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Do you want to be our Guru of the Month for October?

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  • TechNet Wiki needs... YOU!

    "Don't you know there's a war going on? Between good content... and bad.

    The Internet is becoming awash with badly coded work-arounds, boring code and even... dull procedure names!

    Yet every day, brave coders hammer out elegant solutions, right here in this very forum.

    Every day, jobs are saved, careers improved and solutions found.

    Thanks to you. Yes YOU forum reader. We love you. And we love your contributions too.

    But forums are from time to time "tidied". Archived to improve performance.

    TechNet Wiki however, are where the real heroes are celebrated for generations to come.

    Never before has such a great institution needed so many, to give us so much."

    Show us your forum solutions or drop us some nifty snippets and become MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY GURU OF THE MONTH!

    This is an official Microsoft TechNet recognition, where people such as yourselves can truly get noticed!

     

    HOW TO WIN

    1) Please copy over any solutions and revelations to TechNet Wiki.

    2) Add a link to it on THIS WIKI PAGE, so we know you've contributed

    3) Every month, we will highlight your contributions, and select a "Guru of the Month" in each technology.

     

    If you win, we will sing your praises, similar to the weekly contributor awards, however once "on our radar" and making your mark, you will probably be interviewed for your greatness, and eventually even invited into other TechNet/MSDN circles!

     

    Either way, winning this award in your favoured technology can only be very good for your career! ;)

     

    Feel free to ask any questions below.

     

    More about TechNet Guru Awards

    Thanks in advance!
    Pete Laker


    #PEJL Got a good solution? If you invest your time in coding an elegant/novel or large answer on these MSDN forums, why not copy it over to our beloved TechNet Wiki, for future generations to benefit from!

    Wednesday, October 02, 2013 8:50 PM

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  • I love this post :)

    Maybe I'll figure out something for this month lol?


    “If you want something you've never had, you need to do something you've never done.”

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    Wednesday, October 02, 2013 9:21 PM
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  • I love this post :)

    Maybe I'll figure out something for this month lol?


    “If you want something you've never had, you need to do something you've never done.”

    Don't forget to mark helpful posts and answers ! Answer an interesting question? Write a new article about it! My Articles
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    Awesome! Thanks, Paul!

    Ed Price, SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

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    Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:25 PM
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  • I love this post :)

    Maybe I'll figure out something for this month lol?


    “If you want something you've never had, you need to do something you've never done.”

    Don't forget to mark helpful posts and answers ! Answer an interesting question? Write a new article about it! My Articles
    *This post does not reflect the opinion of Microsoft, or its employees.

    I already have my Kinect article posted here for this month but have not entered it:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/20040.multipoint-with-the-kinect-part-i.aspx

    I will improve it with edits and then post it for the competition. Later when I figure out the problem with a safe array of variants I will post part II and edit part I with any code changes I make. It took me a lot of hours to pull everything together. Yes, part II involves the mouse emulator which is a different section altogether and I thought it best to put it in a part II article.

    Can someone help me add a table of contents? I was trying to remember how and had writers block.

    Paul maybe one month we could team up for something?  


    Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. - "Sherlock holmes" "speak softly and carry a big stick" - theodore roosevelt. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering - Yoda. Blog - http://www.computerprofessions.co.nr




    • Edited by The Thinker Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:55 PM edit 2
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:52 PM

  • But forums are from time to time "tidied". Archived to improve performance.

    TechNet Wiki however, are where the real heroes are celebrated for generations to come.

    Never before has such a great institution needed so many, to give us so much."


    I've seen this kind of text more written by Microsoft. For instance when they created these forums to replace the newsgroups. 

    The problem with a wiki (or a blog) is that it does not contain real live problems like a forum or newsgroup. It looks to me more like this.


    Success
    Cor




    Thursday, October 03, 2013 4:07 PM
  • Very funny Cor, but we're not chasing windmills here, there is real benefit to participating. This is an excellent way to get on the radar of many of the people that matter within the upper echelons of Microsoft development. We try to always have at least two full time Microsoft employees judging each category, and these are major players in each, like the actual developers of the technology.

     

    That is one of the main benefits of this. You'll get your name known to a great big circle of very influential players in your specialist field. Previous winners are already being invited into other circles. I know many who move from these inner circles to even more important roles.

     

    CV, MCC, MVP, FTE - TechNet Guru relates directly to them all.

     

    Regarding forum vs wiki/blog... A forum question/solution does not change once posted/answered, just like wiki/blog. They are exactly the same as far as the "issue" is concerned. Old forum posts rarely get bumped up again so as to be "live" discussion. Many people regularly copy their forum posts over to the wiki.

    Charitable, kind people who figure something out by searching want to post it back to save other people the time, but a forum is mainly for questions, so wiki/blog is the best answer. Therefore wiki/blog posts are "true GIVING" - without having to be asked!

     

    Proactively thinking "I'm going to save someone else the time for this live/current issue I've just battled with" is IMO true community spirit. That's something we should all want to encourage. And we would also hope to get some support and encouragement from our most valuable friends in the community.

     

    By the way, if you are a member of any user groups, please make sure you list them in the Microsoft User Groups Portal. Microsoft are trying to help promote such groups, and collating them here is the first step.

     

    Regards,
    Pete


    #PEJL Got a good solution? If you invest your time in coding an elegant/novel or large answer on these MSDN forums, why not copy it over to our beloved TechNet Wiki, for future generations to benefit from!



    • Edited by XAML guy Friday, October 04, 2013 11:02 AM typo
    Friday, October 04, 2013 10:35 AM
  • Hi The Thinker,

    Just add [toc] where you want the Table of Contents added. Some characters such as 0 and non English chars break the TOC - in this case you need to adjust name in HTML view.

    If you want, I can help with the editing of that article - I think I already saw it and made a pass.


    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


    My blog


    My TechNet articles

    Friday, October 04, 2013 5:45 PM
  • Hi The Thinker,

    Just add [toc] where you want the Table of Contents added. Some characters such as 0 and non English chars break the TOC - in this case you need to adjust name in HTML view.

    If you want, I can help with the editing of that article - I think I already saw it and made a pass.


    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


    My blog


    My TechNet articles

    Note: when using the Xbox Kinect during debugging with the sdk the recognition quality is not VERY good. I am referring to the first Xbox Kinect and not the one that came out with the Xbox one.

    Now, I need someone to look at it again for editing. The code works most of the time but I need a better way to split up the time between players.


    Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. - "Sherlock holmes" "speak softly and carry a big stick" - theodore roosevelt. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering - Yoda. Blog - http://www.computerprofessions.co.nr

    Saturday, October 05, 2013 6:00 PM
  • Personally I'd rather be back on this for a week going full bore again at +65 knots (USS Taurus (PHM-3) (Patrol Missile Hydrofoil).


    Please BEWARE that I have NO EXPERIENCE and NO EXPERTISE and probably onset of DEMENTIA which may affect my answers! Also, I've been told by an expert, that when you post an image it clutters up the thread and mysteriously, over time, the link to the image will somehow become "unstable" or something to that effect. :) I can only surmise that is due to Global Warming of the threads.

    Saturday, October 05, 2013 7:02 PM
  • What are the posting guidelines?  Can I just create a section and run or is the competition to submit in a certain area?
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:49 PM
  • What are the posting guidelines?  Can I just create a section and run or is the competition to submit in a certain area?

    The competition is organised into technology groups, but you can suggest a new technology group to be added to the competition. See the comments on the main competition pages...

    thanks for any help

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:16 PM
  • What are the posting guidelines?  Can I just create a section and run or is the competition to submit in a certain area?

    What technology did you have in mind?

    Thanks!


    Ed Price, SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

    Answer an interesting question? Create a wiki article about it!

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:03 AM
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  • But forums are from time to time "tidied". Archived to improve performance.

    TechNet Wiki however, are where the real heroes are celebrated for generations to come.

    Never before has such a great institution needed so many, to give us so much."


    I've seen this kind of text more written by Microsoft. For instance when they created these forums to replace the newsgroups. 

    The problem with a wiki (or a blog) is that it does not contain real live problems like a forum or newsgroup. It looks to me more like this.


    Success
    Cor




    Problem solved. Right?

    The whole point is that you take the problem from a forum (real problem) and the solution, you make it far easier to find and read and boom! You're solving the same problem 10 times more effectively.


    Ed Price, SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

    Answer an interesting question? Create a wiki article about it!

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:06 AM
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  • We're up to two contributions for October!


    Ed Price, SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

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    Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:08 AM
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  • DELETED



    • Edited by Crazypennie Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:27 AM 231465
    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:23 PM
  • Ok, I've managed to get two in so far and there's at least one more to go along with the series but its too late to start a third one tonight lol.

    I've had a lot going on, and not all of it good (parent with terminal cancer, not unlike millions of others...) so I simply haven't been able to write articles the last couple of months.  But while we're having good days, I've found some extra time to share something that drove me nuts trying to fix for a little project at work.

    I'm a firm believer in using what works.  And some times, in certain cases, what works is 20+ year old technology.  =P

    Consider a customer care representative whose been doing what they do for over 17 years, and they are quite good at it.  Suppose they can process 97 telephone orders in a seven hour shift, on average - and with 20,000+ SKUs and half of the customers having no idea what item number they want, only what they need it to do and what it needs to fit.

    Then suppose one day you take away the green screen interface with its "1-Enter-6-Enter-3-Enter-11-Enter-Part Number-Enter-Qty-Enter" interface, and replace it with a "click-here, and here, then here, now type part number, click here or tab not enter, then type qty, then click here" interface.

    Now imagine how you feel as the IT guy watching this person keep up their 97 call average and still do all that...

    So, I'm creating a "green-screen" interface for certain functions within MS Dynamics AX.  That's right... I'm creating command prompt, ASCII menu interfaces for the biggest, meanest, most extensible business product Microsoft makes.  =P

    After doing one program from scratch, I knew I was going to want a library for doing windows and menus repeatedly.  This led me to the heartache of trying to figure out how to make the dang console window stop scrolling.  After the trouble I had to go through to find what was ultimately a super-simple solution, I knew that information had to become a wiki article.  And then as the library progressed I realized that there was a lot of code there which could be useful to anyone else crazy enough to write a ASCII-art console program in 2013.

    So I've managed to put together one article on how to stop the cursed line wrap when you want to explicitly draw characters to the console window, and a second article on how to create a helper class for drawing a frame of interconnected lines using ASCII characters based off of an array of rectangle objects.

    The library I've created also has Window classes and a WindowManager to assist with display and execution, so I'd like to continue the series of articles following these other classes but I'm not sure I can get them all in this month.  If not I probably won't include the others next month since it will just be more along the same lines as the previous month.  Hopefully I can at least get something on the basic Window class in, if not a specific article for each of the MenuWindow and CommandWindow derivatives.

    -EDIT-

    haha got talking and forgot the links =P

    How to Write to a Console Window without Wrapping Text

    How to Draw a Border of ASCII Text in a Console Application


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"




    Friday, October 25, 2013 5:17 AM
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  • Friday, October 25, 2013 9:16 AM
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  • Ok, I've managed to get two in so far and there's at least one more to go along with the series but its too late to start a third one tonight lol.

    I've had a lot going on, and not all of it good (parent with terminal cancer, not unlike millions of others...) so I simply haven't been able to write articles the last couple of months.  But while we're having good days, I've found some extra time to share something that drove me nuts trying to fix for a little project at work.

    I'm a firm believer in using what works.  And some times, in certain cases, what works is 20+ year old technology.  =P

    Consider a customer care representative whose been doing what they do for over 17 years, and they are quite good at it.  Suppose they can process 97 telephone orders in a seven hour shift, on average - and with 20,000+ SKUs and half of the customers having no idea what item number they want, only what they need it to do and what it needs to fit.

    Then suppose one day you take away the green screen interface with its "1-Enter-6-Enter-3-Enter-11-Enter-Part Number-Enter-Qty-Enter" interface, and replace it with a "click-here, and here, then here, now type part number, click here or tab not enter, then type qty, then click here" interface.

    Now imagine how you feel as the IT guy watching this person keep up their 97 call average and still do all that...

    So, I'm creating a "green-screen" interface for certain functions within MS Dynamics AX.  That's right... I'm creating command prompt, ASCII menu interfaces for the biggest, meanest, most extensible business product Microsoft makes.  =P

    After doing one program from scratch, I knew I was going to want a library for doing windows and menus repeatedly.  This led me to the heartache of trying to figure out how to make the dang console window stop scrolling.  After the trouble I had to go through to find what was ultimately a super-simple solution, I knew that information had to become a wiki article.  And then as the library progressed I realized that there was a lot of code there which could be useful to anyone else crazy enough to write a ASCII-art console program in 2013.

    So I've managed to put together one article on how to stop the cursed line wrap when you want to explicitly draw characters to the console window, and a second article on how to create a helper class for drawing a frame of interconnected lines using ASCII characters based off of an array of rectangle objects.

    The library I've created also has Window classes and a WindowManager to assist with display and execution, so I'd like to continue the series of articles following these other classes but I'm not sure I can get them all in this month.  If not I probably won't include the others next month since it will just be more along the same lines as the previous month.  Hopefully I can at least get something on the basic Window class in, if not a specific article for each of the MenuWindow and CommandWindow derivatives.

    -EDIT-

    haha got talking and forgot the links =P

    How to Write to a Console Window without Wrapping Text

    How to Draw a Border of ASCII Text in a Console Application


    Reed Kimble - "When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all"



    I wish I had some help on some of my work projects when I did them. I had one work project where I had to automate restarting nortel switchs using vb.net and the telnet program launched from the command prompt. Reed I've come across people that mistakenly think the command prompt is not very useful but I have had the opposite opinion (It can be useful because little to no gui's are involved).

    I hate this stupid problem I am having working with device simulation framework. I believe it to be a bug in visual studio but I will confirm it on the wdk forums before making any conclusions.


    Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. - "Sherlock holmes" "speak softly and carry a big stick" - theodore roosevelt. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering - Yoda. Blog - http://www.computerprofessions.co.nr




    • Edited by The Thinker Saturday, October 26, 2013 5:54 PM
    Friday, October 25, 2013 7:45 PM
  • 2 more days to go!

    Ed Price, SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Small Basic, Wiki Ninjas, Wiki)

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