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WTF Next? Dev ramblings from a master of nothing. community There are 16 entries for the tag community
The new frontier
As you might’ve gathered from my last post, the MVP Summit has energized me and helped me solidify my understanding of the impact I can have as an MVP. This wasn’t the only way that the event personally affected me. My freshman MVP Summit also brought a clear reality to how my hard work has a purpose as it fits into my career and my involvement in the community. Two years ago I was a complete .NET virgin and learning only as a result of personal motivation to be the best that I can. Today I take ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2010 2:00 PM

How Microsoft listens
This being my freshman year as an MVP, I had a realization that I perhaps should be embarrassed hasn’t happened sooner. The realization comes much like the iconic M&Ms commercial where the M&Ms run into Santa and exclaim, “He does exist!” My personal realization arguably has a greater implication: Microsoft does listen. This is the most important lesson that I received this year attending the MVP Summit. My hope is that I can convince you that we are empowered to make a difference. Instead ......

Posted On Thursday, March 4, 2010 10:29 PM

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

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

Look Ma, I’m an MVP!
I’ll tell you, I never imagined it would happen this quickly, but I was nominated for the first time this quarter and also received the MVP Award for my contributions online and offline to the VB.NET community. I’m very honored and very thankful to everyone involved in getting me mobilized within the community, including Zain Naboulsi, J Sawyer and PJ Forgione (who nominated me). Also, I’d like to give some thanks for other great individuals I’ve met through becoming active in a great community: ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 1, 2009 11:21 PM

What Programming Language Should I Learn, In Response to Bill Tudor
A fellow GWBlogger, Bill Tudor, recently blogged about the progression he would suggest for someone who is getting started or looking to further themselves as a developer. Some small changes I’d suggest is that when it comes to learning an object oriented language, VB.NET is viable object-oriented, managed runtime language. Sure, the syntax is a bit different, but VB.NET is a competitor too. Also, an alternative to Scheme and Haskell could be F#, still leveraging the .NET framework. However, all ......

Posted On Monday, March 2, 2009 9:41 PM

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

Year 2008 wrap-up and my hopes for 2009
So, this post is probably more for my personal benefit than for anyone who may read, but I'm just going to highlight the good or bad of 2008 for my personal life and then visit my hopes for 2009. This year really marked the beginning of my involvement in the .NET community. I consider myself somewhere around a junior level developer, and by giving back to a community that has given so much to me, I know I have grown and learned more than had I just waited for knowledge to come to me. I got involved ......

Posted On Friday, January 2, 2009 12:48 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

Avoiding the cathedral: 4 quick tips to keeping your DNUG a community
One of the timeless articles among the lists of "must reads" for programmers, The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Steven Raymond, was written to expose how the open source community can succeed. The article exposed commercial software construction as an unyielding entity that is structured and secretive, where only those closely involved understood the inner workings. Similarly, open source was associated with the bazaar, as a thriving community where everyone is involved, and the internal structure ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:29 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

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

Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group Meeting
In the Baton Rouge Area with as open Tuesday afternoon? Check out the SQL Server Users Group Meeting this week. Location: At Lamar Advertising Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Sponsored By: FuelTrac Presenter: Mike Huguet BIO Mike is an Enterprise Solutions Architect for Sparkhound, Inc. with over 9 years of experience in developing business solutions for Enterprise, Mid-market, and governmental customers. Five of those years have been as a consultant working with clients such as Jiffy ......

Posted On Sunday, October 12, 2008 7:43 PM

Changing OpenSim’s User Database to MSSQL
Here we are at the second week's task for the Manhattan Project: switching the user's database to MSSQL instead of SQLite. I'll be honest, there weren't any valuable resources I found for assistance in the creation of this tutorial. Mostly it was a combination of Try / Fail and guessing based on what I saw in the code for the MSSQL dll in the project. I might say that there weren't resources, but what I mostly mean is no tutorial. There are some .sql files to help get the database started, but that's ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 11:58 PM

Getting started with WLW
I’ve just set up WLW at work to take advantage of blogging in a very nice interface and to make the best use of the new WTFNext. I do apologize to those of you who are getting this content and being generally disappointed by the lack of context, but I’m getting myself familiar with GWB and how I can make the most of it. The hope with this post is that I’ll get my tag cloud started, just by incorporating Technorati tags at the bottom. From what I understand thanks to JJulian, the tag cloud should ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 1:13 PM

The holy grail of what you can get free from Microsoft!
As a student of the University of Phoenix, I have made it a point to mention Dreamspark to every class I attend. Microsoft really does love the community, and is around to help those who use its products for development, or just for leisure as well. There are user groups all over the world that a dev can keep in touch with the latest Microsoft technologies. If you don't like attending groups in this world, there's even groups for virtual worlds. As continued proof of how much they do care about keeping ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 9:40 AM

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