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Off the Beaten Path Kyle Hebb's web log - notions and ramblings of this "high tech" life I breathe June 2004 Entries
Visual Studio 2005 Express Beta Releases Now Available
I have been reading some pretty interesting information released yesterday as the result of announcements from Tech Ed Europe - that is the new Express releases (betas) of several Visual Studio tools, in particular, a couple of unexpected tools, Visual Web Dev 2005 Express and SQL Server 2005 Express. I would guess that the Visual Web Dev product stems from the Web Matrix tool that has been around for a while and the SQL Server Express tool is a newer release of MSDE. As I have been using the full ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 30, 2004 1:06 PM

This is a pretty cool download!
I have always been skeptical when downloading toolbars and such utilities but I have discovered one that I like (and trust) that has some pretty cool features. It is the new MSN toolbar which offers a search feature that I like allowing me to not only perform a standard MSN search of the web but also allows me to perform a site search with all of the keywords highlighted on the page returned that were part of my search string. It also offers a Pop Up blocker (can’t speak much about this as ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 29, 2004 11:31 AM

Web Hosting Set Up (or hang up)
I signed up last week with a web host ( for a new domain and the whole process was exceptionally easy. The price seemed right and the services offered were great for a “test” site using ASP.NET in a “live” situation. After I completed the process, I tried migrating over a SQL Server database (about 2 Mb in size) but found they implemented a 100 kb limitation on file size for importing. They do provide a script file to assist with the process for larger files ......

Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2004 8:12 PM

ASP.NET Community/Portal Starter Kit vs. DotNetNuke
In my spare time (is there ever any?) of the past couple of days I have been manipulating both the ASP.NET Starter Kits and the source code from DotNetNuke . Both frameworks seem to have their advantages and disadvantages but I really like the DotNetNuke stuff a lot. You can take this source code, install it on a web server, add the SQL Server database (or Access if you really must), make a few minor “adjustments” and you have a pretty cool looking web app in production. As I am not that ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2004 8:38 AM

So much new information and so little time...
So much information is available right now for the various releases of Visual Studio .NET 2005 circulating – the PDC release, the Community Technology Preview etc. – one hardly knows where to start when trying to grasp these new technologies. An MSDN Magazine article by Jeff Prosise has just been released to the web providing a good overview of ASP.NET 2.0 and summarizes some of the cool new features available - some I have seen before but others are rather interesting and am anxious ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 11:03 AM

CATS at Neptune Theatre Well Worth the Money
Yesterday, my wife and I took our 6 year old daughter to see CATS at Neptune Theatre in Halifax (a nice break away from the computer screen)…the look on her face as the show opened was worth the complete price of admission. I understand that it has just been held over until late July so if you get the opportunity (and are on the Canadian east coast), I would highly recommend attending ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 5:21 AM

Visual FoxPro 9.0 Beta Available for Download
The Visual FoxPro 9.0 Beta (previously called 'Europa') has been posted for download on . Although I have made the commitment to build new projects on the .NET Framework and the CLR, I find it difficult to abandon my old friend. I will continue to keep VF as part of my arsenal for some time to come. The final version is reportedly set for release in late 2004 ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 7:22 PM

DevDays 2004 Free DVD Offer
Microsoft Canada just posted a free offer to receive a DevDays 2004 DVD. All you need to do is follow this link and complete a simple form - less than 2 minutes to complete. The offer states that there are limited quantities (first 5000 registrants).

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 8:05 AM

No more education cuts!
I was asked yesterday to make a presentation to the local school board next Wednesday (as part of a formal hearing) to justify on behalf of the local Home and School Association that this board should not cut 1.5 teaching positions from the local school system. I got thinking....this could be a long presentation! Then I realized, all would be lost in a long and mangled presentation simply stating issues that for the most part are “known” to all. It would be far more effective by focusing ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2004 1:09 PM

Visual FoxPro to Visual Basic.NET
I received today from a new book I was anxious to receive...Visual FoxPro to Visual Basic.NET by Les Pinter (SAMS Publishing). I have been doing development with Visual Fox since 1989 and have enjoyed the product immensely. Unfortunately (for VFox) customers are requesting Visual Basic .NET more and more as their preferred database application platform. This book I am hoping will bridge my years of experience with Visual FoxPro to perform similar tasks with Visual Basic.NET. Should be an ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2004 8:41 PM

Why off the beaten path?
You may wonder why I chose to title my blog “Off the Beaten Path.” The main reason is due to where I choose to live and operate my small software development company, Hebb Micro. Rather than relocate to a larger metropolitan area, I prefer to remain in a small rural community (Parrsboro). I find that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, both at a professional and personal level. Some of my best thinking comes while riding my mountain bike on the surrounding quiet roads - it's ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2004 8:27 PM

My blog is finally up and running!
I have been reading blogs for some time now and have had the greatest of intentions in maintaining my own, only to be put on hold for other "past due" items on my to-do list. Well I finally "bit the bullet" and am up and running. Since attending the PDC in Los Angeles this past October, it has been of high importance to learn more on RSS feeds and the whole blogging idea. Pretty cool!

Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2004 7:10 PM

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