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This post is about two things. 1. I'm getting out of game development for a while. As much as I was actually into it in the first place, that is. I'll still be working on HA! in my spare time, at my own pace, but that's pretty much it. No new projects. I just don't have the time to keep fiddling with XNA, or the $$ to keep buying absurd amounts of books on Game Dev, etc. FWIW, I always said I'd rather be NEAR the game dev industry than IN it, and lately too much of what I've tried to do has felt ...
Wow, its only been a week since the initial post about how the Mad Mexican wants to help save the Easter Seals, and already support has started to pour in! On behalf of the Mad Mexican, he wants to send his thanks to everyone who's helped out so far, but there's still work to do! Any amount will help: $5, $10, $20. We know that with the millions of fans the Mad Mexican has, we'll be able to blow open the record books of support for this worthy cause*. To pledge your support, just visit THIS LINK! ...
I have to respond to Jeff's SharePoint book post on all of the GWB guys writing SharePoint books. Jeff, John, Murray, and I all seem to meet up at the major conferences and almost always hang out at least 4 of the 5/6 nights. I can say with confidence that all of the SharePoint development books that are coming out are written by seasoned developers and architects and personally, I can't wait to see what the other guys have written! I hope that all of our books aren't seen in the eyes of the readers ...
Well, Rob Foster, Murray Gordon, John Alexander, and Myself have all been working on competitive SharePoint 2007 books this past Fall/Winter and they are all being published around the same time. Personally I would suggest purchasing MINE first, but then definitely support the other guys. Honestly, these guys are my friends and I communicate with them frequently so I hope their books sell well. Rob and I have vented to each other via IM about SharePoint when we ran into issues serveral times. Hopefully ...

Don't ask me how I ended up there, but "Dig Deep and Go Further with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005" has some nice freebie book chapters on VS2005 plus discounts on the actual books (mostly for US residents).

As I have mentioned before I am a consultant. Add to that the fact that I have been doing software development professionally for about twelve years and that means that I am moving into higher level work. Unfortunately that means less time that I am getting my hands dirty in the code. This is a painful transition, especially for a code junkie like me. So what is the prescription to ease my discomfort. I think it is time to bury myself in some serious code learning. I figure I have a number of books ...
Now Available: SQL Server 2005 SP2 Get information about upgrading to SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2), which includes new features and increased performance. Take advantage of enhanced business intelligence capabilities, interoperability enhancements, and performance and manageability enhancements. • Download SQL Server 2005 SP2 • Download the SQL Server 2005 Books Online (updated February 2007) Previously posted at blog.Solidsoft.com ...
Microsoft invites you to experience the next generation of application development platform that will let you deliver rich, interactive experiences to your customers. City Date Venue Hyderabad 15-Mar-07 Fortune Katriya Pune 16-Mar-07 Sun-N-Sand Delhi 21-Mar-07 Marriott Mumbai 22-Mar-07 Kohinoor Continental Chennai 23-Mar-07 Ambassador Pallava Bangalore 27-Mar-07 Royal Orchid Date, Time, Venue: 15 March 2006 9:30 AM (Registration and Tea) Hotel Fortune Katriya, 8, Rajbhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad ...
I'm reading a couple of books right now that I'll be doing reviews on soon enough (well, as soon as I finish them). The first is The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and your Success. The book talks about EQ, or Emotional Quotient and talks about its importance in business...well really in life in general, and how those with high EQ levels should be valued - potentially moreso than those with high IQ's. I've just cracked the cover on this one, so I'll write more on the actual content in a future post. ...
Here is a handy list of books available on BizTalk Server 2006. Note that some of them are not published as of this writing:1. BizTalk 2006 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Mark Beckner, Ben Goeltz, Brandon Gross, and Brennan O'Reilly (Paperback - Sep 13, 2006)2. Pro BizTalk 2006 (Pro) by George Dunphy and Ahmed Metwally (Paperback - Oct 23, 2006)3. Foundations of BizTalk Server 2006 (Foundations) by Daniel Woolston (Paperback - Jan 8, 2007)Not yet published4. Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 ...
My list of books available on WPF and WCF. WPF 1. Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed - Adam Nathan After reading a lot of reviews I bought this book and it is quite well illustrated and the VS color coding really helps. This is my top pick. 2. Programming Wpf by Chris Sells Some of the other books are beta version and the code doesn't work so I suggest you check before buying. WCF 1. Programming Wcf Services - by Juval Lowy When it comes to WCF I think of Juval Lowey. His book is comprehensive, ...
I've heard this morning about another company where MSN has been banned as a mode of communication, this time under the banner of "Common Courtesy". Bull$h1t is what I say to that. I worked at a company a few years back where they tried to implement the same sort of deal...they ended up switching to an internal-only MSN solution. Why was this ok? Because they could record and monitor all communicaitons that occur. Oddly enough, both of these companies are run by people with sales backgrounds. Is ...
I have been looking into OpenID and CardSpace for a new project. There is a shortage of .NET 3.0 books right now (see my previos post) but I was able to find some good introductory information on CardSpace. The Windows CardSpace - Simplified! Microsoft’s CardSpace: Part 1 – Getting started Microsoft's CardSpace: Part 2 - Creating and using your first identity card Microsoft’s CardSpace: Part 3 – Using a Card ...
Rough Cuts is a program offered by O'Reilly that lets you get access to beta versions of books while they are being written. I ordered an electronic copy of Programming .NET 3.0 through my Safari account. The publication date is set as the 26th (four days away) and the Rough Cut only contains 3 very unfinished chapters, two of which ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. I complained to Safari that if that is all that they are offering they might as well not even put it up. But I guess they want there money as quickly ...
I've been playing a bit with (d)Linq lately so there are probably some related blog posts coming this way :). Today, for example, I was trying to get the logic for a search form to work. The form is pretty basic, allowing the user to search a books library based on several fields, like Title, Author, Publisher etc. The search should tokenize the input from each field and then build the final condition by OR-ing the conditions for each field together, provided that something was entered in that search ...
The Rational Guide to SQL Server Notification Services By Joe Webb Published by Rational Press 2004 ISBN: 0-9726888-1-1 I recently received the task to get myself familiar with SQL Notification Services for a project I’m working on…basically our customer requested that we use SQL-NS and nobody on the team had experience with it so I got the task. I was kind of looking forward to it because it seems like cool technology but was kind of hesitant because there seems to be so little information out there ...
We are kicking off a 5-city road-show for developers, focused on application development on Vista & Office 2007. This event is behing held in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. Using the Windows Vista™ platform in tandem with the Microsoft® Office 2007 system, you can build future-ready applications that are visually stunning, collaborative and secure like never before. Start scripting the future today! Clear Create visually stunning and highly differentiated user interfaces that ...
Step 1 - Get the Tools Cost - $0Time - About 3 hours to download an install Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Visual C# 2005 Express Edition SQL Server 2005 Express Edition - You will have the option of downloading this when you download Visual Web Developer and Visual C#, but I recommend downloading SQL Server separately with Advanced Services for reporting. Step 2 - Getting Comfortable Cost - $0 to $30 if you purchase the eBookTime - 30 hours for either the video or book route Start with ...
I was forwarded this post the other day about the processes that Microsoft (SQL Server in particular) uses for documentation and Books Online and it got me thinking. It really got me thinking about how I'd seen documentation (or lack there of) take place in other companies I've worked at, how I thought documentation took place at Microsoft before I was actually able to see the process (working in field sales), and how it actually takes place here in SQL. I don't want to re-write the entire post, ...
Wow - What a ride its been - the past few days have been more than exciting in more than many ways for me. Maybe I’ll just stick to the Vista launch today – It’s not yet time to blog about others. The $6 billion block buster, most widely used piece of software ever made by man finally made it into the hands of the consumer on Jan 30th! Here are a few glimpses from around the world when it was time... Japan - Paris - India – Hollywood Tries out Windows Vista Launch Event Photos Times Square Launch ...
Update: I am putting the update at the top since this entry is soooo long. Well, aparently there are two things that I needed to do to solve my problems.1. I needed to realize that the SQL Server 2000 was my Distributor even though I wanted my remote databases to handle the distribution info. I guess because I was using SQL Express 2005 this wasn't possible. 2. Security, security, security. One of the most troubling error messages I recieved after resolving the distributor issue was that when trying ...
My department set up all us developers with a subscription to Safari Online. This allows us to search and access books. The interface is novel because the user is given 10 Bookshelf tokens per month. I can choose 10 books and put in My Bookshelf (shown). Then I can read these books through the online reader. I also have 5 download tokens. Each download token allows me to download a PDF of one chapter of a book per month. This is all from the education budget, instead of classes (LOL), for professional ...
The folks at O'Reilly put out a call for people to blog about their favorite free and open source utilities, which I responded to. I really wasn't expecting much from this beyond a blip in blog traffic. But, as a thank you, O'Reilly has given one me one of their books. We have a lot to thank O'Reilly for; they play a couple of vital roles for the computing community. Their books on HTML, DHTML, and JavaScript are a sort of industry standard for people doing web development. They are the books to ...
Found this post earlier and well worth sharing; I have wanted to know how to do this for sometime. I have googled, searched books etc but never come up with the answer. Fortunately there are smarter and more experienced people out there than me and Rick Strahl is one of them, if you don't subscribe to his blog I recommend it. He has posted some code on how to find out if the application is running in debug mode...turns out its pretty simple and if I had spent sometime with intellisense (the best ...
StreetTech just ran an item about a website called LibraryThing. It lets you populate an online catalog of your books by scanning the barcodes on the covers into your computer. The interesting question is - How do you scan a barcode into a PC and onto the web? Gareth from StreetTech suggests using something called a CueCat. This is an old barcode scanner gadget that was distributed freely to magazine subscribers a few years back (all Wired subscribers received them at some point). These things are ...
I just added another sample to the Analysis Services Stored Procedure project. The following text is copied from the Wiki documentation which I just updated. This function is not currently available as part of a compiled release, but it is available from the source code repository, so you can download the code and compile it yourself. I also have a Powershell based variation of this proc which was actually how I prototyped the technique. I plan to polish up the rough edges of that script and post ...
I was reading the IT news today, as I usually do at some point during the day, and of course there were several things about the opening of the 2007 International CES in Las Vegas. The big news is that Bill Gates (Chairman at Microsoft - but if you didn't know this, I must ask: in what planet do you live?) started to talk about a "home server", a server that the average home user would have at home, to store their files and stuff like that. Personally, I think it's a great idea to have a server at ...
We took a ride out to town tonight so I could get my new glasses. I can see again! So, while we were out to town, we stopped at Schuelers Bookstore, love that place :). As I made a beeline to the computer books I tried to figure out what section I wanted to look at... I began my look at the game programming books, and there sat a new edition of Programming Roleplaying Games. I have the directx 8 version of the book but I never got into it enough because directx 9 had just come out and I didn't know ...
Rory, in his pain induced 2006 stupor, accidentally "tagged" me (he really was meaning to tag Georges Cuvier in an attempt so show how silly he found the tagging system, but his fingers slipped and brushed me in my special place instead). This accidental tagging put quite a lot of pressure on me as I dug through the recesses of my mind to vainly try to come up with any interesting fact or juicy morsels that my one reader might be interesting (hey Shawna, I should be home tonight early!). I felt even ...
Google has fixed a security hole in several of its services that exposed the address books of Gmail users, the company said Tuesday. An attacker could create a malicious Web site that would copy all the entries in a Gmail user's address book, a potential treasure trove for spammers, according to a description of the problem on the "Googling Google" blog. The only condition is that the user would have to be logged in to Gmail or another Google service. The issue came to light after Google watcher ...
In there near future I plan on putting out a few posts based on my experience customizing process templates and process guidance for Team Foundation Server. What I am finding is that the documentation and available books fall short in this area. They tell you how to setup the product, but customizing it is an infinite black abyss. As I am currently digging into the process guidance itself it is turning out to be a maze of XML and XSL files which are require some serious explanation. Calling their ...
I'm a hardcore Michael Crichton fan - I've read every one of his (science) fiction books. However, I must say after reading Next - "Is this the same Crichton who gave us The Andromeda Strain, Sphere, Jurassic Park and Congo?" - You've got to be kidding me. The cover of the book says "A Novel" I disagree - this isn't a Novel - Its more of a Journal which accounts for a ton of fictitious events which are very loosely coupled together as a story line. I agree with Keith Phipps of A.V Club - here's a ...
Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 I cleared the exam for BizTalk Server 2006, a good way to end the year. BizTalk Server 2006 has a huge difference compared to BizTalk 2004(I cleared in May '05). BizTalk 2006 covers on Messaging / BAM / BRE / Deployment etc. Its not a MCP style of exam as earlier BizTalk certification. I would recommened MSDN resources / Books - BizTalk Pro and Reciepe are good one to start with. Hands on BizTalk 2006 more ...
I read Joel's latest posting about bribes. I can't disagree with him more. Though, I believe he already realizes his stance is tainted. Pure altruism if alive and well, but is not nearly as much of a motivator as an expectation of reciprocation. What do I mean by that? People everywhere are happy to help a stranger, a friend, a relative, or a family member and have no expectation that person will ever do something in return. That is definitely true. But, there are a number of times when people not ...
What is reference data? Typically by reference data we mean an attribute of an object within a system that is restricted to a specific list of values. In integration scenarios when you are passing a message from one system to another these lists of reference data are different between the systems. This means if you have a product type id or value from System A there will usually need to be some kind of mapping required to translate the value or id to an equivalent value that System B will understand. ...
I came across a great list of gaming books that should be of interest to anyone that wants to learn more about the industry. Here are the categories: Theory Design Practice Writing Graphic Design Music / Audio Online Community The History of Games Sociology People, Projects, and Businesses Other Media and Useful Disciplines Deep Background Inspirations The list is compiled by a game designer and author Ernest Adams. The first book that I want to take a look at is Fundamentals of Game Design, by Ernest ...
I think I hit a record about how many books I read (and bought) this year, technical (computer related) and non computer related. This is some kind of mini list about the technical books and some kind of review. - Head First Design patterns: Oh boy, what a book. Superb. I've learned a lot from it, even if the samples are in Java. Excellent way to show a very interesting topic like Design Patterns. I also have Mesker's C# Design Patterns, but Head First is much better, with clearer explanations. If ...
Wow. 2006 has sucked. But, every thorn is connected to a stem, the top of which often holds a rose. While it's been mostly a thorny 2006, the rose at the top has a few petals. One of them is the fact that I guess I am officially an "author". Here are the books on Amazon.com. My "Thanks" are below the links. http://www.amazon.com/MCPD-... http://www.amazon.com/MCPD-... ...
The book I particpated on (Pro WCF: Practical Microsoft SOA Implementation) finally has had the index created. It's getting close to publication date, I'm told January. This has been a long road, actually inception goes back 2 years. Timing is good as we're up to RTM on the content & code. An index is fundamentally how I judge a book. Generally, tech books you pick up, read in the reading room, but refer back to it for concepts starting at the TOC or the Index. This one's rich ...
This weekend was not so good. While I was away (Minnesota) I started getting reports that one of my Reality Check customers (a regular and a friend) was acting strange. Ok, more like stranger than usual. He's always been a little odd. But now he was agitated, rambling and saying some pretty bizarre stuff. He says I saved his life last weekend (12/3). He also says I showed him what was wrong in his life and provided him the means to fix it. For the record, I never did either of those things. I did, ...
OK so I’m not quite there yet! I have passed Web Apps and Windows apps and have one exam left to do (XML services and .net remoting which I must say is the hardest of all three – perhaps some of you out there who are already MCAD/MCSD agree?!?)These will soon be out of date as the new .net 2.0 exams are released and the certifications have changed slightly but I haven’t really looked in these a great deal. I actually started life as a software developer late on and put myself through further education ...
The week before last, I spent some time updating an existing document on BizTalk exception handling for a client. I added a couple of pages on the use of compensation. I hoped to be able to reference a comprehensive article or paper on the subject, but after spending some time searching, I largely drew blanks. As always, the Microsoft documentation proved fragmented, terse and incomplete, although it has certainly improved since BizTalk 2004 days. The small (but growing) number of BizTalk books did ...

You can buy almost anything on Amazon, ranging from books to hairdryers.  Now you can even buy your milk!  Check it out for yourself.  Read the comments and look at the images, it is funny as hell.  It is probably a joke, but it is still funny.

 

I am considering picking up a couple of reference books for my team (the company reimbursing me) on VSTS and TFS. I've be looking at a couple, and found some I think would meet my needs. I was wondering if anyone has read them.... They are: Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System And: Professional Team Foundation Server I was wondering if anyone has looked at these, and what they think. They are Wrox books, and I usually like them pretty well. They tend to be less fluff and more practical manuals. ...
XNA has made game development easy, but to use the XNA framework you still have to be able to develop with C#. You don't have to be an expert, but you do need to understand the basics of Object Oriented development and the general syntax for the C# language. That's great for existing developers, but there are a lot of non-developers who are interested in XNA, but need to start at the beginning and first learn how to develop with C# before they can learn how to develop a game with XNA. I'm trying ...
Here's the associated site for Michael Crichton's new book Next. http://www.nextgencode.com/ I've read just about every Michael Crichton book and been hooked on his writing since I first saw the Andromeda Strain back in the 70's. His books have always weaved science into the fiction to make it believable and convincing. Always grabbing current science topics to make the plot ever more interesting and it's usually difficult to detect the real from the fiction. My brother Ed, once told me a story, ...
So far I have passed 3 exams in my MCP path: 70-548, 70-526, 70-536. I have started to prepare for another exam. This time it will be 70-431. I have two books from MS Press to read. First one is "Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for Developers". Another one is Training Kit that I will recieve in 2 weeks. In late November I will take Instructor-led Course number 2779 "Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database". I hope that it will be enough to pass this exam ...
News came out recently that Hollywood studios have pulled backing for the planned Halo movie (based on the game Halo and Halo 2 for the XBox, in case you just crawled out of some non-geeky bomb shelter recently). I was very happy with this, because I'm a firm believer that you don't need to move a story to a different media unless there's a good reason to. How often do we hate seeing amazing books ported as a spectre of its literary self onto the big screen, not for artistic merit or furthering the ...
I took a spin through the TechNet Virtual labs for Exchange 2007 and I was very impressed! The experience was smooth and very well organized. I even learned a few interesting things. When running through the installation for a new server, one of the steps is to query you for the versions of Outlook you will be running in your environment. All Outlook 2007 or a mix of previous versions of Outlook? I wondered why you are prompted for this information. I had an inkling as Exchange 2003 is able to restrict ...
That's right. I was here at home looking for what's new out there in the Web about .NET, so I entered to MSDN Magazine website. As always, there was the cover of the current issue (November in this case) dedicated completely to Security. At that point there was no major changes to MSDNMag website and I decided to check the November issue. Imagine my reaction when I had in front of me every headline translated to my very first language (spanish). Am I dreamin'??? Maybe it was just my imagination... ...