# Monday, 09 August 2004

Everybody have been raving about how SP2 for Windows XP was RTM'd. I figurered I would wait until the time an actual download would be available. This is that time and you should go download service pack 2 right away and get ahead of the virus programmers :)

Be advised that the security enhancements provided by SP2 do break stuff in some apps so if you are running some exotic piece of software you need to check whether SP2 breaks your particular app.

Download SP2 from Microsoft.

posted on Monday, 09 August 2004 20:35:00 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I have been wanting to post about this for a while but have forgotten to do so. Roy Osherove did a really cool post on how to use Enterprise Services (which come with the framework) to simplify the clean-up after database testing.

He basically uses the builtin transaction support to rollback after each test is complete. This is definitely something I will be incorporating in my future tests of DAL components.

Anyway he has some great code examples you should check out if this stuff at all interests you.

posted on Monday, 09 August 2004 11:29:29 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I use this tool all the time so it is great to have a new version to play. This version adds support for testing categories also a new overload for Assert.AreEqual was added which makes it easy to compare arrays. Believe it or not you had to do it the hard way by comparing all the elements of an array by hand in the previous version.

For a complete list of changes take a look at the changelog. You can download it from  Sourceforge.

posted on Monday, 09 August 2004 09:20:25 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 04 August 2004

dalager wanted a way to toggle between code and design in Visual Studio using a single key. I found him an answer and thought I should post it here too in case someone else was in need of this.

This post on the Powertoys blog outlines a macro which you can use for that very purpose.

posted on Wednesday, 04 August 2004 09:45:07 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Following the trend from yesterday's post I decided to pimp another cool extension for Visual Studio .NET 2003: Quickjump .NET which enables you to quickly jump to a method, property, any member of your class essentially by choose that member from a filterable list.

Really nice if you have a class which contains loads of methods and properties like on the project I am working on currently.

This one even comes with full source if you want to get started with writing your own extensions.

posted on Wednesday, 04 August 2004 09:40:51 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 03 August 2004

I just discovered this post from Gaston Milano regarding a plugin he has created for VS 2003 which includes some of the new commands found in VS 2005. They are all context commands and, to my mind, very useful:

File Tab

  • "Close All But This"
  • "Show File In Explorer"

Project Node in Solution Explorer

  • Collapse All Projects
  • Open Project Folder
  • Visual Studio Command Prompt Here

Download the package. You will need to install the Microsoft Interop Assemblies also.

posted on Tuesday, 03 August 2004 10:47:23 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Monday, 02 August 2004

I seldom get around to listening to the MSDN webcasts simply because they are buried so damn deep on the MSDN website so here is a post which contains information which is sure to get me listening to a lot more webcasts which is good since they provide a lot a great information.

posted on Monday, 02 August 2004 09:30:41 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 29 July 2004

I have been having trouble streaming Channel9 videos they simply chopped their way through the entire thing making it an unbearable experience, software to the rescue! Net Transport ( the site is currently down ) which is a free download manager has a neat little feature which lets you download a Windows Media stream entirely before watching it.

Needless to say I am not uninstalling this baby in the near future :)

posted on Thursday, 29 July 2004 09:26:41 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I generally try to keep myself informed about trends in the business. While I don't see any projects on the horison which will actually use SOA I still find it useful to stay informed should the need for such a thing ever arise.

Now what made the whole idea of SOA click for me was 1) Listening to this Dot Net Rock! show featuring Clemens Vasters from newtelligence AG ( the guy who coincidentally created this blog engine and a very prominent SOA supporter ) and 2) Watching this video from TechEd 2004 Amsterdam called "The Nerd, the Suit, and the Fortune Teller".

Great stuff if you want to know what the fuss is about.

posted on Thursday, 29 July 2004 09:20:32 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 28 July 2004

Here is a pretty unique blogpost about how it is to go and have dinner with Bill Gates. Well to my mind anyway, pretty amazing to read this kind of stuff.

posted on Wednesday, 28 July 2004 09:33:42 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 27 July 2004

I passed this exam a while back and took a whole bunch of notes in the process of preparing for it which I typed up and forgot about. I found the notes this week and thoguht that I would post them here so that they wouldn't get lost again ... and maybe, just maybe some of you might find them useful.

Oh yeah - they are in Danish. Sorry, I just can't find the time to translate them to English so this will be for all the Danish database developers out there :)

70-229 Designing and Implementing SQL Server 2000 Databases - noter.doc (101 KB)
posted on Tuesday, 27 July 2004 14:22:15 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 23 July 2004

Bringing us up to version 1.0.0178. Download now.

Improvements are mainly bug fixes and performance related.

posted on Friday, 23 July 2004 15:12:18 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

JetBrains finally finished ReSharper which is a tool I have talked a lot about on this blog because it is so damn cool :) Luckily the final price is a lot lower than CodeRush ( $100 vs. $250 for CodeRush) which provides similar functionality in Visual Studio.

Only thing keeping me from buying this thing right now is that I know that Visual Studio 2005 will provide a lot of this functionality for free when it gets released next year. Gimme now! :)

posted on Friday, 23 July 2004 11:29:23 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback