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I've been taking quite a prolonged break from blogging, partly because my attention has been elsewhere. Writing several chapters for BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed (due to be published towards the end of the year) has taken up a lot of time. I'm also involved in helping or organise Rules Fest 2010. And then there is the day job,...and four kids,...and two cats,...and management of a local youth club,...and organising my wife's 50th, etc., etc. Anyway, this is an unashamed plug for the conference. ...
A few weeks ago my local TFS server stopped responding to Visual Studio because of this error: “TFS Service not available: HTTP Error 503”. So this morning while I was waiting for the kids to finish getting ready for school I uninstalled (yes, I lost my existing repository) and started with scorched earth. I received a new error during this installation: TF254043. Here’s a link to a post that fixes a few problems if you are upgrading, using SQL R2, or just can’t get Basic to run the verifications ...
I was sitting watching my son play Transformers:War for Cybertron today (it’s 4x XP points today you know, so he’s got to play 24x7 this weekend…) and I saw an email come in from GoDaddy. I immediately clicked just in case it was one of those titillating GoDaddy girl commercials but instead it was an automatic renewal notice for one of my websites. That’s right XNADevelopment.com was renewed today for another year! It’s really hard to believe that I’ve been writing tutorials and been part of the ...
This past Wednesday, Beta 1 of Visual Studio LightSwitch (VSLS) was be made available to MSDN Subscribers. On Monday, it will be made available to the general public, at http://www.msdn.com/lightsw... Even in advance of Monday, that site is already making useful content available. Specifically, a Channel 9 video called “Visual Studio LightSwitch - Beyond The Basics” is well worth the viewing time. In it, Beth Massi (Program Manager on the Visual Studio Community Team) interviews Joe Binder (a Program ...
Some time ago I wrote about FEZ Mini and FEZ Domino – first affordable development boards for .NET Micro Framework. Today I’m excited to tell you about another device called Netduino. Similar to FEZ Domino this board is pin compatible with Arduino, and therefore most of Arduino shields should work fine on Netduino. This makes transitioning your project quite easy. Only care should be taken to ensure that shield can run at 3.3V logic levels (because Arduino runs at 5V). Of course Netduino is much ...
[ A shameless repost of Joe Healy’s blog post ] Windows Phone Garage and FireStarter - East Coast Tour Fall 2010 Dream It. Build It. The power to build smart, visually stunning games and applications is right in your hands with Windows Phone 7. Want to see what's under the hood? You are invited to join your local Microsoft Developer Evangelists for an inside look at the Windows Phone 7 platform. You'll learn how to harness the strength of Silverlight and XNA to create compelling user experiences ...
[This email uses the word fab too many times] I am just back from a fab “two centre holiday”. First up was Cumbria, mainly the fells rather than the lakes. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-) Next up was the North York Moors. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-) Definitely recommend the format – although maybe with less rain :-) Which brings me to my change of job which started this week (Aug 2010). The last two years were fab Back in July 2008 I switched from being an ISV Architect ...
In a recent podcast Scott Hanselman accurately, and delicately, exposed some of the weaknesses of NHibernate. Scott focused on the difficulty of getting started with NHibernate, referring to the number of assemblies required, and on the oversupply of choice that plagues the NHibernate user, such as with mapping and query options. The best products require a strong leader, with a singular vision and clear purpose. In contrast, NHibernate appears to have been assembled by a committee divided by space, ...
Update 2: Excellent news! The $99 per app was wrong. See: http://windowsteamblog.com/... Thank you, Fred! Update 1: It's possible that somebody who didn't read closely looked at the old WM 6.X app cert docs, saw the $99 per app fee there, and thought it applied to WP7. I know people who "know people" and are investigating it. I'm very hopeful it's a mistake - see the end of my next post for how someone might ...
This month I had the opportunity to help Corey Haines host a code retreat here in Orlando. We had a great turn out and everyone seemed to have a great time. I was thinking it might help someone else out if I documented what I did to set this one up here in Orlando. Once you decide to host, or help host one here’s what you might want to consider about a month or so before Corey even show’s up. Get Permission and Help I decided to host mine where I worked and went straight to my VP to ensure I could ...
Visual WebGui revealed yesterday its new resource center called KB (Knowledge Base). The new Knowledge Base presents a big step forward in terms of the online support Visual WebGui provides for their developers community. The new developers oriented system dramatically improves the accessibility and availability of all the VWG resources required for supporting VWG development. The new KB incorporates all of the Visual WebGui resources in one place with an advanced interface to ease on finding the ...
I am proud to announce that, with one week to go, the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 is almost upon us. I have been pretty swamped with Day of .NET organization tasks this year (as well as growing a small business and building out my own development team) and haven’t spent too much time blogging. That said, I wanted to get this post out to share some great news about the conference. For those of you who don’t know much about the conference, it is called the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 conference and will ...
*Moved to: Commit to Visual Studio ALM on Area51 A few weeks ago I proposed a new community for StackExchange and it has been growing at an exponential rate. We are about half way there, but we need your help to make this community a success.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...

 

Today I make my 100th post to GeeksWithBlogs and it is Friday the 13’th… how interesting…

While my blog is a mix of F#, university summaries, and other ramblings – I must say I have really enjoyed being involved in the GWB community and keeping up to date with other bloggers.

Thanks for all those who have given me feedback on various blog posts and helped me learn… I look forward to your feedback in the future!

I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time now. Finally, I have a moment to spare and express my thoughts. I have been programming in .NET for several years and I have never felt the shortage of excitement until now. Unfortunately, when I think about the future of .NET I see nothing on the horizon. ASP.NET MVC has been pulling me back into the .NET community but this will end some time soon. Every time I start building the application I am faced with same stuff over and over again. ...
Time for the Monday Postback (08.09.2010), this is where I'll do a brief rundown of last weeks progress here at dotGeek. Kind of easy to report back with not a whole lot really in the beginning, having just started things off... but here goes nothing. So I've settled on the template "Dirtylicious" and kicked things off this past Friday with my first post. Took me just a bit to find the templates, they seemed to be wedged between things and not really obvious. I suppose I was just use to some of the ...
I’ve been quiet lately for many reasons, such as SharePoint Saturday New York and heavy amounts of travel due to funerals and family events and life. So I think a lot of you have been wondering what is this Women in SharePoint thing? How does it fit into the community? Well, there are five of us, Kathryn Birstein, Cathy Dew, Lori Gowin, Karuana Gitamu, and myself. A year ago from this past June I wrote a blog post how I felt being a woman in SharePoint. It feels great to live in this era, because ...
In this Issue: Viktor Larsson, Roger Peters, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Kyle McClellan, Jag Reehal, Dinesh Sodani, David Rousset, Jeff Fansler, Paul Sheriff, Jeremy Likness, Mohamed Mosallem, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutout: The Visual Web Developer Team Blog posted Hot Fix Released for the Issue of Visual Studio 2010 Crashing When Switching to the Design View From SilverlightCream.com: Snipping databound properties Viktor Larsson has discussion of code snippets up in his latest post. He's specifically ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Jeff Fansler, Xianzhong Zhu(-2-), Anton Polimenov, Braulio Díez Botella, Alex Yakhnin, Willem Meints, Shawn Hargreaves, John Papa, and Roger Peters. Shoutout: I found this via Mike Taulty, and it's pretty darn cool: zoom.it from LiveLabs, and I did one of my blog From SilverlightCream.com: Visual Studio Solution Pivot Viewer. Add-on for VS2010 to Visualize Code Structure Max Paulousky has a post up about a VS2010 add-in that uses just too much of the goodness we all ...
In this Issue: Jeff Fansler, Chris Klug, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Mike Taulty, David Anson, Florent Pajani, Kunal Chowdhury, Mike Snow, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutouts: The Swiss Team Blog announced Hands-on Lab: Silverlight 4 Line of Business Application using WCF RIA Services Now updated to reflect RTM changes Dan Wahlin posted his Silverlight 4 Code Demos from the Microsoft TechReady Workshop From SilverlightCream.com: The Windows Phone 7 Application Bar Jeff Fansler has another WP7 post up and is talking ...
I have decided to try and put together a top notch online conference delivered predominantly via UK based speakers, inspired by the very enjoyable and useful community driven MVC Conference http://mvcconf.com/ (see my write up) What I need now is top notch session proposals from folks who know what they are talking about and ideally are UK based. Which means – you! Possibly :-) The plan is: The conference will take place 10am to 5pm UK time, delivered using Live Meeting and recorded for on-demand ...
Today at VSLive! we announced Visual Studio LightSwitch (link not quite up yet). LightSwitch is intended to be the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud. It provides the tools to rapidly develop professional applications from pre-built templates in a simplified development experience. It is intended to be used by professional developers. Top level features: Applications are built in Silverlight Pre-built templates Support for SQL Server, Sharepoint and SQL Azure Applications ...
[Check out other guest posts if you like this one. They are often better than mine!] One thing I miss about being the Technical Editor of the UK MSDN Flash is interacting with smart individuals to get their technical article ready for inclusion. It occurs to me that I use GuestPosts on my blog to get a similar “fix” :-) It is time for another fix :-) In this case the author is Patrick Smacchia, a very smart developer who happens to be the the lead developer for the rather amazing tool NDepend (and ...

 

I noticed recently that I have stopped receiving community credit emails whenever I post a new blog. I just wanted to know with any other geekwithblogs bloggers if there is some setting that has changed in the last month or so to cause this?

Anyone else experienced this, or am I special?

In this Issue: Michael Washington, Benjamin Gavin Braulio Diez, Jeff Wilcox, Silverlaw, Mike Taulty(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Gergely Orosz, and John Papa. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Why I feel “Design Is The Most Important Thing” Michael Washington has a great post up on Design that says it much better than my normal comment: "No amount of pretty is going to make people wanna use a crappy app" :) Silverlight TreeView - Drag & Drop with MVVM Benjamin Gavin posted ...
If you are following Scott Gu’s Blog or simply the ASP.NET Community, you would have definitely heard about WebMatrix and the Razor view engine. More specifically you must have heard of something known as “ASP.NET WebPages” The ASP.NET WebPages, Razor Engine as well as WebMatrix can definitely be confusing for many who have been into ASP.NET Development for sometime now. Clearly, this is not for you, if you are hard core ASP.NET Web Developer and are happy with either Webforms or MVC based development. ...
Yesterday’s West Palm Beach .Net User Group’s meeting was quiet special. Our Microsoft DE and speaker for our July meeting, Joe Healy, aka “devfish” (www.devfish.net) drove more than 250 miles to share with us his take on VS2010 and to show us his 36-hour old Windows Phone 7. Joe also promised to return to our group in November to dedicate a whole meeting to Windows Phone 7 as we had limited time to explore Microsoft’s innovative reincarnation of its mobile platform. Our meeting lasted a record 2.5 ...
There is a lot about Microsoft that is new and it will affect the world just the same. With windows 7, Exchange Server 2010, Server 2008 and VS 2010 (just to mention a few), there appears to be a complete refresh cycle in play. The programming paradigm is still in flux, in fact. As we look towards a couple more iterations of HTML, set to fall upon us any day now, the entire programming community is confronted with what will totally alter the logic of programming forever...parallel programming....sure ...
Today I had some more spare time to give Euler a go and thought I would try my luck on problem 8. The Problem Find the greatest product of five consecutive digits in the 1000-digit number. 731671765313306249192251196... 969835203127745063262395783... 858615607891129494954595017... 125406987471585238630507156... 668966489504452445231617318... 622298934233803081353362766... 303589072962904915604407723... ...
Yesterday (22nd July 2010) was mvcConf – “the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference”. This was an ambitious undertaking by the community to deliver a three track, 20+ session conference for FREE using Live Meeting. And… it worked great. A big well done to everyone involved. It was particularly interesting to me and my team as we are hoping/planning to do similar online conferences in UK time around technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform and Windows Phone 7 – and attending yesterday gave me the ...
Most simple forms we write, especially in LOB applications, are repetitive sections of inputs and/or displays. Take a look at an exmaple from the MVC Music Store sample, the album editor template, notice anything repetitive? <%@ Import Namespace="MvcMusicStore"%> <%@ Control Language="C#" Inherits="System.Web.Mvc.Vi... %> <script src="/Scripts/MicrosoftAjax... type="text/javascript">&... <script src="/Scripts/MicrosoftMvcA... ...
In a previous post I mentioned how I was going to show you how UppercuT (UC) has the ability to make gems stupid simple to create and publish. You ask if gems can get any easier and to that I answer, “Why YES, they can!” How about just filling out the information for the gemspec, running a build and having a nice, shiny new gem ready for publishing? Rock The Gems Basically you want to get the latest release of UppercuT. You can download it or grab the source and compile. There are already instructions ...
There has been a lot of response in the community about this gems idea we’ve been talking about. I even had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Quaranto, the guy behind Rubygems.org, over coffee Sunday and talk about where we think we are going and what it will take to get there. One of the biggest things that everyone wants to see carrying this idea forward is that we migrate off of Rubygems.org and have our own gem server. And we all agree this is a great idea. There are just two things that ...
OpenCa.mp is a muti-platform web content-creation event taking place in Addison, TX (north Dallas) on August 27-29th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel OpenCa.mp isn’t about a single technology as the “best” solution. It is about sharing experiences and discussing what works across several platforms. The format of OpenCa.mp is different from other multi-platform conferences with mornings full of common sessions and afternoons of brief focused break out sessions. Again, the focus is to bring people together ...
The Ruby community has enjoyed a great user experience with a package management system they use called Gems. A gem is a package (or a library), compressed with some additional metadata, and can be either source files or binaries. Let’s focus on binary gems. We have the same concept in .NET (DLLs/EXEs). You may have references to other DLLs. When you want to update a reference you are using on a project, you may also need to update its dependencies as well. And so on and so forth. A package management ...
An article was published at JupiterJS.com (titled “JavaScript vs Silverlight”) arguing that JavaScript is better than Silverlight. Unfortunately, there is no way to post comments on that page (weird, really) so I decided I would post my answer here. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I have been reading the information posted by Grant Holliday on the Management, Tuning and Troubleshooting of the TFS Data Warehouse. What I find interesting and beneficial in his post is the lay of the land, where to start, what needs to be understood. With that a starting point comes from MSDN in Understanding the Reports and the surroundings for it. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... . Specifically too, looking into understanding the components that play a part in how this information ...
Finally! Read about it: http://windowsteamblog.com/... “ First things first: go get the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. It has arrived! The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished. Well, that’s what we mean anyway. This Beta release represents the near final version of the tools for building applications and games for Windows Phone 7. Since the initial CTP release of the tools ...
For Issue 900, I wanted to do another "best of" and it's a little tricky. I can't do best of from 800 to 900 because it will be heavily weighted to the early posts. So what I did was best of for 2010 so far. I also did best of 2009 to put that one to bed. In the lists, Number 01 is the top hit, and they go on from there. Just a note to bloggers... if you reorganize your blog, don't break your links! ... there are a couple on these two lists that I had to go find, and that means that other links on ...
First off, thanks to Jeff & John for creating geekswithblogs.net, and to whomever else I might not know about who maintains it, and to all of the other bloggers for everything I've learned from them the past several years. I've been blogging like a madman lately to earn a geekswithblogs.net T-shirt (Oh please, please let it have a picture of a CareBear!), and have three questions for my fellow geeks: 1) Is there a way to configure your blog to get email notification when someone comments on a ...
This week, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft’s Developer Division, announced, via blog post, the early Beta release of a new tool called WebMatrix. WebMatrix is a free developer tool that enables Web development geared toward what might I might call Markup-and-Script developers (more on that in a minute). And although WebMatrix draws upon technologies already, or soon to be, present in the fuller ASP.NET Web development platform and the Visual Studio integrated development environment ...
Technorati Tags: jQuery,ASP.NET,ASP.NET MVC,conferences I was excited yesterday to learn of two upcoming virtual online conferences about topics in which I'm very interested. The first one I heard about was mvcConf, the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference - Thursday, July 22. From the website: mvcConf is a virtual conference focused on one thing. Writing awesome applications on top of the ASP.Net MVC framework. The event will be free to attend, and your brain will explode from taking in so much hard core ...
I recently had the privilege of taking part of a conversation about available blog engines with some of our Microsoft Community Leaders. I since got interested in finding out more about available .Net-based extensible blogging engines. Two days ago, I came across a link about Oxite, a codeplex ASP.Net MVC-based mature open source blogging engine (http://oxite.codeplex.com). While the Oxite project is no longer active, its source remains available and downloadable. Additionally, the future holds great ...
In this Issue: Timmy Kokke, Damon Payne, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Giorgetti Alessandro, Dinesh Sodani, David Anson, Kunal Chowdhury, haruhiro isowa, Max Paulousky, Rénald Nollet, and Rob Tiffany. Shoutouts: Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 1: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on Silverlight activities in MEA, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Series Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 2: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on upcoming Silverlight releases, the Silverlight ...
People laugh when I say that I am shy and maybe lately, I have come a little out of my shell. But then something like this happens and suddenly I find myself thinking “where is that shell again”?? I was recently honored with recognition as an INETA community champion. The word community is certainly key here. I am being credited with a few events like Entity Saturdays, Technically Speaking, and Silverlightpalooza that we put together as a community. In addition, my husband Robert and I are known ...
I have a WCF service and client, which worked fine, when I debug it on my local machine. However when I deployed the service to test server on the different domain. I've started to receive error System.ServiceModel.Securit... The caller was not authenticated by the service. ---> System.ServiceModel.FaultEx... The request for security token could not be satisfied because authentication failed. I've found a few similar recommendations, e.g. http://community.discountas... ...
I’m going to toot my own horn here for a bit, highlighting some accomplishments from the last almost-decade I’ve been in the IT industry: Stayed up almost 48 hours straight creating suite of Crystal Reports for a start-up company’s initial product (which launched at the end of that 48 hour period btw). Wrote my own markup language for declaring formatting within an XSL:FO doc that would be translated through a Java app to output a PDF. Introduced initial prototype of web-based application ported ...
In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Phil Middlemiss, Jag Reehal, Senthil Kumar, Andrew Marshall, Chris Koenig, Jimmy, Lee, Pete Brown, Brian, Mike Taulty, and Jeremy Likness(-2-). From SilverlightCream.com: Prism Training Kit: Beta Version Available Damian Schenkelman announced the release of a Prism Training Kit he and Matias Bonaventura have put together. Read his description on the post, then go download the kit. Create a Custom Control - Inheriting from TextBox Phil Middlemiss has another great ...
So I have mentioned lazy functions before, in particular related to sequences, however I came across it again – but this time with lazy values and thought I would explore it a little bit more… I used the following code snippet… #light open System let lHelloWorld = lazy(printfn "Lazy Hello World"; 30+30) let aHelloWorld = (printfn "Active Hello World"; 30+30) printfn "lazy value is %d" lHelloWorld.Value printfn "lazy value is %d" lHelloWorld.Value printfn "active value is %d" aHelloWorld printfn "active ...
I’ve gotten a chance to present at MSDN Event in Tampa, FL on 6/30 a session called “Windows Phone 7 Development Overview.” As promised - here are the contents of the resources slides. Resource slide: http://developer.windowspho... http://windowsteamblog.com/... http://channel9.msdn.com/le... http://blogs.msdn.com/ckindel http://blogs.msdn.com/ptorr @wp7dev http://delicious.com/chrisk... http://www.reddit.com/r/wp7... Call to Action slide: Watch the ‘Windows ...