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  • Blog Post: You can take the developer out of the technology company, but you can't take the technology out of the developer

    Despite the title, I'm not a cyborg. For those of you who missed that implication, I'll give you a moment... Seriously though, even though I've been a non-MSer for a little over 3 months now, I'm still passionate about technology. You can witness the evidence of this in the article I wrote for the...
  • Blog Post: Figured out how to keep this blog active a little bit longer...

    That's going to remain a secret, but those of you who make your way to my blog and want to stay in touch, the "Contact Me" functionality should now work properly. Cheers (and Happy Coding), Jacob
  • Blog Post: Farewell to Microsoft

    During my three-year tenure at Microsoft, I have met many wonderful people. For those of you I have worked with along the way, I wanted to share my bittersweet news. After three amazing years at Microsoft, I will be leaving to start a new chapter in my life. While I am not writing out the possibility...
  • Blog Post: It's official - our webcast series is off the ground...

    Hey everybody, After several weeks of planning, Glen Gordon and I have our first webcast in the MSDN geekSpeak program! We've got Jim Wilson as our special guest - he will be discussing mobility and Windows Mobile 5.0 development as well as answering your live questions (possibly with short "demos...
  • Blog Post: Developer training opportunities in Chicago and beyond

    As a developer community champion (DCC), I always want to keep my community abreast of training opportunities to keep your tech skills sharp and competitive. To that end, I have compiled a couple of training opportunities that you may want to check out. IMG (Chicago-based) IMG just recently rolled...
  • Blog Post: Stay tuned: upcoming webcast series pilots in September

    Howdy loyal blog readers, We don't have all of the details worked out yet, but I wanted to let you all know about an experimental webcast series that my friend Glen Gordon and I are putting together. Basically, we're going to be interviewing experts on various .NET and developer technologies, while...
  • Blog Post: Omaha beats out Boston!

    So I was in Omaha yesterday for the MSDN Event this quarter, and I was overwhelmed by the tremendous enthusiasm that poured forth from the developer community. We usually average about 45% drop-off, meaning that 55 % of the registered customers actually attend. Well, we saw only 30% drop off, so that...
  • Blog Post: Resources for fourth webcast: Deploying Visual Basic 2005 Applications with ClickOnce

    Friday, July 21, 2005, 2 PM Central View here: Deploying Visual Basic 2005 Applications with ClickOnce Resources for after Friday's webcast Visit the ClickOnce Team Blog Using ClickOnce Check out the ClickOnce FAQ at windowsforms.net ClickOnce articles in MSDN Library Bootstrapping...
  • Blog Post: Tune in for the "RAD for VB 2005 Developers" webcast

    Thursday, July 20, 2006, 2 PM Central Register here: Rapid Application Development for the Visual Basic 2005 Developer Resources for after today's webcast Visit the Visual Studio IDE Blog Writing Correct Code See below! Code Snippets Read How to: Create a Basic Code Snippet...
  • Blog Post: A couple of BIG upcoming user group events

    I'm taking a bit of a breather from all of my event travel of the last few weeks, but I wanted to make sure that you, my loyal blog readers, have advanced notice of a couple large developer conferences coming up in October. For those of you in the North Central area of the US, the 2006 Annual Heartland...
  • Blog Post: Unanswerables from this week's MSDN Events

    It's good to be back home in Chicago. I have had a whirlwind tour, going from Chicago to Des Moines, St. Paul, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Phoenix and Las Vegas. I now have a few days of R&R before the ultimate trip - visiting my two beautiful nieces in Cleveland. In the mean time, I did have a couple...
  • Blog Post: Post-event resources for Tools and Add-ins for Visual Basic Migration webcast

    Attend Wednesday's webcast on Visual Basic Migration Time : Wednesday, May 17 at 12PM Pacific Title : Tools and Add-Ins for Visual Basic Migration Registration link : Sign up today for live or on-demand viewing Resources for after the webcast: Check out the Visual Basic 6.0 Resource Center ...
  • Blog Post: This week's MSDN Events question follow-up

    Howdy, I am so glad that it's Friday. Those of you who attended yesterday's MSDN Event in Roseville, MN can attest to that. To fill you in if you weren't there, my machine started to fail about 15 minutes before my event began. When I say fail, I don't mean that it didn't turn on... in fact, everything...
  • Blog Post: Post-event resources for Creating Best-of-Both-Worlds Hybrid Applications with Visual Basic Fusion

    Attend Wednesday's webcast on VB/.NET Interop Time : Wednesday, May 10 at 9AM Pacific Title : Creating Best-of-Both-Worlds Hybrid Applications with Visual Basic Fusion Registration link : Sign up today for live or on-demand viewing Resources for after the webcast: Check out the Visual Basic...
  • Blog Post: Learn how and when to migrate your VB6 applications

    Wednesday, May 3, 2005, 11 AM Central Details: This webcast explores the what, why, and when of migrating from Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 to Visual Basic 2005. We will introduce and explain the migration decision matrix and present migration strategies from a high-level perspective. This session is...
  • Blog Post: Resources for fourth webcast: Deploying Visual Basic 2005 Applications with ClickOnce

    Wednesday, April 26, 2005, 11 AM Central View here: Deploying Visual Basic 2005 Applications with ClickOnce Resources for after Wednesday's webcast Visit the ClickOnce Team Blog Using ClickOnce Check out the ClickOnce FAQ at windowsforms.net ClickOnce articles in MSDN Library...
  • Blog Post: Q&A from RAD for the VB 2005 Developer

    Q: In what file are the code snippets you create stored? A: Code snippets are actually stored individually as *.snippet files, making them easy to migrate between developers and machines. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: what do the Meyers Briggs...
  • Blog Post: Third webcast: Rapid Application Development for the Visual Basic 2005 Developer

    Wednesday, April 19, 2005, 11 AM Central Register here: Rapid Application Development for the Visual Basic 2005 Developer Resources for after today's webcast Review the Q&A from this webcast Visit the Visual Studio IDE Blog Writing Correct Code See below! Code Snippets...
  • Blog Post: A Geography Lesson (by way of MSDN Events), plus a chance to win a cool prize

    I'm going out on a limb and trying something a bit radical. Those of you who know me are well aware that my title is Developer Community Champion. What you may not know is that is my public-facing title. Internally at Microsoft, I am known as a Developer Evangelist. According to Dictionary.com , an...
  • Blog Post: Second webcast: Data Access with Visual Basic 2005

    Wednesday, April 12, 2005, 11 AM Central Register here: Data Access with Visual Basic 2005 Resources for after today's webcast Visit the Data Access Team Blog Read about the Data Access Application Block in Enterprise Library 2.0 Can't get enough data about data access? Bookmark the...
  • Blog Post: 'Volkswebcasts' - May Segment - VB 2005 Upgrade

    To continue the Visual Basic 2005 webcast series in May, we will be exploring tools and techniques for migrating your skills and applications to Visual Basic 2005... when it makes sense to do so. 5/3/2006 9:00 AM Pacific - Tools and Techniques for Upgrading Visual Basic 6.0 Applications 5/10/2006...
  • Blog Post: Coming soon to downtown Chicago: Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office

    The Chicago Access Users Group (CAUG) has cordially invited me to present in April at their monthly meeting! See below for the details. The meeting is open to everybody - hope to see you there :-) Microsoft Office is more than a killer productivity suite. Pair it with development tools and it's a...
  • Blog Post: VBA vs. VSTO vs. VSTA

    During today's Language Enhancements webcast, I received a question about what's going on with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) - we briefly touched upon VBA and some of the other Office automation/customization tools. To help you out, I did a little research to find the resources that you can use...
  • Blog Post: 'Volkswebcasts': Experimenting with webcast concept through blog

    Announcing Visual Basic 2005 Today ! This new webcast series will kick off with 4 webcasts in April on Visual Basic 2005 features and functionality to help all you VB developers learn something new and increase your productivity. See below for the details on the first 4 webcasts in the series. I have...
  • Blog Post: Let's get together (Merge Replication)

    This is a quick update - In Evansville, I was asked if SQL Mobile merge replication worked with SQL 2000 as well as SQL 2005 and, yes, it does. See the following article for more details. Happy weekend, Jacob
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