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So with Mix 10 approaching, and the voting for the community submissions open, I’m sure you’re wondering “D’Arcy, who are YOU voting for?” since obviously my recommendations and backing is GOLDEN. So this can either be seen as a boost to the submitters, or the kiss of death to their hopes of speaking. I prefer to think the former, but hey, enough chit-chat, let’s look at my ballet pics! SketchFlow for Real Software Development David Wesst Vote For This Talk! There are a few SketchFlow talks scheduled ...
Well, another year, and heck …. even another decade and 2010 is going to be such an important year, or kick-off year for technology that I thought I would take a stab at making some technology predictions on what I think might happen this year. Technology always has these “next thing” items coming forward that it is really hard to even really know what is for real. Technologies might be quite good – but it will also take additional things like community ground swell or true behind-the-scenes business ...
Since I enjoyed the first edition of the ASP.NET MVC in Action book I figured I would jump on this second edition of this book and framework as quickly as I could. I just read this post from Jeffrey Palermo: http://jeffreypalermo.com/b... Which basically states that they are actively working on the next edition of the book. More importantly, the chapters that they have completed so far are in a publicly viewable location: http://github.com/jeffreypa... ...
Having the privilege to attend PDC ‘09 and going to local user groups (PADNUG, PDXSLUG, and OSQL-d) throughout 2009 brought up an interesting conversation with a college about having a conversation with a stranger where you know quite a bit more about them than they know about you thanks to the internet and social media. Certainly what one publishes on the internet isn’t the totality of one’s interests, personality, or life but it is sometimes an interesting slice of one’s life and a way to open ...
Just after finishing my multicolor RGB controller shield for Arduino, I came across Fritzing, a program that lets you convert your breadboard prototypes into a physical PCB. Since I got one design working at hand, I decided to give it a try. The process is very straightforward. First you simply put all the components in the breadboard view. The parts library contains most common parts, and you use wires to connect them – exactly the same as you would do on your physical prototype: Next you can switch ...
For me one of the coolest new features added in Silverlight 4 is support for capturing video and audio using webcams and microphone. As we’ve seen during Scott Guthrie’s keynote demonstration it is now possible to capture image frames from video stream and apply some interesting effects to it. On top of that we can even process the video and audio streams directly on the client (i.e. inside the browser). Because Silverlight 4 Beta was already available at PDC I could try the webcam support right ...
Feels like the end of an era. For the last 4 years, I've proudly been a VB MVP. Today, I found out that I am no longer in that category. I still love VB & VB.NET, but in all honesty, I don't use it nearly as much anymore. Almost all of my professional work is in C# these days. So, ultimately it makes sense. I'll miss hanging out with a lot of my VB homies at the MVP Summit though. There are some really good folks, both within Microsoft and in the extended VB community. It's been a real pleasure. ...
Today marks the beginning of a new year. For many of us that means new resolutions like losing weight or quitting smoking. I tend not to focus on resolutions because I am horrible about keeping them. I usually set goals instead of making resolutions. And when I do set goals I intend for them to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed). I’ve found that having goals that are measurable and realistic within a given time frame help me focus on how I want to get there from where I ...
I’ve thought about it. I predict that social aspects of the web will explode in 2010. http://mashable.com/2009/12... This is just one example. From iPhone apps to search services that mine real time status. Hopefully, GeeksWithBlogs will be somewhat in the middle of this. We were an early integrator of twitter as part of our community. I guess we’ll see what happens ...
Here is a list I have compiled thus far and will probably post as things come up: SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach (January) Baltimore SharePoint User Group (January) SharePoint Saturday Boston (February) Raleigh SharePoint User Group (March) The Expert’s Conference (April) New York SharePoint User Group (May) I am going to attend SharePoint Saturday New York and maybe help out a little. I will probably also attend the Northern NJ .Net User Group and Princeton SharePoint User Group and possibly ...
So I did it. I moved, I ran a SharePoint Saturday, and I attended a wedding. I can’t say everything went smoothly in the process, but I will say it all worked out for the best. I started out my stressful adventure a couple months ago with packing and changing everything over to the new address. Here is my account as best as I can describe it to you guys… I woke up on Friday, December 11th at about 6 am after sleeping on the floor with my boyfriend. The mover’s came at about 7 am to pack the pod. ...
Wow, it only seems like just last week I was sitting at my PC trying to determine what I was going to concentrate on in software development for 2009. I had also just started the Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) in September 2008 and I was trying to figure out how to get speakers scheduled. Then, things started to quickly fall into place. My local INETA mentor, Frank La Vigne, provided me with a few names of well respected .NET MVPs who would most likely be interested in speaking at FredNUG. (Thanks ...
In this Issue: Jeremy Likness, René Schulte, Mike Taulty(2), Kirupa, David Kelley(2), and Jeff Blankenburg(2, 3, 4). Shoutout: Alex Golesh posted his material for Silverlight 4 Tutorial @SDP From SilverlightCream.com: PRISM, MEF, and MVVM Part 2 of 3: Making PRISM MEF Friendly Jeremy Likness has Part 2 of his sequence on making Prism friendly with MEF, and we're talking Silverlight 3 here. Ye Olde Kamera - Silverlight 4 Webcam & Old Movie Shader René Schulte wasn't satisfied to just use the webcam ...
This year has been a pretty amazing year. A few weeks ago, I was writing about my first year at IdentityMine. A little more than one year ago I was closing the Siemens book (after around 13 years of working into Building Automation, but always from a software engineer perspective) and started the IdentityMine chapter of my life :). As I mention in the post in question, this first year was a very interesting and also challenging year. Interesting because I got to work with some of the best creative ...
So the issue is, you have a very large ASP.Net MVC app with many controllers and actions and don't know (or do) on how to restructure it for better maintenance. This article contains some thoughts around what my experiences were with building a large scale app with 10K+ lines of jQuery and 266 Actions dispersed over 98 Controllers. In the beginning: Yes God created .... no I created a relatively small scale Mvc app based on a very limited set of requirements, more like a XP or Agile experience or ...
In an effort to better serve the Chicago architecture community here is a preview of upcoming topics. January – Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control Containers February – Amazon Cloud Service March – Data Integration Architecture Future: Document Generation Architecture Technorati Tags: Chicago Architects Group,CAG,architecture,user group,PSC Group ...
A great find… I listen to a lot of podcasts but I realised they were all exclusively focused on Windows and .NET development. I decided to look further a field and discovered this absolute gem - Software Engineering Radio. There are 151 shows to choose from and TBH, I feel like I just won the lottery (ok – not really). The breadth is fantastic. Java, Ruby, .NET, patterns, performance, uml, security, case studies (eBay for instance) and with some fantastic speakers such as Ted Neward, Bob Martin and ...
[Updated 23/12/2009: You might also want to check out my colleagues Mike and Mike who did the same] For fun I thought I would have a look at which of my posts in 2009 were my most popular. The results were quite surprising. By number of pageviews (which tends to favour 1st half of year): Entity Framework 4.0 Resources – documentation links, best blog posts and more: Posted in September and also known as 101 links on Entity Framework 4.0. Received a large update in December. 5% of my traffic! How ...
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on January 19th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Tim Murphy Topic: Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control Containers Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:00 ...

Man, I feel angry that this is the first time I heard of this site:

http://www.asp.net/community/control-gallery/

In this Issue: Jeremy Likness, Rudi Grobler, Nick Kramer, Fredrik Normén, Mike Taulty, Deborah Kurata, Shayne Burgess, Glenn Block(2), and Gill Cleeren(2). Shoutout: Did you know MIX10 registration was open? Register by Jan 15th and get in for $795!! MIX10 From SilverlightCream.com: Unit Tests for ViewModels AND Views in Silverlight Confused about Unit Testing Silverlight apps in MVVM? Jeremy Likness isn't... and he shows us how! Blend 3 Tip: Filter resources by selected element Rudi Grobler has ...
Technorati Tags: Application Architecture and Design Strategies Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software The software development community widely acknowledges that domain modeling is central to software design. Through domain models, software developers are able to express rich functionality and translate it into a software implementation that truly serves the needs of its users. But despite its obvious importance, there are few practical resources that explain how to incorporate ...
Technorati Tags: WPF Mike Taulty demonstrates how to program the Taskbar in Windows 7 from WPF in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. http://www.linkedin.com/new... ...
Technorati Tags: Silverlight,WPF Linked In Talk - “Beyond Silverlight with WPF” with Mike Taulty Mike Taulty spoke for the Linked In .NET User Group via Live Meeting. He showed a bunch of different items and a number of usefull links: “WPF Airlines” Logical Pixels Tiled image brushes Tiled geometry brushes Tiled visual brushes Path based animations 3D Cube with ambient light and spotlights 2D on 3D integration Documents HTML Frame Control Ink and Gestures Code - Ink and Gesture Code - Speech Unified ...
In this Issue: Joel Neubeck, Tim Heuer, Gill Cleeren, Cameron Albert, Damon Serji, Matthew Casperson, Corey Miller, Pete Brown, Aashish, David Poll, and Fredrik Normén. Shoutouts: Brad Abrams reported an interview: Bytes by MSDN: Brad Abrams Interview with Billy Hollis: Silverlight 4, RIA Services and VS2010 Nikhil Kothari has a set of links for RIA Services: RIA Services Link Listing #1 From SilverlightCream.com: Capturing the Webcam in Silverlight 4 Joel Neubeck has a post up at SilverlightShow ...
Thank you to all that came out on Dec 5th to the first Windows Phone Camp 2009 at the Tampa, FL Microsoft office. [See similar events in your area here] It was exciting to see so many participants made it to the event. By filling out the eval forms everyone helped prove that there is an need for more Mobile events in the area. It was interesting to see the crowd almost double later in the day once the beginner sessions passed. Here are few more pictures, compare top one to the bottom two: A huge ...
Check out the skinning contest that is going on at the DotNetNuke site and you can win some great prizes too! Good luck! Technorati Tags: DotNetNuke,Skinning ...
[16th Dec 2009 – have spotted a small final missing } in the Office XML sample code. Will get that updated with any other changes ] The UK MSDN Flash developer newsletter contains great short technical articles written by UK developers both inside Microsoft and in the broader developer community. This eBook pulls together these great articles in one place. There are thirteen articles in this second edition covering Python, Inversion of Control, Behavior Driven Development, Silverlight and more. You ...
Wheew..looks like i've been so busy lately.. ;)... I never thought I’d achieve this, but I’ve somehow managed to get to the top 3 rank in ASP.NET Community Hall of Fame..This has been a very rewarding experience [~at least for me :) ]!Honestly, I really can't believe that I have helped hundreds, not only hundreds but I think thousands of geeks already within 2 years of contrinuting through forums at the official Microsoft ASP.NET site. Technorati Tags: Community ...
Considering doing a presentation at an upcoming code camp or user group in the spring? Have a really interesting .NET-related topic that you would like to share with other developers? Then come to this month’s Frederick .NET User Group meeting and present your stuff! FredNUG is mixing things up a bit this month. On December 15th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, we’ll start our “15 Minutes of Fame” presentations. Anyone interested in presenting their ...
In this Issue: Davide Zordan(2), Fredrik Normén, Nick Kramer, Gill Cleeren(2), Jeff Prosise, CorrinaB, Al Pascual(2), Nigel Sampson, and Kirupa. Shoutout: Pete Brown has posted his list of 10 Must-See PDC 09 Sessions ... but it's 11 :) From SilverlightCream.com: Experiments using MEF, MVVM and Silverlight 4 Beta – Part 2: Custom attributes Davide Zordan has post 2 of his MVVM, MEF, and Silverlight 4B series up talking about custom attributes Experiments using MEF, MVVM and Silverlight 4 Beta – Part ...
Well... Hello. People that know me know that back in 2005-2006 when I used to work for a consultancy company I used to have a technical blog and it was useful not only to be in touch with other developers but also to post code that was useful to me even over and over. You can still find that old blog in http://consultingblogs.emc.... After I left that company I spent some crazy 18 months developing one of the coolest systems I have ever worked on for a big American futures broker ...
Step 1 Install Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 http://bit.ly/vs2010b2 TIP: This works great inside Windows Virtual PC (10MB download) on Windows 7 if you want to avoid using it on your main machine Step 2 Install ADO.NET Entity Framework Feature Community Technology Preview 2 http://bit.ly/ef4ctp2 TIP: The CTPs give you additional functionality such as self tracking entities – which you need for N-Tier work Step 3 Install the beta of LINQPad for VS2010 Beta 2 http://linqpad.net/Beta.aspx TIP: I recommend ...
In this Issue: Pete Brown, Davide Zordan(2), René Schulte(2), David Anson, Ning Zhang, Jeff Prosise, Antoni Dol, nmarun, Deborah Kurata(2), and Fredrik Normén. Shoutouts: John Papa announced the availability of his "What's new in Silverlight 4" whitepaper: What’s New in Silverlight 4 – Download and Run! The Expression Team Blog has a post up about Expression Blend: What's new Koen Zwikstra is reacting to Silverlight 4B along with everyone else with a Document Toolkit Roadmap Check out Pete Blois' ...
I met Robin back in Roanoke, VA about 6 years ago at the first meeting of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group. She loves to point out that this meeting also happened to be at an IHOP (hey, it was my first user group and it seemed like a good idea at the time...) Robin and I became fast friends and she inherited the user group after I moved away and has kept it going strong to this very day. She is definitely one of the coolest people I know, but I'll let you find that out for yourself, by reading ...
Well, here I go again. This is my third try at being a blogger. Some would say that tenacity is a good thing. My wife might disagree. I've been solving business problems using the Microsoft stack for almost eight years. I've written a lot of code that I'm not proud of and I've learned a few things along the way. My intention is to share a few morsels with the development community from which I've taken so much over the years. Most of this blog's posts will probably be "SharePointy". That's not to ...
We are working on a cloud based application for a long time existing customer. we came across a pretty interesting challenge. The problem was; the New cloud based application needed to be able to integrate with our existing legacy applications. in particular our call center application. We have no intentions of moving this application to the cloud, however we need to be able to have access to some of that data with our new Application. Couple of weeks ago At PDC, during the Keynote Andy Lapin of ...
UPDATE: There has been an updated version posted which resolves the Rules editing problem mentioned below. Way to go TFS team! A TFS 1010 Beta 2 version of the TFS Power tools has been released as announced by Brian Harry. I've been trying out the Process Template Editor (PTE) and have had some issues with this Beta release. First, the connection dialogue when working with Work Items doesn’t quite function correctly. The work around is to type in the fully qualified URL to the Team Project Collection ...

If you have been playing with the SharePoint 2010 beta then you may have run into a few issues. The Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team has put together a list of issues that the developer community is running into on a regular basis!

Nicely done.  Check it out here

c# 3.0 : Partial Method You are all aware of “Partial Class” introduced in .net 2.0. Partial class is useful in situation where you need to split the definition of a class, struct or an interface over two or more source files. Each source file contains a section of the type or method definition and all parts are combined when the application is compiled. There are several situations when splitting a class definition is desirable: When working on large projects, spreading a class over separate files ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the questions from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: msft_davbo (Moderator): Our chat today covers the topic of Windows Embedded CE! 1. This chat will last for one hour. During this hour, our Experts will respond to as many questions as they ...
Last saturday (yep..., even in the weekends the .NET community is active) I presented a talk on Entity Framework 4.0 for CodeCamp.NL. This was organized by the Dutch .NET communities www.sdn.nl, www.vbcentral.nl and www.dotned.nl. You can find my presentation and code examples (VS2010 beta2) on http://www.codecamp.nl/Defa... ...
I was asked a little while back to pull together the best training resources for .NET development to feed into a MSDN UK site. I thought it would be useful to share here as well. By no means everything is listed but sometimes less is more :-). Enjoy: Top Tip: Watch out – these are sometimes big downloads. For instance I just downloaded a high def PDC2009 session at 600MB! I recommend you check out Free Download Manager – it is a great open source tool for working with large files. Offline Training ...
What is Proxy and how to generate proxy for WCF Services? The proxy is a CLR class that exposes a single CLR interface representing the service contract. The proxy provides the same operations as service's contract, but also has additional methods for managing the proxy life cycle and the connection to the service. The proxy completely encapsulates every aspect of the service: its location, its implementation technology and runtime platform, and the communication transport. The proxy can be generated ...
The second day keynote at PDC 2009 in Lost Angeles was shared by Steven Sinofsky and Scott Guthrie. Steven is the President of Windows and Windows Live Division and it really must have been a great day for him as he came out for the first time in a major conference with the new Windows 7 launched and the old Vista problems just fading away into Microsoft’s past. There is a lot of excitement for Windows 7 and there is excitement for the new Windows 7 APIs that are available for developers to work ...
The DotNetNuke web hosters at PowerDNN have put together a nice 3 minute survey to analyze your needs on what version of DotNetNuke that you might need to have. The survey has 3 categories. 1. Website Size 2. Website Usage 3. Project Details With an easy UI of drop down lists, you just answer the questions listed in each category and then submit them to the site. After you submit, you'll get reasons why you should use either the Community or Professional Edition of DotNetNuke. Here's an example of ...
Well people, it was an amazing keynote. Silverlight 4 beta was just presented by Scott Guthrie at the Professional Developer Conference 2009 in Los Angeles. As soon as Silverlight 3 was released a few months ago, the Silverlight team started working on new features to create what will be a really exciting release. Read the rest of this entry » ...
NotAtPDC is an awesome initiative from within the .NET community that allows people who cannot for any reason attend one of the major conferences (such as PDC, MIX etc…) to share knowledge, have fun, interact and generally have all kind of good times without leaving their home or office. This year, I cannot make it to the Professional Developer Conference because of multiple reasons (too much work, too many travels ;)) but I will talk to the NotAtPDC conference 2009! Read the rest of this entry » ...
Topic I will present an introduction to NHibernate and Fluent NHibernate. This introduction will not only discuss NHibernate in isolation but show its usage embedded in a realistic yet simple WPF application. All aspects of how to setup, run and extend such an application will be discussed. An important focus will be put on the differences between testing and running the application. Bio After receiving my Ph.D. of Physics at the Federal Institute of Technologies in Zurich, Switzerland, I worked ...
Microsoft has just released the November CTP (CTP 3) of StreamInsight. See http://www.microsoft.com/do... I've encountered some confusion from more than one person about the status of StreamInsight, so let me explain briefly that a CTP is a Community Technology Preview. It's not a beta as such. CTPs are closely aligned with the shorter iterative development cycles of agile methodologies. Many Microsoft product teams ...