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This Saturday I’ll be speaking at Chicago Code Camp which to my initial dismay is not actually in Chicago but an hour or so north. This is probably best since I’ll feel less nerdy for talking about technology all weekend instead of checking out the city. I’ll be giving two presentation: jQuery Magic Get Rolling with NHibernate If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time ...
“CEOs don’t pay attention to technology unless something breaks down” according to Jim Champy, Chairman of Consulting for Perot Systems. Michael Krigsman of ZDNET has written about this experiences at this weeks MIT CIO Symposium on a panel discussing ‘Aligning Business with IT’ here. Michael draws the conclusion that improving integration between IT and business requires focus and collaborative effort from both CEO and CIO. However, as with all dances, even starting to address this issue requires ...
I presented at the Twin Cities Connected Systems User Group last night on the Managed Services Engine. You can get the presentation here. The Managed Services Engine is a CTP technology that acts as a service intermediary. It helps abstract consumers form the services that they call, performing things such as xslt mapping, protocol switching, version mapping and service stubbing (useful for testing unhappy service respone paths as well as development of the consumer before the service is really ready.) ...
If you live in Edmonton and do anything with SQL Server you should definitely check out the upcoming first ever meeting of the Edmonton chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server (EDMPASS). Colin has done a great job getting this group off the ground, and he’s brought in Scott Gillespie to talk about SQL Server 2008 for Developers and DBA’s. I’ve included the info about the session below. Go be part of your local technology community. Date: May 28th 2009 Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Location:Stanley ...
I’ve been using Safari books online for a few months now. This is my first experience with an online library so I’d like to share my experience. As my colleagues can confirm, I’m a fervent reader of technical books, always looking for that extra scrap of information that would give me that insight to move forward. So I’m always looking for new titles to read. Safari books online has an amazing choice of technical books. I was amazed by the sheer number of books I could choose from. I regularly receive ...
Recently, I have been noticed numerous of blogs, articles and other sources reminding me of the technologies, techniques and practices that the software development industry has begun to discard and developers are or should be ignoring. While many of these are obvious obsolete technologies that have been replaced by others across all modern and common platforms; there are many that are still necessary in today’s software development environments and organizations. The techniques to which I am referring ...
We’re only a few weeks away from DevTeach Vancouver, and there’s still time to register for this awesome technology conference! Speakers include the likes of Donald Belcham, Miguel Castro, Kathleen Dollard, Jim Duffy, Oren Eini, Ted Neward, Beth Massi…seriously, just go look at the speakers page because there’s too many amazing speakers! While Dev Teach is reason enough to head over to Vancouver this June, there’s another reason to entice you to Canada’s west-coast: the Alt.NET Canada conference ...
Windows and the Windows Explorer have had search capabilities for a long time and they have gradually improved over the years. The one thing that was always lacking was an ability to search different contexts (or remote sources). There were some improvements with the Windows Desktop search, but I think the federated search capability in Windows 7 really gets it right. Federated search in Windows 7 introduces support to search different remote data stores using OpenSearch technologies and allows you ...
I am fortunate to live on a vast network of trails that start literally in my backyard… there is a trailhead two feet from the end of my driveway. These asphalt trails are plowed in the winter and wind through the backyards and parks, around the lakes, and along the streams of my suburban neighborhood. There are 20+ miles of trails available without ever stepping foot onto a roadway. As I was finishing a run a little over a year ago, it occurred to me to wonder why I was running on the street instead ...
When: 5/20/2009 11:30:00 AM Register Are you tired of using a manual checklist to create new desktop images? Would you like to find a way to reduce desktop imaging and deployment costs while implementing best practices? In this FREE 90-minute webcast, Microsoft Consulting Services and Virteva will share their desktop deployment processes and methodologies as well as lessons learned, covering the following topics. 1. Best Practices and Lessons Learned Performing OS Deployments This session will use ...
For very long time I was thinking why would I start a blog. There are already a lot of blogs out there, most with little or no valuable information at all,or even shameless copy of other people work with no citations whatsoever. And this is nothing more than just a waist of time and disk space, and bandwidth. So the last thing I want to do I to waist someone time, including mine. Then why this sudden change, one might asked. The reason is simple. I have started my graduates studies, to pursue a PhD ...
So I just spent an hour attending the DotNetNuke Corporation Webinar entitled DotNetNuke Demonstration. Needless to say, I'm a fan of DotNetNuke and I can't get enough knowledge of the product. Nik began the session by defining what the product DotNetNuke is and how easy it was to design a site. He then gave a brief explanation of the community and professional version of DotNetNuke. Next, he spoke briefly of the technology used which consisted of DotNetNuke, ASP.NET, .NET. IIS, a Windows Server ...
Will Strohl was able to get Joe Brinkman from the DotNetNuke Corporation to do the Keynote at the Day of DotNetNuke to be held next month in Tampa, FL. Joe Brinkman Joe Brinkman (MVP) is a co-founder and the VP of Core Technology of DotNetNuke Corp. With over 22 years of IT experience and a Computer Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, he brings broad experience in a variety of software and hardware architectures. Joe was the CTO for DataSource Inc. where he led the development of ...
Salt Lake City May 20, 2009 8:30 am – 11:30 am Microsoft Salt Lake City Office 123 Wright Brothers Dr. Suite 100 Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Phone: (801) 257-6400 Los Angeles May 26, 2009 8:30 am – 11:30 am or call 877.673.8368 with Event ID: 1032414717 Microsoft Los Angeles Office 333 South Grand Avenue Suite 3300 Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 806-7300 Phoenix May 28, 2009 8:30 am – 11:30 am or call 877.673.8368 with Event ID 1032414811 Microsoft Phoenix Office 2929 N. Central Ave., Suite 1400 Phoenix, ...
If you’ve been to a community event anywhere in the right 50% of the continent (and possibly a few on the left) there’s a better than even chance you’ve shared some air with Steve Andrews at some point. This guy really gets around, and he’s a man on a mission. I’ll let him tell you more about that in these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I was born at a very young age to my parents in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where I currently reside. Between then and now I have lived in upstate New York ...
Protegra was featured in a Winnipeg Free Press article talking about the impressive technology firms that call Winnipeg home (view the article here). From the article: Among other things, Protegra designed and implemented an online campsite reservation sys­tem for Manitoba Parks in 2006, producing the work in record time and, according to Ibrahim, allowing the provincial Parks Department to increase its campsite reservations by 50 per cent. Protegra's ability to apply innovation to make its customers ...
ClickOnce is a useful deployment system, which consist of many interesting features, such as easy deployment and updating. This technology is introduced long ago, and it's good-described. I want to stop on some tips, which can help you. 1. Making offline-installer ClickOnce offer some mechanism for installing prerequisite software, before installing our application. It may be MS .NET Framework of necessary version, SQL Server Compact Edition, etc. For example, we have WPF application, which use SQL ...
The proverbial “bleeding edge” of technology has always fascinated me and for the most part has been very captivating for me. I spend a lot of time there. In fact too much time. So recently, as recent as a few days ago, I decided that I am changing my policies. Wouldn’t life be a little less hectic without all the bugs? How about incompatibilities? Performance? Yeah, its an epiphany of sorts for me. I love the edge, its addicting. But at the end of the day customers just want the code to work, and ...
Before my metrosexual development career took off, I spent time working in the restaurant industry; four of those years were with McDonald’s. McDonald’s is a marketing wonder. While we’ve all made jokes about the food quality or service, you can’t argue that they’ve integrated themselves into our culture and our consciousness. But how did they do that? Consider the other competitors that exist: Burger King, Wendy’s, A&W…all sell the same types of products, all have similar offerings. And yet ...
Microsoft Tag is a cool technology that revolutionizes barcodes. A while back, I created my own tag for KodefuGuru.com. While building a new presentation to give at the Farm Bureau Spring Conference, I decided I should embed my tag in the presentation. I couldn't find the file I saved out, so I browsed out to the site and discovered Microsoft has put together a way to allow branding and design in the tag itself. Welcome to custom tags ...
DNN Leader and co author of Professional DotNetNuke 5, Shaun Walker will be speaking at the Ajax World Conference in June. Here's his session: Revolutionary Web Platforms - DotNetNuke and ASP.NET Shaun Walker - Creator & Maintainer, DotNetNuke This session will discuss how DotNetNuke leverages cutting edge Microsoft web technology to create rich, interactive, enterprise web solutions. Technorati Tags: DotNetNuke, Shaun Walker ...
Dave Allen works in Microsoft UK helping partners build solutions which take advantage of the latest technologies from Microsoft. He also happens to be a mate, a jolly nice chap and is leading our efforts in the UK to help partners get their applications working on Windows 7. I sat down with him on Thursday of last week (23rd April) and quizzed him on the thorny subject of compatibility. Check out this companion post I did on resources for getting ready for Windows 7. When did you first start looking ...
Good news for us all is that the RC build of the much-anticipated Windows 7 is going to be made available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers on April 30. For the rest of the world, you won’t have long to wait, as the Windows 7 RC will be available on May 5th as I previously reported on my Twitter account. For those that are not aware, RC means Release Candidate, as this is the pre-final version of the operating system and it is supposed to include everything that will be in the final shipping version ...
I attended the Central Ohio Day of .NET (CODON) a few weeks ago and had a great time. I attended Josh Holmes keynote first thing. Josh focused on simplicity and how we should keep that in mind when building solutions. I liked the content and I thought Josh did a good job of delivering it. I then attended Jeff Blankenburg’s CSS talk. Jeff did a really good intro to CSS by showing several of the most common layout samples that you see on the net. After Jeff’s, I saw Leon Gersing’s “JavaScript is Awesome” ...
Toronto Code Camp 2009 It was my second attendance of the Toronto Code Camp and it is another success. As you can see on the left we also had lots of fun, on the picture Joey deVilla who's blog I am reading regularly came to cheer the audience up, he was singing Britney's "One more time" with his accordion! This event is always free and never happens during work week, lunch is also provided which makes it a great opportunity to spend some time and get some "fresh [development] air". I have especially ...
Before I joined Microsoft I worked at a software development company that focused on delivering large, mission critical systems on… Unix. My work environment included Gnu Emacs, Gnu C and C++ and Gnu Make, all products from the Free Software Foundation (FSF). My home environment was similar - a mix of PCs running early versions of Linux and BSD Unix. As a company and as individuals we were fans of the work of the FSF because not only were their products very good but as developers we also had unfettered ...
Every once in a while we at Geeks With Blogs like to get away from Technology and post on a non-technical subject. I enjoy this and think its one of the things that makes GWB’s a great community of people, not just geeks. Recently I’ve been blogging quite a bit on border and immigration issues, which has become somewhat of an interest of mine. While I hope my readers have enjoyed these posts, I realize that this is first and foremost a technology community and I don’t want to force those with a technical ...
Register Now: $299 rate through May 8, 2009 Students attend for only $50. (Must be enrolled full time and present valid ID) Check with UMSA member and affiliate organizations for a discount code! Conference DVD Special Offer: Register by April 30 and you can purchase the 2009 conference DVD with PPTs /audio presentations for just $69. (Regularly $129; a 45% discount!) Order DVDs at the conference. See Pre-Conference events for additional professional development opportunities Keynotes: Howard Schmidt ...
Two three days back I was searching for some information on the net, and I came across Tim Huffman's blog on GWB. I have been planning to start my technology blog for quite some time now, and after seeing Tim's blog I did not have any doubt as to where to host my blog! And yes.. after creating this post, I don't have any doubt as to why this site is called GeeksWithBlogs; I am directly keying in HTML, instead of the regular write and format-by-clicks routine. And being a foolish n00b13, I thought ...
Let me preface this by saying that I couldn’t keep up with Dave, and he has much more to say than I could capture here. He’s quite willing to discuss this more. Feel free to contact me for his contact info Problem statement: architecture is challenged by a perception that design and development standards are too abstract or irrelevant. This is exacerbated by the misperception that agile processes eliminate the need for good design and architecture practices. So, how do we build enterprise-class solutions ...
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*Note: Re-posted from Miguel Carrasco’s blog. Be sure to check it out! Finally, SmackDown has come back to Winnipeg on May 19th, 2009! For the first time under one roof, New Media Manitoba, the Adobe User Group, and the Winnipeg .net User Group bring you The Silverlight and Flash SmackDown! This is, without a doubt the most electrifying topic in web development today! We are about to shake things up and end the fall season with a bang! Developers and Designers finally under one roof! A merger of ...
Cloud computing holds great promise to the next evolution of business and consumer computing. Amazon has been in the cloud computing game for a while now. In addition to their Azure platform for hosting cloud applications, Microsoft also has online services for pictures, blogs, videos, and files. Google has similar software-as-a-service offerings as well. As other companies bring their offerings to the market, we’ll see more and more options to store our data and files “in the cloud”. But in our ...
For years there has been debate between applications deployed to the desktop and applications accessed via the web browser. Like political opponents the debate has been fierce and each side evolving over the years. Deployment complexity and richness of the user interface have always been two of the central battles fought. Each technology has made dramatic improvement including things like Click Once to ease deployment of Smart Client's to AJAX to make web applications more responsive and user friendly. ...
I've been engaged in some debate in the last few days with Jean-Jacques Dubray and Doug Purdy with regard to Oslo. See: http://www.ebpml.org/blog/1... http://www.douglaspurdy.com... Jean-Jacques has questioned aspects of Microsoft's strategy. Following some issues with posting anything but the shortest of comments on the ebPML web site, I'll follow Doug's lead and post a response here. I strongly agree with Jean-Jacques' statement that 'M3 exists'. It seems ...
Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them. (Wikipedia) According to the official definition of the cloud, it’s an abstract environment which has the ability to dynamically scale and virtualized resources creating a self-managed deployment platform for applications which ...
Protegra ranks number 3 in Canada as a Great Place to Work® Problem Solvers Ranked One of the Best in Canada for the Second time in 2009 Winnipeg, Canada – Protegra has been recognized as one of this year’s top 75 Best Workplaces in Canada. Protegra ranked number 3 on the list and is the second year they have been included in the study. This distinction comes just 3 months after Protegra was named the number one small and medium business employer in Canada by the Globe and Mail and Queens School ...
First of all, thanks to all those brilliant people who made the long arduous journey to the UK (and to all those who just happened to be near by). I know it must have killed you to be so far away for so long. I can only imagine how hard it was for you. All of us that couldn’t go really feel for you and feel your pain. Okay! So, for those of us that couldn’t go, some of these guys really did a tremendous job of twittering what was going on during the conference. They absolutely did not have to do ...
Welcome to my first blog. I'm happy to see you here. You're reading my first useless post. But I promise, I'll post some useful information on this blog in the near future . Something about me. I'm Jeroen born in may 1985. I'm developing websites since I was 17y old. Just simple HTML and CSS. A bit later a I went to college at PIH. And 3y later, I'm graduated as Bachelor in Multimedia & Communication Technology with specialisation into Web technology. Now I'm working at Impact Software, a small ...
April 30th Microsoft Office - Minneapolis LOW I and II 8300 Norman Center Drive - Suite 950 Bloomington, Minnesota 55437 Microsoft ArcReady 9:00am - 11:45 pm WHAT IS ARCREADY? A forum for aspiring and practicing architects to discuss industry trends An overview of Microsoft’s roadmap as it relates to software architecture A mechanism to solicit your feedback An opportunity to showcase the work you do! WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Architects and Senior Developers who are interested in becoming an architect. ...
Cloud computing is the buzzword of the moment . It seems that applying the "cloud" label is a real desire for a lot of people out there in the marketplace. This of course leads to the arguments about whether the "cloud" label is appropriate or just marketing spin. Why on earth is Cloud Computing so appealing? I think there are a lot of factors. I'll outline a few of the main ones below … Trendy To a certain extent delivering a cloud solution suggests that organisations are on the cutting edge of ...
At MIX 2009, the Expression Blend team cam up with a new concept called Behaviors. In fact, the only thing new is the way that the Behaviors are packed. WPF developers have been doing what we called "Attached Behaviors" for quite some time already: see this thread (dated July 2008) to read a discussion around this topic at the WPF Disciples group. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Laptops are the client machine of choice in the Enterprise. They are an essential component of modern business allowing the workforce to turn almost anywhere into an office and place of business. In the Enterprise the laptop will steadily taken over the place of many desktops in business, there will be a place for them in static workforces but for everyone else it will be the default device. Because laptops play such an important role in the Enterprise, no Enterprise Technology blog would be any ...
I’ve known Jim Duffy for almost 6 years now, and I can honestly say he thinks he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. When I first asked Jim to do a NINE Questions interview, back in September, he was delighted to have an opportunity to talk about his favorite subject. Fast-forward 7 months and welcome to the longest NINE Questions interview ever. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Jim Duffy. 1. Where are you from? A long time ago in a galaxy far away... oh wait, that one's already been used. ...

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I don't know if it's a revelation or simply the fact that I'm through with my heavy workload time of the year... but I had good thoughts and conversations today. As an Enterprise Architect, part of my job is facilitating strategies. Until now, I've sought the right outlines, formats, etc to communicate strategies. Over the past 2 years I've facilitated multiple strategies, but executive leadership keeps asking for plans. I've always taken their requests for plans as a negative, thinking that we missed ...
Today, more than ever, effective communication skills are the key to personal and professional growth. TechMasters is a new Toastmasters chapter in Twin Cities, dedicated to helping technology professionals improve their skills in: Public speaking Making Presentations Communicating with non-technical people Impromptu speaking skills Techmasters provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, ...
A very long time ago, I was contacted by Marlon Grech who asked me to join a new Google group he had just created called the WPF Disciples. I was quite new in WPF back then and didn't know many members of the community yet, and I must admit that it slipped my mind and I didn't register (when you blog, and your blog gets a certain visibility, you get all kind of requests. I do my best to satisfy most of them, but sometimes I am just too busy and I cannot follow up). Read the rest of this entry » ...
In August of 2006 I was listening to the radio and stumbled across a guy named Dave Ramsey. The simplest way to distill Dave Ramsey down is: Get out of debt, stay out of debt, live beneath your means. Before long my wife and I were both on board with it and we were budgeting and cutting our expenses. This created a really big problem for me because my wife had been waiting for a long time to intervene on my addiction. The budget gave her the perfect excuse. My drug of choice...Technology books. I ...
I ran into Jessica at the MVP Summit and again recently at the Roanoke Code Camp, where she gave some BI talks. Jessica is an interesting person who not only codes in VB, but she digs sci-fi as well. Definitely a geek after my own heart. Check out these NINE Questions with Jessica M. Moss: 1. We’ll start off with an easy one… where are you from? I’ve lived most of my life in, and I still consider my home base to be, a little Virginian town called Culpeper. With my current job and an hour long drive ...