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Michael Van Cleave Traveling the technical world, learning the language November 2005 Entries
Reflector for 2.0?
Has anyone seen a tool that is like or is Reflector for 2.0? I had a student ask me about it last night, but I couldn't find one in my brief search. I figured that all of you technical beings would have a good answer if anyone out there does.. Michael Update: Thanks to John, I looked at the readme.htm for Reflector and found that it does in fact work with all version of the .NET framework... “Reflector and .NET Framework 2.0: Reflector.exe runs on all .NET Framework versions. The new code model ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 5:54 AM

Nerd Books?
So many of us out there in the technical community know about BookPool for buying tech books at a good discount. Of late, I have found that Amazon has really caught up to them on some books and haven't seen that BookPool has been able to keep my business. Anyhow, while I was searching for a specific title on Froogle (Google comparison shopping), I found another really good site. NerdBooks.com. The site was easy to navigate and the service was terrific. Better yet, they had Bookpool beat by a couple ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 5:32 AM

Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform
From the suggestion of a friend I picked up Andrew Troelsen's new Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform. I am extremely happy with it. I have only had the book for 3 days and I am about a 3rd of the way through it. He starts out the book with just the basics of the C# language that most people could just skim through, but then gets in to the new version pretty deep. He uses some really good examples and is very clear about the concepts and usage of C#. As noted earlier I am impressed by Troelsen's ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 5:26 AM

ASP.NET 2.0 and Web Standards
Although all of us know that ASP.NET 2.0 is starting to adhere to more internet standards such as XHTML, Section 508, and WCAG; How many of us really knows what that does for the customers of our websites? I was lucky enough to work for a great company that had to convert and implement the Section 508 standard for their product about 2 years ago. This was an eye opener (no pun intended) for me as I never realized that there was technology that was able to assit many disabled people to surf the net. ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 10:24 AM

Back from DevConnections
So, I am back from DevConnections and I know that I haven't posted about all of the sessions that I attended, but I plan to. I am just trying to catch up with life that continued at home while I was having fun in Las Vegas. Nevertheless, I was very impressed with the conference as a whole. I got to see some very interesting presentations and some very good presenters such as Dino Esposito, Michelle Leroux Bustamante, Bill Evjen, and more. Most of the sessions I attended were more along the lines ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:10 AM

Conversion from .NET 1.x to 2.0 framework
Well, way back when .NET came out everyone got really excited about how revolutionary the changes to the development platform were. But there was never a really good migration path and having to either rewrite or access COM components via and Interop layer really crippled the explosiveness of .NET. I think Microsoft learned a great deal about what they create and how it affects the users life. When the tool makes your life easier, it isn't supposed to drop everything you have coded previously. Anyhow, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 5:02 PM

Lap Around new Enhancements in VS2005
Well, now that I have some time to kill (installing the RTM VS2005), I thought I would start to blog about some of the sessions I have attended out here in Las Vegas. The first session was with a Microsoft employee Jeff King. The session was about some of the new features of VS2005. I thought that I had seem them all, but he did a great job of keeping the session interesting and also showing off how easy VS2005 is going to make a developers life. A list of things that he covered: Better integration ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 4:39 PM

Hello Las Vegas!
Okay, I finally made it. After some major complications I finally made it out to Sin City. Anyhow, I started this morning checking out the sessions that seemed to demonstrate VS 2005 new features and also how Microsoft was going to handle migration of ASP.NET from 1.x to 2.0. Needless to say I am impressed. I will be blogging on each of the sessions that I attended not only for your benefit but also for mine. This way I know I have to recall the subject matter. I will be posting those later today. ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 10:28 AM

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