November 2005 - Posts

Woohoo, finally it's there: a build of WinFX compatible with .NET Framework v2.0 RTM. You can find the bits over here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=E5376297-DA10-4FC3-967D-38C96F767FC4&displaylang=en. It includes the runtime components of WCF, WPF and WWF. Of course real developers also want the SDK, which is available right now on http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0A118D5F-21E7-4A3E-82D9-F30C6CE3F63D&displaylang=en. Take a look around on those pages for links to the VS2005 extensions for WCF, WPF and WWF as well as CTP installation notes. Enjoy!Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

What a heavy week it was (and still is). First, some meetings at the beginning of the week. Then the Belgian Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006 Launch Event on Thursday which was a big success but not the most straightforward location in Belgium to get to and get back from. On Friday morning I went to Luxemburg to deliver a two-day on-site training course about SharePoint technologies (which is cleary not my primary interest, but we're flexible when it comes down to product evangelism, aren't we?). And now I'm back at home after a 4 hours train trip writing this blog post and catching up with e-mail. Last but not least, I'm off to Barcelona for IT Forum tomorrow noon till Friday, to deliver a Chalk-&-Talk about SQL Server 2005 Notification Services and to work on the ATE booth for Visual Studio 2005 and .NET FX 2.0 related stuff (which should be pretty calm, because it's an IT-oriented event, not a dev's one; nevertheless, if you're there you're welcome to pay me a visit).

Oh yes, and there's the one guy I really hate: Murphy. One day before my presentations my external harddrive with VPC images was faced with some problem due to an unplugged power cord while running the VPC image. Yesterday night at the hotel I was running chkdsk to fix some problems (which works rather well as the matter in fact) but when leaving the room to go for dinner, I pressed the wrong (should-be light)switch near the room's door, not just turning off the lights but also all power supply in the entire room, including ... guess what ... the external harddrive in the middle of a chkdsk-ing operation (which I discovered right after dinner because my laptop was in stand-by mode due to low on battery power conditions). And since a couple of weeks, my machine can't go in standby anymore without spitting blue a couple of minutes after waking up. Or I'm faced with some hardware or driver problem, or it's time to do a complete reinstall of my OS, which I'm going to do pretty soon to get synch'ed with VS2005, SQL2005 and some other exciting hot stuff (read: waiting for W2K3 R2 to be released).

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Runs on Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Longhorn. Download here.

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From the download center:

SSEUtil.exe is a tool that lets you easily interact with SQL Server. Among other things, it allows you to:
• Connect to the main instance or user-instance of SQL Server.
• Create, attach, detach, and list databases on the server.
• Upgrade database files to match the version of the server.
• Execute SQL statements via the console (similar to SQLCMD).
• Retrieve the version of SQL Server running.
• Enable and disable trace flags (for example, to trace SQL statements sent to the server by any client application)
• List the instances of SQL Server on the local machine or on remote machines.
• Checkpoint and shrink a database
• Measure the performance of executing specific queries.
• Create and playback lists of SQL commands for the server to execute.
• Log all input and output.

Click here to download.

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Finally I found the time and tools to migrate my blog from .Text 0.95 to Community Server 1.1 from Telligent Systems (founded by Rob Howard, former member of the ASP.NET team). There were several reasons for me to make the transition:

  • better user experience, both for the blog readers and the blog writer(s)
  • integrated with other web applications for photo galleries and forums (the ones that drive www.asp.net/forums as well)
  • improved control over feedback, trackbacks, etc (helps to fight blog spam)
  • much more I still have to discover myself ;-)

The biggest trouble I had initially was to migrate the .Text blog content lossless to the Community Server installation. Luckily I found the ".Text to Community Server" tool on the Telligent website, which did a great job! It migrated all of my blog posts, categories, feedbacks, trackbacks, view counts, etc.

Both RSS readers and online readers of my blog should experience no troubles at all when viewing my blog, because of the redirections I made. If you find a problem however, please let me know. The new address is http://community.bartdesmet.net/blogs/bart.

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Check it out on www.live.com. Built using 'Atlas'-technology, this site will provide the best web portal user experience one can ever dream of ;-). I like it, the asynchronous processing ('AJAX') and of course the fact it finds great search results for 'bart de smet' (h). Also check out the results for the query in "feeds mode". It's great to see your favorite blogs on your web portal start page in an online RSS aggregator, and the weather forecast for your local city, and the contents of your Hotmail inbox, and ... Nevertheless, remember it's still beta.Del.icio.us | Digg It | Technorati | Blinklist | Furl | reddit | DotNetKicks

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