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Twitter in Plain English
Lee and Sachi LeFever have made a pretty interesting video to cover how twitter can help strengthen your social network. you can watch the video here: http://dotsub.com/api/small... And I found this cool information via Community Credit’s forums! Technorati Tags: twitter,community credit ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 11:19 AM

What’s a good beginner’s programming book?
After talking more and more with my classmates at University of Phoenix, it has become clear that many of them do not know the first thing about programming, but they are eager to learn more. When I was asked what’s a good book for beginners, I really do not have the answer. Personally, programming didn’t make sense to me until I had my first course in C. I had tried to learn from books prior to that point, but I was never successful. The books always made ridiculous assumptions about the individual’s ......

Posted On Monday, October 20, 2008 10:00 AM

Fundamentals of Java: TerminalIO does not exist
So, I’m a student at University of Phoenix and my curriculum will eventually cover Java. Having only worked with C, C++, C#, and VB (6, .NET) I have never tried Java on any development level. Ideally, I’d like to know Java for its portability, and then I could program for my BlackBerry ;) I rummaged through the eBooks that I have access to as a UoP student and found one that is most decidedly the book I’ll be using in my future course, The Fundamentals of Java Introductory Course by Ken Lambert and ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2008 2:55 PM

Happy Birthday GWB!
Jeff just posted to announce the official five year anniversary of geekswithblogs’s first post. To bring home the celebration, the main portal will be getting an overhaul, and Jeff and other familiar GWB faces will be manning booths at the PDC and HDC. Check out Jeff’s post and a sneak peak at the new design here. Technorati Tags: GWB,GeekwWithBlogs.net,PDC2... ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 8, 2008 11:26 AM

MSDN / TechNet Key Importer for KeePass 2
If you have an MSDN account and, like me, systematically claim keys just as well as you systematically forget which keys you’ve used in which test environments! Well, in a meager attempt to help myself track my keys I created an importer for KeePass 2 that takes in the XML document that you can export from MSDN and TechNet. The source is available at https://github.com/svickn/M... UPDATE:GitHub has chosen to deprecate the downloads section for files. Right now, to download ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:54 AM

Anonymous Access and Sharepoint Web Services
A month or so ago I was working on a feature for a project that required a level of anonymity on the Sharepoint site in order to function. At the same time I was also working on another feature that required access to the Sharepoint search.asmx web service. I found out, the hard way, that the Sharepoint Web Services do not operate in an expected way while the IIS site is under anonymous access. Even though these web services expect requests with certain permissions (in theory) they never attempt ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:52 PM

Describing Dependency Inversion: Icing on the cake
Authors deserve more credit than they get. Coming up with a simple example to illustrate a principle is harder than it looks. Good authors have to do this all the time. They provide the examples that become anecdotal when describing the concept to a friend or colleague, and most of us, myself included, never take the time to think about the process. That was until today when I needed an example of Dependency Inversion to help explain the concept to a classmate. I must have thought up 10 or so bad ......

Posted On Monday, August 10, 2009 9:59 AM

List of influential VB’ers on Twitter
Antonio Chagoury, VB MVP, has constructed a list of Twitter accounts for VB MVPs, VB Team members, and others who are influential in the VB.NET community on his personal blog, CTO v2.0. This list has many great people who are not only talented in VB, but also who have great talents in many aspects of the .NET framework. I’m listed as a VB MVP, but if you don’t want the full list you can still check me out at http://twitter.com/svickn. However, I’d recommend checking out the rest of these guys too, ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 4:04 PM

Isolator for Sharepoint, Sharepoint Unit testing!
Typemock are offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint called Isolator For SharePoint, for a special introduction price. it is the only tool that allows you to unit test SharePoint without a SharePoint server. To learn more click here. The first 50 bloggers who blog this text in their blog and tell us about it, will get a Full Isolator license, Free. for rules and info click here ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:15 AM

The power of a name: 1st versus lst
I’m currently working with a data table that stores member information. In the table itself, the member’s first and last names are each stored as the following respectively: mbr_1st_nam mbr_lst_nam I don’t know who chose these names, but this definitely begs for reconsideration. 1 and l are too close in design in some fonts, and when playing around with large amounts of TSQL in terminal like fonts, I don’t want to have to strain or waste additional time wondering if that’s an l or 1. So what do these ......

Posted On Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:25 AM

Balsamiq Mockups – Quickly Make Informal, Approachable Designs
After reading Michael Neel’s article on Devlicio.us about Balsamiq Mockups, I thought that the article must be insincere. Go ahead and check the article, itself even titled “You should be using Mockups”. Back yet? Well I’ll continue anyways… As I was saying, the article was too good to be true, and this Adobe Air application seemed to be too much of a dream. Well, needless to say, I decided to check the tool out, and I also flaunted my blog and MVP status to get a chance to test out Mockups for myself. ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:27 PM

Safari Books Online – A First Look
Buying books can get expensive. If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection surmounting that takes up more room than you should probably afford. So what are your options? You could use the library, but then you’re fairly limited in readings. Many of the classic timeless books will be around, but the latest and greatest will be a long time from hitting the shelf, if at all. You could do book trading, if you live in the heart of a thriving technical community. But, we don’t all have that sort of availability, ......

Posted On Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:20 AM

Anyone for a virtual dojo?
I was thinking today and had a crazy idea about a virtual / completely online coding dojo. So follow me here for my “virtual tour” of what I’m thinking: Friday rolls around, and you’re excited. Tonight marks the release of the latest project in the Virtual F# Dojo. You check the VF#D blog and find out the latest project is KataBowling. A simple enough program to write, and you’ve been looking for a reason to explore the power of F#, so you dive in. Once you’ve got your example working, you check ......

Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2009 9:14 AM

Head First Design Patterns – VB.NET code examples on CodePlex
For those of you looking to get started with design patterns but reluctant because of language barriers, I started a project on CodePlex for the Head First Design Patterns book. The original code examples are in Java, and they have been made available in C# and C++ as well, which are all available on the book’s online page, http://www.headfirstlabs.co... Currently the project is only Chapters 1-8, but pending the big game on Sunday I will be finished up sometime next week. This is one ......

Posted On Friday, January 30, 2009 10:24 AM

Passing the 070-536 Revisited
So, yesterday I passed the 070-536, and I wanted to revisit my list of helpful insights. I wanted to add a couple new insights to the mix in particular. Here are the additional insights, and these will probably remain steadfast for all .NET exams: Go in with a deep understanding of core operations. If something is often used or is referenced in the training kit, get a really good grip on it. Isolate the differences in each answer. Look at what could be wrong, and use your best judgment. Finally, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:27 AM

Typemock has a new VB friendly unit testing API!
Programming Visual Basic applications? Typemock have released a new version of their unit testing tool, Typemock Isolator 5.2. This version includes a new friendly VB.NET API which makes Isolator the best Isolation tool for unit testing A Visual Basic (VB) .NET application. Isolator now allows unit testing in VB or C# for many ‘hard to test’ technologies such as SharePoint, ASP.NET MVC, partial support for Silverlight, WPF, LINQ, WF, Entity Framework, WCF unit testing and more. Note that the first ......

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:28 AM

SQL Server 2000 Tip - Protocol error in TDS stream
This tip might not fix everyone's issue, but for the problem I was facing today this worked out just fine. We have a scheduled weekly DTS package that is failing for the reason specified in this title: "Protocol error in TDS stream". For weeks we've just been running the thing manually, but that's not a solution, just a delay of the problem. I decided to investigate. I found an article on the SQLTeam.com forums that helped get this working finally. For us, all that was necessary was to switch the ......

Posted On Monday, December 29, 2008 12:40 PM

Stuff that rocks: g-speak, the Minority Report-like operating environment
On the Community Credit forums there was mention of this really cool spatial operating environment likened to the ones in Minority Report. Visit http://www.oblong.com for a video demonstration, which is way awesome. From their site: Oblong Industries is the developer of the g-speak spatial operating environment. The SOE's combination of gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels brings the first major step in computer interface since 1984; starting today, g-speak will fundamentally ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 12:12 PM

The Gift Procurement Lifecycle at the Holidays
Like it or not, if you are purchasing gifts during the holidays, you're playing a miniature game of requirements analysis. Your niece Suzie isn't just getting her new (hopefully favorite) doll and your children aren't just getting the next thing that'll be all over your house, they are receiving the final product of their own miniature project, and you happen to be the project manager. Sure there won't be SCRUMM meetings, or code reviews, and no formal requirements analysis (well, at least in my ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 9:26 AM

How to: Set up Google Analytics on your GeeksWithBlogs blog
If you haven't seen Google analytics before, you ought to know this: it rocks. You'll get great reports on everything from geographic location to browser to flash version (Why no Silverlight version, eh Google?) See example awesomeness here: Obviously I've only recently set this up. However, since it is up and running and working great, I figured I'd show you how to get yours up and running as well. Firstly, sign up for Google Analytics. Then afterwards, Google will provide a script to monitor the ......

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2008 12:58 PM

Some random coolness: The GeeksWithBlogs Blogger List Cloud
So I was wasting some time perusing around the GWB page today. I was looking to see if Jeff had gotten around to making a nifty new image so I could link to GWB in my news section, then I happened across the new blogger list. It’s pretty cool and comes in cloud form: Currently my name is the small entry below Dave Campell (top right corner-ish). I’m curious where I’ll move after this blog. Anyways, I guess I’m giving another props to Jeff, John and Jerod for the design, I think the blogger list cloud ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:37 PM

Community Credit Winner!
Last night past midnight amidst the construction of my Halloween costume (I know I’m a day off, but the party I’m going to is tonight!) I received the email notifying me that I’m now a winner at Community Credit for my contributions to the geek worlds via this blog! Sure, I didn’t cure cancer or win the World Series, but my philosophy on blogging nowadays is that there is an online community that has helped me so much, I want to be around for the next generation of “me”s that deserve the same help ......

Posted On Saturday, November 1, 2008 10:27 AM

CISD Annual Technology Conference and Expo Day 1
Hey guys, I’m going to recap day 1 of CISD’s Annual Tech Conference and Expo, which targets the IT field in Louisiana. Overall I found the majority of the presentations enjoyable, but here goes what I took home from the conference personally. The Keynote by Ed Driesse The keynote speaker was the new CIO of the state of Louisiana. The man is passionate about what he does and it comes across in how he speaks. His vision is of a unified state system that has the necessary branches of information per ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:04 AM

Jeff delivers GWB 3.0!
If you haven’t already checked it out, it’s definitely worth a look at the new design for geekswithblogs.net. The new design brings a bit of a “hipper” aspect to the scene, and we all know how blogging about software development deserves to be hip :) Check out the updated look: http://www.geekswithblogs.net Technorati Tags: GWB,GeeksWithBlogs 3.0 ......

Posted On Thursday, October 23, 2008 1:21 PM

Why I think Ruby is a good start for beginners
Recently I posted to ask what’s a good beginner programmer’s book, and I haven’t gotten any immediate response. Now I know that the post hasn’t had time to gestate, but usually from prior posts I do get responses first day. Ultimately, I think that the reason I’m not getting feedback is because some people are self-taught, and dug through the code and uncovered answers for themselves, some people are class taught, having great instructors that made the information make sense, and not many people ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 21, 2008 9:52 AM

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