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Before I move on to other topics...I wanted to do one last post on STLDODN 2008. Now for some random event thoughts: The event was held this last weekend and it was one of the longest weekends of my year. As an organizer I spent last week stressing over many of the final details and anxiously awaiting final shipments of swag. I also spent a significant amount of time with my assistant* packing take-home bags. At one point I even paid each of my three girls $10/apiece to help stuff pens into bags ...
In this issue: Kevin Dockx, Mike Ormond, Nigel Sampson, Terence Tsang, and Chris Hay. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra at First Floor Software is striking out on his own: So, what's all the fuzz about? .. and best of luck, Koen! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Easily Reading Application Settings from Configuration File (web.config) Kevin Dockx came up with a clever way of being able to store SL-related info in the web.config file and reading it with a web service. Along the way he also makes use of ...
Though some of you that were on the fence or have not year head about the MSDN Dev Con, are now more interested in coming out. It’s a tiny price compared to PDC and is coming to a city near you! A good group of local celebrities will be presenting along side proven Microsoft experts at the Orlando event. I will be in the attendance and around any community areas. And any social after event :) Bayer White (Jacksonville), Joe Homnick (Boca Raton), Christopher Bennage (Tallahassee), Rob Eisenberg (Tallahassee) ...
Thank you all for attending my “Applying Domain Driven Design on Asp.net MVC” session. It’s interesting how things went that we got a bit deep into the ASP.NET MVC framework and have achieved the geeky talk goal via covering the other aspects of ASP.NET. Even that this took the entire session, it is nice that it could benefit the attendance. I am not sure whether we can arrange another session for Domain Driven Design fundamentals and combining that in the same project while using the MVC pattern ...
Came across this video via some blogs…very kewl timelapse showing exactly what goes on to setup for keynote speeches at Microsoft conferences (this one from the recent PDC). Video: PDC 2008 Timelapse ...
So anyway, I figured that with the stories getting around regarding the recent PDC that there would be Virtual Machines of Windows 7 being handed out on the portable Hard drives that it wouldn't take long for them to appear on Torrent sites etc... And so it would appear ;-) Download 64-bit Windows 7 6801 Pre-Beta ISO (Microsoft.Windows.7.64Bit.... Torrent) So I started looking around to see how easy this might be to crank up under the old trusty VMware Workstation 6 (I really have ...
I like Code Metrics. They give a certain "objective" evaluation of a piece of code. You can use it for yourself just to make it pinpoint potential trouble areas, or just some code where you were a bit sloppy - happens from time to time...... And when you're going to do a peer review, it's much better to point to some numbers instead of the "This code sucks....."-thing. So when it finally arrived inside Visual Studio I was delighted. There are however a few things there which should be nice candidates ...
location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 AM Sponsored by: Robert Half Technology Presenter Kate Gregory BIO: Kate Gregory is the Microsoft Regional Director for Toronto, a Visual C++ MVP, the author of over a dozen programming books, and a technical speaker. In 1986, she founded Gregory Consulting with her partner, Brian. Based in rural Ontario, Gregory Consulting provides consulting and development services throughout North America, specializing in software development ...
Here's the complete list of sessions from PDC and my personal favorites. You can find all the recordings of these sessions at www.microsoftpdc.com. Here's my personal favorites: Windows Azure (Hosted ASP, Workflow, Silverlight, RAW / Azure Storage) A Lap Around Windows Azure (ES16) - 0:46 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune A Lap Around the Azure Services Platform (BB01) - 1:12 Slides | WMV-HQ | WMV | Zune Live and Mesh (Sync, Feeds, Resources, Contacts, etc.) A Lap around the Live Framework and Mesh Services ...
We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions include the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, Parallel Programming, Live Mesh, and more. Register today to stay current in an ever-competitive job market, enhance your skills and gain access to the next generation of tools and technology. Speakers include: Shannon Braun, Scott Colestock, ...
At PDC 2008, there was a booth for Windows Sensors & Location Platform (more here). I was lucky enough to snag one of the free development kits. I’m running the Windows 7 build from the PDC, and it is very stable. I haven’t any problems with it so far. The main reason for me to use Windows 7 for for this API. Setting up the dev kit was really easy. I posted my setup experience on the forums here. If you are having trouble installing, maybe this thread can help. I just stumbled across this today: ...
Just before I add lots of files and folders to my PDC attendee's freebie 160GB USB disk I thought I'd list out the contents as sort of like an audit. PDC 2008 160GB USB Disk file directory listing Autorun.inf starthere.cmd StartHere.html Developer\BluePrints\Inside... Developer\BluePrints\Introd... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... ...
I finally decided to write a post about attending PDC. There are so many great posts out there about PDC that do a great job of describing the overall experience. Bill Wagner has a great post on his blog, and so does Rick Strahl. The overall experience was really great and the quality of the sessions were very professional and the presenters did an excellent job in delivering the most information in the alloted time.There are still a bunch of sessions that I wish I could have personally attended ...
Did you miss PDC this year? Don’t want to watch the recorded sessions? Then register today for an MSDN Developer Conference near you! The MSDN Developer Conference (MDC) brings you the best content of the PDC presented by your local field evangelists and community influentials (mostly Microsoft MVPs). The conference is broken down in to 3 tracks: Azure Services Platform Client and Presentation Tools, Languages, and Framework The MDC is a one-day “best of” conference that costs $99.00. If you didn’t ...
I can hear your screaming from here (on the plane at who knows how many thousands of feet overhead): "final thoughts, what happened to Days 2, 3, and 4?" Well, in answer to that, I bring you this bit of collected wisdom culled from the last few days: Welcome to Concurrency. Sometimes, other functions just finish first, and in this new multi-core world, the application must move on with or without the rest of the threads. So, that said, expect some other thoughts later...they just won't follow in ...
Windows Azure was announced on PDC 2008 (Oct 27) and will hopefully be released mid next year. You probably already know about Azure by this time. If no, I would like to quote some from www.azure.com as intro: The Azure Services Platform is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. The Azure Services Platform provides a range of functionality to build applications that span from consumer web to enterprise scenarios and includes a cloud operating system ...

Very cool! A podcast I made with Josh Holmes and Mike Labriola a little before PDC is up now on the RIA wireside chat site.

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At the recent PDC in LA I had the opportunity to speak to some of the C# team. I tried to make the most of this by voicing one of my biggest bugbears with the C# language: Why make numbers so overly difficult to use? We have sbyte, byte, short, ushort, int, unit, long, ulong, float, double, decimal to represent the simple real world concept of a number. If we take the concept of a number into the software development paradigm what do we really want from it: Fidelity (How many decimal places to we ...
In this issue: Ian Griffiths, Matthew Casperson, Chris Anderson, IDV Solutions, Nikhil Kothari, Dave Burke, Anna Wrochna, Chris Hay, Jesse Liberty, and Robby Ingebretsen. David Anson has collected all the Charting blog links on one page... a good reference: My new home page [A collection of great Silverlight Charting resources!]. Jaime Rodriguez reports that the NY Times has a free version of it's WPF reader: NY Times ReaDER Free Edition.. ... now I just need to be someplace I can run WPF :) From ...
Intro to SQL Compact and Data Sync services - by Nikita Polyakov This meeting will be held on Wed, November. 12, 2008 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Location: Sarasota Community Foundation, located at 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237 (just west of Tuttle on the north side of Fruitville). In this presentation Nikita will cover the benefits of SQL Compact not only on a mobile device, but as an amazing alternative to locally cached data for occasionally connected devices like laptops. We will also go over ...
Windows 7 These past couple of weeks have been a mixture of fortunes for me; I was fortunate enough to be sent by my employer to the PDC in LA where I won a couple of iPod Touches This also enable me to sign up to the Mesh developers program which I'll blog about later. Unfortunately my fortunes took a turn for the worse at the end of the week when an investor pulled out of our company forcing the board to shut down the development department leaving me out of a job. So I'm going to try and make ...
Well, Windows 7 is going to be released by the end of next year. This is great news, because it seemed, that Microsoft finally understand how to get the best of Windows Vista and make it to work not only on monster machines. It even works on new brandy my wife's pinky machine. And if it works there and my wife is happy with it, this OS going to be very impressive. But from the other hand, we, as developers should be ready today to developer Windows 7 ready application (by the way, Vista Battery Saver ...
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For those of you like me who missed PDC (though I did watch the streaming video as time permitted!) you can now catch some of the PDC content live at an event near you with MSDN Developer Conference. I'm going to try to head to the Atlanta one on December 16th. More details below as seen in Brian's blog: The Speakers Chad Brooks Jeff W. Barnes Wally McClure Glen Gordon Mark Dunn Steve Porter Murray Gordon Todd Fine Jim Wooley Brian Hitney Keith Rome Todd Miranda Dave Scruggs Shawn Wildermuth Mickey ...
We just got Centriq Officially on board for the Kansas City Day of Dot Net on Saturday, December 6th. If you are not registered please go here and register: http://kcdodn.eventbrite.com/. Right now we have 5 SharePoint Speakers committed to the event, including Todd Kitta, Michael Lotter, Todd Bleeker, Steve Walker, and myself. This event will be one of many in the upcoming future we're hoping. We already broke 100 on the sign up. We are probably going to cap it around 125, so sign up asap. We are ...
In this issue: Boyan Nikolov, Scott Hanselman, Page Brooks, Justin Angel, and John Papa. If you haven't heard it yet, Mike Ormond has a post: MIX 09 Announced. I hope to see lots of old and new friends in 'Vegas this year! From SilverlightCream.com: A Silverlight Minesweeper Boyan Nikolov sent me this MineSweeper post this morning. I didn't have a chance to look at the code before running out the door, but I did quickly lose the game twice :) ... it looks like a good start, and since Boyan is providing ...
Three days into playing with the Windows 7 PDC bits, I've already fallen in love with the new OS. Microsoft has come a long way to get things right this time. I know a lot of people hate Windows Vista badly. I do too. But I always think that Windows Vista isn't that bad. What it really lacks is the common sense of software design: convenience for users . I noticed a lot of thoughts have been put into Windows 7, although in this early pre-beta stage it still looks pretty much the same as Vista. But ...
If you weren’t able to make PDC a few weeks ago, we are now taking some of the show on the road! These day long events are great for keeping your skills sharp and also you get a chance to take a look at Windows 7 and Windows Azure! You will need to use an RSVP code when you register. So choose one of the following: Audience RSVP Code Developers MDCDEV Architects MDCARC Designers MDCDES Students MDCSTU User Groups MDCCUG The event is $99 and includes lunch and some cooool giveaways. Happy Coding ...
Greg's links to all PDC videos and presentation slides is very useful... http://coolthingoftheday.bl... I prefer all links as presented on Greg's page rather than having to navigate through the heavyweight AJAX pages of the Microsoftpdc.com site to find videos and slides: https://sessions.microsoftp... Update: 10 Nov 2008 If you can't find a PDC video, perhaps it has not yet been published, follow this feed to find out newly ...
No problem at all. Microsoft already has plans for a road show to bring the same content that was talked about at the Professional Developers Conference to your local city. They will be in Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, and San Francisco in the next couple of months. It's great to see that Orlando, FL is on the list. There are three tracks to choose from. One on cloud services, client and presentation, and tools languages and framework. ...
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 ...
It's been a three or four days now since I returned from PDC. After seeing all the other bloggers give detailed descriptions of the sessions and parties I didn't feel too obligated to add too much of my own spin on topics heavily covered by others. Instead, I thought I'd wait till the recordings were available and share links to the highlights I was witness too. As to my thoughts on having the recordings available so quickly after the conference and of such a high quality, I can only say I am very ...
I have already mentioned that Zermatt has been renamed as the "Geneva Framework", which makes total sense. At PDC Microsoft have released a new download for the "Geneva Framework", which I have downloaded today to check some of my code against; While not at all an extensive list, here are the changes I had to do to my code to get it to work with the updated framework - On the STS: The SecureTokenService class, which is the base class for any STS implementation has moved to the main Microsoft.IdentityModel ...
At PDC this year, I had a chance to meet most of the product team members from ASP.NET and Visual Studio for Web Development. The good news is that each one of them have their individual blog as well as a team blog where they share tons of good information. That is the best news you can get if you are eager to hear on ASP.NET. So here below is the list of informative blogs which are pretty active, precise and more importantly straight from the people who are creating it Scott Guthrie http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu ...

Hey all,

 

I am absolutely new to blogging, so I will try and do what I can to stay relevant and useful.  Please feel free to comment on anything and everything.

 

Also, I just came back from the Microsoft PDC in LA and I will be posting some stuff about that!!

 

Thanks

Rich

I thought I would share the sessions at the PDC I really enjoyed and would recommend for viewing for those that didn't attend. And you know who you are. :) And those who did attend but didn't get to watch these. I'm sure there are more that were great, but these are the ones that stuck out to me. Deep Dive: Dynamic Languages in Microsoft .NET Jim Hugunin gives a great session on Dynamic Languages. This was the best talk I went to the entire PDC so I'm listing it first, but you should watch The Future ...
So my wife and I sat down to watch "Strangers" last night. We tried to watch it for Halloween but our youngster was so hyper from candy overload it was hard to get him to bed. My rating would be: 6.5 stars out of 10 Summary: Overall, not a bad movie to watch and was entertaining for a horror flick. Liv Tyler, I thought did a good job with her acting. In many parts she betrayed really well how freaked out someone in that situation should have been. Scott Speedman on the other hand couldn't get less ...
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 ...
After a whirlwind week of PDC and Vegas, it was time to head home. I’ve flown from the states many times, but I’ve never run into any issues like I did today before. Got to the airport and proceeded through booking. I was informed that my suitcase was too heavy (57 lbs) and that I’d have to lose 7 lbs or pay $125 dollars. Luckily I had brought a bag for my running shoes, so I stuffed as many pairs of jeans as I could into it and my laptop bag until my suitcase was only 50.5 lbs. D’Arcy’s Travel Tip ...
I did an article on Subsystem branching (http://geekswithblogs.net/... as a result of a post on the Microsoft forums regarding this. Further, at the PDC 2008 conference now, Grant Holliday made me aware of the TFS Dependency Replicator, which also is a way to solve the problem. It corresponds to the solution I named Solution 3B, however, it's not using the branch/merge facilities, so the TFS itself is not "aware" of the file copied. Anyway, ...
In this issue: Joseph Ghassan, Bill Reiss, Jordan Knight, Jesse Liberty, Karen Corby, niravi, and Pete Brown. Bill Reiss reports that Silverlight Streaming updated to Silverlight 2 RTW (Finally), and he has his Stack Attack game running there. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 2.0 Dependency Properties And Routed Events Joseph Ghassan sent me this extremely detailed blog post on Dependency Properties and Routed Events ... this is like a treatise on the subjects or something... I think that one ...
Oslo is a platform of technologies designed to help us create model driven applications. Currently Oslo is composed of 3 components; A language , a tool, and a database.
I'm currently doing some work with the Geneva Framework (formerly known as "Zermatt"), which I am very excited about; With the SOA wave and now the coming Cloud wave, federated identity becomes a crucial component in the enterprise and it is great to see such a good story for it from Microsoft. Using the "Zermatt" SDK (I now need to download the updated framework and align with it) I have succesfully, and quite simply, managed to create both an active STS scenario and a passive STS scenario, both ...


Greg Duncan has done the community a great service by working a little magic and posting links to all the video, audio, and ppt resources for all the PDC sessions on his blog.

Check it out here.

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Greg Duncan has made it real EASY to check out all the PDC content. He has listed all the sessions (including the keynotes) with links to the videos & slides presented. Great stuff!

Thanks Greg!

Have a day. :-|

Just got back from the PDC 2008 and hereby some notes about installing Windows 7. The plan is to install it side by side (dual boot) on the primary computer that has now Windows Vista Home Premium installed (Dutch version) 1. First step is to backup the disks. The system has 2 disks in a RAID 0 configuration. I tried initially when I just got Vista to use the Vista backup application. Vista backup will skip however some files types: .exe, etc and I just wanted to backup everything in c:\users. I ...
In this issue: John Stockton, Pierlag, Mel Lota, Ning Zhang, Carole Snyder, Martin Grayson, Jesse Liberty, Public Sector DPE Team, Mike Ormond, Andy Beaulieu, and Arturo Toledo. Somasegar has an Application Architecture Guide 2.0 referenced on his site that bears reading. The Swiss MSDN Team Blog invites you to Try out the DeepZoom app on our Shape Website ... and this is very nicely done... Dan Wahlin reports his Amazon.com AlbumViewer Application for Silverlight 2 Released . From SilverlightCream.com: ...
I was getting caught up on my RSS feeds after PDC today and I ran across this Engadget article. I then thought, hey that photo looks familiar. Oh I know why, because I took it! Technorati Tags: PDC08,Photography ...
With the latest release of the SQL Data Services (SDS) we announced a tech preview of the work we did with ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria/adods) team (http://www.microsoft.com/a... As part of this preview we made available a new SDS service head that supports a subset of conventions outlined by ADO.NET Data Services. A number of people stopped at our PDC demo booth and ask for details. Here are some of the answers. Keep in mind that this is just a tech preview and can change in future ...
After the PDC closed at 3PM, a group of us went over to the Liberty Grille again for a bite to eat. We’d been there the night before and had a really good experience, so thought we’d try it again. Everything was going fine until 5:00 came around and I had to leave. First, our waiter was nowhere to be found and I asked another waiter to get him for us and if he could bring my bill that would be great. Our waiter shows up with the bill for the entire table. I explain that I only am paying for my portion. ...