Part 2 of my Interview with Pat Helland

I had such a great time with Pat talking about the future of computing. In Part 2 of my interview with Pat Helland he talks about the framing of unreliability and eventual consistency of transactions.   Check it out on the Channel9 ARCast!     Enjoy!! -Pat Weikle


MISSED THE PDC? Catch the content live at the MSDN Developer Conference

We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7. Other sessions include the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, Parallel Programming, Live Mesh, and more. Register today so you…


Microsoft Public Sector Technology Conference – December 4, 2008, Reston, VA

I am pleased to announce the agenda and details for the Public Sector Technology Conference in Reston, VA to be held on December 4, 2008.   ACTION REQUESTED: Please register today as space is limited!!!   Event Date & Time: December 4, 2008, 9:00 – 17:00 Eastern Time   Event Location Sheraton Reston Hotel11810 Sunrise Valley Drive …


Webcast Schedule for December 2008

Register today for our upcoming webcasts! Date Time Location Title and Registration Presenter Audience December 12, 2008 14:00  – 15:00 EST Webcast Cloud Services for State and Local Government   Joel Reyes Developers December 17, 2008 14:00  – 15:00 EST Webcast Windows Presentation Foundation Application Model    Jennifer Lee    Joel Reyes Developers December 22, 2008…


ATTENTION WEB DEVELOPERS WCAG 2.0 Moves to Last Stage in W3C Approval Process

For those of you (like me) who are interested in Accessibility and/or need to ensure your websites remain in compliance with section 508 you’ll be interested to know that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 was published as a W3C Proposed Recommendation on Nov. 3, 2008. This means that the technical material of WCAG 2.0…


CloudCamp Federal 08 (Washington, DC)

Just wanted to inform our readers that Vlad Vinogradsky, Marc Schweigert and myself will attend CloudCamp Federal 08 that takes place on November 12 between 15:00 – 21:00. "CloudCamp is an unconference where early adapters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas." It was sold out but the organizer just opened up another 25 slots so…


HOT: 30% DISCOUNT on Visual Studio

For anyone considering an upgrade to Visual Studio Team System 2008 we’ve just announced a promotion (shall we say an economic stimulus package for developers 😉 Details are available at –  Excellent opportunity to get the best developer products for the .Net platform at a very attractive price. Vote for Visual Studio 2008!


ANNOUNCING: Developer Dinner On Demand

My team delivers a monthly Developer Dinner for US Public Sector Partners in Reston, Virginia.  At the dinners, we give 90-120 minute developer focused presentations on recently released / future developer technologies.  We have had great success with the dinners over the years.  Much of the success can be attributed to Robert Shelton who began…


DevDinnerOnDemand: Overview of the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

With the .NET Framework 3.5 (the version native to Visual Studio 2008) coming up on its first anniversary, Microsoft is poised to release the first update to the framework in the form of Service Pack (SP1).  This Service Pack is unlike your standard Service Pack, in that it will introduce new features/capabilities to the .NET…


ESB guidance

A new set of ESB guidance has been released by the Patterns and Practices team. Details below:       Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the latest addition to the p&p library of software architecture guidance:   ESB Guidance 2.0 CTP October 2008 Release     Quick Links: –                    MSDN site:…