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Windows Vista & Office 2007 boxes
The Windows Vista team has posted on their blog pictures of the new Windows Vista and Office 2007 packaging. They look a lot better then their predecessors! See the other boxes here. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 10:40 AM

Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP
I have just noticed that Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP (32/64bit) is available for download from the Microsoft Downloads web site for users running a genuine and validated Windows XP.Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP (32-bit)Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP (64-bit) (Uploaded soon) Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 9:47 PM

ReSharper 2.5 (build 300) EAP started
Great new from the ReSharper front. Jetbrains announced the start of the Early Access Program for ReSharper 2.5 (Build 300). You can download the bits here. As mentioned earlier as of ReSharper v2.5 Visual Studio .NET 2003 is no longer supported. Take a look at the list of exciting features here. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 9:40 PM

TestDriven.NET 2.0 RTM
Jamie Cansdale has put the final hands on version 2.0 of TestDriven.NET and announced on his blog that build 2.0.1935 of TestDriven.NET is ready for the world. Read all about the release on his blog.
Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 8:38 PM

Windows Vista 5840: Beta + RC serials no longer working
As you have propably already read on the blogosphere: a couple of days ago a pre-RTM build of Windows Vista (Build 5840) has leaked. Those who were in the CPP (Customer Preview Program) could use their product key to install and active the beta builds. This has ended with build 5840 as you can no longer use those product keys to install Windows Vista. Ah well, I guess we are going to have to wait for the RTM then. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 4:56 PM

Spot the issue # 3
Take a look at the following code in the Page_Load event of an ASPX page. The Request object is a wrapper object of the type System.Web.HttpRequest that contains information about the current HTTP request: private void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) { Stream instream = Request.InputStream; ... instream.Close(); }Can you spot the issue? One hint: LoD and a possible side-effect (unexpected behaviour) Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 4:54 PM

Spot the issue
While continuing my review adventures I encountered the following lines of code (I replaced the names of the objects): Hashtable myHash = new Hashtable(); myHash = Foo.GetHash(); Can you spot the issue? One hint: GC. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 1:55 PM

Spot the bug
Today I was reviewing some code. Now who can spot the exception that can be thrown in the finally block? I will give you a couple of hints: To prevent exceptions from being thrown the Open-Closed principle needs to be violated The second hint is directly related to the solution: RTTI using(IDbTransaction transaction = connection.BeginTransaction... { IDbDataAdapter dataAdapter = null; try { dataAdapter = CreateDataAdapter(); dataAdapter.UpdateCommand = updateCommand; dataAdapter.UpdateCommand.C... ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 12:15 PM

Does anybody know how to install Kubuntu 6.10 in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007?
The problem is that Ubuntu starts with the color depth to 24-bits per pixel, which is not supported by Virtual PC 2004 and Virtual PC 2007, therefore some manual steps need to be taken before being able to install and configure Ubuntu in Virtual PC. I have tried several things like changing the boot options by including VGA=771 and the steps outlined in the Community Docs for "How to - Configure Ubuntu for Microsoft Virtual PC". The problem is that when I choose to start Ubuntu in safe ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 8:04 AM

List of known .NET languages
Here is a list of known .NET languages excerpted from http://www.gotdotnet.com/te... IL Assembler Serge Lidin's book - .NET IL AssemblerAdaAdaAPLDyalog APLAsmLAsmL is the Abstract State Machine Language for .NETCAMLMicrosoft Research F#CobolFujitsu CobolDelphiBorland DelphiForthDelta ForthEiffelInteractive Software Engineering Eiffel for .NETFortranLahey/Fujitsu Fortran for .NETFortranSalford FTN95 for Microsoft .NETHaskellHugs98 for .NETLispDotLisp - Lisp dialect for .NETLuaLua.NET embedded ......

Posted On Sunday, October 29, 2006 9:41 PM

Book recommendation: .NET Gotchas by Venkat Subramaniam
"75 ways to improve Your C# and VB.NET Programs", that's what is written on the top of the cover of the book .NET Gotchas by Venkat Subramaniam. This book was first published in May 2005 by O'Reilly Media. ISBN 0-596-00909-7. Click here for the Table of Contents.The author has taken 75 gotchas and documented them with code samples, explanation and if relevant work-arounds. What is a gotcha? According to the definition in Wikipedia a gotcha is a feature of a system, a program or ......

Posted On Sunday, October 29, 2006 1:07 PM

Book review: ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips
This review is about the book ASP.NET 2.0 MVP Hacks and Tips. Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc on end May 2006. 7 MVP's decided to put their knowledge together and create this book. The MVP's are: David Yack, Joe Mayo, Scott Hanselman, Fredrik Normén, Dan Wahlin, J. Ambrose Little, Jonathan D. Goodyear. If you are a ASP.NET developer you have propably already heard of these guys and if you haven't you need to take your work more seriously.This book is for experienced ASP.NET ......

Posted On Saturday, October 28, 2006 12:51 AM

Microsoft Junk E-mail Reporting Tool v1.0 for Outlook
Microsoft released a very interesting tool that makes it possible to report junk mail (SPAM) to Microsoft and partners for analysis. It works on Windows XP and Windows Vista and Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 are both supported. At the moment I use SpamX, SpamCop and the reporting tool built-in the TrendMicro PC-Cilin Internet Security Suite but I was looking for a easy-to-use reporting tool for Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 so I am very pleased with this release! Download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Posted On Friday, October 27, 2006 2:11 PM

Gaim v2.0.0 Beta 4
Gaim v2.0 should have been released months ago but being it an open source project who can blame them for not sticking to the timeline. Nevertheless it is my absolute favorite multi-protocol instant messaging client. Last week the team released the fourth beta of Gaim v2.0 which can be downloaded from http://gaim.sourceforge.net. There is still that glitch with the WinGaim plug-in and dockable buddy lists. When you choose for the option to not set the dockable buddy list on top, it still stays on ......

Posted On Friday, October 27, 2006 9:59 AM

Visual Studio 2005 Team System wallpaper (for the fans)

Noah Coad, the Program Manager of the VS Debugger in Team System, has posted a slick-looking Visual Studio 2005 Team System wallpaper (1600x1200) that you can download. So all you Team System fans go and get it!


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Thursday, October 26, 2006 8:07 PM

Paint.NET v3.0 Alpha 2 available
Rick Brewster released the 2nd Alpha of the great Paint.NET program. Which features have been added?New: Gradient Tool supports linear, radial, diamond, and conical gradient modes. New: Merge Layer Down command in Layers menu and Layers window Changed: A version of the Unsaved Changes dialog is now also shown when closing just 1 unsaved image, instead of the old fashioned Yes/No/Cancel MessageBox Changed: Alpha Blending and Anti-aliasing buttons are now split-buttons, with different icon and some ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 25, 2006 8:10 PM

EAP for ReSharper 2.5 (Build 300) available soon
The team behind the magnificent Visual Studio productivity add-in will pretty soon open the Early Access Program for ReSharper 2.5 (Build 300). The bad news is that it will only work on Visual Studio 2005 but the great news is there are a lot of performance improvements. One performance issue that has already been fixed in this build is the time it takes to open the Visual Studio IDE. One of the by many requested feature in this build is the possibiltiy to search members (F12) using wildcards as ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 25, 2006 8:03 PM

Download Adobe's Digital Editions (Beta)
Adobe has created a lightweight PDF reader complete Flash 9 powered. You cannot only use it to read PDF eBooks but it is also capable of displaying XHTML-based content. I have downloaded, installed it and tried it out by trying out some Apress eBooks I own and I must say that I am pleasantly impressed by the slick look and feel of the application, especially in maximized view. You should defintely give Digital Editions a shot. Download it from Adobe Labs here. Click on the image below to view the ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 8:13 PM

Windows XP SP3 delayed till 2008
I guess that we could expect this. Microsoft has delayed the third Service Pack for Windows XP till the first half of 2008 because their first priority is Windows Vista. Wow 2008, that is like, ridiculous! It's like Mary Jo's puts it, probably just another strategy of Microsoft to convince people in upgrading to Windows Vista. You can achieve this by giving the impression that development (like security updates and bug fixes) for Windows XP has stopped and that you as a XP user are working ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:56 PM

Windows Defender available for download
I have noticed that Windows Defender for x86 and x64 systems has been made available for download on the Microsoft downloads web site. If you don't know what Windows Defender is well it is basically an anti-spy ware program. Windows Defender is no longer supported for Windows 2000 because the mainstream support for Windows 2000 will end this month (October 2006). Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows XP SP2 are supported Windows platforms.Here are the download links:Windows Defender x64Windows ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 6:05 PM

A few words on C# real literals
decimal discount = 123.5m;In the above code we set the literal value 123.5 to the variable discount. A literal value is a source code representation of a value. Beacuse it is suffixed with m we know that it is a real literal which are used to write values of types float, double and decimal. The suffix m is called a real-type-suffix. There the literal 123.5m represents a decimal type.In the above example if we would have omitted the m real-type suffix the conversion would not possible since the literal ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 24, 2006 2:32 PM

FireFox 2.0 available for download

FireFox was good, and it just got better. Today the Mozilla Corporation released Bon Echo which was the code name for FireFox 2.0. Although the official web site hasn't been updated yet you can download the 2.0 build from their web site:

http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/2.0/


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Monday, October 23, 2006 6:51 PM

Orahasgen10.dll locked during upgrade Oracle client
In analogy to my previous post of the OCIW32.dll file being locked you might also encounter that the Orahasgen10.dll file is locked as well: To be able to continue the installation make sure that you stop the OracleMTSRecoveryService. This can be done by running the following command: net stop OracleMTSRecoverySrevice Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, October 23, 2006 9:53 AM

OCIW32.dll file locked during upgrade Oracle client
In case that you receive the following dialog during an upgrade of the Oracle Client: You need to shut down the following services and click on "Retry": COM+ Event System Help and Support Task Scheduler Themes To view which services have a handle open to the OCIW32.dll file you can download and run Process Explorer from Sysinternals Microsoft which you can download here. After the installation reboot your PC to make sure that all the services you have just stopped are started by the system. Cross-posted ......

Posted On Monday, October 23, 2006 9:34 AM

The difference between a USA Dell XPS M1710 and a European one
The Dell XPS M1710 is propably one of the fastest (gaming) notebooks out on the market and they even have a faster graphics card. NVidia has announced the release of a new notebook GPU: the NVidia GeForce GO 7950GTX. If you live in the USA you are already able to order the Dell XPS M1710 with this new graphics card but off course as usual we Europeans will need to just wait and see.This is something I don't understand, the difference in ugrade paths for the USA and Belgian version for the Dell ......

Posted On Saturday, October 21, 2006 6:51 AM

Nero is finally ready for Windows Vista
The biggest disadvantage of new operating systems is the lack of working software or at least designed to work on the new platform. One software I was missing for Vista was a decent CD/DVD burning tool, something like Nero. Months ago the team behind Nero already announced that they were working on a patch to make Nero 7 compatible with Windows Vista. Every month they release an update and the latest update that will upgrade your version of Nero 7 to version 5.7.5.0 is that update a lot of people ......

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 8:18 PM

ReSharper EAP Build 265 available
The team behind ReSharper has released today EAP (Early Access Program) Build 265. I am not exactly sure on what happened with EAP Build 264 and why that build has never been released. Anyway there are about 50 fixes in this build, the list of fixes can be viewed here.As usual here are the download links:ReSharper EAP Build 265 for Visual Studio .NET 2003 (24.8MB)ReSharper EAP Build 265 for Visual Studio 2005 (42.6MB) Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 8:04 PM

Internet Explorer 7 finally released

The Internet Explorer 7 team have announced on their blog the availability of Internet Explorer 7. IE7 is available in a multitude of languages and can be download from the official IE site:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Thursday, October 19, 2006 11:52 AM

Belgium in the Daily WTF

It is in times like these that I am the proudest to be a citizen of Belgium. Read about our Tax income overestimate in the Daily WTF:

http://thedailywtf.com/forums/thread/96651.aspx


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 11:05 PM

Data Types Supported by XML Web Services Created Using ASP.NET
I was looking for a list of supported data types by XML Web Services and found a list on the MSDN Lib:http://msdn.microsoft.c... Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 1:26 PM

Free subscriptions to .NET Magazine
A co-worker asked me how he can get a subscription to the .NET Magazine, which is an initiative of Microsoft BeNe and it is a free Dutch magazine containing a lot of interesting .NET articles. You can get a free subscription by clicking on the following link:http://www.microsoft.c... Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 7:02 AM

DataDude CTP6 available
Microsoft has released the sixth Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals aka DataDude. You can download the CTP here. If you are curious about what has changed since CTP5 following click here. Still, what I would like to see is native support for the Oracle DBMS. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 6:23 AM

Can someone explain me...
... the hype surrounding the Palm Treo devices please? These devices are sooo damn ugly. So please if you are one of those geeks who likes this device, please please please tell me why, I am very curious and I need to understand, can't sleep! Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 8:19 PM

Paint.NET v3.0 Alpha 1
For all you Paint.NET fans out there: Rick Brewster has released the first alpha of the next big version of Paint.NET. There are a lot of new features of which propably a very important one is the ability to work on multiple documents. Take a look at Rick's blog post:http://blogs.msdn.com/... Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Friday, October 13, 2006 8:47 PM

Walkthrough: Creating a Windows Service Application in the Component Designer

Step-by-step instructions on creating and installing a Windows Service as a refresher:

Walkthrough: Creating a Windows Service Application in the Component Designer
Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 5:14 AM

New version of Windows Live Mail beta

This morning I logged on with my Windows Live Id to check my Windows Live Mail account for new mail (spam). I was pleasantly surprised to see a completely new look and feel. This new version must have been deployed last night. I really like the new look and you can choose between different themes. Why don't you try it out yourself?

http://mail.live.com


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:22 AM

Download the first beta of Virtual PC 2007
As promised Microsoft has opened today the Beta program for Virtual PC 2007 through the Microsoft Connect web site. You can participate in the Beta program and download the 32 and 64-bit versions of the first Beta of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Beta programThe Beta program ends on the last day of March 2007. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 6:59 PM

.NET Framework 2.0 System.Web.Dll Security Update
Well I was a bit surprised about this update especially since I didn't read about it on any of the blogs in my RSS Feedreader. Apparently Microsoft released yesterday (10th October 2006) a Security Update for System.Web.dll. Apparently there is a cross-site scripting vulnerability (categorized as moderate risk) that allows malicious users to compromise a computer running ASP.NET 2.0 and in doing so steal confidential data. Versions 1.0 and 1.1 of the .NET Framework are not affected. I guess that ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 6:50 PM

DirectX October 2006 downloads
This post is to the point. Here are the download links:DirectX SDK October 2006Directx End-User RuntimesDirectX SDK Symbol FilesDirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 6:39 PM

Free collection of 3 * 2 hour clinics on .NET Framework 3.0 (WPF, WF, WCF)
I got this link from the USA based ISV Developer Evangelism blog. You can now download Free Microsoft E-Learning stuff on Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0:Collection 5134 : Developing Rich Experiences with Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 and Visual Studio® 2005 This collection of 3 2-hour premium clinics teaches about the new capabilities provided by the .NET Framework 3.0. These clinics are for experienced Developers and Software Architects who are looking to adopt Microsoft's next generation ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 11, 2006 6:34 PM

System.TimeZone2 ?
These last couple of days a discussion has been started on how to call the new TimeZone datatype in the Base Class Library that supports the new TimeZone API's from Windows Vista. The team responsible is going for the name TimeZone2. If I had to choose a smiley to go with this new name I would not know which one to choose from these: [:O] [:(] [:S] [:|] [:'(] [:$] [:@] [:^)] [8o|] [^o)] [+o(] [*-)] [8-)]. This is the WTF of the week! Omer van Kloeten has nicely summarized the related blog ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 10, 2006 8:23 PM

Windows Live OneCare v1.5 Beta starts today
I got invited by email to the Windows Live OneCare v1.5 Beta program. I was actually planning to give Windows Vista another shot especially because I have read so many positive notes on the second Release Candidate. So I downloaded the x64 edition of Windows Vista RC2 and the first thing I will need is a good anti-virus proggie. I was glad to read the following line in the invitation email:Welke besturingssystemen worden ondersteund?Windows XP SP2 of Windows Vista (build 5500 of later; build 5600 ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 10, 2006 8:05 PM

How to remove the logo(s) from your PDA or Mobile phone
I hate it when you buy a new PDA or Mobile Phone and it is infested with logo's. One logo for the brand, another sticker for the model number and maybe another one for the carrier. Some dude demonstrates how you can get rid of these logo and prints by using sugar. Yes, sugar [:)]Take a look at the following video and watch him rub his PDA with a sugar cube: http://static2.instructable... find out more about this PDA rubbing and how to do it yourself ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 10, 2006 5:18 PM

DataGridView control does not show the column's friendly names
Today someone came with the following question:I have a DataSet with a DataTable and I have set the property Caption of the DataColumn "InvNbr" to "Invoice Number". However when I bind my DataSet to the DataGridViewControl it will show the Name property of the DataColumn instead of the Caption and according to the MSDN Library the Caption property should be used to display a friendly-name, no?He was right about the fact that the Caption property should be used by UI controls for ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 4:18 PM

Interface-free, touch-driven computer screen
I saw the link on Susan Wisowaty's blog. The screen is awesome and I can't wait for the day that we will exchange our keyboard + mouse + screen as we know it by the new generation device(s). Ah well, one day I will be able to tell my grandchildren that I used to use a mouse and keyboard to control my computer, I can already imagine the laughs they will have with their silly grandfather.Jeff Han is a research scientist for New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 3:21 PM

Designed Inheritance vs Open Inheritance
I have noticed that the discussion on Designed Inheritance vs. Open Inheritance has been getting a lot of attention again lately. With Designed Inheritance you design your class having in mind that other classes can derive from it or you don’t allow derivation and therefore mark it with the sealed keyword. Designed Inheritance is considered to be a good design principle. In my opinion the basic idea behind Designed Inheritance is to have some kind of assurance that designers that use your class ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 4:29 AM

Book review: "Test-Driven Development in Microsoft.NET"
A couple of months ago, two to be exactly, I finished reading the book "Test-Driven Development in Microsoft.NET". This book was first published by Microsoft Press early 2004 which is immediatly the biggest con of the book. The authors James W. Newkirk and Alexei A. Vorontsov did a great job explaining the basics of TDD (and I expected a lot more on TDD <disappointed/>), Refactoring, the NUnit framework, the difference between Programmer and Customer Tests (using the FIT framework) ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 5:57 PM

ASUS MW221U 22" TFT / 2ms
I want a dual ASUS MW221U for X-mas:The specs:2ms response time16:10 widescreenResolution of 1680 x 1050 HDCP-compatible DVI portASUS SPLENDID technologyBrightness: 330cd/m2 Contrast ratio: 800:1Viewing angle: 160/160Zero Bright Dot warrantyExpected price $640, for us Europeans that will propably be around €750 including the taxes a piece.<drool/> Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 5:01 PM

Windows Vista RC2 available for download (soon)
As already mentioned by Gill 'Snowball' Cleeren on his blog here, Microsoft should release Windows Vista RC1 tomorrow (Friday) and the download link has already leaked (but it wasn't too difficult to get it) on wednesday but it has been taken offline by Microsoft:http://download.w... don't expect it this week because it hasn't leaked yet and normally the ISO images leak several days before the official download links. Cross-posted from ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 4:38 PM

Book review: "Visual Studio Hacks"
A couple of months ago I have read the book "Visual Studio Hacks" by James Avery but I have never taken the time to write a small review so here it is. James is a .NET Architect and has previously written several books for Microsoft press and Wrox and has published several articles on the MSDN Magazin and ASPToday. In his book Visual Studio Hacks he has collected 100 tips and tricks from several Visual Studio experts that show you how to make the Visual Studio IDE even more powerful than ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 4:13 PM

How to: Add vertical guidelines to the Visual Studio IDE
I got this tip from the book Visual Studio Hacks by James Avery and was contributed by Sara Ford. Vertical guidelines can be very useful to better organise your code. You can have up to 13 different guidelines in the Visual Studio IDE by adding some minor modifications to the registry. Here are the steps you need to take to add vertical guidelines: Close all instances of the Visual Studio IDE (not really required) Open the registry editor (Start -> Run -> RegEdit) Navigate to the following ......

Posted On Thursday, October 5, 2006 4:05 PM

Book recommendation: "Practices of an Agile Developer"
This book is the successor of The Pragmatic Programmer. The authors, Venkat Subrmamaniam (.NET Gotchas) and Andy Hunt continue on the tips given in the book The Pragmatic Programmer. They have collected the habits, ideas and approaches of successful agile software developers and created this book full op tips. Although the title talks about the practices of an Agile Developer this does not mean that you have to be for example an Extreme Programming (XP) practicioner to use these tips. I definitely ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 4, 2006 6:08 PM

Book recommendation: "The Pragmatic Programmer - From Journeyman to Master"
I have doing a lot of reading lately. I have finished 3 books and I started reading the 4th book since my last book review. The book "The Pragmatic Programmer - From Journeyman to Master" by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas is a must-read book for those serious developers that want to improve their programming skills. This book contains a whole bunch of very useful tips and the do's and don'ts of programming. If you want to spend your money on a book this is the one and if you don't ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 4, 2006 5:59 PM

Oracle Designer/SCM 6i Release 4.11 installation woes
I do believe that message boxes should be informative towards the user but today I saw several over-informative message boxes during the installation of the Oracle Designer/SCM 6i Release 4.11: (I love the "More follows...") Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 1:22 PM

OCIEnvNlsCreate failed with return code -1
A co-worker received today the following exception after the installation of Oracle Designer everytime his web service tried to open a connection to the Oracle Server:System.Exception: OCIEnvNlsCreate failed with return code -1The problems started when help desk installed the Oracle Designer on his machine so we figured out that this exception was related to this installation. Now what was exactly the problem.Together with the installation of the Oracle Designer a different Oracle Client has been ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 7:00 AM

Sandcastle September 2006 CTP
As promised Microsoft has released today the September CTP of Sandcastle. If you don't know what Sandcastle is, it is a documentation compiler that generates MSDN Library-like documentation from your code comments. What is new in the September CTP? (Excerpted from the Sandcastle blog)Visual Studio 2005 look and feel transforms State of Syntax tab persists across topics in HxS. We will provide a hot fix for CHM after the release of September CTP Transforms for hiding explicit interface implementationsNote: ......

Posted On Sunday, October 1, 2006 8:14 PM

Virtual PC 2007 not before March 2007
Virtual PC 2007 will propably not be available before March 2007. The Beta program for which you can opt-in through the Microsoft Connect web site will start on October 11th 2006 and will end on March 2007. I was really hoping to having Virtual PC 2007 begin 2007 I guess we would have to wait until Q2 of 2007.
Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Sunday, October 1, 2006 4:43 AM

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta publicly available
I have noticed that Microsoft has decided to make the beta of the first Service Pack for Visual Studio 2005 available to a broader public meaning that you no longer need to opt-in for the beta through the Microsoft Connect web site, instead you can download the Beta from the Microsoft Downloads web site:http://www.microsoft.c... Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Sunday, October 1, 2006 4:25 AM

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