We're travelling the country for the third MS Australia Security Summit. Today is Canberra. I'm presenting a session on ClickOnce, which is great, but my favourite bit about tours like this is meeting old and new friends in the developer community.
On Tuesday night in Sydney, a number of us got together at Darling Harbour to talk geek and also to farewell Jason McConnell, who is moving to the Visual Studio team in Redmond. This means that there's a vacancy in Melbourne for a developer evangelist. Frank's already blogged about the job, and there's even been one application already in the form of a public blog post! By the way, Sean McBreen's also looking to fill a similar role in New Zealand. Take it from me, if you're a developer geek, being DE for Microsoft is absolutely, positively the best job in the world.
This evening (Thursday), we're in Canberra. Drop in and say hello in the MSDN Connection Lounge, or join us afterwards for a Geek "dinner" at King O'Malley's Pub in Civic.
I'm planning to be in town on the evening of each of the other Security Summit days, so if you'd like to organise a Geek Gathering in your city, please do, and let me know where to come!
Not great times for Aussies (although they will be recorded), but this series seems like it's well worth a look.
Tune in to .NET Unwrapped, the webcast series focused on real-world developer solutions for the financial services industry. Hear from the Microsoft financial services team as well as experts who have deployed technologies and systems at some of the largest financial institutions. Learn how to:
Here's the list of sessions and links to the rego pages:(Careful - I hand-translated the times from Pacific time (UTC-8) to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (UTC+11), so you might want to check that I got the sums right.)
Mitch Denny and Greg Low have proposed a Code Camp (that's not a link to this Code Camp's schedule - just a sample of one being run elsewhere) be run over the ANZAC Day long weekend in April (22-25) in Wagga Wagga at Charles Sturt University. I reckon this will be a great way for geeks to spend the long weekend.
What would you like to see at Code Camp? Do you like the timing? Send comments to Greg or Mitch via their blogs!
I just subscribed to John Montgomery's Blog and he has a great post about writing secure code. This segues really nicely into our security summit, coming to a capital city near you next month. In the developer track, we're talking a lot about team development and how a whole of project life-cycle approach can lead to more secure code. We'll also be talking about click-once deployment and the security implications of automatic updating, as well as an intro to some of the SQLCLR features in SQL2005.
The full agenda's here.
BTW, I've scheduled my flights so I'm in town the evening of the event in every city -- if you're interested in organising a geek dinner or some other kind of get together, please let me know (or, better still, just organise it and tell me where and when).
I'm on holiday - each couple of years, all my immediate family converge on Melbourne to see my extended family. My brother (also a 'softie) and sister's families are the same size and age as mine, so the three families set up camp in a caravan park on the north-eastern outskirts of Melbourne. This is not the most internet-friendly of locations (no phone lines into the caravan park other than to the main office, and no wireless broadband coverage from the local carriers), but this evening we are sharing an internet connection from my GPRS-enabled phone via Bluetooth to my laptop, thence to a 802.11b WAP and to the other 5 devices that live here at the moment (total 5 laptops and one Wi-Fi PDA!).
I find it very cool that I can be sitting in the middle of nowhere and have internet connectivity (albeit slow and a little flaky) and wireless multi-player games. Two years ago the decorations were blue cable, but this year we've done away with even that.
Happy holidays to all and all the best for a safe and prosperous 2005.
While I'm on the topic of Office Development, I've just been reminded of a series of Office Application Development Webcasts focusing on InfoPath and Information Bridge Framework. The InfoPath sessions have already happened (you can view them on-demand) and the IBF sessions are still to come, but are on at an ANZ-friendly time (unless you're in WA - sorry Sandgropers). Here's the list:
I've been meaning to blog about this for ages, but better late than never I guess.
One of the questions to which I get the most positive response when showing the great new features in VS2005 (or even VS2003 for that matter) is "Who here would laike to be able to write .NET applications that live inside Word or Excel?". Especially in financial institutions, law firms and beauracracies (but in plenty of other places as well), there are light bulbs going off over the developers' heads as they realise that their users don't have to ever leave thier beloved Office app to get the functionality they need -- no mater what that functionality is!
Over on the VSTO 2.0 blog, Kathleen McGrath has been posting links to video tutorials showing how to do a bunch of great things in VSTO 2.0. Here's what she's posted so far:
Dunno if that's the lot or not, but either way, these are well worth a look.
Ken Levy, John Koziol and YAG announced that VFP 9.0 has been Released to Manufacturing and that it will be available for download from the MSDN Subscription Site in "Late December".
I'd like to add my congratulations to the VFP team - great job folks and just in time to have a holiday break too.
Up on the VSData Team Blog, Brad's posted A Simple Walkthrough for deploying a SQLCLR Stored Procedure. This is a great companion to the information contained in the SQL Server 2005 Beta 2 Resource Kit (available Free in Australia).
This, and another discussion I was having earlier today with Chuck Sterling, has got me thinking about the convergence between developers and SQL folk. In the past, we (at MS) have had an artificial (read "internal organisational") boundary between developers and IT professionals (the category we've used for SQL Server folk). While the distinction still exists in the organisation (inertia is a wonderful thing isn't it?), we're starting to turn that around. The establishment of the IT Pro evangelist role, in the same team as the developer evangelists, is a good example of this. It's only going to get more important as time goes on and I, for one, am very excited about it.