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Digipede Webinar, November 1
Dan Ciruli and Nathan Trueblood will be running a webinar on the DN, showing how to speed up applications. They do a great job of giving an overview of its power and functionality. The focus of this webinar will be financial applications. Sign up to find out how our product can help you do more. Faster. Go here for details on what will be covered and to sign up. It is scheduled for 10AM Pacific and will be about 30 minutes ......

Posted On Friday, October 28, 2005 10:55 AM

2.0 Port Update: Finished (for now)
Now that I am finished with the port to VS2005 / .NET 2.0, I wanted to point out a few final issues I came across. Note that we use the Preemptive Dotfuscator v3.0 here, but the obfuscation issues likely apply to other obfuscators as well: New files in ASP.NET 2.0 As the compilation model for ASP.NET has changed a great deal, there are also some new files that you must deploy. Of course, this is not an issue if you use VS2005 to deploy directory to a web site, but if you are packaging up all of your ......

Posted On Friday, October 28, 2005 5:01 AM

Renaming ASP.NET 2.0 Assemblies Redux
I have posted a bit on merging ASP.NET 2.0 (without aspnet_merge) and also on renaming ASP.NET 2.0 auto-named assemblies. My first solution on renaming was incomplete in that it would only work when there were no dependencies between the renamed assemblies. This solution is correct and produces assemblies that properly get through Dotfuscator 3.0 / and actually run! All of the code below are either nant targets or nant tasks. These should be generally applicable (with the right properties assigned). ......

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:48 AM

VS2005 RTM Available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads

After much speculation by many (on whether or not it would be before the 7th), it is available.

This is good news for those of us exhibiting at the VS launch -- we will be able to show off the Digipede Network from the final Visual Studio.

Posted On Thursday, October 27, 2005 8:02 AM

Dave Winer's Geek Dinner for Scoble
You can find this post, and more, on my new blog here. Last night, Dan and I went to the geek dinner Dave Winer hosted for Robert Scoble. While I've been to many parties and dinners full of geeks, this was my first "geek dinner." There was an interesting mix of people: entrepreneurs from Web 2.0 startups, various software developers, many bloggers, and other assorted geeks. The highlight of the evening for me was the discussion that started just before the restaurant closed. We adjourned to the parking ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 6:49 AM

Renaming ASP.NET Assemblies (Correction)
I found an error in my ASP.NET 2.0 assembly-renaming script (see Renaming ASP.NET Assemblies). The regular expression isn't matching all assembly names that might be generated by the compiler. This expression does the trick: (?'assembly'App_Web.+\s*)\042 Simply replacing the pattern in the nant regex task solves the problem ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 11:45 AM

Dan is off to Code Camp

Dan is off to Code Camp in Seattle this weekend.  He'll be talking on Sunday @ 3 about grid-object oriented programming (what he calls GOOP).  He'll be talking about that and showing the Digipede Network at the same time.

If you are going to be there drop by and see him.

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 4:54 PM

VS2005 Ships!

Where, I don't know.  It isn't yet on MSDN.  Robert Scoble said that it (and SQL Server 2005 + BizTalk 2006) are done in Three VPs on Channel 9.  Tonight is the shipping party.

Congratulations to all of the teams at Microsoft that have been working on this!

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 11:43 AM

Renaming ASP.NET Assemblies
I have removed this solution in favor of a new, more robust, solution.  You can find it on my new blog, here: Renaming ASP.NET 2.0 Assemblies Redux.

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 6:12 AM

Merging ASP.NET 2.0 without aspnet_merge
This post and more can be found on my active blog, here. Apparently Microsoft will be releasing a tool called aspnet_merge that will help resolve some of the shortcomings in the deployment options when precompiling ASP.NET 2.0 projects. This is supposed to be available on November 7th, but I don't feel like I want to wait. Thanks to the DotNetNuke guys for working with Microsoft on this. I'm really surprised that it got to be so late in Microsoft's development cycle before they figured out this was ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:54 PM

2.0 Port Update 3: On to Release Engineering
I probably have not been clear in my previous posts about the overall methodology I'm following in our port to VS2005. I have split my porting process into several different steps to isolate the effort into manageable slices. These include: Porting the projects into VS2005 for ongoing development. While doing this, I have insured that everything still builds with VS2003 while my team makes the transition to the new IDE. I am avoiding the temptation to fix the thousands of warnings related to deprecated ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 8:16 AM

2.0 Port Update 2: Mixed Progress
After spending most of the day yesterday writing specifications for version 1.2 of the Digipede Network, I spent the afternoon continuing to migrate our projects over to VS2005. This went a little slower than expected, as I fell into a trap regarding upgrading ASP.NET projects. The Gotcha ASP.NET 2.0 projects are organized somewhat differently from their predecessors. One major change is that the project file is gone. This makes sense considering there has been much effort to make the Web site synonymous ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 4:11 AM

Skipping Version 1.1
Our main push right now (aside from getting our Professional version out the door) is to finalize the specs for the next release of the Digipede Network: version 1.2. There will be a few API improvements, many performance enhancements, native support for .NET 2.0, and more. You might ask, what happened to version 1.1? Version 1.0 of the Digipede Network is built on .NET 1.1. The next version will be built natively on .NET 2.0. Naturally, this version would have been version 1.1, but we felt this ......

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2005 3:58 AM

VS 2005 Countdown
Update: I think that Channel 9 is jumping the gun. I hear now that the RTM date is as of yet unknown. 2 more days to the RTM: Channel 9 says the RTM will be available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads this Friday (October 14th). And 26 more days to the launch: We'll be at the November 7th launch in San Francisco to show off our product with VS2005 and .NET 2.0! This product launch has been eagerly awaiting by a very large group of people. We're excited too. Drop by our booth at the SF launch and see us ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 1:33 PM

2.0 Port Update 1
I have completed my first litmus test for my planned approach for our .NET 2.0 port: that it is possible for a .NET 1.1 WSE 2.0 Web services client to interact with a ASP.NET 2.0 WSE 2.0 Web service. I am happy to report that this has worked with no trouble; however, there is a gotcha here for those intending to support VS2003’s “Add Web Reference” feature: By default, ASP.NET 2.0 generates WSDL based on the SOAP 1.2 specification. VS2003 can only interpret the WSDL based on the ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:16 AM

Distributed / Grid / Controls?
Dan's post (Grids? Clusters? Distributed Computing?) explains why we refer to the Digipede Network as “Grid Computing for Windows“. Several speakers at the recent Microsoft eScience Workshop defined Grid as well and many others steered away from the term altogether. As Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman are generally credited with the definition of this term (from his book), there are many people who think of Grid as being exactly Globus. To these people, Grid means large, complex, multi-organizational, ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 5:52 AM

Journey to .NET 2.0
After some discussion about the timing of a move to .NET 2.0/VS2005, we have decided to take the plunge and natively build for .NET 2.0 for (a currently planned) release in November. The main reason we have delayed in this decision is that we need to continue supporting current and prospective customers who, for various reasons, are not ready to move from .NET 1.1. There are a couple of things about our product that make this a bit more complicated than simply upgrading all of our VS2003 projects.: ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 1:44 PM

eScience / Savas Parastaditis
Savas Parastaditis gave a talk on his White Dwarfs application and the WS-GAF work he did while at University of Newcastle. He had the worst timeslot of anyone in the workshop: It was after dinner and we were all getting pretty tired. The workshop had started over 12 hours before (and aside from a few breaks) was packed with content. Anyway, Savas did a good job with his talk. The White Dwarfs application is an interesting application that brought together existing data to help astronomers search ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 4:46 AM

eScience / Marvin Theimer
I am getting behind in my blogging: I missed the second day of the eScience event, took most of Friday off and went camping with my family. What a beautiful weekend! Here is the start of my (short) wrap-up to the event. Marvin Theimer, architect for the new offering (I believe it is now called Compute Cluster Server) from the Microsoft HPC group, stood in for Kryil Faenov to talk about Microsoft’s view of the changes coming in the HPC industry. For version 1.0, they seem to be more and more ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 4:44 AM

eScience / Patrick Hogan
Patrick Hogan showed off the work his group is doing at NASA: World Wind. Think Virtual Earth and Google Earth packaged in a slick smart client layered with scientific data fetched from data warehouses from around the world. Check it out here: http://worldwind.arc.nasa.g... He really wowed the audience with: Multiple satellite views USGS topographic maps Place information (the kind of stuff you see on a political map) Elevations in relief Seismic / weather data And more, all in a zoomable ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 2:31 PM

eScience / Dan Werthimer
Dan Werthimer talked a bit about SETI@Home and BOINC. This is a very well-known project run from my alma-mater. He talked about several ways over time that people have tried (or suggested trying) to tell extra-terrestrial life that we are here. None of these were funded. He makes the point that there was no funding until Voyager, which he called "Porno in space". If you don't get this, look for the plaque on the side of Voyager (or recall V'ger). His whole talk was pretty amusing. A mix of SETI science ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 11:17 AM

eScience / David Lifka
David Lifka leads the Cornell Theory Center (i.e., the CTC). If you are (still) questioning the viability of Windows for cluster computing, you should check out the work they have done. They offer a free workshop – I went last year. Interesting content plus you get to check out their visualization cave! He spoke about what they do there and more of the story: Windows, IIS, SQL Server, Web services, Visual Studio, . . . All together this makes an excellent platform for computing. David brought ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:34 AM

eScience / Marty Humphrey
Marty Humphrey directs the group that builds WSRF.NET. WSRF.NET is both an alternative to the Globus reference implementation (built on Java / Tomcat, . . .) and a toolkit for developing WSRF-compatible Web services using ASP.NET. See this paper for a good overview of WSRF/WSRF.NET (note that isn't the purpose of this paper, but it does it just the same). The grid-standards community owe these UV guys a big thanks for taking the standards and building an alternate implementation – further validating ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:11 AM

Acquisition Criteria
Robert Scoble posted some things he would consider when evaluating an acquiring company. I read his post with interest as in the past I was actively involved in the sale of a company I cofounded. He asks if anyone else has any good advice for entrepreneurs considering a sale. Here’s mine – I’m sure this isn’t complete, but it is a start: The deal makes financial sense to all of the existing owners (not just to the entrepreneur). Sometimes deals are put together that are attractive ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 6:58 AM

eScience / Jim Gray
Here at the Microsoft eScience event – my special thanks to the organizers. Apparently I wasn't registered! No problem – they will get me a badge during the break. Jim Gray kicked off the event with a historical view of science – that we have now gone into the era of data analysis. This is clearly the case in many different scientific domains: the sheer amount of measurements being taken, collected, and stored is phenomenal. Analyzing this data. He described how on a 15-20M astronomy ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 6:27 AM

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