I'm using Google Apps for Domains
It took me long enough, but finally I'm using Google Apps For Domains.
I've started using their free service (2 GB Email. with your own domain name) and have moved all of my current emailing aliases into that email service.
As you probably know, the spam filtering is awesome and the search capabilities are, well, Googlishious. No more need to pay for hosting or spam filtering!
I like the email web interface but do not forget: I can access my emails with pop3 from outlook, so no problem getting a "hard copy" of my emails offline.
My Calendar also hosted at google, so I'm all set.
RegEx for data generation in VSTS DBPro
One way to generate data in DB Dude is to use the Regular Expression generator, but using regular expressions can be intimidating...
There is a great post by gert with list of RegEx expressions.
You can find it here.
New and better document management in Google Docs
Google docs looks amazing!
The new home page has a sidebar that lets you filter the documents by tag (renamed to folder in the interface), by type or by collaborator. You can now see all your files by default, not only the documents or spreadsheets active in the last 30 days.
The folders can now have descriptions and you can send a document to a folder by using drag and drop!
Google removed the option to sort the files by name or author, so the only available sort option is by date.
The search box includes an autocomplete feature for file names, folders, authors.
WCF performance - Is it really better?
MSDN introduce a Performance Comparison of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) with Existing Distributed Communication Technologies.
The conclusion is that:
WCF is 25%-50% faster than ASP.NET Web Services, and approximately 25% faster than .NET Remoting. Comparison with .NET Enterprise Service is load dependant, as in one case WCF is nearly 100% faster but in another scenario it is nearly 25% slower. For WSE 2.0/3.0 implementations, migrating them to WCF will obviously provide the most significant performance gains of almost 4x.
You can fine the entire comparison here.
ASP.NET AJAX Toolkit: new version available for download
I've just noticed there's a new release of the Ajax Toolkit control with several improvements. Scott Guthrie has a cool post on the new stuff in the toolkit.
You can get it from here.
Microsoft eScrum Version 1.0 - now avaliable
Another Scrum template to try with Team Foundation Servere is avalable: eScrum, from Microsoft, which is a Web-based, end-to-end project management tool for Scrum built on the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server platform.
You can download it from here.
Are you ready for 2008?
Microsoft's best professionals in Team System, ASP.NET, Architecture, WCF, WF, SQL Server and more, open three days of concentrated courses. You can check the courses list here.
I will be talking about VSTS for DB Professionals. You can read more about it here.
I'll see you there...
We are hiring new ALM consultant and .NET team leader.
- Application Lifecycle Management consultant
- At least 3 years of experience in .NET
- Team System knowledge - advantage
- Project management knowledge - advantage
- Presale knowledge - advantage
- .NET team leader
- At least 3 years of experience in .NET
- At least 1 years of experience in .NET 2.0
- Leading experience
- High motivation
- Self learning capabilities
Just send your emails to:
Brent Carlson's Presentation
My company, SRL, organized yesterday very interersting presentation which delivered by Mr. Brent Carlson, CTO and co-founder of LogicLibrary, on "New methodologies and governance in SOA implementation".
The event focused on explaining how to avoid SOA becoming ABOS (A Bunch Of Services), by managing (governing) the process of creating those services and making sure the organization re-uses it's pre-existing resources.
It is common known that we we need a solution that enables enterprises to understand what assets exist, where they’re located and how each fits into a company’s business and technical landscape.
So, how can we satifty this need? ....Mr. Carlson introduced LogicLibrary's solution: Logidex application, with which the governing mentioned above can be done. It seems this is relevant to very large organizations, not medium and small companies.
Maybe I didn't understand him well , but I had the feeling that Logidex sees TeamSystem only as Source Control repository and expect to get other inputs from other applications (Like defects management system etc.). I came back home very confused and I prommised my self to investigate this issue more deeply.
How to run scripts from VSTS for DB Pro in Management studio?
Why output script from DataDude failed to execute in Management Studio?
Database pro output scripts are valid t-sql syntax, but remember: Database pro uses SQLCMD to deploy databases.
How can you make it run?
In Management Studio you need to swap into SQLCMD mode.
- Tthrough the Query -> SQLCMD Mode menu.
- Click the red exclaimation icon in your toolbar.
Secure your application
Worried about security? Microsoft has published patterns & practices Security Checklists Index for .NET framework 1.1 & 2.0.
You can find there:
- Architecture and Design Review Checklists
- Code Review Checklists
- Deployment Review Checklists
Free Download: Refactor!™ for ASP.NET
Refactor! for ASP.NET version 2.2 by Developer Express is freely available to all ASP.NET 2.0 developers.
This release includes refactorings dedicated to ASP.NET development.