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If you've downloaded the new VS 11 Beta and done any merging, then you've probably seen the new diff and merge tools built into VS 11. They are awesome, and by far a vast improvement over the ones included in VS 2010. There is one problem with the merge tool though, and in my opinion it is huge… Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...
For any of those in the Kansas City area, I recommend Coders For Charities as a great once-a-year event! It’s a weekend code-a-thon in which small, quickly-assembled teams of software engineers construct as much as possible for a charity in need. Contributors include anybody with relevant experience such as software developers and graphic designers. The projects seem to typically involve creating a website. I personally was only available for about half of the total event, but I contributed to a ...
Recently, I came across an issue where I had to change the size limit for WorkItem Attachments in TFS 2010. I searched all around the internet only to find very little information around it which wasn’t clear honestly. So after breaking my head for sometime, I was successful in doing it. Here are my conclusions and the procedure to do it. 1. You DON’T 'have to' programmatically change it. You can do it directly from IIS webservices. 2. You CAN change it programmatically too, by making an entry into ...
Programming Direct3D requires understanding of where different types of resources are bound to the shader pipeline. The shader pipeline consists of configurable fixed function stages (Input Shader, Tessellator, Stream Output, Rasterizer, Output merger), and opt-in HLSL programmable shader stages (Vertex Shader, Hull Shader, Domain Shader, Geometry Shader, Pixel Shader, Compute Shader). Passing data into shaders involves creating & binding resources to the pipeline in C++ on CPU, so that HLSL ...
I have been working with CKEditor recently and ran into an issue where I noticed some strange random behavior with regards to validation. I noticed that sometimes the validation would pass or fail unexpectedly. It turns out that it was due to the fact that the CKEditor instance creates a separate element for user input and hides the original text area which the validation code validates. Since CKEditor doesn’t push the changes out to the text area until the control loses focus, if you click on the ...
As many of us deploy our shiny web services and expose them to the world (or just our apps), we invariably encounter these pesky maintenance windows. During these times, a database, other web services or any other IO dependent tasks cannot be performed. Wouldn't it be nice to tell the caller of your web API that the operation is currently unavailable? It can get pretty ugly if we don't solve this. If we simply bring down the whole endpoint, connecting clients will experience a pile-up of timed out ...
It is about time to look at the new .NET Framework 4.5 release along with the brand new Visual Studio 11 Beta 1. Besides the new features I wanted to see if the massive performance complaints have been taken and addressed. First the good things. VS11 Beta 1 does start a lot quicker as its predecessors. It is nearly as fast as VS2008 which was from the performance aspect the best release since VS6. This is great news. Below are some numbers I did compile on my Windows 7 x32 PC with a Intel Duo 6600 ...
In this blog post I intend to capture some thoughts on code optimization in general and on how the new version of RedGate's ANTs Performance Profiler can be used to "optimize optimization". As developer's trying first to drive business value, many latch onto the mantra "Don't optimize too early". As with many axiom's, the spirit is right on - if you allow solving the business problem to wait while you shave milliseconds off of a process that takes minutes or you have found the best memory management ...
Our company is standardizing on VMWare for a number of reasons. I won’t list them here, but wanted to write about a problem that I had using VMWare Standalone Converter version 5.0 to convert Hyper-V virtual machines. There were four problems: The converter needs to be run as an administrator You have to be connected to localhost or you’ll be prompted to install the standalone agent first Domain credentials don’t work as expected You need to give explicit permissions to Everyone the directory where ...
Let me start off by stating that I am in no way an expert on MSBuild, writing build scripts, MSDeploy, Web Deploy, etc. I learned a lot in this process about those things which helped me find a workable solution. I'm sure there are better ways to accomplish what I'm trying to do, but this is what I came up with. My goal in writing this is that someone will hopefully avoid wasting their time as I did trying to get app_offline.htm to work.For those of you who don't know what app_offline.htm is, it's ...
After reading this chapter you should be able to Identify and explain the functions of the core TCP/IP protocols Explain how the TCP/IP protocols correlate to layers of the OSI model Discuss addressing schemes for TCP/IP in IPv4 and IPv6 Describe the purpose and implementation of DNS and DHCP Identify the well-known ports for key TCP/IP services Describe common Application layer TCP/IP protocols Characteristics of TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) TCP/IP is a suite of specialized ...
There’s an ongoing discussion in the community about various aspects of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) awards and this is a quick contribution I’ll make to share a few thoughts. Recent events in this discussion include MVPs who either weren’t re-awarded and/or declined their award. There are alignments and differences between their perspectives and mine, particularly in the areas of expectations and values. This is one of my contributions to that on-going discussion. In it’s simplest ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... This is one in a series of posts covering my generic mapping library on github: Sixeyed.Mapping. 1. Mapping and Auto-Mapping Objects 2. Mapping and Auto-Mapping Objects from IDataReader 3. Mapping and Auto-Mapping Objects from XML 4. Mapping and Auto-Mapping Objects from CSV 5. Comparing Sixeyed.Mapping to AutoMapper The mapping library has support for IDataReader objects used as the source. Using data readers, AutoMap will try to populate the target ...
I’m not sure I have ever thrown this down in writing. I probably have said this 800 or 900 times, but I think that HTML 5 in SharePoint 2010 sucks. The support is terrible in the two most prevalent web browsers at the enterprise level – Internet Explorer and Firefox. If you can’t even get the video tag to work in IE 9 or the latest version of Firefox then that’s a huge fail for the product with HTML 5. What I think needs to be done in the product to improve HTML 5 support so that we can move towards ...
It's after midnight and I'm resting after a long vacation day with the family. What am I thinking about? Scrum, naturally.What I'm thinking about is this: Why don't Agile practices work on some teams? Why do some teams pick up Agile and run with it, and others either fail to pick it up or actively fight against it?It's taken me about two years to come up with the words to summarize my conclusion, which is stated in the introduction to many books on Agile and Scrum: Agile practices are what great ...
Agility needs to get onto the next level – that´s what I tried to explain in my previous articles. After a reality check – what´s missing from Agile practice? –, and some general musings about how a next level of Agility could look like, here now some very tangible suggestions. Crank up the frequency Current Agile practice is suffering from too little attention to Acceptance. To change this, very, very clear Acceptance dates need to be set. Acceptance can only get into a real pulling mode, if dates ...
Today I had an issue with Jenkins where I wanted it to perform a set of tasks, but not worry about the exit code of any of the tasks…. In my instance I was using Jenkins to run DotCover to check the code coverage of a solution and then run a custom application to make sure the coverage was sufficient….The challenge I was facing that for DotCover to generate coverage statistics, it would need to run NUnit. If a test in NUnit failed for some reason, regardless of the the total coverage of the tests ...
One of our .net application teams has had a problem for quite a while that related to impersonation and kerberos multi-hop delegation which had proven quite difficult to resolve. We eventually resolved this and I thought it would be worth popping a little bit of information about it out there incase anyone else has similar problems. We had two web services with 2 methods which participate in a Kerberos multi-hop delegation scenario using WSE 2. One of the methods works fine all of the time and the ...
Aims of this chapter Describe different kinds of requirements Enable you to identify examples of different kinds of requirements from a simple description Explain how different data gathering techniques may be used during the requirements activity Enable you to develop a scenario, a use case, and an essential use case from a simple description Enable you to perform hierarchical task analysis on a simple description Summary What, How and Why The process works in a cycle.. Why bother? The importance ...
Today TechEd Africa 2011 ended. It was a great conference and the first time I have ever had the opportunity to present an hour long topic – I had the joy of presenting two sessions at this conference, one session based on a topic which I should have been able to cover easily and one with a topic that I battled with and felt totally out of my depth. In retrospect, there are a few bits of advice that I would like to give other people that are thinking of presenting at a conference like this for the ...
I have been developing an MVC3 application with the intention of deploying to the Cloud. It was configured to use Forms Authentication with SQL Membership on SQL Azure. Everything seemed to be working perfectly locally, but after I deployed the Membership.ValidateUser no longer seemed to work. I could use the Providers to get information from the database (e.g. Membership.GetUser would return an existing account) which meant the database connection was fine and user existed, just the validation failed. ...
When teams are first introduced to Stand-Ups, many teams will dread them. Their thought is, “Oh great! Yet another meeting to consume a bunch of my time!” I certainly understand this sentiment, and if run incorrectly, stand-ups are certainly painful and can be a waste of time. Stand-ups are fundamentally about coordination between team members and nobody else. To restate that, stand-ups are for the pigs, not the chickens! This post is to help you understand what a good stand-up is and how best to ...
Here is the interesting problem of the week... finally figured it out! All of a sudden this Monday, our clients started getting "Service Unavailable" errors all of a sudden. I looked deeper in to it, and it turned out the Application Pool on IIS6 for the ASP .Net app had crashed. So I restarted it, and everything started working again. But this started happening intermittently about twice daily. Big problem. The event log on the server showed: Application pool 'XXX' is being automatically disabled ...
The nice thing about unintended changes is that you never think it could happen until you get bitten by a nasty change. Microsoft did publish a complete list of breaking changes here which is complete to my knowledge. But although the intentional changes are listed there are side effects which can cause you to search for hours your (non) fault. One change was to create a new GAC for .NET 4 assemblies to prevent breaking applications which rely on the structure of the GAC introduced with .NET 2.0. ...
The time has come to unveil the new project for the blog. I know, I know. I can hear the excitement. I try to go everywhere I can to preach the gospel of XNA. As I do, the #1 question I get is, "Have you ever published a game?" Every time, I have to respond with, "I haven't actually published anything. I have some ideas, but I've stuck mostly with research and teaching." Over time, this wears on you. I mean, as the saying goes, those who do, teach. Thus, it's about time I practice what I preach. ...
Update: These have been superseded and included in later Cumulative Updates. See http://wblo.gs/cu8v for checking what you got and updates, or download the tool. Also see info about the updates and extensions here.During the summer Microsoft has released two important hotfixes for the Testing tools. These two hotfixes solves 7 serious problems: # Issue solved Fix in : 1.1 Appdomain error when running a test agent on a computer with Visual Studio installed 1) 1.2 Exception with search error may happen ...
Oliver Ogg Oliver Ogg, occasional salsa dancer, blogged the other day about a problem he was having installing MSMQ. The root cause was an invalid registry entry for the Event Log Service. MSMQ needed to write an event during setup but would fail as this service was not working. Once the Event Log service was fixed, MSMQ would install successfully. The problem was specifically the ServiceDll registry value referring to an empty string so the event log service could not find the service DLL file to ...
Lately i have seen the below remarks coming through in the communities, Get Latest does not work in TFS I always have to use Get Specific version to get the server changes on my local Why get latest misses updating some files while get specific works I’ll be using the TFS API to show you how the “Get Latest” is suppose to work and show you how you can avoid getting in a situation where you might have to use “Get Specific” to get the latest version of your workspace. I would assume that you know the ...
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Sometimes working with the js Serializer is easy, sometimes its not. When I attempt to serialize an object that is derived from a base, the serializer decided whether or not to include the type name. When its present, the type name is represented by a ___type attribute in the serialized json like this: {"d":{"__type":"Commerce.In... The missing type name is a problem if I intend to ship the object back into a web method that needs to deserialize the ...
You’ve all seen this team, maybe you’ve even been on this team. I certainly know that I have! What kind of team, you might ask? It’s the team that is simply dysfunctional. Many reasons can exist for a team that isn’t working, and team dysfunction is a complex thing that can’t necessarily be isolated into a simple formula that will always work to make people function well on a team. Cynefin Recently, I attended RallyOn in Boulder with Rally Software Development. This was one of the best user conferences ...
At http://www.codeproject.com/... there is a hilarious list of ways to shoot yourself in the foot in various programming languages. C You shoot yourself in the foot. C++ You accidently create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying "That's me, over there." FORTRAN You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, ...
Well it works ! Here is a simple game using the Fex Panda with 10 LEDs wired to Digital ports 0-9, using the on board button for input. The LEDs scroll Knight-Rider-Style and you have to press the button when the left hand led is on. The game keeps speeding up until you fail and then displays your score before restarting. It only too an hour to write and works a treat. Click the YouTube Link to see the game in action using System; using System.Threading; using Microsoft.SPOT; using Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware; ...
The Vancouver Canucks have advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs, vanquishing the San Jose Sharks in the process. After the game, Joe Thorton was interviewed. Here’s what he said: Yeah, it stings knowing that we got so close to the Stanley Cup playoffs. But like our coach said to us, we need to just learn from this experience. It’s ok that we didn’t make the next round, we’ll all grow as a team and individuals. Or how about the Pittsburgh Steelers player who, after losing the SuperBowl to Green Bay, ...
DCS stands for Desktop Color Separation. It is a file format that is based on the EPS file format. In fact, you could regard DCS files as a collection of EPS files. DCS files are mainly used to exchange bitmap images between prepress applications. Occasionally DCS files are also used for vector data or text. The main advantage of DCS over its parent EPS file format is that it adds a kind of OPI-functionality to the file format. Since DCS files contain separate EPS-files for each plate, an application ...
Microsoft has just released a new SSIS 2008 transform component called SQL Server Integration Services Balanced Data Distributor. As the download site states “this transform takes a single input and distributes the incoming rows to one or more outputs uniformly via multithreading”. Sounds like we got a component to evenly distribute some data across multiple destinations. Frankly, I though we could do this even before using either a Script Component or the Conditional Split, alas this component has ...
We had a crisis in our team last week. One of our teammates left. It all started off with a discussion while pairing on a task with John (not his real name). I found a method did not belong in a certain class, while John didn't care, but didn't want to change it. We started a discussion that ended up into a heated debate about code quality. The two positions were: having readable code leads to a higher velocity checking in code that just works gets us to the deadline During the sprint retrospective, ...
This is an interesting question one of my friends asked me recently. Answer to this is very subjective…. So often business owners get into the trap of numbers and miss to appreciate and honor the factors that are generating those numbers for them. Yes, being financially successful is the basic reason for doing any business. However, you have to build a lucrative ecosystem to be able to have a sustainable business. I believe business is “people” and “money” is an output of the business. Business is ...
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In this Issue: Roy Dallal, Rudi Grobler, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Morten Nielsen, Derik Whittaker, Peter Torr, Xianzhong Zhu, and Adam Kinney. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight: Adding Google Streets View" Roy Dallal WP7: "Using the accelerometer to control planar transforms on Windows Phone 7" Morten Nielsen Shoutouts: Andy Wigley posted this today from appamundi: Want a FREE Windows Phone?? From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Adding Google Streets View Roy Dallal posted an ...
I was very excited when Microsoft released the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. As far as I was concerned, this was another nail in the coffin for IE6 and step in the right direction for us .NET web developers as our base camp was finally starting to support the latest and greatest future-web standards. Unfortunately, my celebration was short lived as I soon hit a snag while loading up an HTML5 site I was building in Visual Studio 2010. The Mystery After updating Internet Explorer, I ran my ...
There are several things any XNA developer should know/consider when coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform. This post assumes you are familiar with the XNA Framework and with the changes between XNA 3.1 and XNA 4.0. It’s not exhaustive; it’s simply a list of things I’ve gathered over time. I may come back and add to it over time, and I’m happy to add anything anyone else has experienced or learned as well. Display · The screen is either 800x480 or 480x800. · But you aren’t required to use only those ...
Today, I've been working on deploying farm solutions to another farm and I was surprised that it can only be done using STSADM.exe. Below are the steps that I've done to get it to work : 1. Use the command addsolution and give it the path of the wsp file which was something like that : stsadm -o addsolution -filename C:\MySolution.wsp 2. Use the command deploysolution and give the solution name as a parameter like that : stsadm -o deploysolution -name MySolution.wsp -immediate -allowgacdeployment ...
If you're like me you had at one time connected one of your Reporting Services instances to a report server database that was already in use by another instance. This allows the instance to show up in the Scale-out Deployment section of the Reporting Services Configuration Manager. My problem was that the server that got joined to the original server was no longer available as it had been repurposed, and when I clicked Remove Server to remove it from my scale-out it would fail because it couldn't ...
For most people, upgrading to Windows 7 has been a relatively painless process. Not me. I am in the unlucky 1% or less who had a somewhat less pleasant experience. First, I cloned my entire hard drive onto a larger (and much faster) solid state hard drive, only experiencing minimal problems. Then, I bought the Retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate, took a deep breath and... oh yeah, I almost forgot - BACK UP THE COMPUTER. The next morning I upgraded to Win 7 and everything seemed fine, until... I ...
Over the years, I have experienced many different styles of software development. In the early days, most of the development was Waterfall development. In the last few years, I’ve become an advocate of Scrum. As I talked about last month, many people have misconceptions about what Scrum really is. The reason why we do Scrum at Veracity is because of the difference it makes in the life of the team doing Scrum. Software is for people, and happy motivated people will build better software. However, ...
I just pushed to Codeplex an update to the MVVM Light source code. This is an early preview containing some of the features that I want to release later under the version 4. If you find these features useful for your project, please download the source code and build the assemblies. I will appreciate greatly any issue report. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Your Team Needs You The introduction of Agile into a corporation has many impacts on the team, and many impacts to the executives leading those teams. In my experience, many Agile projects fail, not because the team did their best, but because the executives that should have been supporting the team failed to do so. This lack of support can be manifested in many ways. I’ve seen executives fail by doing the following: Failure to help with the prioritization process Failure to pay attention to the ...