# Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Suggestion: Improve the documentation feature of Visual Studio.

I've submitted another suggestion on the VS2005 feedback site:

Improve the documentation feature of Visual Studio.

Right now in ASP.NET you can switch between 2 views: design and code.

Similarly I would like to be able, for a *.cs file to switch between code and documentation.

This would improve the usefulness of the documentation, by making the documentation more visible the quality go up, because developers will put more effort into it.

Again, feel free to vote for this feature if you think it is a good idea: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=251027

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Custom AutoFormat for ASP.NET tables and calendar controls

Sadly it does not appear to be possible to define a custom AutoFormat scheme for Visual Studio. I'd love to be able to implement a customers presentation guide line as a scheme so when I add a new table to a page I can just select AutoFormat and choose 'Develop-One Corporate color' :-)

I've submitted this as a suggestion on the Microsoft feedback site. Feel free to vote for it: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=250988

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# Tuesday, January 02, 2007

MVP Award 2007

The day started off great! Just received an email informing me I've been awarded the MVP Award 2007.

Thanks to my MVP contact person Gerard Verbrugge and the whole MVP team at Microsoft!!!!

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# Monday, January 01, 2007
# Saturday, December 23, 2006

Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Service Pack 1

Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Service Pack 1 is now available as a download from MSDN.

Go to: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=BB4A75AB-E2D4-4C96-B39D-37BAF6B5B1DC&mg_id=10055&displaylang=en

Service Pack 1 also provides over 70 improvements for common development scenarios including:

  • New processor support (e.g., Core Duo) for code generation and profiling
  • Performance and scale improvements in Team Foundation Server
  • Team Foundation Server integration with Excel 2007 and Project 2007
  • Tool support for occasionally connected devices and SQL Server Compact Edition
  • Additional support for project file based Web applications
  • Windows Embedded 6.0 platform and tools support

The complete release notes can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928957/.

As it turns out, it's pretty unclear what has been fixed in this service pack. The 'What's New in Visual Studio 2005 SP1' page doesn't provide any information. Back in September Somasegar promised to provide a list of fixes, but in his post about the release of SP1 he makes no mention of what has been fixed.

Update: a list of fixes in Visual Studio 2005 SP1 can be found at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918526/en-us

 

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# Wednesday, December 20, 2006

WSCF

A friend of mine in India had some problems with calling a Java web service from .NET 2.0 using web references generated using Visual Studio 2005. Some serialization error occured, but the message was very much useless.

I recommended using WSCF to them and as it turns out the WSCF gave a much more detailed message pinpointing the error to a namespace issue on the Java side.

WSCF is a tool created by Thinktecture supporting the Web Service Contract First approach to developing web services.

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# Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Search Engine

I guess not all search engines have to have a boring interface: http://www.msdewey.com/

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# Thursday, December 14, 2006

Microsoft Robotics Studio

Microsoft has released version 1.0 of Microsoft Robotics Studio.

The Microsoft Robotics Studio delivers in three areas of software:

  1. A scalable, extensible runtime architecture that can span a wide variety of hardware and devices. The programming interface can be used to create applications to drive robots using 8-bit or 16-bit processors (from a connected PC) as well as 32-bit systems with multi-core processors; and devices from simple touch sensors to laser distance finding devices.
  2. A set of useful tools that make programming and debugging robot applications scenarios easier. These include a high resolution visual simulation environment that integrates software physics supplied by the Ageia Technologies PhysX engine.
    While Microsoft Robotics Studio can be used with programming languages such as those included in Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Express, also included is a new visual programming language that enables the creation of applications using a simple drag-and-drop interface.
  3. A set of useful technology libraries services to help developers get started with writing robot applications, and tutorials which illustrate the basics of how to get started in a variety of programming languages.

Read more: http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics/getstarted/v1_0/default.aspx

With Microsoft Robotics Studio, robotics applications can be developed using a selection of programming languages, including those in Microsoft Visual Studio® and Microsoft Visual Studio Express languages (Visual C#® and Visual Basic®), which are free to download, as well as Microsoft IronPython. Third-party languages that support the Microsoft Robotics Studio services-based architecture are also supported.

Ofcourse the most interesting part to me is the fact that it can all be done with C#, the language and tool I love most :-)

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Microsoft Patch Tuesday has come and gone. I'm running IE7 so I guess I don't need to worry. Application Development Trends mentions a tiny possibility of VS2005 being attacked, but you have to be an idiot to get caught. Here's what they say about the IE patches:

IE Patches
Microsoft today also issued a
cumulative patch that addresses at least four serious vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer versions 5.01 and 6. The vulnerabilities -- which are susceptible to memory corruption and information disclosure exploits -- affect IE's script handling, DHTML scripting and Temporary Internet File features. At least two of them, a Script Error Handling Memory Corruption Error and a DHTML Script Function Memory Corruption Error, could allow attackers to execute code on -- and gain control over -- vulnerable systems.

All Windows versions running Internet Explorer 5.01 or 6.0 are affected by the vulnerability. Internet Explorer 7.0 is not affected, Microsoft said.

Nice to see that a newer version of IE finally delivers better security, from this article I gather that IE6 was not much of an improvement over IE5.01 which I think was released in 1998!?

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# Monday, December 11, 2006

Hurray Marcel

Just wanted to congratulate my buddy Marcel Meijer on becoming C# Groupleader within the SDN.

Congratulations dude!!!

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Upgraded to DasBlog 1.9.6264.0

I had some problems with my blog crashing my application pool. Last night I upgraded from Das Blog 1.8 to version 1.9.6264.0.

It was still up and running this morning so let's hope it helped.

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# Thursday, December 07, 2006

Stampede's Web Acceleration Solutions

Stampede Appoints MRA-Group as an International Partner for Stampede's Web Acceleration Solutions.

Read more: http://www.stampede.com/press-release-dec-5-2006.html

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# Monday, December 04, 2006

Interesting numbers...

In the category: 'interesting numbers', I just ran across this info-bit on the Citrix website:

With industry analysts expecting the WAN optimization market to double to more than $1.2 billion by 2009(1), and an estimated 55 percent of all employees worldwide accessing their applications from branch offices, WAN optimization solutions are rapidly becoming a critical infrastructure requirement for enterprises around the world.

1) Gartner Dataquest: Forecast: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 2005-2010, Aug. 10, 2006, Joe Skorupa.

 

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The Windows Vista Developer Story: Application Compatibility Cookbook

Will my application run on Windows Vista? The 'Application Compatibility Cookbook' does make any guarantees, but following the guidelines will surely help.

Go to: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnlong/html/AppComp.asp

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Succesful Software Factories

Microsoft MSDN has published a white paper on software factories written by my friend Marcel de Vries. He worked together with Jack Greenfield, pretty cool!

This white paper discusses how software factories and Microsoft Visual Studio Team System can be used together to improve quality, predictability, and productivity. Using Visual Studio Team System data-warehouse and reporting capabilities, the software-factory builder can reliably determine which aspects of product development need improvement and how to modify the software factory to improve them.

This white paper concludes that greater quality, predictability, and productivity can be achieved with a software-factory approach, rather than with traditional one-off development. The concepts and working methods are targeted at an audience of systems integrators and enterprise customers who develop custom software.

Read the paper at: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa925157.aspx

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Web Service performance optimization

Good design, smart data access and optimizing the results of your web service are good way to improve performance of your web service. In an earlier post I also mentioned turning off XML schema validation. As it turn out, this may not be necessary.

A company called Stampede offers a solution for improving Web Service perfomance by offloading XML schema validation!!!

The product is actually much more comprehensive than that, read below a copy from an interesting piece of text from their website.

SOA Optimization Services

The Stampede Web 2.0 Performance Series also addresses the demands placed on the network and Web servers as a result of the proliferation of XML data and Service Oriented Architecture applications.  Stampede's client and appliance technology are now XML-aware, and add services specifically designed to optimize this environment.

  • XML Document Differencing extends our Cache Differencing technology to only transmit the actual changes in the XML document; significantly reducing the data that is transmitted
  • XML Schema Validation to validate the grammar of the XML message, and ensure the message does not contain unexpected or potentially malicious content
  • XML Content Based Routing enables routing decisions to be made based on a dynamic analysis of the XML document

XML Threat Management Services

The transaction intensive demands of Web Services, AJAX and other XML applications require bullet-proof security.  XML applications are vulnerable to maliciously corrupted data, denial of service (DoS) attacks, and intrusion attempts.  The Stampede Web 2.0 Performance Series provides hardened security features to address these issues.

  • XML Content Inspection uses parallel hardware to do symantec threat analysis on the entire XML message
  • XML Well-formedness Checking protects the host environment against non-malicious message corruption
  • XML Denial of Service (XDoS) Detection provides detection of specific XML parser attacks
  • Message Anomaly Detection provides adjustable tolerance levels for recognition of message traffic patterns and identification of packet anomalies
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# Monday, November 20, 2006

Session schedule for the next SDN meeting

The session schedule for the next SDN meeting, on the 11th of december is available (www.sdn.nl). We have a great line up!

Overzicht sprekers en sessies

Delphi

C#
Visual Basic.NET
DotNetNuke
St. dotNed
Visual Objects
8:30
Registratie / Ontvangst
9:00

Delphi Roadmap:
Look into the future

Nick Hodges & Gerard vd Pol

Programmeren met Project 2007

Marianne van Wanrooij

Software development in extreem tempo met UML, MDA en .NET

Sander Hoogendoorn

Intrduction to DotNetNuke

Erik van Ballegoij

What's new in .NET 3.0?

Thomas Huijer

Dialogs and windows without using the GUI libraries


Frans de Wit

10:15
Pauze - 30 min.
10:45

ECO III - Basics

Holger Flick

Windows Cardspaces en Claim Based authorisatie met WCF

Erik van de Ven

Hoe indexen een SQL Server database kunnen versnellen

Hugo Kornelis

DotNetNuke and Ajax

Stefan Kamphuis

More on Cardspace

Sander Gerz

Visual Objects vs Vulcan.NET

Chris Pyrgas

12:00
Lunch - 60 min.
13:00

NDA sessie over Delphi Highlander

Nick Hodges & Bob Swart

Robotica for fun and profit

Mark Rexwinkel

Visual Studio Code Name ‘Orcas’

Serge van Schie

User, profile and role management and subscription-based websites with DotNetNuke

Peter Schotman

More on WCF

Dennis Vroegop

Utilizing Design Patterns with VO and Vulcan.NET (part 1)

Meinhard Schnoor-Matriciani

14:15
Pauze - 15 min.
14:30

What's new in Interbase 2007

Henrik Jondell

Next-Generation Data Access with ADO.NET vNext

Paul Gielens

CLR User-defined types in SQL Server 2005

Hugo Kornelis

Intermodule Communication

Leigh Pointer

More on WPF

Waseem Sadiq

Utilizing Design Patterns with VO and Vulcan.NET (part 2)

Meinhard Schnoor-Matriciani

15:45
Pauze - 30 min.
16:15

ECO III with ASP.NET: Authentication and Authorization

Holger Flick

WCF Service Model Internals & Extensibility

Gijs de Jong

Workflow Foundation what is hot, what is not

Maurice de Beijer

Designing UI for modules and integration with skinning

Sebastian Leupold

Panel discussie:
Alles over .NET 3.0 en waarom je je daar mee bezig moet houden

dotNed panel

Using VO GUI classes and .Net Forms together

Chris Pyrgas

17:30
Einde

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SSBAdmin - View SQL Service Broker info

My friends, Klaas and Hans, pointed out that there is a neat tool for viewing queues, contracts, types etc. in SQL Server 2005. It's called SSBAdmin and is written by Niels from DevelopMentor. Go to http://sqljunkies.com/WebLog/nielsb/archive/2005/12/27/17701.aspx to download the tool.

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# Thursday, November 16, 2006

Lovin' Team Foundation Server

I have the pleasure of being part of project which has started using Visual Studio Team Suite and Team Foundation Server.

I love the smooth integration of source control and issue management. It's fantastic, no more buggy add-ins! Perhaps coolest of all is the ability to move files and retain version history. No more crazy work-arounds.

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Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007

The Dutch launch for Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007 is scheduled for the 28th of November 2006.

Read more on: http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/evenementen/klaarvoorhetnieuwewerken/default.aspx (in Dutch)

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