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Well I hear the folks back at home are enjoying some real nice COLD weather. All I can say is HA HA HA, it's warm here! Maybe I can just stay for another week or so.... I'm sure it will be warm in Nevada by the middle of June... or not. I have to admit that I'm ready to go home. Home to see my wonderful family and all that snow! So the classes for the last couple of days have been really good. I went to a class on Outlook Web Access yesterday and the presentation had some really good tips on how ...
[I've changed the title of this entry to be more useful than 'Wednesday Summary' -- Tim] So far, today's not been quite as dynamic and exciting as the other days. Dunno if it's the sessions, or I'm just wearing down. Introduction to Managed Development for Devices with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Presented by Neil Enns, this session covered changes in VS 2005 for mobile development. That means SmartPhone, PocketPC, and WinCE. Some highlights: VS 2005 will support SmartPhone 2003 and later, and PocketPC ...
Nothing much in the opening keynote session, just a release date for Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006 -- November 7. The details are available at the launch site: http://msdn.microsoft.com/l... After a visit to the INetA booth, I caught the last part of Billy Hollis (www.dotnetMasters.com) presentation on Click Once WinForm deployment. Between MSI, Click Once and the Application Updater Block, we should be able to deploy anything across the web these days. We're working ...
Hi All, Though I have written about this some time back, Performance and Scalability stand next to Security in the case of Applications and is the most sought after topic wherever people raise queries. I have compiled a set of Tips and Tricks to improve the performance of ASP.NET Applications in particular, where I have drilled down and explored a lot and have faced crunch situations from which I keep learning. These tips can be followd during deploying ur app on the production server A Foreword ...
I've been dumping this to Outlook and my PDA all morning... too much cool stuff, not enough time... Monday, June 06 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Opening Keynote 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM CSI241 Connected Systems Technologies and the .NET Framework: When to Use What S 220 E DAT382 Database Application Quick Start with SQL Server Express and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET 2005 S 210 E 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM GNL003 Microsoft Learning Presents: Getting Ready for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 N 320 D/H 1:30 PM - 2:45 ...
I wanted to create a blog to share my experiences while creating Software with Microsoft and J2EE Technologies. In this Blog I will be posting some cool Tips and Tricks and new developments in ASP.Net, Microsoft Content Management Server, Sharepoint Portal Server and BizTalk Server. Here people can give me feedbank and put there comments as well. I have more then 10 years of experience in Software Development and Architecture. I have worked with Microsoft Consulting Services and Currently am employed ...
Ah, now that I have your attention, please let me elaborate :) I just read a post by Russ Nemhauser, Virtual PC - Beyond the Basics, and it reminded me of some caveats I had picked up in my trials. I too thought differencing disks were the way to go and in fact set up several “base” installs to test it out. One of my early reasonings was simply because each .vhd image had about 1 - 2 gigs of duplicate information - that is, a base OS plus tools and assorted service packs. I figured I ...
eBay has been improving customization for eBay Stores. eBay store owners do not have the flexibility of an independent ecommerce store, but they can still customize their eBay stores for good search engine traffic. Remember on page optimization is only a part of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and another very important part is off page optimization. You can read more about this at Daily SEO Blog On Page and Off Page Optimization article. eBay Discussion Board has a very informative topic for eBay ...
I’m sure you’ve all seen Microsoft’s latest marketing campaign to motivate people to upgrade from older versions of Office to version 2003. Well, in case you haven’t, they show a bunch of strange looking business people with dinosaur heads acting foolish and wondering what the hubbub about Office 2003 is – after all, they’re content with the old Office. You can see some of their marketing stuff here. One cool piece of marketing they’re attempting is to have ...
OK here is a little problem you might eventually come across if you are running stsadm backups. Fact is stsadm backups are version dependant. Now initially I assumed that it was only service packs that affect sharepoint's version, but apparently even security updates count too. Sharath points out a few tips on one of my previous blog posts. Thankfully there arent many patches for SharePoint ...
Review by Theo Moore of GC.NUG. Reposted with permission. I recently read two books on very similar topics related to .Net development. They were Best Kept Secrets in .Net (Apress) and Visual Studio .Net Tips and Tricks (The Marketplace for Digital Content). Both have quite a bit of information about nifty features that are included in VS.Net. I found most of the tips to be very handy, especially given that most of my experience had been in VS6. I think either book has value and is a worthwhile read. ...
I just received the premiere issue of Make Magazine from O'Reilly yesterday. Let me just say this mag is a geek's dream come true. It's not a magazine about coding. Heck, I'm not sure if calling it a magazine is even accurate. It's more of a journal or zine (but with higher production values). A geek quarterly, if you will. For example... the premiere issue features an article on aerial photography. Not geeky enough for you? Ok, how about aerial photography accomplished by rigging up a camera to ...
Accidental Genius: Revolutionize Your Thinking Through Private Writing by Mark Levy This is a great little book (142 pages including the index) that teaches us how to use writing to improve our thinking. The author teaches us how to use "private writing" to be able to produce the moments of genius that we are all capable of on a more consistent basis. Wonderful examples are disbursed throughout the book and each chapter ends with "Point to Remember" and "Try this" sections that help you apply what ...
I bought a car a few days ago (pics are here) and the dealer handed me a sheet of paper from Shell Oil. I'm not going to type out the two page letter, but the gist of it reads as follows: “The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones ignited fumes during fueling operations. In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuring fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump. In the second, an individual ...
Do you fear giving a presentation? I remember not too long ago when I would be required to give a five-minute presentation in front of a class. I thought the world would end. I don’t have what it takes to be a great presenter. That’s what I thought back then and I still struggle with that thought today. I’ve been making technical presentations for about six years. I regularly present at regional conferences, user groups and companies in my region of the US. I generally get great ...
Dave Waddleton is presenting a series of webcasts related to debugging in .NET. MSDN Events Online - Debugging and Tweaking Week Excellent! I find that I'm always debugging, tweaking or troubleshooting in one way or another and I can always use more tips and tricks from the pros. Currently listening to: Hasta Que Te Conoci [Popurri] - (25:56)Juan Gabriel; Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional, Juan Gabriel en el Palacio de Bellas Artes Disc 2 ...
The Picture above should give u a pretty good idea what this post is all about ! if it dint then click here. No Jeff is not starting greekswithblogs, lol :) neither did he edit this home page I did, don't worry it was up for not more than few seconds (actually 5sec- up, snapshot'd, removed). so how did I do that ? well that's a secret!When I discovered this, it was a little shocking but did give me a good understanding of .text and this flaw. This post applies to all blogs & blog servers working ...

I have decided to try NewsGator for Outlook 2k3. I have set it all up and going to be test driving it for the evaluation period. If anyone has any tips on the best way to use NewsGator, feel free to just leave a comment.

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In my existing project I wanted to be able to store my User Interface Process configuration data OUTSIDE of my standard application configuration file (i.e. appname.exe.config or web.config). I felt that I was going to have a significant amount of navigational and process configuration data and I personally would be far happier storing it away from the standard config file. Perhaps I gave up too soon with the documentation and I am sure there is probably a sweeter way of achieving this requirement, ...
Thimal has collected a few tips with regard to Firefox. The one that caught my eye was this. “In particular the keys to do with content.notify.* give the illusion that the page loads faster, by forcing Gecko (the page rendering engine) to display part of the page while it's waiting for the rest to arrive.” – that’s in about:config ...
http://weblogs.asp.net/smgu... Good tips on interoperability between .Net and Java webservice, it goes on with defining datatypes in XSD, using NUnit, JUnit for testing, tracing, Date and time comparision , sending differnt datatypes - datamismatch and avoiding null values with sending arrays types, its good on its brief, it has valuable points in Feedback section. ...
Last night John Robbins spoke at the Montreal Visual Studio User's group meeting. He did a great talk about performance tuning for .NET applications as well as talking a little about perceptions and expectations that end users tend to have and a little about GUI design. John also talked about garbage collection and how misuse of long lived and short lived objects can greatly affect the GC and hence memory usage which impacts performance. Plus a whole bunch of tips for all sorts of stuff. What a great ...
I meant to add this last week, but I'm a slacker... GC.NUG First Meeting Notes (12/09/2004) As many of you know, we had our first meeting tonight. I'd like to thank all of you who could make it. I had a great time and met some great people. I hope all of you did too. A big thank you to Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet each month.Attendance was good! We had 34 names on the signin sheet, and I know a few more folks slipped in after we got started. I think it was around 37 total.We started things ...
Hello Just a quick reminder to everyone that we are hosting the first ever MSDN Canada chat today (1:00 PM EST – 2:00 PM EST). I did my best to line up amazing speakers for this chat à 6 of them: 2 Microsoft Canada specialists, 2 Regional Directors and 2 book authors. Now it’s up to you to take advantage of it. The topic for today’s chat is ‘Building Connected Systems’. I have seen these guys present at MSDN Deep Dives and I would highly recommend you to stop buy ...
Edit: The correct day is Tuesday the 14th, not Wednesday. Sorry about any confusion. John Robbins, the bug slayer, is speaking at the Montreal Visual Studio User's Group (GUVSM) meeting this coming week. See the GUVSM page for more details. Date: Tuessday, December 14th, 2004.Time: 18:15Subject: .NET Performance Tips and Tricks I'm really looking forward to this one. I may even be a total fanboy and bring my copy of Debugging Applications for Microsoft .NET and Microsoft Windows to get signed.... ...
eDave.org » Security News #5 postedJust wanna plug Dave's security-podcast this morning, having just listened to the 5th installment. He has some good security tips for everyone, though they won't be new to most people here, hopefully ;)One thing that I noticed is that Dave's podcast seems to be slanted mostly towards home computer use. Though this is great, its not my own primary field of interest when it comes to security. I wonder if he will be focussing on corperate security any time in future? ...
For the last few weeks I have been working on deploying chats infrastructure for MSDN Canada website. The previous version had some limitations --> it required certain ports to be open. The new chat, Chats 2.0, are completely web based. Port 80!!!! So what's this chatting with microsoft experts, book authors title? Developers are picky, so if they have questions, they want expert answers to it. For the 3 chats I scheduled so far I lined up AWESOME experts for topics in BizTalk, Security and Gaming. ...
Hi, haven't written here for the longest time... I'm still looking for a new job, since there are no really interesting offers flowing in (and I still have my old job), I'm still not making that move. Also there is a chance of salary rising at my current place of work - so I don't want to leave before that. For the issue at hand, we are contemplating starting a move to .NET in our product. for those who haven't had the pleasure of knowing me yet, lets just say, I've been a programmet here for the ...
Guest entry by Marck Pearlstone Here is a short overview of the sessions held on the ESWC in Strasbourg this weekend. Saturday, November 7, 2004 Welcome by ... Didn't happen - the Mayor was busy with a council vote and couldn't get away Bits and Pixels - Increase your shareware revenues by focusing on what's important Mark-Jan Harte provided some clear insights into how to manage a product life-cycle in 3 major stages - Development, Growth and Maturity A Global Solution for a Global Economy Brant ...
Lately I have bought myself few digital goods that I am going to play with for a while. Nearly 10 days back I bought myself a digital Camera. The Camera is Kodak DX 6490 . This is my first digital Camera. The camera is 4 Mega Pixel and 10x Optical Zoom with very professional looks (atleast I think that). I am not into photography but want to get my steps into it and atleast want to make myself capable enough to take good photos. My wife loves photos and she loves getting photos taken of her. Any ...
Seems like a lot of bloggers in our community are expecting to be fathers soon. This list includes me so I thought I would share a book I have found useful during the prenancy. The book is titled The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be and thus far (5th month) the book is very good. It is a month-by-month guide that lets you know what your child's mother is going through. Along with these tips and facts, it covers financial advice to prepare you for the birth and other helpful ...
Here is the excellent post written by Marie Hagman. This is one of the post where you can find comprehensive details about “how to file a good bug report”. Update the post a bit to make more generic. Which Bugs Get fixed? To make the most impact on the product you want to spend the most time on the issues that are most likely to be fixed. Bugs that get fixed: Affect many customers Are embarrassing or do not convey professionalism. Ex: fit and finish bugs Are easy to fix Bugs that less ...

If you work with SQL Server 2000 and FOR XML functionality, you curse Query Analyzer probably as often as I do.  Here are some tips for improving the output:

  1. In QA, set “Maximum Characters per Column” setting to 2033
  2. Execute DBCC TRACEON(257) to pretty-print the XML output

http://www.winnetmag.com/SQLServer/Article/ArticleID/20698/20698.html

I am sitting here at the La Quinta Inn in Austin, TX watching Oprah. It's “Back to School Makeovers” with Tyra Banks, great stuff. Anyway, tonight I speak at Scott Bellware's .NET User Group on ASP.NET Tips and Tricks, should be a great night. I was thinking about Friday night, when Sheri and I were at Chevy's having some great Mexican food. Who walks in but John Nash, the luminary mathematician from Princeton University whom the movie “A Beautiful Mind” was based. I was too ...
Lately I have started using Microsoft Powerpoint extensively for my presentation needs, both work wise and with online collaboration and at the University subjects that I am doing. I have been taking tips from 'Beyond Bullet' and this article from Microsoft comes handy on time. It is called “Presenting with PowerPoint: 10 dos and don'ts”. Tejas Patel ...
Don Sorcinelli has posted his materials from the Mobile Developer Day in Waltham. Check his post out here. You can get the C# source or the VB.Net source to his compact framework .net tips and tricks talk as well as the Powerpoint slides. Even if you didn't get to come up to the Mobile Dev Day, check out the slides and the demos, great stuff there! Also, check out Don's BostonPocketPC site, and guess what, his NEW BLOG! First Duane, and now Don. Two more blogs to definitely add to your list! ...
Well from being there and talking to others who attended, Thom's Mobile Dev Day in Waltham MA was a great success. Thom did a great introduction to the .net compact framework and the features and caveats of mobile dev. Next Duane gave an awesome demo of occasionally connected applications and their development. I see Duane posted his code samples on his shiny new blog. After lunch Chris Pels gave us some great insight on data storage and SQL CE. Don Sorcinelli ended the afternoon with an very interesting, ...
Here are a few links to tutorials, help, tips or notes available on different testing tools on the net: Mercury: 1. WinRunner User Guide: http://www.wilsonmar.com/do... 2. Abridged WinRunner User Guide is available at: http://www.qualtech-int.com... 3. A WinRunner Tutorial is available at: http://www.csee.usf.edu/~nj... 4. WinRunner Tutorial: http://www.wilsonmar.com/do... 5. TSL (Test Script Language) Reference ...
New XML Tools in Visual Studio 2005 (by Ken Levy) To make sure subscribers of the VS Data team blog don't miss it, I just made a detailed entry in my blog. I copied here here so those who subscribe to this blog don't miss it. The VS Data team in the Visual Studio group sponsors the XML tools being created by the WebData team in the SQL Server group. We are seeking feedback on the features and experiences with the XML tools in beta 1 of Visual Studio 2005, please send us feedback. There is a new An ...
OK, the email in my in box this morning makes it even more official. Windows Mobile Developer Day is coming to Microsoft New England. If you're anywhere near Waltham MA or New England in general, get your mobile butt out to this event. So far the agenda looks great : 8:30 – 9:00 – Registration9:00 – 10:30 - .NET Compact Framework Overview 10:30 – 10:45 – Break10:45 – 12:00 – Occasionally-Connected Application Development12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch1:00 ...
Andy Oram links me to CAcert. CAcert is a free digital certificate provider. Welcome to CAcert, the community non-profit Certificate Authority. If you are looking to have your web browser trust our certificates, please install our root certificate. Alternatively you can check the validity of the certificate. CAcert's goal is to promote awareness and education on computer security through the use of encryption, specifically with the X.509 family of standards. We have compiled a document base that ...
I was recently approached to build a small application (data management app) for a long time customer of my firm. Since we began discussing this new project, I have been spending every spare minute learning as much as I can of the new technologies that is (or soon will be available) at my finger tips with Visual Studio 2005, and how some of these new technologies could be implemented into this new project. But I find myself being forced to consider a tool that I have relied on for such similar projects ...
OK, it may look or seem a little teenage-girlie, but I finally gave in to needs and got myself a T-mobile Sidekick. 2 network admins we contract from time to time had them, and since I first saw them checking their email on it, I knew I *needed* one. I picked mine up over the web from OnTheGo. The email function is straight forward enough, easy to use and it can snag a few POP accounts if you want it to. One of my biggest contract gigs relies on AOL IM to communicate, so that feature works great ...
During this month around april 18/20th. I had a request coming in for speakers from SqlCon to talk about sql performance and related things at an internal only discussion with the DBA's and MCDBA enthusiasts working out at Microsoft IBDC. The scene was set to conduct this session when most of the DBA's were around which happens to be in the middle of the night when shift changes occur. I happened to discuss with Viswanath and Veerji Wangoo and we went ahead and yeah late in the night we did our session ...
Good Bye San Diego I am packing to leave sunny (yes-at last) Southern California. As I pack, I remember that I had an action item from the Women In Technlogoy Luncheon. At the end of the event I met Esther Schindler, Site Editor from Ziff Davis Media and she echoed the thoughts of the panelists in that a great way to get known in the industry is to write articles. So ladies and gentleman, if you're interested in submitting , please send Esther articles: esther@bitranch.com Wrap-up I spent yesterday ...
Steve Rubel links me to an article on how real estate agents are using blogs as a tool now. I think it is a great idea and has many advantages. Apart from the fact that real estate agents can use them to advertise or market about their clients, they can also periodically hand out tips that clients should be aware of while buying or selling real estate, there can be tips on renting of properties and a lot. Allmost all the real estate agents I know have their websites and to link those blogs to their ...
Been here, done this, have the t-shirt...Check it out! http://groups.msn.com/TechE... Yes. My colleague Candice Pedersen and I joined the TechEdBloggers.Net group tonite for a little get-together. Looks like we may even schedule a breakout session on Thursday at lunch. I had to leave early to get back and make some session updates, but Kevin and Drew said they may just do a session! I will update CommNet and the housekeeping monitors as soon as they ...
The Inside Microsoft Office newsletter just arrived with an item that struck a chord with me. I have been accused of being a PowerPoint Ranger occasionally. This can be bad in the military since you become a reference for everyone's PowerPoint problems. I have to spend way too much time in this program myself to help fix everyone else's problems. Anyway, the newsletter has a great lead item: How to prevent PowerPoint file corruptionPowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford tells you how to avoid risking corruption ...
OK, I still have'nt caught up with Technical Careers @ Microsoft blog, but I just read a nice entry on it about a question that is frequently asking in job interviews and quite a few other places,”what do you think are your strength and weaknesses ?”. I think this is a very important question, not just from a job or interview point of view but also on a personal level. Knowing your own strenght and weaknesses not only helps you to make yourself a better person but also than you know where ...