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#  Tuesday, 23 November 2004

Benjamin Armstrong (aka Virtual PC Guy) posted a computer migration strategy using Virtual PC. Now that is kinda cool to be able to migrate the entire old computer into a virtual machine.

Categories: Administration | Virtual PC
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 08:21:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Monday, 22 November 2004

Michael Howard did it again in his latest Writing Secure Code column: how you can run as an administrator and access Internet data safely by dropping unnecessary administrative privileges when using any tool to access the Internet (article on MSDN Security Developer Center). Started using the DropMyRights application immediately on my email applications (yes, I'm one of those devs who does run with administrative privileges by default). Really painless. And can save a headache or two.

Monday, 22 November 2004 22:07:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 

Last week I did a three day course for Peter's Sql Server User Group Austria (SSUGA). The reason it is part of the Summer Academy is that it originally was scheduled for summer, but I got the slot which ended up colliding with about everybody's holiday plans - so we decided to reschedule, and last week it finally happened (right smack when the snowfalls started... so much for the title).

What did we cover? Well, obviously not everything of the advanced stuff I planned, however we did get the basics covered very well, so we could build on that for DAAB, CodeSmith and Olymars. For the German-speaking among my blog readers, a more detailed course outline follows (like I said earlier, we did cover almost everything):

"Dieser Kurs richtet sich an professionelle Entwickler die für das Design und die Entwicklung von Daten-zentrierten, verteilten Applikationen verantwortlich sind. Teilnehmer haben bereits Erfahrung mit Visual Studio .NET 2003, bevorzugt im Bereich der Webapplikationsentwicklung. Die Kursbeispiele werden in C# präsentiert, die verwendete Datenbank ist die MSDE.

In diesem Kurs werden disconnected (DataSet) als auch connected Szenarien des ADO.NET Datenbankzugriff-APIs behandelt. Ebenso kommt XML Integration nicht zu kurz, Data Binding, Transaktionen sowie architekturelle Themen.

Inhalte:

  • ADO.NET Grundlagen / Architektur
  • Connected Szenarien
  • Disconnected Szenarien
  • Data Binding in WebForms and WinForms
  • DataSet/XML Integration, Typisierte DataSets
  • Design von Data Tier Komponenten, durchreichen von Daten über Tiers
  • Arbeiten mit dem SQL Server Centric .NET Code Generator
  • Provider Model Design Pattern"
Monday, 22 November 2004 19:55:39 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 

The Windows Mobile section on microsoft.com has smartphone demos live (currently for the Orange SPV C500 [the one I own], the Motorola MPx220, as well as the Audiovox SMT 5600). No longer there is the need to rely on reviews by others, you can actually try the features.

Monday, 22 November 2004 08:28:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Tuesday, 16 November 2004

Brian has the details in his blog for the two changes:

  • ASP.NET 2.0 Directory Naming Changes
  • ASP.NET 2.0 Compilation Model Changes
Categories: 2 Ohhhh | ASP.NET
Tuesday, 16 November 2004 13:10:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Monday, 15 November 2004

You can download two PowerPoint slide decks from Visual Studio 2005 Team System presentations at DevConnections in Las Vegas (November 2004):

  • VMS352 - Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Software Project Management
    In this session you will learn how to take advantage of the combined power of Visual Studio, the Microsoft Office System, and industry proven practices to successfully manage software projects—from conception to deployment.
  • VMS355 - Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Enterprise Class Source Control & Work Item Tracking
    This session introduces the new Team Foundation Server in Visual Studio 2005, including the new Source Code Control, Work Item Tracking and Team Portal. See how an integrated and extensible server-based system will boost your team’s productivity by significantly streamlining your development processes.
Monday, 15 November 2004 08:30:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Saturday, 13 November 2004

InformationWeek's article has the details. The interesting bit in my view:  The switch was not a surprise, given PalmSource's focus on supplying an OS for advanced cellular phones, called "smartphones," that contain many of the same features as PDAs, such as contact lists, personal calendars and email. Given my experience with the SPV C500 (a Microsoft SmartPhone), I don't think PalmSource's change of focus will help in the long run...

Saturday, 13 November 2004 20:14:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Thursday, 11 November 2004

What would you think if you get this error message:  "The virtual machine could not be restored because there was not enough memory available on the host" (Commit Charge Total 628MB / 3433MB in Task Manager, roughly 1.5GB still freely available).

Of course, you blame Microsoft, because after all it is VirtualPC that gives you this error message. No, not this time. It is Ahead's Nero InCD (even in its most current version 4.3.0.5) which I need for my DVD RAM drive. Following the VPC FAQ entry and disabling (Task Manager / End Process) both InCD processes makes VirtualPC work like a charm. Now, what did Ahead do in InCD to make a system with > 1GB act up like that? I'd like to hear why.

Categories: Administration | this | Virtual PC
Thursday, 11 November 2004 11:18:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]

 



#  Tuesday, 09 November 2004

You don't know the IOCCC (IO Triple-C, International Obfuscated C Code Contest)? The following goals are set forth for the contest:

  • To write the most Obscure/Obfuscated C program under the rules below.
  • To show the importance of programming style, in an ironic way.
  • To stress C compilers with unusual code.
  • To illustrate some of the subtleties of the C language.
  • To provide a safe forum for poor C code. :-)

As I started my Windows programming career on C (ah, message loop!), I'm still an aficionado of this contest. And you'll be too once you come to appreciate the elegance of this year's winning entries.

Categories: this
Tuesday, 09 November 2004 20:02:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Monday, 08 November 2004

I have been busy refactoring the Registry Editor, converting it from hack to architecture. As I plan to release the source code for it, I want it to be well-structured and easily extensible (I don't think I'll do editors for all registry data types). Can't wait for VS.NET 2005 where refactoring will be built in, though you can easily get ReSharper today. Online resources aside, the Refactoring dead-tree edition from Fowler should sit on every developer's bookshelf.

To close this post, one more screenshot of the Registry Editor in action - the menu:

Monday, 08 November 2004 13:57:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



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