Direct from Windows Live Writer

Just upgraded to DasBlog 1.9 and one of the many new features that this brings to the table is native support for Windows Live Writer!  Many thanks to the DasBlog team for continued efforts creating this fabulous open source project.

The Future of the BizTalk Mapper

Just came across a post from Channel 9 from back in October of 2005 which should be of interest to all BizTalk developers.  It is a conversaton with members of the BizTalk Mapper development team about prototype improvements to the mapper which they had.  The conversation runs on a bit, with introductions of lots of folks and such, so if you want to jump to the meat of the subject jump to time index 9:40 and watch the magic.Unfortunately it does not appear that this has made the cut for BizTalk Server 2006 R2, which means we'll have to wait for the 2008 drop to get these toys. *sigh*

Speaking @ Tulsa Tech Fest

Lots of stuff has been happening lately, but I am long overdue in announcing that I will be speaking at the Tulsa Tech Fest on October 14th, 2006. This looks to be a fantastic event with the very best from around the US attending, including Carl Franklin from .NET Rocks, Ron Jacobs from Microsoft's Patterns and Practices Group, and many others.Sogeti will be there in force, with Ed Kissinger and Ed Blankenship of presenting two sessions on Team Foundation Server and VSTS.  I will be presenting two talks, one on Zero Cost .NET, a demonstration of how Microsoft's products can realistically compete with the LAMP offering, and a second presentation on NUnit Extensibility.I'm particularly excited about the Zero Cost .NET presentation, which I've been working on gathering the resources for and which should have a block-buster closer demonstration.  I hope you can find time to come out and check out what Tulsa Tech Fest has to offer.