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Updated: 2008-06-10 The first Teched Tweener weekend aka ]InBetween[ was put together by our Developer Evangilist, Joe Healy and the Florida community leaders. The event was two days held on June 7/8, 2008 between the Developer and ITPro weeks of Teched in Orlando. We had nine rooms to utilize and Joe asked a number of people to lead specific tracks which included .NET Code Camp, Day of Silverlight, Agile Camp, RoboCamp, ITPro Camp, SQL University, ToolShed, Office Communications Server University, ...
I still haven't found a very convenient way to listen to Audible books. I don't want to go out and buy a new phone or a new mp3 player just so that it will work with Audible's unnecessary restrictions. Burning to CD's is a bad option because at a minimum of 14+ cd's per book, its just wasteful. CDRW's are out because the cd player in my car can't read them. Audible's software players are decent, but they are only supported on the desktop (I don't want to listen to books on my desktop) and specific ...
Brian Hitney and Glen Gordon are bringing a Mobility Developer Roadshow to Atlanta and Charlotte. They'll talk about the .NET Compact Framework 3.5 and using VS2008 to develop Windows Mobile SmartClient Applications. There will be great take-home resources like books and DVDs, as well as some bigger giveaways (Windows Mobile 6 devices, anyone?) Overview This session is geared towards familiarizing the attendee with developing smart clients using the .NET Compact Framework 3.5 on Windows Mobile 6.x. ...
Finally after spending hours building 3 servers (to do the job of the primary, mirror and witness) and installing SQL Server 2005 Enterprise with SP2 all sitting in the same domain. I was ready to try out Database Mirroring which arguably is one of the main reason people can justify the cost of purchasing the Enterprise edition. It should be easy, fill in the wizard and bob's your uncle, your trusty database is ready for instant uninterrupted failover goodness. In my case it all fell over with the ...
Do you love SnagIt? I do! We can't live without it here at my place. I use it for everything from creating screenshots for books and blog posts to for touching up graphics. In fact, I use it so much that I almost always have it open on more than one machine! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you already knew how much I love SnagIt. What you may not know is how much my husband loves it too. He's used it even longer than I have. He started using it to grab text out of reports on the screen, and ...
So chris and I have been working on a lightweight service bus similar to NSB called Mass Transit. When Chris and I originally encountered NSB it had a style that didn't really fit the way that I was approaching development at the time and so I decided that, if for nothing else, I would start trying to build one myself to learn more about the concept of an ESB. The concept seemed simple at the outset, but I knew that if I was going to get this right I would have to borrow heavily from experts such ...
Happy Free Comic Book Day! I meant to write about this earlier but better let than never. I just can't let today go by without reminding everyone about Free Comic Book Today! Yep, that's right, today at participating comic books shops (which is basically all of them in my area) they will be handing out Free Comic Books. The kids and I have a blast on this day. It's becoming a holiday for us that's about as big as Easter (it's already bigger than Halloween for me since I don't really like candy, but ...
Two of my latest books just hit the market - Professional C# 2008 and Professional Visual Basic 2008, both from Wrox. The back cover of the C# book is as follows: Updated for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio® 2008, this book is the ultimate guide to C# 2008 and its environment. Beginning with a look into the architecture and methodology of .NET, the team of superlative authors explains why the C# language cannot be viewed in isolation, but rather, must be considered in parallel with the .NET Framework. ...
What tech books are you currently reading? The rules: 1) Don't count books you're being compensated to read. (paid reviews) 2) Don't count books that haven't come out yet (i.e. tech editing, or writing yourself) 3) List the author (optional) so others can find it. For example, I'm reading: 1. Doing Objects in VB2005 by Deborah Kurata 2. Exploiting Online Games by Greg Hoglund & Gary McGraw 3. Programming SuDoKu by Wei-Meng Lee ...
First off it rocked...Special thanks to Lee Brandt, Blake Thiess, Joe Loux, Timothy Wright, and John Alexander. These guys were my teammates and what I would consider some of my new friends. They are some of the best band-mates a girl could ask for in Rockband also. So here is a little bit of my experience in general: I was looking forward to this event for a month. I was incredibly excited, because I love helping a good cause and felt like I had not done enough to give back to the community. I love ...
I was just starting to read the very first pages of the great book "Beautiful Code" (by Andy Oram, Greg Wilson) this morning as a refreshment and as an indirect result to Scott Hanselman's list of basic must-read books (although it didn't include this book - BTW, I read parts of it before, and I don't remember why I stopped), I had to write this post. To all of you guys thinking in DDD, TDD, MVC, ASP.NET, shiny AJAX and RIA (Flash/Silverlight) controls, GC, SharePoint, Rails, Python, ORMs (NHibernate, ...
It is quite easy to say that the IT world is a diverse world. For instance, it is quite rare that you would find an enterprise that is built upon a single vendor’s technology stack. Instead, you most likely find that a company is made up of a patchwork of systems. Some of the systems are based upon UNIX, some Microsoft, and some others (sometimes items that are considered legacy). A company’s software and data repositories are something that grows quite organically over time. Usually you will find ...
Here we are again cussing at Crystal Reports. Actually things between me and CR have been amazingly good for quite a while. I knew there was a problem coming though... I'm doing way too many weird things. I have to move these two web apps, and in doing so, they're moving to a bright, shiny, spanking new virtual server. Not sure what spanking has to do with new, but I'll let it pass. I figured there'd be some bumps in the road and of course the first one was that the new server had no clue what Crystal ...
A litle late, busy month, been on holiday to Lissabon with wife and kids and attended the Architect's Master Class (by Juval Lowy). 2 great experiences ! The links that hit my eye the last month are : About ASP.NET MVC, great screencasts by Scott Hanselman http://www.hanselman.com/bl... http://www.asp.net/learn/3.... About Workflow Services in .NET 3.5 on Channel9 http://channel9.msdn.com/Sh... http://channel9.msdn.com/Sh... ...
Ars Techninca recently opened a new forum called “The Server Room” The first thread I started there was about sysadmin and datacenter books, and I already have some real jewels that I will be ordering soon, I suspect. From Cisco Press: http://www.amazon.com/Cente... ( http://www.ciscopress.com/b... ) and this one was recommended to me too: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASI... ( http://everythingsysadmin.com/ ...
So, as usual, I'm apologizing for not updating my blog for a (long) while, but I've got a lot on my plate. So, here is what I'm working on right now. I've been planning a D&D application for a long time. I want to do something that no one has been able to do, capture ALL of the rules in code. Several people have tried, with varying degrees of success, but I've got some ideas that might make it a reality. I don't want to go into too much detail, but what I've started coding up looks very promising ...
Let’s start by saying that I am super excited to attend the MVP Summit 2008. I have a flight on Monday and I can’t wait to be in Redmond. But before I do that I need to do some packing. I am not an alpha geek hence I don’t have much to pack. Following Scott Hanselman wise advice I am taking a power supply with 3 outlets. I got it from the dollar store for … a dollar. The picture below shows the 6 outlet supply but I have the one with 3 outlets. Now, let’s turn to the most important thing, the laptop. ...
This is a question I have been asking myself on and off for about a year now. I have researched all the schools, and all the programs, and I have to make a decision. I want to continue my education, but I should I go for a Master's in a technical realm or a business one? I have pretty good technical skills, and I am learning so much just from reading books and blogs and going to .NUG meetings, so I think maybe my education should be toward an MBA. I think it might help to solidify my ability to talk ...
And so the Twin Cities Code Camp came to an end yesterday, and Jason and his team did a phenomenal job once again. The turnout was even higher than last year, and the presentations and speakers were a who's-who of talent from Minnesota and the surrounding states. I was able to connect with a few new faces, like Javier Lozano, Chris Sutton, Bryan Sampica, and Chris Johnson, among many others. It was a great community event. My afternoon presentation on Developing ASP.NET with MVC without the MVC Framework ...
Twin Cities Code Camp 4 is almost over, and it's been awesome. Red Bull just showed up with the cool Red Bull car, cute Red Bull girls, and a couple hundred cans of ice cold Red Bull. (My legacy as a geek god is forever intact.) As usual, I didn't catch many sessions since I spent most of the day working on my own demos... what I did catch was very good though. My session went well (VB.NET, XNA, AI) with plenty of good questions. It was a small session, with about 10-11 people. No time to relax though. ...
What is normalization? Explain different levels of normalization? Check out the article Q100139 from Microsoft knowledge base and of course, there's much more information available in the net. It'll be a good idea to get a hold of any RDBMS fundamentals text book, especially the one by C. J. Date. Most of the times, it will be okay if you can explain till third normal form. What is denormalization and when would you go for it? As the name indicates, denormalization is the reverse process of normalization. ...
If you are an ASP.NET developer or want to become one, there are numerous books available that talk about the ASP.NET framework and/or how to build web sites using ASP.NET. Pact Publishing has a book that focuses specifically on the data presentation controls that are available in ASP.NET, including ASP.NET 3.5 called ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials by Joydip Kanjilal. The book provides a good introduction to the basics of how data binding in ASP.NET works and then expands on that introduction ...
Today I read the news that Sir Arthur C. Clarke died yesterday, aged 90. I can't begin to say how sad that makes me, and I decided to write a little about it here, my way of showing my respects to him. From the great Science Fiction authors that had a big influence in my childhood and my teenage years and that helped shape the geek I am, he was the last one alive. I can't help thinking that from now on there won't be new books by him, that his production of amazing stories that would bring me not ...
As with any career, consulting has a number of benefits and challenges. As a consultant architect you get to experience more environments than a in house architect. On the other hand you aren't assured that you will be doing architecture on every assignment. One day you may be working as a developer and the next as a project manager. So how do you keep your skills sharp and your resume viable? Your resume is going to be littered with jobs other than the title of architect. Within a project look for ...
The last few months have been some of my busiest since moving to Minnesota back in August. (Wow... has it really been 7 months already?) In addition to my various "for fun" side projects, I've also been doing some tech-editing. First, I worked with O'Reilly on a VB 2008 book, and that was a pretty positive experience. Not only did I manage to learn a fair amount about the newest version of my language of choice (I'd honestly been too busy to spend much time in the 3.5 stuff) but I also found an author ...

I found this interesting link that has few good free books from Microsoft for SharePoint  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262788.aspx

 

 

I was, for a moment, brought back to my childhood when I heard that Dungeons and Dragons Founder, Gary Gygax, passed away. There was an interesting article on Slate (more of like a commentary) on the author's thoughts back to his childhood and D&D play. I myself, remember that I was really into the game as a geeky twelve year old. I wasn't that good at basketball even though I was pretty much the tallest kid in school. I was rather odd looking and really found my in-crowd playing D&D after ...
Twin Cities .NET User Group 3/6/2008. 5PM-7PM Topic: Model-based testing with NMode Presenter: Tom Fischer Abstract: Model-based testing is more than another testing tool. It allows architects to assess the logic of their designs before the implementation. This presentation explores the basic concepts of model-based testing with the recently NModel framework. About Speaker Tom Fischer helps Magenic (www.magenic.com) clients design and build applications using Microsoft tools and technologies. And ...
I know its been a LONG time since I've blogged. Just been a lot of stuff going on in the World of MES lately. I'll explain more later. However, I wanted to share this with the Geekdom and ask for a moment of silence in respect: Gary Gygax, Dungeons & Dragons creator, dies MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) -- Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He was 69. He had been suffering ...
So... I'm thinking about selling off my D&D collection. For those of you who don't know me, I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons pretty much since the beginning. (I started in 1978, about 4 years after the game was first published in the little brown pamphlets. I have all of those, and nearly everything published since.) For me, this was the one that started it all. So now, I've got 4 bookcases full of the stuff, and a few piles of overflow here and there. I've got about $6000 worth of D&D ...
The new edition of the Wrox ASP.NET book is officially on the shelves today! Amazon received their shipment and it is now in stock for a CHEAP $34.64. My co-authors, Scott Hanselman and Devin Rader, revamped this book and added quite a number of new pages to deal with the new features from AJAX to IIS 7 to LINQ to this book. We really focused on helping the ASP.NET developer understand the tools, APIs, controls, and environments at their disposal for this release. ASP.NET is, in my humble opinion, ...
Serious VB Booklist Looking for VB.NET books that don't insult your intelligence? Tired of "Hello World" examples? Ready to get your hands dirty with some hardcore programming? Look no further than this list of serious VB.NET titles: Expert VB 2005 Business Objects - Rocky Lhotka Doing Objects in Visual Basic 2005 - Deborah Kurata LINQ in Action - Fabrice Marquerie, Steve Eichert, Jim Wooley (VB Samples) The Rational Guide to SQL Server CLR Integration - Greg Low Hitchhikers Guide to Visual Studio ...
Does anyone reading this have an XSLT script that determines the number of elements in an XML file (obviously) with a certain attribute equal to a certain value? For example, suppose you have an XML file similar to the following: <root> <someElem Status="closed"/> <someElem Status="open"/> </root> I want to count the number of "closed" items, etc. I have some references and books but it's becoming a big hassle. They all seem to want to specify the query using Elements instead ...
So I saw a weird post on my online banking statement this morning. I googled the company and it turned out to be a Christian Bookstore. I go to work and immediately call the debit card company, because it looked like someone had used my debit card to buy some Christian Book or Paraphanalia. This post was for Friday and it had posted right before I woke up. Not to mention, I am Jewish and I don't remember the last time I ever bought any Christian Books or Paraphanalia since I was taking religious ...

Apress is offering an eBook of the day for $10 on their website everyday. Some of them aren't too cool, but some aren't too bad. A good way to get a useful book cheap. Today's, for example, is on GDI+. I am not saying the books rock everyday, but they are worth checking out.

Two references, reuxables, via Andrew Duthie, and the British Library book viewer via Andrew Duthie. From SilverlightCream.com: WPF and Silverlight 2 Themes - Reuxables Reuxables, by way of Pete Brown with some lead-in information for a very cool collection of themes/skins for SL/WPF. I've also entered Reuxables by itself in SilverlightCream View antique books with Silverlight (or WPF) Another reference, this one by Andrew Duthie, to a great Silverlight and WPF application by the British Library ...
Training Kit & Second Chance Vouchers I just want to say "Thank You!" again for buying my book. I don't know what "good" sales are but it seems to me that the Training Kit for Exam 70-547 is selling well. Shameless Plug - If you haven't bought the book, feel free to do so at your favorite book site, such as Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/MCPD-... Don't forget to buy a copy of the other ...
I was asking myself this question recently and while I could not find anything in Books Online, it is not too hard to figure this out for ourselves. The following comparison was run between SSAS 2005 SP2 and the February CTP (CTP6) of SSAS 2008. I really love the way that you can discover the metadata in SSAS, all I had to do is to run a DISCOVER_SCHEMA_ROWSETS XML/A command against each server and then use XMLNotepad 2007 to compare the resulting XML. In the SQL Server 2008 you should find that ...
Microsoft has announced the next generation of the Technology Specialist exams. There are 6 MCTS exams to choose from, instead of 3 for the current certification track. The main difference is that the new exams are more 3.5 technology (WCF,WF,WPF,ADO,ASP) oriented instead of to the type of application (web,win,distributed) as in the 2.0 track. The exams are ... 70-502 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Presentation FoundationLaunching on 25 March 2008 70-503 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 ...
Last year, a number of developers participated in a 'Becoming a Better Developer' challenge issued by Justice Gray; I commend their efforts. As a software developer, your entire career is devoted personal development. What I love about this challenge is that it forces you to take a look at your goals and commit to a plan. Not everyone can accomplish reading 27 books in x days, or even 1 year (myself included). It requires a strong desire and commitment; a minor set back can easily cause derailment. ...
Update: Added more topics Part 2 - Currying, Tuples and Returning Values from Functions Part 3 - Scope, Recursion and Anonymous Functions Part 4 - History of F#, Operators and Lists In some previous posts, I pointed you to a bunch of links to help get me started. I'm still working on some more thorough examples, but this time around I'm going to walk you through the F# 101 much like I did with Spec#. What we first need to understand is the key differences between imperative and functional programming. ...
Read 3 good books this month: 1) the Emotion Machine - by Marvin Minsky - postulates how emotional states are a mechanism for changing the priority weighting of our cognitive machinary in regards to goals and tasks. A fair bit of conjecture as opposed to experimentally backed up theorum, and some rehash of his previous work 'The Society of Mind'. 2) MultiAgent Systems - Wooldridge - design of distributed workflow services that have different goals and tasks, and often which must compete , communcate ...
I have been re-reading the Thomas Covenant books tread many years ago as a child. It seems odd to refer to myself as a child, but I suppose I mean it in ways other than age. I guess I was 15 or 16, and at the time I certainly didn't think I was all that much a child. No, I meant child in the sense that I saw the world through a child's eyes. It has been most fascinating to see what stands out to me now that didn’t so much then. The character of Covenant always intrigued me, and yet, I was rather ...
Recently on a project, I was bit hard by a Least User Access (LUA) bug that I ultimately should have caught. I was using a third-party component which was performing some unexpected operations. I didn't catch this item, however, until it almost went live. And it was intermittent at best when it failed. This was an unknown unknown as opposed to one of those known unknowns. So, where did my process go wrong? LUA and Development Going back through my career, I've usually been security focused. I want ...
I am here asking for your help in making donations to the Frozen Pea Fund. I have a box of copies of Kathy Jacobs On PowerPoint sitting by my front door. Normally, I sell them when I speak about PowerPoint for $25. (The book sells on Amazon for $29.99.) I have a limited time offer for all of you that don’t have a copy yet: You can buy it directly from me for $20 plus $5 shipping. You will get a personally signed copy shipped to you. And you will get to help contribute to a worthy cause. (Offer good ...
Update: Fixed some code issue and added a bit more discussion With our DC ALT.NET group, we've discussed IoC quite often as part of the discussion. Some are pretty new to the concepts of using Dependency Injection with these IoC containers. Instead, you'd find people with overloaded constructors all over the place and mocking out the dependencies in the unit tests and so on. Anyhow, I have two favorite IoC containers, being Jeremy Miller's StructureMap and Castle Windsor. If you unfamiliar how to ...
UPDATE: THIS DEAL HAS EXPIRED IT SEEMS. SORRY. Almost - but really I consider this a giveaway. Amazon is selling the Wrox Box for $30 USD! That is incredible really. There are four books in this box and there are some really good ones that I have on my shelf! These books and content include: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server(TM) 2005 Wrox ...
Having just finished my masters exams for semester 1, I am planning to blog a little more! I am only doing the masters part time over two years so a fair way to go yet but none the less, it's one of my points for being a better developer in done. The semester 1 modules of OO Design and development (Java and UML) and Software engineering concepts threw up some interesting hurdles, like Netbeans and Java (I hope to get back to learn more about Java, but perhaps away from Netbeans!), SE concepts really ...
No, I haven't written a book, well, not just yet. Anyhow, so far in the Domain Driven Design world, we have a few references of how to do Domain Driven Design. These books are an invaluable resource for doing DDD, but at the end of the day, they don't have as many end-to-end solutions. The current books/bibles on DDD are: Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software (Evans) Applying Domain-Driven Design and Patterns: With Examples in C# and .NET (Nilsson) Domain Driven Design ...
I put the following code sample together in response to this question on the Analysis Services forum. If you read Books Online, you might think that running the following statement in SSMS would work : <Lock xmlns="http://schemas.micro... <ID>496CEC1F-D66A-4C8... <Object> <DatabaseID>Adventure Works DW</DatabaseID> </Object> <Mode>CommitShared<... But it will throw the following ...