dougturn's WebLog

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    So, is Windows Server 2003 more secure than Red Hat Linux?

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    According to this Linux guy , it is... Interesting read.
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    What is the .NET Framework?

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    This has to be one of the most commonly asked questions of me over the last 5 years. And much like Godfrey Saxe's wonderful poem on experiential perspectives, the answer varies highly by who you ask. Many of us who have been rolling in the .NET Framework...
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    A little fun with threading and VB.NET

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    I put together a little demo that shows how to do simple multithreaded code in VB.NET. Rather than bury a simple demo with synchronization to the nines, I'll tell you to just accept this as an learning sample of how to use the thread pool and how to kick...
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    Memory Management in C#

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    If you're interested in learning about memory management best practices in C-Sharp, I'll be doing a talk tonight at the Microsoft Alpharetta offices: http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/info/usaoffices/southeast/alpharetta.asp ... at this months the...
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    Giving feedback on Visual Studio - some best practices

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    Over the past several years, the Visual Studio team has been actively working on ways to hear from you (our customer) and continue to improve our developer tools and frameworks. The Developer Division even built an entire portal (Microsoft Connect ) exclusively...
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    Silverlight Resources

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    Many thanks to Asli Bilgin, DE extraordinaire, for pulling almost all of this list together. · silverlight · Telerik RadControls – 3d virtual rooms using control based framework · DLR & IronPython · Silverlight developer reference ...
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    The subtleties of Boxing

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    A lot of people struggle to understand what's up with Boxing in .NET. It's really pretty simple. When you cast a value type to a reference variable, the data of the valuetype is copied into the heap and *boxed* into an object. It makes for easy usage...
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    Announcing .NET University!

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    Today, we're officially opening up .NET University for business! http://www.dotnet-university.com .NET University is a way for anyone to get to a set of overview courseware for each of the 4 new technologies associated with .NET 3.0, which is at...
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    Did a talk on VSTS today

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    you should have seen the slides. There was stuff flying all over the place, pictures, arrows with weird ends on them, things fading in and out, circles *pulsing*. I think I even saw a dancing bear. sheesh. I'm not sure how well the content went over,...
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    New language features in VS2005

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    For the VB crowd (includes IDE stuff) For the C# crowd No it's not all inclusive. Presented these two decks at Web Services Edge East this morning, and lots of people asked for the decks, so I thought I'd hang them out here for folks to pull down. Most...
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    Thoroughly enjoying South Florida Code Camp today

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    I'm sitting in Joe Homnick's VSTS talk, and although he doesn't think I'm listening, I'm quite enjoying his talk. Joe, if you read this, I was the annoying guy in the second row typing throughout your lecture. Nice talk, dude. The only problem with this...
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    Code Camp in Charlotte seems to be going quite well

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    Many thanks to the volunteers who are keeping things going smoothly. So far, I've seen great presentations by Todd Fine (Avalon), Chris Williams (GDI Plus), and this great presenter named Doug something ;-) ;-). There are a ton of great presentations...
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    Whats new in the .NET Framework 3.0

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    Given the interest generated from my last technical blog entry on the .NET Framework's definition and purpose, I thought I would follow up with a post that talks about the new features in the .NET Framework 3.0. At the risk of sounding self-obsequious...
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    Atlanta Code Camp is sold out!

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    You gotta be kidding me! We just opened up registration on Feb 11th, and the thing filled up in 5 days. For those of you that wanted to come, All I can really say is wait until the next one. We'll try to find a bigger facility, obviously, for the next...
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    Deciding between Interfaces and Inheritance

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    So often, I talk to developers who know how to do interfaces and inheritance in .NET, yet don't seem to have consistent rules around when to use which. If you're anywhere near Huntsville, Alabama on September 13th, I'll be speaking on this topic at...
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    Code Camp in Raleigh

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    Oh, by the way, we have the Raleigh Code Camp site up (where we is defined as Greg Pugh). www.codecamp.org check it out. We have space for 200, but based on the attendence at the other ones, register early if you want to attend. They're all filling up...
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    Mobility Roadshow in Atlanta

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    While I'm in my (!(!blog)) mode... If you live in or near Atlanta, we have a pretty cool mobility roadshow coming on November 4th. it's free, and details are here: http://www.msmobilityroadshow.net/ Despite the freak with the uncombed hair on the page...
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    Can't remember a database connection string?

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    Check out this excellent link: www.connectionstrings.com It's not exactly a new link, but I ended up needing it again this week, and thought it was worthy of mention here.
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    User groups in the Southeast - monthly meeting schedule

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    Glen Gordon did such a nice job putting this together, that I thought I'd steal it and post it in my blog: User Group Calendar North Carolina Triangle .NET User Group (Raleigh) Next Meeting: Wednesday February 9th 2005 at 6:30 PM Doug Turnure from Microsoft...
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    If you live in the Raleigh-Durham area, and are an unemployed developer, check this out...

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    http://www.techengage.org/ The good folks at TechEngage are offering excellent training for people who need to get re-tooled. Cost is $149, and the trainers they bring in normally teach courses at full fee. This non-profit group offers unemployed or underemployed...
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    Some nice Biztalk Labs to try out

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    http://msdn.demoservers.com/login.aspx?group=biztalk Has 14 Hands-On-Labs. Worth the sign-in, IMHO.
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    Huge weekend community event in Orlando, wedged between TechEd weeks

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    My colleague Joe Healy has assembled an amazing weekend of activity, nicely squeezed between the Developer and Infrastructure weeks at TechEd Orlando. There is a site that lists all the activities, which include Code Camps, .NET Us, Open Space discussions...
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    Indigo Roadshow is coming to Atlanta!

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    David Chappell will be in town to deliver a talk about Indigo to our humble VB.NET Study group on May18th. The meeting will take place at the Microsoft campus in Alpharetta: http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/info/usaoffices/southeast/alpharetta.mspx...
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    The unthinkable: actually posting another blog...

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    In my never ending quest to never blog, there must be the occasional exception. All seriousness aside, the DevDays 04 content is (finally) available to the world, and anyone else who might want to look at it. http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/devdays/sessions...
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    My new job - Content Architect

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    As the old adage goes, the only constant thing in life is change. For the past 5 years, I've thoroughly enjoyed working as a Developer Evangelist here at Microsoft. The title always seems to raise eyebrows, especially here in the deep South, where the...
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