June 2003 - Posts
This App Blocks that Microsoft are releasing as part of the Patterns and Practices
items are a welcome addition to my toolbox. The Aggregation Block that was just released probably cut off 2 days of development time for me. Check it out here
From the site:
Summary: This page provides an overview of the Aggregation Application Block, which is a Microsoft® .NET Framework class library that allows you to manage and coalesce information from various service providers and other systems and transform the information for presentation.
Check out the latest release of News Monster
. They have add what could possibly one of the coolest
features of a news aggregator.
NewsMonster allows for the creation of a trust network of worthy bloggers which is managed by the user. NewsMonster then uses this network to build a popularity index of recent events and aggregated RSS content by reputation.
Seriously it did! So the past week has been hell. I've lost several pieces of source code in the past week. This happened funny enough during a routine upload to the Source Safe database. I hit check-in then BOOM, harddrive dies. Needless to say, I was pissed. After several hours of yelling at the IT dept for supplying me with obviously sub standard equipment, I set about trying to get my code back. Luckily I had deployed a compiled copy of the app to the dev server. Okay I thought, I'll just get the dll and decompile. Wrong! The app was in VB.Net and I could only find apps that decompiled back to C#. I could have converted the C# to VB.Net and I would have but some of the apps I tried wouldn't even attempt to read the DLL. I then found Reflector
by Lutz Roeder. Great app I recommend it to you all.
Unfortunately there was a few bugs that would not let get at some of the most important pieces of the code. Blast
! So I hunker down and load up ILDASM. After rummaging around the IL a sudden haze fell over my eyes and the room started to spin. Then as my head hit the keyboard, it all became clear. I got the code back I needed and all is well. This article
is a must read for anyone thinking of starting to read IL.
The moral of this diatribe? Learn it, Live it, Love it. ILDASM: It will save your ass!
.. no not really. But post's like this one
from Mary Jo Foley's Microsoft-Watch
makes me wonder if people read about stuff that will happen before it does happen?
[Listening to: Squarepusher - Alroy Road Tracks - central line - A1 - (3:31)]
check out the Web Matrix
site. It's up there. I've been rocking it for awhile now and it seems very rock solid. It's Web Matrix Reloaded apparently.
by way of Scripting News: Infoworld ads in RSS Feeds.
This is my earlier post posing this same question. sure hope I didn't give them any ideas.
So I'm sitting in DAT312 Designing Applications Using SQLXML Managed Classes listening to Asli Bilgin talk about this stuff. So far it's very interesting and I hope when I get back I can leverage some of this in my apps. Andrew Conrad's session (DEV399) later today will cover some more on SQLXML and he has some beta bits for the newest SP for SQLXML.
This morning was also OFC322 Building Office Research Web Services, which answered quite a few questions I had about this particular tech. Chris Kunicki showed ( maybe he runs it ) the OfficeZealot website. This site is very cool.
The show last night was great, didn't watch too many bands though as I was busily trying to win $2500 fake bucks to get a T-Shirt. I didn't get it though, but a good time was had regardless. Hit up the Mall this morning for the last day sales, got a kick ass vest and one of the blue speaker shirts. Now if I can try and snag a Speaker Badge...
I have a ton of pictures to post up when I get a chance but I've opted to drive back to Virginia this weekend then take the 2 hour flight.
All in all it was a good show this year. Lot's of great information floating around and many of my questions got answered in the Ask the Experts area. This is a great resource for people when they come here. Even though I showed up all late and wrong to the Techedbloggers.net meeting there was some good discussion going on there and it's good to see that MS is interested in bloggin' and wants to help out. It's very funny when I hear speakers talk about blogs and how they joke that they hope they don't screw up since someone will probably blog about thier speech.
MBL204 Big applications in small packages: Using SQL Server CE in the Enterprise.
This session was not what I was expecting, not that it was bad just didn't go too much into SQL Server CE. This session covered more the items that you need to workin to the design of the application your building. Some are come sense items like:
- Know the device you are coding too.
- Have redundancy for the device and the data that you will be storing.
- Always have a backup plan.
The best part was at the end when the speakers were showing off some ruggedized cases and PocketPC's and then dropping them from about 4 feet up. Along with eggs to show that dropping from 4 feet really can do some damage.
I may go check out tomorrows session MBL 305 which promises to show more destruction on the devices.
This morning's keynote by Scott Charney was cool. It made me want to learn more about security.
I passed my test.
Dunno why, but it makes me laugh. Check out over at DataGrid Girl's blog.
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