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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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MSIgeek is a technology blog on Windows 7 Tips, Application Compatibility, Windows Installer, Deployment guidelines, Tutorials, Webinars, Ebooks, IT News and Reviews

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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 ...
Asynchronous (or multi-threaded) applications are common place on the desktop and have been for decades. Without this ability, most of our favorite productivity tools would be non-existent. As soon as one moves off the desktop and onto the Internet, the standard changes to one that is highly, if not exclusively synchronous (or single-threaded). Of course, since Internet-based applications have historically served as simple content delivery mechanisms, the need for more robust, asynchronous-based ...
ITCare is back! ITCare - MOSS: The New Breed of Business Intelligence April 29 9:00am – 11:30am ITCare, delivered and hosted quarterly by our Partners is designed to keep you up to date on the cutting-edge technologies. ITCare is a FREE half-day technical seminar series created by IT Professionals for IT Professionals! We'll address the needs and issues today and show you how to make a real difference in the way that you work ITCare - A 360 Degree Look at Virtualization May 27 9:00am – 11:30am What ...
Microsoft Silverlight provides a strong foundation for building Rich Internet Applications (RIA). .NET RIA Services (Code named ‘Alexandria’ ) introduced at Mix 09 further simplifies Line of Business (LoB) RIA development. .NET RIA Services complement the existing Data Access Layer and presentation components in the .NET framework and Silverlight. They build on the foundation of ASP.NET and codify, evolve and support some of the common patterns in web applications. The downloadable March Community ...
Torq Software decided to allow web access the internal systems so that they can be accessed by more field agents and clients via the internet with a manageable impact on the processor and bandwidth usage footprint. The team chose Visual WebGui RIA Platform and soon enough discovered how easy it was to start developing Visual WebGui screens due to the fact that it uses the same GUI designer technology that was already used to develop the Windows Forms version of the application. It was relatively ...
I few months ago I took a pledge to: "I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same." to celebrate Ada Lovelace day. That time has come! Michele Leroux Bustamante – author of a book I deem as one of the best books I’ve bought to get me into SOA and learning WCF… Without it I wouldn’t have got half as far as I have! Now – aside from the selfish reason of the fact that she has helped me with the book – I admire ...
Hi, In this blog I will write about Visual WebGui RIA Platform and will provide the latest news, technology, tutorial, showcases and other useful information that would allow you to get a deeper understanding and knowledge about what Visual WebGui is and how you can leverage its framework/platform benefits. Visual WebGui is an open source Rich Internet Applications (RIA) platform, atop standard .NET. It enables simple UI development & deployment of web applications on the server which are then ...
Yes, you were not mistaken, having read title. Now we will look how it is possible to work with data from SQL Compact using ADO.NET Data Services. Important remark. Actually, SQL Compact not absolutely correctly to use together with ADO.NET Data Services. SQL Compact initially is not focused on a mode of the multiuser work and it is intended for other purposes – for use as local storage. Using SQL Compact as storage for ADO.NET Data Services can negatively affect productivity of your web service. ...
Don't miss the opportunity to be at the first local meeting of the Twin Cities Cloud Computing User Group. Cloud Computing encompasses a variety topics including Software + Services, Windows Azure (Microsoft's cloud computing platform) and Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). At this meeting, you'll hear about Microsoft's vision of Software + Services and what it can mean for you. In addition you will see a presentation on Microsoft’s BPOS software services. Learn more and register ...
Here's some free curriculum to use for training which is not that bad to use but interesting that it would use a product that they discontinued as part of the training. Unlimited Potential Community Learning Curriculum The Unlimited Potential Community Learning Curriculum provides the foundation for teaching basic to intermediate technology skills in a hands-on manner. Designed to be used in community technology centers (CTCs) or telecenters, the curriculum provides quality content focused on real-world ...
Multitouch is going to be the next big thing. Natural User Interfaces (NUI) are going to change the way we use client applications soon. You think it's not true? See the iPhone hype. This is not a very good phone, feature wise. It is lacking very basic features. But being able to control your phone using multiple fingers was a real killer feature. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I saw this yesterday and think it looks like its going to be very worthwhile! I'll see ya there! Safari Books Online invites you to attend an exclusive webcast with Thomas Erl during which he will discuss some of the most important SOA design patterns in use today. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Thomas Erl, author of the newly published SOA Design Patterns, a catalog of 85 design patterns for service-oriented architecture and service-orientation. In development for over three years, the catalog ...
Why did I start a Blog? welcome to my world of blogging, this is my first. Why did I start a Blog? First to express myself and to also contribute to the medium that has support my career (Internet). it is also my goal to achive MVP status soonest. What do I plan to cover here? Almost everything related to the technology and developer community. I will be writing .NET code snippets, talk about javascript, fiddle with jQuery, cover new product releases, write about new technologies as I encounter them, ...
I wanted to share a couple of suggested Silverlight 2 reads, especially for those visiting my blog after the recent Winnipeg Code Camp talk I did on Silverlight 2. Pro Silverlight 2 in C# 2008 by Matthew MacDonald. This book is an incredible reference, covering almost every topic that you’d need to know for building Silverlight 2 applications (There’s no dedicated “Architecture” chapter, but I think that’s a topic best served currently by the Microsoft P&P Team and Prism). The book has the benefit ...

I’ve decided to write a series of blog posts about how I use technology around the house.  Things like how I’ve set up my home network, how I’ve set up computers for my seven and four year olds, how I’ve set up my media players, etc.  Basically, how I’ve organized my digital life.

I’ve read posts over the years with helpful tips and this is my way of paying back.

Some of my previous posts have described a lexical analysis engine called Sotue. This work came from my passion for the business of parsing strings into contextual elements to be used in applications such as the language analysis phase of compilers. I have spent some time with the Jan 2009 CTP of Microsoft “Oslo”, and have found the MGrammar language construction technology particularly fascinating. I thought that I would take some time in blog entries describing my findings. I have a calculus book ...
We Are the Masters of the Twitterverse How did we ever survive without social networks? I asked myself that today and couldn’t come up with an answer I liked. If I need to find contact information for that DBA I worked with three jobs ago, it’s off to LinkedIn or Plaxo. When I’m wondering about that guy from high school who was going to be a world famous rock star, Facebook is only a couple of clicks away. Out of town for a conference? No worries, I just check Twitter to see where my friends are. ...
Challenging IT Promotion “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain...” (Quote from Harvey Dent in the movie, The Dark Knight by Warner Brothers Pictures) I know, you’re rolling your eyes and wondering why I’m quoting comic book movies. Bear with me, there’s a point here. In our industry there is a trend of promoting good technical people past their level of effectiveness. Yes, we’re talking about the Peter Principle. You all know someone who was an excellent ...
Eight Evil Things Microsoft Never Showed You in the ClickOnce Demos (and What You Can Do About Some of Them) ClickOnce is a powerful and easy-to-use deployment technology that offers a relatively hassle-free experience for the end user when properly configured. The developer story for ClickOnce varies from super simple to maddeningly complicated, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. I recently wrapped up a project where ClickOnce was a large part of the release strategy, and also responsible ...
So I have been slacking...and haven't posted a blog in quite some time. Apologies! Alot has happened in the past few months including me moving to a different company and switching roles. I am now working with MOSS 2007 so most of my posts will now probably be related to that instead of SQL related items. I'll keep my posts still related to tips and tricks but may dabble a bit in the politics and business decisions of MOSS 2007. In my experience, SharePoint has proven to me that it's not always necessarily ...
(not a joke) Virtual TechDays 2009 is a 24-hour day of ONLINE technology learning with 95 LIVE sessions delivered anywhere. You can see those great session like at TechDays (i'm presenting my session on Workfow Services again, live) from your home (or company) for FREE. The sessions are presented via LiveMeeting. See the list of session on ttp://www.msfttechdays.com/... DEFY ALL CHALLENGES ! Together ! www.msfttechdays.com ...
Join us for the eleventh Minnesota SilverLight/WPF User Group Event. New features in SilverLight as announced at Mix 09 April 23, 2009 12 pm - 2 pm Sign Up Now Abstract: Scott Davis will recap the new features of SilverLight that will be announced at the upcoming Mix 09 conference. Speaker: Scott is a seasoned consultant with nearly a decade of consulting experience on both the Microsoft and Java platforms, involving mostly web application development. Scott began working with Silverlight in the ...
Here's what's happening: Attendees: 428 Sessions: 73 Speakers: 49 Tracks: 15 Sessions: ASP.NET Make your Data Dance with ASP.NET Dynamic Databy Shawn Weisfeld + Show Description ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a framework that lets you create data-driven ASP.NET Web applications easily. It does this by automatically discovering data-model metadata at run time and deriving UI behavior from it. A scaffolding framework provides a functional Web site for viewing and editing data. You can easily customize the ...
March is a busy month for the ADO.NET Data Services team. They have announced details of version 1.5 which will ship before .NET 4.0 and they have released an alpha of the offline bits they talked about back in October. There is a blog post to accompany this release and for me the following was interesting: Q: Is this technology going to be present in the next version of ADO.NET Data Services and/or Visual Studio? A: No. We are working on two fronts. One is the enhancements we want to make to the ...
If you're a subscriber to my favorite .NET mag, CoDe Magazine, you've probably already seen my latest article: Dances With Workflows. If you haven't, here's an excerpt: Dances with Workflows (One Newbie’s Journey) Recently I started working with a client that was interested in using Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in their application. Having never used WF before, I thought it might be interesting to document the experience and my assumptions as I started learning and implementing the technology ...
This is an open invitation to join us in helping form the Northwest Arkansas Technology Council. The discussion for the inaugural meeting will center on who and what we are and the beginning phases of our purpose. If you feel you have something to contribute to our pioneering efforts, or know of someone who can, please consider joining us, or forward the following information on. Thanks, Randy Walker You are invited to participate in the formation meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Technology Council ...
Doug Hauger, General Manager Business Strategy, recently spoke at the Thomas Weisel Partners 2009 Technology & Telecom conference. The wide ranging discussion covers an overview of the Windows Azure service and cloud technology more broadly. He gave some good answers to a number of topics: On describing Azure... "What we've done is to come out with a set of services that we believe simplify the life of the developer, and make it easier for them to build applications that scale..." On how cloud ...
I have been developing full time in Silverlight 2 for a few months now. I must say, it is the most fun environment I have ever programmed in. It has been an enabling technology in our product, and I am rather excited to see what comes next. If the pattern continues as I expect it probably will, we will hear all about the features of Silverlight 3 in a few weeks at Mix 09. I will not be attending this conference, but I fully expect to be watching the important sessions virtually. I am hoping for a ...
Slightly delayed but pleasantly as random as #2.Time to split the list into dev stuff and not dev stuff :-) Development Related Code Contracts for Visual Studio – yep, pre and post conditions make mainstream (nearly). Lightweight test automation framework for ASP.NET Lightweight logging framework State of the computer book market – part 4 caught my eye with a look at languages. C# is largest programming language for all book sales. Well done us. Ruby on the slide. Surprised me. Java on the slide. ...
Since PDC I’ve been working on and off on an “Oslo” based solution for deploying a BizTalk application; unfortunately I couldn’t get a good chunk of time to play with this, so it’s been dragging a bit, but I’m getting close, so here are some details - I’m a big advocate of automated builds; it’s a topic that probably deserves a post of its own, so I won’t get started on this here, but the idea is that one must have a way to be confident that, when its time to [re-]deploy the app, it will get deployed ...
The most likely answer if you are in the USA is that you have your network setting set to "Global". Set it to "1XEV" -- pretty much most metro areas in the USA can default to that setting without the same struggle. To do this, follow these steps: Go to options (wrench icon) Go to Mobile Network There are 3 settings; mobile network, network selection mode and network technology. If the button for Network Technology says Global or GSM/UMTS -- select 1XEV. Recycle the device. This should clear up the ...
Okay.. so some of you may know that I have a Microsoft blog that I’ve also called “Full of I.T.” I just love that name. It fits me. (shut up) But I also love the option of having more than one blog. And I have admired the work that Jeff and Jason do for the geek community for quite awhile now. So.. time to get a blog set up here. “Does this mean that you’re leaving Microsoft, Kevin?” Absolutely not! I love my job. I’m thankful every day for my job. I get to learn new stuff and travel and especially ...