A couple of hours ago, my wife took of for a concert of Anastasia (sorry if I misspelled the name, I never heard of the group – my wife obviously thinks I should have). This is one of these great opportunities to something wild on a Friday night…

So I started playing with my XBeam but soon my arm started to hurt, I’ll play again tomorrow. Then I decided to start development of a website about one of personal interests. On my personal machine, I’m installing IIS, VS2003 and the ASP.Net portal starter kit.

I decided to only install C# this time because I know that whenever I have the choice, I choose Visual Basic. So to make sure I practice enough in the other language I’m not even installing VB at the moment.  Now I don’t just have physical pain (my arm) but emotional pain as well.  I know, it’s crazy to get attached to something like a programming language.

I knew from earlier this week but was reminded again at http://www.asp.net - where you can download the starter kits from -  that there is an ASP.Net vulnerability that needs to addressed (http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/aspnet.mspx). So I wondered, why shouldn’t we apply that fix to the starter kits? One of the cool things about working for Microsoft is that you can actually directly bug people in the product teams. So whenever you feel really smart you just shoot off a mail to somebody in a product team. And most of the time I do that, I regret it afterwards. The ASP.Net bug really is an ASP.Net platform bug. It should therefore also be fixed in the ASP.Net platform. Yes you can fix the problem in your ASP.Net applications today (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=887459) but its way better if you just fix ASP.Net for your entire web server in one go (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=DA77B852-DFA0-4631-AAF9-8BCC6C743026&displaylang=en).

I see now that my suggestion to fix the Starter Kits was a bit narrow-minded. My home machine is a dev machine now. I installed the fix, and I’m ready to go. I haven’t done anything really exciting yet but the future looks bright.