SSIS vs SSRS

Ayende has been very vocal about his opinion of SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) in the past, and, to be fair, he has some good points and indeed working with SSIS can be a pain in the neck many times. However, I've discovered that I despise SQL Server Reporting Services...

Nightingale - A VS2005 Color Scheme

Here's another Color Scheme for Visual Studio 2005. This one has a dark (almost black) background, but high contrast, playful colors for the most common uses: </p> It's also my most complete color scheme yet, as it includes very usable configurations not only for the usual (Code, XML, HTML and...

VS2008 and VSSettings files

I was setting up my Orcas VM again to play a bit with some VS2008 stuff. As part of my usual rituals, one of the first things I'll do is import my old VS2005 settings from a .VSSETTINGS file I keep around. Mostly it works fine, and much better in...

MDX

I've been doing some work this week working on SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services using MDX to query OLAP Cubes. It's the first time I had a serious project (that is, do anything significant) using MDX, and it's been an interesting experience. After a while, MDX starts to sort of make...

The Big 3-0

Today was my 30th birthday! Had a great time hanging out with my family at lunch and then later during the evening for dinner and got some cool presents (including some books, which I always love, and a new Wii game!). A good day all around :-)

The Future of BizTalk/WCF/WF

Walter Michel commented on my recent entry on the BizTalk and WCF Messaging Models and asked if I had some guesses as to what the architecture of a future BizTalk version might look like in regards to WF/WCF integration. I think that, at this point in time, it is anybody's...

Eclipse

I've been doing some little Java work the last few days (and have a bit more coming down the pipeline (nothing big, just a few small changes and additions to existing applications), and decided to look again at Eclipse. It had been a while since I had used it last...

OneWayBinding

After writing my last post, I realized that an even better way to do this is to actually formalize the binding as a custom binding: public class OneWayBinding : CustomBinding { public OneWayBinding(Binding baseBinding) : base(baseBinding) { } public override BindingElementCollection CreateBindingElements() { BindingElementCollection bec = base.CreateBindingElements(); bec.Insert(0, new OneWayBindingElement());...

IOutputChannel over IRequestChannel

Udi Dahan ranted a bit about the WCF transport channel model and it's extensive use of generics. More to the point, Udi was running into some trouble trying to simply send a message, one way, over an arbitrary transport channel that could either be one way or not. The problem...

Current Desktop

Hammilton Verissimo (Hammett) was showing off his desktop this morning and asked about what other people's desktop look like. Here's mine: I usually keep around opened Firefox, Vim, Outlook (minimized) and either Foobar 2000 or iTunes (not running right now), and the Virtual Machine I'm working on at the time (usually...