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James D. Schwarzmeier

James D. Schwarzmeier compupc1

Niner since 2010

  • Episode 148: Azure Files with Andrew Edwards

    Just curious -- what is the relationship between the CloudDrive functionality Azure had a while back and this?  I know it was deprecated but I assume it no longer exists.

  • Developing Neural Networks Using Visual Studio

    This was a *great* talk!  I would like to have seen a little more explanation of how the activation functions work and what actually happens during training.  Still, this presentation was WORLDS above a machine learning class I took in grad school, and I hope we continue to see more of this type of content at future conferences.

    I still remember my grad school professor launching into content 5-10 minutes into the start of the course with a slide full of various symbols and terms, without any explanation of what they meant.  Like you said, when so many different terms and symbols are used to represent the same concept (or even multiple symbols used to represent the same concept), learning and understanding this stuff is extremely difficult.  We didn't even get any real-world examples.  As you allude to, as a math-oriented researcher, the professor felt examples, code and practical considerations infringed on his beautiful theory!  The best part was when mid-semester he announced that we were entering the "theoretical" part of the course (all I remember was trying to do proofs surrounding the kernel trick).

    Bottom line: as you might imagine, as someone interested in Actually Building Stuff That Works, I can't express how much I appreciate a great explanation of some of these concepts.  More, please!

  • .NET 4.5: David Kean and Mircea Trofin - Portable Libraries

    Fantastic news.  This has been a major issue for the development team to which I belong, so we are very much looking forward to this.

    It sounds like this supports full "server" .NET, the client profile, the metro profile, Silverlight, phone, and XBox.  There's at least one other .NET-based platform that doesn't seem to have received much love recently (but got a really quick mention in this video): .NET Compact.  The company I work for has TONS (as in many, many thousands) of rugged mobile devices that run Windows Mobile 5 and more recently, Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.  These devices have to last for many, many years (upwards of 7).  But the .NET version is still stuck at 3.5, and the development tools still stuck at VS2008.

    Given that Windows Mobile is still supported and sold on new devices today, and that Windows Embedded Handheld still seems to be a current, supported platform, I would hope there are plans in place to bring .NET Compact to a current level (v4.0 or even v4.5), to support rugged device development in Visual Studio 11, and to add support for .NET Compact to the Portable Library Tools.  We would love to share code between our ASP.NET apps, Silverlight apps, and .NET Compact apps but we can't due to lack of support in VS2010, and the lack of support in Portable Library Tools.

    But still -- overall great news and great progress in the right direction!

  • TWC9: AutoTune.NET, Portable Libraries, Facebook + Azure, SQLR2 BI,

    OK -- fun awkward pauses aside, YES, the Portable Library Tools would be incredibly useful.  And YES YES YES this functionality needs to come standard as part of Visual Studio!  It is also very closely related to a talk given at this past PDC by Shawn Burke entitled "3-Screen Coding".

    At my job, we have a custom framework library that we are trying to make work for:
    - An ASP.NET web service
    - A Silverlight app
    - A (gasp!) .NET Compact app for rugged data collection devices that will never ever run Windows Phone 7, but rather Windows Mobile 5/6.x/Windows Embedded Handheld!

    Having a tool that could enable us to easily build common library components for all these environments would be beyond useful for teams that do development across many types of platforms and devices.  I really hope Shawn Burke and the guys making the Portable Library Tools are talking because their goals are very closely aligned.

    PS: Of course, .NET Compact and smartphone development first needs to be supported by VS2010 *at all*!!  Get going on that, Microsoft!