DallasCodeCamp – third party controls discussion

During the DallasCodeCamp this past Saturday, a lot of the presenters were having a discussion regarding third party controls and I want to go on the record and clarify that I hope I didn’t sound totally against third party controls.

I am definitely for utilizing off the shelf products to increase productivity and delivery schedules, but I always do so with caution.

From experience, I have seen too many projects have their hands tied from moving forward with some other core system update (VB3, to VB4, to VB6, to .NET 1.0/1.1 and .NET 2.0). If your project is too dependent on third party controls to deliver it’s functionality then you have to wait for the component provider to provide an upgrade path.

The main thing that any software development team has to be aware of and provide full disclosure to whomever controls the budget is the need for keeping the third party controls updated with their versioning life cycles.

Microsoft has made it a lot easier for these component vendors to keep their products updated to the latest frameworks by providing ever earlier looks into the upcoming frameworks. So this concern is not as worrisome as it used to be.

The real moral to the story, if you are using off the shelf products, you more than likely should consider investing in their subscription models in order to keep your products up todate or at least be willing to buy the upgrades necessary to keep your applications on the modern frameworks.

Enterprise Library 3.0 has been released

In case you haven’t heard Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices Group has released the “final” release version of Enterprise Library 3.0 – you can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=62ef5f79-daf2-43af-9897-d926f03b9e60&displaylang=en

There’s an overview discussion and interview with Microsoft’s Tom Hollander that covers some of the new features and goals of this release on TheServerSide.NET – http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=44943&asrc=EM_NLN_1269778&uid=5786245

Taking the red pill… – Our New Microsoft Developer Evangelist!


That is terrific news! Congratulations! I know there’s a whole lot of folks that are glad this role has finally been filled! Definitely let me know the next time your in Tulsa.


Taking the red pill…
Well everyone, I finally did it!  I’ve been offered (and I accepted) a job as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft.  The family and I are *very* excited about this, and I hope you are too.  There’s a lot of stuff to do now, especially around move planning, and interim travel arrangements to get back and forth to the new location, but I expect that everything will fall into place.  This position really feels right, and I’m confident that everything will work out well.  This time around, I have more time to plan our move, and actually participate in the move effort rather than just drive a car.  That’s going to be one of the best things about working for Microsoft – with the control they give me over my own schedule allows me to meet (and hopefully beat) everyone’s expectations!

Expression Web now on MSDN and my new Day Job!

I’m surprised I haven’t seen this news everywhere. I first saw it on Cory Smith’s blog, then I see Steve Smith posted about it as well. Per Somasegar and Scott Guthrie – they finally made  Expression Web available on MSDN. Somasegar was sure to point out that this is all because of the voice of the people. Sharing your thoughts and opinions does matter and can make things happen.

In other news, I recently accepted an offer from Winner Communications, Inc and returned to them in my new role as Manager of Technical Architecture on March 27, 2006. I am very excited about this opportunity considering they have a lot of awesome developers and designers, as well as some terrific projects and clientele. On top of my responsibilities I will be attempting to introduce Expression Web and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) to their designers who are mostly Mac users and focused on Flash.

No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposium makes its way to OK!

I just received an email from Jay Zimmerman regarding the No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposium that is making its way to Oklahoma in June! Attend the April 2nd Tulsa Java Developers Group meeting and the April 30th Tulsa Developers .NET meeting for your chance to win a free pass!

No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposium Series 2007, the premier
technically focused Java/Agility Event series is coming to Oklahoma City
with the Greater Oklahoma Software Symposium 2007 on June 1-3rd.  Mark
you calendar, tell all of your friends/associates and come join us for a
great show!
Event Name: Greater Oklahoma Software Symposium 2007
Dates: June 1-3, 2007
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
URL: www.nofluffjuststuff.com/sh/2007-06-oklahomacity
The 2007 Greater Oklahoma Software Symposium is coming to OKC on June
1-3rd. GOKSS 2007 will offer five (5) concurrent sessions for you to
choose from. The hot topics covered at GOKSS 2007 include:
* Spring 2.0
* Groovy/Grails
* Domain Driven Design
* Annotations
* Java Concurrency
* Java 6.0
* JRuby
* Enterprise Ajax
* JPA and many more!
We have a great set of speakers lined up for you to enjoy featuring:
Ted Neward, author of “Effective Enterprise Java”
Venkat Subramaniam, co-author of “Practices of an Agile Developer”
Howard Lewis Ship, creator of the Tapestry Framework
Glenn Vanderburg, Javascript Expert
Nathaniel Shutta, co-author of “Foundations of Ajax”
Jared Richardson, co-author of “Ship It”
David Hussman, Agility Expert
Ben Hale, Sr. Consultant with Interface 21
and many more…
The No Fluff Just Stuff Symposium series is regarded as the premier
Java/Agility event series anywhere serving over 16,000 attendees with
some 100 events since 2002. The popularity of the NFJS symposium series
can be traced to the following:
1). Exceptional Speakers
2). Limited Attendance – capped at 250 people
3). No Vendors, No Sales Pitches, no Marketecture
4). Excellent networking opportunities with speakers and fellow attendees
5). The Best Value in the Java conferencing space period

Early Bird Registration $750/person good thru 5/7/07
Special $50 discount available to all JUG members, use the discount
code, nfjsusergroup50 when registering.
Excellent Group Discounts Available – bring your entire development team
to the show – rates good through 5/07/07:
5-9 Attendees: $675/person
10-14 Attendees: $650/person
15-24 Attendees: $625/person
25-over Attendees: $600/person
Great Swag in 2007 – all attendees receive a new 2007 NFJS laptop bag &
custom leather binder.
Excellent Giveaways – Sony E-reader, Sony Playstation 3 and Apple iPods
Join us for a great show! We appreciate your support and patronage!!
Greater Oklahoma Software Symposium 2007:
Venue:  Sheraton Midwest City Conference Center
All the Best,
Jay Zimmerman
NFJS 2007 Symposium Director