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The End of a Decade's Work
Well I guess I should be satisfied that I sustained a company for 10 years. But it is a bit anti-climactic. I've screwed up a lot, learned a lot and accomplished a lot since 1998. I like to think of it as a long MBA program based in real world experience. I wouldn't trade anything for the experiences I have gained over the past 10 years. Nothing is more "real world" than being your own boss and running your own company. Nothing is more real world than not getting paid by a client for more than 90 ......

Posted On Saturday, July 5, 2008 9:43 PM

I can see the light -- Silverlight 2.0
Silverlight 2.Oh My God! Shawn Burke posted about his endeavors with Silverlight 2.0 and he says one very important thing... "I'm having fun!" Man that is what it should be about. Programming should be fun and not a hassle. I am expecting some instant gratification from Silverlight 2.0. Shawn also points to Scott Gu's blog. If you aren't watching that blog like a hawk already you really need to subscribe. Not to be overly dramatic, but coming from a thick client background, Silverlight 2.0 is going ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 26, 2008 3:31 PM

Do you WCF/WPF/WF/Silverlight?
Okay so we've had an onslaught of new things hit in the Microsoft stack lately. I am curious how many folks are using WCF, WPF, WF (workflow), Silverlight, LINQ, etc. And for what types of problems you are trying to solve. It would also be nice to know if you are using the P&P Guidance Packages and Ent Libs. Oh and which Visual Studio version are you mainly working with these days? If you are not using this stuff yet why? Did you pitch it to your boss and they said no for some reason? Did they ......

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:16 AM

Microsoft Sync
If you've watched any TV lately you will notice an odd pairing of product brands. Intermingled in car ads recently has been the mention of Microsoft Sync. I thought hmm... that might be a pretty cool feature. When looked into Sync a little closer I had the feeling, I've seen this trick before. Like, connect your cell phone to your car via Blue Tooth to make calls etc. But there is more. Like the ability to read and send text messages verbally. Coincidently I saw on Fox News last night how kids are ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 10:20 AM

FireStarter NYC
I will be presenting on the interaction of ASP.Net, ASP.Net AJAX, and Silverlight 1.0 this Saturday at Microsoft in NYC. I'll also be showing off a small bit of Expression Blend 2 December Preview. It is amazing how easy it is to pull all of these technologies together. Some of what I will be showing this Satruday is just a bridge until Silverlight 2.0 is released. But it is all relatively simple and once you've done the work once it is very re-usable. Hope I'll be seeing you there. --chaz ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:20 AM

Philly Code Camp Registration Open
Registration for the Philly Code Camp on January 12th is now open. I will be presenting "Entry Level Event Models". It is a part of my "Entry Level" series that will attempt to get "the willing" up to speed on fundamental architectural, design and development practices. I'm psyched to kick off 2008 with a code camp presentation. This should be a good one, so go register now! --chaz ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 18, 2007 6:16 PM

Dear ALT.Net Attendees:
This is an open letter to the attendees of the upcoming ALT.Net gathering in Austin TX. Dear Friends, Sadly I will not be able to join you at ALT.Net due to some poor planning on my part. I regret missing out on the opportunity to surround myself with some of the brightest minds in our industry. If I were to attend ALT.Net though, my goal would have been to represent the "marginal developer". The developer who gets it, but doesn't practice it in the work place due to circumstances beyond his/her ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 2, 2007 10:12 AM

WPF Starter

A great post from Karsten Januszewski should help you get started with WPF.  I like this not only because Karsten points to great resources, but because it is oganized into a nice 5 day self paced course.  Really cool!

--chaz

Posted On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:26 AM

User Interface Smackdown 2007
As I had mentioned in my review of the NJUX meeting the User Experience movement seems to still be in its infancy stages. So I am psyched to see things like Josh Holmes' blog about the User Interface Smackdown 2007. These are exactly the types of meetings and conversations that need to happen to bring more momentum and attention to the User Experience. It was also great to see that the attendees were cross vendor (Microsoft & Adobe). This is a reaffirmation for the NJUX that we need to be cross ......

Posted On Thursday, April 5, 2007 10:01 AM

MBS Solutions and Partner Opportunities
If you haven't heard, Microsoft is wrapping a good number of its business solutions into a new branding bundle called Dynamics. The bundle made up of new and existing products will be wrapped closely around the Microsoft Office suite. As a part of this solution base Microsoft will introduction the Office Small Business Accounting 2006 (SBA). On Satya Nadella's (Microsoft VP) blog there is a statement that really bothers me though. “We also provided details on the hooks of we provide for writing ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:08 PM

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