TECHED: More on TechEd Live

Posted on August 21, 2006. Filed under: .Net, Software, Visual FoxPro |

It was remiss of me in my last post not to mention the two inspirators (inspirational people) behind the TechEd Live concept.
The first ofcourse is Paul Stovell, with his TechEd Session Picker (see him at TechEd doing a Dev Cabana session) – he definately got the momentum going.
The second is Bill McCarthy with his TechEd 2006 Picker (see him doing the joint Cabana session with Paul above). Although arriving on the scene after Paul, it is not exactly clear who started the process first – it seems as though Bill may have been waiting for a go-live directive from Chuck.
Both of these guy’s apps will export their schedule to a vCal file which you can then easily import into TechEd Live when you register (note you must do it when registering – currently it doesn’t support import after registration!).
So, you have 5 options for getting your schedule onto TechEd Live:
1. Manually set your sessions on the TechEd Live site
2. Export vCal from Bill’s app
3. Export vCal from Paul’s app
4. Export vCal from my TechEd Control app
5. Publish directly from my TechEd Control app
What ever method you use, just make sure you don’t miss out on a single session time slot – there is just far too much goodness to be had.

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TECHED: TechEd Live

Posted on August 21, 2006. Filed under: .Net, Software, Visual FoxPro |

Check out the TechEd Live web site Scott Scovell has developed. It allows you to plan all your sessions, share them with the community and choose which friends you want to see along side you on the maps.
For screen shots and an overview there is a write up here:
There is also an accompanying desktop application (built by yours truly) which allows you to do all your scheduling offline and the sync it up to the TechEd Live site. Details on that at the link above aswell.
Check out the site here
Given the ‘hastily cobbled together’ nature of both the web site and desktop app, there are a bunch of minor issues. I’ve noted some of them here:
Web site built with: .Net 2.0, SQL and Atlas
Desktop bult with: Visual FoxPro

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NET: What the hell is Visual FoxPro?

Posted on May 28, 2006. Filed under: .Net, Visual FoxPro |

Aimed at .Net developers, here's two quick screencasts about Microsoft's Visual FoxPro tool, covering databinding and very simple SQL Server access:

And here's an 'elevator' pitch on Visual FoxPro (OK, so maybe it is a bit long – perhaps it is a 'Wynyard Station escalator' speech…):

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Calvin Hsia for the script of one of the screencasts.

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