Ragnarok - A VS2005 Color Scheme

Here's a color scheme for VS2005 I had created a few months ago but had not published before (I think). Ragnarok is another high-contrast scheme with a dark background, with two variants: Ragnarok Grey - download for VS2005 | download for VS2008 </p> Ragnarok Blue - download| download for VS2008...

MSCamSvc dangerous for your health

I've mentioned in the past that I've had some nasty performance problems with Windows Vista, particularly with the machine hanging at times paging so extreme that it completely freezes. Several weeks ago I completely disabled the pagefile and a few other things, and that helped for a while. It didn't...

IOCPs and Kernel Non-Paged Pool Memory

Ayende has been doing some interesting stuff recently with threading and using the .NET Thread Pool which is based on the I/O Completion Ports (IOCP) model in the Win32 API and the NT kernel. IOCPs are a very efficient way of handling threads and thread pools and doing async I/O,...

BizTalk MVP + 1

I was just awarded for the second time as a BizTalk Server MVP :-). Pretty cool, and thanks to Fernando Garcia and all the great people in the MVP program and Marjan Kalantar and the rest of the BizTalk/CSD team for talking such good care of us! Technorati tags: BizTalk...

SvcUtil Generated Config

Scott Seely seems to object to my previous comment on being careful about the defaults used by svcutil.exe. Scott goes on to describe in detail how svcutil figures out what should get written in the default configuration, which is pretty useful. But, seems to me like Scott may have misunderstood...

WCF Tips

My good friend Sam Gentile pointed me to David Pallmann's set of WCF tips. Lots of good stuff in there, and I found myself agreeing with most of the stuff David brought up. One that particularly resonated with me was Tip #4 on default settings. One of my biggest gripes...

BizTalk 2006 R2 Dev on MSDN

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Developer edition (RTM) is now (finally!) available on MSDN downloads for MSDN subscribers. Downloading! Technorati tags: BizTalk Server 2006 R2

Perspectives in Eclipse

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I've been doing some Java work here and there. I don't mind it, and I even welcome the chance to get reacquainted with Java every now and then. For now, the tooling I'm using is a mixture of Vim, the command line,...

My Favorite WCF Features

After working with Windows Communication Foundation for a while, I've reached the conclusion that the two features in WCF that I like the most are: 1. Generic Service Contracts: That is, the combination of using simple contracts with a single, catch-all operation and untyped data contracts (a.k.a. the System.ServiceModel.Channels.Message class)....

MSBuild Vs. NAnt

Jeremy Miller asked about switching from NAnt to MSBuild and if it would be worth it. I've thought about this in the past, and here's what it always comes out for me: In raw power and flexibility, I don't think there's a clear winner. MSBuild has the advantage of being...