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Everyone has books that they consider suitable for continued use as a reference. I have been selling or donating my VB6 books as I have been buying new .NET books. Design Patterns by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides - who are the notable Gang of Four (GoF). Admittedly, this book's examples are are in Smalltalk and C++, but all the C#/VB patterns books refer to this one, so it is a natural. Personal Rating: Very Good. Design Patterns in C# by Steven John Metsker proved ...
Reminded so much of what it must feel like for an author to start a new story it seems that it is incredibly intimidating to sit in front of the blank screen of your first blog post. Wondering if there really is anything that you have to say is important enough to even be broadcasted to the furthest ends of the technological divide. I have read many of the blogs on this site and have found many to be quite stimulating and educational. I noticed that someone that I have had the opportunity to work ...
I've have a few posts in the bag related to the Portland Code Camp, so here you go. Day -1 Last week we headed down the coast toward the Portland Code Camp, Version 1.0. Our first stop was Seattle, a city that neither Erika nor myself had ever been to. I had passed through it once, but that didn't really count. We headed downtown and parked the car and walked around for a while. I guess like most tourists we ended up at Pike Place Market. We walked around and checked out the sights. We didn't see ...
[Crosspost from Managed World] Well, tonight was the pre-Meltdown hang. Before the hang actually started, Andy Dunn called me up and we decided to walk over and check out the Seattle Public Library whose architecture is talked about widely, evidently. All I could think of was "what a funny looking building." However, it really is incredible. Starting on like the 4th floor, all the books are on a "spiral" where there really isn't any "floors" per se. It's basically one continuous spiral up many floors. ...
Visual Studio.NET 2005 might be releasing in couple of months and I am far behind the new technology. I do have Visual Studio.NET 2005 Beta 2 but it has minor bugs that slow me down during my learning process. I have made a habit of waking up early at 5:00 AM to read programming books and articles since after I come home from work at 6:00 PM I am dead tired. Although the fatigue don’t stop me from jogging. Currently I am reading “Introduction to Asp.net” by Dino and “T-SQL Programming” by Ken Henderson ...
Well, Saturday was, as my postal carrier called it, “Harry Potter Day”. Unlike some of you, I chose to wait by the mailbox rather than be at the store at midnight. Unlike the rest of you, I wanted to know what was going on before November 2008 (anticipated release date of HBP in theatres). So, what did I think of it? Well, it’s not quite as good as Prisoner of Azkaban or Goblet of Fire, but much much better than the disappointing Order of the Phoenix. Also, at 652 pages, it’s a bit lighter than years ...
The things we love are a large part of who we are. This is who I am. Who are you? Top 10 favorite songs... in no order: - Hurt (Johnny Cash cover of NIN) - Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode or Marilyn Manson versions) - My Immortal (Evanescence) - You Spin Me Round (Dead or Alive) - Welcome Home Sanitarium (Metallica) - Baby One More Time (Britney Spears... don't even say it!) - anything by Gwen Stefani - Possession (Sarah Maclachlin) - Holiday (Green Day) - anything by Elvis Top 10 favorite movies ever... ...
Dave Burke posted about cleaning out his closet and finding boxes of floppies. I too am (or was) a huge Borland fan. In fact I started using Paradox 1.1 when ANSA first produced it before Borland acquired it. I'm worse than him though, rather than just keeping the floppies, I have a “special” box with my favorite software of all time - complete with manuals and other off-the-shelf books I bought to learn from. Going from memory (I'm at work now) I can't seem to part with... Paradox (multiple ...
Shervin Shakibi is speaking at our www.fladotnet.com user group meeting tonight on Developing Webparts with Visual Studio 2005. Shervin Shakibi Consultant - ComputerWays [ geekswithblogs.net/shervin/] Shervin Shakibi is the Chief Technical Officer for Computerways Inc., a Microsoft Gold Partner specializing in .NET development. In addition to being an author and Technical editor on many .NET books he has been a popular speaker at events such as Microsoft Tech Ed, PDC, CodeCamp, and Developer Days. ...
PMP journey - experience sharing When I look back at how I prepared for this exam , I see a logical sequence (life cycle) of how things happened during the whole exercise and it can be best explained like ; 1) The initial interest / curiosity I do not exactly recollect how this happened. It was easily almost one year back. I always had this feeling within me that , even if I am well experienced in project management , something was lacking in me , when it comes to practicing / preaching project management ...
Can you recommend some very good reference material from the exam point of view? Will the PMBOK guide third edition alone will help? While preparing for the PMP examination, referring to 'Guide to PMBOK ' alone will not help and at the same time, there is no other authentic material apart from 'Guide to PMBOK' to act as a reference material. End to end understanding of PMBOK is very important and at the same time, there is no need to mug up things as most of the questions are not very direct. There ...
Here's a list of a few books I would like to check out this month. All of which are .NET related. The coolest looks to be the Remoting book by Tobin. What a badass. I can't believe Apress put a hardcover book out on Remoting. Wow! Pro .NET 1.1 Remoting, Reflection, and ThreadingBy Tobin Titus et al.Published May 2005ISBN: 1-59059-452-5672 pages$59.99http://www.apres... Three powerful technologies-Remoting, reflection, and threading-are combined in a single book! Iterating ...
I will be speaking at Tamp Code Camp on July 16th, this is a one day free developer event for developers by developers. if you are in the area I highly encourage you to attend. you can find out more about it here. http://www.tampacodecamp.com/ here is a list of the speakers Jeff Barnes Architect Evangelist - Microsoft Jeff Barnes, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSE – Microsoft Architect Evangelist for the Gulf States District. BizTalk 2004 for Developers Kevin Barnhill Web Architect - Wilson Miller [ www.naplesdot.net] ...
Its always hard at first to get a good grasp on any new technology. A novice programmer always wonders that what is the best way to learn. In my case working on a personal project proved to be really good. Offcourse before that you have to read some good books that will give you an introduction to the technology. Apart from reading books asking questions on www.asp.net forms have also helps me alot. People from all over the world answer questions and express their views. When I started implementing ...
Recently joined the IGDA... if you're into game development then I encourage you to check these guys out. They have several membership rates, ranging from $48/year for regular members, $30/year for students and a free (limited access) membership. The biggest advantage to joining is the networking, of course... which the free membership restricts a bit. No matter which level you sign up at, you get the IGDA newsletter. Depending on your goals, $48 is a steal... it's cheaper than some of the books ...
Those that know me, know that I read quite a few books, both fiction and work-related. As a result, I’m often asked “What’s a good book for X?” or “Do you have any information on Y?”Well, here it is. The X’s and Y’s of .NET.Basic Essentials (“must have’s”) Title Author Publisher Comments OOP with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step By Step Robin A. Reynolds-Haertle Microsoft Press Ok, if you’re not a ...
What a concept, eh? Originally developed as a martial arts way of approaching life, the concept of “having a mind like water” has made its way into the personal development and business productivity lexicon. David Allen, the author of “Getting Things Done (GTD)” and most recently “Ready for Anything” advocates this method of thinking most vociferously amongst the professional development and productivity gurus. The notion is to organize your life and work in a ...
you have heard about Whidbey (Visual Studio 2005) and Yukon (SQL Server 2005) and want to get trained on the same... Can't seem to find any books around on the same or don't want to buy them?OK.. so now it is available, the training on the cutting edge Microsoft Technologies:https://www.mi... if you are looking for FREE tools to develop on MS technology, check out the Express Editions of Visual Studio at:http://lab.msdn.microsof... ...
Greater Charleston .NET User GroupOur June meeting is a *mere* 6 days away... Lou Vega of SPAWAR (and GC.NUG) is our guest speaker, and he will be talking about Mobile Development with the .NET Compact Framework. We'll also be handing out a bunch of copies of Visual Studio 2005 Team System BETA 2 DVD SET We have some GREAT drawings this month, including books from Addison Wesley, MS Press and more. We aren't having a “members only” drawing this month... so our big item will be open to ...
At last, I’ve finally finished reading Dr. Stephen Covey’s latest book, The 8th Habit. It’s been difficult for me to read, not due to lack of interest or difficulty of reading concepts. It’s been due to my frequent desire to re-read everything I’ve just read. That’s an atypical experience for me in reading as I usually speed-read through books to catch the major points. This book isn’t one you can really do this with. It’s that good! For anyone that ...
So I'm at favorite bookstore and this Game Programming book catches my eye. Ok, the title was interesting, but it was actually the 40% off sticker that REALLY sucked me in. Hmmm I think to myself... a game programming book that focuses on VB.NET, from one of my favorite publishers, and 40% off?? Well, needless to say, $30 later (do the math) I'm flipping through my newest acquisition. Preliminary opinions are not good. (There will be a review, and the tech editor will be crucified...) However, I ...
Via Scoble, comes a link to Eric Mack on how to get your kids interested in computers. My wife and I have recently been having this very conversation, as well as the follow-on one of how to protect them efficiently and effectively. Of course, Scoble has other issues. I think interest will be there if only because computers will be a big part of the household. The parental interest in the kid's security online (and even offline) is very high. My wife's concern goes beyond nasty pictures. It is more ...
One thing you read in most articles or books that talk about code optimization in .Net is string concatenation. Many books will say always use a StringBuilder to build your strings. Some even go so far as to say use the String.Conct() method for 2-4 strings. But you should never use the + style concatenation. Well I say BULL! The C# compiler folks at Microsoft did a great thing with 1.1 (I don't think its there in 1.0). if you write some code like:private string StringConcatTest(string stuff) { string ...
I have recently left the consulting world, and have come to a conclusion about consulting. I find it interesting (disturbing actually) that current trend in most IT shops around the country has been to outsource much of their work to consulting companies, either local or abroad. My conclusions are based on observations that I’ve had in dealing with consultants for the past 7 years, both in working with them and being one of them.There are 4 main problems that I can see with betting your project's ...
Reviewer: Theo Moore (Greater Charleston .NET User Group) Publisher: Apress Title: Pro ADO.NET with VB.NET 1.1 I’ve been involved deeply with DB access applications for the last 5 years, and I’ve read many books on the subject. I’ve read some that were bad, and I’ve read some that were amazing. This book is definitely a good one. Note that this not intended to be a full reference on the intricacies of the object model, but more of a “this is what it can do, and here’s ...
Well, I am home now from E3. What an exhausting trip. I couldn't sleep on the Red Eye coming home so I got about 1 hour sleep in 36. I am more rested up now and ready to head back to work in the morning. Thursday at E3 I spent most of the day on the floor of the Expo. Trying to soak in as much as I could. I finally go to go to the Midway and Atari shows. Midway was terrible but Atari was pretty good. They where giving away the best T-Shirts of the show with the “In the beginning there was PONG” ...
I finally got around to working on the Pinewood Derby track circuit. I have a few weeks left before they are to be used. I'll tell you later how much I procrastinate... The circuit revolves around a PIC 16F684 microcontroller from Microchip. The code is in C (PICC Lite). Basically it turns on the first yellow light, waits .4 seconds and then turns on the next one and so on. Pretty simple program. I'm setting up a website to post the code, schematic and more pictures. The track will have 4 sets of ...
I was on a good blogging pace this month until a very nasty flu got ahold of me. Needless to say I have had a lot of couch and movie time over the past week and a half which, when I had the energy, allowed me to do some reading. If you read the title of this post you will know my latest book of choice was “SSL and TLS Essentials - Securing the Web” by Stephen Thomas. I think (maybe I just never noticed) this is one of the first books I have read that was published by Wiley Computer Publishing ...
Here in Vancouver I'm working right downtown just a few blocks from the Skytrain station and like most financially dependent people it doesn't make sense to drive to work every day. Note: I say financially dependent because that's the opposite of what the investment companies always promise us. The holy land, the Shangri-la named "Financial Independence" that you can have when you're 55, but only if you call them now! Now!End of bitter, non-lottery winning, gotta work hard to put food on my family ...
Hi to all, I haven't written in a long time since a few weeks ago my future wife and I decided to get married, and since I'm a fast moving person (at least in some aspects of my life), we decided to do it as soon as possible, meaning that the wedding will be in about 10 days - which of course meant at the time that we have to get everything ready in less than a month. Doing that required a lot of my time - so now you know... Since this is a personal post I haven't pushed it to the main feed, we were ...

I just noticed that Bookpool put out my list of 10 favorite tech books from the last 10 years.

http://www.bookpool.com/ct/99007

What's your favorites?

Well the buzz from Atlanta Code Camp is starting to wear off a bit and let me just say I had a great time. My presentation (GDI+) went very well, with lots of questions (although overall I think the Charlotte one went a tiny bit smoother on my end). I also caught some great presentations on free .NET tools and the Enterprise Library. My two absolute favorites of the day were on Speech Server and Programming Windows Media Center (with a healthy dose of home automation). Oh how I wish those two guys ...
Last night's meeting of the Greater Charleston .NET User Group marked some high (and low) points for our young (< 1 year old) group. First, the high points: Our INETA speaker, Steven Smith of ASPAlliance.com was excellent. He presented a lot of information (most of it new to our members) in a very effective format. Plenty of demos and discussion. He definitely knows his material and didn't stumble over any of the tougher questions (and there were a few). Our giveaways were pretty terrific. Our ...
I just took a look at the giveaways for this month, and we're handing out nearly $700 worth of stuff!! Our members only drawing is for a fully licensed copy of MS Office 2003 Professional!! In addition to that, we have drawings for $150 worth of MS Press books, some books from our various publisher sponsors, MSDN tshirts and more. Don't miss your chance to take home some great stuff! The meeting is Thursday May 12th. Visit http://www.gcnug.org for more details ...
Last week I wrote that Jesse Liberty had written a new book, Visual C# 2005, A Developer’s Notebook. Well, I received it in the mail this weekend, and so far I’m very impressed. The first thing you notice is that it doesn’t look like an O’Reilly book at all, or any kind of software development book. There are no animals on the front and it’s short! (221 pages including index) Anyway, this is from the introduction. “...you may be wondering why these books have the ...
Yesterday I've been installing SQL Express on a VirtualPC with Polish Windows XP. When setup reached the point when it tried to start the service I got following error: The SQL Server service failed to start. For more information, see the SQLServer Books Online topics, "How to: View SQL Server 2005 Setup Log Files"and "Starting SQL Server Manually." and with alert from NetLogon service in event log that the “This computer is part of a workgroup and not a domain and in such configuration the ...
It's my first post here so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Szymon Kobalczyk. I live and work in Kraków (a nice city in south of Poland) with my lovely wife Joanna and 1.5 year old son Jan. And I'm a .NET Geek! In my school years I've programmed in many languages (from assembler to Delphi), but in my professional work I done most with .NET (starting with early PDC'00 Beta). Most of my work concerns things related to User Interfaces (done some both in ASP.NET and Windows Forms), but I ...
This was a post by Jesse Liberty to the Microsoft newsgroups this morning. I haven’t read the book, but I’ve read most of his others, and they’re all excellent. Of course, it might’ve been nice if he’d spelled “transition” correctly. ;-) I am pleased and proud to announce the release of my newest book: Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook by O'Reilly (2005). This book is targeted directly at the experienced C# programmer who wants to make the transitition ...
This is distilled from my Charlotte Code Camp presentation yesterday. The “Gang of Four” AKA “GoF”: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides are authors of the code patterns reference book. The title is “Design Patterns - Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software”. This book is so standard, other books refer to pattern names with the page numbers from this book in parentheses like Singleton (127). For legacy coders (Java, C#, C++, etc.), look ...

It's been quite a while since my last blog post so let me try and recall some interesting things I've ran into since I've lasted posted. Books that I've read:

Design Patterns in C# published by Addison Wesley ISBN 0-321-12697-1
Programming C# published by O'Reilly ISBN 0-596-00309-9
C# in a Nutshell by O'Reilly ISBN 0-596-00181-9

Eric Gunnerson isn’t impressed with the film version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I think there’s an important lesson to be learned here. It’s okay to take a little creative license when adapting a book to a screenplay. Peter Jackson’s version of Lord of the Rings is an excellent example. He shifted around quite a bit of detail and made some fairly significant changes to Tolkien’s work. But his movie was still loved (in general) by the Tolkien fans. Why? ...
Title: Honeypots for Windows – Configure and Manage Windows Honeypots Author: Roger A. Grimes Publisher: Apress ISBN: 1-59059-535-9 This book provides immediate and useful information whether you have previous experience with Honeypots or hadn’t even heard of one until you picked up the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever been interested in network and systems security as it pertains to a Microsoft Windows environment, especially in light of the fact that most previous ...
Microsoft Learning has partnered with the Visual Studio team to provide developers with additional incentive for registering Beta 2. Developers who register their copy of Beta 2 will have access to a free developer title from Microsoft Press. After downloading the Beta they receive an email telling them about the benefit, and encouraging them to register their Beta. When a user completes the registration process they will receive an email with a link to the online books, and an access code. Each ...
As I recall, those days were of great fun! days of my schooling (i was in 6th grade) when off the regular I was forced to join a computer course called "Chota Byte" an APTECH and ZEE sponser'd course in my SUMMER VACATION! Little did i Knw then that that would change my life ?!? Had I not joined that course my interest’s wud made me either a professional F1 racecar driver (wud hav made a good team with narayan karthikeyan! LOL), or a boxer, I still box! or Definitely a scientist! (now who cud remember ...
I love using MSDE as my backend engine for my windows application as a developer i have 3 windows forms applications that use MSDE as their local database engine. Honestly I had a very hard time installing MSDE with them, so I decided to documents my findings for others. First thing you want to do is make sure you have the latest version of MSDE installed on your development machine, you can download it from here http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...

A while back, I posted an entry regarding some MS Press books I was waiting (annnnnd waiting) on from Microsoft. 

I'm happy to say they finally arrived. I'd like to thank Tracey at Microsoft for being patient with my impatience (and not including a little something extra in my box o' books).  I also want to thank Chris McKulka for responding to my initial post and inquiring about the status of my order.

GC.NUG thanks you!

Chris

Review by Lou Vega of the Greater Charleston .NET User Group This book provides immediate and useful information whether you have previous experience with Honeypots or hadn’t even heard of one until you picked up the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever been interested in network and systems security as it pertains to a Microsoft Windows environment, especially in light of the fact that most previous books and articles with information about Honeypots were geared toward ...
Yesterday was a very busy day for me and a number of other people. The Charleston, SC MSDN event started around noon. We kicked it off by watching “The Code Room“ as people started filing in. Having never taken the time to sit and watch it before, I really enjoyed it. I have a whole new appreciation for Scott Belware now. Glen Gordon did a terrific job presenting. The topics were Web Services Unleashed, Universal Data Access w/ SQL Server 2005 and Publishing Applications Using ClickOnce. ...
Doug gave an excellent introduction to Indigo at last night's meeting. Any one who missed it will have some catching up to do. I was amazed at the reduction in code to implement security, transactions, and transport. Wow. From 57,300 lines to just 3. What a hoot. Web services may actually become fun. ;-) What really interested me was the Indigo 'pipeline'. What a concept.I have just two questions:1. Will there be any support for Indigo in VS.NET 2003 or will we have to wait until VS.NET 2005 is released ...
Many developers, being our nature and all, will attempt to wing this part of the exam. Do not make that mistake. Nothing is more important when developing server controls than a deep, thorough, intimate knowledge of the page lifecycle. You should know this aspect better than you know your spouse. If you do not have this deep understanding, you will not know that you should call EnsureChildControls() in Page_Init or CreateChildControls() in OnPreRender. Or when to manipulate session state, or load ...