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Carriers Holding Your OS Updates Hostage
Just a small rant here. Today the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 update finally became available for Nokia handset users. Now I’m not sure that it is AT&T fault entirely that Samsung and HTC users got their updates two months ago and we are just finally seeing it. It may have something to do with the Nokia Amber update. But every Windows Phone update on AT&T from 7.1 on seems to have been delayed. How is it that the premiere Windows Phone carrier is always the last one to release updates? Smart phone ......
Posted On Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:39 PM | Comments (0)
Microsoft Is Not Open Source And Therefore Irrelevant?
I saw a YouTube video that when you boiled it down said that since Microsoft isn’t predominantly an open source company that they are irrelevant. The speaker strikes me as someone who doesn’t live in the real world. I rarely see a client that is exclusively Microsoft technology especially after a number of mergers. I have worked often on projects that used Web Sphere long side IIS, DB2 and Oracle along with SQL Server, and open source tools along with purchased frameworks. Of course we can always ......
Posted On Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:29 PM | Comments (0)
Is Android Good For Consumers?
This Christmas our household got its first Android devices. They were a couple of off-brand tablets and I have come to hate them. We bought them because they were cheaper. In this post I will be looking at this from an average consumer perspective. What was the experience and how does it affect my view of the platform. The main issue is the ability to download apps. This particular tablet did not come with the Google Play Store app. Instead it came with a link to download the Amazon Store app. I ......
Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:10 AM | Comments (4)
2012–The End Of The World Review
The end of the world must be coming. Not because the Mayan calendar says so, but because Microsoft is innovating more than Apple. It has been a crazy year, with pundits declaring not that the end of the world is coming, but that the end of Microsoft is coming. Let’s take a look at what 2012 has brought us. The beginning of year is a blur. I managed to get to TechEd in June which was the first time that I got to take a deep dive into Windows 8 and many other things that had been announced in 2011. ......
Posted On Monday, December 3, 2012 9:44 AM | Comments (0)
Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 Announcement
Today Nokia and Microsoft had an event to officially introduce the Lumia 920. Below is a rundown of some of the things I found interesting. As a person who likes photography there was a lot to drool over. The main feature that caught my attention was PureView with its optical stabilization. This alone should improve the majority of you pictures. Add to that the SmartShoot Object remover that uses multiple images to remove unwanted people or objects that move through your picture and you never have ......
Posted On Wednesday, September 5, 2012 4:22 PM | Comments (2)
Windows Phone 8 Announcement
As if the Surface announcement on Monday wasn’t exciting enough, today Microsoft announce that Windows Phone 8 will be coming this fall. That itself is great news, but the features coming were like confetti flying in all different directions. Given this speed I couldn’t capture every feature they covered. A summary of what I did capture is listed below starting with their eight main features. Common Core The first thing that they covered is that Windows Phone 8 will share a core OS with Windows 8. ......
Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:50 PM | Comments (1)
Ways To Pass Time On Window Phone – TouchDevelop
A co-worker was showing me an in phone scripting environment on the iPhone and I knew I had seen one mentioned for the Windows Phone before. TouchDevelop is an app from Microsoft Research that allows you to create small applications that do a wide variety of operations including using most of the capabilities of the device. So could this be a fun way for us geeks to waste some time while waiting for our oil to be change or a table to open up at your favorite restaurant? So what does this language ......
Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2011 8:29 AM | Comments (0)
2011 Year In Review
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 ......
Posted On Friday, December 2, 2011 4:06 PM | Comments (0)
SkyDrive and Consumer Cloud Services
Paul Thurrrott recently posted an article on the future of SkyDrive and I was asked what I thought about its future by @UserCommunity. So let’s take a look. The breakdown from Microsoft that Paul described I believe is an accurate representation of users and usages. While I can’t say that I leverage SkyDrive to the extent that it was meant to be I do enjoy having OneNote hosted their and being able to consult and edit it from the desktop, web and Windows Phone. Taking that one step further is the ......
Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11:19 AM | Comments (0)
Leveraging Microsoft Patterns and Practices
I want to bring the Patterns and Practices group to the attention of those who have not already been exposed. I have been a fan of the P&P team since they came out with the original Application Blocks which eventually turned into the Enterprise Library. Their main purpose is to assemble guidance and tools that make it easier for all of us to build amazing solutions. I would simply suggest you spend some time exploring the information and code libraries that they have produced. Free resources ......
Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 4:35 PM | Comments (0)
COM Interop Memory Leaks With Outlook 2007 VSTO Add-ins
Memory leaks can cause strange and unexpected behaviors in your applications. Of course in this day of managed code we don’t see it as often as we used to and many of us are getting rusty in our skill to eliminate these problems. Recently I ended up with a misbehaving Outlook 2007 add-in which resulted in time spent with Microsoft support. The first thing that came out of that was a way to detect if an Outlook 2007 is experiencing memory leaks. Below is a command line command that seems to report ......
Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 9:38 AM | Comments (0)
(Technology) Holy Wars
As the song says “War! What is it good for?”. Well, maybe not absolutely nothing, but it is definitely a distraction. Whether we are talking about Apple vs. Microsoft, C++ vs. Java vs. .NET, Lotus Notes vs. Microsoft Exchange, Nikon vs. Canon, Cubs vs. White Sox or Bears vs. Packers our world is filled with fan boys ready to go to battle. Just cheering for your favorite isn’t a problem. It is when you have a driving need to put the other guy down and prove that you are behind the winner. Let’s take ......
Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:42 AM | Comments (1)
Why Windows Phone Rocks
First let me say that this is a “what I like” post and not a comparison of platforms. The Windows Phone is the first smart phone that I have owned (no, I’m not 100 or 15 years old). Now that I have done the full disclosure I did want to talk about the features of the Windows Phone that I really enjoy. I have had the Samsung Focus since shortly after it came out. I have found it extremely capable and enjoy the performance of the device. It is light, durable and bright. My wife has the LG Quantum that ......
Posted On Monday, October 10, 2011 9:57 AM | Comments (1)
Microsoft Is Dead, Long Live SalesForce?
A number of people returned from the recent Dreamforce conference. One told me that this is now the largest IT conference. This information was followed up with the statement that Microsoft is missing the boat and will soon go the way of Novell. This got me to thinking. Does this statement hold any water? Any large company definitely has the possibility getting tunnel vision. Microsoft is not immune to these issues. But is it possible that their culture might could as an anti-virus. There is one ......
Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:32 AM | Comments (1)
The Power Of Windows Phone 7 Tasks
One of the things that is important to learn when you are developing any application is how it will interact with the environment it lives in. I’m not talking about simply interacting with files or database but with major resources. With WP7 there are a number of things such as the photos, browser, maps and the phone itself that your application may be concerned with. The WP7 development API includes a number of access points to give your application greater reach. These APIs can be found here. They ......
Posted On Friday, August 19, 2011 9:04 AM | Comments (0)
Windows Phone 7 TextBox InputScope
I originally started looking for how to make a TextBox have autocomplete capability. Strangely all the articles said that it couldn’t be done. The last thing you want is for your applications to make your users struggle entering information when every other application gives them a quicker entry method. So what is the solution? The TextBox tag has an InputScope property which if you set it to Text it builds a dictionary list as the user types. For the other InputScope types it mainly changes the ......
Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:16 PM | Comments (2)
Handling Windows Phone 7 Back Button
When you have an application that navigates to more than one level of pages you find situations where you don’t want to go back to the previous page. Originally I was thinking that the answer was to capture the OnBackButton event and force the navigation back to the main page, but through several posts I found that this would not pass certification. Here is a link that really helped to figure out a more appropriate solution. To be a little more complete here is example code that you can use use for ......
Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 12:22 AM | Comments (0)
Custom SharePoint Timer and ULS
Over the last few months we have been developing custom SharePoint timer jobs. Since the jobs run under a Windows Service it makes it difficult to debug them. The saving grace we found is called ULS. It gives you a logging location that is consistent with the native timer jobs and an API which resembles most other logging frameworks. In order write events you first need to include the Microsoft.SharePoint.Admini... assembly. Then it is simply a matter of getting an instance of a SPDiagnosticsService ......
Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:07 PM | Comments (0)
Update Since Microsoft/PSC Office Open XML Case Study
In 2009 Microsoft released a case study about a project that we had done using the OOXML SDK 1.0 for Research Directors Inc. Since that time Microsoft has released version 2.0 of the SDK and PSC has done significant development with it. Below are some of the mile stones we have reached since the original case study. At the time of the original case study two report types had been automated to output as PowerPoint presentations. Now that the all the main products have been delivered we have added ......
Posted On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Comments (0)
Dealing With Table Borders In OOXML
Note: Cross posted from Coding The Document. Permalink Formatting tables in a document programmatically can be a very complex task. This is the major reason which we start our document generation projects with templates instead of building components in a document by hand. Borders are on aspect of a table that you may want to fomat. Borders are used to make certain content in a table stand out. If you need to conditionally set and remove borders there is something that you need to be aware of. Even ......
Posted On Monday, April 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Comments (0)
Open XML SDK 2 Released
Note: Cross posted from Coding The Document. Permalink This post is a little late since the SDK was released about a week ago. At PSC we have been using the Open XML SDK 2 since its earliest beta. It is a very powerful tool for generating documents without using the Office DLLs. It is also the main technology that I have been working with for the last six months. I would suggest giving it a try. Stay tuned here. In the near future I will be presenting at different locations on this and other document ......
Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Comments (0)
Architects – Can’t We All Be Friends
Lately I have had some run-ins with structural architects who have warned me that calling myself or our user group Architects is against the law in Illinois. I still need to sort out if this is actually the case or not, but it makes me ask a number of questions. Clearly the law was not intended to protect the word Architect. It was meant to protect the profession and protect the public from people who were practicing architecture without proper training. We wouldn’t want buildings and bridges falling ......
Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2010 2:50 AM | Comments (1)
February 2010 Chicago Architects Group – Wrap Up
Cloud services such as Azure from Microsoft and Amazon’s Cloud Services have replaced Web 2.0 as the latest buzz word. It was enlightening to see how companies, including my own, are using these services. Chris did a wonderful job of explaining the evolution of the Amazon services and some of the alternatives that existing. It was also great to get a speaker in front of the group who isn’t from the Microsoft camp. Thanks to those who came out after meeting us at the MSDN Cloud Computing and Azure ......
Posted On Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:48 AM | Comments (0)
What Makes CustomXml More appealing Than Content Controls
Note: Cross posted from Coding The Document. Permalink Word 2007 has two built-in methods for tagging content. If you go to the developers tab you will find the ribbon has a section for Controls and a section for XML. The Controls are also referred to as Content Controls. The XML section allows you to define schemas that can be applied to your document and is sometimes called Custom XML. Both of these constructs can be used when you are coding an application which needs to identify a part of a document ......
Posted On Wednesday, February 3, 2010 10:53 AM | Comments (0)
Happy Holidays From A Microsoft Lawsuit
It seems that Microsoft has lost a lawsuit over their custom xml implementation for Office Open XML. This was about the worst news I could get just before the holidays since I have been working on creating solutions around just that feature. To me it is the most flexible part of the OOXML standard and crosses all types of Office documents. I can only hope that they settle this dispute so we can get back to moving forward document generation processes. del.icio.us Tags: OOXML,Office Open XML,Microsoft ......
Posted On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 9:36 AM | Comments (0)
New Architecture Guide From P&P
I try not to be too much of a reposter, but I got a little nostalgic on this one. I remember when the first version of this tome came out and I got a free copy when I visited Redmond for the Guided Design conference. You may not agree with everything you find in here, but it is definitely worth the read to see what Microsoft thinks architecture is. Technorati Tags: Patterns and Practices,architecture,appl... architecture guidance,microsoft ......
Posted On Friday, November 6, 2009 4:36 AM | Comments (0)
Speaking at the nPlus1.org ArcSummit December 7th
I am branching out. nPlus1.org is having an ArcSummit event and needed someone to speak on Dependency Injection. Sign me up. If you are interested in this or the other topics to be presented please join us. There is more information about the event and a registration link below. https://www.clicktoattend.c... About nPlus1.org nPlus1.org is a site dedicated to helping Architects, aspiring Architects and Lead Developers learn, connect and contribute. On this site you’ll have ......
Posted On Monday, November 2, 2009 12:40 AM | Comments (0)
Working With Office Open XML
If you haven’t heard of Office Open XML don’t be surprised. I hadn’t until a couple of months ago. In short it is a standardization of the Office document models which allows for more flexible development methods. You no longer need to have an instance of your target Office application running on a server in order to generate Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents. This is also the reason that all of the Office file extensions have a “x” suffix these days. Office Open XML files are actually zip files. ......
Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 2:46 PM | Comments (0)
Job Change

There is a lot of this going around lately, either by choice or by force.  For better or for worse (hopefully better) I have moved from Daugherty to PSC.  I am still consulting, but with a company that is more focused on the Microsoft technology stack.  Stay tuned for new adventures.

Posted On Friday, October 16, 2009 12:27 AM | Comments (0)
Creating Snippets For Visual Studio
There is nothing earth shattering here. I was just putting together a set of snippets to make life a little easier while developing SharePoint and Office Open XML projects. My search for information crossed a lot of different sites. MSDN has a number of articles about all the features of creating and managing snippets. Below is a compilation of the basics around creating these little helpers. Hopefully it is a little more detailed in the whys then MSDN content. Creating A Snippet File Snippet files ......
Posted On Thursday, October 15, 2009 3:08 PM | Comments (0)
Writing Web Parts for SharePoint 2007
SharePoint has been around for quite some time. I first worked with it in its original version in 2001. And so began a love hate relationship that has lasted these many years. Recently I have been spending a significant amount of time writing custom web parts. Below are a number of notes I have accumulated while rediscovering what SharePoint can do. I don’t claim that these are best practices, only that they have worked for me. Environment General Creating web parts for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 requires ......
Posted On Sunday, October 4, 2009 3:19 PM | Comments (7)
May Chicago Architects Group Meeting
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on May 28th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Sean Blanton Topic: Trends in Continuous Integration and Software Delivery Location: Microsoft - Downers Grove 3025 Highland Pkwy Suite 300 Downers Grove, IL 60515-5506 Time: 6:00 - Doors open at 5:30 ......
Posted On Friday, May 15, 2009 8:39 AM | Comments (0)
February Chicago Architects Group Meeting
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on February 26th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Paddy Srinivasan Topic: Cloud Computing Location: Microsoft - Downers Grove 3025 Highland Pkwy Suite 300 Downers Grove, IL 60515-5506 Time: 6:00 - Doors open at 5:30 ......
Posted On Wednesday, February 4, 2009 8:23 AM | Comments (0)
Chicago Architect Group January Meeting Summary
Angela Binkowski covered Visual Studio 2010 focusing on the architecture tools at the most recent CAG meeting. This was a great evening with a lot of lively discussion. This would have been a great event for people who don’t think that Microsoft listens. As Angela was doing here presentation she was taking notes to bring back to the product team. Some of the highlights that I found interesting included: The Layer Diagram is a component or context diagram of sorts. The nice thing about this document, ......
Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:37 PM | Comments (0)
How Are Podcasts Made
Larry Clarkin of The Thirsty Developer podcast is one of the leaders of the Chicago Architects Group and makes the Microsoft office available for some of our meetings. As we were setting up for last week’s meeting Larry was recording an episode of The Thirsty Developer. There were a few things about the situation that surprised me. The first thing was that I always imagined a large box for recording and head sets and everything hooked up to a computer. The whole setup was barely noticable except ......
Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:45 PM | Comments (0)
November Chicago Architects Group Meeting
Please join us for the upcoming Chicago Architects Group meeting. The discussions during the meetings are usually lively and great for exchanging ideas. Please register at the link at the end of the information below. Hope to see you there. Chicago Architects Group - Thurs, November 20th Microsoft Corporation 3025 Highland Pkwy. Suite 300 Downers Grove, Il 60515 Presentation : Presentation at 6:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm The Business Process Workflow Model, a case study by Howard Edidin Register ......
Posted On Sunday, November 9, 2008 9:32 PM | Comments (0)
July Chicago Architecture Group Meeting
The July Chicago Architecture Group meeting will be held at the Downers Grove Microsoft office. Mike Smialek of Daugherty Business Solutions will be speaking on the Evolutioin of Architecture. Please join us and meet your peers in the Chicago architecture community. You need to pre-register because of building security and it also helps us to know how much food to order. Please visit the link below. http://chicagoarchitectsgro... ......
Posted On Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:22 AM | Comments (0)
Chicago Architecture Group - First Meeting Review

Tonight was the first meeting of the Chicago Architecture Group.  David Dickinson made a wonderful presentation on real life SOA.  This was accompanied by a lively discussion with the 19 people in attendance.

Thanks to Carl Franklin, Stephan Rylander and Larry Clarkin for making this such a success.

We have a meeting planned for July 10th at the Microsoft Downers Grove office.  Stay tuned for more information.

Posted On Thursday, June 5, 2008 9:59 PM | Comments (0)
VS2008 Express Edition - You Get What You Pay For
I no longer work for a company that readily supplies me with MSDN software so I have to get Visual Studio for myself this time around. To that end I figured I would investigate the Express Edition. The first thing I noticed is the separation of project types. You can only do Windows or Web applications. You can't do both. I was wondering if the "search online templates" in the Create Project dialog might give some more options, but this lead to nowhere. The next step I am looking at is if you can ......
Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 10:55 PM | Comments (7)
Polymorphic Podcast Firing On All Cylinders Again
I have mentioned before that one of my favorite podcasts is the Polymorphic Podcast hosted by Craig Shoemaker. Things were a little slow there for a while. I am guessing because Craig has done this because he wants to, not because he gets paid to and life just gets in the way some times. This week he is fired back up to full steam. He has a great interview with Scott Hanselman. The only unfortunate part of the show is that it is making me feel old. I am five years older than Scott and haven't done ......
Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:45 AM | Comments (0)
Enterprise Library Book Releasing Monday
IT IS FINALLY HERE! Keenan just posted that the The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library will be shipping November 26th. It has been a long time coming. While I played my small part in the initial writing, Keenan spent a lot of time trying to keep up with the face pace of Enterprise Library releases and still keep his day job. I encourage that you go out and pick up a copy. I know for my part I tried to make sure that it contained as much information as possible to extend the EL as ......
Posted On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 7:15 AM | Comments (0)
Now That Is Dedication To Your Product
Yesterday I posted about adding whatIf functionality to a PowerShell script. Less than 24 hours later I had a comment from Jeffrey Snover of the PowerShell team. This isn't the first time that I have noticed hits to my blog from Microsoft addresses after posting on one subject or another. I find the fact that the product teams are keeping an eye on the community reassuring. Keep up the good work guys ......
Posted On Wednesday, August 1, 2007 9:36 PM | Comments (0)
Be A Better Developer
I have seen posts like this floating around and then the other day I listened to Hanselminutes where Scott and Carl discussed the subject. I figured my enthusiasm has been lacking lately and maybe this would be a good way to bump it up a notch. I need to find a new way to get Microsoft products to learn on. One of the clients I used to work for had been paying for my MSDN subscription. With that gone and my current company being a miser with the developer tools I need to come up with a new plan. ......
Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:20 PM | Comments (1)
Review: Beginning Ajax with ASP.NET
First let me say thanks to Craig Shoemaker for sending me a copy of this book. Yes, I know it has been a while since it came out, but I just finally got around to going through it. In that time Craig has been working on another book and Microsoft has renamed Atlas to ASP.NET Ajax. Craig, Wally, Paul and Scott packed this text with gems, not only on Ajax, but also the technologies that it grew up from. The book covers how we got to this point. They start all the way back with JavaScript and the DOM ......
Posted On Thursday, March 29, 2007 2:27 AM | Comments (2)
TFS Process Guidance - There Should Be A Book
In there near future I plan on putting out a few posts based on my experience customizing process templates and process guidance for Team Foundation Server. What I am finding is that the documentation and available books fall short in this area. They tell you how to setup the product, but customizing it is an infinite black abyss. As I am currently digging into the process guidance itself it is turning out to be a maze of XML and XSL files which are require some serious explanation. Calling their ......
Posted On Tuesday, January 2, 2007 3:29 AM | Comments (1)
Mobile Client Software Factory Podcast
Sometimes I envy Ron Jacobs. On a recent ARCast he talked with Daniel Cazzulino about the Mobile Client Software Factory. From the discussion it sounds like this guidance package greatly simplifies mobile development and I could see this being incorporated into future versions of the Compact Framework. One cool thing they discuss is that they had to rework the Object Builder components to remove the realtime reflection from the Dependency Injection pattern that it uses. The biggest surprise was that ......
Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 11:02 AM | Comments (1)
Perspective-Based Architecture Article
This is a little out of date since it has taken me a while to get around to reading the latest Microsoft Architecture Journal. There is an article within this issue that covers Perspective-Base Architecture. I had mentioned this method in a previous blog when it was discussed on ARCast. This article includes diagrams, explanations of the process and examples. I feel that this process has a lot of potential. Any time that you look at a problem from a different angle improves the chances of finding ......
Posted On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 4:14 AM | Comments (0)
Visual Studio Team Systems Resources
I have been doing some work with VSTS and ran across a few resource that I thought some people might find of interest. Microsoft Visual Studio site - http://www.microsoft.com/vi... Team Systems Rocks (a little outdated, beta timeframe videos) - http://teamsystemrocks.com/... Team Systems Virtual Lab (only give an 90 min. environment, no instructions) - http://msdn.microsoft.com/v... Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team Systems - ISBN 0764584367 MSDN Visual ......
Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 3:19 AM | Comments (2)
Architect Community and Resources
Being an architect or becoming an architect is not an easy thing to do. In most companies if there is even a single architect you are lucky. This means that you are on your own to figure out what an architect should really be. No wonder no one can agree on what an architect is. One thing I would like to see is an apprenticeship and mentoring program within the architect community. Experience is key to becoming an architect, but there are component skills that can be grown and nurtured. We need to ......
Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 3:06 AM | Comments (3)
.NET Memory Analysis
One of the most frustrating challenges we have to deal with when we create an application is a memory related problem. These may actually manifest themselves as out of memory exceptions or possibly slow downs as the system waits for resources. Diagnosing the cause of these problems requires cunning and perseverance. So how do you go about finding the offending piece of code when your application contains several layers and thousands of lines of code. The answer is to dig into your bag of wizard’s ......
Posted On Saturday, October 7, 2006 1:43 AM | Comments (5)
ASP.NET Web Application Project Released
For those who are missing the ability to treat your ASP.NET applications in VS2005 as projects rather than individual files this release from Microsoft is for you.  If you want all the details and then some check out Scott Guthrie's post.
Posted On Tuesday, May 9, 2006 10:37 AM | Comments (1)
[Updated] Enterprise Library 2.0 Hands on Labs Available
This one is of interest to me especially since I am getting closer to finishing my second chapter for the Enterprise Library book. I can't vouch for the Hands on Labs yet, since I just finished installing it, but they should be cool. Check it out. Enterprise Library 2.0 Hands on Labs Update: I took a quick look around and found that this is a great place to start for those who don't know the Enterprise Library. It isn't going to impress any advanced users, but it is still very cool ......
Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 12:46 AM | Comments (0)
Why Performance and Scalable is Required Reading
We are in the middle of addressing some production issues at my current client. One of them involves an ASP.NET application which is slow to respond at times and other times does not seem to respond at all. The fun part is that there is nothing from the application side which is giving us a clue as to what is going on. This has been going on for a while and people are starting to get frustrated, so it was decided to call the experts from Microsoft. So we start having conference calls and the MS representatives ......
Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 11:12 AM | Comments (3)
Rocky Presents CSLA.NET 2.0 at CNUG
Rocky Lhotka visited the Downers Grove Microsoft office this evening to present to a packed (around 170 people) CNUG meeting. He presented as comprehensive a coverage of CSLA.NET 2.0 as could be done in two hours. In that time he covered much of the same material as he did on dnrTV, except that in this format you have the opportunity to pick his brain. One topic that the group seemed to have an interest in is data driven authorization as he was asked it by a couple of people. Rocky explained it is ......
Posted On Thursday, April 20, 2006 1:17 AM | Comments (0)
Fun with Oracle CLOBs
We have been having prolonged adventures with this wonderful data type on my current project. We are storing XML data in a CLOB field. In the beginning we used the Oracle ODP.NET provider. When we got into performance testing we found that saving this data killed our performance. A couple of the developers did some testing and found that the Microsoft Oracle provider worked at least an order of magnitude better. I was a little skeptical about moving to the Microsoft provider because I remembered ......
Posted On Thursday, April 13, 2006 5:26 PM | Comments (1)

Tim Murphy

Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".



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