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Shawn Wildermuth

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Goodbye MSDN Magazine...You Meant So Much To Me

MSDN Magazine Logo I was talking with David Berry when we both heard the news about MSDN Magazine shutting down after the November issue. I'm really saddened by it.

The reality is that MSDN Magazine had a dramatic impact on my career, both as a reader and an author. I'd like to share my memories of it.

Years back (I think 1998) I went to one of my first development conferences in Boston. There I saw Chris Sells, Don Box, and Jeffrey Richter for the first time. I left there wanting to figure out how to speak at conferences. I loved the idea of sharing my experience with others. Code camps and user groups were in their infantcy so I didn't know of another way to scratch that itch.

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A Vue to a Skill - New Article in Code Magazine

CodeI'm back writing again. I've missed it. You'll see more and more articles in different publications from me in the near future.

The first of these articles is for Code Magazine. It's a quick overview of how Vue works and how you can use it for more than just SPAs. Check it out here:

Let me know what you think!

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My eBook Free During AngleBrackets

My book about my life as a software developer (The Opinionated Software Developer: What Twenty-Five Years of Slinging Code Has Taught Me) is available for free until October 31st. Consequently this is same the time I am at AngleBrackets  (part of DevIntersection) in Las Vegas talking about Mobile Web, PhoneGap and Designing for Developers.

If you haven’t gotten the book yet, here is your chance for free! This has been the book I wanted to write for years now. Don't look for code in this book (ok, there are exactly two lines of code) - but instead I am writing about what being a software developer has meant to me. Hopefully some of the advice and observations will help you in your own career too!

Get it here:

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My Opinions in eBook Form

I recently released my new writing project: “The Opinionated Software Developer”. This short book (about 35 pages according to Kindle) is a quick look at my experience in software development. It includes a history of my experience in the field as well as a look at the software developer psyche. The hope was to share my opinions about being a developer in the industry including how to deal with co-workers, how to avoid being a brat developer and how to motivate developers in larger organizations.

The eBook is free of specific technology choices and focuses on experience, skills, and opinions about being a coder in this fast-moving field.

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Top 10 Mango Features Article

My new article in DevProConnections Magazine is now live. If you want to see the top ten features of Windows Phone 7.5 (according to me), go see the article now!

If you have any comments, let me know!

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Essential Windows Phone 7.5 Ships

A long labor of love of mine has finally been birthed. My Essential Windows Phone 7.5 book is now available for Kindle. You can also pre-order the physical book from Amazon or directly from Pearson. While I’ve been assured that the book is printed, sometimes it can take some time to make it into the retail chain for different outlets. To clear up some of this confusion I thought it would be helpful to tell you how you can get the book depending on which retailer you go with:

Because the book is done printing, some of the retailers that are selling the physical book may ship early so if you want the physical book, pre-ordering is still the best option. If you want to get a hold of it now, Kindle is the way to go.

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New Article on Software Development

My new article disruptive technologies is now available on Software Quality Connection.  If you’re an organization or developer who are worried about what is coming next, my “Which Platform is Next: All of Them” may be a good read for you.

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Updated My Silverlight 2/Astoria MSDN Article

Url: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc7942...

I just found out that my changes to the article and code for Silverlight 2 RTW are now live. The article makes the small change that it no longer requires you to use EdmGem to build your proxy (using the Service Reference instead).  I've also updated the code example to be compatible with .NET 3.5 SP1 and Silverlight 2. 

In case you're not familiar with this MSDN Magazine article, it covers how to implement data access using ADO.NET Data Services and Silverlight 2 including reading and writing data.  Let me know if you have questions about it.

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Writing Windows Live Messenger Add-ins with .NET

Url: http://www.devsource.com/article2/0,1895,202254...

My newest DevSource article is live.  It is about how to write Windows Live Messenger Addins with .NET.  Check it out

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My New Book is Available for Pre-Order

Url: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735622779/ref...

I am one of the authors of the upcoming Microsoft MCST Training Kit (Exam 70-536) book from Microsoft Press.  If you are planning to take the test, this book should help you get ready for it:

 

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WPF Data Binding (Pt 2) Article Live on MSDN

Url: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/default....

Part 2 of the my Avalon WPF DataBinding Article has gone live on MSDN.  If you missed part 1, its here

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WPF Data Binding (Pt 1) Article Live on MSDN

Url: http://msdn.microsoft.com/winfx/default.aspx?pu...

My new Avalon WPF DataBinding Article has gone live on MSDN.  Take a look. Part 2 will be published next week.

 

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A New Book...

I've talked with lots off prospective authors the last few years since my first book came out.  I've tried to do what Chris Sells did for me, scare them...  I've explained that it is long hours, lots of dedication and can get in the way of family time.  I sure don't take my own advice very well.  I've agreed to write another book, "Prescriptive Data Architectures" for Addison-Wesley.  Unlike the first book (pre-blog craziness), I plan on using this blog to discuss my experience writing the book as well as a sounding board for my ideas that will be used in the book.

So, why am I writing the book?  In my user-group talks and work with customers, I get a lot of questions about what data architecture is right for them.  If you read my first book, you might assume that I think that DataSets are right for every project.  I do not.  I have found that answering the 'right architecture' question is a complex one that involves business, functional and techinical requirements.  My goal with the book is to help readers understand their projects.  Armed with that knowledge, they can make informed decisions about which data architecture makes the most sense for their project.  This is something I have a passion for.  That's why I am writing the book.

The book will be in the same Addison-Wesley checkerboard series that my first book was in and is expected to ship in January 2007.

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Custom Profile Provider Code Up at TheServerSide.NET

Url: http://www.theserverside.net/articles/showartic...

TheServerSide.NET has finally put up the source code to my article.  If you need a searchable Profile Provider for ASP.NET 2.0...check it out.

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New Article: "Creating a Custom ASP.NET Profile Provider"

Url: http://www.theserverside.net/articles/showartic...

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End of an era...

Url: http://ondotnet.com

For the past few years, I have been the editor of O'Reilly's .NET site (ONDotnet.com).  It has been a great few years and I have meet some great authors and have had a great time working with O'Reilly's production staff.  Doing a website that has new editorial content weekly was a challenge at times, but on the whole is was a spectactular experience. 

O'Reilly has decided to merge their Windows DevCenter and .NET websites together which does not leave room for me.  It's a great decision on their side and it does free up some of my time to get back to writing instead of editing.  I leave O'Reilly with only good memories and wish them the best of luck with all their properties.

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Surprise! A New Review of My Book

Url: http://dotnet.sys-con.com/read/105634.htm

I was surprised to learn that someone just finished a review of my ADO.NET 1.x book.  Wow.  If you interested, follow the link!

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New Article: "SQL Server CLR Integration: Part 1"

Url: http://www.devsource.com/article2/0,1759,179167...

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My "Using Media Player Services Article" is up!

Url: http://www.devsource.com/article2/0,1759,177206...

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My Compact Framework Database Article is Up

Url: http://www.devsource.com/article2/0,1759,174964...

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Shelved...

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