Tuesday, 05 April 2005

Land Walker - click to enlarge

Why do I have these images from RoboCop movies going through my mind?

In case anyone's deciding what to get me for my mid-life crisis phase, one of these Land Walkers would do just fine.

This thing's cool. Who the heck has the time to sit around and think this stuff up??? Check out a demo video here.

Crazy, but pretty darn cool. Stick a super-soaker on that and it's party time.



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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 11:56:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Once You Know, You Newegg

I was just Google-Mapping a route and location in Vancouver, BC from Seattle when I noticed something that was not on the web service pages yesterday:

Googlesat1

Google just added satellite imagery to their entire Google Maps web app! Go try it - it's pretty amazing! Below are the standard Google map, same resolution satellite imagery, and a surprisingly excellent full zoom image (with my own handwritten notations, thanks to the new Tablet PC Experience Pack).

That Keyhole acquisition is paying off.

Googlesat2a

Googlesat2

Googlesat3



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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 00:34:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Thank goodness for blogging and for people like Mike Fitzmaurice of Microsoft (Developer Evangelist for SharePoint technologies), who posts some official information regarding the pending release of .NET v2 and Whidbey, which is expected this year.

It's a bit confusing right now for SharePoint developers, as they look at the coolness of the next version of the .NET framework and Visual Studio and try to decipher what they can/should develop, on which platforms, and when.

SharePoint v3 won't ship until well after Whidbey (Visual Studio 2005) and .NET v2.0 hit the street. So, Mike's blog entry is a welcome and useful explanation of what platforms and versions of software will interoperate and produce workable results in SharePoint land.

If you're a SharePoint developer, this is for you: 

http://blogs.msdn.com/mikefitz/archive/2005/03/17/397775.aspx

and this article is also a great resource for understanding what's coming and how things relate:

http://www.theserverside.net/articles/showarticle.tss?id=WebParts1



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Monday, 04 April 2005 23:41:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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If you're looking to learn about SharePoint Portal Server 2003 for the first time, or if you'd like to get some hands-on experience with a system that you can break and not have to worry about as you ramp up on the technology, check out the TechNet Virtual Labs offer for SPS 2003.

It's a good resource for people who want to learn in detail from the comfort of their own desk chair.

TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003

Get first-hand deployment experience through the Virtual Lab series. The Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 hands-on labs will teach you how to set up the portal, organize content on the portal, manage user permissions, create Web Parts for custom tasks, and much more.

It's simple — no complex setup or installation is required to try SharePoint Portal Server running in the full-featured TechNet Virtual Lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks anytime.

As part of the TechNet Virtual Lab, you will have full access to SharePoint Portal Server's features and tools through ten modules:



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Monday, 04 April 2005 23:25:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 04 April 2005

The Visual Studio 2005 Team System webcast series started today - and they continue all month long of particular interest to me right now is Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Enterprise-Class Version Control, which will be presented mid-month.

Probably well worth tuning in...

Day/Date/Time

Title

Level

Abstract

Presenter

Monday  04/04/2005
09:00 AM PDT

Introduction to Visual Studio Team System

[LINK]

200

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System solves problems facing enterprise-level teams, increasing the predictability of success. Team System extends Visual Studio from a tool for writing and debugging code into a set of deeply integrated tools that support the complete software development lifecycle across the team member roles of manager, architect, developer and tester. This webcast details an end-to-end software development lifecycle scenario that demonstrates major components of Team System and illustrates the value to the team of having a customizable integrated process in breaking down silos of information and providing friction-free flow of data between team roles.

Anand Iyer

Tuesday  04/05/2005
09:00 AM PDT

Drill Down into Visual Studio Team System: Team Architect

[LINK]

200

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System solves problems facing enterprise-level teams, increasing the predictability of success. Team System extends Visual Studio from a tool for writing and debugging code into a set of deeply integrated tools that support the complete software development lifecycle across the team member roles of manager, architect, developer and tester. This webcast covers the tools and technologies available to support the Team Architect in their role. We examine the Distributed Systems Designer, Logical Datacenter Designer and the System Definition Model in detail. We also look at how the Architect can begin the code generation process by using the Class Designer tools.

Geoff Snowman

Tuesday  04/05/2005
10:00 AM PDT

How and Why Process Guidance Matters in Visual Studio 2005 Team System

[LINK]

 

200

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS) allows teams to select a process template to shape how the team works together. This session will help you understand key considerations in selecting the template best suited to your team and the project you are working on. Learn how process templates affect the way VSTS works and why it is important for your team to select the appropriate process for your projects.

Bindia Hallauer

Thursday  04/07/2005
09:00 AM PDT

Drill Down into Visual Studio Team System: Team Test

[LINK]

200

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System solves problems facing enterprise-level teams, increasing the predictability of success. Team System extends Visual Studio from a tool for writing and debugging code into a set of deeply integrated tools that support the complete software development lifecycle across the team member roles of manager, architect, developer and tester. This webcast will detail the tools and technologies available to support the Team Tester in their role. We look at best test case scenarios and unit tests, and show how to check for code completeness with the code coverage tools. We also examine the various types of reporting that are available in Team Test.

Anand Iyer

Thursday  04/14/2005
10:00 AM PDT

Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Enterprise-Class Version Control

[LINK]

 

200

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS) provides a completely new, highly scalable and robust version control system. This webcast details the many new features of VSTS version control including shelving, check-in policy and support for distributed development work.

Doug Neumann

Friday  04/15/2005
01:00 PM PDT

Implementing and Customizing MSF 4.0 Process Guidance within Visual Studio 2005 Team System

[LINK]

200

Visual Studio Team System provides a rich environment and integrated support for software development processes. While this new development platform ships with two predefined software development processes, some organizations will choose to incorporate their own "secret sauce" to add competitive advantage. This presentation and demonstration will show you how to make modifications to the existing processes, Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for Agile Software Development and MSF for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Process Improvement, as well to incorporate your software development process into Microsoft Visual Studio Team System.

Randy Miller

Tuesday  04/19/2005
10:00 AM PDT

Enterprise Project Management and Reporting in Visual Studio 2005 Team System

[LINK]

 

200

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS) provides all the suite tools to pour data into a central data warehouse. This webcast shows how to use Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services to generate real-time and historical reports on the many facets of your project. We also show many of the ready to run reports built into VSTS.

Allen Clark

Wednesday  04/20/2005
09:00 AM PDT

Drill Down into Visual Studio Team System: Team Developer

[LINK]

200

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System solves problems facing enterprise-level teams, increasing the predictability of success. Team System extends Visual Studio from a tool for writing and debugging code into a set of deeply integrated tools that support the complete software development lifecycle across the team member roles of manager, architect, developer and tester. This webcast will detail the tools and technologies available to support the Team Developer in their role. Beginning with an examination of the test-driven development process, this session shows how to build unit tests and then test the application for errors as well as code completeness.

Anand Iyer
Eric Lee

Tuesday  04/26/2005
03:00 PM PDT

Managing Work with Visual Studio 2005 Team System

[LINK]

400

How does the Microsoft Visual Studio team track and manage their work? This session and explores how various teams at Microsoft use Visual Studio Team System to customize work item types, create queries and set up notifications to facilitate teamwork and visibility. Learn how to use state model transitions to automate workflow throughout the team, and use rich history logging to collaboratively solve problems and communicate progress. See how Team System allows you to analyze and trend historical information to view project progress and track status.

Kevin Kelly

Thursday  04/28/2005
11:00 AM PDT

Test-Driven Development Using Visual Studio Team System

[LINK]

200

Why test-driven development? Although developers have been unit testing their code for years, tests are typically performed after the code is designed and written. As a great number of developers can attest, writing tests after the fact is difficult to do and often omitted when time runs out. Test-driven development attempts to resolve this problem and produce higher quality, well-tested code by putting the cart before the horse and writing the tests before we write the code. This webcast demonstrates how you can use Microsoft Visual Studio Team System to implement test-driven development in your organization. Jim Newkirk, author of "Test Driven Development with .NET", will be discussing how you can use Visual Studio Team System to implement test driven development in your organization.

Jim Newkirk



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Monday, 04 April 2005 21:14:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Oh, how I wish this SharePoint podcast series was available in English! But, it's only in German. I know some German (took three years classes in school), and I have been listening to it and trying really hard to pick up the content of the podcast, with little success. I'm just too out-of-date to be able to catch it all.

http://www.sharepointpodcast.de/ - with Michael Greth

The only thing I can tell for sure is that there's plenty of info in there that I'd like to be able to understand better, so I am relying on the links on the weblog to help me understand more. I'm also looking at this as a way to help refresh my German (maybe, it's tech lingo so that can be difficult) before my trip to Germany this fall.

Anyone know of any SharePoint podcasts in English? Hmmmm, maybe I should think about podcasting after all... Anyone out there want to co-host a SharePoint podcast?



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Monday, 04 April 2005 21:01:30 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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