Expert profile: Mr David Gardiner

Thursday, 5 July 2007

The University of South Australia participates in publishing it's staff expertise on It's a site that aggregates expertise from academic and professionals, and is obviously a great resource for journalists.

Because I'd presented some talks on Internet Safety for Children, I'd added this as an area of expertise, not really thinking about how this might be interpreted by other users of the site (eg. journalists).

I've realised now that this explains the phone call earlier this week, and again today from from a Sunday Mail journalist.

Consequently, I've updated my profile to more accurately reflect what I am an expert in.

Internet Safety for Children is an interest and a concern of mine, but I'm not an expert in that field.

LINQ for SQL at CodeCampSA

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Just in case you didn't realise, I'm doing a talk on "LINQ for SQL" at this weekend's CodeCampSA. Yes, I'm the first "real" speaker after morning tea on Saturday!

I'll be doing an updated version of the presentation I did for the SQL User Group in February.

At that time, the latest LINQ for SQL was the May 2006 CTP which installed on top of Visual Studio 2005. Since then Microsoft have released Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2008 which has also incorporated some language syntax changes to Visual Basic related to the LINQ bits. Fabio has listed some of the framework changes since last year.

Bits that affected my presentation include:

I also did some testing of SQL generated for SQL Server 2000 versus 2005. It turns out LINQ for SQL is smart enough that it uses 2005 features (eg. ROW_NUMBER) when they will perform better.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 June CTP

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Here's the June CTP release of  

I'm not clear whether these can be installed on top of Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1.

SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

July 2007 Release

Almost famous

Monday, 2 July 2007

This morning I had a phone call from an ABC TV journalist.

I gather he was doing a follow-up story on the Adelaide woman who has been arrested in the US allegedly trying to meet up with a 16 year old.

I'm not exactly sure how he contacted me, but I'm guessing it is related to the fact that I've done some presentations on Internet Safety for Children and that I work here at the University of South Australia.

Anyway, he rang back later and I got the impression he really wanted someone who was an 'expert in the field' - eg. had the IT experience but also direct Internet Safety experience with children too. I'm happy to be an IT expert, but internet safety isn't part of my day-to-day job, so I'm not willing to call myself an 'expert' for that.

Anyway, I'll try and watch the news tonight to see how the story ended up.