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Date: Friday, 01 Apr 2011 14:19

Join us on MSDN geekSpeak Wednesday, April 20 at 3 PM Eastern to hear Jeremy Likness talk about Sterling. Sterling is a very popular open source database engine for Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight 4. This should be a great overview of this very useful library.

Remember, a key aspect of geekSpeak webcasts is that our show is driven by your questions. So register today and join us live!

About our guest:

jeremylikness

Jeremy Likness is a Microsoft Silverlight Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Silverlight development. Jeremy works as a senior consultant and project manager for Wintellect and has 15 years of experience developing enterprise applications. He has developed software in multiple vertical industries including insurance, health and wellness, supply chain management, and mobility. Jeremy's primary focus for the past decade has been building highly scalable web-based solutions using the Microsoft technology stack.

Before he worked at Wintellect, Jeremy was director of information technology and development manager and architect for AirWatch LLC, where he helped the company grow and solidify its position as one of the leading wireless technology solution providers in the United States. A fluent Spanish speaker, Jeremy served as director of information technology for Hispanicare, where he architected a multilingual content management system for the company's Hispanic-focused online diet program. Jeremy accepted his role there after serving as development manager for Manhattan Associates, a software company that provides supply chain management solutions.

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Date: Friday, 01 Apr 2011 14:19

Join us on MSDN geekSpeak Wednesday, April 20 at 3 PM Eastern to hear Jeremy Likness talk about Sterling. Sterling is a very popular open source database engine for Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight 4. This should be a great overview of this very useful library.

Remember, a key aspect of geekSpeak webcasts is that our show is driven by your questions. So register today and join us live!

About our guest:

jeremylikness

Jeremy Likness is a Microsoft Silverlight Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Silverlight development. Jeremy works as a senior consultant and project manager for Wintellect and has 15 years of experience developing enterprise applications. He has developed software in multiple vertical industries including insurance, health and wellness, supply chain management, and mobility. Jeremy's primary focus for the past decade has been building highly scalable web-based solutions using the Microsoft technology stack.

Before he worked at Wintellect, Jeremy was director of information technology and development manager and architect for AirWatch LLC, where he helped the company grow and solidify its position as one of the leading wireless technology solution providers in the United States. A fluent Spanish speaker, Jeremy served as director of information technology for Hispanicare, where he architected a multilingual content management system for the company's Hispanic-focused online diet program. Jeremy accepted his role there after serving as development manager for Manhattan Associates, a software company that provides supply chain management solutions.

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Date: Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 01:06

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

12:00 PM Pacific Time, 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides many opportunities to render data from business intelligence (BI) applications. In this episode of geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Kevin Goff shows examples of building BI content in SharePoint Server 2010 by using PerformancePoint Services, Microsoft Excel Services, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, and PowerPivot. By the end, we'll see an integrated dashboard in SharePoint with content from all of these tools.

Kevin is a Microsoft SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP), author, SQL/business intelligence (BI) instructor for SetFocus, writer for CoDe Magazine, speaker, and SQL/Microsoft.NET/Crystal Reports developer. He's also an obsessive sports and jazz music fanatic and a full-time daddy as of May 8, 2009.

Register and join us live!

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032476367&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

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Date: Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 01:06

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

12:00 PM Pacific Time, 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides many opportunities to render data from business intelligence (BI) applications. In this episode of geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Kevin Goff shows examples of building BI content in SharePoint Server 2010 by using PerformancePoint Services, Microsoft Excel Services, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, and PowerPivot. By the end, we'll see an integrated dashboard in SharePoint with content from all of these tools.

Kevin is a Microsoft SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP), author, SQL/business intelligence (BI) instructor for SetFocus, writer for CoDe Magazine, speaker, and SQL/Microsoft.NET/Crystal Reports developer. He's also an obsessive sports and jazz music fanatic and a full-time daddy as of May 8, 2009.

Register and join us live!

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032476367&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

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Date: Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 21:13

Here’s a geekSpeak you’ll have to watch twice to get your head around. Jim Wooley introduces us to the Reactive Extensions for Microsoft .NET and shows how to make event-driven asynchronous programming easier and more declarative by using the Reactive Framework and LINQ to Events. Really fascinating stuff in here!

Here are links to more information, mentioned on the show:

Rx Dev Center on MSDN: http://bit.ly/rxnet

Jim’s Silverlight (C#) samples: http://www.thinqlinq.com/Downloads/RX_Silverlight.zip

Jim’s WPF (VB) samples: http://www.thinqlinq.com/Downloads/RX_Wpf.zip

Channel 9 videos on the extensions. Mathematical duel between interfaces.

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Date: Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 21:13

Here’s a geekSpeak you’ll have to watch twice to get your head around. Jim Wooley introduces us to the Reactive Extensions for Microsoft .NET and shows how to make event-driven asynchronous programming easier and more declarative by using the Reactive Framework and LINQ to Events. Really fascinating stuff in here!

Here are links to more information, mentioned on the show:

Rx Dev Center on MSDN: http://bit.ly/rxnet

Jim’s Silverlight (C#) samples: http://www.thinqlinq.com/Downloads/RX_Silverlight.zip

Jim’s WPF (VB) samples: http://www.thinqlinq.com/Downloads/RX_Wpf.zip

Channel 9 videos on the extensions. Mathematical duel between interfaces.

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Date: Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 15:46

Here is the recording from our geekSpeak with Jason Rainwater from January 12. Jason showed many techniques for handling Async operations in an application.

Jason posted resources mentioned in this show on his blog.

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Date: Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 15:46

Here is the recording from our geekSpeak with Jason Rainwater from January 12. Jason showed many techniques for handling Async operations in an application.

Jason posted resources mentioned in this show on his blog.

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Date: Thursday, 06 Jan 2011 19:43

We’re kicking off our 2011 geekSpeak series with a Silverlight and WPF guru from Atlanta, Jason Rainwater. Jason’s been itching for a chance to come talk about the new direction that asynchronous programming is taking, and why it will soon be much easier for developers to implement.

Join us on Wednesday, January 12 at 3 PM ET. Register now at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032473232&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

About our Guest:

Jason Rainwater is an independent consultant contracting to Veracity Solutions and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Client Application Development. His specialties include an in-depth knowledge of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Microsoft Silverlight, and XAML. He has built modular WPF and Silverlight smart client applications using Model View ViewModel (MVVM) and Prism. Jason is a frequent speaker in his local and regional communities; events he has spoken at include many user groups, code camps, and a few specialty events.

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Date: Thursday, 06 Jan 2011 19:43

We’re kicking off our 2011 geekSpeak series with a Silverlight and WPF guru from Atlanta, Jason Rainwater. Jason’s been itching for a chance to come talk about the new direction that asynchronous programming is taking, and why it will soon be much easier for developers to implement.

Join us on Wednesday, January 12 at 3 PM ET. Register now at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032473232&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

About our Guest:

Jason Rainwater is an independent consultant contracting to Veracity Solutions and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Client Application Development. His specialties include an in-depth knowledge of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Microsoft Silverlight, and XAML. He has built modular WPF and Silverlight smart client applications using Model View ViewModel (MVVM) and Prism. Jason is a frequent speaker in his local and regional communities; events he has spoken at include many user groups, code camps, and a few specialty events.

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Date: Monday, 19 Jul 2010 21:56

Brian did a fantastic job showing us how to use a little-known feature of Silverlight. Local messaging between instances of Silverlight controls, and even out-of-browser apps, is pretty neat. Below is a reply of our geekSpeak webcast followed by resources from Brian around the topic.

http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/geekSpeak/geekSpeak-Recording-Local-Messaging-and-Silverlight-with-Brian-Lagunas/

 

Joe Stegman's "Local Messaging Sample" blog post:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jstegman/archive/2009/03/23/local-messaging-samples.aspx
My "Local Messaging" blog post with sample code:
http://www.brianlagunas.com/index.php/2010/05/01/communicating-between-silverlight-applications/
MSDN documentation on Local Messaging:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd833063(VS.95).aspx

Some questions from the webcast:

Could someone use reflection on a Silverlight XAP to see the channel name? If so, is there a way to prevent this?

Yes, if your channel names are hardcoded, someone can download and unzip the XAP file and reflect into your assemblies.  To help prevent this, you could generate your receiver names at runtime, using the current date and time to ensure uniqueness. You can then retrieve the generated names in the sending and receiving applications through a web service.  Also, you could scope your receiver names by domain, and check the MessageReceivedEventArgs.SenderDomain and verify the domain the sender is from.

Any specific guidance for using messaging with Silverlight controls hosted on SharePoint

Local messaging works the same way in SharePoint as it does in HTML.  Here is a pretty good example which demonstrates local messaging in SharePoint 2010.

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Date: Monday, 19 Jul 2010 21:56

Brian did a fantastic job showing us how to use a little-known feature of Silverlight. Local messaging between instances of Silverlight controls, and even out-of-browser apps, is pretty neat. Below is a reply of our geekSpeak webcast followed by resources from Brian around the topic.

http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/geekSpeak/geekSpeak-Recording-Local-Messaging-and-Silverlight-with-Brian-Lagunas/

 

Joe Stegman's "Local Messaging Sample" blog post:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jstegman/archive/2009/03/23/local-messaging-samples.aspx
My "Local Messaging" blog post with sample code:
http://www.brianlagunas.com/index.php/2010/05/01/communicating-between-silverlight-applications/
MSDN documentation on Local Messaging:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd833063(VS.95).aspx

Some questions from the webcast:

Could someone use reflection on a Silverlight XAP to see the channel name? If so, is there a way to prevent this?

Yes, if your channel names are hardcoded, someone can download and unzip the XAP file and reflect into your assemblies.  To help prevent this, you could generate your receiver names at runtime, using the current date and time to ensure uniqueness. You can then retrieve the generated names in the sending and receiving applications through a web service.  Also, you could scope your receiver names by domain, and check the MessageReceivedEventArgs.SenderDomain and verify the domain the sender is from.

Any specific guidance for using messaging with Silverlight controls hosted on SharePoint

Local messaging works the same way in SharePoint as it does in HTML.  Here is a pretty good example which demonstrates local messaging in SharePoint 2010.

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Date: Tuesday, 06 Jul 2010 20:56

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 3:00-4:00 ET

A powerful feature of Microsoft Silverlight is the ability for different Silverlight controls to communicate, even with instances running out of browser. In this geekSpeak, Silverlight guru Brian Lagunas shows us the ins and outs of how to communicate between Silverlight applications by using local messaging. We'll cover everything from multiple banner ads synchronizing animations to business applications displaying master/detail data. Brian goes over how to create complex layouts that combine multiple Silverlight-based applications with content that is based on other technologies. Join us for this unique take on Silverlight programming. This geekSpeak is hosted by Glen Gordon and Mithun Dhar.

Register at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032455709&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

The geekSpeak webcast series brings you industry experts in a "talk-radio" format hosted by developer evangelists from Microsoft. These experts share their knowledge and experience about a particular developer technology and are ready to answer your questions in real time during the webcast.

Guest Info: Brian Lagunas, Senior Software Engineer, URS

Brian Lagunas is a senior software engineer for URS, an engineering and construction company, located in Boise, Idaho. Brian has been developing professionally for over 10 years, and he specializes in enterprise application development by using a variety of Microsoft technologies, with a focus on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight. Brian can be found speaking at local user groups such as the Boise .NET Developer User Group (NETDUG) and the Boise Software Developers Group (BSDG). He also presents yearly at Boise Code Camp and Tech Fest. Brian is an avid blogger on Elegant Code and he can be heard on several podcasts.

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Date: Tuesday, 06 Jul 2010 20:56

Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 3:00-4:00 ET

A powerful feature of Microsoft Silverlight is the ability for different Silverlight controls to communicate, even with instances running out of browser. In this geekSpeak, Silverlight guru Brian Lagunas shows us the ins and outs of how to communicate between Silverlight applications by using local messaging. We'll cover everything from multiple banner ads synchronizing animations to business applications displaying master/detail data. Brian goes over how to create complex layouts that combine multiple Silverlight-based applications with content that is based on other technologies. Join us for this unique take on Silverlight programming. This geekSpeak is hosted by Glen Gordon and Mithun Dhar.

Register at https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032455709&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

The geekSpeak webcast series brings you industry experts in a "talk-radio" format hosted by developer evangelists from Microsoft. These experts share their knowledge and experience about a particular developer technology and are ready to answer your questions in real time during the webcast.

Guest Info: Brian Lagunas, Senior Software Engineer, URS

Brian Lagunas is a senior software engineer for URS, an engineering and construction company, located in Boise, Idaho. Brian has been developing professionally for over 10 years, and he specializes in enterprise application development by using a variety of Microsoft technologies, with a focus on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight. Brian can be found speaking at local user groups such as the Boise .NET Developer User Group (NETDUG) and the Boise Software Developers Group (BSDG). He also presents yearly at Boise Code Camp and Tech Fest. Brian is an avid blogger on Elegant Code and he can be heard on several podcasts.

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Date: Tuesday, 02 Mar 2010 03:00

We had an awesome geekSpeak last week with Jeremy Likness. Recording is below, followed by links from the show.

If you want to download or save the video, view the show on Channel 9.

Links

StatLight – http://statlight.net/

Testing posts by Jeff Wilcox: http://www.jeff.wilcox.name/topics/dev/testing/

Tim Heuer on Silverlight Unit Testing: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/02/26/silverlight-testing-frameworks.aspx

4 part series on Silverlight Unit Testing: http://msmvps.com/blogs/theproblemsolver/archive/2008/12/02/unit-testing-in-silverlight-part-1.aspx

All of my Silverlight Unit Testing blog posts: http://csharperimage.jeremylikness.com/search/label/silverlight%20unit%20test

Moq Mocking framework: http://code.google.com/p/moq/

Rhino Mocks for Silverlight: http://ayende.com/Blog/archive/2009/02/04/rhino-mocks-3.5-ndash-silverlight.aspx

Unit Driven test framework: http://unitdriven.codeplex.com/

Justin Angel’s in-depth post on Silverlight Unit testing: http://blogs.silverlight.net/blogs/justinangel/archive/2009/02/25/silverlight-unit-testing-rhinomocks-unity-and-resharper.aspx

Getting Started with Unit Testing: http://www.devx.com/codemag/Article/22617

The Art of Unit Testing (Website and book): http://www.artofunittesting.com/

Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit (book): http://www.amazon.com/Pragmatic-Unit-Testing-NUnit-2nd/dp/0977616673

Test-Driven Development in Microsoft.NET: http://www.amazon.com/Test-Driven-Development-Microsoft-NET-Professional/dp/0735619484/

 

Author: "glengordon" Tags: "Silverlight, Testing"
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Mar 2010 03:00

We had an awesome geekSpeak last week with Jeremy Likness. Recording is below, followed by links from the show.

If you want to download or save the video, view the show on Channel 9.

Links

StatLight – http://statlight.net/

Testing posts by Jeff Wilcox: http://www.jeff.wilcox.name/topics/dev/testing/

Tim Heuer on Silverlight Unit Testing: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/02/26/silverlight-testing-frameworks.aspx

4 part series on Silverlight Unit Testing: http://msmvps.com/blogs/theproblemsolver/archive/2008/12/02/unit-testing-in-silverlight-part-1.aspx

All of my Silverlight Unit Testing blog posts: http://csharperimage.jeremylikness.com/search/label/silverlight%20unit%20test

Moq Mocking framework: http://code.google.com/p/moq/

Rhino Mocks for Silverlight: http://ayende.com/Blog/archive/2009/02/04/rhino-mocks-3.5-ndash-silverlight.aspx

Unit Driven test framework: http://unitdriven.codeplex.com/

Justin Angel’s in-depth post on Silverlight Unit testing: http://blogs.silverlight.net/blogs/justinangel/archive/2009/02/25/silverlight-unit-testing-rhinomocks-unity-and-resharper.aspx

Getting Started with Unit Testing: http://www.devx.com/codemag/Article/22617

The Art of Unit Testing (Website and book): http://www.artofunittesting.com/

Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit (book): http://www.amazon.com/Pragmatic-Unit-Testing-NUnit-2nd/dp/0977616673

Test-Driven Development in Microsoft.NET: http://www.amazon.com/Test-Driven-Development-Microsoft-NET-Professional/dp/0735619484/

 

Author: "glengordon" Tags: "Silverlight, Testing"
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Mar 2010 03:00

We had an awesome geekSpeak last week with Jeremy Likness. Recording is below, followed by links from the show.

If you want to download or save the video, view the show on Channel 9.

Links

StatLight – http://statlight.net/

Testing posts by Jeff Wilcox: http://www.jeff.wilcox.name/topics/dev/testing/

Tim Heuer on Silverlight Unit Testing: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/02/26/silverlight-testing-frameworks.aspx

4 part series on Silverlight Unit Testing: http://msmvps.com/blogs/theproblemsolver/archive/2008/12/02/unit-testing-in-silverlight-part-1.aspx

All of my Silverlight Unit Testing blog posts: http://csharperimage.jeremylikness.com/search/label/silverlight%20unit%20test

Moq Mocking framework: http://code.google.com/p/moq/

Rhino Mocks for Silverlight: http://ayende.com/Blog/archive/2009/02/04/rhino-mocks-3.5-ndash-silverlight.aspx

Unit Driven test framework: http://unitdriven.codeplex.com/

Justin Angel’s in-depth post on Silverlight Unit testing: http://blogs.silverlight.net/blogs/justinangel/archive/2009/02/25/silverlight-unit-testing-rhinomocks-unity-and-resharper.aspx

Getting Started with Unit Testing: http://www.devx.com/codemag/Article/22617

The Art of Unit Testing (Website and book): http://www.artofunittesting.com/

Pragmatic Unit Testing in C# with NUnit (book): http://www.amazon.com/Pragmatic-Unit-Testing-NUnit-2nd/dp/0977616673

Test-Driven Development in Microsoft.NET: http://www.amazon.com/Test-Driven-Development-Microsoft-NET-Professional/dp/0735619484/

 

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Date: Monday, 08 Feb 2010 22:57

In this episode of geekSpeak, Chris Rolon gives us a look under the hood of Microsoft SQL Azure to see how was constructed. Chris discusses the issues involving high availability, failure detection, automatic failover, and the distributed data fabric. Be sure to bring your questions about SQL Azure for Chris. This geekSpeak is hosted by Glen Gordon and Lynn Langit.

Author: "glengordon" Tags: "Azure"
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Date: Monday, 08 Feb 2010 22:57

In this episode of geekSpeak, Chris Rolon gives us a look under the hood of Microsoft SQL Azure to see how was constructed. Chris discusses the issues involving high availability, failure detection, automatic failover, and the distributed data fabric. Be sure to bring your questions about SQL Azure for Chris. This geekSpeak is hosted by Glen Gordon and Lynn Langit.

Author: "glengordon" Tags: "Azure"
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Date: Monday, 08 Feb 2010 22:57

In this episode of geekSpeak, Chris Rolon gives us a look under the hood of Microsoft SQL Azure to see how was constructed. Chris discusses the issues involving high availability, failure detection, automatic failover, and the distributed data fabric. Be sure to bring your questions about SQL Azure for Chris. This geekSpeak is hosted by Glen Gordon and Lynn Langit.

Author: "glengordon" Tags: "Azure"
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