Thursday, September 9, 2010

Geek Post Monthly Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 8

Geek Post

Volume 2 Issue 8

August 2010

Hippolite Musings

Tena Koutou Katoa,

In August, I:

  • Discussed Team Foundation Server option for my Telecom team with Microsoft Consulting;
  • Failed (twice) to install my sister’s wireless modem;
  • Went skiing with Tane (son) and Duncan & Jamie Cowan at Whakapapa Ski Field;
  • Assisted (successfully) two friends with their home PC issues (no, I’m not taking bookings);
  • Received Fire Warden training;
  • Participated with Hamish (son) at Vex Robotics Scrimmage; and
  • Was recognized at work for my excellent attitude.


Community Development

Grenada Village Online

  • I’ve made a decision to go on Sabbatical next year;
  • This means a rest;
  • This means resigning from several committees at the end of this year;
  • Therefore, I have nothing further to report about this topic at this time.

Align Church Online

  • Implemented a new paradigm (not a major paradigm shift, just implementation of one which works for me):
  • A page has:
    • a DropDownList which lets the user move from record to record;
    • a FormView to edit existing and/or insert new master records;
    • Several buttons to choose from various child tables;
    • An UpdatePanel which is aware of the above buttons;
    • A ContentTemplate which consists of a MultiView;
    • Several Views, one for each child table;
    • Each View consists of an HTML table;
    • Each table consists of:
      • a header row;
      • an insert row consisting of:
        • a DropDownList of all possible related records;
        • a button for adding the selected value to the child table (the UpdatePanel is also aware of these buttons);
      • a display row consisting of:
        • a GridView consisting of:
          • No header row (because already displayed in the HTML table);
          • The child record; and
          • A delete button
  • The nice thing is the add button and delete button work together to give sufficient functionality (with AJAX niceness) that the page responds like a Windows app instead of a Web app.
  • Nicely sized so the HTML table and GridView look like they belong together;
  • Both the Add and Delete buttons are LinkButtons so they look like they belong together;
  • The Show Child buttons are not LinkButtons, so they are nicely differentiated.
  • The Child ObjectDataSource is linked (via ControlParameters) to the insert row DropDownList and Master DropDownList to auto-populate the Insert method.  No code behind required, other than the Add button invoking the Insert method.
  • The Show Child buttons must not only show the relevant View, but also rebind the relevant GridView.  If you don’t, when you change Master record, the hidden Child tables are not refreshed!

Wellington Home Education Network

  • Nothing new to report at this time.

Wellington SQL Server Users Group

  • We had Brent McCracken from KiwiBank come and tell us about Erwin and PowerDesigner data modelling tools.

Wellington Dot Net Users Group

  • Kevin Daly came and told us about Windows Phone 7 Development with Silverlight.
  • Dave Fellows ( came and told us Advanced Azure Techniques.

Developer News

Top Stories

Study News

Again, not much has changed from last month.

Still working my way through MCTS Exam 70-503 – Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation.

Up to chapter 11.

A funny thing happened.  This book is taking me so long to get through, that my VM Windows Activation period expired and I had to reset it all back to zero.

Telecom News

Have you got TiVo yet?

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Training News

The MCT Community Portal is Live—Make the Most of It!

Matthew Roche, Senior Program Manager

For years, Microsoft Certified Trainers have been asking for a wiki—an online repository of living documents where MCTs can share and maintain information about the MCT program, Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC), and other topics of interest to themselves and their fellow trainers. Now Microsoft Learning has delivered the MCT Community Portal, with forums, file libraries, and wikis to take MCT collaboration to the next level.

On August 2, 2010, Microsoft Learning rolled out the MCT Community Portal website, which includes:

  • Discussion and Q&A forums to replace the private MCT newsgroups, which retire on September 1.
  • Discussion and Q&A forums for each MOC course, so it’s easy to find information about the courses you’re teaching.
  • File and media libraries for uploading videos and documents to share with your fellow MCTs.
  • Wikis for sharing tips and tricks, personal error logs, etc., about MOC courses, Microsoft products and technologies, and more.
  • Site-wide tags and search, so finding what you’re looking for is easier than ever.

Now the tools you’ve been asking for are in your hands. What will you do with them?

    INETA News

    A summary of Significant Dot Net User Group Chatter

    • Business/Work/Visitor Visa? (14 replies)
    • JavaScript magic for combining and compressing and more (14 replies)
    • Anyone here using MonoTouch? (21 replies)
    • ASP.NET Video Hosting Providers (34 replies)
    • ASP.NET MVC > HandleErrorAttribute will not return ViewResult (7 replies)

    PASS News

    A summary of  Significant SQL Server User Group Chatter

    • DateTime2 (6 replies)
    • Standby database 2005 to 2008 (3 replies)
    • CodeCamp 2010
    • How to increase font size in SSMS (12 replies)

    Events Schedule

    In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to Geeks.  I’m available for bookings.

    Date Event Venue Speaker
    6-Sep-2010 WHEN Committee Meeting Hippolite Residence Fiona
    13-Sep-2010 Grenada Village Committee Association Meeting Grenada Village Community Hall Bruce Patterson
    16-Sep-2010 Trainer Readiness Sessions Online Dunno
    22-Sep-2010 Windows Phone 7 Workshop Microsoft Wellington Ryan Tarak
    22-Sep-2010 Tech-Ed Express Roadshow Microsoft Wellington Ryan Tarak
    23-Sep-2010 Final-Year Project Demonstrations VUW Engineering & Computer Science Depts Lots
    8-11 Nov 2010 PASS Summit 2010 Seattle, Washington, USA Lots
    April 2011 ALM Conference Wellington Various



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