March 2007 - Posts

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Lies TFS Told Me by Bil Simser

This morning we suffered an air-conditioner failure in one of the server rooms. As our TFS server was deployed to a server with the words "dev" in it, naturally they thought they could just shut it down. After all, dev means development so it's not critical...
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A refactoring that escapes me by Bil Simser

We had a mini-code review on Friday for one of the projects. This is a standard thing that we're doing, code reviews basically every week taking no more than an hour (and hopefully half an hour once we get into the swing of things). Code reviews are something...
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Well, that was a short trip by Bil Simser

Unfortunately, due an emergency I have to cancel my trip to the MVP Summit. Bummer. A week of frolicking with other MVPs, missing out (again) on Jeff's party (220+ people so you know it just has to be good, or at least crowded), a week of in-depth sessions...
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MVP Summit - Day 0 - Lift off! by Bil Simser

And so it begins. Another conference, another series of wordy photo blog entries from my twisted sense of humor over the next week. This week 1700 MVPs are gathering in Seattle/Redmond for our kindof-annual Summit (happens every 18 months or so). This...
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2007 time zone update, will it be worth it? by Bil Simser

March 11 is almost here and the crazy time zone updates are upon us. If you're looking for info on Windows operating system updates, check out the KB article here . Personally I can't follow it. At this point I'm not sure if my XP SP2 box is updated or...
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Expand your horizons, get introduced to C# 3.0 by Bil Simser

Scott Guthrie has an excellent summary post of some key features in .NET 3.0 that's coming in the next release of Visual Studio (codename Orcas). His post is short, sweet, and shows how you do something today and how it can change in the future. This...
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Communities need care and feeding by Bil Simser

A long time ago in an office far, far, away I started up the SharePointKicks site. It was a bright idea spurned on by the popularity of DotNetKicks . Community driven content like Digg, etc. but focused on SharePoint. The early days I was submitting a...
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What's in your OSS box? by Bil Simser

Following on the heels of Jeremy Miller and JP , here's a list of my open source tools in my tool chest. My list may be surprising to some. Enterprise Libraries. Some people hate 'em and there's people that blast them for being "too big" but it works...
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Tuesday Night Downloads by Bil Simser

Two downloads I thought I would toss out there for your feed readers to consume. Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista During the development of Windows Vista, several key investments were made to vastly improve overall quality, security...
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NetTiers gets a Wiki (a real one) by Bil Simser

One of my more favorite tools is NetTiers . Calling a template a tool might be a stretch but it's my primary reason for using CodeSmith . NetTiers is basically a set of CodeSmith templates that, when pointed at a database, gives you a nicely separated...
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