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June 2004 Entries
Data Access Application Block 3.1
It’s finally available at GotDotNet. This took much longer than I expected, and all I can think about right now are the things that still aren’t implemented in it. J Someday I’d like to add a couple more helpers, such as DB2, and Sybase. The documentation still needs work, although it’s much improved. A few months ago when I started working on this, there were about 250 unit tests in the 3.0 release. There are now over 350. 40% increase in test cases while going from a .0 ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2004 12:43 PM

A .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security
This is very good news. I got a chance to speak to Keith once, and he’s definitely someone worth listening to on this subject. Keith Brown has made avaiable an online version of his book, The .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security. You can browse the book for free, with a slightly modified title: A .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security. I haven't had time to look through the entire contents of this book yet, but it looks interesting, and I thought it was worth pointing out. Related... ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2004 5:44 AM

Microsoft Should Make SP2 Available to Pirates
Bruce Schneier sums it up perfectly.  If Microsoft really cares about security, then SP2, which is a security oriented service pack, should be available to all users of XP, legal and illegal.

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2004 9:56 AM

Performance Tuning with Indexes | Comments Kimberly Tripp did an MSDN webcast on the topic last week, but in her blog post today she added tons of great collateral that she developed to go along with it. See her MSDN Webcast Archive Available but... post for Q&A, a .pdf of the presentation deck, and (everyone's favorite) a zip file of her demo scripts, among other things. There's link to the webcast itself as well. If you are working on indexing perf improvements, ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2004 5:15 AM

Strong Names and the DAAB
JayCrockett doesn't like how the DAAB is installed. He has a valid point, particularly since it's not installed as the documentation claims: From the help file : "Deploying the Data Access Application Block As a Shared Assembly The Data Access Application Block assembly is configured with a strong name key therefore, it can be deployed in a shared location and used by multiple applications." They need to change their documentation. He also thinks this makes it harder to use: I went to a recent users ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2004 8:53 AM

Yahoo! Plus E-mail Trying to compete with GMail
I got this in my e-mail today. Of course, it's not free, but... Notice: Change of service to your Yahoo! Mail Plus account Dear Yahoo! Mail Plus Subscriber,Thanks for subscribing to Yahoo! Mail Plus. It's our goal to offer you an email experience that makes it easy to stay in touch and offers great value. Periodically, we make changes to enhance the service for our users. As of June 15, 2004, you'll enjoy the following benefits at no additional charge: Increase in your storage quota to 2GB No graphical ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2004 8:10 AM

Windows XP SP2 RC2
The second release candidate of Windows XP Service Pack 2 will be released tomorrow here. eWeek posted an article on the new release candidate ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2004 4:37 AM

NewsLook - NNTP For Outlook
I'm a big fan of NewsGator for reading my RSS subscriptions in Outlook, but I don't like the way it handles NNTP. I do highly recommend NewsLook for that purpose, which has just gone Gold. I've tried several different methods for handling this one, but Simon's seems to be the best and most stable. Try it out! ......

Posted On Sunday, June 13, 2004 5:16 PM is GotDotNet's Featured Site for June!
Looks like they have some good stuff here. Featured Site Archives We were frustrated with the academic tone of so many sources of SQL Server information, annoyed by the "theoretical" examples given that never seemed to fit the problems we needed to solve. We were also dismayed by the lack of a SQL Server community out on the web. So, it was only natural that the three of us would come together and build our own community at It was a community that we wanted to be the best of ......

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2004 7:21 AM

Refactoring in Whidbey for VB.NET
From Scooblog: RE: Refactoring in Whidbey for VB.NET Ouch. Now, I've spent a bunch of time in VB.NET. (Most of our VS test automation is written with it.) But this was too funny not to pass along. If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?[Via { public virtual blog; }]Via secretGeek According to Microsoft's Paul Vick, Refactoring support in will differ from that in C#. Terminology and structure of available features will be simplified to cater for the less rigorous intellect of ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 9:53 AM

Article for MSDN Online
I've been thinking about writing an article on DAABAF 3.1 for MSDN online. Christa Carpentiere had these thoughts: My interest in the DAAB is mainly on helping people out there to use it appropriately. The block itself is great, but there's no documentation on how to use it. So here I am, a developer in an environment with several SQL Server databases, and I want to write data access code for a new app, and I'd like to use the DAAB to help me do it. Where do I start? What are the difficulties? etc. ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 9:13 AM

Wishlist for Data Access Application Block 3.2
With the impending release of Data Access Application Block 3.1, I now turn my thoughts to 3.2. What should be in it? A couple thoughts spring immediately to mind. Support for Visual Studio 2005. The problem with this is that I think it requires a code split. I don't think VS 2005 can be adequately supported without breaking support for Visual Studio 2003. Re-working UpdateDataset. This needs to be alot easier to use and to work a lot better. What other ideas do you have? What about helpers for other ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 8:51 AM

A very brief political interlude
I once heard Dick Gephardt say: “We want government to be your friend again.” I once heard Ronald Reagan say: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'” That pretty much sums up the differences between the Democrats and Republicans. Whichever of those quotes makes the most sense to you defines which party you should support ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 7:16 AM

A GMail Alternative, Today
From Roy Osherove's weblog: GMail is annoying. In fact, it is very annoying. the “Wer'e cool” bunch have decided to “test” the service, and everyone is clamoring for a GMail account. Well, guess what Google? I just found a service which features: 1GM email (accessible through POP3) 100MB space for FTP and webdav access Some more stuff. All free. And it's available today. Don't be afraid of the name, either. It just means better graphics on the home page: Give SpyMac a try ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 4:55 AM

Yahoo! Plays Favorites with Some Adware
From eWeek: Yahoo's anti-spyware tool, now in beta, lets software from companies such as Claria and go undetected by default, while its paid search division helps Claria reap revenue as part of a 2003 paid-listings agreement. Cute. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 8:57 AM

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