Joseph Guadagno

Rants, Raves and other stuff about ASP.NET development.

August 2008 - Posts

Just received the INETA Community Champion Award

INETA_CommunityChampionIt is nice when your contributions become noticed.  I received an email from INETA informing me that I received the Community Champion award for the 3rd qtr. of 2008.

Thanks INETA for the recognition!

A snippet of the email...

The Community Champions Awards generated over 2 million points submitted by eligible participants. This is a tremendous achievement and we want to thank everyone for taking the time to submit all of their activities. We chose the top ten participants based on total points accumulated for their contributions within the developer community. We are excited to announce that the following community leaders are the first recipients of the annual

Community Champions Award:

  • Sujata Devraj
  • Judith B. Calla
  • Adnan Masood
  • Joseph Guadagno
  • Philip Wolfe
  • Jess Chadwick
  • Christopher Brandsma
  • Lou Vega
  • Kristin Ferrier
  • Brian Hendrson

Special thanks to everyone who took the time and energy to participate in this program. Keep contributing to your local developer community and submit your activities through the Champs program. This is your chance to show the world what community leadership is all about and to gain some of the recognition that you deserve!

Posted: Aug 29 2008, 01:58 PM by jguadagno
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ORM Comparison Part II

Part II of the Southeast Valley .NET User Group ORM comparison happened yesterday.  It started off nice and calm but ended with a bang or two.  No there were no fight or arguments between the presenters or attendees but mother nature let loose on the Phoenix area last night.  Especially during Scott Cate's presentation that happened to be going over on time.  A huge thunder clap ended his presentation :) .  Represented at this part was LLBGen Pro, NHibernate, ActiveRecord, QuickObjects and EasyDB.

Over the two months/meetings of presentations we saw how different technologies provide database access from .NET to different data stores. Thanks to the following for presenting.

Presenter Technology
LINQ Overview Adam Wolf
LINQ to SQL Adam Wolf
LINQ to Entities Rob Richardson
QuickObjects Ish Singh
Subsonic Saul Mora
netTiers Brad Mead
NHibernate Aaron Cure
ActiveRecord Justin James
LLBGen Pro Scott Cate
Easy DB Scott Cate
   

It was a great event but if we had to do it over again we would make it longer. In fact there have been talk about making this a web cast series.  If you are interested in seeing this as a web cast series, post a comment here, contact me, or send an email to your local Microsoft developer evangelist.

T-Mobile WiFi Calling

A month or so ago I signed up for this new T-Mobile plan that allows you to use your cell / mobile phone to make unlimited calls from almost any WiFi connection.  The reason I say almost is because there are two types of WiFi connections it will not make, a secured WiFi network that you do not have the security key for and any "free" WiFi connections that require you to accept the terms of use (most public access points).  When I saw this deal I signed up almost immediately. The idea that you can be on the road using your normal cell phone tower and them walk in to you house and seamlessly have the call transferred to your wireless network was awesome. So I purchased four Samsung Katalyst T-739 phones which have WiFI / UMA calling built in and my journey began.

Since then I have had two months of unreliable WiFi calling connectivity. My first connection attempts were with my AirLink AR430W SuperG Wireless router that I purchased for $15.00 dollars at a local Frys Electronic store. With this router I would get sporadic WiFi/UMA connectivity on all four phones.  Some of them would connect, some of them would not. I would get one of a few T-Mobile errors; W002 and W010.  After googling for days and weeks, there was not a lot of information about these errors on the Internet. Most of the errors pointed to Blackberry connectivity issues and that errors W002 and W010 means that the device could not get an IP address which was quite strange because both laptops, my Wii and Xbox 360 all connected fine.  So I began my troubleshooting...

First I tried to connect to a friends un-secure router, every connection attempt was successful and I was making calls but this was not legal. So I tried to un-secure my wireless network, this worked for some of the phones some of the time. I tried changing the network beacon timeout, this worked for some of the phones some of the times.  The phones would sometimes connect after rebooting the router but this was unacceptable.  After about a month I decided it was my cheap $15 dollar router, so I went out and purchased a TrendNET TEW-631BRP 300Mbps Wireless N Broadband route. I continued to have the the same issues as above so I went back to Google and found a few sites that suggested to turn off MAC filtering, this was not applicable to me, or to try to assign static IP addresses to the phone so I tried this but no dice.  After about six weeks of troubleshooting and phone tag with the T-Mobile WiFi calling help desk we came up with a solution.

The solution

It turned out that the sporadic access was because I had the router set to automatically determine a channel.  The T-Mobile WiFi/UMA service will only work with channels 1,6, or 11, which I why it connected to my neighbors router (channel 6).

Here are all of the settings that you can apply to router to make it function similarly to the T-Mobile branded LinkSys router.

Setting Value
Beacon Period 100
RTS Threshold 2347
Fragmentation Threshold 2346
DTIM Interval 1
Wireless Channel (try in this order) 11, 6, 1
For a secure network WPA 2 is preferred over WEP

I hope this helps solve some of your problems and that T-Mobile documents this somewhere.

Visual Studio Theme Generator

I've been looking to PIMP my IDE by changing some of the colors to it.  I came across this post on DEvHammer which pointed http://frickinsweet.com/tools/Theme.mvc.aspx#. This web application allows you to create a Visual Studio theme based on three colors.

It is Frickin Sweet, as implied by the domain name.

New Sitefinity tool created

As some of you know, I have the Southeast Valley .NET User Group web site running on Telerik's Sitefinity product.  The product itself is awesome but needs a few features here an there... One of which is a mechanism to get data into Sitefinity quickly. Luckily, Sitefinity provides a pretty extensive API for you to develop against. So with some free time, the little I have, I put together a Data Importer tool for Sitefinity. This tool will allow you to import data from a Comma Separated file into any Sitefinity generic provider.

The project is open source and available at http://www.codeplex.com/SEVDNUGDataImporter please report any problems or feature request there.

Enjoy!

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