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    ADNUG ACS badged .net training in Adelaide

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    Peter Griffith, President of the Adelaide .NET User Group sends me the following excellent news:

    Once again ADNUG is offering 3 ACS badged 5 day courses in VB, C# and ASP in conjunction with Kaz with considerable discounts for members. (over 40% off rrp). For details http://www.acs.org.au/sa/newsletr/meetings/5day_courses.pdf
    • Programming with Microsoft® Visual Basic .NET Course 2373B
      Monday - Friday 6 - 10 December 2004
    • Programming with C# Course 2124C
      Monday - Friday 17 - 21 January 2005
    • Developing Microsoft® ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET Course 2310B
      Monday - Friday 7 -11 February 2005
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    ClickOnce Webcast Session Posted

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    My Security Summit session on Deploying Applications with ClickOnce is now available to view online or offline. Access it from here. To view it offline, you'll need to download the free LiveMeeting replay application.
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    Pros and Cons of re-writing, or "If it ain't broke ..."

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    Rick Strahl, formerly a VFP MVP and now a .NET MVP (in C# I think, but with Rick it would just have been a matter of choosing a category) has a great post on why he's not re-writing one of his flagship applications (currently written in VFP) in .NET. Well worth a read. While you're there, have a look at some of the very neat things Rick is doing with both VFP and .NET.

    BTW, Rick will be out here in Australia at the end of November to speak at OzFox, along with Ken Levy and a bevy of great speakers.

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    Security Summit

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    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.

    Location Starts Where
    Sydney 8 February 2005 Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
    Canberra 10 February 2005 National Convention Centre
    Adelaide 17 February 2005 Adelaide Convention Centre
    Melbourne 22 February 2005 Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre
    Brisbane 24 February 2005 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
    Perth 1 March 2005 Perth Exhibition & Convention Centre

    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). 

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    WPF? Pah!

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    I'm sitting in Joseph Cooney's (excellent) session on WPF at CodeCampOz, and it seems to me that the canonical demo of WPF is an animated button bouncing around a form. Of course, this is something VFP has been able to do for ever:

    **************************************************
    *-- Form:         form1 
    *-- ParentClass:  form
    *-- BaseClass:    form
    *-- Time Stamp:   04/01/07 02:18:00 PM
    *
    DEFINE CLASS form1 AS form
    
    
        DoCreate = .T.
        Caption = "Form1"
        llanimating = .F.
        ndirection = 0
        nspeed = 0
        Name = "Form1"
    
    
        ADD OBJECT command1 AS commandbutton WITH ;
            Top = 60, ;
            Left = 108, ;
            Height = 109, ;
            Width = 157, ;
            Caption = "Command1", ;
            Name = "Command1"
    
    
        ADD OBJECT timer1 AS timer WITH ;
            Top = 216, ;
            Left = 336, ;
            Height = 23, ;
            Width = 23, ;
            Interval = 50, ;
            Name = "Timer1"
    
    
        PROCEDURE llanimating_assign
            LPARAMETERS vNewVal
            *To do: Modify this routine for the Assign method
            THIS.llAnimating = m.vNewVal
            this.Timer1.Enabled = this.llanimating
            IF ! this.llAnimating
                this.ResetButton
            ELSE
                this.nDirection = RAND() * 2 * PI()
                this.nSpeed = INT(RAND() * 10) + 1
                this.Command1.BackColor = RAND() * 0xFFFFFF
            endif
        ENDPROC
    
    
        PROCEDURE resetbutton
            * Reset the button to default values
    
            this.Command1.Top = INT(this.Height/2 - this.Command1.Height/2)
            this.Command1.Left = INT(this.Width/2 - this.Command1.Width/2)
    
            this.Command1.ResetToDefault("BackColor")
        ENDPROC
    
    
        PROCEDURE movebutton
            WITH this.Command1
    
                * move the button by (nSpeed) in the (nDirection) direction
                .top = .top + (.Parent.nSpeed * COS(.Parent.nDirection))
                .Left = .Left + (.Parent.nSpeed * SIN(.Parent.nDirection))
    
                * check to see whether we've hit a wall
                IF .Left < 0
                    .Parent.nDirection = 2* PI() - .Parent.nDirection
                    .BackColor = RAND() * 0xFFFFFF
                ENDIF
    
                IF .Top < 0
                    .Parent.nDirection = PI() - .Parent.nDirection
                    .BackColor = RAND() * 0xFFFFFF
                ENDIF
    
                IF .Left + .Width > .Parent.Width
                    .Parent.nDirection = 2* PI() - .Parent.nDirection
                    .BackColor = RAND() * 0xFFFFFF
                ENDIF
    
                IF .top + .height > .Parent.Height
                    .Parent.nDirection = PI() - .Parent.nDirection
                    .BackColor = RAND() * 0xFFFFFF
                ENDIF
    
    
            endwith
        ENDPROC
    
    
        PROCEDURE command1.Click
            thisform.llAnimating = !thisform.llanimating
        ENDPROC
    
    
        PROCEDURE timer1.Timer
            thisform.movebutton()
        ENDPROC
    
    
    ENDDEFINE
    *
    *-- EndDefine: form1
    **************************************************
    

    Enjoy!

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    Office Object Model References on MSDN

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    Sample Object Model Map

    On an internal alias, I recently got asked a question that had come from a customer:

    "I wouldn't have harassed you like this, except that I've done heaps of searching and can't locate what I need.
    My company has a new CIO, a consequence of which is the need to now embrace all things Microsoft.  We are currently doing some investigation on .NET stuff and Office 2007, but I'm having difficulty finding some concise documentation on Object Models.  I've trawled through MSDN and managed to find a few things out, but what I was really wondering was if there are any one or two page Object Model posters, similar to the ones you use to get in Notes?  I can't see anything useful on MSDN and was wondering if you had access to anything."

    I wasn't able to find any posters, but there is a great set of hyperlinked object model diagrams available. Here are a few:

    In general, I started at the Office Developer Centre and clicked on the Library tab. I navigated using the treeview to get to the 2007 Microsoft Office System node and then chose the various products, the Developer Reference and then the Object Model reference.

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    Free MCP Testing at TechEd Australia

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    I only found out today (yes, maybe I have been living under a rock) that you’ll be able to do Free MCP exams at TechEd Australia.

    I’d suggest the approach I took a couple of weeks ago at our internal training conference in Seattle, TechReady. Sign up now (with the attitude “well, it costs nothing, so I may as well sit the exam”) and then as the date approaches, spend more and more of your waking hours studying for the exam. It’s amazing how much you learn, even about topics you might think you’re pretty familiar with. (I passed 70–305 BTW).

    There are 100 spots available in total, so sign up today!

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    Adding Ink Controls to .NET Applications

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    Last Friday (Redmond time) there was a Webcast that I really wanted to see on using the InfiNotes Note Taking Framework built by Agilix Labs Inc. as an extension to the Tablet PC SDK and Visual Studio .Net Development environment. From the TabletPC webcasts page:

    Agilix InfiNotes is a collection of .NET controls that add rich ink note-taking functionality to new and existing applications. Simply drag the control from the toolbox and begin adding digital ink to your application immediately! You'll be amazed at how quickly you can develop ink note-taking features in your .NET application. InfiNotes Standard Edition is available free from http://www.infinotes.com and should be installed on your development environment along with the Tablet PC SDK, available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/tabletpc. (You do not need a Tablet PC to develop Tablet apps, this can be done right from your existing Windows development environment).

    Unfortunately, I missed the live webcast (5am Saturday is only fun if you've not yet been to bed). Fortunately, I'll still be able to watch it (although this isn't apparent from the webcast page). Go to the Live Meeting View Recordings page.

    In the following fields, enter this information:

    • Your Name: (enter your first and last name)
    • Meeting ID: msft031805fg
    • Meeting Key (if required): B3S3TB

    Click View Recording.

    Enter your email address and company name on the next page and click View Recording again.

    You can now view the recording in LiveMeeting Replay format. This is a great format for viewing webcasts as it syncs the slide names (on the left hand side) with the audio and video in a WMP frame on the right. You can view the presentation at 1.4 or 2x speed too (which I like to do) and get the same information in about half the time.

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    On the road again

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    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!

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    Code Camp

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    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!

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