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#  Friday, November 5, 2004

One more step completed - a bare-bones string value editor (yes, for both editing existing and adding new string values):

Now, the bad news is that the OpenNETCF.org Smart Device Framework won't cut the mustard for the editing part - I will have to resort to P/Invoke for getting at the value data types correctly. I knew that P/Invoke would rear its ugly head rather sooner than later. Anyways, nice learning project.

(1) Registry Editor for SmartPhone
(2) Registry Editor for SmartPhone, List View

Friday, November 5, 2004 7:45:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


In addition to the tree view as reported earlier, I now also got the list view up running:

Note that pretty icons ("UI candy") are missing (eg folder or value data type), but getting functionality done is more interesting at the moment. When switching from tree view to list view, I already switch to the very same registry path, missing is path preservation on the switch back from list view to tree view.

Friday, November 5, 2004 5:09:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


I promised that I would write some SmartPhone applications now that I have an SPV C500 Developer Edition, and today I got around to installing the SDKs - and immediately got started with my very first Compact Framework application, a full-blown registry editor (now how nerdy is that for your first application?). The tree view is already done as shown in the emulator screenshot below:

List View and then editing support is next. Not too bad a result for playing for less than an hour, now is it?

Friday, November 5, 2004 2:40:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, November 4, 2004

The schedule for SQL Server 2005 Web casts is quite packed in December:

  • Webcast 12/6: Overview of the new Developer features in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/6: Introducing the New SQL Server Management Studio—Level 100
  • Webcast 12/6: SQL Server 2005 as a .NET Runtime Host—Level 100
  • Webcast 12/7: T-SQL Enhancements in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/7: Introducing XML in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/7: Introducing ADO.NET 2.0 for SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/8:The New Security Model in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/8: Introducing Web Services in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/8: Introducing Service Broker in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/9: Introducing Reporting Services for SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/9: Introducing SQL Server Integration Services for SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/9: Introducing SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services for Developers—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/10: Introducing Full-Text Search in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/10: Introducing Replication in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
  • Webcast 12/10: Introducing Notification Services in SQL Server 2005—Level 200
Categories: SQL Server
Thursday, November 4, 2004 5:25:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Wednesday, November 3, 2004

I'm about to get started with Windows Mobile development - I dl'ed the SDK for Windows Mobile 2003-based Pocket PCs, SDK for Windows Mobile 2003-based Smartphones and Mobile Application Development Toolkit (I talked about the latter one before). The only thing I "hate" about Windows Mobile development is that I have to do it on the host instead of inside a VPC image (where everything else runs) - there's no USB support with VPC. Dam as the little beavers tend to say.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 10:26:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


I think I can safely assume that everyone knows about SourceForge.net, where first-class .NET projects such as NUnit, NAnt, NProf as well as many others are hosted. Much less known is GForge, which is a fork that you can host yourself based on the GPL version of SourceForge before it was made closed-source by VA Linux in 2001.

Since that time GForge was improved, and it has reached version 4 just recently. To give you a really high-level idea of what it is, a short quote from the project page itself:  GForge has tools to help your team collaborate, like message forums and mailing lists; tools to create and control access to Source Code Management repositories like CVS and Subversion. GForge automatically creates a repository and controls access to it depending on the role settings of the project.

Additional Tools:

  • Manage File Releases
  • Document Management
  • News announcements
  • Surveys for users and admins
  • Issue tracking with "unlimited" numbers of categories, text fields, etc
  • Task management

Tool-wise, this package can come in handy when you want to get started on a development process in your company, covering the entire lifecycle. For free.

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 12:04:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]


#  Monday, November 1, 2004

Ingo recommended the book to me during the Connect Event in Barcelona. Because I had read Peopleware, I was game to get another book from Tom DeMarco. Over the weekend, I easily managed to get through The Deadline. Why? Because it is a really great book (even hilarious at times) and the “resulting” Mr. Tompkins journal is a treasure-trove of project management advice.

Definitely worth checking out too is the Tom DeMarco interview done by his publisher, Dorset House Publishing.

Categories: Books | Project Management
Monday, November 1, 2004 5:02:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]


#  Saturday, October 30, 2004

Note to self: need to grab a copy of Version Control with Subversion. We have been using Subversion even while it still was in Alpha and Beta stages - and I am really convinced that it is more than up to its commercial counterparts, especially when it comes to platform and tool support!

Categories: Books | Subversion
Saturday, October 30, 2004 8:30:27 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, October 28, 2004

"Don't assume because it makes an ASS out of U and ME". Right, should've taken that to heart when I switched from a Nokia cell phone to my new SPV C500. What happened?

Well, on my Nokia it worked this way: calls on line one had call waiting notifications turned on. So when I was in a call, I was notified that a call was waiting to be picked up when someone else called. However, for line two, I hadn't activated it. So when I was in a call, the caller was routed to the voice mailbox immediately. When I wasn't in a call, the phone rang when someone called on line two.

Not so on the SPV C500: here, callers on line two are always (!) routed to the voice mailbox, no questions asked - unless you turn on "Provide call waiting notifications" on line two. Whoops. That was quite a nasty surprise because line two is the incoming line for business calls.

Speaking of snags: my Nokia provided indication of whether a call came in on line one or line two - the SPV C500 doesn't seem to have this functionality, or I haven't yet found how to activate it. If you, dear reader, happen to know, let me know.

Thursday, October 28, 2004 11:49:36 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Bijan Javidi, Senior Principal Consultant at Microsoft, held a two-day Trainer the Trainer (TTT) event in Augsburg for the GLS Development Process Best Practice training. In the audience: Alexander Zeitler, Peter Koen (soon to be Softie), Bernhard Spuida, Hannes Preishuber, Achim Oellers and others (no specific order, just to name a few).

As rehashing the entire two days would be a tad lengthy, I only pick two items that are important to understand why anyone would attend such a training:

  • Why Development Process?
  • Definition of Development Process Best Practice

Let's start with "Why Development Process?"

  • Make development
    • Predictable
    • Repeatable
    • Manageable
  • Reduce costs
  • Streamline application construction
  • Establish standards
  • Reduces risk in .NET projects

After those incentives to have a process at all, let's dig into what DPBP is - here is the definition:

  • Process based development methodology
    • Ultra light-weight, pragmatic and prescriptive
    • End-2-end development process model
      • From requirements to deployment
  • Minimum set of documents
    • Small number compared to UP
  • Step-by-step guideline
    • How to create these documents
  • Uses Office and Visio formats (UML)
    • DOC, XLS, and VSD templates
  • DPBP is agile
    • Leverages many XP features
  • End of prose text in development process
    • Minimizes text
    • Uses structured information
  • Lazy modeling
    • Model only if you have to
      • Architecture metaphor (XP)
    • Uses minimum of everything to do the job

Bascically we are talking initialization, analysis, design, implementation and deployment. And that was then the contents of the two-day workshop in Augsburg.

Networking was commenced at the evening event on Monday, in the Welser Kuche with a medieval meal:

Want see more fotos? Look no further (German titles and description though)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:53:20 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


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