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I read Dave Rosenberg’s recent article on CNET entitled “What you should do in 2012: Start a company”, which focussed on interacting with venture capitalists to raise money. I think this is jumping the gun a bit though. The reality is that you don’t need VCs to run, or even start, a company. You also don’t need to quit your day job to do it, or hire employees right away, or put up huge capital to start it. An Idea that Provides Value…or Don’t Be an Underpants Gnome The most important thing you need ...
I recently accepted to do a review of “The Learn Microsoft Visual C# book 2010” by John Paul Mueller. I was in two minds on whether I really wanted to read this book – in it’s description it says it is targeting fundamentals of modern programming with Visual C#, but I wasn’t sure how fundamental it would be and since I have been working with C# for a while now, I wasn’t sure if it would be worth my while. After going through a few of the chapters of the book I would say this really targets very basic ...
2011 has been a fantastic year for so many different reasons, and its laid the groundwork for a fantastic 2012 to come! Online Business Systems In February I started with Online Business Systems, a technology and business consulting company based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba but with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Portland, Minneapolis, and Toronto. Coming to online was the best decision I’ve ever made in my career. The mentorship and nurturing, the opportunities and support, and the culture of the organization ...
Wishing a very happy and blessed New Year to you in advance! A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on December 29th. We expect that its 11 new code samples covering typical programming scenarios in Windows Phone 7, ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Shell, and WDK would ease your development in the coming New Year. You can download the code samples using Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. They give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, ...

Finally getting around to getting this thing off the ground. My goal for this blog is to talk about my ongoing learning/discovery of technology related to Microsoft’s .NET framework. On occasion I anticipate exploring tangential topics and the sociological/anthropological aspect of what of issues professional software developers encounter on a day-to-day basis.

I was recently inspired to write on this topic after two client experiences that demonstrated serious misconceptions about the role that software architecture plays in producing quality software. After performing an assessment of a mid-sized company, it was obvious that they were in dire need of a good software architect to design and maintain the design of the application that they were in the process of planning. After making the recommendation, the CIO began to explain that they had already chosen ...
A friend of mine works for a large bank… about a year and a half ago they needed a new system developed for their division. They went through the normal process of using one of the recommended service providers to develop the system and this was their experience, which is still typical with most institutions I know… For the first few months development of the system seemed to be progressing along fine. They had meetings, business analysts put things on paper and the developers nodded their heads ...
Its been several months since I last updated my blog. I don't really have an excuse other than just being busy. My gaming had taken alot of my time and well, I had to make a tough decision. When you really think about it, its not really a tough decision, it is just the right one. That decision is of course that my development is more important. Enough of my excuses. I have began resource gathering and interface concepts for my first project. Its called Novus. Now this may or maynot be the final name ...
First off for those of you who attended some presentations the past few weeks here is the link for the code samples: https://skydrive.live.com/#... Here is the link for the slide decks: https://skydrive.live.com/#... Now I wanted to explain why the blogging has been very few and far between. As you guys know I went through some craziness in the past few months. I am just coming out of the tunnel and I can see ...
There are a lot of reasons why the 2011 holiday season is a great time to take a look at Azure development. There are a number of offers and releases that allow you to start to explore cloud-based development on the Microsoft platform, best of all; they are all pretty much free to take advantage of. $0 Spending Limit on Azure Trial & MSDN Accounts Ever since the introduction of billing for Windows Azure it has always been an issue for many developers wanting to learn Azure that, if you are not ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
What could you build with the XBox Kinect? Well we want to know! Connect your Kinect to your PC and build an application using your favorite .NET language. Kinect for Developers is a 2-day workshop for developers, artists and technicians interested in Kinect hacking or 3D scanning. This hands on workshop will teach you the basics of programming for Kinect and the potentials for developing on video and depth sensor cameras. Expect live demonstrations, presentations, food, and lots of hacking. You ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
Microsoft just released the version 5 of Silverlight! It’s a great news and I really want to congratulate the whole team on this impressive collective effort. The official announcement is on the Silverlight team blog! Read the rest of this entry » ...
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2010 R2 on the BizTalk Server blog site. This is advanced notice, given that this new version will ship six months after the release of Windows 8, expected in the second half of next year. On this basis, we can expect the new version of BizTalk Server to arrive in 2013. Given the BizTalk team’s previous record of name changes, I wonder if this will eventually be released as BizTalk Server 2013. Microsoft has been refreshingly ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning WF Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0."Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications. " ...
2011 has been an amazing year in which I ended up working on an exciting number of projects. SharePoint has continued to be the hottest requested technology that I deal with. At the same time Windows Phone 7 has put Microsoft back in the mobile market and I will be finishing off the year additionally writing for this platform. At the same time the old standards of WinForms and ASP.NET have not left our market space. Ultimately, the IT market is still on fire and I am looking forward to great things ...
We are almost at the start of the new year. The group is currently on our December break from presentations but we are looking to return full steam in January. The Chicago Information Technology Architects Group is community driven and as such we are looking for speakers and topics to keep our community thriving. If you have a topic that you would like to present or know someone who has a topic that they love to talk about in the IT Architecture space please contact me through this blog. del.icio.us ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97815... is Dan Appleman's "Moving to VB .NET Strategies, Concepts, and Code"."Visual Basic guru Dan Appleman exposes the reality behind the VB .NET hype, and shows you how to evaluate this technology in the context of your specific problems."Considering the vast amount of VB6 still in use, this book from 2001 will be of immense help to all tasked with converting Vb6 to VB.NET or C# ...
The software industry lives within an interesting paradox. IT in the enterprise moves slowly and cautiously, upgrading only when safe and necessary. IT interests intentionally live in the past. On the other hand, developers, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) not only want to use the latest and greatest technologies, but this constituency prides itself on gauging tech’s future, and basing its present-day strategy upon it. Normally, we as an industry manage this paradox with a shrug of the shoulder ...
(DISCLAIMER: Yes there are lots of more elegant ISO software beside the free Microsoft one I’m about to show. But free is free and it has been tested and works for me for making advance bootable USB drives. That is another story. Look up Windows 8 Developer Preview for that one on BING.) For those of use that work with new technology all the time we accumulate a lot of ISO files and have to burn them to CD/DVD’s quite often. But we now have machines without burner in the corporate environment. We ...
Remember how I blogged about rolling with the punches? So today my buddy and Prairie Dev Con speaker James Chambers went to present on Microsoft MVC. He brought his fancy new Dell XPS laptop, which he had used to do presentations and stream internet video to a projector before. But today, the technology gods were not smiling… James tries to connect his laptop to the projector. Nothing. The projector just can’t recognize the connection. Realize that we’ve already had two sessions in that room already, ...
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97815... is Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 in VB 2005. Considering that there are many sites stuck on old versions of VS2005 / ASP.NET, this book will be useful for them. "Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 in VB 2005 guides you through Microsoft's latest technology for building dynamic websites." ...
GoodToGo :) Best XML Editor is Altova XMLSpy 2011 http://www.torrenthound.com... For whatever reason Piratebay has trojans and other nasties..Search in torrent.eu for Altova XMLSpy Enterprise Edition SP1 2011 v13.0.1.0 Also if you like the product purchase it in a Commercial Enviroment Any well structured/complex XML can be parsed @ the speed of light using XPATH querys and not ...
On November 12th 2011, I gave a presentation at Chippewa Valley Code Camp titled, “Kinecting the Dots with the Kinect SDK”. As promised, here is the Slides / Code / Resources to my talk. (click image to download slides) The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers ...
This is what I think about Microsoft Windows Phone. If Microsoft were in our shoes looking at various phones available their configurations, memory, front facing cameras etc. Microsoft disappointed the USA customer base again by not getting Nokia Lumia 800. The Past: If we talk few years ago, few business people were on their Blackberry’s and few Gadget lovers were on crappy Windows OS devices. The world was all going right till Apple came with a revolutionary device iPhone, which completely changed ...
Yes, I was. Recently, I’ve taken a good hard look at JavaScript. I’ve used it before but mostly in the capacity of web design. Using JQuery to make your web page do cool stuff is different than really creating a JavaScript application using all of the language constructs. What I’m finding as I use it more is that I may have been wrong about my assumptions about it. Let me explain. I enjoyed doing cool stuff with JQuery but the limited experience with JavaScript as a language coupled with the bad ...
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The following sections are covered in the Interaction Design book – the sections in blue are examinable for 2011, the sections in pink are not examinable. A brief example of questions to be expected in the Exam Below are some example questions extracted from previous exam papers and assignments…. I have outlined just the basic section headers, you will need to be able to expand on these… Define Interaction Design (Chapter 1) Interactive Design is the process of designing interactive products to support ...
For good or bad, Microsoft’s Entity Framework (EF) has become one of the most widely used ORM tools out there. While some may state that it's not among the better ones (or that it's not even a real ORM), it’s definitely the most convenient one: its Visual Studio integration and consequently its integration with the MS SQL Server database is unparalleled. This is especially relevant to people who haven’t used the concept of object-relational mapping before - there's almost no initial learning curve ...
I've been back working with BizTalk 2006 R2 for a customer recently and I've become such a fan of the BDD style acceptance tests I've done in the past with BizTalk 2010 that its quite frustrating working back in Visual Studio 2005 and not being able to use Specflow alongside BizUnit 4 like I described in the recent videos on these subjects BizTalk & BDD Part 1 BizTalk & BDD Part 2 In BizTalk 2006 development your back to the older style xml bizunit tests and we were looking at some old tests ...
· For the last decade, the majority of my dev work has leveraged the .NET Framework for construction of information systems. However, my interest has lain in numerical computing. · Is it possible to have an increasingly higher level of abstraction and at the same time achieve underlying high performance computing? The prevailing winds say no: C# is aimed at productivity, and C++ is for performance. Garbage collection was great, but do we still need it with the availability of smart pointers? Would ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning WF Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0 "Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications." ...
All of the trekies know and love the old LCARS interface. Who doesn’t want one on their phone too? Here’s a lock screen that I created for my WP7. Interestingly enough, there are some similarities in the reasoning behind LCARS and the Metro interface that WP7 uses. The LCARS graphical user interface was designed by scenic art supervisor and technical consultant Michael Okuda. The original design concept was influenced by a request from Gene Roddenberry that the instrument panels not have a great ...
Today TechEd Africa 2011 ended. It was a great conference and the first time I have ever had the opportunity to present an hour long topic – I had the joy of presenting two sessions at this conference, one session based on a topic which I should have been able to cover easily and one with a topic that I battled with and felt totally out of my depth. In retrospect, there are a few bits of advice that I would like to give other people that are thinking of presenting at a conference like this for the ...
It was another engaging presentation at this month’s CITAG meeting as Joe Hummel presented functional programming and its implementation using F#. Some times it is fun to attack a mind bending problem and this was one of those times. Leaning about functional programming caused about the same brain cramps as moving from procedural to object oriented for the first time. Of course when you start to get it the effect is almost euphoric. I would suggest that if you haven’t looked into functional programming ...
Last week, at the PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) Summit in Seattle, Microsoft held a coming out party, not only for SQL Server 2012 (formerly “Denali”), but also for the company’s “Big Data” initiative. Microsoft’s banner headline announcement: it is developing of a version of Apache Hadoop that will run on Windows Server and Windows Azure. Hadoop is the open source implementation of Google’s proprietary MapReduce parallel computation engine and environment, and it's used (quite widely ...
I cut my DBA teeth on IBM's DB2 UDB EEE (enough acronyms) back in the 90's. I have always appreciated the scalability that is available with a MPP architecture. So a couple of years ago I was excited to hear that SQL Server was going to have a MPP architecture available. Now I am at SQLPass Summit 2011 and seeing the PDW (Parallel Data Warehouse) and the hardware offerings by Dell and HP to scale that up and out. However, I was disappointed to learn that this technology does not extend to Analysis ...
Hello Everyone, I thought I’d take a minute to update everyone on my upcoming talks and events that I will be attending. I have talks ranging from Kinect, Silverlight, HTML5 to OData! Wow, that’s a wide range of technology and I’m very passionate about everyone of them. Let’s get started. DevReach - October 17th through the 18th in Sofia, Bulgaria. I will not be speaking at this event only attending. I am very excited because this will be my first time visiting Bulgaria. I am looking forward to meeting ...
In the hours since Steve Jobs death was announced, the world has seemingly fallen into a conjoined state of mourning…well, at least according to my Twitter feed. Quotes Steve made over the years fill the stream, along with reports of people gathering at Apple stores with some garnering memorials outside their doors. Very rarely has someone from the corporate world garnered such a response to their passing. Even more rarely does a corporate individual get a statement from the US President. But its ...
Today is a weird day. I just got the news, as I woke up, that Steve Jobs passed away last night. This news affected me more than I thought it would. I felt the need to write about these emotions, and about my history with Apple. This is probably more for myself than for the reader, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t like this, but it felt appropriate to keep a few thoughts at this time. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I’ve been a bookworm for years and have amassed a significant volume of books of all kinds. Most of my collection is technology related, but volumes of Conan, manga, astronomy, philosophy, genetics, personal productivity, science fiction, fantasy, and just about everything else abound. After getting my Kindle Christmas before last, and later, my iPad, I’ve grown steadily more comfortable with reading and utilizing digital printed media. This comfort level, coupled with my semi-new found desire to ...
A couple of months ago an opportunity unexpectedly made its way into my life that would offer something different for my career. At first I ignored it, but after a while I started thinking about the possibilities before me. There were a couple of job openings at this “little” company, which you may have heard of before, Microsoft, that intrigued me. I began asking myself, “Self, would you ever leave Sparkhound and if you would what would the job have to be like.” Well, I wasn’t exactly sure, but ...
It is the last quarter of the year. So we are trying to get as much content to you as possible. This month Joe Hummel will be presenting on functional programming. While this is not a new concept I believe it is one that most people have not been exposed to. I am really excited about having Joe bring us this topic. Please come out and join us. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,Functional Programming,Joe Hummel ...
So two years ago I had the privilege of attending my first ever Microsoft Conference in 2009. It was pretty neat, because I got to meet a lot of great people and go to a lot of awesome session. This time around, however, it’s my third Microsoft Conference and a little different. I get to be a speaker for my code upgrade session on Thursday, October 6th at 10:30 (End to End Guide to Upgrading Custom Code from 2007 to 2010 – SPC395). I also get to sit on the Women in Technology Panel at the Perficient ...
Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT)is a governance framework widely used by many enterprises to supports information and technology assets, defining process, areas and controls to successful delivery of IT Governance practices. First Question: "What is IT Governance?" IT governance is the responsibility of executives and the board of directors, and consists of the leadership, organisational structures and processes that ensure that the enterprise’s IT sustains and ...
I work for a pretty awesome company, Online Business Systems. We’re 250+ technology and business consultants located in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Portland, and Minneapolis. Throughout the summer different departments within Online’s central region office (Winnipeg) host a BBQ with donations collected going to the United Way. Today was the last one of the season, and the Tech Services group was in charge. So myself and my colleague Dave Gillies concocted a plan to assault the tastebuds ...
C++ is a very powerful language. Well written native C++ code can perform much better than managed languages like C# and Java due to optimizations that the managed systems are not able to perform during run-time compilation (if this is done at all, that is). This is great for developers who work on gaming technology for instance. For people concerned with game logic, performance isn’t necessarily priority number one, but productivity and the ability to express oneself without too much head banging. ...
All seats were taken at the September IASA Chapter meeting. I opened the meeting with a short introduction of the officers and members of the board of directors as well as mentioning the benefits and opportunities of an IASA membership. Quent Herschelman followed with an introduction of the IASA educational programs and announced the exciting news that the chapter will host an IASA core training in January 2012. You can find more details and can sign up for the training on the IASA global web page. ...
Matt Hidinger gave a high energy presentation around Onion Architecture for this month’s meeting. It was great seeing the history of this architectural approach including its connection to Jeffrey Palermo. Of course drinking from a fire hose takes a while to digest. Get the code and slides here. Please join us for our next meeting and get involved in the Chicago Information Architecture community. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,Jeffrey Palermo,Matt Hidinger,Onion ...