Contagious Curiosity

Thoughts from SoCalDevGal

March, 2008

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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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    Watch a developer evangelist multitask

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    At CommunityNext in Hollywood (a dimly lit bar on a Saturday morning, wierd), networking, listening to Scoble now, working on the demos for the presentation shown below for Monday, twittering, texting, IMing, debugging WCF, talking with Heather about...
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    Sore arms, but not from coding

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    rather from the last of my vaccinations . 8 in total, I am supposedly ready to go anywhere in the world for 10 years now. The big question this year is whether I'll have time to go anywhere. It had been my plan to return to Lusaka, Zambia to do in-country...
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    FriendFeed - ok, I give up

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    I simply can NOT keep up with all the social networking 'stuff' out there. Now, there's this 'friendfeed' thingee. What do you think - should I do it? Now really, do you actually know what all of those little icons that you can 'hook together' really...
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    Silverlight for SharePoint Blueprint

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    SharePoint Developer? Have you seen this yet? Fun stuff - enjoy. Silverlight for SharePoint Blueprint
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    Singularity RDK

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    Ok, I admit it, I 'suffer' from curiosity. While looking around CodePlex for something else, I was interested to see that Singularity was the top downloaded project. Just having finished reading my Expert F# book (and still trying to completely grok that...
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    SQL Server 2008 PowerShell SnapIn

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    Oh, the things you find when you are writing a book. Now, the problem is to spend less time 'finding' and to spend more time 'writing', isn't it? This feature is new to the downloadable SQL Server 2008 CTP 6. Rob has a nice explanation of how to make...
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    The Code Trip is on it's way to SoCal, will you be there?

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    There are 5 places to catch the Code Trip in SoCal: 1. San Diego .NET Users Group 6p-9p on Tuesday, March 25 th - you must register here 2. Microsoft Irvine 6p-9p on Wednesday, March 26 th - you must register here 3. Cal State Fullerton 11a-1p (Engineering...
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    I'm supposed to be writing, but...

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    Apologies in advance to Don Syme here. I'm weak, and easily distracted. F# is my muse. let WriteChaptersAsync (x) = async { use someBrain = Brain.OpenAndThink(sprintf "getIt.tmp" x) let! ideas = someBrain.ReadAsync(thoughts) let ideas' = TransformIntoParagraphs...
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    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - great information site

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    Hey, we did it right for once. As I am researching information for my BI book, I am actually using one of our own sites - it's concise, well-organized and, most importantly, searchable. We even have Virtual Labs, so if you want to to try it out without...
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    So you think you can blow off Facebook?

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    I don't think so. Take a look at this interesting discussion of two big US retailers (Target and Wal-Mart) using Facebook. Social networking is here to stay. The real question is which type of social networking tools will you use and for what purposes...
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    Why Data Mining Matters

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    When I tell people that I am writing a second book on data warehousing, business intelligence, OLAP cubes and/or Data Mining, I generally get the same response, "Huh, wow, that's deep stuff". Well, yes it is, but I don't have any formal training in math...
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    geekSpeak and why it's cooler than a podcast

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    Hey - check it out, while at Mix08 in Las Vegas - Glen and I talked to Nikita from Channel 8 about geekSpeak . Like my shirt? Very 'bling, bling' isn't it? That's the shirt we gave out to Mix attendees for making a donation to the YMCA for National...
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    Silverlight Controls

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    Have you checked out the Silverlight 2.0 beta 1 controls introduced at Mix last week? Make your life easy... Silverlight Controls
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    What actually gets used?

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    Living in the world of software, I paused to consider this question. I thought about my daily interaction with software and wanted to recognize and prioritize (in order to simplify) my top 10 applications. So here they are listed in order of my use: ...
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    The Scientist - Natasha Bedingfield

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    Great song, great voice - thought I'd share, enjoy. The Scientist - Natasha Bedingfield
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    Presentation Zen

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    I've been thinking quite a bit about what I call the 'visualization problem' lately - meaning ineffective visualization for presentations, reporting (or business intelligence), search engines, blogs, etc...is it just me, or does the preponderance of crap...
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    Who are these people? What is this RV?

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    Why it's the newest MSDN developer evangelist, Bruno Terkaly and me, in front of the Code Trip RV. What's the Code Trip? - it's a cross-country (well, across the Western Region anyway) drive with a RV full of Microsoft evangelists, developers, electronic...
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    Steve Ballmer and Guy Kawasaki Keynote @ MIX Online

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    Watch Steve Ballmer and Guy Kawasaki Keynote This was one of my favorite things at Mix08 this week. There is a TON of information to absorb and understand from Mix - a great place to start is to watch the sessions from Mix that of interest to you - those...
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    {iGive=y}; at Mix08

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    {iGive=y}; Help Microsoft support the YWCA in honor of National Women’s History month in March by exchanging a donation for a limited edition iGive shirt. The shirts will be distributed by members of Microsoft’s Developer Platform & Evangelism...
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    F# has got me

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    I am supposed to be doing real work, but instead, I am exploring...
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