# Sunday, September 6, 2009

The following video shows how to use the Telerik OpenAccess WCF Wizard with REST Collections via the WCF REST Starter Kit. The video is done by .NET Ninja in training Peter Bahaa and uses the same project I showed the other day on my blog. Enjoy!

Telerik OpenAccess WCF Wizard: How-to Video #3- REST Collection from Stephen Forte on Vimeo.

posted on Sunday, September 6, 2009 8:12:34 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 30, 2009

As you know I can’t say no to charity.  In the past I have traveled to Mt. Everest to raise money for schools in NYC, run marathons to raise money for cancer, helped Tim with the Scipps Cancer app, and of course lead the .NET Celebrity Auction for the tsunami victims of Banda Aceh.

But now I am involved in something very crazy. Two of my colleagues, Kal and blogging partner on steveandthetank.com, Tom (aka the Tank), will be headed to the North Pole to run a marathon. Tom needs to raise $5000 for Memorial Sloan-Kettering via Fred’s Team. (Kal, Tom and I have run two marathons together, one in Antarctica where we all met!)

Tom recently trained with Joel Semeniuk up in Winnipeg, since only up there can there be temperatures even close to the north pole.

I already contributed $500 as part of a bet on Mt. Everest where Tom was to shave his head on Everest. He did not (the bet was for $1000) but he did shave his head in Kathmandu. Now I am helping him raise the rest of his money, but the slow economy has dried up fundraising. Since Kal and Tom are techies too, I figured that fellow geeks will like to help. Here is the info:

Tom Djurdjevich is running his 14th and final marathon at the North Pole Marathon on April 7, 2009.  He is raising money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer as a member of Fred's Team.  He is about halfway, $2,580, of his $5,000 fundraising goal. 

To sponsor him, please go to the following secure fundraising link:


Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated. 

posted on Monday, March 30, 2009 10:41:47 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 25, 2008

Once again I am teaming up with the Tank to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It is a great program and 100% of the money goes to the hospital and research center. Each year we team up with Fred’s Team to raise money via the NYC Marathon. (I myself have hung up my marathon shoes and the Tank is hanging them up next year.) When we visit the hospital, the doctors show us supplies, drugs, and materials that Fred’s Team paid for. On marathon day the kids with cancer come down to watch the marathon and give hi-fives to the runners.

This is a very awesome cause. And like all charity’s I work with, 100% of the proceeds go to charity, Fred’s Team is 100% volunteer and has no overhead. You can make a donation here.

posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 7:19:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 2, 2008

At the start of a new year we have an opportunity to be reflective and think about the experience of the past year and how we can spot trends and apply any lessons learned in the new year. At the start of 2008 I am equally reflective on the past year and what it has taught me. A lot has happened in the last year: I completed 75% of my MBA degree, I sold my company Corzen and find myself mired in a new startup, I traveled so much that the government had to give me a new passport, and I attended many weddings and unfortunately a few funerals of friends and loved ones.

While a lot has went on, I find myself looking at the impact of technology on my life and the world in general. In a year where blogs have helped shape the presidential debates and VOIP has made communication so much easier, the world has gotten smaller. Microsoft released new versions of Windows, Office and Visual Studio, and as usual I got to travel the world to explain it to developers. In the past year I got the pleasure to visit many countries and several parts of the United States.  As I visit these places, I develop close friendships. I seem to attend more weddings overseas then at home!

Because of technology, the world is smaller. You realize just how small the world is when major news becomes personal. For example minutes after Benazir Bhutto was killed, I received several text messages and emails from my friends and colleagues in Pakistan. A bomb goes off in Hyderabad, India, and Kim Tripp texts me that she is ok since she knows I know she is there.

Why I Love Technology

My career in technology is completely accidentals. I was studying for a PhD in History when I went to Wall Street after I graduated University to earn some money before I went to graduate school. I was in my managers office and he just wrote 20 reviews in a MS Word template and kept hitting “Save” not “Save As..” He asked me to retrieve the documents (but asked me not to read them since they were my and my colleagues annual reviews and bonus. I told him it was impossible since he overwrote them all. He told me to go report to the IT department the next day for a new (and better) job.  My knowledge of Save As in DOOM games got me my first technology job!

I love technology because technology is a great disruptive force. It levels the playing field. It creates new business models. It breaks up monopolies.  It makes the world smaller. Think of life 20 years ago in the United States. A political leader in another country is killed. What do you do? Turn on TV and get the “official” version of the story at 6pm or 11pm. In 2008 we get instant stories from local sources with videos of the event almost immediately on blogs from folks on the scene. We also have CNN and other networks. What if you want to call your loved ones overseas to see if they are ok? AT&T will charge you $3.55 a minute to connect to Pakistan. In 2008, there is no more AT&T as we knew them and it is free on Skype, or just $0.02 cents a minute on VOIP.

Take the music industry.  In the past you had to deal with the big, evil, monopoly RIAA. In 2008, artists are promoting their own music on MySpace and their own web sites and MP3 files are available for  $0.99 on iTunes or free if you are willing to break the law, but I still download free music to protest the RIAA. But now Radiohead broke the mold and bypassed the RIAA and record labels and posted their new album on the web and said that you can name your own price to download. How is that for a “strategic inflection point” for an industry?

The list goes on and on. Just try looking for a job today, who uses the newspaper anymore? Or the Yellow Pages? Technology creates a new opportunity for us all.

Do you believe that software can change the world?

I had the pleasure to work on a project in a small way that can greatly help society. Microsoft sponsored a project to be built by InterKnowlogy for The Scripps Research Institute. The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, is one of the largest private, nonprofit biomedical research organizations in the US and a world leader in the structure of biological molecules.  Scientists at Scripps Research wanted a better way to organize biological research information and share it with their colleagues.  InterKnowlogy developed an application built on .NET 3.0 with WPF, and Windows Vista giving scientists a powerful tool to visualize and annotate research results.  This application allowed for faster scientific collaboration, easier access to data and a dynamic development process.  (You can read the full case study on Microsoft.com.)

I came across this application about 18 months ago. It used technology to break down barriers in Cancer research. In the past if a doctor was looking at a sample, they would annotate it and then mail it to other doctors who would look at it and mail it to more doctors. This is called “peer review” and is very important, but it takes a ton of time. InterKnowlogy built an app that used SharePoint, Office 2007 and WPF to make this collaboration instant and permanent. The application is speeding up the peer review and collaboration to levels not imagined just a few years ago. It was so impactful that Tim, the owner of InterKnowlogy got to help Steve Ballmer in New York with the Vista launch. I was invited to hang with the big boys since Tim, via technology, is a good friend of mine.

I then suggested to someone at Microsoft that they should help pay for phase II of the application. They liked it so much that they “hired” me (for free!) to recruit a virtual team of four developers overseas to help Tim with Phase II. I put out a call for developers on my blog, nothing else. I got hundreds of responses. Ultimately I referred four developers, one each from: Egypt, Mexico, Poland, and India. Microsoft paid their salaries and Tim gave them tasks to do. They worked on it for six months and came up with an amazing application. We went on .NET Rocks this summer to talk about it.

Later this year I met the Polish developer in Bulgaria at a conference. Tim hired him and now he is working full time at InterKnowlogy. When he met me he told me point blank that I changed his life. I was moved by that and realized the power of technology. Not only did we work together to cure cancer by empowering doctors and researchers, we were helping people in other countries get new jobs that make a difference and more money, all from home.

How Technology Will Change the Future

This is the tip of the iceberg. This is what little old me could accomplish in 2007; I was able to put together a team of developers from three continents and really help cure cancer (the doctor from Scripps will probably get the Nobel Prize) without leaving my house. What can you do?

posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 6:44:35 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, October 8, 2007

Please support the Tank from my website, Steve and the Tank run against Cancer. The Tank and I are once again supporting Fred's Team. The Tank's plea is below.


Dear friends and family, 

    I am running the NYC Marathon again next year.

    I am honored to be running for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as a member of Fred's Team to support The Aubrey Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research. 

    I am also running in memory of my friend and Deep Water Running Coach, Doug Stern.  Doug courageously battled kidney cancer over the past few months and passed in late June.  I owe him big time as Deep Water Running, running with a floatation device around my waist, helped me rehab while becoming a member of the Seven (Marathon) Continents Club.  Running and fundraising is the least I can do for Doug and others like him.

    At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, doctors and researchers are working on clinical trials that have the potential to increase the survival rates.  For instance, the overall survival rate of children with cancer has increased from 55% to 70% in recent years. 

    My fundraising minimum is $4,500 and I am almost two thirds there at $2,765.  The fundraising deadline is Friday, October 19, 2007.  Yes, this is before the marathon but the deadline was moved up from last year's deadline of December 15, 2006.  If you wish to donate at Sloan-Kettering's secure online server, please use the following


   If clicking the "Donate" button doesn't work, please copy and past this link https://fredsteam.mskcc.org/fundraising/Controller?action=donateForm&user_id=35640&event_id=53 hyperlink into any Internet browser.  


    Please feel free to share this link with friends, family, co-workers, etc. 

    Thank you very much for your continued support of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  See you at the finish line.


Tom Djurdjevich


Tom with Cancer survivor Greta Waitz:


posted on Monday, October 8, 2007 10:27:38 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Once again I am joining with my blog partner (from the Steve and the Tank blog) to raise money for Cancer. You can donate here.

posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 10:34:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 1, 2007

Do you believe that software can change the world?  How about the opportunity to work on an application that promises to help accelerate a cure for cancer? 


Microsoft is sponsoring a project to be built by InterKnowlogy for The Scripps Research Institute. And I am the hiring manager!


We are embarking on Release II of the application.  I have decided to include four developers from the community in the development team (working for Interknowlogy virtually).  Here’s what we are looking for in a software development engineer.


  • Well-rounded skills in software application development. 
  • One who has been working primarily with C# for at least the past two years, with an additional minimum three years of Microsoft .NET framework application development experience (and preferable some 2.0 and 3.0 experience).
  • Familiarity with Object Oriented design methodology.
  • A successful candidate will have experience with Windows client application development (.NET WinForms, preferably WPF) and web services. 
  • Desirable to have experience with SharePoint, preferable Office SharePoint Server 2007, Office Document XML, or other custom Office applications. You should also have experience working within a distributed development team.


Does this sound like you?  Tell me why we should consider you for this opportunity by replying to Calling all Developers with a one-page word document telling us what you are most proud of in your career and why you should be selected to work on this project as well as a link to your online presence (blog, home page, myspace profile, etc).  You can work from home, as long as you have a reliable internet connection!


We are going to move quickly on this so tell me now why you would be the right person for the team.  This is a paid position.  And you might even get some publicity for participating!  Thanks for considering being a part of this important project!


About InterKnowlogy:

InterKnowlogy, experts in Microsoft .NET Tools, Servers and Platforms, is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. InterKnowlogy, is a professional services organization specializing in custom application development and network services focused on Microsoft® .NET.  Having customers large and small around the world, InterKnowlogy is well known within the .NET ecosystem worldwide as one of the leaders in .NET application development. 


About Scripps:

The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, is one of the largest private, nonprofit biomedical research organizations in the US and a world leader in the structure of biological molecules.  Scientists at Scripps Research wanted a better way to organize biological research information and share it with their colleagues.  InterKnowlogy developed an application built on the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 with Windows® Presentation Foundation, and Windows Vista™ giving scientists a powerful tool to visualize and annotate research results.  This application allowed for faster scientific collaboration, easier access to data and a dynamic development process.  You can read the full case study on Microsoft.com.


posted on Thursday, February 1, 2007 1:51:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, January 28, 2007

 Microsoft, InterKnowlogy, Scripps Research Institute,and I will soon be looking for a few good developers around the world to help us with a project to cure cancer.

The ONLY place to apply for the jobs will be this blog. Stay tuned.

posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 1:21:14 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback