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Joel Ross August 2005 Entries
VPC Importer For VMWare
I had a conversation in my comments with Eric Hammersley a while back about the difference between VMWare and Virtual PC, and which would be a better choice. I'm using Virtual PC, but I have a license for VMWare. I've put off trying VMWare mainly for two reasons. First, I don't want to spend the time to create a new VMWare image. It took me a while to get my base image set up the way I want it, and I still tweak it every now and then. The second reason is that I've been using the images, which mean ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 10:26 PM

Code Gallery
The fine folks over at GotDotNet alluded to a simpler way to share code at Tech Ed in June, and it's now live. It's called Code Gallery, and it's a solution for all of the developers who just used the Workspaces as a way to distribute code, rather than a full-blown source code control system (think .Text). In fact, it looks a lot like a Workspace if you took away the source code control system.This is a good step forward. One of the strengths of Workspaces was the collaboration you could get among ......

Posted On Monday, August 29, 2005 11:40 PM

AJAX.NET Source Code

Back in June, I blogged about AJAX.NET going open source. Well, apparently there were some issues with getting it opened up.

I'm not sure what the issues were, but it's finally up, and you can access it here.

Posted On Friday, August 26, 2005 9:36 PM

Parameterized Unit Tests
This is older, but Microsoft has a research paper about Parameterized unit tests. It's an interesting concept. Let's say you have a method that has a few extremes that need to be tested - let's try a simple example of multiplication. You would want to test something multiplied by 0. You'd want to test an overflow situation. Then, you'd want to test multiplying by a single negative number. Then maybe two negative numbers.You get the idea. I listed out 4 tests above, but there could be many more. If ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 2:00 PM

RossCode Fantasy League - An Update
I'm down to two openings left for the RossCode Fantasy League, and it'd be great to fill those. I don't think I've mentioned this before, but the draft will be on September 5th. That's the Monday after the last preseason game. You'll get your team, rosters will be locked for a day, and for the next two days, all players will be on waivers. So either Wednesday or Thursday, you'll get any players you claim off of waivers if you need to make any roster moves. Just in time for the first regular season ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 1:58 PM

I'm Going Going, Back Back to Cali Cali
Once again, I'll be back in California for a week. Specifically, Santa Rosa. Well, staying in Rohnert Park, but working in Santa Rosa. I'll arrive in San Francisco early on August 29th, drive up to Santa Rosa for the week, and fly out late on September 1st.Anybody in the Santa Rosa area? I'll be busy, but a man's gotta eat, right? You can reach me at 616.485.8062 - give me a call or send me an email and we'll try to work something out.Oh yeah. For anyone wondering about the title of the post. It's ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 1:38 PM

CodeKeep
A while ago, I blogged about wanting to find a way to share code snippets for a team. Ben Carey (who used to work at Sagestone, before we became NuSoft), read it, talked to Dave Donaldson, and Dave contacted me to help him test CodeKeep. I didn't do as much as I would have hoped to help him out, but it's now public.You can read Dave's announcement or just go to the website. So far, I've only added three snippets (all public). It's a very cool idea, and Dave plans to add to it as it goes. One of the ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 1:22 PM

Creating My Own Idea
Well, I've been harping on an idea for a while now, and instead of waiting for others to get on board, I decided to see what I could do myself. I started making the code, and to get a quick and dirty version up and running, it was actually pretty simple. Here's the high level logic of my initial run:1. Get an OPML file.2. Load each feed for that OPML file.3. Parse the content of each item in each feed and pull out each URL.4. For each URL, keep track of the domain. If the domain isn't in the list, ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 8:21 PM

Show Off at PDC '05
Mike Swanson has a cool idea for the PDC this year. He wants developers to show off what they're working on. Got something cool? Make a short video demoing it, and during PDC, they'll show it in a video with a bunch of other cool projects.Go read about it and if you have an idea, then send in a video. I'll look forward to seeing it once it's released to the masses (I'm not going to PDC). And if you don't want to read his post, listen to Mike and Thomas Lewis talk about it on the PDC '05 Buzzcast ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 8:06 PM

MCMS Manager
I haven't used it yet, but there's lots of good feedback about MCMS Manager, something developed by Chester that adds a lot of functionality missing from Site Manager.If you want to know what it adds, then you should check out his latest post, a comparison between Site Manager and MCMS Manager. On my next full-blown MCMS project, I'll have to check this out ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2005 9:09 PM

My Start Menu
Via Ed Bott, Dwight Silverman wants to know what's on your start menu.No, not what programs you have installed. He wants to know what your top 6 programs are that you use - you know, in Windows XP, the left side of the start menu, where it has an MRU program list.I'm game. Here's my two lists. The first one is on my base machine - where I don't do any development. Here's my list:1. Excel - This is unfair. I recently had a small project working on an excel sheet. No need for a dedicated VPC just to ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2005 8:59 PM

Have you seen TagCloud? It's a visual way to see what's being talked about among your trusted network. You add feeds (or your OPML file) and it gives you a tag cloud of what's being talked about.What's a tag cloud? Basically, it's a list of keywords that your feeds are talking about. The bigger the tag (keyword), the more it's being talked about.One downside - my largest word is HTTP, something that's underlying every post created that links somewhere, but not usually the focus of the post. Oh well. ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 3:13 PM

Web Projects In VS 2005 - Update
Apparently I'm not the only one who's hearing the buzz around the new web projects in Visual Studio 2005. Scott Guthrie is too. And he's on vacation in Mexico!Anyway, he has a great post explaining a few things. Both of the issues I listed earlier (references and excluding files) are handled in post-beta builds, something I wasn't aware of. Here's another example of Microsoft listening to what the developers want.Seriously though, with a guy like Scott running the ASP.NET team, you knew there had ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 2:53 PM

CruiseControl.NET Turns 1.0, Almost
I monitor the updates and additions to the CruiseControl.NET product documentation, and today there's been a plethora of action. The first was an interesting page addition that showed up in my aggregator - a nant task to run MsBuild scripts. That definitely piqued my interest, and as the day went on, I eventually saw that CruiseControl.NET 1.0 RC1 was released today. There's a few new features, but the two that stand out to me are (obviously) the MsBuild tasks, and that CCTray has been rewritten ......

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 2:49 PM

References in Web Projects in VS.NET 2005
This is why I usually don't start posting until I'm caught up on my blog reading. I just posted tonight about one of the problems with the new project-less web projects in VS.NET 2005 - you can't easily manage updates to binary references (or, for that matter, references to other projects in the same solution). Well, I just read a post from Paul Wilson stating that this has been fixed in post-beta 2. Now, when you add references, you'll get a "refresh" file, which will give VS.NET a list of references ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 3:38 PM

Steve Rubel started it. He's posted his list of 10 indispensable blogs - the ones he would take on a desert island with him.Then, he created a Technorati tag so everyone can participate.Side note: adding tags for Technorati is pretty simple! Just add a link to (for examle) http://technorati.com/tag/1... with a rel="tag" in the link. Nice!Ok. Back on topic. My ten blogs I can't live without. That's tough, but here's my list. If I read your blog and don't list you, please don't be offended. Getting ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:59 PM

Web UI Design Patterns
I've been reading Design Patterns recently, so I'm in the pattern mode of thought. Which is why this post from Thomas Williams was so interesting. It's a link to a website that has a list of a bunch of design patterns - for web pages! Given that I do mostly web development, this could be a good resource for me in the future!UPDATE: If you head to the home page, there are links to design patterns for web, GUI's and Mobile platforms. Cool ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:47 PM

Projectless Web Projects in VS.NET 2005
There's been a lot of talk about ASP.NET 2.0's model of project-less web sites (including from Jeffrey Palermo on the latest DotNetRocks show), and whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. The consensus seems to be that it's bad.I'm still not sure. I haven't dug in enough, but I can think of some pitfalls already. How do you manage references and know to re-copy them if they've been updated? How can you exclude a file from a web site without deleting it? With a project file this is easy.On the ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:44 PM

DotNetRocks Roadshow
It's official. DotNetRocks is hitting the road. Unfortunately, there isn't a location close to me. I think Philadelphia is the closest location. Too bad. It would have been fun. When I talked to Carl at Tech Ed, he mentioned a stop in Chicago. Apparently, that isn't going to happen.Even if you can't go, it should still be cool. There'll be a new DotNetRocks show for every city! If you're close, you should definitely check it out. It would be a good time.UPDATE: Cool - there's a quick note at the ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 3, 2005 3:34 PM

Reloading The Laptop
Well, today was finally the day to take the plunge. Performance of my laptop was WAY down, and it was time to start fresh. It actually didn't turn out to too bad. I had two things going for me: First, we have ghost images for our laptops, and that got me quite a base - Windows XP SP2, Office 2003 all patched up, Visual Studio .NET 2003, SQL Server, etc. That was loaded in 20 minutes. Second, I don't use my base box for most of my development - I've switched to using VPC. So, there wasn't much else ......

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 2:49 PM

Productivity Losses In The Workplace
There was a recent study that said that internet usage in the workplace is costing companies $178,000,000,000 a year. That's a pretty large number, and I question it - how do you measure something like that? Apparently, I wasn't the only one. Frank Hayes, of Computer World, has an article in the latest issue basically debunking that claim, saying that if that was the case, why wouldn't companies turn off internet access? I've seen a company basically do this, and here's what happens: The employees ......

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 2:39 PM

RossCode Fantasy Football League
I'm starting a fantasy football league, and looking for teams. The feedback wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be for my fantasy football league, so I'm going to open up league membership to friends of friends too. If you want to join, and have a friend who wants to join, feel free to invite them too! So far, I've gotten a commitment from just 3 people - which leaves the league at 4 teams, including me. I have a few others that I know that may be interested, but I'd like to see a larger league ......

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 1:54 PM

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