SQL Data Services in Education (Overview)

Having to host, manage, monitor, and scale databases comes at a cost.  In Education there is a almost a new need to host a new database daily with often unpredictable growth and scale requirements.  Image you want to post student achievement reports for K-12 or IPEDS reports for Higher Education or any other data for…

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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

I’m a retired US Marine Corps veteran of foreign wars, so when I bought this bottle of “Jarhead Red” wine the other day, I was touched by the underlining benefits.  The proceeds go toward the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation who provide educational assistance to the children of fallen Marines. Created by Marines for the children…

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Software plus Services in Education (Overview)

With already tight budgets in Education, these hard economic times add an extra burden that force IT decision makers to be ever more creative to offset costs and turn IT cost centers into IT enablers for the Business of Education as well as the Teaching and Learning process.  In this podcast I cover the broader…

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Hyper-V error: "failed to remove snapshot" when deleting…

Interesting little error I got while attempting to Delete Snapshot Subtree in Hyper-V Manager.  I was able to delete every snapshot, but the first one in my tree which would then throw this error message (‘MySnapshot’ unable to remove snapshot…).  It did not appear in Event Viewer, just the message window and it appears that…

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AShred

Ashred prank:

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Unit Tests with Visual Studio 2008 (screencast)

Test Driven Development (TDD) has long been advocated as a “best practice” in software development.  Without picking apart the details with this theory, I’ll just summarize the concept: prior to jumping in with both feet, writing functional code, start with stubbed out methods/functions/classes/etc… (you might use Class Designer for this part) second, create a test…

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Web Tests in Visual Studio 2008 (screencast)

If you are interested in testing your web applications, Visual Studio offers a great way to do this without bolt-on or expensive 3rd party tools.  Auto-record, configure, and even generate coded versions (C# or VB) of your web tests, then reuse with/without Load Tests.  You can also add Data Sources (databases, CSV files, and XML…

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Stream Silverlight apps in your blog created with Live Writer…

Here is a cool plug-in for Live Writer from James Clarke (http://www.clarkezone.net/default.aspx?channelid=fe2866cb-00b9-4bff-bb11-1b3a88708a84). Notice I can now just select “Silverlight Streaming Application” from the Insert menu option. If you have a Live ID (or wish to create one), you can get up to 10gb of FREE space to host your Silverlight videos/apps at http://silverlight.live.com.  When you…

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Changing Item-level permissions in a Sharepoint List (WSS 3.0) with Elevated Privileges

Most blogs, books, articles, etc… provide some nice sample code, but they all assume that the user is logged on to Sharepoint as a Site Admin or someone with “Full Control” privileges. 🙂  What if you need to do something to the currently logged on user (which is NOT a Site Admin with Full Control)…

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ColdFusion to ASP.NET Migration

When considering a migration from ColdFusion to ASP.NET, you have several options to consider, I’ve touched on just a few here…   Migration options: Re-write… which is really more like drag-and-drop and configure properties than it is re-writing code Build on top of Sharepoint – you might find that it makes more sense to leverage Sharepoint…

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