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Tagged: February 2005 Blog Posts

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red pill...

You take the blue pill and the story ends.  You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe.  You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. well, i took the red pill. as of around march 7 i'll be working for microsoft.  no, not on the engineering side of things (so i don't have the rigorous interviews that are legend -- although i still had to endure a “day” [note: day=day as in 8-5] of interviews back to back with some whiteboard code questions, etc...but not as...

llblgen pro -- a review

a second great tool i've been using lately...llblgen pro (www.llblgen.com). first: our team got sick of saying “LLBLGen Pro” when referring to the tool and the code it generated...so we affectionately named it “cool j“ (yeah, you can see the deduction of the name...started out being ll cool j, etc.) i consider myself always a skeptic.  i am used to certain things and usually stick to them.  you can imagine my skepticism when a teammate decided we use an ORM tool for data access/code generation. what!? no way, those things don't work of course my argument had no weight since i had no evidence...

what a good sharepoint subject matter expert ought to know...

inspired by scott hanselmen's post about What Great .NET Developers Ought to Know, as well as the rush of interviews i've been conducting lately to fill sharepoint positions, i started compiling a list of questions for what a sharepoint consultant developer/architect (or fill in your own title) ought to know...here it is... please comment on more questions -- this was my 30 second list that i'll be adding to. What SharePoint consultants Ought to Know Everyone who can spell SharePoint what is SharePoint? what is the difference between SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services? what is a document library? what is a meeting...

finalbuilder -- a review

after looking at build automation tools like BuildIt.NET and others and looking at the tasks of configuring, etc. as well as the rigidness of what they were build *for*, i began searching elsewhere. i was referred to finalbuilder (www.finalbuilder.com) i've been playing around with it for a while and really like it.  it integrates with almost all major source control providers as well as common .net “stuff” (like vs.net and reversioning the assemblyinfo file). it is really full-featured and i've created automated scripts that get the latest from source control, reversion based on certain variables (timestamps and input params--but this could also be...

the great debat: sps vs. dynamic sql

frans takes a lash at the argument...good position on both sides: http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=31953

a bamf moment

don't know what bamf is -- apologies if you are offended...not always the “safest” content on the site (bamf link) but the guy (sharkey) works in the industry and occaisionally has great rants about common things we all face. at any rate...i had a project i worked my tail off to finish...delivered 2 days early thinking the client really needed it to test. that was a week ago. client needs to deliver to their customer tomorrow am. guess when they started testing. guess what i'll be doing all night. argh.

hey, where's my presence in wss w/firefox?

i got a question from robertk just a while ago asking where the presence info was when viewing sharepoint with firefox. what?! you can view sharepoint with firefox?! calm down, yes you can. basically the presence indicator is shown using a javascript function in ows.js (IMNRC) and is only rendered for the appropriate browsers (look at owsbrows.js)..basically those that are browseris.ie55up. -- so essentially wss thinks that firefox is netscape 5 because of the mozilla version it checks for.  ideally the owsbrows.js should be written to check for functionality rather than versions -- maybe render the browseris from the server based on...

my experience with isv companies

i thought it prudent to share some experiences i've had lately with two isv's that have shined above the rest of those that i've been dealing with. over the course of the past week/month i've been working on several projects involving 3rd party web controls.  in each of my experiences, i've run into challenges and questions.  some vendors never respond.  others are awesome...two cases in point: 1) aspNetEmail: www.aspnetemail.com Dave Wanta is great.  with every support request i get an immediate response in less than a day (sometimes immediately).  i've been really putting one of the components of this tool through the test...and...

where have we gone as a country

okay, i admin it -- i was infatuated with the oj simpson trial...i have no idea why (although i was studying criminology at the time) but seriously, when you look at how msnbc gives the jackson trial a premier spotlight (the same way they do elections, tragedies [well, okay this is certainly a tragedy], etc.) it makes me wonder where we have gone as a nation...oh well.

when procrastination catches up

sure enough this happens to me too frequently. "sure, yeah, no problem i can do that" then reality strikes...oh yeah, i have a job, wife, kids, no time, etc. so i find myself in another predicament...a project due next week and only 30% complete.  so how do you finish 70% in a few days (and actually less in hours)? jack daniels and water. oh wait, did i say that outloud? okay seriously...here's what helped: 1-written out plani find that if i don't write a plan down, i'll continue to procrastinate and go all over the place. 2-realize you can't do everythingif you think you can do it...

newsgator web edition free

i guess i haven't been paying attention, but newsgater online edition is now free!  i've been using bloglines, but i'm going to have to check out newsgater online now.  with a synchronization with newsgater plugin, it might just make sense now for me to look at the outlook plug in check it out: www.newsgator.com

sps configurator

Tool to configure SPS for demos very quickly.

xss vulnerability in sharepoint -- patch available

in case you weren't aware...there is a cross-site scripting vulnerability in sharepoint...MS released a patch today Patch for WSS Patch for Team Services (SharePoint v1)

google maps

cool: http://maps.google.com good implementation -- great map quality. i just noticed it and will have to play around -- hopefully they have a method of implementing a search in query params like mapquest, or better yet, web services...

sharepoint the killer xml app?!

in a recent commentary by mary jo foley regarding sharepoint (gates pins hopes on sharepoint), she notes: Microsoft officials have characterized sharepoint as "the killer app for XML." wow, that is a lot to swallow...and i'm not sure i could agree...at all.  i've been working with sharepoint for a while (even it's predecessor portal server v1 (aka beta) and team services) as well as being a part of a joint developer program project with a client for the current version.  sharepoint is great.  i like it.  it has a lot of value for a lot of organizations right out of the box.  yeah,...

tournament software

as a host of home games and home game tournaments, i've been looking for a decent, full-featured package to make managing the tournament easier...rather than me have to worry about it. i bring you: www.basementclubs.com -- a windows (and .NET developed) tournament software package for poker home games...it is a great tool for those of us who play/host games.

office devcon day 3 review

i didn't get to stay long this day because of my flight plans, but i did manage to see the keynote from billg.  i enjoy watching him speak...he isn't as enthusiastic these days like steveb would be, but it is still interesting to hear him speak. kudos to billg for poking fun at himself for the davos doodle incident. overall the conference was a good experience i felt...i got more out of networking with people than most of the content, but from what i heard from people who may not have been aware of sharepoint and other office development, it was good...

office devcon day 2

off to a much better start (IMO).  yesterday i was able to meet some people i hadn't been able to put faces to, but have “met” online for the past year...that's been great...it is always good to network and i appreciate the opportunity to do so. i decided to look at some of the non-sharepoint talks this morning...some of the things with office automation are pretty cool i have to admit.  i like the concept of word xml (wordML) to be able to create/assemble word docs without doing office automation on the server side...office has really made the right steps moving...

office devcon day 1 review

i'm at the first office developer conference microsoft is putting on this week at the mothership... there are a lot of people here (or at least more than i expected) -- organizers are estimating around 800 attendees in total...and from 45 different countries...that should tell you the depth that office system development has gained. i thought i'd give somewhat of a review of what i'm seeing in general...for specifics on some sessions, check out jamesa's blog -- he's been writing about individual sessions...i won't be doing that. conference location:awesome -- my first visit to the conference center...it is cool and well thought out. hotel:great...mariott...


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