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 Thursday, June 21, 2007
MedRecruit.... one of my other ventures...

So my good friends Simon 'Skip' Gardiner and Sam Hazledine and I have been working on a new venture called MedRecruit.

We went live with our new look site yesterday.

http://www.medrecruit.com

It's a Medical recruiting company... so if you have any doctor friends then tell them to give use a yell.

Human Aggregation|Thursday, June 21, 2007 9:03:40 PM UTC|Comments [1]|    

Some Great Silverlight Tutorials

Check out this Silverlight Site that shows off some short and sharp how toos for Silverlight and Blend\

http://www.nibblestutorials.net/

Human Aggregation|Thursday, June 21, 2007 8:58:34 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Apple Safari - Secure From Day One?

It took less than a day for someone to hack Safari.... ouch!

http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/06/11/Safari-for-Windows-released-and-hacked-in-a-day_1.html

Human Aggregation|Tuesday, June 12, 2007 2:43:44 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Thursday, June 07, 2007
... Blocked by The Great Firewal of China

This site is proudly blocked by the Great Firewall of China....

I guess I'm jst a little too subversive for them.

Test your own site here:

http://www.greatfirewallofchina.org/test/

PoliTechLaw|Thursday, June 07, 2007 8:08:00 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Stripping Line Numbers from Code....

Say you've got some code with line numbers

1: using System;
2: using System.IO;

...

1430: else if (1==0)

blah blah...

 

And you want to strip out the line numbers.

This regex: ^[ 0-9]*\:

will do it for you. THanks go to the new regex building in Orcas :-)

.NET|Thursday, June 07, 2007 6:03:04 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Something Exciting Happening @ Intergen

So we've had a team @ Intergen hard @ work for the past 6 moths putting together a fantastic new service offering that we're going to take global.

It's called ActionThis and it's basically a platform for getting things done. I can't say much more than that in terms of detail... but in the abstract here's a few things it is (grab your Buzzword Bingo Card)....

  • It's web 2.0. It has AJAX, simple graphic elements and all that Web 2.0 jazz.... yes. It looks like sex!
  • It's Software as a Service with a twist... think more Picasa meets Flickr meets Live Spaces... but in an entirely different problem domain... that I'm not going to tell you about.
  • It's going to be a platform- you'll be able to build stuff that bolts into ActionThis and help people get stuff done.

I'll probably dribble a bit more information out here before we begin yelling from the rooftops (i.e. go public with an announcement) but, if you want to be the first in the know and the first to get your hands on the bits... you should head to http://www.actionthis.com/ and sign up for our Beta news...

Intergen | ActionThis|Wednesday, May 23, 2007 4:28:43 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Sunday, May 06, 2007
Jesse Ezell on Flash vs Silverlight...

http://weblogs.asp.net/jezell/archive/2007/05/03/silverlight-vs-flash-the-developer-story.aspx

This is a great run through of some comparisons between Flash and Silverlight.... My hope is that Jesse can provide a bit more detail around Flex vs .NET 3.0 at some point too....

.NET|Sunday, May 06, 2007 1:02:11 AM UTC|Comments [52]|    

 Thursday, May 03, 2007
Calling All User Experience eXperts- Come Design the Next Gen Internet

So I'm looking to hire more talented designer/developers/UXEs... that is people who have great design ability but are also able to think about the code impacts of their designs- i.e. ho can we take that design and make it into great Silverlight/WPF and AJAX experiences..... Ping me an email... chris@kognition.co.nz

If you're just a fantastic designer I'd love to talk too!

.NET|Thursday, May 03, 2007 6:59:53 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

.NET 3.5 - WCF Support of URI Based Access

So URI based services are super popular right now. REST/POX etc...

SOme great stuff coming in .NET 3.5 to do this really easily by basically allowing URI based access into WCF services. Includes things like the ability to push back raw binary data across the HTTP stream.

This allows .NET developers to QUICKLY do 'Webby' style web services.

All these bits are there to be played with in the Biztalk Services SDK. Basically they have branched off a good chunk of the new .NET 3.5 Beta 2 bits and shipped them in this SDK.

The blog to watch on this is Steve Maine- he's the PM for Web Access features in WCF.

http://hyperthink.net/blog/

There is more great stuff around this in the Biztalk Services SDK. Particularly ServiceModel.WebClient namespace. This is basically client side stuff for easily accessing URI based content.

SO the new web response has a generic GetBody method... so you can do

response.GetBody<
. At the moment the list of Types is bounded (any XML serializable type, stream, string, SyndicationSerializable type)... it's easy to subclass the type and then override GetBody<>.

It's all just syntactic sugar across HttpWebRequest so it works very similar in terms of resource usage (little) and auto prroxy config.

.NET | Biztalk Services|Thursday, May 03, 2007 5:26:23 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Biztalk Services - Cool Tools

Just saw a cool piece of tooling that shipped with the BT Services CTP yesterday.

It allows you to copy a piece of example XML to the clipboard.

Then go Edit > Paste XML as Serializable Type

It then infers schema and does an xsd.exe all under the hoods and pastes in a serializabl .NET type.

It's a batch file in the tooling directory.

So to get it RIGHT NOW go and grab the Biztalk Service SDK.

This SDK is Biztalk in name only.... it's a far more broadly applicable to general distributed .NET development.... This is definitely something you should be downloading if you do WCF dev.

.NET | Biztalk Services|Thursday, May 03, 2007 5:20:40 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

Biztalk Services SDK

I'm in a Software Design Review around Biztalk Services and Web Programability. It's being announced to us a s a small (about 15) group... and we're allowed to blog it...

So I'll be blogging live :-) Updating this post....

Web Programability with Steve Maine

How can we program against the web.
How do we wite programs such that they can be programmed as part of the web.

Stuff that shipped already

Stuff shipping in Orcas

Stuff that is more experimental (some not blogable)

Talking about processes to get an abstraction over URIs... effectivly URI templates per Joe Gregorio.
This is available in System.UriTemplate (Orcas bits)...

Two directional abiliy to map name value pairs into and out of structured URLs.

Still need to use HTTP andlers to process tis sort of stuff in IE.

Orcas now has a [WebGet] attribute for WCF service operations and effectivly creates a templated URI space for that operation.

 

.NET|Thursday, May 03, 2007 12:32:20 AM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Biztalk Services SDK

I'm in a Software Design Review around Biztalk Services and Web Programability. It's being announced to us a s a small (about 15) group... and we're allowed to blog it...

So I'll be blogging live :-) Updating this post....

Web Programability with Steve Maine

How can we program against the web.
How do we wite programs such that they can be programmed as part of the web.

Stuff that shipped already

Stuff shipping in Orcas

Stuff that is more experimental (some not blogable)

Talking about processes to get an abstraction over URIs... effectivly URI templates per Joe Gregorio.
This is available in System.UriTemplate (Orcas bits)...

Two directional abiliy to map name value pairs into and out of structured URLs.

Still need to use HTTP andlers to process tis sort of stuff in IE

.NET|Wednesday, May 02, 2007 10:51:56 PM UTC|Comments [1]|    

CRM 4.0 will use Windows Workflow

Sitting in a session at mix and they have confirmed that CRM 4.0 will use Windows Workflow Foundation to manage workflow.

.NET | Windows Workflow|Wednesday, May 02, 2007 7:03:25 PM UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Mix 07 my best MSFT event ever.

So I'm pretty sure that this is the best MS event I've ever been to. 2nd place would be Mix from last year.

I've been to such a variety of sessions and I love the fact that there are non technical Busines Decsision Maker Sessions. I just got out of a great one where I sat next to Ade from TVNZ. It was a mixture of people from Coke Digital Strategy, ABC and Sandisk talking about online advertising and market perceptions thereof. Probably the best session yet- well worth downloading.

I've been to the MySpace sesion where they talked about how they scale out across almost 10,000 machines.

I've seen enough technology releases with Silerlight to excite me but not enough to bore me.

It's a great atmosphere with lots of non-MSFT traditional attendees here- lots of Mac Books around the place.

I'll definitely be back next year if they'll have me.

 

[UPDATE]

To show you ow kick ass this event is... Todays keynote has a roundtable and they have people as diverse as Andrew Rashbass who is the publisher of The Economist! Kick ass!

.NET | Mix06|Tuesday, May 01, 2007 10:58:38 PM UTC|Comments [1]|    

More Details on Silverlight Streaming - Cost

Silverlight Streaming
4GB Free Storage

Free unlimited streaming for 1r up to 700kbps

Free up to 1 million minutes/month at launch

There are also new commercial terms around Live Contacts and Live Spaces Photos

Spaces Photos/Contacts.
< 1mil users / month = free
> 1mil users / month = $.025 per user per year

.NET | Mix06|Tuesday, May 01, 2007 3:59:31 PM UTC|Comments [1]|    

A good graphical overview of Silverlight

BradA linked to this

http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/2/e/f2ecc2ad-c498-4538-8a2c-15eb157c00a7/SL_Map_FinalNET.png

It's a nice High Res poster image that provides the overview of Silverlight

.NET | Mix06|Tuesday, May 01, 2007 12:05:00 AM UTC|Comments [1]|