Alpha Geeks and Microsoft

Good Scott Hanselman pointed me to his latest entry, from RailsConf, titled "Is Microsoft losing the Alpha Geeks?", and it's a thought-provoking piece. I'm not very well versed on Ruby or Ruby on Rails, but it's on my list of stuff to dive into this year (any books I should...

NUnit on Mono

One of the things I've been working during these past few days in my spare time is rewriting the build system for a project I've been involved in. Though usually we just build directly in Visual Studio 2005 during development, we also need to target .NET 1.1 and Mono was...

Google Apps

On friday, I moved winterdom.com's email over to Google Apps. The switch was actually very painless, mostly consisting of just a few steps: Sign up with Google Apps Modify the default Google Apps URLs for the domain in the control panel Create DNS entries for email and other stuff. It's been...

Debugging Multi-Threaded Code

I just spent several (as in > 8) hours between last night and tonight diagnosing what appeared to be a threading issue in a fairly large and complex code base, and it just reminded me just how hard diagnosing race conditions in multi-threading code can be. While the code has...

BtsErrorLookup

I've been spelunking a bit the last couple of days digging again into BizTalk Adapters, and one of the things that can be pretty frustrating is trying to lookup what the HRESULT codes returned by the BizTalk Messaging Engine when batch operations fail mean. Usually this involves digging around using Reflector...

Recent Music Acquisitions

SAs usual, I'm always looking for good music to have around. Here's a few albums I got my hands on recently: Leaves' Eyes Both Lovelorn and Vinland Saga are decent albums, though it strikes me a bit repetitive (i.e. a lot of the songs sound a bit alike). Norwegian Lovesong...

Boo vs. PowerShell

Oren (Ayende) wrote a cool little script in Boo showing how to count the number of types and methods in mscorlib. Just for fun, here's an equivalent script in PowerShell that does the same thing: [System.Object].Assembly.GetTypes() | foreach {     $typeCount++     $methodCount += $_.GetMethods().Length } "Types $typeCount, Methods $methodCount" This is, of course, just one possible way to write...

Flat WSDL with WCF

My good friend Christian Weyer shows how to take advantage of WCF's extensive extensibility model to improve interoperability with other Web Services stacks by simplifying the WSDL generated by WCF to get rid of all the and factored WSDL files. Here, he takes my InlineXsdInWsdl behavior to new heights and...

Windows Fax and Scan

Very ocasionally, I find the need to scan a simple document or fax a page or two. I don't own a fax machine (and have no plans on getting one), and my computer has a perfectly good modem and scanner capable of doing these things. Now, Windows Vista includes Windows...

BizTalk Services, Cardspace and Console

I've spent some time playing with the recent BizTalk Services CTP SDK (way cool stuff!), and ran into a weird error that perhaps others might run into: Sometimes, but not always, I would get an error when trying to use any of the BizTalk Services WCF extensions, like the relay...