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ASP.NET 2 Rocks My World!
PDC. Attended Scott Guthrie's talk on ASP.NET 2 today. Seemed to be about 1,000 people in attendance and a whole lot of applause. When Whidbey finally ships, I'm sure that our application will drop to about 1/10th the amount of code. Seriously. The ASP.NET group seems to be a group that takes its users very seriously. Every feature that they've included in the framework - master pages, authentication, roles, themes, database caching - EVERYTHING will immediately benefit our product. I look forward to rebuilding our app, and only wish they could have been there a year ago. It's going to drive me nuts to wait for final. Oh well, at least I have the bits. Nyah.
17:54:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: The World of Squee
My first post of the PDC...
This is my first post at the PDC – not my fault. The communication network provided at the LA Convention Center didn’t work until late this afternoon. Nothing – zippo. I was grumpy. Soo much to say, especially after today’s Key Note. The Key Note was great. After giggling to myself at how 7000 people jammed through the doors – running to the front just to get a seat in front of Bill Gates – I grabbed my seat and began to take notes with MindManager 2002. I decided not to use One Note, because I’ve never done anything really productive with Mind Manager and it seems really cool. Turns out, it’s REALLY cool and it did a great job organizing notes and my thoughts. Thinking I might post the file at the end of the session (by the way, Mind Manager is tablet aware). Bill kicked it all off, laying down the foundation for the rest of the conference. Nice job Bill. After Bill, Jim Allchin took over. Jim is a great presenter. Don Box and Chris Anderson (… Mr. Anderson) showed off their ...
17:42:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Joel From Canada
PDC Day 1
After being on vacation for a month, I figured that it was high time to blog again. And what better place to start than here at the PDC? I had a surprisingly easy time getting here. My flight was only about 20 minutes late; no cancelled flights, rerouting, or driving in from another state for me. I’ll presume that my good fortune cost me a large withdrawal from the travel karma bank, and I’ll be seated next to someone smelly and talkative on my flight home. Hillel’s WinFS demo was really thought provoking. Wouldn’t it be fun to have your own dev center – sorting, filtering, viewing content from MS and elsewhere, exactly how *you* want to see it? One of the things that we struggle with is trying to pick the sweet spot – the UI and view that’ll work for everyone. While it’ll still be important to pick a good default, the ability to customize with such flexibility will be a powerful thing. I want Longhorn NOW! When I worked on DHTML, I loved how quick and easy it was to get something ...
17:39:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Sara Williams' blog
PDC 2003 kickoff with Bill Gates
Bill Gates kicked off the PDC 2003 with a visionary look at the future and how computing will evolve in the next 2 to 3 years. In a surprise annoucement, for me at least, he also annouced WinFX which he described as a new application programming model for Windows that is the evolution of its .NET programming framework. In fact, with the PDC bits we received today we also received a WinFX framework chart detailing the new namespaces in the Avalon, Indigo, WinFS, Yukon and mobile arenas. I've uploaded some photos of the PDC session so please take a look in my PDC 2003 gallery. In there I've also included a photo of the next release of Windows codenamed “Longhorn”.
17:35:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Blog on the run...
PDC Day 1 Thoughts
Well, been through the first day so thought I should blog some observations ...
17:34:18 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Developer Experience - Experiencing Development
Black-hole sun
17:30:55 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: [ ON THE ROAD ]
Black-hole sun
17:30:55 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: [ ON THE ROAD ]
Sneeking in on the PDC
Well, then I made it to the PDC after all, as I am using their free connection now (LA prices for netusage are insane so it's actually a treat). Just met norwegian Morten Abrahamsen and Clemens Vasters in the lobby and I hope to meet more familiar people in my roaming. Have no ticket but it's still fun to have been here, plus free sodas;)
17:18:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: #region /* mads's thoughts */
Excitment Builds
Julia Lerman posts her own notes from the PDC Keynote today (watch out, they are a big download). Reading through them, you can just feel the excitment that customers are feeling!
17:16:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
Excitment Builds
Julia Lerman posts her own notes from the PDC Keynote today (watch out, they are a big download). Reading through them, you can just feel the excitment that customers are feeling!
17:16:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
What a Day
So I got up this morning, practiced the violin a bit, checked the mail, etc. A pretty usual morning for...
17:12:09 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Sweater Project
MLB Postseason wrap-up
My record for the postseason is 16 wins and 18 losses, for a total loss of $1.50. I also picked Yankees for the World Series. Combining that with the regular picks makes the total 16-19, -$2.50. This amounts to a loss of 7.2 cents per pick....
17:08:08 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Gamblitorial
Everything's Perfectly Clear. As Mud.
We are going to be dead for a very long time. So, the best we can do is to try to live as well as possible. Blah, blah, blah... And I wish it was as easy to do, as it...
16:57:43 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: proverb
Announcing Fray Cafe in the UK!
It's my pleasure to announce our first storytelling event in the UK! Fray Cafe will come to Cardiff in conjunction with the International Digital Storytelling Conference. Do you live nearby? If you'd like to participate in Fray Day Cardiff as a volunteer...
16:56:11 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Fray: Events
SVG and Avalon
DonXML has some good points about SVG and Avalon. These are the waves of the future. Good read.
16:49:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
SVG and Avalon
DonXML has some good points about SVG and Avalon. These are the waves of the future. Good read.
16:49:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
eBay/Paypal
Just a little sidenote, since I don't know if I mentioned it anywhere yet - Paypal can finally transfer money from a Canadian bank account into my Paypal account. And it can apparently do instant payments, so I could use Paypal to pay for things directly from my bank account. I haven't tried it out yet, but that's pretty damn cool. No 7-8 day wait for the funds to get to Paypal! But, I'm also planning to start saving money. I've mostly just been spending what was leftover from my paycheque. But I don't really need much more in the way of computer parts, now that I have my new laptop. Other than maybe a new hard drive or three. But yeah, tydel (I still usually don't use real names when referring to people, for some reason) reminded me about ING Direct the other day, so I signed up for an account. 2.5% interest is a hell of a lot better than 0.05%, or whatever crap that Royal Bank gives you. And their GICs give a much higher interest rate too - starting at 2.85% for one year, as ...
16:43:56 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: chris.gushue.net
Schill ist weg - Bambule is Back!
Die Entlassung Schills brachte die Regierung in Hamburg kurz in Wanken - sie stürzte jedoch nicht und hat sich wieder festen Boden unter die Füsse geholt. Die Schadenfreude über den Rauswurf Schills wurde schnell von der Erkenntnis abgelöst, dass auch ohne ihn der Senat an seiner "Law & Order"-Politik festhält und keine sozialen Verbesserungen für die Stadt zu erwarten sind. Während für die innere Sicherheit mehr Geld da ist müssen alle sozialen Bereiche Einschnitte hinnehmen. Lehrer wehre sich gegen das neue Arbeitszeitmodell, der Fixstern soll geschlossen werden, Bambule hat noch immer keinen neuen Platz, die Polizei wird blau, Kindergartenplätze fehlen und die Kultur geht am Stock. Ob vorgezogene Neuwahlen die Senatspolitik ändern würden ist zu bezweifeln. Am 27. September hat sich die Bambule mit einer Platzbesetzung und der Forderung nach einem neuen Platz nach einer langen Sommerpause zurück gemeldet. Aktuelles: 04.11.: 500 bei kurzer Demo anläßlich des 1. Jahrestages der ...
16:39:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: de.indymedia.org Features
A Sense Of Community
I just want to say that there is a real sense of community among the bloggers at the PDC. It is somewhere between a community and a family. I've talked with so many bloggers and readers of blogs, and feel like these are people I graduated high school with, and haven't seen for 10 years. There are great conversations going on, and because we know where a lot of us are coming from, the ramp up time to a productive conversation is seconds instead of hours. A lot of us are suffering from info overload, not due to the sessions, but from the discussions between the sessions. If you are missing out on this, or are really digging it at the PDC, I'd highly recommend hitting the next Sells-a-thon (aka XMLDevCon). DonXML
16:38:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: DonXML Blog
Longhorn Roundup
Here is a quick roundup of the Longhorn news that I’ve seen whizz past my aggregator this evening: Longhorn aggregation Feedster PDC Buzz MSDN Longhorn Dev Center RSS for Longhorn Dev Center Clemens Vasters PDC: Best keynote … ever PDC: Rebooting the blog after the keynote: Indigo in a nutshell: “Indigo is the successor technology and the consolidation of DCOM, COM+, Enterprise [...]
16:36:02 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Matt Croydon::Postneo 2.0
Longhorn Roundup
Here is a quick roundup of the Longhorn news that I've seen whizz past my aggregator this evening: Longhorn aggregation Feedster PDC Buzz MSDN Longhorn Dev Center RSS for Longhorn Dev Center Clemens Vasters PDC: Best keynote ... ever PDC: Rebooting the blog after the keynote: Indigo in a nutshell: "Indigo is the successor technology and the consolidation of DCOM, COM+, Enterprise Services, Remoting, ASP.NET Web Services (ASMX), WSE, and the Microsoft Message Queue. It provides services for building distributed systems all the way from simplistic cross-appdomain message passing and ORPC to cross-platform, cross-organization, vastly distributed, service-oriented architectures providing reliable, secure, transactional, scalable and fast, online or offline, synchronous and asynchronous XML messaging." Wow. Jeremy Allaire Avalon and XAML, Royale, Laszlo and MXML. Another wow. Scott Hanselman was burning up his blackberry covering the keynotes Bill Gates part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, ...
16:36:02 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Matt Croydon::Postneo 2.0
Autumn is Like a Jazz Funeral
The following is something I wrote last year and decided to post this week because it's finally feeling like Fall around here. So, please excuse the references that are slightly over a year old. Autumn arrived today. Bring out your...
16:33:35 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Ocean of Words
Alrighty Then ....
It appears I may have been mentioned, in a very off-hand manner, on NPR this evening. I didn't listen to it, but Matt phoned me and said they did a story about the William Rehnquist Bobble Head Doll, and whoever...
16:32:41 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Liquid Courage
A Day of Questions
Today I was very excited to wake up in LA knowing full well that I didn't need to depend on a form of transportation other than my own two feet to get me to the PDC. (I confess, I took the shuttle, but I could have walked). Arriving early at the site to register (Thanks to Scoble for the heads up on the early registration times) before any sort of rush. Without any lines I walked up and was rapidly provided with a bag full of goodies. Since there was no line, the nice lady that helped me decided she had some time to ask about my "I'm blogging this" t-shirt. "What&nbsp;does that mean?" She asked, "What is blogging". Hmmm.... what is blogging?? I know what it is. I have a blog, but what "is it"? I did my best to explain that it was&nbsp;an online journal that allowed me to&nbsp;make comments about subjects, in this case the event,&nbsp;that allowed anybody on the internet to view it. She heard the words, but I think I need to come up with a better definition. I quickly found myself ...
16:22:43 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Rob Zelt: .Net Ramblings...
Security in the enterprise
I was intending on attending the Managing Scalable .Net Solutions. Some how through the process of looking at the schedule on Blair's (I nice Canadian gentleman also attending PDC by himself) PDA. I ended up in some kind of presentation where I learned the existence of MSDNAA. Which is a MSDN subscription available for educational institutions. Sounds good, but that was all I learned. Coincidentally that was how long it took me to look up the correct BOF location. I heard a lot of talk around instrumentation and performance counters. Do you mean we should instrument our applications so we can do things like base line for performance checks as we move forward, and tell a story some day when the application just doesn't want to run or one of the servers in the farm seems to be behaving badly? I love this stuff. Then there was talk about security in the enterprise. One thing that jumped out at me was the comment that 70% of the hacks come from within. The external attacks on average ...
16:11:13 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: IdendityCrisis
PDC, Don re: Indigo
Still day 1 at PDC. Don Box did a talk this afternoon on overview of Indigo. GREAT TALK. Actually most of it wasn't about Indigo per se, as it was on the state of remote object technology, web services, etc. Hillarious “hands-on“ demo by Don towards a poor volunteer. Invading the guy's personal space from behind, then the front, showing that distributed object technology breaks when code on each side knows too much about each other. Excellent thoughts on how server code (i.e. services) must evolve over time (new versions, bug fixes, etc) and can not break existing clients while doing so. Indigo is all about web services: contracts and schemas. Data gets sent between end points, not classes/objects. Objects hold state AND code (functionality), and this is where it breaks.
16:07:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Volleynerd's PDC / TechEd Blog
PDC: SQLXML is here to stay
I hammered the SQLXML guys at the PDC today. I want to know whether SQLXML is regarded (rightly) as awesome progressive technology, or merely a step towards either ObjectSpaces or (worse) XML datatypes in Yukon. Some points: SQLXML is not deprecated. It has been ported to fully managed code for Whidbey timeframe. In terms of the internal implementation, it will not depend on FOR XML syntax in the future, but rather on multiple active resultsets and client-side post-processing. Seems ass-backwards to me - they need deeper integration with the relational engine to avoid any denormalization whatsoever. In future releases you will not annotate your schema with SQLXML attributes. Instead, you will write a separate mapping file. BOO. Well, OK, it's no big deal. If you want to keep your annotations within the schema, use an XSL transformation to generate the mapping file. I think of annotations like custom attributes in managed code. It's a great innovation that they are inline, rather ...
16:04:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Eron Wright - All Killer No Filler
Solving RDF triple queries with a relational database - another approach
This paper provides some details into the structure and workings of a pure relational database backed RDF triple store and query system. I am interested in providing a query infrastructure for satisfying RDF queries to a RDF database implemented with relational database technology. I have seen several commercial and open ...
16:03:16 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Semantic Planet
Fuck Yeah
Today I was doing work in this dudes house when out of the blue I ask him in casual conversation if his company has a presence on the web. He replies no and asks if I could do it. So...
16:02:43 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: dustedanddisgusted.com
Indigo links
It's started…
16:01:45 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Musings from Gudge