Winds of Change: Time for some Sharepoint!

June 15, 2007

So it seems like some winds are coming in from a different direction towards me and I will gradually have to change the sails accordingly to keep up with it. Anyway this entry comes after quite some time away from the blog-o-sphere.

Lots of interesting stuff taking place at the meantime, like Sri Lanka losing to the Aussies in the World Cup. But the most interesting one, is that I just got through 70-630 : Configuring MOSS 2007 (with every little effort) after a 5 day bootcamp covering WSS 3.0 and MOSS2007 (**wink** some of the terms, even my wife will have to put up from now on….) and I guess I will be a MCTS on MOSS2007 configuration. Next Target: MOSS2007 Application Development (70-542)

Well, one thing I like in Sharepoint is that it supports some of the very things we try to implement in practical life to work with corporate information, just out of the box, in a very straight-forward way and with very little sweat. Mind you, the demand is very high cos the future of this empire of information collaboration looks very promising.

I know what you’re thinking…. No way… ASP.NET is and will always be the back-bone of Sharepoint Development. So I’m yet not ready to give up on it. And this is definitely not the right time to do that with some of the cool stuff like WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET AJAX, Orcas & the Expression Suite taking its VIP seats in the arena. Then what about WCF and WF? … Well ….. I’m just another happy UI Guy!

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Welcome…. WPF/e is now Silverlight

April 20, 2007

Oh Yes. After some time surfacing as what it was called “WPF/e” [e for Everywhere], its now officially renamed, “Silverlight”

Silverlight is the cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences on the Web. It surely supports Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer running on the Mac or on Windows.

Remember F.l.a.s.h? he hee….  I’ll tell you this will be greater!

You will need to get to know some WPF stuff for this. And using the Express Studio (Design & Blend) you are sure to design that super user experience Silverlight has to offer. Its all part of the .NET 3.0 generation.

Get to the Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) Dev Centre to start looking at it right now.


sqlserveruniverse kicks off today

April 5, 2007

Well. Its been a long felt need, to have a Forum & User Group dedicated for SQL Server in Sri Lanka. And our man, Dinesh the SQL Server MVP has done it. And the very 1st User Group meeting of sqlserveruniverse will be held today at the Microsoft Sri Lanka office at WTC in Colombo.

Cheers to the guys running http://sqlserveruniverse.com/ and also all the members of the forum. Now you know where to go to solve your stuff on the world of SQL.


Mozy: your online storage

April 1, 2007

So you are one of those who carry your important files in your thumb (flash) drive right? Why not store it online instead and download it from wherever you want? Or you can just carry only the little mozy installer with you in your flash drive. The rest of your files will stay secure online.

And all this with upto 2GB of storage for FREE. Get it today from: www.mozy.com

Thanks to Merill for his post on Mozy…..


Steady State for a hassle free XP life

March 21, 2007

Now one of the cool things I came across at the MVP Global Summit in Seattle was this exciting little cool tool called “Windows Steady State” still in Beta. But apart from having a gorgeous lady presenting the demo, the tool itself was a definite catch for me.

Enter Steady State! It helps you to keep your Windows XP machine running the way you always want it to… clean & neat. Which means, no matter who uses your machine and what junk others put on your machine, you can always say “Abracadabra” and get back to  your preferred state with a simple reboot.

So if your PC is a shared machine, maybe you wont need to reformat your hard disk whenever something dirty gets in. Steady State put things back in place. I’m sure this is going to be ideal for people like me, who keep installing loads of crappy tools to tryout and then uninstall incompletely.

Oh and one more thing. Its gonna be free! Free for anyone who is a Genuine Windows User! Watch out for this space for the download link that would be made available this summer.


Windows Developer Power Tools… All in the same box!

March 19, 2007

Wondering what apps & tools to use to get those tweaks while developing? Well searching google can be a daunting task, cos you never know whats in the box until you open it, spend some time with it until you get your hands dirty.

But I found probably the best way to check them all out in just one place. Windows Developer Power Tools by James Avery & Jim Holmes from O’Reilly. You gotta have this babe!


Wow’ed by the Blu-ray

February 15, 2007

So….. Its been a year or two, since I first came across what “Blu-ray” could be. And being at the Vista, Office, Exchange Sri Lankan launch today, the AMD presentation reminded me about it again.

When I first started using a computer in 1987 (the Sinclair machines while in Grade 6 in School), I remember carrying a cassette tape to school once a week, to record (as we called it then) the code of the ‘Basic’ programs we did at the computer lesson. Right. DOS was the OS then. And a year later I was a proud owner of a 5.x” floppy disc. As years went by and I started at my 1st job (in 1994), assembling PCs, the 1.4” Floppy was the hit. And 13 years from then, we passed the CD era, and then to the DVD age now, which is almost dying. Funny as it seems, in reality today, a floppy disc is more expensive than a CD or DVD..


Enter Blu-ray! Developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association Taking a look at the entry level disc, its going to be basically 25 GB (in single layer) and 50 GB (in dual layer), with a read speed of 36Mb per second in a 1x disc & 72Mb/s for a 2x.

Well this is definitely what the High Definition TV/Video age is going to use!

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc