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    KatrinaSafe - Waiting on test ...

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    Another day here in Austin with a lot of progress on KatrinaSafe.com. Right now, I'm waiting on test to approve the next push of the Smart Client application. We've added the functionality to allow case workers to match evacuees with the inquiries .....
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Commerce Starter Kit 2.0: Beta 2

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    Commerce Starter Kit 2.0 Beta 2 has been unleashed on the world! You can check it out at http://www.commercestarterkit.org . And, thanks to Mark from UltimaHosts, you can play with a live demo at http://www.cskdev.com . What is it? It's on Open...
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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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    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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    HDNUG Whidbey InstallFest

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    The Houston .NET User Group will be hosting a Whidbey InstallFest as a special event on Tuesday, August 3rd at the Houston Microsoft Office (where HDNUG usually meets). We will be installing the Express versions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005...
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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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    Visual Studio Team System Launch: Houston Edition

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    The VSTS Launch is coming to Houston! This is pretty exciting stuff ... I've really been blown away by Team System and am very, very excited about what it will bring to the development process. The Team System Launch is on Tuesday, April 25 at the...
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    Security Event Content: Dallas & Lafayette

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    Here's the content from the security events last week. Dallas Security Summit : Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle Lafayette TechSouth: Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle Secure Application Development Principles and Best Practices
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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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    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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    Installing the Express Versions

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    Well, this didn't happen when I first installed the Express Editions (Web Developer Express and SQL Server Express), but when building my demo image for the Express products using the bits downloaded from MSDN Subscriber Downloads, I ran into the same...
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    Houston Community Leaders Appreciation Night ...

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    Well, we had a “Community Leader Appreciation Night” for Houston last night ... we got a suite at Minute Maid Park, had hamburgers, hot dogs and beer and generally had a good time. It was great to hang out with a bunch of other geeks and watch...
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    Visual Studio Team System Launch: Houston Edition

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    The VSTS Launch is coming to Houston! This is pretty exciting stuff ... I've really been blown away by Team System and am very, very excited about what it will bring to the development process. The Team System Launch is on Tuesday, April 25 at the...
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    KatrinaSafe: 1 Year Later

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    It's funny ... today is, of course, 9/11 ... and the five year anniversary of the most horrific attack on the US since Pearl Harbor. Yet, as I look at my blog and it's history, it is also the day (only a year later) that I left Austin and signed off the...
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    Events on New Orleans and Baton Rouge ...

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    At the end of this month, I will be spending some time in South Louisiana and, in conjunction with Momentum , will be presenting as some free, open-to-all-who-come events in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. What will I be doing? A full day of cool techie...
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    Reinvigorating the Blog

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    Well, if anyone is still reading this, I'm quite surprised. I've not written in here for quite some time. There's been a lot going on, mostly personal that I won't go into here. Also, to be honest, I've had a hard time thinking of stuff that hasn't already...
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    Moving ...

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    I'm at blog.microsoft-j.net now. Something of a personal ego-trip. Visit me there ...
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    KatrinaSafe.com -- Day's end

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    Well, we're close to calling it a night here at the Austin MTC. Everyone is tired and honestly, some nerves are beginning to wear thin. That happens when you have a bunch of type A personalities in a high stress situation crowded into a small room all...
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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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    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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    New Version of Acrylic Available!

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    If you saw my previous post about Expression ( A Graphics Tool for the Graphically Challenged ) ... well, there is a new version of Expression (codenamed Acrylic) available now from http://www.microsoft.com/expression . It's a very, very cool tool...
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