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# Sunday, August 7, 2005
Hi all, in case you haven't heard, the Indigo Roadshow is coming to Tampa this Thursday, August 11th.  They've got the Indigo experts on board, and you get a free book and a chance to win an Xbox.  If you've not heard of Indigo or have been putting off learning about it, this should be a great event to get your feet wet.  And you may want to hurry; space is limited.  Plus, Joe is offering some other stuff for locals turning out.  So come on and check it out.
Sunday, August 7, 2005 5:34:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, July 24, 2005

It is not surprising to me that so many find the Da Vinci Code so fascinating.  People like to think that they have special knowledge, especially when that knowledge gives them license.  It is also an important thing to remember about history--it is far more important than most people give it credit.  When I was studying history in college, I was asked many times why I'd pursue that instead of something more "worthwhile," more "pragmatic."  "After all, what's so important about history--it's just something that happened a long time ago.  Who cares anyways?"

I should think that the Da Vinci Code is a perfect example of why we should care.  If you rewrite history according to your own agenda, it gives your agenda validation.  The most poignant example of this is the Nazi propaganda in WWII that convinced everyday people that Hitler and his henchmen's final solution was a good idea, based in a grand history of the Aryan race. 

The Da Vinci Code is similar in that it starts out with the presupposition that the Catholic Church is an untrustworthy, self-serving, and oppresive institution, and then the Code rewrites history to support that in order to discredit the Church, who just happens to be one of the few remaining influential forces for truth and morality in our society today.  It is a common theme, actually, as seen in most of the contemporary portrayals of the Church. 

The agenda is, of course, to lessen the influence the Church has on our society today by giving it a bad reputation.  I commented on this previously in Perpetual Absurdity.  People don't want to believe the Church because the Church tells them they can't just do anything that they want--anything that feels good.  So in order to justify and rationalize their desires to do whatever they please (and, notably, instead of confronting the issues head on through honest dialogue), they simply try to discredit the opposition by highlighting and focusing on individual personal failures or, in the case of the Code, rewriting history.  This is, of course, a logical fallacy, but it is quite effective rhetoric because most people are not disciplined or trained enough to detect it. 

In any case, I ran across a handy site today that I just had to share (and partially to make sure I don't lose track of it):

http://www.life4seekers.co.uk/TheDaVinciCode-resources.htm

For anyone who's read Da Vinci Code, I urge you to at least consider giving some of these responses a fraction of the time you gave to the Code.  If you care about truth and reality, you really should.  If you just thought the Code was a fun read and don't really buy into it, I congratulate you because that's about all the book is good for.  Oh, and it sure made the author and publishers a lot of money, so I guess that's another thing it was good for. :)

Sunday, July 24, 2005 10:23:04 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, July 22, 2005

This article has a short clip showing that Microsoft has officially named the OS formerly known as Longhorn to Windows Vista.  The title says something about naming a beta date as well, though I didn't see that in the article.  Of course, I still haven't had any coffee today, so...

Okay, I found it...

Friday, July 22, 2005 9:19:30 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, July 18, 2005

ScaleOut Software has created a really promising ASP.NET state server system.  I haven't had a chance to play with it myself, but it does look good.  Check it out, and check out the review on asp.netPRO.

Updated 7/21 18:14:  I've now had a chance to review some more of the specs and reviews for this product, and the folks at ScaleOut were even kind enough to answer some of my inquiries.  In short, I think this is, from a purely theoretical/design standpoint, the best solution to session management available today.  As a matter of fact, this solution even allows other forms of caching, so not only does it solve distributed session management, it also solves other forms of distributed cache via their API.  Too cool!

If I ever have a need to host a scalable web application again, this product will be at the top of my list to solve those issues.  It will be interesting to see how it fares in the market and what the experiences of those who implement it will be.  I tend to think they'll be great.  I don't get excited about third party tools very often, but I am about this one.  You definitely should look into it.

Monday, July 18, 2005 8:22:12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, July 17, 2005

Well, Tampa Code Camp went off really well yesterday, and after writing my chapter on caching for ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks tonight, I remembered that I needed to get the code and slides up from my Creating Reusable Application Frameworks session from yesterday since some of you were asking for the code we built in that session.  That download is here

By the way, after I thought about it for a minute, I fixed the little bug that wouldn't get us a good index to add the label at.  Instead of using page, I used ctrl.Parent, which should be (and was) the containing control for the target control.  Once I fixed that, it added the label where we wanted it.  The fix is included in the download.

Also, since it came up a couple times yesterday, the SortableCollectionBase download information is here.

I hope everyone had a great time.  See ya around!

Sunday, July 17, 2005 11:16:29 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Friday, July 15, 2005

It just goes to show that we've got a bunch of really great, talented people who are willing to share their time and ideas with others as well as a lot of great folks who want to learn.  Our max of 350 people for the Tampa Code Camp event has been reached, and I'm sure there are those who'd like to come but didn't register in time.

It's going to be a fun and intellectually aggrandizing day tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of bright and shiny faces there early on Saturday (that's tomorrow!) morning.  Yes, it is on Saturday, and folks are STILL coming to spend their free time learning.  Wow, what a great lot! 

Hasta maƱana!

Friday, July 15, 2005 4:36:22 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, July 13, 2005

As those of you who know me or have read my blog for a while know, I head up editing and development for ASPAlliance.  Since it is a part-time endeavor for all of us, change happens slowly, but over the last year or so since I've been tasked with improving the site, we've dramatically increased our response times, improved our editorial process, (hopefully) improved article quality, and we just recently changed our article submission process and compensation model.  I couldn't have done this alone--by no means--and in fact I have the selfless staff of editors and, naturally, Steve Smith to thank for that. 

Of course, we're not stopping there--we intend to keep trudging forward, doing what we can within our limited time and budget to keep it a top developer community site for ASP.NET developers.  To this end, we need your help!  If you think you have the know-how to write articles for us, we are now providing competitive honoraria for our authors.  So not only do you get the benefit of sharing your ideas with hundreds of thousands of other developers, honing your writing skills, and increasing your marketability, you also get a few coins to boot!  Note that we also pay for reviews of books and components as well as short tutorials (CodeSnips) if you feel more comfortable just showing folks how to do something cool.

So if you're interested in this opportunity, just go to our Write for Us page, review the guidelines, and submit your ideas.  The only way we can keep ASPAlliance interesting is to continue getting new, great content from great minds.  We're looking forward to hearing from you! 

 

P.S. We're also trying out a no-paging approach to viewing articles--check it out to see what you think.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005 10:03:41 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, July 7, 2005

I know I've already mentioned this, but it's getting close, and we only have limited space available, so I wanted to make sure those of you who read my blog in the Tampa area get a chance.  Joe Healy's been nice enough to put our agenda online, and as you can see, it's pretty impressive for a free event!  One well-known .NET guru, Stan Schultes, is quoted as saying it's as hard to choose between sessions at Tampa code camp as it was at TechEd.  I think you'll agree.

Now I realize this is on a Saturday, which may not be appealing for the nine-to-fivers, but I hope we can all see that going to this can only help your career.  There's something there for everyone from introductory sessions on .NET 2.0 to architectural discussions about objects and SOA.  Heck, there's even a session hosted by local recruiters that will give you the inside scoop on how to get the most out of your skills.  Spend a little of your free time improving your professional knowledge; you can only be better off for having done so.

Thursday, July 7, 2005 7:45:35 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

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