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Thursday, September 9, 2010 | 3 Comments

I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that I will be speaking at the Chicago Day of DotNetNuke this coming October 2nd, 2010.

My presentation is filed under the “Mobile Development” track, so if you are interested in this topic then be sure to attend and hit me up with any questions you might have. [More]

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 | 1 Comments

It was just another routine day at the job, but this time we could not figure out why HttpModules that previously worked like charm all of a sudden ceased to work. This issue took us for quite a ride until we finally figured out that the IT group had upgraded all production environments to IIS 7 and changed the Application Pool from “classic application pool” to the new “integrated mode”. As it turns out, if you are going to use “integrated mode” then you must ensure that you modify your web.config files appropriately. So, for thos... [More]

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Technology »

Saturday, June 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

Today (June 12th, 2010) I had a great time presenting at NoVA CodeCamp spring edition.
The topic of my presentation was on Building Mobile App with jQTouch and jQuery. For more information you can check our my blog post from last week. [More]

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.NET Framework, Open Source, Technology, Web 2.0 »

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 2 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, start your laptops… It's Hackathon-time, hosted by the Capital DotNetNuke User Group. What is a Hackaton? Hackathons are developer events with a goal of increasing developer knowledge on a specific technology aspect in a casual, collaborative environment. They are also designed to encourage participation by people who are not familiar with the technology, basically providing them with an immersive quick start. Hackathon Events are: built around a single programming concept (for example: DotNetNuke MVP Pattern) encourage participat... [More]

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Technology, Web 2.0 »

Saturday, June 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

The other day I had to sort a list by a datetime field. Given that this was an ASP.NET project, the easiest way that comes to mind to do that is to just sort the data on the server side, using LINQ, by writing a Comparer Class, or some other custom sort routine. Unfortunately for me those options were not available to me because: Collection I needed to sort was coming from an “black box” API, and one which I had no access to. Furthermore, even though they provided a Sort method on collections, it wasn’t working. LINQ was out of the question because the applic... [More]

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Monday, May 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

NoVa CodeCamp is back hosting its first event of the year on Saturday, June 12th. The venue for this event is the Microsoft Office Facilities located at 12012 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA. I’ve decided to submit a session for this year, but this time under different topic than the usual .NET or DotNetNuke development. Inspired by Steve Fabian’s last visit to the Capital DotNetNuke User Group, I have decided to present on something more flashy, more cool, more jQuery! Unlike Steve’s session though, I will not use DotNetNuke as the syndicator of the data; time permitt... [More]

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.NET Framework, VisualBasic.NET, Technology »

Thursday, February 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

On March 2nd, 2010 I will be speaking at the Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals about the new Visual Studio 2010 IDE and the *goodness* it brings to .NET developers across the globe. I am really excited to be doing this talk at CMAP because I have never spoken at this User Group, and secondly because I get to share some exciting new features of VS2010 with the audience. I hope you can make it there; here is the abstract: A Sneak Peek of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Rumor has it that Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is riding the nex... [More]

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.NET Framework, Technology »

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

That’s right folks, it is time for another MSDN roadshow, this time focus on Windows Azure. The first events will take place next week, kicking off with Richmond on March 3rd. Read on for dates, locations, and registration links. [More]

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VisualBasic.NET, .NET Framework »

Sunday, February 21, 2010 | 1 Comments

Last week, the Microsoft Visual Studio team released a new Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Training Kit that works with the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate. The training kit This includes 17 presentations, 22 Demos and 32 Hands-on Labs. I am also particularly excited to see content added for Visual Basic,  as well as Office, SharePoint and Application Lifecycle Management! This kit is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including: C# 4.0 Visual Basic 10 F#... [More]

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Monday, January 11, 2010 | 2 Comments

Please note: This is a cross-post from my blog on DotNetNuke.com Last week I announced the release of the BETA of DNN Blog. Since then there has been a “silent” release of BETA 3, which included some fixes to bugs, and issues found by beta testers as well as some that we found ourselves internally. In this blog post I want to share a SQL script that we included in the Beta releases, one that received very little press, and as a result probably one that you never (rightfully so) paid attention to. The SQL script in question is located in the following folder: “Desktop... [More]

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Thursday, January 7, 2010 | 3 Comments

  Please note: This is a cross-post from my blog on DotNetNuke.com Hello folks and happy new year! A ton of progress has been made on this module since my last blog post back in September ‘09. That being said, I know how you feel, and that unless you have a functional version running on your own DotNetNuke instance you are bound to be a skeptic. Hey, I sit on the other side of the fence too, when it comes to modules that I am not involved in -  so believe me, I understand. If it serves for nothing else though, at least this announcement should p... [More]

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.NET Framework, Personal Musings, Shtuff »

Saturday, January 2, 2010 | 4 Comments

I can hardly believe that a year has already passed by… Exactly a year ago I was blessed with what I thought was the best start to the year 2009. Last January 1st, 2009 I received an email from Microsoft awarding me the Microsoft MVP status; I was psyched to the say the least. While the rest of 2009 is history, I am pleased and blessed to say that 2009  continued to be a good year for me and my family; I can only pray (and work hard) that 2010 will bring us the same joy and happiness that 2009 did. This January 1st, 2010 I am blessed with another gre... [More]

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.NET Framework, Technology »

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | 2 Comments

First, a big thank you to all the 70+ people who came out to CapArea.NET to watch this presentation. I hope that you enjoyed the event as much as I did. I posted the presentation slides on SlideShare for your viewing pleasure. I also posted them on my SkyDrive account along with the code samples; you can download them by clicking the folder icon below:     Finally, I do appreciate feedback, good and/or bad. Please feel free to let me know how I can improve on both this presentation as well as on my presentation skills using the comments section below. ... [More]

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Web 2.0, Technology, .NET Framework, Open Source, VisualBasic.NET »

Friday, November 13, 2009 | 2 Comments

In the past 4 weeks I have given the Mash-Up Your DotNetNuke Using RESTful APIs presentation at the following three user groups: 10/21 - Capital DotNetNuke User Group (CDUG) 10/28 - Frederick MD .NET User Group (FREDNUG) 11/10 - Orlando DotNetNuke User Group (ODUG) Needless to say it has been a very busy couple of weeks, but I truly enjoyed speaking at each of them and will certainly consider doing it again. The topic was also popular and well received by many, so much so that Will Strohl of ODUG wrote a very flattering blog post about the event in Or... [More]

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 | 3 Comments

Get ready folks, the Microsoft Software Developer Network (MSDN)  has announced a new set of upcoming roadshows for the last quarter of 2009. The following is a list of locations and dates scheduled for the Mid-Atlantic region: 11/12/2009 – Pittsburgh, Pa 12/1/2009 – Harrisburg, Pa 12/3/2009 – Reston, Va 12/8/2009 – Roanoke, Va 12/10/2009 – Malvern, Pa The MSDN “Mid-Atlantic” Roadshow is piloted by G. Andrew Duthie, Dani Diaz, and Dave Isbitski and they are great events for learning about what Microsoft &... [More]

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.NET Framework, Open Source, Shtuff, Technology, Web 2.0 »

Friday, October 2, 2009 | 46 Comments

Earlier this year I decided to switch Blog platform partly in an attempt to force myself to learn something new. I chose BlogEngine.NET. I chose it over anything else in the blog-app-sphere because it is open source, and appeared to be amongst the most popular and mature. It also met my #1 requirement that it had to be based on the Microsoft .NET Framework. Soon after installing BlogEngine though, I realized that none of the included themes inspired me all that much. They all looked *ok*, but none looked quite complete to me.  A search for BlogEngine themes lead... [More]

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Personal Musings »

Friday, September 25, 2009 | 5 Comments

Necessary Tools New grips Double-sided grip tape A vise Utility knife - For best results use a hooked blade rather that a pointed one. Solvent – Make sure you use a mineral spirit Container for solvent spills Golf tee Rag Marker (not entirely necessary) Remove The Old Grips Using a utility knife, cut a straight line through the grip. Make sure you cut well through the rubber, but avoiding damage to your shaft (especially if it is graphite): Then peel the old grip off: Safety Note: Always use common safety practices when using sharp k... [More]

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Shtuff, Technology »

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 | 2 Comments

I am pretty sure you’ve done this at some point in your professional life too, you checked the “Remember Password” checkbox when creating a network share. This, of course, saves you the hassle and the time to enter the password each time you accessed that network share, but what if your domain/network account password changes? As it turns out, there is no user friendly navigation shortcut to the “Windows Key Manager” (or if there is, I could not find it). That being said, there is a handy Command you can run under a Command Prompt as f... [More]

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.NET Framework »

Monday, September 7, 2009 | 1 Comments

On December 15th, 2009 I will be speaking at the CapArea.net User Group about the new Visual Studio 2010 IDE and the *goodness* it brings to .NET developers across the globe. I am really excited to be doing this talk, first, because I have never spoken at this User Group (which happens to be my home group), and secondly because it forces me to dig deep into Visual Studio 2010 to find some hidden gems that I hope to share with the audience. I hope you can make it there; here is the abstract: A Sneak Peek of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Rumor has it tha... [More]

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Personal Musings »

Saturday, August 29, 2009 | 1 Comments

A couple of months ago, one of my backup drives experienced a fatal failure, one of those unrecoverable ones – UGH!. This was my media drive, the place where I stored all my digital photos, videos, and music. While I was not concerned with the music library (I can always rip them from my CD’s again) I was definitely concerned about the family photographs and videos, and specifically those that my wife and I took in the last 6 years or since my Daughter, Aurora, was born. We had a TON of photos, of every single step she took, and every new word she said. T... [More]

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Shtuff »

Monday, August 17, 2009 | 1 Comments

Mike Morris, Founder and developer of SQL Sets recently reached out to me through my blog and Microsoft MVP website offering a free license of his product. Before taking him up on the “free license” offer, however, I decided to first download a trial version and take the product through its paces before finally deciding whether or not I was going to park it in my “tool shed”. Well, a couple of hours later, I posted this tweet; It should give you a pretty good idea about how I felt after using it. Shameless, I know! :-) At my company, we often... [More]

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Shtuff, Web 2.0 »

Sunday, August 16, 2009 | 8 Comments

I’ve been using Windows Live Writer (WLW) to write my blog articles since my blog platform has supported it, and I have installed as one of those “must have” tools on 2 of my PCs, my laptop and my main desktop. If you do not use Windows Live Writer, then stop reading this post and go download your copy, set it up, then by all means come back and finish reading. The problem I have had, has been the fact that the two instances of WLW on each of my PCs know nothing about the other. If I start writing a draft blog post on my laptop, I cannot go and finis... [More]

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Open Source, Shtuff, Web 2.0 »

Friday, August 7, 2009 | 1 Comments

Horinaja is a slide-show ready-to-use for scriptaculous/prototype or jQuery. Horinaja is different than other content sliders because it supports mouse wheel navigation.
I found this resource the other day while I was working on the new theme form my blog. I will be using this script to created a slideshow of the “latest headline stories”. This will enable me to display more than just one story at a time, provide a navigable and sleek interface. [More]

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.NET Framework, Shtuff »

Thursday, August 6, 2009 | 8 Comments

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you probably noticed that the design and layout has changed considerably. The fact is that the changes actually go much deeper than that, as I’ve gone as far as switching the platform entirely. I recently decided to explore other Open Source platforms, and the final choice of blogging platform chosen is BlogEngine.net. I will be sharing my reasons and thought process about this change (and others in the works for other application types) in another blog post. When moving a blog there are several things that need to ... [More]

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 | 0 Comments

As I sifted through my inbox for the VB-Insiders list emails the other day, I wandered how many of those VB MVP’s and insiders shared their thoughts, knowledge and random comments on Twitter. I decided to send out an email to the VB-Insiders distro asking everyone who had a twitter account, and who wanted to be listed on this Tweeps List to send it to me. The response, and you can see from the list below was great. (For the record, there were a few who still felt that twitter was pointless and a waste of time; I still cannot disagree with them 100% – w... [More]