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The ASP.NET Roadshow is touring the USA right now. This is a roadshow conducted by the greats Scott Guthrie and Rob Howard. You can see a advert (as the Europeans would say) on the side of my blog. Steal the jpg and use it on your own blogs/websites as well and make it click through to http://www.asp.net/roadshow. Help promote a great and FREE event to show America ASP.NET 2.0! I am excited about this tour. There are a ton of people already signing up for the event. I heard from a Microsoft friend ...
We always have huge computer sales and this one couldn't have come at a better time. As most of you know PDC was last week and Jeff got the operating system Longhorn from Microsoft. He tried to put it on one of his machines but his computer didn’t have a DVD, so that means he could use his laptop, buy a DVD player for his old computer, or get a new computer. Well this sale had exactly what he need and it was 300.00. Specs: 1.7 GHz, 40 GB, 64 MB video, and DVD. Other than that it was mostly ...
Looks like Microsoft is going to lower the cost of the XBOX in Japan down to around $45(USD). Wow! That is a heck of a price cut. They are doing it because the XBOX doesn't seem to be taking hold in the country of video games and if you are going to make it big in the video game industry - you have to be big in Japan!

Just stumbled onto this:

http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/

Looks promising...

I have tickets tomorrow to see the final episode of the Matrix (Matrix Revolutions) at 3.45 CST! I promise no spoilers on my blog! Though I will give it a rating. I heard that they all finally find that they should have been using .NET since it has a built-in garbage collector and once they switched over - all the bad guys were removed from the program. It sounds kinda anti-climatic myself ...
Naive stage of Grid computing: For feature list of Oracle grid computing: look into the link http://geekswithblogs.net/b... Philip Brittan, co-founder and chairman of Droplets has his words on Grid computing: Big platform vendors such as IBM, Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are promoting the panacea of "grid" and "utility" computing. With grid and utility computing, the major vendors are describing the natural next step in the evolution of IT, and there seems to be ...
This is not the normal way in which I think of Big Blue, but Microsoft has turned to IBM for the chips for the next version of the XBOX. The first version of the chip was done by Intel, but I guess that Microsoft has not been happy with them or something. They were tallking quite a bit with AMD about supplying the chips for XBOX2, but it seems that IBM beat them out at the last minute. I read about it here on the Reuters website, and it seems from this article that Sony PlayStation is the next target ...
Microsoft, Reuters and some other companies have been working on XBRL for financial data reporting. Right now, all companies pretty much provide their reports in free text, but by providing it in XBRL, it would be then considerably easier for financial analysts to review these documents. Presently, it is only human eyes that reads through them all - but with XBRL, we can allow applications to then do all the crunching. Microsoft is so much behind it that they are going to include XBRL output from ...
Regarding PDC, I had a blast! I am pumped about Whidbey, Yukon, Longhorn…everything. Great to be back with my family, Tonya and Ava. Oh and another in beta! The Yukon caching stuff demands a renewed search for “indexed view”-friendly queries. That is, to benefit from Yukon’s cache invalidation stuff, you must follow the constraints of indexed views. Until PDC it was a mystery to me as to how cache invalidation was implemented. In retrospect it is obvious that indexed views ...

Did you miss PDC? Well, you can get at all the slides here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc/agendaandsessions/sessions/default.aspx

ENJOY! (When you watch them ... breath in deep ... you can almost smell the smoke)

Like most I have been watching the Eolas patent situation quite closely as we use a ton of plugins at Reuters (as most do) and this would GREATLY effect our applications. Basically - a group has proven in court that they own the patent for plugging stuff into a browser. So that means that they own the patent to the technology that plugs in things like ActiveX, Java Applets, Flash, Quicktime and more. WOW you say! That's what I said. They already won a lawsuit against Microsoft (being appealed) and ...
Another Halloween come and gone. I took the kids around the neighborhood tonight so they could just get all sugar-high and drive their parents crazy! Oh well. My son was an alligator and my daughter was a princess (both were quite predictable). Here's the night's photo: I read on the Reuters news wire that Microsoft was making gestures at Google. Quite interesting considering Google runs on around 5-8K Linux servers that they would even approach them on this. I also have heard in conversations and ...
Prologue: Comctl32.dll, version 6. Comctl32.dll, or the Common Controls, have been around for a very long time. This library provided basic common controls while User32.dll provided user controls. In version 6 of the Common Controls, all of the controls were put in Comctl32.dll so that all the controls could support theming. Comctl32.dll, version 6, is not redistributable, however, unlike previous versions of Comctl32.dll. In order to use the new Windows XP Visual Styles, you must be using an operating ...
Change registry by using regedit. If you have XP you can do this also by using powertoys (tweakxp)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Command Processor

Right click on CompletionChar
DWORD change that to 9

restart and you are done. Pressing tab in the command line can complete the next match of the command that you are typing.
Microsoft's Command-Line Compiler You do not need to buy Visual Studio .NET in order to program in C#. On the Windows platform, you can do everything with a text editor and the C# command-line tools that are provided in the Platform SDK(130MB) Mono Mono is an effort to make an Open Source implementation of the .NET Development Framework and includes a free C# compiler DotGNU Portable.NET A British-based Open Source implementation of the .NET Development Framework targeting Linux, includes C# compiler ...
Kraig Brockschmidt, former employee of Microsoft has wrote this book... it is still in draft.. worth a read :)... Its not about MS 's products or not abt the fight with linux/opensource etc.. Its abt the spiritual transformation which the author went thru during his 8 yrs at MS. very different.
Microsoft .NET ObjectSpaces are a set of classes and interfaces that enable you to treat data as an object (or objects), independent of the underlying data store used by an application. ObjectSpaces builds on and contains a set of new data access APIs within the Microsoft .NET Framework to provide access to relational data sources such as Microsoft SQL Server®, OLE DB data sources, etc. You can use the ObjectSpaces to perform the following data related tasks/steps:-- Get data as objects from a data ...
We learned a lot about BOF session, all went great as far a I know. Some only had a few people and others had over 100. What is the most amazing is having hundreds of people staying until after midnight in some cases and still full of energy and excitement! I appreciate all the hosts and hope that INETA can do something similar at future conferences. Some of the feedback / lessons: - Get the session details on the conference mini-guide.- While some things changed, almost all the sessions proceeded ...
Rob Howard – Membership, Role Management and Security in ASP.NET Whidbey Blog: http://weblogs.asp.net/rhoward and http://www.rob-howard.net Forms Authentication 1.0 Solves a common problem developers had with their web apps Most popular Internet auth. Technique No ugly/confusing dialog boxes Custom authentication uses HTML UI Use credentials collected on page Posted back to the server Page obtains credentials issues auth. Ticket ASP.NET Forms Authentication APIs APIs for creating authentication ...
Quick report on the SWAG search (er, Trade Show): Every PDC it's the same thing -- all these vendor booths in the trade show, showing their products, showing demos, answering questions. But it really always boils down to the same thing --- what do you have for free !!? Thanks to ATI for the “shopping bags” -- what would we do without them? Carry all this crap around the conference? MSDN - metal lunch box. Only to MSDN subscribers that have their card (damn - don't have my card). TShirts, lots of ...
I am not a fan of the official name “Visual Basic .NET” for the VB language. It was too bad that the .NET moniker name was thrown on everything. Microsoft obviously has as well since they changed the beta product “Windows Server .NET 2003” to “Windows Server 2003”. So I have been asking around if they are going to do the same thing with Visual Basic .NET. In most of the presentations here at PDC though - you see “Visual Basic .NET” - BUT if you go to ...
Visual Studio Roadmap The VB.NET whidby page The ASP.NET whidby page Indigo FAQ PDC sessions ...
Rob Howard – WSV330 – ASP.NET Programming Using Advanced Caching Techniques in ASP.NET Whidbey Program Manager, Web Platform & Tools http://www.asp.net/whidbey to download the slides http://weblogs.asp.net/rhoward ASP.NET 1.X Output Cache Page Output Caching Cache contents of page to memory Reused cached page on subsequent requests Supported HTTP 1.1 Cache semantics Partial Page Caching Cached User Control in a page Allowed for portions of page to be cached Time based dependencies Programmatic ...
Second day keynote …. In the beginning, there was a video of attendees. The most exciting part was Donny Mack and Asli talking about Indigo being the stuff in your watches to make them glow. They were shown in their shades and holding their little dog! Quite groovy guys! Notes on Eric Rudder Keynote: What Microsoft hears from you: Don’t make me rewrite everything! Moving code from development to production is too hard Give me more code samples … in my favorite language Help me make ...
Last night I attended the MSDN/AW PDC party. It was on top of some hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Don Box and band (Band on the Runtime) played quite the set for a good length of time. The party was on an open terrace and it was quite a fun time. Thanks Stacey for setting this all up. There were a number of INETA folks at the party as we all had a good time. THOUGH - Amy came over and had heard my name mentioned with the word “pool” and asked me to give her all my pocket electronics. ...
I hammered the SQLXML guys at the PDC today. I want to know whether SQLXML is regarded (rightly) as awesome progressive technology, or merely a step towards either ObjectSpaces or (worse) XML datatypes in Yukon. Some points: SQLXML is not deprecated. It has been ported to fully managed code for Whidbey timeframe. In terms of the internal implementation, it will not depend on FOR XML syntax in the future, but rather on multiple active resultsets and client-side post-processing. Seems ass-backwards ...
For all you geeks out there... This is info and examples of the new user interface. Looks like Windows XP on steroids. Lots of fluffiness (is that a word?) http://msdn.microsoft.com/L... http://msdn.microsoft.com/L... Full Site about "Aero": http://msdn.microsoft.com/L... ...

Thanks to Kent for the bio on MSDN! That's pretty dang cool I think .... BTW - new photo coming soon!

Jim Alchin - ** how developers can do this? Fundamentals - WinFS - Indigo - Avalon Announcing WinFX - next step behind Win 32 - builds on the .NET Framework Well-structured programming framework for Windows Continued commitment to back wards compatibility MS-DOS – Win16 – Win32 - WinFX Add ref and release you will not have to think about. WinFx Developer Preview - namespace chart Software fundamentals - challenges System, application, driver reliability Deployment complexity and expense ...
Avalon: Best of the Web, Best of Windows Bringing together the advantages from both worlds Web Seamless deployment, update and administration flowable layout progressive download and rendering Declarative model Windows Unrestricted functionality Integration with Windows desktop Good offline support Scalability and performance Broad developer language Developer Experience Declarative Programming Extensible Application Markup – codenamed XAML One to one correspondence with object model Key role ...
ASP.NET Whidbey Themes Developer productivity Reduce ASP.NET V1-V2 lines of code by 2/3rds Enable rich scenarios not easily possible today Administration and Management Easiest platform to manage and administer Totally Extensible Platform Replace/extend all built-in features + services Customize for any enterprise environment Performance and scalability The world’s fastest web application server Runs on a 64-bit server ASP.NET 2.0 Developer Stack New ASP.NET Building block APIs Membership. ...
In the keynote for PDC ... FIRST DAY rockin! FROM ME: I feel like Dorothy and have landed in the land of OZ! Tons of people for the Bill Gates keynote with giant monitors all over the place. They started with showing us all the HALO PDC video which is a total riot. After that we got a little emotional clip about the history of Windows starting from the beginning. Bill Gates talked about this being a record PDC - more signups than any other PDC. Man, he is starting to age when you see him 20 feet ...
I am having the time of my life at PDC! There are so many friends that I have meet here that I seem to always meet again and again. Funny that there are like 8,000 people here, but I keep running into everyone! I plan on posting a lot of the notes that I am taking during the lectures ... I am typing the notes as fast as I can - so there are mistakes and omissions. Enjoy for all those reading outside of LA! Oh ... just bought Alex Homer, Dave Sussman, and Rob Howard's new ASP.NET book! Rockin ...
One down and two to go! Thanks to all the hosts who should have received a Microsoft Optical travel mouse. Despite not being included on the BoF schedule the .NET Rocks quiz show had hundreds of people and a well filled large room. We discovered that microphones are really required as the rooms are fairly large and it helps the host(s) drive the discussion. All the sessions I checked in on had at least a couple dozen people and many had over 80. The best analogy for most of them was being an hour ...
Wondering how ASP.NET page caching relates to IIS6 kernel-mode caching? With output caching enabled for a Web Form, the page will be served directly from the Windows Server 2003 kernel if VaryByParam=“None“ and no other Vary settings are specified. The framework will not be called in any way - Application_BeginRequest will not fire. If VaryByParam, VaryByControl, or VaryByCustom is used, then Application_BeginRequest and Application_EndRequest will fire and the kernel cache will not be used. According ...
This is my first blog!  Thanks to Jeff, the geek with the blogs, for getting all of this going.  I am looking forward to blogging useful and fun information about everything technology (and about me too, of course).

Jeff and I are at PDC, and in about 20 minutes we are heading to an academic meeting with Microsoft at the Bonavanture Hotel in sunny Los Angeles.  We'll update on that later.   Thanks again for setting me up Jeff!

SQL Server 2000's Coolest Features Just when you think you have a handle on SQL Server 7.0, Microsoft ships a new SQL Server release. SQL Server 2000 might skip 1,993 release numbers, but you won't find the same degree of difference between SQL Server 2000 and 7.0 as you found between SQL Server 7.0 and 6.5. Even so, this latest release is full of new functionality. Here are seven of my favorite new SQL Server 2000 features. 7. Integrated XML Support XML support is key to Microsoft's push to Web-enable ...
Note: This has been rewritten to follow a much better approach that I found shortly after first posting. I recently had the opportunity to watch The .NET Show's latest installment, all about programming for the Tablet PC on .NET. The ease with which they added Ink support to an application in the show inspired me to try it for myself. I started by checking the internet for samples (as you do :) ), and found the Tablet PC Developer website. On that website there are a large number of samples available, ...
Here are the links to my republished articles on Microsoft Academic Site. ToString() or not ToString()? http://msdnaa.net/Resources... ToString() or not ToString()? That is the question. One of the many misconceptions of the .NET Framework occurs when a developer adds characters to the end of a string after the string is created and expects the same concatenation to occur in memory. In reality, it doesn't happen this way. Check Your Email With Style http://msdnaa.net/Resources... ...
Microsoft Word and Visual Studio have one very cool feature in common -- squiggly underlining of errors. As of richedit 3.0 (distributed with Windows 2000 and higher, possibly also with ME) we can get these in the RichTextBox. Actually, we can get a lot more underline styles than that... Underlining Once again we are going to have to communicate with the underlying richedit control. This time we need to set the character format, so we'll need to add some extra stuff to our class: + Code to interface ...
Has everyone heard about this stupid Eolas vs Microsoft lawsuit? Basically any <OBJECT> tag that references a linked file. (ex. music or video file) has to be changed. And its not like you can't do it anymore, you just have to do it a “certain” way. What kinda bullshit is that? All they did was make it harder, not really stop it. What a waste of thousands of web site developer's time across the world. See this article: http://techupdate.zdnet.com... ...
If your like my company and have very large .net Apps, you can find your self in .net Dll Hell. We currently have close to 30 projects for one Application... and growing daily This article describes how to untangle the web: http://msdn.microsoft.com/l... http://msdn.microsoft.com/l... ...
I will be one of the attendee's for PDC 2003 in Los Angeles, CA in late October. I signed up about a month ago and just got my badge. I'll be up there with one of my closest friends from here in KC, Jeff Julian. This is my first conference of any sorts so its going to be extremely interesting ...