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Call of Duty 3 - XBox 360 vs PS3 vs Wii

GameTrailers.com has posted two videos that show in-game footage of CoD 3 played on an Xbox 360, PS3 and the Nintendo Wii and the differences are astonishing, I guess that me saying that I need to ask my girlfriend a Xbox 360 for X-mas says it al? The video quality on the Wii is a bummer.

http://www.gametrailers.com/gamepage.php?id=2650


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 11:00 PM

Cannot hit breakpoints when debugging ASP.NET 2.0
A couple of days ago one of our .NET developers asked me to help solve an issue on his machine. He said that his breakpoints were not being hit due to missing symbol files. I asked him to close Visual Studio and show me step by step how he debugs.He started Visual Studio 2005He opened his solutionHe publishes his site to c:\inetpub\wwwroot\<proj... navigates to the website using IEHe sets a breakpointHe attaches to the worker processThe breakpoints will not be hit and I explained him why. ......

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 12:38 PM

Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 3.0 - Validation Application Block
Tom Hollander, a Product Manager working for the Microsoft patterns & practices group, discusses the new Validation Application Block that will be released in Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 3.0. It looks promising with the possibility to take a declarative or imperative approach. It would be nice if the validators could inherit some of the pre- and post conditions semantics from Spec#, I am not talking about heap checks but just a simple implementation using reflection but I will already ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 11:46 PM

ReSharper 2.5 EAP Build 312 (RC1)
The team behind ReSharper released after several nightly builds EAP Build 312 which is the first Release Candidate for ReSharper 2.5. There is a known issue that you need to remove all your caches when you revert back to ReSharper 2.0.ReSharper 2.5 Build 312 (Visual Studio 2005) List of fixes Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 2:30 PM

Windows Vista + online banking = nightmare
I guess that we could somehow expect that are going to be a lot of issues trying to run existing products on Microsoft's latest Windows platform. So far I have tested 3 online banking solutions offered in Belgium and so far there was only 1 of them that works flawlessly in Windows Vista.So like I mentioned I tested 3 online banking solutions:KBC OnlineDexia Direct NetFortis PC Banking1. KBC OnlineWith KBC Online I tried to import an existing key and that's where the problem start. Under normal ......

Posted On Thursday, November 23, 2006 8:03 PM

How to: associate file types to WMP 11 on Windows Vista?
When I open certain media files they will no longer be opened in the Windows Media Player because the file associations were changed during the installation of Nero 7. In Windows XP when you start Windows Media Player and open the options screen there will be a tab where you can choose the file type associations. In Windows Vista however you will not find this tab. In Windows Vista file associations can be changed through a control panel applet. Click on the Windows Logo button (start) and click ......

Posted On Thursday, November 23, 2006 7:49 PM

When to use a switch statement/if statement?
Today someone asked me if I had told developer X that having a lot of if statements was better than a having a switch statement. I guess that developer X misunderstood what I told him a couple of weeks ago.I told him that if you have only 2 conditions that you need to check you can consider using an if statement. If you have more than 2 conditions use a switch statement instead and if you have more than 5 conditions then you should reconsider your design and make use of the command pattern or make ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 4:46 PM

Convert SWF to XAML
Just in case you haven't read about this on all the other blogs: Michael Swanson, a Technical Evangelist on "Avalon" related tools and components, released a version of his SWF2XAML which is a Flash to XAML converter. You can read more about it here. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 10:14 PM

Intellisense doesn't show System.Windows.Forms.Form.Closed event (.NET 2.0)
Why doesn't the IntelliSense show the Closed event of a form in WinForms 2.0 application?You don't see this member because it is decorated with the EditorBrowsable attribute passing the enum value EditorBrowsableState.Never to its constructor. The IntelliSense engine in Visual Studio doesn't show members that are marked as Never. This doesn't mean that you can't use this event because you can.Why did the designers decide to mark the Closed event as being never browsable? The answer ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 2:48 PM

Which is more secure? Oracle vs SQL Server
David Litchfield, a well known security expert, has created a report that compares the security flaws found in Oracle with those found in SQL Server. According to his report SQL Server 2005 is more secure than Oracle 10G Release 2 and he says that this is tanks to the Security Development Lifecycle.Although there are indeed no known security flaws in SQL Server 2005 you must know that SQL Server 2005 uses several components that are not directly part of the SQL Server core and it in these components ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 10:43 AM

Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista RTM
During the installation of Visual Studio on Windows Vista you will get the following pop-up window when the installation will try to launch devenv.exe: As you have propably read due to improvements made to Windows Vista like the infamous User Acount Control (UAC) Microsoft doesn't support Visual Studio .NET 2002 and Visual Studio .NET 2003 and there are some issues with running Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista and at the moment the only way to work around these issues is by running Visual Studio ......

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:44 PM

iPod Shuffle + iTunes 7.0.2 + Windows XP Professional x64 = Frustration
I have my iPod Shuffle since yesterday and I still didn't manage to upload any song to it using iTunes v7.0.2 on Windows XP Professional x64. The problems started when I first connected the device and started iTunes. iTunes detected that the iPod Shuffle was running software version 1.0 but there was recent version of the software that contains several bugfixes so I upgraded the software. After 45 minutes or maybe longer the update got interrupted because the device was no longer attached (?). ......

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:23 PM

How to: create e-mail message files (.eml)
Part of my job is to provide guidance and take on the role of problem solver. Today I got visited by one of our .NET developers with the following problem: I need to create e-mail (.eml) files based on data I receive from a legacy system. Regarding the complexity of the file format I wonder if there is a way to do this using the Base Class Library (BCL) instead of writing a custom EML file writer. There is an easy solution but with some drawbacks. What you need to do is wrap all this data in a System.Net.Mail.MailMessage ......

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:12 AM

WTH: "We see you're using Internet Explorer, which is not compatible with this site"

How about that for a change and you must admire it:


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 9:14 PM

Book recommendation: "Ship It! A Practical Guide to Sucessful Software Projects"
Title: Ship It! A Practical Guide to Sucessful Software ProjectsAuthor(s): Jared Richardson, William Gwaltney Jr.ISBN: 0-9745140-4-7Publisher: Pragmatic BookshelfFirst printing: May 2005Are you sick and tired of eating cold pizza trying to get that build out of the door? Are you trying of working the weekends instead of spending time with your family? Frustrated because the projects seems like it will be never finsiehd? If you answered yes to one of these questions then you should read "Ship ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 8:55 PM

Royale Noir Windows XP Theme
The Royale Windows XP Theme has been around a while. It would give your Windows XP the media center edition look. This week Steph told me about the Royale Noir Windows XP Theme and I love it! It's a pleasent change from the Windows XP theme that I have been seeing for the last couple of years.More here... Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 6:13 PM

Microsoft Forefront Client Security Public Beta
Microsoft has released a public beta aka CTP of the Microsoft Forefront Client applicaition previously known as Microsoft Client Protection. The Forefront Client Security is an all-in-one internet security suite that is expected to be released to manufacturing (RTM) somewhere the first half of 2007. Microsoft® Forefront™ Client Security provides unified malware protection for business desktops, laptops, and server operating systems that is easy to manage and control. Built on the same highly ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 4:39 PM

How to: disable ClearType for 2007 Office System
There have been complaints about Internet Explorer 7 not respecting the system setting for font smoothing. I have noticed that the 2007 Office System ignores this setting as well. With other words when you start Word 2007 you will notice that ClearType is enabled regardless whether or not you have enabled ClearType in Windows.Using Process Monitor from Microsoft/Sysinternals I was able to determine which registry value could be set to make sure whether or not Office should look at the system setting ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 2:18 PM

ReSharper Nightly builds
Great news from the ReSharper front. The team behind ReSharper has decided to make their nightly builds available for download. This is great news from testers as the previous EAP builds would be released in cycles of approximately 2 weeks. You can download the nightly builds here. Please note that these builds have only passed the configured automated tests and you have absolutely no guarantee whatsoever that it will even install or run so use it at your own risk. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 12:15 PM

Enterprise Library: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation
A co-worker encountered the following exception when trying to use a library that uses the Microsoft Enterprise Library: System.Reflection.TargetInv... was unhandled by user codeMessage="Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation."Source="mscorli... System.RuntimeMethodHandle.... args, SignatureStruct& signature, IntPtr declaringType)at System.RuntimeMethodHandle.... args, SignatureStruct signature, RuntimeTypeHandle ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 10:03 AM

How to: enable/disable MRU
For some reason I didn't see the list of Most Recently Used (MRU) items in applications like Visual Studio or Microsoft Word: Expecting that it would be a simple registry setting I started Process Monitor and set the filter to process name "devenv.exe" and started monitoring as I opened the "File" menu in Visual Studio then set the filter operation to "RegQueryValue": There it was, a registry key named "NoRecentDocsHistory" and the value set to 1. I changed this to 0 and now when I open the file ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 10:04 AM

Office 2007 available to MSDN Subscribers
It is announced today that the 2007 Office System is available on the MSDN Subscriptions downloads. The following versions of Office have been made available for download:Office Professional 2007 (English, German, Japanese)Office Project Professional 2007 (English, Japanese) Office Visio Professional 2007 (English, Japanese) Office Groove 2007 (English, Japanese) Office InfoPath (English, Japanese) Office InterConnect 2007 (Japanese) Office OneNote 2007 (English, German, Japanese)We can expect Windows ......

Posted On Monday, November 13, 2006 9:39 AM

How to download Windows Vista RC1
Someone asked me by email how if it was still possible to download one of the Release Candidates of Windows Vista. The answer is yes you can or at least I know how you can download Windows Vista RC1 from the official channels and here is how:Navigate to the following url: http://www.microsoft.com/wi... with your Windows Live IdChoose the languageThat's it!Imho they forgot to put this offline but in the meanwhile you can download ......

Posted On Sunday, November 12, 2006 11:33 AM

Windows Vista RTM leaked
It looks like the Windows Vista RTM has already leaked on the world wide web. Imho this must come from within the Microsoft walls since it isn't available on the MSDN Subscriptions downloads. Maybe it is just a trick from Microsoft to get a lot of people already acquainted with Microsoft's newest Windows platform? Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Saturday, November 11, 2006 10:37 AM

Project "Sandcastle" November CTP
The November CTP of Sandcastle is available for download through the Microsoft downloads. Start generating your own MSDN-like documentation by downloading the bits here. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Saturday, November 11, 2006 10:09 AM

Oracle SQL Developer 1.1 Evaluation Release (1.1.0.21.41) available
I was setting up a new development sandbox for a specific project and wanted to install the Oracle SQL Developer application but couldn't find the bits on my harddisk so I navigated to the Oracle SQL Developer web site to download version 1.0 when I noticed that the 7th November they made a beta version of Oracle SQL Developer 1.1 avaliable for download, remarkable is the fact that they call it an "Evaluation" release.In version 1.1 there are some interesting new features:Updated Object ......

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 10:37 AM

VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace
At the same time that Microsoft is releasing virtual machines for download for evaluation purposes VMware has launched the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace. The purpose of this market place is to download virtual machines to evaluate specific software, these virtual machines are completely configured for you so that you can immediatly start playing around with the product. A nice addition is that you can also download several clean Linux distro's. Take a look at the marketplace here. If you ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:04 PM

2007 Office System Add-ins: Save As...
I am sure that you all remember the discussions about the built-in support to export as a PDF from within the 2007 Office System. Microsoft said that this feature would be made available as pluging. Well, they have kept their word and have released a couple of "Save As..." add-ins:2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF: This download allows you to export and save to the PDF format in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send files as e-mail attachments ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 6:54 PM

Windows Defender x64
I am glad to see that Microsoft finally released a version of Windows Defender that installs on the 64 bit edition of Windows XP Professional. You can download your copy here after you have validated your version of Windows. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 6:49 PM

ReSharper EAP Build 301 available
Sergey V. Coox just announced the availability of the next EAP Build of ReSharper 2.5. As you propably alraedy know ReSharper v2.5 is the first version of ReSharper that doesn't target the Visual Studio .NET 2003 IDE. There are 12 new features in this build and an astonishing 299 closed issues. You can download this build here. A commercial license costs $199 and it is certainly worth it academics pay only $49 for an academic license. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 6:18 PM

CodeSmith 4 released
Version 4 of CodeSmith has been released. New features:CodeSmith Projects (.csp) - This feature makes automating your code generation process really easy and consistent whether you are working from inside of Visual Studio 2005, MSBuild, Windows Explorer, a command line / batch file, or CodeSmith itself. ActiveSnippets - Imagine Visual Studio 2005 snippets, but with the full power of CodeSmith available to execute any logic or access any complex metadata (including database schema and xml data) to ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:56 PM

Windows Sysinternals
A while ago, on the 18th July of this year, Microsoft acquired Sysinternals. I guess that by today the transformation is almost complete looking at the sub site for the Windows Sysinternals tools here. Also the long awaited Process Monitor has been finally released which you can download here. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:44 PM

Windows Vista is here!
I guess that the title says it all, after several problems and cutting numerous features they managed to release Vista within the promised timeline: http://msdn.microsoft.com/w... if you have access to the MSDN Subscriber downloads:Windows Vista and Office 2007: Availability on MSDN Subscriber DownloadsWindows Vista and Office 2007 will be available through MSDN Subscriber downloads within 7 days of release to manufacture (RTM). MSDN Subscriptions is committed to making new content available ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 11:51 AM

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 RTM downloads
Microsoft has release a couple of .NET Framework 3.0 RTM related downloads:Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable PackageMicrosoft .NET Framework 3.0 ReadmeVisual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation)Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit for Windows Vista™ and .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime ComponentsVisual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTPRemarkable is the CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 extensions ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 9:31 AM

Equals() vs the equality operator (==)
There have been many discussions in the past about when to use the Equals() vs the equality operator when comparing value and reference types and I had one discussion today as well that were performance related to Equals() vs == comparisons.First let's take a look about what the MSDN Library has to say about the Equals() method (especially in the remarks section):The default implementation of Equals supports reference equality for reference types, and bitwise equality for value types. Reference ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 7:26 AM

Download pre-configured virtual machines (VHD)
Microsoft has released a couple of pre-configured virtual machines that you can download to evaluate the products. Here is the list:Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHDMicrosoft Exchange Server 2007 VHDInternet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 VHDMicrosoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition VHDYou will need Virtual Server 2005 R2 - Enterprise Edition which Microsoft has made available for free early April of this year. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 2:25 PM

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Second Edition
VSTO is a Visual Studio add-in to build add-ins for Microsoft Office 2003, with the 2nd edition you can also build add-ins for the 2007 Office System. You can download the second edition on the following url:http://www.microsoft.co... here is the runtime to run those nifty add-ins you created:http://www.microsof... Cross-posted ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 1:42 PM

Collaboration between Microsoft and Novell on, Windows/Linux interop
In a press release Microsoft announced the collaboration with Novell on Windows and Linux interoperability. You can read the whole press release here. Does this mean that Microsoft is going to fully support the Mono project as well? I guess time will tell but that will open so many doors! Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 2:35 PM

Windows Internet Explorer 7 pushed as high-priority update
It looks like Microsoft started to push Windows Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update (see the screenshots): On the previous screen when you choose "Ask me later" it will stay listed as a high-priority update. When you choose for "Don't Install" it will be categorized as an optional software component as can be seen on the next screenshot: Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 10:22 PM

Windows Vista + 2007 Office System launch dates
According to this article in the Seatlle PI, the launch date for Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System is set to 30th November. I don't know if you recall the guess the launch date contest of a couple of months ago but as I recall it this is the date I have given, actually I played two times one date I gave was the last day of November based on the fact that in the history a lot of releases have been done end November and the second estimation was 15th January based on the fact that I read ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 9:06 AM

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