October 2004 - Posts
You know that I have always been a big proponent of using MSDE, and now SQL Server Express, in low-end systems (I think my first-ever VSLive presentation was on MSDE 1.0). Hey - the price is right and the upgrade path is simple !
Here is a nice post that describes how to use SQL Server 2005 Express with VB6 - you don't need to be coding in .NET to take advantage of the latest version of SQL Server.
I'll currently working on some stuff for/with SQL Server 2005 Express and VS 2005. You'll start hearing about over the next few months - stay tuned.
I have had several blog postings in the past that point to some great material by Pat Helland.
This one, however, is a little different. It describes some of the personal difficulties he has faced in the past year, culminting in the death of his wife in September. For him, I think the blog posting was a catharsis - for the rest of us, it should be a reminder to keep work and our passion for technology in the proper perspective.
November's Israel Visual Basic User Group Meeting will be held on November 3, 2004:
17:30 - 18:00 Assembly
18:00 - 18:15 Introduction and Birthday Greetings
18:15 - 19:30 “MS Office 2003 Development Options"
Gal Kogman, John Bryce Training
19:30 - 19:45 Break
19:45 – 20:00 "Hatzilu !"
Open session, with questions and answers/ideas from everyone
20:00 – 21:00 “Visual Studio Tools For Office”
Gal Kogman, John Bryce Training
More details can be found on the web site.
I hope to see you there !
It was recently announced that as of the last CTP drop, C# 2.0 now supports Edit and Continue ! It is good to see the C# guys learning from the VB team and implementing some of eh really cool features. What is next - C# developers using the My classes ?!?!
To be fair, the VB team has also leaned alot from the C# team. VB.NET 2.0 will incorporate some features (mainly language constructs, such as unsigned integers, the "using"keyword, generics, operator overloading) that were previosuly C# features.
Its been almost three weeks since my last blog entry. This is the result of being ovewhelmed with work, trying to finalize & sign three new contracts and going on a trip with my son where I had no internet/email access for 9 days. You can only imagine how long it took me to recover from that backlog of email !
Over the next week, I will try to shorten my list of items I've wanted to blog about.
Tonight, my wife and kids gave me my birthday present 2 days early - a new 17" flat screen monitor for my computer! It is really cool and frees up alot of space on my desk - I now have room for several more piles.
Best Kept Secrets in .NET is the latest book by Deborah Kurata and covers some very practical, but often uverlooked or unknown, features of .NET. I must admit that I have not yet gotten a copy of this book, but it is definitely at the top of my list and should be on yours as well. I became a fan of Deborah's as soon as I read her first Doing Objects with VB book and have since developed both a professional and personal relationship with her. I have had many conversations with her and know her thoughts and approaches. Her teaching style has already proven itself and speaks for itself. Combine that with the topics covered in this book and I am sure that this is another "keeper"
Christa has posted one of her own articles on the MSDN Data Access and Storage Dev Center. This is a neat and thorough article that takes you through using a ADO.NET DataSet as the source of data for SQL Server Reporting Services reports. It explains and shows you what you need to know about implementing and using the simple data processing extension for SQL Server Reporting Services.