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June 2003 - Posts

The ultimate aggregator

Wow.  There's a new (beta) aggregator on the block and it kicks serious butt.  Check it out:

FeedDemon [via Pirillo]

Note that you'll need to massage SharpReader's OPML export to get it to import correctly; here's the info:

From Sharpreader to FeedDemon [.Avery blog]

Posted: Jun 29 2003, 10:43 PM by jeffreykey | with 2 comment(s)
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I love Remote Desktop, but having to log into a bunch of machines to try to find some free disk space gets tiresome after the second machine, so I wrote this little thing.

.net stuff 


"The Microsoft Supplemental UI Library for Visual J# .NET v1.1 provides much of the functionality described in the Java 2 JFC Swing specification. It also adds support for much of the functionality found in the JDK 1.2 java.util package. The Supplemental UI Library installs as an add-on to Visual J# .NET 2003."

Of course this will be of no use to anyone doing commercial development on .NET, but it's interesting to see how aggressively they're going at the academic audience.

Supplemental UI Library [MSDN]

Posted: Jun 22 2003, 11:12 PM by jeffreykey | with 3 comment(s)
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Find out why XmlSerializer doesn't like you and your Type

Mr. Sells wrote a nice little util that grabs the code that XmlSerializer tries to generate based on your type; if serialization is unsuccessful, you get the error dump.

XmlSerializerPreCompiler [Sells Bros News]

Posted: Jun 19 2003, 02:37 AM by jeffreykey | with no comments
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Writing Faster Managed Code: Know What Things Cost

"This article presents a low-level cost model for managed code execution time, based upon measured operation times, so that developers may make better informed coding decisions and write faster code."

This is a great read, even if perf at such a granular level isn't necessarily applicable to your typical projects. Always nice to learn more about the CLR and what's going on under the covers.

Writing Faster Managed Code: Know What Things Cost [MSDN]

New version of FxCop

Everyone's favorite .NET Framework Design Guideline code analysis and conformance tool has been updated to v1.21.

FxCop Team Page

Posted: Jun 17 2003, 01:11 PM by jeffreykey | with no comments
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ericgu interview

Nice guy Eric Gunnerson fields questions about being on the C# team, C# features as well as where the language and tools are heading.

Interview with Eric Gunnerson, Program Manager: Microsoft Visual C# .NET [ActiveWin]

Posted: Jun 11 2003, 01:08 AM by jeffreykey | with no comments
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Free SQL query analyzer w/IntelliSense

This is a pretty neat SQL Query Analyzer-like app that provides intellisense[1] and datagrid (ie editable) results. Best of all, you don't need to install the SQL client tools on all of your machines! Also great if you develop against MSDE.

SQL Buddy [via Chris Sells]

[1] CTRL-Space. Check out Help for more info.

Posted: Jun 05 2003, 10:58 PM by jeffreykey | with no comments
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Microsoft released a beta version of Active Directory Application Mode, which is a standalone version of AD for use in applications, yesterday and the full version is due at the end of the month.

Microsoft ships beta of Active Directory 'light' [InfoWorld]

How to get the beta [Microsoft]

Posted: Jun 05 2003, 03:56 PM by jeffreykey | with no comments
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Yes, Virginia, there really is an X#

Good article acknowledging the existance of X#, which may have some relationship with a paper I referred to previously.  X# is a language that can handle data in XML more effectively than current languages.  Also discusses the direction of some of the server products.

At Microsoft, all roads lead to Longhorn []

Posted: Jun 05 2003, 01:18 PM by jeffreykey | with no comments
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