Jason N. Gaylord
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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Great Friend, MVP, and ASPInsider: Jim Ross Passes Away

I’ve been “offline” the past 4 days and just heard today that a great MVP and ASPInsider has passed on. Last week, Jim Ross died after battling sickness for many months. From what I’m told, his funeral was earlier today. As many have already mentioned, Jim will always be remembered. My heart goes out to his family in this time of mourning.

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Philly Launch A Success! Here comes Wilkes-Barre!

If you attended the Philadelphia launch event yesterday, then you already know it was a huge success. Kim Matlock did a remarkable job on this event, especially on the developer side. This was probably the best local event I’ve ever been to. It was cool to meet up with the other local user group leaders, such as Judy Calla (Harrisburg), Chris Waters (Allentown), and Bill Wolfe (Philadelphia). I also met some really cool people in the ATE area such as Bata (from the Team System Tools Team), Lenny Fenster (MS), Tim Edalatpour (MS), and Steve Mohr (Consultant).

Now that the Philly event is complete, its time to focus on the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Pennsylvania launch event. This event will happen at .NET Valley’s TECHbash 2005 on November 30th beginning at 4:30pm. If you have not yet signed up for this event, please do so by visiting http://www.techbash.com/register.

We’ll see you there!

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I'll Be At The Philly Launch Event This Thursday!

I’ll be one of the few “man-ing” the booth at the Philadelphia, PA launch event this Thursday, November 17th. Be sure to stop in and say hello!

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Web Deployment Project for ASP.NET 2.0

As Scott Guthrie already detailed in his blog, the ASP.NET team has released a new add-in for VS.NET to make deploying web apps much easier. One of the coolest features in my opinion is the fact that you can replace sections of the web.config from debugging to release. So, I can modify my debug build options to replace the ConnectionStrings section of the web.config. The release build options can replace the same section with a “release-version” of the section. This makes testing and deploying much easier as now you don’t have to worry about forgetting if the web.config needs to be changed for testing, staging, or production. Great job guys!

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IT Heros Podcast

Be sure to check out Mike Murphy’s IT Heros Podcast for the latest information about IT heros in the industry.

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Attend the Northeastern Pennsylvania TECHbash and Get FREE Software!

For more information, check out the official announcement at: http://www.techbash.com/News_View.aspx?Articleid=15

You can also find more general information about TECHbash by visiting www.techbash.com. Be sure to sign-up for this event as there will be limited seating available!

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Announcing... TECHbash 2005

.NET Valley is proud to announce its first ever TECHbash to occur on November 30th at Luzerne County Community College. This TECHbash will be Northeastern Pennsylvania’s official Visual Studio .NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 launch event. Everyone in attendance will receive free software and other swag related to the event. The event will kick off at 4:30pm. More details will be posted on the www.TECHbash.com website at a later date.

Space is limited so be sure to sign-up today!

Register Now!

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Job Posting - Position in Chicago (Relocation Available)

One of my friends sent me off a job posting that they have in Chicago and asked if I knew of anyone for the position. I figured I’d post it here since I can’t think of anyone in that area:

Sr. Interaction Designer - Mobile Devices (Engineering/Architecture)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Relocation Available
Salary Range: 80K - 90K plus 10% bonus

Reply here to let me know if your interested and I’ll send you their contact details.

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Visual Studio 2005, .NET 2.0, and SQL Server 2005 Released!

It’s now official! As announced by Soma earlier today, Visual Studio 2005, .NET 2.0, and SQL Server 2005 have been released. VS 2005 and SQL Server 2005 have been sent off to manufacturing. If you have an MSDN Universal or the new Visual Studio Team Server Editions, you can download them from the MSDN Subscriber website now (although it will take awhile - as you may expect). The framework redistributables and SDK are available for download on the Microsoft website.

Congratulations to all of the related teams at Microsoft for getting this out there!

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MSN Search to Include Book Content

MSN is now joining Yahoo! and Google in announcing that their search tool will be able to soon search published book content. MSN joined the Open Content Alliance yesterday announcing that they will “bring millions of publicly available print materials worldwide to the Web.” For more information, visit the official announcement here.

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