Friday, November 14, 2008

Windows IT Pro / SQL Server Magazine RoadShow

What: SQL Server 2008: Can You Wait?

When: December 11, 2008

Where: Philadelphia, PA - Union League

Who Should Attend:

  • Database administrators
  • Application & database developers/programmers
  • Business intelligence/data warehousing architects
  • Database designers/modelers
  • IT managers responsible for database migration projects
Price: $59 before November 14th Special User Group Offer After the Early Bird $79

How: Register today at

For More Info:

Visit the event site at: and if you are registering after November 14th use the Invitation Code: SX218CP7 to register for $79!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Check out the free learning at MSDN Ramp Up!

WOW! Look at all this free learning from Microsoft called the MSDN Ramp UP!

Great online classes on Visual Studio 2008 for anyone from a beginner (Aspiring Developer track) to a Java Programmer to a VB 6 programmer!

And they recently added a track to get up to speed on the hotest application out there, SharePoint!

Sign up for this track and become a most sought after SharePoint developer!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

SSWUG Virtual Conferences coming this Fall 2008!

Check out the SQL Server Worldwide User Groups virual conferences coming up this Fall!

· Business Intelligence -

· SQL Server –

· Share Point -

· .net Developers -

A video describing these unique events can be see here:


Speakers include Matthew Roche, who I met at TechEd 2007, and who is not only extremely knowledgeable on SQL Server, but also does a great job presenting tough topics! (He won the Iron Architect competition at Tech Ed that year!)

Also on the agenda is another fellow MCT and friend of mine, Ted Malone, who also is a crack expert in SQL Server and has a natural gift for explaining even the most difficult subjects.

More info on the speakers (for the BI show) can be found here:

These conferences should give you the best of both worlds of live shows & web casts, you'll get great sessions combined with live access to thespeakers all without having to leave your home or office.

It should be a great time!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

.NET Developer position available!

Contact:           Deanna Yu

Job Title:          .NET Developer

Job ID:             SWD03 - 0010


Telophase Corporation

2000 N. 14th Street, Suite 770

Arlington, VA 22201


Telophase Corporation is a federal and commercial IT Services company in the Washington DC Metro area. We are currently looking for a .Net Developer to work full time at our client site in Washington DC.


Job Description:


Work with others to develop and implement proprietary content & data management systems built with Microsoft technologies into new and existing websites. You will be involved with implementing dynamic, data driven designs for new websites as well as existing client websites. The salary range is based on relevant experience. The position is being offered as full time employment at our customer site.


Job Requirements:


·         Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

·         Recent experience, within the past 2 years, in .Net Development and Framework

·         Verifiable 4+ years experience with:

o    Development IDEs: .Net Platforms, Visual Studio

o    Database Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server (TSQL)

o    Web Technologies: HTML, CSS, Asp.Net (VB), C#, JavaScript, DHTML, AJAX, XSLT, XML, Active Server Pages (ASP)

·         Superior communication skills – both written and verbal – for interaction with prospects and customers.

·         Must be highly motivated, self-starter, results-oriented, able to work independently or as part of a team


Preferred Skills:


·         Experience with Oracle, VSS and Dreamweaver

·         Cross-browser and interface testing

·         Sharepoint and MOSS integration

·         Utilizing or building Content Management Systems

·         Troubleshooting & debugging Internet technologies

·         Quality assurance testing experience




Please submit resumes (cover letter optional) to or call (703) 312-7550 for more info.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Certification on Sale! 40% off!

MS is offering an incentive to those who need to complete their MCADS. The old (as in, soon to retire) exams are now 40% off! No promo code needed!

Nice for those wanting to finish off that cert before its too late. (Which means you can then upgrade to the new certs, rather than start over.)

Monday, June 23, 2008

TechNet Plus Direct Subscription give-a-way!

As part of the Heroes Happen Here Windows 2008 / Visual Studio 2008 / SQL Server 2008 Launch, Microsoft & INETA have given me two TechNet Plus Direct subscriptions to give away.

I have decided to randomly select a winner based on those who comment on this post with what they think are the top three new features of any of the above products (you can do one best new feature of each product, or three best new features of just one, or any combination in between)!

Two winners will be selected on Friday, June 27th at (around) 5 PM EDT. In order to receive your prize, you must confirm and respond to my winner notification email before June 30th.

Thanks and let's start seeing what you think are the top *NEW* features of Windows 2008 / Visual Studio 2008 / SQL Server 2008!

P.S. Don't forget to include your email (so I can contact you if you win) if your Blogger profile isn't public!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

.NET Developer Position

Contact: Joyce Kilbourne at

.NET Developer

Position IID# 2008-0063
405 East Joppa Road, Suite 301
Towson, Maryland 21286


LCG Technologies Corp. is a complete technology solutions provider with a business focus and
a successful track record since 1994.

Our professional services include custom application development, database integration, back
office solutions as well as IT business consulting.

LCG has established itself as a premier technology organization that bases its own success on
the success of our clients. We service small, mid-sized and Fortune 100 Companies in a
variety of industries including, Finance, Insurance, and Higher Education, and Manufacturing.

We are looking for a .NET Developer.

Essential Job Functions:

Participate in design of software to meet business requirements in a highly
participatory process
Play a key role on data integration and middle tier teams delivering code
middle tier business logic and data access layers
Implement code modules in C#.Net supporting windows applications as necessary to
meet requirements / design
Provide documentation as required
Participate in code reviews, planning sessions an
Work with a highly diverse team and in a goal oriented environment, proactively
taking responsibility to get the job done (no such thing as ‘not my job’)
Successful delivery of complex systems on tight deadlines

Required Skills, Expertise & Experience

5 years of .NET experience
5 years of C# experience
n-tier/distributed application development using web services
Visual Studio 2005, 2008
Thorough understanding of object oriented design principles
Experience with rule-based software implementation
Experience with creating business logic and service
Experience with Iterative or Agile rapid delivery process (i.e., SCRUM)
Candidates should be self-sufficient, strong communicators, and react quickly to changes in requirements
Candidates should have proven experience with development of complex distributed
systems leveraging web services.

Additional Skills

Experience in Insurance industry is highly desirable.
5 years of UML experience
Expertise with ORM tools
Reporting / business intelligence tools
Techniques including performance tuning
Insurance industry knowledge


B.S. or equiv. experience in Computer Science

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Free eLearning Course from Microsoft Learning!

One free eLearning course from Microsoft Learning!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! (but offer good until June 30th)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Free LINQ eBook!

"My coauthor Bruce Eckel and I have recently completed a sample text on LINQ. It is 239 pages with 82 exercises including the solutions." - Jamie King

You may download the book for free at:

Thanks, Jamie!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Jr. to Mid Level VB.NET Software Developer

This opportunity is ideal for a Jr. to Mid Level Developer within a non-aggressive environment.

Client has newly created opening for a Software Developer with strong VB.NET skills.

Responsibilities will be to develop specs for complex software applications and modify existing software. Will also work with customized applications that will have to be modified and maintained. All work is done in a collaborative environment. You are working and cooperating with the team in providing software solutions. Work is done to design and develop software applications and not websites. Flex time and the ability to telecommute on occasion are offered.

Requires 2-7 years experience with Visual Basic.NET (VB.NET) and Oracle or SQL Server. Also experience with getting data, analyzing it and writing code is important.

Other skills necessary for the job: XSLT, CSS, XML Schema, Document Type Definition, XML DOM. Experience with DLL's and ASP.NET a plus. Since this is a team environment, ability to communicate with other team members is critical. BS (Bachelor's Degree) required and MS (Master's Degree) preferred.

Client offers full benefits to include some tuition reimbursement, ability to telecommute on occasion and flex time.

Contact Information:

Kelli Rice
Executive Account Manager, IT Specialist
Life Search Technologies
(P) 410.785.6313 x105

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Free first look clinics for Windows 2008!

Free first look clinics for Windows 2008!

Virtual launch site for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 is open now!

The virtual launch site for Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 is open now! It's like Tech Ed but online. Check it out:

40% off new SQL 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 Exams

Sign up to be the first get notified about SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 exams and receive 40% off!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Brainbench Certifications - FREE!

It's been a while since I gave a shout out to one of my favorite non-Microsoft certification vendors, Brainbench.
What I like about them, nice looking certificates, online transcript, and FREE test taking. Check out their tests for free!
Here's a few that speak to me:

And here's the whole list:

Now, don't get me wrong, there's a bunch of others that cost money and if you decide to go that route, a subscription is probably the best way to go.

The downside: since the tests are delivered online (which is very convenient!), there's no way to make sure you don't cheat (say by having someone else take the test for you). So, really, these tests are just for you to tell yourself whether or not you know a specific technology (and to what degree).

Have fun!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Free VS 2008 + SQL 2005 Dev Edition for college & grad students!

Listen up College Students and Graduates Students (that includes all you old guys like me who are going for their Master's degrees).

Microsoft is giving away free tools like Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition! And there's more than that! Check out this link:

Even if your school isn't listed (many aren't yet), you can click their link to send an email to get these professional level tools from Microsoft. For free!

Did I mention, they are FREE!

My New Greats Plains Guy Blog

If you are doing any Dynamics Great Plains work, you might be interested in my new blog:

In it, I hope to espouse on all things great (and not so great) in my Great Plains world (I'm the local GP admin, GP developer, and all around GP tech support guy for my company).

The blog should have some interesting tips & tricks, super cool links, and things like how I got around such and such a problem. It'll be loads of fun! Please check it out!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Sr. SQL Server Developer (Downtown Baltimore): Opportunity as part of the senior development team in a software development company creating commercial healthcare-related products. The company has a family-friendly culture that believes in work-life balance and is the “first to market” for many products, limiting competition. We are looking for someone with solid experience in SQL Server database architecture in a .NET environment. Salary: Approx $100K. More information can be viewed at:

Mid-Level C# Web Developer (Near BWI Airport): Opportunity to take internal e-Commerce applications to the next level in an extremely technology-focused insurance company. Team-oriented and work-life balanced environment. Development is done in several technologies, but what is most important is the C# experience. Salary: Approx $75K. More information can be viewed at:

Tell 'em Dave sent ya!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008