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March 27, 2011

Heading out of the Country

Filed under: General @ 10:11 pm

I am heading to London, Paris, Bruges, and Amsterdam later this week. Anyone have any suggestions for "must see" attractions or "must eat" restaurants?

My oldest daughter has been doing her college semester abroad in London. She has the full month of April off for her spring break, so I’m visiting for a week. Later in April my youngest daughter is going out to visit her for a week.

It will be great to take some time off!

February 15, 2011

Visual Studio Live! Conference in Las Vegas

Filed under: C#,General,VB.NET @ 3:56 pm

There is so much to know these days with all of the new technologies, techniques, and tools in Visual Studio and the .NET framework. How do you even decide which technologies deserve your attention and which you can "give a miss"?

One of the benefits of a technical conference like Visual Studio Live! is to figure out which new things are a "must know", which are a "fun to know", which are a "wait to know", and which are a "never need to know".

My presentations are on "Best Kept Secrets in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0" and "Silverlight, WCF RIA Services, and Your Business Objects".

The first talk covers may of the tips, tricks, and lesser known features of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. Most of these items should be on your "must know" or "fun to know" list.

The Silverlight talk covers how to communicate between Silverlight and your own business objects or plain old CLR objects (POCOs).

Click here to sign up. Use the promotional code VLSPK15 by February 16th and you’ll receive:

  • The all-access Best Value Conference Package for just $1,495, a savings of $400.00 off the standard price of $1,895.

You must use the priority code VLSPK15 to receive the discount and this is for new reservations only.

Visual Studio Live Las Vegas

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

April 18-22, 2011

Event web site:

Visual Studio Live is five days of practical, Microsoft-supported training for developers to help solve your tough .NET development challenges. You’ll find how-to advice and the tips and tricks that you’ll be ready to implement as soon as you get back to the office. Our expert faculty – including many Microsoft instructors – makes each session interactive so you can discuss your particular development roadblocks and come away with actionable solutions.

Visual Studio Live Las Vegas offers in-depth training in:

  • Silverlight / WPF
  • Programming Practices
  • Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4
  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data Management
  • Web / HTML 5
  • Simplification Tools
  • Mobile Development

Visual Studio Live Las Vegas – Expert Solutions for .NET Developers

Hope to see you there!

February 7, 2011

Microsoft MVP Forum Award Recipient

Filed under: C#,General,VB.NET @ 8:30 pm

I was very honored to hear last week that I won one of the Microsoft MVP Forum awards for top answerers.

With 2879 posts last year (2010), I was able to provide 1174 answers in the MSDN forums:

I really enjoy working with the developers in the forums. It is fun to see what people are working on and I always learn many new tips and tricks.

My MVP status began in 1994 or 5 (my first certificates don’t have a date), but I lost the distinction when I started to focus on books and speaking instead of forum activities. When the requirements for the MVP program changed around 2004, I was very happy to receive the award again and have been an MVP ever since.

So far this year, my attention has been on the Silverlight series I am posting to my blog, but hope to be back in the forums soon.


November 10, 2010

VSLive! Orlando: Source Code for My Talks

Filed under: General @ 4:47 pm

The VSLive! conference in Orlando is coming up on November 14-17. If you would like a "sneak peak" at the source code for the two talks I am giving at that conference, you can get it all from my company’s Web site.


October 8, 2010

Silicon Valley Code Camp 2010: Source Code for My Talks

Filed under: General @ 5:25 pm

In this prior post, I provided information on registering for the Silicon Valley Code Camp on October 9 and 10, 2010 and on the talks I am presenting at that code camp. If you would like the source code for my two talks, you can get it all from my company’s Web site.


September 25, 2010

Silicon Valley Code Camp 2010

Filed under: C#,General,VB.NET @ 12:31 pm

The Silicon Valley Code Camp is coming up again on October 9th and 10th. There are over 190 sessions and over 1500 people registered so far for this FREE code camp.

Topics cover:

  • .NET
  • Silverlight
  • Visual Studio LightSwitch
  • Agile development technologies
  • Cloud computing
  • HTML 5
  • SharePoint
  • Web Services
  • Windows Phone 7

My talks are on Visual Studio/.NET and on Silverlight.

Register here:

See you there!

July 17, 2010

VSLive! Redmond: Source Code For My Talks

Filed under: C#,General,VB.NET @ 11:08 am

In this prior post, I provided information on registering for the VSLive! conference on August 2-6  in Redmond Washington and on the talks I am presenting at that conference. If you would like a "sneak peak" at the source code for my two talks, you can get it all from my company’s Web site.


May 14, 2010

Bay.NET Event: .NET 4.0 and VS 2010

Filed under: General,User Group @ 7:52 pm

We are lucky to have two of Redmond’s finest down here in Silicon Valley for a full day .NET 4.0 and VS 2010 event on May 15, 2010. Click here for more information or to register.

I am happy to be providing one of the talks at the event. I am giving the "What’s New in VB 10" talk. VB and C# continue to get closer together in terms of feature set, so that means more feature parity.

With parity in mind, VB 10 has the following new features:

My talk covers these items and plenty more. If you want the sample code for the talk, you can find it here.


March 22, 2010

Get up out of that Chair!

Filed under: General @ 5:26 pm

If you are a designer, architect, or developer, you may spend many, many hours in your chair writing design documents, modeling systems, developing code, building unit tests, and so on. It is easy to sit down at 8 AM and realize at 1 PM that you have not yet left your chair.


I am a (relatively) young, healthy person. But I just spent a week in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism. Not fun.

I understand that this condition is often caused by too much sitting. So this is my public service announcement:


Get out of your chair every few hours. Walk around the block or around your building. You will be glad you did.

For more information on blood clots and sitting, see these links:

Enjoy your walk!

February 27, 2010

EF and MEF at our User Group

Filed under: General,User Group @ 1:57 pm

We have the top experts on Entity Framework (EF) and the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) coming to the San Francisco EastBay.NET User Group on March 3, 2010!

Both Julie Lerman and Kathleen Dollard will be here.

During the FUNdamentals portion of the meeting, Julie introduces EF in Visual Studio 2010:

Introduction to EF designer in VS 2010
The Entity Framework designer gained a slew of new features in Visual Studio 2010. In this short session, we’ll create a model using the designer and take a look at some of these improvements such as entity name pluralization, complex type support, improved stored procedure support and more.

Then the main meeting is a double-header:

First look at POCO Support in Entity Framework 4 (Julie)
One of the most important additions to Entity Framework in VS2010 is its support for POCO (Plain Old CLR Object) classes. In this session you’ll see how EF is able to support POCOs, how to create POCOs that EF can work with and the difference between super simple POCOs and those which use dynamic proxies at run time to emulate EntityObject behavior such as change notification. We’ll also take a quick look at the critical change to EF code generation that allows us to generate and customize POCOs.
With POCO capabilities in hand, you will be able to build persistent ignorant, flexible and testable code using entities while still benefiting from the features of Entity Framework.

The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) (Kathleen)
Composable applications are made of building blocks – like Legos.
Composability is an extension of many ideas that have fueled architecture evolution in the last twenty years, including isolation, the creation of tiers, and testable applications. Silverlight and .NET now contain the Managed Extensibility Framework or MEF to provide composability. MEF is available in .NET 3.5 and Silverlight 3.0 via downloads and in the box for .NET 4.0 and Silverlight 4.0.

MEF is as simple as Import, Export, Compose! You’ll learn how do each of these steps with the attributed model to define and retrieve parts in your application. I’ll also cover what composability is and the three broad categories – extensions, fully composed applications, and architecturally composed applications. You’ll leave understanding when MEF might be a good fit for your applications today and insight into how profoundly MEF is likely to change architectures in the relatively near future.

Come and check out these great talks by these great .NET experts!

For more information and to register using this link.


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