Experiences and Experiments in Programming

 Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Well another Christmas has come and gone.  I just thought I would post a note to say a Merry Christmas to everyone.  And for those of you that might read my blog that don't practice Christmas, I hope you had a nice relaxing and enjoyable day yesterday doing all the things you enjoy!
I have a number of posts that I have been wanting to get out for a while that I hope to get out this week.  So hopefully we will have some good new items out here soon...as well as a personal announcement. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2006 12:38:27 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Wednesday, December 13, 2006

There had been some hints floating around that the WPF team would be making an announcement this afternoon...and it would be BIG.  Well, I think they delivered!  Over at the WPF3D Team Blog, they just announced that in version 1 of WPF, we will have the capability to interact with 2D content on 3D geometry elements.

Now this might not seem like a huge deal to someone who does not do a lot of 3D work.  But rest assured, the capabilities this will give 3D developers is awesome.  Think about it in an extremely simplified way: imagine a cube floating in a 3D space.  Now imagine that you were able to create some elements on each face of that cube.  Now it is cool to be able to see those elements rotate around on that cube and it is even more cool to be able to manipulate those elements through code as they rotate around on that cube.  But think about the possibilities of the user being able to interact with the elements on the faces of the cube!  Any other 3D guys reading this will probably agree with me that this might be a bad example, but I think the description gets the creative juices flowing for anyone not used to doing 3D work.

Bottom line, this is a really (big really) nice feature to get with version 1.  It is kinda like an early Christmas present from the WPF 3D team.  I feel bad ... I didn't get them anything!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 5:39:29 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Well the first night of the .NET University in Birmingham was last night.  It went well.  I presented on WPF last night and, while the presentation itself was ok, I had some demo problems!  I am always overly critical of my own presentations and was not real pleased with it last night, but most everyone seemed to say that it went well other than the demo gremlins that seemed to be attacking me!

Doug Turnure was going to present on Window Workflow last night but was very sick (hope you get better soon, Doug), so Mark Berry came over from Atlanta to give the Workflow presentation.  We were real appreciative of him coming over at the last minute.

Tonight, Jeff Barnes is going to present on WCF and Eric Ray is going to present on CardSpace.  It should be a great night.  I'll post how everything went and hopefully get some pictures up.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 4:52:21 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Thursday, December 07, 2006

You know how you use something for a long time but you just never bother to use one of its functions or features?  Then when you finally do, you wonder why you had not done it earlier.  Well today I closed a web site I was updating and laziness forced me to try out one of the features in Firefox 2.0.

I know there have been add-ons that allow you to recover from a crash or just re-open a closed tab, but I never really tried any of them.  I knew that Firefox 2.0 had incorporated this feature into their history menu, but today was the first time I used it.  Ahhhh, the joy of discovering new ways to recover from my own mistakes.

So I accidentally closed the tab I was working on and did not want to have to retype the address for a new tab.  So I tried out the "Recently Closed Tabs" submenu of the History menu.  What a great tool!  I mean, I close tabs all the time by accident.  And sometimes I am not even sure where I was when I closed it!  Now I have a new favorite feature and it can be found in the recently closed tabs!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 9:32:57 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Wednesday, December 06, 2006

We have put up some more information about the .NET University in Birmingham, Alabama this Monday and Tuesday evening.  You can read a little more about it at the Birmingham .NET User Group site.  Or if you want to register, you can click here.

Remember, you must register and attend all 4 session to get your free t-shirt and certificate.  As an added bonus, we will be giving away a Zune after the last presentation on Tuesday thanks to Doug Turnure!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 5:57:04 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Monday, December 04, 2006

We have confirmed the date, time, and location for a .NET University in Birmingham, Alabama.  On December 11 and 12 from 6PM to 8PM we will be presenting a .NET University.  It will take place at the new auditorium in the new Building 3 of the Southern Progress Campus at 2100 Lakeshore Drive.  As soon as we get the link set up for registration, I will post it here.

The purpose of .NET University is to provide a quick and easy way to get an overview of the new features in .NET 3.0, as well as provide materials for the community to re-present to other technical audiences.

Monday, December 04, 2006 9:08:58 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
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