.NET Brain Droppings

I'm a Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)... Feel free to ask me about the program...

  • INETA Chalk Talk on Thursday at 9:00 am

    If you work in the Atlanta area, feel free to stop by the INETA Chalk Talks going on the morning of the MSDN Event.  From 9am in the morning until ???  Myself, Mark Dunn, and Shawn Wildermuth will be answering questions on topics that you pick.

    Feel free to stop by.  I'm really looking forward to getting out and meeting everyone in the community.

    The talks are this Thursday (Aug 25) at the Regal Cinemas Chamblee theater.

    Hope to see you there!


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  • Hi, This is Don's blog speaking...

    If you see him, will you let him know that I'm staler than that bag of pretzels sitting on his desk and he needs to get back to blogging.  Especially now that reinforcements have arrived...

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  • The Waiting is Over

    I got "Connected" today.  Looking foward to testing not only Vista, but also Longhorn Server (who knows, I may even put FireFox down for a few minutes to give IE7 a run)

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  • Waiting... Waiting... Waiting...

    Those of you who know what Microsoft Connect is will understand my plight.  I keep checking that page every hour to see if:

    1. My status goes from Pending to Active
    2. If there are any bits up there for download (though I hear that will be 8/3)
    I'm dying here...  I can't wait for this drop.  If it's even halfway solid it'll be installed on every machine I have...


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  • Excellent whitepaper on Table Partitioning in SQL 005

    I understand this whitepaper has been out for about a year now, but I'm just now catching up when it comes to new Yukon features.  Kim Tripp has published an excellent paper that describes when/how/why to use Partitioned Tables in Yukon.  Excellent article!  I've been wondering how the mechanics of this worked since hearing about Kim's rocking demo of Partitioned Tables using a series of USB keys.  Great stuff, you can check out that .NET rocks episode here.

    [Watching: John Stewart Show]


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  • The Best Session at TechEd

    Aside from finally getting to meet a few of my fellow MCA friends, the best part about TechEd had to be the Cabanas.  I would much rather sit and talk to a bunch of people smarter than me that go attend one of those over packed sessions (though I go to quite a few of those).  My favorite "session" was an ad hoc one on Thursday morning.  I didn't realize it, but Kirk actually caught it on film.  That morning Julie, Rich, Don, Clemens, Christian, and I kicked around topics ranging from System.Transactions to Borland development tools of yesteryear (we even talked about Visual Basic right Rich :P  ).

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  • Going to TechEd? Looking for a Job? Email me...

    I work for Turner Broadcasting (you know TNT, TBS, TCMCTN, TSO et al) and we're looking to hire quite a few people for a large project that's ramping up here.  It's been pretty tough to find people locally so if you are at TechEd and interested in moving to Atlanta to work for a great company, on a cool project (we're using VSTS, Yukon and Indigo) email me.  I have my BlackBerry so I will get the email immediately.  We can set up a time to get together...

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  • Defining Service Contracts with Angle Brackets... Yes/No?

    Below is a copy of an email I sent to a buddy in Redmond (feel free to take a guess as to who it is).  He's *very* against using XSD to define a service contract.  I, on the other hand, am for it (though I have to say that he and others are beginning to sway me).

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  • Installing Mono on Fedora Core 3

    There is a great (and brief) summary of how to install Mono on Fedora Core 2 (but also works on 3) here on Equivocal Rambling.  The only thing you need to do differently is set up the yum channel in yum.conf like this:
    [mono]
    name=Mono 1.0
    baseurl=http://www.go-mono.com/archive/1.0.6/fedora-3-i386/
    gpgcheck=0

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