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January, 2010

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    If you had invested $5,000 in 2000…


    …it’d now be worth $2,200. Basically…my investment would be nearly down by 50%. I am wondering if it’s really wise to keep any money in the market at all. Perhaps there is a wiser way to invest. Albeit, lesser profits but safer.

    All, I can say is WOW! We still haven’t recovered from the .Com bubble bust. Just look at the chart below…

    I wonder how long we’ll take to recover from this recession. It’s an epic fail of Efficient Market Hypothesis.


    -Mithun Dhar


    This is not the actual representation. But a very vague one at best…

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    3 netbooks, 1 contest – Go win!


    Here’s a really cool chance for you to win a spanking, brand new, Windows 7 netbook. Also, note that there are three netbooks that Microsoft is giving away. It’s really simple and easy…


    Click Here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9702402



    • Write a great article using the regular Code Project submission guidelines
    • Your article should include screen shots and code samples
    • Your article must use Visual Studio 2008 and/or Visual Studio 2010 Beta
    • The app should run as a Windows client, and should take advantage of Windows-specific technologies/features found in Windows 7 (such as jumplists, thumbnails, etc.)
    • You’ll need to tag your article with the key words "Windows 7”

    The Rules

    1. Articles must follow the guidelines listed on the above website.
    2. The articles can use any programming language but must focus on one of the Windows 7 features.
    3. No cheating, lying, stealing code, or biting.
    4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    5. Only those who live in jurisdictions in which this contest is legal may enter.
    6. Any breach of the rules and the prize will be awarded to the runner up.
    7. The contest runs from 3 November 2009 to 3 February 2010, at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time.  After the contest closes, no additional entries will be permitted.
    8. By entering the contest you agree to the rules, conditions of entry, and agree that your name, member profile information, article, code and any other submitted material can be used for promotional purposes by The Code Project and Microsoft.
    9. By entering your article in the contest you agree that The Code Project and Microsoft can link to your article and all accompanying data or information for promotional purposes.

    Good luck!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    East meets West…or does it?


    This is a really cool TED talk! I don’t know if it’s enlightening or entertaining or thought provoking or none or all of the above. It was very unique and since I come from India and it’s almost 10 years of me living in a Western country my thought process is a little too mixed. I however know the nuances in each school of thought…probably the best thing to gain from exposure and diversity. Watch and let me know what you think…

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Microsoft Technology Conference | Jan 28th | Olympia, WA


    I am very happy to see the Microsoft Technology Conference come to fruition! I’ll be presenting at this conference along with my colleague Chris Avis. Come join us for a whole day of fun & learning.

    I look forward to seeing you at the event.


    Event ID:

    Event Title: Microsoft Public Sector Technology Conference

    Event Date: January 28, 2010

    Registration: 8:30am

    Event Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm PST

    Event Location:
    DSHS Headquarters, (OB2), Auditorium
    1115 Washington St. SE, Lower Level
    Olympia, WA 98504
    (360) 902-8400


    Click the link above OR call 1-877-673-8368 and reference the above event ID

    Who Should Attend

    Developers, Architects, Web Designers and technical managers who wish to get an early look at the next advancement in Software Development.

    The Agenda





    8:30 – 9:00



    9:00 – 10:30

    Introduction to SQL Azure

    90 minutes

    Joel Reyes

    10:30 – 10:45


    15 minutes


    10:45 – 12:00

    Overview of Windows 7 and writing applications for Windows 7 using .NET Framework

    75 minutes

    Mithun Dhar and Chris Avis

    12:00 – 1:00


    60 minutes


    1:00 – 2:30

    Overview of Windows Communication Foundation Data Services

    90 minutes

    Joel Reyes

    2:30 – 2:45


    15 minutes


    2:45 – 4:00

    Introduction to Microsoft Unified Communications

    75 minutes

    Mithun Dhar and Chris Avis

    © 2010 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.



    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Zero to XAML in 4 Hours with Paul Sheriff (RD SoCal)


    Welcome Time
    12:30 PM Local Time

    Event Time
    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Local Time


    Register for a date & location near you!

    Click the registration link OR call 1.877.673.8368 and reference Event ID.

    Denver, CO

    January 28, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439050

    Portland, OR

    February 2, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439051

    Bellevue, WA

    February 4, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439052

    Mountain View, CA

    February 9, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439053

    Irvine, CA

    March 16, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439054

    Los Angeles, CA

    March 18, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439055

    Phoenix, AZ

    March 23, 2010

    Event ID: 1032439056

    MSDN Events Presents: From Zero to XAML in 4 Hours

    Learning XAML for use in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) or Silverlight can be a little daunting. This seminar with Paul Sheriff of PDSA, Inc will introduce the basic concepts of XAML and show you how to get started quickly and easily. You will be given an overview of XAML tools such as VS.NET 2010 and Expression Blend. If you are new to Silverlight and WPF you need to attend this seminar to see how to move to these powerful new platforms. The focus on this seminar is using XAML to build business applications.

    After the initial XAML introduction we will then dive deep into the data binding features of WPF. We will explore the many ways to retrieve and present data using data binding in WPF. You will see examples of loading data into combo boxes, list views, and the WPF DataGrid. You will learn how to populate WPF controls using a DataTable, Collection Classes, XML, LINQ to SQL and the Entity Framework.

    The next deep dive we will do will focus on creating standard Login and About dialogs, menu systems, toolbars, status bars, etc. At the end of this seminar you will walk away with tons of samples that you can put into use right away.

    You will Learn:

    1. Introduction to XAML, WPF and Silverlight

    2. XAML Controls used in Business Applications

    3. Introduction to Styles

    4. Data Binding Techniques in WPF

    5. Building standard business forms, dialogs and tools

    More about Paul Sheriff:

    Paul D. Sheriff is the President of PDSA, Inc. (www.pdsa.com), a Microsoft Partner in Southern California. Paul acts as the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California assisting the local Microsoft offices with several of their events each year and being an evangelist for them. Paul has authored several books, webcasts, videos and articles on .NET, SQL Server and SharePoint. Paul can be reached via email at PSheriff@pdsa.com or at Paul Sheriff's Inner Circle (www.PaulSheriffInnerCircle.com).

    Who Should Attend
    Developers, Architects and stakeholders who wish to gain a better understanding of Windows Presentation Foundation.

    Attend for your chance to win* a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate!

    Please feel free to forward to a co-worker you think would benefit from attending this event.

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    The best new year greeting card…


    My dad sent me this simple short video with a simple short message – Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!

    ‘Dare to believe in yourself…’

    -Mithun Dhar

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