ASP.Net MVC Sample Application using ADO.Net Entity Framework
By now, you already know that I like walkthoughs posts the most. Developers in different levels of knowledge and experience can learn the same stuff and get the same results using a well documented, step-by-step walktrough.
I have just noticed that Brad Adams has posted a new technical walktrough for the ASP.Net MVC framework, which is part of the ASP.Net 3.5 Extensions. The post also contains a full source code of the sample for you to download and examine.
Take a look at it here.
Not long ago I posted a survey to my blogs readers, in order to get more connected with them, know what they like more and what they are expecting from this blog moving into 2008.
here are the results of the survey with the questions they are related to:
1. How long have you been reading this blog?
Most of the readers (50%) have started reading this blog in the last 6 months. I wonder if it has anything to do with a specific technology I've been writing about or a specific activity I've been involved at.
2. How did you get to know this blog?
As I though, most of my reader got to this blog when they were searching for information about a technology or an error I've blogged about, or got to know me from reading the main page of blogs.microsoft.co.il. This means that my SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques are useful, and I should share them sometime soon. I also realized that adding my blog address to my mail signature haven't gotten any traffic...
3. How often do you read this blog?
I was glad to find out that almost all my readers are frequent readers that read every post I write via RSS Feed. If you haven't registered for it yet, you can do it using this feed.
4. Where do you live?
Readers are almost everywhere in the world, especially in Israel, United States and Europe, but in other places I haven't mentioned in the survey such as Russia, Ukraine and Pakistan.
5. Are you a also blogger?
About half of the readers are bloggers themselves. I received many new blogs addresses and was glad to visit each one of them.
6. Which of the following technologies you are using today?
I can only wish that any of what I've written has helped adopting any of those technologies.
7. Which of the following technologies you like reading about in this blog?
I was happy to see that the interest in the technologies I write about is spread almost equally.
8. In which language do you prefer this blog would be?
This was one of the questions I was most curious about, since I've been asking myself that question for a long time. What came out of this, is that technical posts should be English only, while community news will mostly be in Hebrew.
9. What type of posts do you like the most in this blog?
The upper summary of the results shows that not a lot of readers care about personal thoughts :). As I expected, my blog is knows especially for its technical posts and screencasts, and the results show that clearly. One of the common request from readers is to also post an English version of my screencasts. I must say that I have already started to work on my first English screencast, but due to the amount of time it took me, someone has published screencasts before I did. I am taking this as a tip for next time...
10. Please provide any feedback you may have about this blog
I really enjoyed this section. I received many comments and feedback about this blog, which people are using its technical posts, walkthroughs and screencasts as a way to learn about new technologies and catching up with them.
Thanks again for everyone who took the time to take the survey. Your feedback is very helpful! If you have anything else you'd like to say, feel free to contact me or leave a comment.
During the creation of the survey, collecting the responses and analyzing the results I found SurveyMonkey.com to be a great survey platform. If you're planning a survey, checkout their services.
Test Yourself: Are you a Windows Workflow Foundation Expert?
K. Scott Allen has posted 10 "hard core" WF questions to ask a job candidate. I haven't done a job interview with someone and asked him about WF, but it was nice to evaluate my knowledge of the technology. If you're using WF on a regular basis, I suggest that you take this "test" and catch up where you are missing some information. The list of answers can help.
Help Me To Improve This Blog
As the number of readers of this blog increases, I feel that being connected to my readers, listening and trying to learn from where I can improve is very important!
I created a small survey, and would appreciate If you take the time (1 - 2 minutes) to fill it.
Take the survey here.
I Started Working at Microsoft
There! I said it.
After working very closely with the Developer & Platform Adoption Group at Microsoft Israel, I decided to join the team.
In my new job, I will do what I like to do most, which is to keep the Israeli developers community updated with Microsoft's latest technologies, and help customers to choose the best of Microsoft has to offer.
"Most of us spend our time over in the red circle doing stuff someone will pay us to do. If you're lucky, you spend your time in-between them, doing stuff you're good at also. Sometimes something comes along that puts you right in that sweet spot and you have to go for it. Will this be my dream job?"
[via: Scott Hanselman's Blog]