Santomania

Addy Santo's occasional braindumps

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    Never trust GetEntryAssembly

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    One quick tip- I was using Assembly.GetEntryAssembly().FullName in my logging infrastructure to get the name of the application assembly. It turns out that the call throws an exception when called in any appdomain other than the default - GetEntyAssembly...
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    EIF - continued

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    Given the interest in my previous EIF post, I will definitely be posting an article and a code library. The bad news is that the ETA is roughly two weeks - I have a bad case of  “Real Work ©“ to get through first :)
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    Getting EIF to work on Win98 / NT4

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    I recently added a much needed instrumentation layer to a client's winforms app.  After checking out various logging frameworks, we decided to go with the MS “Enterprise Instrumentation Framework” (EIF) for several reasons- it is extremely easy to integrate...
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    Is it Just Me, Or Is Our Mainframe Missing?

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    This isn't your typical mom-n-pop shop security hole.... The Australian Customs had two of their mainframes literally wheeled out of the building :) Ouch... This is a bit OT, but the title (from /. ) was just too tempting :)  More details here .
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    New Jersey Microsoft Developer's Group meeting tomorrow

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    If you are in the NY/NJ community you might want to come to the NJ DevGroup meeting tomorrow.  I will be giving a KISS overview of Code Access Security in .NET, wish me luck ;) More info at http://www.njmsdev.org/
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    Yahoo now has RSS feeds !

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    Yahoo news now had RSS support.... http://news.yahoo.com/rss
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    MSDN Magazine . CHM

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    Hey, not only is MSDN Magazine available online, but it is even available online as a compiled CHM help file! Cool! Check out the June , July and August editions.... <update 8/2004: These links are no longer active and have been removed>
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    Strong-arm tactics from MS regarding IMs ?

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    “ Microsoft is forcing people to upgrade to newer versions of its instant messenger application and is shutting its doors to third-party IM products such as Trillian“   (via Royo ) At first glance, this seems like another one of Microsoft's underhanded...
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    Junior to mid-level developers - GO READ "CAREER CALCULUS" NOW!

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    I usually try not to be the 88th person to link to the same article, but this one is definitely worth it. A real gem.  Every single word.   And despite the fact that most of you don't know who the hell I am or what I do, just let me tell you that I got...
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    Exception Management Application Block - why oh why?

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    Some are some things which I hate about the Exception Management Application Block. This was one of the first app blocks and it shows: 1. The default debug information which the ExceptionManager gathers is HARDCODED in the ExceptionManager class. So...
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    30 billion crashes a year?

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    Dvorak estimates that there are 30 billion Windows system crashes a year . Wow.   My dev computer can't possibly account for more than 10% of that :)
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    It is 9 o'clock - do you know where your DCOM is?

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    Last night I started getting calls last night from friends whose computers were infected by the Blaster worm.  It ain't fun!  If you haven't patched your OS yet, now is a good time...  By late evening yesterday a friend's NT4 box was being probed (port...
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    Debugging tip of the day

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    I thought everyone was familiar with this but it turns out that quite a few developers are living without it: In VS, under the Debug -> Exceptions menu (Ctrl-Alt-E) you can choose at a per-namespace level how to handle exceptions during debugging...
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    Just another example of why .NET is kicking Java's ass

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    There is a great  recipe for Chocolate chip cookies up on Slashdot which includes plane tickets to Ecuador, alien technology and drug smugglers.  It is only marginally less convoluted than the average Java project lifecycle, so the *x techies on Slashdot...
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    What I have(n't) been doing lately...

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    “May you live in interesting times” they say :)  1 week away from the last milestone of a .NET (winforms) project which will ultimately be rolled out to over 100K desktops. We have nailed every single milestone so far but this last one is gonna be...
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    NUnit 2.1 Beta 1 Released

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    NUnit 2.1 Beta 1 Released From the project page: "At long last, NUnit 2.1 is released in its initial Beta version. Highlights of this release include support for the .NET framework 1.1, the ability to run test suites across multiple assemblies,...
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    Another item for the VB.NET wishlist

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    To whoever is still counting: VB.NET doesn't default to separate DEBUG / RELEASE directories?  C# does, but in VB.NET both build modes are built to the BIN directory by default.   Try as I may, I still can't come up with a reasonable explanation why...
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    Blogs = $$ ?

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    A quick peek into a possible blogging business model is up at http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.05/start.html?pg=3  from the guy who created MoreOver.com (remember him?).  He also has some great quotes such as  "Weblogs are the most meritocratic...
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    Can someone clear up the uncertainly regarding CG and the Large Object Heap?

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    The CLR's GC implementation has "troubles" with large objects. These do not get collected as part of the managed generations and that can cause all sorts of unpleasantness such as memory fragmentation or worse.  My app might be impacted by this since...
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    Who really needs the PDC?

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    [Royo] feels left out because he can't make it to PDC. Well I won't be there either, and I'm really not upset about it at all. Dude, the PDC isn't targeted at you.  You should feel bummed out only if you miss TechED. THAT is the premiere event for...
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    TransparentProxy article - excellent! Now if only I had a clue what he was talking about ;)

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    Just kidding... I  almost made it through the whole article, but my brain bluescreened somewhere around this part:   You might imagine that we could virtualize the byref the way we virtualize the implicit property access.   In other words, we could...
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    Total Geek am I

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    30.76923% - Total Geek http://www.innergeek.us/geek.html Although no geek test should be considered complete without the following questions: 1a. Do you read blogs daily?  1b. Hourly? 1a. Do you post daily? 1c. Hourly? 2a. Have you ever presented...
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    De-Scoble-ized

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    Yep, I'm taking Scoble  out of my OPML. It isn't that he talks to much- just that he says too little.  Having an aggregator sort of makes him redundant since 50% of his posts are "[X] says [Y]" and I am usually subscribed to [X] anyway. I'll make sure...
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    Code Generation

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    It seems that everyone agrees that code generation is a potentially usefull tool for certain scenarios. The only problem is that there is no consensus regarding what those scenarios are...  personally I would be interested in hearing some opinions on...
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    Quick & Simple optimization tips

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    Some quick'n'dirty optimization tips: 1.  Be aware that your app will typically spend 95% of it's time in 5% of the code.  Invest time on optimizing only where it will really matter. 2. Also be aware that the actual 5% of the code which is taking...
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