Sun, 09 Aug 2009 17:15:00 GMT
I've got a bizarre situation where a call to webresource.axd for some users is failing -- and only some users. Everything is installed on the server, and as far as I can tell it is all setup correctly -- and this is demonstrated by 95% or more of the users not having any problem. But these particular users have this problem getting webresource.axd regardless of the computer, network, or browser -- other members on my team can take the same user credentials and repeat the problem, while other good users continue to work on all the same computers. We are able to consistently reproduce the problem as we have identified a commonality between these user accounts -- the length of their login email is between 27 and 30 characters inclusively. Of course that login email is no where used to pull webresource.axd to my knowledge, but it is maybe somehow part of the session authentication cookie -- and maybe that's why things are failing. But I do not know of anything else to look at as far as configuration and authentication goes to troubleshoot -- we do not have this problem in our QA environment, nor do we have this problem for existing users (just newly registered users). We are using BEA's Plumtree ALUI 6.5 portal, so its a very complex and particular environment that I wouldn't expect others to have -- but maybe someone else has experienced something similar or has a thought.
Fri, 26 Sep 2008 18:11:00 GMT
My nephew, Matthew O'Bryant, was one of the two US military personnel that was killed in the terrorist bombing of the Pakistan Marriott last weekend. He was a great kid (22 years old) and he will be missed very much by his wife, brother and sisters, parents, the rest of our family, and his many friends.
Sun, 03 Aug 2008 23:23:00 GMT
Scott Bellware's working in Alpharetta for a few weeks. Contact me if you're in Alpharetta and want to join us for lunch on Tuesday, August 5th. So far Dave Ward is also joining us, but there's room for a few more.
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 01:51:00 GMT
From the Atlanta Code Camp site:
last, we are happy to announce registration for the 4th annual Atlanta Code Camp
is now open.
What: All day geek fest focusing on code and not marketing fluff.
To attend the event, you must register at the following link so that we can make sure
to have food to feed you.
If you don't register, we can't guarantee that you will be eligible for food or
Code Camp, lunch will be provided at no cost to you. After the event, we are
planning on gathering in a local eatery to continue any discussions which we
were not able to complete by our 5:30 pm end time. Location information will be
made available at the event.
Code Camps have historically "sold out" extremely rapidly and we don't expect
this time to be any different. Please register quickly to lock in your spot as
we are capping registration and attendance due to facility limitations. If you
miss the registration cap, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can come to some other
arrangement, otherwise you will have to wait until next year's event. Don't miss
We hope you can join us for this exciting and informative event.
When: Saturday, March, 29, 2008 All day (doors open at 7:30)
Cost: Free! (If you are not satisfied, we promise a full refund.)
Where: Devry University in Decatur - 250 North Arcadia Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (view map)
Speakers and Agenda: Currently being finalized. Check the www.AtlantaCodeCamp.com website over the next week to see the finalized version.
At long last, we are happy to announce registration for the 4th annual Atlanta Code Camp is now open.
What: All day geek fest focusing on code and not marketing fluff.
To attend the event, you must register at the following link so that we can make sure to have food to feed you. http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=126492. If you don't register, we can't guarantee that you will be eligible for food or swag.
During the Code Camp, lunch will be provided at no cost to you. After the event, we are planning on gathering in a local eatery to continue any discussions which we were not able to complete by our 5:30 pm end time. Location information will be made available at the event.
The Atlanta Code Camps have historically "sold out" extremely rapidly and we don't expect this time to be any different. Please register quickly to lock in your spot as we are capping registration and attendance due to facility limitations. If you miss the registration cap, contact email@example.com to see if we can come to some other arrangement, otherwise you will have to wait until next year's event. Don't miss out.
We hope you can join us for this exciting and informative event.
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 01:34:00 GMT
"LINQ in Action", published by Manning, is by far the best book available on Linq, both for those new to Linq and those already following it. The authors, Fabrice Marguerie, Steve Eichert, and Jim Wooley, have done a fabulous job of explaining Linq from the basics to the advanced. They even made it enjoyable to read, which makes it one of the best .Net books ever!
The authors' introductory chapter shows us right away that this book is different by presenting a perfect balance of the problem, the history, and the solution. Linq is a huge subject, but the authors are up to it, and they quickly whet the readers appetite for all of Linq -- Objects, Sql, and Xml. We then get a very thorough explanation of the new language enhancements that Linq relies on, but which the authors clearly show to have uses of their own. The chapter on Linq's building blocks, covering sequences, query operators, query expressions, and expression trees, was especially instructive to me, even though I've followed Linq from the alpha days, so again I'm sure this book has something for everyone. The book then covers Linq to Objects very thoroughly, including common scenarios and performance considerations that other books never consider.
The book then progresses to three chapters on Linq to Sql, which are of course my favorite since I'm really into O/R Mapping. The authors cover not just the basics to get beginners up to speed, but they also cover far more advanced content than I was expecting. For instance, they discuss not just the designer to setup mappings, but also the SqlMetal tool, and manual mappings using either attributes or xml. They also discuss the various concurrency options, the entity life cycle, inheritance, and more. The authors then give us three chapters on Linq to Xml, which again have something for everyone -- I especially like the chapter on common scenarios. The book finishes with a very thorough chapter on extending Linq, with a Linq to Amazon example, and a chapter that ties it all together with a real-world example that was gradually put together during the course of the entire book.
The authors also provide additional support and material online, including a bonus chapter on Linq to Datasets. There is also downloadable code in both C# and VB, although the book actually shows both languages in most cases, and always points out the differences when there are differences between them.
Disclaimer: I personally know Jim and have seen him present on Linq multiple times, Steve was a user of my WilsonORMapper, even contributing to it, and I've known Fabrice in the online world for quite some time too -- but I did very much enjoy and learn even more from their most excellent book on Linq.
Thu, 14 Feb 2008 14:09:00 GMT
Do .net 2.0 service pack 1 compiled binaries fail when ran on machines without that service pack? Developers automatically get force-fed .net 2.0 sp1 when we install VS 2008, which doesn't sound like it should be a big concern typically. But what about the next time you compile an existing VS 2005 app and deploy on machines without sp1, which would of course be the case for most non-dev machines right now? I believe I have found a case where this is indeed happening, at least that's the only explanation I can find so far, and it looks like there are a few others reporting things too -- but the details so far are sketchy at best.
I've got an existing .net 2.0 app (written in C#) that calls a 3rd party web service that has always ran just fine. I needed to make a couple of small updates to my app which did not change anything related to the calling of this web service at all. Everything works flawlessly on my development pc, which has service pack 1 for .net 2.0, but fails when deployed on my qa server, which does not have service pack 1. Here are the exception details:
Error type = System.InvalidOperationException
Error Message: There is an error in XML document (5, 2).
Stacktrace: at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer.Deserialize(XmlReader xmlReader, String encodingStyle, XmlDeserializationEvents events)
at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer.Deserialize(XmlReader xmlReader, String encodingStyle)
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.ReadResponse(SoapClientMessage message, WebResponse response, Stream responseStream, Boolean asyncCall)
at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.Invoke(String methodName, Object parameters)
I am able to confirm that the 3rd party does receive my call to this web service, and it is sending the expected response, which I have also confirmed with TcpTrace. So the problem seems to be that the xml deserialization that is needed to parse the web service response is no longer working the same, and code compiled with sp1 cannot be executed without it.
Can anyone confirm this? Are there any work-arounds, short of compiling without sp1 or deploying sp1? By the way, I am in the process of setting up a virtual machine that will just have VS 2005 without sp1 to confirm this if no one else can, and assuming I can confirm this then I'll have to determine if I want to start requiring sp1.
Here's a couple related links, which may or may not be the same problem I'm experiencing:
Fri, 21 Dec 2007 17:59:00 GMT
Its been a very long time since my last post, but here I am again at last. I just started a new job with McKesson this week as an ASP.NET Architect, where I'll be working on internal tools to support sales and marketing. McKesson is currently 18th on the Fortune 50 list, being the largest health-care company, and I'll be working in their Alpharetta, GA, office. I'm very excited about this change, both for the short-run and long-term, and I'm calling this a birthday present to myself since I just turned 40. I still believe Mimsware to be the best Atlanta-based consulting company, and I highly recommend them, but I decided I wanted a more permanent role. And McKesson isn't just any company -- they are also big enough that I can make a career with them and still find opportunity for change if I desire. Its also a pleasant drive for me, taking back-roads from Woodstock, GA, although its a big change for myself and my family to not work from home.
So that explains this post, but what have I been doing since the last one? I suppose the easiest explanation is to simply say that I've been living! My focus has very much been my family, and much less on being a tech guru, which was only a coincidence due to having lots of time a few years ago. My wife Jenny is still cancer-free, and now reconstructive surgery is done, but earlier this year there was a tough time dealing with a reconstructive surgery that didn't heal which led to a much bigger surgery than expected. But she's fine now and back at her job as a nurse in a cardiac cath lab. Meanwhile, my kids are growing -- Tori is 10 and still enjoys dancing, while Zack is 9 and enjoys video games, and both stay busy with friends. We also got a Wii, which is finally a game system we all can play together -- and I count it as real exercise in air-conditioning with no allergens! I got Mario and Sonic Olympics for my birthday and even got a little sore.
So what about the latest MS technology and my own endeavors like my O/RM? I never set out to spend time on forums or to create a popular O/R Mapper -- I simply had a lot of free time several years back that I used wisely. I love learning new technology, and I like to build something real that is useful to myself as part of that process, which is how it all started out. I then discovered that others also found things I did very useful, which encouraged me to do even more, but then my O/RM took on a life of its own. I found that I was no longer just learning or making something for myself, instead I was adding features for others and doing a lot of support also. So Brian DeMarzo has taken my O/RM open source, and I'm just going to once again play with the latest MS stuff, like Linq to Sql and MVC for ASP.NET. I may yet build something I think is useful enough to share with others, or at least learn enough for a new post, but if I don't then that's OK too.
Mon, 07 May 2007 00:50:00 GMTSeveral Atlanta area user groups have teamed up to meet on a single night with multiple tracks -- and the next meeting is Monday, May 7th, 2007, at 6:00pm in the Microsoft Alpharetta office. Shawn Wildermuth will be giving the combined short talk, and then the group will split into several tracks, featuring Mike Culver, Jim Wooley, and maybe more. Get more details on the Cutting Edge site.
Sun, 29 Apr 2007 23:25:00 GMTI almost can't believe the great news that came from MS today. That's right, the ADO.NET Entity Framework has been delayed ! I bet most of you think I'm being sarcastic, but I am serious. I've got at least three reasons why this is good news to me.
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 18:09:00 GMTI've got a small app in production that's been running without a glitch until the other day. It turned out to be a case where the server didn't have enough disk space and nothing more. That should have been the end of it, but I also decided to add myself to the error emails. The next day someone reported not getting their regular email, and I couldn't figure it out.
Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:01:00 GMTHere's a nice library function useful when loading enum-typed properties from your database:
Tue, 10 Apr 2007 11:55:00 GMTProbably one of the best information sources about .net garbage collection: http://blogs.msdn.com/tess/archive/2007/04/10/net-garbage-collector-popquiz-followup.aspx.
Mon, 09 Apr 2007 20:36:00 GMT
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Sat, 03 Mar 2007 20:43:00 GMTThe Atlanta Cutting Edge .NET User Group is meeting Monday, March 5, 2007, at 6:00pm in the Microsoft offices in Alpharetta. Paul Lockwood will be talking about advanced production debugging and Eric Engler will be talking about the ASP.NET AJAX framework. Eric promises it will be about much more than the UpdatePanel, which seems to be the extent of most such talks.
Tue, 27 Feb 2007 17:36:00 GMTThis is a non-technical post, but I don't do this often, so please indulge me. We recently went on a vacation and had to find a new pet-sitter for our dogs, cat, and fish/turtles. We ended up choosing Wholistic Sitting and were very pleased with Tanya's service. She sent us emails during our trip, including pictures, and it was obvious she was spending quality time with our pets given her descriptions. The house was also well taken care of, accidents cleaned up, and the mail brought in. So I'm very happy to recommend Wholistic Sitting if you need a pet-sitter in the Woodstock, Canton, or Roswell area of Georgia. And if you've always done kennels then think again, as pet-sitting doesn't cost anymore, especially if you have more than one pet, and your pets are much better off in your own home.
Tue, 27 Feb 2007 16:26:00 GMTMimsware is looking for a Senior Network Consultant. Check out the job posting if you or someone you know in the Atlanta area is interested and qualified.
Mon, 05 Feb 2007 01:59:00 GMT
The Atlanta Cutting Edge .NET User Group's monthly meeting is on Monday, February 5th, at 6:00 PM:
This month, Brendon Schwartz will introduce the new release of Sharepoint (now known as MOSS). We will cover the high level advancements that make up MOSS 2007 and take a look a few demos of the new UI and features.
Brendon Schwartz is an ASP.NET MVP in Atlanta. He is one of the "Atlanta .NET Regular Guys", as well as a founding member of the Atlanta Microsoft Professionals Group, and VP of Technology on the INETA Board of Directors. You can reach Brendon through his personal website at www.devcow.com, and visit his weblog at DevCow (http://devcow.com/blogs/adnrg/default.aspx).
I won't be able to attend this meeting, but it looks like a good one, so come on out if you can, and hopefully I can make next month.
Mon, 22 Jan 2007 21:06:00 GMTI've had the opportunity lately to work with Hummingbird's Document Management (DM) system on one of my projects at Mimsware. In particular I was tasked to install, configure, and learn about their Automated Email Management (AEM) system in a test environment. What is AEM? It is basically a plugin for MS Exchange that makes it possible for all emails in an organization to be automatically archived into the Hummingbird DM system according to flexible rules that you define. The goal for some organizations will be to make legal compliance of email retention automatic, and any necessary legal discovery very easy, especially important in a government organization with open record laws. Other organizations may also be interested in simply making email work like all other documents, so that one document management system can be used to store and search all types of documents in the organization.I was able to get AEM working effectively, but there were also several aspects of the installation and configuration that were not documented well, or which required a lot of trial and error, so I want to share some of the lessons learned. We are using DM version 22.214.171.124 SR6, so that is what I installed for AEM to begin with, but at least on my system it would not start up successfully after an apparent successful install, so I had to use patch SR6 MR2. I suppose some will say that you should always use the latest version, but a Hummingbird installation is a very complex beast, so once you have something in place that works for you, its a big deal to update everything. Luckily in this case I was able to only install the new version for just AEM and leave the rest of the DM system on the current version, but even that was something that had to be thoroughly tested, and there may still be some unknowns.Once I had it installed it quickly became a very long and involved process to configure things correctly, but most of this was documented and in most other cases the log was sufficient. I think the biggest problem is that everything is too configurable and that there are no smart defaults, and yet for this type of system there are a lot of defaults that just seem to be obvious. For instance, they provide a default email profile, with fields to store the from, to, cc, bcc, received date, and send date, but none of these are configured for you so you have to specify both the profile and every one of these fields. We also had some other custom fields that had to be set, and of course I would expect that to be my task, but I just don't see why they can't have the standard email fields defaulted to begin with. But ignoring my custom fields for now, which were very easy to figure out with their log's help, here is what I determined to be the optimal set of profile values for the standard email fields:PROFILE=(DEF_MPROF), TYPE_ID=(EMAIL), ABSTRACT=(%s), EMAIL_FROM=(%f), EMAIL_TO=(%t), EMAIL_CC=(%h"cc"), EMAIL_BCC=(%h"bcc"), EMAIL_RECEIVED=(%h"datereceived"), EMAIL_SENT=(%h"date")The Type Id might be something else for someone else, since this was a custom type that I created myself, but I also think it just makes good sense to define an Email type to best differentiate email documents. The Abstract value, which is used for the document description, and wasn't documented anywhere that I could find, may also be something that you may want to set differently -- I've simply set it to the subject. On the other hand, all of the other values seem non[...]
Sun, 21 Jan 2007 02:57:00 GMTThe Atlanta Code Camp was today, so I finally got to give my LINQ and O/R Mapping talk that I've been preparing.