Gold Coast

Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.

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    Developer Dinner Update

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    A few people have contacted me asking about the Developer Dinners.  At the last dinner, I mentioned that we were going to try to move to a monthly cadence for the dinners.  I also mentioned that we were going to make recordings of the dinners...
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    DevDinnerOnDemand: Introduction to ASP.NET MVC

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    ASP.NET MVC enables you to build Model View Controller (MVC) applications by using the ASP.NET framework. ASP.NET MVC is an alternative, not a replacement, for ASP.NET Web Forms that offers the following benefits: Clear separation of concerns Testability...
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    Windows 7 can boot into a VHD

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    I just learned of another feature about Windows 7.  I remember hearing this mentioned at the PDC keynote, but I hadn’t really heard or seen anything about it since.  I searched around and found this article How-to: Getting started with .VHD...
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    MUST HAVE: XAML Power Toys

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    Depending on how many blogs you read, you’ll be seeing a barrage of “Silverlight 2 released” posts today.  If you haven’t seen it already, make sure you check Scott Guthrie’s post about the release at http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/10...
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    FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on ASP.NET MVC

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    UPDATE: I had technical difficulties with the recording yesterday.  Therefore, we were unable to record the dinner.  However, I do plan on recording both last night’s presentation and the 3.5 SP1 presentation from the last dinner.  I hope...
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    Want to access SQL Server 2005 from PHP?

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    You are in luck!  Version 1.0 RTM of the SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP is live!  Check out the SQLPHP blog for more details: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlphp/archive/2008/07/28/microsoft-sql-server-2005-driver-for-php-v1-0-has-released.aspx Technorati...
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    FOLLOW UP: Public Sector Developer Conference (Nashville, TN)

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    Thanks to everyone who attended.  Sorry about the overflow into the hallways.  There was much less dropoff between registration and attendance than we normally see.  Some of the content isn't published yet.  Once it is, we'll make...
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    Do you use twitter?

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    I’m going to give it a try.  http://twitter.com/devkeydet So many people I talk to lately are using things like twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc.  I have accounts, but I haven’t really gotten into any of these services yet.  I am trying...
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    Don’t miss the Designer Dinner next week

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    Based on the success of our Developer Dinner series for US Public Sector Partners, James has been delivering Designer Dinners focusing on the design side of software development.  James is the User Experience Evangelist on our team.  He has...
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    Developer Dinner registration issues

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    There are some issues with the registration system for this Thursday’s Developer Dinner on Building Business-Focused Applications Using Silverlight 2 and Beyond .  At first, I thought the issues were intermittent.  Unfortunately, that’s not...
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    FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on ASP.NET 4.0

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    Thanks to everyone who attended!  You can find the deck and demo code here: Slide 40 of the deck has links to get the demo code.  Once the next preview release of ASP.NET 4.0 AJAX is published, I will blog about where you can get the samples...
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    PARTNER SHOWCASE: Northrop Grumman - Innovating for the War Fighter with Microsoft Surface

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    I’ve been a Developer Evangelist for 3+ years now.  For the first 3 years, I spent the majority of my time focusing on delivering public presentations at conferences, for webcasts/screencasts, onsite at customer facilities, and at local community...
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    InfoStrat releases a Virtual Earth control for both WPF and Surface to CodePlex

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    I’ve been waiting for this day to happen for a LONG TIME .  I’ve been working with WPF, Virtual Earth, and Surface for quite a while now.  If you’ve followed my blog, you’ve seen some hacked up samples showing various ways of getting Virtual...
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    Developer Dinner tomorrow

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    I have really been slacking when it comes to my blog.  I have a few posts planned, but I have been “heads down” on some really fun Windows Azure work that I should be able to talk about soon.  Hopefully, you don’t use my blog as the source for...
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    DevDinnerOnDemand: What’s new in ASP.NET 4.0

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    I decided not to publish the last Developer Dinner in favor of pointing you to newer sessions last weeks MIX 09 conference.  These sessions basically cover everything I covered at the dinner and more. Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0 : What's Next? Choosing...
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    MIX09: Building Accessible RIAs in Silverlight

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    My team focuses on US Government customers and partners.  To say that building accessible applications is important for our customers/partners would be a huge understatement.  I just watched the following session from MIX09: Building Accessible...
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    Developer Dinner on Silverlight 3 next week

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    I’m excited to have Pete Brown come in to be the guest presenter for our monthly Developer Dinner for US Public Sector Partners next week.  Pete is a Silverlight MVP and the author of an upcoming book on Silverlight 3 & .NET RIA Services . ...
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    InfoStrat.VE – Intermediate fix published for the latest 3D control

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    Due to popular demand, InfoStrat just published an intermediate fix to get their InfoStrat.VE control working on top of the latest Virtual Earth 3D release .  You will notice that they just made a changeset available.  What they made available...
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    FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on Silverlight 3

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    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Sorry to put you in the tough position of choosing between two MVPs ( Sahil Malik and Pete Brown ).  We try to prevent having our dinners at the same time as other community events in the area.  Thanks...
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    Entity Framework 4.0 Sneak Previews

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    If you haven’t been keeping up on the ADO.NET team blog , but you want to get up to speed with what’s coming in the next release of the Entity Framework (.NET 4.0), then now is the time to start monitoring their blog.  Since 5/11, they’ve cranked...
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    FREE .NET / C# Tutorial from pluralsight

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    http://www.pluralsight.com/main/olt/Course.aspx?n=dotnet-csharp-tutorial I tend to steer away from making recommendations on training companies and books unless I have actually been through the training or read the book myself.  I have had the chance...
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    Virtual Earth / MapDotNet webcast

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    Interested in learning how to build Virtual Earth solutions and lowering the amount of custom code you need to write?  Have a look at the upcoming webcast Jerry just blogged about: Microsoft Virtual Earth May 2009 Webcast: Virtual Earth & MapDotNet...
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    Using code analysis again…

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    This week marks my 5 year anniversary at Microsoft.  Five years ago, I stopped being a “real developer” and became an evangelist.  Ok, I started with a short stint as a SQL / BizTalk Technology Specialist (what other companies call “pre-sales...
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    Integrating Virtual Earth 3D into WPF and Surface Applications for Mere Mortals

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    I just published a Channel 9 interview with Josh Wall and Josh Blake from InfoStrat about their Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF ) and Surface controls that make integrating Virtual Earth 3D a breeze.  Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/Ch9InfoStratVE...
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    DEVELOPER DINNER: What’s new in ASP.NET 4.0 (Web Forms, AJAX, and JQuery)?

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    Attend this event for your chance to win an Xbox 360 Xbox 360 will be raffled at the conclusion of the dinner. Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:00 PM - Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 5:30 PM Microsoft Reston...
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