June 2007 Entries

Greetings, Old Friend

No, I did not decide to un-install IE7 and re-install IE4 ... although, it would be cool to reminisce the old days ... but while re-installed Visual Studio 6.0 (yeah, we still have VB6 applications), I encountered this screen: (Yeah, I know it's fuzzy) Oh, let the good times roll... Alright, I confess!!  I'm doing some Visual J++ on the side!!  I CAN'T KICK THE HABIT!! ;-)

posted @ Friday, June 29, 2007 6:34 PM | Feedback (611)

JetFuel - Silverlight Plugin for Windows Live Writer

While playing around with Silverlight during lunch, I ran into this plugin for Windows Live Writer (WLW) called JetFuel.  It takes the creation of Silverlight applications to the next level.  It's a nice little package of the steps outlined in the SDK into a wizard.

posted @ Friday, June 22, 2007 2:23 PM | Feedback (611)

ReSharper 3.0 Released

Well, it looks like Nick and Jeff have beat me to the punch of announcing ReSharper 3.0.  For you VB.NET-ers our there, GET THIS TOOL!  OMG, it's the sweetest thing that ever happened to VB since .NET!!

posted @ Thursday, June 21, 2007 10:37 PM | Feedback (616)

Is LinkedIn a MySpace for the Business Community?

I'm not sure if all my three readers have had the chance to check out LinkedIn for all your business networking needs.  Recently, I added a few people I've met at the MVP Summit and TechEd to my "contacts" list on my LinkedIn profile.  Is it just me, but is this website sometimes used the same way as a MySpace profile?  Granted, the only thing is missing is all the pr0n bots and teens pretending to be "older" than 14. Don't get me wrong, I'm not judging the website...I mean, I use it and see it as a great asset. ...

posted @ Monday, June 18, 2007 5:28 PM | Feedback (611)

Heartland Developer Conference, I'll be there. Will you?

That's right, I received word from Phil Wolfe earlier this week that I've been accepted to be a speaker (this is my third year!) for the Heartland Developer Conference in Omaha, NE on Oct. 18-19th.  If you check out the speakers page, you won't see my info there but I'm sure it's coming.  For those of you that like my presentations,  here's a list of topics I've been kicking around: .NET Tooling for Oracle - There's some applications out there that need talk with Oracle.  How do I make things as easily as possible to get my work done?...

posted @ Friday, June 15, 2007 11:43 AM | Feedback (613)

Quick Poll: Unit Testing Entities And DTOs

Alright, how many of you when unit testing your entities and Data Transfer Objects (DTOs), provide an interface for them?  For example, if you have the Person entity, do you have a corresponding IPerson interface?  Or do you leave the type as is?  I'm just curious to see what people are doing out there while doing TDD/Unit Testing. Please use the comment section to post your responses!  Thanks!

posted @ Friday, June 15, 2007 11:34 AM | Feedback (613)

eScrum for Team System

I just ran into this pretty nice tool called eScrum for end-to-end Scrum management that runs on top Team Foundation Server (TFS).  Pretty nice for those of you out there doing (or trying to do) Scrum and have adopted TFS.  Here's the info from the download page: eScrum is a Web-based, end-to-end project management tool for Scrum built on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server platform. It provides multiple ways to interact with your Scrum project: eScrum Web-based UI, Team Explorer, and Excel or Project, via Team Foundation Office Integration. In addition, it provides a single place for...

posted @ Friday, June 15, 2007 10:20 AM | Feedback (611)

Programmer Personality Test

I'm curious to see what other people that I know have as a progammer personality type (PPT).  If you have the time take the test (be honest!) and let me know how you scored (Got this link via Scott Hanselman).  For now here are my results: Your programmer personality type is:DHTB You're a Doer.You are very quick at getting tasks done. You believe the outcome is the most important part of a task and the faster you can reach that outcome the better. After all, time is money. You like coding at a High level.The world is made up...

posted @ Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:27 PM | Feedback (611)

Surface-like Experience Using Silverlight

I'm not sure how many of you have heard of the new Microsoft Surface product (if you haven't, are you living under a rock?!?! ;-) ), but in one of the demo videos, they show how you can take images and resize/rotate them by using your fingertips.  Well, the same thing can be done using Silverlight through a web application.  Delay has posted a great sample Silverlight application that does the same thing!  It's pretty awesome app that shows the power of Silverlight!  If you have the time, check out the live demo or get its source code (you'll need Orcas...

posted @ Sunday, June 3, 2007 5:10 PM | Feedback (611)

TechEd 07: Getting There

So, I arrived to the Des Moines airport early to get through the lines quicker.  I hate waiting through lines, so I viewed this as a good thing.  While listening to my audio book, I received a phone call from Delta airlines...yeah, not a good thing.  The conversation went a little like this: Delta: Mr. Lozano, this is Delta airlines contacting you with information regarding the changes done to your intinerary. Me: I'm currently at the airport, I don't see any changes to my parting flight to Atlanta. Delta: The change is actually to your connecting...

posted @ Sunday, June 3, 2007 4:44 PM | Feedback (614)

MIC: Missing in Code

The blog has been kinda quiet lately ... to my three readers, I apologize.  I've been out of town having some well needed r&r, without the laptop.  Yeah, it was a bit hard at first (since I'm addicted to email) but I was able to make it through it.  My wife asked me, Are you sure you can make it a week without email? ... from the looks of it, I did a pretty good job.  Right now I'm on my way down to TechEd '07 in Ornaldo.  I will a TechEd posting blog with the information I acquire...

posted @ Sunday, June 3, 2007 4:38 PM | Feedback (617)