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  • August 2005 Entries

    OT Katrina devastation
    We all knew it would happen. We knew a hurricane was due to come along. We knew it would upset the offshore oil drilling platforms, and most likely cause a supply burp. We thought that hurricane's name was Ivan. And now we have the real hurricane that caused even more chaos. Hurricane Katrina roars through Bourbon St as a Category 5 Hurricane, the strongest on the scale with any definition... the amount of water literally shoved into what is considered a bowl surrounded by a wall of levees. Portions ......

    Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 1:39 PM | Comments (0) |

    Nice Surprise of the week: WinFS hits Beta 1
    Check out the channel9 video: Of note, check out the cool timeline app thats basically a “proof of concept“ app, but it looks cooler than anything I've ever seen (including those useless but visually stunning 3D GUIs in movies!) This is exciting... WinFS has hit its first Beta, releasing bits to MSDN subscribers. This is something I've personally been waiting/planning for a bit, whereas most of the projects I've been involved with, ......

    Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:01 AM | Comments (0) |

    "Beginners use C#, Experts use VB.NET" -funny quote
    I just had to repost that quote, because its just fundamentally funny. Biased, yes. Observent? Probably not... One could easily argue the reality (or the “dark side” in his VB world) Don't get me wrong... VB has its place, and it will always be around because of the simplicity and verboseness (or English-like grammar) of the language. Personally, I'm not embarassed by the fact that I learned the .NET Framework through VB.Net. Why? I came from a year long ASP/VB6 project. I wasn't about ......

    Posted On Thursday, August 25, 2005 7:10 AM | Comments (3) |

    CFML and .NET - Marriage made in heaven
    This is something I've been looking forward to for a while. CFML style pages that can access .NET Components directly (without using COM interop, and without actually running in a Java runtime) I remember back in the day of the start of my “professional” career back in 1998. College was boring me, the Internet was hot, and money was flowing like wine at a French dinner table. I busted out of college within the next month, and started writing a B2B app called “Floraplex” that ......

    Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 2:32 PM | Comments (0) |

    Signs of the times
    I had posted a while back about a few things about ASP.Net that really gets on my nerves: DataGrids (and GridViews to much of the same extent), ViewState bloat, poor radio button support, and so on. Mike Roberts (of Cruise Control .NET) is saying Goodbye to Web Forms altogether. I think this has the potential to become a trend. ASP.Net in some ways is just old news... loosely based on JSP's, ASP.Net feels like bloatware now. We had an interesting first version. But the problems are many, as summarized ......

    Posted On Thursday, August 18, 2005 12:37 PM | Comments (1) |

    New SQL Server feature I'd like to see...
    I'd like to see more namespacing support for tables' names. If you consider even ASP.Net, we've “munged” namespaces into databases for a while by just prepending the actual name of the table with a namespace. They tend to be very flat hierarchies also because of name length considerations. Maybe its time for an additional field (for example in SQL Server) in the sysobjects table for a namespace. Tables/views/sprocs within the same namespace by default can reference each other. Not sure ......

    Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2005 12:24 PM | Comments (2) |

    Sweet! ...The new XBOX 360
    The new “XBOX Live Experience” that they have been letting us peek at looks like it has a lot of cool new features. In addition to the wireless controllers, the headset cord port is also built into the wireless controller, which is cool... I wonder if anybody's considered BlueTooth for that? Then you could get rid of the headset altogether? I know of at least 3 friends that have a BlueTooth headset for their phone... It would be cool to also be able to use it for Xbox Live... Hell yeah! ......

    Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2005 11:53 AM | Comments (0) |

    Another innovation stifling patent alert! How did this patent idea EVER get patented? Where's “prior art” in this case? Why did Amazon pay $40 million? You mean the court costs against this OBSURD patent were estimated to be MORE than $40 million? So is it time to start patenting clickable buttons on an virtual device? Maybe I can get several hundred thousand dollars for something that is not new, has been around for years now. This is scary. I have a project that ......

    Posted On Friday, August 12, 2005 9:13 AM | Comments (0) |

    The "official" VS 2005 Beta 3 feedback vote is on
    Someone has done it. Created a feedback item in the Product Feedback site for extending VS 2005 to a beta 3 build. Personally, I'm with it. There's too many rough edges still to go (in their defense, I havent had the time to install any CTP of VS2005 since Beta2... but with my new Virtual PC now that will change soon). Since the product in its current form is usable, that should be OK. I have a feeling that marketing has deadlines stated that don't meld with the actual VS2005 Product Developement, ......

    Posted On Friday, August 12, 2005 8:01 AM | Comments (0) |

    Nullable's are baked into the runtime now, good call

    In line with the famous "Developers Developers Developers!" line coined by Steve Ballmer, the v2.0 beta project appears to be getting some better support for the Nullable types in the runtime itself.

    Posted On Friday, August 12, 2005 7:47 AM | Comments (0) |

    Blocked on MSDN Product Feedback?
    Hmmm, seems that I may have suggested too strongly that VS aint ready. I posted a suggestion to have VS extended into Beta 3. Seems that censorship is alive and well. VS 2005 aint ready. Period. I have all kinds of dubious errors in my error list for web projects or actually, “Web Pages that all inhabit a similar directory”. Whats even worse is that it BUILDS CORRECTLY, but floods my “Errors List” window with strange errors: [insert bitmap here] Ambiguous reference between ......

    Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 9:06 AM | Comments (0) |

    Visual Studio 2.0 and Signing with Strong name keys
    So the “new” way is to specify Signing in the projects' properties. You can easily Sign the assembly with a key file by convieniently setting this nice project setting here. Except for major failures. A) Why does VS insist on copying the Strong name key into every project that uses it? Last I heard you should “build the key and throw away the HD on which you did it...” (Somewhat of overkill to throw out the hard drive, IMO) Ok, so that being said, now we have VS merrily copying ......

    Posted On Friday, August 5, 2005 11:21 AM | Comments (3) |

    VPC Setup and Deployment posts
    Virtual PC is great. It really helps us developers meddle through a lot of dumb deployment issues that have never been thought about... (so here its official, I'd love to shoot the guy who invented the registry) Cruising through some blog posts and wanted to organize them into a single post: Copying Virtual Machines made easy (sort of)Virtual PC SourceSafe Network Problem (deals with Ethernet MAC address conflicts with multiple VPC's) ......

    Posted On Wednesday, August 3, 2005 9:52 PM | Comments (0) |

    Am I out of line with my feedback to MSDN? This one deals with buttons that are built via composition (ie, constructing a control, setting the properties in your control, and adding it to your controls collection). Basically any controls built like this dont get any notice of the page's skin. I submitted this feedback item because the “Forgot your Password“ control (and several others that use control composition to ......

    Posted On Tuesday, August 2, 2005 10:24 AM | Comments (0) |

    Another reason to use PHP.Net? Basically you cant embed <style> tags in the body of ASPX pages, because the designer wont know what to do. So instead of ignoring it, it effectively falls back to a “Can not switch” error message, and, just like back in ASP.Net 1.1 days, the designer becomes unavailable, forcing you back into pure aspx html. My frustration level with continues to rise. Sure, the ......

    Posted On Tuesday, August 2, 2005 10:01 AM | Comments (0) |

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