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Book Review | Advanced .NET Debugging (Addison Wesley) by Mario Hewardt
We I first received this book, I was not sure what to expect. When it comes to development topics on debugging the spectrum is very wide. Most developers, including myself, only use basic techniques for day-to-day debugging. These get us through our problems quickly and they work well for 80% of the bugs we encounter. We forgot to close a connection, we didn't set a variable, we forgot to exit a loop, we fat fingered a variable name. All of these are daily errors we as developers face and fix with ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 2, 2010 12:36 AM

Windows Virtual PC | My *flicker* First *flicker* Experiences
Well I have been using WVPC for Windows 7 RTM for about a week now and there are a few things I like and a few things I don’t. First off, why at the end of 2009 do we still not have a “multiple monitor” story that doesn’t require me to put quotations around the words. This RDP style of one giant monitor span across your two monitors is not a solution, it hasn’t been since it came out. Secondly, What *flicker* is *flicker* up *flicker* with *flicker* all *flicker* the *flicker* flickering? I have ......

Posted On Monday, November 16, 2009 9:48 AM

Community | gets an great update
My favorite Regular Expression resource,, received a very nice face lift and enhancement recently and I thought you would like to know. For sometime now, the site was sort of broken, search features were not working, paging through the expressions were flaky and it looked like it was on the verge of going away. However, it looks like Steve Smith and the team were making some major enhancements and I am really excited to run into my next RegEx issue and being able to use this resource. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:07 AM

HDC | Bill Vaughn Interview - How do you make the jump to later versions of SQL Server
We had a great show yesterday with Bill Vaughn, author and former VB project manager, talking about SQL Server and how developers should look at later versions of SQL Server. Read more about Bill here and BetaV Corporation. If you haven't made the move to SQL Server 2005, Bill discusses with us what is good and bad about the product as a developer and talks through some of the issues you might have during the migration Listen to Bill Vaughn discuss SQL Server! Technorati tags: HDC, Bill Vaughn, SQL ......

Posted On Friday, October 19, 2007 10:03 AM

Kirk Allen Evans swallowed the pill

Congrats buddy, you deserve it!

Posted On Thursday, February 19, 2004 7:56 AM

Windows Virtual PC | Integrated Pointer Configuration
I have been converting my current client’s development environment to a VPC instead of taking over my main machine as we did to get the project kicked off. I decided to go with Windows Virtual PC now that it has RTMed, but quite a bit has changed. Once I had Windows 7 installed and VS 2008 configured, I started looking for a multiple monitor solution for VPCs. In the past, I had just lived with the limitation of running virtual and not getting the benefit of dual monitors. This time I wanted something ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 1:41 PM

Downloads | Microsoft SyncToy 2.1 Released
A few days ago Microsoft released an update to one of my favorite PowerToys, SyncToy. This is a must have if you are a portable user and you want to get a quick backup of your files (photos, videos, source code, etc) by folder for free. SyncToy 2.1 I have been using this for a few versions now and it is great at syncing or backing up folder to folder onto USB flash or hard drives. The scenarios I use it in are: Backup of photos pre and post processing from my D300 and D700. Backup of source code ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:20 PM
Check it out!  Drew and Kevin have done it again.  Thanks guys!

Posted On Monday, January 26, 2004 5:37 AM

Working with Bristowe on ESF
Last night, John Bristowe and I started discussing ESF and his Newsgator extension to support the spec. It is very cool. With Newgator 2.0, you can build your own extensions to support other frameworks and do whatever you want inside Outlook. He is wanting to make an ESF feed create Calendar events. His first try was very cool. If you don't know what ESF is, check it out here and please give us feedback. INETA is planning to be one of the first users of the format and Bristowe will be changing the ......

Posted On Sunday, January 25, 2004 6:06 PM

We Are Microsoft | Final Thoughts
What a great event! I want to thank everyone involved and wish all the charities good luck with their new software. If you haven't listened to the shows yet, I highly suggest it. You will be compelled to look at your work with the community and see different ways you can help charities with your development skills. Here is a list of all the shows we recorded during the event, please help spread the word about these so others can get involved in their local areas either by themselves, as a user group, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:14 AM

We Are Microsoft | City House Interview
Our first podcast of the event was with a great organization named City House and the development team from Sogeti. The mission of City House is to strengthen the community by helping children, youth and families resolve physical and emotional crises. They provide a complementary suite of intervention and prevention services at no cost to their clients. To find out more about how this project was designed, review the proposal here. Listen to the Interview with City House Technorati Tags: City House,Sogeti,We ......

Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:35 PM

Microsoft Announcement | PopFly is now Public Beta
Get it while it is hot!!! Today Microsoft announced that Popfly, a mashup tool built on SilverLight 1.0, has been released for pubic beta consumption. During the HDC event that kicked off today, we recorded a show with Denny Boynton and Javier Lozano about the technology. Listen to the show and learn more about Popfly Here are some very useful links to use during the announcement to find out more information about Popfly and learn how you can interact with the product: ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:50 AM

Heartland Developer Conference Update | 25 More Seats Added!!
If you are in the area of NE and you don't have your seat for the HDC 07, they just added 25 more seats. These seats are first come first serve and will only be available until Wednesday, so act fast if you want to go. Not only is this my favorite conference (3rd year in a row), but John, Jerod, and I will be there doing a lot of podcasting and you will have an opportunity to record your own show while you are there. Not an interview with John and I, but your very own show! Technorati tags: Heartland ......

Posted On Monday, October 1, 2007 10:29 AM

KC .NET User Group | Introduction to SharePoint 2007
Tonight, John and I will be presenting on SharePoint 2007 at the .NET User Group in Kansas City. Along with this presentation we will be launching the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City to add an additional focus on Office and SharePoint development in the area. If you are around tonight, please stop by and have some free food and good conversation. TriCom Technical Services will be the food sponsor this evening so be sure and thank them while you are there. The meeting starts at 6:00pm, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2007 7:17 AM

eScrum Has Potential | Extra Steps for AJAX Control Toolkit 1.0.10301.0
I have to say I am excited to see Microsoft release a new process template named eScrum. After installing it I must say I am pretty happy thus far. Steve Loethen goes into more detail about what the template offers. One issue I have with these new Microsoft project that use other downloadable Microsoft project to build their solutions are the constant list of separate download and moving dll. Just push the version you used with the download. In eScrum's case, they have you download ASP.NET AJAX, ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2007 2:39 PM

CodeMash : Help Us Shave Josh Holmes' Head
I can not attend CodeMash myself this year, but when I got wind that Josh Holmes will shave his head if they receive 500 posts about CodeMash, I had to participate. The reason is simple, Josh would look funny with a shaved head. Not just funny, but hilarious (and it is a good event). Why do I want Josh to look funny you might ask? We at TechEd 2005 in Orlando, Drew Robbins (Microsoft's Dancing DE) and I decided to have a private competition of Dance Dance Revolution. Well Josh and his video camera ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 6:31 AM

SharePoint 2007 on MSDN
Subscribers, you can now go to MSDN and download SharePoint 2007 Standard and Enterprise.

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 8:11 AM

Using World of Warcraft as a Development Tool!
Today, I was having a thread lock issue with an application I am working on and to debug where the application was occurring, I had to wait 15 minutes until it produced itself. Well since I knew it was a lock issue somewhere and the exception was being caused by an object being changed by a second thread before another call was made by the first thread, if I could raise the resource level on the machine, it would be likely to recreate it quicker. So, what is the most resource intensive application ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:49 PM

Great Resource - Provider Toolkit
After my post announcing my Provider Model presentation in Kansas City, ScottGu commented about the ASP.NET Developer Center's Provider Toolkit available on MSDN. This is an excellent resource to get more information about Providers and examples for ASP.NET. If you are dabbling in ASP.NET 2.0, this is definitely a page to bookmark. Two great articles on Extending Providers: Understanding and Extending the Site Navigation System in ASP.NET 2.0 Custom Site Map Providers in ASP.NET 2.0 ......

Posted On Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:05 PM

TechEd 2006 Early Bird Pricing is over Friday!!!!

For those of you who haven't registered for TechEd 2006 in Boston but are planning to go, the early bird pricing is over Friday April 14th. You get 10% off ($200) so it is definitely worthwhile to register now.

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 2:55 PM

FrontPage is dead at the end of 2006

It looks like Microsoft will discontinue FrontPage at the end of the year with the release of other tools for SharePoint 2007 development/maintenance. It has been a pain to need this tool installed to edit SharePoint so I am glad to hear this news.

Posted On Friday, April 7, 2006 4:45 PM

.NET PDF Utility - Siberix Report Writer & Siberix PDF Library
During a current project, I needed a tool for generating PDF documents for reporting on pre-printed forms. The majority of reports in the system use this form. I wanted to find a solution that fit my needs and nothing more. Other systems do so much and very well, but for just developer needs, they are a bit much. I found a utility call Siberix PDF Library and it's counterpart Siberix Report Writer. If you need a tool for PDF generation, I highly suggest these products. At the current time, the price ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:34 AM

Great Resource for the Lazy Developer
I found through the referrals of Podcast Studio and thought I would share the site with you. It is a great resource to anyone who doesn't want to dig around on all the communities for content, they do the work for you. If you scroll to the bottom, you will find categories so you can limit your search based on need. Here is the Podcast category where we are listed ......

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2005 6:53 AM

.NET User Group of Kansas City Presentation Tonight
Tonight I am giving my XML Serialization talk at the Kansas City .NET User Group. If you are in the area, we would love to have you show up. The demos will be in .NET 2.0, but should be portable to 1.1 in most cases. We are at a new location if you haven't attended in a few meetings. Instead of Centriq University, we are at the Foss Training Center on State Line ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 5:29 AM

Back from the Summit
Wow, all I can say is that event was amazing. I missed the PDC to aggregate PDCBloggers due to the amount of registered bloggers we had this year, so I was hoping to get some of that information at the Summit. Luckily I did and a bit more. I can't go into too much detail, but I can say one day the XML MVPs had a private meeting with Anders in a small conference room with 6 MVPs and a few product team members. That was very cool. Technorati Profile ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 1:21 PM

PDCBloggers is huge this year, get your blog registered
Just like TechEd, John and I will be the aggregators for PDCBloggers this time around. The numbers of registered bloggers is outstanding this year, over 500 and climbing. To let you in on what it takes to run the site, during the event, John and I have split the list in half by name and will have about 200 - 300 posts to read every 2 hours. Much over these post will be about the PDC, so we will be going through a process of elimination to decide what has been covered and then finding qoutes to pull ......

Posted On Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:39 PM

Podcasting with the Indigo Team

Wednesday, John and I will be interviewing the Indigo Team that is part of the Road Show to discuss the event and what you can expect to learn when it comes to a city near you.  We will be recording from the event, so it should put a different spin on our podcast.  Stay tuned on

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 3:28 PM

Being a dad...
Sorry I have been away for awhile, Brandon's doctors had some worries about his head growth and we had to get several scans to see if there was a problem. This has probably been the craziest time of my life because I have never worried some much about anything. He is only 6 months old, and all the signs were good on his development, but you just can't ask him to see if anything is wrong. Also, you have to love getting test on Friday and waiting the whole weekend worrying about what is going on until ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 3:26 PM

Week of .NET in Kansas City
This week we have Mike Amundsen on Tuesday at the .NET User Group and Indigo Road Show on Wednesday. This is going to be a great week of .NET and if you are in the area, you should definitely attend both sessions ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 3:22 PM

Pearson VUE - Really Nice People
There was a typo in the Session Handout for TechEd saying the MCP testing would be open until 6pm on Friday, however, they were closing at 4pm.  John and I went in at 3:20 to take our testing for half off, since if we failed, we had this summer to retake it.  They told us we couldn't take it cause they were closing down, but gave us each a FREE TEST because of the issue.  That was very cool of them, so I wanted to thank them. 

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 10:05 PM

TechEd Podcast List Found Here
After John and I recorded a Podcast yesterday with the Podcast Team at TechEd, we found out they only have an RSS feed for their videos, no site. As many of us bloggers know, people like to view post outside of an aggregator as well. So I created a list of the Podcast that you can view from your Media Player without using a Podcast Aggregator. So check it out and watch for John and my Podcast soon. http://strategery.geekswith... ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 8:50 AM

Packing for TechEd?
Make sure you watch TechEd bloggers for packing tips. Usually I tend to overpack, then get swag and have to pay a $50 surcharge to get my “HEAVY” luggage back to Kansas City. Another quick item you might want to pick up if you are a Diet beverage drinker. Crystal Light has single packages that you can add to a bottle of water to make their drink. John Alexander got me started and now I am hooked on the concept. Usually at these events, the first thing they run out of is Diet Coke, and ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2005 9:47 PM

What applications are you converting to 2.0?
John and I are finalizing the requirements for the next version of the Developer Book Club site and starting to layout the base using Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. Thus far, I love the experience. The tools suite is amazing and ObjectDataSource is going to change the way we create UIs and business logic. In my demos for Visual Studio DevCon, I extended the base to support a custom object library to bind to the UI instead of DataSets. The IDE makes it so much easier and definitely better APIs for creating ......

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2005 6:01 PM

Finalizing my presentation for Visual Studio 2005 DevCon - St. Louis
What's New in ASP.NET? How can I Leverage Data in ASP.NET 2.0? These are the questions I will be answering in St. Louis on Thursday. I have finish configuring the presentation and demos and am excited about the content. This event should be outstanding and I am speaking with some top notch speakers. John Alexander and I will be driving out in the morning and spending the evening hanging with friends so if you are around, send me an email and hook up for an geek dinner or just for fun. ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:04 PM

With both Drew and Kevin getting situated with their new roles at Microsoft, InDepth Technology asked John Alexander and I to become the new managers of the site. We are both extremely excited to be offered this opportunity and thank Drew and Kevin for their hard work to make this community possible. If you are going to TechEd 2005 Orlando this year, but haven’t registered your blog on the site yet, please do here. ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 12:12 PM

Upcoming Midwest Events
The Visual Studio 2005 Developer Conference by Microsoft is coming to Kansas City and St. Louis in late May/early June and I will be presenting two sessions at each. The sessions are Leveraging Data in ASP.NET 2.0 and What’s New in ASP.NET 2.0. The events should be lots of fun and they have some great speakers in each city. If you are new to .NET or have been a seasoned veteran, this event is right for you. Registration is low (Only $99) and you will also walk away with the precious beta discs ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:40 AM

Spam Cleanup

Last night we received 1000+ comment spams from the same group, so I went through and deleted all of them.  CS came out today so I will be looking at a launch sometime in the next few weeks.

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2005 9:59 AM

The Anti-blog from Microsoft Great Plains

I hope other teams don't follow this trend.

Posted On Wednesday, December 15, 2004 8:07 AM

Dave Chappell in Kansas City - December 16th
Special Kansas City .NET User Group Meeting - December 16thLocation: Microsoft Kansas City OfficeTime: 6:00PM - 7:30PMTopic: Software in a Service-Oriented WorldIf services are the next big thing—and they are—what impact will this change have on software development? David Chappell will give a perspective on this question, focusing on the impact this move will have on .NET. Drawing from his forthcoming book on Indigo, David will describe how this new technology fits and what it does, ......

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 9:54 AM

First Developer Book Club Webcast
Well it's announcement time. We are in the process of partnering with to form the Developer Book Club, formerly known as .NET Book Club. With this name change comes a reformation of the club itself. An online forum community for books is a utopia, but only brings advantages to participants, and they were few and far between. Instead, we are focusing on the message. We want to have the authors interact with the community about the book. We will have a monthly webcast for the ......

Posted On Friday, December 10, 2004 9:05 PM

Funny Domain Tricks
Looks like someone has pointed to the MSDN C# Developer Center.

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 7:55 AM

XML Developer Center News?
Irwin Dolobowsky has recently taken over the XML Developer Center at MSDN with many promises of a new center for XML developers. During his self admitting 2 or 3 "first post" entry, he states a few items he is going to do to make the dev center better. This post took place a month ago, and here are some results. Bring out the MVP's - Being one of the few MVP's in the area of XML, I can say that I have not been contacted on this front. I am guessing the functionality is there for this, since the other ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 7:12 AM

Geek Dinner in Redmond!
I'm there!

There's a geek dinner tomorrow night. 6:30 p.m. at the Crossroads in Bellevue.

[Via Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger]

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 2:05 AM

ASP.NET Webcast Week
Georgeo from MSDN Webcast just announced the ASP.NET Webcast series in October. I am extremely pumped about this event because of the amount of great presenters and presentations. This site is not active today, but you can take a look at what is to come with this query. My session, "Designing Flexible Applications Using the Provider Model in ASP.NET 2.0", should be lots of fun. After my 2 days of Test-Driven Development in St. Louis and Kansas City with John, I plan to spend all extra time coming ......

Posted On Saturday, September 25, 2004 10:20 PM

Since joining Vision Data, I have been exposed to a truly TDD (Test-Driven Development) environment, along with other agile methodologies. I must say that my productivity has risen substantially and the about of issue-less code written has went through the roof. Because of this, John Alexander and I will be presenting at the end of the month in St. Louis of TDD. If you are in the area on Sept. 27th, I hope you can make it. It has been almost a year since I have been to St. Louis and I am getting ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 31, 2004 9:16 PM

Download .NET Rocks with Charles Petzold now

Go download this episode. Definitely one of the best .NET Rocks shows I have heard and they mention the .NET Book Club in the news (Thanks Carl and Rory).

Posted On Monday, August 23, 2004 11:48 AM

"Introduction to System.Xml and Web Services" Talk on Tuesday
This coming Tuesday, I will be give a "Introduction to System.Xml and Web Services" talk for the Kansas City .NET User Group. If you are in the area and want to coming, please feel free and register. The presentation will cover the basics of System.Xml and the different APIs you can choose from when processing XML in the .NET Framework. The second half will go over what all the buzz is about with Web Services. After the meeting we will meet as a .NET Book Club Chapter and confirm everyone is on path ......

Posted On Sunday, August 22, 2004 2:31 PM

Samsung i600 Upgrade
If your like me and frustrated with your Samsung Smartphone because you spend way to much money to have 2002 software loaded and no access to write .NET apps for it (the original purpose of purchasing the phone), then keep your eye on site. They say it will be available (for an extra $15) tomorrow, but they have said this for quite some time and moved it back each week. However, this is the first time I have seen a link so I thought I would share. UPDATE: The download ......

Posted On Sunday, July 18, 2004 6:16 AM

INETA Academic - VISA Status
Check out this video of Jason and I at the MVP summit talking about Imagine Cup! Looks like I have been declined for a tourist VISA to Brazil and will most likely not have enough time to get a business VISA. Kind of sucks, but I will survive if I can't make it. They want a letter from a senior executive by tomorrow. I replied, “Yeah, that's going to happen, have you heard of Microsoft? They aren't small.” She said, “Well isn't there and executive in Kansas?” More laughter. ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 5:01 PM

Imagine Cup Brazil 2004
A lot of buzz has been generated by the Imagine Cup in the past week, and it is getting exciting. I hope all the teams are well prepared and will give it their all to win this. I (along with Jason Beres) am lucky enough to be invited as a judge during this year's festivities, so I am really looking forward to the adventure. Hopefully, on a grand scale, Jason and I can mingle with the participants, after the judging, to discuss how our group (INETA Academic) can help them with next year's competition ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 7:21 PM

Kent Tegels tonight, in Kansas City for the .NET User Group
One night only!  Join Kent Tegels for a spectacular display for SQL Reporting Services at the Kansas City .NET User Group

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2004 5:07 AM

Geekswithblogs own John Alexander will be on .NET Rocks tonight! John, my new boss, will be on .NET Rocks tonight talking about Test-Driven Development. This topic is also the topic of this months book for the book club, so get a head start with this show. Lets see how many bloggers we can have listening live in the chat tonight ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 12:57 PM

DevEssentials is over, good show
After the show, I have a new respect for the passion of FoxPro developers. During a panel discussion, they show us .NET panelist that they have had features in their tools, that we are so excited about, for years. Most of the FoxPros took lots of shoots at us .NETers, but we just giggled with them (no one attacked back). My sessions were small, but fun. I was finally able to interact with the attendees at a personal level (yeah, really not many people in my session). Next year I hope they invite ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 4:52 PM

Sitting at DevEssentials in Kansas City
Very cool stuff here.  Lots of good speakers, great sessions, and good attendance for a conference in Kansas City.  I have a Microsoft Technology Panel that I will be on tonight if you are here and 2 sessions tomorrow.  Now I need to go find some more new co-workers to introduce myself too.

Posted On Sunday, June 6, 2004 10:24 AM

It's Official
Recently, John Alexander, from Vision Data Solutions has been recruiting me for his .NET Practice team. Well this past weekend I accepted the offer and will be starting on June 21st. This is great news for me, even though I will miss the individuals at PRL. It was a great team to work on, but the excitement generated by the VDSI team is too much to pass up. Being the only development-oriented MVP in the Kansas City area working with the RD for this area, I can see great things coming out of the building. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 4:24 AM

Got a Smartphone! Crap, where is the SmartPhone 2003 OS?

Not doing proper subsite research, I purchased a smartphone thinking 2003 would be the OS, nahhhhhhhh we still load 2002 on all the smartphones in the US.  Yeah, that means no .NET CF on these phones.  Grrrrrrrrrrr........ But the phone is pretty cool, and Verizon has plans to release a ROM update for these phones in the near future.  I will let you know when I find out more, but for now, I will play Solitaire.

Posted On Saturday, May 8, 2004 1:13 PM

Tune in Now!

DonXML is on .NET Rocks right now.

Posted On Thursday, April 29, 2004 6:53 PM

More Preview Chapters now available on
More chapters from Apress. Here are the additional chapters Chapters 2 and 3 - Expert C# Business ObjectsChapters 2 and 3 - Professional .NET Network ProgrammingChapters 1 and 2 - Beginning C# Objects: From Concept to Code Also, let me know what other books you would like to preview and I will see if I can get some content for you ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 28, 2004 8:47 AM

Imagine Cup - What happened in MidAmerica
Jason Beres and Andrew Flick have been discussing their feeling on the Imagine Cup and I agree with everything they are saying. I would like to say that I agree from personal experience, but I didn't have the luxury of judging at a competition. The Kansas City area had 3 competitions canceled because of lack of contestants. Yeah thats right, not enough student interested in winning $25,000. Crazy! I think it is the lack of .NET course ware in the area though, because .NET to most schools in this ......

Posted On Saturday, April 24, 2004 9:54 AM

ESS (Event Share Specification) 0.91 is on it's way!
Formerly ESF, ESS is getting a face lift.  I cleaned up the elements to follow standards better and added recurrence rules based on iCalendar (RFC 2445).  I am waiting on final approval from the group before launching, but watch this blog or for an update! 

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2004 8:29 PM

More dinner photos ready

Chris Pels, Web Services MVP, has just pushed some more sushi dinner photos from the MVP Summit.

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2004 7:26 AM on its way

I just received news from Steve Smith that is almost finished.  That rocks!  If you want to go ahead and join the fun, a few things are already live.

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2004 12:41 PM

Pitfalls of Previews
In the article by Mark Fussell named What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release, he shows us tons of new features coming into System.Xml. Well in my excitement, I figured public article released a week prior to the public preview, this stuff is in there. Wrong! About 75% of this articles content (which is great) is not available in the bits we have today. This makes it real hard on me because I am preparing a presentation for DevEssentials in June about the ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2004 7:02 AM

BizTalk 2004 - Accelerators are ready and downloadable with Universal Subscription
BizTalk 2004 - Accelerators are ready and downloadable with Universal Subscription! We have been waiting for these for sometime. They are about $5000/per proc with the standard version of BizTalk. BizTalk Accelerator for HL7BizTalk Accelerator for Financial ServicesBizTalk Accelerator for HIPAABizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 7:00 AM

TechEd 2004
As much as I really wish I could go, I can't! I will be on my honeymoon (in Hawaii) during the week of. I tried to talk Michelle into postponing the wedding for a week and having an INETA BOF session for my wedding, but I just got laughed at. To mimic what others did during PDC, I created my on “I'll be there.” graphic. I hope everyone has a good time without me. ......

Posted On Friday, April 2, 2004 3:41 PM

Building Custom Modules for DNN 2.0
The past couple nights I have been working on some custom modules for the book club site. Well tonight I successfully build one! It will rotate the current books and display them with a like to purchase with the discount. Pretty cool! Kind of a pain in the ass to do because of the lack of 2.0 custom module documentation. The best resource to have was the samples and Reflector. Now I have to finish the admin screens and a few more modules before release. It will probably be a little later before I ......

Posted On Thursday, April 1, 2004 7:43 PM new look just got a new look, so tonight I updated the skin to fit the new look.  If you haven't been over there, you should go.  They have some great bloggers.

Posted On Wednesday, March 31, 2004 7:46 PM

I smell a discount
.NET Book Club now has an affiliation with SAMS and Addison Wesley Publishing to get the selected books of the month and reviewed books at 30% to members. First Look at ADO.NET and System.Xml v. 2.0 (30% off)SAMS Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (30% off) ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 31, 2004 5:03 PM

What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release
Another brilliant article was published on MSDN XML Dev Center (which is new today as well) by Mark Fussell named What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release. I highly recommend reading this after reading Dare's previous article. Mark's book is the first book of the month at the .NET Book Club ......

Posted On Monday, March 29, 2004 1:09 PM : Content now available
Sign up now at and you can preview chapters from Alex Homer's book ASP.NET 1.1 Insider Solutions, due out in June, in its raw format. There are discussions attached to each chapter for you to give your feedback of the work. Thanks to Amy and SAMS publishing for providing the content. One of the issues I have heard from people and the idea of having a "Book Club" is the lack of time to actually read the books, or the lack of interest in the books themselves. Well the "Book of the ......

Posted On Saturday, March 27, 2004 1:37 PM

.NET Book Club is live
Based on Kent Tegels idea and blessing, I created This site is still under construction, but uses the .NET Nuke 2.0 portal. I love this thing. It had to be the easiest site I have ever setup. If you haven't looked at this thing, I highly suggest it. is the site and 2.0 rocks. If you have any ideas for the .NET book club, please feel free to email me or write a comment. The site should fully be ready by the end of the weekend along with more ......

Posted On Friday, March 26, 2004 6:22 AM

Philip Rieck rocked the house last night!
Philip Rieck of Omaha graciously presented at the Kansas City .NET Users Group last night (with only 6 days notice). His topic was over SOA, but from an architecture standpoint, not code. The presentation went over wonderfully. The audience was top notch for the area and we had some great discussions during and after the presentation about SOA and the techniques presented. If you can get Philip to come to your group, I highly suggest you go for it. Also, if you are an XBox Live player, his gamertag ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 7:26 AM

Excellent XML and .NET article
Dare has done it again. Best Practices for Representing XML in the .NET Framework explains the way you should use or manipulate XML inside the .NET Framework (well the title says it all). If you are getting into XML in .NET or are already use it today, I totally suggest you read this and save a hard copy as well. ......

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2004 12:25 PM

More Pictures added from DevDays KC
It ended up being a great show. We had 261 in the audience which was the largest for our district. All the demos went perfectly (well almost) but the audience seemed to enjoy our presentations. Afterwords we went out to dinner and had a great time. We were there for almost 4 hours so today I am dragging. Thanks to all the organizers and speakers for such a great show in KC. ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 6:15 AM

Last minute preperation for DevDays Kansas City

I reached Bartle Hall at 6:30 and of course was the first speaker here.  I am going over the slides and demos one last time and then I am up to go at 11:00am.  This is definitely going to be a blast.  Jon Box and Dan Fox will be here along with John Alexander (RD for KC).  Here is my new humble home for the day.

I will have more photos later.

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2004 5:32 AM

BizTalk 2004 HL7 Accelerator coming soon

This is going to be awesome!

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 6:18 AM

XmlAdvice forums
Steve Smith has launched XmlAdvice forums for use.  Check it out.

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 6:06 AM

Alex Homer blogging on

Looks like Alex Homer will be blogging on  This one will be interesting.  Subscribed.

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2004 12:34 PM

Columbus is great!
My presentation went off with a bang. We landed at the Microsoft office exactly at 6pm because of a wreck that closed the road we were suppose to take. The group was very energetic and asked lots of questions. I want to thank them for coming and listen to me babble about syndication. Afterwards a few of us went off for some dinner at a Chicken wing join across the street. If you are in the Columbus area tonight, Drew, Jeff, me, and a few more people are getting together for some fun. Post a comment ......

Posted On Friday, February 27, 2004 9:11 AM

RSS in Columbus, OH!
Hell yeah "people", I am going to Columbus! Got my bags packed, my friend formerly from Ohio driving, and the slide deck and examples. This is going to be a blast. I want to thank Greg Reinacker for donating a copy of Newsgator and 2 months of Online Services for the presentation. It is the perfect prize. If you are in the area, Drew has suggested a get together afterward, so you know it will be fun if Drew brings the camera ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 25, 2004 6:55 PM

Calling all volunteers!
INETA Academic, a committee that Jason Beres and I run, are currently looking for volunteers for the Imagine Cup local competitions around the US. If you are interested in some volunteering opportunities, like judging and speaking, please go to the site and fill out the information. At this point we will try and match you with schools in your area and make the connection for you. After this point it will be up to you and the student to work out the logistics. This is an exciting program and I hope ......

Posted On Sunday, February 22, 2004 6:57 PM

OK, this is my final sample, I promise!
Well I just love making RSS and using RSS to make other things, I can't help it. Today, for my fifth example, I wrote a simple RSS to WordML transform. WordML is a very robust dialect. I can't believe how many elements actually go into producing WordML. Very interesting stuff. If you are looking for the best resource for information on XML and Office 2003, check out “XML in Office 2003 - Information Sharing With Desktop XML” by Charles Goldfarb and Priscilla Walmsley. Tons of good information ......

Posted On Saturday, February 21, 2004 7:19 PM

Final sample finished, well maybe not final :D
Tonight I used the iTextSharp libraries to transform RSS into the iTextSharp XML dialect, then transform it into PDF. This library is awesome and open source. If you haven't checked it out, I suggest you do. It is a .NET implementation of a Java library set called iText so some of the method names might bug you :D. I forgot how clean (and dirty) C# can actually be until I opened the source to make it support stream as input to the XmlParser instead of the filepath string it supports today ......

Posted On Friday, February 20, 2004 7:48 PM

Dare opens a blog at

Posted On Friday, February 20, 2004 12:42 PM

Working on my presentation
Lately I have been working on some samples for my presentation in Columbus (Drew) and Austin (Scott Belleware). Tonight I came up with a new sample idea. With iTunes 4.2 being one of my favorite applications and one of the only ones, outside of VS.NET, I have open all day, I thought it would be cool to build a transform from the playlist to RSS, based on the songs I have recently played. It isn't a very real world example, unless you are the RIAA :D, but is a good sample on how do convert an existing ......

Posted On Thursday, February 19, 2004 7:34 PM

Working on my next presentation
This next week and weekend, I will be working on my next presentation. The topic is RSS, but I want to make it a little different than my original I used this summer. I have decided to take the XSLT portion out because lack of time to cover. I still plan to have some examples using XSLT, but I want to include server controls as well. So here is my question. What would you like to see in examples with this topic? I would like to have about 6 different examples that I can go into, but I would like ......

Posted On Sunday, January 25, 2004 5:55 PM

Infopath 2003 Developer Resource Kit
Kirk Allen Evans mentioned Thursday that you could send off the Infopath 2003 Developer Resource Kit. To my surprise, it showed up today. That was fast. Now I have to go check it out.

Posted On Saturday, January 24, 2004 1:15 PM

Source Gear Vault
I am finally finished building my new machine. Last application, Source Gear Vault. One annoyance I have with the application is the fact that if you move it out of the “Programs” folder of the start menu, it will popup Windows Installer, and put another folder there. Annoying! The only way to remove it from showing, is to open the folder and mark it hidden. This is not a big deal to normal Windows developers, but I am anal. Here is a picture of my final start menu. ......

Posted On Friday, January 16, 2004 3:41 PM

Argggg......Anyone else have this problem?
When running VS.NET 2002 or 2003, using multiple monitors, I get this little annoying extra window that popups up in the second monitor. You can't get rid of it unless you minimize VS.NET and use another window to repaint on top of it. Freaking annoying. Here is a photo of the culprit. ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2004 8:28 AM

Dottext.Web.HttpCompression is ready, download here
After some testing (thanks DonXML), I feel the syndication compression for .Text is ready. However, if you have any issues, please email me at I have included the source, binaries, and compiled changes from the latest release of .Text. I have been very impressed with the HttpCompressionModule integrated into .Text. My bandwidth is down even though the hits are up. As always, please backup your binaries and config before upgrading. With out further ado, here it is. http://www.geekswithblogs.n... ......

Posted On Saturday, January 10, 2004 6:38 PM

Bring in the New Year with a new laptop
Dude, I'm getting a Dell :D Actually a Dell Insprion 8600, and it's about time. Some of you may remember my run in with my backpack and laptop with the wireless card hanging off the side. Running in and out of sessions, I just put it in the wrong way and crack, no more wireless card. Since then I have went through another with the same results. This one has integrated wireless (centrino rules!) and a pretty hefty processor to boot. I ordered it originally online, but for some reason it considered ......

Posted On Saturday, January 10, 2004 9:22 AM

Dottext.Web.HttpCompression is ready for testing
After my previous post, I decided to take the approach I took with HTTP compression for the syndication feeds and re arch it a little bit. Originally, I changed the HttpCompressionModule's source to get it to work. This time, I used the downloaded binaries so it would have better compatiblity with the great tool. This should work with .94 and .95 but I have only tried it with .95. If you would like to check it out, please let me know. I want to have a few more people play with ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2004 10:03 PM

DevDays 2004 Site is up for the US

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2004 6:21 AM

HTTP Compression added to the syndication feeds for
After reading Scott's post on the HttpCompressionModule, I decided to check it out. The MainFeed of this site is about 65k. With the compression tool, the compressed file size is about 15k. Not bad! The compression has also been added to the individual RSS feeds as well. Let me know if you see any issues ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2004 8:01 PM

Working on .Text
Right now I am adding some new features to .Text. The main feature is the ability to use and XML data store instead of the SQL database. This will make it possible to get the 4.95/month account for Webhost4life and run a personal blog. At the same time, it will support multi-blogs. This is probably going to take some time to finish, but let me know if this is interesting to you.

Posted On Monday, January 5, 2004 8:15 PM

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