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ONET.XML Part 4 is the real difference in the site definition we are creating and those offered in many books and blogs. Except for the methodology I am presenting, I haven’t really offered anything new! Today we will start to deviate. The ONET.xml file is fairly simple when you get to using it a few times! The ONET.XML file I am proposing is very simple and not much in it except for some OOTB xml and the only thing that will change in this instance is adding all the features we have created and ...
For the last 1 1/2 years I have browsed and used content from hundreds of blogs that I have researched in the performance of my position as a SharePoint developer. I have needed to do this as SharePoint 2007 has many books which have shallow dives into the API only a few offer insights into “Best Practices” and the best way to accomplish SharePoint customizations. This blog entry is some pay back for all those bloggers whom I have used to ensure successful engagements. In the last 16 months I have ...
PDC is starting today (well, the pre-conference is, and the conference starts tomorrow) and I reached Los Angeles last night. The trip went well, even though we started (and arrived) one hour later than planned. Yesterday I joined Mike Brown and Bill Reiss for dinner, and then called it a night. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Bart Deleye pointed me to this nice site called Shelfari. This site allows you to share the books you've read, the books you liked, ratings, reviews, ... I know this has been done before. I just liked the application's smoothness. Visit shelfari and tell me if you liked it. My bookshelf can be found here: http://www.shelfari.com/o15... I also have this bookshelf widget on the side of my blog ...
Exciting half day training on Silverlight 2 Data Access. About 10 seats left for this event. Sing up now! Posted on 8/26/2008 2:10:31 PM Day of Silverlight 2.0 - Data Access - with John Papa Friday, October 24, 2008 While Silverlight empowers developers to use their .NET and XAML skills to develop Rich Internet Applications, it also can be used to build data driven Silverlight applications that communicate with multi-tier architectures. This session will demonstrate how to build Silverlight 2 applications ...
Microsoft SharePoint 2007 for Dummies by Vanessa L. Williams As soon as I got my job as a SharePoint programmer, I was given a couple of books to get familiar with SharePoint as a server. One of the books is Vanessa L. Williams’ “Microsoft SharePoint 2007 For Dummies”. Most of the book focuses on: Tips and features of the server Detailed step by step information to configure a SharePoint Server Set up sites Granting access to users Creating personal sites Data and business management Ways on how ...
After talking more and more with my classmates at University of Phoenix, it has become clear that many of them do not know the first thing about programming, but they are eager to learn more. When I was asked what’s a good book for beginners, I really do not have the answer. Personally, programming didn’t make sense to me until I had my first course in C. I had tried to learn from books prior to that point, but I was never successful. The books always made ridiculous assumptions about the individual’s ...
The Igloo Coder is making his way east to present to the 4 atlantic .NET user groups. He'll be in Fredericton on Thursday October 23 to present to F.NUG. Pass the word to anyone you know who's working with .NET. Here's the details. Date: Oct-23-2008 Time: Meet and greet @ 6:30 - presentation from 7 - 9pm Location: UNB Campus, ITC building - room GC127 Topic: Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming Presented by: Donald Belcham Notes: If you read MSDN, books or attend the average conference, you ...
Review "MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-503): Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Communication Foundation (PRO-Certification)" http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-... I like this series of books (SPTK - Self-Paced Training Kit) because the short theory here is always ended with real world examples. And these examples shows how the product is used in the real situations, to solve the ...
Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Blake and this is my first blog post ever! I have been wanting to start a blog for the last couple of years but... well... you know how things go... :) I plan this blog to be used for different purposes: family stuff, fun staff, rants, venting, and of course computer programing and methodologies! So let me tell you a little bit more about myself: I'm a Missourian. I have lived in Kansas City, Missouri most my life. I went to University of Missouri-Rolla for my ...
In the Baton Rouge Area with as open Tuesday afternoon? Check out the SQL Server Users Group Meeting this week. Location: At Lamar Advertising Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Sponsored By: FuelTrac Presenter: Mike Huguet BIO Mike is an Enterprise Solutions Architect for Sparkhound, Inc. with over 9 years of experience in developing business solutions for Enterprise, Mid-market, and governmental customers. Five of those years have been as a consultant working with clients such as Jiffy ...
The Useless Introduction You Used To :) This post has taken so long to be started in writing. I’ve been busy with many events in my life lately. Suffering from frequent limited internet access lately, and, all this moving between companies thing has been eating me. And yes, I admit, I' have been as tired and more honestly lazy as you expected me to be! Hey, there’s a little warning. This post is not exactly for my usual audience. I’m sorry, but introducing Domain Driven Design is not one of the goals ...
So I’m looking to make a purchase to learn more about design patterns. In Code Complete, Steve McConnell makes mention of design patterns very briefly, and I think it would be beneficial for me to go into more depth of my understanding. Currently I’m considering either Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by the GOF or Head First Design Patterns. Amazingly both books have 249 reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon. Personally, I think that I might benefit more from the in depth ...
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 ...
Some interesting books are going to be released later this year and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now. Concurrent Programming on Windows by Joe Duffy Nov 2008 Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries (2nd Edition) by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams Nov 2008 Windows® Internals: Including Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Fifth Edition by Mark Russinovich and David A. Solomon Nov 2008 Programming Entity Framework by Julia Lerman Jan 2009 Data ...
In this issue: Denislav Savkov, Martin Mihaylov, Matthias Shapiro, Mike Snow, Terence Tsang, Jesse Liberty, and Bill Reiss From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight rendering performance in different browsers Denislav Savkov of SilverlightShow has done some SL Performance across various browsers... interesting data and results DataGrid and row details in Silverlight 2 Martin Mihaylov, also of SilverlightShow, Continues with the next installation of the DataGrid exploration in Silverlight 2, and has ...
I’ve been doing development professionally now for maybe 18 months and my experiences over the last 8 months in an agile shop have made me realise just how much there is to know in the development arena and, more importantly, how much I would like to know in order to be really creative in my job and produce truly excellent software. In my previous job, I used a text editor to write Perl. There was no such thing as unit testing and copying and pasting was viewed as an aid to productivity rather than ...
Boyan Mihaylov on SL/Amazon, David Hyde with SL Stock Portfolio, Chris Anderson with SL LOB app, Jesse Liberty on Content Presenter and Isolated Storage, Shawn Burke on ExpandoHeaderControl, Brad Abrams on CSLA and SL, Matthias Shapiro on ListView Styles, Manish Dalal on Combobox in DataGrid, Jeff Wilcox on SL & JS, David Anson on LayoutTransform, Terence Tsang with a simple text effect, and Lee with Combobox in DataGrid The SilverlightShow Write and Win Contest is ready for your votes! Three ...
In the first part of my Ignite Your Life series of posts there were a few key ideas that I tried to get across. Envision Choose your illusion…don’t focus on what you aren’t or who you are now, but focus on what you want to become, where you want to be, what you want to do. Create a detailed vision of the you that you want and set that as your goal. Declare Once you’ve created your vision, you need to declare yourself as that vision. You need to cement in your psyche that you will be the fulfillment ...
Tonight I met with Cody Marx Bailey, Roby Fitzhenry, Stephanie Leary, Wendy Wolfington, Mike Abney, Allen Hurst et al to talk about the next BarCampBCS I originally thought. We did do that eventually, but along the way we talked about several issues near and dear to my heart, namely localism, continuous improvement, and community development. I've always seen a link between one's ability to make a difference in one's own community and how well one does one's own job. The idea being: if I do a good ...
There seems to be a suspicious lack of documentation for C++ and the new .NET features like Lambdas and Linq. I've tried several things that ALMOST work, but there's just one piece of syntax that seems to be missing that would bring final success. Also, it seems like MS is trying to kill C++. All podcasts (except for those with Kate Gregory) are talking about C# and VB.NET and ASP.NET only hosts (naturally) C# and VB.NET. If you REALLY want, you can create some supporting functionality in a library ...
I've known Jason pretty much since I moved up to Minneapolis, although I had heard of him long before that via his books and the Magenic tech lists. In addition to being a total languages geek, Jason's a pretty interesting guy with an eclectic background and a broad set of interests... it's probably why we get along so well. He's also a busy community guy, so I'm glad he was able to spare a few minutes to knock out this interview. So here it is, NINE Questions with Jason Bock: 1. Where are you from ...
There was a question on the SSAS forum recently asking if it was possible to verify a backup file. Now if you have checked in Books Online to check the XMLA backup and restore commands, checked the UI in SSMS and even used reflector against the AMO library you would think that there was no way of doing this. I certainly did. However try the following... Navigate to: <Program Files>\Microsoft SQL Server\MSAS10.SQL08\OLAP\bin then type: msmdsrv /? And you will get the following information: Usage: ...
After re-introducing my blog, the real topic I wanted to expound upon this evening is mentorship and its importance to both personal and professional development. First I would like to define mentorship in my own words and then distinguish it from simply teaching. I would define mentorship as a collaborative learning process, whereby one individual provides guidance, leadership, and knowledge to someone of lesser knowledge and/or experience for the common good of both individuals. Teaching is simply ...
9/16/2008. 12 pm - 2 pm Topic: SharePoint and SilverLight Integration Presenter: Raymond Mitchell and Phil Jirsa, Inetium Abstract: In this presentation we’ll provide a quick overview of SharePoint before discussing integration opportunities such as: Leveraging the Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint Using SharePoint Designer to add Silverlight to your SharePoint sites Developing Silverlight applications that use SharePoint as a data source About Speaker Phil Jirsa and Raymond Mitchell are Information ...
My editor at Sams (hey Neil :)) and I decided to convert the book I am almost done writing into an Unleashed. There are multiple reasons for that, the most important being that the book addresses multiple audiences, and has a broad range of coverage, which is typical of the Unleashed series. The content goes enough in depth (according to Neil) to be placed in the Unleashed series. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I was surprised to hear that the Jacksonville Code Camp wasn't cancelled. A major tropical storm was coming through the area at the time, but the organizers for the Code Camp weren't going to let that stop them. I decided if they were brave enough to hold a conference during a tropical storm, I should be brave enough to drive into it. Just not in my rag top; we took my wife's car. Friday, my wife and I packed our bags and headed out the door. We were picking Lou Vega up from Charleston, and it was ...
Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Fundamentals by Stanislav Pavlov and Pavel Belevsky is one of the first books about developing a Windows CE device using Platform Builder available in several years. As the name states, this book contains the fundamentals of developing using Platform Builder. It does not venture into too many details though, so this is a book for beginners, not beginning programmers, but beginners with Platform Builder. This book is fairly short at 230 pages, as technical books go, so reading ...
i told my current boss to buy this book, because it looked to be the only SharePoint Search book on Amazon. It covers the basics, such as setting up content sources, crawling, adding scopes, etc... Honestly, I know a lot of that stuff from experimentation and working with SPS 2003. I didn't really care so much for anything, but Chapter 8. To be honest I am not a book reader. I am a book skimmer. I pretty much go into the index or the Table of Contents and get to the pieces that I need for the task ...
Been poking about in Windows Powershell. It's pretty sharp. I like it, and it's powerful as heck, but I am having to learn how to add to my toolset. Seems like I don't need it every day, but when I do, it's just the thing. Anyway, I'd read about arrays in PS for sometime without really thinking about something: PS flattens arrays. No multidimensional arrays at all. Which, of course, confused me, given the power of MD arrays. So, why would they do that? Only thing I can think of is that PS creates ...
I read Encyclopedia Brown books when I was a kid. At the end of each story, the mystery was wrapped up nicely and each piece of the puzzle explained. This is not one of those stories. While using VSTS for Testers, I discovered that 2 of the 10 VM's we had serving an ASP.NET application ran about 1/10 as fast as the others. Hmmm. Both were on one physical host. So here is what we did: We moved a good server to the “bad VM host” and it still performed well. Then we moved one of the two bad servers ...
I'm considering designs for my full back piece. So far, it's been an interesting exercise in discovering the limits of shared concepts/terminology, which I suppose is a lot like what I deal with on a daily basis as a consultant. An unfortunate conversation, earlier in my career, went something like this: client: we want "this" it should do "this, this and this" and look like "this" but not exactly. me: ok, I'm on it. (several weeks go by) client: is it ready, is it ready, is it ready? me: yep, ta-dah! ...
Hello All, I was going through almost all the Biztalk Server books present in the Market but the book which I would suggest are the best are: 1. Pro BizTalk 2006 by George Dunphy, Ahmed Metwally 2. Professional BizTalk Server 2006 by Darren Jefford, Kevin B. Smith, Ewan Fairweather Pretty good books and well explained the Architecture of the Server along with many real time senarios.Updated as of 3/27/2012:Microsoft also has list of books available for BizTalk which you can find here ...
Desarae is a Social Networking powerhouse. After she added me on Twitter a while back, I checked out her About Me page and was impressed with the sheer volume of sites and services she's a member of. She's on every one I'd heard of and a bunch more that were totally new to me. Being a Social Networking junkie myself, interviewing her was an easy decision. I considered doing the interview over Twitter, but then what would you have left to read? Without further delay, I give you NINE Questions with ...
My buddy Shawn is probably best known as being The ADO Guy, but lately has rebranded himself. More on that below. I caught up with Shawn in between his extensive travels and asked him these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? While I was born in Brooklyn, NY I really grew up in south Florida. I’ve moved around a lot with the highlights being my stops in Amsterdam, Boston and Portland, Oregon. I currently live in Atlanta where I’ve spent several five year stints, but this time it’s a permanent ...
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 ...
I don't know how many of you out there like writing, but I tend to love it (probably why I have a blog, write tutorials, and constantly am looking for new stuff to write). About 2 years ago (probably closer to 3) I published my first small book through LuLu.com. LuLu is a great site if you want to publish a work of yours without having to go through all the application processes and such that are normally required with a work being published through a publishing house. Granted, it is a few bucks ...
For anyone who has read Dreaming in Code and has wondered what happened to the Chandler project, they just released 1.0. This release is 7 years+ in the making. Chandler is basically a personal organizer improving on Outlook, et al. You should check it out. The book is an account of the beginnings of this open source project. Perhaps the best thing I got out of it is learning from the mistakes of others. Otherwise the book is a reflection of how lost the project seemed to be the first few years. ...
I have this belief that understanding how to manage time is an essential task of Enterprise Architecture but oddly this is a principle that isn't spoken about much, if at all. Oddly some Enterprise Architecture software tools only seem to provide time management tools for software support life cycles. Hence a previous post that went in some way to start the debate with a mindmap to capture and categorise the elements that Enterprise Architecture would be interested in. After reviewing this mindmap ...
My weekend wasn't as adventurous as Chris' jaunt through a storm drain, but I had the most fun and productive night of stargazing ever, last night. I have an 8" Dobsonian telescope that sits in its own stand. It doesn't have a motor or computer to find sky images, and it doesn't auto-track to keep them in view. I used to have one of those but sold it to buy this one, because the longer focal length allows more magnification and the wider diameter allows it to collect more light so I can see those ...
Microsoft Canada did a webcast series last year called Ignite Your Career. Over the course of the podcasts different people weighed in on various topics like increasing development skills, developing resources, and becoming your own boss and starting a business. Great webcasts, great content. But there’s something missing. You can’t have a discussion about how to better your career without covering something that transcends your career: You. So often we try to separate the areas of our life into ...
So, all my friends are doing it, so I thought I would too. Here is an arbitrary list someone came up with and (apparently) if you haven't read a goodly number of 'em, you're a moran [sic]. I've read (or listened to) the titles in bold, intend to read the titles in italics, and (here's a twist) watched those underlined. 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ...
If you live in the southeast United States, chances are you've heard of Wally McClure. You may have even met him in person. I met Wally at the Charlotte Code Camp, back in the early days before my inevitable ascension to .NET Demigod. Wally is always a lot of fun to talk listen to, so enjoy. 1. Where are you from? I grew up in Knoxville, TN. I have a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech. I worked at “The Coca-Cola Company” in Atlanta, but I found that the corporate life wasn’t for ...
I have been trying for the last year to write a OneNote book. (Old news, I know) After a flash of inspiration caused by a friendly comment, I have realized why this book hasn't been working. Most books on computer applications tend to be step by step directions on how to use the software. I write that kind of book, and not too badly either. But for this book, that approach hasn't been working. What I was writing was coming out boring and unreadable. I wasn't having fun writing it and I knew it wasn't ...
I came across the "ADO .NET Entity Framework Vote of No Confidence" at http://efvote.wufoo.com/for... today and thought this was something worth commenting on. Background I happen to find out about this petition in my regular read of "Never In Doubt", Ward Bell from IdeaBlade's blog. Ward Bell is, in my opinion, one of the leading experts in Object Relational Mapping and the Entity Framework. I have summarized some key information from him and the other ...
I was thinking about the level of programming abilities lately, as we are starting to interview for an open position. I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if programmers came in version numbers like software?" This would make it easy to say, I need a version 3 programmer with abilities in languages A, B and C. It's so difficult to say Mid-Level developer, because mid-level is so subjective. Mid between WHO? So here are my thoughts of what the versions for a web programmer might be: Alpha: Has read some ...
I checked out a few applications that claimed to be able to convert Audible's crappy DRM'd .aa files to .mp3. All of them failed (for me at least), except one: Total Audio Converter from coolutils.com. For a well spent $19.99 I am now able to automatically convert my Audible downloads to a format (mp3) in which they will work on my cell phone and my mp3 player, neither of which are otherwise supported by Audible. Woohoo! Now if only Amazon would provide direct MP3 downloads for Audible books (where ...
You know that Fibonacci is not a fine wine or type of bread. Your Christmas list is a color-coded spreadsheet with sort capabilities on person, store, and price. The last party you attended was a slide deck check. Your MP3 player contains more .NET podcasts than music. The average shelf life of the books you purchase is 3 months. You have more email addresses than you have digits in your phone number. That's ok, because you have linked them all together with single sign-on from your smart phone. ...
I turned thirty today. Not really sure how I feel about that. I don't often think about how old I am. Others have my whole life. To them, I've always been the young guy. Even when I wasn't, people treated me like I was. I have a young face so that's part of it. I'm also interested in a lot of things that make me seem younger. Cartoons, video games, comic books and all kinds of toys. I love them still and don't plan on stopping loving them any time soon. So I've always been considered younger. But ...
Updated: 2008-06-10 The first Teched Tweener weekend aka ]InBetween[ was put together by our Developer Evangilist, Joe Healy and the Florida community leaders. The event was two days held on June 7/8, 2008 between the Developer and ITPro weeks of Teched in Orlando. We had nine rooms to utilize and Joe asked a number of people to lead specific tracks which included .NET Code Camp, Day of Silverlight, Agile Camp, RoboCamp, ITPro Camp, SQL University, ToolShed, Office Communications Server University, ...