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2008 Product Launch – Des Moines

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I’m in Mike Benkovich’s session at the Des Moines launch event. The room is almost completely filled up here at the Iowa Events Center. Looks like lots of people are getting to reconnect and learn about some of the new VS 2008 features.

Jeff Brand is in the back here getting ready for his session right after Mike’s. Should be a good afternoon.

Written by Chris Sutton

April 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm

TechEd 2008 – Developers

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This year for the first time TechEd is spanning two weeks. The first week is for developers and the second week is for the “other” people – the IT Pro crowd :)

I’ll be working at TechEd as a Technical Learning Guide(TLG) in the Hands on Labs area and may do an Instructor Led Lab. It’ll take 32 hours of the week, but I’m hoping to catch some of the other sessions as well.

The word on the street is that all of the TLG’s will be wearing sexy black shirts, so it should be pretty easy to find us. 

The conference is in Orlando the first week of June. It might be worth checking it out if you have a week to spare and want to get some insight on the latest technologies from Microsoft.

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March 31, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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ReSharper 4 EAP – 764

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I just downloaded and installed nightly build 764 of ReSharper 4. I usually don’t go this bleeding edge, but I’m feeling a little dangerous.

Most people I’ve read say that these builds are pretty stable by now. I’ll post with an update by the end of the week.

Written by Chris Sutton

March 29, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Source Control Thoughts

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I was catching up on some ALT.Net reading on the Yahoo Group and came across this gem on a thread talking about people’s favorite version control:

I was informed recently that I may have to contribute to a project that’s using VSS… I immediately thought of this quote about VSS by a MS employee “Visual Source Safe? You’re better off printing out your code, putting it through a shredder, and lighting it on fire.”

Just to be fair, if you have your source stored in Visual Source Safe, that is better than nothing. But you can do much better with little effort.

VSS still doesn’t have atomic commits to the best of my knowledge.  What other kind of database that stores information as critical as your source is allowed to get away with non-atomic commits?

If you have had your source stored in VSS for at least a year and you are the admin, how many times have you had to run the database analyzer? And how many times has it told you that your repository or a block of files have been corrupted?  If your repository has been corrupted at least once, you should have red flags all over the place.

Think of this in terms of your regular databases.  If your SQL Server/Oracle/MySQL databases frequently gave you “your database has been corrupted” messages would you keep using that database?

So once again, you can do better. Here are two good options – there are many more.

I think the easiest sell is using a tool like Subversion.  It is a stable and widely used repository.  There are excellent client and admin tools available for many platforms.  I have used Subversion off and on for the last 4 years and heavily for the last 2 years and have been very pleased with it.  It is stable, reliable, accessible and it is actively being improved and developed.

If you are a larger company in the Microsoft space and you have plenty of money budgeted for your source control strategy you might look at Team Foundation Server. I’m using this on an open source project and have been satisfied with its performance and usability. My only gripe so far is that it does poorly in a disconnected scenario – Subversion really shines here.

Written by Chris Sutton

March 25, 2008 at 8:42 am

Cedar Rapids 2008 Launch Event

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This Monday, March 17th, is our CRIneta.org Visual Studio/SQL Server 2008 Launch Event.  If you want to learn about the new products and you want to have a great time and win from a huge pool of excellent prizes, then go to CRIneta.org and RSVP to be a part of this event.

Tim Barcz, Greg Sohl, Arian Kulp and I are presenting sessions on Visual Studio enhancements, Linq, IIS 7, C# 3, the new .Net Framework features and the new SQL data types.

We have room for 50 people and 38 are RSVP’d already, so don’t wait too long. We are doing the Launch at the Marriott on Collins road in Cedar Rapids. Check the website for more details.

Written by Chris Sutton

March 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Iowa Code Camp – Spring 2008

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We are planning our first ever Iowa Code Camp.  It’s going to happen at the University of Iowa’s Conference Center in Iowa City on Saturday May 3rd.

The details are coming together nicely and we already have about 1/2 of our speakers in place.

Our current sponsors are:

  • University of Iowa
  • Microsoft
  • And several others are in the works

We are currently looking for more sponsors to provide some good food, drinks and prizes.

If you are interested in helping in any way, leave me a comment and I’ll make sure to pass your information on to the right person.

Javier has already posted the Code Camp on bostondotnet.org

ASP.Net MVC Quickstart

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The MVC Toolkit has finally been released as a CTP. Go here to start out – this is the official page with all the links and info you need. Here is the official quickstart link.

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Update: 1/17/2008

Jeffery Palermo has a great list of his links to get you started.

Links for ASP.Net MVC Reading:

Scott Guthrie is the grandmaster of this project and has posted extensively on different aspects of the MVC framework. Here are some quick links to get you going.

Original post about ASP.Net MVC: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2007/10/14/asp-net-mvc-framework.aspx

MVC Part 1: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2007/11/13/asp-net-mvc-framework-part-1.aspx

MVC Part 2(URL Routing): http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2007/12/03/asp-net-mvc-framework-part-2-url-routing.aspx

MVC Part 3(Passing ViewData): http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2007/12/06/asp-net-mvc-framework-part-3-passing-viewdata-from-controllers-to-views.aspx

MVC Part 4(Form editing and posting): http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2007/12/09/asp-net-mvc-framework-part-4-handling-form-edit-and-post-scenarios.aspx

Jeffery Palermo of CodeBetter and Party with Palermo Fame has written some about the MVC bits as well. He has an mvccontrib project.  Read about the guidelines for participation.

Rob Conery talks about how to use use a RESTful architecture with ASP.Net MVC.

Nikhil Kothari has a great post showing how to build a basic app.

Links for Listening:

Polymorphic Podcast with Jeffery Palermo: http://polymorphicpodcast.com/shows/aspnetmvc/

If you want the best information on the ASP.Net MVC there are a couple of other people you should be paying attention to: Phil Haack and Fredrik Normén.

I will be updating this post with more information as I find it out.

Well I have some digging to do. I need to get the bits installed for some client work that will be using MVC early next year.

 

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December 9, 2007 at 9:39 pm

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CRIneta Meeting – Arian Kulp and LINQ

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If you are interested in learning the direction that Microsoft is going with data access you really should come out to our meeting tonight in Cedar Rapids, IA (if you live in the region of course).

Arian Kulp is going to be showing us the ins and outs of how LINQ works – how to query, filter and update data. Btw, Arian wrote the LINQ Hands on Labs for the 2005 PDC, well over 2 years before its official release, and probably long before most of us were aware the technology was being developed.

Written by Chris Sutton

December 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Visual Studio 2008 RTM on MSDN – for real

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Frans Bouma says VS 2008 is on MSDN now and Vitaly confirms it.  It’s 7:30am CST and the MSDN download site is already locked up.

As soon as I can get my hands on the bits I have a project to upgrade; I guess I need to make some room on my laptop as well.

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November 19, 2007 at 7:53 am

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David Yack at CRIneta

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David Yack gave an excellent talk last night at CRIneta about C# 3.0 and VS 2008. We looked at Type Inference, Partial Methods, Extension Methods and much more.  There also really seemed to be a lot of interest in the new VS 2008 features.

We also had some great BBQ that went over really well. It was a big step up from our usual pizza or subs. TekSystems went above and beyond in their sponsorship this time.

Written by Chris Sutton

November 13, 2007 at 8:39 pm