Month: June 2010

PASS Pre/Post Con: Steve Jones a ‘Little’ Miffed

Lol! You have got to check out Steve Jones’ (no relation) post. Obviously, something went a little awry in his committee’s picks for the conference and what actually got published. I cannot blame him…my interactions with PASS on various things in the last couple of years have been hit or miss. But it is the same across a lot of the conferences out there. A couple people control the reigns of the event and then speakers are invited or not based upon the ole’ buddy system. We could always make a game out of it…. Like pick which company had the leverage to get an extra slot…. Hmmmmm…..I think either SQLSkills  or Solid Quality Mentors … What do you think? Post your comments and I will tally things up for a winner by default. It’ll be great! Here is Steve’s Post …LOVE IT! http://stevejonesssc.blogspot.com/2010/06/pass-dont-waste-my-time.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Cheers,...

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Creating Prototypes with SketchFlow

Michael Sorens has an interesting article on Simple Talk about using SketchFlow which comes with Microsoft Expression Blend to create prototypes for WPF applications. The same is true for Silverlight applications as well. You can read the article here.. http://www.simple-talk.com/dotnet/.net-tools/creating-wpf-prototypes-with-sketchflow/ I have been using Expression Blend for a while now and have found the Sketchflow engine to be quite helpful in prototyping new applications. Of course, you have to realize that although Michael says it does output WPF’ish type code which is true…it is not as if you can wave a magic wand and go from Sketchflow to full bore WPF framework just like that. In my experience, Sketchflow allows you to more uniquely attack the idea of using wireframes in requirements gathering. It basically gives you a semi-live model to play with in order for your users to get a true ‘feeling’ of how the UI will be laid out and how you will interact with it. I am going to have to put this on the board to write a complete post about because these little blurbs just do not do justice to what Sketchflow can do for you in the initial phases of your development projects. That is unless you like to write crappy, non-functional UIs…..yeah right! Cheers,...

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Louis Davidson – Problems with Public Speaking

Louis Davidson has put together an interesting post on some of the issues that he had encountered with one of his talks at the recent SQL Saturday in Columbus,OH (#sqlsat42). It’s almost too bad…..I have run into the same types of initial crowds too…unresponsive…no one awake. God! How I dread them….after all , aren’t we there to have a ‘little’ fun! That’s normally why for my presentations, I tend to focus on demos and showing people ‘how’ something works. Another thing I like doing is polling my audience at the beginning of the presentation and then depending on who is there, I tailor it to the occasion. This might not work for everyone as a lot of people are not like me and tend to want to ‘stick to the script’. But I can think of 2 occasions where it really paid off well. SQL Saturday Chicago : Reporting Services 2008 talk. Got a lot of people talking to me after the presentation…telling me how good it was. The thing I remember though is that one older gentleman came up to me and said “I haven’t been this excited about reporting since RPG.”. What was sad is that I know what he is talking about but nonetheless this made it a successful presentation. Indy Microsoft/Oracle Back-to-School Event: I gave what was supposed to be an intermediate presentation on the...

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Job Posting: Oracle ERP with E-Business Suite

Hey everyone! We have a position for an Oracle ERP specialist E-Business Suite experience. Sorry I don’t have a formal job request sheet on this one but I just was told about it via old school word of mouth. This position would be at our Indianapolis, IN headquarters. So if you think you or a friend foot the bill then shoot me over a resume. Cheers!...

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Job Posting: Application Developer

Hey everyone! We have an opening for an application developer position at our headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Look at the details below and if you or someone you know fits the bill then shoot me a resume. Cheers! AJ Job Description: The successful candidate will have expert level knowledge in the administration, configuration and customization of SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services, including implementation and integration of SharePoint reporting functions, document management functions, custom web parts and SharePoint collaboration tools with the ability to take SharePoint beyond out of the box implementation. Required Skills: Minimum of five years software development experience in .NET Experience in business requirements gathering and IT solution definition required. SharePoint 2007, InfoPath 2007, SharePoint Designer, ASP.NET, VB.NET, SQL Server, HTML, MS Active Directory and LDAP are required.  CSS, JavaScript, MS SQL Server, some experience with Business Objects/Crystal Reports, Java/J2EE, Portal software, Web Content Management systems is desirable. Microsoft and other technical certifications not required but highly desired. Ancillary Skills: Experience with SQL Server 2000 and 2005, a plus. Ability and desire to perform SQL Server database administration as a part of long term career. Java, JSP, web-portal experience also helpful long...

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