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No Fun Intended Shoo! You are debugging the crap outta me! May 2005 Entries
A Truly Useful Error Message
I bought Plan Plus for Outlook about a year ago and installed it on a new desktop with Win2k3 and Office 2k3. During the installation, I got this error message:

What else can one ask for? With an error message like that, it leaves little doubt what the outcome will be. I decided not to finish the installation. ;-)

Posted On Tuesday, May 31, 2005 9:17 AM

Star Wars Episode III (no spoilers)
Am I the only one that thinks the plot line of the movie just crap? I know everything had to be tied together for for what we know to be in Episode IV but EVERYTHING in the movie seemed forced. Is that the own reason Anakin turned to the Dark Side? Come on. What a bunch of crap. And when it happened, he went so easily. Almost no hesitation at all. Well, I guess there was the power he would gain also. Oh well, all in all, a big disappointment to me. I was born a little too late to be a fanatic but ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 31, 2005 8:20 AM

A Very Good VSTS Interview with Rick LaPlante
The article is LaPlante makes two extremely good points in the article. First, Microsoft IS NOT new to Team Development, even if it has only been internal. I can't imagine a more difficult project to manage than Office or Windows. Second, that modeling will become commonplace for all developers. Has anyone else noticed that before .NET, Microsoft spent a lot of time holding the hands of about half the developers. They are not cutting those ......

Posted On Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:55 AM

It was bound to happen: MSIL to Java ByteCode
Well, it shouldn't be a suprise. I know this has been going around for a couple of days now but where is the tool that does the opposite? ByteCode to MSIL? Now that would be useful.

Posted On Thursday, May 26, 2005 9:35 AM

Via eWeek: .NET Framework 2.0 breaks apps,1759,1820225,00.asp

Posted On Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:26 PM

MSF Agile
I have been reading a lot here lately about MSF Agile so I decided to start digesting it for future use. It sure has it's skeptics. See here, here, and here. Well, I think that the MSF Agile team and Randy Miller are more than capable of defending their decisions in the process but there is some really good stuff in here. What I like is: The role model is very well defined and gives clear work products and responsibilities for each. There is even a section for very small teams that need to combine ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:33 AM

The Growth of the Corporate Software Developer
My good friend and fellow NTeam-er Scott C. Reynolds, who may be the funniest programmer alive, wrote a series of posts last month about the Growth of the Corporate Software Developer. The main vein of the article hits pretty close to home since I do not have a CS degree either. The posts are insightful and reveal some of Scott's personal experiences. I hope he continues the series. The arrogance and 'back down to earth“ points are also familiar. Prologue Part I - What is a “Corporate ......

Posted On Saturday, May 21, 2005 10:33 AM

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Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 9:52 PM

Threat Modeling for Web Applications
This has probably all ready been rehashed through the blog-o-sphere but for this topic, another round can't hurt. I still think that if you are not aware of what threats are out there, you will be out in the cold.

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 8:33 AM

Next Generation Tools for Object-Oriented Development

I ran across this article this morning thanks to a co-worker. It should be interesting.

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 8:26 AM

Patent Awarded for O/R Mapping Technology
In a ridiculous turn by the US Patent Office, via Frans Bouma and Yves Ryenhout, a patent has been awarded for a O/R Mapper. Just because you can doesn't mean you should and just because you think doesn't mean that you own ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 6:16 PM

Knoxville Geek Dinner #2
We are having a geek dinner on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at Bailey's Irish Pub on Kingston Pike at 6:00 PM. Contact John Gargis or myself if you are interested in attending.

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 6:42 AM

Where is W.A.S 1.0?
As with our email addresses and more importantly, when we change email addresses, those email addresses are dead and then spring back up after a while being used by someone else. What about weblogs? Where is the W.eblog A.rchival S.ystem 1.0? I searched and couldn't find anything available archiving active weblogs. Surely, Microsoft will start removing dead blog feeds at some point form the MSDN and ASP.NET weblog sites. The turnover is indeed great for private individuals who are hosting their own ......

Posted On Sunday, May 15, 2005 8:06 PM

John Wiley and Sons to purchase Sybex
Via James Avery, John Wiley and Sons are purchasing Sybex though Sybex's press release page says nothing of it.

Posted On Sunday, May 15, 2005 6:07 PM

Audible Syndicated
Finally, Audible gets RSS feeds.

Audible RSS Feeds

Posted On Friday, May 13, 2005 6:22 PM

MSDN Universal to include a limited version of Team System Foundation Server
Via Rick LaPlante, each role edition of Team System will include a limited version of Team System Foundation Server limited to five users.

Posted On Friday, May 13, 2005 6:53 AM

Wintellect Releases PowerCollections for .NET 2.0
Our good friends at Wintellect have released PowerCollections for .NET 2.0. Download it here.

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 9:12 AM

Microsoft meets the Architect - Matrix Style
Check it out, quite funny: The Architect

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 9:10 AM

Another FireFox Vulnerability
Disclaimer: I am an avid user of FireFox.I am kinda tired of updating FireFox twice a week. It is a great product but the arrogant idiots who claimed FireFox is secure are just that: idiots. Did you really think that Microsoft was the only software company in the world writing vulnerable applications? At least with IE, I don't get bugged every other day to fix a critical flaw.Alas, I digress. Here is the link detailing the vulnerability: here ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:15 AM

EntLib vs Build Your Own
The NTeam group is struggling with using EntLib vs. building our own framework. The EntLib is impossibly large and seems to take up 20-30mb of RAM but using it would save a massive amount of time. I have heard enough stories on why not to use it. Anyone have any success stories? Surely there are some people using it with great results. Drop me a line if you are. The blocks that we have ruled out are Data and Logging. We will definitely not be using these. We are using Codus for data and Log4NET for ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 10, 2005 8:42 AM

What do your workitems look like?
We are trying to cover all the bases for what we should include in workitems for NTeam. If you have a different process, please send them via email. We are mostly looking for activities that we haven't considered before. I have included an example below.Issue AssignmentAlert developerEstimate workCheck out filesCorrect problemEnforce coding standardsBuild solutionPerform unit testsCheck-inAdvance issue to the next state ......

Posted On Monday, May 2, 2005 2:07 PM

What NTeam will produce
It has been a long process determining what we have to build for the first release. It is also more complicated than I had originally thought. When I look at a segment, I use the following criteria when evaluating existing os projects:What product is most popularWhat product offers the most functionalityHow easy it will be to integrate the product into NTeamHow much work is involved in reproducing the productWhat license the product is bound to.As an example, take NCover using this criteria. NCover ......

Posted On Monday, May 2, 2005 8:36 AM

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