October 2003 - Posts
I just got this email from a co-worker back on the east coast:
Hahaha, so this morning on Hot 99.5, the question was “What is Longhorn?” and they were saying that it is going to “change the world!”
A few people called in suggesting it might be a new musical instrument… someone actually guessed a new computer chip before a guy called in and got it correct. Then the male announcer said that Bill presented it at a professional developers conference in LA yesterday and the woman announcer said, “I bet they’re a barrel of laughs” then they made fun for a few more minutes….
so you think Eminem will be rapping about Longhorn on hist next album?
I agree with Jerry Dennany
about how this session had a few good nuggets of discussion but overall I felt disappointed. Each subject was talked about for ~2 mins and then someone would change it mid-stream. It was some what hard keeping up. Scott
didn't say much unfortunately, there was some discussion about the integration of dasBlog and .Text for Longhorn blogs
. Then there was Marc Canter
's discussion of a reviewing system for receipes, music and movies.. I just kept getting visions of ePinions
with blogs.. I just sat in the back and tried to take it all in as best I can. I did get the bug to read more about ATOM
and what it holds for the future.
This session covered security things that you can do right now in the v1.x framework, there were very little items about Whidbey in here. Some of the items were just common sense type things and items that have been talked about all this year if you have been paying attention to any security articles.
Here is a few items that I thought were good ideas.
- If your using Forms Authentication and SSL you can set the requireSSL field to true to have all your forms cookies to only transferred over SSL.
- if your in mixed ssl sites you can set the secure bit on the session cookie:
- Link to this app that will encrpyt credentials and connection strings.
Review list for the production config:
- Make sure <customErrors> is set to RemoteOnly or On
- <compilation> debug is set to false.
- of course trace is not enabled..
- you should review isapi filters installed on the server and enable only the ones you need
those are just a few of the many things that was covered in this session. I believe the slidedeck will be up on http://www.asp.net/whidbey/
Let me first say that I did not take my laptop to this gig, since i've been luggin' it around all day. That said this session was uber-cool.
- The new personalization store will be kick ass if it works like promised. I like the idea of my internal apps having a portal feel with out the cost of a portal. The idea is that there is one central Personalization store (think MSN.Com) that stores cross app data. Then each app has it's own Personalization store that has specific items for that app (think Hotamail).
- Provider based items. These things I'm kinda getting my head around. From the sound anything that has a datastore (ie caching, session state) will be able to refernce a provider that you have setup in a config file. So your session state can hit an Oracle database or something like that. Like I said I'm still working on this idea and it maybe completely wrong.
- Web part personalization. Taking the good stuff from Sharepoint and allowing us to use it. This will be backwards compat, so that webparts that are coded today should work on Whidbey. Also it was mentioned that a CMS/Sharepoint will all be built in the future on ASP.Net and that the Web Parts in ASP.Net talk will show a VERY protype version of Sharepoint V3.
Those are just a sampling a few things that were discussed. There were several bloggers around me that will probably have more to say about it also.
For the sake of all of us who have to work this week please consider these things when posting about the goings on in LA… [.NET Weblogs]
I've seen several people wearing "I'm blogging this!" t-shirts. I think the wealth of info coming to everyone will be great..
breaktime from the pre-con session, so far has been great. Nice overview of xml, schema, xslt and hints and tips along the way..
PDC attendees should check out http://pdcvibe/. It looks like a promising tool too keep people in touch.
Connecting you with your peers this is a tool for finding others with similar interests, putting you in touch with up-to-the-minute information on the latest technologies and for putting you in control of getting the most out of PDC.
The download does not appear to be availible at the moment..
I'll be posting random images from PDC to Robert's Moblog
and also my Moblog
What an interesting trip it has been so far. I arrive at Dulles this morning about 12:00pm to catch my 12:40 plane. Head to the U.S. Airways counter where I am informed that my ticket is actually for a United flight and only carries the U.S. Airways name. Problem, United is at the OTHER end of the airport. Well nothing todo but start walking. Get to the E-ticket counter to check in, only to find I'm too late for my flight. Dulles is multi-terminal airport spread across a lot of land and they didn't think they could get my bags to the terminal in time. No problem, I'll just catch the 2:45 flight. Got my ticket, bag is checked in I proceed to the terminal. I arrive at the terminal at 12:25, I still don't know how they couldn't get my bags over in time, but whatever, I venture down the smoking lounge. After a smoke I proceed to the Sam Adam's Brewhouse in the terminal. Time check 1:25, still sitting pretty. Order one Ocktoberfest and sit and watch CNN talk about the fires in Sothern California. Great. I already hate LA, now with the smog I'm gonna have lovely smoked wood too? I finish my beer and after another time check it's now 2 and I have a 20 min walk ahead. As I'm walking towards my gate, I check the board to make sure my plane isn't late. It's not. It's cancelled. WTF? I head over to customer service and try to figure out what's going on. Apparently the 2:45 plane was taken and moved to Las Vegas. Fantastic! My 2 options are the 6pm flight or the 3:05 flight to Chicago and then to LA. I take the 3:05 one since it get's in to LA at 7:30. Oh and I get a freaking $5 voucher for food. Well United, my milkshake was damn tasty.
Anyway, the flight to Chicago was uneventful as was the one from Chicago to LA (except for the part where I slipped and fell on the escalators at O'hare). We touched down in LA ahead of schedule. Bonus! I went down to pick up my luggage only to find out that it wasn't on my plane. It was on the g-d 6pm flight! WTF?! This flight isn't set to land for another hour! Fine, I take the punches and roll with 'em. I find a bench and light a cigarette and then start playing solitare on the P800. Finally the hour goes by and I get my luggage. Now the trip to the hotel. They don't provide a shuttle from the airport so I opt for a share-ride van. Prime Time is the name of the company. And I mention the company for the following reasons:
- It seems that all these van companys are in competition with each other and will not hesitate to go as far as publicly discredit each other or there drivers. Apparently several of the drivers where not “clean“ as one competing company's driver said.
- I took two trips around the Airport. home base kept calling the driver and telling him to pick up people at stops he had already been to!?
- 87 MPH down the freeway. Now I come from the land of the speeders. People whip around I-495/I-66/I-95 like it's nobodys business. But chevy extended cargo vans are NOT ment to go speeding down the freeway and over fly-overs.
- Getting almost in a head on collision because the driver was too busy wondering if the street he was turning down was a one way street. Don't f'n decide if the street is the right one in the MIDDLE OF ON COMING TRAFFIC!!!
Prime Time vans suck and I hope the rest of you stay clear of them.
The hotel is glorious so far, I 've taken several pics with the P800 that I will post soon. I'm gonna try and get some food before I pass out. The day start's early for me with a small workout and then off to check in.
If anyone is reading this and is at the Biltmore, I'll probably be in the lobby bar for a bit. I have a green shirt on and look like this
ALA Scoble's post
on commenting on Longhorn, I've decided to make a comment on Whidbey:
The good news is that the story in Whidbey gets much, much better. Here is a sneak peak screenshot of it in action (note that it is a big screenshot -- so you want to open the picture separately to avoid the browser shrinking the picture and making it unreadable).
First, what the hell is up with MSN style tabs and the Office 2k3 UI? Not that I don't like the Office 2k3 look, but this is my IDE and I want my IDE to be useful, not pretty. Now of course MS would not sacrfice usability for style but how much extra time was spent around a conference table talking about how the tabs will look when it could have been used talking about something else?
Next I'm not quite sure how I feel about the Web designer not connecting to a web server and going straight to a directory (i.e. C:\Websites). Hopefully there will be a way to switch between the two. This is a minor issue and it's probably just do too habit ( VI --> VS.Net 2002 --> VS.Net 2003 ) on my part. Monday can't come soon enough.
.:: currently rockin' out to: Force Of Gravity - BT (8:19) ::.
( a mozilla hacker ) is interested in the XAML stuff coming out next week at PDC and how it could be better then XUL
For those of you Mozilla folks who are interested in XUL, I suggest you pay close attention to what Microsoft is going to unveil next week at the PDC conference. The massive new Longhorn API will be revealed, including XAML, Microsoft's own markup language which is similar to XUL, but way more powerful.
.:: currently rockin' out to: inside - Unkle (7:18) ::.
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