October 2005 - Posts

[Buck Hodges] Beta 3 refresh released


Beta 3 of TFS has now been released and should be available on MSDN today (or very soon :-).  The differences between beta 3 and beta 3 refresh are small for most things.  Jeff Beehler wrote about some of the beta 3 refresh differences two weeks ago.  The most important reason for the beta 3 refresh is that it is built against and uses all of the final release versions of Visual Studio 2005, .NET 2.0, and SQL Server 2005.  Beyond that, many of the fixes in it were to enhance the setup experience and to address a few localization issues.  So, if you are wondering whether some particular bug is fixed, the answer is most likely to be no, with the exception of some issues that Jeff mentioned.

If you have beta 3 installed, you'll want to read the following guide to succesfully upgrade without losing your existing data.

Migrating to Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Beta 3 Refresh


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[Eli Robillard] Launch Cassini in any folder

[From Eli Robillard]


Wouldn't it be great if you could launch a web server on any folder just by right-clicking? Robert McLaws built a utility that does just that. This will be one of those "how'd I live without it" tools for ASP.NET v2 (Whidbey) development and testing. Thanks Robert!

[The description and screenshot]
[An update and its description]


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[Peter Provost] ShellNew Extension for Visual Studio Solutions

[From Peter Provost]


I really like creating Solution files before I start adding projects. I like to control where everything goes. But sometimes Visual Studio gets in my way. For example, when you create a new Empty Solution, VS creates a folder for it. Nothing you can do about it.

So I created a ShellNew extenstion to do it for me. Here’s how do do the same thing yourself:

  1. Download this ZIP file.
  2. Extract the file “Visual Studio Solution.sln” and put it in your \Windows\ShellNew folder.
  3. Extract the .reg file to your desktop and double click on it.

That should be all you have to do. Now you can right click anywhere and say “New Microsoft Visual Studio Solution”. Enjoy!


Bink.nu claims that RTM is now available on MSDN


Will try to confirm soon.

** Seems VS.NET is there but good luck getting the bandwidth… **

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World waits for Whidbey RTM to appear on MSDN

Hopefully VS.NET 8.0.50727.42 (RTM) + VSTS Beta 3 refresh will be available on MSDN soon…

If you have an older version on your machine (the RC bits), please make sure you run the uninstall tool before installing the RTM version.

The uninstall tool is at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=47598

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New VistaDB 2.1 has been released.

New VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released. This free update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint, free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free distribution for both embedded and server, Copy 'n Go! deployment, managed ADO.NET Provider, data management and data migration tools. Free trial is available for download.
Learn more: www.vistadb.net
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VMware 5.5 RC not so hot

The one big feature about VMware 5.5 over VMware 5.0 was the ability to import and use Virtual PC images.  But all I get is an error code every time I try to do it with the Virtual PC image I have.

I looked into submitting a bug, but apparently you have to pay a support fee to submit a bug for products in their beta program.  Well, at least Microsoft has something up on them…



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VistaDB to support .NET 2.0 features in version 3.0 (sometime in 2006...)

I am not sure on a firm timeline but VistaDB has said that they are going to support .NET 2.0 features in the 3.0 release of VistaDB Server.   The only date that they have on their website is 2006.

It is nice that they are going to support .NET 2.0 features, but for being a commercial product they are behind the ball and and should have been ready for this much sooner…


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RIP, Google Toolbar...

I have been trying out the MSN Toolbar for a little while, at first just to get the tabbed browser.  However, I do like the results I get back from Google better then MSN.   I then found that you can change the settings in MSN Toolbar to actually search Google instead of MSN.  Nice!

Then I came across this article today that Google is going to be distributing Java with their toolbar.  That is the nail in the coffin for my several years with google toobar. 


I think that MSN should start shipping the .NET Framework with it’s toolbar!

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