Scott Hanselman

Mrs. Mayfield-Hill, my fifth grade teacher

August 15, '04 Comments [3] Posted in Speaking
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Marianne Mayfield is my fifth-grade teacher and the reason I'm in computers today.  She was at my wedding, at graduations, at family events. Twenty years later and we are still close.

When I was young, she recognized that I was "at risk for trouble" and sat down with my family in order to find a way to get me back on track.  She saw that I was transfixed by the Apple II in our classroom and set it up so we could sneak the computer out of the school as long as it was back by Sunday Night and noone noticed.

She taught me to think before speaking (still working on that one.)

She taught me that using one's gifts for good is a responsibility as much as it is a privilege.

She taught me how to speak publicly.

She taught me how to be polite and slow down (still working on that one.)

She taught me what's important in life is people.

I continue to wish her all the best in her fight with cancer.  If anyone's going to beat it, it will be her.

Thank you.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Free Anti-Virus Software...clever marketing ploy or useful software?

August 15, '04 Comments [5] Posted in Programming
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Ben Cordingley forwarded me a link where eTrust (CA) is giving away a free Anti-Virus and Firewall package, no doubt to capitalize on the SP2 release.  Clever, but it's only free for a year as you'll have to update your subscription for presumably $50 in 12 months.

Regardless, it could be just the ticket for your Mom or family.

Another thought for Virus Protection while continuing to use the built-in firewall is GriSoft's AVG Free Edition.

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New .NET Resource Portal from Sam Gentile

August 14, '04 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | Learning .NET | Web Services
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The prolific Sam Gentile has begun a .NET Resource Portal based on .NET NukeAccording to Sam, he plans to eventually replace his site with this portal.  Check it out!

Here's some high points:

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Appled XML Developer's Conference 5 or "SellsCon 2004"

August 14, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Corillian | Web Services | Speaking | XML
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Be there or be seriously square.  We're at DevCon5 - The Applied XML Developer's Conference! (That's DevCon, not DEFCON :) )

It's only $345 for 2 full days of sessions!  It'll be at Skamania this year which is about 40 mins from PDX.  The conference is 20-Oct and 21-Oct.

The list of folks speaking is crazy. Tim Bray (co-inventor of XML), Don Box, Tim Ewald, Ted Neward, Jeff Barr from Amazon.com, Doug Purdy (XmlSerialization), and many more.   

Sneaking into this list of literati are the humble Patrick Cauldwell and myself (this is his second time speaking at a DevCon, this is my first) giving a session on the first day of the 'Con. 

We'll be talking about the Corillian project that we've been working on for the last year or so. Corillian, the company we work for, enables folks to bank via the web.  Roughly 25% of the people in the U.S. who bank online are using Corillian software.  It's all Microsoft, lots of XML, and lately, lots of .NET and XML.

Bringing Strongly Typed Business Objects to Legacy Financial Systems with XML Schema

Patrick Cauldwell and Scott Hanselman

Often a development team wont pay attention to a Word Document, but a compiler error will get their attention. By extending XSD and WSDL with custom attributes and custom code generation, we can enforce contracts between development teams to reduce development time. XSD.EXE maps a declarative syntax one-to-one to a programmatic instance of the same thing. However, if your business requirements can be captured in a schema document and annotated, why not generated as many source artifacts as you can?

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.NET to COM and back.

August 13, '04 Comments [2] Posted in Programming
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(This is being written on a TabletPC with newly installed SP2 in a Quiznos in downtown Olympia using God knows whose WiFi connection.)
 
I'm sure we all know that you can't COM-interop to a COM object that's really a .NET COM Callable Wrapper, the question is why not? (Personally I think the answer is "Why would you want too, and how would you have expected it to behave?) However, the PTB aren't buying that answer. Yes, I know it's stupid, but why is it not supported?
 

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