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#  Monday, January 31, 2005
Quite a few things happened whilst I was whileing away on the community wintercamp: the Enterprise Library was released, and PatternShare.org went live.
Categories: .NET | Cool Download
Monday, January 31, 2005 10:11:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


There is a chapter online from an AW book at InformIT: Introduction to Refactoring. The interesting (and as always flameworthy) point: In this chapter, Joshua Kerievsky explains the whys and hows of refactoring, and why you shouldn't trust that automated refactoring program.
Categories: Books
Monday, January 31, 2005 10:06:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Sunday, January 30, 2005

This year's community wintercamp is over - we had two great days spanning three days. Included here are only two photos - one from Friday's evening "Bratl in der Rein" in the restaurant Moststadl in Ebensee, and the second one from Saturday's skiing in the Dachstein West resort.



Categories: Community | this
Sunday, January 30, 2005 7:29:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, January 27, 2005
The Webcast ".NET development for free with #develop" which I announced recently is already available for download (it is still German though). Those who missed it, go get it.
Categories: .NET | Cool Download | this
Thursday, January 27, 2005 5:58:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Wednesday, January 26, 2005
SmartPhone Thoughts has that article on its Web site: Your Smartphone as a Bluetooth Modem for Your Laptop. Now, all I need is a laptop with Bluetooth...
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 3:11:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Tuesday, January 25, 2005

After figuring out the previous problem (DLL dependencies), I decided to install the .NET Framework SDK into the VPC image (a Windows Server 2003). No such luck: "Extracting file failed.  It is most likely caused by low memory (low disk space for swapping file) or corrupted Cabinet file." No, not again a memory issue...

Wait a second! That image has 400 megs of memory assigned plus a 1.2 gig growth limit for the swap file. That can't be. As usual, I used Google to search for solutions. One (older) suggestion was to update Windows Installer - I gave it a shot anyways, and installed Windows Installer 3.0. No change, but that was expected. At least I am now up2date in that respect.

To spare myself further waste of time, I decided to take the easy route and ran

setup /c

on my XP box, copied the extracted setup files to the VPC image - and presto! The SDK is installing like a charm.

Categories: .NET | Administration
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 3:51:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2]


Once again it pays off to be in this game... erm industry for so long: I got a weird  Fusion loading error for an assembly:

System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of 
an invocation. ---> System.IO.FileNotFoundException: File or assembly name ConsoleControl, 
or one of its dependencies, was not found.

File name: "ConsoleControl"  at ConsolePad..ctor()

=== Pre-bind state information ===
LOG: DisplayName = ConsoleControl, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null
 (Fully-specified) LOG: Appbase = C:\SharpDevelop\Repository\SharpDevelop\bin\
LOG: Initial PrivatePath = NULL Calling assembly : ConsoleAddin, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null. === LOG: Policy not being applied to reference at this time (private, custom, partial, or location-based assembly bind). LOG: Post-policy reference: ConsoleControl, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null LOG: Attempting download of new URL file:///C:/SharpDevelop/Repository/SharpDevelop/bin/ConsoleControl.DLL.

The assembly of course was right smack where the above URL is pointing to. So what was going on? First, I mailed the dev - no such luck, it was working on his machine (as if I would care: "I don't care if it runs on your machine, we are not shipping your machine!", Software Testers Anonymous).

As the test machine is a non-SDK machine (runtime installed only), fuslogvw was also out of the question. Mer...veilleux. Fallback to tools a C++ programmer loves and knows: Dependency Walker. This guy produced the following output:

A-ha! The dev checked in an assembly that was written in C++ (and thus he had all the runtime assemblies on his box), but he forgot the two beauties msvcp71 and msvcr71. Chalk one up for the old dogs.

Categories: .NET
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 3:11:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


Installed the latest version of X1 Desktop Search today. Why ain't I using one of the free desktop search offerings you ask? I need support for Eudora Mail as well as Mozilla, not just Outlook as offered by the freebies. And the preview pane just rocks.

Categories: this
Tuesday, January 25, 2005 10:43:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Friday, January 21, 2005

Better late than never (having sent this to myself last weekend via Webmail and not touched till today): Scriptomatic 2.0 is here. The description from the download is indeed very teasing:

A completely new version of the famous Scriptomatic, the utility that writes WMI scripts for you. (And, in the process, teaches you the fundamental concepts behind writing WMI scripts for yourself.) Unlike its predecessor, Scriptomatic 2.0 isn’t limited to writing just VBScript scripts; instead, Scriptomatic 2.0 can write scripts in Perl, Python, or JScript as well. In addition, Scriptomatic 2.0 gives you a host of new output formats to use when running scripts, including saving data as plain-text, as a stand-alone Web page, or even as XML. Scriptomatic 2.0 handles arrays, it converts dates to a more readable format, and it works with all the WMI classes on your computer; on top of all that, it also writes scripts that can be run against multiple machines.

Categories: Administration
Friday, January 21, 2005 5:23:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


Next Friday, the German ASP and .NET communities will converge in Bad Ischl, Austria, for their annual non-technical meeting: the Community Wintercamp 2005. On the agenda, so to speak: skiing, sledging, local hospitality (not to mix up with local hospitals!) and a lesson in beer brewing as well as consumption. It looks like the weather is very, very kind to us too: snow all over the place and it'll keep snowing for the next few days. Hooray!

Categories: Community
Friday, January 21, 2005 12:44:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0]


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