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AppEd 2010 Summary

Last weekend we at Omega had something we call AppEd, which is a conference for people working with AppFrame technology. With 3 tracks with a total of 27 sessions (+ keynote), 70 attendees, good food and lots of social things, I think we can call this one a very successful conference! Soon the communications department will publish an article on about this event, but I just wanted to thank everyone for coming, and hope to see you again in two years!

If you’ve got any ideas on how to make the next AppEd even better, please let me know.

Oh! Most importantly. The videos for some of the sessions have been published to

NNUG and MTUG Haugesund User Group Meeting in English

The countdown to AppEd has started. ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?!

Thursday evening, September 30, we’ll start off with NNUG (.NET) and MTUG (Microsoft Technology) Haugesund user group meeting. First, Fredrik Kalseth, which is a well known speaker in Norway, will talk about ASP.NET MVC 2 and the news in MVC 3. After his talk we’ll have some pizza, and then Morgan Simonsen, which is also a very well known speaker, will talk about Windows 7 SP1 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. And the best of all, all sessions are in English, so everyone’s welcome! Please sign up for this at—September-2010/

My Vacation

This weekend is the last in my vacation which basically means that I’m coming to Ølen again after 3 weeks of vacation. So, what have I been doing the last weeks? A lot of things! First on the priority list was the World Cup of soccer and Tour de France, but there’s a lot of “free time” from these events, especially after the World Cup was finished. I’ve of course used my vacation to be the perfect uncle, babysitting my soon to be 1 year old nephew, visiting family etc., but I’ve also used A LOT of time in front of the computer. First I reinstalled my server, playing some more with Exchange, but when that was done I had to find something else to keep me busy; Mentor

Mentor is a website that focuses on connecting people who want to learn something with people who want to teach something. We’re first focusing on .NET, SQL and related Microsoft technologies, but it would be cool if oracle and java guys were using this too! Basically what we’re trying to do is to make a site where people can register which topics (“tags”) they’re interested in and then connecting them with other people of these topics. This has been (and will be) a great opportunity for me to learn ASP.NET MVC. WAIT! Did you read wrong? Vidar doing web-development? Has hell frozen over? Not yet. I’ve just found out that MVC actually makes web-development pretty easy. If you’re interested in this topic I really recommend you watching this great session about ASP.NET MVC2 Basics Introduction by Scott Hanselman. Actually all sessions with this guy is worth recommending, because he’s a real code ninja, and he’s hilarious.

I registered Mentor at CodePlex, and got joined by Jan Leon and Arild. But with CodePlex (which is GREAT for open source projects) you don’t have full access to TFS (Team Foundation Server) and you have to publish your project within 30 days. I don’t want to publish this project as an open source project, since I don’t see the big win on this, although if anyone wants the source code I won’t mind sending it. I’ve been participating on several open source projects, and I really like the idea, but I don’t see why I should publish this. Anyhow, this is another discussion. If you REALLY want me to, contact me and we’ll discuss it. Using TFS on CodePlex whet my appetite for it, so I installed it on a server internally in Omega. I would really recommend using this instead of SVN (for the core parts of AppFrame, custom projects etc.). You can also connect to TFS using SVN with the help of SvnBridge.

Other than this I’ve created PowerPoint slides for my sessions at AppEd, and done other AppEd-planning things. I’m currently thinking of a great way of recording each session, without the session being interrupted because of the recording (software failure, people having to talk into a microphone etc.). Thinking of using Camtasia, but not sure yet. Oh, did I mention we’ve got several surprises for those attending AppEd? One clue for one of these surprises is already in this blog post; “Code Ninja”.

AppEd 2010 – Ølensvåg in ENGLISH

We are happy to announce that AppEd will be in English, and that we’ve opened it for registration for all systems engineers, except Omega PS since we’re going to host their own AppEd “over there”. Your travel will be covered by Advantage Points, but accommodation, food and other stuff will be sponsored by Omega. Before you sign up, please check with your boss if it’s ok for you to go!

For more information about AppEd 2010, please go to For registration go to “My Advantage” and locate AppEd 2010 Ølensvåg.

AppEd 2010 – Ølensvåg

Everything is now settled. It will be October 1-2. Since it was such a great success last time, most of us will be staying at Løo, and we’ll run the sessions in our meeting rooms here at Omega HQ, Ølensvåg. Unfortunately we were not able to make this available for everyone, so this offer is only available for Norwegian speaking developers. Don’t worry, as last time, we’ve planned having separate events in Singapore, U.S., and this time also Lithuania.

To register for the event, log on to TeamDocuments, Intranet, My Advantage. There you can find “AppEd 2010 – Ølensvåg”. It requires 0 points!

Last time we took a notice of “Lessons Learned”, and this time we’re offering more information about the sessions, more sessions (3 tracks!) and informing everyone at a much earlier stage. We’ve also got a couple of surprises for you, so go ahead and register for the event!

For more information about the agenda with sessions and other stuff, please visit

AppEd 2010

If you were at AppEd 2008, you should go “WHHOOOOHOOOO” right now because I’m here to tell you about AppEd 2010! It’s still in planning stage, but we’re getting there. We hope to host this event every second year. We’ll also try to make it an even better success than last time, if that’s possible.

We’re planning on Thursday – Saturday in the beginning of September. We’re also working on getting an external speaker (and maybe two? :), so we have to try to set our schedule after him/her/they etc.

The planning is done in TeamDoc and OneNote. OneNote is btw a GREAT tool for putting thoughts on “paper”. We’ll have two focus areas this time; PIMS and Web3, but we’ll also cover CR3, SQL, Reports and maybe even Silverlight! Do you have any requests for sessions or speakers, just contact me and I’ll see what I can do. We’re also hoping on making it works so that MSDN Live in Stavanger is on Wednesday before the event, so that we’ll almost get a full week with pure learning, and of course mingling. I’m also working on enabling our employees outside Norway to join via the Advantage system, but don’t tell Johnny and Peter about this as I haven’t told them about my ideas there yet! … and for the record, the “lessons learned” from last time is in my OneNote notebook, so we’ve got those in mind 🙂

This might also be the first AppEd with attendees outside Omega, which means we will invite customers etc to the conference. THAT will be cool! Because of this, we’ll of course have everything from “for dummies” sessions to deep-advanced-shit-that-only-a-rocket-scientist-understands.

Bottom line; Start spreading the word. AppEd 2010 will (hopefully) be in September, bigger AND better than last time! If you’ve got ideas, give’em to me!

Knowledge week

This has been a VERY busy week. Started with publishing a new build of R3. I wish I had more time to test before it was published, but now everything should be fixed at least! Next time we’re planning a freeze two weeks before the build where we’re only going to test and fix bugs. Monday – Wednesday I was at work for a total of 40 hours, to make sure everything should go as planned on TechNet, NNUG, AppEd and with the upgrade of SQL3.

On Thursday we went to Stavanger. We were 12 people, some went to MSDN and some to TechNet. I went to TechNet, where the red thread was Microsoft Virtualization with mainly Hyper-V but also a bit about Virtual PC and Virtual Server. Virtualization is something we’ve already started using in Omega and we’re expanding weekly! Less physical servers means less hardware-failures, easier maintenance and of course reduced cost! We learned some tricks and tips about virtualization. We also met one of my heroes, Jon Jahren. We showed him our plan about hardware setup for the new SQL3, and got some tips about how to improve it. For example, we had planned to split up the MDF to several RAID-arrays. According to him, there were no point in this. He recommended putting the MDF on ONE RAID-array, using RAID 10. He also mentioned that tempdb should have it’s own array (as we already planned), and of course the LDF-file should have one. Making several MDF-files on the same RAID-array was good though. One pr CPU! Jon also had a “competition”. The person who asked him a question he couldn’t answer, got a SQL Server 2008 jacket. I asked him a question which he actually didn’t answer, but he apparently forgot about it or something, so he made a new competition. “Hvor mange indianere får en plass til i et hult tre?” ….. En stamme. “How many Indians can you fit into a hollow tree?” … “One tribe”.. Tribe in Norwegian (“stamme”) is the same word as for a tree-trunk. Leif was the first to answer correctly, so he got the jacket. And, yes. I’m REALLY jealous! I’m going to send Jon a mail about it!

After MSDN/TechNet we went to Ølensvåg to have a NNUG meeting. The topic was “C# 3.0 and .NET 3.5, news and best practices” with Jan Ove Halvorsen. It was a great session! We will upload his powerpoint to NNUG’s website. After that, Johnny had a zip-talk about CR3, and everyone seemed to be very impressed. There were people from Hatteland, Ecciti, Ølen Betong and Bouvet (and Omega of course) there.

On Thursday evening we went to “Løo”. This is a nice place to get to know people. We sat up till 2am, chatting!

AppEd started on Friday morning, with a keynote from Johnny and some guidelines. After that we had a “Tell us where it hurts” session, where we got some input about what, and how, we could do things better. We discussed documentation, builds, reporting issues and a couple of other things. I think it’s great to have sessions like this, where we can discuss and get to know problems that we might not be aware of. Torgeir continued with ReportingDX where I learned a couple of new things 🙂 Johnny had a little session about what we’ve made in PIMS R3.

After lunch, we split up in two where Arild had a (very interesting) session about SSIS and Johnny had one about AppFrame Security Model. After that there were two sessions going at the same time: CR3 Development and CR3 Hardcore. I participated at hardcore. I’m amazed by how much cool words Jan Leon, Peter and Torgeir knows. Serialization, delegates, proxy object, surrogate etc. I know some cool words in SQL Server, but not that many! In these sessions I started feeling sick. Not of the session, but there’s been some problems with the water in Ølen, and some has been sick (vomiting etc). I had to get home, so I couldn’t participate at “Løo” where they had dinner etc. We planned a quiz, where we were going to elect “Norgesmester i AppFrame”. Norwegian Champion in AppFrame. Of topic: You may have noticed I’m writing AppFrame, and not Appframe. This is the new way to write AppFrame.
ANYHOW! Arild Røksund won and got a T-shirt saying “AppFrame Developer Hero”, a mouse he can connect to a USB-port that cycles on a bicycle. The faster you type on your keyboard, the faster the mouse cycles. In addition he got the title “Norgesmester i AppFrame” and 50.000 advantage points. Semion Larin and Aleksander Birkeland got second and third place. They also got the t-shirt and cycling mouse.

I didn’t feel too good when I woke up, so I waited till after lunch to get to Ølen. Before that, they had hands on labs (to play with CR3), setting up R3 and R3 web. When I got to Ølen, me and Arild had a three hour session about Database Development. We went through new features in 2005 and 2008, Service Broker, Indexing and Statistics and Query Tuning. Håvard Ravatn showed me a thing I didn’t know about CROSS APPLY. I thought you could only use it for UDF’s, but no… You can also use it for queries 🙂

Because I was sick, and JanCB also was sick, we did not upgrade SQL3 this weekend. I’m still looking forward to get it up on SQL Server 2008. The plan now is after the salary payment is done.

I’ve already started planning AppEd 2009 😀 I hope you think the same as me, that it was a big success! I also hope we can expand it, so more people can attend!

Happy times!

I can’t wait to get back home. I really like it here in Bonn, but I’m REALLY looking forward to the next week. Actually the whole year!

For starters, NNUG Stavanger is having a meeting on Wednesday. I don’t think I’m able to participate there, but it would be fun. Thursday morning it’s MSDN/TechNet. I’m going to TechNet. It’s from the morning till about 15:00. MSDN’s having a great list of subjects, like Silverlight 2, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, IE8 etc. You can find the whole list here. TechNet has a high focus on Hyper-V (server virtualization) this time. Click here to get the session list.

After I’ve been to TechNet, I’m driving like a crazy back to Ølen, to host a NNUG meeting where Jan Ove Halvorsen is talking about .NET best practices etc. The day after, AppEd starts. There’s already about 35 people attending, and I’m REALLY looking forward to it! Here’s the schedule for AppEd.

On the night between Saturday and Sunday, we’re planning to upgrade Omega’s main SQL server to Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. We’re also installing a new disk cabinet!
It’s going to be a wonderful week 🙂

It sounds hard to top this, but it’s actually possible… In the end of September, I’m going to Oslo to participate at MSDN Live there, and also my first meeting with the people from the other NNUG branches. There’s a VERY special person coming to MSDN in Oslo, so if you have the possibility, I really recommend coming! Sorry, dudes. I can’t tell you his name.

In November, we’re 17 guys(!) from Omega going to TechEd. That’s also going to be really really nice. As you probably already know, I was there last year and it was like putting a child in the Euro Disney or similar! Here‘s the current list of sessions for TechEd Developers this year. This will change ALOT till we’re traveling, so don’t start planning what you’re going to yet.

So, it sounds even harder to top this one… Well, actually. It’s possible 🙂 I just got a mail from Microsoft that I’m being nominated for MVP (Most Valuable Professional). I will be nominated tomorrow or Friday. Rune (my Microsoft contact) thought that I would have a good chance the next cycle, which is January 1st. Cross your fingers and toes for me!

I’m glad I got the chance to start in Omega, because I’ve developed a lot since I started here! Big thanks goes to my favorite boss, Johnny, my technology God, Torgeir and also my "master" Trygve for being patient with me from day one 🙂


We’re having a technology conference in ØLEN in september. Many of the people I’ve talked with, thinks AppEd is the same as TechEd. Well, we wish!
I’m sure you’ll learn even more at AppEd, than TechEd 😉

AppEd is 4-6th of September. Click here for the agenda.

PS! This year we’re only inviting norwegian-speaking system engineers. If we succeed like we’re planning to do, we’re going to try to invite ALL system engineers next year!
If you’re interested in joining, please sign up in the “My Omega Advantage+” section.