I've been busy for last couple of days in tweaking the San Gabriel Valley .NET Developers group website. With Rob's initiative, we along with some like minded professionals have started this group to facilitate the needs of the area's developers. SGV.NET's first meeting is on 1/24 and we are already listed on SoCal.NET website. MCP Flash and upcoming user events will be able to assist the publicity needs; and of course we have free dinner to top it off!
Also, you no more need to use VS.NET 2005 beta anymore to work with WinFX. There is an updated build available.
"This build works with VS 2005, the steps to build a machine:
- Install .NET 2.0 framework first. You can do this by installing SQL 2005 first, then VS 2005...or just install VS 2005 if you don't want to create a VPC with SQL...and install SQL Express with VS instead (part of VS installation).
- Install WinFX Runtime Components November CTP. These are the bits you need to do WCF and WWF among other things.
- Install Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WinFX. You need this to get IDE integration for WCF.
- [Optional but fun] Install Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WWF. Not required for WCF, but fun with WWF! Same deal, need integration with the VS environment.
- Windows SDK for WinFX Runtime Components November CTP. In here you get additional tools including trace utilities for example. Its a must-have."
I know at least two people who will highly benefit from this CTP Build.
Couple of MSDN TV shows I recently saw (and liked).
- Favorite v2.0 Features in the Base Class Libraries
- Web Service Enhancements (WSE) 3.0 and Secure Web Services
Also, last but not least, I was working through ACM library to write summary of an Expert Systems development paper when I came across this; made me wonder as usual why academia is so far from real world. Theory is good; and I'm a firm believer of "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." but we live in a world of brick and mortar and there need to be some concrete explanation and modelling of the theory. Probably the paper is in explanation in itself why Expert Systems don't match the expectations.
So I'm going back to work on my assignment and projects now which are due on 7th and 9th Dec. Apparently academics seem to have a problem with .NET framework and therefore I've to use J2SE/Eclipse to create a Bayesian inference framework for my AI project. eeew.