Lots of buzz about MvcContrib!

As the ASP.NET MVC framework gains in adoption (it’s only been 4 months since the release), many folks are also clamoring to download and use MvcContrib.  I’ve come across several posts and discussions about using various features of MvcContrib on the web.  I’ll list them for you here.  You can also check out CodeCampServer to see a full project that uses MvcContrib, and there is plenty of content in my book ASP.NET MVC in Action.

A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: ReSharperSetup.4.5.1231.7.msi

If you tried installing or repairing ReSharper 4.5, you might have received the following error:

image A network error occurred while attempting to read from the file: C:UsersJeffreyDownloadsReSharperSetup.4.5.1231.7.msi

The cause of this was a path mismatch error.  Because my first download had failed, I downloaded the file again, and the browser downloaded the file with the filename of “ReSharperSetup.4.5.1231.7 (1).msi”.  The setup program somehow has the original filename programmed in, and the setup could not complete if the file was renamed.  That’s fine if it’s communicated, but the error message didn’t help me fix the problem.  I had to use my programmer intuition to guess why this was happening.  I guessed right, renamed the file, and everything was fine.

ASP.NET MVC in Action at the Aggileland .Net Users Group tomorrow

Tomorrow, I’ll be traveling to College Station, TX to visit with the .Net Users Group from my alma mater.  The group, started by Noah Coad, continues to be a part of the university experience for those students interested in .Net development.

Url here: http://aggielanddnug.org/dnug/

Title:  ASP.NET MVC in Action (derived from my book)

Abstract:  With the new version of ASP.NET, developers can easily leverage the Model-View-Controller pattern inASP.NET applications. Pulling logic away from the UI and the views has been difficult for a long time. The Model-View-Presenter pattern helps a little bit, but the fact that the view has to delegate to the presenter makes the UI pattern difficult to work with. This session is a detailed overview of the ASP.NET MVC Framework.  It is meant for developers already building systems with ASP.NET 3.5 SP1.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:00 PM


Billy Hollis on Silverlight at the Austin .Net User Group tonight

Monday July 13th 5:30pm

Silverlight presented by Billy Hollis

Monthly Meeting

Microsoft Office Austin

9606 N Mo Pac Expy # 200

Austin, TX 78759-5933

07/13/2009 17:30 to 07/13/2009 20:00

Billy Hollis has authored and co-authored many books, including the first  book ever published on Visual Basic .NET and many other .NET oriented books. He’s a frequent speaker at industry events like TechEd, Professional Developer Conference (PDC), VSLive, VSConnections, Patterns and Practices Summit, and many others.

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Billy is a member of the Microsoft Regional Directors, a group of third party luminaries that Microsoft recognizes as having the highest level of expertise in Microsoft technologies. Billy was selected as Regional Director of the Year in 2001. Billy is also a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in Visual Basic. Billy is one of the original members of the INETA speakers bureau. INETA is the International .NET Association of user groups. Through INETA, Billy speaks to user groups all over the country. Billy was selected as a Software Legend in 2002.

Agile Austin talk coming up this next Tuesday – July 7th

I am honored to be the speaker at AgileAustin this next Tuesday on July 7, 2009.  You can see the details of my talk here.


Speaker: Jeffrey Palermo – CTO, Headspring
Title: Being The Manager Of An Agile Team
Extreme Programming has lots to say about agile software engineering and testing.  Scrum has a lot to say about the process of iterating and organizing priority.  Lean has a lot to say about increasing production and production quality as well as eliminating waste.  Lots of client, even with agile training, still remain with questions about where management fits in within an agile culture.  This session is a blend of project management and people management.  Some of the looming questions surround:

* How to deal with risk
* Predicting issues
* Forecasting
* Hiring and firing
* No broken windows (defects)
* Feedback and metrics
* Managing scope & setting expectations



Additional Information:
Cost: Free
Map & Directions: From South of Hwy 183: Travel North on Mopac (Loop 1) exiting at Capitol of Texas Hwy. Make a U-turn before the traffic light. Go one block on the access road.  Stonebridge Plaza One is to the right, with an entrance between the two towers.  Building One is on the right as you enter.  (map)
More Info:  info@AgileAustin.org
Agenda: Sign-in and Networking 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Announcements, Presentation 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Q&A and Networking 8:00 – 8:30 PM

Proof of Attendance forms will be provided for PMI (PDU), ASQ (RU) and PDMA (PDH) re-certifications

Upgraded to Windows 7 RC – how I kept from reinstalling everything, and what didn’t work

Last night, I downloaded and installed Windows 7 RC.  I installed the Beta for my wife on a spare laptop, and she hated it, so I gave her her Windows XP back. :-).  I have used it for a single day now, and I haven’t encountered any blocking issues.  My process:

  1. Backup disk partition with Acronis True Image Home 2009
  2. Upgrade from Vista x64 to Windows7 x64
  3. Try all critical applications and drivers to ensure they still work
  4. Breath a sigh of relief.

If anything had stopped working, I was prepared to immediately reimage my hard drive with the backup image taken with Acronis (I don’t like to repave machines – big waste of time).

Here is a picture of my new desktop (1900 x 1200) from the Dell 24in monitor.  I have checked the following things I depend on daily and have ensured they still work:

  • Google Chrome
  • Skype
  • Visual Studio 2008 w/ Resharper (I did turn off UAC because it’s still annoying)
  • Tethering Windows Mobile Smartphone through AT&T for mobile internet connection
  • Google Desktop (search and app launching)
  • Pidgin (IM)
  • PortableApps
  • TweetDeck
  • Microsoft Office
  • CCTray
  • And all my diverse hardware

What didn’t work was Syncing my smartphone.  I haven’t dug in, but that doesn’t work at present (Samsung BlackJack II with WM5).