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More comment on the Citrix acquisition of XenSource.... Citrix buys XenSource: what next?And what will Microsoft and VMware do now? By Manek Dubash, Techworld Last time we wrote about virtualisation -- only just over a month ago -- we said: "the virtualisation market is in a bit of turmoil at the moment, shaken up by the prospect of billions of dollars of revenue." How prophetic those words have proven to be, albeit not in the manner we expected. Market gorilla VMware now has a rival. But what does ...
This Q&A from Alessandro is quite interesting from my point of view, but more importantly for this quote from Wes Wasson: XenSource does not get any revenue from the underlying hypervisor, nor will Citrix. Our revenue will come from adding a compelling set of application delivery value propositions on top of the hypervisor, whether it is Xen or Viridian. The more successful Viridian is, the more opportunity Citrix will have to sell value-added application delivery offerings on top of this platform, ...
Leeeeeettttsss get ready to Rumble...... It seems the gloves are off and we could be looking at a cage match here if this early shot from VMware is anything to go by? From Alessandro - VMware heavily attacks Citrix/XenSource through its partner channel Apparently VMware is in hurry to clarify its channel how much better its technology is compared to new Citrix/Xensource platform. And do this without kind words. virtualization.info has received a letter addressed to VMware partners just one day after ...
I finally felt it was time to put an "About me" type entry on my blog so you can get to know me a little bit better. There are already several links to various profiles that I maintain on LinkedIn, The Code Project, and Community Credit, but they don't really tell you who I am. I have also started to become more involved in the off-line community as well by speaking at different events. As a result, I have consolidated a lot of the information available in the different profiles, added my speaking ...
One month ago, I joined the epic struggle of Justice Gray (a.k.a. "Justin the Metrosexual") to "change the world" by publically sharing my roadmap to becoming a better developer. Justice's own dubious plan involved reading one developer book a week for six months while presumably trying to prevent his brains ooze out of multiple orifices, a truly remarkable feat that should not to be attempted by anyone who has legitimate fears of losing cerebral tissue in a horribly sticky, uncomfortable manner. ...
Well, you have to hand it to the boys at El Reg, they certainly sound confident it's on for tomorrow? Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow Gets hypervised By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View ? More by this author Published Tuesday 14th August 2007 20:45 GMT Citrix will announce its acquisition of XenSource tomorrow, The Register has learned. In a bid to expand its software management play, Citrix will grab the developer of the open source Xen hypervisor. The deal will give XenSource heftier corporate ...
I've received a handful of comments/questions surrounding part of the code sample from my previous post. The comments I received have to do with the few lines of code in the Authentication WebService that included a custom interface and a call to a third party tool. Here's the code in question: public class Authentication : WebService{ private IWebContext _webContext = ObjectFactory.GetInstance&l... [WebMethod] public bool IsLoggedIn() { return this._webContext.IsUserAuth... ...
So thanks to Doug at DABCC there is this article - this also contains a downloadable PDF of Credit Suisse's research on Citrix Is Citrix Making A Broader Virtualization Play? Posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 2:47:00 AM - E-mail Printer Friendly Version Written by: Philip Winslow and Dennis Simson Implications. In our opinion, one of the Xen developers—either XenSource or Virtual Iron—could represent an attractive target for Citrix, as we believe that hypervisor and associated management solutions ...
I'm a little bit tired today because I stayed up late the last couple of nights working my way through the Boo Primer on codehaus. I think I first heard about this relatively young (2003), open source .NET language through various posts by Ayende and Hanselman. I was intrigued by the some of the adjectives that I commonly heard in relation to this language such as 'beautiful' and 'wrist-friendly', so I incorporated learning Boo into my 6 Month Roadmap to becoming a better developer. If nothing else, ...
One of my goals for the next six months was to contribute to an open source project and I think I've chosen one. I downloaded and installed the PowerShell Community Extensions (a.k.a. pscx) from codeplex a while ago, but I just now got around to really tinkering with the cmdLets and reviewing the source code and scripts. I have to say I'm impressed. Keith Hill and his team of volunteer developers did a first rate job of supplementing version one of Powershell with some really useful cmdlets. I can't ...
So a few days ago I was ranting about how Google might not be such a great company to invest in if their management is as bad as I think it might be. And now, we have more possible proof that Google is not exactly Fortune 500 material. Hey, I love tech companies, but just why is Google so lauded? Their search results are horrible, the app looks like something college kids threw together over a weekend. What really baffles me is why no one else has really improved on the search engine either. Before ...
Part of my post-graduation lifestyle changes are the most relaxing ones - reading for pleasure rather than for graduate school, and playing games. While learning XNA I have surfed around looking at the growing amount of indie games. My favorite game site is Great Games Experiment, a games social networking site where you can upload games and rate new and old games. This site has turned me on to several indie games, and even older games that I had forgot about. For example, the code for Star Control2 ...
For years, I have fussed (and that's putting it mildly) about the state of software development. I have no end to my frustrations about trying to build software correctly while managers directors and such just want me to "code something". In the last several months, a few colleagues and I have started sharing emails about work-related frustrations on this topic. One of my recurring points is that we have no one to blame but ourselves. Oh I'm sure you, the reader, always capture requirements and always ...
Howdy, To build great tools, you need a great development environment. In that vein, I will demonstrate how to get a Flash/Flex development environment off the ground without much hassle. FlashDevelop is an open source IDE for creating Flash and Flex apps. It can support auto-completion for MXML (Flex language) or ActionScript 3. Setting it up can be a little daunting if you are doing it alone however. I am certainly not the first to write a tutorial on the subject, but what can one more hurt. Besides, ...
I just heard about Justice Gray's blog challenge from the latest episode of Hanselminutes while running today. Although I think his plan to read one developer book a week for the next six months is rather insane, I agree with the premise that setting specific goals publicly is probably the best way to hold yourself accountable. Here are my goals for the next 6 months: Add Tools to my Developer Toolbox - My productivity and troubleshooting skills would plummet if I were to suddenly stop using utilities ...
I've been working heavily on creating a custom Process Template for XP development in TFS and came across a very basic task: Add the process template source to source control. After hours and hours of tweaking, editing, and debuing the core process templates I would hate to lose them. Not to mention the process itself its an iterative process therefore should be versioned and managed by some control system. Well, of course it is not quite as obvious as it seems. In VSS it was pretty simple to add ...
I've been spelunking Powershell lately with Bruce Payette's excellent book, Powershell in Action, and thought I would take a step back from some of the lower level nuances, such as dynamic type conversion and parameter binding rules, and organize my thoughts at a higher level. What is Powershell? - It is the new command line/scripting environment from Microsoft that replaces cmd.exe and WSH. You can install it as a small, free OS update on Windows XP, Windows 2003, and Vista as long as you have the ...
Jeff Atwood of CodingHorror fame, as part of my new advertising initiative, is teaming up with Microsoft to donate $10,000 in support of open source .NET projects. From Jeff's blog, he is focusing on .NET open source projects ...because open source projects are treated as second-class citizens in the Microsoft ecosystem. Many highly popular open source projects have contributed so much to the .NET community, and they've gotten virtually no support at all from Microsoft in return. I'd like to see ...
I know I'm a little late to the nomination party, but if you haven't already nominated your favorite SourceForge project, please take the time to do so. It only takes a minute, and the Subtext development community would definitely appreciate it. The SourceForge.net team is proud to present our second annual Community Choice Awards. Winners are selected by community members like you, and it's that time again! Cast a ballot for your favorite projects now and make your voice heard. The Community Choice ...
Some interesting news via bink.nu I have been using Ubuntu via VMware at home as a safe Browser/Internet facing device and even the 6.x version is very slick and easy to install - adding other Open Source apps via the Internet is a breeze. If you haven't tried Linux yet because you thought it too dificult then I'd encourage you to try this. I'm hoping for a Novell DVD of Suze to drop at my door shortly and I'll be giving that at run and see how it compares? Microsoft's Windows Marketplace: "Ubuntu ...
If you’re crazy enough to run marathons for fun like me, you are probably familiar with a concept called cross-training. This slightly counter-intuitive approach asserts that you can actually increase your performance in your chosen sport by doing it less frequently and supplementing it instead with complementary activities. In other words, you will run faster and decrease your chance of injury if you replace a few training runs a week with weight-lifting, biking, or swimming. I think the same principle ...
Last couple of weeks I was really busy with some R&D works on Google Web Toolkit (GWT). May be you already know GWT is an open source software development framework for creating Ajax enabled web applications like Gmail. Wonderful thing about GWT is may be you don’t have any knowledge about Ajax or in depth knowledge in java script but yet you can develop very advanced Ajax enabled applications. So if you have a web application project and a team of java developers who don’t know much about web ...
Yesterday we started accepting FREE registration for the 2nd Demo Day. If you remember from the 1st one, Demo Day is an event we love to hold being our way to expose knowledge and most importantly excitement regarding the latest pre-release technologies to the developer community in Egypt, mainly focusing on technologies bound to Microsoft, as our chosen method of getting things done, plus other technical inspirations that we'd think most developers would benefit from, at least as a new way of thinking. ...
Dody asked me today to search for ALT .NET. the findings were pretty surprising ALT .NET is a group of .NET developers who simply don't just take things exactly as shipped by Microsoft, instead, they don't mind using other open source software or whatever alternative if suits better to the use. They don't hate Microsoft nor insist of just doing everything differently seeking just difference (well, at least not most of them as I noticed!), but if the different way is better, then why close minds I'm ...
I am sure most of you (not talking about the BizTalk gurus out there J) have worked with some of the open source utilities available for BizTalk such as the BizTalk Adapter Wizard or the BizTalk Server Pipeline Component Wizard or BizUnit. However what some of you may not know is the wealth of other open source utilities for BizTalk available on CodePlex. Here are some of the interesting ones and their descriptions as found on CodePlex : SDC Tasks Library - . The SDC Tasks are a collection of MSBuild ...
I was checking Google Reader this morning when I came across a post by Download Squad entitled Firefox's popularity is repeating Microsoft's dominating mistakes all over again. But when I click through the link all I get is a single comment: "I don't even know where to begin on a rebuttal for this one..." Did Download Squad get a bunch of backlash and take it down? Or is this just a temporary bug? If anyone else has the full article in their feed reader or browser cache, please post the content in ...
Vivek opened up for discussion Jamie Cansdale's current plight. Well, I've got some opinions because indirectly it impacts me. I'm very involved with various user groups in the Phoenix area, having coordinated two code camps. In our camps we strive first and foremost to incorporate the widest variety of technology possible. Perl, PHP, Ruby, and Linux are are always hot topics, right along side Atlas, WPF, and Sharepoint. Everything is equal. So when Microsoft's legal arm pulls these kinds of tricks ...
I got the following email from fellow MVP Greg Linwood on behalf of the Melbourne SQL Server User Group this morning which was taken from a posting by Ed Lehman from Microsoft in the private MVP newsgroup. I have not read any other feeds yet, but I imagine this news will be all over the web today. There will probably be a flood of information on Katmai, now that a release is publicly available. Enjoy! E D L E H M A N'S P O S T I N G This coming Monday, June 4, we will release the June CTP of Katmai. ...
Just read on the GPC Press Release site that Google is starting work on a new open source platform enabling all of its online apps to have offline capabilities. Sounds intriguing. Google Gears marks an important step in the evolution of web applications because it addresses a major user concern: availability of data and applications when there’s no Internet connection available, or when a connection is slow or unreliable. As application developers and users alike want to do more on the web—whether ...
Management Information Systems These MIS systems are critical to business processes and as most executives say, critical for competitive profit. However, when the process of implementing and maintaining MIS and Decision Support Systems (DSS) becomes paramount, keeping middle managers updated with latest tools that follow industry best practices becomes a burden on the IT department. This is what happens when the IT department fail to see their vision... Where I work, we have two separated IT departments. ...
I need to create client to web services that are documented by providing samples of SOAP messages, but there is no WSDL file available. I've done a Google search and bookmarked a few links, that can help: XSLT that transforms from XSD to WSDL and related Spring Web Services(inJava) Rick Strahl 's Syncing up external WSDL Schemas with a stock .ASMX Web Service? WSCF - Web services Contract-First, for real soapUI is a free and open source desktop application for inspecting, invoking, developing, simulating/mocking ...
Sheldon Cohen has organized a meeting at Host.NET on Thursday, May 31st.Tracy Wittenkeller from T-Worx www.t-worx.com will be presenting at this meeting. He'll be covering DotNetNuke skinning. Skinning is one of the main reasons why so many people have decided to use DNN, with it?s flexible architecture and layout. Please visit: http://dotnetnuke.meetup.co... to register. It is good to see other groups forming, a very good sign! Looking at MeetUp there are a lot of web and computer ...
Right on the heels of Microsoft's claim that free software like Linux violates 235 of its patents, they announced that they will be funding several new projects to develop open-source versions of the CardSpace technology used for digital information cards. As part of this effort, Microsoft released the Identity Metasystem under its Open Source Promise (OSP) program. The OSP program gives developer access to Web services protocols Microsoft has developed without the need for a license or fear of legal ...
While I'm on the topic of code metrics, I thought I would mention another interesting set of statistics provided by the Ohloh web site. This is a site that we use on Subtext to monitor the project and the statistics are integrated with our CruiseControl.NET dashboard as well. Ohloh collects software metrics from a variety of sources including the project's source code and the software development infrastructure used by the project's development team. Ohloh was founded in 2004 as a way to provide ...
VDI, as a Enterprise Technology ,is one of the key growth areas I'm seeing. Just catching up on some Industry News this evening...and not sure about all the readers here, but there is No Escape from the acronym VDI, i.e, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, in today's market space. Big players are coming to the table folks and we are truly about to see a INFRASTRUCTURE REVOLUTION where I feel the non-virtualised infrastructure will be a thing of the past, both SME and Enterprise. So who's got a place ...
I am pleased to announce that we have just launched the first public release of BIDSHelper. What is it? It is an Add-in for the BI Development Studio (BIDS) for SQL Server 2005 that adds a number of useful features. This is an open source project, hosted on codeplex under a Shared Source Permissive License. Currently the features are all centred around SSAS, but we are planning to work on a few for SSIS and SSRS in future versions. Where do I get it? It can be downloaded from www.codeplex.com/bidshelper ...
There is a new .NET2.0 open source package that comes with an installation that enables to work with the open sources as you work with the normal SDK. Working with the installed open source provides a quick way to fix your own bugs and to contribute to the VWG community. You can see in this web cast exactly what it means to start working with the open source version instead of using the normal SDK. The new installation will provide developers a real easy way to better understand the VWG framework. ...
Michael Singer posted an article on Information Week about Microsoft's seeming lack of community (Thanks to Scott for originally posting about the article on GWB). I think that he might have gotten some misinformation from less-than-reliable sources, so I wanted to go through his article and give a Microsoft-ie point of view. Let's review the article shall we? "Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is ...
Subtext 1.9.5 has been released to the public. This is primarily a bug-fix release but does include some new features. Oddly enough, this is the first release to go out the door without a codename. Installing on a clean machine or upgrading an earlier 1.9 release are both relatively easy. If there are any ideas to make upgrading easier, we'd love to hear them. This is scheduled to be the last release in the 1.9 branch, unless there are high priority bugs found that need to be fixed. What this means ...
Back after a long period of time away from the internet. This won't be much of a comeback though, as I'm getting married (!) the day after tomorrow and then I'm going here for a week: Santorini on 43places. But I digress. I just want to recommenced Paint.NET. In a sentence, it's the open source Photoshop. It's a free for download open source photo editing software. Of course it's not a real competitor for Photoshop - certainly not for professionals - but all the basic stuff is there - the lasso tool, ...
My friend Tim Hibbard recently posted why he doesn't use open source code in production applications. Now it is known to most people that I am a huge believer in Open Source Software, (I have even been told that I live and die by it) so I feel compelled to respond to his recent post. I am going to go through the post and respond to the bits that get me the most rilled up. "I don't feel comfortable using third party code because I don't always know the author's true intentions. " ... "The third reason ...
I've thought about posting this for a while now and responses to my architecture post by Dave and Dru have got me thinking about it again. I avoid open source frameworks or libraries in our production desktop applications. I don't have a problem with third party when it comes to web applications or internal apps. I use AjaxPro and skmRSS on Where's Tim and my home site. I use Indy.Sockets all the time in our internal apps. Where's Tim is just for fun though and if it goes down, it's not that big ...
Phil Haack was interviewed at MIX07 by Tim Heuer for his new TimCast podcast. In the interview, which lasts about 7 minutes, Phil explains how he got started working on Subtext, and open source in general. About half-way through the interview, Tim asks about the community support for Subtext, and he mentions the work Simone Chiaretta and I did on the Subtext build dashboard...even mentioning us by name. You can download the audio for the interview and read the original announcement at Phil's blog. ...
Ok, let me start off by saying that I like MS stuff. No really, I mean that. Is it perfect? No, of course not. Some of it is very, very good, however, and worthy of appreciation. Some of it is even fantastic. I'll certainly accept that not everyone likes it, nor would I expect this would be any other way. I work in all day, most everyday, and make my living writing code for their products in their development tools. Does this make me biased? Maybe, but I am not sure. I do find it interesting that ...
We all know it. We all try to follow it. GeeksWithBlogs.net is a community with many lifelong geeks. Many of them programmers. In the last year with constant research I feel that I have come futher than I have in the last five years. It goes to show that programming really is a way of life. Nowadays I live, breath eat and sleep it. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that you need to take breaks every once in awhile. It's good to be immersed in new ideas and methodologies, but you need to step away ...
According to eWeek, Adobe Systems has announced that the Flex Web framework is being released to the open source community. Flex is a framework for building cross-platform rich internet applications for the web and also enables the new Adobe Apollo applications for the desktop. The next release of Flex, code-named "Moxie", will be released sometime in the second half of 2007 under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). However, in June the first public pre-release version will be released and Adobe will ...
Jeff Atwood has an interesting post about Open Source Billionaires and why they aren't any. I find this topic very interesting as I always enjoy researching differences in open source vs. commercial software. At one point in time I write a paper for an English class that spoke about the differences between the two. As Jeff states in his posting, there really is no true "revenue" so to speak from the actual software. We all know that it is free and thus is why it is open source. The project might ...
Here's the culmination of my research into CI Factory and how I'm not using it to develop my open source RapidDB libraries. This is a fairly personal setup, as it only has a single developer (me), two development machines (currently an office desktop PC and a roaming laptop) and a build server which is not publicly accessible via the Internet. An MSDN and Microsoft Partner Action Pack subscription are busy covering my software license requirements. Summary: Development PC 1 : Desktop, XP Pro SP2, ...
When working on multiple projects/solutions from different companies or private vs. open source projects, each project can have different language settings (for tab size, curly brace locations, etc.). Keeping these settings at a global (IDE) level forces me to constantly switch between global settings and remember which settings file belongs to which project. Allowing these settings to be kept at a solution/project level (in a separate settings file) would allow each project to dicate what its settings ...
In a recent email discussion between a few of the Subtext developers and myself, we talked about the need to have the Visual Studio editor settings (like tab size, curly brace location, etc.) stored with each solution as well as globally. The problem here is that many of us use the same development machine for our "real work" and our personal or open source projects. For some people this might not be a problem, but for most of us, it is. The real issue comes about when one client mandates a certain ...