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I looked at the DataObjects.NET (http://www.x-tensive.com) website like i always do, and noticed that they have change their licensing model and their product is actually cheaper and very well broken down into internal, personal, small business and enterprise. After going through the presentations for v3.9, i should say i fell in love with the idea of not having to think about the database side of thing, but to rather concentrate of the business layer and the business rules and interface of the application. ...

Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay.

Ray Ozzie talks about the future of software and Microsoft's take on new software foundations. Mobile platforms increasling important. New software and activation codes for new services will be made available.

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No, it's not the PDC 2008 World Champion Darts competition, but actually it is one of the coolest conferences on the planet. Microsoft's PDC 2008 (which stands for Professional Developer Conference) is a conference that is focused on the future Microsoft technologies. While TechEd is focused on the here and now - PDC focuses on things that are coming in the next 18 months or so. This is by far my favorite conference as there is quite a bit of energy and the crowd is excited and hungry for knowledge. ...
Reminder: October 2008 Tampa Bay IASA Meeting Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA October meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. "Fix the Architecture" - Open Discussion We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at ...
Just a reminder that the Tampa Bay IASA October meeting is tonight starting at 6:30 PM. "Fix the Architecture" - Open Discussion We have a great group of members with a variety of experience, so bring your architecture problems and leverage those experiences and creativity to help solve them. This is an open discussion format and depending on how many people we have and how many problems we may split up into small groups or try to solve problems one at a time. Please bring your topics to discuss. ...
Having not ever been to the PDC before, only TechEd (x9), MEC (x2) and WWPC (x2), and I am curious to attend my first one. I have also never been to LA before so this should be a double mint of traveling pleasure. I hope I see some celebrities eating ice cream at a sidewalk cafe like in the magazines my wife always reads! :) Plus I love me some Mexican food and there has to be some good stuff in LA! I started up the TweetDeck filter for PDC and there is a lot of traffic and a good buzz going already. ...
Date: December 2 Time: 9am - 12:00am Location: New Horizons of MN 4510 W 77th St Suite 210 Edina MN 55435 Registration Link: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Objectives This a joint session presented by New Horizons of MN and Inetium that will explore the various content management capabilities of SharePoint 2007 for managing documents, records and web content. This session will include a number of demonstrations and tips on how to get started using SharePoint for content management. ...
Date: October 23 Time: 9am - 12:00am Location: New Horizons of MN 4510 W 77th St Suite 210 Edina MN 55435 Registration Link: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Seminar Overview This session will explore the various Business Intelligence options available from Microsoft and how they integrate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This session will include a number of demonstrations and tips on how to get started using SharePoint for business intelligence. Topics to ...
CSS Variations in a MOSS Website Part 10 discusses some bonus tips for applying CSS variations in MOSS, by using the Page Layout method or the Subsite method. Here is a PDF file of the slides featured in this screencast ...
Tips for Styling the Navigation Control Part 9 demonstrates some tips for how to style the menu control in MOSS. Here is a PDF file of the slides featured in this screencast ...
(Sorry A blog post in Dutch about day 2 of a software conference in the Netherlands) Vandaag (7 okt) was het dag #2 van de SDN Conference. Zelfde opzet als dag #1 alleen 1 sessie ronde minder, maar daardoor niet minder interessant. De volgende sessies had ik op mn lijstje staan voor vandaag: DB.04 Rock Star Common Table Expressions door Stephen Forte Common table expressions (CTE) is een nieuwe feature in SQL 2005/2008. CTE is erg handig voor recursive queries, ranking en voor het zoeken naar dubbele ...
This weeks' meetings: WHO: Bill Reiss, MVP Silverlight WHEN: Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 6:30PM WHERE: Answers Systems (Directions) WHAT: A Night of Silverlight2 - Bill Reiss (MVP-Silverlight) will be giving us an introductory talk on Silverlight with emphasis on using the design tools (using both Expression Blend and Visual Studio) to build Silverlight apps. Along the way he'll show us some tips and tricks for working with Silverlight2. And it's Bill talking so, of course, the night will most certainly ...
Review : Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2007 Best Practices by Ben Curry (Author), Bill English (Author) Unlike some other Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 books that either talk about technical implementation of the product or delve only into the planning for a new implementation this book covers them all from Planning, Implementation and deployment of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007. The book is full of real world scenarios and point the reader to the best practices learned on the field by the author ...
In this post: Mike Snow, Bill Reiss, Jesse Liberty, Harsh Bardhan, Tim Heuer, Matthias Shapiro, and Jeff Wilcox Bill Reiss has posted Silverlight Sports Game Contest Results... I blogged Andy Beaulieu's win yesterday, but go look at the others! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Tip of the Day #47 – How to Implement a Password Box I've heard the term 'dog days', but in Mike Snow's case, it's like dog years... folks, we've just gone through 7 Tips of the Day in 24 hours! ... and that doesn't count ...
I can describe my feeling of mgration from TFS 2005 to TFS 2008 in one word-NIGHTMARE. Summary of recommendations. 1.Create combined TFS 2008+SP1 setup as described in http://www.woodwardweb.com/... and in the latest Team Foundation Installation Guide 2. Read Team Foundation Installation Guide ,Upgrade TFS 2005 to 2008 , Tips for upgrading from TFS2005 to TFS2008 3. If you are using fully-qualified domain names (FQDN, e.g., tfsserver.mycompany.com) , replace the FQDN with NetBios ...
Date: October 28 Join MSDN Events for the latest tips, tools and technical information you need to build powerful applications and engaging user experiences. We’ll show you how SQL Server 2008 delivers new development capabilities, including support for Spatial Data types, a fresh storage mechanism and more. You’ll also learn how to leverage the Silverlight platform to build next generation applications for consumers and business, and how Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) ...
Recently Sara Ford passed the 300+ mark for her Visual Studio Tips & Tricks section. See gives some usefull tips to work better and faster with Visual Studio 2005/2008. You can find them here: Visual Studio 2005 Tip of the Day Visual Studio 2008 Tip of the Day From: http://blogs.msdn.com/vbtea... ...
SQL Tips for Learning a new Database The hardest part of writing SQL statements is in understanding the database that you are working with. The raw mechanics of SQL for the most part are fairly straight forward. Often times really complex SQL statements point to business logic showing up where it doesn’t belong. The hard part about learning a database is the lack of consistency and documentation. Data diagrams are often of little help. Diagrams are good for an overview and to get a list of tables, ...
Jeff Weber released "Diver", Mike Snow on Bookmarks and Terence Tsang on 3D Image Space. Want to know what controls are coming down the Silverlight Trail? Checkout Shawn Burke's Control Freak article... and check out the team members, too! Corey Schuman has an intrigueing app of images in 3D space floating around. He says he's going to work on zooming in and out. Check out what he has now. Jonas Follesø reports that Developer Build of Chrome (1251) fixes Silverlight 2 bugs, and check out the updates ...
Website: http://www.nhmn.com/Courses... Class Overview This three-day, instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to write MDX expressions, calculations and queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services in order to implement the most demanding requirements for a Business Intelligence project. This course was written by Chris Webb, a mentor with Solid Quality Learning. He is a specialist in Analysis Services and MDX, is a co-author of the ...
Website: www.ncbisig.org When: September 12, 2008 Location: Microsoft Office Time: 1pm - 4:30pm Meeting Details *note the new meeting date of September 12 and the time is 1:00pm at Microsoft Session 1: Spreadmart to Data Mart Conversion by Dan English, Magenic Session 2: Business Intelligence Requirements: How Business Analysis should be conducted to Ensure a Successful BI Initiative Spreadmart to Data Mart Conversion Everybody probably has spreadmarts somewhere in their organization. They start ...
We are less than 2 months away from MindSurf 2008. We have finalized our schedule and have posted it online. Visit www.mindsurfmn.com for more information. If you are interested in registering, mention this blog posting and recieve $100 off the registration fee MindSurf 2008 Join local business professionals on October 28 for an educational event to learn about business trends and technologies for Business and HR Professionals, Design and Web Specialists, Project Managers and Business Analysts. You’ll ...
Michael Washington on Silverlight Desktop for DNN, Corey Schuman with Play/Paus button, Shawn Wildermuth on Project Rosetta, Koen Zwikstra on disposing of objects, Mike Snow on Full-screen mode and creating shadows, and Ken with XAML on demand. Shawn Wildermuth uploaded a new version of the code for his SL2/Data Services article on MSDN. Shawn also announed the addition of my friend Erik Mork to the staff of Silverlight Tour... now that's advantageous for all involved, and congratulations to both ...
I figured all the smart people I know have a blog so why shouldn't I? This blog will contain entries on all types of technology that I think would be useful to other collegues out there in the world. I don't like to blab, so most of my post will be straight and to the point! I like Tips and Tricks alot since those tend to be the "Cool" types of posts you read, so hopefully you will enjoy them. So again welcome to my blog and thanks for reading! PS - The 1.21 Gigawatts title is there because that's ...
Document Approval and Transfer a document to another library within the same site/sub-site. Scope: Imagine you have a document library where you keep all documents/PDFs which are pending and thus require approval before sending them to another document library for everyone to view. In this tutorial I created a form in which the user either approves or reject the document together with a comment (mostly used if user rejects and wants to write down what he wants changed). If the user’s choice was that ...
Microsoft SharedView - a free LiveMeeting for the masses. [Sorta.] Rock on! http://www.connect.microsof... Not sure how much easier does this get: Microsoft SharedView is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use SharedView to put your heads together and collaborate - create, convey, and communicate…across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details. Some important ...
Page Brooks with CoolMenu and Custom Collections for Controls, Bill Reiss on Calling WCF on local server, Mike Snow on Fast Sprite Animation, Tom Fischer on getting a color or brush from a string, Shawn Wildermuth on User Controls Base Classes, Tim Heuer on MS CRM, and Jesse Liberty on Getting Started with SL. From SilverlightCream.com: CoolMenu: A Silverlight Menu Control Page Brooks posted a very nice menu... I'd call it a Toolbar, but in this SL2B2 create-your-own-paradigm world, it is what it ...
Blogging so that I can find these again when I have time to watch them...:) Ø Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Susan Sauls Ø Intro to SQL Server Data Services, Soumitra Sengupta Ø The Spy Who Hacked Me! , Alex Smolen, Rudolph Araujo Ø How Microsoft SQL Server Helps You to Lower Your Cost of Storage, Torsten Grabs Ø Microsoft System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008: Overview, Edwin Yeun Ø A Hackers Diary: How I Can Hack Your Vulnerable Services and How You Can Stop Me, Marcus Murray Ø Advances ...
I've posted several new ReSharper tips of the Day to to Fooberry.com. One of the most interesting ones in my opinion is the ability for ReSharper to generate the overriden Equals method. Read more here at Fooberry.com.
So there I was, trying out a multithreading example and stepping through the process. It was much like a lot of the same code I'd written to practice the methodology. Unfortunately, it wedged when I attempted to update a control from my new thread that was created in the main UI thread. I would expect this to be a problem, of course, but wasn't sure how to handle it (I think previous versions of .Net would have allowed me to update the control cross-thread). I look at the error and this is how it ...
SilverlightOnly Panorama Viewer, Alex Golesh on Isolated Storage, Mike Snow on moving the XAP, Changing the XAP name, and Changing the cursor, Corey Schuman on Drag and Drop, and Jeff Paries animation book. If you're also into WPF, checkout the 3-part series Jaime Rodriguez did on the WPF datagrid. From SilverlightCream.com: 360° Panorama Viewer 2D The team at SilverlightOnly sent this to me this morning just as I was leaving and I was jammed up all day. This is a very cool viewer! I haven't investigated ...
The much awaited Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now RTM !! While we have talked about the .NET 3.5 SP1 features for a long time now, the RTM release marks something special for Web Developers. You would be able to build and deploy real world applications and use some of the cool features like Dynamic Data. Before installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1, it is recommended to run the Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack Preparation Tool. The tool can be downloaded from here This tool ...
MPI (Meeting Planners International) Monthly Meeting Website: www.mnmpi.org Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Topic: Marvelous Meetings: Kick-off Event & Committee Sign-up Kick off the 2008-2009 MPI MN year at its August meeting where you will be able to hone your leadership skills as well as be “educated” by committees from MPI MN including Membership, Education, Finance, Community Outreach, Leadership, and Communications. Each of these committees will be showcasing what they offer to our chapter ...
MindSurf 2008 Conference When: October 28, 2008 Where: The Westin in Edina Cost: Regular rate: $399; Early Bird Rate: $349; *****Mention that you saw this out on my blog and I'll get you in for $299 Website: www.mindsurfmn.com Join local business professionals for an educational event to learn about business trends and technologies for Business and HR Professionals, Design and Web Specialists, Project Managers and Business Analysts. You’ll walk away with tools needed to incorporate your new skill ...
Request for Speakers: New Horizons of MN Career Development and Job Fair Combined Job Fair and Education Fair in one event! When: November 25, 2008 Where: The Northland Inn in Brooklyn Center Please contact Brandy Favilla, Event and Solutions Manager, with any questions or to receive the full speakers packet. bfavilla@nhmn.com or 952.896.6834. What is this event? New Horizons of MN is excited to bring you a new opportunity to educate, inform and build connections in our community. The New Horizons ...
Request for Speakers: New Horizons of MN MindSurf 2008 Conference An Educational Wave of Technology, People and Ideas When: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Location: The Westin in Edina If you are interested in speaking, please contact Brandy Favilla (bfavilla@nhmn.com or 952-896-6834) for a full "Request for Speakers" application packet. Speaking slots are not based on sponsorship levels, so everyone is encouraged to submit one or more topics for consideration. What is MindSurf? New Horizons of MN excited ...
In Visual Studio I like to use shortkey Alt-B,U to start build of the current project. However in VS 2008 team edition it doesn't start the build, but just opens menu and waits for extra "Enter" click. The reason is that on the Build menu,there is extra "Queue new build" menu item with the same u shortcut, which conflicts with "Build Project" menu item. The issue reported to MS Connect and they told, that it is fixed in a future release. Is it possible to change alt shortkeys for standard menu items? ...
I've started a new blog to be the home of my ReSharper tips of the day, Fooberry.com. Hopefully it'll draw as much attention as this blog has, although I am afraid most of the views to the page come through the GeeksWithBlogs.net main feed.

I hope everyone visits and enjoys Fooberry.com, where sweetness has no context.
Considerations of Using Excel Data Sources in SSIS 2005 & Designing a Secure SQL Server 2008 Solution Date: August 19, 2008 Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Visit www.mnssug.org to register Topic One: Considerations of Using Excel Data Sources in SSIS 2005 Speaker: Mark Vaillancourt, Digineer When connecting to Excel, SSIS uses the Jet provider, which expects an Access database by default. Since Excel is not a database, nor does it tend to act like one, particularly with respect to data type consistency ...
Denislav Savkov on VSM, Mino with a SL PhotoGallery, Alex Golesh on app performance, Avi Pilosof with "War on Terrier", Michael Schwarz reports SL2B2 update, Alex Knight on VSM, Peter McGrattan on initialization via SL server control, Lee on DataGrids and ListBoxes, and David Anson on shrinking XAPs. Open notice to Tim Heuer, Brad Abrams, and Karen Corby just to name a few ... you should send email to xclusivesalman at yahoo dot com (Mashook Talpur - 26-167 cantt bazar, Karachi Sind, Pakistan) because ...
Mark Monster on SL Networking (2), Andy Beaulieu on finding XAML elements, chrishayuk with SL2 Wee Mee, and Mike Snow Animating a rotating image and setting browser cookies with SL. If you don't know who Chad Campbell is, shame on you... and a big hint --- he's NOT my son! Chad's been working on a great Silverlight 2 book for quite a while and soon we're all going to benefit from his undertaking. Moving in that direction, Chad is going to have a Halo 3 discussion of his book, feedback, and discussion ...
Due to much frustration and lost time, I'll try to summarize in this post the "naming" conventions to be used when defining and/or referencing IDs (some of which are, in fact, GUIDs, and others contain GUIDs) in Sharepoint 2007. If you're thinking "what the heck?! aren't GUIDs always the same format?!" you're half-right: they should be, but not in sharepoint. So if you're a newbie to sharepoint 2007 (or wss 3.0) like me, the following tips regarding how element id's should be written might save you ...
“Foundations of Programming, Building Better Software” is a new eBook by Karl Seguin. The book does not say in its introduction that it’s all ALT.NET-ish, it starts by introducing what ALT.NET is, it's goals etc, afterwards, all the topics the book covers are inspired by ALT>NET frequent topics. This includes Domain Driven Design (DDD), Dependency Injection (DI), Object Relational Mapping (ORMs), Mocking, etc… Here’s what Channel9 had to say about it (which is how I originally found it too): Karl ...
Fresh from the successful completion of his "30 Days of .NET Windows Mobile Applications" (quite an impressive feat I might add), fellow Mobile Geek Chris Craft has started a new series based on one of his well received Code Camp presentations focusing on Visual Studio Tips & Tricks...he now presents "31 Days of Visual Studio 2008 Tips & Tricks". Check it out if you haven't had a chance to catch him at a Code Camp near you ...

I almost jumped the gun and sent out two tips of the day because this one was so cool. When you are browsing the source of some other class and want to go back to the source you were changing, press CTRL + Shift + Backspace and it will take you back to the place in the code where last change you made.

That’s not cool enough for you? Press it again it’ll go to your change before that. Press it again and you get the idea.

I have decided to start a blog, I plan on posting solutions & tips for other developers to use in all things .NET and also post any other interesting facts and activities that I feel would be of importance to others. I also hope that readers of this blog may be able to help with providing answers to my questions too. Anyway, I am currently working on 2 projects over on Code Plex (there is a 3rd in the pipeline-that uses these 2 libraries): www.codeplex.com/DotNetLibrary The Dot Net Library contains ...
How do you thank someone who's friendship and support has changed your life? I'm going to try to do it by letting you all know how wonderful this specific person is… Betsy Weber and I met in person at the first PowerPoint Live. It was like a spark that just kept growing. If you don't know Betsy, she is the Chief Evangelist for TechSmith corporation. They make SnagIt, Camtasia, Jing, Morea, and ScreenCast.com. I used SnagIt long before I knew Betsy. Sharing tips about SnagIt and PowerPoint started ...
Jaime Rodriguez on DeepZoom, Pete Brown on on Publish/Subscribe pattern in SL, Shawn Wildermuth on XAML Controls, Tim Heuer on new Videos, Bill Reiss on SLStreaming, Philip Beadle on File Uploader, Adam Kinney with updated GamerCard, Brad Abrams focused on Data, Scott Barnes on DeepZoom, SilverlightSDK on MSDN Searching, Mike Snow on SL Transparency and SL Policy Server. From SilverlightCream.com: Working with Collections in Deep Zoom. Jaime Rodriguez almost snuck this one by me, but I caught it ...
Platform Builder: Fmerge Tips and Tricks Fmerge is a file merge utility that runs when you run makeimg. Fmerge is used to concatenate and process bib, reg, dat, db and nls files. Each file type is handled in a different way. Tip1, check the makeimg output. The makeimg output includes the fmerge command line for each file type. This can be valuable for understanding which file is included when, and the name of the output file that is created. I will leave it to you to review the command line to check ...
Session 1: Writing Better Code by Jason Bock (Magenic) Jason spent the first few minutes going over what makes good code and what makes bad code before jumping into (in my opinion) the best part of the talk, where he shows bad code on screen and has the audience discuss why it's bad. Most of the time, he gets the expected answer, but there are the occasional curveballs. After spending some time on the code examples, Jason covers our motivation for writing good code (productivity, maintenance, being ...