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I was trying to install a web app that another team member built. this failed with the message: “The installer was interrupted before <MyApp> could be installed. You need to restart the installer to try again.” Trying again is (obviously) meaningless, it will just fail over and over. And the error message is very general, something failed. In the eventlog we can find this error: Installation success or error status: 1603 If we run the installer again but with verbose logging: msiexec /i MyInstaller.msi ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Alex Knight, Walt Ritscher(-2-), Glenn Block, Robert Garfoot(-2-), Michael Klucher, Silverlight WP7 Performance Team, Mike Ormond, and James Ashley(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using The Silverlight Data Pager Control With View Model / MVVM" Michael Washington WP7: "Simulated Push Notifications on Windows Phone 7" Robert Garfoot Blend: "How to: design a Windows Phone 7 listbox" Alex Knight Shoutouts: Mike Ormond posted his material that he used for some presentations ...
On the Newsgroups today was a question about the following error: "The new trigger was not successfully created. Multiple triggers with retrieval processing are not allowed on a single queue." The poster already had a Peeking trigger on the queue and was trying to add a Retrieval trigger. He didn't know why he was getting the error as he did not have "multiple triggers with retrieval processing". What the error is really trying to say is that multiple triggers cannot co-exist with retrieval processing. ...
I've never seen this before, a BT update on Windows Update: Update for BizTalk Server 2009 (KB2252691) This update fixes an issue that prevents the ENTSSO service from starting, after installing .NET Framework 4. The registration of an assembly used by the Enterprise Single Sign-On Service to access SQL Server does not specify the correct version of the .NET Framework. When .NET Framework 4 is installed, the assembly will try to use the newer framework and then fail to load ...
The BizTalk Server team announced today that BizTalk Server 2010 has RTMd. That's a relief, as my reputation was on the line regarding RTM before the end of the month. Just this Tuesday I confidently told a prospective customer to expect an imminent announcement. I've been playing with BTS 2010 for a little while now. It has been my constant companion while writing several chapters for the forthcoming BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed. It looks great. As well as bringing BTS up to date with Visual Studio ...
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Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures… Objectives of Chapter 16 Describe implementation and support activities Choose an appropriate approach to program development Describe various types of software tests and explain how and why each is used List various approaches to data conversion and system installation and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each Describe different types of documentation and the processes ...
Well it's official, the terrorist have won. Because of pressure from Islamic terrorist around the globe and our own government a Florida pastor says his church will not do what the Bill of Rights and Constitution guarantee him the freedom to do: burn a book. Am I the only one that sees this as a huge FAIL for the US? That we've fallen so far that we're afraid to burn a book because a terrorist says not to? Why didn't anyone defend this pastor? Doesn't he have the right to burn any book he wants? ...
MSMQ is a protocol that can benefit from the odd tweak to the registry. Unfortunately it is not always obvious what you can change to improve performance so I've tried to pull together the various sources of documentation. The first place to look is the Resource Kit Registry Reference which is pretty comprehensive. The Windows 2003 version is here but is dated "March 28, 2003" so doesn't include any new registry values introduced through hotfixes. Also, not every registry value is included for whatever ...
Many times, especially during development, you could have certificates that are out of date, aren’t singed by any real authority (makecert, etc.), or even don’t match the host name that the request is issued against, but you want to test, etc. One example is if you want to run Fiddler to get a good over-the-wire trace of the HTTP traffic, when the endpoint is accessed over HTTPS. With Fiddler, you can capture HTTPS traffic, only thing is, it sticks it’s own certificate in the chain which doesn't ...
On its face, enabling the account lockout policy seems like a good idea. Get the password wrong (n) times and you’re ok, get it wrong (n + 1) times and your account is locked out for a period of time; typically 30 minutes. Sometimes a call to the help desk is required to reset the password if the lockout duration has not been defined. Even if it is defined, most users are not likely aware of the policy and call anyways. Even if they are aware of it, how many users do you know that can afford to sit ...
The road to learning is such an awesome thing! Yesterday, while browsing the MSDN Forums, I came across some people having frustration with SQL Server Express, Visual Web Developer 2010 and the Web Installer. The Issue After installation, if you create a New Website with VWD 2010, follow the steps below: Access the Web Site Administration Tool (Solution Explorer Toolbar) Click on Provider Configuration (Once the Web Site Admin Tool opens) Click on Select a single provider for all site management ...
Well... I should have known better than to try to interview for a new job, but it was a Windows Phone gig... and could have been a career-extender. Not to even think about the crap that's going on at work right now, this would be a sweet deal. But... I don't interview well. I've proved that to myself and others multiple times. I work on .NET 2.0 web database software connected to Oracle, Oracle Stored Procs, and Microsoft Access 8 or 9 hours a day. The stuff's not tricky by any means, it's mostly ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 3 Explain the elements of project management and the responsibilities of a project manager Explain project initiation and the project planning activities of the SDLC Describe how the scope of the new system is determined Develop a project schedule using Gantt charts Develop a cost/benefit analysis and asses the feasibility of a proposed project Discuss how ...
You may have read on my recent posts about how the Visual Studio Configuration Manager again caused me problems for my BizTalk 2006 R2 project where the release/debug/deployment/de... configuration settings seem to get out of sync and it ends up causing you various problems. I got sick of this happening so I've created an MsBuild task which I can use in my build script to inspect the solution file and highlight any issues with the configuration. Basically the task will read through the file ...
What is the MSMQ problem that you are most likely to encounter? The dreaded "Insufficient Resources" error. Unless you have a working knowledge of how an operating system actually operates then this error is going to cause mass confusion. For starters, which resources does it mean? Disk space? No, that has GBs free. Memory? No, task manager shows that there is more than enough still unused. So what's up? I've had a look at the MSMQ FAQ for the following list of possibilities (plus one or two others): ...
Back in January, Jeremy Miller posted a nice article on HtmlTags: Shrink your Views with FubuMVC Html Conventions. We were immediately in love with the idea and have spent several months adapting the conventions to work with our ASP.Net MVC applications. I was having a conversation with Ryan recently, reflecting on how far we’ve come and how we had no vision of that when we first read that article. I want to share some of that, so I will be working on a series of blog posts to show “What we are doing ...
On Thursday, a scathingly bad review of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) was published by InfoWorld. I had considered writing a post to refute some of its points, but Paul Thurrott did just that, and did it masterfully. There's little value that I can add to his post, other than to link it and suggest that you read it. Meanwhile, Sunday and Monday, much more fair reviews were posted at Cnet, ZDNet, Gizmodo, Engadget and MobileCrunch. All of these reviews were based on actual hands-on experience with a prototype ...
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any request for customer service results in a fail page Considering the considerate press fiverr is receiving you'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard of fiverr.com in the last 6 months, but after using the service a few times I can see none of these websites actually bothered to use the site before publishing glowing reviews. Fiverr.com - Scammer's Paradise Let's start with a brief intro to fiverr. It's a website where people offer jobs they're willing to do for $5, similar to ebay ...
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Subject: The concept of red-light-green-light for TDD/BDD style testing has been around since the dawn of time (well almost). Having written thousands of tests using this approach I find myself questioning the validity of the principle The issue: False positive or a valid test strategy that can be trusted? A critical view: I agree that the red-green-light concept has some validity, but who has ever written 2000 tests for a system that goes through a ton of chnages due to the organic nature fo the ...
Background While the xpath function in a BizTalk orchestration is a very powerful feature I have often come across the situation where someone has hard coded an xpath expression in an orchestration. If you have read some of my previous posts about testing I've tried to get across the general theme like test-driven or test-assisted development approaches where the underlying principle is that your building up your solution of small well tested units that are put together and the resulting solution ...
Having previously detailed the installation of the Community ODBC Adapter for BizTalk 2009, the next thing I will be looking at is the generation of schemas using this ODBC adapter. Within your BizTalk 2009 project, right click the project and select Add Generated Items. In the resultant window choose Add Adapter Metadata and click Add to open the Add Adapter Wizard. Check that the BizTalk Server and Database names are correct, select the ODBC adapter and click next. You must now set the connection ...
I recently was given an assignment to create a UX where a user could use the up and down arrow keys, as well as the tab and enter keys to move through a Silverlight datagrid that is going be used as part of a high throughput data entry UI. And to be honest, I’ve not trapped key codes since I coded JavaScript a few years ago. Although the frameworks I’m using made it easy, it wasn’t without some trial and error. The other thing that bothered me was that the customer tossed this into the use case as ...
I have been working on little tool to simplify my life and perhaps yours as developer as well. It is basically a command line tool that allows you to execute queries on your compiled .NET code base. The main purpose is to find out how big the impact of an api change would be if you changed this or that. Now you can do high level operations like Diff public types for breaking changes. Who uses a method? Who uses a type? Who uses implements an interface? Who references me? What format has the binary ...
It is a horrible sight to watch a project fail. There are few things as bad. Watching a project fail regardless of the reason is almost like sitting in a room with a "Dementor" from Harry Potter. It will literally suck all of the life and joy out of the room. Nearly every project that I have seen fail has failed because of political challenges or management challenges. Sometimes there are technical challenges that bring a project to its knees, but usually projects fail for less technical reasons. ...
Despite what execs at Microsoft think, Windows 7 is NOT a tablet OS. Just because you can install some software (or OS) on a device, doesn't mean that device is meant to run that software. This seems to be the step that the non-engineer execs at Microsoft have seem to not understood. In order to seamlessly work with a device, the software needs to be designed with that device in mind. That has been the problem with the Windows PDA platform, the Windows Mobil platform, and now with trying to force ...
It’s been more than a month since SharePoint 2010 RTMed. And a lot of people have downloaded and set up their very own SharePoint 2010 development rigs. And quite a few people have written blogs about setting up good development environments, there is even an MSDN article on it. Two of the blogs worth noting are from MVPs Sahil Malik and Wictor Wilén. Make sure that you check these out as well. Part of the bad side-effects of being a geek is the need to do the technical stuff the best way possible ...
We all know that one of the premises of the agile manifesto is to value Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation. This is a wonderful idea and it takes a tremendous burden off of project implementations. I have seen as many projects fail because of the maintenance weight of the project documentations as I have for any reason. But this goal as important as it is may not always be practical. Sometimes the client will simply insist on tedious documentation despite the arguments against it. ...
I made a mental note from earlier in the year. Microsoft literally buys computers by the truckload. From what I understand, it’s a typical practice amongst large software vendors. You plug a few wires in, you test it, and you instantly have mega tera tera flops (don’t hold me to that number). Microsoft has been trying to plug away at their cloud services (named Azure). Which, for the layman, means Microsoft runs your software on their computers, and as demand increases you can allocate more computing ...
In a previous post, I outlined the rules of Scrum. This post details one of those rules. Picking a most important part of Scrum is difficult. All of the rules are required, but if there were one rule that is “more” required that every other rule, its having a good Product Owner. Simply put, the Product Owner can make or break the project. Duties of the Product Owner A Product Owner has many duties and responsibilities. I’ll talk about each of these duties in detail below. A Product Owner: Discovers ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... Yuck. But sometimes you have to, so here are a couple of things to bear in mind: Schemas Point a codegen tool at a WCF endpoint which exposes a DataSet and it will generate an XSD which describes the DataSet like this: <xs:elementminOccurs="0"... <xs:complexType> <xs:annotation> <xs:appinfo> <ActualTypeName="DataSet" Namespace="http://schemas.d... xmlns="http://schemas.micro... ...
*Moved to: LinkedIn Woopsie with the Outlook 2010 Social Media ConnectorI have always used the LinkedIn toolbar for Outlook to sort out, upload and sync my contacts. Because of this I have over 2000 contacts in my contacts list that I sync with my phone, Plaxo, live, Google and others. Updates 28th April 2010Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
It was time of my first onsite client assignment on SharePoint. Client had one server production environment. They wanted to upgrade the topology with completely new SharePoint Farm of three servers. So, the task was to move whole MOSS 2007 stuff to the new server environment without impacting data. The last three words “… without impacting data…” were actually putting pressure on my head. Moreover SSP was required to move because additional information has been added for users apart from AD import. ...
Lately, I exchanged some arguments with Derick Bailey about some details of the red-green-refactor cycle of the Test-driven development process. In short, the issue revolved around the fact that it’s not enough to have a test red or green, but it’s also important to have it red or green for the right reasons. While for me, it’s sufficient to initially have a NotImplementedException in place, Derick argues that this is not totally correct (see these two posts: Red/Green/Refactor, For The Right Reasons ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the questions from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: Karel Danihelka [MS] (Expert)[2010-3-30 12:2]: Hi everyone, my name is Karel Danihelka and I am developer in partner response team. Sing Wee [MS] (Expert)[2010-3-30 12:2]: Hi, I'm Sing Wee, ...
Time for another guest post (check out others in the series), this time bringing together the world of mocking with the world of Entity Framework. A big thanks to Moses for agreeing to do this. Unit Testing Entity Framework Dependent Code using TypeMock Isolator by Muhammad Mosa Introduction Unit testing data access code in my opinion is a challenging thing. Let us consider unit tests and integration tests. In integration tests you are allowed to have environmental dependencies such as a physical ...
I was tasked this week with making a minor change to NetMsgBox() behavior. NetMsgBox() is a little function in NETUI that handles MessageBox() for the Network User Interface. The obvious solution is to clone the entire NETUI directory from Public\Common\Oak\Drivers (see Platform Builder: Clone Public Code for more on cloning). If you haven’t already, take a minute to look in that folder. There are a lot of files in the folder, but I only needed to modify one function in one of those files. There ...
An ex-colleague of mine used to call his SQL script generator "Super-Scriptmatic 2000". It impressed our then boss little, but was fun to say and use. We called every batch job and script "something 2000" from that day on. I'm tempted to call this one Menu-Matic 2000, except it's waaaay past 2000. Oh well. The problem: I'm developing a bunch of stuff in MVC. There's no PM to generate mounds of requirements and there's no Ux Architect to create wireframe. During development, things change. Specifically, ...
Surface is magic. Everyone using it seems to think that way. And I have to be honest, after working for almost 2 years with the platform I still get that special feeling the moment I turn on the unit to do some more work. The whole user experience, the rich environment of the SDK, the touch, even the look and feel of the Surface environment is so much different from the stuff I’ve been working on all my career that I am still bewildered by it. But… and this is a big but.. in the end we’re still talking ...
Spent the last weekend fighting to get firefox to connect to a sharepoint portal hosting my homegrown TFS instance's TFS/WEB and team project portal from a friends' place. Firefox is THE favourite browser and I was hating to se it fail miserably with NTLM authentication. Fun part is it showed the login prompt accepted credentials and like a pestering young puppy came back for the same credentials. After banging my head and various "I don't know what I don't know" attempts I decided to play god and ...
This is not a new topic for most of us, however there are aspects of using Virtual Machines that are applicable to us as developers and consultants that are not often discussed. As a consultant, when I begin a new project I want to be able to turn over my work and an established proven development environment to the client at the end of the project. With a VM I can give them the exact system I used, with all of the configuration and tooling intact. (Licensing can be a tricky issue so be sure you ...
The Dynamic pages load!! Effective web pages are the result of mmany different factors, including compelling content, good design, and attention to details, such as how fast the page load In other words, instead of your web server pushing the page experience to the user, the server push script over the Internet. The script then uses the power of the user's computer to make the page come alive. Pages with scripts like these can be called dynamic pages By moving the processing from the server side ...
A short while ago I became a REAL game developer with the release of an XBLIG I helped create called “Kissy Poo”. Overall this game has been a huge success. It has far exceeded my original expectations of sales and was just a really fun project to work on. (In case you were wondering I was expecting to sell around 500 copies and we’re right now hanging around 1200 copies sold!). Now though, I want to take some time to reflect a bit and share what went well and what I would have done differently. ...
I normally use an int with an identity as the primary key for most tables in Sql Server and I think that is probably the normal habit of most developers, but on occasion, you will need to use a unique identifier, which maps to a System.Guid in code. I am not going to go into the pros/cons of using a Guid as your primary key, as there is much debate around this. I am currently working on a project where this is required and I also use Entity Framework 4 and ran in a snag almost immediately. Entity ...
*Moved to: Why I miss Orange and why Vodafone suck!<rant> I am currently in Sydney Australia attending some training and meeting my boss for the first time. I was having a fantastic time until my wife phoned to let me know that Vodafone had called to say that the bill was over some limit and that they would be cutting my phone off if I did not contact them to confirm. Now, I had done the right thing and told them I would be abroad and where I was going, but I had forgotten to add my wife to ...
I have been experiencing an ongoing issue with the Delicious Firefox add-in where the list of local bookmarks didn’t jive with the list on the Delicious website – I had more locally than on the Delicious website. After an unfruitful exchange with Delicious support (does anyone ever really get any help with first level support? No offense intended, people), I set out to figure out what was going on myself. Turns out that another Firefox add-in called RefControl caused the post to the Delicious website ...
I've always used the Expression property to dynamically build the connection strings. It has always worked without any problem, so I never gave it much thoughts. However, a package we converted from DTS was built using script task to build the connection string before writing to the file in a data flow task. The reason it was converted into a script task was because the DTS package was using an ActiveX script to generate the file path, and it was a quick and dirty 5-minutes-job to convert that into ...
The Development Fabric has playing Boon or Bane for quite some time with us Azure developers. While the elevated privileges it runs under is still an unresolved issue, with a few things believed to work under the DevFab would inevitably fail in the cloud. While MS is still working on a better DevFab. We have other issues to take care of. Oftentimes we are faced with a dead Development Fabric and would love our code to deal with it. Its time we tamed it. The Windows Azure SDK contains the ServiceHosting ...