“Introducing Windows Vista™”

This morning as hinted at by Scoble,
Microsoft unveiled the official product name for the “Longhorn” , to be known now
as Windows Vista™ not
to be confused with the Vista Window Company of
Warren, Ohio. The
official announcement
included a a video which included Tablet Pc’s, Smart Phones,
and multi-display devices.

The Windows Vista site also announces that beta1 targeted at developers and IT professionals
will be available by August 3rd, 2005.


Marketing for Geeks

“Geeks understand market competition about as well as men understand women.”

Eric Sink has a very
interesting post
comparing competition in the software industry to games.

This seems to be a common topic lately. Just last night, Jim
“I’m getting a blog soon, honest” Duffy
was recommending the book “The E-Myth
Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It” by Michael
E. Gerber. I haven’t taken a look at it yet, but I guess it’s main take away is that
just becuase you understand the technical work behind a business doesn’t imply that
the person understands that kind of business.

I think that in many ways, more so than ever, you need to either be jack of many trades,
or have the right people in place to bring the required skills to table. I’ve had
many conversations recently about the gaps that seem to be growing with developers
understanding systems, and systems people not understanding networks, and nobody really
understanding the business model behind it all that makes it possible.

SharePoint Thoughts

Amanda Murphy shares some
excellent points on SharePoint and features that would make a difference in future
version, and hints at a new SharePoint related site for the community. Interested!

Amanda is one of the great people I met at TechEd. Smart cookie!

Indigo instead of sleep

Finally…. I’ve been able to spend some much anticipated time with Indigo this weekend,
although much of it came in place of sleep. As previously mentioned, one of my summer
goals was to spend some quality time getting to know WSE (2&3) and Indigo. So
far I’m digging it. It makes sense.

I noticed David Pallman’s “Programming Indigo : Code Name for the Unified
Framework for Building Service-Oriented Applications on the Microsoft Windows Platform
Beta Edition”
book on the shelf at the book store the other day and
decided it was as good as place as any to get the ball rolling. This seems like an
excellent book. Accurate, thorough, without any of the pre-release crap you often
find in early books. The sample code even compiles!

I also spent some time on some blogs that are new and old to my reading list which
I’ll include here to remember (In no specific order):

Loosely Coupled
Thinking http://blogs.msdn.com/jevdemon/default.aspx
Gudgin http://pluralsight.com/blogs/mgudgin/
Weyer http://weblogs.asp.net/cweyer/
Druyts http://jelle.druyts.net/default.aspx

Clemens Vasters http://staff.newtelligence.net/clemensv/default.aspx
Gacnik http://www.request-response.com/blog/default.aspx
Taulty http://mtaulty.com/blog/
Scott Allen http://odetocode.com/Blogs/scott/default.aspx


And now, with the time reaching 1:10 pm and the temperature at a lovely 88°F it’s
time for me to head down to the pool for Kris and Ernie’s pre-wedding pool party.
Congrats to them both!  >

Starting July 25th: Five days of ASP.NET Mobile Web Development with Glen Gordon

Starting July 25th, you can spend 5 days in a row learning from our favorite Developer
Community Champion Glen Gordon as
he hosts a series of webcasts on creating mobile web applications with ASP.NET. If
you’ve ever heard Glen talk about mobile devices, you know that it’s a passion of
his and that the dude knows his stuff. I can’t wait. Check Glen’s
blog for details
and get your mobile ass signed up!

Robert Scoble And Jeff Sandquist Intervi

Robert Scoble and Jeff Sandquist interview
Steve Ballmer on Channel
9 [Video Here]
. [Transcript

My favorite quote from the interview is:

“I’d say the same thing to our developer customers
as I would say to our employees. There has never been a better opportunity than today
to make a real difference in the world. The next 10 years are going to be as exciting
in computing and information technology as the last 10.” – Steve Ballmer

Call me crazy, but I believe that!

FREE Portal Development mini-Code Camp covering SharePoint, DotNetNuke and Portal Framework ASP.NET 2.0

[Info as posted on ipattern.com]

FREE Portal
Development mini-Code Camp covering SharePoint, DotNetNuke and Portal Framework ASP.NET

When: August 20th, 2005

Where: Microsoft Office in Charlotte, NC

Overview of the event

Theme: Web Portal Application development with Microsoft technologies. 
Sponsorship by Microsoft and my
company, Faith Interactive.

Web Portals are not new to the scene, but enterprise adoptions to our technologies
on a larger scale are just now beginning to take place. Microsoft has a number of
products and technologies on the market to empower users to build web portals. SharePoint
(SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services) technologies are one of
these products. The SharePoint community has grown and embraced the open-source nature
of developing these products. One product that will be demonstrated was developed
by Jan Tielen. His product
is called SmartPart Web Part. Microsoft
doesn’t provide official support but thousands of developers have embraced the development
of SharePoint portals through the use of it.

In areas where SharePoint products fall short, for example ease of UI customization
through skins and custom login mechanize, open-source DotNetNuke portal is a great
solution. I will be sharing from my production experience (1) why I choose this product
for large portal implementation in big corporations and (2) the lessons learned from
my experiences. 

Technology will never become stagnant and we can predict that the next version of
ASP.NET 2.0 is just around the corner. It will include Portal Framework out-of-the
box. The ability to code today in such a way that allows a smooth migration path is
very important, so we will be examining the newer features of Web Parts framework
and the best choices of technologies available today in order to escape the headache
of a complete rewrite of portals.

Yes, the cost of the event is completely free and the quality can be likened
to that of TechEd or VSLive.