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Tampa UX: Improving your ASP.NET Ajax Interactions using Services 03/11/2009 - 7:00 PM - Answers Systems, 4029 Tampa Rd Oldsmar fl 34677, 6:30pm (doors open)/7:00pm (Sessions start) Click here for Registration and Details ...
Doug Hauger, General Manager Business Strategy, recently spoke at the Thomas Weisel Partners 2009 Technology & Telecom conference. The wide ranging discussion covers an overview of the Windows Azure service and cloud technology more broadly. He gave some good answers to a number of topics: On describing Azure... "What we've done is to come out with a set of services that we believe simplify the life of the developer, and make it easier for them to build applications that scale..." On how cloud ...
After 2 months of studying, I took the MCTS test today. I passed! Barely :D Let's just say that if I had missed one more question, I would've probably failed. That test definately kicked my butt. It was much harder than I had anticipated. I prepared for the test by going through the Microsoft MCTS book a couple of times. I then went through the review questions and took the practice tests multiple times until I memorized all the questions. The actual test consisted of 40 multiple choice questions, ...
www.tampaux.org WHO: John Papa (MVP C#) WHEN: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 Doors open at 6:30PM, presentations start at 7:00PM Sharp! WHERE: Answers Systems in Oldsmar, FL (www.tampaux.org) WHAT: John Papa on ADO.NET Data Services with a little Silverlight Binding. Much of this material comes from John's excellent book Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2. John writes the Data Points column for MSDN Magazine and speaks at a lot of national conferences. We'll have a few other things going on ...
A fellow peer was looking at an error when trying to configure another developer's database. All of us are working on the same application, but our install doesn't seem to be working correctly, which causes the DB to not be properly installed, thus this guy is trying to configure it manually. We are using SQL 2005 (either Express or the regular versions) for our DB servers. He's using SQL Management Studio, logged in using Windows Authentication and was trying to bulk insert some records (BULK INSERT ...
The world is a vampire, sent to drain. Secret destroyers, holds you up to the flame. And what do I get for my pain? Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game. ~ Smashing Pumpkins, Bullet with Butterfly Wings I had a horrible world view in 2008. I embraced everything negative, unjust, and unscrupulous that I saw around me, experienced, and remembered, and viewed the world through glasses tainted with bitterness, anger, jadedness, and defeat. Hope had no place in my world and I formed a barrier of ...
Lately I've had a few people approach me after speaking engagements or conferences and ask for some advice on becoming a .NET developer. Sometimes this has been moving into IT from an unrelated field or other times it's just been a transition of existing development skills into .NET. Now if you have been in this industry for awhile (and had any success) you have apparently demonstrated at least some capability to migrate your skills from one newly released technology to the next. In 2009 it's hard ...
Someone recently posted a question to the Platform Builder newsgroup (microsoft.public.windowsce... on the msnews.microsoft.com NNTP server) asking about how to set up noncontiguous RAM. Seemed like the answers were going okay until someone replied with: “Besides OEMGetExtensionDRAM function, you can also map the two separate physical memory sections into single one virtual memory in oemaddrtab_cfg.inc. From system view, it has only one memory section and the only thing you need to do is ...
I was cleaning up some of my old notes today in One Note. Some of these notes go back to my previous employment when among other things I was doing technical support on a enterprise application integration (EAI) tool. The very nature of the tool meant that most of the support issues were related to custom code whether consultant or in-house created. The company where I was employed had some basic guidelines for support, but they were terse and more aligned to the ERP software which started them out. ...
*Moved to: SkyDrive: 25 GB of free online storage Some of the new Windows Live Wave 3 services have gone live over the last couple of days. One of the best IMO is the SkyDrive services, updated to 25GB and with complete integration with other services like Photo Share, Connect to people…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
As one of the books part of the 75 centimeters of MS Press books I won as Speaker Idol at TechEd EMEA Barcelona I selected the training kit for the WCF Exam (70-503). Here's my review on this book. You can buy the book at http://www.microsoft-press.... Included in the book is : - a DVD with Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (90 day evaluation). Nice to have for people without VS2008 at their work environment and want to learn WCF and prepare for the exam. - ...
i love stack overflow. it's like experts exchange, only it works. i have posted several questions (see here) and got answers on almost all happy happy joy joy. answering questions gains you reputation. more reputation means more functions, like up or downvoting. elegant. go try it with a question. -edoode ...
*Moved to: The great Xbox update I hope everyone is looking forward to the new Xbox live experience that will be going Live tomorrow! Hopefully we are passed the days of the ring of death from the update, unless you have a hacked box :)Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: 100,000 VisitsWell, that's me got passed the 100,000 Visits milestone. I guess it is seams bigger than it is, but as the next big one would be a million I am chuffed to get this far :) -- Site Summary --- Visits Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
So our last episode has generated some back-and-forth between the guest stars in the comments. Due to anomalies in the Spacetime Continuum, these comments appear in reverse order. I'd like to correct that order, and then respond. First, most-frequent-commenter Mitch (a.k.a. @anklebuster, a.k.a. Dad Geek) wrote: That was a great comic strip! Thanks for letting me have a part. At first, I wasn't getting the data flows. Then I thought about Office Race and the "trap" where there is a 66% chance of going ...
UPDATE: At the suggestion of Ernie Out in the Barn, here's a larger PDF for 11x17" paper. SECOND UPDATE: Boy, was I tired when I printed up those rules! I lost the paragraph that explained how the game ends, and I spelled "through" as "throw". Fixed here and in the PDFs. In our last episode, The UML Guy was tried for violations of Process and common decency; but pulling out all his best Captain Kirk tricks, he turned the illogic of the system against itself, and was acquitted. He decided to celebrate, ...
After a shameless plug for my UML Applied Class, I tried to give some answers to the question: "I want to learn UML, where do I start?" I also demonstrated how I like to give multiple answers to seemingly simple questions. I want to add yet more answers to that question. I discussed how a sequence diagram lets you explore and document how objects call other objects to carry out some requirement. A related diagram is a communication diagram, which shows which objects are allowed to communicate with ...
Friends and family claim I have an annoying habit of answering a question with a question. They think I'm being difficult, and they think the answer I deserve is a kick in a tender spot. But I have a reason: I’m convinced that the answer to most useful questions is: It depends. The best answers depend not just on the question, but on the context. So when people ask me “I want to learn UML, where do I start?”, my answer is, “Where are you stopped?” Well, OK, my first answer is, "My UML Applied Class." ...
In this issue: Joseph Ghassan, Boyan Nikolov, James Bacom, David Justice, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, and Michael Sync. Tim Heuer has an update you should pay attention to: Flickr4Writer Service Pack update. Joel Neubeck updated his RatingControl with Theme support>... it was cool seeing that in action Wednesday night, so great to see him update it so fast... thanks Joel! A couple loyal subjects, Scott Hanselman and Scott Stanfield put together a DeepZoom of Obama Headlines... it seems to ...
What a month November is turning out to be. All kinds of good things happening in my life, all at the same time. PodCampAZ What a weekend!!! Over 500 people came together to network, learn, win prizes, eat, drink, be merry, etc. My sessions weren't as full as I would have liked (10 to 20 in each), but those that were there were very willing to talk about the topics at hand. Other than session time, I spent the days running around getting the prizes sorted. Unlike last year's epic fail on the prize ...
In this issue: David Miles, Shawn Oster, Jeff Weber, Justin Angel, and Nikola Mihaylov. I stand corrected in that the Kongregate tutorials referenced in the Jeff Weber link below are being ported to Silverlight ... the tutorials, NOT Kongregate... sorry for any confusion! The subject was correct, my commentary wrong :( David Anson has made some changes to his ChartBuilder... check out his post: Improving ChartBuilder's cultural sensitivity [ChartBuilder app/source updated!] I've read a bunch here ...
While at PDC08 I managed to capture a fair amount of video footage. I spent a good part of today trying to convert it to a usable format. I wasted a ridiculous amount of time and effort trying to get Windows Movie Maker to work. This is an incredibly frustrating piece of crapware, not only does it not work well (for me at least) since it kept throwing exceptions and crashing... but it also can't be downloaded except via Windows Update and can't be uninstalled via any normal method (Add/Remove Programs) ...
Great news everybody! I just got word that Day 2 of the PDC (that's Tuesday), at 12:45pm, Steven Sinofsky will be giving a 30 minute Open Space session on "Windows 7 Keynote Discussion." Yes, that's correct. The Senior Vice President of Windows and Windows Live will be in Open Space at 12:45pm to discuss with you, our customers, what you think about the announcements made in Tuesday morning's keynote on Windows 7. So if you want to get the ear of the man in charge of Windows (who only answers to ...
*Moved to: WakoopaI am having a little bit of fun with this application and I though I would share. it logs all of the applications that you are using and gives you stats on it. How about joining the Microsoft MVP (MVP’s only please) team, or creating your own… Here is my usage, which will be exactly the same as the MVP one at the moment as I am the only one there :(Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: How-To: Display your Outlook calendar on you’re My Site I thought I should explain how to enable the "My Calendar" web part on you're my Site (homepage). Here is my "MySite", as you can see I have a horrible picture, but if you check out the red rectangle you will see the "My Calendar" control has already been added to your site. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: How-To: Allow other users to interact with workflow on your MySite If you want to be able to use workflow on you're my site that will allow you to assign tasks to your colleagues, then you need to take a couple of thing into consideration. The most important is to give any users assigned tasks access to the tasks list that you are using for your workflow. You will need to think hard about wither the workflow you are considering would be better as part of your team's site, or as part of ...
Recently I posted to ask what’s a good beginner programmer’s book, and I haven’t gotten any immediate response. Now I know that the post hasn’t had time to gestate, but usually from prior posts I do get responses first day. Ultimately, I think that the reason I’m not getting feedback is because some people are self-taught, and dug through the code and uncovered answers for themselves, some people are class taught, having great instructors that made the information make sense, and not many people ...
Review "MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-503): Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Communication Foundation (PRO-Certification)" http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-... I like this series of books (SPTK - Self-Paced Training Kit) because the short theory here is always ended with real world examples. And these examples shows how the product is used in the real situations, to solve the ...
This weeks' meetings: WHO: Bill Reiss, MVP Silverlight WHEN: Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 6:30PM WHERE: Answers Systems (Directions) WHAT: A Night of Silverlight2 - Bill Reiss (MVP-Silverlight) will be giving us an introductory talk on Silverlight with emphasis on using the design tools (using both Expression Blend and Visual Studio) to build Silverlight apps. Along the way he'll show us some tips and tricks for working with Silverlight2. And it's Bill talking so, of course, the night will most certainly ...
Good news from Pandora yesterday – The Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 was passed in the House, enabling Internet radio to exist without paying ridiculous per listener fees. Here’s the email from Pandora: Hi, it's Tim from Pandora; Today, thanks to the extraordinary support of many Pandora listeners, we took a giant step forward when the House of Representatives supported Pandora and Internet radio and passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008. Now we need your help so that the Senate will pass ...
*Moved to: Windows Live Wave 3With the new Windows Live Wave 3 betas now available I am looking forward to many of the features I have already previewed in the beta of Windows Live Messenger 9. These are the English installs, but other languages are available.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: A problem with Diarist 2!{Rant} I think that it would be good to remove the drop down to select your blog from the main blog writing page. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Working from a Mobile again!As I am traveling today and I am not taking a laptop, I want to be able to do a little personal work from my mobile.. What I would realy like is to be able to monitor and edit my CodePlex (Team Foundation Server) work items from my phone! And I am not talking about some crappy web based solution, I hate not being able to work offline, but a Smart Client application like the one I am using now (Diarist 2) that can let me work away with cached work items and then ...
Tampa User eXperience (TUX) metting Wed. Sept. 10th at 6:30pm MS Ajax Client Script 101 by Jay E. Kimble Meeting at Answers Systems 4029 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, Fl 34677 [right next to the Oldsmar Fleamarket] Pizza and drinks will be supplied, so come on out. [via http://theruntime.com/blogs... ...
C# (or .NET): Primitive Types, Value Types, Reference Types and System.ValueType. I think this is one of the most important topics in .NET, but it is interesting to see what kind of misunderstandings are out there. Even with programmers who have used .NET for years. DISCLAIMER 1: The goal of this blog entry is not to give another in depth, all-encompasing overview - but rather a summary of the conversations I've had with people and a summary of some confusing MSDN documentation. Also I won't address ...
*Moved to: What to do when you dont have a working computer!I have a little problem...I don't have a computer at home at the moment :( So I am writing this post from my Pocket PC using Diarist 2. I will come back to that, but first... The reason for my lack of my "can't live without accesory" is that my laptop has finaly given up the ghost. It is an 8 year old Dell desktop replacemnt, and in my infinite wisdom I desided to install Vista just after it went RTM. All was well for a while, but it was ...
Hello everyone, With SQL 2008 shipping late last week it was time to try my hands at this scenario. It worked great but with a few things to remember. Here is the lowdown. There are two way to go about in order to install TFS with SQL 2008 1) Fresh install, 2) Upgrade SQL. 1) Fresh Install I used Windows 2008 because this is going to be the prevalent OS to install on when people are going to start fresh or it most likely will. There was a little issue with that install when Windows 2008 RTM’ed back ...
If you're developing workflows for SharePoint 2007, you are probably familiar with the Item property of the SPWorkflowActivationProperties class. Usually your workflow gets an instance of SPWorkflowActivationProperties when the OnWorkflowActivated activity executes, which is bound to a public field on the workflow class so you can hang on to it for the lifetime of the workflow. Perhaps one of the more useful properties of this class is Item, which returns an instance of SPListItem, representing the ...
As a developer of single board computers, we at Eurotech Inc, have some single board computers lying around the office, and a few LCD panels. I thought that it might be fun to put one to use as an electronic picture frame. My goal is to hang it on the wall to show picture of some of the work that we do. This is also an opportunity to work on my C# skills. I am not an application developer, so of course I am no expert on the .NET Compact Framework or C#. I have been working with C# to maintain an ...
I'm taking a break from this glorious day, with nice weather and grilled meats to bring you this interview with Dana Coffey (someone many of you know as @CrazeeGeekChick on Twitter.) Dana is from a place near and dear to my heart. The South. Every time I see her take the time to actually type out the word "y'all" I get a chuckle. So without further delay, here is Dana Coffey and her NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? Peachtree City, GA – land of the Golfcart paths. It’s just south of Atlanta ...
For those that are unaware, Chris Williams, a fellow VB MVP does a 9 Questions series with fellow developers and influencers. I was extremely honored to be picked this week and hope you find the series as interesting as I do. Chris is also an active participant in the VB Insider's List Serv and actively gives feedback to the Visual Basic team in Redmond. You can read my answers to his 9 questions over at GeeksWithBlogs.net at http://geekswithblogs.net/c... Technorati ...
This is from the May 2008 RV.NUG newsletter User Groups and Blogs Keeping current with technology continues to be a daunting task, especially if your job does not lend itself to tasks that help keep your skills current. One way to benefit from the trials and tribulations of others is via blogs. The blog search engine Technorati indexes over 112 million weblogs. With 112 million blogs from which to choose, how can you determine which blogs to use? More importantly, how can you determine which blogs ...
PACT (Professional Association for Computer Training), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the oldest professional computer training associations in the United States. We meet the second Friday of every month to provide information, discuss options, and discover answers regarding issues and technologies facing today's ever-changing organizations. PACT is your opportunity to take three hours a month to focus on your professional growth and development. At monthly meetings you will hear your ...
This article is a part of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions Please, mark your skills in the table. I completely understand that nobody ever tried ALL the BizTalk features. Name Number ...
When we first ported our BSP to Windows CE 6.0 we started to see this VMProcessPageFault Error: Page Fault message in our debug output during resume from sleep. The system seemed to be working okay, but this message seemed ominous so as we continued to work on the port we kept an eye on the problem and investigated the possible cause of the message. Others had reported this message and they discovered the cause was that they had a driver that was calling a system API in XXX_PowerUp. Microsoft has ...
*Moved to: Messenger UnitedAlthough the site is a little skewed today… Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
The Twin Cities Developers Guild is having their first meeting (and kickoff cookout) tomorrow evening (Tuesday, July 8, 2008) at New Horizons of Minnesota. The cookout begins at 5pm and the meeting begins at 6pm. Come out and have a burger or brat with us and stay for our featured speaker (see below). If you can't make it this month, be sure to catch next month when we'll have Rocky Lhotka introducing CSLA Light (CSLA in Silverlight.) All we ask is that you RSVP to developersguildevents@gmail... ...
I have decided to start a blog, I plan on posting solutions & tips for other developers to use in all things .NET and also post any other interesting facts and activities that I feel would be of importance to others. I also hope that readers of this blog may be able to help with providing answers to my questions too. Anyway, I am currently working on 2 projects over on Code Plex (there is a 3rd in the pipeline-that uses these 2 libraries): www.codeplex.com/DotNetLibrary The Dot Net Library contains ...
Do the Twin Cities really need ANOTHER .Net User Group? There are two answers to that question. The first is YES, we think so. The second is that we aren't a typical .net user group, even though we focus on Microsoft Technologies. We use the term Developers Guild to imply more than just a roomful of folks sitting around listening to someone talk. Our objective is to bring the various special interest groups of the Twin Cities together and also provide our own events. We think you'll be pretty happy ...
I have been subscribing to TechTarget emails for sometime because of the low signal to noise ratio covering a broad technology spectrum that is important to me as I'm keen to hear from more than just a few vendors so it comes as no surprise that IT Knowledge Exchange (ITKE) was recently voted one of the 10 Great Media Web Sites. ITKE is on of those dead-handy site that I keep in the 'Favourites' when I want to find an answer. It's not so good for Microsoft .Net Development questions, better off going ...