• Jon Galloway on new things in ASP.NET 5 and ASP.NET MVC 6

    We’ve got another “big name international speaker” for ADNUG this month!

    Photo of Jon GallowayNext week, we’re joined by Jon Galloway, a Microsoft Technical Evangelist based in San Diego, California. Jon will be speaking about the new features coming in both ASP.NET 5 and ASP.NET MVC 6. I assume we’ll see the final versions of these around the same time that Visual Studio 2015 ships.

    I first came across Jon through his being one of the presenters of the Herding Code podcast (I’ve been listening [since 2009]/2009/08/podcasts-i-listening-too.html)). More recently, I’ve watched some of his courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy, seen him appear weekly in the ASP.NET 5 Community Stand-ups and been following him on Twitter. He’s an engaging, knowledgeable, down-to-earth presenter and I’m anticipating it will be a great meeting.

    If you’re in Adelaide, then please register and come along on Thursday 9th April at 12 noon, Microsoft Adelaide, Level 12, 147 Pirie St, Adelaide. Register via http://www.meetup.com/Adelaide-dotNET/events/221073867/

    If you’re out of town or just can’t make it in person, then we’ll be running the session via a Google Hangout – so you can still participate in the live session or watch the recording after the event on YouTube.

    Look forward to seeing you there in person or online 😀.


    (For my own reference)

    To resolve this issue in Microsoft SQL Server (often observed when you restore a database that came from another server):

    SQL Server Management Studio information dialog

    Run this:

    alter authorization on database::[MyDbName] to sa;

  • MVA Figurines

    In September last year, I took part in the MVA ‘Become a hero’ promotion. By signing up, I got a free t-shirt (and if you know me well, you’ll know that makes perfect sense). In addition by completing a number of online courses from the MVA site, you could then get a novelty figurine (or maybe up to 6 if you did more courses).

    I received my t-shirt, but my figurine never arrived. It appeared the super powers of “DevOps Captain Code” also included the ability to get lost in the mail. “Oh well, at least I’ve got a t-shirt”, I thought.

    But then yesterday I got home to discover two packages from Microsoft. One was another t-shirt (yay), and the other was the full set of 6 figurines.

    MVC Hero Figurines

    So now we have (left to right)

    • SQL Server Query Controller
    • Azure Cloud Ninja
    • Device Management Dr Device
    • Windows Server Solid Server
    • DevOps Captain Code
    • Virtualisation Hypervisor

    They’re now gracing my desk at work, much to the bemusement of my colleagues 😀

    Figurines and t-shirts aside, if you’re after some quality free online training then there’s some excellent resources at the Microsoft Virtual Academy site. Most courses are run as a live event and then are made available on-demand a few weeks later (useful if the live event clashes with your preferred time to be asleep!)