Dallas TechFest 2009 - Call For Speakers

I'm thrilled to announce that Dallas TechFest 2009 is a go, for Friday April 17th, 2009.  As such we are on the hunt for speakers willing to come out and share their knowledge.  If you're interested in speaking at Dallas TechFest, then here is what we would like: Full Name Email Address Blog and/or Twitter if you have one Short Bio - Tell us about yourself, and make it something we can share with the community if you're accepted.  Please include any qualifications you might have regarding your topics in this. Then for each session you'd like to present please send: Session Title Abstract - A simply paragraph explaining your topic in more detail than the title gives. Session Length - Our standard length is 75 minutes, but we will accept a limited number of "double length" sessions, which would be 3 hours. Once you've collected all that information, please send it away to dtf-speakers@TimRayburn.net and we'll review the submissions and let you know.  We would like your submissions by March 6th, 2009 so we can finalize the schedule for events.  We know this is short notice for speakers, and truly appreciate the great presenters in our region rising to the challenge. Please remember we welcome all technologies at Dallas TechFest and expect to have tracks on Java, Ruby, PHP, Cold Fusion, Adobe Flex, as well as Microsoft technologies.

MVP Summit 2009 - The Official Plan

The time is nearly upon us for the Microsoft MVP Summit 2009 in Redmond, WA.  I'm thrilled to be attending this event again, and thankful to Microsoft for the invite.  The Summit is a great time to catch up with fellow MVPs from around the world, but to do that you need to be reachable.  As such, this is the Official Plan for where I'll be during the conference (all times are PST). This is not a finished plan, check back here as my schedule evolves. Sunday March 1st, 2009 10:30am : Flight lands at SEA 4pm-5pm : Summit Welcome and Keynote Party with Palermo - Jeffery puts on a GREAT party where ever they happen, and I'm thrilled to attend the PDC version this year. Monday March 2nd, 2009 9am : CSD/BizTalk: Oslo Session 11am : CSD/BizTalk: Oslo Session 1:30pm : CSD/BizTalk: BizTalk Session 3:30pm : CSD/BizTalk: WCF Session Party @ Chez Neward's Tuesday March 3rd, 2009 9am : CSD/BizTalk: Dublin Session 10:45am : VB/C#: Business Application Development 12:00pm : VB/C#: Recap 1:30pm : VB/C#: Azure Session 2:45pm : VB/C#: Concurrent Programming 5:00pm : VB/C#: Performance Analysis Session EMP Party Wednesday March 4th, 2009 9am-1pm : Keynotes Geek Dinner in Seattle

Solution Clone v1.0

I’ve had a little utility I’ve used on my consulting gigs from time to time that I wrote a while back, and I’ve finally decided it needed a home of its own.  As you can read below, it allows me to keep fairly complex pre-built project structures, and then duplicate them with a click of a button, renaming them to whatever I need.  You can download the latest release, or you can check out the project on CodePlex. Project Description A utility to allow you to clone an existing solution, renaming it as you do so, and updating references inside the various files. The Problem Do you have a favorite project structure you setup every single time you start a new project? I surely did, and I got tired of having to re-create that structure every time. Especially since my structure was a complex many levels deep set of build files and other support files and projects I used when implementing the BizTalk Deployment Framework. The Solution Tired of that work, because I'm a lazy programmer, I created this project that would duplicate an existing solution directory. I setup an archive project called SolutionNameHere, which contained projects like SolutionNameHere.Orchestrations, and then let this program translate every reference to "SolutionNameHere" in either a path or a filename (or even some file contents) to whatever new name I wanted. File Types At the current time, Solution Clone is aware of the following types of files within your projects that it does more than simply rename and move. These files will be modified to update any references to the old solution name as they are moved. These file types currently include: .sln - Visual Studio Solution Files .vbproj - Visual Basic Project Files .csproj - C# Project Files .build - Build files used by NAnt and other build mechanisms .nant - NAnt scripts This list will almost certainly be updated in future versions to include other types of files.