July 2004 - Posts
'Live Communications Server 2003 FAQ and Troubleshooting Guide' is now available. A must-read if you are deploying LCS2K3.
After a very silent and uneventful year, our local .NET developer group is very much dormant. In over a year, we haven't had a SQL Server presentation/meeting (with Bill Sulcius, who is perhaps, the most knowledgeable SQL2K Server person out there). The .NET events have been very few and with less attendance and vigor than the past ones. The truth is that our local MS office has been quite busy with the changing economy and priorities do change. I don't see much happening this summer but perhaps, the coming fall would bring in new events on Whidbey, Yukon, etc - ANYTHING!
The vaulted unlegend (pun intended), Eric Sink has a new biz-tech piece titled 'The Hazards of Hiring'. It's some thought provoking piece of work, especially about the “Ph.D. Qualities“. What he didn't mention is that PhDs usually have very big egos that can bring a company or its product development down. I encountered one about a year ago (an Ivy-Leaguer to boot) who insisted that XML be used as a database (a futile attempt that I had described in a blog posting). One of these days, I have to put my biz-econ hat on and re-read Eric's biz-tech series.
I just received Code Complete 2nd from Bookpool. The first edition took me almost a decade to go through! The nice thing about this book is that you can dive into any of the chapters that perks your interest (or need). It's a giant of a book and sticks out like a sailing mast..
I got done with Gunderloy's 'Code to Developer' and will post a review soon.
Jan Thielgen has released SmartPart for SharePoint v.0.2.0.1. I have been developing/deploying SP recently and SmartPart is a very “convenient” way of developing web parts.
Sam has a wonderful little posting about taking his son Jonathan to work (at Adesso) and him writing his first distributed application! Adesso should consider using 6-1/2 year-old Jonathan as a model!
Sam was working at Groove Networks sometime back (work which later received the coveted Jolt Award). Hmm...
Groove v3 (Virtual Office) is out! Note the introduction of the term 'Virtual Office'. Someone in the industry has described it as a 'Napster on steroids' - don't you love the Marketing guys (& gals)... :-)
A free 60-day preview is available with full features - it's most certainly worth trying it out.
The long awaited Groove v3 comes out very soon - this is a different beast than prior versions. Not only in UI but very considerable improvements in performance. Peter O'Kelly, an analyst with research firm Burton Group calls it "This is the deepest security you're going to find in a commercially available product--period".
I am developing with the SQL2K Reporting Services and MSFT's recently acquired, ActiveViews, has me more interested in this SQL Server reporting capability. Does anyone know if ActiveViews has a web service interface? (see illustration in prior post).
Trying to see how ActiveViews and SQL2K Server Reporting Services are put together (from the ActiveViews website). Not much info out there except for a little FAQ from Tom Rizzo.
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