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Wow, Jim did a great job and it only makes me wish I could actually attend the Rhino-Mocks talk (it is scheduled at the same time as my talk).

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There are times that you just happen to stumble across a confluence that borders on the absurd. Here's my latest discovery.

While reading Charles Petzold's blog I stumbled across the entry on the (somewhat heated) discussion of his book and how it was being compared with another tome by Adam Nathan titled Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed. The discussion bounced between Charles' blog into Don Box's blog to Jeff Atwood's Coding Horror blog. Everyone was making good points but a it seemed to be degenerating into a lot of heat with little light being shed on the topic. I decided to take a trip over to Amazon and look at the books and see what people who bought the books had to say. A quick trip here

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Presentation-Foundation-Unleashed-WPF/dp/0672328917

gave me reason to cackle. Just below the main section on the page Amazon has a "Better Together" section and, you guessed it, Amazon is suggesting buying them together! Thank you Amazon for giving me my morning laugh.

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A few weeks ago I picked up a Western Digital Passport 160 (because 240GB isn't enough...). It had given me a write error several times and it was "on my list to fix" and today it got to the top. I did a full scan disk and it came back clean. Sigh, I guess it is either my new laptop having a problem writing an 13gb file through the USB port using Vista (ugh) or the new drive is defective (ugh). Ok, well reformatting should take care of bad sectors, but I already have data on the device. OK, this is going to be ugly. So I try to copy the file again and really read the error and realize that it is telling me that it can't put a file of that size on that file system. No way! There is no way they would have formatted the drive as FAT. I go into properties and there it is, FAT32. Sigh.

Ok, I admit I should have read the message in a different manner and I should have not assumed that it would come formatted with NTFS. On the other hand FAT32 is a decade old kludge and it really should just go away. Also, the message could have been clearer by telling me that the volume was formatted with FAT32 which didn't support really large files. The solution was running the convert command from a CMD prompt. But not a regular CMD prompt, a CMD prompt logged in as administrator. A "typical" user would not have been able to come to this conclusion and resolution by themselves.

However you take this it boils down to beware of the new supporting the old.

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What a great day.

My Mobility session went better than I could have expected. Dustin Campbell's "Hardcore Reflection", Nino Benvenuti's "SQL Server Compact Edition", Patrick Steele's "Multithreading in Windows Forms" and Brian Prince's "Hands on Agile" sessions were all insanely great.

Disappointments include not catching Mark Miller's WPF talk and seeing what kind of freaking machine he has that only has a DVI output! Just kidding Mark.

T-14 until Grand Rapids baby!

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Brian Prince's Agile talk was great. He really laid out a reasonable approach software development using Agile techniques. It looks like it works well for teams as small as 6 developers. I really want to move toward Agile but being more of a lone-wolf it seems difficult. I'd really like to see what smaller teams have done to get the benefit here.

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Wow, this is cool. Ok, small, fast and rich - how can you refuse! Check it out for yourself here and a mobile demonstration here.

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Patrick Steele gave another great presentation. You have to love clear and concise examples.

The other thing that struck me about the session was "The WinForms question". Someone asked a question that I've heard several times before but still don't understand the perspective. The fellow asked "Do you know of any shipping winforms products". Why does that matter? If the technology is suitable for your solution why not use it? Winforms aren't going away for a while. Yes, yes, yes, the web will eat all the desktop applications, right... The fact is that the technology is easy to use, solves several problems that you end up facing and frankly is quite elegant. MFC worked in the 90's, but we aren't using it anymore. It seems like there really needs to be more discussion on product life cycles.

To learn more about winforms click here

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Nino did a great job of giving the group a tour of SQL Server CE in his session. SSCE is a very cool and hasn't gotten the exposure that it deserves. A stripped down, high performance, in-proc, free (!) database engine that provides for connectivity to SQL Server is just too important not to get noticed. Hopefully the folks who control the marketing of this product will get it together and get it covered in the manner it deserves.

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I was talking with the folks in the speakers room and they told me they are close to having a date for the next CodeMash conference! If you haven't heard of CodeMash click www.CodeMash.org for a review of CodeMash 2007. It was a great conference and if you want to keep up-to-date check out the CodeMash group out at http://groups.google.com/group/codemash.

Be there!

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Ok, this was one of the most in-depth sessions that I've ever attended. And as always, Dustin did a great job! When you start writing IL inline in your application it gets pretty intense pretty quick. It was also cool to see the changes in .Net 2.0 with regard to the overhead of reflection. I've been paranoid, maybe overly so, regarding reflection in my applications. From the numbers Dustin provided there may really be some cool things that can be done that don't cost as much as I thought.

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