Just notice that the times in the blog entries are taking the server time ... will have to fix it within the weekend.
It's going to be more challenging this year as 6 teams are competing in the Sri Lanka finals. Final event is hapenning on 18th June. Due to various reasons I had to push the date a little bit. All the teams are working super fast and the ideas in the battle are really amazing. Also we had 2 teams who made it to the second round in Short Film Category. Will publish more details about the projects and teams later. for the time beign take a look at the following.
Best wishes for all the teams.
Yup! It's being 3 years since our last DevDay. I still remember the good old days where EdQuek and Stanley Tan gave some kick a** presentations @ the DevDay and gave a big boost to our User Group Meetings, which resulted in many good things after that.
Several months back I remember I regularly called and bug my (now) colleague Alan 'Hey Ala, when is the next big event happening' ... now he is asking me 'Hey Wela ... when are we doing the next big event' ... ha!
Hmmm! things are in preparation stage for the next DevDay ... so guys ... stay tuned :)
Last evening we had the SQL Server User Group Meeting. Technically I don't understand most of the things what Dinesh and the SQL team is talking about :) but i'm pretty dang! sure that those are some interesting topics. Because there are lot of new faces in the SQL Server user Group Meeting. Hats off to Dinesh, Dinesh and Gogula.
Following was what happened at the meeting yesterday ...
Replication in SQL Server 2005 by Dinesh Asanka
Replication is a set of technologies for copying and distributing data and database objects from one database to another, and then synchronizing among databases to maintain consistency. SQL Server 2005 has seen many new features added to Replication. This session will look at an overview of the Replication technology, new features in Replication such as Peer-to-peer Replication, DDL Replication and advanced features like Conflict Resolving.
Overseeing Indexes by Dinesh Priyankara
Querying, Querying, Querying... All sorts of SQL statements... It's part of a DB guy's world. Are these queries performing well? Are they using the indexes that are added? Do they need more indexes? Are the indexes fragmented? The list goes on and on... These are the questions that make a DB guy's head spin. Let's see how this DB guy diagnoses, manages and resolves these issues.
Red Gate SQL Refactor™
SQL Refactor™ is a refactoring and formatting tool for your SQL code. Find out about this must have tool from Red Gate Software at this special session.
Presented by: Dinesh Asanka
Date: May 16, 2007
Time: 1800 hrs
Location: Microsoft, Sri Lanka. (31st Floor, West Wing, WTC, Colombo)
was realy busy and couldn't blog about anything. So just thoght of starting again :) Even though the User Group meeting was over, just thought of publishing the details about the sessions we had. So you folks can figure out what you missed ... if you couldn't make it to the meeting :)
Session 1: Introduction to SQL Server CE Programming
Speaker: Fiqri Ismail (MVP - Visual Developer - Device Applications)
An Introduction to access the System.Data.SqlServerCe class libraries programmatically. This will allow you to create/delete Databases, Tables and add/modify/delete Data programmatically using Visual Basic.net
Session 2: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight
Speaker: Merill Fernando (MVP - ASP.NET)
Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Join Merill to learn from a developers perspective on how you can extend your web applications with Silverlight.
Date: 9th May 2007
Time: 6 PM onwards
Venue: NDB Auditorium, DHPL Building, Nawam Mawatha
It's beign a while since my last blog entry. Dang! more than a month. was running on a creazy schedule which included, couple of events, training sessions, day to day work and sending hundreds of emails. Phew! However I made sure I check all the important blogs and just found that Bink.nu just reached 10000 articles.
Hats off o Bink.
I just gotta my XBOX 360 couple of weeks ago ... and guess what ... Paul Thurrott has published XBOX 360 ELITE photos ... YUP!!! ELITE ... kind of a kick ass version of the normal 360 ... dang! i'm gonna have to live with the 'normal' version ... Dude .. why on earth you didn't publish it earlier :)
Poor me ...............
I hand carried an XBOX 360 Platinum pack from Singapore several days back. Couldn't write about it as things got busy due to I spent every single minute mastering all the games I got. Well! for the time being it's only four games. Halo 2, Gears of War, PGR and N3. Couple more on the way to my games collection. At the moment I'm planing on my 21" TV. So obviously the next attraction is a big screen. Have to wait couple of months for that as expenses are very high these days.
It cost me a fortune + a little bit more (for 2 years extra warranty), but it's all worth it. WOO!!! HOO!!!
Will write more later ... gotta go and gotta play ...
Site is back online ...
"Back" .. Yeah! ... due to the busy schedule forgot to renew the domain and it expired :)
I had about 700 SMS messages in my inbox in my old iPAQ and was looking for a method to download all those into the PC as there were many important stuff among the SMSs. Checked with several Windows Mobile users but nobody had any clue on how to do this. It's a shame that ActiveSync or new Windows Mobile Device Center in Windows Vista doesn't allow to download or synchronize SMS message. Found an add-on for Outlook named Microsoft Outlook SMS Add-in (from Microsoft) which is a pretty good one which integrates SMS inbox with outlook, but still I couldn't find an option download the existing messages into Outlook.
After searching for couple of days found this tool called Jeyo Mobile Extender from Jeyo Inc. Thanks to this tool now I have all my old SMS messages inside outlook. Woo! Hoo!
I' going to purchase the tool soon :)