June 2009 Entries
Building Business Applications with Silverlight 3

I’m going to be presenting this session in Greensboro, NC next week at the Triad Developer’s Guild user group meeting on July 7th, 6:30 - 8:00pm. Check out their website for directions and other details.

“Silverlight 3 is expected to hit the web sometime soon this summer and in this presentation you will learn about some of the new features applicable to developing business applications with Silverlight 3. We will look at building solutions with the new navigation framework, accessing, validating, and updating data with .NET RIA Services, working with the new capabilities to make your Silverlight applications SEO friendly, and a few more things as well.”

If you’re in the neighborhood stop in and check it out.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, June 29, 2009 10:37 AM | Comments (0)
I’m a VB Interviews & Videos

Check out all the “I’m a VB” videos and interview goodness on the VB Community page. Somehow Beth Massi even roped me into doing a video interview. :-)  Check ‘em out and see how your fellow VB developers are using VB to make some fantastic applications.

Great job Beth!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, June 29, 2009 10:26 AM | Comments (0)
Amazon closes all North Carolina-based Associate accounts

Recently I had received an email warning me this might be happening and it did. Due to the impending actions of the North Carolina state legislature, Amazon has closed the accounts of all Amazon Associates in North Carolina. Here is the email I received:

“We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account has been closed as of June 26, 2009. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional tax collection scheme expected to be passed any day now by the North Carolina state legislature (the General Assembly) and signed by the governor. As a result, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to or after June 26. We were forced to take this unfortunate action in anticipation of actual enactment because of uncertainties surrounding the legislation’s effective date.

Please be assured that all qualifying referral fees earned prior to June 26, 2009 will be processed and paid in full in accordance with our regular referral fee schedule. Based on your account closure date of June 26, 2009, any final payments will be paid by September 1, 2009.

In the event that North Carolina repeals this tax collection scheme, we would certainly be happy to re-open our Associates program to North Carolina residents.

The North Carolina General Assembly’s website is, and additional information may be obtained from the Performance Marketing Alliance at

We have enjoyed working with you and other North Carolina-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you all the best in your future.

Best Regards,

The Amazon Associates Team”


Nice huh?  I’ve already communicated with other Amazon Associates account holders in North Carolina and they are doing what I suspect others will be doing as well, opening accounts from another state. Other than terminating business as an Amazon Associate, it’s the only alternative.

Here is a TechCrunch article and a thread discussion which goes into some details

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, June 26, 2009 9:32 AM | Comments (0)
WPF / Silverlight Differences Whitepaper

Looking for insight into the differences between WPF and Silverlight?? Look no more! Here’s a link to a whitepaper on CodePlex that explains the differences.

Have a day.

Posted On Friday, June 12, 2009 8:07 PM | Comments (1)
Mark your calendar for Rock-tober 22nd!! Windows 7 In Stores!


Good news for those of you waiting to move past Vista… Windows 7 will be available in stores on Rock-tober 22nd.  I had my ear to the ground listening for the distant rumblings of boxes being pack up and trucks movin’ ‘em out. If I’m not mistaken, one really good ground rumble translated into “look for Windows 7 to RTM (release to manufacturing) in late July”.  While earth tremors don’t always make the best sources, this one wouldn’t surprise me. I can hope at least.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:26 PM | Comments (0)