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Today, at the Silverlight Firestarter event on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Scott Guthrie (Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform) announced Silverlight 5 and introduced us to its features. Among them: 1080p video, GPU-acceleration, "trickplay" (variable speed playback with pitch correction) WS-Trust support, low-latency networking for real time apps Ability to set breakpoints on data binding expressions and debug them Merging into Silverlight of WPF data binding features ...
It’s hard to believe that I just finished my 100th blog post in the past year related to Microsoft.NET Technology. I started this blog on November 11th, 2009 and now 100 blog posts later I am still writing and loving it. This is not the first time that I started a technology blog, but the first time that it actually lasted. I will have to admit that I learned more from writing the articles then most did reading them. =) I sincerely hope that somehow I have assisted the community and helped a developer ...
Right when you thought it was safe to head in to the holiday season without more SharePoint things to populate your calendar. That is right; ShareSquared is putting on another spectacular SharePoint 2010 webinar. This time Chris Riley (of Enterprise Content Management and Capture fame) and Chris Givens (of Architecting Connected Systems fame) will be taking you through the social networking feature set. They will explain the basics of social networking, integration points with social networking, ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking at the West Palm Beach .Net Users’ Group on Tuesday November 23rd, 2010 on ASP.Net MVC3 RC, Razor syntax, ASP.Net Web Pages Helpers and NuGet. I plan on sharing an introduction to ASP.Net MVC to bring everybody up to speed then explore the latest features of the ASP.Net MVC 3 Release Candidate. I will also introduce the NuGet Library Package Manager. I hope for this talk to act as a platform for everyone to share their thoughts on ASP.Net MVC and provide their take ...
The first question, is “Why is architect being used as a verb?”. Mirriam-Webster dictionary does not contain a definition of architect as a verb, nor do many other recognized dictionaries. On the other hand, dictionary.com does add an entry for the use of the word as a verb: Architect 4. to plan, organize, or structure as an architect: The house is well architected. This gives us three key words to start with: “plan”, “organize” and “structure”. Unfortunately these terms can apply to work done by ...
Just a brief reminder that if your company makes commercial software (in other words, you don’t just develop it for your own employees use) then you should check out the FREE technical event my team is putting on next Thursday (25th Nov 2010). We also with have an Xbox 360 with Kinect to give away plus free books and other goodies. I’m currently looking after the Xbox and have so far resisted peaking in… but I make no promises! :-) Note that we have gone for zero breaks with the intention of making ...
I was lucky enough to attend Visual Studio Live! in Orlando on November 14th-17th. There were so many great speakers and the networking was great. I met a lot of really cool people and we talked about everything .NET (from WP7, Silverlight, C#, ASP.NET WebForms, AJAX, MVC 3.. and so forth). I took a lot of notes during all the sessions and wanted to provide it to those that could not come out. If you follow me on Twitter then you have seen most of these. Most of the authors put slides/source code ...
I have to admit it. I’ve had fun the last 14 years. Starting a company, not knowing where it would take me. Hiring our first employee, that was kinda scary…Moved away from Delphi and jumped aboard the .net train, without a second of regret. Became a MVP because the company allowed me to spend a lot of time on the community. Saw my first Surface computer while attending a MVP summit in Redmond. Became one of the first 4 Surface MVP’s because the company allowed me to work with that technology extensively ...
I've been meaning to write a blog post for a while about how we implemented a scatter gather pattern at one of my clients. Ive recently been reading Richard and the gangs new book which discusses a very similar pattern but with a different design decision. Based on that I have decided to expand on the original planned post to talk about what we did and our decision process using the decision framework discussed in the book. The aim here is to show that the "it depends" principle means that there ...
Readers of my blog and/or column know that I am a big fan of PowerPivot. And because of that, I was excited to see, both at June’s Microsoft BI Conference (part of Tech Ed) and this week’s PASS Summit, that the PowerPivot technology will become more entrenched. What Microsoft showed in June was that the full-fledged SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) product would support the in-memory BI (IMBI) engine, known within Microsoft as VertiPaq. This cool columnar, in-memory technology will not be limited ...
During the course of my experiences as a parent and as an active tech community member, I have had opportunities to observe students-- both mentored and not mentored--who have worked on websites and who use technology at various skill levels. I have also heard a LOT of talk from the IT community about the value of diversity in the work force and the lack of diversity in IT. Concern that minority students are not looking at IT positions as likely possibilities for their career choices is a "hot" topic, ...
We are coming to the close of another year. This year has brought a lot of great speakers and topics to our group (as well as a little name change). So better way to close out the year than to have Shankar Ramachandran introduce us to NoSQL and its architectural considerations. Please join us on November 16th and come meet your peers. Register here del.icio.us Tags: CITAG,Chicago Information Technology Architects Group,NoSQL ...
There are plenty of programmers in the market looking for jobs these days. Are they all great developers? What makes a good developer great? Many programmers sometimes fill their resumes with technology buzzwords because that's what gets recruiters' attention. Maybe it's a necessary evil. Hiring managers can't go through thousands of resumes, and recruiters need a way to filter candidates out. So, recruiters also look for specific technologies, and methodologies in candidates' resumes. After the ...
Anyone reading this knows I go by the AKA "WynApse". I've used it since Windows was a puppy, we still had "DOS Apps" and "Win Apps", and I needed a business name for selling my shareware. I only re-state that obvious because I want to make it clear that you're only going to see me on a forum with that name. That being said, you may or may not have not noticed, but I don't visit the forums. I don't because there are folks that seem to camp out there that are way better suited to answer questions than ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be introducing ASP.Net MVC 3 at the Tampa .Net Code Camp, taking place on Saturday November 13th, 2010. I plan to introduce ASP.Net MVC and showcase the latest and greatest features introduced with ASP.Net MVC3 including: Razor syntax, ASP.Net Web Pages Helpers and NuGet (formerly NuPack). Audience participation is encouraged and will be solicited. Look forward to seeing you all there! Here is the description and bio I submitted: Introducing ASP.Net MVC In this session, we will ...
Latest announcements by Microsoft executives leave no doubt. Microsoft is shifting its support to HTML 5 and by doing so gives up on its RIA platform Silverlight which it repurposes for mobile. Adobe releases a Beta of a new HTML5 supporting tool kit, and by doing so also embraces the HTML5 option. It does look as if both give in to the market preferences for standard, no-plug-in and non-propriety option of HTML5 (see "Microsoft favoring HTML5 over Silverlight: reports" ). If we follow Microsoft's ...
On Thursday October 28th, 2010, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the SoFla Local PDC10 hosted by the Gold Coast and Miami .Net User Groups. While most local PDCs focused on viewing the Redmond event, South Florida kicked it up a notch by availing some of the community’s local speakers to comment and address any questions the audience might have. I greatly enjoyed covering and answering audience questions on WebMatrix, Razor Syntax, ASP.Net Web Pages Helpers, IIS Express, ASP.Net MVC ...
Latest update (and hopefully last update): Microsoft has published a few posts to clarify the debate. Please consider the following: PDC and Silverlight by Bob Muglia PDC Thoughts by Steve Ballmer *NEW* Silverlight Questions by Scott Guthrie Silverlight is dead. Long live Silverlight! by Tim Heuer Committed to Silverlight by John Papa ---------------------------... Read the rest of this entry » ...
I deal in user experience. At the core, I’m a developer. If you want to label me, I would say that I specialize in front-end development, or the presentation layer. Generally speaking, when I talk about user experience development I get the following assumptions being made: I’m a designer, and ultimately live and die by the words of my master Adobe Photoshop, but dabble a bit in software development I only see user interfaces and usability. Meaning, when it comes to anything outside making UIs look ...
I didn’t go to the Microsoft’s PDC Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) this year because it was, as far as I could tell, a made-for-streaming video event. As such, I watched the keynote about 24 hours after it took place and used my Media Center PC to watch it on my plasma television. And I have to say, the keynote was worthy of the medium. Not only did the Silverlight Smooth Streaming technology deliver a fine HD image, but the content of the keynote itself, merited a big screen, and necessitated ...
I would like to invite you to a FREE BizSpark WP7 Developer Day. What: All day Windows Phone 7 Event focused on getting developers up to speed with the tools and technology needed to launch applications into the Marketplace. This event is brought to you by BizSpark and ONETUG. When: Saturday, November 6th Where: DeVry University (4000 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32839) Register for FREE: http://bizsparkwp7.eventbri... Food: Morning bagels and lunch will be served Schedule Morning Bizspark and ...
On November 12, PDC is coming to Reston as part of the Local PDC Events. My company is sponsoring the event which will be hosted at the Microsoft Technology Center is Reston, VA. Details of the 1-day event can be seen here. The direct link register for this PDC event is here. I will be presenting the talk on the updates for Visual Studio 2010. Vishwas Lele will be presenting the highlights from the PDC keynote. Hope to see you there ...
Every creation myth needs a devil. That’s a line from The Social Network, the movie about how Facebook came to be, shining the spotlight on its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In this creation myth though, there is no one devil and nobody plays the saviour role. Instead we see a whole lot of grey. This surprised me, as earlier reviews that I had read seemed to suggest this was heavy on the anti-Zuckerberg camp and not so flattering for Mark. But I didn’t find this to be the case. Instead we see, beyond the ...
I had the opportunity to return to the Patterns and Practices Summit this year for the second time. The first time was in 2008, and they managed to plus that experience this year. All of the technology was on track, and par, for what Microsoft has been pushing toward us - 2010 being a huge year for major releases as well as out of band stuff. The presenters did an awesome job presenting and here are/were my favorites for this year. Monday (Workshops) Azure (@ScottDensmore, Eugenio Pace (think Pa-ch`ay) ...
Earlier this week Mike Vogt and I presented an introduction to design patterns. While I think that all developers should understand design patterns I don’t believe you can be a good architect unless you a firm grasp of patterns at at the application, system and enterprise levels. We had some fun with the subject by alternating between .NET and Java examples. I think if we had hidden certain parts of the IDE we could have challenged the attendees to tell us which example was in C# and which was in ...
This is from a session at the Digital Hollywood Fall conference in Santa Monica, California. Here are my notes from the session. Speakers Simon Morris – CMO LOVEFiLM (Netflix for Europe) Matt Milne – Divx recently acquired by Sonic Solutions (Roxio Now) Jeff Schultz – SVP Business Development, Clicker Michael Alexander – Strategy & Growth Initiatives at IBM Global Telecommunications Industry Jim Funk – VP Development at Roku Stuart McKechnie – Director of Strategic Marketing at Zoran Amy Hoffman ...
It bugs me when some commecial site gloms onto a perfectly good technology name and shoves irrelevant information down my browser's throat. Clearly www.Ja\/ascript.com (misspelled intentionally so that the assholes that own the domain name won't get a free reference from my blog) are only interested in making money from click throughs. Anyway, I attended the jQuery Conference this past weekend and I'm complying with Alex's directive to promoteJS.com. So, here y'go ...
Communication, Games and Commerce in Mobile, Social Media, Broadband & Music Another session at the Digital Hollywood conference. Here are my notes from the session. Speakers: Stephanie Bohn – VP Marketing / Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Sean Nolan – VP Online Operations and External Online Marketing / Rodale – Men’s Health, Running World, etc. Jennifer Cooper – Founder and Principle / Rocket Spark Media Paul Lee – Head of Digital Ventures / Playboy Sun Jen Yung – Managing Dirctor Headwaters ...
Purchase at Amazon I wanted to talk for a minute about the author, Victor Gaudioso. I met Victor on Twitter earlier this year and ever since meeting him, I’ve seen how involved he is in the Silverlight/Blend community. He has always been willing to help or share knowledge of Blend with anyone – including me. I recently read a blog post about someone that went to one of his book signings and did not win anything. Victor found out that this person was disappointed and sent him a free year subscription ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking on MVVM at the Ft Lauderdale ArcSig on October 19th, 2010. We will be covering the concepts and architectural patterns behind MVVM then move to discuss the MVVM-friendly features of WPF/Silverlight including XAML, Dependency Properties, Attached Properties and Behaviors. We will also take a look at some of the available MVVM Frameworks that can help quickly create the necessary structure and setup for an MVVM project including Prism, Caliburn Micro and MVVM Light. ...
This is Part 1. Part 2: BizTalk: Timeline: Platform Support Now it is the timeline of the development tools only. It is a little bit "unofficial". For example, I included the ESB but not RFID. Versions 2000 and 2002 are not covered , there only placeholders. Mainly because since the 2004 version it is completely new product from many points of view, including the developer's point of view. It is interesting, the main tools: the Schema Editor, Mapper, Orchestration Editor, Pipeline Editor were not ...
At the beginning of September, we launched All-In-One Code Framework Customer Polling Survey. 62 customers filled out the survey in September, and provided lots of constructive suggestions. Thanks to all of you who shared your invaluable feedback! The project can become better and better because of you. Please continue to input your comments. Here is a summary of feedback that we collected in September, and the project team's follow-up action. ------------------------ The top five areas that the ...
I wanted to take some time off from my usual (or less than usual) technology blog to post a review of my road bike, the Trek 7.7 FX. I wanted to wait and get some miles on the road before posting any type of review to ensure I’m not in some sort of honeymoon period with the bike. My goal was to post the review after 100 miles, but I am happy to say that tonight, I crossed 200 miles! Before getting into the specifics of the bike itself, let me tell you how I got here. I knew I needed to do something ...
Where do you find 800+ technology geeks talking in binary? Yes you are right Houston Techfest 2010. I was fortunate enough to attend the Houston Techfest 2010 hosted at University of Houston on October 9 2010. Fortunate, because I got permission from my wife, she is pregnant and due in a week. I presented two sessions on the following topics: 1) NOSQL Using MongoDb 2) Introduction to iPhone Game Programming One of the good question asked in MongoDb session was how to access the nested collection ...
MSMQ is a very robust product and people expect it to be able to look after data no matter what. To test that it does, customers can perform scary tests like hitting the power switch while the server is running. Obviously a power cut is a real-world event and customers should not expect to lose messages (which usually also means losing money) when one occurs. Surprisingly messages DO disappear and customers rise up to condemn MSMQ's transactional robustness. But you need to dig deeper to find out ...
As we speak (figuratively) a group of 50 aspiring entrepreneurs are gathered in an abandoned warehouse deep in the heart of the upmarket Sydney suburb Redfern for Sydney Startup Camp IV. Their hosts, Bart Jellema and Patrick Driessen, have been guiding the participants through the process of starting a new technology business, accelerated so that the process fits into a weekend. There has been brainstorming, product development, marketing plans and pitches to the press and investors. The atmosphere ...
Our West Palm Beach .Net User Group will be honored to have Scott Klein, Microsoft MVP and Author of Pro. SQL Azure (APRESS) as our October speaker. Scott will be talking and answering all our questions about Azure. Time has never been better for our Fladotnet West Palm Beach .Net User Group. We are fortunate to have a free meeting location offered to us by CompTec and to enjoy the backing and sponsorship of many top notch companies. This support is enabling us to uphold our founders’ vision: Create ...
In today’s world, agility and flexibility are two vital assets that every company must have in order to stay on course. Organizations that can adjust to market trends and rise to meet new challenges are the ones that will come out on top. Having the technology to communicate on an ad-hoc basis and meet in real-time collaboration with co-workers and decision-makers allows for many businesses to do just that. However, many companies are still stuck on old communications technologies that cause for ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will have the privilege of speaking with Joe Homnick at the Gold Coast .Net User Group October 2010 meeting about The Open Data Protocol (OData). For this talk, I plan to demonstrate how the Open Data Protocol can be leveraged in an ASP.Net MVC solution to consume data feeds using JQuery. Speaking at the Gold Coast .Net User Group brings back good memories. It was at the Gold Coast group that I first met Alex Funkhouser, Sherlock Technology’s President a little over a year ago. At ...
For companies that are Microsoft partners, there has been change in the wind for some time. Ever since last year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in New Orleans, Microsoft has made it clear it thinks that it has has too many partners that those partners are too small. Since WPC ‘09, the Enterprise and Partner Group (EPG) has focused strongly on Global Systems Integrators (SIs) like HP and CapGemini, and much less on smaller or regional SIs. From WPC ‘09 onwards, Microsoft said smaller ...
This past June I put together a technology conference in Regina, SK, Canada called the Prairie Developer Conference. It was a huge success and I had a great time doing it. One of the lessons I learned from that experience was that you can never start planning too early for a conference event, which leads me to this announcement: The Prairie Developer Conference will be happening June 13 and 14 2011 in Regina! The planning is in the early stages right now, but if you’re interested in learning more ...
Back in April I began to work with Oracle again after a multiple year absence from doing so. So naturally I decided I would install Oracle on my home system so I could reacquaint myself with it. That proved to be more difficult than I expected. I was able to get Oracle 10g Express downloaded and installed but could not connect to it. So, to save someone else some of the grief I went through let me go through the final sequence of steps that resulted in a solid working Oracle development environment. ...
For reasons that I will not discuss here the Chicago Architects Group has changed its name to the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group. It is the same great group of people discussing topics that are of interest to IT architects of all flavors. Whether your responsibilities are at an enterprise, solution or application level there is something here for you. For October the topic will be design patterns presented by Mike Vogt and myself. Mike has a Java background so we will be alternating ...
Up until a short while ago it wasn't even comprehensible that one can take a VB6 code and convert it into a Web based technology without having to actually rewrite the entire application code. The need to convert the VB6 systems to the Web has been here for a while in order to modernize and enjoy the benefits of the Web such as accessibility, centralization and easier deployment and maintenance - not to mention user trends. However, that need has become stronger and stronger since Microsoft announcement ...
In my previous post on this particular topic, I had mentioned a problem I was having when attempting to post with a new application. I did discover that not all applications are created equal. When I created a second application specifically for this post, it would not work at all. I have not yet contacted Facebook support to determine the root cause. If you run into the issue where it appears that the application is being granted the proper permissions, but still cannot post, create another application ...
So it's official. Don Box has blogged an update on SQL Server Modelling. As widely rumoured, he has confirmed that Quadrant is dead. The shock is that the model repository has expired as well. M is still hanging on in there, but we don't know anything more about what the future holds. For some time, the official word has been that it would arrive in conjunction with a future SQL Server release. I detect a possible change here, in that Don simply says 'We are continuing our investment in this technology ...
I said to keep track of my blog for upcomming Windows Phone 7 events. SPECIAL NOTE: There are still spaces available for an event at Quickstart's Offices this Sunday!! Please contact: Casey Horton <casey at tryda dot com> for information and to reserve your spot.... We also have an event coming up in San Diego (more information soon) Here is the current list: 09/25/10 Denver CO https://msevents.microsoft.... Microsoft Denver Office 7595 ...
Since sometime I have been toying with the idea of publishing developer interviews on my blog. There are a large number of non-Microsoft developers(ie, developers who are not MS employees) who have been doing good work. A lot of them are largely unknown to the worldwide developer community. Some are awarded MVPs, yet are not much known outside their league/ chosen technology. And there are many who haven’t received the MVP award, even though they strongly qualify for it through their relentless support ...
It’s that time of the year when the local Winnipeg technology communities start ramping up! There are two group events this month to be aware of: .NET UG – September 21 Amir Barylko presents Iron Ruby and .NET: A Match Made in Heaven! Ruby is an awesome language that is quite popular nowadays. The beautiful expressive syntax of Ruby and the tools and frameworks that have been built around it (Rake, Rails, Sinatra, rSpec, Cucumber, etc) makes it an excellent candidate to match a wide variety of our ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures… Objectives of Chapter 17 Explain the foundations for the adaptive development methodologies List and describe the features of the Unified Process system development methodology List and describe the features of Agile Modelling Compare and contrast the features of Extreme Programming and Scrum development Explain the importance of Model-Driven Architecture on enterprise-level development ...