# Friday, May 4, 2007

All the way from the building next door, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director Scott Hanselman will be joining us for a very special BONUS PADNUG presentation.

(Didn't you love the familiar tone of that paragraph?)

Scott has stepped this one up a bit, too. In his effort to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association, this meeting will also be a chance for you to step up and contribute to the cause. Not only will you be helping, but there are several folks that have pledged to match donations during this time period!

Let me give you one more reason to attend tomorrow night's presentation and donate to the ADA with Scott: PADNUG will also be matching donations from the meeting! Thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors and the participation of all of you, PADNUG will match up to $500 in donations from this meeting to the American Diabetes Association.

Help Scott Fight Diabetes

Further, don't miss the opening meeting for PDXUX on the 15th. It will be a great follow-on to Scott's presentation.

WHAT: BONUS May PADNUG Meeting and ADA Fund Raiser

Thursday 05/10/2007
6:00 p.m. Socializing (Food?)
6:30 p.m. Presentation


Corillian Cafe
3400 NW John Olson Place
Hillsboro, OR 97124


Scott Hanselman
Scott is Chief Architect at the Corillian Corporation, an eFinance enabler. He has over a decade of experience developing software in C, C++, VB, COM, and currently VB.NET and C#. Scott is proud to have been appointed the MSDN Regional Director for Portland, OR for the last three years. He's spoken internationally on Microsoft technologies, and has co-authored two books from Wrox Press. In 2001, Scott spoke on a 15-city national tour with Microsoft, Compaq and Intel featuring Microsoft Technologies and evangelizing good design practices.


Silverlight - It's Here
Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of Microsoft .NET–based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

Scott will be presenting a high-level overview of the technologies with a well-timed follow up presentation next week at the PDXUX group at PSU (http://www.pdxux.net).

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Friday, May 4, 2007 9:41:49 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]

This morning, I take a look at my blog syndications and I find that the InfoWorld feeds have gone to an abbreviated format with a “READ MORE” link at the end. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with that.

Please tell me that this is a short-term experiment. Otherwise, I now have at least two more feeds to remove from my list of subscribed blogs.

With rare exception, when blogs move to this style, I drop them. For one thing, I like to be able to download the feeds to my PDA for reading offline. Also, I typically read blog postings in bulk from Outlook (using NewsGator) and have zero interest in the context switch required to move to the browser to finish what I've started.

I figure I'll give InfoWorld a week to change their mind. If nothing comes of it, ZAP!!

Friday, May 4, 2007 6:58:05 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Okay folks, here we go. Unfortunately, the Microsoft office is not available this month, but since many of us will likely be downtown attending the InnoTech Conference, we've worked with the organizers (Thank You, Sean) to make room for us there.

As I sent out last week, the InnoTech Conference will be a great place to be even if we were still meeting on the west side. Feel free to run out to the site and register. Discount Code of "DEV999" will continue to be valid for a period of time... this will allow those that would like to attend the conference in conjunction with our meeting to do so at no cost.

Don't forget: the Max line goes right to the Convention Center, too. Don't get yourself caught in the Highway 26 traffic if you can help it!

WHAT: April PADNUG Meeting

Wednesday 04/25/2007 (Click for vCal link)
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by Ascentium)
6:30 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center
Room D137
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97232

Phil Weber
With nearly 20 years of software development experience, Phil Weber's client list includes Intel, Kaiser Permanente and Wells Fargo Bank. He has worked with VB since 1993 and .NET since 2001. In addition to serving on the INETA Speaker Bureau, Phil is a Visual Basic MVP and has spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He currently works as a technical instructor for Corillian Corporation, an e-finance enabler.


The Last Data Access Layer You’ll Ever Write
Stop writing data access code! One reason for Ruby on Rails' popularity is that it frees developers from the drudgery of hand-coding data access. Sure, Visual Studio's TableAdapter Wizard is nice, but it takes a lot of clicks to generate a complete data access layer, and you get to do it again each time the database schema changes. This session will introduce you to some open-source ActiveRecord implementations that give you the benefits of Ruby on Rails without requiring you to abandon the comfort of ASP.NET.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 11:31:38 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Monday, April 16, 2007

Windows' Live Search Maps (last mentioned here)  has made another improvement to the ability to view the world in three dimensions. High resolution 3D has come to downtown Portland! I'm not sure, but I think my car is parked on the top of the garage near the bottom of the picture!

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Monday, April 16, 2007 11:33:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Sunday, April 15, 2007

It is the season again for all to step up and help Scott in the fight against Diabetes.

Help Scott Fight Diabetes

Last year, Scott raised $12,000 this way. The goal is now $50,000! Seems quite doable to me! I'll be adding to your coffers, Scott... heck, maybe I can even help in the walking part .

Sunday, April 15, 2007 11:55:02 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, April 11, 2007

InnoTech, the region's most comprehensive business and technology event, offers two full days of conference sessions and one, focused day of exhibits (Thursday, April 26th only). This year's jam-packed agenda includes the return of the eMarketing Summit (now with two tracks!), the Oregon CIO Summit and IT Executives of the Year Awards, InnoTech's Happy Hour (a great networking opportunity!) on Thursday, April 26th, and, of course, the latest on Open Source, Agile, Security, and the latest, exciting innovations in business and technology.

This year, InnoTech is offering a new, Developers Track. Because of the involvement that PADNUG has had with organizing this event, the conference has offered a limited number of complimentary passes to the general InnoTech Conference.

The first 20 people to register using the Discount Code DEV999 will receive complimentary admission to InnoTech this year. Lead sponsors include Microsoft, Comcast, Akamai, OTBC and others. For a complete listing of presentations, speakers and to register visit www.innotechoregon.com.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:34:25 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Sunday, March 25, 2007
My Store

I'm not about to be pimp out the site like some folks I've seen, but there are plenty of times I've felt compelled to link to things I like to allow others to browse and possibly purchase.

With that in mind, I took advantage of Amazon's recent aStore. From now on, if I have something to share, I will be inclined to add it to the store and then link from here to there.

Yes, I will get a few cents if you click on the link and buy something. Given the traffic this site gets, I'm sure I'll be able to get an extra cup of coffee every couple of months from it, too. Much more importantly, I think, I will be able to share some of my favorite items. Consider it insight.

Now, what else do I like that Amazon sells???

Sunday, March 25, 2007 11:28:13 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]

Scott Hanselman was unexpectedly called out of town this week, but Kelly and Jason have already got a good deal of information that they would like to share regarding developing with Microsoft's latest technologies.

What the heck... there might just be some Vista DVDs to go with the Office 2007's from last month :-).

WHAT: March PADNUG Meeting

Wednesday 03/28/2007
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by Ascentium)
6:30 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: Microsoft Portland Office located in Lincoln Tower
10260 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 600
Portland, OR 97223

Kelly White & Jason Mauer


The Community Launch Event 2007
Just a couple of months ago, Microsoft launched Windows Vista, Office 2007, and .NET 3.0. These new products have several implications for developers, not least of which are the new W*F technologies. Join us for a demonstration and discussion of the Windows Communications Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Sunday, March 25, 2007 7:56:14 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]

The excitement builds as Jason got the Portland Code Camp v3.0 site up this week! I'll blatantly plagiarize his blog post here to save some typing:

Head on over to the Portland Code Camp v3.0 site and register to attend, submit a session or two, or just check out what's going on with the event. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up to date with latest news about the event. It's happening May 19-20 at WSU-Vancouver and you won't want to miss it.

One word of note... changes have been made to ease the password requirements on the site. You no longer need non-alphanumeric characters in your password, so you actually have a chance of remembering your password now. As a result of the change we've blown away all the previous user accounts, so you will need to create a new account even if you have registered for a Code Camp in the past.

I'm sure this will the best Camp we've had yet. The campus and facilities are first-rate and it will be a great time of year for the event.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 7:34:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Saturday, March 17, 2007
The Living Room Theater

Why have I forgotten to mention this place before now?

It is a spectacular theater in Vancouver, Washington that provides a near perfect viewing experience for your favorite movies.

We went to see "300" up there (GREAT movie, btw!). This was our third time going to the theater and our first time in a Living Room Theater (pictured at the right). Just in case we weren't already convinced that this is the best theater ever built, the LR Theater pushed us over the top.

I never really understood how good a movie's picture could be. The sound is phenomenal; the seats are luxurious; and the food, beer, wine, and concessions are fabulous - and yes, you can dine and drink in the Living Room Theaters. I don't use the word 'dine' lightly, either.

From the Cinetopia FAQ site:

10 Reasons to make Cinetopia your first theater choice:

  1. Extra Wide Leather Seating
  2. Extra Wide Rows
  3. 50% Steeper Stadium Seating
  4. Digital Super High Definition Projection
  5. Finest Dolby / Klipsch Sound System
  6. Giant Curved Screens up to 50 feet wide
  7. Special Living Room Theaters with Private Box Seating
  8. Premium Concessions / Gourmet Popcorn Bar
  9. Gourmet Restaurant – 4 Star Chef
  10. Lunch and Dinner available in Theaters
Saturday, March 17, 2007 6:56:07 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, March 2, 2007

All the way from Australia, Microsoft MVP and Regional Director Adam Cogan will be joining us for a very special BONUS PADNUG presentation.


Wednesday 03/07/2007
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by Corillian Corporation)
6:30 p.m. Presentation


Corillian Cafe
3400 NW John Olson Place
Hillsboro, OR 97124


Adam Cogan
Adam Cogan, all the way from Australia, is the Chief Architect at SSW, a Microsoft Certified Partner specializing in Office and .NET Solutions. At SSW, Adam has been developing custom solutions for businesses across a range of industries such as Government, banking, insurance and manufacturing since 1990 for clients such as Microsoft, Quicken, and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.


Rules to Better Code and Successful Projects
Managing a team of coders can be a tricky experience, especially as most coders like to do things their own way. During this session we go through a list of rules that help make the development process as smooth as possible. These rules govern the creation of specifications and schedules, best methods for testing and fixing bugs and even the employees working conditions.

He'll also likely cover some of his tools like SSW Code Auditor that can help you write better code.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Friday, March 2, 2007 5:47:39 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Thursday, February 22, 2007

'Tis a busy time of year and there's just not enough days in this month. We do get paid more per day this month than most, though, so let's go blow that extra cash on a fine dining experience at the mall!

What: Portland Nerd Dinner
Where: Washington Square Food Court (Second Floor; typically, straight out from Picture People)
When: Tuesday, February 27, starting around 6:30 PM
Why: So the wallet doesn't get to thick and cause back problems.

Be There and Be Square!

Thursday, February 22, 2007 7:24:54 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, February 21, 2007

All the way from Redmond, Washington, Keith Pleas will be joining us for a great discussion about the Enterprise Library.

WHAT: February PADNUG Meeting

Wednesday 02/28/2007
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by INETA)
6:30 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: Microsoft Portland Office located in Lincoln Tower
10260 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 600
Portland, OR 97223

Keith Pleas
Keith is one of the founders of Guided Design and has worked for more than two years on the team developing the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET. Keith is an internationally known writer and speaker and is the Editorial Chair for VSLive 2003. He is also a Contributing Editor to "Visual Studio Magazine", has developed Microsoft Professional Certification Exams. Keith also serves as an advisor to the INETA board and is the liaison for the INETA Speakers Bureau.


The Evolution of Enterprise Library
See how the integrated library of “patterns & practices” application blocks has evolved, and learn how you can make effective use of them in your enterprise-scale applications

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 10:59:19 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Sunday, February 11, 2007

Via Eric Gunnerson's blog, I just couldn't resist this challenge. I'm very pleased with my results :-)!

The Veteran
You scored 88%!
You've picked up the majority of the classic rock basics. You probably have a classic rock collection and can sing along with most of the songs on your local radio station. This is not the highest score, but it is arguably the best: that subtle combination of impressive knowledge and not being a pretentious geek.
My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 99% on notes
Link: The BASIC classic rock Test written by allmydays on OkCupid Free Online Dating.
Sunday, February 11, 2007 1:25:47 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Thursday, January 25, 2007

From Jason's Blog:

XNA Game Studio Express has been released! XNA is the next generation of game development with .NET, and you can use GSE today to build games for Windows and Xbox 360. Everything you need for Windows game development is free. To run your games on the 360 you'll need to sign up for the XNA Creator's Club, which is $99/year and includes free content you can use for your games (like 3D models, source code, goo, etc).

If that isn't reason enough to start cranking out games, the Dream-Build-Play contest starts [this] month where you can win prizes and earn money for the XNA games you build. You may even end up with your game in the Xbox Live Arcade bringing in the bucks from royalties!

WHAT: January PADNUG Meeting

Wednesday 01/31/2007
6:00 p.m. Pizza (by Ascentium)
6:30 p.m. Presentation

WHERE: Microsoft Portland Office located in Lincoln Tower
10260 SW Greenburg Road
Suite 600
Portland, OR 97223

Jason Mauer


XNA is the future of game development with all the comforts of managed code, and it's here today for the PC and Xbox 360. Come see how much easier XNA makes it to build a game for Windows, and run it on your 360 in the living room.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:40:59 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wonderful weather we're having out this way! I suppose not everyone agrees; Greg doesn't seem to enjoy it as much as I do. Hey, in these modern times, I have full access to my work from home, so I don't find it necessary to leave the house.

Jesann had some fun... as you will see at the right, we now have a well-dressed snow-farmer sitting in the front yard ! She should get an award for this one.

Derek Porter Video As Greg mentions, there have been some exciting events around here, too. Not surprisingly, there have been many accidents and road related problems. This year, a gentleman near downtown Portland was able to capture several problems from his apartment. Derek Porter's Video can be reached by clicking the image on the left (although, the site has been up and down) and it is really amazing.

The video was submitted to KGW by a gentleman by the name of Derek Porter. Apparently, there was at least fifteen collisions and you just have to feel sorry (sorta) for the driver of the Volvo at the beginning of the clip. They said he was the only person to sustain any injuries and they were minor.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 8:23:55 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Friday, January 12, 2007

I feel so bad for Steve and the gang over the iPhone flap and the big Cisco Lawsuit. But, rather than whine about it, I thought I'd be a bit more proactive and help them out.

It's been a few years since 'e' was attached to everything hip. Maybe if we move the 'e' from the front to the back of the words, we would see a resurgence in it's use. With that in mind, I present my proposal for the new logo:

Friday, January 12, 2007 12:05:51 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]
# Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Well, it was bound to happen. I've reached The Answer today. I've only got two minutes to post this entry on my birthday, so I better hurry. How can I not post for this ostentatious occasion, though?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:58:51 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [1]
# Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Happy 2007 Everyone!

It's shaken (not stirred) Martinis all year long folks and even though we can't have one at the mall, let's head out and have a Nerd Dinner! It'll give us a chance to exchange recipes in any event.

What: Portland Nerd Dinner
Where: Washington Square Food Court (Second Floor; typically, straight out from Picture People)
When: Thursday, January 11, starting around 6:30 PM
Why: Celebrate another New Year!

Be There and Be Square!

Wednesday, January 3, 2007 10:27:59 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [0]