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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author March 2008 Entries
Florida Technical Communities (January 2009 Update)
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and earlier this year started putting together one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 8:26 PM

Book Review: ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials
If you are an ASP.NET developer or want to become one, there are numerous books available that talk about the ASP.NET framework and/or how to build web sites using ASP.NET. Pact Publishing has a book that focuses specifically on the data presentation controls that are available in ASP.NET, including ASP.NET 3.5 called ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials by Joydip Kanjilal. The book provides a good introduction to the basics of how data binding in ASP.NET works and then expands on that introduction ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 6:52 PM

Reminder: March 2008 Tampa Bay IASA Meeting
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA February meeting is Thursday night (March 27) starting at 6:30 PM. Mark Willoughby, Product Marketing Manager, CISSP, Symplified, Inc. is speaking on "A Veteran’s Experience Succeeding With Identity Management". Please be sure to register so we have an idea of how many pizzas to order. Technorati Tags: IASA, Meetings ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:52 PM

Orlando Code Camp 2008 - Thanks!
I just got back from Orlando Code Camp 2008 and wanted to thank everyone who was involved in organizing it and everyone who came out to attend sessions. I believe there were about 250 people attending with about 40 speakers presenting on over 50 topics. For those of you who attended my talks on memory management fundamentals - "Thank you!". I had a great turnout at both sessions, with about 18 people at each. I got a lot of great questions from everyone and some really good feedback as well. If you ......

Posted On Sunday, March 23, 2008 7:58 PM

Organize your travel with TripIt
A lot of people have been talking lately about TripIt, a web-based travel organizer website created by some of the same people that brought you Hotwire. TripIt, however, isn't your ordinary travel site. With the ever increasing use of online services to make travel plans, organizing the details scattered across multiple emails and varying formats can be difficult and sometimes downright frustrating. TripIt simplifies all of that by knowing how to read the confirmation email formats of most of the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:06 PM

New Lineup of SlickEdit Tools
I have talked about the SlickEdit Tools and Gadgets in the past (here and here) and have always been impressed with both of them. Previously, the SlickEdit Tools were only available for Visual Studio 2005. Now that Visual Studio 2008 is here, SlickEdit has released an update that works with both VS2005 and VS2008. The catch here is that this is much more than a simple update. The major difference is that the tools have been organized into two products: the Editing Toolbox (datasheet), which contains ......

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 4:18 PM

Tech·Ed 2008: Get Involved with Birds-of-a-Feather
Help Make the Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions a Success! Contribute to the Community and Get Rewarded June 3-6 Orlando, FL INETA is once again coordinating the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions at Tech·Ed 2008. Based upon feedback, the deadline for topic submissions has been extended to Wed 4/2/2008 and the voting deadline to Mon 4/7/2008. If you sign up to host two sessions and moderate one session OR host three sessions, you will get the following special BOF Volunteer Package including: A Tech·Ed ......

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 2:11 PM

How big is the .NET Framework?
No, this question isn't asking how much disk space is required by the Framework. It's really asking "How complex is the .NET Framework for developers?" As you might guess, the answer is: It's pretty complex. All joking aside, this is neither an uncommon nor unreasonable question and answer. The reality of it is that the .NET Framework is a very complicated application programming interface (API) but is designed in such a way to expose that complexity gradually (at least in most cases). Brad Abrams ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 18, 2008 11:44 PM

Party with Palermo: 2008 MVP Summit Edition
So I was supposed to go to Party with Palermo for Tech·Ed 2007 but didn't manage to make it to town in time. Now that I know I'm going to the MVP Summit this year, I'm planning to go to the MVP Summit edition. As always, the cover charge is one business card, which will get you in the door and registered for the grand prize drawings. This is free to attend, with free food, drink, and swag. April 13, 2008 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM Jillian's: http://www.jilliansbilliard... 731 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 18, 2008 9:45 AM

Windows Live SkyDrive Feature Requests
I have been a big fan of SkyDrive since it was first available as a beta release. Now that it has been officially released, it has continued to get better. Just recently, the SkyDrive team announced the top list of feature requests that they are looking to implement. The list so far is: Allowing multiple downloads at once. Displaying how many times a file has been downloaded. Supporting file synchronization from the desktop. Providing an API for storing and retrieving files. Adding SkyDrive access ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 11:08 AM

Reminder: March 2008 Tampa Bay IASA Meeting
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA March meeting is next Thursday (March 27), starting at 6:30 PM. Mark Willoughby from Symplified, Inc. is presenting on Identity Management. This promises to be an interesting and informative presentation on the core principles and challenges faced when designing and deploying an Identity Management solution. In case you're worried, this is a non-sales presentation intended for business and security/IT professionals who are looking to cut through the noise and ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 10:36 AM

NameValueCollection and .NET Configuration Files
I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out how to make use of a NameValueCollection in a .NET configuration file. After wasting almost the entire night fighting with this problem, I thought I would let everyone know that it is possible, and easier than you might think. (By the way, this was a clear case of working too long on the problem. After a good nights sleep, I solved this in under 5 minutes.) At this point you might wonder why this was so difficult. The largest and most significant problem ......

Posted On Sunday, March 16, 2008 8:00 PM

Tampa Bay IASA - March 2008 Meeting
The Tampa Bay chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) is dedicated to building a community of professionals interested in topics related to software architecture. This organization welcomes all interested professionals. Whether you are a senior enterprise architect at a fortune 100 company or an aspiring architect with only a few years of experience. When: 3/27/2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Topic: My 10 Years In Identity – A Veteran’s Experience Succeeding With Identity Management ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 12, 2008 1:15 PM

Tech·Ed Developers: Birds of a Feather Topic
Many of you may remember that I moderated a Birds of a Feather session at Tech·Ed last year on Code style and standards. I am happy to announce that I will (hopefully) be moderating a follow-up session this year. From last years session, there were almost 100 people that showed up, so I hope to see you again so we can continue the discussion and find out how successful (or unsuccessful) you have been at implementing code standards and what new issues and ideas everyone has. Here is the topic abstract: ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 9:38 AM

Windows Live FolderShare Beta
A while ago I talked about Windows Live FolderShare. As a reminder, for those of you who don't know: FolderShare allows you to synchronize files across multiple computers and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no longer need to send large files via email, burn them to CDs/DVDs and mail them, or upload them to a website. FolderShare allows you to share and sync important information instantly with anyone you invite, making it the perfect solution for personal or small business ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 11:11 PM

Caring about the developer community
One of my fellow GWB bloggers recently posed the question "Do you care about your developer community?" and offered some interesting ideas for user groups to adopt to help foster more community spirit. Hopefully whatever troubles D'Arcy is having will straighten themselves out, but the questions he asks and one of the responses got me thinking. I have always tried to be active in my local developer community and in the larger online community. I was active online far longer than I have been active ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 2:48 PM

IE8 Standards Mode Problems
In a previous post I talked about the new IE8 Beta 1 release and IE7 compatibility mode. In that post I mentioned that I had only run in to one site that didn't render properly in IE8 standards mode. Since that post, I took a look at my blog in IE8 standards mode and realized that it also has some problems. After doing some more quick testing, I actually noticed that the Snap preview windows and the Live Search display panel also have problems. The Live Search window actually doesn't display any ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 9:09 PM

Silverlight 2 Beta 1
More announcements from Mix came from Scott Guthrie, who announced the release of Silverlight 2 Beta 1. (In case you don't know, Silverlight 2 was previously called Silverlight 1.1) This release provides a lot of new features and controls, including layout containers such as a Grid and StackPanel, control skinning and templating. There are improvements in both networking and general performance as well. Better integration with Visual Studio 2008 is also provided as well as a new release of Expression ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 8:42 PM

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1
The Microsoft MIX08 conference is going on this week and even though I didn't go this year (maybe next year or ReMix) there are enough people blogging about what's happening at the conference that you can still keep up with most of it. There were a lot of big announcements during the keynote and the first day of the conference, including the first public beta of Internet Explorer 8. This release is primarily focused on web developers and designers to give them as much time as possible to validate ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 8:17 PM

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