November 2006 - Posts
If you've ever been frustrated by the process of trying to get access to an available MS hot fix (especially after being frustrated by those bugs/crashes/hangs in VS), join the club. But before you spend too much time lamenting, note that MS has heard our cry and made many/most of the existing critical hotfixes available for simple downloading here.
I gave two presentations at this year's event:
DEV203 ADO.NET - Present and Future
DEV369 ADO.NET 2.0 Tips and Tricks
Both sessions went well, including demos. The best part, though, was the attendee who tracked me down in the Ask The Experts area two days in a row, to discuss how some of what I presented in my session could be appied to his current project(s). Imagine how I felt when he told me that it was worth it for him to come the conference just for the information he got from me !
This year's EMEA TechEd event was quite different from the past events that I have been attending and speaking at since 1999.
First of all, it was in the fall season, rather than the summer.
Second of all, since they split TechEd EMEA into 2 separate show/weeks for Developers and IT Pros, it was a much smaller event - both in terms of attendees and in terms of exhibitors (where I really felt the difference).
Finally, although it was back in Barcelona, it was in a brand new venue - which I though was more spacious and laid out much better.
At this month's monthly meeting on November 1, IVBUG, the Israel Visual Basic User Group, celebrated its 9th birthday ! It is hard to believe that it has been 9 years since I founded this group, the first Microsoft User Group in Israel. Many of the faces have changed over the years, but we do still have a few member (besides me !) who were at those first meetings.
As has becone the custom at our IVBUG "Birthday Parties, Microsoft Israel provided us with special birthday cakes for teh occasion. Here is a picture of me with galit Shachaf, the MS Israel Visual Studio Product Manager, after our opening words at this meeting (courtesy of Gadi Meir)
A nice new source of practical and advanced information on building Click Once deployments has been developed by Brian Noyes for the MS Patterns and Practices team. Here is the description blurb:
Deploying client applications with ClickOnce requires a lot of procedural steps to accomplish and there are many variations in the way development organizations want to manage their deployments. This ClickOnce Community Resource Kit contains over 70 pages of written guidance and How-To topics that will lead you through common scenarios. Accompanying the written guidance is a Manifest Manager Utility sample that will make it easier to accomplish those steps through a custom tool. This tool also provides sample code for how to program against the ClickOnce manifest APIs to create other custom tools for manipulating manifests beyond what Visual Studio and the SDK tools support. There is also guidance and a sample implementation for putting a custom server repository source for your ClickOnce application files using SQL Server. This material, written by IDesign architect Brian Noyes, author of Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce (http://www.softinsight.com/clickoncebook), will help get you up and running with ClickOnce deployment quickly. You can contact Brian at email@example.com.
Download the ClickOnce Resource Kit from here.
No new software, but a new/old name... The recently renamed SQL Server Everywhere (the successor to SQL Mobile and SQL CE) has been renamed back SQL Server Compact Edition - see the details here.
I have spent alot of time over the past few months speaking about SQL Server Everywhere and how it fits into the MS SQL Server family. The name change will probably add to the confusion for a while, but I think that in the long run it is a good choice. At least the .NET namespace name now makes sense...
If you haven't checked it out yet, you really should check out this page, which gives you a brief overview and links to the June CTP and additional docs (although look for both an RC and then RTM version in the next 1-2 months).
Feel free to ping me with any thoughts or questions...