Tag | Blogging Posts

D'Arcy and Chris are now closely competing for King of the Mountain on Geekswithblogs.net. Because I am interested in this fight, I created some charts to demonstrate the battle over the time these guys have been blogging. Enjoy. Total Blogging Over Time Post Frequency Per Month ...
In my previous installment of recapping the events from ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle, I covered pretty much the opening ceremonies as it were. The weather was definitely interesting the entire weekend. Who would believe that we had snow, hail and rain for most of the time we were there in the latter half of April? Mind you it didn't stick, but if you believe in God, there is something to be said of ALT.NET coming to town. Coverage Galore Jeffrey Palermo was gracious enough to capture the opening ...
Long gap in blogging due to an ongoing release. This time back with DLINQ. Like the way LINQ to Objects work on Objects that implement IEnumerable, DLINQ works on Database objects. If you want to know the basics of DLINQ, here are some of the links: Basics: http://blah.winsmarts.com/2... DLINQ and Stored procedures: http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... Using DLINQ with ASP.NET: http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... ...
So there I was, thinking about a new blog post, pondering someone else's blog post I'd just read, installing Windows Live Writer so I can post better blog posts, and it just hit me. Wham! Of all the people I know, if the universe could have back the total number of hours spent on blogging alone, just imagine the possibilities. Plus, add in the time for all the people that I DON'T know who blog. Wow. Then, I started to enumerate (list) the alternative actions that would be more beneficial to the cosmos. ...
Well, the day has finally come where I'm heading to ALT.NET Open Spaces, Seattle. It's been a long time of planning for this day with all the other guys mentioned on the site. The weather's not looking so great with a possibility of snow on Saturday. Not looking forward to that part as I'm leaving sunny, beautiful Washington DC where it is around 75F or so right now. I hope to be live blogging much of the event, well as much as I can. I you're on Twitter, you can follow me at mattpodwysocki. Looking ...
For a couple of weeks now, I've been blogging on GWB, but I've been playing it safe. I haven't posted much code. I haven't done any real tutorials. I've been afraid. I've been afraid that I will post a tutorial or some code and the community would rip me a new one. I had imaginings of code monkeys from everywhere telling me my code wasn't functional or elegant. But I'm done with that. I started this blog mostly to kinda chronicle things I learn, and hopefully help other people to learn with me. I ...
John Stockton brings Custom Controls vs User Controls and a Code Camp Session Scheduler, Christoph Husse brings an example of his rich text control, and Ashish Shetty on screen resolution an layout/rendering. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 2: Custom Controls vs. User Controls John Stockton discusses the process of designing a Custom Control and the advice/questions asked and answered ... if I had known he was going to include twitter posts in here, I'd have responded :) Silverlight Session ...
Ok, so this is the first post in a long while on this blog. The reason I have started blogging again, is cause I finally have something interesting Techie to blog about – namely our datacenter move. I hope this will become a series of posts, over the next few months, relating to our move. Our datacenter: – 100+ Citrix servers– Buch’O infrastructure server– About 20 application servers– About 8 web/FTP servers– About 6 IIS/Web servers– 2 IBM Blade Centers– Bunch’O Unix servers– About 6 SQL servers– ...
What a day...a long, somewhat exhausting, but ultimately enjoyable day. It started early for me: I caught my plane out of Winnipeg at 8:00 AM, flying through Denver and landing in Seattle at 1:15 this afternoon (local time). After Donald, Tom, and Dave landed about an hour later, we headed to the hotels. After settling in, we left to go register for the MVP summit along with the Quebec contingent of MVPs. Dave decided to try and hit on the girl running one of the tables and at the same time get information ...
Hey everybody. You sure remember that tomorrow is the first of the two-days Microsoft Egyptian Developer Conference EDC 2008. I'll be there since the early hour of registration (8:30 or 9:00 AM) - God Willing. So, it'll be great to see all the guys from different gangs around. ArabTeam2000, dotNETwork, DemoDay and so. It'll be great to see you all coming saying "hi". I'll try to hunt as much as possible of you anyway! :D You too catch me whenever we are in circles discussing any of those long discussions ...
LeeOnTech blogs about a SL Modal Dialog, Scott Guthrie on Existing UI == UserControl, Chad Campbell has an update on his book, Chris Carper started blogging about the Business of SL, Adam Kinney blogged his new GamerCard, Dan Wahlin on ItemsControl Templates, Jaime Rodriguez on SL2 Instantiation, Jesse Liberty on SQL to DataGrid via WCF/LINQ, and Laurent Bugnion on a bug with skewing and opacity masks on reflections. I forgot to mention that Pete Brown of Irritated Vowel has changed his RSS feed ...
Jose Fajardo continues with Login UI for Messenger, Jeff Paries with very cool DrumPad, Jesse Liberty attacks "Getting Started", LeeOnTech blog is open with source, Brad McKelvie on uploading with SL2 and WCF, Bill Reiss with a Game Helper Class Library, and Mike Taulty on talking to a local WCF service. [A note from Dave] It's still March, it's only 23 days since MIX began and as of this moment, there are 77 Silverlight 2-tagged links in the database! That's over 10% of the total in just over 3 ...
I thought I would take a small moment to introduce myself and give some context around my opinions. I have been developing software professionally for 12 years in consulting, product development, corporate IT, premium Brand web sites and e-commerce. I until recently worked for a well known golf equipment company as the Director of eCommerce Technology. In this role I have worked on a number of ecommerce sites and have learned a great deal about online retail for both new and used products. I have ...
The VS.NET 2008 launch tour has rolled into Winnipeg! Last night we had a fantastic Community Connection event hosted by Microsoft and CIPS. There was a great turnout and great discussion. Today I'm blogging from the Silver City Polo Park theatre where the event is happening. Looks like a great turnout (I had heard numbers around 350 a few days ago). In another "I really need to lose weight" moment though, my XL MVP jacket isn't quite "D'Arcy" XL if you know what I mean...but that's ok, I still rock ...
Jesse Liberty on LINQ tips/tricks, and Sean Blakemore on navigating between XAML pages. From SilverlightCream.com: LINQ To SQL In preparation for a SQL article coming up, Jesse Liberty is blogging about smaller things he's finding during the creation process... digging out nuggest for us :) Silverlight 2 Navigating Between Xaml Pages Navigating between XAML pages is not something I've done yet, but it might be an option for the code I'm working on, and I've seen discussions about it. Sean seems to ...
I realize it's been a while since my last post on Inversion of Control containers and looking at Unity as one of them. Since that time, Scott Hanselman linked to some of the comparisons that I did for IoC containers here. I'll be the first to admit that the look was a bit naive, but to get you all interested in looking at IoC container and how they can improve your applications. It was suggested here that my posts weren't a complete comparison, although in my previous posts I covered a lot of those ...
An update to my previous post on storing SQL BLOBs in SharePoint. Since MOSS SP1 it seems that you can do this in a supported way by implementing the ISPExternalBinaryProvider COM Interface. More info can be found in the WSS SDK. Limitations around using BLOB store provider (EBS) should be noted. Thanks to Itay for blogging about this! More info on EBS: http://blogs.msdn.com/husse... ...
Time for another adventure in F#, covering some of the basics of functional programming and F# in particular. This is intended at looking not only at the language, but the implementation as it regards to C#. Where We Are Before we begin today, let's catch up to where we are today: Part 1 - Basic functional programming Part 2 - Currying and Tuples Part 3 - Scope, Recursion and Anonymous Functions Part 4 - History of F#, Operators and Lists Part 5 - Pattern Matching So, today we'll be covering the ...
Shawn Wildermuth creates Linkable SL Apps, Scott Morrison on Getting Started with SL2 and a walk-thru of the SL2 DataGrid, Erik Mork's MIX Podcast of Adam Kinney, Attila Hajdrik demonstrates a SL2 Custom Control, Marlon discusses XAML, Jeff Paries on DeepZoom issues, and Jesse Liberty discusses Event Bubbling and his new direction. From SilverlightCream.com: Creating Linkable Silverlight Applications Aren't you glad there's smart guys like Shawn Wildermuth out there ahead of us figuring stuff like ...
Hey everyone, I've got some an agenda change today along with info about upcoming meetings. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for this week's (3/20/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. Unfortunately, Nick Landry is unable to join us this week, due to work demands. The good news is that INETA has managed to line up another speaker on very short notice (as of this morning.) The new speaker is Martin Shoemaker and the topic is "Voice-Enable Your Vista Games with MSAPI" and I realize ...
Jesse Liberty on Getting Started with SL2, Tim Sneath on Silverlight Streaming, Michael Schwarz on SL2 breaking changes and updating his Surface demo to SL2, Delay added databinding to his HTMLTextBlock sample, Pete Brown on SL2 and WCF, Brad Abrams on the release of the SL2 Control Code, Frank Lavigne and Chrishayuk both on Cross-Domain issues, Jose Fajardo updated his Media player to SL2, and not SL, but Karen Corby gave up the source to her SnippetManager! From SilverlightCream.com: Tip of the ...
Inspired by Scott Gu, I also felt the need of blogging the Links/BlogPosts I liked: ** March 19th is the date in "my" context and not that of posts I refer. Build & Release Automation (it is on top priorities in my list of personal project development) CI Server: Redefine Your Build Process with Continous Integration: Jay Flowers has written an excellent article on CI and about his tool CI Factory. I think Jay Flower has some similar thinking process I do, CI Factory has almost the same features ...
Ok, now that's cool. I've been meaning to try out Windows Live Writer for making blog posts because one of the things that stops me from posting very much is that it's a bit of a pain. The editors that are embedded in blog software such as Subtext, a fork of the popular .Text software, are surprisingly good but can only take you so far. Things like inserting a picture can be a real pain and I always find myself switching to the source view to tweak things here and there. I fired up the program after ...
I remember a few years ago when I was just starting to really get involved in the technology community I had the opportunity to attend Tech Ed 2005 through INETA and a contest they were holding at the time. That experience forever changed my life...which sounds overdramatic, but is entirely true. It's because of Tech Ed that I met guys like Chris, Matt, Brendon, Caleb, Amanda, Shane, and many others...and also got to learn alot about technology as well. Recently, we had a code camp and gave away ...
Early 'Cream: Cameron Albert on overriding the SL splashscreen, Shawn Wildermuth's learning source, Bill Reiss has two SL2 tutorials up, and Jeff Paries on OOP with JS. From SilverlightCream.com: asp:Silverlight Override I actually saw this first on Pete Brown's blog, then I saw Tim Heuer's reference, but this is straight from the author, and good stuff... the sort of thing I think we're going to be seeing more of as the .NET folks embrace SL! I'm adding Cameron to my BLogRoll, btw :) Source Code ...
dotNETwork third gathering has been announced. It's Saturday of the 3rd week of the month as planned since the 2nd gathering. If you are unfamiliar with dotNETwork as a whole, that's simply (as I mentioned before here & here) the first big offline .NET usergroup in Egypt. So far the main activity of the group though is to provide FREE monthly events ton .NET related topics, focusing on the latest topics that matter for the average .NET developers. Windows WorkFlow Foundation, AKA, Mohammed Hossam ...
The Microsoft MIX08 conference is going on this week and even though I didn't go this year (maybe next year or ReMix) there are enough people blogging about what's happening at the conference that you can still keep up with most of it. There were a lot of big announcements during the keynote and the first day of the conference, including the first public beta of Internet Explorer 8. This release is primarily focused on web developers and designers to give them as much time as possible to validate ...

I didn't go to the first  morning session, but I spent my time well blogging about everything being put out the last couple days.

I did go to Karen Corby's GREAT SL Controls presentation.

When her material gets posted, I'll blog it again, but her blog is: http://scorbs.com/work

Do NOT miss getting this material... simply wonderful controls material and information!

-Dave

Sorry I've been away for so long its been a crazy couple of months. On the personal front, starting during Thanksgiving Break, my parents decided to move from where they were living to be closer to me and my family. They made the decision to explore the option of moving up to where I live on November 21, 2007. On February 8th 2008 they signed the papers to sell their house and then on February 13th 2008 they signed the papers to purchase a house 6 MINUTES from my own. So from mid January, I was happily ...
I cannot believe that I became a blogger on my 30th birthday. The fact is I never wanted to be a blogger, at least not a blogger on .NET programming, which I do everyday at work and at home. But I guess I was totally convinced to start blogging by Andrew Siemer, who has a .NET development/architecture blog on GeeksWithBlogs and a whole bunch of other stuff going on in the .NET community, and who happens to be working on the same projects with me at work. Well I have to say that the main reason why ...
It started innocently enough...I was reading Scott's post about how he had been at Microsoft for 6 months and asked whether he was "evil" yet or not. Somewhere during the comments there was a question posted about whether this meant that Scott's blog was somehow de-valued and whether people should consider his blogging tainted by the blue stain. This of course triggered Justice's spidey sense to action, where he quickly dove to the lowest common geek denominator: Any of you who say that a) Scott ...
It figures that the week after I decide to start blogging more about work that we would have the most chaotic week ever. Development is an ongoing battle with chaos, and this week, chaos brought a much bigger weapon to the fight. We do weekly iterations and most weeks we not only meet, but exceed our goals, followed by a push into the test environment. I debated about how much detail to go into and decided the specifics probably wouldn't interest anyone outside the company. So here is the high level. ...
As I was looking over the main feed and wishing I could be a fly on the wall when D'Arcy takes back that PCMCIA card - I noticed there are a lot of Microsoft MVPs blogging on this web site. Now, I know the measure of the man is not MVP membership, but by and large these people are very bright and know their stuff. Out of the top 13 posters by volume, only five of them are not Microsoft MVPs. And there are a ton (technical unit of measurement) more on the list. Jeff, you have quite a community here. ...
From MDC to EDC In 2003, Microsoft Egypt started a public technical event called Middleeast Developers Conference (MDC). MDC was an annual event usually held by the end of January or beginning of February, lasting for 4 full days, day zero with local speakers talking about most recent Microsoft technologies, and day 1 to 3 with international speakers showing the latest previews of pre-release Microsoft technologies and development related products. It was honored by the presence of Bill Gates for ...
This is the email newsletter I send out each month for our local XNA User Group. If you want to get on the list, just drop me a line at XNAEvents@gmail.com and I'll be happy to add you to it. Hey everyone, I've got some potentially HUGE XNA news today, from the GDC. Keep reading. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for tomorrow nights (2/21/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. 2008 UG Calendar February 21st - Game AI Techniques (THIS IS TODAY!!) March 20th - INETA Guest Speaker ...
I'm sure that Alfred Thompson from Microsoft will be blogging more about this free giveaway. Great news if you are a college student you can get Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Expression Studio, XNA Game Studio 2.0 with a free year-long subscription to the XNA Creators Club, SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition. When Windows Server 2008 is released to MSDN, it will be available to students as well. Bill Gates ...
When I started blogging here on GeeksWithBlogs it turned out that if want to publish any code samples I have to find yet another place to host the source code. I didn't own any web servers that I could use for this, so I started looking how other bloggers do this, and came across ProjectDistributor.net. It did exactly what I was looking for: ProjectDistributor is a web application for distributing small pieces of software - such as tools, components, widgets and controls. Users create groups to store ...
The Problem In an N-tier application, you keep your logic in a business logic tier, typically a different VS project that can be used from a website, a windows service, or desktop application, and that should be valid to writ unit tests against on its own. But how about if your requirements say that you need to to upload some file for the business logic to work? Think of a scanned image (signed contract maybe?) or just a comma separated value file containing some emails. Typically the business logic ...
It seems like all a blur, but already I'm blogging about how great the Winnipeg Code Camp was. For the most part, the event went off without a hitch and everyone came together to make this a great event: speakers, sponsors, organizers, and of course the attendees! We had 113 people registered and 79 people show up, so considering this is a long weekend for us Manitobans we were really happy with the turnout! Some pics... Juan Larios getting ready to lay the Sharepoint smackdown! Shane, Kelly, and ...
I very much want to thank the hosts and community of Geeks With Blogs,but what I hoped would be a good way to divide my blogging has just caused confusion and duplicaiton. Therefore, having learned my lesson, I'm consolidating my blogs at sliverlight.net, and ask that you please redirect your feeds to http://silverlight.net/blog... Thanks again. -jesse ...
ProgressBar codebehind from Chris Cavanagh, Jesse Liberty's aniated graphs webcast, and Jeff Paries shows some shortcut tips to getting around in your SL code. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 1.0 Codebehind (ProgressBar) Chris Cavanagh sent me this Progress Bar code yesterday and I didn't get around to blogging it and then my host went dark for a while :( ... all the code is here... looks like goodness :) Webcast Follow-up - CreateFromXAML Very nice animated graph webcast in detail from Jesse ...
When you write a book you start with an idea, turn it into an outline, then write a draft which then goes through multiple edit iterations. This is the same way that I believe you should write blog posts. There are several reasons for this. The first reason is that you want your blog to represent you in a professional manner. A clean and well organized set of thoughts are the best way to accomplish this. The second is that as you read and reread your work you will find places that it could use more ...
As I noted yesterday, Dr. Wayne Kelly, the leader of Ruby.NET project, attended the 2008 Lang.NET Symposium last week led a discussion of how he wrapped Ruby, a dynamic language, on top of the static CLI. Of note of course in that speech was how hard certain things are with Ruby due to the lack of a formal specification. Anyhow, fast forward to yesterday. Wayne announced in a post yesterday about the future of Ruby.NET. I encourage you to read the whole thing here. He writes: Ruby.NET started life ...
... due to all the other moves I am going to ... I can't write that and keep a straight face. No I do not want to have a Microsoft domain attached to my blog or give up my copyright. Instead, I am in the process of implementing the "Custom Domain" portion to Geekswithblogs.net. To test the implementation thus far, I have pointed JeffJulian.net at the site and registered the domain to my blog (portion that isn't finished or you could do the same). Notice it isn't http://www.jeffjulian.net/j... ...
One of my work mates has just started blogging (about time) Callum usually has something interesting to say about most things, and he is a bit of a guru on the following topics: Continuous Integration (TFS & CCNet) Testing (MsTest, NUnit, Mocking, etc etc) amongst other things Check out his blog here: http://callumhibbert.blogsp... ...
One of the first things we went over in my first computer science class was the idea of preconditions and postconditions for functions: what the caller should expect will be needed before and how the results will be after the call. We also discussed parameter validation, which I've found more and more to be important. Parameter validation is not only important for security purposes, but helpful in debugging scenarios when you wouldn't otherwise be sure that an exception is being generated because ...
Jeff posted about it...Jeremy posted about it...I wanted to chime in my +1 that yes indeed: Blogging makes us all better, regardless of who you are and what you have to say. I think some people have this notion that blogging is a) Too time intensive b) Has no real value apart from *real* work One of the things that I hear from many people that read my blog is "How do you find the time to do it?" Seriously? How do I find the time? To take a few minutes to fire up LiveWriter and output something? Blogging ...
I wasn't blogging recently as I am organizing Polish edition of European Silverlight Challenge. The contest is organized by INETA Europe in the entire Europe. Project submission has just been extended till February 8th. We already have 7 projects published on the site (see http://poland.silverlightch... I believe it makes us the winners in number of published projects. The entire site is in Polish but I believe you can download all the projects without any problem. ...
In the spirit of posts about joining the different communities, I wanted to chime in. So the question is should I blog? My answer is absolutely. Even if you only contribute a post ever month, I still feel it is a worthwhile activity to participate in. I see a lot of registrations from individuals on Geekswithblogs.net where they state that they read blogs all the time and feel it is time to give back and I think that is excellent. You don't have to aim to be the best blogger in the sphere, nor do ...
I'm new to ASP.NET Weblogs. Thanks to Joe Stagner of course who setup my weblog account and whom I have thrown tons of questions at (Poor Joe. All day answering my messages!). I'm also an old member of GeeksWithBlogs (since January 2005) and cannot just slip away like that! So I considered cross posting, as a permanent procedure, not temp. one. To do cross posting from a Community Server weblog like ASP.NET weblogs to any blog that supports MetaWeblog APIs like SubTEXT (which GeeksWithBlogs.NET uses), ...