I just learned about this awesome course, written by Don Jones, that is available to MCTs this month.
The course looks to be a good beginners look at PowerShell V3. As the Microsoft web site points out, this will be a 200-level course and is not intended to teach hardcore scripting or programming.
For IT pros who have never seen PowerShell, this looks to be a very good course, although it doesn't appear to be extremely technical.
Great, FREE training from Dan Wahlin, introducing you to AngularJS. Dan is one of my favorite PluralSight contributors and enjoy his courses.
I've used KnockoutJS and Backbone, yet am evaluating this framework now.
A co-worker and I were working with the Kendo UI Grid and having difficulties binding the data from a WCF Data Services 5.2.0 Data Service returning OData. I've used the JSONP extension/behavior in the past with success, yet understood the new WCF Data Services returned JSONP just fine, as previous 5.1.0-rc2, indicated as such (with regards to $format/$callback).
Jason did a great write-up at his blog site on the solution.
Hope this helps others out...using OData returns from WCF Data Services and the excellent Kendo UI Grid.
The Heartland Developer's Conference is back in full swing this year! I'm in attendance and am happy to see Joe Olsen bringing different topics to the event, including Android development. I see that Adobe is really bringing a lot of Flash discussions as well. It's interesting to hear about development challenges from other technologies since I'm hip-deep in Microsoft development (even though I enjoy it). Looking forward to hearing about HTML 5, the Microsoft Web stack, user experience design and service technologies.
Make sure to register for the event and journey to Omaha. It's well worth your time and the price is super cheap for an event of this size.
See you there!
Having a child really pulls your life for a loop. I decided to head back to school for my Master's as well. Time just got sucked up quickly.
I'm excited for the new Indigo technologies Microsoft has to offer after learning of the changes through an excellent presentation by Dave Bettin. Our local .NET users group is a great place to meet others active in the community and to learn about exciting implementations and upcoming .NET developments. I think it's great that Microsoft is so willing to keep in touch with the community by providing individuals to come out and speak about upcoming features of products and other .NET topics.
Speaking of other .NET topics, I've convinced management to deploy SQL Server Reporting Services (which is awesome, btw). Moving from Crystal Reports (and Oracle reports) to SQL Server Reporting Services seems to be cake so far. It was easy convincing management since it was a) free b) easy to learn c) installed with no issues and d) didn't chew up tons of system resources (just look at the specs required). Oh, did I mention that since it's in a universal format (RDL), that the Oracle reports are easy to move to SQL Server Reporting Services? Thanks Microsoft!
Accomplishing a centralized page template is proving to be a challenge. The overall agreed strategy is to utilize server controls for the main page elements and standards form elements (technically still server controls) for the main form area. The goal is a page (from top to bottom) with a header, and information section, a form or other page elements, then a footer. Dividing up the page into several server controls seems to be the approach. A server control for each section including the form/other page elements section that is a container. Is this going overboard with the use of server controls? The .Text application seems to accomplish this with user controls rather than server controls from what little I've quickly examined of the code. What's the community conclusion on page templates.
I've also briefly looked at these boilerplates that they speak of for templates in the Microsoft development environment. Anyone using these?
Our little one was born October 2nd, 2003 at 3:38pm. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and is 20.5 inches long. Mom and I are so excited. I haven't been blogging...but have been gleaming with excitement staying home (on paternity leave) with my new son! Birth is the most life-awakening experience!
In wanting a website for the longest time, I finally broke down and bought a domain and am hosting at a co-workers home on his webserver (that I sold to him). A fine Dell 600SC server that holds up well over a business-level cable connection. My site has some shots of my home, my dog, and our newly decorated baby room (we're expecting real soon now). If you get bored and want to surf, check out www.mightybs.com and the baby section. Anyone know of a decent, free photo album for .NET that is simple to use (I can drag-n-drop photos to a directory and it will place them in the site with a description and all)?
Programming structure...a hot topic at my workplace. We've fought over this topic for the last 2 years. Here's the deal. Two different approaches are mentioned.
The first, the “Control Structure”, is a central area where everything passes through it. Think Fuse Box methodology if you are a Cold Fusion developer. In the old days (yeah...ASP 3.0), we would use a central page (main.asp) and pass an action query string value through it (main.asp?action=ShowUsers), which would call a sub or function from another page (users.asp). The other page would be a gathering of functions, subs, classes that were specific to a function in the program. This works great (especially for troubleshooting), but is hard to follow through if you are not used to it. In the .NET realm, we have come up with a similar method of using a default.aspx page but plugging user controls into it programmatically. I like this method, but to me, it seems slower and more clumsy in testing. Sure, it's clear and concise, but is it the best use of .NET?
The second method involves a page-for-page approach. Microsoft demonstrates this through several of their .NET code examples. Each section is its own page (users.aspx, admin.aspx, etc.). I recently finished a project where the deadline quickly approached and I used this method. The project went smooth and we've since added on some functionality and it was simple to do so. I don't have issues with this approach, but other developers in my group do.
What structure do you use for a web project? Have you come up with your own methodology (per se) for the layout (structure) of your applications? Is any of our approaches bad or good in some way? I'd like the community to speak out on this one. Not very many folks speak of structure (but do speak of code and samples).
I just stumbled on a great blog entry by Tyson Dowd about the legacy of the DataGrid Girl (aka Marcie Robillard). Naming yourself after a cool .NET class is very daring, but cool nonetheless, as Tyson attempts to clear a name for himself. Thanks Tyson for making my day that much better. I'm looking through the .NET classes trying to make a name for myself...and I'm coming up short. I'll stick to coding rather than trying to be a celebrity in the community.
I was introduced to several aspects of the datagrid through her website (even though I thought the site was a joke at first). If you have not visited DataGrid Girl, I suggest you do so. The datagrid is extremely useful.
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