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Hey guys. I need to take a moment, break the fourth wall, and address the readers. First, I have another speaking engagement. I will be giving a full 2 hour workshop on XNA at the Huntsville New Technology User's Group meeting on October 11 at 6PM. We'll take a little break at 7 and pizza will be provided. Full details and directions can be found at huntug.org. I have not forgotten about "the project." The design document is done. It got tied up with the corporate lawyer, who wanted to make sure ...
I'm back... what did I miss?? Oh wait... you're expecting info from me about my week I guess :) I had an awesome time: Met tons of people that I didn't already know. Renewed friendships with another ton of people I only see a couple times a year Went to Billy Hollis' PreCon and learned a lot of cool design information that I have yet to transcribe or assimilate entirely Went to Tim Huckaby's party and was "B8 ed" ... although that looked better on the girl wearing the TShirt when I got there Didn't ...

Last week, Microsoft held their long awaited Build Windows (or simply "Build") conference in Anaheim CA. About 5000 people packed the convention center to discover the latest version of the Windows operation system: Windows 8.

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Technorati Tags: Windows 8 Just like many thousands of geeks around the world I downloaded the Windows 8 preview from Microsoft’s website: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... and spent some time playing with it. Being an embedded developer I don’t have any powerful machine lying unused in my office, so I installed Windows 8 on a very low-spec machine, a 1.6GHz Atom with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB HD (taken from an old mac). First of all I must say that I’m pretty impressed by the responsiveness ...
I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ...
2011 has been a very exciting year for me so far. I was awarded the Microsoft Silverlight MVP. I was renewed as the DZone MVB. I was awarded as a GeeksWithBlog Influencer. I won the CodeProject Windows Phone 7 Competition. I’ve been invited to speak about Silverlight at UserGroups as well as several major conferences such as SSWUG, CodeStock and devLINK. My first e-Book on Producing and Consuming Silverlight in an OData application was published. I’ve been asked to be a technical editor for two Silverlight ...
We are getting rolling for the fall at the Chicago IT Architects Group. This month we will have Matt Hidinger presenting on the topic of Onion Architecture. Please join us as we discuss the decomposition of architectures by registering below. Register here del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,CITAG,Matt Hidinger ...
Being a Manitoban myself, I understand our love for Summer: getting away to the lake, enjoying vacation time with family, travelling, going camping, etc. Of course, that means that promoting a technology conference in August means that there are those who have been away and may just be coming back now and hearing about Prairie Dev Con. So in light of that, we’re extending our $349.99 early bird pricing thru September!!! That’s right, you can register to attend a fantastic 2 days of technical content ...
We’re nearing the end of the early bird offer for the Prairie Developer Conference Winnipeg! You still have time to register for this fantastic 2-day technology conference at the low $349.99 price, and groups of 3 or more get an additional $50 off each registration! We’ve got 41 sessions from presenters coming from across Canada, and a full day post-conference workshop with Rob Windsor on SharePoint 2010! Check out the website for info on the speakers and sessions and register today! www.prairiedevcon.com ...
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a GeeksWithBlogs.net Influencers review. This time, I had the opportunity to check out Red Gate’s SmartAssembly 6.1, which is a integrated collection of tools for modifying and manipulating assemblies. Now that phrase, while accurate, is quite a mouthful. So what all does it actually do? SmartAssembly has the ability to: Do strong name signing; Add automated error reporting; Add feature usage reporting; Merge dependencies (e.g. libraries) into the main assembly ...
Apologies in advance for any problems caused as I move over to http://ericnelson.wordpress... over the next few days. I will blog again on here when the move is fully complete. I have had a superb time on http://geekswithblogs.net which I moved to back in January 2009 – but it doesn’t quite match what I am after in a blogging platform right now where as wordpress.com broadly does. This will be my second change of platform in 7 years – it was back in July 2004 I created my first technology blog over ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010 "The most up-to-date and comprehensive introductory ASP.NET book you'll find on any shelf, Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010 guides you through Microsoft's latest technology for building dynamic web sites. This book will enable you to build dynamic web pages on the fly, and assumes only the most basic knowledge of Visual Basic. " Can't code withoutInstant VB.NET code generation in Microsoft ...
Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun are offering a free on-line course on AI later this year in conjunction with Stanford University. The course is broadly based on Peter Norvig's book "Artificial Intelligence: A modern Approach" written jointly with Stuart Russell. Along with my colleagues on the Rules Fest committee, we have been following this with interest. In a few days, well over 100,000 people have signed up (112,774 at the time of writing, and still increasing fast). The course broadly overlaps ...
I’m on vacation this week, and I didn’t intend to write a blog post. But after the sea changes in the mobile computing industry and, ironically, my extra time to ponder it, I really couldn’t stay silent. In the space of four days, Google may have effectively taken Android “private” and HP seems to have euthanized webOS in public. It’s really hard to believe all of this is happening. But we can at least have a go at understanding what it means and what might, or might not, come next for Microsoft ...
My Epiphany – Part 1 After reading Continuous Delivery, by Jez Humble and David Farley, I couldn’t help but think “wow! this is the key to becoming truly agile!”. I submit that may be a little overstated, but nonetheless by minor epiphany has grown into an outright passion for enabling rapid development AND delivery of small bite-sized pieces of applications. As we’re all well immersed into the Agile way these days (or, at least, we’re all trying!!), our common goal should be to provide customers ...
Part of the fun of being a consultant is that the technology you use changes from day to day. Recently it is WCF which, while knowing the concepts of since it came out I haven’t used up until now. The nice thing is that it really isn’t any harder to develop for than a normal ASP.NET web service. A couple of the attributes change and which project type you start with is different, but it is still message based services. Just like the method of a web service needs a Webmethod attribute a method in ...
We had a full house this month with a lot of interest in the SOLID principle. SOLID is one of those topics that should be basic study in all of our schools. Of course along with a large crowd comes a lot of discussion. There were debates as to how much each individual principle has merit and how to properly apply it. This is the lively discussion that really makes me enjoy organizing these presentations. Visit Michael Kappel’s web site here. del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Information Technology Architects ...
In September we will start to deliver monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform to help Microsoft partners who are developing software products and services and would like to explore the relevance and opportunities presented by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. Overview: The workshops are designed to help partners such as yourself understand what the Windows Azure Platform is, how it is being used today, what resources are available and to drill into the individual technologies ...
No matter which ORM or data access technology you use, at some point you just need to do some CRUD, and you need to do it fast. In this post, I’m going to show you how to get your CRUD on with the latest version of Entity Framework in no time flat. In fact, I’d be surprised if the code to get your first CRUD operation done takes you more than a few minutes. The one thing the EF team did right with Code-First is make it really easy, but most of the “getting started” videos and documentation is packed ...
Overview When I was younger I barely knew anything of Dante's Inferno other than that some of my friends were required to read it for a literature class and it sounded like it had a cool name. I knew the epic poem described the nine circles of Hell and thought 'Boy, I bet that'd make a good game'. Then in 2010 Visceral Games came around and put out a loosely-Inferno based game titled Dante's Inferno. Design The story of Dante's Inferno (herein 'Dante's Inferno' will refer to the game, not the poem) ...
Download Source Code Challenge Just had the first chance to apply PLINQ (Parallel LINQ) to the real task. When I am playing around with some new technology everything works fine, the real understanding comes along with challenges in a real use case. Currently I am working on application which processes large amount of text data gathering statistics on word occurrences (see: Source Code Word Cloud). Here what the simplified core of my code is doing. Enumerate through all files with *.txt extension. ...
Our summer break is over and with the dog days of August we are getting back to setting up presentations of interest to Chicago area IT Architects. This month we will have Michael Kappel presenting on a topic we have been trying to get organized for a while. SOLID is an acronym for five object oriented design and development principles that everyone should know. Michael is going to give a platform agnostic discussion of these five key principles. Please join us by registering below. Register here ...
Shervin Shakibi, Microsoft Regional Director, was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group July 2011 meeting. Shervin’s talk was demo-centric where he showcased the power of HTML 5 by example. Issues discussed at the meeting included suggestions on mitigating security concerns with HTML 5 source code accessibility as well as the status and timeline for HTML 5 readiness. Shervin’s much anticipated talk brought us over 25 members who filled our CompTec meeting room. We appreciate Shervin’s ...
Continuing my “From Soup to Nuts” series or sometimes referred to as “The Busy Developers Guide” series, I will take a look at the Surface 2.0 SDK recently released by Microsoft. Before you read ahead, here are the other articles in this series: The Busy Developers Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta. The Busy Developers Guide to Mango. What is it? With the Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK, you can easily create applications to take advantage of the next generation Surface computing device or any Windows touch-enables ...
In a number of talks I’ve given, including a session at last year’s Microsoft BI Conference, I’ve mentioned that if you’re not looking at partner offerings in the Microsoft Business Intelligence ecosystem, then you’re not getting the full Microsoft BI picture. This rubs two ways: Microsoft BI may look misleadingly deficient, in comparison to its competitors, if partner solutions are not taken into consideration If you’re an MS BI user and you’re not looking at partner products, your MS BI investment ...
In the past few months, we at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group have been busy soliciting your feedback on topics you would like covered at our upcoming meetings. We have also been encouraging our members to step up and share on the projects they work on and the technologies they use. The result is the schedule below which we hope brings a good variety of today’s hottest topics. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and to receiving your feedback as we continuously strive to improve the ...
I would like to invite you to visit us at WPC LA 2011 and learn how to move your mission-critical/Enterprise apps to the Win Azure Cloud. We will present our innovative migration solution Instant CloudMove at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)tomorrow (July 13). Find us at the Windows Azure Building Blocks demo station where we’ll be showcasing the unique tools for moving business client/server applications such as é.VISOR by Limón GmbH to Azure Cloud. The original application is a data-centric ...
My last post related the sad story of a dead HP MediaSmart Home Server. This time, I will relate the steps I took to configure the Synology DS1511+ for use. To avoid unnecessary typing, I recommend this post to provide the basic details. It is written for the older DS1010+, but the process is the same for the DS1511+. … OK, now that you have read that, I have different drives in my NAS so I had a different kind of problem. I chose to go with five Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA II drives (WD20EARS) ...
I really dig video games. It is the reason why I love working with technology. I don’t play games like I used to, but I try and keep up by reading the latest news on the web and by watching Review on the Run. The other day, my video game hobby crossed paths with my professional life with a review on Reviews on the Run where two of the reviewers, Jose Sanchez and Ben Silverman, did a review on a web game that I reference in my recent HTML5 presentations: The World’s Biggest Pacman. I was really excited ...
Welcome to this second instalment of the series! This series of articles is aimed at giving you a hold and a sort of “Best practices” to starting any kind of migrations. Whilst each technology or project has its quirks and traps most of the process you’ll need to go through is, roughly, the same. The second article will describe a so called “test run” or, as I like to call it, practicing with duds... Seeing as running a test system in the ground is not quite as disruptive as destroying an actual ...
There comes a time when computers die. So it was with our HP MediaSmart Home Server. At the age of 4, I was not expecting it to die. Oops. It has never really been an easy life before the death of that machine. It’s anemic 512MB of memory got upgraded to 2GB. The 500MB primary drive got expanded with two 1TB drives. The power supply fan started sounding like my lawn mower, so it had to be replaced. Things seemed stable until the primary drive croaked – and me unable to locate the recovery disk – ...
Welcome to this first instalment of the series! This series of articles is aimed at giving you a hold and a sort of “Best practices” to starting any kind of migrations. Whilst each technology or project has its quirks and traps most of the process you’ll need to go through is, roughly, the same. This first article will describe what’s called the preparation process. Although most IT professionals have the tendency to just into thing (or “forget about the manual, I’ll make it up as I go along!) it ...
I was included in a very happy group of developers that yesterday was awarded (or re-awarded -- is that a word?) Microsoft MVP in their area of expertise. In my case, it was a re-award. My first was in 2007, so this is my 4th re-award. I'd like to take space in my blog to personally thank my Lead, Allen Li, and the folks on the Silverlight team for once again including me in the list with the cool kids. Also the Silverlight team for their steadfast support of the MVPs by keeping us in the loop. Re-awards ...
Spoke at the session on Webforms in CTU 2011 (Community Technology Update) in Singapore. Had a good interaction with the Developer community here in Singapore. I covered the following topics during the session: *Dynamic Data *Routing *Web Form Additions *Predictable Client IDs *Programmable Meta Data *Better control over ViewState *Persist selected rows *Web Deployment The Slide Deck used can be accessed using the following URL: http://www.slideshare.net/a... ...
Last night, (Tuesday, June 28), at the KC .NET User group meeting, George Westwater gave a terrific presentation on NoSQL. The best way to define it (the best way is to see George explain it, and he says he will record his presentation and make it available through his blog – link above) is databases that does not use relational technology. And his point, and this is true – I have been around awhile – is that non-relational databases have been used for over 50 years in the business. He points out ...
Took the little one to the pool tonight for swim lessons. Okay, Okay. They're not really lessons so much as they are "Hey, here's a few bucks, let me rent out a small section of your pool to swim around with my little one" Saw a dad at the pool. Bluetooth on, iPad in hand, and two year old somewhere around there. Saw a mom at the pool. Arguing with her five year old to NOT take a shower after swimming. Bluetooth on, iPad in hand, work laptop open on stadium seats. Her reasoning for not wanting the ...
Erik Russell and Giles Marino were our speakers for the June 2011 IASA South East Florida Chapter meeting. Attendees filled all available seats at the Microsoft office conference room where the event was held. This highlights the high interest in Enterprise Architecture as a career track and chartered project role. Also in attendance were our Board of Directors and Alex Funkhouser, President, Sherlock Technology. Rainer Habermann, Chapter President, kicked off the meeting by introducing our speakers ...
I am really happy to announce that I have been accepted as a speaker at the 2011 PASS Conference in Seattle. The topic? It will be about SQL Azure scalability using shards, and the Data Federation feature of SQL Azure. I will also talk extensively about the community open-source sharding library Enzo SQL Shard (enzosqlshard.codeplex.com) and show how to make the most out of it. In general, the presentation will provide details about how to properly design an application for sharding, how to make ...
I’m starting to see a whole bunch of tweets and blog posts on how Silverlight/WPF is dead, or how the XAML team has been disbanded at Microsoft, or how someone predicted Silverlight would die, blah blah blah. They all have a similar ring to it though: “Told ya so!” “They were stupid ideas anyway!” “Serves Microsoft right, boy are they dumb!” Let me tell you something, all those that are gleefully raving about Silverlight/WPF’s demise are nothing more than death trolls. Let’s assume that everything ...
A week or so ago, I mentioned my gear was evolving. The newest member of my gear arrived yesterday, an Alienware M11xR3. Here are the specs: Intel Core i7-2617M 1.5GHz (2.6GHz Turbo Mode, 4MB Cache) NVIDIA GeForce GT540 graphics with 2.0GB Video Memory and Optimus 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz 11.6in High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s Soundblaster X-Fi Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled Intel Advanced-N WiFi Link 6250 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO Technology with WiMax Gobi Mobile ...
The Kinect is awesome. From day one, I’ve said this thing has got potential. After playing with several open-source Kinect projects, I am please to announce that Microsoft has released the official SDK beta on 6/16/2011. I’ve created this quick start guide to get you up to speed in no time flat. Let’s begin: What is it? 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 ...
Since the demo of Windows 8 given by Microsoft Vice President Julie Larson-Green at the recent D9 conference windows developers have been described in many articles as feeling "Horrified" "Worried" "Deeply Concerned". Why? From the demo it seems that the new Window’s 8 ‘immersive’ applications will be based on HTML5 and JavaScript – which means for experienced win devs who have invested years in learning windows development platforms, they will now have to ‘re-train’ if they want to create these ...
I got a question from a developer whether they should use SharePoint lists or database tables to hold the data for his application. This is a fair question and as a consultant I will start with the standard answer: It depends. I will follow up that answer with the standard consultant question: what are you trying to do? There generally isn’t one answer for any technology choice. We need to take as many factors into account as possible. Who will be maintaining the data? Will the data only be used ...
Things have been busy and we didn’t have a presentation last month. This month’s presentation will be on the 29th due to scheduling conflicts with TechNexus. On the schedule this month Carl Franklin will be presenting on scalable internet solutions. Come out and join us for a night of discussion and meet a few of your peers in the process. Register here. del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group ...
Preamble Microsoft’s first introduction of upcoming Windows 8 spurred lots of discussions among developers. The most noticeable part of the demonstrations at D9 conference and Computex show, as well as on YouTube, is, of course, the new touch-centric UI. So why is it controversial among developers? Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s press release: Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities ...
I recently purchased a sewing machine from the late 90's--quite a good machine: solidly constructed, well engineered. Does everything I need it to do and then some. In addition to sewing, the machine is also capable of computerized embroidery. I didn't buy it for the embroidery features, but, hey, since it has the features, I thought, "hmmm, might be interesting to check that out". The computer on the sewing machine reads the embroidery design off a special memory card. In today's parlance, this ...
This morning I was reading through some of my usual blogs and came across some very interesting and updated information relating to BizTalk performance and hyper-threading. The two source pages are: http://appfabriccat.com/201... http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... If you take a look at these pages, you can see that the recommendations on hyper-threading and the BizTalk platform ...
I was chatting the other day with someone about adapters for connecting to LOB applications and an interesting point came up which I thought id share my thoughts on. The scenarios is that if you have a line of business application for arguments sake lets say its dynamics CRM which has a BizTalk adapter available but also has an existing web service API (or some other protocol based API). Which should you use for integration? In my opinion the answer to this is the usual "it depends" answer. I think ...
Yesterday, at the Wall Street Journal’s “All Things D” conference, Microsoft’s President of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, showed the world a preview of Windows 8 (officially, that’s the code name). And in a YouTube video, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience, provides his own detailed Windows 8 demo that you can check out right now. What both men showed us was an early preview of a next next version of Windows that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7, ...
Windows 8 is coming: http://www.huffingtonpost.c... I have been a Win 7 user for a long time and love it. Now comes Windows 8 on the horizon and its going to rock the world. Its build on a great base of technology and it’s the next gen of a great os. More is coming soon. Since the Win 8 OS has the totally new UI it should open up developing great UIs for touch screens too for lots of developers. It should be really interesting to see this take off. ...