Monday, October 29, 2007

If You're Reading This, It Means I'm Dead

That's right, dead-tired of not having my own website!

I am now the proud owner of, although like the second Death Star, this site is not yet fully operational. However, thanks to the magic of Microsoft Silverlight you will soon be seeing the most elaborate "Under Construction" page the net has ever known!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Reliable Messaging with WCF at Day of .NET

Thanks to everyone who came to my session this morning. I really enjoyed presenting it and hope you all enjoyed it and got some valuable information. I would love to hear from you all in the future about how you are using WCF, and how the information I presented has helped you design your services infrastructure.

As promised, here is a link to a zip file with my slide deck and the two demos I presented. If you are running Vista the MSMQ demo will have to be run in Visual Studio running with elevated privileges the first time you use it. This is because, as I pointed out, if the queue it uses does not exist it will try to create it. As I mentioned I DO NOT condone this as a best practice in an actual application, but it made the demo easier.

Thanks again for coming out!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Twittering Away The Day...

Last week I attended the Arc Ready event Microsoft hosted here in Columbus. Josh Holmes spoke about "Web 2.0" (and no Tim, writing about it in a blog is not that same as saying it, so you can't punch me) and mentioned, among other web sites, Twitter.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Twitter, it's been described as 'blogging on crack." In reality, it's a web-based "micro-blogging" service that allows it's users to send frequent, short updates about what they are doing at any particular moment. This can be done via it's web interface, an instant messenger client (Windows Live Messenger is conspicuously absent from the list of supported clients) or from you phone via a text message.

I had played with Twitter in the past, but I didn't do much with it. Mostly because I didn't realize how many other people were using it. I also didn't realize that it was accessible via IM, which makes it much more appealing then having to fire up the web page every time I want to "twitter" about something.

I'm going to give "twittering" a try over the next couple weeks and see how it goes.