How to Convert from Number Seconds to Time String in SQL Server

I’ve been working with a sample timer application on the Windows Phone to track our TechMasters meeting timings. In the user interface I capture the number of seconds that someone spoke, and I’d like to return the value of number seconds formatted as a standard looking time string. In SQL Server there is the DATEPART…

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How to get to SQL Azure Query Performance Data

This week there is a lot of announcements and excitement around Windows Azure and SQL Azure with the live event put on by Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Dave Campbell (www.LearnWindowsAzureEvent.com), where they showed the great new enhancements for how to jumpstart your development efforts for the cloud. These included the streamlined signup process, spending…

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Learn Windows Azure with the Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Dave Campbell

On Tuesday this week Scott Guthrie (@scottgu), is doing a live event to showcase Windows Azure and the latest in Cloud Development. The site http://www.LearnWindowsAzureEvent.com has details on the schedule for the day and includes a Q&A session on Channel9. If you have questions after the fact you can ask them on Windows Azure Office…

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Announcing the New BenkoTIPS.com site!

Today I’ve finally completed migration the content and links to webcasts, downloads and more from the original site I built as a developer resource in 2005 to a new version deployed in Azure. Originally deployed using DotNetNuke, the new site is built with the latest ASP.NET tools, technologies and techniques. I’ve almost migrated the site…

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More Windows Azure Webcasts

In case you’re interested here are the latest scheduled additions to the Windows Azure Boot Camp webcast series (http://bit.ly/wabcWebcasts2011). These include: 11/22 – http://bit.ly/btlod-65 SQL Azure and Windows Phone 11/29 – http://bit.ly/btlod-66 Scaling in the Cloud 12/13 – http://bit.ly/btlod-68 Cloud + Mobile Game – building Rock Paper Scissors on Windows Phone 12/20 – http://bit.ly/btlod-69 Cloud…

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Adding an RSS feed to a site or how to use the XMLDataSource and a Repeater

I’ve been working on my demo site for wanted to add a feed to my blog from MSDN. I knew that Linq to XML can do processing of rss data (it is after all just XML, right?) and that I could create some queries in code to iterate thru the feed. But in the Visual…

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How to encrypt passwords in Web.confg

In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted to show how you can encrypt the web.config file by adding code to the global.asax file. The cool part of this is that using this technique you can secure application specific settings like connection strings and other…

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Lincoln on Leadership

I just finished a great book that dives into style and approaches for leadership by Donald Phillips called “Lincoln on Leadership ”.  To be effective, Phillips argues, look at the approaches used by this famous leader. From the simple things dealing with people with his classic lessons of “Keep your Friends Close, your Enemies Closer”,…

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How to Secure your Mobile App with 3rd party Identity

Today I’m heading out to my Alma Mater to speak to some Graduate Students on the beauty and magic of the Networking Stack, and we’ll build a Windows Phone 7.1 TCP client application. Basically it takes an example from the MSDN Library  in which we create a SocketClient class to handle the threading, host and…

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How to screw up a Tech Interview

Today at TechMasters Jeff Urban did a great talk that addressed the soft skills a technology professional needs. As someone who has delivered many of these types of interviews for various positions and companies I could relate to what he offered and thought I’d add some observations of my own. Whether you are new to…

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