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You'll find a variety of developer content here including an index to Stan's articles (unfortunately, the links may no longer work since Fawcette was acquired), information about Microsoft Visual Studio, .NET development, Microsoft Patterns & Practices, and the DotNetNuke open source portal project - DNN as an Applications Development Platform.

Stan's past articles cover a wide variety of development topics including VB6, VB.NET, SQL Server, XML and Web Services. Future articles will cover the .NET v3 tools and beyond: Visual Studio 2005/2008 and SQL Server 2005/2008, future Visual Studio products, and other advanced developer topics.

Watch for Stan speaking at Microsoft product launch events, in MSDN webcasts, CodeCamps and other developer events around Florida, and attending major conferences such as Microsoft TechEd and PDC and the MVP Summit. Code well and prosper!

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New Slide Deck - EF4 and WCF4 with SL4 in VS 2010 - Thursday, October 28, 2010

This talk discusses Entity Framework 4 new features, WCF Data Services new features for building OData/REST feeds, and Silverlight 4 Client Libraries for WCF Data Services. This was presented at the Tampa mini-PDC Community Event.

New Slide Deck - Building DotNetNuke Custom Authentication Providers in v5 - Friday, September 24, 2010

This talk provided a look at what a DNN authentication provider is, how it works, and surveyed the authentication providers that are available for DNN. Then we dove into the process of building a custom DNN authentication provider using Visual Studio 2010. The discussion included a look into the structure of a provider, how to work with it in design and debug mode, and finally, how to package and install a provider module.

I presented this at the Orlando, FL DNN group on July 6, 2010.

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New Slide Deck - Personalizing Visual Studio 2010 - Friday, September 24, 2010

With the introduction of VS 2010, you have more choices than ever for personalizing your favorite IDE. Microsoft has given us a whole host of new knobs to turn, and we'll cover a number of them in this session. We'll start with language-specific settings, editor styling, the brand-new WPF shell, and we'll see how the very useful Start Page can be customized. Then we'll visit the Visual Studio Gallery, where you can find hundreds of free and useful add-ins, including the Productivity Power Tools. Finally, we'll look at the new extensibility model which is based on the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), the Extension Manager, and the VS Software Development Kit (SDK) - these tools let you build your own extensions to VS, and share them with the community. There is much to explore, and this session will light your way on the path to personalizing your Visual Studio experience.

I gave this talk at the Sarasota .NET Developers Group on Sept 20, and at the SW FL CodeCamp on Sept 25, 2010.

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New Developer Series: Russ' Toolshed TV - It's All About the Tools! - Monday, July 13, 2009

Russ Fustino (MS Developer Evangelist) and I have teamed up to create a new video series aimed at the serious .NET developer - It's All About the Tools! What started at local user groups and CodeCamps, branched into a traveling roadshow (mostly Russ traveling), and now to a TV show format. The best part is that you don't have to travel to see it!

We've recorded and posted 3 full shows to Channel9 at Microsoft, and we're now posting each individual show segment as a Toolshed Tooltip. So rather than having to watch an hour long show (which are chock full of information), you can pick and choose just the tools you want to see in 10 minute segments.

Take a look and let us know what you think. We're open to suggestions for new tools, criticism if you have that, and any other ideas you might have. My email is: stan _at_ vbnetexpert _dot_ com. Please use subject line: It's All About the Tools!

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New Slide Decks - DNN v5 Custom Module Development, Parts 1 and 2 - Friday, June 12, 2009

These new slide decks break the module development process out into more detail, including discussion of code generation techniques for DotNetNuke custom modules, Created for the Day of DNN on June 13, 2009 in Tampa.

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Updated Slide Deck - DNNv5 Custom Module Development - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This updated slide deck is an introduction to custom module development in DotNetNuke, using the v5 release. Here's a blog post where I describe the talk that goes along with the deck.

Be sure to check out the WROX Professional DNN 5 book at right - I wrote the custom module development chapters (ch. 12-15), along with a team of FL developers. The slide deck is essentially a summary of the information presented in the 4 book chapters.

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WROX Professional DotNetNuke 5 - the Book is Done! - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The authoring team is finally finished with the book - this is an effort that started in the middle of July, and went through the end of the year. Updated: the book is now shipping - you can order your copy online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

If you're in Florida, the book team ran a DNN track at both the South Florida CodeCamp on Saturday, February 7 and will be repeating the track at the Orlando CodeCamp on Saturday, March 28. We're also planning a DNN Firestarter event in Tampa, tentatively on Saturday, April 25 (more info to follow on this).

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Updated Slide Deck: Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition (WSSF/ME) - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Web Service Software Factory (WSSF) Modeling Edition is a powerful and extensible application-generation framework that can help you and your organization become more efficient at building enterprise-class service applications.

The Modeling Edition provides three Domain Specific Languages implementing models of your application: Service Contract, Data Contract, and Host Implementation models. Models provide a way of storing your configurations so that your application code can be regenerated without re-entering the configuration info each time.

This deck was presented at the Tampa Bay IASA Group (Architecture). You can download the updated Web Service Software Factory Modeling Edition (WSSF) slide deck on my VS Downloads page.

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It's All About the Tools! - updated live/webcast series - Monday, June 16, 2008

In partnership with Microsoft MSDN Developer Evangelist Russ Fustino, we're refreshing our webcast series we've dubbed where It's AATT! The It's All About The Tools! series is by developers, for developers - a tools demo extraveganza that's designed to help you get your job done faster and easier.

Russ and I have presented Episodes 1-3 of the seminar series at over 50 events so far, and now we're brushing up the material and links, as all things on the web change over time. We're re-recording all three episodes this month, and working on Episode 4, to boot.

Russ and I have an ever-increasing list of ideas for tools to demo, so there will be more episodes to follow. We're setting up a website where we can post the material and to collaborate with developers about their favorite tools. Hang on, it's going to be a wild ride!

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Where It's AATT! - WebCast series: It's All About The Tools! 

In partnership with Microsoft MSDN Developer Evangelist Russ Fustino, we've webcasted several sessions of our popular seminar series dubbed where It's AATT! The It's All About The Tools! series is by developers, for developers - a tools demo extravaganza that's designed to help you get your job done faster and easier.

There are a total of four episodes out, and more events are planned - including some TV shows built around the same theme. You can get the slide decks here.

Day of Patterns & Practices - 

The second-annual "Day Of" event that David Hayden (MVP) and myself created was held on January 31, 2008 in Tampa, FL. Check out the website for links and info. Dave and I covered updated P&P software factories material. Joining us was Jeff Barnes (MS Architect  Evangelist) and Ron Jacobs (MS P&P group) talked on test-driven development and the new ASP.NET MVC framework. We're hoping to make this an annual event, although we don't have a 2009 date yet. We may bring it to other cities around Florida.

Florida 2009 CodeCamp Developer Training 

The 2009 Florida CodeCamp season is here! If you haven't attended in the past, a CodeCamp is a free, all-day Saturday developer event put on by regional developers, for developers. If you've been to CodeCamp in the past, then you know you don't want to miss the 2009 Florida season.

  • South FL - Sat, Feb 8, 2009. Over 700 attendees, 12 tracks, and 72 speakers. It was awesome, including the first ever live TV studio recording of Russ and Stan's It's All About the Tools! developer seminar series.
  • Orlando - Sat. Mar 28, 2009. Call for speakers and registration are now open. See the second It's All About the Tools! TV show recorded live at the event.
  • Jacksonville - Aug, 2009
  • SWFL - Sep, 2009
  • Tallahassee - Oct, 2009.
  • Tampa - Dec, 2009.

This year I'll be doing talks on Software Factories, DotNetNuke, VB new features, and Visual Studio 2008 / FW3 dev. If you're interested in getting some speaking experience, CodeCamp is a great place to do just that. Email Joe Healy or shoot me a note if you're interested.

  See my past developer events page.

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Click below for Florida-based MSDN events presented at various locations around the state by Russ Fustino and his cadre of DEs.

Click below for Florida-based MSDN events presented at various locations around the state by Russ Fustino and his cadre of DEs.
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