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In my last post, I talked about how to start a user group and what the steps were to get it going. In this post I’ll talk about how we got our SharePoint user group up and running in less than a week. November 10 Juan Larios emailed myself, Eric Legault, and Gerald Danais about getting a SharePoint group going. We had discussed this idea on and off as a group over the last few months, but now we were ready to actually make it happen! We discussed that we’d aim for a January 09 event, seeing as how ...
I’ve just published version 1.0 of “Bloggers Guide to Connected Systems”, which will be covering the Oslo, WCF/WF 4.0, Dublin and Azure technologies. The first version has 24 articles from some of the leading developers working with Connected Systems technologies, including members of the “Oslo” team. It is expected that the guide will grow on a monthly basis as more people start working and blogging about the new technologies, and should be a valuable resource for newbies and experienced developers. ...
Welcome to the very first post of Under The Influence (of code). I am Software Design Engineer based in SF Bay area. I have a deep and keen interest in Computer Science and Software Engineering. I've been wanting to start blogging for a long time now, but haven't been able to do so either due to schedule pressures an/or personal commitments and/or the lack of motivation thereof. I tend to do a lot of code prototyping and recently I was in need to some stuff I had proptotyped a while back, I searched ...
Like most developers, I run SQL on my main work computer. I find that the RAM usage gets quite bloated at times, so I have a handy bat file that I run to restart the SQL service, giving me my RAM back. Here are the simple steps to achieving this: 1) Right click on your desktop and create a new text document. 2) Rename file to restartSQL.bat 3) Click yes on confirmation to change a file name extension. If you did not get this error, you will need uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" on the ...
I'm finally happy to announce the upcoming St. Louis Day of .NET conference. As some of you may have seen in my recent blog postings, I recently got back from PDC in LA. Unfortunately not everyone gets that opportunity (and I haven't been to a conference since Tech-Ed in 2001 so I know the feeling :) So, as there are no great, easy to get to conference opportunities here in St. Louis and we do have a very active and growing community of .NET developers, myself and a few of my peers from other local ...
Wow! It has been a while since I blogged here. I had a server of my own for a while but I got tired of the up keep so I quit blogging all together. Then, I was at Microsoft PDC 2008 and I saw a booth for geekswithblogs.net and it reminded me that I had an account here! I will say, I am impressed with everything they have done with geekswithblogs.net since I last blogged! What have I been up to since my last blog. Well, I have been working for about 2 years now with GameSpy/IGN/FIM/Fox/News Corporation ...
I’m blogging my costume because I’m sure there are some out there who would appreciate it (and the nearly 10 hours I put into sawing the frame, cutting fabric, sewing, hot gluing, etc deserve more than 4 hours of a party, how about partial immortalization via the web?) Next year I’ll be either a goat (my nickname, feel free to call me Goat if we cross paths) or a CAT-5 cable. Either way, at least this year I’ll be ahead of the game. Without further ado, meet Domo: The pink you see in Domo’s mouth ...
As suggested by Pete O'Hanlon, I am going to take a look at NUnit. I am not very familiar with it as yet, so I am basically doing research to see it's capabilities :-) I heard that I will be teached about it in lecturers in the near future, so I will be blogging even more once I get a good grab at it. What is NUnit? NUnit is a free unit testing framework designed to be used with .NET projects. This framework provides a library that has classes and methods which help writing test scripts. Nunit has ...
Last night past midnight amidst the construction of my Halloween costume (I know I’m a day off, but the party I’m going to is tonight!) I received the email notifying me that I’m now a winner at Community Credit for my contributions to the geek worlds via this blog! Sure, I didn’t cure cancer or win the World Series, but my philosophy on blogging nowadays is that there is an online community that has helped me so much, I want to be around for the next generation of “me”s that deserve the same help ...
I just realized than Monday started year 3 of me blogging at GeeksWithBlogs, and kudos to Jeff and everyone at GWB for great service! What began as an experiment in blogging on my own site expanded into something with a LOT more reach at GWB just in time for WPF/E in December of '06. Then after Mix '07, I began what is now the SilverlightCream posts, and anything else I may have to say is drowned out by that! I've been watching the blogger list at GWB, and although I began later than some, I'm now ...
*Moved to: Unlikely bloggers…I always like to see people for whom it is traditionally unlikely to blog to start contributing to that big knowledgebase in the either that is the blogosphere. I would like to call attention to Eric McCarthy who started blogging today and call out to all other helpdesk Hero’s to join the fray… Technorati Tags: Personal Fail *Moved to: Unlikely bloggers…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
It has been surprising to talk to the attendees of the PDC about blogging and participation in communities. Most don’t seem to have blogs, but have lots of things to talk about. Most like the concept of Geekswithblogs.net after reading our bag insert and we have had a lot of registrations. But, there are a number of them who just want to read the blogs and we are completely ok with that. Our goal out here has been to register more bloggers who are interested in these new technologies Microsoft is ...
Are you coming to PodCampAZ this weekend? By now, you know that it is a two day event. You may even know that I am speaking twice. But this last update is going to give you a few more things you may not yet know... Door Prizes Among this year's door prizes are some Target gift cards, copies of Office and Vista, some blogging software, and... I know I am missing something... OH YEAH - SnagIt 9 and Camtasia Studio! Yes - loyal readers, you could win a copy of either SnagIt or Camtasia. TechSmith is ...
And he is very welcome here. We had a major bug left over from the “previous vendor” who owned the blogging tool we are using with the BlogML importer, putting all of Jason’s posts on the main feed instead of in the correct time they belonged. Jason, it looks like all is good and we are glad to have you back!!! Technorati Tags: Jason Olson,PDC08,Geekswithblogs.net ...
I know it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated this but there is a bunch of very cool stuff going on so I thought it was time I jumped back on the horse and started using my public blog more. Plus a number of people have asked me this week why I haven’t blogged in awhile… Anyway, I’m in LA this week at Microsoft’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) and it’s shaping up to be a great week with lots of great technical content and thousands of other devs and architects to meet. The conference ...
I was exceptionally fortunate to get an opportunity to attend Microsoft's 2008 Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, starting tomorrow! It's going to be a busy week, undoubtedly, but it's exciting to see what's up and coming. Some of the things that I'm really geared up for are: Under the Hood: Advances in the .NET Type System - We'll get a chance to see the next version of the CLR and the looser coupling it will provide. In particular I'm hoping they announce support for covariant and ...
PDC is starting today (well, the pre-conference is, and the conference starts tomorrow) and I reached Los Angeles last night. The trip went well, even though we started (and arrived) one hour later than planned. Yesterday I joined Mike Brown and Bill Reiss for dinner, and then called it a night. Read the rest of this entry » ...
If you haven’t already checked it out, it’s definitely worth a look at the new design for geekswithblogs.net. The new design brings a bit of a “hipper” aspect to the scene, and we all know how blogging about software development deserves to be hip :) Check out the updated look: http://www.geekswithblogs.net Technorati Tags: GWB,GeeksWithBlogs 3.0 ...
In this issue: Erik & Monica Mork, Bart Czernicki, Joseph Ghassan, Laurence Moroney, Shawn Wildermuth, Mike Snow, and Imran Shaik. Peter McGrattan reports his Silverlight 2 Samples Updated, so go revisit them. Matt Casto reports of a Cleveland Silverlight Firestarter on November 1... looks like a great list of people and topics! From SilverlightCream.com: Logging Client Side Events Erik and Monica Mork have a new Podcast up on logging client-side events. If you're not plugged into the Sparkling ...
I started this blog a looong time ago and stopped blogging also a long time ago.... Since then a lot has changed. I have got married to a girl I simply adore. I have moved up in my career. And also I have been trying hard to find a way to do a Masters and do it in a foreign country. It was a strugle to find a good university offering a course I like and also which offered some sort of scholarship so I can afford it. Finally I think I have found a good course in Australia with a full scholarship although ...
Because I own the Phoenix Silverlight User's Group, I got an email this morning from O'Reilly about a survey they're doing. The intent was to get it to the User Groups, of which O'Reilly is very supportive. <Side Note> If you run a user group and are NOT in contact with O'Reilly, you should do so! </Side Note> I've cleared the blogging of this with them, and will do the same thing I did with the User Group. I'll post the body of the message and if you decide to go there or not, it's your ...
Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Blake and this is my first blog post ever! I have been wanting to start a blog for the last couple of years but... well... you know how things go... :) I plan this blog to be used for different purposes: family stuff, fun staff, rants, venting, and of course computer programing and methodologies! So let me tell you a little bit more about myself: I'm a Missourian. I have lived in Kansas City, Missouri most my life. I went to University of Missouri-Rolla for my ...
The developer day agenda for 22 November 2008 has now been published so you can start planning and blogging about how the sessions you'd like to go to always clash ... http://www.developerday.co.... Obviously the highlight is at 10:40 where you can learn all about Virtualisation for Developers. Good news for me, is that Everest only holds 50 so no need to mic up and you get close to the audience. I remember a SubVersion talk I did for DDD2 which was great fun in that room ...

Eduardo is an architect and consultant with Daugherty Business Solutions.  He recently started blogging.  Check out his post on Habbits of Effective Architects.  You can also see him give a talk on this post at this month's Chicago Architects Group meeting.

Happy blogging Eduardo.

Today is the 5th birthday of GeeksWithBlogs.net. I have only been blogging here for about 6 months, but I am really digging the community and all the awesome bloggers who blog on GWB. A HUGE thanks to Jeff Julian and John Alexander for making GWB possible and for all that they do in the community as a whole. You guys rock! Here's to another five kick-ass years! Some of the awesome GWB blogs I've enjoyed: Chris Williams D'arcy Lussier Theo Moore Dru Sellers Rob Reynolds Becky Isserman ~Lee ...
Today is the 5th Birthday of GeeksWithBlogs!  Congrats guys for kicking everyone's ass and making this THE premiere technical blogging community and home to so many badass cool people.  Jeff and John deserve a HUGE pat on the back.

http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/10/08/125708.aspx
In this issue: Jonas Follesø, Koen Zwikstra, Jeff Wilcox, Andy Beaulieu, Jaime Rodriguez, James Bacon, Terence Tsang, and Chris Hay Jonas Follesø has been busy and reports that YouCard, DiveLog and WebcamPOC updated for Silverlight 2 RC0. Jaime Rodriguez reports that We just published a codeplex project with source for > 25 Pixel Shader effects and ~35 Transition effects.. for WPF. Koen Zwikstra reports that Silverlight Spy for RC0 available. From SilverlightCream.com: Client-side HTML controls ...
In this issue: Laurence Moroney, Corrina Barber, Adam Kinney, Matthias Shapiro, Terence Tsang, Chris Hay, Martin Grayson, and Pete Brown. Martin Grayson reports that he has Blacklight updated for Silverlight 2 RC0... if you haven't checked this out yet... go there now, I'll still be here when you get back :) From SilverlightCream.com: How to use Silverlight RC0 -- and some code updates for my Silverlight 2 book. Laurence Morony has some words of wisdom about RC0 and some links to resources, and advertises ...
I’ve just set up WLW at work to take advantage of blogging in a very nice interface and to make the best use of the new WTFNext. I do apologize to those of you who are getting this content and being generally disappointed by the lack of context, but I’m getting myself familiar with GWB and how I can make the most of it. The hope with this post is that I’ll get my tag cloud started, just by incorporating Technorati tags at the bottom. From what I understand thanks to JJulian, the tag cloud should ...
An obligatory w00t for proper DNS functionality on the new site. Now, you can either make your way to this website from http://www.WTFNext.com or you can go through http://www.geekswithblogs.net and find my link on the sidebar. So far I'm enjoying the freedom and I'm excited about the possibilities. I will be looking into blogging solutions that I can use outside of the web (gasp, people still use desktop applications??!?), and I do hope for a solution that will allow me to email content updates ...

Now that the book is finished writing, reality is catching up with me and I am finally able to work on the backlog of ideas and projects that has accumulated in the last months. Time to give an update of stuff I do or will do soon.

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Jeff Handley on Layout Cycle and ContentPresenter gotchas, Pete Brown on VSM Styles and SL2 RTM, Bill Reiss with Cleaner Game Loop, Matthias Shapiro with Zooming Buttons and Color Picker, Expression Blend Team with Blend 2 SP1, Jeff Wilcox on RC0 Unit Test, Terence Tsang with Resilience Rectangle and Grid Transition Rotator, and Gerard Leblanc rotating images. Yowzer... you can certainly tell something was released! David Anson reports: Preserving access to Silverlight 2's generic.xaml resources ...
Ed Silverton with 3D Flickr Photo, A gaggle of Silverlight Developers blogging about RC0, and Bill Reiss with a fix for RC0 not working. Unless you've been sleeping behind the door, or you're not overly interested in chasing the technology, you already know that last night Scott Guthrie announced Silverlight 2 Release Candidate Now Available. For both of you that have just awakened and are reading this, let me be the first to announce it... for everyone else, I've tried to cull the more informative ...
Sorry to have neglected the blog lately. A big change occured in my life and I have been happily pursuing it. That change: I am now the community guru for allvoices.com. They are citizen journalism at its best. Your news, your views, your videos. The things that are important to you, both on a hyperlocal scale and on an international scale. We look for your contributions on what is news and what matters to you. My job is to grow the contributing community, grow the visibility of the site, and get ...
In the first part of my Ignite Your Life series of posts there were a few key ideas that I tried to get across. Envision Choose your illusion…don’t focus on what you aren’t or who you are now, but focus on what you want to become, where you want to be, what you want to do. Create a detailed vision of the you that you want and set that as your goal. Declare Once you’ve created your vision, you need to declare yourself as that vision. You need to cement in your psyche that you will be the fulfillment ...
Don't TELL me you haven't heard about the Charity Fragathon?! Are you kidding me? It's only going to be the biggest, loudest and rockinest XNA gaming event to benefit a charity ever! This is one of those events that makes me wish I didn't live where I do because I KNOW I'm missing out on the start of something cool. So if you're within driving distance of Bloomington, Minnesota (or you have the resource to fly there), don't be lame, shake off some of that mid-week lethargy and do something fun like ...
Martin Mihaylov continues with DataGrid, Rabeeh Abla with a Mesh Viewer, Gerard Leblanc on animations, Dan Wahlin on Input Controls, Jeff Wilcox on SL Unit Test, Michael S. Scherotter on high DPI issues, Terence Tsang with Flip Rotator, Sandy Place with Dynamic WCF Client Proxy, and Jeff Paries on SL/Twitter a new way. Karl Shifflett has released an updated version of XAML Power Toys V2... this is of use to those WPFers and Silverlighters alike. Page Brooks at SilverlightContrib has some information ...
wow so this is what it feels like blogging from the iPhone. I waited and waited trying to justify the expense, but it never happened. So like any true techie I bought it. What is really annoying is I cannot seem to get google docs to create. I am not done but overall is good. Oh and something else some games do not repect SILENT. Thanks discovery tank game, the people around me liked the sound effects.
I tend to be a loner and blaze my own trail, ok that is not entirely true. I really, really dislike 'groupiness'. As I get older and mellow a little I realize that I actually need others to further grow as a person. This blog is a baby step towards contributing to the community at large. My goal is the 'middle way' of community involvement. I do not wish to have a cult following or anything like that, but a few people to provide feedback every now and then would be nice. I used to despise individuals ...
\I keep forgetting how to do this so I'm blogging it to help me remember. Back in the days of WSS v2 and SPS 2003, one could use some handy URL parameter passing to edit web pages and browse for or search web parts. My three favorite parameters for WSS v2 and SPS2003 were: To Correct or Remove Misbehaving Web Parts http://server/default.aspx?... To Open the Page in Web Part Design Mode http://server/default.aspx?... To Open the Search Web Part Zone http://server/default.aspx?... ...
These last months have been amongst the most intensive I have ever been in my life. Since my last blog post, I have been extremely busy finishing writing my Silverlight book and starting the editing work. It is well underway, and we will publish later this year. It is a very exciting time for me to see that book shaping up after almost a year of work on it. Yes I will be happy to see the finished, paper-printed work!! Read the rest of this entry » ...
*Moved to: What to do when you dont have a working computer!I have a little problem...I don't have a computer at home at the moment :( So I am writing this post from my Pocket PC using Diarist 2. I will come back to that, but first... The reason for my lack of my "can't live without accesory" is that my laptop has finaly given up the ghost. It is an 8 year old Dell desktop replacemnt, and in my infinite wisdom I desided to install Vista just after it went RTM. All was well for a while, but it was ...
So what do you do on a rainy day in Denver? Well, if you are me you will catch up on some blogging and get some other delinquent tasks. I know that I have been hiding under a rock but there has been so much going on. I just finished up a project for a client and next week I am teaching a WSS 3.0 deep dive course at AmeriTeach. Also it looks like I get to catch up on some much needed relaxation. From a previous post Chris Givens, the author of the Advanced SharePoint Developer course, sent me a copy ...
Yes folks, you heard it here first. The blog gods have looked down from the heavens and found us worthy. Jeff Julian & John Alexander of AJI Software, known better as the founders of GeeksWithBlogs.NET have just informed D'Arcy Lussier and myself that we will be blogging PDC 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. We're even getting new GWB tshirts (which is good because mine is getting a little worn out, since I wear it pretty much everywhere!!) In addition to blogging like rabid, well... uhh bloggers, we'll ...
My buddy Shawn is probably best known as being The ADO Guy, but lately has rebranded himself. More on that below. I caught up with Shawn in between his extensive travels and asked him these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? While I was born in Brooklyn, NY I really grew up in south Florida. I’ve moved around a lot with the highlights being my stops in Amsterdam, Boston and Portland, Oregon. I currently live in Atlanta where I’ve spent several five year stints, but this time it’s a permanent ...
Till now, I use to create Posts marked, Post I liked. But for this one I would like to say, Question I liked: Anant Mishra has asked a very interesting question on LinkedIN. And so are the answers. (I mean interesting). Being a Technical Product Manager myself, I couldn't stop myself from blogging about it. Click here to see the Answers ...

It has been I have posted to this blog, and I am hoping a blogging writer (such as Word 2007 or Windows Live Writer) will help me to post more often. Unfortunately although I have seen recommendations for Windows Live writer, I have not been able to install it successfully. Hence this test post through MS Word 2007.

The long-anticipated (at least I anticipate it) Home for the PlayStation 3 has been in beta for probably close to a year if not more. The beta was initially as a sign-up type deal but now Sony is adding more people to the Home beta via a download on the PSN. Yesterday, a PS3 Home Theme was placed on PSN allowing for users to download and instantly be submitted to be included in the Home beta, expanding later this month. Just downloading the theme won't automatically guarantee you get in, they will ...
The Kansas City Office Geeks will be meeting on Thursday, August 7th at 5:30 pm at Centriq Foss to discuss WIndows Workflow Foundation here is some information: Featured Product/Topic: 2007 Microsoft Office System Recommended Audience: Developers Creating Custom Workflows with SharePoint Presented: Jeff Julian Sponsor: AdvantageTech - Food Provider for the Meeting Date: Thursday, August 7th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm ...

So I made it.
I am officially part of the blogging community. I am exited to give back some experience I gained over the last years. 

Every day I benefit from people's experience - so I feel it is only fair to give something back to the community

In this spirit  - let's get started!