Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

The Blog

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


No Opteron Support in Windows 64 bit?

Bad news to all you AMD fans (yours truly included), Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Windows 2003, 64 bit edition will *not* have support for Opteron's 64 bit mode!

Bad move Microsoft. Your new mantra is supposed to be "competition is good", but this reeks of a side deal with Intel. Us, the users, want 64 bit power, but until competition helps lower costs, we can't afford it.

Ok, maybe 64 bit is supposed to be for big iron, but someone once said that 640K would be all the memory we'd ever need. What can we do to get you to change your mind MS?

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Happy Birthday XML!

Url: http://news.com.com/2009-1001-983871.html?tag=f...

Few five years olds have had as much impact as our little XML has these last few years. What started out as just structured storage as really changed into computer technology.

W3C has done a great job is helping get all those standards moving. Several years ago, I never thought that XSLT would ever become a standard. Add in the impending XQuery, XForms and their brethren, I think XML is headed in the right direction.

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Do You Really Want Privacy on the Internet?

Url: http://money.cnn.com/2003/01/21/technology/veri...

Now that Verizon has been ordered to rat out their users to the RIAA, Internet privacy is over...but maybe for the better. Sure I loved the high-flying days of song swapping, but where is the line between privacy and intrusion.

When the headlines are about catching file sharing violations, many people are in an uproar. But several weeks ago when those same ISP's gave up their user's names who were surfing child porn sites...we all applauded.

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Who cares if .NET is better than Java?

In the last few weeks a number of comparison between Java and .NET have been floating around. As much as I am interested in these comparisons on an intellectual level, I really don't care on a practical level. Do most day-to-day developers really care? Sure, the number of jobs out there for any particular skill set move with the tides so most of us care. But on a purely technological comparison, the differences is minimal.

These comparisons just help fuel the religious fervor between the Sun v. MS camps. I thought that today's world was more interopability and web services we could perhaps just put the differences aside and stop caring about which specific features are better or worse in each platform. Truth be known, most every project could be developed in either toolset with little change.

For those in the .NET camp, I think we owe Sun and the Java community a debt of gratitude. C# learned from many of Java's mistakes, and copied other of their mistakes. Remember, no language is perfect (even Java : )

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Did Microsoft's Security Push Work?

Url: http://www.wininformant.com/Articles/Index.cfm?...

Last February Bill Gates announced that he was halting development until every project could be reviewed for security and make sure every developer knew how to write secure code. In fact, a pretty great book came out of the process. So did it work?

Announced in a new Aberdeen Group report, it seems as Windows has lost its crown as the most insecure operating system. Can you guess who took their place? Linux. Does this mean that Linux is an insecure mess? Does it mean that Windows is hack-proof? No to both questions.

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Of Tablets, Smart Displays and Laptops...

I've been in the market for a new laptop for the last few months. With the upcoming new laptop ideas coming out (Tablet PC's, Smart Displays, etc.), I decided to wait for the technology to catch up to my desires. Finally everything is out!

Back in ancient history (the mid '90's), I worked with Toshiba tablet systems running Windows 95 for a vertical market package. I loved the form factor and secretly wished for a touch display for my laptop for years now.

I held out in anticipation of the new tablet/laptop combos. But after reviewing a number of the first generation machines, I am disappointed. The two primary reasons:

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Should 'www' be retired?

Ok, maybe this may be petty, but why do so many sites require that 'www' before the names? I have wasted lot sof time trying to navigate to sites by just their domain name, only to find out that I need the 'www'. What do I mean? Both of these should work:

But then why would some develop a site that doesn't work like that. For example (with apologies to Brent Rector):

Or this (again, apologies to John Lam):

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Code Generation: Another Justification

Url: http://sellsbrothers.com/news/showTopic.aspx?ix...

I recently read about the reemergence of Code Generation on Chris Sells' News page. It seems that John Lam has been converted, but not by Chris. As some may know, I worked with Chris Sells while he lead the team that built DevelopMentor's Gen<X> so that I have been thinking about this code generation question quite a long time now.

Recently, topic open up on the Windows Technical: Off Topic mailing list. It seems that Shawn Van Ness (also a Gen<X> alum) has been beating the Code Generation drum lately. In fact he has a pretty cool . NET port of the X-Code engine (the heart of Gen<X>).

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Isn't SOAP about XML Anymore?

When I first read the SOAP specification I could not decide whether it was meant to be a replacement for DCOM/RPC or whether it was a messaging protocol. I loved the fact that the ligua franca of SOAP was XML. But at the same time, Section 5 supported the RPC view of SOAP. Unfortunately this section seemed to just confuse the issue between the RPC world and the document/literal world.

In a great MSDN Article, Tim Ewald argues against support for Section 5 support. I guess I haven't been keeping up, but I am excited to hear that Section 5 support is now optional in SOAP 1.2 specification. Yeah...but will Section 5 really ever die?

As I started playing with .NET's Web Services Framework some years back, I was excited and dishearted at the same time. It supported doc/literal by default, but it seemed to want to hide the fact we were using XML in any fashion. How unfortunate.

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Is Oracle Missing a Great Opportunity?

Url: http://technet.oracle.com/tech/windows/odpnet/c...

I like to think I am open minded about technology. I have used a variety of database engines in the last seventeen years; xBase, Access, SQL Server, Sybase, Oracle, and DB2 to name a few. I like the direction Oracle 9i is taking and hope that Microsoft's SQL Server takes some of the same direction. But I think Oracle is missing a great opportunity.

Both Microsoft and Oracle have produced equally incomplete ADO.NET Managed Providers for Oracle. I think it is time that Oracle step up to the plate and truly complete their implementation. After reviewing their Managed Provider's Documentation for Beta 2, I am perplexed that the following support is missing:

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