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Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Community Megaphone Podcast with Andrew Duthie and Dane Morgridge. We discussed .NET 4, C# 4, MVC 2, “geek religious wars”, and of course community. You can check out Show #5 here or directly download it. Thanks to Dane and Andrew for having me on the show ...
In this Issue: András Velvárt, Bobby Diaz, John Papa/Laurent Bugnion, Jesse Liberty, Christopher Bennage, Tim Greenfield, and Cameron Albert. Shoutouts: Svetla Stoycheva of SilverlightShow has an Interview with SilverlightShow Eco Contest Grand Prize Winner Daniel James Svetla Stoycheva of SilverlightShow also has an Interview with SilverlightShow Eco Contest Community Vote Winner Cigdem Patlak File this under #DoesHeEverSleep, Nokola has an EasyPainter Source Pack 1 Refresh And another filing in ...
Many people in the mod community were very excited to see the release of the Unreal Developer Kit (UDK) a few months ago. Along with generating excitement into a very dedicated community, it also introduced many new modders into a flourishing area of indie-development. However, since UDK is free, most beginners jump right into UDK, which is OK though you might just benefit more from purchasing a shelf-copy of Unreal Tournament 3. UDK UDK is a free full version of UnrealEd (the editor environment ...
The Lake Count .NET User Group is putting on it’s second Chicago Code Camp on May 1st. I would encourage everyone to come out and participate in the Chicago area .NET community. You can register here. Better yet come of with a presentation of your own. I have submitted an abstract for a presentation on Office Open XML. del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Code Camp,presentations,Office Open XML,LCNUG ...
Show 5 is finally up with special guest Steve Michelotti. We talked about ASP.Net MVC, how to get started in the community and more! Steve Michelotti is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and an Architect/Developer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS). He has consulted at Advertising.com/AOL where he was the Tech Lead for one of the highest volume .NET applications in the world. He previously was the Chief Technologist at e.magination. Steve is a frequent presenter at developer user groups and Code Camps ...
I recently gave a presentation on Prism at the Ann Arbor .Net Users Group. I have made my slides and demo available for download: Slides Demo Some interesting links associated with prism: Composite Application Guidance Composite Application Library Codeplex Site Great 4-part video series Another video series that David Giard pointed me towards ...
In this Issue: Walter Ferrari, Viktor Larsson, Bill Reiss(-2-, -3-, -4-), Jonathan van de Veen, Walt Ritscher, Jobi Joy, Pete Brown, Mike Taulty, and Mark Miller. Shoutouts: Going to MIX10? John Papa announced Got Questions? Ask the Experts at MIX10 Pete Brown listed The Essential WPF/Silverlight/XNA Developer and Designer Toolbox From SilverlightCream.com: How to extend Bing Maps Silverlight with an elevation profile graph - Part 2 In this second and final tutorial, Walter Ferrari adds elevation ...
INETA Community Leadership Summit will be taking place on Sunday June 6th at 1PM at Tech·Ed North America in New Orleans. INETA is hosting a free Community Leadership Summit in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Sunday June 6th at 1:00 PM prior to the start of Tech·Ed 2010. The summit is open to Community Leaders from the area, as well as those attending Tech·Ed from across the country and around the world. It is an excellent opportunity for exchanging information and ideas. ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Jeremy Likness(-2-), Andrew Veresov, Nokola, SilverLaw, Gill Cleeren, Jim Wightman and Jeremy Likness, Viktor Larsson(-2-), and Walter Ferrari. Shoutouts: Viktor Larsson has a post up about Silverlight Market Penetration ... hope to meet you at MIX10, Viktor! Gergely Orosz has posted the Slides and code for the presentation “An Introduction to Silverlight” It appears that if I miss a day, I can pretty much do an all-submittal post :) From SilverlightCream.com: Writing ...
We want to know what you are thinking bloggers and visitors of Geekswithblogs.net. If you were able to add items to the product backlog for this site, what would they be? New skins? Better search? Organic tag system? Better twitter integration? More ways to link other social media outlets to your blog like LinkedIn, Plaxo, Flickr? …. What would you like to see? You can leave feedback on this post or email me at support@geekswithblogs.com. We love this community and want to see how we can continue ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce that we have an excellent speaker lined up for March. On March 16th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, Roberto Hernandez will present “Ramp up on ASP.NET MVC2!” The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social Networking/Announcements 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Main Topic: Ramp up on ASP.NET MVC2! with Roberto Hernandez Main Topic Description: Learn about the new features in the ASP.NET MVC2 Beta release. Learn how Areas, ...
In this Issue: András Velvárt, felix corke, Colin Eberhardt, Christopher Bennage, Gergely Orosz, Entity Spaces Team Blog, Mike Taulty(-2-), Jit Ghosh, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutouts: Jeremy Likness expands on the Silverlight Team's post Vancouver Olympics - How'd We Do That? Gavin Wignall has a post up Creating a 360 photograph of an object with Silverlight Photosynth From SilverlightCream.com: Transforming an Ugly Duckling into a Graceful Swan With Expression Blend and Silverlight - Part 2 Intro Animation ...
As you might’ve gathered from my last post, the MVP Summit has energized me and helped me solidify my understanding of the impact I can have as an MVP. This wasn’t the only way that the event personally affected me. My freshman MVP Summit also brought a clear reality to how my hard work has a purpose as it fits into my career and my involvement in the community. Two years ago I was a complete .NET virgin and learning only as a result of personal motivation to be the best that I can. Today I take ...
This being my freshman year as an MVP, I had a realization that I perhaps should be embarrassed hasn’t happened sooner. The realization comes much like the iconic M&Ms commercial where the M&Ms run into Santa and exclaim, “He does exist!” My personal realization arguably has a greater implication: Microsoft does listen. This is the most important lesson that I received this year attending the MVP Summit. My hope is that I can convince you that we are empowered to make a difference. Instead ...
We had a great Silverlight User Group Meeting in Phoenix last night! Before I go any farther I want to say thanks again to David Silverlight and Kim Schmidt for coming to talk to us! And not to forget Victor Gaudioso over the wire :) David, Kim, and Victor talked to us about the Silverlight User Group Starter Kit they are working on with an extended stellar list of talented developers. Don't bypass looking at this by thinking it's only for a User Group... this is a solid community-supported full-up ...
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 ...
While I’m playing with Windows Azure I found it’s a little bit hard to find the information about it since it’s new to us. When I was investigated the new CloudDrive feature I almost could not get anything about it except its SDK. Today I found a very good series of posts on ASP.NET community by Jeff Windmer. For now there are the frist 3 posts of his series but I believe he will continue and finish it. Please have a look on his blog: http://weblogs.asp.net/jeff... ...
When Windows Azure was first released in 2008 the only programming languages you could use were .NET languages such as Visual Basic and C# and the applications you built had to run in Partial Trust (Similar to ASP.NET Medium Trust). In the interim we have made a number of changes including allowing applications to run in full trust, native code is now supported (no longer had to be managed code such as C#) and we support FastCGI applications. Which means: Windows Azure supports the Internet Information ...
The .NET community, unlike the Java and python community do not provide Data Mining solutions outside the framework of their RDBMS MS SQL Server. In my quest to integrate Data mining into an existing ASP.NET enterprise solution running on MySQL, i was faced with quite the task! In attempting to review existing solutions, i followed the following criteria: Open-source and free (not necessarily the same thing!) GUI for interactive data mining and exploration Concise, accessible and well documented ...
For anyone interested in some really all-encompassing agile training in the Austin area, there’s a fantastic one coming up from March 24-26th at Headspring. All the topic details, schedule and registration info are here, but just a rough outline of the topics covered: object oriented programming SOLID principles design patterns dependency injection team design on whiteboard IDE tools and quickly navigating a codebase Test-Driven Development mocking pair programming refactoring pain driven development ...
On Saturday 35(ish) developers met up on rainy day in Birmingham to take part in an Open Space Code day on the Windows Azure Platform. Around 5 of us had experience of Open Space meetings or developing for Azure prior to the day – and I think only two of us had experience of both :-) As I was on point to keynote the day and make sure it was a success, I did turn up with a few concerns matched by a good deal of excitement. My primary concern was that people would expect to be trained – and the Open ...
I wanted to mention some thanks and share some things we did differently this year from previous code camps. First the thanks: Thanks to the Speakers! We had an amazing array of speakers volunteer their time and offer their expertise in a wide variety of subjects. We also had speakers come in from Boston, Edmonton, and Ottawa, and we thank those that travelled so far just to share with us. Thanks to the Sponsors! Putting on a code camp takes dollars and we’re very lucky in Winnipeg to have a number ...
Since I am looking to get more involved with the development community, what better way to get started than to start attending and participating in the local user groups here in the Houston area. It's been a while since I've attended one of these things, but I do remember the free pizza and prize give-aways. Oh yeah, the topics and conversations are always good too! D2SIG - www.d2sig.org Silverlight 4 - What's New? Tuesday, March 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00 PM HDNUG - www.hdnug.org CodeSmith featuring PLINQO, ...
We’re already into the second set of sessions at the Winnipeg Code Camp! This year we’ve added a fourth room and extra speakers, and the community response has been great: both from an attendee perspective, and the fantastic sponsors that have stepped up to support us! Telerik is one of our prize sponsors, but instead of just sending up swag they also gave us a speaker! Evan Hutnick came up from Boston to do stops at the Regina and Saskatoon user groups before speaking here at our code camp! Thanks ...
One of my major points of interest as a software developer is in the various tools that are available to make a developer’s life easier (or at least more interesting…). This is also a very important aspect for me in professional terms, because one part of my job lies in recommending suitable tools to my customers, implementing them and make them part of a developer team’s workflow. Thus, a well organized link collection is an important part of my assets and has a considerable business value for me ...
I was bored thinking of what my first blog post should be about, so I decided to interview myself (especially since no one else knows about this place, yet!)... Q: Where have you been? A: Well, it's been over two years since I last blogged about anything interesting, but since that old server has long since been retired, I decided to resurrect myself on a popular blog site (this one). Q: What have you been doing in the mean time? A: I have been working with several of the latest offerings from Microsoft, ...
A big thanks to everyone who came along last night (Feb 25th 2010) to the .NET Developer Network and to Guy for inviting me along and being a great host. I had lots of fun and enjoyed it being so interactive. As promised, some links relevant to the conversations during the evening and the many questions. I will also do a post on Monday summarising the many “limits” we discussed on instances, roles etc: New Windows Azure Platform online community in the UK – ning hosted community site for UK fans ...
Technorati Tags: ASP.NET,General I often see questions at forums(http://forums.asp.net) asking stuffs like: Where to begin? Where Do I start? How to Get Started? So I decided to write this "boring" post to express my opinion and hopefully this can help beginners find their way to get started with ASP.NET. Based on my experience learning ASP.NET is just like learning how to play a guitar.. (oh really? why could I say that? ).(1) First you must have this what we call "interest" because if you don't, ...
The Windows Azure Platform includes a status dashboard as well as RSS feeds for individual services and regions. You get to see the current status: As well as the history of an individual service: As I’m based in the UK, I subscribe to the North Europe feeds for each of the services: AppFabric Access Control AppFabric Service Bus SQL Azure Database Windows Azure Compute Windows Azure Storage Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ...
I previously posted on when you get charged with Windows Azure as it is contrary to many folks expectations. Today (25th Feb 2010) I was pleased to see a new warning on the portal. Note that you only need to delete the deployment not the service. And to delete you must first stop it. Well done team. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ...
Every so often I Wordle my delicious account to see “where I’m at”. This is a spookily accurate depiction of my online life at the moment :-) Therefore… Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – UK Online community for Azure fans http://www.eurogamer.net/ My favourite online fix for gaming news http://badcompanytwo.com/ My next Xbox 360 game – should keep me busy for many months http://bit.ly/ef4resources All the best Entity Framework resource links in one place :-) ...
While my home development computer is fried I’m going to hack away at my backlog of non-code related posts. Today I’d like to discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using Microsoft MVC over WebForms. First of all, MVC is not the end all, magical platform that many people would like you to believe. In fact I wouldn’t even recommend it to beginner developers. However, if you have experience with .NET and you’re willing to put in the time to learn how MVC works, you will find that it offers ...
In this Issue: Rik Robinson, Jeremy Likness, Ryan Lee, EQATEC, Rui Marinho, Victor Gaudioso(-2-), Steve Strong and Deb Walker, and Martin Duffy. Shoutout: Adam Kinney posted Carbon Counter and EcoLight win the Silverlight Eco Contest! Adam also posted a big list of Silverlight and Expression Blend tutorials I’ve worked on recently. -- dang, Adam, you've been busy! Congratulations also go out to CrocusGirl for being the Eco Contest Community winner with My SilverlightShow Eco Contest Entry Joshua ...
I am currently (Feb 2010) moving lots of Azure samples originally built in Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010 RC. I just realised there is a simple mistake folks can fall into. Easy to do, easy to avoid. When opening an Azure solution originally built in Visual Studio 2008 you will see the Conversion Wizard. Once you click Finish you will see this dialogue box with a default of Yes. Do not click Yes! Instead click No. The reason is simple. As of Feb 2010 the Windows Azure Fabric in Microsoft ...
This ebook was released in December of 2008, but it stills a good resource for those (like me) who are now introducing to Entity Framework, The ebook was written by Zeeshan Hirani and it has 514 pages. The design of the ebook isn't pretty, but the content is pretty good :) Free download here: http://weblogs.asp.net/zees... ...
Since everyone else is getting in their final thoughts…I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon. For anyone who hasn’t been following me on Twitter or Facebook over the last week, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to spend a week in Redmond, Washington at Microsoft’s yearly MVP Summit. While “Twitterverse” (i.e. #mvp10) sometimes makes things sound like one big party it was actually a very fascinating week I was very proud to be involved with. I had never before had the opportunity to visit ...
I would like to make one of these entries for every example I don't find on MSDN. I'm not sure if the intention is to ignore C++ or if this was just expected to be too hard, too easy or too ugly for developers to grasp. I have submitted this as Community Content on MSDN, also. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Here is the missing example for Enumerable::ToList(); #include "stdafx.h" using namespace System; using namespace System::Collections::Generic; using namespace System::Linq; ...
I've been home since Saturday, but today (Monday) is my first day back in the 'real world' after spending time breathing the rarified air shared amongst the attendees of the 2010 MVP Summit. Very simply put, the Summit brings together the MVPs and the Product Team members for the area of competency in which you're involved. There's some picking of brains both ways, and a bit of roadmap discusion. Beyond that, it's a world-wide networking opportunity to see all those folks you only see once or twice ...
One of the things I love about NHibernate is the vibrant community that works so hard to continually improve the library. I’ve been using NHibernate off and on for a number of years on projects that had short development cycles and it never failed to provide me with a solid framework for my Data Access Layer. One particularly interesting thing is that NHibernate can generate Create, Update, and Delete scripts that allow you to manage your database and keep it more or less in sync with your entity ...
Engineers, Developers, Entrepreneurs, and Innovators mark your calendars for the first annual Saint Louis Innovation Camp! Local technology user groups, area businesses, and most of the entrepreneur support community will join forces to present a one of kind camp designed to spur innovation in the Information Technology community, support economic recovery for displaced technicians, and most importantly spark an entrepreneurial renaissance in the Saint Louis Area. When: Feb. 26th – 28th Where: JC ...
Custom Actions can be a simple way to add needed UI elements to the Visual Studio Setup Project, without having to get your hands dirty. However, Windows Vista and Windows 7 push those Custom Action forms into the background of your installer package, which can be a neusance for the person performing the install. I found this code posted on the MSDN Community Forums and loved its simplicity. I have refactored a bit, but full credit goes to user; Funday for this approach. You'll find a link to the ...
Here is a quick news from the MVP summit in Redmond. Things here are amazing, with a lot of good news (that will be made public at MIX, so in the mean time I cannot say anything more about it, except that it is awesome). The summit is, amongst other things, an amazing way to connect with other MVPs and with the product group. This is an amazing community to be a part of, full of really smart people. Read the rest of this entry » ...
For Issue 800, Brian Henderson (@brian_henderson) suggested I do a best of, so I used the tagging that Michael Washington and I put in a year ago here at the Summit, and have produced a 'Top 25'. From SilverlightCream.com: Number 01, Julien Frelat: Quake in Silverlight 3.0 available with full GPL source code! Number 02, Timmy Kokke: A Glass Orb Button in Silverlight Number 03, Gavin Wignall: Silverlight Rain Effect - Playing with Random Number 04, Tim Heuer: Using Silverlight for workflow creation ...
In this Issue: SilverLaw, Mike Taulty, and Victor Gaudioso. Shoutout: John Papa announced SL TV 8: Silverlight Client for Facebook From SilverlightCream.com: Since I'm at #MVP10, I'm going to be running behind, but I had a few things tagged that I thought I'd post. Easing ToolTip Styling Example SilverLaw has a great Tooltip with easing available for all our use.... run the demo, you know you'll want it. Silverlight 4 Beta Networking Screencasts Mike Taulty has a collection of Silverlight 4 Networking ...
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on March 16th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Mike Vogt Topic: Data Integration Architecture Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A/B Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 del.icio.us Tags: Chicago Architects Group,Data Integration Architecture,Mike Vogt ...
Lets face it, RegEx are a part and parcel of a developers’ life and very few actually have the know how to write them and even fewer have the willingness to do so. I am in the second category and oftentimes it takes me quite bit of inertia to wake up and create that perfect RegEx for my needs. Nettuts+ here does a lot of good to the community by providing a well thought-out and even well presented list of 8 RegEx you should know. Some of which you must have come across at some point in your career. ...
Great to see the MSDN Flash Podcast I host has made it onto Zune.net – even if I can’t access it myself as I’m in the UK :-( However a US colleague pinged me about it and sent me the following. Looks rather grand :-) The latest episode was on Azure – and I’m thinking about spinning off a second podcast show just on Azure. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ...
As promised in the previous post, here is a first look on Visual Studio 2010 RC. i am sure many of you have downloaded the bits already so this is for those who are waiting yet. VS 2010 RC is an upgrade to the Beta 2 that was shipped last year. This build has been heavily focussed on implementing community feedback and fixing performance issues reported. The start up screen looks as below. A little darker compared to the Beta 2 build. You can read my earlier post on First look on Beta 2 here I didn’t ...
Just getting a few interesting cloud links “down on paper”. I last did one of these on Azure in Dec 2009. Not everyone seems to know that Roger Jennings does a rocking job of collating links on Azure – e.g. Sunday Feb 14th. Recommended read - Using SQL Server Client APIs with SQL Azure Version 1.0 Q&A: Looking Ahead at Microsoft's Cloud Strategy Tim O'Brien, director of Microsoft's Platform Strategy Group, discusses the future of Windows Azure, Silverlight, and developing with .NET. Getting MySQL ...
A short while ago I became a REAL game developer with the release of an XBLIG I helped create called “Kissy Poo”. Overall this game has been a huge success. It has far exceeded my original expectations of sales and was just a really fun project to work on. (In case you were wondering I was expecting to sell around 500 copies and we’re right now hanging around 1200 copies sold!). Now though, I want to take some time to reflect a bit and share what went well and what I would have done differently. ...