October 2004 - Posts
Good news the Forums are now open in Developers.ie.
Engage, contribute, ignite in the different debates :-)
Welcome also to the new Ireland .Net Developers Alliance members, and thanks to all the contribtors in blogs.developers.ie
If you are in Ireland, developer, young, dinosaur, alien but dynamic in your life, join us and register
I don't have really the time to test SQL 2005, due alos to the lack of user interface, but I would like to ask some questions to all the beta testers.
I can easily a ton of good stuff on the new version, but what's about Full Text ? Can we expect some improvements ? Is it still necessary to setup Full Text only from the physical server, or is it possible to do so from my machine ? What's about the queries, some new functions there to expect ?
Thanks for any comment :-)
My point on IE is also as a developer. I know what I am going to say will surely sound paradoxal (and you can call me crazy), but I love the wrong standard acceptance in IE.
Why? Because until recently, all my colleagues around me (they are not developers) were quite easily happy with the projects I developed for them, having 95% of users running well a site was quite ok, not perfect but ok in my world.
Indeed, I am not building any e-commerce site, so maybe it's different in this case.
But suddenly, all the folks in my company (and elsewhere) heard a lot of nice dudes screaming we have a better browser than IE, and it has all the standards compliances (CSS, XHTML, etc...) everybody should expect.
Of course I coud be delighted, but no and no. I am still the only developer in my company, and this make me overloaded with dozen of dozens of browsers tests forgotten in a dark corner of my laptop, some reminiscence of the prehistoric age of Netscape.
Now I am preaching against what I believe in but is it really necessary to walk backward ?
And my wrath against IE team too, who think that everything has been done in browser world, and they can sleep on their laurels.
No wake up, and show us you can surprise us.
Strong title but just to say what everybody knows, IE is dying slowly but surely.
I manage different sites and clearly the stats show a strong decline for IE in browser usage. The winner is Firefox as you can expect.
In some stats I get now 18% of Mozilla users.
So IE developers waht are you waiting for ? I like IE and I dislike Firefox, but hey if everybody use the latest I will have to follow.
To clarify one question asked, yes Ireland .Net Developers Alliance is open to all Ireland.
Unless one other .Net group xist around Belfast, you're welcome. What I wish is that you participate in our forthcoming sessions.
Oops! I forgot some counties in the registration form, I will fix that soon. Apologies.
At last it's almost Christmas :-)
As a Community leader in Ireland, I am happy to declare Developers.ie opened,
and the first to enter are the blogs*
We can create your blog and the registration is totally free.
*Next the forums and then the full site.
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with a very special guest Eric Rudder ! So don't be shy come on for a chat :-)
I don't know for your respective countries, but here in Ireland the hosting situation is getting worst than ever :-(
Almost every single company offer now a so called Windows solution which is based on Windows 2003(Yeah cool), PHP, Perl and MySQL (Ugly and not cool !)
If you talk about support, this is a joke. After many valls, you discover that indeed they have 99 Linux guys and 1 dedicated Windows support person.
A shame ! Why can't we have in my country a decent and complete Windows 2003 -ASP.Net - SQL Server 2000 platform ?
To tell you a story about an hosting company (no name here, they're quite all the same). This peculiar one don't have a decent access to SQL Server using Enterprise Manager. Their answer is no, SQL Server si behind a Firewall, use our online web tool to manage your database.
OK fine but the tool sucks. No import/export. So next step, ok we give you an access for a dedicated access. OK fine, but it took me less than 2 minutes to discover that all permissions on my tables went wrong. Forget it ! Again I will have to look overseas to solve something I would expect to fix at home.
I am going to break a rule by asking for help not for some .Net code, but for a gift.
Well it's going to be my beloved wife's birthday soon, and I was thinking about a cool phone. Not an ordinary crappy phone, but THE phone, I mean the Smartphone SPV 500.
Unfortunatly I am not living in US, and it seems impossible to get one here in Europe. I talk about the developer's edition, with the unlocked Sim.
Anybody has an idea how to buy one somewhere to be deliver in Ireland ?
I didn't blogged a lot recently. The main reason is my commitment to the community working on a usergroup built up.
It's really getting there now, and I will have an official opening of Ireland .Net Developers Alliance on the 3rd of November in MediaLab Europe in Dublin.
Last week was an exciting time spent mostly in Barcelona for the Microsoft Connect event, where I met a lot of interesting and smart people coming to exchange and discuss communities efforts in Europe and over.
Thanks to Lenn Pryor for an amazing session on Channel 9, which I hope to see more focus now on Europe initiatives.
One of the most awaited session was about CodeZone, the new community toy launched by Microsoft but initially started in Germany.
It seems this project now will go worldwide, and has raised already some concerns by different community leaders, including myself.
I would like to see (this is my own opinion!) CodeZone staying an european project. The idea of worldwide with Microsoft usually finish with a 'Redmond centric location' and I am sure of one thing, european culture is somehow different than in the US (no anti americanism here :-)).
CodeZone should also be operated fully by the community. At the end of the session, I was anyway very positive on the project, but still confused on the implementation.
If you want to understand what is really CodeZone, check the Argentinian implementation in MSDN.(It's called PanoramaBox there)
Note: Codezone has nothing to do with MSDN. It's really a portal for the usergroup to pull their resources to a broader audience, including their local resources.
My usergroup will surely join Codezone, as long as each country is clearly represented.
Only if you are living on a remote island would let you deaf to the noise created around the launch of the Dell X50v.
So much reviews and comments ! I followed the all drama regarding the launch of the X50 because I was interested in buying a new VGA Pocket PC. My final shortlist was the Fujitsu Loox 720 or the Dell.
Finally after reading the X50v specs and reviews, I finally choose the Loox. At first sight, the Dell is cheaper, but:
- No official delay for availability in Europe, and I wanted it now.
- The battery at 1100mA is really bad for such a power monger like the VGA screen
- If you change the battery for a better one, at the end you got very close to Loox’s price, and then the Loox has a camera (not the best, but at least one).
Amazing that not a single review critics the lack of camera on the high end model .
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