April 19, 2007 Ask An Expert Live Chat

The Strong Coders Community will be hosting its monthly Ask An
Expert Live chat on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 12:00 PM PDT. Get your
tough development questions answered by Microsoft MVPs, ASPInsiders,
Regional Directors, and other industry experts.

Please note that this chat is not being hosted by Microsoft and as
such questions regarding upcoming products and future product specs may
not be answered.

Calendar: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/default.mspx
ICS: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/vcs/07_0419_MSDN_ASPNET.ics

Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2007

I met Terri Morton (one day I’ll be able to link her name to a blog) at the Cincinnati / Kentucky airport on Sunday and we flew out on the same flight to Seattle. The rest of the afternoon was uneventful. At night, I partied with Palermo. After that I was off to dinner with Terri Morton, Jason Alexander, Scott Watermasysk, and Scott Dockendorf at the Palace Kitchen. There were many yummy things on the menu such as an omelet with fried oysters and pickled peppers. I had to ask the waiter what was safe to eat. A scanned version of that menu will be posted soon.

Monday was registration day and Tuesday-Thursday the MVP Summit. Since the event was covered under an NDA, I can’t discuss the summit. But, I can say that there are some exciting things ahead.

I was supposed to return home to Virginia on Friday, but only made as far as the Cincinnati airport in Kentucky. Terri Morton and I got stranded at some place called the Drawbridge Premier. It’s a place I never want to go back to. The lady at the airport made it sound so nice. Words can’t describe it. I couldn’t get a confirmed flight to Washington, DC until Tuesday, so I decided to take the Greyhound home, another place I never want to go back to. Now I’m off to go retrieve my luggage.

March 21, 2007 Ask An Expert Live Chat Experts

Below is a list of the experts are participating in the Ask An Expert Live Chat on March 21, 2007. They’ll be there to answer your questions.

Daniel Egan

Over the past ten years, Daniel has held a variety of positions in the information technology and engineering fields before starting Odyssey Consulting Group. At OCG he serves as President and Chief Architect. Daniel has his MCSD and MCT and has been awarded a Microsoft MVP in Asp.Net.

In addition to his development work, Daniel teaches a .NET Certification course at California State University Fullerton as well as serves on its .NET Advisory board. He is the Co-Founder of the SoCalDotNet Developers Group. Daniel is very active in the .Net usergroup community. He is the Co-Founder of SoCalDotNet Developers group, VP of LACSharp Developers Group, a OCVBUG Board Member as well as a Co-Organizer of the Bi-Annual Two Day Southern California Rock and Roll Code Camp. Daniel is a frequent speaker and conference presenter and has written several articles in addition to being the author of Building Websites With VB.Net and DotNetNuke 3.0 & 4.0. To find out more about Daniel, visit either of his blogs, Dot Net Doc (www.DotNetDoc.com), a .NET and developer resource website built using the DotNetNuke framework, or ThePatternMan (www.ThePatternMan.com) which focuses on Design Patterns.


Dean Fiala

Dean Fiala was recently named a Microsoft MVP for his outstanding efforts in the ASP.NET development community. He did NOT invent the Internet, though he has been writing Windows software in one form or another for over 14 years now. He is fluent in VB.NET, C# , Visual Basic, T-SQL, Java, XPath, XSLT, Javascript, HTML and a number of other tools and technologies that few people under the age of thirty-five have heard of. Dean graduated from MIT with a degree in Political Science.

Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider and President of the Plano .NET Users Group. Jason attended the University of North Texas where he studied Computer Science.

Javier Lozano

Javier Lozano is the .NET Architect for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa, a crop insurance company, in West Des Moines, IA. He’s an MCSD.NET specializing in ASP.NET, system architecture, and training. Javier is also a co-founder of the Iowa .NET Users Group.

On his blog, www.lozanotek.com, you can find posts on ASP.NET, architecture, design patterns, interop, .NET, XML and WCF.  Javier enjoys giving back to the community by speaking at user groups, local/regional .NET events, being active in forums and by writing articles for Code Project.

In his spare time, Javier enjoys spending time with his wife, newborn son, two golden retrievers and writing about himself in the third person.


Justin Lee

Justin Lee is passionate about various technology, and interests lies with languages, operating systems, processes, and low-level architecture. He’s open to discussion about Open-Source, Linux, Mono, and many various other alternatives to Microsoft and .NET. He is proficient in C#, C++, Java and various other languages. He has been doing freelancing for a few years, and branching out into other areas like training, consulting, business and marketing. He’s currently studying in University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada doing his BCS in Computer Science.

Lorin Thwaits

No bio available.

Ryan Olshan

Ryan Olshan is the creator of StrongTypes.com, an extensive .NET generics website. He works as a senior .NET consultant for Thycotic Software, a development shop specializing in test driven and agile development. He’s a top poster and moderator on the ASP.NET Forums as well as a frequent contributor to other online communities. Ryan is also the founder of the Strong Coders Community.

Sahil Malik

Sahil Malik is a .NET author, trainer and consultant who has worked in Microsoft Technologies since the DOS days. Currently he is heavily invested in Sharepoint 2007, and the .NET framework in general.


K. Scott Allen

In 13 years of software development, Scott worked on everything from 8 bit embedded devices to video games. He’s shipped commercial web applications and built web services to connect COM+ and J2EE components. He enjoy designing, architecting, and writing code.

Scott has co-authored a few .NET books, and have articles published in the best technical magazines in the industry. He speaks at industry conferences, code camps, and regional user groups.

When away from the computer he likes to play softball and golf.



Scott Dockendorf

Scott Dockendorf is an active member of the .NET community, volunteering his time as the Program Director of the North Dallas .NET User Group, delivers sessions to local .NET User Groups, and is an active volunteer for INETA’s International Academic Committee for Texas. Scott is recognized as a Microsoft C# MVP and an ASPInsider.


Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman is Chief Architect at the Corillian Corporation, an eFinance enabler. He has over a decade of experience developing software in C, C++, VB, COM, and currently VB.NET and C#. Scott is proud to have been appointed the MSDN Regional Director for Portland, OR for the last three years, developing content for, and speaking at Developer Days and the Visual Studio.NET Launch in both Portland and Seattle. Scott was in the top 5% of audience-rated speakers at TechEd 2003 in Dallas. Scott also spoke at the Windows Server 2003 and VS.NET 2003 Launches in 4 cities. He’s spoken internationally on Microsoft technologies, and has co-authored two books from Wrox Press. In 2001, Scott spoke on a 15-city national tour with Microsoft, Compaq and Intel featuring Microsoft Technologies and evangelizing good design practices. In 2002, he was a highly rated speaker at TechEd Malaysia, giving 3 sessions, including one on the .NET Framework. This year Scott spoke at the Windows Server 2003 Launch event in 4 PacWest Cities. Scott and Corillian also participate in a number of Working Groups with the Web Service Interoperability Organization (WS-I). He’s thoughts on the Zen of .NET, Programming and Web Services can be found at http://www.computerzen.com.


Steven Smith

Steven Smith is president of AspAlliance.com and AspAdvice.com. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, an ASP.NET MVP, and an ASPInsider Board Member. He is an INETA Speaker Bureau member, and author of two books on ASP.NET. He lives in Kent, Ohio with his wife and business partner Michelle and their daughter Ilyana. Steve is also an Army Reserve officer, and spent most of 2004 in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When not playing with software technologies, Steve enjoys bicycling, hiking, martial arts, and spending time outdoors.

Michal Valasek

No bio available.

See http://community.strongcoders.com/blogs/ryan/archive/2007/03/08/march-21-2007-ask-an-expert-live-chat.aspx for more information regarding the continuation this Ask An Expert Live Chat.

March 21, 2007 Ask An Expert Live Chat

The Strong Coders Community will be hosting its monthly Ask An
Expert Live chat on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 12:00 PM PDT. Get your
tough development questions answered by Microsoft MVPs, ASPInsiders,
Regional Directors, and other industry experts.

Please note that this chat is not being hosted by Microsoft and as
such questions regarding upcoming products and future product specs may
not be answered.

Calendar: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/default.mspx
ICS: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/chats/vcs/07_0321_MSDN_ASPNET.ics

February Strongest Coders and March Prizes

February Strongest Coders

Congratulations to the February Strongest Coders. Thanks to those members for answering questions day and night.

1st Place – James Curran (JamesCurran)
2nd Place – Dean Fiala (dfiala)
3rd Place – Kamil Pakur (kampak1111)

For a recap of what they won, see http://community.strongcoders.com/forums/thread/1691.aspx.

March Prizes

The March Strongest Coders will receive a copy of .netCHARTING Enterprise Edition Web Site license.

The contributor of the best post, as voted by the moderators, will win a copy of Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET 2006 with priority support.

Answer questions, win prizes.
ASK questions, win prizes.

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