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July 2005 Entries
Windows Vista?
Engadget is reporting that the next version of Windows (codename Longhorn) is to be called Windows Vista.UPDATE: Many other sites are reporting this as well, now. Also, as bink.nu reports, a WHOIS query on windowsvista.us is revealing. UPDATE: It’s true. Now playing: Yes - Our Song ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 7:31 AM

How do you deal with DATETIME fields as part of the Primary Key
The short answer to my question is “don’t have them.” Unfortunately, that’s not always a viable answer. Why is this an issue anyway? SQL Server 2000’s DATETIME field isn’t as precise as the data generated by Windows. What this means is that if you store a DATETIME and then retrieve it and compare it to the original value, the values are likely to be different. I’ve written scripts in SQL server and in .NET to compare DATETIME fields to within a hundredth ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:59 AM

XStream .NET
This seems like good news. The issues with VS2005 Beta 2 XmlSerializer have been driving me crazy. XStream.NET : Serialize almost anything easily Now playing: Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:41 AM

MCP Program Takes New Road in September
BREAKING NEWS: MCP Program Takes New Road in September This is definitely of interest. Microsoft is attempting to obsolete all my certifications. ;-) Now playing: Leonard Bernstein; New York Philharmonic - VI. Uranus, The Magician ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:35 AM

Scott Hanselman's 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List
http://www.hanselman.com/to... This is a very good set of Developer Tools links. Now playing: Leonard Bernstein; New York Philharmonic - VI. Uranus, The Magician ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:32 AM

ReSharper 2.0 Early Access Program
The Early Access Program for ReSharper 2.0 has started. Get it here. If you’re doing .NET development and not using ReSharper, shame on you. I’ve been missing this in VS 2005. I’m glad I can get it again. Now playing: The Charlie Daniels Band - Everytime I See Him ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 10:52 AM

Trillian
Trillian, Trillian, Trillian. I’m starting to fall in love with this product. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but if you’re dealing with multiple IM’s and you’re not using something like this, you’re really missing out. I’d talk about it, but their product info page does a better job than I can. They call it the Swiss Army knife of instant messaging, and they’re correct. And best of all, it’s free. They have a Pro version with minimal cost, but ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2005 10:12 AM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Well, Saturday was, as my postal carrier called it, “Harry Potter Day”. Unlike some of you, I chose to wait by the mailbox rather than be at the store at midnight. Unlike the rest of you, I wanted to know what was going on before November 2008 (anticipated release date of HBP in theatres). So, what did I think of it? Well, it’s not quite as good as Prisoner of Azkaban or Goblet of Fire, but much much better than the disappointing Order of the Phoenix. Also, at 652 pages, it’s a bit lighter than years ......

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2005 9:01 AM

Netscape 8.0 Revisited
As I wrote earlier, I decided to attempt to use Netscape 8.0. Today I turned it off as my default browser. But, the folks at Netscape/AOL/Mozilla/Whatever should be proud of themselves. I kept it as my default browser for 45 days. That’s about 44 1/2 days longer than I’ve lasted with Netscape for a long long time. However, it still suffers from bloat, particularly with both the Firefox and IE engines loaded. I kept waiting and waiting on new themes and extensions, but so far none. I finally ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 2:21 PM

My Movie List
From Brad Wilson (The .NET Guy) Italicize the ones you've seen and Bold the ones you actually liked. Unfortunately for me, I’m a movieholic. Fortunately for me, I’m a parent now, which means I have less time to see movies. The first I haven’t seen is 32, which is surprisingly high, but I don’t like Jim Carey (or Mike Myers – 48). 1. Titanic (1997) - $600,779,8242. Star Wars (1977) - $460,935,6653. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - $434,949,4594. Star Wars: Episode ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 10:29 AM

Automatic Switching Between HTTP and HTTPS
There’s a great article over at CodeProject on this topic by Matt Sollars. Make sure you check out both version 1 and version 2. Now playing: Blondie - Rip Her To Shreds ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 8:38 AM

String Comparison Guidelines in .NET
Dave Fetterman – A dev on the BCL team wrote a very good MSDN article on strings. New Recommendations for Using Strings in Microsoft .NET 2.0 Now playing: Billy Joel - Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 8:23 AM

Part 2 of "value types" vs. "reference types"
TheoY has posted part 2 of his article on “value types” vs. “reference types”. Now playing: Blondie - Rapture ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 8:16 AM

In Solidarity With Britain
Publius Pundit has an interesting observation of goings on at the State Department in Washington, DC. Now playing: The Eagles - Hotel California ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 7:31 AM

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