February 2008 - Posts

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ALT.NET Seattle Participants by Bil Simser

Registration for the ALT.NET event in Seattle (April 18-20) is closed so if you register you'll get put onto the waiting list (there are only a few people on it right now). However the participant list is simply amazing. It's like the who's who of the...
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The ME Conference by Bil Simser

I found it rather funny (thanks Jenn!) having a conference named after me. Well, not exactly named *after* me, but when you're basically the only guy on the planet who spells his name "BIL" you have to laugh when you see this . Best of all is...
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Using NAnt to Build SharePoint Solutions by Bil Simser

Andrew Connell wrote an excellent blog entry on building your WSS solution packages with MSBuild. My problem is that I can't stand MSBuild and find it crazy complicated for even the simplest of tasks. Andrew's post possibly led to the creation (or at...
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Getting Sites and Webs during Feature Activation in SharePoint by Bil Simser

One of the cool features in SharePoint 2007 are Feature Event Classes. These classes allow you to trap and respond to an event that fires when a feature is installed, activated, deactived, or removed. While you can't cancel an installation or activation...
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WPF or WinForms, choose wisely by Bil Simser

WPF is all the rage (at least that's what they tell me) and it's IMHO one of the best technologies to come out of Microsoft. Still, however, companies choose to stay the course with building on WinForms. Karl Shifflett has a great blog entry on choosing...
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Do SharePoint Developers Want a Developer Version of SharePoint? by Bil Simser

First off let me start the disclaimer. I do not work for Microsoft and have no decision making powers in anything that goes into a piece of software. You might call me an "influencer" as we MVPs may suggest things at times (sometimes very verbally...
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Automated UI Testing with Project White by Bil Simser

A co-worker turned me onto Project White , an automated UI testing framework by ThoughtWorks. This along the same lines as NUnitForms and other automated systems. It's basically Selenium for WinForms (which rocks in its own right) so I thought I would...
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Winnipeg Code Camp, the aftermath... by Bil Simser

Finished up at Winnipeg Code Camp today with a good turnout for my sessions. I was pretty happy as lots of people are interested in the topics I presented on (BDD and DDD) which is a good thing. The more the merrier. Of course finding the location was...
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Winnipeg here I come... what was I thinking? by Bil Simser

I'm heading out tomorrow to the airport to spend the weekend in Winnipeg for the first annual Winnipeg Code Camp . I'm very honoured to be invited to speak there but there is that weather. Grant you, Calgary isn't all that great these days. We went through...
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Registration for ALT.NET Open Spaces Seattle is alive! by Bil Simser

Dave Laribee and team have done an excellent job of getting the next Seattle ALT.NET open space conference up and going. I'm pleased to say registration is open up now (and will probably fill up by the time I finish writing this blog entry). So get going...
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