• Tim Sneath

    Hands On With Longhorn

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    For me, the most valuable take-away from the PDC wasn't the free bag (it's starting to come to bits), the mound of advertising inside it (thrown away before I arrived at the airport), or even the geeky gadgets and toys (there's only so many pen/torch...
  • Tim Sneath

    Happy New Year 2004!

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    And so another year begins. The first week of January is of course the traditional time for all kinds of rogue commentators to produce a list of predictions for the coming twelve months, and this year has been no exception . For developers using the...
  • Tim Sneath

    Yukon Engine: CLR Integration III

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    The story so far: Part I: Overview of CLR Integration Part II: Creating and Hosting Managed Code in Yukon At the end of the last instalment, we'd created a simple user-defined function in C# and used the CREATE ASSEMBLY and CREATE...
  • Tim Sneath

    Yukon Engine: CLR Integration II

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    In the last instalment , we discussed the support in Yukon for writing stored procedures, user-defined functions and triggers using managed code. At this point, you might be wondering whether these new capabilities are the death knell for writing...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Exception Back Stop

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    One of my Paris-based colleagues, Nigel Watling, regularly posts insightful nuggets of information to an internal distribution list he's responsible for. I suggested he start a blog back at TechEd last year, since he's got enough material to make it...
  • Tim Sneath

    Epiphany in Advent

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    I've had something of an epiphany about Windows Management Instrumentation today. I always used to think that WMI was one of those dreary but worthy things that only systems administrators used to be interested in. A big improvement on SNMP for remotely...
  • Tim Sneath

    Yukon Engine: CLR Integration I

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    I thought it might be of interest to some to put a few notes up from the talk I gave on Yukon development last week. If nothing else, it's helpful to me to have as a reminder for the next time I give this talk! I'll split this into several parts for...
  • Tim Sneath

    Write Console Apps with .NET

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    I've been really amused by how excited people are by the enhanced console support in Whidbey. At our developer conference, there was a smattering of applause when Kieran demonstrated a text-mode version of Space Invaders written entirely in managed...
  • Tim Sneath

    Yukon Engine: Slides and Demos

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    Following on from Friday's talk on Yukon CLR integration and other engine enhancements, the following resources are available: Slides (limited notes included) Demos  (require Whidbey and Yukon PDC builds) Happy to receive feedback...
  • Tim Sneath

    Reflections on the UK Developer Briefing

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    Last week was a quiet week on the blogging front, mainly because there was so much going on elsewhere. In particular, our team held our semi-annual UK developer briefing on Friday, which was the culmination of many weeks' effort. We had over 500 people...
  • Tim Sneath

    Taking a Look at the Bigger Picture

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    Anyone remember TerraServer? About five years ago, it was one of our higher profile demonstration sites - over 1TB of satellite imagery data crammed into a single SQL Server database. That doesn't sound nearly as impressive today when I've got a single...
  • Tim Sneath

    XAML Patch for Visual Studio "Whidbey"

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    A patch has been made available for the Longhorn SDK and Visual Studio "Whidbey" releases distributed at the PDC; it fixes a number of issues with editing XAML files. They warned about some of these problems at the PDC: many times you'd create something...
  • Tim Sneath

    Limiting Callers to a .NET Assembly

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    I've been asked the same question several times over the last couple of months, which suggests that possibly the answer isn't as well known as I presumed. Since I have to remind myself of the specifics of the answer each time, I figured I'd post both...
  • Tim Sneath

    Best Practices Analyzer for SQL Server

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    This tool slipped out of Redmond with little fanfare, but it looks quite promising. It does for SQL Server databases roughly what FxCop does for .NET Framework applications: specifically, it scans through the database schemas and associated SQL code...
  • Tim Sneath

    .NET User Groups in the UK

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    <PublicServiceAnnouncement> It's been quite exciting over the last twelve months to see a number of new .NET user groups spring up in the UK. I've got a high regard for user groups in general - they often provide support (of both social and...
  • Tim Sneath

    Experimenting with Yukon Analysis Services

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    Following on from the last blog entry , when I wrote about creating an Analysis Services cube to work with blog logs, I've been experimenting with doing the same things with Yukon. I hit a few road bumps along the way, which helped me understand some...
  • Tim Sneath

    Using DTS and Analysis Services to Analyse Blog Logs

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    Following on from the entry I wrote about analysing blog logs , one or two people have asked me how I set everything up to do this. It's a really good use of Analysis Services, actually, and offers a good example of how Microsoft's business intelligence...
  • Tim Sneath

    PDC Sessions Now Available Online

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    In case you've not seen them, the PDC sessions are now available online .
  • Tim Sneath

    ASP.NET Session State: Architectural and Performance Considerations

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    I recently came across a great post on one of the internal forums describing the strengths and weaknesses of different ASP.NET session state strategies. Its author, J.D. Meier, has graciously given me permission to use it as the basis of a blog entry...
  • Tim Sneath

    Process Explorer 8.10

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    [Apologies for the lack of updates: we've been upgrading the GotDotNet blog server hardware. Normal service should now be resumed, with more stability and performance hopefully.] I wanted to draw attention to the new release of Process Explorer...
  • Tim Sneath

    Hear Benjamin Mitchell on WSE and Indigo

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    Short notice, I know, but I've just found out that Benjamin Mitchell is delivering an evening of presentations on WSE and Indigo tomorrow evening at the Microsoft UK campus  in Reading. Benjamin is very knowledgeable on this topic, as his recent...
  • Tim Sneath

    How Far Can You Go With XAML?

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    After fiddling around with XAML a little bit yesterday, an embryonic idea was floating around in my head about why this was tied directly to Avalon. In other words, if XAML is an XML syntax for constructing Avalon objects and properties and wiring...
  • Tim Sneath

    UK Developer Briefing

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    If you're based in the UK and couldn't get to the PDC, you might be interested in the next best thing - a one day briefing that highlights the Microsoft developer technology roadmap. A number of us have been putting together a comprehensive day...
  • Tim Sneath

    Five Silly Mistakes To Make When Installing Longhorn

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    As anyone who got the Longhorn developer bits at the PDC should have had well drilled into them - this is a developer preview release. This is the earliest in the product cycle we've ever given out bits without requiring stringent NDAs, to the best...
  • Tim Sneath

    SECSYM: Security Symposium VI

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    Five tools for helping counter security threats: Threat Modelling Tool . This is a documentation tool to help explore threat models within a product. At present it is internal only - it was used for the SQL Server security push. It will be available...
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