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Silverlight has been released for over a year now. This March it will be powering the NCAA March Madness! All of the games will be available online in streaming video. http://mmod.ncaa.com/ For those of you who don't know what Silverlight is, it is a technology similar to Flash and Java that allows running software applications in your internet browser. The ability to do amazing things that can't be done with HTML. Silverlight is the future of web application development. It is estimated that about ...
Thought I would let you all know about a great event coming up for Startups. The 2nd CRM Incubation Week is being held at Microsoft Technology Center, Boston, MA from Mon 4/20/2009 to Fri 4/24/2009. This event consists of ½ day of training, 3 ½ days of active prototype/development time, and a final day for packaging/finishing and reporting out to a panel of judges for various prizes. If you have, have thought of, or are currently thinking of building a CRM based solution and want to get your application ...
Update: Fixed a typo and a calculation error. Josh Holmes has a great post on Return on Investment (ROI). And by “great”, I mean great even by Josh’s usual standards. He worked hard on this one. I was privileged to review three drafts before he published it; and by draft two, I was saying, “Josh, this one’s a winner. I’m going to reference this one a lot.” So stop reading me, and go read what Josh has to say. I’ll be waiting here when you get back. OK, you’ve read it. Pretty scary, huh? But the scariest ...
Last week started the spectrial, a trial between some international movie, music and tv producers and The Pirate Bay. In case you've been living under a rock for the past few years, The Pirate Bay is one of the biggest torrent trackers in the world, run in Sweden by a number of people. The spectrial (so called by TPB members) was announced more than a year ago, and now it's here. The folks at TPB want to make it as public as possible. The producers are used to making this trials very secret and introducing ...
Juan Larios and Eric Legault will go head to head and compete to prove whether using the SharePoint Designer or Visual Studio is the better environment for developing SharePoint WebParts! Topics will include WebPart architecture, deployment, reusability, debugging, data-source connectivity, and other features. These topics target the beginner to intermediate developers. Come find out which technology emerges as the victor! When: Wednesday, February 25 2009 – 5:30 PM Where: 17th Floor Conference Room, ...
Microsoft has released a kewl new technology preview called Recite. It’s a Windows Mobile application that allows you to easily record notes as well as search through those notes using speech. Check out this video I threw together showing how it works. Video: Recite Demo To get more information, check out the Recite home page here. You can also follow the Recite discussion on Twitter here. D *Note: Dev Teach submissions is closed AFIAK. I just used that as an example in the demo. **Note: Please don’t ...
Awesome news! The Microsoft Greater Southeast District has awarded The Georgia Aquarium, based in Atlanta, a software grant valued at $734,110! The aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium featuring an array of animals in more than eight million gallons of water. Microsoft software grant will address much needed upgrades and improvements to the aquarium’s IT infrastructure. Maintaining a thriving venue locally in Atlanta is crucial to the aquarium’s success and strong community presence. Last year, ...
Very exciting news! Microsoft has formally introduced My Phone, a free service that enables users to sync content between their Windows smartphones and the Web. My Phone, backs up a phone's contacts, calendar, text messages, media, Office documents and tasks once daily or on demand. It also lets you edit your PIM information or upload photos to your phone using the Web. On your phone, you can select which items you want to back up. Bottomline - My Phone helps you manage your phone, sync your information, ...
I wanted an eReader of some kind. I knew that. This is a cool technology. First off, no matter if you get an Amazon Kindle or a Sony eReader, then you are in for a definite treat. This is one cool gadget and if you like to read books or magazines or whatever, then you are going to love the portability in carrying an easy-to-read library with you in a nice convenient little package such as these gadgets offer. For those that haven’t seen this in person, the big deal with this all is the piece of the ...
Thursday, February 19, 2009 Silverlight Outside The Browser: Live Framework & Mesh Enabled Applications Subject: You must register at https://www.clicktoattend.c... in order to be admitted to the building and attend. Live Framework has arrived to provide a uniform way for programming Live Services. While this in itself is an exciting story it really doesn't end there. Within Live Framework exists the ability to create Mesh Enabled applications that span Web, PC and ...
Last couple of months I’ve been working on very cool project that utilizes new multi-touch features in Windows 7. Although I can’t talk yet about our product, I thought it would be good to start sharing my experience with multi-touch programming. I’ll begin with some general resources to get you started. Prerequisites Of course first thing you need is a multi-touch capable hardware. As far as I know currently there are only three devices available on the market. Those lucky to be at PDC could see ...
The Problem I have been developing with Silverlight for a few months now, and I have really been enjoying myself. It has been the enabling technology my project and we have been extremely productive in the environment. Unfortunately, Silverlight is still in version 2.0 and there are some missing capabilities. One such hole in the framework is "Drag and Drop". There is no support for it directly. There are several blog examples on the web, but I have yet to find a fully encapsulated, generic solution ...
Anne Thomas Manes has an interesting post stated that SOA is dead. Despite the dramatic eye-catching writing style, she does get a little bite on the issue. "Successful SOA (i.e., application re-architecture) requires disruption to the status quo. SOA is not simply a matter of deploying new technology and building service interfaces to existing applications; it requires redesign of the application portfolio. And it requires a massive shift in the way IT operates. Does this sound familiar to you? ...
Management Data Warehouse (MDW) & Performance Monitoring When: February 17, 2009 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM Register www.mnssug.org Session 1: SQL Server 2008 Data Collection and the Management Data Warehouse Speaker: Lara Rubbelke, Microsoft One of the more powerful new features for database administration, diagnostics, and trending is the SQL Server 2008 Management Data Warehouse. The new Management Data Warehouse leverages a data collector framework to centralize and store SQL Server system and ...
Hello, and welcome to my blog. I've set this up as somewhere I write about the technology I'm involved in, and possibly some of the business which uses that technology. I am a BizTalk developer, which I guess also means part-time designer or architect, depending upon the scale of the project or who I'm working for at the time. As well as BizTalk, I have most of the usual complementary skills in .Net (C#), SQL Server (up to 2005 so far), and some exposure to a greater or lesser degree to several other ...
February 10, 2009 - Guild Meeting, featuring Shawn Wildermuth When: 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) MAP Website: www.TwinCitiesDevelopersGui... Shawn Wildermuth Topic: Introducing Silverlight While Silverlight has a lot of people buzzing, many others think its just another Flash in the pan. But for web developers who are sick of fighting the browser, Silverlight represents a fresh step forward to create compelling applications on the web. In ...
A petaflop is a measure of a computer's processing speed and can be expressed as a thousand trillion floating point operations per second. FLOPS are floating-point operations per second. Floating-point is considered to be a method of encoding real numbers within the limits of finite precision available on computers. Using floating-point encoding, extremely long numbers can be handled relatively easily. A floating-point number is expressed as a basic number, an exponent, and a number base which is ...
Frustrated with square looking web pages, many web designers look to Flash. In addition to freedom of graphic expression, Flash brings interaction and transition effects which are difficult or impossible to duplicate. Why then shouldn't all websites be Flash laden? Several reasons pop to mind: Loading speed: Way too often, flash movies load complex graphics, forcing the viewer to stare at some progress bar. For people who want to quickly access information this is a huge turn off. A "skip intro" ...
The following is a simple checklist you can use when building web applications. Much of this still applies to other technologies and can easily be extended. I try not to get too specific on technology or methodology, but it is definitely leaning toward ASP.NET. If you can think of something I am missing or disagree, please leave a comment. Detailed information follows the checklist. How much of the checklist you follow will depend on the project. If its just a hobby site, you may skip items like ...
INETA Speaker Shawn Wildermuth is coming to the Twin Cities in February to speak at the Developers Guild. I'll get the website updated ASAP, but wanted to get this out there now: “Introducing Silverlight” Abstract: While Silverlight has a lot of people buzzing, many others think its just another Flash in the pan. But for web developers who are sick of fighting the browser, Silverlight represents a fresh step forward to create compelling applications on the web. In this talk I will create an application ...
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of going down to a local theatre to watch through the MSDN event for Azure, debugging, and mobility. The event itself was refreshing, and I always enjoy hearing Zain speak. We have similar passions, and also similar personalities. The event started off with a brief look at Azure, which is Microsoft’s very beta cloud computing platform. The technology itself seems straightforward and easy to use, although Zain warned about a tedious process of getting the tokens necessary ...
I changed the "welcome message" on my website www.galasoft.ch and thought I would also publish it here :) ---- Update: In addition to the talks listed below, I will also talk in TechDays Geneva. More details here. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Servers are the backbone of enterprise computing today, most websites for example run on either Apache or IIS and will be running on a server of some description. Perhaps because of servers ubiquity it is easy to become complacent about them especially as they are rarely seen but understanding what a server can offer you and it's limitations will definitely help with software development. Servers on the whole are built more of the practicality side than for the esthetics, there is no need to make ...
I was listening to an episode of .NET Rocks in which Ted Neward spent some time discussing the direction that languages are going. This was predominantly a discussion of the DSL concepts, but the interview got me thinking about languages and how we design the internal structure of applications. One of the main things that struck me was that something about objects has never felt quite natural. I have never found a decomposition technique that I was satisfied with. Looking at objects as nouns in your ...
I created my first technology blog back in July 2004 over on http://blogs.msdn.com/ericnel when I was an Application Architect inside Microsoft UK. At the time I had been with Microsoft 8 years, I was very focused on early adoption work with SQL Server 2005 and was looking for a broader way to help developers in the UK. A blog seemed to be a great way of doing this and I used it to share my learnings, thoughts, advice, best finds etc. throughout the beta of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. ...
Join us for TechFuse 2009 on March 17! It’s back and even bigger than last year! With 36 sessions and two keynote presentations to choose from, TechFuse 2009 is the most cost-effective way for IT and Developer pros to get up-to-date, 200-300 level education on the topics that matter to your role. TechFuse will provide you resources on the latest developments in IT and Developer trends, technologies, application implementation issues, products and services from tons of local professionals. Website: ...
Because you have to have a sense of humor to do what I do. Otherwise, you'd go putting forehead-shaped dents on all of the flat surfaces your office, and we can't have that. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I'm here, and that's why I started this blog - to save your employer money on broken office furniture and computer hardware. I want to personally welcome you to what will become a heaping galvanized bucket-full of knowledge and wisdom regarding SharePoint, ASP.NET, Commerce Server, ...
UC 7.0 and Wireless Jan 22 (Happy New Year! Cisco will be hosting the first Technology Showcase of 2009 on January 22 from 10am-12:00), in the Cisco Bloomington Office. (After such great response for December's showcase, we will once again be covering the topics of Unified Communications 7.0 and Secure Wireless. Please follow the link below to get registered for the event. If you are interested, sign up early as the spots are limited.http://www.cisco.co... ...
REGEX is not exactly my favorite technology to have to work with, but there are times when it is definitely the right tool for the job. Recently I needed to parse a large text file that contained blocks of information within curly brackets - {}. I found a great solution for the REGEX at: http://blog.stevenlevithan.... Note that balancing groups is only in the Microsoft REGEX classes... if you are using a different library you may have to follow an alternative, less powerful ...
I picked up a Microsoft Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack Technology for my wife for Christmas (really, it's for her). It lists at $80 but I got it for $50. The big selling feature is the ability to track over any surface. It works great! You've had it happen. Your on the road, the hotel desk is too plastic and your mouse pointer is jumping all over the place. You put a piece of paper under the mouse but it slides too. Arrrrr. Two other things I like is the NiMH battery charger (the mouse sits on top ...
Ciao, I'm Valter Minute, I'm a software developer working for Fortech Embedded Labs (www.fortechembeddedlabs.it), in Saronno, Italy. I'm Italian, and this should explain my poor english and excuse it, I hope. I was born in 1973 and I work on Windows CE since the beginning of this century (sounds like a lot of time written in this way). I started developing application on version 2.12 of the OS and then moved to BSP, drivers and other low-level stuff from version 3.0 on. I try to provide some helpful ...
I wrote this post while in-flight, en route to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I had never been to CES before and I’ve wanted to go since I was a teenager. Truly. So I was excited, but my enthusiasm was somewhat subdued. Why? Because 2009 is shaping up to be The Year the Trade Show Died. Such sentiment, in the mainstream press and elsewhere, has been brought on by the recession (and the travel and spending cuts it has engendered) and also by Apple Inc’s announcement that this would ...
I would like to take a moment to thank all the organizers and participants at the first-ever SharePoint Saturday event in Virginia Beach. Thanks also to some of the celebrity spekers (Todd Bleeker and Joel Oleson) who came in from out of town and gave the event that little extra bit of credibility. Special thanks also goes out to Susan and Gary Lennon for arranging and coordinating one of the finest tech facilities I have ever seen - the Advanced Technology Center at Tidewater Community College in ...
Note: This is a Best Of post from my other blog. The topic came up on Twitter, so I'm rerunning it here. Coding Geekette has a slightly dated but still timely post about The Making of a Good Developer. That post was inspired by Justin Etheredge's equally interesting post on why Being Smart Does Not a Good Developer make. Both address the idea that good developers are those who like to learn new things, not just smart people. And they lament or wonder that so many people in the software development ...
One of Microsoft’s announcements on CES09 was Microsoft Tag. Do you remember last try of Microsoft to create mobile barcodes on Live platform? I remember it. So why Windows Live Barcode was deprecated, while Microsoft creates new one? What the key difference between Quick Response approach, barely adopted by industry and new colorful MS stuff? Let’s try to understand differences and approximate future fail or success on this technology. Key differences: The only information contains inside MS Tag ...
The Chicago Architects Group is kicking off a new year with it’s first meeting of the year on January 29th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Angela Binkowski Topic: Visual Studio Team Systems 2010: Architect Edition Tools Preview Location: Illinois Technology Assocation 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:15 ...
Unwrapping my new Wolves wall calendar I realized its time to do some prognosticating. I've blown the dust off my Nostradamus predictions book, taken some fresh tea leaves and smeared them all over my cracked crystal ball (it rolled off my desk last March and I haven't taken the time to get a replacement) and I'm ready to peer deep into the future... Oh yeah, don't hold me to these. :-) Google Acquires IKEA: Google figures the best approach to gaining ground on the computer desktop is to buy the ...
Lately I've had a few people approach me after speaking engagements or conferences and ask for some advice on becoming a .NET developer. Sometimes this has been moving into IT from an unrelated field or other times it's just been a transition of existing development skills into .NET. Now if you have been in this industry for awhile (and had any success) you have apparently demonstrated at least some capability to migrate your skills from one newly released technology to the next. In 2009 it's hard ...
One of the best ways to understand the concepts that lie behind a new technology is to compare and contrast it with similar technologies provided by other communities. ‘Oslo’ addresses the modelling domain which has enjoyed a great deal of attention over several years. This article is an attempt to articulate something of the nature of Oslo by relating it to the wider world of modelling, especially as envisaged by the OMG (Object Management Group). http://geekswithblogs.net/c... ...
I am pleased to announce the first Community Technology Preview [CTP] release of Gepsio, an open-source XBRL document object model for .NET. The release includes a ready-to-use .NET 3.5 assembly called JeffFerguson.Gepsio.dll as well as a User's Guide. C# source code is available for those who are interested. Though the source to Gepsio is written in C#, the assembly itself can be used with any language that supports .NET 3.5. Your Gepsio client code can be written in C#, VB.NET, C++/CLI, F# or any ...
A colleague of mine, Luca Calligaris, in our Eurotech Italy office just received the MVP award for his work answering questions in the Windows CE newsgroups. Luca has been working with Windows CE for several years. He has been instrumental in getting several Windows CE products to market. Luca has is a Microsoft Technology Specialist having passed the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Developer exam. Welcome to the MVP program Luca. The Eurotech Press Release can be found at: Eurotech Developer Earns Microsoft ...
I have been playing around with Microsoft Azure. I was interested because one of my current development projects has a shoestring budget (read no budget). MS Azure will allow for the hosting costs to increase with the site's success. So it was time to have a go at using Azure's storage functionality to store the data for the site. To this end I downloaded a couple of storage demonstrations to see how it works. With Azure being a beta and a fair new technology looking at demos is often the best way ...
Update: Since then I found a much better tool to geocode pictures and edit other information encoded directly within the picture: Microsoft Pro Photo Tools. I wrote a new blog post about this tool. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Hello all! I read an interesting article today from Computerworld (you'll find that I read Computerworld A LOT) that listed the 9 hottest technology skillsets for 2009, based on one of their surveys. The list is as follows: 1. Programming/application development 2. Help desk/technical support 3. Project management 4. Networking 5. Business intelligence 6. Security 7. Web 2.0 8. Data center 9. Telecommunications The article is more in-depth so you'll have to check it out (link included in proper citation, ...
Does your software or database run like a dog? Running out of space? Or doesn't recover well in a disaster? ... then your storage configuration may be one of the reasons. This is a short little post just to give you a heads-up on the basics. You may know bits of it already, hence why I have broken it up into a Q&A format so you can skip what you already now. The Hard-Disk Well we've all seen a hard-disk but the likelihood is that it was in a desktop and you're the only person that uses it at ...
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at a simple template to help you can use to help document the security roles that need to get created for your new SharePoint application. In this part, we will look at a common process that is used to augment your Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)and targets applications that you think might be suitable for running on the SharePoint platform. As you read through this blog post it is important to note that this process (or something similar) can be used to ...
I finally decided to nose dive into the blogging arena. I couldn't find a better time to start writing my first post, the Christmas Holidays. During the festive holidays, or should I say, time-off, I had a relative of mine called me up, yet again, to configure his router for Dynamic DNS. After I couldnt find anything on the information highway, I decided to make this my first article. Before we get started I'll briefly describe what Dynamic DNS is all about, so here goes. What Is Dynamic DNS? Wikipedia ...
Evidently I haven't been blogging much recently and for good reason. Striking the work life/balance has been difficult in recent months as the demands of my job role has taken to getting the basics of technology right rather than building an EA initiative that has eaten into my blogging time. It's clear that some organisations have a way to go on process and exercise maturity before they can see and understand the benefits of Enterprise Architecture. There is little point in having a few enlightened ...
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Talk about a guy who needs no introduction… if you’re in the technology industry, or *gasp* a software developer in the Microsoft space, but haven’t heard of Scott Hanselman before now, then crawl out from under your rock and go check out his blog and podcast, but first read these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I am in South Africa right now. I am from Oregon. 2. Who do you work for? Give me the 10 second pitch on them. Why would I want to buy their product? I work for Microsoft...use their ...