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While browsing the Tech-Ed 2006, I have found about Girly Geekdom, a blog hold by Sarah Blow to provide information and organize events on girl in IT. They are organizing a dinner at Tech-Ed and I will probably be joining them. It is really exciting to find out there are people out there like me! I really like my job and I think I am not too bad at it, but sometimes feel lonely or freaky. Also, I've been thinking for a while about organizing some sort of community of Girls in Technology but then ...
I have just noticed that generally people hate sitting in the front 3 rows in small room conferences, I'm just wondering why... ;) Are they scared that they will have to answer a question? Or are they concerned that they may want to leave half way through? Or is there some other random reason... comments on how to resolve this issue are welcome... The odd thing is the bigger conference rooms seem to be full even in the front rows, and on the conferences with the really well known speakers they seem ...
From yesterday's Betanews: A statement released to the press very early this morning from Ben Fathi, Microsoft's corporate vice president for security technology, gives some subtle but clear indications that, if McAfee wants to take its claims against Windows Vista security features off the streets and into a more formal setting, Microsoft might be willing to make a battle of it. "It's unfortunate that McAfee's lawyers are making these kinds of inaccurate and inflammatory statements," Fathi's statement ...
You don't have to queue for the bathroom… the guys do! He he he! You get noticed. You can get away with asking those questions that all the guys are desperate to ask but daren't in case they look stupid. There are no expectations placed on you re: level of technical depth. (other than probably doesn't have a clue… which is always good coz you can make the idiots who think that change their minds in seconds ;) ) You can get the best of the freebies by being a cheeky girly geek! Make the ...
What is it about new things that aren’t out yet and you want to talk about them anyways? I’ve been thinking about the new features in Vista and how students can use them. I’ve also been thinking about school’s technology departments and how they will like or dislike Vista. Students will like the new interface. Who wouldn’t? They will also like the photo gallery to keep their pictures organized. It’s amazing how many pictures teenagers take! Many already use Flickr ...
Over the last few weeks I’ve been on leave enjoying a much deserved rest if I do say so myself. This year the wife and I decided to not get on a plane and head for foreign climbs purely because neither of us fancied facing the new airport security restrictions and the weather here has been amazingly good so why not have a holiday at home in the UK? I ask you, where is the fun in not being able to take 100 weight of books, booze, food and that cool gadget you’ve just brought from Dixon ...
OK I will probably get lynched for even considering to write this particular post and I am not trying to cause controversy at all, however I have been looking around at some of the recent blog conversations that have been popping up on the various blog sites such as here and here. And we had a discussion at BarCamp London on the same subject. The thing is we can talk about why women aren't going to these events amongst the bloggers but to be honest I see the bloggers at the events, they actually ...
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My career with .NET started with Beta 1 when I was at Microsoft in their consulting division, after over 4 years I decided to head out on my own (www.zouak.com). Over the years I've authored articles and courses, I've taught courses, I've spoken at conferences (member of the MSDN Canada Speaker's Bureau), I've delivered many projects, and most importantly I've helped a lot of people get on the right path with .NET. So why a blog now? In reading blogs and articles for a couple of years, I always felt ...
I often receive e-mails from computer science teachers asking what I do in my Programming class at my school so I thought I'd share my response to a teacher in New Hampshire who recently e-mailed me. You ask an excellent question and I’ll try to answer as best that I can with the experience that I have on teaching programming to students. (21 years, 5 college and 16 hs). The first thing you need to know as a teacher is the math ability that your students have coming into your class. Also, what standards ...
Have Data Will Travel : Where does Service Broker Fit?. This is a good “perspective” post on where Service Broker, MSMQ, BizTalk, and WCF fit in architectures. I was at an MGB (Microsoft Global Briefing)* about 2 years back. So, the presentation I’m sitting in is on Service Broker. So, another MSFT guy in the audience asks a question regarding product positioning with BizTalk. Well, that exchange turned into a great nasty fight between the 2 MSFT folks with applause coming from ...
I endure the bullshit. The political infighting and backstabbing. The people who smile to your face and talk about you and everyone else behind your back. One might even argue that it's just a part of every workplace. I disagree, because I hold on to hope that it is better somewhere, anywhere but here. Today though, was too much. I occasionally go to conferences and events in the community. Sometimes I just attend, sometimes I speak. Most employers like this sort of thing, especially if they are ...
I am getting ready for the World Cup in Germany, but before then, there are a few things I need to finish up. We just wrapped up our activities at VS Live Toronto - more to come on this topic. The next on schedule is DevTeach in Montreal. It is probably one of the best conferences in Canada, with great INETA speakers lined up to speak at it. This year DevTeach is offering you 3 tracks for the Pre-Conference. Introduction to VB.NET, VFP Conversion and Test-Driven Development. If you are looking into ...
Rajesh Setty has a Squidoo lens helping you Distinguish Yourself. He also has a book on on the subject, and based on what I’ve seen so far, I think I’m going to pick it up. Some of this is “7 Habits” type stuff, but a lot of it pertains specifically to how you can distinguish yourself in the IT industry. He says the following: Distinguishing yourself is your answer to rapid commoditization that is haunting almost all professionals in this global economy. Not distinguishing ...
In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) began a series of conferences to address the issue of establishing a mechanism for conducting and reporting on clinical trials in a consistent, universally-accessible manner. Based upon internationally recognized scientific and ethical principles, the resulting program - the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform - seeks to achieve the following: ensure that all clinical trials are registered and thus publicly declared and identifiable ensure that ...
Why Shouldn’t A Developer Be Able To Work From Home? I have been programming computers since I was a child with my Sinclair ZX81 at home and a BBC at school. I followed up by hobby programming by entering the commercial world of computer programming in 1998. I am now a contract developer working in the banking and financial services sector in the City of London. Things are great, the money is good, I enjoy meeting different people at various companies and I get to see the varied ways things ...
It was difficult to return to work this week after spending last week at the 2005 XML Conference in Atlanta. It was a great experience. The Hilton turned into a Who's Who for XML gurus. For those of you that are hooked on XML like I am (it’s worse than crack), you know that it's a very small community of folks. In the five or so years that I've been working with XML, I've seen the same names over and over again. To walk into a room and see all of these people together is just amazing. It was ...
I must say, the HDC was the most interesting conference I have attended. Most conferences are unorganized with big problems and the staff are always running around like chickens with their heads cut off. At the HDC, everything was managed perfectly! Joe and the guys never showed any problems and were just a grins throughout the first day. The weirdest thing for me was the attendees reaction to sessions. Most conferences have at least 5-10% of the attendees outside of sessions talking, but not at ...
Recently I recieved an e-mail asking about "How to become an MVP?" on one of the technical groups that I am subscribed on. I felt obliged to respond to these questions and following is my response. (Feel free to comment!)You are not the first one to ask these question and definately not the last one either. I believe its natural ask these questions and i will be really happy if my answers can help you understand things better.So here goes my response to your queries .. but ...one be one!1) First ...
Just got back from the MVP Summit yesterday - had a great time. I think the best thing about it is seeing everyone I talk to often but don't very often get to see. And of course it's always a thrill meeting new people, some of who I have been following (their work not stalking) for many many years. Got a chance to chat extensively with Bill Vaughn this year which was a great thrill considering his SQL books were my primary form of reference on that topic. Meeting the lady that taught me to “do ...
I was asked today to see if I could find any "good" conferences in 2006. We're getting ready for budgets and my manager wanted a list of possibilities. So, like any good developer would, I began an Internet quest. What I found disappointed me -- a lot. Either conferences are not well planned yet, not advertised, or they have some other reason for remaining obscure. So ... if you know of a technology conference in 2006 which you would recommend, please reply back and maybe we can get a list of really ...
Hello, World! So I'm a little late, but here nonetheless! This is my first blog entry, and I'm excited to start sharing with the software development community. As the subtitle of my blog indicates, I'm extremely passionate about 2 things: [1] .NET development [2] Agile processes A little background about each one ... .NET development. I've used both C# and VB in the past due to client/company requirements, and I see the good and bad in both languages ... the most obvious of which are: VB - Love ...
So what could be better than going to Las Vegas to geek out for a week? NOTHING YOU FREAK!! As you may have heard that there is a little product launch in November from Microsoft releasing VS2005. It shouldn't be that big of deal. Get a few people together and a keg and the next thing you know you have a DevConnections Conference. :) Actually, the truth is that ASP.NET DevConnections is got a very nice line up for their conference in Las Vegas. They have lined up some really great speakers and some ...
Looks interesting...

It's a week after the Portland Code Camp, and just a few days after Microsoft Meltdown. If you're in the Portland area and interested in game development, why not check this out?

The Christian Game Developer Conference - July 28th - July 30th, 2005

It's a shame all the Game Dev conferences are out west... Maybe Jason can go check it out?

I've been busy finishing up the end of FY05 at Microsoft - we had several conferences including a very successful Visual Studio 2005 Developers Conference in our region. I was also busy getting some swag together for the user groups that I support. That was fun! Now, I'm planning for the next year and starting to execute on some of it. Here's some presentations that I have scheduled. If you are in the area for any of these presentations, please attend and say hello! Introduction to ASP.NET 2.0Great ...
I come from an IT background of stodgy Insurance and Financial companies. So although I am more of the bleeding edge type on the technology and management front, from time to time my roots show through.For over two years, the principle IT partner in my private consulting firm and I have been keeping in touch via Yahoo! instant messenger. It has worked very well. We always know when the other is on-line and available for discussions. We have taken advantage of IM during phone conferences where we ...
Spent a week in Redmond at the Publisher and Author Summit. This is a great event. Jan Shanahan and her group did a great job of managing the event (thanks again Jan). The great thing about this event is that it is small in comparison. For example Jack Greenfield gave a talk on software factories and there were 6 or 7 in the room. It's great to be able to ask a question or make a point in situations like this. This is the one thing that I don't like about conferences like TechEd. You don't have the ...
If you're in the Charleston, SC area tonight around 6:00pm, stop on by... Thanks to INETA and Blackbaud, the Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) is pleased host Jim Duffy of TakeNote Technologies. The topic is Building Web Portals With DotNetNuke 3.0. What’s DotNetNuke, you ask? The short answer is that it’s an open source data-driven intranet or internet portal. For the long answer, please visit (http://www.dotnetnuke.com) for more information. In addition to this terrific presentation, ...
Why is it that keynotes at conferences are always twice as long as the individual sessions? It should be the other way around. If sessions are an hour and a half long, the keynote should be 45 mintes (one hour max). If you can't communicate the marketing message (keynotes are always marketing) in that period of time, your message is not concise and will not have an impact.
IT ConversationsI just wanna plug IT Conversations for a sec here. IT Conversations is a network of high-end tech talk-radio interviews, discussions and presentations from major conferences delivered live and on-demand via the Internet. It's a one-person labor of love. Doug Kaye is ITC's host, producer, developer, writer, interviewer and engineer. He launched IT Conversations in June 2003 and produces three to five programs each week. Been listening for a while now, one of the first podcasts I subscibed ...
This list is for Tejas, in responce to his post, but anyone may find it usefull.Here is a list of my favorite podcasts, most are of higher-quality than others, but I find them all interesting! You need to, at the very least, listen to AdamCurry's Daily Source Code. Its has a high production value, and is leading the way for everyone else, almost everyone in podcasting registers to his feed. Adam Curry: The Daily Source CodeRss: http://radio.weblogs.com/00... ...
Hey ... if you are in St. Louis, we have Jeff Julian and John Alexander tonight! September Meeting - Test-Driven Development and Unit Testing in Microsoft .NETMonday, September 26, 20045:30 - 6:30 pm Welcome6:30 - 8:30 pm ProgramJeff Julian, John Alexander One City Place DriveCreve Coeur, MO 63141[MAP] Unit Testing is a crucial piece of the development process. The problem is, most of us don't put the time in to properly construct this portion of the process. By skipping this portion, we cause issues ...
Sharon Housley had a very interesting session about networking, of which I unfortunately missed the start. For clarity: When we talk about networking in a shareware conference context, we are talking about meeting people, not about connecting computers to each other. This is what these conferences are all about for me. There were of course the many familiar faces of people who have known each other for years and have been traveling around the world together for all this time. It is always so great ...
Another Halloween come and gone. I took the kids around the neighborhood tonight so they could just get all sugar-high and drive their parents crazy! Oh well. My son was an alligator and my daughter was a princess (both were quite predictable). Here's the night's photo: I read on the Reuters news wire that Microsoft was making gestures at Google. Quite interesting considering Google runs on around 5-8K Linux servers that they would even approach them on this. I also have heard in conversations and ...