I Hereby Resolve To …

Having trouble figuring out how to fill in the blanks?  Fret no longer; I found this link to a Resolution Randomizer on Brad Abrams’s blog, and it’s too fun not to forward on.  Plus it’s a Silverlight application and, therefore, legitimately work-related!

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Express Yourself for Half the Price!

I just got an e-mail letting me know of a 50% off promotion (for US residents) at the Microsoft Store on the Expression suite of products, including the entire Studio as well as the stand-alone components, Expression Web and Expression Blend. So you can get Expression Blend – the sine qua non (ok, so I’m…

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Workflow Foundation and Unit Testing

Most of the presentations you have probably seen on Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), including the one I gave during the recent Northeast Roadshow, focus on the abstraction of business activities and the automatic management of the instance lifecycle by the WF runtime.   Sounds great in terms of enabling you to focus on specifics of the…

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Silverlight DataGrid Update

During the recent Northeast Roadshow series, I talked about data binding in Silverlight and mentioned a number of data-oriented controls that are part of the Silverlight 2 release as well some recently added to the Silverlight Toolkit.  While we didn’t really cover these controls in any depth, one that you’d likely be making use of…

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WomenBuild at MDC

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the MSDN Developer Conference coming to Boston on January 22nd (and New York City on Jan 20th).  If you haven’t, it’s $99 for a day’s worth of presentations in three tracks covering a host of topics that first got exposure at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles…

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Another Roadshow Gone By

As I write this post, I’m looking out the window at the first two four inches of what promises to be a bona-fide Winter storm – a fitting end to the 2008 Winter Northeast Roadshow series.  As always, it was great to see familiar faces, as well as a number of new ones.  We experienced…

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Good News… Bad News…

The good news:  Netflix’s implementation of Silverlight for instant viewing of movies has been a great success, with Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications for Netflix, noting that ‘our player is much easier to install and use now with Silverlight’ The bad news: The ease-of-use has left their technical specialists in the Customer Service group…

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Thoughts from FLEX Camp Boston

Somewhat like a fish out of water, I wound my way to Bentley University for Flex Camp Boston today (or should i say “slid” my way due to the ice storm).  Of course Adobe is a primary competitor of Microsoft, but at the same time it was great to see some former colleagues from Sybase,…

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New England Data Camp v1.0 In Waltham – Jan 24th

The New England SQL Server User Group and the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group have joined forces to host a free, full-day Code Camp-style event at the Microsoft Office on Jones Road in Waltham, Massachusetts, on Saturday, January 24. What’s a code camp, you ask?  Check out the Code Camp Manifesto. What is…

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Farmington Northeast Roadshow Traffic Update

Great news!  The construction at Batterson Park Road that threw us for (and some of you literally into) a loop for the last Northeast Roadshow has completed, and it should be smooth sailing into the Microsoft office tomorrow.  Chris and I hope to see you there! What? Northeast Roadshow Where? Microsoft office74 Batterson Park Road…

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