user version to a multi-user version that would also allow the system to be used while still in the field. The first version of the application ...
With pride we announce that the next meeting of the Dutch Surface User Group will have Dr. Neil Roodyn as a speaker! This is the abstract of his talk: Surface has sex appeal, people are attracted to Surface as a sexy new technology. The development tools make it easy to build Surface applications and yet so many Surface applications fail to deliver the true value of Surface. In this session Dr. Neil will explore some of the things you can do to enable your Surface applications to deliver more than ...
The future is in Cloud Computing, was Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's main message at the Think Next convention in Tel Aviv last month. During his keynote speech, Ozzie said we are experiencing the most exciting time of the PC era thanks to the proliferation of a wide range of PCs in many shapes and sizes and an increase in the number of PCs bought per person and family. Meanwhile, cellular phones are also expanding their capabilities and will be soon supported by a large range of ...
Nov 19, 2008 is a day that lives in infamy. It would mark the last day that Justice Gray would have any online presence for 6 months…a gap of silence that left the entire technology community collectively asking WTF. But then in May Justice resurfaced, the absurdity of the SharePoint Knights too much for even him not to comment on. That turned out to be but a teaser, for when July rolled around we saw Justice burst back on to the blogging scene as if he had never left. We were treated to posts such ...
Speaker Tim Huckaby is currently focused on RIA & Smart Client Technologies like WPF, VSTO, Surface, and Silverlight. He has been called a “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution” by the press. Tim has been awarded multiple times for the highest rated Keynote and technical presentations for Microsoft and numerous other technology conferences around the world by Microsoft Corporation. Tim has done presentations on Microsoft Technologies at technology events like Microsoft Tech Ed, Product Launch ...
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Gizmox's Visual WebGui Web & Cloud platform will be presented at Microsoft's WPC in New Orleans between July 13 to July 16 within the Windows Azure booth. Visual WebGui can now enable the development & migration of applications to Microsoft's Cloud computing environment - Windows Azure. Visual WebGui’s virtualization technology also dramatically reduces customers’ cloud bandwidth and CPU usage, offering a more cost effective runtime environment for native Azure applications. You can read ...
I went to the Twin Cities Languages User Group meeting last night. The topic was Esoteric Programming Languages and it was quite interesting. Jason Bock (also the UG leader) showed several different examples of languages that you'll never use in your day job, but were still pretty cool (mostly.) The one I was most interested in was Befunge (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... which is a 2-dimensional interpreted language that can modify/generate its own code while running. The whole ...
At the same time that Microsoft was releasing Silverlight 3 and launching Expression Blend 3 and SketchFlow, IdentityMine released our new community site: Read the rest of this entry » ...
I am in step 1 of Project NEric. Step 1 is “Identify the specific technologies, tools and approaches I want to explore”. There are a lot of possible tools and technologies that could fit within the scope of Project NEric and lots of ways of learning enough about them to make an informed decision on which (combination!) to go with. However one resource that stuck out for me this week is the excellent www.dimecasts.net. Dimecasts includes lots of great short videos on just the sort of technologies ...
Apple just patented MaSfPRTFfK, which stands for "Methods and Systems for Providing Real-Time Feedback for Karaoke". It detects when a singer is singing off-pitch according to some pitch data stored with the karaoke song data. The idea is to give some kind of feedback to the singer so they can learn to sing on key. How this technology will be available to programmers writing karaoke systems, I'm not sure, but I'm going to keep my eye on it. I like to sing (ahem, I mean butcher) karaoke, and I'm thinking ...
Being ASP.NET based Visual WebGui is coded, parsed and executed on top of .NET and is most native application nature for Windows Azure, Amazon and other cloud providers. Having an optimized received & sent data actually concludes in lowering the transportation and the costs when it comes to cloud deployment. The highest request-per-second compared to any other AJAX infrastructure proves the simple fact!, the CPU is much less occupied with allocations & disposals of objects and results again ...
The Way I've Come To See BDD Over the last year and a half, I have been moving from TDD to BDD. For those who don't know, this is not a tool or technology switch so much as it is a mental paradigm shift. Luckily, I didn't work in a lot of shops that ever did a lot of unit testing (testing units of code after you write them). Most often, we'd be under time crunches that forced PMs to make the decision to forego unit testing in order to meet a hard deadline that they got from some estimation crystal ...
Resumen MSMQ is a component of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and will be included in Windows Vista and future server versions of Windows. It allows cooperating applications to send and receive messages to each other—even if the intended recipient application is not running, or the computer on which the sender or recipient application is running is disconnected from the network. Messages are stored and forwarded by MSMQ until they reach the destination queue. A recipient application ...
Tags: Surface A lot of people come to me with the question “why should we, as an organization, invest in Surface?” Or, to be more honest: developers come to me with the question “What can I do to convince my manager to buy us a Surface Unit"?”, which is the same question but more honest. The answer is, of course, the same answer as I give to everyone who asks me for a justification for investing in hard- and software: there needs to be a business case. And in these hard economic times: there needs ...
I just completed my first iteration on a project I was injected into at work. What makes this project interesting is the approach to software development as well as the technology makeup. Many developers wonder what its like to switch from traditional methods and adopt something like TDD or OSS tools like nHibernate, Rhino Mocks, Castle Project, etc. I wanted to share some thoughts and what my experiences have been after completing my first iteration in exactly that type of environment. TDD – Different, ...
June 29, 2009 --- Introduction Good afternoon. My name is Andrew Brust. I am the Chief, New Technology at twentysix New York, a consultancy specializing in application development, business intelligence and other software technologies. I am also a native New Yorker and former technology professional with the City of New York. In the mid and late 1980s, I was a programmer for the Department of Parks and Recreation and later I was the Computer Systems Director at the Department of Cultural Affairs. ...
I am honored to have joined the Lounge Advertising Network! Now, I know you’re thinking, “Why would someone be honored to join an ad network?” I would answer that with “look who else is in this network.” The Lounge picks only the top Microsoft technology blogs… blogs by influencers both online and off. To be counted among them is indeed a cool thing.Note: Cross posted from KodefuGuru. Permalink ...
You’ll probably figure out who I am pretty quickly from comments, sarcasm, wit (hopefully), pi$$ing and moaning, etc. I asked the GWB crew if I could get a second blog so that I could vent about things without it being aggregated everywhere. So that means this might not get read and that’s ok too… the catharsis of writing the words helps get rid of some of the ‘Grump’ :) As always, anything said here has zero reflection on anyone, anything, any organization, whatever. Take it as it is, read it or ...
Ah Summer…that time of the year that we all dread as geeks. In the dark and cold of winter we can hide our pasty white skin and our diverse body portionings under layers of clothing. But Summer…summer is when we must come out into the light, like Golem being pulled into the sunlight by Sam and Frodo. Well, this summer my *twin* Daniel Nerenberg and I are going to try and offer some encouragement by leading the charge out of our collective basements writing code and into the light of day! Yes, this ...
Just a quick reminder that the June 2009 meeting is tonight from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (ET) at the Microsoft office. Please be sure to register so we have a good idea of how much pizza to order. Enterprise Architecture What is it? Why is it important? An overview of Enterprise Architecture as a discipline, its principles, methods, frameworks and tools. This session will explore the growing role and importance of enterprise architecture in the management of organizations. Speaker: Bob Otterberg is the ...
If you are the minority who have been following my blog from the beginning you would know I am an avid practitioner and developer that centre on Microsoft SharePoint, and associated technologies. So some people may be thinking why write about Commerce Server? Is there any association between this and Microsoft Office SharePoint server (MOSS)? Well the answer is yes and no. In my earlier blog I briefly introduced Commerce Server, and this is hopefully the start of my series of articles introducing ...
I'm starting a new usergroup with focus on the Azure Services Platform and .NET Services. AZUG.BE is a Belgian user group with focus on development and architecture of the Microsoft Azure Services Platform. Azure is a cloud hosted development platform for internet oriented applications aimed at high scalability and based on .NET technology. Our goal is to share knowledge and experiences with the .NET community in development and architecture in the Azure Services Platform and the .NET Services technology. ...
It's Saturday, so I feel like writing about how I got started in technical writing. I took a computer class in high school and really liked it. I then took all the computer classes in college that I could. I was a business major at the time, but the computer classes were more appealing to me. When the school created a bachelor's program for computer science, I jumped in. I became one of the computer lab assistants, and my professor noticed that I also had a knack for describing how to do things. ...
So, somehow within the past five years I’ve mapped out my life to lead to a point where I’m sitting here blogging on GeeksWithBlogs.net. I never would have guessed it…lol There’s no need for me to sweat it though. I’m a 23 year old IT college graduate that has a full time software development job, an amazing family, a loving girlfriend, and incredible friends. As one of my co-workers recently put it: “I’m livin’ the dream” :) I'm a former employee of iPay Technologies and currently work for Republic ...
I was having a conversation with a buddy of mine today, and we got on the subject of what the role of an architect really is (as we usually do). After some conversation (and good food), we came to the realization that the role of the architect, fundamentally, is to be the glue which binds the various business disciplines together. That is, the architect needs to know a little bit of something about marketing, sales, the actual business domain in which he is operating, infrastructure, development, ...
I had quite the eye-opening series of discussions at a recent conference about how women are treated in our industry. Discussions ranged from how geek guys overstep boundaries to what levels of modesty women in tech should exude. The discussion of women in technology has been ongoing for many years. Major conferences host WIT (Women in Technology) shindigs where people get together to build Lego together and burn bras (oddly enough, I’m only kidding about the bra burning…still don’t get the Lego ...
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I was a technical writer for 16 years before managing technical writers. We are a peculiar bunch of folks - kind of like the high school band - talented, but a little quirky. Most of us are introverted and we get our kicks from composing information that people find useful. (I am one of the extroverted ones.) While writers focus on their products, a writing manager has a broader focus on the corporate brand. A manager that merely maintains the status quo, by having the team update operational information, ...
Microsoft Community in Bangladesh proudly presents Microsoft Day @ Dhaka. This is a special day dedicated to all Microsoft technology professionals and students in Bangladesh. We will be having the best Microsoft community technologists from Bangladesh - Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) delivering sessions at the event. This technology marathon is a great opportunity to learn from the best and network with each other. Both Microsoft developers and networking professionals would find the ...
This is my first blog post on GeeksWithBlogs, and although I intend the majority of my posts to be about the .net world, I’m actually going to start with something else! My current job is as a Learning Technologist at The University of Manchester. Although the majority of my work is in web development, I have recently been involved in a study looking at the suitability of e-readers in an educational context. This arose due to the academics reports on the uncomfortable nature of reading student assignments ...
Thank You for Registering for Excella Consulting Presents: Secrets of Successful Portal Implementations Agenda June 17, 2009 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Introductions, Greetings 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Secrets of Successful Portal Implementations by Susan Hanley Where Microsoft Technology Center 12012 Sunset Hills Rd. Reston, VA 20190 See map and/or driving directions We look forward to welcoming you to our Excella seminar ...
Microsoft ETL developers used to the old DTS and stored procedure way of ETL should take note. DTS is dead. You must move on and utilize SSIS and/or .NET to survive. And those .NET developers that would discount SSIS as crap. I am sorry to inform you that SSIS is not going away. SSIS leverages Microsoft's SQL bulk loader. And it is an order of magnitude faster than a stored procedure insert or dynamic SQL. SSIS is entirely based on .NET technology. And if you can wrap you head around the object model, ...
I will be the first to tell you that I don't think of myself as a writer. Instead I think of myself as a geek and a gardener. I will save you from my dissertation on the best food for hostas and will try to keep on track in this blog. I will stick to the geek topics as best I am able. A little about me: I have been working with SQL server since 1994, Version 4.21a to be specific. Prior to my dive into this new technology I was a mainframe DBA, working with IMS, DB2, and Sybase. This new DB technology ...
So blog posts from me are currently few and far between at the moment – but that is not from lack of want. I have been trying to keep my head down and catch up with the breadth of new tools gradually making themselves known in the web-dev community. Over the past few weeks I have been playing with Windows 7, and it multi-touch functionality (I realise it's not web, but I am not an IPhone owner yet so it's always nice to play) I have also been catching up on the ADO.NET entities framework, and migrating ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, June 24th at the Urbana Regional Library. At the June meeting, I’ll present an introduction to the Mesh and Live Framework as the introductory topic. Following a break for pizza and social networking, Edwin Ames will be presenting advanced techniques for everyday development. The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: Introduction to Mesh and Windows Live Framework with John Blumenauer Intro. Topic Description: ...
How often you should search for the various information? Most likely it occurs every day. It is important, that an information search problem not trivial. Also the information can is in various sources - in files, in e-mail messages, in documents etc. Not the secret, that most part of an information is in a network - local and global. Windows Search which allows to search easily and conveniently on the basis of indexes has been developed in Windows Vista. In Windows 7 a theme of search has found ...
DisplayLink USB Last week I wrote a review of a Kensington USB docking station which included DisplayLink technology to allow an external display to be added to a laptop via a USB 2.0 port. I described how I used this docking station to enable the holy grail of three external screens on my laptop. You can read about it here, http://geekswithblogs.net/t... Declaring an interest On publishing, I promoted the blog post via Twitter where recently someone had bemoaned ...
Last week, i.e. in a single week, Microsoft was on real tear: the company announced a release date for Windows 7, disclosed details of Zune HD and Zune’s integration into Xbox Live, discussed Project Natal and other coming improvements to Xbox, and launched its Bing “decision” engine. And all this week, at a special software design review (SDR) event, Microsoft is introducing major new business intelligence features coming in SQL Server 2008 R2, including its project Gemini product that helps rogue ...
The LiveMeeting Q&A session with ScottGu was, as usual, very exciting. As promised, here are some of the highlights from his answers. Microsoft’s Development Process In terms of the development process at Microsoft, Scott said that more projects will be developed with openness, transparency, more frequent releases, relying on customers’ feedback and with OSI open source licenses as in the case of ASP.NET MVC. Silverlight In regards to Silverlight 3 release date, it might be around the July 10th. ...
Tell me if this sounds familiar: Boss: "Hey man! So, it's time for our status meeting, huh? Okay. Let's get started." You: "Well, we're working on the [deliverable] piece of [project]. We estimated it would take about 12 man-days." Boss: "Uh-huh. How long have we been working on it?" You: "About 8 man-days." Boss: "And how much is left to do, do you think?" You: "Probably 8 more man-days." Boss: "What's the problem? Was there a hold-up, or a maintenance issue?" You: "No. Once we got into [feature ...
If you can find the control panel for DEP, you will find there is not an option to turn it off. This is not a terrible thing unless you are trying to troubleshoot a problem. Then you want to eliminate it as an issue, to confirm that the application will work in the environment as a whole. Then you can re enable it and try to configure DEP correctly to allow your application to function: Access to DEP configuration panel- 1. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK. 2. On the Advanced ...
I will be attending a private LiveMeeting session tomorrow with Scott Guthrie, Corporate VP at Microsoft. Scott will probably discuss the new features in ASP.NET 4.0 and the future of ASP.NET Ajax. I am really excited and looking forward to this. ScottGu’s talks are always intriguing and interesting. I will try to blog about this session and what Scott discussed during the next few days. Meanwhile, do you have any interesting questions you want to ask him? No promises, but I will try my best to get ...
I had an amazing time at IT Pro TikiHut event with Blain Barton. Thank you to SCC for space and awesome A/V setup for us. Thank you to Microsoft Spring Board Series for Sponsoring this event. Check them out here! There are lots of videos and walkthoughs here related to the two topics I discussed and other topics from the event. In case this is not enough, here are some more: Resources from my Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess and BranchCache presentation at IT Pro TikiHut on 6/2 I find these ...
John Oxley tweeted Brainstorming ideas on how we can better serve the Canadian ICT ecosystem, any ideas? I was thinking about it…and I’m wondering…are community technology events as we’re doing them going extinct? When user groups first came on the scene there was a very cookie-cutter template that they almost all adopted: Get together, have a powerpoint presentation with demos, eat pizza, give out prizes. The focus was always on bringing in a speaker who was the focal point of the event. But we’ve ...
Next INETA:Career Webcast - June 4, 2009, 6:00 PM ET Unlocking the hidden value of your organization through people, technology and innovation... The implications of collaborative innovation are many—the most important being its potential to reshape not just individual enterprises, but whole industries, perhaps even entire economies. Hector believes in investing in innovation in good and bad times. This session covers the alignment of business and technology to create a flexible environment that ...
I have just passed another Microsoft exam - this time it was related to the technology I truly love - WPF It was 070-502 (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 3.5 WPF Applications). 51 questions and 2,5h time for all of them. Quite demanding compared to other exams I have taken. I was preparing for this exam mainly with the book WPF Unleashed by Adam Nathan and Daniel Lehenbauer (who was one of the key WPF developers). I encourage you to try it - astonishing book ...