Contagious Curiosity

Thoughts from SoCalDevGal

February, 2007

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About Contagious Curiosity

   I am a DE (Developer Evangelist) for the MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) team.  My job is to give talks to developers throughout Southern California, to listen to their feedback, and to communicate that feedback back to Redmond.  My interests and specialities are as follows:

  • SQL Azure
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • SQL Server (everything!)
  • BI (Business Intelligence) using SSAS, SSRS and SSIS (that's Analysis Services, Reporting Services and Integration Services)
  • Teaching Kids Programming

I am a "language geek" with a degree in linguistics and have a hobby of learning foreign languages.  Semantic modeling - both visual and verbal - fascinates me.  I love LINQ, SDML, ORM and the like...I mean, really, how many people have you ever met that actually used English Query in SQL Server 7.0?

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    Try it out - WPF/E

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    Download this one - WPF/E - available as CTP - also grab the SDK and the samples. Then go play in the Channel 9 WPF/E sandbox .
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    Virtual Earth SDK is fun

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    Check this out - an interactive SDK for Virtual Earth - boy, I could spend some time playing with this one!
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    80 degrees - a perfect LA day

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    Visited MOCA Skin + Bones exhibit today . Perfect - beautiful (and sometimes wierd) dresses and interesting architecture. Can't wait to see the Prada Store for real in Tokyo next month. Saw the Disney Center for the first time - stunning. Love the...
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    Vista Office Launch Resources

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    Thanks for attending the recent Vista and Office Launch. Here are a bunch of resources, tips and links from my presentation. They are listed in order of the presentation. General event resources - includes .NET 3.0, .NETFx3 website, samples for...
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    When and where will I be presenting in Q2 2007?

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    Here's my unofficial schedule: 4/5 - Long Beach, 5/1 - Burbank, 5/3 - Irvine, 5/15 - LaJolla, 5/17 - Pleasanton, 6/12 - Onatario, 6/14 - LA. The venues may change from the location of the Vista / Office launch events. Watch www.msdnevents.com to see...
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    Are you curious?

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    I am. That's why I became a developer - I am genuinely intereseted in finding out exactly how stuff works. Now I get to help you understand. As I learn, my job is to talk to you about the latest and greatest technology available from Microsoft. Of course...
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    Shows, shows, shows - which one should I go to?

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    I've attended or worked at most major Microsoft shows over the past few years and am often asked "Which show is best and why?" Having just returned from attending a terrific week-long show (TechReady - it's for internal MS employees only), I've been thinking...
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    It's 4, not 3

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    Well, for the first time ever (in over a year of frequent air travel), I had the bad luck to get the picky security lady. Oh, you know the one - she reads the size label on each of your toiletries and delights in telling you which ones are not allowed...
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    Write Vista Gadgets using Managed Code

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    Nikhil Kothari has released a tool which can help you do this if you plan to use C#. It's called Script# and it compiles C# to JavaScript (rather than IL). Here's an article from Nikhil's blog with sample code.
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    conceptually LINQ

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    I just can't seem to get enough of LINQ (Language Integrated Query) - particularly if this concept is new to you, then it's time to pay attention to it, as it's coming in the Orcas timeframe (next version of VS). There is no better way to get started...
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    BI webcast March 21 at noon PST

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    Well, many of you asked (at the recent launch events), so, here you go...I'll be doing my first business intelligence webcast for MSDN on March 21 at noon PST. The topic is implementing SSAS 2005 data mining using Excel 2007 as a data mining client. The...
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    Want to try out .NET 3.0 development without installing anything?

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    Then try out the MSDN Virtual Labs - they include labs on CardSpace, WPF, WCF and WF - enjoy.
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