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Saturday, January 31, 2004
11:21 AM
Don Box's Spoutlet: Love
Don Box clarifies something that I've seen misconstrued elsewhere. Indigo's SOA is NOT a full replacement for COM, or especially OOP within an application. It's an interconnection paradigm, whether the two sides of the connection are cross-process or cross-machine. COM remains. OOP definitely remains. SOA more or less replaces DCOM, and enhances the idea behind SOAP. <% writeAmountOfComments(107557690510577341) %> comments

9:56 AM
Headtrax performance report
I remember HeadTrax. Microsoft used it and made it available to basically anyone that wanted to use it. It identified open headcount within a unit, and who was filling which positions. It was like an orgchart on steroids.

It presented a LOT of information, and was tied to legacy systems on the backend, and so it makes a pretty nice candidate for a case study of a distributed app that gets heavily used.

This report details some of the nitty-gritty design changes that were made to Headtrax to improve it. Very good reading if you are interested in designing large-scale distributed apps on .NET for an intranet. <% writeAmountOfComments(107557176315365612) %> comments

Friday, January 30, 2004
2:26 PM
Web Controls: Building a Custom Registration and Login Control (ASP.NET Technical Articles)
This seems to be highly useful article on something that I've wanted to build for a while.

BTW - implementation note -- I would try to be very careful to segregate this code into its own loosely coupled module, as Whidbey promises to replace this solution with one of its own. <% writeAmountOfComments(107550157681740072) %> comments

2:20 PM
.NET Framework Resources, according to Sells
I swiped this list directly from Chris Sells's blog, The Sells Spout. In the entry titled "When In Doubt, Ignore Longhorn" (see URL for this entry), he gives his favorite .NET Framework 1.x information sources. It's better than my previous list.

.NET Framework 1.x Information Sources:

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10:55 AM
Longhorn Meetup in the Central Valley
I think this could be a great way to start the CVMSDN Group (Central Valley MSDN Group, as a working title); by seeing how many people are interested in making stuff for the upcoming Longhorn OS.
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Thursday, January 29, 2004
1:31 AM
Comments are on! Woo and then,... well you know.

The comment tool is by ... well, I'm not sure. The Readme doesn't say, and there's not much credit taken in the source code.

However, I will tell you where I found it:
Tecknik.net: Commenting: Systems

Look for the thing under ASP called xcomments (served from coinz.org), with whom I'm not familiar.

This was the only one that didn't require major modification so as not to require a database. It uses XML files instead.

(But what about collisions?! you ask). Don't worry. When the web site gets heavily used enough, I'll bump everything up to a database and import the XML files myself. <% writeAmountOfComments(107536868838246519) %> comments

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
1:13 PM
Comments are coming

Top priority task for today: enabling comments on my blog. Yes, I'm too cheap to go buy some prepackaged blog thingy that has comments built in, partly because I didn't splurge for the full database-enabled web hosting plan. I will give full credit to the source of the comment tool once I've finished. <% writeAmountOfComments(107532438537254030) %> comments

Tuesday, January 27, 2004
4:57 PM
Semicolons in VB

The title of this blog, "Debug.Assert(Understanding = True) ';" is a very, very lame attempt at humor. Yes, Michele says I stink at that, too.

It's written in VB.NET. The idea is that Developer Vision (i.e. Moi!) is supposed to be about increasing understanding of both the platform and the developing system to the developers and all that toil over code.

However, the tail with the single quote and the semicolon is an homage to Don Box and Chris Anderson's MSDN TV appearance (you really need to watch this right away if you are a .NET programmer but don't know much about Longhorn yet).

Don: "Did you know, Visual Basic allows semicolons? If I put in the special semicolon prefix character... which is right there."
He types a single quote, then a semicolon.
Chris: "Oh, hey, look at that!"

New coding style guideline for me! Woo! and then Hoo! <% writeAmountOfComments(107525144891354161) %> comments

1:28 PM
SSCLI (aka ROTOR) Community

Found on the Scobleizer: The SSCLI aka ROTOR

I think this could be the best insight into the minds of professional developers yet. I'm speaking of those who code for profit, not for the "Good Of The Open Source Community". Compile and learn. As Joseph says, "ROTOR is a great place to find examples of "production quality" C# code...." Indeed -- I like to remember that production coders must hit deadlines with working code. <% writeAmountOfComments(107523893733840904) %> comments

Monday, January 26, 2004
7:10 PM
Lap around Longhorn

This was a very informative presentation on Indigo, and more importantly, how to start preparing for it today during the development of new code. Must see tv.

Take aways for me (maybe not for you):
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12:37 PM
So, YAY, I finally solved my non-updateable database problem.

I had earlier written a comment service for Michele's blog. She has a simple web site (i.e. no DB) but it allows ASP.NET code. So I used XML for storage. Nice, but I needed a place to hide the XML files. The server uses FPSE, so the web application has a built in _private folder. Files are accessible to anonymous users through the file system, but not browsable. I store the XML files there.

So, working on another small site, with a Jet DB to start with, I thought to put the .mdb file in the _private folder. Set up the DSN (not my preferred way) and off I go!

Not quite. The database could be read, but not updated.

I checked file permissions. They were good.
I checked that in the DTS move from SQL Server (where I designed the schema and test on my local machine) to the Access format, that I had remembered to set the ID fields to Autonumber and Primary Key (I don't know why this doesn't happen by default in DTS when it creates new tables in Jet, but ... well, thereyago.) I had remembered.
I tried setting up the app identity to impersonate an admin user on the system, but all I got was a weirder error.

Finally, I moved the .mdb out of the _private folder and into another folder, which I also prevented from being exposed to browsers. (FrontPage recommends the fpdb folder, that worked for me). And suddenly my database was updateable.

I still don't know what's wrong with using the _private folder. <% writeAmountOfComments(107519525091040411) %> comments

12:29 PM
I see there has been a reclarification (is that a word?) from Don Box on the BEA/API thing. So, as Emily Latella would've said, "Never mind!" <% writeAmountOfComments(107519522109863461) %> comments

Saturday, January 24, 2004
9:59 PM
As usual, I think Don Box is right on the money.

Don't get me wrong -- I think there certainly is a time and place for programming to the API. But I wouldn't want to try to build a business that required everyone who wanted to play with me to adopt my selection of platform and API model. I don't particularly care for Linux et al, but I wouldn't want to keep everyone who likes Unix from working with my software.

SOAP is a good thing. <% writeAmountOfComments(107519519848343161) %> comments

Friday, January 23, 2004
10:07 PM
Need to read:

Indigo: Code Name Indigo: A Guide to Developing and Running Connected Systems with Indigo <% writeAmountOfComments(107519494278527938) %> comments

8:15 PM
Under the category Tips and Tricks:

I often have a Solution in VS.NET that has several Projects in it. Pressing the Build button (or worse, Rebuild all) will at least do a pass on every dependent project in the solution, even if I really only made changes on the most dependent project (that is, the last one to be compiled, because it depends on every other project.)

So, I pop open the Configuration Manager (on the Build menu), and make a New configuration (usually copied from the Debug configuration) and then turn off the Build option on all those other projects. On the rare circumstance when I have to make a change to a project that isn't normally built, I can always right-click the project in the solutions window and click Build, or quickly switch back to the default Debug configuration using the Configuration drop-down selector on the standard toolbar.

Saves a LOT of time waiting for compile passes on projects that don't need it. <% writeAmountOfComments(107519516883503850) %> comments

4:51 PM

Resolving a non-intuitive namespace ambiguity problem

or... "Feeling like a chowderhead."

So I have VS.NET 2002. Not 2003. It normally targets .NET v1.0. And I'm working on a project for ASP.NET that needed to use ODBC to access its data.

The System.Data.OleDb library does not support ODBC. And I had already made a failed attempt to install Microsoft.Data.Odbc (designed for .NET v1.0) onto the web server.

So I decided to try to use .NET v1.1, from VS.NET 2002. This entailed removing all the references to things like System, System.Data, System.Design, etc. from each project in my solution. Then replacing all those references with new ones to the v1.1 library files. Easy, no?

Mostly, yes. But I had a problem. I was using the IsNumeric function and the ControlChars enum from the Microsoft.VisualBasic library. This was one of the project references which I had replaced to the 1.1 version. But VS.NET didn't like it. It complained of an ambiguous namespace conflict. I tried a fully-qualified reference to IsNumeric, but it didn't help.

Searching the net turned up nothing. Finally, I got disgusted and decided to try removing the reference to Microsoft.VisualBasic from the offending project, to put back in the original reference, just to see whether I could mix the two version.

Turns out all I needed to do was to remove the reference entirely. The reference to Microsoft.VisualBasic in the project is redundant.

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4:22 PM
WOW, this looks very cool.

CodeSmith - FREEWARE template-based code generator with ASP.NET style syntax

Sure, there will be generics, or templates, or whatever they're going to be called. But this thing looks like a better general purpose utility than just a templatized class. I know of several times when this sort of thing would have come in very handy. <% writeAmountOfComments(107519509405919789) %> comments

3:48 PM
Fun place to visit:

EggHeadCafe - The Premier Portal for Advanced C# / VB.NET / SQL Server Developers <% writeAmountOfComments(107519500438346024) %> comments

Thursday, January 22, 2004
10:07 PM
Possibly a good thing to read:

Visual Basic Home: A Simple Business Rules Manager (Adventures in .NET)

I like rule-based systems. They make me think I'm actually using some kind of AI. [rubs hands together, chuckles.] <% writeAmountOfComments(107519487858455319) %> comments

10:06 PM
I'm probably going to need this tool:

Security Developer Center: Analyzing Your Applications with Windows Application Verifier (Code Secure)

No, I'm definitely going to need this tool. <% writeAmountOfComments(107519477163285333) %> comments

Saturday, January 10, 2004
2:17 AM
There's something about UML and the whole Rational process stuff that keeps drawing me back, although I still have the inkling that is best suited for embedded systems geeks, which I am not. I don't know -- I haven't seen it yet.

Architected RAD: Tackling the challenges of
on demand business
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Monday, January 05, 2004
5:12 PM
This could be handy for an idea I have later:

How to Create and Implement a SharePoint Online Gallery <% writeAmountOfComments(107519462858137877) %> comments

11:41 AM
This looks very cool for a sole proprietor, such as meself (cackles).

Microsoft Business Builder for ISVs

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11:36 AM
Who knew? DTS is a programming environment! Learn to Program DTS Applications
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