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This is Markus Egger's professional blog, which covers topics such as development, publishing, and business in general. As the publisher of CoDe and CoDe Focus magazines, and as the President and Chief Software Architect of EPS Software Corp., Markus shares his insights and opinions on this blog.

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Monday, April 28, 2008
Upcoming Events

Here is some information on events coming up in the near future, and a bit down the road:

  • This week, we have our VFPConversion.com training (".NET for VFP Developers") class in Houston. The class is pretty much packed, I believe, although we might be able to fit one or two more (online anyway). More information can be found here.
  • The VFPConversion event also has a free additional evening bonus event that anyone can attend for free. Check out the details here.
  • Next week, we have our week-long Milos University also here in Houston. More information about this class can be found here. (For more information about Milos in general, visit www.MilosSolutionPlatform.com).
  • Also next week (Wednesday afternoon) is our semiannual "State of .NET" presentation we do together with Microsoft at the local Microsoft offices here in Houston. You can attend completely free of charge. Check out the details here.

So that is a list of upcoming EPS events. (There is more coming in Europe, but I will announce that as soon as we are ready).

There also are a few more events we are involved with as sponsors. Here is that list:

  • DevTeach Toronto is coming up in May. Check out details at http://www.DevTeach.com
  • TechEd 2008 (Orlando) is coming up on May (this is 2 events really... one for developers and another for IT professionals).
  • PDC is also going to happen later this year.

 

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Thursday, April 24, 2008
Session Materials for DevConnections Orlando Sessions

Here is a link to my examples and slide decks for my sessions at DevConnections 2008 Orlando:

DevConnections 2008 (Orlando) Session Materials

This covers the Blend and WPF stuff, as well as the Windows Mobile WCF session.

Note: The WPF example is based on a real-world middle tier. This is cool, because it isn't based on some made up example. On the other hand, it is a problem for the downloadable example, since I can't give away the middle tier for copyright reasons. However, I believe the example is still helpful, since you can look at the code in various stages. I may extend this example and write a compatible middle tier, so the download can be executed without errors. No promises though on when that will happen...

Update: Check out this post for a more complete version of the example.

 

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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Polymorphic Podcast/ Pixel 8 Interview Available

My interview with Craig Shoemaker's Polymorphic Podcast (now Pixel8) is now available online. It focuses on WPF and Xiine. Check it out at:
http://pixel8.infragistics.com/shows/egger.aspx 



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Monday, April 07, 2008
Team Explorer for VS2008 Download

Here is something that drives me nuts: Every time I look for the stand-alone download for the Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2008, it takes me forever to find it. So I am blogging about it now, so I can go back to my own blog and get the URL. Here it is:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0ED12659-3D41-4420-BBB0-A46E51BFCA86&displaylang=en



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Monday, April 07, 2008
Wanna join CoDe/Xiine? (Sales and Marketing Position Open)

I recently posted about job openings at CoDe/EPS/Xiine. Here is more detail on a position we are trying to fill that is somewhat difficult in its requirements: We are looking for a sales and marketing person to help out with the EPS Publishing properties, in particular CoDe Magazine (online and print) as well as Xiine (www.Xiine.com).

Basically, what we are looking for is someone interested in sales and and also in developing marketing ideas. In usual CoDe spirit, we are looking for a person that is part of the .NET community more than a sales person. I figure the sales and marketing interest gotta be there (and experience is even better), but I am much more concerned with that person being part of the community and understanding development and .NET specifically. The sales stuff is much easier to learn than the other way around :-).

So you can see that this is not a really easy position to fill. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, or have a good idea where I could post a real job posting for this, please let me know. Thanks.

BTW: As mentioned before, we are also hiring other positions. Devs for just about anything .NET related, such as WPF/Silverlight (for Xiine as well as customer projects) and web developers, and service developers, and... Even sales & marketing for our consulting business...

Candidates can either send me an email, or send an email to jobs@eps-software.com.



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Friday, April 04, 2008
Don't like my Apple TV as much as I would have expected

As some of you know, I have kind of become a consumer-fan of Apple stuff. I think their stuff is just about useless when it comes to business and functional needs, but as far as coolness factor and entertainment value goes, I think their stuff absolutely rocks! I love my iPhone as it has basically changed my life, and I have given iPod Touches to several people who love them too. I have a car with an iPod interface, and I have several hardware add-ons to dock my iPhone when I am home. I have bought several external harddrives (on 2TB) to store iTunes media, and I generally like iTunes a lot too.

So I guess in some ways it was just natural to buy an Apple TV. If you have never seen one, basically, it is an iPod for the TV, so you can watch your movies, TV Shows, and video podcasts on your TV. It syncs with iTunes. So everything you have in iTunes, you can access on the TV. I like the concept.

So what is not to like? Well, for one, the thing seems to be totally unreliable. It often looses wireless connectivity and iTunes just can't sync to it. Also, the syncing seems to be flaky. Often things that are supposed to be synced are not, and things I never selected for syncing is synced. Sometimes it seems to loose all content. And worst of all, syncing performance brings on visions of molasses in January. It takes *days* to sync a large media library!

Also, syncing options are not sufficient. On an iPod, I watch my own shows only, but on a TV, I might watch a show, and then someone else might want to watch the same show later. So just picking "last X unseen episodes" of a TV show is not good enough. I need more options. Some shows I want all episodes of regardless of whether they are seen or not, while others I only want to see unseen ones, and so forth. iTunes does not allow me that level of detailed control.

Another thing that is just plain unbelievable is the interaction with the device. It comes with a tiny remote that is very simple to use, but at the same time it is just too primitive. It is not good enough to be able to switch forward by 5 minutes (or whatever the interval is they allow for). There is no fast forward or rewind for instance. WTF?!? Wanna re-watch the last minute of a show? Sorry, you gotta skip back and re-watch the last 10 minutes (I am not exactly sure of what the interval is to be honest, and I think it changes with the length of the show). Lame!

Also, the high-def and wide-screen only requirement is bad. Why not allow the device to hoop up to an old-style TV? Yes, I know, I should finally break down and get an HDTV, but even when I do, I will put it in my living room, while I run my Apple TV in the bedroom. It will be quite some time before I have an HDTV there. And also, I use my Apple TV to watch podcasts as well as movies and TV shows I buy from iTunes, which are generally not HDTV. So why would I spend the money on an HDTV?!? (I was able to get around this buy buying a hardware add-on that allows me to hook the Apple TV up to a regular TV, but it is hard to read the UI and also, the TV is not wide screen which makes it sub-optimal).

Now it does have cool things. Direct integration with YouTube for instance, is pretty cool. But I don't use that often enough to really matter.



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