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November 2, 2007

Upcoming events

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 2:05 am

Just wanted to send out an update on the upcoming events this month.

Friday November 9th MOSS DevCamp in Chicago. I blogged about it earlier. This should be a great time.

Tuesday November 27th DevCares Maximize your Productivity with Visual Studio 2008

Wednesday November 28th IndyTFS SIG meeting Working with Builds in Visual Studio 2008


As you can see there is some great stuff happening this month so mark your calendars



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October 25, 2007

Chicago MOSSCamp

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 11:07 pm

Ok so we had Silverlight DevCamp and now we are onto a MOSSCamp. What is that you ask? Well let me tell you never having been to a *DevCamp before, I am not quite sure what to expect totally. It is considered to be an unconference. That is it is pretty much no rules, just kick back, drink beer and learn all about a topic. Ok maybe not drinking beer, but it is fairly laid back, come as you are type of event. In this case its MOSS 2007. Now I am stoked about this one and will be attending the event. Head on over to their registration site and get hooked up. Its guaranteed to be a great time. 

Basic Details


Friday, November 9th


11:00am ish – 5:30pm


Clarity Consulting

1 N. Franklin St., Suite 3400, Chicago IL 60606

Register to Attend MOSSCamp

Please register to reserve your place at MOSSCamp.



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October 19, 2007

Popfly beta and Mashup contest

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 12:08 am

I was notified by a good friend Dave Bost that Steve Ballmer had mentioned the open beta of Popfly at Web 2.0 today. Apperently there are having a Popfly and Mashup contest. This is a contest for the best Popfly creations. Dave is hoping that he can get a winner out of the Midwest district so those of you who may read this, ping Dave if your interested.



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October 14, 2007

IndyTechFest Wrap-up

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 5:06 pm

Well the first annual IndyTechFest was yesterday and I must say that I am in total awe that the event went off without a hitch. I mean this was a day filled with World-Class speakers covering all sorts of topics. from SilverLight to AJAX, VSTS to WPF.The event opened the doors and 8:00 am and by 7:45 the line to enter was out the door and into the parking lot. The first 400 attendees received nice laptop bags filled with some cool swag.

The keynote was interrupted for a time being by none other than Buck Foley – Motivational Speaker. If you have never seen this guy then go to and check him out.  

IMG_2839There were 5 tracks with 5 sessions in each. The only problem was trying to figure out where to go since all the tracks and sessions were so good. The speakers as mentioned were top notch coming in from as far as Hawaii. In between sessions folks could be found milling around or playing XBox on one of the three XBox setups or getting a chair massage or going to ChalkTalks.

I was happy to see that my session on the ALM in VSTS was well received and the folks had many questions. In fact they had to pull the plug and get me out of the room for the next presenter. I was really encouraged by this. I also had to chance to see friends speak that I have not see do so in some time. Guys like Bill Steele, Larry Clarkin, and Dave Bost.


The grand finally came when Josh Holmes from Channel9  CodeToLive came by on his way through town from Nashville, Tennessee to help close out the event. Check out the site and see what they are doing. There was also a ton of cool giveaways at the end including some XBox consoles and of course tons of books.

This event was really a great time and I know that next year we are going to be doing it again. I just want to personally thank all the organizers for there hard work and dedication to the event.


July 26, 2007

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Released

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 9:10 pm

The bits have been dropped. Get them here :

New home for Indy TFS SIG

Filed under: Team System, Uncategorized — phacker @ 1:45 pm

I am pleased to announce that the Indianapolis Team System SIG has found a new home and name on the web. You can now access the SIG at . We are also going to be going by the brand name IndyTFS

We will update the site on a regular basis with news pertaining to TFS/VSTS along with the latest and greatest news and success stories from around the Indianapolis area. Feel free to stop by and register for all the latest news and details on upcoming meetings and events.

Since the site is new, you will see it change a bit in the coming weeks as we tweak the look and feel and add new content areas. The goal is to make IndyTFS the place to go in the area for all your latest news, and to also get answers to questions from people that you will see around on a monthly basis.

Hope you enjoy


July 20, 2007

Indy TFS SIG – TFS Tester Tools Presentation

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 5:10 pm

July 25th, 2007, 6PM – 8PM
Event: Indianapolis Team System SIG – VSTS Tester Tools

Registration Link:
Ed Aviza, Microsoft Developer Platform Solution Specialist, will be leading a discussion on Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers at the next gathering of the Indianapolis Visual Studio Team System Special Interest Group.

If you’re interested in learning in how to:

Reduce the complexity of testing applications by offering access to advanced testing tools and features from within the Visual Studio IDE to create and run tests.

Tightly integrate testing into their software development collaboration by providing all members of a software team access to an overall shared warehouse for integrated feedback and reporting.

Customize and extend Team Test with their own current testing script and procedures and by choosing many supplemental products from key testing solution partners.

Or how the Software Tester fits into the Team System Lifecycle Management process, you won’t want to miss this one.

Indianapolis Visual Studio Team System SIG

Microsoft Corporation
Parkwood Business Park, Building Four
500 E. 96th St., Suite 460
Indianapolis, IN 46240


6:00pm – 6:20pm Welcome, Introductions and Pizza
6:20pm – 8:00pm Ed Aviza & Paul Hacker Present Tester Tools!
8:00pm – 8:30pm Q&A, Raffle and Wrap Up

Presenter Bio:

Ed Aviza has been with Microsoft for eighteen months in the role of Developer Platform Solution Specialist, assisting customers with their needs in the various disciplines in Application Lifecycle Management. Ed has over 15 years of IT Industry experience, with responsibilities ranging from programming and software development to networking, testing, IT Governance, and sales. His experience has given him a strong understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle and a broad grasp of the industry initiatives around the SDLC.

June 21, 2007

Project Server Connector for Project Server 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 1:26 pm

Sometime back you could not even get a single MS Project Server connector to TFS. Now there are 2. The latest is the version for Project Server 2007 that has become available. Check it out at CodePlex

May 25, 2007

MSBuild Task for VB6 apps

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 12:59 pm

Still have VB6 apps that you need to have built as part of the automated build process? Well there is an MSBuild task that can help you make the process quite simple. Check it out here.

May 19, 2007

Sync Google Cal and Outlook

Filed under: Uncategorized — phacker @ 2:16 am

I tend to live in Outlook when I am at home. Consequently all of my important dates are in there at home or on my phone when i remember to sync. My wife also is busy and has her own calendar, which I have no clue what  is on it. Needless to say we tend to forget when we remind each other of upcoming appointments. Now I decided that I would try Google calendars to see if this would be a great place to store both of our schedules. This tends to work well, as long as I am always looking at my Google Calendar, which I am not. So I went looking to see if there was a way that i could sync the Google and Outlook calendars and then in the process my phone would also be updated (if I sync).

I found what looked to be a great product and free to boot, named Remote Calendars. Well it was not so great, in fact i could never get anything about it to work. So back on the hunt I went. I found another promising product called SyncMyCal. It looked like these folks had been thinking ahead and had a edition that worked with Outlook 2007. So i went after it. There is a free trial and a 25.00USD version. I opted for the free version to see what it was like. Installed easy and was syncing calendars in minutes. has been working like a charm ever since. I think its time to buy the full version which offers me unlimited date sync and auto sync, two features not in the free version.

If you need a tool to sync Google and Outlook, look at this gem.



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