Just wanted to say a quick but hearty thank you to Omer Van Kloeten for having organized the fifth Bloggers Dinner. It took place yesterday at "Ad HaEtzem" restaurant in Airport City, Israel and was a fantastic experience.
This was my first attendance at a Bloggers Dinner and I believe it was also the largest in the series of events arranged by Omer so far.
A small note on "Ad HaEtzem" at Airport City. The restaurant was a bit tricky to find for me. I actually spent 15 minutes at the nearby "Aircafe" coffee shop before I took a peek at the menu and realized there were not steaks in it. :). This was because both venues reside in identically looking (attractive modern) buildings but the sign on "Ad Ha-Etzem" was turned off.
As for the food and service, they were both delectable. I had the "Fillet Special" which is 200gr of file meat with garlic teeth embedded and covered with black pepper. That was nice, although the pepper overshadowed the flavor of the meat.
There is no date set for the next dinner yet, but I heartily recommend attending it. It's good to flock together with birds of a feather!
I'm having a good time in Microsoft Israel' Developer Academy II. Currently listening to Ohad Israeli starting to go over my head with concepts like "aspects" and products like PostSharp in his "Mastering Infrastructure Development" lecture. Fascinating stuff.
For those of you unable to follow my microblogging updates on facebook, here's a dump of all of them up until now, in descending chronological order:
- Uri is concerned over the overhead incurred by Policy Injection when instantiating new objects. 3:07pm
- Uri is intrigued by the EventLogWatcher add-on (to VS?). 2:57pm
- Uri is listening to Ohad Israeli and his promise to log exception data. 2:50pm
- Uri is disappointed to hear that the PropertyProxyValidator doesn't really support client side validation. 2:27pm
- Uri is thrilled to hear about the PropertyProxyValidator control of the Validation Application Block! 2:25pm
- Uri is wishing enterprize library demos wouldn't always stick to the validation application block... 2:15pm
- Uri is switching over to "Enterprise Library Revfealed". 1:47pm
- Uri is suprised to hear that WF isn't implementation - that it's modelling? 1:34pm
- Uri is excited to see Manu Cohen-Yashar again, now talking about Workflow Foundation and Performance. 1:25pm
- Uri is wanting to go home and start reading all the wonderful references Nimrod Luria has supplied in his lecture. 12:32pm
- Uri is keen on learning what CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) attacks are. 12:26pm
- Uri is Now very afraid of eval(). 12:24pm
- Uri is keen on downloading Microsoft ACE's team Anti-XSS library. 12:20pm
- Uri is forced to post the pictures to his blog (http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/urig/) instead of here :(. 12:18pm
- Uri is thinking he should add referrer checks to all his web services! 12:09pm
- Uri is wants to get his hands on Nikhil's Web Developer Helper. 12:06pm
- Uri is amazed to hear you can run FireBug from IE! 11:58am
- Uri is wondering why there are no prizes for people who participate in lectures :). 11:52am
- Uri is pondering Sys.Debug.Trace() as a hacking tool... 11:47am
- Uri is installing Microsoft's Image Resizer Power Toy. 11:44am
- Uri is intrigued by MSN protocol analyzer. 11:33am
- Uri is wondering why his pictures aren't showing up in facebook :|. 11:28am
- Uri is anxious to learn about "web attack vectors". 11:26am
- Uri is digging into owasp.org to learn about internet security. 11:23am
- Uri is uploading some pictures. 11:12am
- Uri is thinking daily builds are a great idea. Too bad you need tons of unit tests for them to make sense :(. 10:31am
- Uri is hoping Eyal Reissman will touch on the subjects of version management, branching and merging. 10:16am
- Uri is thankful Eyal Reissman decided to skip the obligatory opening video. 9:50am
- Uri is wondering what the delay is... 9:46am
- Uri is freezing his a-- off waiting for "Team System Real Life Implementation..." to begin. What's up with the A/C here? 9:34am
- Uri is thinking about putting more images in his blog, following a tip from Guy Burstein. 9:02am
- Uri is helping friends naviagte to the event using ymap.co.il. 8:57am
- Uri is giving up on mingling and slumping at the bloggers corner instead. 8:31am
- Uri is at the dev ac event making a sad attempt to mingle. 8:23am
Now I really need to get back to listening!
Microsoft Israel's Developer Academy II event is just starting off at Airport City's Avenue convention center. There are a lot of people here already - almost an hour before the first lecture is set to begin.
There's a lot of mingling going on upstairs, plus free drinks and snacks, but I am lurking down below at the nearly deserted bloggers' corner at level -1.
Wi-fi access, btw, is free for everyone from anywhere in the venue and I'd like to personally thank the organizers for it. When I find out your name you're gonna get a big hug on facebook :)
I will do my best to submit some post here throughout the event, but the meat of things will be microblogged in my facebook status line. If you're a facebook user, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for that from this page.
Don't hesitate to come and say hi if you see me with my face buried in my laptop. I'm not really that antisocial :D.
I will be using my "facebook status" to liveblog the Microsoft Israel's Developer Academy II event tomorrow. It's practically the same as microblogging (see twitter.com) except all sentences will begin with "uri is..." which is an amusing constraint.
The "microposts" will not be posted here in my blog for two reasons:
- I can't find a proper way to sync. from facebook to the Community Server here.
- I don't want to overcrowd microsoft.co.il's feeds by overposting. This is a blog, not a microblog.
You can see what I write in several places:
- In my blog page, through the facebook badge I have installed over
in the right column. It only shows my last update. The facebook badges wizard is riddled with bugs btw. I wish they'd fix it.
- Through facebook's RSS feed of my "status stories" which you will find at the bottom of the page here. I'm afraid it's only available to registered facebook users who are members of my network - Israel. If anyone knows how to remove these restrictions, I'd love to hear about it.
- And, naturally, in my facebook profile.
At a later time I will compile all my microposts into a sensible blog post here.
PS - Please be aware that it is my policy in facebook (and linkedin) to only add friends that I actually know in person. I apologize to anyone who has requested to be added and was ignored.
Shahar Gvirtz has just posted an update that the first 200 bloggers to ask for it at tomorrow's Developer Academy II event will receive free access to wi-fi for purposes of liveblogging the event.
This is wonderful news. Thanks go to Shahar for the update and to the organizers of tomorrow's event for their kindness and quick response.
See you all tomorrow at the Dev Ac!
Guy Kolbis has informed me that wi-fi will only be available at the bloggers' corner of the Developer Academy II event. Thanks Guy. Sadly, that means I will not be liveblogging the event.
I wanted to share my insights and the new knowledge I acquire at the event in real time from my actual seat at the lectures. I thought of using my facebook status line as mini-blog, a la twitter. Unless I miraculously get my hands on a cellular modem, that's not going to happen.
Too bad wi-fi access does not extend to the entire complex.I wonder why. If money is the issue, then I'd have gladly payed for my share of it.
At any rate, see you there!
I will be attending Microsoft Israel's Developer Academy II event at Airport City, Israel this Tuesday (27/11/2007).
Throughout the day I will be attending at least 5 of the lectures (haven't finalized which yet) and I will be liveblogging both here and via my facebook profile.
You're invited to keep track of my progress through the day and if you're there, you're welcome to (physically!) poke me face to face :) It's a great opportunity to bridge the gap between virtual and physical presence.
See you at the Dev Ac!
If you have FireBug installed in FireFox and you've been experiencing slow response from Gmail lately, you might find the following interesting.
I just fired up my FireFox first thing this morning, went to Gmail and got the following message in alarming red:
I clicked the "Fix It" link and received detailed instructions on configuring FireBug not to "interfere" with Gmail, which I followed (just disabled FireBug for mail.google.com)
Now that's good service!