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Congratulations! You have one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012

I just received this email yesterday congratulating me on the achievement of having one of the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012. I am humbled and shocked.

In the same email they announced that have now reached 200 million members. I just had to share, since I find it ironic that so many years ago I had some personal exchanges regarding the value and privacy risks of using a service such as LinkedIn.

I do have at least a few beefs with LinkedIn. I wish they’d either raise or drop the 50 group limit. I like the idea they just launched of having a separate section of your profile for Volunteering and Non-Profit organizations. So much that I moved some of my previous roles to them, only to find out that the recommendations that people have taken their precious time to leave for me can not be moved. After contacting support, I was told that they currently do not have this feature. Now I get to move some of those items back at some point, so I can preserve those invaluable recommendations. argh. Oh well, it is still a terrific site and obviously no one is perfect.

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My Blog/Site Reimagined!

One of the exciting things that I have decided to do for 2013 is a relaunch, or to coin the phrase Microsoft has liked to use lately, to reimagine both my blog and personal web site. Over the holidays, I happened to notice that RadicalDave.com was available. Since there has always been cybersquatters occupying my namespace .com and I had to utilize David L Walker.com, I am excited to utilize this easier to use domain. Back in high school and even earlier, I had used the alias Radical Dave quite a few times while connecting and running BBS’s, etc.

I can only hope and strive to live up to the expectations that come with using such a namespace. Stay tuned!

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New Year’s Resolutions in progress for 2013!

You may have noticed from my social networks – Twitter, FaceBook, and/or LinkedIn, that my family and I decided to kick off 2013 with some major life changing events. After exactly three and half years as a Senior Application Development Manager for Microsoft, I accepted the exciting opportunity to join FMCTechnologies as their Public Web Architect. I am already really enjoying the opportunity to return to focusing on Sitecore. They have some major projects underway and I am excited to be involved with them. I will be more than happy to share more details as I can.

I have several other new and exciting surprises planned for 2013, so stay tuned!

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First annual NWA TechFest event was a huge success!

I am proud to say that the NWA community came out and did the first NWA TechFest justice!

Due to a few minor glitches in the first run of the touch screen kiosks, we were unable to get an exact head count. It was very safe to say we had over 250+ attendees. The volunteers ran the registration through the kiosks this time, but next time, at the 5th annual Tulsa TechFest – Friday, November 12th, it will be all Self-Service Touch screen kiosks.

All the speakers did excellent jobs and the evaluations are still coming in, but they have all been very good so far!

Special kudo’s were given to our keynote presenter Microsoft’s Murray Vince, General Manager OEM Embedded, Field & Service Partners, for coming up with a new term in the title of his presentation: Retail Computure: The Retail Computing Future!

There will be more news and information from the event released as it comes in. The attendee’s donated a total of $269 to the big local non-profit community program: The Jones Center. We are still waiting on the weight from the NWA Food bank for the cans that were donated.

Thanks to all who attended and help make it a huge success!

Even my last minute filler session that I had to deliver: “Your Data in the Cloud Securely using OData (The Open Data Protocol) was well attended! You can find the slides here:

2010 2-31 AM Type- Compressed (zipped) Folder Size- 0.8 MB

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NWATechFest 2010 Agenda is complete and registration is now open

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing the newest city to host a TechFest event - Rogers, Arkansas! The North West Arkansas area has a thriving Developer and IT Pro community. Not to mention it is home to the *Fortune 1* company in the world.

Facilities to hold this first event were very difficult to come by economically, but we've found a great win-win location: the Center for Nonprofits @ St. Marys. It is owned and operated by The Jones Center. The list of community programs they have is very long and includes things such as a Women's Shelter.

The agenda is now up and as complete as any agenda can be for an event of this size. (After running the TulsaTechFest event for now going on it's fifth year, I know the schedule will change - due to cancelations, etc.)

With eight tracks, twenty seven+ speakers and forty sessions, the event will definitely have something for everyone!

We are still working on Prizes for the event, but we are already over $17,000 in books and software!

As with all the Tulsa TechFest events this one is Free! Although, we do ask you to support the community and bring two canned foods or two bucks to be donated to the www.NWAFoodBank.com and www.TheJonesCenter.org.

 

We hope to see you there! Register now at: www.NWATechFest.com

 

Be sure to watch www.TechFests.com as I am publicizing any other TechFest events that are now occurring all over. It's powered by www.CommunityMegaphone.com, so be sure to add your events there.

Another new city to host a TechFest - Washington DC!! www.DCTechFest.com

If you are interested in hosting a TechFest event in your area and want assistance, just email me. After moving to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 just before TulsaTechFest 2008, I've honed the process and can spin up a new city / year very easily. Just in case you If you don't want to have to worry about building a website on top of all the other things involved with organizing an event.

Want the benefits of the cloud on premise? Don't miss the Application Infrastructure virtual launch event! #Appfabric FTW!

Here is one virtual event that I am definitely looking forward to! The launch of Windows Server Appfabric and Windows Azure Appfabric!

Application Infrastructure: Cloud Benefits Delivered

http://www.appinfrastructure.com

Want to bring the benefits of the cloud to your current IT environment? Cloud computing offers a range of benefits, including elastic scale and never-before-seen applications. While you ponder your long-term investment in the cloud, you can harness a number of cloud benefits in your current IT environment now.

Join us on May 20 at 8:30 A.M. Pacific Time to learn how your current IT assets can harness some of the benefits of the cloud on-premises—and can readily connect to new applications and data running in the cloud. As part of the Virtual Launch Event, Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Yefim Natis will discuss the latest trends and biggest questions facing the Application Infrastructure space. He will also speak about the role Application Infrastructure will play in helping businesses benefit from the cloud.  Plus, you’ll hear some exciting product announcements and a keynote from Abhay Parasnis, GM of Application Server Group at Microsoft.  Parasnis will discuss the latest Microsoft investments in the Application Infrastructure space aimed at delivering on-demand scalability, highly available applications, a new level of connectivity, and more. Save the date!

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Many quick updates and first XSLT sample for SharePoint – Event Management System

Okay. Life has been rolling so very fast lately. Here are a few quick updates to as quickly as possible keep everyone updated:

Jan 24, 2009 – Second annual - HoustonTechFest – Presented “Building Powerful WebParts with SharePoint 2007” and “WCF for the REST of us”! Awesome audience participation!

Feb 7, 2009 – Presented at the first annual SharePoint Saturday KC - “Building Powerful WebParts with SharePoint 2007”. Becky Isserman and team did an awesome job! Attended some awesome presentations. Had some great BBQ with Daniel Larson!

March 1-5, 2009 – MVP Summit 09! Totally awesome. Got to see the Gu (Scott Guthrie) and hang out with a bunch of the SharePoint MVPs!

March 28, 2009 – Second annual School of Dev / first time to join with SharePoint Saturday! – about 87 people braved the weather reports to attend. It was just rain! Then 9am to 3pm had about 6+ inches of snow drop and stop. Within 24 hours 99.9% was all melted. Presented “Building Powerful WebParts with SharePoint 2007” and “Knowledge (Social) Networking for the Enterprise”

April 16, 2009 – White paper I wrote for Quest.com was republished on to the home page as a Popular Article on SSWUG.org – SQL Server and SharePoint – The More You Know, The Better Off You Are (if you are a paid member you can read it here.)

April 18, 2009 – St Louis MOSS Camp! Had a great time presenting – “Building Powerful WebParts with SharePoint 2007“ and attending the other sessions. Becky Isserman and Scott Spradlin talked me into playing Rock band with spoons for drum sticks, didn’t do too bad. LOL

April 25, 2009 – NWACodeCamp – awesome job! Especially for their first event! “Presented Building Powerful WebParts with SharePoint 2007”.

May 28, 2009 – Baby # 5 – Kadison Zoey-Mae Walker born, thanks to my beautiful wife!

 Kadison Zoey-Mae Walker, born March 28, 2009

June 1, 2009 – Two year term as Vice President of the INETA NORAM Speakers Bureau ended.

June 22, 2009 – 1st day at Microsoft as a ADC (Application Developer Consultant) – in Dallas at Las Colinas office for New Employee Orientation, after hours - attended DFW SharePoint group that night and saw Ted Pattison!

June 23, 2009 – Day 2 at Microsoft, after hours – attended Dallas ASP .NET User Group where Dr. Tobias Komischke, Director of User Experience @ Infragistics presented.

June 29, 2009 – Turned over Tulsa Developers .NET user group to the very capable Vice-President Sean Whitesell and the other groups to their respective leaders as well.

July 2, 2009 – My beautiful bride and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary

July 27-31, 2009 – TechReady 9 in Seattle. I thought the MVP Summit was huge. Wow. Amazing time, learned a lot, and met a lot of new people. Plus, folks I haven’t seen in awhile – Zewei Song, Michael Wiley, Steve Walker.. and lots of new friends!

Okay.. whew. There’s a whole lot more in there as well, between the monthly TulsaDevelopers.NET, Tulsa SQL Server Group, Tulsa SharePoint Interest Group and Tulsa Java Developers Group that I was involved with every month until recently due to my commute and some new NWASQL Server User Group meetings at lunch. But, my “quick” update has turned into a lot more.

Now… finally on to the code!

For those of you that haven’t seen my “Building Powerful WebParts for SharePoint 2007” session, I totally love writing code and utilizing SharePoint as an application development platform. But, it took several years and practically hundreds of contacts to find a hosting company able and generous enough to donate/sponsor a virtual server for the TulsaTechFest.com web site and for the Tulsa User Groups I am involved with.

Due to timing, I had to build out the site last year so quickly that I took the opportunity to explore the functionality of SharePoint Designer 2007 for the first time.

I utilized it to enable friendly url’s in SharePoint (can anyone say /Pages)? yuck!

I copied the 2008 content as a Site Template to kick start the 2009 site. But that left a lot of extra data, so I just recently added an “Active” Yes/No checkbox to the Speakers List. That’s one thing I’ve learned over the last 4 years of running large events, the agenda is bound to change up to the last minute.

Starting with Visual Studio 2008, it offered the excellent ability to debug XSLT! I took advantage of that, to deliver a no-code solution for the Event Management, by parsing the SharePoint List RSS feed utilizing XSLT. The default RSS feed is kind of gnarly to work with, but I’ve managed to work around it. (See my WSS_LIST_RSS_FIELDS.xsl distributed as part of my PowerQueryWebPart CodePlex project for a great reusable parser.)

Ironically, when I first added the Active filter to the xsl:for-each statement the xsl:sort quit sorting by the SortOrder number column. Very strange. Open in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1, same results. Sleep on it. Deploy today, so I could share with the world and get some others input and boom – it works!

For some reason Visual Studio 2008 isn’t showing the Debug XSLT option every so often. Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is showing it with no issues. Reopened it and reran the Debug XSLT option and boom – working every time now. Very strange. I’ll chalk both issues up to Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 testing. All working great now.

So, simply create a Speakers list with the following columns: Title (FirstName LastName), Bio, Link, Company, Tagline, SortOrder (Number), Active (Yes/No) and you’re ready to role!

I have a SiteImages Picture Library with a sub folder called Speakers where the images are stored: Title(spaces replaced with __).jpg.

The following XSLT shows a 3 column right rail for speakers filtered by Active flag, sorted by SortOrder, Title

<xsl:transform  version="2.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
                exclude-result-prefixes="xsl xs" xmlns:ddwrt2="urn:frontpage:internal">
    <xsl:output method="html"/>

    <xsl:template match="rss/channel" xmlns:ddwrt="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WebParts/v2/DataView/runtime">
        <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
            <tr>
                <td>
                    <xsl:for-each select="item[substring-before(substring-after(description, 'Active:&lt;/b&gt;'), '&lt;/div&gt;')=' Yes']">
                        <xsl:sort select="substring-before(substring-after(description, 'SortOrder:&lt;/b&gt;'), '&lt;/div&gt;')" data-type="number" order="ascending"/>
                        <xsl:sort select="title" />

                        <!--                        <xsl:if test="substring-before(substring-after(description, 'Active:&lt;/b&gt;'), '&lt;/div&gt;')=' Yes'">-->
                            <a>
                                <xsl:attribute name="href">
                                    <!--
                  <xsl:call-template name="getWSSDescriptionField">
                    <xsl:with-param name="description" select="description"/>
                    <xsl:with-param name="fieldName" select="'Link'"/>
                  </xsl:call-template>
                  -->
                                    <xsl:value-of select="concat(concat('/Tulsa/2009/Speakers/', translate(title, ' ,.','')), '/')"/>
                                </xsl:attribute>
                                <img border="1" style="border-color: black;" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="46" height="60">
                                    <xsl:attribute name="src">
                                        <xsl:text>/Tulsa/2009/SiteImages/Speakers/</xsl:text>
                                        <xsl:value-of select ="translate(title,' ,.','_')"/>
                                        <xsl:text>.jpg</xsl:text>
                                    </xsl:attribute >
                                    <xsl:attribute name="alt">
                                        <xsl:value-of select="title"/>
                                        <xsl:variable name="tagline">
                                            <xsl:call-template name="getWSSDescriptionField">
                                                <xsl:with-param name="description" select="description"/>
                                                <xsl:with-param name="fieldName" select="'Tagline'"/>
                                            </xsl:call-template>
                                        </xsl:variable>
                                        <xsl:if test="$tagline!=''">
                                            <xsl:text>, </xsl:text>
                                            <xsl:value-of select="$tagline"/>
                                        </xsl:if>
                                        <xsl:variable name="company">
                                            <xsl:call-template name="getWSSDescriptionField">
                                                <xsl:with-param name="description" select="description"/>
                                                <xsl:with-param name="fieldName" select="'Company'"/>
                                            </xsl:call-template>
                                        </xsl:variable>
                                        <xsl:if test="$company!=''">
                                            <xsl:text>, </xsl:text>
                                            <xsl:value-of select="$company"/>
                                        </xsl:if>
                                    </xsl:attribute>
                                </img>
                            </a>
                            <xsl:if test="position() mod 3 = 0">
                                <br/>
                            </xsl:if>
<!--                        </xsl:if>-->
                    </xsl:for-each>
                </td>
            </tr>
        </table>
    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template name="string-replace-all">
        <xsl:param name="text"/>
        <xsl:param name="replace"/>
        <xsl:param name="with"/>
        <xsl:choose>
            <xsl:when test="contains($text, $replace)">
                <xsl:value-of select="substring-before($text, $replace)"/>
                <xsl:value-of select="$with"/>
                <xsl:call-template name="string-replace-all">
                    <xsl:with-param name="text" select="substring-after($text, $replace)"/>
                    <xsl:with-param name="replace" select="$replace"/>
                    <xsl:with-param name="with" select="$with"/>
                </xsl:call-template>
            </xsl:when>
            <xsl:otherwise>
                <xsl:value-of select="$text"/>
            </xsl:otherwise>
        </xsl:choose>
    </xsl:template>
    <xsl:template name="getWSSDescriptionField">
        <xsl:param name="description"/>
        <xsl:param name="fieldName"/>

        <xsl:variable name="before" select="concat($fieldName,':&lt;/b&gt; ')" />
        <xsl:variable name="after" select ="'&lt;/div&gt;'" />
        <xsl:variable name="htmlFieldStart" select="'&lt;div class=ExternalClass'" />

        <xsl:variable name = "leftRemoved" >
            <xsl:value-of disable-output-escaping="yes" select="substring-after($description,$before)"/>
        </xsl:variable>
        <xsl:variable name = "results">
            <xsl:value-of disable-output-escaping="yes" select="substring-before($leftRemoved,$after)" />
        </xsl:variable>

        <!-- HTML fields have extra <div>-->
        <xsl:choose>
            <xsl:when test="starts-with($results, $htmlFieldStart)">
                <xsl:value-of disable-output-escaping="yes" select="substring-after($results,'&gt;')" />
            </xsl:when >
            <xsl:otherwise>
                <xsl:choose>
                    <xsl:when test="contains($results, '&amp;amp')">
                        <xsl:call-template name="string-replace-all">
                            <xsl:with-param name="text" select="$results"/>
                            <xsl:with-param name="replace" select="'&amp;amp;'"/>
                            <xsl:with-param name="with" select="'&amp;'"/>
                        </xsl:call-template>
                    </xsl:when>
                    <xsl:otherwise>
                        <xsl:value-of disable-output-escaping="yes" select="$results"/>
                    </xsl:otherwise>
                </xsl:choose>
            </xsl:otherwise>
        </xsl:choose>
    </xsl:template>
</xsl:transform>

I’ll continue explaining more of the other sections of the site, plans for the future and more in upcoming posts!

I definitely don’t claim to be an XSLT expert. I’ve just managed to keep making it do what I need as I need to over the years. It is an excellent way to build functionality into SharePoint with no-code out of the box web parts.

Let me know if you have any questions and/or suggestions for improvements!

Get Your Head In the Clouds with SQL Server Data Services Presentation

Yesterday I had the great privilege of presenting to the Oklahoma Chapter of the IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners). This was the first time in a few years that I presented to a mostly non-developer audience. I really enjoyed the challenge and hope to have the opportunity to do that more frequently. It is much more challenging, since you have to actually explain something without really being able to dive into code and show exactly what your talking about.

Since SQL Data Services along with the rest of the Windows Azure framework is still in beta, I tried to make the session as interactive as possible with Q & A, Open Discussion, etc.

Here are the slides that I used: zip (2.4 mb – Office 2007/pptx).

I grabbed them from our awesome Microsoft Developer Evangelist Zain Naboulsi, who presented VS2008 Debugging, Mobile and Azure back on Jan 30th.

Since he was covering so much and pressed for time, he didn’t get to cover SQL Data Services much. On top of that, it was just two days earlier on Jan 28th that Microsoft actually released the beta for SQL Data Services SDK.

Of course, as I left the meeting, I received the announcement in my mailbox that Microsoft just pushed a new version of Azure SDK:

I’ll be delivering the same slides, but with a LOT more code demonstrations on March 28th, 2009 at the second annual School of Dev event! This year for the first time it is joining forces with the first annual SharePoint Saturday Tulsa event, where I’ll be giving the presentation that I have been more frequently doing for awhile now: Building Powerful WebParts for SharePoint 2007. With all the speakers and topics, you wont want to miss this event! See you there!

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2009 Kicks Off Busy As Ever, INETA Speaker Bureau News and a new Geekette is on the way!

Happy New Year! At the pace that 2009 has started off at it is very obvious it will be a very successful year. Bad Economy? Ha!

Please help me congratulate the 16 new speakers welcomed into the INETA NORAM Speakers Bureau (in no particular order):

1. Chris Williams
2. Keith Elder
3. Jason Bock
4. Claudio Lassala
5. Rachel Appel
6. Andrew Dunn
7. Chris Love
8. Cory Smith
9. Tim Rayburn
10. Jim Wooley
11. Rob Windsor
12. Amanda Laucher
13. Adam Machanic
14. Stuart Celarier
15. Pete Brown
16. Steve Andrews

Thank you to all who submitted applications. The selection process was very difficult and the number of applicants overwhelming, because of this we will be having a second round in the first quarter of 2009.

Have your local INETA User Group request them to come and deliver a presentation. If you are not a member of one, join one, if there is not one near you, start one - http://www.ineta.org.

“You can learn more together than you ever could alone.”

We appreciate everyone's past and future community contributions.

It is a very exciting time! We are also launching the new INETA NORAM Regional Speakers Bureau more details will be announced shortly. We are still accepting applications for this new speaker bureau.

We just had an ultrasound done and now know that baby # 5 is a Geekette and will be here May/June!

Happy New Year!

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Quest Software's Pain-of-the-Week: The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint - Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!

I just wrapped up my first opportunity as a webcast presenter. Thanks to the terrific folks at Quest Software. They produce a bi-weekly webcast appropriately titled "Pain-of-the-Week". "These 45-minute online presentations will explore many of those challenges, present real-world use cases and offer solutions and best practices that you can use in your own environment."

The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint – Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!

SharePoint and SQL Server architecture and maintenance requirements have a lot in common. Both platforms share identical features for configuration, security and management.

Join our experts in this webcast to examine the similarities in SharePoint and SQL Server administration. Learn why it’s important for you to get familiar with both platforms to streamline your day-to-day tasks.

Presenters: David Walker, Doug Davis, David Gugick

The little that I was able to watch the attendee numbers, showed at one time over 515+ attendees. We had great Q&A session as well.

Be sure to watch the site for other upcoming webcasts that can hopefully help you alleviate your Pain-of-the-Week.

Our presentation will be available shortly under the "Past Webcasts" if you were unable to attend.

Thank you Quest for the opportunity. Everyone at Quest did a great job and they work very hard to make these webcasts useful.

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.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Service Pack 1) changes to ViewState causes stability issues in Sitecore products

I just received the email below from Sitecore regarding stability issues that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Service Pack 1) is causing with all Sitecore products. I am glad they sent this out. Hopefully the companies using Sitecore products will see it before they install the Service Pack and lose a lot of time with the issues it is causing.

There are a couple questions that come to mind, but the first one is this the only product that will have problems?

If you are using a product that is built on top of ASP.NET you may need to be very careful. The bug described and the issues with it have not been reported specifically yet. It has simply been described as a "bug in the LosFormatter class (System.Web.UI.LosFormatter in System.Web.dll, used to serialize and deserialize an ASP.NET ViewState)."

It would be interesting to know if any other products have problems, if you know of any others let us know, via comments.

My most important question though is, could this have been caught in the Beta cycle? Or is this a bug/change put in place since the last Beta release?

Why change how ViewState is serialized and deserialized anyway? :)

ASP.NET MVC is looking more interesting all the time. Just have to wait for the rest of the marketplace to get it integrated into their products. :)

Here's the email:

Dear Sitecore Enthusiast,

You are receiving this message because you are subscribed to the Sitecore Product Issues and Patches mailing list.
On Monday, August 4th, Microsoft released the following service packs: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1.
Sitecore has discovered that these service packs introduce a bug in the LosFormatter class (System.Web.UI.LosFormatter in System.Web.dll, used to serialize and deserialize an ASP.NET ViewState). This bug causes stability issues in Sitecore products. Sitecore has raised this as an urgent priority issue with Microsoft (case number : SRQ080813600454) and is working to help resolve this issue.
In the meantime, PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL .NET 3.5 SP1 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 on any server running a Sitecore product (including Sitecore WCMS, Intranet Portal, and Foundry) until further notice!
Symptoms associated with installing either of these service packs:

  • Memory consumption increases dramatically and single core CPU usage goes up to 100% when opening the Access Viewer or Media Library applications.
  • OutOfMemoryExceptions thrown in the Desktop and Content Editor.
  • The browser becomes unresponsive when accessing Sitecore.


Please be aware that Microsoft may include this Service Pack as part of the monthly ‘Patch Tuesday’. Please take steps to avoid the automatic installation of these service packs.
Please be aware that the final version of SQL Server 2008 will require .NET 3.5 SP1.
If you have any questions about this issue, please contact Sitecore support.
Best Regards, Sitecore Support Team.

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SharePoint resources continue to see exponential grow

Just 2 days ago now the SharePoint Pod Show pushed their very first podcast. It was definitely great to listen to it and am very excited about the upcoming shows! They've created a SharePoint Pod Show FaceBook group so you can let them know what you want to hear as well!

A few weeks ago one of the hosts, Rob Foster instant messaged me that he was starting up a SHAREPOINT NATION! FaceBook group and wanted me to start up a SHAREPOINT NATION! LinkedIn group, so I did. It's a term, a chant, a life style, that Rob coined around the time frame of the MVP Summit. You can find some of the history about it on his blog, We are SharePoint Nation!!! In my opinion it is the difference between a "social networking" thing and a real life group of motivated and enthusiastic individuals working together as a community, a REAL community, a NATION.

SharePointNationSince then, SharePoint MVP, Amanda Murphy found the time to create the awesome logo that's now on all the groups and sites and simply says it all: Virtually Everything you need for SharePoint.

On July 16th, 2008, just a few short weeks ago, Bob Fox and crew launched the International SharePoint Professionals Association (ISPA). You can find out the details and plans on his blog post Announcing it.

SharePoint Magazine launched it's first "issue" within the last couple weeks as well. Although, if you follow me on Twitter @DavidWalker you already heard me razz them for running it using WordPress. That is definitely no reason to not read it! They already have some great information. There's many sites that fall victim to this type of technical treachery - SharePointBestPractices.com is built with PHP.

Finally, the open source project that SharePoint MVP - Stacy Draper and I have been hard at work on became publicly available around July 14th, 2008. We still have just a little more work to wrap it up for Release 1.0, typical scope creep issues with guys who are very excited about the project and the functionality that it can provide. The day before we had to make it public, CodePlex forces projects to be public within 30 days after creation or they will be deleted, we added a bunch of stuff that broke the deployment script at the moment. I hope to get his resolved as quickly as possible, so we can release version 1.0. In the mean time, check out the project and what it can do at CodePlex.com/PowerQueryWebPart. Once, Release 1.0 goes live I'll post more details about the making of the project and how this swiss army knife can be a must have in your WebPart Gallery in any SharePoint site.

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I Took It! And So Should You! The Survey For People Who Make Websites

I stumbled across this survey. Only took a few minutes and I can't wait to see the results!

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CNBC - America's Top States for Business 2008

I just happened to see the blog post by Jason Edwards about how his state, Texas, is ranked # 1  on CNBC's Top States for Business 2008 rankings.

So of course I was curious, how well would Oklahoma rank? Well it appears we've moved up 4 spots from # 32 to # 28.

What's really odd is the really bad drop from # 9 to # 30 on the Workforce category and the huge jump in Economy from # 26 to # 3.

What's disappointing is Education practically stayed flat from # 47 to # 45 and Technology & Innovation did stay flat at # 35.

Remember folks, this is out of 50!

All this and we border Texas (ranked # 1!). I think Education, Technology and now Workforce are the biggest issues with our state at the moment. Economy, Cost of Doing Business and Cost of Living are practically as good as you can get.

To me, what it sounds like this all means, in Oklahoma you can live cheap and run a business cheap in a strong economy, but don't expect many educated, technically advanced workers. Sad.

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David Yack will be presenting on Exploring the Entity Framework for the Tulsa SQL Server Group!

I had to be in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago now for some cross training and to meet my awesome development team in person for the first time. You have to love the freedom that the internet provides telecommuters. Thank you IM, email, remote desktop, ftp, and on and on.

It just so happened that I found that David Yack, a Microsoft Regional Director and INETA Speaker, was presenting "Exploring the Entity Framework" to the San Gabriel Valley .NET Developers Group my first night in town. It was my first time actually seeing a presentation on the Entity Framework. I was definitely glad that Zain Naboulsi had just presented on LINQ Features in Visual Studio 2008 because he was sure to show the  new LINQ to SQL Classes feature of Visual Studio 2008. You can really see how far the team has come with modeling between the LINQ to SQL Classes and the soon to be released Entity Framework 1.0. Follow them on their new blog: EFDesign.

To put it in away that any developer can understand: DAO, RDO, ADO, ADO.NET and now (ADO.NET) EF (Entity Framework).

Granted there a lot of other options when it comes to separating your data from you business logic, nHibernate, etc. and this is a version 1 product. In my opinion, it looks like it can improve the application architecture in many development departments and across many projects.

There has been some very vocal criticism by way of a "vote of no confidence" mostly from the nHibernate crowd. They do bring a lot of great points and it's obvious from the quick response of Tim Mallalieu, the Microsoft Program Manager leading the team, they are listening and setting their priorities for version 2. This is definitely something I wouldn't sign, because as D'Arcy put it "Our role is to learn." You simply can't move forward if something new is not offered and with my limited exposure to it, I must say it is a very nice step forward.  Kathleen Dollard listed an even greater number of reasons to not sign the petition and I'm sure 99.9% of every developer out there would have to agree with her response to the Entity Framework Petition. Lastly, for those doing their proper research on the Entity Framework, Ward Bell, Product Manager for DevForce .NET by IdeaBlade, made several excellent valid real world business reasons in his response to the petition and why he wouldn't sign it.

I was very excited to hear, the day before flying to Los Angeles, that INETA is sending our first speaker to the Tulsa SQL Server Group. It is none other than David Yack! Woot! It's great knowing what the local developers are about to see in just a few weeks. I can't wait for David to share it with them. Thanks INETA!

I will see everyone on Monday, August 18th, 2008 at 6:00pm for this terrific presentation!

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