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John Alexander Emergent and Shiny January 2004 Entries
Ward Cunningham joins Microsoft!!!!
The inventor of the wiki and one of the founders of Extreme Programming (XP) joins the Microsoft Prescriptive Architecture Team!!! Read about it here...Very cool!!!!

Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2004 7:37 PM

Need a .NET equivalent to a favorite Win32 function?

This will help. Microsoft Win32 to Microsoft .NET Framework API Map just published on MSDN...

Posted On Tuesday, January 27, 2004 9:06 AM

Good Article on Unit Testing in .NET
The ServerSide.NET has a recent article by Justin Gehtland entitled “Unit Testing in .NET”. If you aren't familiar with Unit Testing (and even if you are), this is a good intro article on the subject...

Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2004 9:19 PM

Microsoft releases Authorization and Profile Application Block!!!
Recently released, the Authorization and Profile Application Block provides an infrastructure for role-based authorization and access to profile information. The block enables you to: Authorize a user of an application or system. Use multiple authorization storage providers. Plug in business rules for action validation. Map multiple identities to a single user. Access profile information that can be stored in multiple profile stores. The hits just keep coming! If you aren't taking advantage of the ......

Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2004 8:54 PM

BizTalk 2004 Custom Functoid sample

Scott posted a nifty custom functoid sample for BTS 2004...

 BizTalk 2004 makes it's predecessors (and the competition) look like a horse and wagon compared to a bullet train...IMHO

Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2004 7:01 PM

Register for DevDays 2004!
Registration is now open...DevDays 2004, coming to 32 US cities this March, promises to be one of the most rewarding events of the year for professional developers. With a focus on building secure smart client and Web applications using Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET, this event will help you add power and security to your applications the moment you walk out the door. No matter which track you attend, you'll be able to see a local expert build a real-world application, see the application ......

Posted On Monday, January 19, 2004 7:21 AM

Some Longhorn haiku

Don shares discovery,

McLaws noticed Chris Anderson,

writing geek haiku.


Posted On Monday, January 19, 2004 6:18 AM

Cool Wallpaper Site...
Early and Adopter share a cool site..Found my new background!

Posted On Sunday, January 18, 2004 8:50 PM

Great MSDN Article on understanding WSDL (now with correct link...)

From MSDN....“Understanding how a WSDL file describes your Web service is the key to understanding how XML Web services work in general. This article is for .NET developers who want to demystify the WSDL files that Microsoft ASP.NET generates by examining the seven major elements that compose a WSDL file.”

Good stuff...

Posted On Sunday, January 18, 2004 8:25 PM

Visual Studio .NET 2003 Automation Samples

If you haven't done so already... Check out these samples that “show you how to build VSMacros projects, add–ins, and wizards to make your teams more productive and to bend Visual Studio .NET 2003 to the ways you like to work.”

Posted On Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:36 PM

CA Drivers: Eyes Off That Laptop...

From InternetNews:

Speed Kills. So does checking your email apparently...


Posted On Friday, January 9, 2004 8:44 PM

The Wrist NET: GeekWare extraordinaire...
Scott highlights Wrist NET's availability.  Wearable computing takes another step forward!

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2004 8:52 PM

The Algebra of TDD...
William Caputo wrote this last month and I just read it. Pretty interesting. Gives some great insight into the whys and wherefores of structuring your tests... I'm now pondering the finer points of Test Driven Development while watching Speed Racer (with the kids, of course)...

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2004 7:49 PM

Nice article on DB migration
Steven Smith chronicles his adventures with a db migration... Good bit on lessons learned.

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2004 7:40 AM

Good Advice. Especially for those family computer support calls...
Bill Evjen gives some great advice on securing your computer. Great for all those relatives who bought one over the holidays.... Read What I put on EVERY computer I have...

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2004 7:33 AM

DevDays is just around the corner!!!!
DevDays 2004 T-6 weeks! February 23 - March 22, 2004 32 US cities. 20,000 developers. If you haven't attended this, you really should! It's gonna be great!!! Check it out at: ......

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2004 7:28 AM

St. Louis ASP.NET Roadshow Tour is biggest so far!!!!!!!
I just found out from Steve Loethen (Microsoft Developer Evangelist Extraordinaire) that the 12/4 St. Louis stop on the ASP.NET Exposed Roadshow was the biggest so far with about 450 attendees! 20 of us made the trek via bus from Kansas City to St. Louis for the event and had a great time!!!! If you haven't seen the show, you should try to attend. Rob and Scott show some very cool stuff! The show is sponsored by MSDN and INETA. Bill gives a “man on the scene” report of the event here ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2004 8:16 PM

Hi. I'm Jalx. Welcome.
Hi. I'm John Alexander. I'm the .NET Practice Manager for Vision Data Solutions and a Microsoft Regional Director . Technically speaking, my passions are Web Services, Biztalk, and Smart Clients.... Non-Technically speaking, my passions are my family and watching movies... Gotta start somewhere. Guess this is it.... Thanks to Jeff Julian for making this happen ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2004 7:19 PM

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