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Last week I deployed a small update to Geekswithblogs.net based on a blogger suggestion to get the last version of the Admin Blog Editor’s input control on the server so he could do some cool stuff he wanted to with syntax. I published that update and then fixed some of the annoying CSS issues we had on the server side to make it a little cleaner looking UI. I need to do more work for sure, but I fixed the majority of the issues. Another area I put some time into was the long standing request for ...
Got your attention? Good. It really doesn’t. Developer’s, in general, are always afraid to let other developers see they’re code. They are afraid they won’t measure up. Since 90% (or better) of the world’s developers are male, maybe that insecurity of what’s under the covers carries over into development. Maybe we just DEFINE ourselves too much by our profession and our coding prowess. I am as guilty as anyone. I am always afraid someone will look at code I’ve written and think that I am a fraud. ...
This last weekend I had the opportunity to head up to Des Moines, Iowa and give a presentation at the a regional developer event called the Iowa Code Camp. Due to a bunch of recent travel and speaking commitments (including the Windows 7 Launch event in St. Louis and spending next week in LA for PDC) I decided a weekend in Des Moines would make a very nice little trip for the family. During my time at the conference my wife and three little girls took the opportunity to hit the local zoo and the ...
Going into the whole podcasting adventure was something that I didn’t know if I was ready for or not. I won’t lie, it has taken a LOT more time than I had initially estimated. But getting the opportunity to meet and interact with the people that I have has been wonderful. I thought setting up interviews, given that the site is new, would be difficult. As it turns out getting people to come on the show has worked out quite well. So much so that people are now asking to come on the show directly. Wonderful. ...
I've been very frustrated with the lack of flexibility with wordpress.com hosted blogs, so I am yet again moving. This time I wanted to host my own instance of Subtext but discovered that geekswithblogs.net uses Subtext and figured I would give one last attempt to a hosted community online :) I guess I just don't want to deal with running my own server just for a blog. The most important thing I wanted back was Syntaxhighlighter which was about impossible to use with wordpress.com without paying ...
In October, I received the Microsoft MVP Award. The award is given based on past performance over the previous year. Each year, the renewal is re-evaluated – again based on past performance. I am thankful for everyone that nominated me and helped make this happen. Let me make a shout out to my friend Randy Walker from the great neighboring state of Arkansas. It was at his urging and his persistence that finally made this happen. Randy is pretty active in the community in this region so many of you ...
In this Issue: Alex Golesh, Rick Barraza, AfricanGeek, Laurent Duveau, Scott Marlowe, Mason Brown, Rishi, Radenko Zec, Alex van Beek, and Anoop. Shoutout: Here's the announcement from the Bing Community site: Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released Laurence Moroney has a good article up on Web 2.0 – What’s it all about? Tim Heuer reports on Two Silverlight SDKs released – Bing and Facebook Tim Greenfield posts about his winning Component Art Silverlight Contest entry PuzzleTouch wins the ComponentArt ...
Some pictures from the awesome TechEd Europe. My favourite – “Xmas Lunch” on the Thursday: The rather large entrance The Berlin wall (outside a restaurant!) The amazing hands on lab area: A typical session (AJAX in this case): The expo: The community doodle wall: I suspect Andrew Fryer was at work: And a panel discussion: ...
I haven’t written a post in a while, and this has shown up in my Twitter feed a few times. So if you care, here you go. I decided to take a break from all of the social networking stuff and see how life is/was before all of that. It kept me from “noodling” with my phone which seem to make my wife think I was working. She likes it better when she believes I’m working less, and actually so do I. One plus. On Twitter I picked up on cool conference that was happening and I attended, and many other bits ...
If you heard about Microsoft Oxite CMS, this is the new one, created as a different project to avoid previous developer comments.: From Press: Microsoft's open-source CMS platform is (re)born | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com http://blogs.zdnet.com/micr... Project Homepage: http://orchard.codeplex.com Quote From Press: The guesses (by me and others) look like they were on target. The “Orchard Project,” which is getting its debut on November 11 at Tech Ed Europe is, indeed, the successor ...
I have had a bit of a “SQL Azure” day at TechEd Europe. I sat through David Robinsons excellent intro to SQL Azure development (smooth, on time, great Q&A), caught up with David afterwards to exchange stories on SQL Azure and find out what I will be missing at PDC next week and then grabbed the chance to capture a short 10minute podcast which I will publish up on Channel 9 next week. David did his demos using a new version of SQL Server Management Studio which works with SQL Azure and announced ...
On Monday at 9am (9th Nov 2009) I presented a session on Entity Framework 4 to several hundred attendees at TechEd in Berlin (DEV305). I have presented EF to developers many times before but this was the first time I had shown the new EF 4 in any detail. I was really interested in the questions and feedback after the session. The tone was much more positive. Developers recognise that we are addressing their concerns with v1 and that v4 includes many very welcome improvements. They just want to get ...
Run FxCop as a post build event Since FxCop 1.36 it is possible to include FxCop in a post-build event. So FxCop runs after compiling in Visual Studio and allows you directly jumping to the warned line. Description of the command line In the sample above the command line is IF $(ConfigurationName) == Debug $(ProjectDir)..\..\..\..\to... /console /file:"$(TargetPath)" /directory:"$(ProjectDir)..... Interop Assemblies" /directory:"$(ProjectDir)..... ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Expression Blend and Deisgn Blog, Alan Mendelevich, Gergely Orosz, Jeff Handley, Chris Klug, Rishi, and Victor Gaudioso. Shoutouts: First off, on this Veteran's Day. If you served or are serving in the military, thank you for your service! ComponentArt has posted their contest results and Tim Greenfield won! Congratulations Tim! And the Winner is.. If you want to find all of Victor Gaudioso's video tutorials, you can either search at SilverlightCream.com, or check out ...
Tomorrow night I’ll be at RockNUG presenting LINQ to SQL. Yes, LINQ to SQL. Again. In the last 2 years I have presented LINQ to SQL numerous times at various user groups and code camps. Why do I keep getting asked to present LINQ to SQL? Isn’t LINQ to SQL dead? Answer: No. LINQ to SQL is not dead! This confusion all started back in October 2008 with a seemingly innocuous post on the ADO.NET team blog discussing the emphasis that Microsoft was going to put into the Entity Framework going forward. ...
I just got through interviewing Atif Aziz (@raboof on twitter – foobar spelled backwards!) probably most known (at least to me) for his ELMAH (Error Logging Modules and Handlers) contribution. We discussed ELMAH, ELMAH’s Veracode Application Security Rating which made OWASP top 10 in 2007 and SANS-CWE top 25, Fizzler, Jayrock, BackLINQ, LINQBridge, and MoreLINQ. Atif is a very smart guy and you can truly hear his passion for sharing with the development community when speaking with him. This was ...

The crew over at Microsoft have been working on putting together a RIA Services Community site where everyone can contribute resources and engage in discussions about .NET RIA Services.  It’s live now and ready for you to check out. You’ll find downloads, overview documentation, blog post references, and other resources.

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I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. This past Thursday was the last user group meeting of the year and the last meeting with me present as leader. Next week I am meeting with about 4 or 5 people to hand over the KC Office Geeks. Every so often I look back and reflect on where I have come in the past few years and how I got to this point in time. We have 177 people on the mailing list and an average from 15-20 people at each meeting. When Jeff handed off the group to me we were average 3 people per ...
Hey all. I wanted to let you know who was slated for the next interview - Javier Lozano. Javier is a .NET consultant in Des Moines, Iowa. He's an ASP.NET MVP and MCSD specializing in ASP.NET, system architecture, and training. Javier is also a co-founder of the Iowa .NET Users Group. On his blog you can find posts on ASP.NET, architecture, design patterns, .NET, XML and Indigo (WCF). Javier enjoys giving back to the community by speaking at user groups, local/regional .NET events, being active in ...
Hey all. I wanted to let you know who was slated for the next interview - Javier Lozano. Javier is a .NET consultant in Des Moines, Iowa. He's an ASP.NET MVP and MCSD specializing in ASP.NET, system architecture, and training. Javier is also a co-founder of the Iowa .NET Users Group. On his blog you can find posts on ASP.NET, architecture, design patterns, .NET, XML and Indigo (WCF). Javier enjoys giving back to the community by speaking at user groups, local/regional .NET events, being active in ...
Hey all. I wanted to let you know who was slated for the next interview - Javier Lozano. Javier is a .NET consultant in Des Moines, Iowa. He's an ASP.NET MVP and MCSD specializing in ASP.NET, system architecture, and training. Javier is also a co-founder of the Iowa .NET Users Group. On his blog you can find posts on ASP.NET, architecture, design patterns, .NET, XML and Indigo (WCF). Javier enjoys giving back to the community by speaking at user groups, local/regional .NET events, being active in ...
I met Philippe Schutz at the TechDays in Geneva early this year, and have been following him on Facebook since then. He does amazing work with logos and icons, and it is only natural that I have thought of him when I decided to get a new logo and icons for the MVVM Light Toolkit. A brand identity is quite important to me even in private projects. This is why I created the site GalaSoft (www.galasoft.ch) years ago, and started using this “brand” consistently as well as the cat logo (more about that ...
In this Issue: XamlNinja, Zoltan Arvai, Alan Mendelevich, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Chris Klug, Pete Brown, Fons Sonnemans, Tim Heuer, Jeff Prosise, and Mark Miller Shoutouts: Corey Miller posted a User Experience Review post that's a good read. Jeff Wilcox announced The Silverlight Toolkit - now in the Microsoft Web Platform Installer Andrew Duthie blogged about the Freescale Sensor Badge - Fun Gadget! ... get yours! Laurent Bugnion announced another early release of his MVVM Light Toolkit V3 ...
I thought it would be useful (at least to me!) to summarise the new stuff in Entity Framework 4 given it actually comes in 2 parts. The list is a simplified and categorised version of this and this. General Foreign Keys now added: EF 4 now includes a new type of associations (Foreign Key Associations) that allow you to have Foreign Key properties on your entities. They are the default although the EF v1 Independent Associations remain. Lazy Loading on by Default in new Models: Also name change from ...
There seems to be enough confusion about the betas and ctps of Entity Framework 4 to warrant a brief post. Hopefully this should clear things up nicely. Put simply: Most of Entity Framework 4 (EF4) will ship with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 (.NET4/VS2010), however not all of it will. Most of EF4 is therefore in the beta releases of .NET4/VS2010, however not all of it is. The missing bits of EF4 appear in EF4 Feature CTP releases “soon after” the release of a beta. Right now (Nov 6th 2009), ...
StarterKits for Silverlight and the Expression Tools Lately I’ve seen some tweets passing by with links to various StarterKits. I’ve decided to "Bing” around a little and find out what these people were talking about. There are quite a few StarterKits available on various topics. I’ve listed a few below, old and new ones, that I find relevant to my fields of interest: Silverlight and the Expression Blend, Design and Web. Building a Zune Website with Expression Blend 3 StarterKit In this lab you will ...
Seems there has been a large enough uproar from the IT community for Microsoft to announce intentions to support Exchange 2007 on the newly released Windows 2008 R2 OS in the near future. “We always talk about listening to customers and sometimes this is written off by many as 'marketing speak'. In fact, we do take feedback seriously and no input is more important to our engineering processes than your voice. Earlier this year we made a decision in one direction, and due to the feedback we have received ...
For those that wish to attend the PDC Underground but do not live in the US, please use your local address during PDC (for example the address of your hotel).  While the PDC Underground is designed for local developers, all are welcome.  A chance for the local developer community to meet their counterparts around the world is a greeat opportunity.
I Just finished reading Learning jQuery 1.3 by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg. This book provides a really indepth overview of jQuery along with many real world code samples. Its very well written and talks about all necessary topics from getting you started to Selectors, Events, Effects, DOM Manipulation, AJAX, Table Manipulation, Forms with Function, Shufflers and Rotators, Using Plugins etc. It also talks about advanced topics like extending jQuery and writing your own plugins and contributing ...
Virtual ALT.NET (VAN) is the online gathering place of the ALT.NET community. Through conversations, presentations, pair programming and dojos, we strive to improve, explore, and challenge the way we create software. Using net conferencing technology such as Skype and LiveMeeting, we hold regular meetings, open to anyone, usually taking the form of a presentation or an Open Space Technology-style conversation. Please see the Calendar to find a VAN group that meets at a time convenient to you, and ...
Don't miss The Underground @ PDC 2009! Sponsored by Microsoft, INETA, and local partners and community, The Underground is your chance to hear from Microsoft and tech community leaders announcing Microsoft's Technology roadmap and newly released developer strategies. At The Underground, network with hundreds of other developers, architects and designers. Add savory cuisine, hosted Mojito bar, hand rolled cigars & more, at the world famous Conga Room in downtown L.A., and you have an experience ...
Seriously why do new bloggers insist on placing a test post with the word “test” as the entire body? This is just a weird concept to me. Please stop. No one wants to see you introduced to a community as “test”. Rather we would like to see you say, “Hi, this is my first post. My name is [Insert Name] and I am [Insert Interests and Bio]”. This is a blog community so why not try out a blog post for a test? Anyway, I am very sorry for the number of test posts we have been receiving lately. I will add ...
A few months ago I received an email from Rob Houweling explaining his ideas for a new Dutch usergroup, focused on Silverlight, Expression Design and Expression Blend. I’ve had been playing with the idea of a Silverlight usergroup myself at the time, so I didn’t have to think very long about joining. After meeting and numerous emails between six silverlight enthusiasts(Rob Houweling, Mark Monster, Koen Zwikstra, Antoni Dol, Eric van den Hoek and me, Timmy Kokke) the plans are worked out and it’s ...
I’ve taught a number of classes recently to people who are just getting started as software developers either as a way to change careers and move into our profession or just to people who love computers and want to learn more about how to program. I personally love these types of classes as they differ so much from the standard SharePoint or Silverlight type course where the average student is fairly skilled and the questions and interaction from students is very technical. In an introduction type ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce that we have another great speaker lined up for November. On November 18th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, John Baird will present “Building Silverlight LOB Apps.” With so many software development teams trying to make the switch from Winforms to WPF/Silverlight, I’m sure this talk will be very useful and informative. The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social Networking/Announcements 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ...
Back Links LINQ Overview, part zero LINQ Overview, part one (Extension Methods) LINQ Overview, part two (Lambda Expressions) Note: I realize it has been a really long time since I've posted anything. It is both exciting and humbling that I continue to receive such positive feedback on these articles. In fact, that is why I am trying to put in the effort and finish off this series before moving on to more recent topics. This nomad has been on some interesting journeys these past months, and I am really ...
There's been a few discussions going on recently with various colleagues and community members on the back of the SOA Manifesto announcement. In this discussions it made me think back to a year or so ago when I was watching some presentations about various SOA things. At the time there were discussions about why SOA was good, what it offered, why companies struggled with it and all of the usual stuff. At the time I was reflecting on things on the way home and was thinking you know SOA is really just ...
I have a WSS v3 server with SP1 and i was looking at upgrading the search to MS search express 2008. So i taught let me upgrade it to SP2. Donwloaded the trouble and then installed it and it went like a breeze. Everything went ok only i didn't test whether the search was working(MY FAULT -trusted MS) After a while i got an email from a user saying search isn't working.And i taught i'll just restart the search service and it will be fine.But that didn't do the trick Look a the ULS logs and Event Viewer ...
In this Issue: Mark Tucker, Pete Brown, The Silverlight Blog, Katrien De Graeve, Gavin Wignall, Rob Bagby, Nigel Sampson, Gergely Orosz, and The Microsoft Expression Blog. Shoutouts: Check out Walt Ritscher's Shazzam 1.1 – Topic List jfo has a quick post up Beta2 is out -- What's new in Cider Brad Abrams has an index page up for his .NET RIA Services series: Index for Business Apps Example for Silverlight 3 RTM and .NET RIA Services July Update. Or you could use the Search page at SilverlightCream.com ...
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 discuss (questions) from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: KarelD_MSFT (Expert)[2009-10-27 11:58]: Karel Danihelka - Developer in Partner Response Team. davbo_msft (Moderator)[2009-10-27 11:59]: Our chat today covers the topic of Windows ...
to download the source code please click here The <iframe> tag defines an inline frame that contains another document and is supported in all major browsers. The <iframe> can be placed anywhere in the document flow. The iframe properties such as height and width can be easily modified by CSS and JavaScript. Data can be passed back and forth between the parent container and iframe using Javasrcipt. The document that is displayed inside an iframe can access the main window by the parent ...
XMLHttpRequest (XHR) is a DOM API that can be used inside a web browser scripting language, such as JavaScript, to send an HTTP or an HTTPS request directly to a web server and load the server response data directly back into the scripting language. The technique that we are going to discuss here takes advantage of XMLHttpRequest objects readyState == 3 status (Interactive – Downloading) and responseText property to perform DOM manipulation in a browser. Here is how it works A request is initiated ...
It is quite common to display a loader-image or some kind of progress bar image in a browser when the server is busy serving the request. Before we go deep into page streaming techniques with XMLHTTPRequest call and IFrame, lets look into a simple loader icon implementation – the idea is to display “loading” image until the task completes, display the response in the browser when task ends and hide the loader image. to download the source code please click here Invoke a long task and display loader ...
to download the source code please click here In the earlier post we have discussed little bit about the limited number of worker threads available in the thread pool of ASP.NET and we identified why we should always try to avoid to block those important worker threads. ASP.NET 2.0 introduces Asyn=”true” attribute in the page to handle asynchronous scenarios and under the hood this attribute tells ASP.NET to implement IHttpAsyncHandler in the page. There are more than one ways available in ASP.NET ...
Here in this series of post I am discussing few techniques to give client instant feedback on task progress in ASP.NET page. In the previous post I have discussed about displaying task progress - using regular handler, here I will discuss how to do the same in standard asp.net page. to download the source code please click here Display task progress – in standard asp.net page In this technique we write some regular ASP.NET script in the page itself, that performs streaming to the original page response ...
So you are going to an event with 7,000 people that have similar interests to learn about a product that you have a vague idea about…I was excited prior to the event and nervous. I had a very bad week before the event. Every piece of technology that I brought with me to St. Louis broke. I had little sleep trying to get my code done and my technology to the point I started out with that Monday. Finally by Friday I was beat and hung out with my friends…On Saturday I went to Coders and everything after ...
I have meant to have this posted earlier in the week and then it became an email to all volunteers and finally morphed back into a blog posting. So here goes… Last weekend (Oct 16th-18th, 2009), St. Louis held it’s first annual Coders-4-Charities event at Washington Universities CAIT center in Clayton, MO. The event had been in the planning stages for many months and we had done a significant amount of work in lining up 9 charitable, non-profit organizations which each had IT needs which we felt ...
Today Telerik released our Beta 2 version of our FREE and popular Work Item Manager and Project Dashboard Tooling. There are a bunch of bug fixes (it was a Beta 1 after all) that have been made and one exciting new feature. We now have a way to assist with Iteration Planning. You choose a query (whatever you want) of the work items you want to schedule into Iterations or Sprints. You choose which Iterations you want to do allocation for, what your effort capacity is and we provide a drag-and-drop ...
I was involved in the St. Louis Coders 4 Charities event this past weekend; I was part of the TURNERS team that is responsible with helping the Turning Point agency (Warren County Council Against Domestic Violence) create a website. You see, out of the 9 charitable organizations in C4C’s list, Turning Point was the only one that did not have a website. It was an interesting project, and it allowed me to learn quite a bit of stuff. We recommended Webhost4life to be their webhost provider, asked them ...
TCCC7 is just around the corner (this weekend!!) and it looks like this one will be the biggest ever (again.) We have a terrific lineup, featuring intro talks on CSS, Ruby, XAML, Silverlight 3 & Robotics Studio. For the more seasoned developers Donn Felker has a great talk on the Spark View Engine and you definitely don't want to miss Adam Grocholski's talk on Code Generation. The architects among you may also enjoy Jordan Terrell's Domain Driven Design talk. Just like last year, we're holding ...