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The team and I were having a conversation about developers (we do that from time to time). It went something like: “Isn’t it a shame that so many developers are stuck on Visual Studio 2005 when Visual Studio 2008 would be way better for them and Visual Studio 2010 is just around the corner” “Why is that?” <LONG CONVERSATION LISTING EVERY REASON DEVELOPERS ARE ON 2005 DELETED> “And… then there are all these myths that developers believe to be true which hold them back from adopting Visual Studio ...
I've been looking at this skinning creator program for $129.95 from Artisteer for a while now and sure enough DotNetNuke skinning rookies will be able to create their own skins and apply them on their own sites. It appears that the DotNetNuke community is starting to endorse this product as well. The product has been out for a while now and its advertised as a way to change your theme using Joomia, Drupal and WordPress. Now, they have added support for DotNetNuke skins and DotNetNuke users have started ...
I’m very excited to announce the first Silverlight Winnipeg meetup! When: Tuesday October 27th, 5:30 PM to Whenever Where: Kings Head Pub (click here for a map) What: … The “What” may seem a bit different from other user group events that you’ve been to. For one, we’re not just aiming for Silverlight Winnipeg to be another user group. We want this to be a community of Silverlight developers and designers, people that are already immersed in the technology and want to connect with others who are like ...
In this Issue: Davide Zordan, SmartyP, Corey Schuman, Gavin Wignall(2), Jeff Paries, Vikram Pendse, Victor Gaudioso, Jeremy Likness, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutouts: Tomasz Janczuk has updated his research from July:Adoption of Silverlight serialization and communication technologies in web applications – October 2009 Check out Alexey Zakharov's Issues of Silverlight style system and join in the discussion. DanDan sent me a link to his Binaural Beats Generator... I'll let you be the judge From ...
So first impressions….. Hmmmmm…. This is BIG! First off, the conference is sold out. There has been an increase of attendance of close to 100% since the last conference. There are people here from over 70 different countries. The keynote was not what I had expected. Ballmer did a great job explaining the new vision for SharePoint and how they are starting to embrace more of what customers, developers, and IT pro's want. Some of the key areas that came up that were of importance were: Distributed ...
The Chicago Architects Group will be holding its next meeting on October 29th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: David Dickinson Topic: Agile Development Principles and their Practical Application Location: Illinois Technology Association 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 6:15 - Doors open at 6:00 ...
Imagine some newbie or junior web developer walks up to you and says, “What tools would you suggest I use to become a better web developer?” Assuming they’re already using either Visual Studio or Web Developer Express, what utilities or resources do you find indispensible for working with ASP.NET or just web development in general? Maybe you have a favorite online resource site that you recommend, Stack Overflow for example, or maybe you have a favorite utility like Chris Pederick’s Web Developer ...
Daniel Bardi, a Visual WebGui user shared his experience with the Umbraco community as he wrote in his post "...The UI is amazing and works in all known webbrowsers... it's the reason I had decided on the platform for the project (and by reading the many, many reviews). The framework allows non-web developers (or winform developers) to build web applications using a WinForms development environment. No more worries about session and state. The web applications runs on the server and is "projected" ...
For a long time I’ve been wondering how to create a smoke effect like used in the Silverlight Logo for example. There are some techniques to render smoke by using 3D modeling software. But creating this effect in a tool like Expression Design is easier than it looks. Below is an example of what the end result might look like. After opening expression Design start by creating a new document.The size of the document isn’t very important as long as you have a bit of space to play with some paths, so ...
I often get asked what IoC Container I prefer. Short answer: StructureMap. I love the fluent syntax for configuration. Overall, it’s easy to use, has many advanced features, and is very lightweight. I view the learning curve with StructureMap as relatively small. It is one of the longest-lived IoC containers (if not *the* longest) and has a huge adoption rate which means it’s quite mature and not difficult to find code examples online. For example, there is the StructureMap mailing list. Additionally, ...
I’d like to provide you with a SilverBullet™, a small snippet of Silverlight, a class or namespace hidden in the silverlight .NET framework, to help you out in times of need. It’s not to learn, but something to keep in your pocket. Just remember it’s there and you’re safe. This time I would like a little helper class to your attention. When working in a web environment ever so often you need to encode/decode a Url or a piece of Html. In Silverlight you need to look for the System.Windows.Browser.Http... ...
Even though I heart about transactional file system support since Vista, I never really tried it. So needing to do it today I looked up ways to use it from the managed world. Turns out it's not so straightforward... In the Vista RC, to use the transactional fs support what you'd have to do is just call some win32 api methods that would signal the file system functions that there's a transaction going on. So basically you would whip up a TransactionScope, call the win32 api to set the "transaction-aware" ...
BizTalk Server 2006 R2 service pack 1 BETA is available now; product team is looking for the community feedback on the BETA. List of fixes as part of this release: http://support.microsoft.co... New Features in BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Service Pack 1: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... You can download from connect: https://connect.microsoft.com/ ...
Over three years ago I ran in to a Microsoft server product that I fell in love with. It is enormous, complex, and useful in so many ways. Enormous because it solves many common business problems out of the box there isn't many competitors that can top that. Complex because there isn't just one way to solve most of the business problems with this product. Any solution that you create with the product can be as unique as the client you are implementing it for. Useful because even with all of the out ...
Last monday (oct 5th) I gave a presentation for the Montreal .NET Community. There where two subjects, the first one was called "watch your stack traces!!" and the second was "Can you speak modern .NET?". In case someone from the presentation wants the code I prensented, (sorry all comments are in french) I'm seriously searching a way to get this zip file up here somewhere... Until then you can reach me at vgrondin @ hotmail dot com and I'll be glad to sent it to you. Thanks for the how to D'Arcy ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Gavin Wignall, Fernando Cerqueira, Silverlight Tips, Mark Tucker, Mike Taulty, Robbe Morris, Brad Abrams, Christopher Bennage, and Victor Gaudioso. Shoutouts: The Silverlight Blog reports Silverlight Spikes AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Matches Live to Your Computer From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3 – Local Messaging Explained + Enhancement Mark Monster has a great detailed post up on Local Messaging, and adds in an enhancement of his own.Using Images and Video in Blend ...
As a VB MVP and someone who really loves VB in general, this kind of news really makes me smile… Microsoft has heard your feedback that VB/C# content parity is a top priority for the VB community. Given that, this issue has become a top priority for the languages team. The Approach We’ve gone about a prioritized approach, in order to fill holes for the most important technologies and content types first. Here are some general guidelines we’ve used… Technologies are prioritized by the number of current ...
Doug Turnure has recently provided a lot more content to .NET University. .NET University is a site where user groups (or individuals) can download presentations, complete with spiffy slide decks and demos/labs. There are now over 40 downloads (both C# and VB.NET - Yay!) RV.NUG used .NET U back when .NET 3.0 was first released. We found the slides and demos were both excellent. (You can even see us on the alumnus page on .NET U!) This resource provides many opportunities to user groups. Here's my ...
I've largely finished my presentation for the October Rules Fest 2009 conference in Dallas at the end of the month. I'm speaking on complex event processing (CEP). My plan is to provide a broad survey of CEP technologies, chiefly concentrating on the similarities and differences between event stream and rules processing. There has been a lot of interest and activity around event processing in the rules community in recent years, and not a little controversy about the best approaches and, indeed, ...
Yesterday’s Richmond Code Camp was a very well-executed and quality event for the development community! Attending primarily as a speaker, it was clear to see there had been a great deal of work and thought put into organization of sessions, registration, and logistics. The entire event was run quite smoothly and was over in a flash (probably a result of how organized things were run). It was great to speak with so many folks (speakers and attendees) I’ve grown to know this year from attending other ...
Today I would like to show you how to create lines like above in Expression Design. After opening Expression Design, start by creating a new .design document. Now, zoom in a bit to the upper left corner of the document. Draw a small rectangle and give it some easy numbers. Move the rectangle to 10, 10 and change it width and height to 10 too. Change the stroke of the rectangle to none, and change the fill color to black. Copy the black rectangle and move it to position 10,20. Change its color to ...
One of the biggest successes of any technology platform is the success of its communities that back it, and in my opinion this has been one of the biggest contributing factors of SharePoint's ever growing popularity. So in contract if you look at the community effort for a product such as Commerce Server, which itself is a niche – but one that is now starting to head into mainstream with the achievements of Commerce Server 2009 and its alignment with both the SharePoint family, and moving into the ...
For all 10 of you guys who read my blog and the 200 or so bots that are there to make me feel comfortable I learned something really sad tonight. Jeremy Thake, who runs http://www.sharepointdevwik... lost his shirt sponsor for SharePoint Conference. We all use it as developers in the SharePoint world from correct disposal to how would you loop through a series of items in a list. So come on guys you know you want to sponsor the shirts he was going to make up for SharePoint Conference so we all ...
Woohoo! I won another Community-Credit prize! If you’re unfamiliar with Community-Credit.com, check it out here and find out how you too can track points you rack-up for making contributions to the development community. My points this month were mostly from speaking at various code camps and user groups in the area, plus tasks associated with running FredNUG. I’m sure this gem will provide some needed stress relief during those intensive sprints in the future. 3rd Place: The Live Action Flying Duck ...
Kansas City held this great event where developers volunteer their time to fulfill the IT needs of charitable organizations back in April 2008. The event was called Coders 4 Charities and it was a great success. It was then made into an annual event, with their last one held last April. Kevin Grossnicklaus heard about this and he worked with other community leaders in organizing a similar event to be held in St. Louis, thus C4C – St. Louis is born. I volunteered to be part of this great community ...
Beware of geeks bearing gifts... I just got notification that I won one of the monthly "stupid prizes for smart people" from Community Credit. Thanks to David Silverlight for founding this great program. I'm sure productivity in my office will soar once I install my new Desktop Swing Ball: I've only started blogging regularly recently, and am working on overcoming my natural shyness to try to volunteer to help out more with the St. Louis .NET community. I hope that sometime in the near future, I'll ...
Earlier, I had written this post on how you can accomplish using FileUpload control in UpdatePanel since by default it wasn’t supported. The post seems to have helped many and keeps being the most visited one. However, with the new release of Ajax Control Toolkit (v 3.0.30930) released specifically for .NET 3.5 SP1 (with Visual Studio 2008 SP1), there are couple of new controls. One of them is the AsyncFileUpload control. Thanks to the codeplex community which keeps getting better and better with ...
I've been renewed again this year as a member of this elite cabal of crazies that call themselves Team System MVP!! I feel really happy today, this is always good to know our commitment to the product we love is recognize by our peers, community leaders and Microsoft. This program has really been a blessing for me in the last 5 years I've met incredibly bright, funny, cranky (at times) and very passionate people that I always look forward to seeing and talking too. My professional career has really ...
After submitting several abstracts for the code camps in the surrounding area, I now have my October planned and what a busy time it will be! Having recently returned from the Raleigh Code Camp, which was a fantastic event(many thanks to the organizers for putting together such a well run event for the developer community), I learned that I’ll also be speaking at the NoVa and Philly.NET Code Camps. So in addition to attending some excellent sessions and catching up with some geek friends, I’ll also ...
Wow! Last month’s meeting was terrific! Claudio Lassala’s presentation rocked. Also, the format of the meeting worked so well we’re going to stick with it for the Wednesday, October 28th meeting. This month FredNUG has another great speaker lined up. We’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, Antonio Chagoury will present Mash-Up Your DotNetNuke Using RESTful APIs. This sounds like an informative presentation covering a variety of key technologies. The scheduled ...
I’d like to provide you with a SilverBullet™, a small snippet of Silverlight, a class or namespace hidden in the silverlight .NET framework, to help you out in times of need. It’s not to learn, but something to keep in your pocket. Just remember it’s there and you’re safe. Occasionally it’s required to use an Rss or an Atom feed in your projects. Just to show some news, or the latest update on the stock exchange. Working with these, often large, chucks of xml directly can be a pain. In Silverlight ...
The Roanoke Valley SharePoint User Group (RVSPUG) held it's first "event" last Friday (September 25). The group is hopes to grow and increase community awareness by hosting the event during the workday (as opposed to the weeknight monthly meetings). Special thanks to Susan Lennon, SharePoint guru, speaker extraordinaire from Virginia Beach. She delivered two informative presentations back-to-back and answered many questions from a very interactive audience (typical Roanoke!). Susan has posted the ...
Unlike WPF, Silverlight doesn't contain a DataTemplateSelector. A DataTemplateSelector is used to select a data template based on the data-bound element and the data object. But, it isn't hard to build your own. Start by adding a class to the solution and call it something like “DataTemplateSelector”. Inherit this class from System.Windows.Controls.Con... The ContentControl class has a property for a data template and a property for content, which you can use to data-bind to. Next, create ...
I just finished listening to a great .NET Rocks interview with Phil Japikse, where he talked about his experiences working on Hope Mongers, a volunteer-run asp.net-based website that brings charity projects together with donators. “Chief Monger” Sam Henry says: Whether helping orphans on the other side of the planet or families just around the corner, so much authentic living, learning and feeling flows from the intense human connection that happens when you know you are changing someone’s life. ...
Continuing to share some helpful mobile development tools I find. In this post, Widgets. [If you attended one of my community talks, this is the blog post I mentioned.] The best resource for the Widget's details is the blog and MSDN page. That is what I used to prepare for my presentation and write a few widgets. The Widgets are incredibly simple. I was suprised once I read up on everything I can find. That is it. It’s all there is. Incredibly simple in v1 of Widgets for Windows Phone OS. 1. Setting ...
For those of you who are Freelance – as I was for well over a decade. 23rd November 2009 sees the first inaugural Freelancers day to the contribution that freelancers, contractors and consultants make to the UK economy. From the website giving more details of the day; Freelance contractors and consultants provide flexible solutions and are working hard with their clients to assist economic recovery. In a drive to gain wider recognition for the contribution that freelancers, consultants and contractors ...
In our Workflow application it was created a lot of Workflow level Dependency properties that was used to interchange data between different activities. Workflow.PropertyA= Activity1.PropertyA Activity2.PropertyA=Workflo... We believed that is a safe way to avoid concurrency problems. But it was WRONG. Article ActivityExecutionContext in Workflows explains, that Workflow properties as a shared data between activities is not a safe method and can cause concurrency errors in case of CAG or ...
Just wanted to drop a quick post with an update on some upcoming developer events in the St. Louis area. First, as mentioned in previous posts, the first annual Coders-4-Charities event will be held on October 16th-18th. More information can be found on our site at http://www.c4c-stl.org. Please consider volunteering your time and sharing information about this event with your friends/peers. If you have any questions drop me an email at kvgros@architectnow.net. Second, on October 22nd and 23rd at ...
Now help is on the way in the form of Microsoft WebsiteSpark, a program announced today that will empower Web site design and Web application development firms with 10 or fewer employees. WebsiteSpark provides development tools, production licenses for server products, technical support, business development support, and access to the expertise and services of Microsoft’s community of partners and hosters. visit http://www.microsoft.com/we... to learn more ...
I was in awe before the master himself. A week of absolute code bliss with Jean-Paul Boodhoo. It has really been a life changing experience. I know it has changed me and the way I look at code. My focus has changed radically. I now find myself being a nag with team members. Make it work first, then make it as humanly readable as possible. Or maybe it shoul dbe "Make it as readable as humanly possible"...I just read the five blog entries I wrote back then, and I'm amazed at the endurance that was ...
I'm at the Windows 7 launch event in Ft. Lauderdale working the community booth with Alex Funkhouser, Kathy Malone and a brief celebrity appearance by Shervin Shakibi, Here are some pictures I took this morning! View Full Album ...
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. [Initual release 22nd Sept 2009] [Updated 23rd Sept, with links from Julie Lerman] [Updated 2nd Oct, with slidedeck section] [Large Update 15th Dec – including PDC09 content, my new posts and plenty of stuff from Julie L, Tony and others] This is my attempt to pull together all (ok – most) of the improvements in Entity Framework 4.0 and aggregate useful resources against each. It is very ...
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day two: The Tuesday plan vs actual was … 100% spot on. Install Entity Framework CTP on Windows XP Mode. SUCCESS Install VS2010 into a Boot from HD Windows 7 VHD (Yep… back to plan A as I would much prefer to use VS2010 without a VM but also without installing it direct on my host Windows 7 which I want to keep reasonably clear) SUCCESS Revisit both decks. DONE Play with Entity ...
G. Andrew Duthie (and company) received a great welcome from the always passionate and involved Roanoke attendees at the Fall 2009 edition of the Mid-Atlantic MSDN & IT Pro RoadShow. I know I say it over and over, but presenters really enjoy the Roanoke crowds; their passion, their hospitality and their enthusiasm. So thanks to everyone that attended. If you missed it, start hanging out with the cool kids from RV.NUG and you'll be one of the first to know about the next event. Thanks goes to ...
In this Issue: Mark Tucker, Bart Czernicki, Bob Bartholomay, Silverlight Toys, Sergey Barskiy, Andy Beaulieu Shoutouts: Falling into the category of the next MVP->Microsoft category, a big Congratulations goes out to Pete Brown!! Now with more forehead! (or, a happy shade of blue) As promised, Karl Shifflett announced XAML Power Toys v5 Published ... with tons of support material... thanks Karl! Brad Abrams chats: HanselMinutes Interview on RIA Services From SilverlightCream.com: Hidden Object: ...
There has a bunch of great stuff going on here in St. Louis and it’s about time I shared some of the news. St. Louis Day of .NET 2009 This event was held on August 28th and 29th here in St. Louis at the Ameristar Casino and Conference Center. We had 500 people in attendance (including attendees, speakers, etc) and the overwhelming feedback was that is a HUGE success. As organizers everything fortunately came off smoothly after all of our stress and prep-work. We’ve accumulated a list of “lessons ...
I sort of underestimated the love of free hands on 2010 training. We have about 71 people signed up with about 50 or so people for the hands on lab sessions. I opened up the registration a couple of weeks ago. It's insane the kind of draw that we are receiving. In February I opened up registration with barely 20 people on the Click to Attend. The guys I worked with had to push to get out publicity. I called up all the local recruiters. With 3 months to spare we are at 71 out of 250. I am going to ...
I’ve heard good things about last year’s Kansas City event, and am excited that we’re doing it in St. Louis. Thanks to the organizers for this great opportunity to help out some good organizations… Are you interested in volunteering your time and technical talent to help our community? On October 16th through the 18th we have organized a local charity event called Coders 4 Charities. This event will benefit many St. Louis-area non-profit organizations by providing them IT solutions that would traditionally ...
I am visiting beautiful city of Nashvillie, TN, US and involoved in rather interesting project involving WCF, silverlight and SQL server 2008. Also being used are Search server (FAST) / Lucene .Net Omniture (for Web analytics) Integration with Community server, Twitter, Facebook Velocity – Distributed caching. MemCache – Web server Cache I am also planning to use Nikhil’s MVVM Silverlight Fx at silverlight end or MEF LINQ / Enity framework - for ORM. That remind me of scenario where i had to register ...
Surface is cool. There’s no doubt about that. People who walk up to the machine and start using it are usually impressed by it. That also goes for developers: they are sometimes even overwhelmed by it and start to wonder how hard it is to develop software for this platform. The good news is, is that it is actually fairly easy to build software for the Surface platform. Well, easy… if you know how to develop in WPF that is. In this post I will outline the most common steps to take to develop your ...