Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009

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As I indicated in my tweet a few days back my career is making a change for the better. I will be attending SPC 2009 in Las Vegas next week and I would like to be able to meet up with others who I have spoken with over the years within the .NET community. Should you also be attending please contact me and arrange a face to face meet. Here are a handful of the sessions I will be attending. Overview of the SharePoint Developer Platform Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Development Tools Overview Advanced Reporting Design Techniques and Capabilities SharePoint 2010 Online Standard, Everything you Need to Know! Developing with REST and LINQ in SharePoint 2010 and much more…. The event has sold out and I am sure this will be both informative and exciting… See you there!

Department Of Defense Collaborative Community

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As a prior DoD contractor I was surprised when I learned of Forge.mil and in a good way. I has been a number of years since I worked at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as well as a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor for the United States Air Force and I must say times are a changing. It seems that Forge.mil is based upon open source and I can only say I think it is long overdue for this type of adoption of software. Now I am sure that an extensive process went into the thought behind this initiative and it proves that the DoD does not have to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for commercial off the shelf products (COTS) in times past. Kudos to DISA! So what does Forge.mil represent you may ask, well here is a brief overview of the program. Forge.mil is a family of services provided to support the DoD’s technology development community. The system currently enables the collaborative development and use of open source and DoD community source software. These initial software development capabilities are growing to support the full system life-cycle and enable continuous collaboration among all stakeholders including developers, testers, …

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Secure Your Data With Bitlocker

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Chances are you have an external drive of some type that you store data on and in most cases this data could be sensitive or even a laptop and the last thing you want to happen is for the data to fall into the wrong hands. Security is an aspect that everyone must be aware of and how best to secure their data and assets. Microsoft introduced Bitlocker during the Windows Vista era and of course it is also found in Windows 7. This tool can greatly provide yourself piece of mind that in the case you data does fall into the wrong hands the common thief will not be able to break this encryption. Keep in mind that I stated common thief because there are individuals out there they will always be able to get around encryption however you do not have to make the job any easier for them. To encrypt a drive it is as simple as right clicking on the drive and selecting “Turn on Bitlocker”. From this point follow the step by step directions and I strongly suggest that you save the key that this application generates to a safe and secure location. Accidents do …

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Peeking Under The Hood Of The .NET Framework

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Have you ever take the time to really look at the .NET Framework and what it all really means? There is so much more than simply installing the framework and firing up Visual Studio .NET and turning out code. I admit while I was aware of a few key areas I realized just how much I did not know about what was really going on behind the scenes. I realize one may argue that a developer may not have to understand what entities and actions are occurring under the hood but I have to disagree. Knowledge is power and demonstrating a clear understanding of the framework across the board puts you in a position where you may be view a step above you peers. Notice that I did not say one must be an expert. The sheer magnitude of the framework and its inner working is most likely more than any single software engineer should know but basic knowledge is a positive aspect. If you’re anything like me then you know how a curious nature can be both a good thing and a bad thing. I highly recommend both eWeek and InfoSecurity and at this time you can pick up …

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