September 2004 - Posts
Eric Lippert, who works on the Visual Studio Tools for Office team at Microsoft, has a great blog entry showing how the error codes and descriptions for VB6 and VB Script go all the back to the original Altair BASIC (Microsoft's first product) written by Bill Gates and Paul Allen back in 1975 for the Altair 8080.
Who says Microsoft doesn't maintain backwards compatability ?!
This new article on MSDN is a long, comprehensive overview of Web Services and their various specs.
Here is the article's summary:
Summary: This white paper provides an introduction to the Web services architecture. It describes the design principles underlying the architecture and foundational technologies for Web services. Features are described and linked to the specifications that formally define them. This paper also serves as a reference guide to all the specifications in the architecture. (45 printed pages)
I think I have mentioned Pat Helland previously in my blog postings. He's a good guy, who's been around and knows his stuff. Check out his new paper on SOA: Data on the Outside vs. Data on the Inside. It is very extensive, but organized and clear.
If you haven't signed up yet, make sure you register for next week's .NET on the Beach event in Herzeliya (Israel). I can't promise you "Fun 'n Sun" since it is starting at 7:00 in the evening, but there will be lots of fun, networking, swimming and a look at future .NET and Visual Studio technologies.
Here's the invitation - see you there !!
It is good to be home again. Even for a pretty heavy traveller like me, being away from Home for 3 full weeks is a long time. Other than that, it was a good trip. A week in New York, visiting family and clients was good and productive (respectively). After that, 2 full weeks in Seattle/Redmond was also great, albeit pretty intense. Very long days of training/briefing sessions and lots of meetings. I certainly learned alot - and may even have gotten a feature request incorporated into VS 2005! I also found time to speak at the Seattle User Group on campus and to have a really fun Sunday afternoon at Paul Allen's Experience Music Project.
I probably would have been well on my way to getting over the jet-lag (which is always worse when travelling eastward) if I hadn't had to work until 3:30 AM last night to meet a deadline...
You can download the .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 here.
The primary focus of Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is improved security. In addition, the service pack includes roll-ups of all reported customer issues found after the release of the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1. Of particular note, SP1 provides better support for consuming WSDL documents, Data Execution prevention and protection from security issues such as buffer overruns.
SP1 also provides support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 to provide a safer, more reliable experience for customers using Windows XP. SP1 is available in 22 languages