Sunday, 25 July 2010

CodeCampSA 2010 Day 2

So did Sunday live up to Saturday's standard? I think it did pretty well.

Today's highlight was probably Lama's talk on the .NET Micro Framework. If I were developing embedded systems then this does sound a very attractive option (especially compared to the tools and languages that I understand a lot of embedded development takes place in).

An excellent weekend. It would be great to get more people to attend as I think they've missed out on a great professional development opportunity.

Your next opportunity to quench your CodeCamp thirst will be on November 21-22nd at (the slightly delayed) CodeCampOz in Wagga Wagga.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

CodeCampSA 2010 Day 1

Today was day one of CodeCampSA 2010. It's been really enjoyable and I think the talks I saw today are probably some of the best I've seen in Adelaide.

It's been quite a community atmosphere, with some good discussion and interaction between speakers and audience. What has pleased me the most is the technical depth that the talks have taken. This is a 'developer' conference after all, so it is great to have some meaty presentations that give you something to chew on Smile

My personal highlights are probably the talks by James Chapman-Smith (Lambdas, Monads, LINQ & the Reactive Extensions) and Omar Besiso (Entity Framework 4.0: A Guide on using POCO Self Tracking Entities). James in particular has inspired me to take a closer look at Func<>, Action<> and how LINQ can be used in more places than you would think.

Even my own talk seemed to go well, which is pleasing (having to restart my SQL instance not withstanding!)

My only quibbles lie not with the event, but the facilities. I can't believe in the year 2010 that UniSA can't get an electrician in to fit more power outlets in their lecture theatres - 4 outlets for the entire theatre is ridiculous. The data projector in our room was also pretty disappointing – very washed out and hard to read (even from the front row, and yes we did try to adjust it without success). I feel sorry for the students who have to put up with this all the time.

But I'm not going to let that diminish my enthusiasm. Now I just have to wait to see what the speakers on Sunday's agenda can produce!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Going to Tech-Ed as a Technical Learning Guide

Girl Guide BiscuitsI received news yesterday that I've been selected to be a Technical Learning Guide (TLG) for the Hands-on-Labs and Instructor-Led Labs at TechEd Australia 2010 Conference on the Gold Coast in late August (I was eligible for this because I'm now an MCT).

Rob suggested that I apply, and I'm glad I took his advice! As a TLG I will be asked to do one or more of the following activities:

  • assist attendees with the self-paced hands-on-labs.
  • assist attendees while they performing an instructor-led lab.
  • present an instructor-led lab.

I'm really looking forward to this, and just in case you didn't make the connection about the picture – they're Girl Guide biscuits Smile

Friday, 9 July 2010

Upgraded TFS 2010 from RC to RTM

For some reason I'd overlooked the fact that the instance of Team Foundation Server I was running on my Hyper-V server was still the release candidate instead of the RTM version.
Upgrading turns out to be relatively painless. I followed Johan's suggestions.
To backup the data-tier I fired up sqlcmd and ran the following:
BACKUP DATABASE Tfs_Configuration TO DISK = 'Tfs_Configuration.bak'

GO

BACKUP DATABASE Tfs_DefaultCollection TO DISK = 'Tfs_DefaultCollection.bak'

GO
I uninstalled just the TFS component, then ran setup.exe off of the RTM and after allowing the setup to proceed, chose the 'upgrade' option. It's nice to see that they ask you to confirm that you have done a backup before the upgrade can continue.
Coincidentally, like Johan I also had a problem with a TFS workspace being in use – though I believe this was because I changed the TFS Build process to run as a user account (previously it was using SYSTEM). I used a variation on the same command he used (different possibly because my servers are just in a workgroup rather than a domain).
tf workspace /delete "1_1_TFS;NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" /login:tfsserver\username,password
Note that the TF.EXE command comes with the TFS client bits – I ran it from the machine I run Visual Studio 2010 on as my TFS server just has the server stuff.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Interactive TV in Windows Media Center

I happened to be switching between channels the other night and went to enable subtitles for a particular program (a feature of MCE in Windows 7 that I've grown to really appreciate).

I was surprised to see an extra menu appearing - "Interactive TV". Wow, I wonder what it does? Nothing apparently but it is intruiging. I'm not sure if this is something new in MCE, or a new feature for the television transmission in my area.


A reply to my query on the Australian Media Centre forums suggests this is a new feature that some channels are now transmitting.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Passed 70-515, 70-516 and 70-519

Back in April I participated in three 'beta' exams for Microsoft:
  • 70-515 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Web Applications Development
  • 70-516 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Accessing Data with ADO.NET
  • 70-519 Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Being 'beta' means that you get to do the exams for free (as they are using you to find any mistakes etc), but if you pass then it counts as passing the real exam.
These exams have just been publicly released, and I just found out I passed all three! As a result I can now add the following certifications to my list:
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • .NET Framework 4, Web Applications
  • .NET Framework 4, Data Access with ADO.NET
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
  • Web Developer 4
Updated: Turns out I was incorrect, you do also need to complete 70-513 before you qualify for the MCPD Web Developer 4. This has now been clarified in the prerequisites for the certification.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

CodeCampSA 2010

Adelaide's own CodeCampSA is on July 24-25th this year, and all you have to do is follow these easy steps:

  1. Visit the CodeCampSA website for all the details
  2. Register to say that you're coming (it's free, but helps with catering and arranging access to the wireless LAN etc)
  3. Keep up to date with the latest news by subscribing to the CodeCampSA feed.

Once again, we're privileged to have speakers from both Adelaide and interstate – including LobsterPot Solutions' very own Rob Farley and some fellow named David Gardiner Smile

If you've got any free time over that weekend and you're interested in learning new things about .NET, software development, SQL Server, SharePoint and other related things, I'd strongly recommend you try and get down to UniSA's City West Campus. I know I'm planning to be there for the whole weekend!

Finally, it's probably not too late to contact Peter Griffith if you've got the urge to present on a topic.