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Mapped Drive in Windows 2008
Microsoft has added new security features surrounding mapped drive usage in Windows 2008. Previously, with Windows 2003, we could utilize mapped drive not only from Windows explorer but also from the command line. Now, we can continue to map a network drive from Windows explorer; however, command line applications and batch scripts no longer have access to the mapped drive. No worries... there is a workaround. In order to utilize mapped drive from command line, we must take the following steps: Map ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2011 6:26 AM

BizTalk 2010 upgrade - Sunset Development/Deployment Modes
Those who are familiar with BizTalk 2006, should know about Development and Deployment modes in Visual Studio. Personally, I never questioned why it's not Debug and Release just like everything else in Visual Studio. Then everything changed in BizTalk 2010. BizTalk and Visual Studio 2010 now uses Debug and Release modes by default. When we upgraded BizTalk 2006 solution to 2010, Development and Deployment modes remained unchanged for all the projects, and code compiled without any issues. Soon, I ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:03 PM

Messaging Systems – Handshaking, Reconciliation and Tracking for Data Transparency
As many corporations build business partnerships with other organizations, the need to share information becomes necessary. Large amount of data sharing using snail mail, email and/or fax are quickly becoming a thing of the past. More and more organizations are relying heavily on Ftp and/or Web Service to exchange data. Corporations apply wide range of technologies and techniques based on available resources and data transfer needs. Sometimes, it involves simple home-grown applications. Other times, ......

Posted On Sunday, January 30, 2011 10:30 PM

Can traditional ASP .NET and ASP .NET MVC coexist?
When Microsoft came out with C#, many embraced it instantaneously; whereas, others took some time to adopt it. Over time, the number of C# developers grew in a major way. I would not be surprised if the number C# developers have surpassed the number of VB .NET developers today. Recently, in a similar manner, we are observing the continuous growth and maturity of ASP .NET MVC. When the MVC framework first showed up, my first reaction was “it's about time”. However, I was skeptical. MVC framework is ......

Posted On Monday, January 17, 2011 10:22 PM

Service Level Loggin/Tracing
We all love to develop services, right? First timers want to learn technologies like WCF and Web Services. Some simply want to build services; whereas, others may find services as natural architectural decision for particular systems. Whatever the reason might be, services are commonly used in building wide range of systems. Developers often encapsulates various functionality (small or big) within one or more services, and expose them for multiple applications. Sometimes from day one (and definitely ......

Posted On Sunday, December 12, 2010 10:53 PM

Data Interchange – batched or non-batched
It is very common these days for corporations to share and interchange a large amount of data. The type and complexity of data obviously varies significantly from one organizations to another. Despite the complexity of data, security, interchange frequency, type of transmission protocols and data volume are often the key areas of discussions among interchange partners. Corporations often settle between ftp and web service for their data integration needs. Ftp provides an effective way to share large ......

Posted On Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:23 PM

Unit test Nazi
Is unit testing a difficult thing to ask for? I don't understand why developers try to simply avoid unit testing. We have unit testing integrated to Visual Studio; there is also NUnit. These make life easier, not difficult. Maybe, it needs a little getting used to at first; but eventual benefit simply outweighs all the pains. I have noticed that people try to build unit tests if they are carefully watched; otherwise they tend to skip. It is sometimes difficult to implement strict procedures in a ......

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 10:07 PM

Great developers - are they hard to find??
There are plenty of programmers in the market looking for jobs these days. Are they all great developers? What makes a good developer great? Many programmers sometimes fill their resumes with technology buzzwords because that's what gets recruiters' attention. Maybe it's a necessary evil. Hiring managers can't go through thousands of resumes, and recruiters need a way to filter candidates out. So, recruiters also look for specific technologies, and methodologies in candidates' resumes. After the ......

Posted On Sunday, November 7, 2010 5:29 PM

After the MS SOA and Business Process Conference
Well, the SOA and BP conference hosted by Microsoft is over. Three of us attended the conference from our company. So, I was able to attend the majority of the sessions that I was hoping to. Naturally, as the title suggests, the theme circled around Service Oriented Architecture and Business Process Management; but the conference provided Microsoft and some of their partners to do the following: Read More ......

Posted On Monday, February 2, 2009 9:42 PM

ASP .NET MVC Framework
Microsoft is getting very close to releasing the new ASP .NET MVC framework. (Click here for more info). When I first took a look at the preview, the first thing that popped in my head was “it’s about time”. I must admit that I haven’t spent a lot of time with this new framework. So, my knowledge is somewhat limited; however, I can’t stop thinking about the following: 1) Why stop at ASP .NET? Why not create a common MVC framework for both the Windows and Web development? 2) Can WPF coexist with MVC ......

Posted On Saturday, June 28, 2008 11:43 PM

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