Shawn Weisfeld

I find when I talk to myself nobody listens. - Shawn Weisfeld
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January 2007 Entries

Windows Live Search for Mobile

Last week I made a recommendation ( for mapping software for the Windows Mobile. After I made that post my colleague Rubin recommended another tool, one that I like better. Thanks Rubin Not only does it do maps but it also has traffic and a cool category drill down for finding businesses. Check it out at

posted @ Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:58 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Downloads Pocket PC ]

Bill Gates on the Daily Show with John Stewart

Flipping through the channels last night I saw Bill on the Daily Show. John is funny as always. Check the clips out at:

posted @ Tuesday, January 30, 2007 12:57 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Funny ]

Participate in Microsoft Global Research

-How .NET is perceived today – its’ strengths & weaknesses-How we can best position & communicate .NET in the marketplace (both now & in the future)-How we can make the way we talk about .NET to customers more compelling We would like to talk to people within organizations that are currently using or evaluating .NET technologies.  We would like to talk to two people from the development team, one in an architecting role and another who writes code using .NET.  We would also like to talk to an IT Professional – someone who is responsible for decision making in relation to...

posted @ Thursday, January 25, 2007 1:46 AM | Feedback (0) |

Virtual Earth Mobile 1.69

Updated For those of you that have a Windows Mobile Device. This application is a must have, providing mapping software for you mobile device. and it is free. Virtual Earth Mobile is a powerful Windows Mobile-based application that allows you to access and interact with the maps and information provided by the Windows Live Virtual Earth Web Service. The latest version of Virtual Earth Mobile, contains new features including a support for dragging maps with the stylus and a support for text-based directions. This version also includes bug fixes.

posted @ Wednesday, January 24, 2007 12:49 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Downloads Pocket PC ]

My DataHelper

While I am a firm believer in the Enterprise Application Blocks from Patterns and Practices ( I was recently asked to produce a simple way for people to get data without the EAB. I know there are a million examples on the web but here is mine . . .   I start with a class I call DataHelper this guy is nothing more then a wrapper around the command object.   123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142434445 public class DataHelper { private SqlCommand _command = null;...

posted @ Friday, January 19, 2007 4:08 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ .NET ASP.NET C# SQL ]

Windows Developer Tools Day

     Earlier today I got a email from some of our friends at O’Rilley about Windows Developer Tools Day ( What a great idea. To that end I would like to add my submissions to the list.      First of all the Visual Studio Express tools ( (Visual Web Developer Express, Visual Basic Express, Visual C# Express, Visual C++ Express, Visual J# Express, SQL Server 2005 Express, and even XNA Game Studio Express). These tools licensed free from Microsoft allow many that are just starting out the power of Visual Studio without the cost! But most important since they are...

posted @ Thursday, January 18, 2007 11:48 PM | Feedback (1) |

Certification vs. University Degree

Recently an ONETUG member sent me the following question asking for my opinion. Here are my thoughts, what are yours. Post a comment to this blog entry. Shawn, I wanted to get your views about Microsoft Certification vs. a Computer Science degree.  Specifically, do you think it is worth it to get a MCAD for C#.NET?  Do you know of any good training classes or websites?  I’m currently enrolled at XXXX as a CS major but am thinking about just trying to get certified so I can start working faster. Thank YouAn Eager Student Eager Student.   Let me start off by saying this is...

posted @ Tuesday, January 9, 2007 8:00 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ .NET ]

Launch Event - Free Software

Receive your FREE copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 and Microsoft Office Groove 2007* when you attend a Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 launch event near you! At a launch event you’ll be able to: - Attend breakout sessions for developers and IT professionals - Test drive the products and evaluate their functionality - Network with peers, Microsoft, and local technology partners - Ask the experts - Receive valuable resources to help you take full advantage of this new softwareEvaluate new software solutions and see how to build security-enhanced applications and help ensure reliability, create engaging, visually stunning, and...

posted @ Monday, January 8, 2007 7:09 PM | Feedback (0) |

SSRS Web Services

The other day I was talking to another local developer that was interested in using reporting services, but while the “Report Viewer” control provided by Microsoft is fast and easy it doesn’t necessarily fit into the business requirements that his users have outlined. To that end it is a good thing that Microsoft provided Web Service access to all of the report servers functionality. Since a high level of customization is needed to the UI and the Report Server already provides much if not all of the data you need to build it my recommendation is to build the UI...

posted @ Wednesday, January 3, 2007 6:58 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET C# Reporting Services ]

What the C or C++ Programmer Needs to

This free on-line 267-page book is an introduction to C# and the Microsoft .NET Framework for programmers who have experience with C or C++. Version 1.1 of .NET Book Zero was uploaded on January 1, 2007, and contains numerous minor corrections of typos in version 1.0. Version 1.0 of the downloable code was uploaded on December 4, 2006, and has not changed with the new version of the book. Download it here: Thanks to Geert Verhoeven as I found this link in his blog entry FREE Book: Petzold's .NET Book Zero

posted @ Wednesday, January 3, 2007 3:08 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ .NET ]

2007 Microsoft MVP

As many of you might know I have been very active in the .NET community. Microsoft has recognized my contribution by awarding me the 2007 MVP award. You can read more about the MVP program here ( I wanted to thank Joe Healy for nominating me ( and everyone else involved in the nomination process.

posted @ Tuesday, January 2, 2007 12:21 PM | Feedback (0) |

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