Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

The Blog

My Rants and Raves about technology, programming, everything else...


The End of Windows Patches?

Url: http://news.com.com/2100-1002_3-5085251.html?ta...

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Has IE Helped Industry Standards?

Url: http://insight.zdnet.co.uk/software/developer/0...

ms that the recent Patent court loss by Microsoft has some garnered some interesting support from the likes of Sun and Macromedia (Flash), among others. It is well worth a read...

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Finally a Case Mod I Understand...

Url: http://www.badgerpackaging.com/heavymetal/

I've always wanted to drive my server around the block. Here's my chance. This guy tooke a dual Xeon case and put it on a Go-Cart chassis with a radio controller. Voila, you can now drive your server around at blazing speeds...at 2.8 GHz! Pay special attention to the specially designed "Tachometer" that shows the CPU usage. They added 'bounce' when the CPU usage was 0% to look like a running engine. Very cool...

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MIT Course Materials to be Released on Web...

Url: http://news.com.com/2100-1025-5083840.html?tag=...

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NDAzed and Confused...

The PDC talk is heating up and it is clear to me that there is a huge number of 'wow' features that will be unveiled in LA. It seems like most of the other bloggers are talking about what I think is protected behind the multitude of NDA's I've signed. So to be safe I am keeping my mouth shut...tightly. What I can say is that what you'll see at the show about Whidbey, Yukon and Longhorn are phenomenal. Some of it is evolutionary, but much of it is revolutionary. I think you’ll be pleased... I am.

Since Don (Box) can’t seem to not talk about it, Indigo has gotten me really intrigued. I haven’t seen any of it, but I really want to know everything I can about it. That’s where I will spend my time at the PDC.

On a more mundane note, it looks INETA is going to be fielding its own band at the PDC. So far I know its Richard Hale Shaw, Carl Frankin and I. But I expect it to be a blast a number of people to come out of the woodwork to play.

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Someone Invented Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

Url: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html3month/03091...

This is a small announcement of a presentation at Purdue of the electrical engineer that invented Ctrl-Alt-Delete. I never gave it any thought. It should have occurred to me that some has all sorts of odd inventions on their resumes. I remember an article a year or so ago attributing the ':)' to someone on a BBS in the '70s. Go figure...

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Having OneNote Withdrawals....

I finally finished downloading Office (System) 2003 from MSDN and found out that it did *not* include OneNote. It is like breaking a toy on Christmas morning. I admit I am one of the converted. I just love using it for a multi-tasking note taker. I don't just use it in meetings (which I have very few of any more), but all day. As I get an idea about something I am not working on immediately...it goes in OneNote. I just noticed that the MSDN website says the rest of the Office System will be available October 1st. Arg!

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Observations at VSLive

Url: http://www.ftponline.com/conferences/vslive/200...

I finished my talks today at VSLive. I am very impressed with the conference. I have never been before. The conference facilities and hotel are exceptional. Much kudos goes to Fawcette for putting together such a great conference.

I love getting to speak to people using ADO.NET and see how they are using the tools. It seems that there is some difference of opinion between what other ADO.NET writers/speakers are teaching about DataSets. I would love to do a panel discussion sometime with some of the other writers to investigate the different opinions.

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Digging into ADAM...

I was a big Active Directory fan a ways back. Not for the usual reasons, but for application specific data. After dealing with the fiasco that was the LDAP store in Site Server, it was nice to see a large-scale robust LDAP store. The problem was that the data store was tied to the domain model too tightly.

With that in mind, I was very happy to see that Microsoft noticed and has released Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM). I really like where it is going. While the tools for managing the ADAM stores are pretty deplorable, the data store is pretty solid.

For the LDAP uninitiated, LDAP stores (like ADAM) are made to store non-volatile hierachical data and are tuned for reading, not writing. LDAP is not a replacement for databases, but a different data tool in your toolbox. It has this very specific purpose. What is nice, is that LDAP is a very mature standard. LDAP v3 is a protocol that has been with us for a quite a long time and implemented across the industry (IBM, Sun, Oracle, Novell, etc.)

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App.config and C# Projects (Updated)

Everytime I add a app.config file to a new C# App, it never does what I want. I want the app.config file to be deployed to the build directory so I can make changes to the app.config file and have it propogated. With the release of VS.NET 2003, us C# developers now have pre and post build steps. So I now have to remember to add the following to the post-build event:


xcopy /s $(ProjectDir)app.config $(TargetPath).config

I know I could write an "Add New Item" to make it happen, but I just haven't had the time. I just wish MS had done it for me.

Chris Sells has alerted me to the fact that if your project has a app.config file, VS.NET 200X will copy it and rename it for you. My bad. I could have sworn that I tried this before and it didn't work : (

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