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Which Distributed .Net Technology Should You Use?
Performance is a key factor in deciding the architecture of a system. With distributed applications performance becomes even more key as data is passed between the different layers. Microsoft has seemingly completing technologies in this space so it is very much a mystery on which will be the best technology for a given scenario. A new article on MSDN called Performance of ASP.NET Web Services, Enterprise Services, and .NET Remoting by Ingo Rammer of Thinktecture and Richard Turner of Microsoft examines ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2005 10:19 AM

My Feedbacks are working again!

... because of some dodgy Javascript I wrote. So I would like to apologise to all those people who have tried to leave feedback and couldn't.

Anyway, it's fixed now so you are all free to take the mickey!



Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 7:11 PM

More new SQL Server 2005 commands: Part 2
Let’s talk more about SQL Server 2005 new stuff! As before I will keep it short and sweet. I won't go into depth of what can be done with these commands because I think I would bored you, but I just want to give you a hint of what I've found cool. The OUTPUT clause IMHO is a great time saver. The one thing I do with an insert stored procedure is to return the new key ID. Now, I haven’t been all that happy with using statements such as … SELECT MAX(tableID) From DavesTable … ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 6:42 PM

Team Foundation Server Beta 3 Update
Reading Rob Caron’s blog it seems that Visual Studio 2005 and Team Foundation Server aren’t now going to RTM (‘Release To Manufacture’) at the same time. Team Foundation Server will in fact have another Beta version, which will be its third. Now I am disappointed that Team Foundation Server will be later than VS2005 but rather late than arrive with bugs, so IMHO it is the correct thing to do. I don’t believe you can be puerile and say if you quote a date you should stick ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2005 6:11 PM

Lets also start talking about SQL Server Mobile Edition
Whilst on the subject of SQL Server 2005, I wanted to just talk about a new feature that is coming in the new SQL Server Mobile Edition that I’m excited about. Well you know when you can run .Net code on a mobile device from the Visual Studio IDE? Well in the new version of SQL Server Mobile Edition and SQL Server 2005 you will be able to run SQL on the device from the SQL Server Management Studio! Big deal!? Well yes if you have tried to use the SQL editor on a PDA which is so painful typing ......

Posted On Saturday, August 20, 2005 8:20 PM

New and Changed SQL Server 2005 commands: Part1
I know I don’t often talk about code, but I have recently had the good fortune to get back into playing around with the new version of SQL Server 2005. I think I’m going to do a few small posts on some of the new things I’ve found that I like. Insert and Merge, finally your can ‘Upsert’! Upsert is a mythical feature where you can insert and update data with one command. It's not quite in one command but the effect is the same with a simple set of syntax. MERGE INTO DavesTable USING DavesTempTable ......

Posted On Saturday, August 20, 2005 7:45 PM

Jason Langridge is Blogging!
If you have a relationship with Microsoft UK in the mobility space you will know who Jason Langridge is. Jason is one the guru's at Reading who has his finger on the pulse, so it's unsurprising that he has now started blogging. It's only been afew days and it's already a good resource! Jason also hold an annual sailing event for suppliers and invited guests but Jason isn't famous for his sea-legs, perhaps it has something to do with the pints at the bar the night before? Welcome to the Blogasphere ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 10:45 AM

Would you like to see a Visual Studio 2005 Beta 3?
It seems that all is not well out there in VS2005 Beta 2 land. Clint Stotesbery has called for a vote on the MSDN Product Feedback Center for a Beta 3. In his problem statement he has written “There are still way too many bugs and performance issues. Too many issues get resolved as Postponed. A lot of changes are happenning in the CTPs. I'm guessing not many people are using the CTPs compared to beta 2. Most developers don't have time to play around with a CTP that doesn't have a Go Live license. ......

Posted On Saturday, August 13, 2005 12:11 PM

Introduction to GRID computing
Any idea what GRID computing is? Well a new website from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here in the UK answers this question very well and can be found here. The DTI has joined forces with industry organisations to raise awareness of Grid computing and its benefits. So put very simply, what is GRID computing? For a change it’s not a set of initials. GRID computing is about making better use of the processing power your computers already have. Most computers spend their time idle ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:25 PM

Thoughts on hardware.
I still very much enjoy dabbling around with PC hardware. I like to think that my PC at home is no slouch and built by my own fair hand, so a dare say I know a thing or two that I’ve picked up on a long the way. The duel-core processors from AMD and Intel are an exciting new concept to hit the mainstream. Software that can take advantage of duel-core processors will be a little thin on the ground initally, but using the AMD 64 as an example this hasn’t stopped many people from purchasing ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 6:15 PM

10 meg broadband from NTL
According to the Register, here, my ISP is going to start offering 10 meg broadband. Now I'm shocked because usually they are a bit behind and a bit more expensive. So, why do I use them? Well shockingly I live in an ADSL black-spot, yes there are still a few left, so NTL is all I can get, or it's dial-up or NTL and being a true Geek I just can't bring myself to use dial-up again. I'm not sure if I like the model, were you pay for the amount of data you download is really what I want. I like the ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 2:09 PM

Eight new adapters for Biztalk
More news from the Integration space ... Microsoft has purchased eight of iWay Softwares Biztalk adapters which will ship with Biztalk 2006. The adapters which Microsoft has purchase are, Amdocs, JD Edwards, Oracle Corp., PeopleSoft, Siebel Systems Inc. and TIBCO. Adding out-of-the-box connectivity to a variety of technologies is only going to strengthen Microsoft standing in the integration space (I have resisted using ESB or EAI TLA's). It seems to me that Microsoft aren’t resting on their ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 1:24 PM

After reading the Butler Group report at the weekend on Enterprise Integration the term ESB or Enterprise Service Bus was used. ESB is a term that was created by Gartner the ‘three-letter acronym’ specialist and Sonic software (of SonicMQ fame) to mean … erm … EAI! Yep I’m struggling with the term ESB, I’m wondering if there is anything in it and I’ve missed a trick, or it’s just spin? Microsoft have released a paper via Scott Woodgates excellent blog ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 1:19 PM

Bored by Business Cases
All the feedback I have got on Business Case is been, how boring is that! So, I won’t continue in that vein and it’s boring me writing the articles anyway. Just so I don’t feel like I have done loads of typing for nothing, I will post a few ‘small’ idiots guides when I’m not bored enough to finish them.

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 1:11 PM

The Canute Theory
We all know the legend of King Canute and how he supposedly ordered the tide to standstill, of course the tide didn't, moral being man has no power over nature. Let us suppose for a second that the tide is infact 'change'. Change is just like death and taxes, an unavoidable constant of life, an undeniable certainty. So the question is, if you can spot the tide of change are you going to stand in its way? The answer is of course no, just like trying to stop the tide it would be a foolish to endeavor, ......

Posted On Monday, August 1, 2005 8:07 PM

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