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One of my last big project revolved around keyword based searching using a Google Search Appliance and an open-source API code the Google Search Appliance written in .NET [link]. Ever since then I’ve been intrigued by keyword search technologies, specifically as it relates to their backend logic. That all said, Google searching simply matches for strings with a few exceptions. The guys who developed Mathmetica, though, have developed a processing engine that actually finds answers. By that, I mean ...
I don’t know Joel personally, but some recent posts of his caused a stir within the community, and he seems like a pretty interesting dude… so that makes him a perfect candidate for a NINE Questions interview. Unfortunately, I never got a pic from him with this interview, so this placeholder pic will have to do for now. I know you’re all chomping at the bit to read my latest interview, so without further ado, I give you these NINE Questions with Joel Oleson, aka SharepointJoel. 1. Where are you from? ...
Windows and the Windows Explorer have had search capabilities for a long time and they have gradually improved over the years. The one thing that was always lacking was an ability to search different contexts (or remote sources). There were some improvements with the Windows Desktop search, but I think the federated search capability in Windows 7 really gets it right. Federated search in Windows 7 introduces support to search different remote data stores using OpenSearch technologies and allows you ...
When I’m home in Deerfield Beach, FL (26.317N, 80.078W) and there is a space shuttle launch watch it from the top of the 5 story garage across the street. Below is the view overall slightly enhanced and then the launch trail heavily enhanced so you can see it clearly. The view is facing north so you can see that the the space center is actually a bit west, ~ 80.6 W due to the slantof Florida to the east. The tall building below the right corner of the enhanced area is the Boca Resort. We live a few ...
I am fortunate to live on a vast network of trails that start literally in my backyard… there is a trailhead two feet from the end of my driveway. These asphalt trails are plowed in the winter and wind through the backyards and parks, around the lakes, and along the streams of my suburban neighborhood. There are 20+ miles of trails available without ever stepping foot onto a roadway. As I was finishing a run a little over a year ago, it occurred to me to wonder why I was running on the street instead ...
the AjaxControlToolkit has a new release, the release includes bug fixes and new HTMLEditor, ComboBox, ColorPicker controls/extenders. Check the release Try the live demos HTML Editor I liked the HTMLEditor control so much from first sight. Pretty lightweight and customizable. I still need to check whether it works fine inside UpdatePanel and whether it can be used with RequiredFieldValidator or so. http://www.asp.net/AJAX/Aja... Color Picker The ColorPicjker ...
I had the pleasure today of trying to get Silverlight and SharePoint to play nice with each other. You’d *think* this wouldn’t be that difficult. But as I’m learning more about SharePoint, I’m realizing also that things are sometimes more complex than we assume. Prelude: Clarification on Form Content Web Part So in a previous post, I talked about my frustration with how code in a Form Content web part wasn’t behaving the way I expected. Instead of showing the Silverlight app it was always showing ...
Well, I was recently laid off from my Job of 5 years at Sage Software.. Sage has gone through 2 or 3 rounds of layoffs so far, the latest letting go of 500 employees in North America.. ..."To help us better bring our costs in line with revenues, we are reducing staff by about 500 positions across the company, which includes employees as well as open positions that are being closed permanently. " So, I've decided to take the opportunity to upgrade my Microsoft Certifications to the latest and greatest.. ...
Article source: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... When we are testing our BizTalk solution one of the biggest challenges is how we deal with the dependency on external systems. Some of the common scenarios I have come across are as follows: We will be integrating with some web services but there are no test instances of these services we can use We will integrate with a LOB application but there is either no test instance of the LOB system of using the LOB application will make it difficult ...
Twenty 20 is the happening thing at the moment and most of you attending Tech Ed might worry on missing out watching it, although majority of the matches would happen only in the late evening and you can still catch up after attending TechEd. However, to keep your Twenty20 interests alive, I am planning to maintain the theme for my sessions around Twenty20. Although you wouldnt be able to see live matches, you would still deal with the raw data that you keep analyzing over and over again from websites ...

Microsoft Tech Ed 2009 kicks off today, and like last year they’ll be making some content available online.

To visit their online portal, visit:

http://www.msteched.com/online/home.aspx

For Monday, the keynote will stream live at noon central time (10AM PST).

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Right, Just a quicky this one - I didn't see anything online about this when I was searching for the solution but - basically - I fired up Media Center and went to watch Live TV, and I got the following error message: “Video Error: Files needed to display video are not installed or not working correctly. Please restart Media Center and or restart the computer“ Uh oh.. This was working last night... All I'd done was remove myself from the homegroup on the machine... Hmmmm Reinstalling video codecs ...
I dealt with an interesting, if arcane, issue today at a client's site. The client is in the process of deploying an early version of a BizTalk application to their test environment for the first time. The test environment is hosted by another company, and BizTalk Server 2006 R2 had been installed and configured by that company. They are using the 64 bit version on Windows 2003 R2 with SP2. The BizTalk application publishes a WCF endpoint, hosted in IIS6. The hosting company has quite correctly created ...
Up to now I haven't explained what my mobile test application does. The main thing I wanted to test was calling a WCF service. If you use .NET CF 3.5 WCF will be available in your application to make the call but you can also call the service as "web service" (asmx) (1) Calling the service as ASMX In you Smart Device Application project just do "Add Web Reference", enter the url of the service (no "mex" part but with final /, like this: http://server:port/Design_T... ...
After a long time wait, Windows Live applications are back with a refresh for Windows Mobile. The Messenger application is finally back! The suite works great on both Professional and Standard version of WindowsMobile. You can get a new version here: http://windowsliveformobile... NOTE: The site is a bit confusing, but easiest is to have the site SMS you a download link for WL mobile. The box for mobile number and Send that you need to click on is: Enter your mobile ...
We had the first online version of the Ft Lauderdale developer group meeting tonight. Eighteen people were online but i was the only one with a web camera… I hope more start getting the video cranked up! The topic was Introduction to MVC and was suppose to be given by Jim Zimmerman out of Tampa but he called at 5:30 (for the 6:30 meeting) reporting that his laptop power brick was toast and he was out of juice. He had tried to get another one but at this point he was dead in the water because his ...
In this Issue: Jeff Prosise, Shawn Wildermuth, Michael Sync, Jesse Liberty, Al Pascual, Frank La Vigne, and Mahesh Chand. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra at First Floor has announced that his Document Toolkit v1 available for puchase ... it's the only tool like it, check it out! From SilverlightCream.com: Radial Layout in Silverlight Jeff Prosise has a very cool post on laying out items radially in Silverlight reminiscent of the control in the MIX09 keynote! More Validation Fun - But Not Done Yet Shawn Wildermuth ...
If you’ve been to a community event anywhere in the right 50% of the continent (and possibly a few on the left) there’s a better than even chance you’ve shared some air with Steve Andrews at some point. This guy really gets around, and he’s a man on a mission. I’ll let him tell you more about that in these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I was born at a very young age to my parents in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where I currently reside. Between then and now I have lived in upstate New York ...
Thanks to all the guys who turned out to the first presentation of the day at DDD Scotland where I gave my presentation, Virtualisation for Developers. As promised you can download the PowerPoint slide deck using the link below. Check out the speaker notes for all the resources and URLs I mentioned along the way. http://www.tigernews.co.uk/... Thanks again for inviting me up to speak at DDD Scotland and creating a fantastic event. UPDATE And a video of an earlier ...
During an upgrade, the psconfig command fails with Failed to upgrade SharePoint Products and Technologies. An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrad... was thrown. Quick live search and I find on Jukka’s blog the answer: http://blogs.msdn.com/jukka... Specifically, a feature was not installed, and quickly installing using the stsadm command Jukku provides, it then works… ...
The second edition of the Microsoft Belux (Belgium and Luxembourg) Architecture newsletter is out and refers to this article on Azure architecture. See : http://www.microsoft.com/be... Interested in Microsoft Architecture ? See the blog Architects Rule by Philippe Destoop, Enterprise Architect for Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg. The Azure Services Platform is an infrastructure managed by Microsoft in their datacenters that enterprises and ISV’s ...
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 ...
Notwithstanding Why do alarm clocks let you set the wake up time to precise minutes. i.e 6:33? I’ve just had to hold in the forward button on clock radio in the hotel room minute by minute to set an alarm for tomorrow. Surely we could live with a clock radio that at least scrolled through every 15 minutes. Or dare I say it let you go forwards and backwards. Or more radical still let you set hour and minute separately with like several buttons. Or heaven forbid a nice touch screen…. I think we need ...
If you live in Phoenix, Arizona or anywhere near, or have the ability to get here at will, May and June are going to be great months for developers! I'm writing this post as much for my own memory as to get everyone else on-board! Team System Big Event May 7, 2009 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM This “break through” event will not only provide you with best practices around development and testing, but will demonstrate key capabilities of both Visual Studio Team System 2008 and the upcoming 2010 release. It’s ...
What a great weekend! This year's event was awesome. All teams did a GREAT job on their charity's new websites and solutions. I was very impressed with the end results of all the teams. I am stoked to see the progression this event has made in just it's 2nd year of existence. Last year's event was fun, but only 1 site went live out of the 7 or 8 charities that signed up. This year, i believe all 8 out of 8 charities will have their solutions go live within the weeks to come. My team did an exceptional ...
SO I finally took the plunge and upgraded to DotNetNuke 5.00.01 beta on my live website. Having create a staging site and then tested the upgrade in a protected environment, I discovered a few things had changed since version 4.9: Native jQuery support - YEEEESSS!!! A half-decent Javascript framework has been packed in - notice how the FancyZoom stuf on the portfolio page still works thanks to a great bit of code here; New container/skin architecture that inherits from the improved and re-organised ...
Part 1 - Intro Contents: What is Software + Services Azure Services Platform Live Mesh 1. What is Software + Services Over the past decade, the world we live in has been transformed by the Web. More and more people gain Internet access, services become more accessible and the experience is improving. There are a lot of advantages of using Internet services: Low hardware requirements: services use the resources provided by the vendor and not the local ones. We only need devices capable of displaying ...

I am testing how windows live writer will help me post to multiple blogs. I have to manually switch using the Blogs menu.

Before I joined Microsoft I worked at a software development company that focused on delivering large, mission critical systems on… Unix. My work environment included Gnu Emacs, Gnu C and C++ and Gnu Make, all products from the Free Software Foundation (FSF). My home environment was similar - a mix of PCs running early versions of Linux and BSD Unix. As a company and as individuals we were fans of the work of the FSF because not only were their products very good but as developers we also had unfettered ...
In this Issue: Ashish Shetty, Al Pascual, Fredrik Normén, Stephen P. Anderson, András Velvárt, Colin Eberhardt, Mike Taulty, and Jose Fajardo Shoutouts: Mario Meir-Huber wrote me that he has updated his Silverlight Photo Album on CodePlex to now have 3 different album controls! Sorry I didn't blog this sooner. Ben Waggoner has a nice post up on the NAB release: NAB Day 1: Smooth Streaming released, Partners, 1080p in SL3, new VC-1 Jonas Follesø is on .NET Rocks! Listen to him discuss Silverlight, ...
Recently on a project I was working I needed to wrap on backslash characters (file and registry paths). Unfortunately the only help StringFormat can provide is intelligent trimming (e.g. C:\Program Files\....\Foo) and not wrapping options. I wasn't so keen on writing my own text drawing/wrapping algorithm, but how to wrap at a specific character? One of my co-workers gave me the spark I needed to figure the whole thing out: use spaces. Now, that is a hack that is visible to the user, and is plain ...
Here’s a screenshot of my document in Word 2007: That’s exactly what I wanted: three columns in different shades. Hurray for Word 2007! Then I saved as PDF. Here’s a screenshot from Acrobat: I don’t know why the colors “leaked” like that, but it’s bad. And while I could imagine this being Acrobat, not word, this is clearly Word’s fault. I added a line to Column C, but made no other changes. Here’s the screenshot from Word: More of the same strange color leaking. Not acceptable, not in my marketing ...
Yesterday I got the email welcoming me to the First Annual WinPHP Challenge. Microsoft, ibuildings and Leaseweb are sponsoring this contest to show Windows is now a first class citizen for development and deployment of PHP projects. The idea of this contest is very simple, just build an application running on Windows and IIS7. But, do this with PHP. The contests ends June 1st. Until then all contestants have to blog about their progress. On June 13th the winner will be announced at the DPC closing ...
In should say that the first time I looked lambda and linq, making pivot tables was not the main thing I thought about. After helping a few people including one at the msdn (http://is.gd/oG8q) social site, I realized that I also needed to use the lambda in my own EMR project. The problem was to have the lab data of a patient transformed into a pivot table and some of the data summarized by averaging or counting. I had the data in the table in the following format. PatientID TestNo TestName TestVar ...
There are four upcoming SharePoint Saturday events all listed at http://www.sharepointsaturd... with speaker information and submission information. Some of them have registration links posted. The four cities and dates are: SharePoint Saturday San Francisco on Saturday, April 25th SharePoint Saturday DC on Saturday, May 2nd SharePoint Saturday Chicago on Saturday, June 13th SharePoint Saturday Charlotte on Saturday, June 20th If you cannot attend any of these events Mark Miller at http://www.endusersharepoin... ...
On Thursday I am taking 70-541…I am taking many practice exams, reading books, watching webcasts, and doing a billion other things…I encourage anyone to post on this blog thread or in email any questions to stump me related to the WSS 3.0 Application Development. If you do it I’ll blog about the questions that you ask and research the answers more in depth and explain why that is the answer. I encourage a good challenge. Later on this month I will be taking the next exam which will probably be the ...
If you are going to be in San Francisco or surrounding areas I would recommend attending SharePoint Saturday San Francisco. It will be just as good as all the other SPS events, such as Tulsa, New York, Virginia Beach, Kansas City, etc… The link for the event is http://www.sharepointsaturd... It looks like Paul Schaeflein, Michael Lotter, and others will be presenting. San Francisco is a nice city. You could check out Fisherman’s Wharf and the second largest Chinatown in the country. ...
In this Issue: Al Pascual, Alex Knight, Jose Fajardo, and Chris Hay. Shoutout: Just in case you've been asleep for a while, Bill Reiss has been working on "a community dedicated to free online games built on the Silverlight platform". Check it out: SilverArcade... I just saw a tweet that it is officially launching later this week, so they're calling this a 'pre-launch' ... it looks great, Bill! Also... I forgot to mention this yesterday, but I made some intrusive changes under the covers on SilverlightCream.com ...
First things, first… You’ll notice the new blog name “The SharePoint Hillbilly”. This is one of the interesting things that came out of SharePint. What do you think? You like it? hate it? At least it’s a little more memorable. Hey, I AM from Arkansas (no, I’m not married to my sister). ANYWAY! The St. Louis SharePoint User Group was kind enough to put together an amazing SharePoint event this past weekend and even more gracious by allowing me to speak. I met a lot of amazing people, had a lot of ...
Wow, what a great couple of days last week! Despite having attended Devscovery the past two years, I’m still amazed at the amount of useable content that is covered during this 3-day event. The event started with a keynote by Scott Hanselman talking about the impact of social networking on software development. While some of his points may be debated by some folks in the industry, he certainly caused many in attendance to give more thought into exercising their own personal branding. Following the ...
I spent last week enjoying the sun (and rain and wind and fog) in Yorkshire and managed to pretty much avoid email/work all week which was great. I did manage a little “evangelism” during the week though. My dad has an old compaq notebook which has been playing up for months. I decided to use Live Mesh to create a copy of his files and rebuild it using a Windows 7 Beta DVD I had handy. After sourcing just one driver from the hp site (for the wireless card) it is now running great and he is blown ...
Got your attention? Good. I’ll say it again: Waterfall is the perfect methodology. It attempts perfection from the outset. Perfect requirements, perfect design, perfect development and perfect delivery in a perfect world. If you live in that world where requirements don’t ever change, then you should probably use a waterfall type methodology for developing your software; and you should drop me a line (although they probably won’t let you have anything sharp like a pencil to write with there). For ...
We had a little problem a few days ago when we were reviewing the testing of a B2B solution implemented with BizTalk. This implementation was basically the collection of a file via FTP and then a splitter pattern which would break up a batch and cascade updates to appropriate systems. The file which was recieved was a moderately complex file containing multiple rows containing different types of positional records. We had implemented this as per the specification and were moving from testing this ...
At Mix09, the Microsoft Translator Team announced that they have released a preview of the very exciting in-place Translator Widget that works in conjunction with the current Windows Live Translator Site. They have provided an AJAX API to implement the translation functionality. Currently the feature is in Preview mode only and open to reviewers and testers only by Special Invitation. To see a cool demo of the Translator Widget in action visit Laurent Duveau's Site. As you can see from the code-snippet ...
For years there has been debate between applications deployed to the desktop and applications accessed via the web browser. Like political opponents the debate has been fierce and each side evolving over the years. Deployment complexity and richness of the user interface have always been two of the central battles fought. Each technology has made dramatic improvement including things like Click Once to ease deployment of Smart Client's to AJAX to make web applications more responsive and user friendly. ...
Let’s play a game of “What if…”. What if you were a Canadian flying from Toronto to Vancouver. The only piece of luggage you had was a metal case containing $5000.00. When you went through security, the officers noticed that you were carrying a large sum of money with you. Now what is the acceptable response from the security officers? Should they be allowed to question you about the money? How about your job, what you were doing in Toronto, what you’ll be doing in Vancouver? Realize that while carrying ...
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a strange tweet yesterday: Looking for a word... "Employee" is to "Roster" as "Vehicle" is to _____? "Fleet" doesn't seem quite right. With a lot of helpful suggestions, especially from @patrickgreene, we settled on “Fleet Manifest”. It’s ideal for what I needed. But in case you’re wondering why I needed that term, here’s a slide from the UML QuickStart class from 213 Software Studios (click pictures for larger images): And here’s another: "Think one ...
Apparently there isn’t one judging by the comments given by Janet Napolitano, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, at a recent Canada/US border conference in Washington. A few excerpts… "One of the things that we need to be sensitive to is the very real feelings among southern border states and in Mexico that if things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border," “We shouldn't go light on one and heavy on the other.” "This is one NAFTA, one area, one continent, ...
Nothing special – just a list of good Visual Basic .NET articles I read over the last month. Enjoy: Visual Basic Lambdas are not quite the same as C# Lambdas. This article explains how to work around the differences. Visual Basic needs a hand with iterators as it has no specific syntax. Useful when you live in a world of LINQ and IEnumerable. This article shows you how to create iterators in VB. Combining XML Literals, WCF and LINQ to create temaplates. Interesting stuff. Add “Ruby like” MethodMissing ...
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 ...