I’m mentioned (twice) in an MSDN Magazine article – SWEET!

It is an exciting moment to have two articles on my blog discussed and referenced in the May 2008 edition of MSDN Magazine.  Thanks to Ethan Wilansky for a great article in MSDN Magazine, and for making this happen!

MSDN-Mag-May2008CoverHere is the link to the MSDN Magazine article:
MOSS 2007: Automate Web App Deployment with the SharePoint API

Here are the links to two of my blog articles that are referenced in this MSDN Magazine article:
How To: Create a SharePoint Solution for an InfoPath Form 
How To: Modify the web.config file in SharePoint using SPWebConfigModification

Also, Shawn Feldman, a coworker, was mentioned for his terrific work in deploying SQL Reports.

SoftPro: Books, Books, and more Technical Books

SoftPro bookstore

For those of you who live in the Denver, Colorado area there is an excellent bookstore that specializes in only technical books. There selection is excellent and they almost always have what I am looking for – in stock. If you want it now and don’t like paying for overnight shipping, I suggest you stop by their store just south of Denver.


(Repost from my old blog)

Book: Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

Don’t Make Me Think
A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
By Steve Krug 

If you design or develop web sites.  Buy this book!

Book-DontMakeMeThink The title says it all: Don’t make me think.

Everyone has an opinion about how web sites should look, feel, and function.  Right?  Absolutely!  We all use web sites and some of us even create them.  Yet, the problem is that few people are able to look at a web site and define why it “feels” right or wrong.  This most definitely includes those of us who design and develop web sites; those of us who think we know what we’re talking about.  ;)

Steve Krug has written a terrific book about web usability.  This book contains 190 pages of web usability common sense, and is a quick read with plenty of illustrations and analogies we can all relate to.

Although the Internet seems to have been around for a little while now, there are truly only a small percentage of web sites that can boast an efficient (for the user) and easy-to-use user interface.  This book will arm you with an excellent set of usability analysis tools as well as how to better communicate the good, the bad, and the ugly about any web page.

Clarity.  Concise.  Common sense.  These are the words I would use to best describe this book.  Once you read this book you’ll realize how important it is to have these words describe your web site. 

Buy it.  You’ll like it.

Book: Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures

Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures

Book-WebServiceOrientedArch When it comes to software development books, I usually read books that are much more technically oriented than this book.  This book is exactly what it sells itself to be; a non-technical book on a technical subject.  The content is excellent for any software development manager wanting to better understand web services.

The book starts out with more of a conceptual view by telling story about a businessman on a business trip.  This story is intended to be a bit of utopia and how web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) can help to bring these daily conveniences to the average person.  The book then moves on to the changes required and the impact that change itself will bring to an organization.  There are some excellent points and examples made in this part of the book.  Again, they are short and to the point.  The last part dives into the architectural stages of implementing web services.

This book hits its target audience of technical and non-technical managers who need to better understand and communicate the concept, benefits, and risks with implementing web services to upper management, as well as coherently communicating with the technical staff.

This 232 page book is a quick and easy read with 188 pages of core content and the rest providing reference material like terms and definition. A worthwhile read and good handbook for the software development manager needing a clear and concise book on what web services are.  I appreciate the clear and to-the-point content.

Book: JavaScript, The Definitive Guide

JavaScript, The Definitive Guide

Book-JavaScript I have been reading the book JavaScript, The Definitive Guide by David Flanagan.  With the increasing amount of valuable and clear content available on Internet, I have found myself buying fewer books over the last three years or so.  I often find most books are only sprinkled with any real information and bloated will filler content just to sell the book.  This is certainly not the case for this JavaScript book.  Rarely can I sit down and read a technical book from cover to cover, but this book is certainly an exception, and exceptional!  I highly recommend it.  Every page has been worth my time.

Book: Happiness Is A Serious Problem

HappinesIsASeriousProblem I am just over half way through the Dennis Prager book "Happiness is a Serious Problem". This is an excellent little handbook and well worth the read. The entire book is only about 160 pages with each chapter ranging from 3 to 7 pages in length.

I recommend this book for anyone who views happiness as an important part of life, or for those who feel they do not have the happiness in their life they would like. The chapters can be read in any order, or as desired.  As a parent, I find this book to be an invaluable read for anyone who has children or plans on having children.

Dennis Prager is a very good communicator.  You won’t be disappointed.