On Friday, Day 8, we got power. Felt great to be back home!


Day 7 – no power

Another day gone, another day without power. It’s just getting unbelievable. So, I found out that there are 24 houses in my community without power. There’s more than 2000 houses in all, and I guess I am seeing what being in a minority implies. PSE was not sure if the crews were even working in…


Authoring rules against a collection

Sometimes you want to write rules against all items in a collection. In WF V1, this is not supported natively but can be achieved in the following manner: (you can come up with other ways too, but the essential idea is you want to simulate looping using forward chaining in rules) Rule 1 (Highest priority…


Weird bug

I was looking into a question on the WF forums and trying out something. So I defined a WF Sequential WF project, added some properties on my root workflow class, added a policy activity, defined some rules against those properties – all standard stuff. Things worked great. Now, I defined another class with in Workflow1.cs…


Day 6 – No power, still counting

What are the odds of living in a community where 99% of homes have power but ours doesn’t? The person across the street has power too. Still counting and hoping we’ll get power today.


TechReady 4 in Seattle

As part of an effort to get the Microsoft field ready for the technologies the product teams are building, Microsoft organizes a conference called TechReady. It is Microsoft internal mainly meant for the Microsoft Technical Field community. TechReady 4 is in Seattle in February. As part of that, I am giving a talk on Windows…


Power outage

In the windstorm that hit the pacific northwest on Thursday night, a lot of homes lost power. We, still do not have power – 5 days later. They’re saying it could be through the weekend before we get power. Funny enough, most of my community got power on Sunday night, but just a few homes,…


Linq to XSD releases Alpha today

A month ago I was investigating authoring WF rules against XML. We dont support it out of the box, but a simple way of achieving this is by exposing your XML schema as a .Net type – and then author rules against that type. Simple, and doable with XSD.exe. Then I came across the “Linq…


Our team on Channel 9

Last week the Channel 9 team came over to our building. They initially wanted to do an interview with Doug, our Group Program Manager. But Doug loves to put a nice spin to things, so he called other folks from the team over to his office and it ended up being a nice team interview….


Business Rules Forum – so far

I’m spending this week in DC at the Business Rules Forum Conference. It’s been interesting. First, before this I’d been to TechEd and PDC and those are obviously much bigger conferences – 10,000+ or 15,000+ people. This one, comparatively, is tiny – I think must be around 200 or so. The good thing is by…