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February 2004

.NET Compact Framework Book

I'm just reading reading the book Building Solutions with the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. This book gives a very good start for programming with the .NET Compact Framework. It covers architectural concepts as well as programming techniques and has many code examples. Chapters include accessing local data and remote data, synchronization, localization, security, packaging & deployment...

The authors are Dan Fox and Jon Box. I've met Dan first when he was doing a presentation at TechEd Barcelona in 2001. That year I had a presentation about .NET Remoting. Jon Box belongs to the group of Microsoft Regional Directors, and is INETA speaker.


Building Solutions with the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework

Microsoft Business Framework

Kevin Ransom, Development Lead of the Microsoft Business Framework starts blogging!

In the first blog Kevin writes about the features of the framework. The Business Framework is based on Whidbey, ObjectSpaces, Whitehorse...
Very interesting are also the comments Kevin made about some questions: the value of MBF for ISVs, and the relationship of MBF XML Serialization with the .NET XML Serialization.

The other MBF blogger:


Chapter 10 - Queued Components

Message queuing allows disconnected communication. Queued components adds an abstraction layer to message queuing. Instead of sending messages to a queue, methods can be invoked in a recorder. The recorder creates messages to put it into the message queue. On the server side the message is received, and the player invokes the method in the queued component.

In chapter 10 of my upcoming book I'm showing message queuing concepts, how to create and use queued components and queue monikers. After showing a simple example with a queued component and a client using a queue moniker, I'm showing error handling with an error component that implements the interface IPlaybackControl, and some other interesting concepts.


ObjectSpaces - The Move from XPath to OPath

Matt Warren blogs about why the ObjectSpace team did the move from XPath to OPath: The Power of the Dot. Great post!

I think ObjectSpaces is a great technology that will play an important role with enterprise applications. See my blog about Enterprise Services and ObjectSpaces.

With my upcoming .NET 2.0 Boot Camp I'm giving ObjectSpaces a big place.


Presenting to Win - The Art of Telling Your Story

Harald Leitenm├╝ller (Microsoft Austria) mentioned that the book Presenting to Win - The Art of Telling Your Story helped him a lot with preparing his morning keynote (Alex Holy and his team: Beat Schwegler, Mario Szpuszta and Harald Leitenm├╝ller) for the .NET Day in Vienna.

I'm just reading chapter 6 of this book, and it is really great. There are many good ideas from Jerry Weissman that help doing great presentations.

The chapters:

  • You and Your Audience
  • The Power of the WIIFY
  • Getting Creative: The Expansive Art of Brainstorming
  • Finding Your Flow
  • Capturing Your Audience Immediately
  • Communicating Visually
  • Making the Text Talk
  • Making the Numbers Sing
  • Using Graphics to Help Your Story Flow
  • Bringing Your Story To Live
  • Customizing Your Presentation
  • Pitching in the Majors

Presenting to Win

Here is a link for my friends in Germany/Austria/Switzerland: - Presenting to Win - The Art of Telling Your Story.