This week is expected to be the OS X (Tiger) vs. Longhorn week. With Steve Jobs taking the covers off the newest incarnation of OS X, he'll be trying to besmirch Longhorn at every turn. This newsweek article is probably only the first of many on the subject.
I am perhaps most disgruntled about Apple's new metadata/search functionality which mirrors some of the importance of WinFS. As Joe Wilcox stated:
Evidently MS slipped on thier pledge to deliver the betas at the conference. This article implies that they are claiming that the betas are “imminent“...wonder what that really means? Q3? Q4?
How I wish I were there. Evidently the Yukon Public Beta and the VS.NET 2005 Beta will be available. Get them while they're hot!
For all attendees, skip the Heiniken Museum...you're gonna want to remember this convention! TechEd will be very “lekker” this year.
I've been dealing with this nasty ASP.NET Configuration Error that only happens on my dev machine for several weeks now. Inexplicably, it will think that some random DLL that is part of my project is locked while it is trying to do the aspx compilation. I finally found the solution in the MS Support Database; the solution? Disable the Indexing Service (or exclude the ASP.NET temporary files section). Arg! The problem seems to be when my build copies a copy of a .dll to the temporary files section, it would start to be indexed by the Indexing Service and was locked so that the aspx compilation couldn't overwrite it.
I've had the WinHEC build of Longhorn for a while now and I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised. It seems that Longhorn is really coming along. I am very focused on WinFS programming, so I have not had too much time to dig into other interesting topics like Avalon (though Chris Sells loves the data binding) and Indigo.
The biggest change that has effected me is the lack of VS.NET. Because of very different development schedules, there is not a version of VS.NET that works with this release of Longhorn. At first I was a bit daunted...I have become so dependent on the tools. I haven't compiled from the command-line in quite a while. Luckily, MSBuild came to the rescue. After having been using NAnt, I was unsure what the big deal with MSBuild was and why it mattered. I am now a big fan. Instead of having to learn their XML syntax, I was delighted to find out that it will build based on a csproj file. This helped me out a lot, because I know how to write those files like the back of my hand (mostly from hacking csproj's to fix annoying problems like licx files remaining after you remove a reference).
I like it when a “MS v. Some small guy” story works out. Mike Rowe has given MikeRoweSoft.com to microsoft, but in return he's getting some great stuff. Here's what Microsoft is doing in return for the domain:
After attending most of the Keynote this morning at the PDC I am convinced that Microsoft is headed in the right direction, but it is still a long way off. 2005 or 2006 is too long to plan towards. On other note, Yukon and Whidbey will be here soon. Its about time to start planning for these technologies now.
I'll blog in more detail later tonight about what these technologies mean to you.
Other than LAX being 'smoked' in, there is not much to report today. A number of MS employees seem to be stuck at SeaTac waiting for the smoke from the bush fires to clear out. On my way in last night, we flew over the fires. It was pretty impressive. We were in a holding pattern over the fires and could smell the wood smoke in the plane. After a few nervous passengers asked the staff, we were reassured that it was only from the fires below
Since I am not registered for the pre-Conference sessions, there isn't much to do today. After walking around the conference hall, it is clear that this conference is all about Yukon, Whidbey and Longhorn. No doubt about it.
Well, I am off to LA Saturday morning. In all the years I've been doing this stuff, I've *never* been to a PDC. Now I am feeling overwhelmed with what to dig into while I am there. I am lucky that I've had the opportunity to see Longhorn, Whidbey and Yukon before the PDC, but just haven't had the time to dig into Indigo and Avalon.
I'll be blogging intensely throughout the PDC. I will be scouting out SQL Server for O'Reilly as well as trying to find more authors for ONDotnet.com. If you're there and want to share what you know with the managed software world.
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?
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