Don’t be too quick to judge

When reading my rss feeds this morning, I came across this posting from the Sydney Morning Herald: While reading posts in the headlines about murders, etc., it's easy to become quite numb to it all. However, this one nearly had me in tears, not just for the young guy that's been killed, but for the parents involved. Those that know me well know I have a disabled daughter with nowhere near the problems that this young guy had. Every time I used to feel bad about our situation, all I needed to do was to think about the other … Continue reading Don’t be too quick to judge

SQL Down Under Code Camp – now very soon

I was so pleased today that we passed the 100 mark for attendees for SQL Down Under Code Camp ( Given the short notice, I would have been happy with 60 or 70. I also loved the email I got today from Anthony Chan at Charles Sturt University. It showed the signs he's made to direct attendees to the building. Outstanding effort Anthony ! Irfan Altas and the crew at Charles Sturt University are already outdoing themselves again.

VB Powerpacks

There is an interesting new team that is building "power packs" for VB. The first of the two power packs (the Windows Interop Forms Toolkit) allows you to migrate VB6 apps to VB.NET one form at a time. This can only help with large VB6 projects that have been too hard to migrate all at once. The second power pack offers a PrintForm component. Many developers had used the PrintForm method on VB6 forms and the lack of this method in VB.NET caused some migration difficulties for those forms. Both of these are good news. In addition, the team is … Continue reading VB Powerpacks

SQL Down Under Code Camp numbers growing daily

I've been really heartened by the flow of registrations for SQL Down Under Code Camp in Wagga Wagga on October 7th and 8th (next month). When I was picking the dates for this, I nearly waited for next year because I knew it wasn't much notice for people to get there but ended up deciding to let it run this year anyway. I was keen to at least start the tradition and have told people I'd have been happy to see 60 or 70 people register. Well, today we passed 90 and it's still growing. Thanks to all that have … Continue reading SQL Down Under Code Camp numbers growing daily

Expression Web Designer Beta

Good to see some of the Expression products now heading towards release. Microsoft today announced that the Beta of Expression Web Designer (now simply known as Expression Web) is available for download. Details are at:

Vale Steve Irwin

I was shocked and saddened (but I have to say not surprised) when my daughter Kirsty SMS'd me to say that Steve Irwin had died. Steve was a true Australian icon. Australia Zoo is not far north of where I have been living in Brisbane. I recall many, many years ago visiting the reptile park run by Steve's parents. It was a sleepy friendly place. I recall being sad when it was destroyed by fire and a large number of their reptiles killed. Steve has done an amazing job of transforming that place into what is now Australia Zoo. If … Continue reading Vale Steve Irwin

TechEd New Zealand and Australia done and dusted

I'm finally back on deck properly after TechEd. It certainly was a hectic week for me. Overall, I think the shows in Auckland and Sydney were both very good. Congratulations to the organisers in both places. I found I couldn't quite do the level of preparation I normally do because of the number of sessions I was presenting. I think most of them were ok though. I hope you thought so. One thing I'd like to canvas opinions on though is the material you'd like to see at TechEd. One change this year is that most of the presenters were redelivering someone … Continue reading TechEd New Zealand and Australia done and dusted

Gotta love VS.NET

Recently while working with a client on a VB.NET project, we had the need to create an application that would: 1. Automatically open up if not already open 2. Only ever have a single instance open 3. Automatically open a child window based upon a command line parameter. So, if the program wasn't already open and we said: C:\> MyApp.exe SomeCustomer you'd end up with the app opening and the details for that customer shown in a sub-window. However if the app was already open, the same command would just launch sub window. It ended up quite easy. All that … Continue reading Gotta love VS.NET