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Code from MVVM presentation at DevConnections

At my MVVM session at DevConnections, I promised to put the code on my blog for people to have a look at. So here it is!

Download: DevConnections.MVVM.zip (36.64 kb)

Posted: Apr 03 2012, 09:10 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Another good conference at an end

So, here I am sitting at the speakers lounge at DevConnections at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after another great conference. It is amazing the level American conferences keep. The speakers are great, the conferences are well organized and everything just flows. And it is pretty cool to be able to share the speakers lounge with people like John Papa, Dan Wahlin, Paul Litvin, Juval Löwy and Scott Hanselman. It is also very humbling. These presenters are really the cream of the crop, and I am still kind of wondering what I did here. But I got to do it, and had a lot of fun, so I won’t complain.

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Posted: Mar 30 2012, 02:00 by ZeroKoll | Comments (1) |
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Keynote with Scott Scott Scott

Ok, so tonight's keynote with Scott Hanselman was interesting to say the least. Hanselman is always fun to listen to, and I would consider him a pretty brilliant presenter. Today, while waiting for his keynote to start, he showed a bunch of interesting things on the projectors. As I sat down, he had legacy machines booting, or at least showed the boot sequence of old Mac OSs, Amiga, Commodore and Windows. Quite funny…and after that, he just browsed around the web showing off a bunch of really funny websites. Sites like http://sometimesredsometimesblue.com/ and http://isitchristmas.com/. He also showed off a video with Steve Ballmer singing, an org-chart of Microsoft with each unit pointing guns at the other. And yes, he also covered in depth his relationship to Scott Gu… And the some!

And however ridiculously funny it was to hear him talk, and hear him joke at the expense of Microsoft and boost a few open source projects, it was not the main attraction. The main attraction was when he found a missing feature in ASP.NET MVC, said that he wanted it fixed but that they were too busy. So he open sourced ASP.NET and asked one of the Mono guys to fix it by getting it off Codeplex using Git… Very funky!

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Posted: Mar 28 2012, 08:04 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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DevConnections Keynote w Jason Zander

I just attended an interesting keynote with Jason Zander. It didn’t really include a lot of new stuff as it was mostly focused around VS11, but it did bring up some things I hadn’t seen before, and I must say it is looking good.

It seems like the ALM stuff is taking another step in the right direction, adding in a lot of cool feedback stuff. Unfortunately, with the people I meet in the industry, it won’t be used as widely as it should. Everyone seems to have their reasons for not using TFS, but I keep coming back to the same point. If you look at the individual pieces of the TFS, like for example the source control, you will find better solutions out there. But if you start looking at the whole offering, you will see that it all integrates nicely giving you a very powerful suite of tools. I just wish I had more time to play with it and see what it can do…

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Posted: Mar 27 2012, 18:33 by ZeroKoll | Comments (5) |
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Software Passion Summit – The Second Day

The second day of the Software Passion Summit started with an inspiring talk by Gojko Adzic. He talked about a lot of different areas including software developments and requirements gathering. A few of his points were very interesting and lingered in my mind…

Gojko said that absence of bugs is not a guarantee for software quality, and good software quality doesn’t mean that the software is bug free. I find this very interesting, and true. I love that someone stands up and says it out loud. Perceived quality, which is the most important thing, is not dependent on the software being bug free. I think that if you deliver an awesome experience and a good set of features, most user are willing to ignore a lot of bugs as long as they aren’t showstoppers.

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Posted: Mar 20 2012, 19:11 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Software Passion Summit – Smooth Streaming

Today I got to do my smooth streaming presentation here at Software Passion Summit. It is a presentation I personally love to present, but apparently there aren’t a lot of people who are interested in the topic…at least not here. The room wasn’t really full, but for those who were there, I promised to put a little code on my blog for download. So here it is: MyMediaPlayer.zip (21.93 kb).

If there are any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. Unfortunately the setup for the Microsoft Media Platform Video Editor is a bit complicated, so I can’t just zip it up and give it to you. But if you are really keen to have that as well, and find the information about it a little confusing, let me know and I will help out. I might even do a blog post about it as well…

As for the excellent tool I used for looking at my Azure storage, it is called Cloud Storage Studio, and is HIGHLY recommended. I wouldn’t consider working with Azure storage without it.

Posted: Mar 20 2012, 16:32 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Software Passion Summit – Service Bus talk, code and ppt

Today I presented an introduction to the Azure Service bus here at Software Passion Summit. As a part of that presentation, I promised to upload the code and PPT to the blog, which is what I am doing here. I am pretty sure that the PPT is pretty useless as it contains very little useful information, but I thought I would put it here anyway.

One little note though. To be able to test the code, you have to get your own Service bus namespace as I have removed my details from the code. Reason? Well, I only have limited free usage of the bus, and I really don’t feel like getting a big bill because someone wrote some code that hammered my namespace with requests… I hope that is understandable…

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Posted: Mar 19 2012, 18:38 by ZeroKoll | Comments (3) |
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Software Passion Summit

So…the conference has started, and first up to talk was Jan Bosch, who spoke about software development from a business point of view, sort of. Jan is a professor of software engineering at Chalmers University of Technology here in Gothenburg.

His talk was quite interesting and entertaining, and focused on one really important point. A point that seems to be re-occurring in a lot of IT talks today. And that point is speed. Speed is key in software development today.

There are a lot of players out there, and being first or at least early, and staying there, is really important. And unless you are moving as fast as the rest of the industry, or faster, you are already dead, you just don’t know it yet.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have the best product, or be first to succeed, but as long as you have an adequate product and you are up at the front with the others, or ahead, you have a great chance of winning. If you on the other hand have a great product, but release it to late, you are screwed…

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Posted: Mar 19 2012, 18:22 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Software Passion Summit

I have just arrived in Gothenburg to speak at the Software Passion Summit conference. It is an interesting conference with a very “wide” selection of content, covering everything from testing to cloud and methodology to mobile as well as from JavaScript and C# to RegEx and Java.

I’m really looking forward to attending a bunch of the sessions, and I will try to add some of my comments here on the blog at the end of the day.

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Posted: Mar 18 2012, 16:52 by ZeroKoll | Comments (3) |
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Windows 8 TTT First Day Summary

Ok, so the first day of the TT has passed, and I guess it is time to sum it all up… Well, my impressions of the first day is that I feel that both VS11 and Windows 8 has matured a lot between the releases. It feels a lot more solid, and I am actually going to switch my private laptop, and maybe even my work one over to Windows 8 as soon as I get back.

It is hard to pinpoint what exactly make me say this, but it just feels a lot more solid. It seems to have a lot less “quirks” and the errors you get while coding against it seems a WHOLE lot better. Having that said, we haven’t actually coded a whole lot today. It has mostly been walkthroughs of features and design and so on. Basically covering the same thing that was covered during BUILD last year…

So unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot to sum up. Nothing really new at all…

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Posted: Mar 06 2012, 22:30 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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