# Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When I was at TechEd Europe in Berlin last November, I sat down with my old friends from DotnetMania in Spain and chatted about Telerik, the cloud (I pimp SQL Azure besides Windows Azure!), developer tools, and also what it means to be a writer (first magazine articles then blogs) and speaking at conferences. I also explain what a Chief Strategy Officer is (I get that a lot) and have a great conversation about R&D and entrepreneurship.

Pay attention, I tell how and when I made the move from VB to C#. It is a bit geeky. Winking smile I also touch on the HTML5 v Silverlight debate (which was a hot topic back last November.) We finish up with a walk down memory lane to dispel the hype that we will “write once, run many” with HTML5.

 

Interview with Stephen Forte (CSO of Telerik) from Netalia on Vimeo.

posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:40:53 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 21, 2011

On March 1st at the MVP summit there will be a series of 15 minute sessions given by MVPs, for MVPs. It will be an opportunity for MVPs to share things they've learned or done with.net technologies.

I’ll be doing a Q&A session on Agile and hope to see you there.

For a current, full list of sessions visit: http://www.fladotnet.com/MVP2MVP_2011.html.

posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 11:09:55 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011 
Hack-Proofing your ASP.NET Web Forms & MVC Web Applications


Subject: You must register at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=152043 in order to be admitted to the building and attend.

Security is an afterthought with most developers. Easy hacking is a common problem with many web applications. This presentation explores the most common attacks on web applications, how they work to exploit your app, and more importantly, how to protect against them. Techniques such as Cross Site Scripting, Sql Injection, Session Hijacking, and Cross Site Request Forgery, and more will be covered. ASP.Net and MVC will both be covered as MVC has some separate concerns than standard ASP.Net applications. We will start with a 'broken' application and secure it throughout the presentation. Attendees will be taken through various tools, techniques, and libraries to help protect their applications.
 


Speaker: Adam Tuliper, Cegedim

Adam has been developing software for a variety of industries for over 15 years. He started his work in security and reverse engineering in the software protection field. This gave him a foundation for learning the internals of other technologies from Win32 systems to CLR systems. Adam has performed security audits and penetration tests for large corporations and small companies alike. He has been deeply involved in .Net internals since early beta and currently works as a Software Architect for Cegedim developing with WCF, ASP.Net, Sql Server, MVC, C#, and Silverlight. He enjoys helping people secure their code and solve difficult issues.


Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011 

Time: Reception 6:00 PM , Program 6:15 PM 

Location:  Microsoft , 1290 Avenue of the Americas (the AXA building - bet. 51st/52nd Sts.) , 6th floor
Directions: B/D/F/V to 47th-50th Sts./Rockefeller Ctr
1 to 50th St./Bway
N/R/W to 49th St./7th Ave.
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# Tuesday, January 18, 2011

S.A. Developer.net

January 2011 – Building RESTful Applications with the Open Data Protocol

Please join us for an interesting session presented by Stephen Forte

Overview:

Applications today are expected to expose their data and consume data-centric services via REST. In this session we discuss what REST is and have an overview of WCF Data Services and see how we can REST enable your data using the Open Data Protocol (OData). Then you will learn how to leverage existing skills in Visual Studio, LINQ and data access to customize the behavior, control-flow, security model and experience of your data service. We will then see how to enable data-binding to traditional ASP.NET controls as well as Silverlight. We’ll look at other consumers of oData including SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel, wrapping up the session by talking about consuming other OData based applications in .NET as well talk about a non-Microsoft client. This is a very demo intensive session..

Speaker Bio – Stephen Forte:

Stephen is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor in .NET components. He sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works and is also a certified scrum master. Prior to this he was CTO and co-founder of Corzen, Inc, a New York based provider of online market research data for Wall Street Firms and before that CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City as well as co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. Stephen is the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region, an MVP, INETA speaker and co-moderator and founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group. He speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world and has written several books on application and database development. He currently Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York.

Date: 27th January, 2011
Time: 18:15 for 18:30
Venue: Microsoft Cape Town (Please note the address below)
Golf Park 3, Engen House, Raapenberg Road, Mowbray
Please RSVP (!) at http://sadevct201101.eventbrite.com/

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# Monday, January 17, 2011

This weekend I’ll be speaking at the Bangalore Community TechEd 2011 on both Agile (Scrum) and OData. See you this weekend!

 

Bangalore Community Tech-Ed 2011

Day 1 – 22nd Jan 2011 Saturday

 

Developers Track 1

Developers Track 2

TIME

Session

Speaker

Session

Speaker

09:00 – 9:55

Keynote  --  Ram Kumar Kothandaram, Panini Consulting

NA

10:00 – 11:00

The Daily Scrum: One of the most popular Agile project management and development methods.

Stephen Forte , Chief Strategy Officer, Telerik, USA

Bringing data to life with WPF Data binding: Deep dive

Gowtham, Microsoft

11:00 – 11:30

Tea

Tea

11.30 – 12.30

Integration between WCF 4.0 and WF4.0

Meena, SymIndia

OData for open web : beginner level

Lohith, Sungard

12.30 – 01:30

Lunch

Lunch

01.30 – 02.30

TBD

Vic Parmar, Principal Technical architect (Microsoft MVP), Aditi technologies

AppUp Center session

Intel

02.30 – 03:30

Services application in SharePoint 2010

Arun, Microsoft MVP

ASP.NET Localization & internationalization

Dr. UB Pavanaja, ExcelSoft, Mysore (Microsoft MVP)

03.30 – 04:30

Tea

Tea

04.30 – 05.30

What’s New on Windows Azure – post PDC 2010

Manoj Kumar , Independent Consultant

MVVM

Pooran, Independent Consultant


Day 2 – 23rd Jan 2011 - Sunday

 

Developers Track

IT PRO - Track 

TIME

Session

Speaker

Session

Speaker

09:00 – 9:55

Moving your applications to cloud

Niraj, Microsoft MVP

SQL Server Tips and Tricks

Vinod Kumar, Microsoft

10:00 – 11:00

TBD

Sachin Rathi, Microsoft

Desktop as a Service

Vijay Raj, MSIGeek.com

11:00 – 11:30

Tea

 

11.30 – 12.30

ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.0 & LINQ

Chaitra, Thomson Reuters (Microsoft MVP)

Windows7 Lite Touch Installation by using MDT2010

Kaliyan, DELL (Microsoft MVP)

12.30 – 01:30

Lunch

 

01.30 – 02.30

Developer Productivity and reduce bugs with Telerik Developer and Testing Tools

Christopher Eyhorn ,

Executive VP, Telerik’s automated testing tools division. USA

Active Directory Migration windows 2003 to Windows 2008R2

MS Anand, Microsoft

02.30 – 03:30

Building RESTful Applications with the Open Data Protocol

Stephen Forte , Chief Strategy Officer, Telerik, USA

SQL Scalability

Praveen Srivatsa, Ashtra

03.30 – 04:30

Tea

 

04.30 – 05.30

TBD

Phani, BrainScale Consulting

TBD

TBD

 

VENUE: PES Institute Of Technology
100 Feet Ring Road,
Banashankari 3rd Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560085
http://bitpro.in

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# Saturday, January 15, 2011

Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications.  Together, you have the power to build smart, visually stunning applications that truly light up.  Want to learn how to take advantage of your desktop OS using Silverlight?  Want to learn some Silverlight programming techniques?  Want to dialog about some Silverlight Futures?  Join us for a full day of Silverlight with a special emphasis on out-of-the-browser applications.

Session One – Silverlight on Windows Fundamentals - Get an introduction to the basics of working with Silverlight. We’ll cover how to create and lay out a user interface using XAML, and examine the rich control set for building applications. Then we’ll look at coding with C# and Visual Basic, as well as the cool things you can do without writing code using features like behaviors and data binding.  Finally we’ll look at how to continue your learning with an orientation to the numerous resources available today for learning more Silverlight.

Session Two – Empowering Line of Business (LOB) Applications on Windows - Line of Business Applications (LOB) are all about adding value to the business and helping it run at full capacity. In this session you will learn how to take LOBs to the next level. We will discuss full trust, out of browser scenarios, SharePoint integration, RIA Services and more. We will also discuss the basics of the MVVM pattern that will simplify the way you develop applications today. After this session you will have all the tools you need to make your Line of business applications stand out on Windows.

Session Three – Creating Interactive Windows applications using Media and Touch - You’re a developer, not a designer, but in recent years the media side of development is getting more intense.  How can you keep up?  A basic understanding of Expression Blend, Silverlight 4 and Microsoft Pivot, which you’ll have by the end of this session, will get you farther along this path than you thought possible.  Start leveraging the power of Multi-Touch, Video and Data Visualization to create engaging experiences that will light up on Windows.

Session Four - Building RAD Silverlight Applications using LightSwitch - Visual Studio LightSwitch is a new development tool (currently in beta) for building business applications. LightSwitch simplifies the development process, letting you concentrate on the business logic and doing much of the remaining work for you. By using LightSwitch, an application can be designed, built, tested, and in your user’s hands quickly. Come explore LightSwitch for forms-over-data applications in a rapid application development fashion.

Session Five - Light up your Silverlight Apps for Win7 using Native Extensions - Learn about a new toolkit called Native Extensions for Silverlight (NESL) , which provides Silverlight friendly hooks to a number of native Windows 7 features you can use in your Silverlight applications. The libraries make it significantly easier to leverage Windows 7 from Silverlight. The libs also help with lighting up a Silverlight application with a minimum of effort for Windows 7 with items like jumplists and icon overlays. Learn “how-to” with special rigging-it-up sessions on video capture, speech, and Win7 features  like jump lists, icon overlays, taskbar progress and more!

Session Six – Silverlight Futures - This session will highlight the compelling features coming in Silverlight 5. With tighter integration with Windows APIs, full trust operations, XAML debugging, and support for a 64 bit browsers, you’ll see how Silverlight continues to be the dominating platform for building rich Internet and Windows applications.

All events are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Doors Open at 8:30 am

01/18/11

Microsoft New York Office

1290 Ave Of The Americas
6th Floor New York New York 10104

REGISTER NEW YORK CITY!

01/19/11

Microsoft Iselin Office

Beach Haven & Sea Isle
101 Wood Ave S
Suite 900 Iselin New Jersey 08830

REGISTER ISELIN, NJ

02/02/11

Microsoft Malvern Office

MPR I & II
45 Liberty Blvd
Suite 210 Malvern Pennsylvania 19355

REGISTER MALVERN, PA (PHILLY)

02/03/11

Microsoft Washington Office

5182A, 5184B, 5186C
5404 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 700 Chevy Chase Maryland 20815

REGISTER CHEVY CHASE, MD

02/22/11

Microsoft Waltham Office

MPR ABC
201 Jones Road
6th Floor Waltham Massachusetts 02451

REGISTER WALTHAM, MA

02/24/11

RIT Inn & Conference Center

5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467

REGISTER ROCHESTER, NY

02/10/11

Microsoft Atlanta Office

Centennial Park; Piedmont Park; Grant
1126 Sanctuary Pkwy
Suite 301 Alpharetta Georgia 30010

REGISTER ATLANTA, GA

02/22/11

Microsoft Tampa Office

Siesta Key & Treasure Island
5426 Bay Center Dr
Suite 700 Tampa Florida 33609

REGISTER TAMPA, FL

02/24/11

University Of Miami - Newman Alumni Center

6200 San Amaro Dr
Coral Gables Florida 33146

REGISTER MIAMI, FL

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# Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back at TechEd in Berlin last year,  I was interviewed by the Microsoft NL Students community. I spoke about my experiences as an entrepreneur at both Corzen and Triton Works as well as how entrepreneurship still thrives at Telerik. You can watch the interview here.

Pay attention at the end, I bang my head against the wall at the request of the interviewer. Winking smile

posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011 6:37:46 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Making Agile Development work in your organization

Telerik & e-Zest Solutions Ltd. invites you for Two Free Seminars:

Agile Development

INTRODUCTION

The Agile methodology has been adopted by many organizations around the globe. Unfortunately, many still struggle with the various methodologies (XP, Scrum, Kanban etc), and can’t settle on just one. While some organizations are successful in implementing Agile with the development teams, they tend to forget other vital parts of the process, mainly testing.

Implementing your own Agile Process Seminar at Pune, India

A session on how to choose which Agile methodology (or how to mix and match several pieces) to implement in your organization and how to do it.

Are you new to Agile? Have challenges implementing an Agile process in your organization? Have you been using Scrum, but need to bend the rules to make it work in your organization? Are you interested in using Kanban? What about XP? Can’t get the business “buy-in”? Come and learn about implementing an Agile process that suits all your organisational needs.

The “buffet table” of Agile processes & procedures session is aimed at learning how to properly mix & match each process, will cover:

  • Defining XP, Scrum, Kanban and some other popular methodologies.
  • How to implement a custom process for the enterprise, ISVs, consulting and remote teams?
  • How Agile tools aids in implementing your unique process?
  • How to “sell” Agile to your business partners and customers?

Seminar Coverage
Time Slot

Free Registration
9:00 am-9:55 am

Speaker Introduction
9:55 am-10:00 am

Session on “The Agile Buffet Table”
10:00 am-1:00 pm

Agile Testing Seminar at Pune, India

This session dives into the value of Agile testing, how to use automated Agile testing tools and how your organization will benefit from Agile testing.

As more product teams move to Agile methodologies, the need for automated testing becomes essential to generate the velocity needed to ship fully tested features in short iterations.

The Session will cover:

  • The differences between traditional testing and Agile testing.
  • Exploring tools and strategies, that can help make your automation more productive as well as how to get the automation effort started for both new and existing Agile projects?

Seminar Coverage
Time Slot

Free Registration
2:30 pm-2.50 pm

Speaker Introduction
2.50 pm-3.00 pm

Session on “Agile Testing”
3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Conclusion of Program
5:00 pm

SPEAKERS

Stephen Forte

Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik (A leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools, automated testing and UI components) also a certified scrum master. Involved in several startups, was the Co-founder of Triton Works (acquired by UBM in 2010), CTO and Co-founder of Corzen, Inc. (acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007). He also speaks regularly at Industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO ofZagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. He currently is a Microsoft MVP award recipient, INETA speaker and is the Co-moderator & founder of the NYC .NET Developer User Group.

Christopher Eyhorn

Christopher Eyhorn is the Executive VP of Telerik’s automated testing tools division, where they build the next generation of automated testing tools. Formally Co-founder and CEO of ArtOfTest. He has written automation frameworks and functional testing tools and has worked in a variety roles ranging from developer to CEO within the company. Christopher has worked with a variety of companies ranging in size and Industry. He is a licensed pilot that loves to fly every chance he gets and truly appreciates the importance of hardware and software testing every time he takes off.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Agile Buffet Table:
The discussion is advantageous for professionals, using the Microsoft .NET platform as well as Product Managers, Technical Directors, Project Managers, Architects and Sr. Developers.

Agile Testing:
Professionals interested in learning how to make their testing efforts more efficient as well as produce more automated tests at the end of each sprint as well as Project Managers, Software Quality Managers, Test/ QA Leads and Sr. Test Engineers.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, January 18th 2011
Agile Buffet Table, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Agile Testing, from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Venue:

Sumant Moolgaokar Auditorium, Ground floor,
MCCIA Trade Tower, ICC Complex, 403,
Near Senapati Bapat Road, Pune

Pre-registration: Mandatory

Kindly confirm your participation immediately by sending us your contact
details on seminar@e-zest.net

e-Zest Help line number: 020–25459802/03/04

e-Zest Solutions Ltd. (www.e-zest.net) is a CMMI Level 3 & ISO 9001:2008 certified, Product Engineering and Enterprise Solutions provider, focused on solutions and services based on Microsoft .NET (3.0/3.5/4.0), Sun Java EE (5.0) & LAMP. e-Zest is also Telerik Sales & Training India partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Sun Associate Partner.

Telerik (www.telerik.com), is a leading vendor of ASP.NET AJAX, ASP.NET MVC, Silverlight, WinForms & WPF controls & components, as well as .NET Reporting, .NET ORM , .NET CMS, TFS, Code Analysis & Web Application Testing Tools. Building on its expertise in interface development & Microsoft technologies.

posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:34:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 07, 2011

Last night I spoke at the SofiaDev .NET User Group in Sofia, Bulgaria on Agile Estimation. We covered how my Bulgarian is horrible, all I know is “pull” and “push” (as in doors). After an introduction to the estimation problem, we talked about User Stories, Story Points, Planning Poker, a Product Backlog, Team Velocity, and re-estimation.

Slides are here:

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# Thursday, January 06, 2011
Call for Speakers Now Open!

The call for speakers is open until January 28th, and we’d love for you to submit your sessions, whether you’re looking to speak for the first time, or you’re an old pro.  Remember – this is an event by the community, for the community!

To apply for a speaking slot, first please register as a speaker here: http://bit.ly/ccnycspeaker

Then with the email address you registered with on our speaker page, please add as many abstracts as you’d like here: http://bit.ly/ccnycsession

Submit on anything you like in the development space. There is no central “theme” to our Code Camp except to focus on topics related to development.

Speakers – although we can’t afford to pay any T & E, we’ll have plenty of pizza and soda, and other fun stuff just for you!

posted on Thursday, January 06, 2011 2:08:53 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 05, 2011

On Thursday night I will be speaking at the SofiaDev .NET User Group. I’ll be talking about Agile Estimation.

The meeting will be at the Microsoft Bulgaria office, you can RSVP here.

Agile Patterns: Agile Estimation
We’re agile, so we don’t have to estimate and have no deadlines, right? Wrong! This session will consist of review of the problem with estimation in projects today and then an overview of the concept of agile estimation and the notion of re-estimation. We’ll learn about user stories, story points, team velocity, how to apply them all to estimation and iterative re-estimation. We will take a look at the cone of uncertainty and how to use it to your advantage. We’ll then take a look at the tools we will use for Agile Estimation, including planning poker, Visual Studio Team System, and much more. This is a very interactive session, so bring a lot of questions!

posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:56:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, January 04, 2011

So far I have made predictions in the Microsoft space and about the rise of the AppStore. Today I turn my attention to Facebook.

Facebook is everywhere, with over 500 million users in about 190 countries, and 250 million who are active daily. If Facebook were a country, it would be the 3rd largest country in the world, almost double the size of the United States, which is the real #3. Everywhere I go from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Budapest, Hungary, to Cairo, Egypt, everyone is on Facebook. Even my dad is on Facebook.  It appears that Facebook is unstoppable.

Facebook has had unbelievable growth: In just under 2 years, it grew 500% from 100 million users to 500 million users. My prediction is that in 2011 we will see the amazing growth of Facebook slow down.

The reason is simple: Facebook is saturated in the developed countries (when your reclusive Aunt sends you a friend request, you know it is saturated) and in order to continue to grow so rapidly, it has to tap the developing markets in a big way. Already locked out of the largest developing market, China, due to censorship issues, Facebook is behind in other developing markets such as Russia (where it is #5) and Brazil (where it is #3). While there is opportunity for growth in those markets, it won’t be as fast overall (5x) as it has been in the past. Facebook has to compete against already established players and it will take time to gain market share.

As with all predictions, I could be wrong and Facebook could surprise me. If they keep on this rate of growth, there will be 1 billion Facebook users by January 2012.

posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 4:38:23 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, January 03, 2011

Happy New Year! As I enter my 9th year of blogging, I will open the year with more predictions. I started off last week with predictions in the Microsoft space. This week I will look at general industry trends. Today I start with the AppStore.

Apple has one, Android has one, Windows Phone 7 has one, and even BlackBerry has an AppStore. Apple has the most popular platform to date; Citibank predicts that Apple will sell $2billion in 2011 in their AppStore. Gartner predicts the AppStore market will be $4billion in 2010.

AppStores are everywhere. My colleague Joel Semeniuk and many others argue that we will see a proliferation of AppStores for the many different platforms. I disagree.

Fred Wilson argues that mobile economics will start to look like web economics, meaning that as the mobile platforms mature and become mainstream, the behaviors and business models of mobile will mimic those of the web.  We don’t rely on an AppStore to market Web applications and contain comments/ratings, we rely on social media for that. On the web today if we want an application, we don’t go to an AppStore, we go to a web site and download it. On that website there is always a “choose your platform” options, as shown on Skype’s home page below.

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As behaviors on the mobile internet merge with the behaviors on the “regular” web, we’ll see more vendors offering their products this way. (Google Voice avoided the Apple AppStore this way at one point when Apple was blocking it.) I can already bypass the Android marketplace and download many apps directly. The most popular iPhone game, AngryBirds, is also available on the Android, but they bypassed the Android MarketPlace and went with Getjar downloads. (What is also interesting is that AngryBirds on Android is free but that is a different conversation about paid v ad supported content.)

It is not just about avoiding the commission you have to pay the AppStores, it is about controlling your brand and extending your brand across platforms. Skype, AngryBirds, and others want to control their interaction with their users and customers, not have Apple or Google control it. The content developers know you may have a PC at work, a Mac at home, and an Android in your pocket, so they want to interact with you directly, not through an intermediary.

I can’t see content developers giving up control. The reason why the AppStore succeeded at first was that the mobile platform was new and there was only one important player (Apple) who only allowed you on their platform via the AppStore. Now mobile is everywhere and Apple is no longer the sole dominate player (Android has more market share actually). Of course Apple has tight control over the iPhone and it is not going to change anytime soon, however, as the other platforms emerge and gain market share, the web model will prevail, making the Apple AppStore look like Lycos and Excite in 1999.

Lastly, there is a technical pressure against AppStores as well. HTML5 is being positioned as a way to avoid having to write your app at least 3 times (iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7). While I don’t believe all of the hype behind HTML5, undoubtedly some companies will choose HTML5 over native apps. Those companies will easily avoid the AppStores, even the iPhone one.

2011 will see the beginning of this trend.

posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 7:35:01 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback