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College is opening tommorow and I am thinking what i have done in past 1 and half months of vacations. The only thing i can remember is bluz,my open source project. Where is that p2p thing i decided earlier? All the research papers about skype,overlay networks ,guntella etc are lying there on disk as it is.i have read them only once.I have read not understood.. The positive side of vacations is: 1)I learned a lot about WPF,Blend etc. 2) I am participating in win7 contest based on above experience. ...
OK so the title may confuse you – two completely different technologies that are hardly related. However I have been a little busy at nights trying to prepare my Music-Works tutorials for Commerce Server/SharePoint (MOSS) so I thought I would provide an update into something interesting I was playing with yesterday. For those of you who may not know Microsoft Tag is Microsoft's implementation of the QR-Code. Tags are used in marketing for providing online content in off-line medium. The tags themselves ...
As I wrote a couple of days ago, my wife and I got a pair of Kindle 2 book readers. While she started fresh, I had a little work to move my book content over to the new unit. When I ordered the two new Kindles, they showed up under my Amazon account as my 2nd and 3rd Kindles. Once the units arrived, we enjoyed our out-of-box experience, which was on par with the excellent Zune packaging. The Kindle took recycling to a new high since essentially everything but the cling wrap, the protective cover ...
A list of my favorite technical books that I found very useful over the years. Most of them are related to CSS, jQuery, DHTML, Ajax, and ASP.NET C#: <A HREF="http... _fcksavedurl=&q... ...
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Sams Teach Yourself books, at least in passing if not in owning one. I am very excited to announce that I will be joining the Sams Publishing authoring team for their upcoming Teach Yourself C# 2010 in 24 Hours book. This new edition will be quite a bit different from the previous editions since it will be much more language-focused and will take a more holistic view of the language. If you have already looked at one of the earlier editions and decided that ...
I pre-ordered this book by Richard Seroter and eagerly awaited its delivery, but due to work commitments I have not really been able to give it the time it needed. Things are a bit quieter now so I thought I’d bite the bullet and work my way through it. I have to say I rather like the book; it is a good mixture of BizTalk Server 101 and BizTalk Server arcana. For me the book is split in to 3 distinct parts, with Part 1 covering Chapters 1 – 4 and what I would call “Introduction and Background”, Part ...
Check out books from amazon which have up to 34% off: Search for any book or item be it software, shoes, electronics, tools and hardware, cameras etc... You know you want to ...
The ASP.NET MVC framework was just released as a preview when I started to write my first book (ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking). In the early days of design decisions for my book I was faced with the problem of building with the MVP pattern or the new MVC pattern/framework. At that time there was next to nothing regarding the use of the ASP.NET MVC framework (proper or improper). Shortly after I got started with my project (which I chose to do in MVP) I was asked to do a review for the ASP.NET MVC ...
That is the question really, isn’t it? It has been more than a couple of days that Apple has released its 3.0 update for the iPhone / iPod touch OS, and I haven’t updated my iPod touch (1st gen) yet. Why? Well, because I’m not sure it is worth the £5.99 I will have to part with (US$ 9.95 if you are in the US). I know that eventually I will end up updating it because I like having the most updated software and I don’t like being left behind, and also because £5.99 is an amount I allow myself to spend ...
As a developer / administrator, I'm always on the look out for tools to help me do my job. Power shell is just that. I don't think we've seen the impact of the product yet. When the light bulb goes off in more peoples heads as to just how innovative Power shell is, I think we'll see more interest. I've recently picked up the following books on Power Shell: Windows PowerShell in Action by Bruce Payette Professional Window PowerShell by Andrew Watt Windows PeowerShell Pocket Reference by Lee Holmes ...
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I’m luck to be surrounded by talented people including Jonathon King, former Sun Sentinel reporting, now fiction writer who lives near by and frequents Bru’s room across the street for lunch. All of his books are based in South Florida so besides the always interesting stories, it’s fun to know the locations and in some cases even the people that are mentioned or referred to. His latest is a bit of a diversion into a historical novel based mostly in Palm Beach / West Palm beach revolving around Henry ...
How often you should search for the various information? Most likely it occurs every day. It is important, that an information search problem not trivial. Also the information can is in various sources - in files, in e-mail messages, in documents etc. Not the secret, that most part of an information is in a network - local and global. Windows Search which allows to search easily and conveniently on the basis of indexes has been developed in Windows Vista. In Windows 7 a theme of search has found ...
It’s not often we get stuff for free but Microsoft has decided to give away a complete book, not just afew sample chapters. All you have to do is go to this link , press the ‘Sign Up’ button, leave some details about yourself, if you’ve registered with MSDN before it’ll just pick up you existing details and then pdf will download. So what’s the catch? Well you will be signing up to Microsoft Press Book Connection monthly newsletter and learn about new books on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and other ...
We had a great time last night hosting our first ever Geek Dinner at the King’s Head Pub! Phil Mok from Protegra presented on his recent work with the Microsoft MVC framework and we all enjoyed some good food and drinks. Thanks to all that came out, and thanks to Wrox and Phil Haack for hooking us up with some MVC books to give away ...
Saravana Kumar has just re-launched BizTalk 247.com (see http://www.biztalk247.com) with lots of new content and a new layout, look and feel. Look very quickly and you might just spot that awful photo of me on the home page! The one with the bright purple tie and a dark blue shirt. What was I thinking? Oh well, no-one said that being a BizTalk user equated to being cool. And I desperately needed a haircut. Anyway, congratulations to Saravana. This is a really useful single stop shop for BizTalk resources. ...
I’ve been using Safari books online for a few months now. This is my first experience with an online library so I’d like to share my experience. As my colleagues can confirm, I’m a fervent reader of technical books, always looking for that extra scrap of information that would give me that insight to move forward. So I’m always looking for new titles to read. Safari books online has an amazing choice of technical books. I was amazed by the sheer number of books I could choose from. I regularly receive ...
This month the RV.NUG decided to hold a yard sale right before the monthly meeting. The reaon for this was to encourage attendance (following Code Camp and winter drop in attendance) give some older books and accumulation of geek items a good home The yard sale worked. We had the highest attendance since Code Camp, found good homes for the books. We even met our secondary goal of making a little bit of money. In addition, we realized a bigger (and unexpected) benefit. We had the most networking before ...
Will Strohl was able to get Joe Brinkman from the DotNetNuke Corporation to do the Keynote at the Day of DotNetNuke to be held next month in Tampa, FL. Joe Brinkman Joe Brinkman (MVP) is a co-founder and the VP of Core Technology of DotNetNuke Corp. With over 22 years of IT experience and a Computer Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, he brings broad experience in a variety of software and hardware architectures. Joe was the CTO for DataSource Inc. where he led the development of ...
NOTE: This post is VERY late. Here's lessons I learned. Next year it will be more timely! I admit, I am biased but RV.NUG is the best UG ever! Roanoke Code Camp 2009 showed why I think this. Leadership TEAM. It was the leadership team’s idea to meet for lunch once a week for 8 weeks to plan the event. I thought it was too much to ask; but they wanted to do it because they wanted a great Code Camp and they like networking with each other. RV.NUG and RVSPUG membership GROUP as the core group of attendees. ...
I wrote a post a bit ago that was kind of a bummer. If you didn’t like that one, I suggest you move alone right now because this one is going to make that one look like rainbows and unicorns. I’ve already mentioned this has been a rough year, but well, I didn’t go into a lot of details. Now I’m going to because lately I’ve been having to pass on a lot of speaking opportunities and I’ve been dropping the ball on a lot of things that I normally help out with (Code Camp and PAXNAUG just to name a few). ...
No matter what your opinion is about singletons (I favor against them in most cases), it is important to understand what you can do when you encounter code that is dependent upon them. Unfortunately, I have come across a lot of code that has abused singletons in a way that makes other code less testable. My examples here are in C#, but this technique can work in any language. In some languages, these techniques are easier due to their dynamic capabilities. I am going to choose a singleton example ...
I’ve been a professional developer/automated test software engineer for 10 years, and I’ve always seemed to move from discipline to discipline. First VB6, then .Net, now Java. Over the years, I’ve read a ton of books. I was recently offered the chance to review Safari Books Online and I jumped at the chance. I love tech books. I always have several I am reading at any given time (don’t we all?), and I often pick up books on topics for which I don’t even currently have any particular use (I like to ...
for those 6 of you not on the mailing list… CodeStock 2009 is quickly approaching, and I wanted to let you know some of the things we have in store for this years event. We’ve partnered again withRecruitWise to bring you a full, two day conference with room for 50+ sessions, an expanded Open Spaces conference, and are adding a few panel discussions. We have some twists this year, the big one being attendees can vote for sessions. Anyone that registers before May 15th 2009 will be able to look through ...
I was recently asked what lessons I've learned when recommending SharePoint for for meeting a business need. While books are written on this topic, I've distilled the list down to what I think are the core of the decision-making process. Know what your stakeholders require in objective, actionable terms This is known as extracting core business drivers. Note that I didn't say requirements. Requirements are what you hand to your developers - core business drivers are what you use to make your recommendation. ...
April .Net User Group Meeting location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, April 22, 2009 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Sponsored by: Ultix Presenter(s): Lance Dunnahoo Lance Dunnehoo Lance is a Development Manager at Ultix Technologies. Lance has over 9 years of experience in delivering custom software solutions. C# 4.0 New Features Discussion on the new 'dynamic' keyword, contra and co-variance, named and optional parameters and code contracts. Agenda 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm: General Introduction/Food and Drinks 6:15 ...

I was looking at some statistics on developer book sales in the months leading up to Christmas 2008. Overall C# outsold VB (there are a lot of C# books to choose from!) BUT VB 2008 had three of the top five slots including the number one slot. Unfortunately I can’t share the data but I felt it was worth sharing the good news :-) Well done VB!

I thought I would spend some time to explain some basic USB terminology. This information might be helpful if you have been assigned the task of writing a USB driver, but don’t have any idea where to start. This will certainly not take the place of better sources like www.usb.org or books like USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals by Jan Axelson. What I hope is to quickly give you enough information to hold a conversation about USB. Terminology: Host is the controller ...
My latest bookwas just released new and improved and with a fresh mint taste! Last month my AJAX bookcame out and this month is it a book that is a continuation of a great series of ASP.NET books. This is an update to the best-selling Professional ASP.NET 3.5 book that the three of us put out about one year ago (time flies). If you are an ASP.NET developer, I (no doubt) advise you to get this book as there has been plenty added to it to bring it up with the latest release of ASP.NET. This service ...
Buying books can get expensive. If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection surmounting that takes up more room than you should probably afford. So what are your options? You could use the library, but then you’re fairly limited in readings. Many of the classic timeless books will be around, but the latest and greatest will be a long time from hitting the shelf, if at all. You could do book trading, if you live in the heart of a thriving technical community. But, we don’t all have that sort of availability, ...
I’ve known Rich for a little over 10 years now and he’s definitely one of the more interesting people I’ve worked with in my career. I recently saw him again a couple weeks ago at the Roanoke Code Camp and he agreed to answer these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I currently work from home, which is outside of Roanoke, VA. I grew up in upstate NY though. That gives me the right to say things to the locals like “You call that snow? I used to live next to Canada.” 2. What do you do / Who do ...
So far, I have received some very warm comments and reviews on my book "ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX Unleashed" on the Amazon site (located here). I was checking my email today and I had received an email from my publisher telling me to go check out this review of the book that was done for ASP.NET Pro Magazine. Click here for the review. I have been writing books for about 7 years now and this is one of the best reviews that I've ever received and just wanted to share it out to the world! To Mike Riley (the ...
Saturday March 28th 2009 was our second annual School of Dev and first ever SharePoint Saturday. We had over 80 people in attendance despite a snow storm. Only one speaker ended up canceling which was truly amazing considering the weather. For me the day began by dropping off two boxes of books that would later be given away as prizes. I then joined Steve Walker for a Panel QA Discussion Session. We were joined by Cory Roth and Chris Barba. We had some great questions around designing a SharePoint ...
Yesterday was the fifth Orlando Code Camp put together by the good folks at the Orlando .NET user group. This was the fourth time that I've had the opportunity to speak at this code camp. I remember one year, I was the only one speaking on DotNetNuke and yesterday there were six sessions going on covering various topics in DotNetNuke. There were over 500 registered before the event and there several walk on people who just showed up. The event took place at Seminole Community College in Sanford, ...
For a developer wanting to transition into the world of design, this was the place to be. Workshops: Robby Ingebretsen’s ‘Design Fundamentals for Developers’ workshop was truly inspirational. Design skills can be learned, one doesn’t have to be a gifted artist to start with. Check out his blog at http://nerdplusart.com. If you ever have a chance to catch one of his sessions, don’t miss it! I’m looking forward to the release of his book, ‘The Zen of XAML: Designer and Developer Collaboration in WPF ...
In August of 2006 I was listening to the radio and stumbled across a guy named Dave Ramsey. The simplest way to distill Dave Ramsey down is: Get out of debt, stay out of debt, live beneath your means. Before long my wife and I were both on board with it and we were budgeting and cutting our expenses. This created a really big problem for me because my wife had been waiting for a long time to intervene on my addiction. The budget gave her the perfect excuse. My drug of choice...Technology books. I ...
April 21, 2009 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM Minnesota SQL Server User Group Drive Your Way to the DMV Speaker: Jason Strate, Digineer Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) and Dynamic Management Functions (DMF) have been around since the release of SQL Server 2005. But for many people DMVs and DMFs are still a mystery. Step under the hood and review some of the main DMVs and DMFs in SQL Server. From sessions to caches a walk through of some of the more useful DMVs and a practical look at what they all really mean. ...
Having been asked 5 times today for recommendations, I figure this post is long overdue: There are several books out there but IMHO these are the two you should purchase. Julia is focused entirely on Entity Framework (all 800+ pages!) and Roger takes a broader look at ADO.NET3.5 but does a great job on Entity Framework. Programming Entity Framework by Julia Lerman (Author) and Professional ADO.NET 3.5 with LINQ and the Entity Framework by Roger Jennings (Author) ...
I few months ago I took a pledge to: "I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same." to celebrate Ada Lovelace day. That time has come! Michele Leroux Bustamante – author of a book I deem as one of the best books I’ve bought to get me into SOA and learning WCF… Without it I wouldn’t have got half as far as I have! Now – aside from the selfish reason of the fact that she has helped me with the book – I admire ...
Nearly* every female I know, aged 14 - 45 won't shut up about the Twilight books (and movie.) I went by Borders friday night and it looked like an Anne Rice Jr convention (before she started writing only about Jesus.) I really don't get the hype, but pretty much everywhere I turn around, people are going on and on about the pasty white dude and his oddly average and unappealing girlfriend. (*Save the hatemail, I did say "nearly", not "all") So... not being one to judge from a position of ignorance, ...

Why? Why why why why can't I get HHGttG on my Kindle 2?

If ever there was a book that belonged on this device (which with unlimited access to wikipedia AND Wikitravel basically IS the Hitchhiker's Guide) it would be Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... but Amazon doesn't offer it. The other books are there, but not that one. 

Why?

Wow… it’s at Day 3 that I usually start to fade fast, and this one’s no exception. Yesterday was awesome… It began with a Silverlight breakfast meetup with an ever expanding contracting group of folks to name a few: Tim Heuer, Laruent Bugnion (thanks for signing my book and the kind words!), John Papa (again thanks for signing my book and the kind words!), Matthias Shapiro, Bryant Likes (finally met you), Pete Brown, Frank LaVigne, Walt Ritscher, and wow, memory loss on the rest of the people. Laurent ...
I saw this yesterday and think it looks like its going to be very worthwhile! I'll see ya there! Safari Books Online invites you to attend an exclusive webcast with Thomas Erl during which he will discuss some of the most important SOA design patterns in use today. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Thomas Erl, author of the newly published SOA Design Patterns, a catalog of 85 design patterns for service-oriented architecture and service-orientation. In development for over three years, the catalog ...
A funny thing happened on my way to work this morning. Since I'm on an extended travel gig, I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks. My car stereo can play mp3 and wma files directly from a data disk, so I can usually cram multiple books on a single CD (often giving me 10-12 hours of audio on 1 disk) instead of the usual 6-10 disks of audio tracks. These audiobooks make the 6 hour drive (each way) a lot more interesting, and I usually get so wrapped up in the story that I also try to listen to ...
Title: Fundamentals of Meta data Date: March 18, 2009 8:30 am to 11:30 am Location: Hennepin County Government Center Topic: Fundamentals of Meta data Presentation Materials: Chuck Kelley - Chuck Kelley Presented By: Chuck Kelley - Excellence in Data, LLC Abstract: Ther term meta data is slung around in many different ways. This presentation will: -Define Meta data -Discuss the Types of Meta data -Understand the Importance of Meta data -Figure out where you get it -How to use Meta data Speaker Profile: ...
This isn't a post on personal hygiene, but of skills. My responsibilities at work keep me so busy that I barely have time to read an article let alone learn a new language or technology. I have a sizable library of books and I read through them whenever I get a chance, but often don't have the time to really go indepth and practice on the technology. I suppose it's better than nothing. Now if I were a bachelor and didn't have my daughter (wouldn't trade her for anything even programming) it wouldn't ...
I've posted a new tutorial up at XNADevelopment.com. I'll warn you now it's a doozy! If you're up to it, head on over and check out "The State of Things". I think this one has been sitting heavy on my heart for quite a while and when I finally sat down to write it up, everything just started pouring out. This tutorial doesn't just introduce one little way of managing screen state in your game, nope, this tutorial walks you THREE DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS! (and one of them uses event handlers and polymorphism..yikes!) ...
In this issue: Nikhil Kothari, Alex Knight(2), Lutz Gerhard, Nigel Sampson, Ofir Shemesh, Tim Heuer, Koen Zwikstra, Jeff Wilcox, Tess Fernandez(6), and Corey Miller. Shoutouts: Corey Schuman has a big list-o-Silverlight 2 books on his site: The State of Silverlight 2 books .. thanks for the shoutout, Corey! Martin Grayson announced that Blacklight v3.0 (Mar09) released! ... check out his post for all the goodness involved in this! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight.FX and Silverlight Store Sample ...
Windows and Objective-C: two great things that haven't gone so great together. If you are a Windows programmer who has developed some curiosity around the hoary old object-oriented language (perhaps due to its popularity in the programming of a new-fangled device called the iPhone) you are at a distinct disadvantage. One indicator of this is the non-treatment of the Windows platform in books on the language. See for example "Programming in Objective-C", by Stephen G. Kochan, published by Addison ...
I just finished my weekend read of Joel Spolsky's book on finding and hiring the best software developers, Smart & Gets Things Done. This is a must read for people responsible for bringing in new software developers. Although his approach is slanted toward finding developers for a product-oriented software development shop versus a corporate I.T. development shop, Joel covers a wide variety of topics from delving into the thoughts and motivations of a typical developer to practical suggestions ...