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August 2004 - Posts

Brad Abrams points to a new blog by Dino Viehland (rss). In particular, Dino is the QA guy for CLR Hosting. Check out his post on Cooperative Fiber Mode Sample - Day 1. Subscribed.

Brad also points out that lots of people were interested in CLR Hosting at PDC. Great! I am looking forward to my talk on this at WIN-DEV.

Aaron Weiker points to a nice set of C# Tools. Always good to have link to these.
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James Avery has formed his own company, Infozerk, and has been chronicling his journey into being an independent consultant. Scott Mitchell has also added his thoughts on going independent along with James.

These posts resonate with me personally as I have been an independent consultant on and off for the last eight years. I did work as a consultant for a consulting company for a little over a year when there was no work to be found, but otherwise, I have been independent. I have always tried to have at least one large client that helps pay the bills, and then several smaller projects that help provide for my family.

Being independent is risky, but it can be very rewarding as well. I know for myself, I enjoy learning new things all the time, and being independent has allowed me to both learn new things and get paid for it! 

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Congratulations are in order for the new Downtown Boston .NET User Group (or as it is also referred to as the Beantown .NET User Group) as they are now an official INETA user group. See more information in Sam Gentile's post. Sam is doing a great job as the user group leader, and also mentions many of the other people who have helped make this a reality.

I spoke there last month (and attended the first meeting), and it is already a growing group. Also, SB took some pictures at the last meeting.

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I had been waiting for this one. Chris Sells' Applied XML Developer's Conference is now scheduled for October 20-21 outside of Portland, OR . Register here: (and hurry, the last four of these conferences sold out quickly!) I am all set to go, and really looking forward to it.

You can get more information about the conferance here:

I will be speaking at Code Camp II, a Microsoft event coordinated by Thom Robbins at the local Microsoft Waltham, MA office on October 16-17. The first Code Camp was a great success, and we are sure this one will be as well.

I am speaking, so far, on three topics:

SQL Server Security (under the Data track)

Introduction to Code Access Security (under the Smart Client track) 

Writing Secure Windows Forms Applications (under the Smart Client track)

If you don't know, Code Camp is a FREE weekend of learning topics in .NET, with lots of code and presentations.  Plus, this time, Thom is including Chalk Talks.  Chalk Talk sessions are designed as a facilitated discussion around a specific topic, with no pre-canned demos, or pre-prepared code samples.

Be sure to register now!

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There are some interesting discussions about the loss of raw socket support in the new Windows XP SP2. 

Dominick Baier, Ian Griffiths, and Dana Epp are understandably upset, especially in regards to the nmap security tool.

Michael Howard gives a little more info on what raw sockets support is and isn't left after XP SP2 is installed.

And, Dana provides a patch to get nmap working again under XP SP2.

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I received my copy of A First Look at SQL Server 2005 for Developers yesterday (written by Bob Beauchemin, Niels Berglund, Dan Sullivan, three of the most knowledgable SQL Server guys on the planet!), and I can't put the book down! This is an excellent resource for all SQL Server developers (the T-SQL variety) as well as all .NET developers who interact in some way with SQL Server. There is something for everyone in this book.

My favorite chapter (so far) is on CLR hosting, the internals of what allows the new SQL Server (aka Yukon) to host managed code assemblies. I will be talking about secure hosting at WIN-DEV, and this chapter provides a great inside look at the changes the CLR team and SQL Server team had to make in order for hosting in .NET 2.0 to work much better than before.

As soon as I am done with the book, I will post a review. In the meantime, you owe yourself a look at this great resource.

By way of Sam:

MSDN has published a new article by Bill Hamiliton Advanced Data Access with ADO.NET and Oracle on using ADO.NET 1.1 to retrieve data from complex Oracle data types.

While the article is good in showing you various advanced techniques, I have a general question. Does anyone else notice most of the examples, in the way the SQL command text is written, are vulnerable to SQL Injection (yes, it can be done with Oracle too!)?

Learn the techniques, but still practice secure, safe coding!

By way of Doug Reilly:

The MSDN ASP.NET Developer Center has a new post on ASP.NET 2.0 internals. Especially cool is the very clean code in the codebehind in 2.0 vs. 1.x.

Here it is.

This looks good.

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