Shawn Weisfeld

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November 2007 Entries

Address Validation/Normalization Using Virtual Earth

So everyone loves the snazzy demo of Virtual Earth where they in a few lines of HTML and JavaScript draw a map (http://dev.live.com/virtualearth/sdk/). But what about doing some hard stuff, what if you want to  "validate" the addresses in your address book to ensure that they are correct. Well Virtual Earth can help you here also. They have a suite of web services (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa286513.aspx) that you can do all kinds of stuff with. In my case I want to throw it a string that could be an address and get what it thinks the most likely "real" address is for...

posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2007 10:12 AM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ C# Virtual Earth ]

Technical Debt

After working with Andy Warren on SQL Saturday, I decided to add his blog (http://blogs.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/andy_warren) to my reading list, and look what I read. He has a great link (http://blogs.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/andy_warren/archive/2007/11/05/3154.aspx) to a blog entry by Steve McConnell (http://blogs.construx.com/blogs/stevemcc/archive/2007/11/01/technical-debt-2.aspx) on what Technical Debt is and how IT can explain it to their management. Well since I do blog on http://drowningintechnicaldebt.com and I am tired of people asking me what it is now they can just read all about it. No really Steve does a great job and you have got to read his post.

posted @ Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3:18 AM | Feedback (0) |

Orlando SQL Saturday 2007 & .NET SQL CLR

Yesterday was the first ever SQL Saturday, mad props to Andy Warren from End2End Training (http://www.endtoendtraining.com/) for all his work organizing this event. Over 200 people showed up to hear about some SQL server goodness. Andy defiantly raised the bar when it comes to these events and we at ONETUG (http://onetug.net/) are definitely going to have to kick it up a notch for our 3rd annual CodeCamp in March 2008. Well not wanting to miss this event I put together a presentation on the SQL CLR (hey I cannot do a presentation not in C#). In the presentation we took a...

posted @ Sunday, November 11, 2007 5:37 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ C# SQL ]

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