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Enterprise Library

Tue, 15 Feb 2005 05:00:00 GMT

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I've been reading Scott Bellware's post on moving beyond VB6 practices on the CLR. One of the things that caught my attention was his suggestion to move away from ADO.NET. Right now the best solution to that I see is using the data code block from the Microsoft Enterprise Library. These are great if you are woring in VS2003, but does anyone know of a good way to port them to the VS2005 beta. I would really like to use them in some of the test apps I am building however when I try compiling the code block I get all kinds of obsolete class errors that prevent me from compiling. If anyone either knows of a good way to get around this issue or has already ported this library to VS2005 please let me know. (image)


Fri, 20 Aug 2004 14:49:00 GMT

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How many of you have visited Channel 9?  If you haven't its a great idea developed by a group of Microsoft employees including Robert Scoble to provide feedback from developers on the things Microsoft is doing.  Lately there have been several groups of  “new” users who are trying to turn this site into the Microsoft hatefest that slashdot has become.  Pretty soon I bet I'll start seeing Microsoft spelled like Micro$oft or M$.  And if this continues Microsoft is sure to shut this forum down (why would they keep it up if all it is is fanatics screaming about how linux is superior).  If they do shut this forum down it would really be to bad because it is a great place for people who want Microsoft products to get better to communicate with Microsoft developers.  So for those of you who do participate in the Channel 9 forums help out in making it an atmosphere for intelligent discourse and not fanatic Microsoft bashing.


PS. I completely agree with Tim Hibbard's post on the Olympics.  Why can't it be about the sports?


Code Complete

Mon, 09 Aug 2004 19:52:00 GMT

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I have recently recieved a copy of the book Code Complete 2e and I have to say that this is truly an amazing book.  This book could completely replace my introductory Computer Science course.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is either pursueing a comp sci degree or to anyone who is a profesional developer.  If any of you have read this book I would love to hear some of your views on it.



Wed, 28 Jan 2004 13:32:00 GMT

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OK, I know that this is not a popular view to have but I can't get over the stupidity of this latest virus.  It baffles me why people would open an email from someone they don't know and execute the attachment.  Maybe I don't understand something, or maybe i am just underestimating the stupidity of the average internet user.  The number of infected people truly made me laugh this morning.  I think that if you are stupid enough to open this message, download the attachment, and execute it you deserve your machine to be infected.  Another thing that made me angry is that this is not a Microsoft only problem (as the New York Times thinks).  This “virus” is reliant on user error not on a poorly written piece of code (and I know there is a lot of that in Windows).  So lets face it, this virus is just another indication of the low level of computer understanding of the average internet user.  Please lets all stop and think before we open another attachment in an email from an unknown sender. (image)


Tue, 27 Jan 2004 17:15:00 GMT

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I know this is my second article today about the same thing but I really can't stress enough how cool I think the idea behind WinFS is.  With WinFS you can take disparate stores of information, such as MSN Messenger contacts and Outlook contacts, and share them across all applications in Longhorn.  However, since third party applications, like Lotus and other email and collaboration applications, will not be designed to take advantage of these new features, many people think that the real purpose of changes in the Windows programming model, such as WinFS are designed to corral a user of Longhorn into buying more and more Microsoft products.  I think that this is the exact reason why Microsoft has begun talking about Longhorn so far ahead of its release date.  By generating buzz about its this radical programming change it will give third party development companies the time to adapt to the new programming models within Longhorn.  True the earliest applications designed specifically for Longhorn will be built by Microsoft, but due to the heavy buzz Microsoft is generating about Longhorn third party applications will not be far behind. (image)

PDC Screen Saver Winners

Tue, 27 Jan 2004 12:49:00 GMT

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I just finished looking through the winning submissions for the PDC Screen Saver Contest.  The source code for the top three is available here.  My favorite was the second place finisher because of its utilisation of WinFS.  I was really impressed by the level to which contact, meeting, and task data are integrated into the core of the operating system.  The concept of the screen saver was also very creative, providing information for someone who has left there desk in an office setting.  Samples like this make me really eager to watch how Longhorn continues to develop.  I am waiting for a much more developed version of WinFS in the next public release, probably the first public beta.  Until then I just have to PDC preview to play with. (image)