Friday, 20 April 2007
Rock NUG is not a new class library, nor is it a dessert topping.  No, it is an embryonic .NET User Group that a few of us are trying to get up and running here in Rockville, MD.  We don't have a logo, or web site yet, but we do have a yahoo group to keep information flowing through the birthing process.

Jeffrey Schoolcraft beat me to the punch with his electronic announcement of the new group, but I did have flyers out at the code camp last week.  The first official meeting will be in June, but there will be a planning meeting next week.  If you are interested in anyway please sign up at the Rock NUG yahoo group.

Friday, 20 April 2007 19:53:09 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)   #     Comments [0]  | 
Monday, 16 April 2007
Spent Saturday getting my geek on at the NOVA (Nothern Virigina to those of you outside of the greater Washington DC area) Code Camp.  The camp was pulled together by Jeffrey Schoolcraft who marshalled a host of volunteers, speakers and contributors to make it a great success.  If you didn't learn at least 10 things you probably slept through all the sessions. Heck, I learned a bunch of things chatting between sessions. Here's a smattering of what I learned.

  • It's time to start learning about WCF (Windows Communication Foundation).  This is going to be the way to build distributed applications going forward, and it seems to get away from some of the headaches of remoting and web services.  Definitely a great plumbing platform that should make it easier to develop apps that span systems.
  •  WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) is going to be very interesting eventually and even has some cool implementations, but the design tools aren't ahem, mature yet. But WPF will further erode the line between desktop and web apps. Fortunately, XAML should be very familiar to anyone who has been doing ASP.NET development.
  • I really need to get a copy of Resharper for my daily refactoring.
  • There's a better way to search for useful .NET information without having to wade through unrelated results in Google or other search engines. 
  • I was introduced to ELMAH, the library I need to use to replace the hand-rolled exception code I've been lugging around.
  • When ordering pizza for an event the ratio of pepperoni pizzas to cheese pizzas should be between 2:1 and 3:1. Not enough people actually like cheese pizza to make 1:1 a viable ratio.
Also got to meet a lot of people I had only known by name or online.  Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

.NET | 3.0
Monday, 16 April 2007 09:32:13 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)   #     Comments [0]  | 
Sunday, 01 April 2007
While working through an ASP.NET issue in the small hours I was googling around looking for a solution when I stumbled across this site for Python On Planes.  It claimed to solve my problem, so I downloaded it. I was amazed, even though I only had a rudimentary knowledge of Python, I was able to duplicate my entire ASP.NET site in 2 hours.  It not only solved my original problem it even solved 2 issues I didn't know I had.  So, good-bye .NET, it's Python on Planes for all new development.

Sunday, 01 April 2007 22:05:35 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)   #     Comments [0]  | 

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