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Scott Hanselman
Reminded by Rory's post, I thought I would also let people know that Scott Hanselman will be at the December Padnug meeting talking about Longhorn. So, if you're around the Portland, OR area, feel free to drop by. I know I will be there. Maybe I will finally have a chance to meet some of the other portland-area bloggers out there.

Posted On Saturday, November 29, 2003 3:50 PM

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Posted On Thursday, November 27, 2003 12:27 PM

Quote o' the Day

Here's a “Quote of the Day” from Dana Epp for any of you out there familiar with all the legal issues surrounding SCO:

"God invented SCO to give people a company to hate more than Microsoft."

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2003 1:47 PM

Have you been ASSified lately?
No words can describe this. Just read. Go Rory!! Ha!

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2003 10:51 PM

Enterprise Solution Patterns using Microsoft.Net
I know this may be an old link to some of you but I thought I would throw it out there anyway. This seems to be a pretty decent read so far. The foreword is written by Ward Cunningham so it obviously can’t be too bad!. ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:10 PM

Martin Fowler
I am just going to save myself a lot of time. For any of you that are not currently subscribed to Martin Fowler's bliki, you should go there immediately. For any of you not familiar with Martin Fowler, I would highly suggest going to his site and becoming familiar with him. He has done a lot of work in the patterns/refactoring community and has written several books (to link just a few) that I would highly recommend reading ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2003 4:33 PM

When Domain Models need to gain weight
Martin Fowler talks about an Anemic Domain Model in his bliki (blog\wiki). This is something that I have seen quite a bit and still fight against from time to time.

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2003 4:27 PM

Want a TabletPC?
Microsoft is giving away a TabletPC for a lucky person, as well as one copy of Office OneNote 2003 per day. You can enter to win here.

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2003 1:14 PM

Faster Session State with compile-time support?

Steve Maine has an interesting post on how he prefers to use session state. I am interested to see if any of you out there have any opinions about what he is doing.

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2003 11:31 AM

The future of RSS
Robert Scoble asks what we would like to see in the next RSS. If you have any ideas, head on over and spill them :~).

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2003 11:10 AM

Developing User Controls with GDI+
Cory Smith has what looks to be a promising series of articles he is writing about developing user controls with GDI+. Enjoy.

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2003 11:06 AM

My First Longhorn Application
Well, I just got around to writing my first Longhorn application and I forgot how great it feels to be researching such new technology. I didn't want to do the typical Hello World application so I set off to see if I could come close to emulating the Mac “Candy Blue” interface look. First I started with a basic xaml file with one table in it: <Window xmlns="http://schemas.micro... xmlns:def="Definition" def:Class="Application1.Win... def:CodeBehind="Window1.xam... ......

Posted On Saturday, November 22, 2003 6:01 PM

History and Architecture of Avalon
Anyone unfamiliar with Chris Anderson should subscribe to his blog right away. Chris is a member of the Avalon team at Microsoft (I believe) and shares a lot of things about Avalon, such as the “History of Avalon” and the “Rearchitecture of Avalon”. Enjoy ......

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2003 11:45 AM

Some PDC sessions available online

For those of us that were unable to attend the PDC this year, Duncan McKenzie points out that some of the PDC sessions are now available online as audio synched with PPT and demos.

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2003 11:39 AM

Visual Studio is now my servant
You might remember my earlier post when I was complaining about the structure of files in Visual Studio. After a little research, I have discovered how to “convince” Visual Studio to use the directory structure I would like it to. The goal of this is to turn a directory structure like this (Visual Studio's default): Solution/ Project/ Bin/ Debug/ Release/ to this: Solution/ Project/ bin/ ** compiler output for release builds ** src/ test/ ** compiler output for debug builds ** The purpose ......

Posted On Thursday, November 20, 2003 6:53 PM

Initial Longhorn thoughts
Well, I thought I would just do a quick post on my initial thoughts on Longhorn. Please keep in mind that I just installed Longhorn so I don't have much experience with it yet. First of all, even without the true Aero experience, it is still quite a handsome operating system. The install went without a hitch. The total install only took around 30 minutes (I installed directly on the box). A couple little cool things that I noticed to this point that I look forward to exploring more in the future: ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2003 6:30 PM

Nothing to see here, just testing a post from Longhorn

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2003 6:23 PM

And away we go
Finally!!! I got the parts for my new machine in and everything went together flawlessly. Now, I am finally able to start the Longhorn install :~). Hooray!

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2003 1:13 PM

Infragistics has released an UltraGrid that uses avalon. IIRC, it took 2 programmers 2 months to make the sucker, with no prior knowledge of Avalon even. Looks cool. I can't wait until I can start messing around with Avalon and Indigo. Only a couple more days to wait now that my computer parts have arrived :~).

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 3:17 PM

Why, Visual Studio, Why?
I must be missing the boat somewhere here. I can't be Visual Studio .NET 2003 would be so hard to configure (default wise). Let me first say this so all of you can point me in the right direction if I'm wrong: I believe Visual Studio only “plays nice” if you work with the directory structure IT says you should. The problem is that I don't want to write in the same directory structure Visual Studio does. Let me explain myself a bit, I am wanting more control over my directory structure ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 2:15 PM

Whatever happened to customer service?
Rory Blyth describes a problem he had with Comcast tech support. When will Comcast get their butt in gear here? Has anyone ever had a “decent” experience with Comcast technical support? I certainly haven't. First, I proudly say that I am a loyal DSL user. I know all the arguments about Cable being faster and everything, but it comes down to the one fact that I am totally happy because I have never once had to deal with the chimpazees that work for Comcast. Well, almost never. You see, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 11:43 AM

Geez! What was I thinking!
Man, for source control before I was using Subversion. I don't know what I was thinking. DISCLAIMER: let me first say that Subversion is an excellent product and what I am about to say has no bearing on the quality of the product. Now, on with the post. The problem that I had with running Subversion was backup/restoration scenarios. The problem is that in order to use subversion on the network I had to do a lot of work through Cygwin. Now, I consider myself pretty thrifty at times, but I have been ......

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 8:59 PM

Longhorn, here I come!
Well, most of the parts for my new computer have now arrived. I will probably have to wait until the weekend to put it together, but once it is put together, here I come Longhorn!!!! Now only one question remains: do I install Longhorn into a VM or install it directly on the box?

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 5:28 PM

New Project
Well, I have been trying to get a lot more into Web Services lately, especially their impact on Service-Oriented Architecture. I now have a new project on my list that I will be starting on tonight. The code name for the project now is “MATR (My Automated Testing Results)”. It is a web service for the retrieval/updating of automated testing results for projects you are currently working on. When I am done, I will probably post the source on GotDotNet in a workspace. This is part of my ......

Posted On Monday, November 17, 2003 5:25 PM

SOA Defined

Here is a good article that basically sums up what SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) is and uses real-world comparisons to give examples.

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 2:59 PM

The role of "services" in Service-Oriented Architecture
Clemens Vasters has posted an entry about the role of “services” in an SOA. It is a great read and he takes the time to answer the questions that people raised. You can find it at

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2003 11:31 AM

It's all about the Pentiums
Well, in preperation for getting Longhorn and Whidbey, I finally got off my rear and am putting together another computer. I've needed to put one together for a while to use as an all-purpose server at home, and what better time than now. I feel like a kid in a candy shop. Here is what I got: CPU: Pentium 4 2.6ghz w/ Hyper Threading HD: Western Digitial 80gb and 7200 rpm Video: Radeon 9000 w/ 64 mb of ram Memory: 512mb of DDR PC2700 CD/DVD: Samsung - 16x DVD OS: WinXP Pro (I will be installing Longhorn ......

Posted On Thursday, November 13, 2003 2:24 PM

Development Environment
I don't know if anyone out there is even reading this blog yet, but I was a little curious about the development environment that any of you develop in. My environment looks like the following IDE: Visual Studio .NET 2003 SQL: Sql Server 2000 [Corrected. Thanks Carlos!] Testing: NUnit Build Tool: NAnt / NAntPad Source Control: Subversion (an open-source cvs-style app) Language Preference: C# OS: Windows XP Pro How 'bout you ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 12, 2003 10:26 PM

Haiku Time!
Well, it is starting to become a tradition for those at my company to write haikus at the end of the day. I understand that the first one is perhaps not a true haiku because it is focused on world domination and anger, but I liked it nonetheless. So, without further ado, here are mine for this work day: ** Disclaimer: I do not profess to be good with words. Far from it. I consider myself the poetry equivalent of a stick figure artist. ** I am the Master! All on earth must bow to me! Worship me Peasant! ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 12, 2003 4:25 PM

Service-Oriented Architecture + MSDN Article
There is a great article on MSDN about building distributed applications in .NET. It's a six parter, mainly focused on using a service-oriented architecture. It is definitely not light reading, especially considering it is around 228 printed pages long. From what I can tell, it goes into great detail when dealing with the architecture of the system. The article even covers issues with legacy systems and application maintenance/deployment. I will try to post a little better review of the article once ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 12, 2003 1:29 PM

Want Longhorn, Yukon, and Whidbey?
Sasha Corti pointed out in a post how to get your hands on the PDC bits if you weren't at the PDC and you are an MSDN subscriber. I know I will be looking at getting this asap since I was unable to attend the PDC.

Posted On Wednesday, November 12, 2003 11:11 AM

Thank you!
I just would like to give a quick thanks to Jeff Julian for getting my blog up and running. Thanks!

Posted On Tuesday, November 11, 2003 10:26 PM


Just testing a post from NewsGator. Please ignore. 

Posted On Tuesday, November 11, 2003 10:14 PM

Hello, World
using System;using System.Collections; public class Person{ private string name; private int age; private string location; private ArrayList interesets; public string Name { get { return; } } public int Age { get { return this.age; } } public string Location { get { return this.location; } } public ArrayList Interests { get { return this.interests; } } public Person(string name, int age, string location) { = name; this.age = age; this.location = location; }} public class Startup{ ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 11, 2003 7:06 PM

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