Contagious Curiosity

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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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    Teaching Coding to Kids? Try Visual Studio Learning Pack

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    The Visual Studio Learning Pack 2.0 is a software package created by Microsoft to help students learn about computer programming. It consists of the following five components: Sort Designer Control is a supplementary teaching tool developed to help students...
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    DigiGirlz camp LA for 2009

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    We hosted our first-ever DigiGirlz hi-tech camp for high-school aged girls at New Horizons, Culver City , (LA) CA last week (We have hosted previous events in SoCal in Irvine, CA  and in San Diego, CA).  DigiGirlz is a global program of annual...
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    SharePoint BI - post webcast resources

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    My Book - basics of BI http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Server-2005-Business-Intelligence/dp/1590598342 About SQL Reporting Services and SharePoint integration http://blogs.digineer.com/blogs/jasons/archive/2007/03/01/reporting-services-sharepoint.aspx...
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    Teach a Kid to Code a Holiday Card

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    Happy holidays from my little volunteer group at www.TeachingKidsProgramming.org .  To celebrate the season we’ve written a new recipe for you to share with your kids – teach them to code and make a custom holiday card at the same time! Here’s a...
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    Bad presentation techniques

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    Loke Uei Tan from the Windows Mobile team recorded this 'what not to do' video while preparing his team to speak at MEDC .
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    'Teach-Your-Kid-to-Code' Month in SoCal - December 2008

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    With all of the work I've been doing to create re-usable DigiGirlz curriculum, I've discovered that we (Microsoft) have a wealth of resources for 'not-yet-programmers' - and most are free.  Because I didn't even know about all of this stuff and I...
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    She's Geeky - Monday

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    What a fun day I've had - 200 women geeks at the Computer History Museum in San Jose, CA for the first-ever She's Geeky unConference. Today's highlight for me was the talk by futurist Melanie Swan - here's here mind-blowing deck . Another fun thing was...
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    First Look - Windows Azure Data Market

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    I took a look at the Windows Azure DataMarket .  To do so, you’ll need to sign in with a Windows Live ID first. Next you’ll want to browse to the currently included datasets.  Many of them have (a limited number) of free queries to try out for...
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    MVC Filter Interceptors and more

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    What you don't read ScottGu's blog?  Who DOESN'T read his blog?  Well, apparently me - the MVC stuff is flying out the door.  Are you keeping up?  Are you using it yet?  How's it going?  Let me know. I'll be reading his next...
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    Teacher-for-a-Week

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    Earlier this month Llewellyn and I taught six 6th grade girls to program.  We were invited to be guest instructors at the Girls’ Middle School Intersession.  While there we taught 3 hours per day for 5 days.  This was a great opportunity...
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    MSDN Webcast: Business Data Catalog Overview (Level 200)

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    SharePoint, SharePoint, SharePoint - I'm in the middle of a 12-part webcast series (SharePoint for Developers) and feel like I am just scratching the surface. In the world of SharePoint, there really is so much to talk about. And, I don't seem to be the...
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    SQL Azure Deck – Updated for September 2010

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    Here’s my SQL Azure deck for September presentations – updated with all August 2010 release changes.  I’ll be presenting this several times in September and October and will post the deck recording later during this time period.  Enjoy! SQL...
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    Blackjack 2: Thanks Windows Mobile Team!

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    Ya' know, I have a fun job - look what the Windows Mobile Team put in my Christmas stocking - a Samsung Blackjack II . Of course, the team was so thoughtful, they also included a 2 GB microSD card. The improved keyboard layout of the phone really works...
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    Visual Studio 2010 LightSwitch Beta

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    I am taking a look at this new IDE and thought I’d share.  Try it out and let me know what you think. Visual Studio 2010 LightSwitch View more presentations from lynnlangit .
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    Teaching Kids Programming–Video Training for Teachers

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    We’ve been making short videos on how to teach the parts of each recipe.  Not all recipes are complete, but we are working on it… Each recipe consists of the following parts and key components (for teachers): *) Setup – teachers should pair students...
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    Marathon flying - destination Macha, Zambia

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    Tomorrow evening begins a long journey to the other side of the earth for me (literally). As part of a group of volunteers for the US CDC, I am spending the next couple of weeks in Zambia. While there I will be working with a local developer team on a...
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    SoCalDevGal’s 2010 People To Watch

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    When I think of 2010, I think of people who inspire me.  These people are exceptional, they constantly amaze and delight me.  I thought it might be nice to share them with you. SoCalDevGal’s People to Watch from 2010   10 and 9. ...
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    New Series–Developer Tools for Azure

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    Screencast series – Part One – Web Portal for Windows Azure Enjoy!
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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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    SmartCare in Zambia

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    At TechEd Barcelona this week I had the privilege of interviewing lead developer from the SmartCare team (electronic medical records tracking system being implemented in Zambia) Irene Pathy . Regular readers of my blog may know that I work with a world...
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    MSDN geekSpeak - July 2007 schedule is live!

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    Here's our initial line-up. Click on the links below to register to participate in the Live shows. We'll have a show each week on Wednesdays at noon PST. As we get topics and guests scheduled, we'll update our blog and Channel 9 show site. If you can...
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    Inland Empire .NET User Group 8-Year Celebration

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    Recently I attended the annual Most-Valuable-Member celebration at the Inland Empire .NET Developer User Group in San Bernardino.  It is such a pleasure to participate in this UG, most especially at this event, so I’ll describe it in more detail...
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    Solving Microsoft PDC Hard Hat Challenge #4

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    Do you like code puzzles?  Did you know we were throwing out challenges around PDC?  To read how a 15-year old from Hungary solved this week, just check out the blog link below.  Congrats and geek-cred to Niner 'palotasb (Boldizsar) ' Solving...
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    Is your life like a comic book?

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    Tell us your story (of saving the day with your developer [or ITPro] skills) and we may turn it into a custom comic - all about you. Here's a sample: ITdevcomics.com :: Heroes Happen Here
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    SoCalDevGal says can you name all of the SoCal User Groups?

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    User Group Day of the Month 1 Inland Empire .Net User Group 2 nd Tuesday - Every Month 2 L.A. .Net Developers Group 1 st Monday - Every Month 3 L.A. .Net Geek Dinners 4 th Thursday – Every Month 4 L.A. C# Developers Group 1 st Tuesday - Every Month 5...
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