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I wrote last time about setting up my Linksys router with DD-WRT and sharing my media on the local network with a USB storage drive. I had intended to also install a Universal Plug and Play (uPnP) media server on the router, but never could find a good media server that ran on embedded Linux. I tried uShare, and it worked OK, but only with my pictures. I also attempted to run TwonkyMedia, but never could get it installed on the router. A friendly request in the Twonky Vision forums went unanswered, ...
Event Date: Saturday, January 19, 2009 Event Time: 08:30 (registration), 09:00 – 17:00 Event Location: Microsoft Tampa Office If you want to learn what TDD is all about, this is the event to attend. It’s a day-long event where you will go from start to finish with a sample domain problem and learn how to write tests to drive functionality of the system. This promises to be an excellent event and will be good for both beginners and those experienced with TDD. There will be two tracks running simultaneously, ...
One of the timeless articles among the lists of "must reads" for programmers, The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Steven Raymond, was written to expose how the open source community can succeed. The article exposed commercial software construction as an unyielding entity that is structured and secretive, where only those closely involved understood the inner workings. Similarly, open source was associated with the bazaar, as a thriving community where everyone is involved, and the internal structure ...
AT ONE TIME the Horse had the plain entirely to himself. Then a Stag intruded into his domain and shared his pasture. The Horse, desiring to revenge himself on the stranger, asked a man if he were willing to help him in punishing the Stag. The man replied that if the Horse would receive a bit in his mouth and agree to carry him, he would contrive effective weapons against the Stag. The Horse consented and allowed the man to mount him. From that hour he found that instead of obtaining revenge on the ...
I can hear your screaming from here (on the plane at who knows how many thousands of feet overhead): "final thoughts, what happened to Days 2, 3, and 4?" Well, in answer to that, I bring you this bit of collected wisdom culled from the last few days: Welcome to Concurrency. Sometimes, other functions just finish first, and in this new multi-core world, the application must move on with or without the rest of the threads. So, that said, expect some other thoughts later...they just won't follow in ...
This was announced at Open Force: DotNetNuke Corporation Announces DotNetNuke® Professional Edition Commercially supported distribution of award-winning open source Web application framework will be available soon read more... Technorati Tags: DotNetNuke®,Open Force ...
Where: New Horizons (4510 West 77th St. Edina, MN 55435) When: Tuesday, November 11th at 6:00 PM Website: www.twincitiesdevelopersgui... Session: Learn about how the Dependency Inversion Principle (DIP), Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control Containers help you get your system under test more effectively and how it can help you decouple your code. You will also be introduced to a small subset of dependency breaking techniques that will help you break ground into setting your system up ...
As suggested by Pete O'Hanlon, I am going to take a look at NUnit. I am not very familiar with it as yet, so I am basically doing research to see it's capabilities :-) I heard that I will be teached about it in lecturers in the near future, so I will be blogging even more once I get a good grab at it. What is NUnit? NUnit is a free unit testing framework designed to be used with .NET projects. This framework provides a library that has classes and methods which help writing test scripts. Nunit has ...
Windows Azure + XNA == An easy to build MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game)? Perhaps this puts the popular genre into the reach of open source and freeware developers.
PDC has come to an end and I’m sitting here reflecting on what I've experienced over the last few days. The PDC experience has been quite different than the Tech Ed or Dev Teach events I've attended in the past. There's a different vibe to PDC, and a different message that Microsoft is trying to get across. Where Tech Ed is all about teaching, PDC is all about telling. At PDC, Microsoft is describing the direction they're heading in for the next few years. They're giving us a glimpse into where they're ...
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A few minutes ago, Microsoft released a brand new suite of controls for Silverlight. The list is impressive! From now on, you can download these controls, the documentation and samples, and start coding! This post will give you a first insight into these controls based on a preview version of the set. This should make you want to experiment more and to discover more by yourself! Read the rest of this entry » ...
So, as a thousand bloggers have probably already blogged.... Today at PDC was all about the cloud: Windows Azure. Not sure where MS is going with this, but it is interesting. I've got a couple of ideas for things I might want to try out with it on my personal time... More interesting to me and my immediate development projects was ASP.NET MVC. This is what my project wanted a year and a half ago and on ASP.NET 2.0... Oh well, better late than never. Also interesting was MS's support of jQuery. Why ...

High level goals: building rich apps with same people, same skills, same workflow and common code.

Shows how to decide when to use Silverlight and when WPF.

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I came across this InfoWorld news article today on an open source SDK for creating multi-touch based applications using a webcam for input. Wouldn't it be cool to have this kind of application to work on your mobile phone with the built-in camera? I have played a couple of proprietary games on the mobile phone that have this kind of capability, it's nice that Microsoft CodePlex is making touchless SDK accessible to the masses. Get the SDK here: www.codeplex.com/touchless ...
For those Linux devs who don’t have something adamantly against Microsoft, Mono 2.0 has been released! From the release notes: Mono 2.0 is a portable and open source implementation of the .NET framework for Unix, Windows, MacOS and other operating systems. Release Date: October 6th, 2008 Major Highlights Mono 2.0 is a major milestone in the Mono project, and it supports the following features: Microsoft Compatible APIs ADO.NET 2.0 API for accessing databases. ASP.NET 2.0 API for developing Web-based ...
Summary Extract your zip file in aspspider.net using OpenSource Zip Library in asp.net (SharpZipLib) .NET Classes used : using System; using System.IO; using ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.Zip; I have used open source zip library. Which you have to download from http://www.icsharpcode.net/... Put ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.DLL into your bin folder of asp.net application. Use Following function to extract zip file. Assign your zipfilename in ZipFileName variable. You Need Folder ...
ODUG Vice President Kurt Amstutz will be talking about the recently released Map Module at next Tuesday's Orlando DotNetNuke User Group meeting. I've been busy writing my chapters for the DotNetNuke 5 book and didn't make the last meeting. I'll be at this one. I recruited Kurt last spring to put this presentation on. Here's some information on the module: The DotNetNuke® Map Module project is an initiative crafted from very popular smash up DotNetNuke® Map Module, originally called GoMap. The module, ...
Yes, you can save this much if you pre-purchase the Professional DotNetNuke 5: Open Source Web Application Framework for ASP.NET (Paperback) book by Shaun Walker (Author), Brian Scarbeau (Author), Darrell Hardy (Author), Stan Schultes (Author), Ryan Morgan (Author) The book is in the pre-edit phase and we all are wrapping up our final chapter. As you can see, Wrox already has the book up on Amazon's site ready to sell. It's worth waiting for. Technorati Tags: DotNetNuke, Wrox, ASP.NET, Open Source, ...
Now that the Manhattan Project has taken its first few baby steps, I think it would be best if I made a series of tutorials for those who want to keep up with the happenings, but might have lagged behind. This is the first in a large series of tutorials that I (and all those involved) want to have available to help those who have a little trouble getting started. To get some things straight, at least for myself, OpenSim is not a client for Second Life (I swear, this is what I thought before I got ...
Wow, the ASP.NET MVC team just keeps getting it right! I am truly shocked that Microsoft is going to take advantage of a well-known, well-tested open source framework instead of trying to (poorly) invent their own... (cough... ASP.NET Ajax) Scott Gu - jQuery and Microsoft : http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... ...
The news took the community by surprise and the reactions are overwhelmingly positive: Microsoft is going to ship jQuery with the ASP.NET MVC framework (very soon) and with Visual Studio (in a near future). For more details, ScottGu and Scott Hanselman are talking about that in a very complete way. Read the rest of this entry » ...
The Heartland Developers Conference has come to Minneapolis and things start kicking off tonight with the pre-conference party, down at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. I attended the HDC last year in Omaha as a representative of Magenic and enjoyed it so much I decided to speak at the event this year (both in Minneapolis and Omaha.) I'm speaking on Monday and my time slot has some pretty tough competition with Andrew Troelson discussing LINQ Query Internals and Amanda Laucher discussing ...
Article Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/m... I've been asked the same question a few times recently by a couple of BizTalk projects about how to map their reference data. When this question comes up we often get involved in a discussion about the pros and cons of caching the reference data and increasing memory usage versus hitting the database every time. As a rule I tend to use the BizTalk Cross Referencing features for this data mapping unless there is a specific requirement which ...
It appears that my patch finally got accepted and rolled into MSBuild Community Tasks. I posted it back in December and just saw the commit email in the last two weeks. It is the first patch I have submitted to Open Source that has been accepted (also the only patch submitted so far). I plan on submitting patches to this and possibly to Nant as I start working heavily in tasks in the near future. One of which will be ServiceCreate based on one I found from a guy, except adding the ability to set ...
F# is an awesome language. I'd choose to write F# code any day over any language if my work allows it. The way you are able to concisely and cleanly write code with it is what brought me over. Sure there is an initial overhead (if you we are an OO programmer) in learning all the functional constructs but in the end its all worth it. Even though you might not be able to use it at work (read : management only wants C#/VB.NET), the way you are writing OO code will definitely be improved. I for example ...
The Architecture and Integration Summit hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Integration Consortium is coming soon. October 29th is a pre-conference tutorial day while October 30th is the main event with keynote presentations, track presentations, a panel debate on SOA versus REST, and a cocktail reception hosted by event sponsors – all at the McNamara Alumni Center. While Roy Fielding may not have invented the World Wide Web, he is in fact one of its chief architects and is the opening ...
I first met Liza and the Lullabot gang at the Iowa Code Camp and started following her on Twitter the same day. She's got a pretty interesting story, but I'll let her tell it. This is another one of those interviews I did a while back and then somehow misplaced. Obviously my filing system (gmail) needs some work. Without further delay, I give you NINE Questions with Liza Kindred: 1. Where are you from? Des Moines, most days. I travel a great deal for work, so sometimes I feel like I am "from" airports ...
I was asked to find an open source load/performance testing tool we can use at my employer, and I've done some digging. OpenSTA seems to be our best option, although it can be quirky and sometimes unreliable with HTTPS. However, I did find something called WebLOAD which looked promising. However, it says it doesn't support HTTPS at all. Given that this is advertised as "open source", I figured perhaps it could be made to support it (even though this sounded like a strange idea...a web load testing ...
For those of you who attended my talk or for any other interested parties, I have uploaded my slide deck from my MVP Theatre presentation at Tech.Ed Australia 2008 to my sky drive here: There is not too much to this deck as the presentation was mainly demos. If you are just after the links to the tools I demonstrated I have included them below: MDX Studio BIDS Helper Analysis Services Stored Procedure (ASSP) project PowerSSAS (which unfortunately only got a brief mention) And here are the links to ...
The Omaha Nebraska school system uses open source DotNetNuke for all of their school portals and for the district as well. Their technology site lists who the staff is along with help on using DotNetNuke modules and they list outstanding websites that are used in the district as well. I was quite impressed with how school were using DotNetNuke to create their web portals. I was equally impressed with the support these schools get with their Tech Department. Way to go Omaha! Technorati Tags: open ...
I could not sleep tonight for some reason and thought will come down and post a blog (My wife tells me I am crazy when I got up from bed). I am writing this blog listening to Lewis Black on comedy central, so watch out what I post here... After my previous post on Microsoft's shopping cart, I thought to balance my thought process I should look at what could be the next move on Microsoft's competitors to trump before MS makes next announcement. Oracle is other company I admire a lot (Facebook, Sun, ...
If you are registered for Tech Ed Australia this year, come along to MVP Theatre to watch MVPs delivering sessions ranging from 20 minutes to the full 75 minutes. There are only 20 seats in MVP Theatre, so you need to be quick getting to the Expo Hall if you’re serious about catching an MVP Session. The Agenda for MVP Theatre is here (please watch it for last minute updates). To attend, you must be a registered delegate, so if you haven’t bought your Tech Ed ticket yet, you can register here. I’m ...
SWIFT decided to move to XML standards in year 1999. Since then, we have been hearing about MX standards (XML based). In all SWIFT presentations I have seen so far, I always hear about MX messages. SWIFT also maintains and releases MX standards every year. I always get a message that SWIFT will finally be moving everything to MX, but I never get a concrete end-date! Yes, we should not move to new technology/approach for the sake of changing! But here, I clearly see a case for moving towards XML based ...
Well the Bartlesville .NET User Group had it's August meeting and we had a great turn out! We had 34 people show up for David Walker's presentation on Building Powerful WebParts for Sharepoint 2007. David did a great job in showing the power of properly built WebParts in SharePoint. Specifically he showed off a open source project that he has been working with other's on. You should check out PowerQueryWebPart if you do Sharepoint development ...
Moonlight is still continuing to progress. Moonlight is the open source implementation of Silverlight for Linux. It's being run by Miguel de Icaza of Novell. There are a couple of things that are interesting to me about this project. More on my blog at Miguel de Icaza on Mono and Moonlight ...
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. ...
Since I mentioned this in my previous post, I might as well elaborate. I discovered there was an open source community for Microsoft technology back in 2004. Curious as I am, I tried several things that looked interesting. I introduced CruiseControl.net, NAnt and NUnit to my customer. What surprised me is that not everyone shares my curiosity. A lot of people have this predefined fear of using non-Microsoft products for Microsoft technology. Most of the developers I talked about it even moaned 'Now ...
I'm taking a break from this glorious day, with nice weather and grilled meats to bring you this interview with Dana Coffey (someone many of you know as @CrazeeGeekChick on Twitter.) Dana is from a place near and dear to my heart. The South. Every time I see her take the time to actually type out the word "y'all" I get a chuckle. So without further delay, here is Dana Coffey and her NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? Peachtree City, GA – land of the Golfcart paths. It’s just south of Atlanta ...
Will it be Microsoft, JAVA or Someone else? Software technologies are still in evolving phase so, at this point you cannot say who will be the leader in near future. We are seeing this question unanswered for many years now. You will get opinions based on what technologies an individual is working. In most cases, it is incorrect because the individual do not understand both technologies equally to be able to make a judgment! When I was learning .Net in year 2002, there was a big debate if .Net will ...
The 'first do this, next do that' is a short phrase which really in a nutshell describes the spirit of the imperative paradigm. Web services are the killer application for XML, with reference to Implicit Anticipation over Empty Techniques. Using environments to emulate references limits the granularity of references to fields. The paradigm originates from a purely mathematical discipline: the theory of functions. If a method does not contain non-transportable types, it can be offered in the interface ...
I want to save html file generated by ASP.NET to PDF. I was pointed to itextsharp open source project. I found a few links, discussing how to do it: http://www.velocityreviews.... iTextSharp Tutorial Chapter 7: XML and (X)HTML iTextSharp Demo(asp.net 2.0):http://rubypdf.com/ite... introduces HtmlParser.Parse.(see the source code here) We tried to use it. HtmlParser.Parse does NOT throw any error , ...
Employee Info Starter Kit is an asp.net starter kit, which demonstrates the use of simple CRUD operations for maintaining a company's employee information. It has been developed by me as a guideline for building enterprise level projects. In last few months this starter kit placed in the top chart at code.msdn.microsoft.com for several times regarding the popularity. A very exciting news for all of Employee Info Starter Kit fans is yesterday this starter kit has been placed in the front page of Official ...
Although I was more-or-less lambasted for my post about free vs. open source software, I want to follow-up with a comment or two about .NET development. There is a common misconception that developing for Windows using .NET is an expensive endeavor. For the record, .NET development is free. .NET Framework SDK The .NET framework itself (a.k.a. runtime) is completely free. In fact, if you don't have it, go and download it right now. Check out "Get the Framework" on the right. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ...
This is a friendly reminder that this Wednesday, July 16th, from 9:00 – 11:00am the first Collaboration Technology Interest Group (aka: Week3) session will be held at the Maple Grove Community Center. We have had a good number of registrants, but have plenty of spots open. Free Wi-Fi is available. For more information continue reading or click here to learn more. This event is free and space is still available, you may visit the registration page by clicking here. July 16- Collaboration Triage - ...
For those of you who know me, I work very hard to speak very precisely. As such, I become frustrated at the repeated abuse (incorrect use) of terms. Among these, it is my opinion that there is some abuse among the terms "free", "open source", and, well, "free" (yes, I am repeating myself) in the context of software. I am going to provide my definitions for these terms. Free (in terms of Purchase Price) There is a lot (and by that I mean A LOT) of free software. Utilities, full-featured product suites, ...
jQuery is a JavaScript library to interact with HTML, create simple animation and add AJAX capabilities. It works across browsers (don't most things do today?), and lets you do more with less. If you're in the web design & development work, you would have heard about it unless you've been living under a rock, figuratively speaking. jQuery was released in January 2006 and is licensed under the GNU GPL and MIT license. In other words, jQuery is open source and available for free! The library itself ...
Emil Stoychev with a Silverlight Twitter Widget, Kathy Kam on the missing WatermarkedTextBox, Adam Kinney on Tweening Equations, Mike Taulty on Dynamic DeepZoom, Tim Heuer and Joel Neueck with Open Source Media Player, Alex Knight with Photo Flip, and Piotr Puszkiewicz on SL2B2 Silverlight.js. A couple notes I've been hanging onto... Joel Neubeck reported on his blog that he and Bill Reiss will be presenting at the XNA Gamefest, so if you're going, look them up up! chrishayuk who posted some very ...
On Saturday, I'll be speaking to a group of teachers about how I use the open source portal DotNetNuke in my class. The event takes place in San Antonio and is sponsored by the Computer Science Teachers Association. The Computer Science & Information Technology Symposium provides professional development opportunities for high school and middle school computer science and computer applications teachers who need practical, relevant information to help them prepare their students for the future. ...
In my last post, titled "10 Tools Which I Left After Using VSTS 2008", I have included a list of 10 tools which I am not using currently, as I have the corresponding features available in Visual Studio Team System 2008. However, on the other hand, I am still using few tools even I have VSTS 2008! Here are 10 of among them.. 1. Code Smith: An excellent template based code generator. 2. Crystal FTP: Excellent FTP client tool. 3. Total Validator: One of the most powerful tool that I ever seen, which ...