Scott Hanselman

Knowing when to ask for help - Microsoft SharedView

February 17, '08 Comments [30] Posted in Reviews | Tools
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5231481f-1120-47c9-8279-f005c7c74ee0I've been a mess all weekend. Truly. I've been as stressed as I've been in my life, trying to learn a new technology deeply enough to teach it. It's one thing to learn a tech enough to be capable, but in my new role at Microsoft I'm feeling more of a sense of responsibility than I did when I was just Joe Public Who Talks Loud.

I mean, if you speak with authority, you ought to know something about the topic, right? ;)

Anyway, I finally realized that I wasn't reaching out enough to my network of friends/peers/colleagues. This is probably because I'm still getting used to working from home. It's lonely sometimes, and I can't just drop over to a friend's cubicle. This solitary feeling has made me "buckle down" and try to figure things out more that I used to, since I can't just pop into an adjacent office.

Well, my personal lesson for today is knowing when to ask for help.

I've become REALLY good at remote tools since I've been doing this remote thing (even before). I've used NetMeeting, Remote Assistance, GoToMeeting, VNC, CoPilot.com, LiveMeeting, Hamachi and a dozen things in-between.

Nothing has come close to the ease of Microsoft SharedView. It isn't heavyweight like LiveMeeting or fuzzy like VNC, plus it lets you show your screen to up to 15 other people.

One of the coolest things is that everyone gets their own "personal mouse pointer" with their name hanging off it, so you can see what someone is referring to when they are talking!

Today when I was at life's lowest ebb, I called Rob and Phil and said "guys, I need a code review." I did a Vonage conference call and they logged into the Shared Session using just my email address. Bam. No pausing, no firewall futzing, it's the greatest thing since FolderShare.

I hope it stays free and wonderful, because it saved my bacon this evening. Whew. Now I can sleep.

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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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This Week on Channel 9: Feb 15

February 17, '08 Comments [11] Posted in ASP.NET | Microsoft | Podcast
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While I was up in Redmond for the week, I stopped by the "This Week on Channel 9" show with Dan Fernandez and Brian Keller.

It's a weekly show and this is the 3rd episode. I had a great time and I'm hoping they ask me back, maybe once a month.

Someone asked me on Twitter "you're becoming a media person, do you write code anymore?"...and I cried. Yes, I write code every day, phooey on you. ;) I'm just having fun visiting my buddies, but I'll try to show you some more code.

I kind of messed up their show because we were screwing around and they kept laughing. You can see some out-takes (bloopers) if you watch until the very end, after the credits at about 25:00.

I hope you enjoy it.

NOTE: If you want a FullScreen WMV you can get it, as well as a downloadable version or view it on the Channel 9 site.

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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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Geek Developer Cribs on10

February 15, '08 Comments [39] Posted in ASP.NET | Channel9 | Microsoft | Personal | Podcast | Programming | Remote Work
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Rory and Chris came over to the new house recently and this is what came of that visit. The video is up on10.

"In this edition of Show Us Your Home, Scott Hanselman - a guy who works out of his home office - shows us his Geek Developer Crib with Rory Blyth on the glass and Chris Sells on the open mic.
Scott takes us on a tour of his OCD wiring, Windows Home Server, Xboxen, and personal effects. Special thanks to Rory for producing."

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    Hanselminutes Podcast 100 - Building Community with Norm Judah - CTO of Microsoft Services

    February 15, '08 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | Microsoft | Podcast | Programming
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    My one-hundredth podcast is up. Madness. This week I talk to Norm Judah, the CTO of Microsoft Services. We talk about running a world-wide multi-cultural organization of 16,000 consultants, building online community, and writing green software.

    We spoke at Microsoft TechReady6, an internal Microsoft version of TechEd just for the field. Norm conceived and organized this massive conference in order to get the field up to date on the all the cool stuff coming out of development centers. Whip smart, yet still accessible, Norm was very cool to take time from his insane schedule and talk to me. I hope you enjoy it.

    Subscribe: Subscribe to Hanselminutes Subscribe to my Podcast in iTunes

    If you have trouble downloading, or your download is slow, do try the torrent with µtorrent or another BitTorrent Downloader.

    Do also remember the complete archives are always up and they have PDF Transcripts, a little known feature that show up a few weeks after each show.

    Telerik is our sponsor for this show.

    Check out their UI Suite of controls for ASP.NET. It's very hardcore stuff. One of the things I appreciate about Telerik is their commitment to completeness. For example, they have a page about their Right-to-Left support while some vendors have zero support, or don't bother testing. They also are committed to XHTML compliance and publish their roadmap. It's nice when your controls vendor is very transparent.

    As I've said before this show comes to you with the audio expertise and stewardship of Carl Franklin. The name comes from Travis Illig, but the goal of the show is simple. Avoid wasting the listener's time. (and make the commute less boring)

    Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

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    MS-Ajax Client Javascript integrated within the Aptana IDE

    February 12, '08 Comments [8] Posted in ASP.NET | Javascript | Microsoft | Musings | Programming
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    Aptana has a cool Eclipse-based IDE for writing AJAX-y websites. It's got built-in support, via plugins, for most of the major Javascript Libraries. At the core of ASP.NET's AJAX support is the Microsoft AJAX Library 3.5 (direct download), a collection of Javascript classes that you can use in any application, whether it uses ASP.NET or not. The library is licensed under the Ms-PL, the least restrictive Microsoft license. It's the "do what makes you happy" license.

    Anyway, I wanted it integrated into Aptana's Studio, so I took the client libraries and bundled them into a JAR file as an Aptana (Eclipse) plugin. You just download this one JAR and save it in the Aptana\Plugins folder and when you make a new Web Project, Microsoft Ajax 3.5 will appear in the list.

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    When you select (it's a checkbox, so you can add multiple libraries to one project) you'll get the Javascript and "intellisense" for the libraries, as well as a Hello World Sample...

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    ...as well as integrated with the online Ajax Documentation

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    I think that JS components like MS-Ajax should be easily accessible in other IDEs that aren't Visual Studio, like Aptana.

    The one big feature that I didn't have time to do was full Intellisense (Aptana calls it "Code Assist") as it'll require a custom ScriptDoc XML file to describe each method within the libraries. This means that you'll not get the extra documentation tooltip, but I'm working in it.

    Bertrand has a post explaining what our format for JS metadata looks like. The Open Ajax Alliance has an IDE Charter that describes an interoperable way for IDEs to interact with libraries, publish metadata,etc. Microsoft joined the Alliance last year and passed the Open Ajax Interop Test last September. Bertrand has a whole category dedicated to Open Ajax. When these specs gets better figured out, we'll make sure this gets supported. I may write a tool in the short term to convert between our format into Aptana's if folks ask. Eventually, however, everyone will use the standard (after it comes out, you know how standard take time).

    I've  been talking with Aptana to get this support built in and possibly auto-downloadable, but for now, if you're running Aptana and you'd like MS-Ajax support, save this JAR (com.ajax.ms.3.5.21022.8.jar) into Aptana's plugin directory and restart the IDE.

    Later, I'll show you how to do the inverse with Visual Studio, integrating Prototype and JQuery.

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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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