Contagious Curiosity

Thoughts from SoCalDevGal

May, 2008

Blog - About

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?

  • Contagious Curiosity

    PDC2008 registration is open

    • 3 Comments
    Among the goodness at this year's PDC in LA in this October is a pre-con session that I'm particularly excited about.  If you ask me really nicely, I'll tell you the story of how Asli and I cooked up the idea for this one over drinks on a train one...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    SharePoint in Web 2.0 Fire Starter- Live Meeting

    • 0 Comments
    On June 11 fro 8:30 am PST to 5: 00 pm PST, my colleague, Mithun Dhar is hosting a SharePoint FireStarter event in Seattle. This content is targeted at .NET and SharePoint developers. Also, for the first time for the FireStarter brand, we are making all...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    MSDN geekSpeak: T-SQL Tips and Tricks in SQL Server 2008

    • 2 Comments
    Join Mithun Dhar and me next Wednesday, June 4th from 12 - 1 pm PST as we get your toughest T-SQL questions answers by expert guest and MVP Andrew Karcher. We'll also chat about new features in SQL Server 2008. MSDN Webcast: geekSpeak: T-SQL Tips and...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    I tell Geoff everything!

    • 0 Comments
    When TechZulu showed up to capture the flavor of our recent SQL Server 2008 FireStarter event, they asked local .NET developer Geoffrey Emery to interview me about the event and some of the other technical stuff I do. Results are below. Lynn Langit at...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    Channel9 Wiki: SQLServer 2005 Business Intelligence Resources

    • 1 Comments
    Hey there readers.  I've been doing a large number of presentations related to all things 'BI' lately.  A common question that I get is 'how do I start with all of this stuff?'  Here's a great resource page put together by the corporate...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    Listening to Alan Kay

    • 1 Comments
    Tonight I had the pleasure of listening to the inventor of the Squeak language (as well as a number of other important things in computing), Alan Kay speak in person. Alan is also a principal in the OLPC, XO project.  He talked about important developments...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    SharePoint Developer Webcast series

    • 2 Comments
    **Updating to fix broken links** Register for the SharePoint Introduction for .NET developers webcast series. In this 10-part series, you will receive practical technical information from Robert Bogue & Andrew Connell, SharePoint MVPs. The series...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    SQL Server 2008 Data Mining in San Diego

    • 0 Comments
    Here's the deck I showed last night at the San Diego UG Be sure to register for my webcast on Data Mining with Donald Farmer next week Wednesday, May 21 at 11:30 am PST | View | Upload your own
  • Contagious Curiosity

    Rocketman flies - time for a Rocketwoman?

    • 2 Comments
    OMG does this look great! I do actually have experience paragliding, but THIS takes the idea to whole new level. BBC NEWS | Special Reports | Rocketman flies in the skies
  • Contagious Curiosity

    When to use WCF where by MLB

    • 4 Comments
    **updated to include links to other presentations at end of this post** Great MSDN article by Michele on the appropriate uses of WCF (focusing on the new features available in .NET 3.5). I just happen to be talking about that same topic today at...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    Silverlight for the Enterprises - Fundamentals

    • 1 Comments
    Great blog post on internals and best practices for those of you working on Silverlight 2.0 beta 1 Hanu Kommalapati's blog : Silverlight for the Enterprises - Fundamentals
  • Contagious Curiosity

    I'll be in San Diego, speaking on BI and more

    • 1 Comments
    I'll be speaking on Data Mining for .NET developers at the MS Office in San Diego on Thursday , May 15th.  The event is free and starts at 6:30 pm  You do not have to be a member of the UG to attend.  It is being held at the MS Office in...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    I'm brave - at least you think so

    • 1 Comments
    Hmm...I wonder what I did to deserve this rating on Facebook? Ironically, even though I seem to have the corner on bravery, this attribute doesn't seem to make me a desirable companion on a desert island. Maybe I have an alternate career possibility on...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    An Introvert becomes Social

    • 2 Comments
    Most people just don't believe me when I tell them I am actually an introvert.* I've had many a job that required me to go out of my comfort zone regarding personal privacy. Nothing rivals the change (transformation?) that I've undergone in the year and...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    I'm on YouTube

    • 3 Comments
    A recent talk that I gave at a SoCal User Group on Data Mining in SQL Server 2008 is on YouTube.  There are a large number of segments here, so you'll have to be persistent if you want to watch the whole presentation! YouTube - adnanmasood's Videos
  • Contagious Curiosity

    The Rise of the Rest

    • 1 Comments
    Interesting read from Newsweek about the decline of the US as a world power. This article is an excerpt from the author's new book titled 'The Post-American World' .
  • Contagious Curiosity

    OC.NET User Group May 7 in Irvine

    • 0 Comments
    I'll be hosting the OC .NET UG at the Microsoft Irvine office from 6:30 to 9pm this Wednesday, May 7th with two great speakers from MS corporate - Charlie Calvert (on C# expert tips) and Lisa Feigenbaum (on VB.NET expert tips).   Even if you...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    I play games

    • 1 Comments
    With my work on Microsoft's DigiGirlz program (free events to get information to high school aged girls about career in technology), I am currently evaluating a number of visual programming languages for possible inclusion in the curriculum that we'll...
  • Contagious Curiosity

    Lightweight Transactions in SQL Server 2008

    • 0 Comments
    Good read which explains updates to SqlClient's System.Transactions in SQL Server 2008 which results in more light-weight transactions by reducing the 'auto-promotion' behavior ADO.NET team blog : Extending Lightweight Transactions in SqlClient
  • Contagious Curiosity

    Find Near Routes with Virtual Earth 6.1 & SQL Server 2008

    • 0 Comments
    Interesting read about new capabilities in VE 6.1 (such as the return of the complete route-geometry) which, when combined with the geo-spatial features in SQL Server 2008 allow you to do interesting things like show multiple routes on a map. Oh, and...
Page 1 of 1 (20 items)