SQL, WCF, WPF, TFS, CLR, CSS, HTM, and other TLA's
Yes, I'm still around. I've been getting deeper and wider with my technical abilities over the past few years. I'm always thrilled to work on SSIS, SSAS, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, KendoUI, etc. On the other side of life, I'm working on neuroplasticity by juggling and learning the piano. The piano and music theory are similar to developing software so it's something to enjoy as often as possible.
Chris Rajczi and Michael Perry worked very hard on the Sea Turtle application for the last few Dallas XAML User Group meetings. The application can be reviewed on the Marketplace at http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=c1ccc254-5735-471e-96c0-88a0d89d3a80.
Sure I have a blog, but all of my time is spent working on cool work or contributing to the Dallas XAML User Group. I write the newsletters and maintain everything including the momentum, hopefully.
My name is Vince and I'm a technical packrat. ( Hello Vince.... )
After several attempts, I finally got my Windows Phone 7 updated to the Mango release. It kept failing and reported an error C1010007. That error indicates that the cable is bad or not the original cable. I finally tried again and kept touching the phone every minute or two. The upgrade continued and finally finished. I suspect the phone goes to sleep during the upgrade.
This is a mention of the event that came and went last weekend for the .Net Micro Framework here in Dallas at the Improving Enterprises offices. Shawn Weisfeld worked on the event for the last 6 months. Shawn pushed the moderately priced package from FEZ that proved to be an excellent product. We all met last Saturday and went through some exercises to understand how to develop most of the basic tasks to interact with the plug and play hardware. When the day was over, we all had a great understanding of how to create .Net application with Visual Studio 2010 and deploy to this device. It's so much easier than the Windows CE deployments.
The Entity Framework can help us create an efficient Data Access Layer or a horribly inefficient one.
In a typical Silverlight line-of-business application we have Lists, Grids, DataGrids, and StackPanels. We populate a list and it flows down and off the browser page. When we have a ScrollViewer, it will scroll the whole page including edit controls and graphics and not just the list that's tall and flowing off the page. The good news is that we can easily contain the list in the viewable area with the few simple steps listed below.
Dallas GiveCamp came and went this last weekend. It was my second GiveCamp and was very rewarding. Our team created a site for the Tarrant County Birth Network. Jon and I quickly explained the resulting web site and sat down, but I forgot to present and thank the team. So this is a very weak attempt to thank them after the event.
Thanks to the Dallas GiveCamp team for a fun weekend.
Jonathan Keith - Developer
Nick Coombs - Developer
Rick Michaels – Developer
Sridhar – Very helpful floating developer
- Shannon Blackwell - The very active charity representative
- Jaime Grassi - Business Analyst
Vince Blasberg (myself) – Developer
The GiveCamp weekend was very unusual, thankfully. There were many challenges from the first moment until the last. In the end we at least accomplished one big thing. We enabled the charity with a CMS that will grow as their needs grow. They now have a huge network of .Net developers around the world that can easily develop and support them. When they switch over to the new site, there is no doubt the requirements document will grow and there will be developers like our team to help them.
What is the Tarrant County Birth Network?
The Tarrant County Birth Network is a community organization to provide information about, and advocacy for evidence-based, Mother-Friendly care for expectant Tarrant County families seeking a healthy, informed, and enjoyable pregnancy and birth.
What is GiveCamp?
GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations.
I hope to see everyone there next year.
Shawn Weisfeld has recorded several presentations that I've been fortunate enough to present at various times. Shawn also stalks other active community speakers with that camera of his. Check out the complete list on the INETA Champs live site at http://newlive.ineta.org/. That's more than enough video content to fill a Saturday night or skip the Monday night football.
Here is a list of my presentations at http://newlive.ineta.org/Presentation/Speaker/26
Nuts and Bolts in XAML Part 1 - 7/6/2010
Nuts and Bolts in XAML Part 2 - 8/3/2010
Working with Data in Silverlight - 6/18/2010
Understanding Databinding with XAML in WPF and Silverlight - 3-2-2010