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MS Project 2003 Tasks and Outlook 2003 Tasks
If you are a Project Manager, or have in any way been involved in a project which require you to use Project 2003, there is probably a time when you wish for some way to export your Project tasks out into Outlook 2003. There is an easy way to import Outlook task into Project 2003, but not the other way round. It seem more natural and obvious to have tasks defined and sorted out in Project 2003 first, and have them exported into Outlook for your action. The simpliest way around this problem is to ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 4:25 PM

Ferarris for bloggers?
I thought that was an awesome idea from a marketing point of view. They will probably gather different opinions from other camps but this is still pretty mind blowing. There is a huge difference between a company believing in the power of community and a company that does not. Take a look at all the multi-million dollar acquisition that happened recently. Google believed in it, YouTube believed in it, Facebook believed in it, Flickr believed in it and I think, Microsoft believed in it. In fact, their ......

Posted On Thursday, December 28, 2006 10:55 AM

Strange IIS "Failed to start monitoring directory changes" error
IIS 6 recently popped out an error when I am unable to replicate. I think this will be worth noting here for the sake of those who had the same encounter or who doesn't want to spend too much time debugging a "it should work" problem. This problem and it's resolution is documented in MSDN here. However, for some reason, the recommended methods did not solve my encounter. Here are the steps to first created this problem, note that subsequently the same steps will no longer reproduce this error. Create ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 26, 2006 3:35 PM

SOA Demonstration
This is old news, but Brain Groth and Mark Berman released a demonstration of what I'll call a true-blue SOA hosted on Channel9. Very impressive piece of demo encompassing many applications and technologies. We see 1. Webservices built on top of legacy systems 2. BizTalk and webservices working it's magic3. Integrations with AS400s, SAP and some other systems4. SQL Server, Unix, J2EE Websphere, Speech Server and many systems which are unlikely to work together.5. Business processes driving systems ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 26, 2006 12:40 PM

Some differences between Indigo and WCF
There're some difference between Indigo and WCF which I'll highlight here. 1. WsProfileBinding is not longer therewsProfileBinding is a secure, reliable and interoperable binding based on WS-Reliable Messsaging and used for one-way service contracts. Basically it's fire and forget. The current downloadable WCF installation no longer uses wsProfileBinding, instead you should use wsHttpBinding to replace that and use Reliable Session to configure that in the config file to enable reliable messanging ......

Posted On Friday, December 22, 2006 2:31 PM

BizTalk Samples
I was surfing around and realize from Chris Vidotto's blog that MSDN has released a whole lot of BizTalk samples for downloading! Great stuffs! I'll have them appended here for convenience. Publishing and Consuming Web Services with SOAP Headers This sample demonstrates how to publish a BizTalk orchestration as a Web service with a SOAP header and how to consume the SOAP header from a Web service request message. BAM and HAT Correlation This sample demonstrates how to use the enhanced BAM features, ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 1:59 PM

Windows Communication Foundation
For the sake of all the lost sheeps looking for information on setting up development environment for Windows Communication Foundation, understanding its overall architecture and learning the basics of WCF. I've compiled some very brief definitions to some of the common questions and it's accompanied resources that might get you going. About WCF:1. What is WCF and when will it be released?As it's name imply, WCF is Microsoft's version of All-In-One communication package, servicing all your Web Services/WS-*/WSE, ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 10:42 AM

Can I ask you an IT question?
A couple of days ago I got 'challenged' by an ex-colleague over a question which I least expected. By the way, that ex-colleague isn't a technical person. It got me thinking. I was asked a very simple 'IT' question. Here's an example of how the conversation goes. For obvious reasons, let's just call the person my 'ex-colleague' Ex-colleague: Can I ask you an IT question? Nestor: ? Ex-colleague: I installed Vista Nestor: and? Ex-colleague: How come I can't find my XP? Nestor: ... Nestor: that's hard ......

Posted On Monday, December 18, 2006 11:19 AM

Interface? What Interface?
Interface can be quite confusing for some people, especially when the explanation is made with different technical jargons as well. Try listening to a geeks only discussion about Interfaces, Polyphormism, Inheritance and the like and I'm sure you'll be thrown with plenty of big technical words. I've written a quick explanation of what an Interface is based on layman language, so if there's a time when your non-techn boss asks you what and why you need an interface, you won't be caught off-guard ......

Posted On Friday, December 15, 2006 10:19 PM

OLEDB and ODBC
A recent SSIS project which involved data retrieval from Firebird SQL to SQLServer 2005 prompted me this post on the differences between ODBC and OLEDB. At this time of writing, there's very little information on how SSIS can import information from a Firebird SQL database in the internet, at least too little for me. Before finally deciding on using OLEDB adaptors to connect to Firebird for direct data import, there were some other considerations, like consuming Webservices with a Firebird .Net Provider ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 4:04 AM

Internet Explorer 7 Mouse Gestures?
Even though I'm a huge supporter of Microsoft products, there're a few of them which are just not up to the mark as when placed side by side with its competitor. We all know the story, Live.com vs Google.com, Virtual Earth vs Google Earth, Encarta vs Wikipedia and a lot more. When it comes to Internet Explorer, the first alternative browser that comes to mind for most people is Firefox. I have however, swore my loyalty to Opera (when it was at version 3) ever since I realised how extremely useful ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 7:28 AM

Hello World
using System;using System.Collections.Generic; namespace HelloWorld{ public class AboutMe { private string name; private int age; private List<string> stuffs; public string Name {get { return name; }} public int Age {get { return age; }} public List<string> Stuffs {get { return stuffs; }} public AboutMe(string param_name, int param_age, List<string> param_stuffs) { name = param_name; age = param_age; stuffs = param_stuffs; } } class onStart { static void Main(string[] args) { AboutMe ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 5:17 AM

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