WebSite Migrated

If you can read this, it means that my WebSite and Weblog migration worked. Hopefully, by now DNS changes have replicated correctly and even FeedBurner is picking up the updated feed from the new site. Now for some minor technical details: </p> For now, I've decided to stick with Wordpress...

Upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04

Today was the release of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, so I immediately started an in-place upgrade of my Dell D820 laptop. Downloading the packages took forever (the servers where obviously getting hammered pretty badly), but finally completed at the end of the afternoon. After that, actually installing the downloaded packages...

Quiet in Here

Have you wondered why I haven’t posted in a while? Well, I was away for a couple of weeks on vacation, and plenty busy before that, so there has been little time to sit down and write some meaningful content :-). Hopefully now that I’m back I should be able...

vstoipad.ps1

Here’s a downright ugly, but somewhat useful script to generate a ClassificationFormats.xcml file for the Intellipad editor in the Oslo SDK from a *.vssettings file exported from Visual Studio 2008. This should work on a reasonably complete exported Visual Studio color scheme, such as the ones I have posted in...

Dark Intellipad

As you can see, the Intellipad editor that comes with the Oslo SDK can also be customized, including the color scheme used by the editor: The experience right now, however, is… not the best. You have to jump through 2 different hoops: Edit the ClassificationFormats.xcml file that is found in...

BizTalk PowerShell Scripts

I finally put my set of PowerShell script samples for BizTalk Server administration together into a single git repository over at GitHub. As a reference, here are the blog posts covering each of those scripts: Controlling BizTalk Orchestrations with PowerShell BizTalk Ports with PowerShell BTS Suspended Messaging Instances with PowerShell...

What’s in a tagline?

The current subtitle in this blog is By daemons be driven. I thought many might recognize where it comes  from, but for those who might stumble on this page and are not metal fans, I should point out that this is a simple play on words.   The line comes...

PowerShell and Null Values

I love Windows PowerShell, I really do. However, some of its language features drive me crazy sometimes. One of those is propagation of null values on expressions involving the ‘.’ operator for property access. Basically the problem is this: Suppose you have a variable $x, and you reference a property...

Enhancing ps1.vim

I use the excellent ps1.vim script originally written by Peter Provost to provide syntax highlighting for PowerShell scripts in Vim, and I’ve been very happy with it in general. However, PowerShell V2 is coming with a few extra syntax enhancements and there were always a couple minor issues that bugged...

A Gotcha Writing Messages

I’ve been working a lot with low-level contracts in Windows Communication Foundation that send and receive raw System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message objects. These are fairly flexible, though the API can be a bit confusing. One of the things I was doing was making sure I was doing proper streaming of large messages, which...