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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

October, 2003

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    Visual Studio .NET Bootstrapper Plug-In

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    The VS team has produced a 'preview' version of a new plug-in... Setup projects in Visual Studio .NET 2003 can be used to install the .NET Framework with your application, but only if you have installed the optional Visual Studio .NET Framework Bootstrapper...
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    Generating INSERT statements

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    When you are creating a SQL script to deploy your system, Enterprise Manager does a good job with all of the schema (creating the tables, views, etc...) but doesn't handle creating INSERTS for any of your lookup tables. I used to generate SQL INSERT statements...
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    I think I've found a music service I can use...

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    I'm going to buy an album as download-only today, from www.buymusic.com , and I hope it all works out as good as it sounds (no pun intended!). My biggest worry when downloading music from the various sites is that I won't be able to fit the DRM requirements...
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    XML can so easily be abused...

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    I am getting really tired of seeing web services (or RSS feeds, or .NET methods, or anything else) with large blocks of complex, structured data that is exposed as "String". You call the web service, you get back this big string, which you then load into...
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    Visual Basic Resource Kit Download Available

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    We've updated the page with the download URL already (some fast work on the part of our site team there), so you might want to go back and check it out... http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/vbrkit/ If you aren't already using some form of download...
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    COM Port Programming in .NET

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    Just noticed a post by Chris Johnson, http://weblogs.asp.net/cjohnson/posts/27887.aspx about serial port programming in .NET, he detailed the general lack of options, but I thought I should chime in.... If you get the Visual Basic Resource Kit, it includes...
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    New Dancers... but still no 'Master Chief'?

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    Ok, maybe a night of Halo with my coworkers has skewed my perspective on this topic, but come on... wouldn't that just be the coolest... maybe the little alien guys, the chief, Cortona (not sure on the spelling for that one)... Ah well, the update seems...
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    Hmm... interesting side affect of Google AdSense

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    Now, it is helping me to find things! The blog page on my personal site has become stuck in DVI/HDTV/Component Video land after one of my posts, all of the ads are about HDTV related stuff... but, this just appeared and it looks pretty cool. Not the most...
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    I am definitely going to need more HD inputs on my TV

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    I have been drooling over this for that last few weeks... inner monologue: it doesn't do anything that I really need, and if I ever get around to hooking my current music system up with something better than S-Video, I could probably replicate its...
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    Ok, so *now* I'm loading up Halo on my PC

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    I have to learn the keyboard/mouse commands, and quickly. My boss just sent out an invitation to a Halo PC LAN fest... so, while I managed to resist tempation for two days... now I just have no choice.
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    Feeling the Cache Love

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    I've been working on the business and data layers for a web system and, as you might expect, I've been making quite a bit of use of ASP.NET's caching system. Now, to test the business layer, I had gone ahead and set up a non-ASP.NET caching system as...
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    Visual Basic Resource Kit

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    The download isn't up yet, it takes some time to sign and virus scan an entire CD packaged up as a zip, but the site that details what is included is there! Check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/vbrkit for all the details, and you can even order...
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    Reading Blogs...

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    I've been catching up on a few blogs, now that I've finally managed to get connected :) ... and I just have one comment (meant in the spirit of helpfulness only) ... It is "ClickOnce" not "OneClick" Anyway, check out my article on ClickOnce if you...
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    Blogs on the PDC Central Site

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    If you haven't seen them, check out the blog feeds visible on the PDC Central site . We've seen a problem where they sometimes show up blank... but it appears to be working fine now!
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    Books, Books, Books...

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    Swing by the Addison Wesley booth at the PDC, in addition to copies of my own sample chapter (which is probably the big reason to drop by there :) ), they have the new C# language specification book... that includes 2.0 features! Amazing stuff, I had...
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    Ok... so I'm in the airport, but not moving any closer to LA at this point

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    Flights are all delayed... smoke... hmm... flights to Juneau are still operating...
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    "New" PDC site is up

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    We updated the PDC site for the week of the event, check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc/ ... Sitting in my first 'real' session of the day... Avalon CLI200...
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    My ClickOnce chapter is up on the web

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    View in on the vbasic Developer Center...
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    Turns out I am going after all...

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    I had planned on missing this year's PDC , because we had been planning on launching a new application during that same week (one of many!!)... but now that particular launch has been postponed a bit so I'm free to attend! That wouldn't have made any...
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    Changes in GDN Workspaces

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    Robert posted some good info about the new changes in GotDotNet Workspaces , and it was compelling enough that I went out and added aliases for my various workspaces! Visual Studio .NET Bootstrapper Plug-In is now http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/vsBoot...
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    Wonders of Windows Forms, and headshots of Chris Sells

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    I put Chris Sells 's most recent article onto the C# home page today, which meant we needed a 'feature' graphic... luckily we have another Chris on staff who handles our graphic needs (Chris Mowrer) and he whipped something up. Check it out at http...
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    Keynote Fun

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    Well, those demos have certainly floored me... but I must say I'm torn. As a Microsoft guy, I'm pretty pumped about all of the new stuff... but as a developer, I have to admit a feeling of sadness seeing all of this cool code (mostly the Avalon and WinFS...
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    Pretty cool MSDN TV Topic up..

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    From: Erica Wiechers Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 6:05 PM Subject: New MSDN TV: Validating Business Rules with XPath Assertions, Pt. 1 After a break, while we updated our media publishing system, MSDN TV is back! This episode is Pt. 1 of Aaron Skonnard...
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    URLScan and the VB Resource Kit

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    I haven't tried this out myself, but Mark Hurd posted a useful comment to my VB Resource Kit post... re: Visual Basic Resource Kit Download Available 10/3/2003 6:45 PM Mark Hurd Downloaded and installed the RK on a machine with enough free disk...
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    Still in Seattle, but hopeful...

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    I'm still at SeaTac, but I've given up on my flight to LA (which could turn out to be a mistake, but at this point... it isn't a big risk) and I have a seat on a flight to another city in California (Palm Springs)... then it is time to rent a vehicle...
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