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Visual Studio 2005 Launch Event

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 1:18 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Launch

Yesterday I attended the Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Launch Events in Boulder even though I have been using both tools since they came out 3 weeks ago.  The first event was the SQL Server event and they had a number of technical difficulties with this presentation and ended the presentation an hour early when the power went out.  I'm not sure how many of the new SQL Server features I will use, but I do like the new Management Studio interface.

The Visual Studio session was in the afternoon and was the session I was much more interested in.  They demonstrated a number of new features of the web designer in ASP.NET 2.0, though Microsoft continues to preach some really remarkably bad web design in the name of rapid development.  The next feature that they demonstrated was click-once deployment that allows the developer to automatically deploy the application through the web and to have the application check for updates.  This is definitely something I plan on taking advantage of in my Weather Info program.  The final chunk dealt with the new design and source control features in the Visual Studio Team Suite which we will be using to improve our testing and bug tracking at work. 

The added bonus for the day was 2 fully production licensed copies of Visual Studio 2005 Standard and SQL Server 2005 Standard as well as a couple of DVDs full of extra info about the products and launch events.  It was a good day of learning about the next generation of tools and I came away with a number of new features that I know I will use both at work and in some of my personal applications.

 
By: Shane
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Thanksgiving in Des Moines

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 11:38 AM

This past weekend I went to Des Moines for Thanksgiving.  I left Denver on Tuesday at about 1pm and drove straight through to Des Moines, getting in at about midnight.  On Wednesday, Andrea and I met with the caterer at the Des Moines Botanical Center for our tasting.  The food was wonderful and we will be having the cavatelli and pesto for the wedding.  After the tasting we went out so she could show me the bridesmaid dresses before heading to Maxwell to meet with a photographer who didn't bother to show up for the appointment.  We then went down to the south side of Des Moines to meet with a baker before meeting a couple of her friends for dinner at Felix and Oscar's

Thursday was a relaxing day and we had a good Thanksgiving dinner at her Grandma's house before coming home to watch the end of the Broncos game.

Friday we met with three photographers, finding one we liked, Don Davis.  We ended the day by going to her sister's house for dinner.

Saturday was a relaxing day as Andrea and her mom ran to a number of craft stores while I stayed in and watched ISU hand the Big XII North championship right back to CU.  When they got home, we went out to dinner with her parents before coming home and watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Sunday I drove home, managing to avoid the worst of the weather, only dealing with snow for about an 80 mile stretch in Nebraska.  In all it was a good relaxing and productive weekend as we got a number of the big wedding decisions completed.

 
By: Shane
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Weather Info Tray 2.1 Released

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 9:52 AM

Weather Info Tray 2.1 I've just released Weather Info Tray 2.1.  This release fixes a couple of minor issues with the conversion to the .NET Framework 2.0 where a couple of assemblies still required the .NET Framework 1.1.  This also fixes the issue where the current watches and warnings did not appear until the app had been running for 60 seconds.  This new release will upgrade any version 2.0 installs, but any installs prior to version 2.0 will need to be uninstalled prior to installing the new version.  Download the update on my Windows Software page.
 
By: Shane
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The Value of a Woman

Thursday, November 10, 2005 10:41 AM

The Hebrew Talmud, the book where all of the sayings and preaching of rabbis are conserved over time, contains this quote:

"Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears.  The woman came out of a man's rib. Not from his feet to be walked on.  Not from his head to be superior, But from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved."

I could not think of a more appropriate or poignant way to describe how I value all of the women in my life.

 
By: Shane
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Swing Dancing at the Turn in the Denver Post

Sunday, November 6, 2005 10:55 PM

Chelsea in the Denver Post

The Denver Post came to our Halloween Dance at the Denver Turnverein on October 28 and the article was in the paper today.  Chelsea made it into the paper (in the photo above), though the Post did manage to get the day of the week for swing dancing wrong.  The correct day is Friday, not Saturday as the article states.  Come join us with the Colorado Swing Dance Club at the Denver Turnverein on Fridays with a free beginner lesson from 7-8 and the $6 dancing until 11.  Read the Denver Post article at the linkPhoto courtesy of the Denver Post.

 
By: Shane
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Weather Info 2.0 Released

Thursday, November 3, 2005 5:00 PM

Weather Info Tray 2.0 I've just released Weather Info System Tray 2.0.  The new update is built using the new Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 and contains a couple of minor display updates in addition to some performance benefits to using the .NET Framework 2.0.  Download the update on my Windows Software page.
 
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