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    Yukon Beta 2

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    It's out! :D I'm installing it now. Playing with SQL Server 2005 Express edition is nice, but it doesn't have all of the cool new tools that are in Big Daddy Yukon, like Reporting Services, Notification Services and DTS. And it doesn't have the administration...
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    In Austin ... working on www.katrinasafe.com

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    Every once in a while, I'm reminded what a great company Microsoft is ... and what great people I work with. This is one of those times. I'm in Austin right now and we're going live with www.katrinasafe.com right now. This is a web site that will help...
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    Long Night ... long morning

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    We finally got the production roll for KatrinaSafe done at about 3:30 AM last night. Got in here to the Austin MTC as around 10 AM ... only to find that we missed some issues with the site. That'll happen when you've been coding into the wee hours of...
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    Update on katrinasafe.com

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    We're still going strong -- though most of us are a little on the brain fried side. We're getting ready for our second push into production and a break for dinner (the project lead is absolutely insisting that we break ... which is probably a good thing...
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    Another Update on KatrinaSafe.com

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    It's now 3:00 AM on Monday morning. We've been here since around 9:30 AM yesterday morning. We just did another push to production on the web site. We had some challenges ... and, this time, we actually recorded it for posterity. However, at 3 AM in the...
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    KatrinaSafe ... update

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    We were here until 4 AM last night and I got back in at about 10 AM this morning. We've done triage on what we need to do for the SmartClient and we're getting stuff done. Everything is going well, if a bit hectic. I also just found out that we'll be...
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    OK ... who wants my job?

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    Now that I have your attention ... not exactly my job (I'm not going anywhere), but the same job that I do (Developer Evangelist). Interested? Let me tell you more first. As a Developer Evangelist on the Central Region DE team, you'd be a member of the...
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    RESCHEDULED: Events in Baton Rouge and New Orleans

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    For those of you in Louisiana, in case you haven't heard (or haven't guessed), the events that I was planning on doing in New Orleans and Baton Rouge with Momentum (found here ) have been rescheduled due to Hurricane Katrina. Needless to say, it would...
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    VS 2005 Beta 2 + SQL Server April CTP = .NET Goodness!

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    VS 2005 Beta 2 & SQL Server 2005 April CTP are now available. Read the entry for more details on installation!...
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    Web Services from WSDL

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    You've probably already seen this demo'd (I have), but I had the first opportunity to do this myself. And it is oh-so-cool. Using VS Team Edition for Architects, create a new distributed app diagram. Simple enough. Add a web service to it. Piece...
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    Presentations from Houston DevCon ...

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    Finally, at long last ... I've gotten the postings for Houston DevCon. All of the PowerPoints are there with the exception of Michael Stuarts ... he has yet to send me his modified deck. However, for that presentation, I included the standard deck. ...
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    HAL-PC: SQL Server 2005 & CLR Integration

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    I will be speaking on SQL Server 2005 CLR Integration at the December meeting of HAL-PC's C# SIG. Needless to say, I will confine myself to using C# ... I think Odis would have me lynched if I used VB!) It'll be a cool overview of the stuff you can do...
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    HDNUG XMas Party ... OOPS!!

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    My previous post referring to the HDNUG Christmas party incorrectly stated that it was December 19th. If you come on the 19th, you will be sorely disappointed. The correct date is December 16th . It should have read: Also, the HDNUG Christmas party will...
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    January HDNUG Meeting - Keeping Secrets in the Real World

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    Michael Stuart and I will be presenting at the January HDNUG meeting on Keeping Secrets in the Real World . This presentation will be based on our joint MSDN article that was published in November's MSDN Magazine ... with some additional context and information...
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    Free Training Event in Austin!

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    Integrating Office Applications with Enterprise Systems All enterprises today have a common set of frequently used business entities. These could be customers or orders, parts or products, programs or events. Regardless of what it is, in the process of...
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    HAL-PC January Meeting ... Visual Studio Team System

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    David Waddleton will be at HAL-PC's C# SIG for their January meeting talking about Visual Studio Team System. "What is Team System" you say? Team System takes Visual Studio to the next level. VS has always been an awesome tool for developers, focusing...
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    Just a touch of Geek Humor

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    We've all seen weird and wacky method names. Heck, we've all written some weird method names. Brad Abrams blogs about a couple of oddly named methods, starting a chain of feedback with even funnier method names. It's worth a good laugh or two: http:/...
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    My First Entry ...

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    Well, you've found my little corner of the blog space. Welcome! I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is J Sawyer and I'm a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft based in Houston, TX. I'm associated with the Gulf Coast District, which...
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    Whidbey "Express" Editions

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    If you are reading about this for the first time in my 'blog … well, color me twelve shades of surprised. Just in case you haven't heard, we've released the Express editions if Visual Studio 2005 to the web for any and all to download and play...
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    GNONUG August Meeting with Joe Healy

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    My counterpart DE from Tampa Bay, Joe Healy, will be present Untangling the Knot: VS.NET 2005 Beta 1 (Whidbey) Exploring VS.NET 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Enhancements at the Greater New Orleans .NET User Group (GNONUG) on August 9. Joe's quite a...
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    Austin .NET User's Group August Meeting

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    The Austin .NET User Group will have noted author and guru Rockford Lhotka down to present on Creation of Distributed Object-Oriented Applications in .NET . This presentation will explore his Component-based Scalable Logical Architecture (CSLA) for .NET...
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    GNONUG August Meeting with Joe Healy PT.2

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    Unfortunately, the Greater New Orleans .NET User Group August meeting will be cancelled. :( However, there is good news: it's cancelled because Joe Healy, the scheduled speaker and Developer Evangelist from Tampa, had his baby a month early. Well,...
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    August Houston .NET User Group Meeting

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    HDNUG will be having their August meeting tomorrow, August 12, 2004, featuring Ken Cottrell, who will be speaking on service oriented architectures. This month's tip & trick will be done by HDNUG's brave leader, Ben Levy, who will discuss "Stupid...
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    Back to the Blog ...

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    Wow ... I just looked back at how long it's been since I've blogged. It's hard to believe that it's been almost a month. And a long month it's been ... it started with the nastiest, ugliest case of bronchitis that I've had since I was 15 or so. In fact...
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    Definitive word on Remoting going forward ...

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    Remoting. With the rise of Indigo, there are a lot of questions about Remoting, it's long term applicability and future directions. We (as in Microsoft) have been perhaps a little too clear in saying that Remoting will be "depricated" with Indigo ......
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