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#  Tuesday, October 23, 2007

There is absolutely no excuse to not read Hard Code, the book version of I.M. Wright's (49) columns. Get it. Read it. Now!

Categories: Books | Project Management
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 1:33:48 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Sunday, October 21, 2007

If you are interested in IronPython, you should check out Matt's latest SharpDevelop addin: IronPython Integration In SharpDevelop 2.2. His blog post details the status of code completion, Windows Forms designer support, plus: converting code from C# or VB.NET to IronPython.

Please note that this is a work in progress, and that the official release of this addin will be for SharpDevelop 3 and IronPython 2.0.

Categories: .NET | Use the source Luke
Sunday, October 21, 2007 7:36:15 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Monday, October 15, 2007

Been on holidays, at conferences (eg last week Ask The Experts @ XTOPIA in Berlin), and worked on various projects - a couple of reasons it was rather quiet lately in this blog.

Yesterday I decided I needed a simple guestbook application for a to-be-developed private Web site, and because I didn't find anything that fit my needs I decided to write one myself with the goal of (ab)using XLinq in the course of this endeavour:

Guestbook_XLINQ.zip (7.09 KB)

Caveat emptor: I am no designer (surprise!). But thanks to no design it should be easy for you to add your own design. However, as this month's MSDN magazine is all about security, I decided to make the application production-ready security-wise. You'll find a lot of parsing plus XSRF protection (note: this version does not check for integer overflow in calculating the start row).

Missing features: this guestbook is not prepared for localization, nor does it use a control-based approach (where you drop those in your pages and get an in-place guestbook).

Update a version of this application for VS2008 RTM is available here.

Categories: 3.5 | ASP.NET | Security | Use the source Luke
Monday, October 15, 2007 9:56:36 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Friday, August 31, 2007

Been following tf4mono development for quite a while, and now there is an installer that works on Windows with .NET 2.0 (more info). Be sure to check out the comments as it doesn't seem to work on a machine with Team Explorer already installed.

Friday, August 31, 2007 10:05:14 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, August 30, 2007

I ran into a snag last night - I imported a db schema (created via Visio / Generate) into a DB Pro project in VS 2008 Beta 2 DB Pro edition. Then I tried to build & deploy into SQL Express (the one that comes in the TFS / VSTS preconfigured VPC). And it balked.

The error message on TSD158 I got wasn't like the one described in the MSDN Forums post Extending Timeout on SqlBuildTask, however, I decided to look into the registry anyways. Interestingly enough, the value for the key LongRunningQueryTimeoutSeconds was zero. Increased that to 120, restarted VS, presto: build is now working!

Categories: Team System | Visual Studio
Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:16:41 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, August 16, 2007

In my previous post FastCGI in IIS7 I mentioned that I am running WebSVN on this box to give FastCGI a real-world test run. Today, I upgraded to v2.0 of WebSVN. They sure do ship a good-looking template this time around:

The RSS functionality is enabled too in this version (I was running code directly from their repository last time around...). I have to say that WebSVN turned into a must-have tool for anyone using Subversion.

Link to WebSVN on iis7.chrison.net (feel free to play around)

Categories: IIS | Subversion
Thursday, August 16, 2007 3:22:40 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Friday, August 10, 2007
Version 2 of the IE7 Desktop Security Guide is available for download. If you are interested in locking down IE7, then you will need this document.
Categories: Administration | Security
Friday, August 10, 2007 9:55:34 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Thursday, August 9, 2007

Yesterday, I adapted the code comment checkin policy for Team Foundation Server to work with VSTS 2008 ("Orcas") Beta 2. It is functionally equivalent to version 2.1.1 (download) for Visual Studio Team System 2005, therefore you configure it once for a team project, and then it is used both by 2005 & 2008. However, please note the parser doesn't yet fully understand all C# 3.0 constructs, so there might be "false positives".

Download test version here.

Categories: Team System | Visual Studio
Thursday, August 9, 2007 9:56:44 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Monday, August 6, 2007

I set aside the entire day for reading the book Writing Secure Code for Windows Vista. And I was already able to put it back into the bookshelf thanks to its concise nature. The authors only tell the reader about "What's new and changed", without having people wade through tons of stuff they already know. I really greatly appreciate that the authors did not do a third edition of Writing Secure Code just for bringing developers up to speed on Vista security.

Hint to book publishers: other areas would also benefit from this approach. There is only so much time to read books, and I don't want to skim through information I already know. Please consider catering to non-noobs by offering more of these "What's new and changed" types of books to us old dogs.

PS: Way cool to be mentioned in a security book! (p27)

Categories: Books | Security
Monday, August 6, 2007 4:57:06 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


#  Monday, July 23, 2007

I got myself an eval kit for RSA SecurID tokens to see how easy / hard this would be to deploy via AD. Well, I didn't get very far, that is, installation failed spectacularly in the early stages:

After this "helpful" message box setup decided to be more specific:

Ohh-Kay. Let's go to RSA and their support center (it takes roughly five clicks to get to online support, but that's another usability story) - sign in required. Hmmm. How about creating an account?

The eligibility is a real joke: "RSA customers who have a trial product (This does not include two user demos)". Excuse moi? On the Web site you told me that I was ordering a trial and in actuality it turned out to be a "2-User Promo Kit" (the moment I needed support I looked more closely on the package...) without support.

Maybe it's the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHD I am using?

Categories: Administration | Security | this
Monday, July 23, 2007 8:54:49 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]


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