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I’ve spent a great deal of time reading and listening to books and programs by a great number of “success coaches.” I know many people often throw such advice aside and think it’s all nothing but a bunch of happy malarkey for someone else to make money off of you. Well, that’s fine to have that attitude, but I will personally guarantee you that if that is your attitude, you’re nowhere near achieving your full potential. There are a lot of flakes out there evangelizing ...
A few months ago, I participated in a VERY lengthy survey conducted by Microsoft. The promised reward for participation was a big pile of MS Press books. Did anyone else do this? More importantly, did anyone else EVER get their books? I received a thank you email 3 months ago saying that they received my list of books I wanted, and that orders were processed every two weeks and to allow 4 weeks for delivery. 2 weeks later I received an email saying my order had been processed and to please allow ...
I often hear people talk about personas. Although they correctly attribute them to Alan Cooper, the descriptions I hear often conflict with what I have read in Cooper's books and learned at his companies training seminars. In this post I will try to point out what I think are some important differences between what I have learned and what I often hear described. To try to keep things clear, I will refer to personas as I hear the typically described as Typical Personas (TP) and personas ala Cooper ...
Review by Theo Moore of GC.NUG. Reposted with permission. I recently read two books on very similar topics related to .Net development. They were Best Kept Secrets in .Net (Apress) and Visual Studio .Net Tips and Tricks (The Marketplace for Digital Content). Both have quite a bit of information about nifty features that are included in VS.Net. I found most of the tips to be very handy, especially given that most of my experience had been in VS6. I think either book has value and is a worthwhile read. ...
John Alexander and I will be podcasting from the Microsoft Publishers Summit next week for Microsoftbookclubs.com. If you are interested in being interviewed and will be at the summit, give me a buzz and I will get you a time for the interview. Please include the books you have written so we can do some quick research on questions we might ask you. We have a pretty open schedule of events that John and I will be presenting so time shouldn't be an issue. Here are some pictures of the latest mobile ...
I have seen a couple of posts recently about moving code bases to v2.0 of the .NET framework when it becomes available. One that caught my eye was by Sahil. Two things struck me about the post. First the title, “.NET 1.1 Folks Please Take Note”. Aren't we all 1.1 folks at the moment. Last I looked there wasn't a go live license available yet. But more to the point is the comment about making sure your current code will work with 2.0. In the exchange of comments he made the statement to ...
In the past, I've always written my non-mapped ViewState-driven properties for my custom WebControls using a technique I learned from the books a few years ago. public string MyProperty{ get { if((object)ViewState[“... == null) ViewState[“MyProperty... = “Default Value...“; return (string)ViewState[“My... } set { ViewState[“MyProperty... = value; }} I've since figured out a better way (which in fact the newer books use) which ...
.NET Security or Writing Secure Code in .NET is my one of new found interests as far technical stuff is concerned. I had already delivered a couple of presentations on this as well. A lot of people are usually un-aware of secure coding or lack skills in this domain. Another thing worth mentioning here is that we usually dont get to see a lot of text available on this either. I have came across a couple of very good books on secure coding on Microsoft Platform. One is "Writing Secure Code" (2nd Ed) ...
Interesting subject line, I imagine. Well, at least for some of us who are still aspiring to that monetary level. It’s funny that this would somehow find it’s way into the subject line of a blog post of mine. It was only several months ago that I read a book my mother sent me, called “The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me: About Life and Wealth”. Nonetheless, I had a very interesting conversation with a millionaire friend of mine just last week. I had prefaced the call ...
My response to Scott Bellware is posted...
Malcolm Gladwell was in Kansas City this evening to discuss his new book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. This event was sponsored by Rainy Day Books. This was my first time attending one of these events and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rainy Day Books brings in quite a few authors over the course of the year. I highly recommend visiting their web site and signing up for their newsletter. Malcolm spoke and answered questions for approximately 1.5 hours. With a relaxed and entertaining style, ...
The bold and italic part below is the disclaimer. Were you at the San Diego .NET User Group meeting a couple of nights ago? Paul Sherrif (who did an awesome Whidbey presentation) and I gave away TWO, yes *TWO* XBoxes. There was thousands of dollars worth of books and software given away (as usual), and free pizza (as usual), and superb world-class technical content (as usual), but this is the first time we've given away XBoxes. It may not be the last (I didn't win and wouldn't mind another chance ...
Updates are at the bottom. Everytime I show someone pictures of my home-office I receive “wow's” or “holy s#$%'s” so by popular demand, here it is: This is my development/main workstation. The computer in place is actually newer than the one pictured (on the right). It is now a P4 3.4 with 1gig ram and dual 120gig ATA150 drives in a SATA Raid 0 configuration. The sound is standard on-board and it drives a nice set of Creative Labs 2.1 speakers. Super sound is not crucial on ...
I started reading this book Friday and finished it last night. The only thing I do not like about it is that whoever edited this book missed some very basic grammar errors...a lot of them. It really doesn't detract from the professional nature of the book to me. I mean, it is not the author's fault, is it? It just detracts from it's readibility. Anywhoo, the book covers EVERY aspect of setting up a software company. From accounting to legal, from taxes to development, from marketing to sales. Obviously, ...
[Update: Adam Ulrich (the hiring manager I actually interviewed with) actually posted another good piece of advice. I have now included it below.] During the process of looking for another job to further my career goals, I happened to interview for a position at Microsoft. I think perhaps now I can look back on the interview process a little more cleanly since I've been removed from it for almost a week. The position I interviewed for was an SDE/T position on Michael Hunter's team (he works on the ...
For those of you who couldn't make it to last night's meeting, you really missed a good one. Attendance was around 32 people and the pizza and wings from Papa John's (courtesy of Microsoft) were delicious. Thank you Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet. Doug Turnure (MS) gave a terrific presentation on what's coming with Indigo / SOA. Doug was also nice enough to allow us to pick his brain about other Microsoft technologies coming down the pipe. It was quite informative. We officially kicked off ...
Dana Epp has a great post concerning “The Higher Security Mindset". Dana's post is based on the book Inside the Security Mind by Kevin Day. Again, most of the discussion concerns layering security and creating zones and bottlenecks. The more and different types of security you can throw up against a potential attacker the better the security will work. I suggest you check out Dana's full post. I think I'll be picking up a copy of Kevin's book once I get past the backlog of other technical books ...
I have been away from my blog for quite a while now because of work obligations as well final exams (Only 1 more semester until I graduate ). I have been done for a week or so now and have found myself filling my days with books and the gym. In fact, books are the topic of this post. I am nearly complete the book “Crossing the Chasm”, a book on high tech marketing by Harper Business Essentials. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I have read in a while. Not only is it packed ...
Well it's announcement time. We are in the process of partnering with Microsoftbookstore.com to form the Developer Book Club, formerly known as .NET Book Club. With this name change comes a reformation of the club itself. An online forum community for books is a utopia, but only brings advantages to participants, and they were few and far between. Instead, we are focusing on the message. We want to have the authors interact with the community about the book. We will have a monthly webcast for the ...
Every once in awhile, I just like to spout off my current gaming habit...err...status. Here goes again. 1. Half-Life 2: Finished it. Did I like it? Let's just say it has gone to the top of my list of all time favorite games which is quite something. Basically, this game is a masterpiece pure and simple. No other game has captivated me like this one has. It was non-stop thrills a minute. In fact, words can't even describe how awesome this game is. I frequently made this comment to many people: You ...
You know, this book was a pleasant surprise to me. I wasn't surprised by it being a good book. In fact, I kind of expected it to be a book of quality since David Weller had a hand in it. What surprised me was just how good the book was. I am a strong believer that now matter how much you “think” you know about a subject, if the book is good enough, there is always *something* you can learn from a book (even if it is a “beginner's” book and you are an “expert”). ...
One of the best reads of this autumn season is Keith Brown's The .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security. If you haven't checked out this, I highly suggest you do. In fact, the .NET|BookClub is proud to have it as the Featured Book of the Month for November. Also, be on the lookout for some BIG news coming from the .NET|BookClub in the coming months. Description of The .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security Making applications secure has been one of the biggest priorities of Microsoft developers. ...
When discussing object-oriented development with Roman on the comments of a different post, I was thinking of some books that have really impacted me as a software developer (mostly as an object-oriented developer). If I could recommend just four books to an aspiring object-oriented developer that they could have when they were left stranded on a deserted island (I know that's not very feasible, but I had to work the title into the post somehow :P), they would probably be: Design Patterns, by the ...
As one of our larger projects this year, the UVic Computer Science Course Union is working to put together a reference library of technology books for our students. This library is intended to help students who are stuck at school without a reference they may require, or to help students learn new technologies that may be needed for, or are not offered through, their course work. We are looking to offer students a wide range of information on various languages and technologies. We are currently asking ...
With all the different posts running around about the Starter Edition of Windows XP, I was writing a post myself on it, but I am going to save that for another time. Anyway I was going to link to the following articles Seattle Times Article on Windows XP Starter Edition Microsoft Press Release on Starter Edition The Register on the Starter Edition Techdirt on the Starter Edition But.... Just a bit of commentry Right now I think there really is no value in the Starter Edition, infact its 800x600 resolution ...
What I have found in my vast experience of experimentation and failure is that I don't have a single bone in my body that can draw anything. Sure, I'm a master at stick figures, but my skill isn't even to the level to allow me to do masterpieces of modern art like Rory does. Since I've been working on a 2d tile-based game engine, I have found that I long to have any sort of drawing skills. In that vein, I came across some really good links if you are at all interested in pixel art or arcade-like ...
Hi, I'm back from the Jewish new year holiday, also known as Rosh-Hashana. During this long weekend (from wendsday untill sunday) I did a lot of praying and eating, that what we do :-) I also managed to read a few books in the meantime, more to the point, I read all four books by Dan Brown:Angels And DemonsThe Da-Vinci CodeDeception PointDigital Fortress Why? well my mother wanted me to buy the Da Vinci code, and I admittedly drawn by the hype, decided to buy them all, and now I regret it. What can ...

As a book club, we like to feature recently released books. The problem is, there is not definitive feed for books coming out within the year. If you are planning to release a book before the summer of 2005 and want to have it featured at sometime by the book club, please let us know. Just send the title, ISBN, author list, and publisher.

Been keeping myself bussy at work with stuff that is reasonably interesting. Oke, first the technical stuff, then the customary ranting. Windows Update still wont work properly. Yesterday I came across some log entries that seemed to indicate hosts where having trouble finding the SUS server. I went back to my group policy and noticed that I had used wrong slashes, again, for the windowsupdate server, that we call .. http://windowsupdate I am a little worried that there might be some host confusion ...
If you are a big audio book fan like I am, you should REALLY check out http://www.audible.com. They have a sale this week and ANY audiobook you want, you can buy for $10! They have subscription services available so that you can get any two audiobooks per month for $20 but the $10 sale caused me to exceed my budget and buy 15. I could get free books for referring you but I won't because the service sells itself. Check it out ...
Free Auction Scripts, Internet Business Owners Community Portal FreeAuctionScripts.com is my current project. While we were hanging out on different discussion boards with different eBay sellers, we came up with an idea of starting our own portal where internet business owners can discuss their problems, ask their questions and share their experiences. Let me tell you little bit more about Free Auction Scripts and what we have on the site: Free Auction Scripts eBay Cross Promotion Tool With eBay ...
I got a request from a blog reader on the details of my certification journey: 1) Top 5 reasons you decided to get certified? 2) What books/resources/courses/web sites/etc.. did you use for your studying? 3) In what order did you take the exams? 4) How much preperation time did you need for the exams? 5) If you had to do it again, what would you do differently, if anything? 6) What level of experience did you have before starting your studying? So, to answer these questions: 1) Top 5 reasons you ...

Be sure to check out this interview with the man, Anders Hejlsberg!   And who conducts the interview?  None other than Bruce (thinking in) Eckel and Bill Venners.  Also check out Bruce's books and his wesite as well!  Great interview guys! 

HAPPY Friday the 13th! Well .... I know we are in our eighth month here of the year, but I decided to post my half-year favs of 2004 (please take the topics and post your own as well ... if you wish). Drum-roll please ..... Fav Movie WatchedThe House of Sand and Fog - This movie totally shocked me with that ending. For some reason, I found this movie very intense and the acting is SUPERB! Fav CDI know it is old, but I spent the first six months listening to Sugar: Copper Blue. Oh, what a great album ...
By Derick KlugeSummary: Many people in the software testing field did not choose their career, but were placed in the position. As a result, very few individuals are fortunate enough to have actually been trained in testing before they started or even after they’ve been testing for months. The newly appointed tester is left with many questions about how, what, and when to test. This article will outline a straightforward, five-step approach to tackling these issues. You're assigned to test ...
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales interviewed by Slashdot. A good read with some interesting comments and facts in those comments. I am a new fan of Wikipedia when it helped with one of my assignments. Worth watching is thier efforts to create Wikibooks as well where books on different topics are found along with few books on computer security. Tejas Patel ...
Chatted with Steve on IM tonight. He is in great spirits for being far from home and somewhere that cools down to 95 at night! And what does he ask about - books on the Visual Studio 2005 beta! Got to love the spirit of this community. I told him I am expecting to see his bug reports and a couple articles from his Army barracks. You can keep up with Steve at his blog - www.armysteve.com ...
Introduction to the .NET Book Club The .NET Book Club is an organization to promote reading and discussion amongst professional developers and to also provide a forum for linking publishers, authors, and their respective audiences. What do you get out of this? A community to share thoughts and ideas with your peers and actually communicate with the authors of the books you've have been reading. Basic membership to the club is free and offers members discounted books, chapter previews to popular books ...
The best writer of all times was Fjodor Dostojevski, and the best writer of our time is John Irving. I know many will not agree with me. There are many other fine writers. There are even many other great writers. But none have the originality that John Irving has, and few are such great story tellers. Of course the absolute master piece was The World According To Garp, where just one scene makes all pieces fall together, and suddenly everything in the book makes sense. But just now, they were playing ...
After spending some time with Reporting Services over the past couple weeks, I have noticed a few issues that I find rather odd, at least in my opinion. If you create a report and use a parameterized query, report services will nicely add the parameters to the report for you as well. This is a great feature and I really like that aspect. What is different however, is when you want to call that report from within an ASP.NET web application. Ideally, you would like to be able to pass the values for ...
Well, since it appears that other people are sharing the books they are currently reading, I figured I would share the books that are on my reading list. Here they are (in no particular order): Programming Role-Playing Games with DirectX, by Jim Adams 3D Game Engine Programming, by Stefan Zerbst Applying UML and Patterns, by Craig Larman Writing Secure Code, by Michael Howard ...
This one of the excellent post (by Micahel) related to Software Testing. He make some great points. This post gives a great idea what makes a great tester. [Source: (The Braidy Tester blog) http://blogs.msdn.com/micah... If you ask me, I'll tell you a great tester Is devious A great tester has a streak of deviousness. Anyone can follow the lists of test cases that abundantly fill most books on testing. A great tester can move beyond these lists and dream up an endless ...
Thanks to Steve and Michelle Smith of DevAdvice.com, the .NET Book Club will now have a new home to discuss the books we are reading at forums.devadvice.com. I am betting on the rich experience that ASP.NET forums gives will boost interaction from the members (compared to the lacking .NET Nuke discussion module). Please join in on the first few threads covering this summer's book, Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET. http://forums.devadvice.com... ...
Chris Oakes writes on International Herald Tribune and provides us some figures on software piracy. According to the figures 36% of software that is used are illegal. Although I think it might be a bit higher than this. The report mentions that in Western Europe , the % mentioned is 37% for illegal piracy. That's a huge percentage and worth billions of dollars. What surprises me is people allways talk of software piracy, but hardly mention about the piracy that is happening for publishing industry. ...
I installed Farcry yesterday, and man this game is amazing! The graphics are awesome and the gameplay is fantastic. I was able to squeeze in a couple of levels last night, and I was tootally in awe whilst playing it. I love the manuerverbility, gives you the option of peeping, crawling, sprinting etc. I like the fact that you have to use a lot stealth in the game. And I love the realism The AI is pretty fantastic too. You cant just waltz into a battle, you have to take cover, and provide cover fire, ...
I am a huge fan of the ebook. I love ebooks. Sure all the books on the bookshelf make you look all smart and cool and stuff, but I like having all the ebooks to search, right at my fingertips. The only problem I have is some books come with e versions in the .chm format, and the publishers name some of them like 41324987Book_Version_2.3.chm. When I pull the .chm to my laptop and dump it into the ebook folder, 41324987Book_Version_2.3.chm means nothing to me when there's 200 documents and a third ...
I am finally at a point to where I can re-org the book club again. The multiple books at one time idea, not so good. I can't possibly read that many books in a month, and I must be part of the interaction to get people started (since it's my club). So my latest choice of books is “Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET” by James W. Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov. This will be the topic of this weeks .NET Rocks Show as well when my manager is interviewed. How does this book sound ...
Awhile ago, I hinted in the comments section of my MS interview rejection post that I had a secret. Well, it's official. Apparently I didn't scare MS away too badly. I am now going up for yet another interview (yes, I am a sucker for pain) for a Programmer Writer position. For those unfamiliar with Programmer Writers (and I am still a little unsure), they are basically developer's that write sample code and then create an article for it, as well as other writing related tasks. A good example is MSDN ...
There are many books written on Google hacks so far, many showing us how to use and optimise the use of Google, but incase if you have missed the train or did'nt that money was worth spending on learning some cheap tricks, here is the link by Johhny Long who writes on ways of extracting information from Google and getting most of our time. On his website Johhny also has a interesting section called Google Dork -meaning 'An inept or foolish person as revealed by Google.' The second feature of this ...
Curious to know what those TBA sessions are really about? With registration going live in Hall F at the San Diego Convention Center at 9:00 AM, you will be able to pick up your mini-guide and see the new titles in print, or go to CommNet and see the new titles have been posted. They include: Breakout Sessions: DEV200, DEV300, DEV301, DEV302, DEV303 all have updated titles! Cabana Sessions: DEVC05, DEVC08, DEVC20, DEVC22, DEVC32, DEVC33, DEVC34, DEVC39, DEVC42 DEV200 General Session: Managing the ...