Riding the Dark Wave

After seeing the various entries around from people commenting on a Visual Studio configuration using a dark background for code instead of a white background, I got interested in trying it. However, the totally black background just isn't for me; it starts almost hurting after a short while. However, a...

Pathfinder - The Agile Architect

Scott Bellware posts his thoughts on the role of the agile architect, saying that the title of architect might indeed not be the best description, and instead suggesting the name "Pathfinder" as an alternative. I personally like it. A lot of the principles that Scott mentions just resonate with me;...

Posting Code Question

What are people using this day to post code (and I mean good looking code) to their blogs these days? I've tried a lot of options without finding a good way of doing it, though I see a lot of people getting it done without issues, so I must be doing...

Filtering Child Activities on a Composite Activity

If you're creating a custom composite activity, you might need to restrict whether a given activity can be inserted as a child at a specific point of your composite activity when working on the Workflow Designer. Fortunately, this is actually fairly easy using the designer facilities in Windows Workflow Foundation....

Architecting Service Broker Applications

Roger Wolter talks a bit about the architecting solutions that use the new Service Broker features in SQL Server 2005. Pretty interesting, and hopefully the start of a good series of articles on the topic.

Event Testing Tools can Fall into the Trap

Remember all those posts about good exception handling practices? Well, it seems even the best of us can fall into that trap. I've been working on putting the finishing touches on a socket server for one of our clients, and I've happy as to the results I've had so far...

Vista RC1 on Older Laptop

While doing some work a couple of days ago I went though the installation of the Vista RC1 build on my older laptop, a Compaq Presario 2800 (yes, an old beast). Mostly it was click, click, wait a lot, so it didn't interrupt me at all. My installation experience was far better...

BizTalk Ports with PowerShell

Here's another sample PowerShell script, this time to manage BizTalk Server ports and receive locations. This one can: List all send ports List all receive ports and their associated receive locations List all send port groups and what send ports are associated with each one Enable/Disable a receive location Start/Stop/Enlist/Unenlist a...

Sam on the Agile Architect

My friend Sam Gentile posted yesterday an excellent entry on what it means to be an Agile Architect. There's a bunch of good stuff in there and I plan on taking advantage on some of the good advice Sam brings forward: "Archtects code all the time and sit with the...

Using WSE3 from Windows Workflow

Jesus Rodriguez has posted a cool sample on how to take advantage of extensibiliy points in the InvokeWebService activity in Windows Workflow Foundation so that it can call a WSE3-enabled Web Service. Pretty cool!