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First SQLExpress and now Oracle Express??
Free Oracle Database Takes On MySQL, SQL Server Express story by CRN.
"Oracle Database 10g Express Edition, or XE, targets hobbyists, new database developers and others who might want to try out the technology, said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of database server technologies for the Redwood Shores, Calif., company."

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 10:34 AM

VS 2005 RTM Initial Impressions
Here are my initial impressions on the released version of VS2005. I attended PDC 03 and played with both Longhorn and Whidbey but as time went on I found it hard to keep up with the releases and all the nuances of the near "black magic" it seemed it took to get the CTPs, betas, and release candidates installed correctly and working. Being on a full-time project with deadlines and trying to develop a software product on the side meant I had to be careful about my focus. Installation Having worked ......

Posted On Sunday, October 30, 2005 5:37 PM

Been there, seen that - Big Blue's got a black eye
Tristan Yates has posted a scathing report of IBM's actions at "one of the biggest defense contractors in the world". I found it via Dave Oliver who said that he didn't find it hard to believe. I've witnessed similar actions at "a major insurance company on the west coast". :) I was a senior architect in the consulting group of a software vendor selling eBusiness type applications that ran on J2EE. The two primary platforms at the time were Weblogic/Oracle and Websphere/DB2. The sales folks brought ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:15 PM

The Sloppy Quickbooks Security Saga Continues
As the title says, it doesn't get better with 2006. I went through my first round of non-admin security issues with QuickBooks 2004 for my own company. Later, I had to implement Susan's recommendations for QuickBooks 2005 when my wife needed help setting up a computer for doing our church's books. Now, according to Susan it still needs these hacks for the 2006 version. Here's the link to the posting how to fix it up ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 9:37 AM

Use the built-in searching features of the DataSet
Mohammad Azam posted Searching in the DataSet to save a Database trip showing a simple technique for searching a DataSet. As he said "Then I asked myself why not search the DataSet instead of going to the Database." however the technique he showed was a hand-crafted, walk the rows approach that compared the column value in each row and, if they matched, he copied the row into a new DataTable instance. In the end he'd have a DataTable containing the matching rows. He may not be aware that DataTables ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 10:38 AM

Frost's West Running Brook
We live less than a mile from Robert Frost's farm. At this time of the year when the leaves begin to change you can see where things like yellow wood were inspired. Just into the woods behind our house is “West Running Brook“ seen below. I managed to catch my wife walking the dog, a miniature schnauzer. ......

Posted On Sunday, October 23, 2005 4:15 PM

Saving web pages for offline viewing
Gina Trapani posted a nice how-to for Slogger which is a Firefox extension. I figured I'd pop a little comment in for PC Magazine's Web Historian but apparently you have to be *invited* by someone before you're granted the privilege of posting comments! Nah! Not interested in registering for one more web thing. I wonder how much of my undelivered mail is sitting in Beverly Hills CA 90210? :) Save your personal Web with Slogger by Gina Trapani Web pages change. They disappear. They move to new URLs. ......

Posted On Friday, October 14, 2005 10:11 AM

Detecting end of a list in XSLT using position()
Apparently Mohammad Azam has recently discovered using XSLT for code generation. One of the issues he's learned is that when using XSLT to generate code you have to be aware of where you are in the list of nodes that's currently being traversed. The particular problem he's got is that looping through a list of fields and tacking on a comma afterwards leaves one stray comma on the end of the list. The way I solved this problem was a combination of a “switch” statement and using the built-in ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 7:06 AM

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