June 2004 - Posts
I was listening to an archived Whadya Know show last night (http://www.notmuch.com/Show/2000/09.30.html) and Michael Feldman had a guest on talking about language, the origin of words, etc. Out of nowhere came a reference to an article in Visual Basic Programmer's Journal. I captured it and edited down a short excerpt which you can listen to at http://www.franklins.net/thunk.wma
It's funny to see how the rest of the world looks at us like we're crazy, or at the least intimidating.
Very very very cheap versions of VB, C#, C++, a Web Builder, and SQL Server (MSDE++) have been announced today in Amsterdam. I'm glad they finally announced it because I've been holding my tongue for too long!
These will be limited versions of the developer tools you know and love. SQL Server 2005 Express is free, and the others will cost “a nominal fee” which will not discourage anyone from buying them.
This is a huge win for the academic world and anyone wanting to learn how to program in .NET without making a major investment.
Good job, Microsoft!
To quote Steve Ballmer, "Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! etc...”
This week, Carl and Rory geek out with Richard Cambpell about everything but programming! Topics include water-cooled and modded PCs, wireless gear, and flying cars. Yeah, it's not about .NET, but for crying out loud, live a little!
Richard Campbell is a Microsoft Regional Director and president of Campbell & Associates, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a consultant to a number of companies in North America, focusing on building high-performance, large-scaling web sites utilizing Microsoft technology. Richard is also one of the technical editors for Access/VB/SQL Advisor and co-author of the Advisor Answer columns. In addition to consulting and writing, Richard speaks at conferences around the world.
Carl and Rory are going to be geeking out Thursday night with Richard Cambpell about everything but programming! Topics will include water-cooled PCs, wireless gear, and flying cars. Listen live to win prizes. Go to http://www.franklins.net/calldotnetrocks Thursday at 10PM Eastern Time. Don't just listen, participate! Carl and Rory are even letting Geoff the brainiac sound guy in on the discussion. Should be serious fun.
This week on .NET Rocks! we had a very informative discussion about messaging with Benjamin Mitchell and John Bristowe. Benjamin and John cut through the WS-AlphabetSoup set of specifications, avoid frequent references to SOA and cover what the benefits of web services are, why you might want to use WSE (security, policy, addressing and support for TCP), how to use web services in your applications today and where Microsoft is heading with web services and Indigo in future. Michele Leroux Bustamante joined us unexpectedly in the second half, and she even told a great joke!
Benjamin Mitchell is an independent contractor and a Microsoft Regional Director based in the UK. Having worked as a lead developer and architect on some of the largest internet sites in Australia he moved to London several years ago to be part of larger challenges. Recent engagements have involved helping global banking clients create web service security frameworks. He is passionate about improving development practices through agile methodologies and making the web easier to use for applications with web services. He has spoken frequently at user groups across the UK as well as TechEd San Diego and the upcoming TechEd Amsterdam. In almost 10 years of development experience he’s managed to pass 20 exams and holds MSCD, MCSE and SCJP certifications. He maintains a blog at http://benjaminm.net
John Bristowe is a Systems Analyst with Quadrus Development Incorporated, a .NET training and consulting firm based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Since its beta, John has been working feverishly with the .NET Framework; evaluating, developing and rigorously testing all facets of .NET offerings as they are released. John has a passion for, and as such, a constant focus on service-oriented architectures and associated XML Web services plumbing and protocols. John is a Microsoft Regional Director and a MVP for ASP.NET.
Michèle Leroux Bustamante is an Associate of IDesign Inc., an internationally known speaker, and author. Before joining IDesign, she spent over 10 years working for companies in San Diego and held several lead architect and executive positions. At IDesign Michele contributes her diverse background to .NET training and high-end corporate consulting. Her expertise spans technologies related to graphics and imaging, COM and high-availability Internet applications, with a hands-on background developing enterprise applications with VB, C++, Java/J2EE and C#/.NET. Michele speaks regularly at technical conferences such as VSLive!, DevConnections, SD Expo, Web Services XML ONE, .NET ONE, and SDGN. She is a member of the INETA (International .NET Association) Speakers Bureau – a selection of recognized international speakers designated to promote .NET worldwide. In 1993, Michele founded the Microsoft programming curriculum at UCSD Extension, and since has continued as Program Advisor to the Visual Basic, Visual C++, and .NET certificate programs. Michele is also founder of a new code letter, .NET Dashboard (www.dotnetdashboard.com). Reach her at: email@example.com
7PM PST / 10PM EST
Tune in early for the “pre-show banter“
We also got Rory an awesome audio codec so he sounds human again :-)
Rocky Lhotka talks about his new book, the CSLA framework, and makes the case for business objects in this world of DataSets and XML. He also talked a bit about WhiteHorse, Microsoft's new designers for SOA and classes shipping in the Whidbey timeframe. This was a great show, and we're always glad to talk to Rocky about all things .NET.
Rockford Lhotka is the author of numerous books, including the Expert Visual Basic .NET & C# Business Objects books. He is a Microsoft Software Legend, Regional Director, MVP and INETA speaker. Rockford speaks at many conferences and user groups around the world and is a columnist for MSDN Online. Rockford is the Principal Technology Evangelist for Magenic Technologies, one of the nation's premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners dedicated to solving today's most challenging business problems using 100% Microsoft tools and technology.
We had a couple birthdays in the business this week. Chris Sells' birthday was Tuesday, and today (Saturday) is the birthday of Jas Sandhu from the MS .NET Evangelism team. Happy birthday guys!
Tonight Rory and I will be talking to Rocky Lhokta about business objects, whitehorse, datasets, objectspaces, and all things Lhotka!
Don't miss it. Live at 10PM Eastern
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