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Hello. I’ve often wondered why I’ve never blogged before and never really came up with a convincing reason why not. I guess it’s partly laziness and partly wondering if no-one is going to read it then what is the point. I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that I should at least blog my thoughts so that even if nobody else reads them, at least I’ve taken the time to consider more about what I am thinking and writing which can only be a good thing. I’m currently focused on Integration and have been ...
Last Monday night I gave a presentation at the local St. Louis .NET user group (www.stlnet.org). My presentation was on some of the new extensibility infrastructures available in .NET. More specifically, I talked about IoC/DI containers, the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), and CLR Add-Ins via the System.AddIn infrastructure. While these user group presentations usually range from 10,000 foot marketing overviews of products all the way down to "in the weeds" developer discussions, I intentionally ...
We launched our Winnipeg SharePoint User Group last night, and it was an awesome event. Ed Musters did a fantastic job presenting and we had a great turnout. Can’t wait for our next event in January! Sharepoint UG has launched in Winnipeg! Mental Note: Figure out the light switches in that room so its not so dark up front. Sorry Ed! Post-event beers and wings ...
Well after agreeing to take over managing my local user group I've managed to have 2 meetings in the past couple of months and interest seems to be building back up. On Wednesday it was my turn to present on some of the new T-SQL features found in SQL Server 2008. It felt good to be up front and presenting again as it has been a while for me. I was a bit rushed for time since I was the second of two presenters but that was fine with me. I simply cut out some demos. I know I made some mental notes ...
I was horrible about blogging from PDC2008. I did twitter and facebook a lot though, so I think I'm not too bad. I just found out about Microsoft's BizSpark program though. It's a lot like their Empower program in that it provides startups free development tools and MSDN subscriptions, however it's free to enter ($100 to get out though). Information can be found here. There are limits as to how long you can be in the program and how much your company can make, but it's supposed to be very easy to ...
One of the timeless articles among the lists of "must reads" for programmers, The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Steven Raymond, was written to expose how the open source community can succeed. The article exposed commercial software construction as an unyielding entity that is structured and secretive, where only those closely involved understood the inner workings. Similarly, open source was associated with the bazaar, as a thriving community where everyone is involved, and the internal structure ...
Being a user group leader (Bartlesville .NET User Group) I get a lot of messages for recruiters looking for jobs. Given the current market situation I like to pass these on. This one looks pretty interesting. If you are interested give Darbi a call and let him know I sent you: Know anyone (maybe you) who might be interested in the following position? It is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is a direct hire position with a great company. If you are interested or know someone who is, send me a ...
The SharePoint Nation has infiltrated Winnipeg and we are proud to announce the formation of the Winnipeg SharePoint User Group (or WSUG for short)! Our first meeting will be on November 25th at 5:30 PM. Ed Musters will be presenting on SharePoint Customization and Best Practices! If you’re in Winnipeg and are currently developing with SharePoint or are interested in the technology, don’t miss out on this great event! You can find out more information, including details on time and location as well ...
In my last post, I talked about how to start a user group and what the steps were to get it going. In this post I’ll talk about how we got our SharePoint user group up and running in less than a week. November 10 Juan Larios emailed myself, Eric Legault, and Gerald Danais about getting a SharePoint group going. We had discussed this idea on and off as a group over the last few months, but now we were ready to actually make it happen! We discussed that we’d aim for a January 09 event, seeing as how ...
I’ve been involved with user groups for a number of yeas as well as INETA. One of the questions that I’ve heard over and over again through those years has been “How do I start up a user group?” Well my friends, below I’m going to share with you the secret formula…and you may be surprised. Starting a User Group 1. Get a venue 2. Get some speakers 3. Set a date 4. Start getting the word out and building hype. Those are the basic steps that you need to perform to get your user group up and running. ...
Update Presentation slides and sample are now available. Please click here to find them! Yeah, somehow dotNETwork decided to allow me to show all my psychopath about design and implementation in a session with a very weird long title, “Applying Domain Driven Design on ASP.NET MVC”. Yeah, two unrelated topics. In 2 hours frame, I should be introducing day to day development styles from a different perspective. I had a small talk about the process side of the world. This time we move towards the other ...
DevTeach aims offers TechEd like content and high calibre, TechEd speakers to Canadians, without traveling all the way to the US! Check out sessions across 8 different tracks (including a couple of really great sessions by myself and Carl Perry on the Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services). This year the conference will take place in Montreal from Dec 2-4th. All TechDays attendees can receive $350 off the conference price and all Canadian user group attendees will receive $100 off the conference ...
I'm out in Mitchell, SD for a little while and it turns out they have a .NET User Group that's been around for 2-3 years. Unfortunately I missed the meeting last night, since I just found out about them today, but I hope to catch the next one for sure. If you're in the Mitchell, SD area and you don't know about this group, stop by the CodePrairie.net forums and introduce yourself. http://www.codeprairie.net/... ...
So I came up with a new presentation based on something I did at Terracon with wildcard search using Patrick Tisseghem's Book on Search. I am going to walk attendees through some basic SharePoint Search Functionality and talk a little about what is missing in the out of the box web parts. Then I am going to show attendees what they can do using the Query Object Model, some ASP .Net Controls, and a GridView to add some more search functionality. Here is a list of the dates and events that I will be ...
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 ...
Spending the day at the Emerging Business Showcase in Deerfield Beach, FL just north of Ft Lauderdale. It is put on each year by the Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida (EDC) (http://www.edc-tech.org/) and strategically held just a few miles from my house and a block from my office, what planning! The purpose is really just to get a bunch of venture capital, angel investors, lawyers and bankers together and the highlight is 14 startups giving short (3 min) presentations / demos of their ...
“M” is a great language for modelling data. In many of the presentations and articles about “M” it has been mentioned that “M” is used for creating models that will be stored in the repository database. But it can also be used for modelling regular databases. This webcast will show how “M” can be used to create tables in a standard relational database. Some of the basic language features will be used to create types and extents. The model will then be enhanced to add constraints and relationships. ...
Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised by receiving email from David Silverlight that I had won 4th prize in Community Credit October 2008 Contest. The prize I won is the awesome Electronic Drum-Kit T-Shirt that you can hit with your finder to play drum sounds. I think it would totally rock combined with the Equalizer T-Shirt I got from my lovely wife some time ago. The Community Credit awards are presented for community related activities that you submit during a month. For each activity you receive ...
The Kansas City .NET User Group will be hosting a Day of .NET on Saturday, December 6th from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. It will be held at the Centriq Training Center in Leawood, KS (map). The day's training will consist of three main tracks: Developer Architect SharePoint Feel free to mix and match, attend half a session, or whatever suits you. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided during the day, and door prizes will be awarded following the last session. The cost of a day of .NET training? Absolutely ...
NOTICE: Due to a scheduling conflicts as Halloween activities the October meeting has been moved 1 week to Wednesday, November 5th. Sorry for any inconvenience. .Net User Group Meeting location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM Sponsored by: Portico Learning Solutions Presenter Jeremy Beckham BIO: Jeremy is a Senior Developer for High Power Consulting, Inc. and has over 5 years of experience in .Net and SQL Server development. He's worked on projects ranging from ...
Friend and colleague Jason Bock has asked me to consider presenting my parsing work at a future meeting of the Twin Cities Language User Group (TCLUG), and I was only too happy to accept. Jason and I haven’t worked out any details yet, but we’ll probably finalize my talk for either the April 2009 or May 2009 meeting. When I get more information, I will be sure to post it here. In the meantime, I encourage everyone in the Twin Cities area (that’s Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and St. Paul, Minnesota, ...
One of the most important aspects of attending conferences for me is the networking opportunities. As I am currently an MVP in BizTalk Server, still a fairly minority technology, it’s usually only at these events that I get to meet up with the people who really know the technology (apart from the BizTalk User Group Sweden of course). There are quite a few of the MVPs and “influencers” out this year, and I’m looking forward to catching up on old times and having intelligent and informed discussions ...
We've been waiting for this for quite a while and finally it's here! Over 25 presenters coming from from 5 states. Topics plucked hot off the PDC press just in time for Christmas. Plus, the price is incredibly cheap for a full day of learning. If you can make it at all, I highly encourage you to do so. Bring a friend. Oh, and did I mention the prizes? We have so many prizes I'm not even allowed to tell you about them out loud. You have to show up to find out. http://www.StLouisDayOfDotN... Technorati ...
I will be speaking at the St. Louis .Net User Group About Silverlight on Monday, October 27th at 6 pm. Like the Kansas City .Net User Group they start at 5:30, but it looks like they go until 7:30. It looks like the group holds office at Three city Place Suite 1100 in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Here is my bio and abstract: The Dazzling World of Silverlight using XAML and Expression Blend Silverlight is the shiny new tool that both Developers and Designers can use in harmony. In Expression Studio Designers ...
Thursday, November 6th, 2008. 5PM-7PM Sign Up Now What's this XNA thing I keep hearing about? Presenter:Chris Williams Abstract: This session will cover what XNA is (and isn't) along with what's needed to develop with both XNA 2.0 and the 3.0 CTP. We will also cover key differences between the two versions along with the features and limitations of each. Target platforms of Windows, XBox and Zune will be discussed. We'll go through some demos and take a look at some code, identifying key aspects ...
Kathleen Dollard, who's a well known and respected speaker and technologist, will be in town tonight to do a presentation on Windows Workflow and give us more information on what this new technology is all about. 5:30 PM, 17th floor of the Richardson building...pizza and drinks will be provided as usual. For more information and to formally register, please visit the Winnipeg .NET User Group website. D ...
Rob's one of my community buddies that I run into at various conferences and online of course. In addition to being a VB MVP, he's been around the UG and Code Camp scene pretty much since there was one. He's one busy guy, so I appreciate him taking the time to answer these NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? I’m from Mississauga, Ontario. It’s a suburb just outside of Toronto, Ontario. I’ve lived there all my life. 2. What do you do? / Who do you work for? / What is your product? Give me the 10 ...
Please join us for a DBA SIGs Live Meeting on October 22, 2008 at noon EDT titled "Automating Common DBA Tasks". Meeting Abstract Database Administrators often spend hours each day doing the same repetitive tasks; checking Error Logs, Backups, Drive Space, Agent History, Job Logs, and other common "checklist" items. Learn how to easily automate these common tasks in SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008 using the tools that are already available in the Operating System and SQL Server. Presenter Bio Jonathan ...
At my presentation last night, one of the questions I received from some of the members of the .NET Developers Network user group was whether you could use the SysPrep tool under Windows Vista. This is essential if you want to create a single Vista virtual machine image, from which you create 'clones' to support multiple virtual machines running concurrently on the same network. I googled the following post on the train back to London, http://www.windows-noob.com... so ...
I am sorry for the lack of blog love. I am going to try very hard to post something awesome once a week. I have a couple birthdays upcoming, including my friend Leah's and my boyfriend Johnny's. I also have a Silverlight Presentation at the St. Louis .Net User Group on October 27th, then the Kansas City Office Geeks will be meeting on November 6th with a presentation on SharePoint Updates by JD Wade. In between I believe I am going to try and give a how to write a custom wildcard search in SharePoint ...
Topic: Social Networking On Wednesday, November 12th, we will explore how to use SharePoint for social computing that will power the next generation of business productivity. During the session we will highlight the following components and how they can be extended using customization, Codeplex and partner solutions: MySites Blogs Wikis Podcasting Unified Communications Furthermore, if you have specific questions that you would like answered, we encourage you to submit them to info@sharepointmn.com, ...
Because I own the Phoenix Silverlight User's Group, I got an email this morning from O'Reilly about a survey they're doing. The intent was to get it to the User Groups, of which O'Reilly is very supportive. <Side Note> If you run a user group and are NOT in contact with O'Reilly, you should do so! </Side Note> I've cleared the blogging of this with them, and will do the same thing I did with the User Group. I'll post the body of the message and if you decide to go there or not, it's your ...
The Useless Introduction You Used To :) This post has taken so long to be started in writing. I’ve been busy with many events in my life lately. Suffering from frequent limited internet access lately, and, all this moving between companies thing has been eating me. And yes, I admit, I' have been as tired and more honestly lazy as you expected me to be! Hey, there’s a little warning. This post is not exactly for my usual audience. I’m sorry, but introducing Domain Driven Design is not one of the goals ...
Last night was quite a deep run through the things you can do with SharePoint's administration interface. The Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group was privileged to have local SharePoint MVP Gary Lapointe presenting on how he created his STSADM extensions (an add-on that you can find on CodePlex). It was quite breathtaking to see the number of new extensions he has developed to extend the functionality of the out of the box STSADM utility that you and I use. To be exact he has added a whopping ...
I met Lindsay about a year and a half ago at a user group event in Greenville, SC. She has the perfect job that keeps her very very busy but she was nice enough to take a few minutes and answer these NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? I was born in Singapore, raised in Australia and Guam, went to college in Los Angeles, then Microsoft moved me to Philadelphia! On top of that, my mom was raised in the Philippines, and my dad is from Scotland. 2. What do you do / Who do you work for / What is your ...
If you haven't been keeping up with the latest news on the Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group site (www.cossug.net) then I thought I would drop a little bit of a blast on my blog. We have decided to move the meeting nights from the first Tuesday to the second Wednesday of every month. This was mainly due to the fact that we were overlapping with another really established .NET User Group in the same area. We couldn't have that. We want everyone to be able to make it to all of the User Group meetings ...
Thanks everyone for the encouragement...I have about three more chapters and John has about one more to write for the book (yeah I'm the slacker). At the end of the weekend early next week I'm hoping to make that two chapters and then the week after than only one...It's coming along pretty nicely. If anyone is interested in pre-ordering here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Share... I know ...
ODUG Vice President Kurt Amstutz will be talking about the recently released Map Module at next Tuesday's Orlando DotNetNuke User Group meeting. I've been busy writing my chapters for the DotNetNuke 5 book and didn't make the last meeting. I'll be at this one. I recruited Kurt last spring to put this presentation on. Here's some information on the module: The DotNetNuke® Map Module project is an initiative crafted from very popular smash up DotNetNuke® Map Module, originally called GoMap. The module, ...
I just received this email from my contact at JetBrains: A quick update on the JetBrains User Group Giveaway program... 1) We’re happy to extend this giveaway for another year – at least until the end of 2009. Your work in the community is something we all admire, and we’d like to thank you for your efforts. 2) We are expanding the program to support a lot more User Groups – .NET, Java, Groovy, Ruby, Google, and Agile. If you want us to support any other groups, let me know! 3) We’re also expanding ...

If you're in the Bristol area and want to hear a real software development pro speak about writing software fit to publish, then get along to the DotNetDevNet .NET user group on Monday the 13th of October.

Oren Eini (a.k.a. Ayende Rahien) is coming to town!

Now that the book is finished writing, reality is catching up with me and I am finally able to work on the backlog of ideas and projects that has accumulated in the last months. Time to give an update of stuff I do or will do soon.

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Central Florida BizTalk User Group [Meeting in Tampa] Wednesday, October 1st, 6:30 PM at Tampa Microsoft Office Central Florida BTUG is an independent, non-commercial user group focused on Microsoft’s BizTalk 2006 R2 and related technologies such as RFID, SOA, Windows Communication Foundation, and other divisions of connected systems. Targeted audience includes technologists at all levels including developers, architects, users, and decision makers. The user group will hold bi-monthly meetings delivered ...
Topic: SharePoint 2007 Administration You are invited to the SharePoint User group on Wednesday, October 8. At this event we will dig into components of SharePoint Administration. We'll start by reviewing terminology for SharePoint Administration. Next we'll dig into Backup and Recovery in SharePoint. Finally we'll look at ways to move SharePoint content around using various tools and techniques. Discussion points include: STSADM commands Catastrophic vs. more granular backup/restore methods The ...
Here are the slides from my presentation at the Bartlesville .NET User Group on Design Patterns. Enjoy! Bartlesville Dot Net User Group Design Patterns View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: design patterns) NOTE: If you attended my presentation or have enjoyed my presentation I would love it if you would let me know what you thought by leaving a recommendation for Speaker: Design Patterns in C# here http://www.linkedin.com/in/... ...
In the first part of my Ignite Your Life series of posts there were a few key ideas that I tried to get across. Envision Choose your illusion…don’t focus on what you aren’t or who you are now, but focus on what you want to become, where you want to be, what you want to do. Create a detailed vision of the you that you want and set that as your goal. Declare Once you’ve created your vision, you need to declare yourself as that vision. You need to cement in your psyche that you will be the fulfillment ...
I’m happy to announce that Brandon King has organized the first Harrison .Net User Group meeting for Oct 21st, 2008. The meeting will be held at Roosters BBQ, Google Map. AGENDA 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Food and get to know each other 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Discuss forming the DNUG, including officers, meeting times and topics of interest for guest speakers ...
Date: October 1, 2008 from 1:00pm - 4:30pm Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest 5801 Opus Parkway Minnetonka, MN 55343 (952) 935-5500 Details: Please join us for the upcoming Minneapolis Area VMware User Group meeting on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Join an innovative group of VMware users to network, share ideas, and learn how to get the most out of your VMware solutions. This is a great opportunity to meet with your Minneapolis based peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and ...
For those in East Arkansas and West Tennessee, I’ll be visiting the Memphis .Net User Group on September 25th 2008. David Mohundro, the co-founder of the Fort Smith .Net User Group, will be presenting on PowerShell. You won’t want to miss this presentation, as there is some terrific tie-ins with Visual Studio. My main purpose will be to meet with the guys starting up a Northeast Arkansas .Net User Group in Jonesboro, Arkansas. If you’re interested, in helping out or attending the new NEADNUG group, ...
Here are the slides from a presentation I did for the Bartlesville .NET User Group on Service Oriented Development with Windows Communication Foundation. These slides are a subset of a much larger presentation I do. The slides cover the basics behind Service Oriented Architecture/Development and over view of the power behind Windows Communication Foundation. Because of time constraints this presentation does not include all the detail and demos that the larger presentation consists of. Enjoy! NOTE: ...
We held our 2nd Architecture / Agile virtual meeting last night with Adrian Wible of Thoughtworks presenting. This was the first time I had actually been at the controls of the Live Meeting. We only decided to do this on Saturday so there was not much time for promotion and only a few showed up. The good news is that we got to experiment with all the features I could make work including web audio, video, desktop sharing, tie in of a phone conference, recording, Q&A, shared whiteboard and chat. ...