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Jobs Galore @ Infragistics

Wed, 29 Nov 2006 02:26:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2006/11/28/99385.aspx

Are you passionate about the presentation layer?  Do you live and breathe for the perfect UI?  Are you a component junkie?  Are you a wordsmith for all things technical?  Do you love to write code?

If you anser YES to any of the above, and you are looking for a career at one of the hottest software companies in the world, take a look and see if anything interests you at http://www.infragistics.com/careers/openings.aspx#Openings.

Of course I am a little biased (I am the Chief Technical Evangelist, so I tend to get fired up about my job), but we are always looking for the best and brightest, so if you are looking for the next big opportunity in your career, check out Infragistics.

 

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JJulian says Introduce Baby Beres ...

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 02:37:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2006/11/02/95969.aspx

No, she does not have a blog yet (I am sure Jeff will create one for her eventually), but Siena Riley Beres loves to read about .NET and XML and all the things her Dad just loves!

Check out the gallery ...

http://www.vbasp.net/photos/maingallery/category1006.aspx

 

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Blogging Again

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 01:12:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2006/11/02/95963.aspx

So I am back to blogging ... but I am going to be posting different types of things in my site at http://www.vbasp.net.  I'll be talking about what I am doing in the community, for INETA, at Infragistics and other cool stuff.

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Portfolio Manager - Office 2007 Look & Feel

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 01:08:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2006/11/02/95962.aspx

In the latest samples browser for NetAdvantage for ASP.NET, the Portfolio Manager samples have been updated with the Office 2007 Black and the Office 2007 Blue styles. Here are a few screen shots of what they look like ...

http://www.vbasp.net/blogs/jason_beres/archive/2006/11/02/9.aspx

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Code Converters

Fri, 15 Oct 2004 22:07:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2004/10/15/12694.aspx

I get asked alot about converting code from C# to VB ...  below is a few converters that I know about.

1) Converter.zip - an VS.NET Add-In that converts code blocks or entire projects from C# to VB.NET

2) Reflector - a standalone app that will decompile from any langauge to another language (http://www.aisto.com/roeder/frontier/). 

3) http://authors.aspalliance.com/aldotnet/examples/translate.aspx.  Online converter form Alex Lowe, a Microsoft DE out of the great state of Michigan.

Do you know of any more?  Let me know!

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n-Tier Apps and Bay.NET

Fri, 17 Sep 2004 07:23:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2004/09/17/11296.aspx

Today was a 6 hour to San Francisco to speak at Bay.NET, Oliver Nguyen's INETA group.  This is a very well run group, all kinds of meetings, sub-groups, and cooperation with the entire development community in the Bay Area.  I spoke on n-Tier development and .NET, using all kinds of great technologies like application blocks, WS-Security and custom business objects.  To see the presenation live, you can check out the MSDN Webcast I did on “Constructing an n-Tier Windows Forms Application Using Microsoft Application Blocks“ or just download the Tracker application and the eBook on DevCenter.

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Dinner with Nash

Mon, 13 Sep 2004 21:44:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2004/09/13/11110.aspx

I am sitting here at the La Quinta Inn in Austin, TX watching Oprah.  It's “Back to School Makeovers” with Tyra Banks,  great stuff.  Anyway, tonight I speak at Scott Bellware's .NET User Group on ASP.NET Tips and Tricks, should be a great night. 

 

I was thinking about Friday night, when Sheri and I were at Chevy's having some great Mexican food.  Who walks in but John Nash, the luminary mathematician from Princeton University whom the movie “A Beautiful Mind” was based. I was too much of a wimp to get a picture with him, but it was such a cool sight.  The weekend before we watched all of the DVD extras for the movie A Beautiful Mind, so it was almost like I felt I knew the guy.

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Living right next to Princeton University is pretty cool.  The campus is amazing (a couple pics below), and even though New Jersey gets a bad rap for alot of things, it is a heck of a place to live. 

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Imagine Cup Recap

Sat, 24 Apr 2004 13:21:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2004/04/24/4293.aspxMy fellow INETA Academic Committee member Andrew Flick put his thoughts in writing about the Imagine Cup regional competitions held on March 17th at 4 locations in the USA. The 8 winners from the regionals compete at Tech-Ed for the USA Finals, with 1 winner representing the Stars and Stripes at the World Finals in Brazil in July. Andrew has some gripes (mostly gripes) about the way the regional competitions were run. I tend to agree with him on most of his points. Here are my thoughts about the regional logistics: a) Not only was it long for the competitors to stand around waiting for the judges, it was pure hell standing for almost 7 straight hours for a judge. The schedule was so tight, we did not even eat lunch until 2:15pm. So we get there and 9:30am, and we are literally standing, with no breaks, until 2:15pm (the end of the first 10 competitors judging). Even at a user group meeting there is a 10 minute break every hour or so. There were so many competitors at Princeton (19 or 20), that we had to do that twice, since the room could only hold 10 competitors. So between 9:30am to 5:00pm, we had to stuff our face with the crappy food that was left over after everyone else ate (at noon of course), fill out our judging forms, with accurate scores and feedback, and act like we enjoyed _standing_ all day, all with a roughly 20 minute break between 2:10 and 2:30pm. The only positive thing ... the students had such awesome stuff that time did move pretty quick, there was really never a boring moment.  My suggestion:  Have each group present on stage, in front of other students.  b) The students should leave with something. Something cool, like a jacket, backpack, Pocket PC, Spot Watch, or that level of coolness. Many of the groups at Princeton drove for 8 to 10 hours to get there. The guys from Cornell in NY not only had to drive that long, but they got a flat tire along the way. So imagine that, 4 engineers from Cornell stranded on the side of the NJ Turnpike looking at a flat tire, wondering what was next. I am glad I wasn't there. No to mention the guys from UMASS, Boston U, Virginia Commonwealth, schools from all over the Northeast, who either drove all night to get to Princeton, and woke up super early to make it there by 10am. As a judge, I felt like a real jack-ass telling these guys (at 10:30pm) what they needed to do to improve their apps for next year, then wishing them a safe 10 hour drive home as they lugged all their equipment back into their cars. If they all had a nice something to go back with, at least I would have felt better. c) Rules need to be crystal clear. If you do not have an app to demo, don't show up. There were 3 groups at Princeton that did not have an app, just slides. In the 20 minute per presentation lifecycle, that is 1 hour saved from a 12 hour day of judging. That is a lot of time. The group from James Madison University, who won the Windows Challenge, had an amazing application; it was an adaptive algorithm that checked the contents of luggage at the airport for dangerous chemicals. They won the Windows Challenge. They did not come close in Imagine Cup. Sure, it was cool, but the whole app was an algorithm. The UI was very Spartan. The presentation, since they could not have the device that checks the contents of “air” at the competition, was more of a “imagine 2 people in 2 airports getting on a plane and ...” ... you see what I mean. There was nothing to actually see. The app was the algorithm. Needless to say, they were very upset when they lost. Here is a team that won the Windows Challenge, has meetings with government contractors about their algorithm, and even is doing a presentation for the Chief Scientist in the Office of the President. Not bad for some engineers from[...]



First Blog at PDC

Fri, 24 Oct 2003 12:30:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2003/10/24/239.aspx

This is my first blog!  Thanks to Jeff, the geek with the blogs, for getting all of this going.  I am looking forward to blogging useful and fun information about everything technology (and about me too, of course).

Jeff and I are at PDC, and in about 20 minutes we are heading to an academic meeting with Microsoft at the Bonavanture Hotel in sunny Los Angeles.  We'll update on that later.   Thanks again for setting me up Jeff!

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First Peek at Longhorn

Sat, 25 Oct 2003 21:19:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2003/10/25/249.aspx

Today at the MVP seminar I got my first look at Longhorn ... and all I can say is WOW, Awesome, Cool, Unreal.  This is going to be an awesome week of Longhorn, Whitbey and Yukon.  At the moment, I am too into the Marlins - Yankees game to think about much else right now.  Go Marlins!!! (image)



Success at Florida .NET

Wed, 05 Nov 2003 14:25:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jberes/archive/2003/11/05/422.aspx

Ken Getz spoke at the user group last nite, and it was awesome.  The talk was on XML and DataSets, a topic that was chosen by the group.  Ken was in town for the Advisor-Access DevCon in Ft. Lauderdale, so it was awesome that he thought about speaking at the UG while he was here.  65 geeks in attendance, fun had by all!  Thanks to INETA for sponsoring another great community event! (image)