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Exception Handling Application Block in Enterprise Library
I have to admit, I was under-whelmed in my first pass over the documentation for the new Enterprise Library. After all the hype, I expected to see more dramatic differences in functionality. My first impression was that the changes were mostly in refactoring the existing blocks. However, as I started to take a deeper look, features started to pop out at me. For example, the new Exception Handling Application Block. The new Exception Handling Application Block goes way beyond the old Exception Management ......

Posted On Saturday, January 29, 2005 1:25 AM

Second Day of .NET in Columbus, Ohio
Registration for the second Day of .NET in Columbus, Ohio is now open. The event is on Friday, February 25th. This is a repeat of the content we did at the previous Day of .NET on January 21, 2005. Hopefully, this time James Avery and Steve Caravajal can make it. Get more information at Register at See you there ......

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2005 5:55 PM

VSTO 2005 Presentation
I gave a presentation to the .NET Developers Group in Central Ohio tonight on Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005. It went pretty well, except for two rude<jk> people in the audience (not mentioning any names...uh...Dave Donaldson and Brian Prince). They let me know exactly when I said something very stupid, which actually happens quite often. Tonight it is was me telling people that I had 500mb (instead of 512mb or 1/2gig) of memory in my computer and that someone “more smarter” ......

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2005 12:01 AM

Hina Matsuri
We received a special package from our family in Japan today. It is our Hina-Ningyo set - a set of beautiful Japanese dolls that we will display until March 3. Our set is pictured at the left. Its beautiful! We couldn't believe it made the whole trip and was still in great condition. March 3 is a holiday in Japan called Hina Matsuri. It is also called Girl Day and is a day that Japanese families with young daughters celebrate to ensure their daughter's future happiness. I'm not sure what all the ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 12:25 AM

Day of .NET a Success
We had our first Day of .NET in Columbus, Ohio this past Friday. It was a great success and a lot of fun! We had right around 100 attendees and the room was packed. Check out the pictures here. I delivered my “Building Web Services” presentation. I decided to not use slides this time since our sessions were only about 50 minutes in length. The presentation goes through the concept of a SOAP envelope and shows how the protocols compose together by starting with a basic ASMX service and ......

Posted On Monday, January 24, 2005 12:07 AM

.NET Celebrity Auction for Aceh Aid at IDEP

Go bid on Ebay for the .NET Celebrity Auction and support the continuing relief efforts in Asia to help victims of the Tsunami.

Posted On Sunday, January 23, 2005 11:43 PM

Big Surprise in Small Business Server 2003
Once upon a time, I was an infrastructure man and I spent some time in the trenches supporting Small Business Server (SBS) for small businesses in the Columbus area. I can remember wrestling with the SBS administration consoles and feeling like the interface was making tasks harder even though the purpose was to make tasks easier. The cause was probably that I also spent plenty of time supporting enterprise networks on full versions of Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 and knew exactly how to accomplish ......

Posted On Thursday, January 13, 2005 3:50 PM

AntiSpyware Alert

I installed the new Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta yesterday. This morning, this great alert popped up when I tried to drag Trillian into my Startup menu. I wish I had this application when I installed Quicktime on my machine. There are a few things I would have declined.

Posted On Friday, January 7, 2005 11:01 AM

Is Client-Side Scripting the Next Big Thing?
After listening to a few conversations and a discussion I had with a recruiter today, I can’t help but wonder if client-side scripting will be the hot topic of choice for this year. I know it has been around since early versions of web browsers, but let me explain. If you’ve been watching Google, you know that they have released several new projects that go beyond simple web applications. Notably, there was Gmail. If you haven’t already heard, Gmail is Google’s free e-mail ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 11:09 PM

Day of .NET Sold Out

Wow! 36 hours after we advertised and blogged about the event, all 120 seats for our Day of .NET are filled up. It's safe to say there is some demand for .NET training in Central Ohio.

We're already discussing what we'll do for a second event, so stay tuned.

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 10:18 PM

Day of .NET in Columbus
A group of us are putting on a Day of .NET presentations in Columbus free to the the public. Here's the description from Dave Donaldson: Want to be a part of an ever-growing .NET developer community? Want to get knee-deep into code with some of the area’s technology leaders? And do you want it for free? Well, your opportunity has arrived with the first ever Day of .NET in Columbus. The event will be held at the Microsoft office in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, January 21, 2005 (yes, this is a little ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 4, 2005 10:57 PM

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