January 2006 - Posts
Wow this is great IE 7 Beta 2 finally released :-)
Check GridViewGuy, a lot of articles, blogs and tips about everything .Net, 1.0 to 2.0 and SQL Server.
- zumiPage seamlessly handles any postback like it was a web-service but requires no changes to existing code.
- Reading parameters and properties from server-side controls works exactly the same as always, because all postbacks are managed by ASP.NET.
- Each server-side event can directly update server-side controls without the need to transfer data types back to the client.
- After handling postback events only relevant parts of the page are sent back to the browser, keeping the bandwidth as low as possible.
Really cool idea if you don’t have to much time on your hands to handle some AJAX development (even if it’s always better to try by yourself)
Not free but quite cheap licence and a live demo here
Very nice tutorial on Code Project. Great to see some samples about Atlas even if it’s a bit early to really see some serious developments.
Excellent paper by Edd Dumbill on the future of HTML.
Part 1 is about HTML 5, part 2 about XHTML 2.0.
“In this two-part series, Edd Dumbill examines the various ways forward for HTML that Web authors, browser developers, and standards bodies propose. This series covers the incremental approach embodied by the WHATWG specifications and the radical cleanup of XHTML proposed by the W3C. Additionally, the author gives an overview of the W3C's new Rich Client Activity. Here in Part 2, Edd focuses on the work in process at the W3C to specify the future of Web markup.“
I am playing with the Office 12 Beta 1 bits, and I can just say it rocks.
Of course the new ribbon feature take a while to use it correctly, but it feels very “organic“, all the right tools spot on when I need them. For example in the current version of Word, try to quickly find how to put a watermark text in the background of your document. In Word 12 no more than 5 seconds, with a lot of preset types.
I already seen on the web a company with a ribbon type user control for .Net 2.0 (can’t remember their name). Is this thing patented by Microsoft?
It’s amazing how much the Beta 1 is already so reliable, exception maybe of Outlook 12.
Outlook crash a lot between a Contacts view and the Calendar one (make me think I have to report this to the Beta centre).
Other than that the new Mail view with the To Do panel on the right is really amazing.
No ribbon or RSS reader in this version, but it has been confirmed for the Beta 2 and the final release.
Now time to give a try to Access and Excel.
Frans Bouma say SMS is not that bad. Yes agree but locally only. If you need to access it remotely everything collapse.
Anatoly I share the same feeling, too many clicks too many hierarchy levels.
Jayson Knight had also a “long“ list of issues with SMS so I don’t feel alone!
And Brendan, yes I never had any major problems with EM, some time it crash but I can restart it quickly. No timeout connections errors, useful when you need to do a quick update, etc…
So continue to post your comments, I am hoping maybe some feedback from Microsoft SQL team (Hey I can dream no :-))
OK this is one of my first rant of the year, and of course this is my opinion and I agree if you disagree.
SQL 2005 is a great Database software, no doubts. But I am concern by Management Studio. I believe the objectives by Microsoft was to provide a central place for all the SQL tools. The main problem is that this tool is “bloated“ to an extent it’s almost useless. Have you ever try to use it remotely when your data server is hosted externally, using for example Terminal to access the server.
In some cases, I can’t just do an update or a delete just because a table is not opened in the right conditions. Or I got too much timeout connections errors.
It’s really embarrassing from Microsoft, and I really regret the not that so bad Enterprise Manager (not perfect but in a couple of clicks I was able to do some basic remote functions like a delete or a quick update).
Now SMS is down too slow, not user friendly (too many clicks).
So maybe a suggestion would be to request from Microsoft a “light“ version close to what was Enterprise Manager for SQL 2000. at least something we can use in a remote situation.
ShoZu provides a smart, reliable and robust service for uploading photos from your cameraphone to your chosen online sharing site.
Cool idea and free to download.
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