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Beware of geeks bearing gifts... I just got notification that I won one of the monthly "stupid prizes for smart people" from Community Credit. Thanks to David Silverlight for founding this great program. I'm sure productivity in my office will soar once I install my new Desktop Swing Ball: I've only started blogging regularly recently, and am working on overcoming my natural shyness to try to volunteer to help out more with the St. Louis .NET community. I hope that sometime in the near future, I'll ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Boyan Mihaylov, Silverlight SDK, Christopher Bennage, Stephen Forte, Jacek Ciereszko, Jesse Liberty, and Mark Tucker. I'm still at least 2 days behind, but the crunch is over, so now I can maybe catch up. From SilverlightCream.com: Helpful extension methods for Show / Hide animations in Silverlight Colin Eberhardt is sharing some of the code he uses regularly by way of Extension Methods to Show/Hide animations, and boy that demo works great... thanks Colin!Creating ...
Well, I finally got around to posting to this thing. Shocking, I know. Chalk it up to being extremely busy (or just extremely lazy) over the past couple of weeks. Either way I'm here now and that means this site just got 99% more pink! I guess I should probably introduce myself. Currently I'm working as a ASP .NET web developer and it's generally a pretty good time. I hadn't used ASP .NET much before so I'm definently learning a lot. Before this I did a bit of contract work for a company using Microsoft ...
In this Issue: Jesse Liberty, Jonathan van de Veen, Alex Golesh, Chris Cavanagh, Michael Washington, Danijel Stulic, Bob Bartholomay, Mark Tucker, Chris Klug, and Lee. Shoutouts: Jeff Handley has another poll that he'd like you to take a shot at: Should DomainDataSource.AutoLoad be True or False by default? Walt Ritscher has announced that Shazzam development is moving again... check it out if you haven't already and stay tuned for enhancements! Steve Commisso has been hard at work and has reported ...
Hah! back in the Blogging Business after being away for a really long period. The Spring is just so exciting,Glad that the Winter is over.Well not to mention I have kicked off with my jogging routine starting from today and expect myself not to stop this. I *wish* to be blogging regularly as possible,I am sure I will find a few minutes in the Tram on the way to work.Thanks for my IPhone 3GS. I dedicate this blog post to my Mom.She just loves the Skydeck here in Melbourne,hence decided to capture ...
MVVM == Model View ViewModel Pattern is a MUST follow pattern in Silverlight (WPF). here is why… Problems it solves: •Tight coupling of layers (ex a query in the UI) •Unit testing is hard/impossible, only functional testing is possible •Assures codes still works correct after a change •ViewModel •Provides View with data model and behavior •View will bind to ViewModel •Wraps data access entirely In light of new technologies like RIA services (which provides CRUD) operations out of the box it is imperative ...
In this Issue: Matthias Shapiro, Nigel Sampson, Shawn Wildermuth, and Brad Abrams. Lots of Shoutouts Today: Jesse Liberty expounds on CodeRush and the advantages it gives him while coding: Mini-Review of Code Rush Jesse also posted this one: Carousel Video Posted – Parts 1 and 2 ... so go to Silverlight.net and check them out. I skipped mentioning this yesterday, but Ben Waggoner not only is blogging about it, but he's involved in it: Tesco and Silverlight delivering the full disc experience without ...
In this Issue: Laurent Bugnion, Sergey Barskiy, Victor Gaudioso From SilverlightCream.com: Detecting design time mode in WPF and Silverlight Laurent Bugnion digs hard into the design-time issue of the designer actually being able to see what is being built which ripples back into how do we know we're running in design vs run-time.ElementName Binding in Silverlight 3 Sergey Barskiy is blogging about Element Name Binding, and the example he uses is the classic two combo boxes problem where a change ...
MyTimelineOnline is a unique blogging website featuring advanced controls that allows users to document their life, or the life of a loved one and to share their collective experiences within their social network and with the world. MyTimelineOnline features a control originally designed by MIT and converted to .NET by Rob Chartier. The timeline view allows users to quickly navigate several years' worth of postings to explore what events occurred in their own life or the lives of others. The site ...
It looks like the people over at Code Project didn't like my idea of using their website solely for sharing source code and blogging with GWB (: And that might explain why my latest article about the same topic in Code Project is still not approved for publishing. It would have been nice if GWB had some way for me to upload the source code. Otherwise I guess I might have to do some writing on Code Project too ): I have a Box.net account. Its been a really long time since I used it. Let me check if ...

I am just back from a long absence to the Pacific Northwest. I went to Seattle for business, met tons of people there and then my family joined me and we had a little more than a week vacation between Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. For those interested, you can see our pictures on Flickr:

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It’s been a couple weeks since it was first announced that the Engineered Experiences team won Microsoft’s newCloudApp() contest and it’s about time I got around to blogging about it. First things first, I couldn’t start this post without congratulating the other team members: Scott Densmore and Dwayne Brown, you guys rock! What Is IMPULSE? Check it out: http://www.myimpulselive.com As a software developer I am all about reuse so here’s the copy+paste from our newcloupapp.com description: IMPULSE ...
I intended to start this blog over a month ago. That was when I changed jobs, going from a .NET developer position with a large bank to a .NET developer position with a small marketing company. This isn't meant to be a work blog, per se. In fact, blogging about one's employer in any detail at all is sort of the economic equivalent of... well, I can't think of a good metaphor right now. Just imagine something very risky and somewhat humorous and pretend I said that just then. It would really help ...
Nov 19, 2008 is a day that lives in infamy. It would mark the last day that Justice Gray would have any online presence for 6 months…a gap of silence that left the entire technology community collectively asking WTF. But then in May Justice resurfaced, the absurdity of the SharePoint Knights too much for even him not to comment on. That turned out to be but a teaser, for when July rolled around we saw Justice burst back on to the blogging scene as if he had never left. We were treated to posts such ...
In this post, I will explain how to migrate a blog running on Word Press (Self Hosted) to BlogEngine. But before I start let me say, that Word Press simply rocks. The reason why I plan to switch my blog is customization. Since I am a dotnet geek, I really have no great idea of what I can make out of Word Press using PHP and when it comes to Blogging in .net, I guess I made a very right decision to use BlogEngine. It is open source and included all the necessary blogging utilities. The main thing ...
In this Issue: David Anson, Expression Blend and Design Blog, Scott Marlowe(2), Michael Washington, Soul Solutions, Gavin Wignall, Bill Reiss, Timmy Kokke(2), and Jeff Blankenburg(2). Shoutout: The Swiss MSDN Team blog has a post: Welcome to SurfaceTwitter, a multi-touch Twitter client for the Microsoft Surface! ... wow would that be cool to have... but hmm ... hard to carry around :) For those of you that mentioned it, I not only added a SketchFlow tag, but I retagged all the older SketchFlow articles ...
Hi all, Just wanted to tell you all that I am now a SharePoint MVP!! Thanks to Darcy Lussier for the nomination.So what does this mean? I certainly don't feel smarter, or that I'm any more compitent than before. This Brings me back to evaluate why I blog and why I give to the community. Make no mistake, this award is something that means a lot to me but it does not magically give me special powers! It is nice to be recognized by my peers and I look forward to all the perks that come along with being ...
I wanted to write a blog post to document how I do some day-to-day things. It helps me to keep track of my work habits, refine them and perhaps help some others who are looking for some solutions. My current rig is a Apple MacBook Pro 13” unibody. It has the 250Gb drive with 4Gb memory. I am running the latest version of OS X Leopard. I am really enjoying the 13” form factor. It is a little smaller and lighter than the previous 15” unibody which, to me, just felt heavy. I also don't notice the lost ...
When I started blogging I made a decision to concentrate on technical stuff. I would not write about personal things, not about what happened in my everyday life, not about my social life, not about personal trivia, but just keep it technical - write about software and software technology. And keeping my personal life and my technical life separated seemed like a good idea, and shouldn't pose any problem what so ever. But, as everything in life, things doesn't work out quite the way one thinks. My ...
The Way I've Come To See BDD Over the last year and a half, I have been moving from TDD to BDD. For those who don't know, this is not a tool or technology switch so much as it is a mental paradigm shift. Luckily, I didn't work in a lot of shops that ever did a lot of unit testing (testing units of code after you write them). Most often, we'd be under time crunches that forced PMs to make the decision to forego unit testing in order to meet a hard deadline that they got from some estimation crystal ...

My english blog has landed. Although I have been blogging in Dutch for quite a while now, it’s time to change gears a bit. I will continue to blog on my original blog site (which is http://www.dotned.nl ) but I will also post stuff here which might be of interested to a larger audience.

Being a C# MVP means I will talk about Visual Studio .net, C# but mostly about Microsoft Surface.

So stay tuned!

In this Issue: Erno de Weerd, Colin Eberhardt, Thanigainathan Siranjeevi, Stefan Olson(2), Dan Wahlin, Chris Klug, and Alex Golesh. Shoutouts: Tim Greenfield has entered the NewCloudApp Windows Azure contest with a Silverlight app and asks us to Look what Silverlight can do... for now he has his submittal, a cool jigsaw puzzle, but he promises to write all about it. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight, Windows Live Writer and WordPress Erno de Weerd blogged this and it's been picked up by others. ...
So, somehow within the past five years I’ve mapped out my life to lead to a point where I’m sitting here blogging on GeeksWithBlogs.net. I never would have guessed it…lol There’s no need for me to sweat it though. I’m a 23 year old IT college graduate that has a full time software development job, an amazing family, a loving girlfriend, and incredible friends. As one of my co-workers recently put it: “I’m livin’ the dream” :) I'm a former employee of iPay Technologies and currently work for Republic ...
Coding would be the right answer I guess, but more about that later. I will be starting out this blog with a totally useless post just to try out the GWB blogging software, so if you are reading this spare yourself the pain... Other then that I will soon start with a series on F# programming and hope to continue bringing in some .Net content. Cheers to you all and please don't flame a new blogger to much;) Technorati Tags: .Net,F#,FSharp ...
In this Issue: Brian Genisio, Davide Zordan(2), Paul Chapman, Tim Heuer, Shawn Wildermuth, Brad Abrams, Jordan Knight, and Unni. From SilverlightCream.com: Adventures in MVVM – A Testing Story Brian Genisio submitted this just under the wire tonight... and it's a good discussion of how he got started in MVVM and testing Silverlight.Silverlight 3 Beta and Binary message encoding Davide Zordan has two posts up today. This one gives a quick example of binary message encoding on the client side, and ...
Adventures in MVVM I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about client architecture with Silverlight and to a lesser extent, WPF. I tend to subscribe to the philosophy that when you make your code testable, you get a lot of other great qualities along with it. I believe this so strongly that I go out of my way to architect my inherently untestable code in a way that I can, indeed, test it. Since I have been writing most my code for the Silverlight platform in the past several months, ...
I’ve not blogged much recently, for the simple reason that I’m not doing much development in my new job. I’ve done a couple of weeks of new development using C'# 3.0 in the last six months, but mostly I seem to be supporting legacy apps, planning and carrying out deployments and analysing data. I don’t mind this at the moment, but I have to say I was very pleased when Amazon finally sent me a copy of Steve Sanderson’s “Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework”. I needed a developer fix, and I’m getting it here. ...
It’s not that I’m avoiding blogging it’s just that I need some non-SharePoint weekends and weeks. I need to just take some time to chill out. I have three weekends off from events and I am just relaxing and kicking back with friends. I am trying to plan out my move a little more. We narrowed down our options to New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Somerset, Highland Park areas in New Jersey. I am a little stressed right now, so taking some time away from my blog and events for a few weeks is something ...
I have been busy lining up opportunities to talk about Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) in the context of WPF and SIlverlight. The good news is that I have some great gigs lined up this summer: June 11th, 2009 – Greater Lansing .Net Users Group – Flint, MI June 17th, 2009 – Great Lakes Area .Net Users Group – Southfield, MI June 26/27, 2009 – CodeStock – Knoxville, TN August 11th, 2009 – West Michigan .Net Users Group – Grand Rapids, MI (MVVM or Prism 2 TBD) In addition to that, I will be attending the ...
MS-Word 2007 has a beautiful feature for publishing blog posts. You can utilize the feature's present with Word for blog publishing since it's very handy. This option you can see in new file window as "New Blog Post". After that you have to manage your accounts using the "Manage accounts" menu option. There you will be provided with provider options. There are various provider's supported by word for blogging. I tried registering for my GeekswithBlogs.net account and ended up in mess. This is because ...
In this Issue: Erik Mork, Mark Monster, Steve Strong, Rishi, Kirupa Chinnathambi(2), Timmy Kokke, Shawn Wildermuth(2), Page Brooks, and Alex Golesh. Shoutouts: This was a bad weekend for me... I spent most of Saturday in bed and didn't feel much like blogging on Sunday, so this set of posts is everything from Friday evening to Monday morning. Shawn Wildermuth has posted his Sample Code from GGMUG Talk Michael S. Sherotter says that he Need Help with my Chroma Key Pixel Shader Algorithm, which I blogged ...
GO OUT AND GET IT! Downloads include Team Suite 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010. There are a LOT of new features to check out. Brian Harry has been blogging the features in detail for a while now. I’m very excited about the manageability of the new Team Foundation Server. It will be much better for large shops with centralized TFS instances. There are a lot of different possible configurations available to spread load across tiers and the new Team Project Collection model will make it much easier ...
Hello everyone still listening… I know I’ve been a little silent for a while, well almost 6 months actually. Let’s say I’ve been busy ;-). The first big news is that I have left my old employer after 17 years. I’d like to say that it’s been a great time and I wish them good luck. I was offered a position has director of the Microsoft practice here in Montreal at DMR and I needed a change so I accepted the position. It’s been great and I’ve been real busy. I’m getting my head out a little bit now ...
[Oct ’09 Update: web views have approximately doubled since May.] I was looking through my blog history to see which posts were visited the most. To give you a point of reference, the next closest post to has around 3000 visits. I’ve had more comments on “Oracle Update with Join” than any other as well. Ironically, I’ve been using NHibernate more heavily and these types of Oracle statements/queries hold less value in my daily activities. Tags: blogging ...
I am going to be blogging the sessions I attend at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles right here on my humble blog. They will be almost exclusively messaging and mobility related - ‘cause that’s how I roll! I will also tweet as much as I can (I only have two arms) under @ntpro. You can also follow general TechEd 2009 tweets by searching hash tags #teched and #tela09. Great blog post from the team the runs the hands on labs (HOL) at TechEd. Three days away – it is almost time. Technorati Tags: Twitter,tweet,Exchange ...
Julie Lerman is one of the hippest, smartest people I know. If you haven’t already heard of her, this is your chance to crawl out from under that rock and get a glimpse of an industry legend. Don’t worry about that giant ball of fire in the sky, that’s just the sun. Those of you that HAVE heard of Julie probably already know how awesome she is, but keep reading anyway. My first introduction to Julie was hearing Bill Ryan refer to someone as “Julie Lerman smart.” I figured that was enough of a recommendation ...
This month I have been working hard at providing XNA support for the Micro Framework. Sometimes I wonder how I get myself into these things. I entered another contest, Dream, Build, Play, where you or a team write a game for some cool prizes. When I was reading through the XNA documentation and I was thinking that the paradigm of writing games fits some embedded projects a lot better than WPF that the Micro Framework is using now. Perhaps not for all applications, but for my project is felt like ...
In the next few weeks, I'll be wrapping up my current assignment in South Dakota, taking a week for TechEd and then (assuming all goes well) starting my next assignment. In the middle of all this, I'm also studying for one of the MCSD -> MCPD Enterprise Application Developer upgrade exams (there are 2.) As you can imagine, all of this (coupled with my recent Mafia Wars addiction) is rather time consuming, so I'll be cutting back on the blog entries for a while, aside from the occasional announcement ...
In this Issue: Ashish Shetty, SilverLemma, Vladimir Bodurov, Alex Knight, Ofir Shemesh, Cameron Albert, Corey Schuman, Ning Zhang, and Jose Fajardo. Shoutouts: Brunce Abernethy has his material up from his Silverlight 101 Presentation: Silverlight 101 Presentation and Files from .NET University West Michigan 2009 David Anson updated his link of posts about charting: My new home page, extended [Updated collection of great Silverlight and WPF Charting resources!] From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight ...
Well I am not really sure about blogging here yet. I wanted to push my content from www.argeek.com my official blog over to here. Now I am faced with managing two blogs or moving www.argeek.com over, which I am not sure I want to do. So the question is should I stay or should I go? If I stay I am going to just point www.argeek.com over. If I go, I will self destruct this instance / blog. Any thoughts? I am not sure how many readers will get this so in a way this is a test of the domain broadcast ...
Every once in a while we at Geeks With Blogs like to get away from Technology and post on a non-technical subject. I enjoy this and think its one of the things that makes GWB’s a great community of people, not just geeks. Recently I’ve been blogging quite a bit on border and immigration issues, which has become somewhat of an interest of mine. While I hope my readers have enjoyed these posts, I realize that this is first and foremost a technology community and I don’t want to force those with a technical ...
In last few months i have been looking into a number of technologies, methodologies and tricks on how i can design and expedite the development of the EMR software. Some of the critical success factors of this EMR were extensibility because the institution has a huge research component and many research studies have various requirements and new ones come through anytime. Therefore, the EMR architecture is supposed to allow the developer to simply create a plug-in using a VS template and simply add ...
I getting really excited for Windows Mobile 6.5! At first I was skeptical and upset about no WM7, but after further investigation I found that 6.5 is a great improvement on the OS with lots of new features that will make daily use of your WM device a pleasure! Here is a great collection of firsthand videos. http://pocketnow.com Here is a direct link to their YouTube in HD channel: http://www.youtube.com/user... There are some comparisons between 6.1 vs 6.5 and iPhone vs 6.5 and even the ...
Well, here I am on my shiny new computer over at Imaginet Resources Corp. I forgot how liberating it is to leave an employer and start with a new one. Nothing more satisfying than filling the shredding box with old files and handing in that laptop that was in desperate need of a re-image. Still pretty early to say that everything here is good, but it sure feels that way from where I’m sitting. Moving from a large global company to a small (but still global) company is quite a change. I forgot how ...
Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the e14 Ignite training in Dallas on the latest version of Exchange server (Exchange 2010) about to get released to beta. As I rushed from the airport to the training, I was stopped to sign the NDA which prevented me from blogging about all the great things I was sure to learn. As expected the training was phenomenal and with the official release of the beta I can now blog about the public details of the enhancements. Here are some of the ones that I am ...
In this pre-tax-day-issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Martin Mihaylov, and Al Pascual. Shoutout: Jeff Weber has a Krashlander Character and Landscape Preview up on his site. Thanks to everyone for taking it easy blogging while I'm procrastinating doing my taxes :) or maybe all of you are doing the same! In any case, from SilverlightCream.com: For Now, Don't Use SynchronizationContext in Silverlight 2 or 3 Shawn Wildermuth found himself a problem with SynchronizationContext. Read his post for how he worked ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, SilverLemma, Al Pascual, Silverlight SDK(2), Tim Heuer, Expression Blend and Design, Silverlight Web Services Team, Corey Schuman, Michael Sync, and Jesse Liberty(2). From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3 and RIA Service – Creating a Proxy for Cross Domain HttpRequestsMark Monster sent me this link about the .NET RIA Service and creating proxies for Cross Domain requests... dang... are all the easy topics taken :)Creating Pie Charts with C# and Silverlight SilverLemma ...
First of all, thanks to all those brilliant people who made the long arduous journey to the UK (and to all those who just happened to be near by). I know it must have killed you to be so far away for so long. I can only imagine how hard it was for you. All of us that couldn’t go really feel for you and feel your pain. Okay! So, for those of us that couldn’t go, some of these guys really did a tremendous job of twittering what was going on during the conference. They absolutely did not have to do ...
In this Issue: Chris Cavanagh, Brownie Points, Silverlight Web Services Team, Gavin Wignall, Maurice de Beijer, Tim Heuer, Jeff Prosise, Shawn Wildermuth, Mike Snow, Andrej Tozon, Lee, Al Pascual, and Chris Hay. Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty is getting ready to start a big new long-term project ... looks like it's going to be a great one to play along with: VideoWiki – A Open-Book Design-To-Delivery Silverlight 3 Project. This is the intro... I'll be blogging the pieces as Jesse posts them. Jeff Wilcox ...
This is a short post about me and what I do. Again, trying to keep it short as not to bore anyone. I have been coding for legit gigs for about 12 years and programming on my own for well over 15. I have a background in music and graphic arts as well. Currently I am working for a very large company (80k+ employees) doing SharePoint development. I, like most developers, have a love-hate relationship that is rather unhealthy but I just can’t quit it. It’s this relationship that has driven me to write ...