Spaghetti Code Podcast with Matt Milner

8/31/2009 4:13:00 PM

Spaghetti Code Talks with Matt Milner about the .NET Service Bus that is part of Windows Azure.


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    David Chappell Coming to Twin Cities Cloud User Group!

    8/20/2009 7:54:00 AM

    In this month’s Cloud Computing User Group meeting, David Chappell will discuss the Windows Azure Platform which includes Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services. He will also compare Windows Azure with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google App Engine and

    When: Wednesday, August 26th,

    • 8:30am -- Registration/Refreshments
    • 9-10:30am--David Chappell Presentation

    Where: Microsoft, 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 950, Bloomington, MN 55437
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    I am bummed I will miss this event for a team meeting in Chicago. Grrr………………..



    For This Reason Alone Exchange 2010 Is A Must Have

    8/18/2009 8:41:00 AM

    From this CNET article...

    "Among its features is one that lets users "mute" an e-mail thread that they are no longer interested in being part of."

    Sweet, sweet mana from heaven! I can now take refuge from the "shock and awe" Reply All tsunamis that seem about a weekly occurrence inside Microsoft.  Unfortunately, this feature is only available right now via the web version of Outlook (or I am missing something).  Can't wait for the next version of Outlook so I can start dropping out! ;-)


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    Spaghetti Code Podcast: Befunge with Jason Bock

    8/10/2009 8:25:00 PM

    After wrapping up the summer hiatus, Spaghetti Code is back with a brand new podcast.  Jason Bock joins me in the luxurious podcast studio to talk about the esoteric program language, Befunge.  Its our first "interactive” podcast, so make sure you check out to find some of the code samples we discuss during the podcast.  We do our best to “play theater of the mind” so you can follow along, but its worth a peak if you have a chance before listening.

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    Saint Louis Day of .NET

    8/10/2009 1:58:05 PM

    The Saint Louis Day of .NET is right around the corner.  This fantastic event is happening on August 28th and 29th and features 40 speakers covering the gamut of .NET topics including, but not limited to… C#, SharePoint, VB.NET, Azure, WPF/WCF, .NET 4.0, and much more.

    Make sure you register, pass along to friends, get a SLDON  tattoo, whatever!



    Project Natal and Office

    8/10/2009 1:11:20 PM

    This article and my workload today really got me thinking about how cool it would be to have Natal as a user interface for normal computing.  Today, I have spent a lot of time opening spreadsheets, reviews slide decks, moving different “views of data” from one monitor to another (excluding PowerPoint which really needs to get in the multi-monitor game when editing different presentations, but I digress).  The whole experience would have been much nicer if I had a Natal device reading my gestures.

    • Need to move a spreadsheet to another monitor? Just “drag” it with your hand from one monitor to another
    • Need to move to the next slide in the presentations? Just “wipe” the monitor
    • Need to go from one email to the next in your Inbox, or maybe from one page to another in a Word doc? Just “turn the page”
    • Open a new application?  Just point at the Start Orb and get a Natal optimized full screen Start Menu to easily navigate and start an app
    • Just being able to point at my IE Link bar and have it launch a link would be pretty darn cool as I wander through my usual set of web sites I like to read

    I am sure I could come up with lots of other ideas. It would be really cool.  A lot of the time, having a “lean back” back experience would be great.  No need to keep hands on a keyboard or mouse, just lean back in your chair, gesture away, and have the computer seamlessly do what you want.  It would be like the whole “Minority Report” experience minus the see-through glass displays (and Tom Cruise, so double bonus!).  Talk about really opening up a true family room computing experience.  If I could browse on my TV just by hooking my laptop up and then sitting on my coach and wave away – sweetness. Wow – a MediaCenter PC and not needing another remote – just gesture and enjoy.

    Many will say, well, Multi-Touch is here today with Windows 7, quit your complaining.  Unfortunately, I am lukewarm on Multi-Touch for common usage.  Yeah, for some scenarios it will truly be killer.  But my screen gets dirty enough when I am not supposed to be touching it (not sure how it happens, but it does) so the idea of consistently putting my grimy fingers on my screen will certainly lead to some kind of OCD complex as I am constantly annoyed by a smudge laden screen.  And even if I can get past that, it still requires me arm’s distance of the monitor.  Not much better than working with the mouse or keyboard.  There are a lot of tasks where being able to sit back and be more comfortable would be great.

    Internet rumors and articles say Natal won’t be out for the XBOX for a long while.  Even though some Microsoft execs have talked about Natal in the workplace scenarios, I am guessing (insert my mushroom-in-the-dark-I-don’t-know-jack-so-don’t-go-and-say-the-Microsoft-guy-said disclaimer here) that any chance of true Natal Office interface won’t arrive for sometime after that.  It makes me sad, but it is nice to see some really cool stuff come out of Microsoft Research!


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    Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework

    8/9/2009 7:15:00 PM

    The Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features (and some existing features of older versions of Windows operating system) from managed code. These Windows features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework.
    The individual features supported in this version (v1.0) of the library are:

    • Windows 7 Taskbar Jump Lists, Icon Overlay, Progress Bar, Tabbed Thumbnails, and Thumbnail Toolbars.
    • Windows 7 Libraries, Known Folders, non-file system containers.
    • Windows Shell Search API support, a hierarchy of Shell Namespace entities, and Drag and Drop functionality for Shell Objects.
    • Explorer Browser Control.
    • Shell property system.
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7 Common File Dialogs, including custom controls.
    • Windows Vista and Windows 7 Task Dialogs.
    • Direct3D 11.0, Direct3D 10.1/10.0, DXGI 1.0/1.1, Direct2D 1.0, DirectWrite, Windows Imaging Component (WIC) APIs. (DirectWrite and WIC have partial support)
    • Sensor Platform APIs
    • Extended Linguistic Services APIs
    • Power Management APIs
    • Application Restart and Recovery APIs
    • Network List Manager APIs
    • Command Link control and System defined Shell icons.

    What’s New in this update (v1.0):
    The new features added in this update of code pack are:
    • Shell Search API support.
    • Drag and Drop functionality for Shell objects.
    • Support for Direct3D and Direct2D interoperability.
    • Support for Typography and Font enumeration DirectWrite APIs.



    Event Date Change: MSDN/TechNet "Real World Azure" Event Changing Dates

    8/7/2009 9:07:00 AM

    There has been an update to the MSDN/TechNet event schedule that I posted last week.  We are moving the event to Oct 27th.  The content and the session descriptions remain the same, just moved the date.  Why?  Well, I can’t really give all the specifics right now, but keep your eyeballs peeled for a future announcement about another Microsoft event that will be happening the week of the 21st of September here in Minneapolis.



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