June 2004 - Posts
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Apparently Dave Massy changed my mood about IE. Now after one step forward, ten other backward.
"...There are currently no plans to release a new version of Internet Explorer prior to Longhorn when it will be delivered as part of the new OS. As the team completes Windows XP SP2 we are starting to think about what we will deliver as a great browser in Longhorn which is why the feedback now is so useful...."
So all the great feedback they got on Channel 9 is just for nothing. All the 'we are listening' what you want is not to be transformed as 'we are doing' at least not until 3 or 4 years :-(
I don't know if it's kind of a joke but the borg world is coming to us
Microsoft has been awarded a patent for using human skin as a power conduit and data bus.
Hey first image of a Microsoft borg (surely drawn by Bill's kid :-)
OK I figured out yesterday how to make my URL rewriting working. Strangely, I just had to keep my original Form tag to have everything working properly.
Now another puzzling question. As many develoipers I write my code locally and I mange a lot of different web applications.
So my world is made of virtual directory.
Of course, this is great only locally, because when I deploy to my servers, everything back to the root for most of the stuff.
I know everything about relative and absolute paths, root (~). The question is how to code one good way my paths to be sure that nothing break when I move from my virtual world to my real world ?
By the way sadly some tags cannot be transformed as server side tags. An important one is the <Link tag to embed a stylesheet.
Other curious thing: if you use URL rewriting, the ~ root trick don't work anymore and it's easy to understand why :-)
So what are the solutions to make my world an happy one ?
I need some help here. For a web application I needed to use URL rewriting to create some nice easy to remember addresses.
Everything's fine except for some controls. I have on this page a Search textbox, so the user can enter a text and I send him to a search results page.
Very trivial, but with URL rewriting, according to this excellent article, you need to override the form tag to make things working properly.
So I used the assembly provided with the article, and actually only the method GET works. The POST method don't fire any events and send me back a 405 error.
I would be happy with the GET method, but of course this send all data as a query string, destroying all the efforts to make the URL nice and tidy.
Anyone has a solution ?
Kind of time wasted this afternoon with a Microsoft presentation of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL 2005.
I don't know if it was the bad weather, but everything goes wrong there. The public was 99% developers, and it was absolutely boring !
I even don't remember the names of the two presenters. They are surely competent and nice guys, but their speeches and demos were absolutely unprepared, and the all stuff let me unhappy.
It was dreadful to see them trying to follow a series of demo apparently done by somebody in US, and just doing some click there and there with some lame comments like 'OK, you see the result. fine next demo'.
Thankfully I learn more from the blogs I read than there.
OK I stop here ! Anyway the good news was the VS 2005 latest preview and the book Write secure code given at the end of the too long afternoon :-)
A useless but useful gadget software to add a shadow effect to Windows.
It's really cool to see at last the windows in some sort of 3D effect. The menus can also have a shadow and transparency.
Free download here of YzShadow
Daniel Miessler post is surely controversial but I think he has some valid points.
The time has come to dump Internet Explorer. I know, I know — you may have heard the same thing before from those that think it’s cool to hate Microsoft; but I’m not one of those guys. I’m actually an MCSE and I happen to like quite a few of Microsoft’s products. Rather than lump me into the Microsoft-basher category, consider for a moment why you use the browser you use, and humor me by entertaining the notion — if even for a second — that switching to another might be worth your while.
My argument is simple: the benefits of using IE are too few - and the faults too great — to put off the adoption of an alternative any longer.
UPDATE: Well the Firefox experience is not a success for me at the moment. Installed on three machines, and I exoperience some crashes randomly on different websites, including Firefox site. The problem is the crash is not really 'clean' and let a lot of unclosed process. Some good job but more to come for you Firefox guys !
In my opinion, the Microsoft Internet Explorer team had opened the pandora box by asking their users to comment on the future of IE.
They surely going to be busy for the next
10 20 years :-)
Anyway today I decided to have atry with Firefox 0.9 and see if it's really the best browser in the world.
This version include now an abastract factory, so worth to check !
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