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Microsoft Data Platform Rich data services from SQL Server Using of course SOAP REST and APP within SQL Server SSDS. Live contacts has ADO.NET Connections... SYNC Framework synchronize contacts between endpoints. pulling or GET from url into xml or web service. Metadata file with Vcard info. No invoke needed within browser just service on box? SQL Server Data Services: Application Agility Scales without limits Business Ready SLA Scalable or downgradable to 2005 or 2000? SQL Server Data Services Layers: ...
I copied a bunch of movies on to my blackberry using Media Studio for Blackberry. I have a 2 gb card in it, so I can fit 4 movies at high quality. I had this great idea. I found a female to USB Female A To USB Mini Male B 5 Pin Adapter on Amazon for $6, and I thought I would be able to store additional movies on my thumb drive and copy them to and from my blackberry without having to connect it to my laptop. Sound perfect, doesn't it. Unfornately the USB Drive isn't "plug and play" on my blackberry. ...
The new edition of the Wrox ASP.NET book is officially on the shelves today! Amazon received their shipment and it is now in stock for a CHEAP $34.64. My co-authors, Scott Hanselman and Devin Rader, revamped this book and added quite a number of new pages to deal with the new features from AJAX to IIS 7 to LINQ to this book. We really focused on helping the ASP.NET developer understand the tools, APIs, controls, and environments at their disposal for this release. ASP.NET is, in my humble opinion, ...
I am here asking for your help in making donations to the Frozen Pea Fund. I have a box of copies of Kathy Jacobs On PowerPoint sitting by my front door. Normally, I sell them when I speak about PowerPoint for $25. (The book sells on Amazon for $29.99.) I have a limited time offer for all of you that don’t have a copy yet: You can buy it directly from me for $20 plus $5 shipping. You will get a personally signed copy shipped to you. And you will get to help contribute to a worthy cause. (Offer good ...
Having just finished my masters exams for semester 1, I am planning to blog a little more! I am only doing the masters part time over two years so a fair way to go yet but none the less, it's one of my points for being a better developer in done. The semester 1 modules of OO Design and development (Java and UML) and Software engineering concepts threw up some interesting hurdles, like Netbeans and Java (I hope to get back to learn more about Java, but perhaps away from Netbeans!), SE concepts really ...
Amazon has Sony on board and with that the fourth and final major player has finally gone to MP3. Which leaves me with a decision to make. Now that I don't need to buy DRM music and I don't need to buy entire CDs just to get 1 song, should I drop my Zune Pass and just start spending the money to build my collection? I only have about 150 songs in my entire Zune library that I have marked as "I Like It". So, in a little over a year I would be caught up. And that doesn't include the music I have on ...
I got this book as a Christmas present and quickly read through it cover to cover. The primary focus of the book is to provide an introduction to LINQ (language integrated query) that is available in the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. In this end the book does a good job. Just don't look for anything comprehensive. The book starts out talking about what LINQ is and follows that up with a few chapters that talk about the new language features in C# and VB that make LINQ possible. I found the information ...
I just noticed this on Amazon a few minutes ago... Learn Programming Now! with XNA Game Studio Express and C# Express Edition (Link to Amazon here.) No big deal, except the cover prominently mentions C# 2008. (Last time I checked, XNA didn't support 2008) Apparently the guy that wrote it is a devices MVP in the UK. Looks like it's published by MS Press. Here's the odd thing... Amazon says it has a CD containing Game Studio Express (which means it's 1.0 refresh at the latest) and another CD containing ...
well looks like Amazon were not the only ones to deliver a belated Christmas present, Don's elves have uploaded the runtime binaries for a version of the Service Factory that runs on Orcas/Visual Studio 2008.... you can go get it and read more about it here, hopefully I'll get a chance to put it through its paces over the next day or so.... yup you read that right I'm back at work already ...
Technorati Tags: Christmas As I noted previously, I have now retired from military active duty. I am taking the Christmas season off to relax before going back to work for my new career out there in the Real World©®. That means I have gotten the opportunity to spend much more time with the wife and kids. Thursday morning, while the girls were in school and the little one was napping, my wife and I took the time to open and assemble all the kids toys for Christmas. We did this early to avoid a late ...
I seem to be working more and more my lappy these days...still always on the my PC at the office but when at home the laptop has taken over from my machine of choice...strange really because I love having two monitors and find it a fantastic way to work but I guess the freedom a laptop has to offer wins the day. Anyway, I digress...seeing I was working on it more and more I decided to get myself a Christmas present in the guise of a specialist notebook mouse, I looked at several offerings from Microsoft ...
Last Tuesday night witnessed a relatively new kind event held in Microsoft Egypt building @ smart village. It was said to be "announcing dotNETwork user group" which I thought was some Microsoft Egypt initiative for a new offline user group model of developer community. I was so excited about so, and it was even better! The Idea The dotNETwork group is just am offline user group that's done right. It just happened to have Microsoft Egypt host the group gathering, as this is the hardest issue to maintain. ...
With the success Apple has had rolling out the iPod, Amazon is trying to follow suit. They just released a new eBook device called the Kindle, and most reviewers are not taking kindly to it. They cite the high cost ($400) for the gadget as well as its limited web access (only to certain blogs, nytimes.com and amazon.com) as significant drawbacks. The glare reduction engineered in the product, and the fact that it saves trees are pluses. Generally I do not want to bring a laptop when I go on vacation ...
OK so this is hot. We have wireless capability with the Zune, but that was limited to sharing songs with other Zunes. The new Zunes will allow for wireless sync (when plugged into a power source, dock, etc.). Even more importantly, unlike those option-backdating Apple whores, they aren't sticking it to the little guy. I.e. you don't have to buy a new one to take advantage of this feature. It comes as a firmware upgrade delivered through the Zune software. The new Zunes feature a $149 4Gig flash model. ...
By way of Joe Gregorio, I just discovered a beautiful thing. I've been waiting a while since I first heard of Amazon's plans for a DRM free mp3 service. Now it is upon us. I made my first purchases today: Amos Lee - full albumKanye West - Stronger Say hello to my bank account, Amazon (even more than usual) ...
That's how long since my last post. Main reason was that the company that I worked for "frowned" on blogging, speaking etc. I had to get permission to work on Pro C# books. That is all behind me now. I have been working for Juris by LexisNexis for about 2 months now. Man what a difference. I haven't been excited to go to work in a very long time. I got the word from my CIO today that not only does LexisNexis approve of blogging, speaking, writing etc, they actually encourage it. What a concept. So ...
Welcome to the 2nd installment of the monthly Caffeinated Codey awards. As I mentioned in the first installment, the lucky winners will receive a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage of their choice if we should ever meet. Of course, when when I first made the offer I assumed this was mostly an empty threat, however it looks like this opportunity could present itself next month for at least five of the winners since Ayende Rahien, Justice Gray, Scott Bellware, David Laribee, and Jeremy Miller are all ...
I'm a big fan of Windows Live Writer and use it almost exclusively to write my blog posts. As a result of this, I'm always on the lookout for new and useful plug-ins. Since I have accumulated quite a few of them, I thought I'd share my favorite plug-ins. These are listed in no particular order. SkyDrive Embed Plugin Allows you to easily embed a file or folder from your public Windows Live SkyDrive account. You can specify 3 different embed formats. Paste MSDN URL Allows you to paste a URL from any ...
We got a very strange recommendation from Amazon for our four-year-old. We do not understand it either ...
It looks like Amazon has a new web service, FPS - the Amazon Flexible Payments Service. This one will allow developers to build Amazon payment functionality directly into their applications. The service looks to be similar to PayPals ExpressCheckout. FPS OverviewFPS Technical Docs ...
How cool is this!!!! I must be mad, because I've just volunteered..... seriously! Spacesuit entrepreneurs plan parachute jumps from orbit Lost their hearts to a starship trooper/the ultimate in high fashion By Lewis Page ? More by this author Published Wednesday 27th June 2007 20:29 GMT A former Nasa flight surgeon who lost his astronaut wife in the Columbia space shuttle disaster has teamed up with a self-described "bad boy" space commentator to mount trials in which humans would descend from orbit ...
I am kind of late to announce this, but our book is out...and selling quite well. One problem with the first print was that Wrox accidentally left out the acknowledgments. They have stated that it will make it in the next print later this summer. Since we actually will have more than one print, I am excited. Jim Minatel from Wrox stated, "This book was one of two or three HOT SharePoint titles too hot for the Tech Ed bookstore to keep in stock last week. It's not surprising to see the Amazon rank ...
Randy Charles Morin doesn't know why anyone would want to use RSS to transmit OFX data. I find his confusion odd: ... why do you need RSS as an envelop for financial data in the first place. We have OFX, which predates RSS and works just fine. RSS can't be expected to do everything. Not that it can't. You can also use RSS as an envelope for OFX, but why not just use OFX? I don't expect my dishwasher to do the laundry, even if it can. RSS can be expected to do what it is best at - syndicating data ...
I already had the book xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code on my Amazon wishlist. But after reading Sam Gentile's xUnit Test Patterns and evolving TDD and test automation post today about the book and its topics I've decided to go ahead and order it now. I still have 3 books that I am currently reading ( 1, 2, 3 ) but this will jump to the front of the line when it arrives. EOF Technorati tags: TDD, xUnit, Test Patterns ...
Raymond Yee wants to know how well RSSBus works as a mashup tool. While its true that RSSBus offers a lot of connectors that make it easy to mashup data coming from sources like Flickr, Amazon, and pre-existing RSS feeds - its also important to know that RSSBus is not only valuable as a mashup creation tool. One of its biggest uses is on the flip side of the coin - helping sources expose data in the first place. Without companies like Flickr and Amazon exposing their data in structured formats like ...
I've had an epiphany... It started with D'Arcy's impeccable logic about Why Venom can't be in Spiderman 4, where D'Arcy uses the Design-Patterns-Girl (DPG for short) from the Head First Design Patterns book as an example. Design-Patterns-Girl + symbiote != Venom. Next, I stumble upon Justice's incredibly intuitive review of the head-First Design Patterns book. I have seen this book at Borders lots of times and Amazon keeps telling me that I *want* this book. But the graphics on the front have always ...
Ian McAllister announced new support for RSS feeds for tags at Amazon.com. These feeds will be fun to play with in RSSBus. It would be interesting to take the AmzWishlist widget that I created with RSSBus and create an RSS feed that will show me items on Amazon.com that are tagged with the same terms as items I already have in my wishlist. Hmm.... I noticed that a commenter to Ian's post mentioned that he couldn't wait for RSS feeds for generic Amazon searches. Of course such feeds already exist ...
AJAX has been breaking new grounds almost every day, with over 150 AJAX frameworks, there are plenty of options to choose from and one might say too many. Most of the AJAX frameworks provide you with browser extension libraries that will help you utilize the browser and interact with the server in a more productive way. What they are trying to do in most cases is to provide larger building blocks to achieve your goals by abstracting the calls to the browser API and to the server. The last is a significant ...
This week marked the release of my latest book - Professional XML. I wrote this with friend Kent Sharkey and some other authors including Michael Kay (editor of the XSLT specification and other things). This book came out really nice and after quickly covering XML - goes straight into covering all the major technologies that are based upon XML. The Amazon site doesn't seem to provide the table of contents at the moment, so here it is: 1. XML Syntax 2. XML Editors 3. XHTML and CSS 4. XFL-FO 5. Document ...
A minor beta update has been announced on the RSSBus blog (read about it here). Last summer I talked about how RSSBus gives you the ability to pipe together feeds and items from feeds. One of the really cool features of this new beta update is a new RSSBus script keyword: <rsb:pipe>. This new keyword simplifies the piping of feeds. I no longer have to use nested <rsb:call>'s, instead I can just put a series of calls inside the pipe and they are automatically connected and what comes out ...
Most of us developers - in fact, all of us - have written some rotten code at some point. Some people learn quickly how to improve their code, improve architecture, whatever, but even today my first pass at code often gets improved by the time I finish a project - and I don't know of any code I've ever written that I might not be able to improve if I took another shot at it later. Years ago, programming was a side hobby - I was a graphic artist and illustrator. I'm not going to go into the details ...
I found this link on i-am-bored.com today. Its a review to a page on Amazon.com selling Chiquita Bananas. What you should look at is the reviews and not the item. Specially the review by Z. Wolf. I think more authors should write reviews for this reason. Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pr... Technorati tags: Banana, Review, Amazon Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
Just last night I received a private email asking for the install of my XFN™ Live Writer Plugin from Alexander Groß in Germany. After exchanging some emails to get him the installer, I was able to look at the Live Writer plugin he created for Windows Live Writer. I am probably in the minority here, since I don't usually listen to music on my computer while I'm doing anything, but for those of you who do, this is a great plugin. This is version 2.0, and has been completely rewritten from his earlier ...
This post by Jeff Barr gives some interesting examples of things people might want to do with their data, and more specifically connecting their data to and from multiple sources. The kind of things Jeff mentions can be attained using RSSBus. It all boils down to flexibility, and how someday we should be able to take such flexibility for granted. One of the examples Jeff gives is locating the Amazon wishlist of his top email correspondents, which is actually quite easily done with RSSBus. RSSBus ...
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Microsoft engineer's boat still missing; Coast Guard to call off search. The article talks of "Google engineers are also helping in search by looking at their Google Earth satellite photos for any signs of a boat in distress" and the Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels, is tracking the issue in his http://www.allthingsdistrib... Previously posted at blog.Solidsoft.com ...

It was nice to see "Mr. ASP.NET" himself (Scott Guthrie) give a nice review of the latest version of my ASP.NET 2.0 book on Amazon just recently!

Our book is printed, and out. Source code is now online on the Apress site. Already seeing a few ratings on Amazon and a question regarding what version of WCF (.NET 3.0) was used. The book and supporting code works with the RTM version of .NET 3.0 released in December on XP SP2, along with Vista RTM (which has .NET 3.0 already part of the distribution). It's a great feeling to see this thing actually in print after a long road from concept to print (1.5 years easily). I had one advantage over my ...
When consuming any external service, don't expect the external service developer is as much smart as you are. Recently I have faced an issue when integrating with Amazon S3 that they failed to serve the data on first request, but on the consequent request they are able to return the data. So I did a little tweak in my code, instead of calling the service once, I am retrying up to 3 times. If the retry also fails the regular code block executes: const int MAX_TRY = 3;int tryCount = 1;byte[] result ...
Visit the AmzWish home. Find your Amazon Wishlist Id, and paste it in the "My Wishlist Id" textbox on the AmzWish home page. Click the Generate HTML button and copy the selected code. Login to your GeeksWithBlogs admin page, and go to Options->Configure. Paste the html into the "Static News/Announcement" box. Secret tips for geeks with blogs and Amazon Associates accounts: In the generated HTML, you'll find a link to http://www.textbox1.com/app... By default, it contains ...
For the last few weeks, AmzWish (digg it), my little widget that displays your Amazon wishlist and lets people buy things for you while letting you make money from their purchases at the same time, has been one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. Now, AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the week! Thanks to Amazon ECS and RSSBus, AmzWish was created in just a few minutes by doing nothing by combining a few RSSBus calls to RSSBus' AmazonOps with simple HTML. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, ...
Found this in the Blue Origin article. This is cool. Amazon amazes me with some of these capabilities that they've re-marketed. This looks like a great foundational platform for a strong service. I always need storage and the ability to get to it from many locations & machines. The pricing seems OK at first glance, but the Data Transfer prices would be the thing that ends up racking up charges. Link to Amazon.com: Amazon S3, Amazon Simple Storage Service, Unlimited Online Storage: Amazon Web ...
'Back in the day' there was DOS and this new-fangled thing called Windows. Windows didn't multi-task, but it had a cool UI, so I was attracted. 3.1 finally came out and amazingly enough, Borland was delivering a compiler that would allow me to compile 'Win-Apps', as opposed to 'DOS-Apps'. If I bought the compiler by a certain date, I'd get a copy of "Programming Windows" by Charles Petzold. I did, and tried to enlist friends and coworkers to join my quest, to no avail. I read that book cover to cover, ...
AmzWish is currently one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. AmzWish is a widget (developed with RSSBus) that displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ...
Amazon has kindly let me know that, based on some of my previous purchases (notice the classic use of data mining here?), I might be interested in Edward Melomed's soon to be released book Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. Edward is a program manager on the development team at Microsoft and he and a few of the other co-authors joined Microsoft as part of Microsoft's aquisition of OLAP Services from Panorama back in the SQL Server 7.0 timeframe, so hopefully this book should have a few insights ...
I added support for users outside the US to use the Amazon Wishlist widget. Now all my Canadian friends can use it too (not to mention UK, Fr, etc). :) Current parameter list: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults to 4). associatesid - An Amazon Associates Id to use, so that you can get paid when people buy things from the widget (optional). sorttype - For now there are only two accepted ...
One of the changes in beta 3 of RSSBus is that by default all feeds produced use Microsoft's Simple List Extensions. For anyone who's not familiar with SLE, the cool thing about it is that it can tell the feed reader to treat an RSS feed as a LIST rather than a regular feed. One effect of this in your feed reader is that when you subscribe to a LIST, the reader knows that it shouldn't accumulate all of the items in the RSS feed forever. Instead, it will only maintain whatever is provided in the current ...
AmzWish was posted on programmableweb last week as one of the best new mashups. Technorati : amazon, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ...
So Amazon recently released their S3 service, it's a remote Storage Service and it can use WebServices to access it. In their own words: "Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure ...
I attended another .NET User Group meeting here in the 'Peg, this time my first in helping out with the board. Not a lot for me to do just yet, as I am still getting the hang of things there. However, I did have the opportunity to listen to a presentation on Web Services developed by Amazon.com (they aren't just books anymore!!). Basically, with some of their web servicwa, Amazon is attempting to sell space and bandwidth in the ether instead of requiring every user to pony up the bucks to update ...