The Speaker Dinner

As you have probably guessed by now, I’ve grown to really enjoy speaking at and attending code camps and user group meetings. There are a lot of benefits to being a speaker, but to me one of the biggest is the Speaker Dinner the night before the code camp. In case you don’t know it, there’s usually a dinner the night before most code camps. Admission to the dinner is speaking at code camp the next day.

I got home just a little while ago from the dinner prior to tomorrows (hmm, well today’s since it’s after midnight now) Alabama Code Camp. I got to hang out with some really ultra smart folks tonight, and talk about a wide variety of topics. I know there were at least 4 MVPs there, possibly more since I didn’t know everyone.

Dinner was a mini-education in itself, as I picked up on several new topics. I also got to laugh and hear some great stories. If you have ever thought about speaking at a code camp I would highly encourage you. The rewards are well worth the admission cost!

Code Camp Samples

Tomorrow, Saturday October 6th I will be presenting “Getting Started with Full Text Searching”. Here are the materials I’ll be using during the demo.

First, here is a PDF of the PowerPoint slides:

Full Text Search Power Points

Next, most of the demos used SQL statements. This PDF file has all of the SQL plus some associated notes.

Full Text Search Demo Scripts

Finally, I did a WPF project that demonstrated how to call a full text search query from a WPF Windows application. Annoyingly enough WordPress (who hosts my blog) won’t let me upload ZIP files, so I renamed the extension to pdf. After you download the file to your drive, remove the .pdf and put the zip extension back on, then it should expand all the source for you correctly. (Yes, I know, I really need to get a host server for binaries, one of these days I’ll get around to it, but for tonight…)

Source for WPF Demo

Microsoft to Release Source Code to .Net Framework Libraries

Holy Frameworks Batman! The news is spreading quick, Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing the source code, complete with comments and debugger support. Now you and I will be able to step into those framework classes in an effort to debug our apps and maybe even learn something. This will be part of the VS2008 Orcas release.

Check out the announcement on the ScottGu blog at

Shawn Burke has details on his blog:

Channel 9 video at:

Scott Hanselman also has the scoop on his podcast:

This ranks in the uber-cool category.

SQL Server 2005 Full Text Searching – Getting your Bits

In reviewing my previously published notes on SQL Server Full Text Searching, I realized I omitted an important fact: which versions support it. If you wish to explore Full Text Searching under SQL Server 2005, you cannot use the standard SQL Server Express Edition.

The standard version of Express Edition lacks support for Full Text Searching, along with Reporting Services. Instead you will need to download and install the SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advances Services. This version includes everything you’ll need to experiment and implement Full Text Searching with SQL Server 2005.

You can download this version from Microsoft’s website:

Just look for the area named SQL Server 2005 Express Edition with Advanced Services SP2.

You need to be aware that even with the Advanced Services SP2 version, Full Text Searching is not automatically installed. During the install uncheck the box that talks about hiding advanced configuration features. Then on the appropriate screen change the installer to add FTS to your installed components.

For my previous posts on Full Text Searching, please check out the Arcane Lessons link at the top of this page. Scroll down to the Full Text Search area for links to all FTS related posts.

Arcane Lessons Updated

I just got done updating the Arcane Lessons page. I added the last couple of weeks of WPF lessons to the WPF area, added one new item to the SQL Server Full Text Search area, and created a new category: Arcane’s Toolbox. This first list is all of the Visual Studio add-ins I’ve blogged about. Later I plan to add some of my favorite Windows add-ins, but if you don’t want to wait you can click on the Windows Add-ins tag to see the posts.

Voice recognition using Vista

I spent a few minutes yesterday evening relaxing and activating the voice recognition features of Windows Vista. While I still have a good learning curve, it seems like this can be a really useful tool. I would suggest however that you should definitely go through the tutorial if you wish to use it for yourself.

It is also going to take time for you to learn the commands and the ins and outs of speech recognition, just as it is going to take vista time to learn your voice.

So far I have found that some programs, such as Microsoft Word, seem to work pretty well. Other programs, such as Firefox, don’t seem to hold up. In Firefox I found that dictation did not really work well at all. For those cases it might be easier to keep a copy of notepad open, dictate into it, then cut and paste.

By the way, I created this entire post using speech recognition. I admit it was a little frustrating but as I have worked through it, and gotten a little more proficient with the commands, it has gotten easier.