Rocky on Software

Rockford Lhotka has a nice rant here about the topic of software and software developers. I have to say that Rocky makes a lot of good points. I don't agree with all of them, but the basic idea is very sound. Besides, I have to admit I'm one of those...

SqlTrackingQuery Sample

Beta 2 of Windows Workflow Foundation includes the new SqlTrackingQuery class (in the System.Workflow.Runtime.Tracking namespace), which allows you to query the tracking records in a SQL Server database inserted by the SqlTrackingService service. I've written a simple Windows Forms Application that illustrates how to use this basic API and displays...

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Machine Repave

Like Scott, I recently was paving my machine, but in my case it was getting my new laptop set up :). My choice of basic tools for my machine is a little different than Scott's, though, so here's my list in case anyone is interested :) </p> Office Firefox 1.5,...

Sam on his Agile work

I love hearing (or reading, in this case) Sam talking about his projects and how they are developing using agile methodologies. In his latest post, Sam talks about some of the tools he's using and the issues he has found with VS and VSTS. A few things Sam mentioned worthwhile...

BizTalk 2004 Error Messages DBs

Microsoft has been kind enough to allow me to provide a download site for the error message databases for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004, to use with the excellent MessageLookup tool created by fellow MVP Raffaele Rialdi. The databases are available in four languages: French, Italian, Spanish and German. I'd like...

No Vista for me

I've been trying to install Vista build 5270 on my new laptop for the past couple of days with no luck. Installation just takes forever and never seems to end, just sitting there with 100% processor usage and minimal disk activity. I've tried disabling the wireless adapter, disconnecting all external...

ENTSSO - Introduccion y Administracion

He publicado un par de artículos adicionales que tenía por ahi (nuevamente en español). Esta vez, son del mecanismo de ENTSSO de BizTalk Server 2004: Introducción al Enterprise Single Sign-On Administración del Enterprise Single Sign-On </p>

Servicios Web y Strings XML

He publicado aquí­ un artí­culo acerca del paso de cadenas de texto con XML mediante Servicios Web, que explica cual es el origen de esta práctica y por qué es deseable no perpetuarla. I've published an arti­cle here (spanish only) on passing XML fragments as strings through Web Services, and...

Topics on Sequence Guards

One of the most interesting patterns I've seen for BizTalk integrations is McGeeky's Sequence Guards pattern, but, until now, I hadn't had a chance to actually take advantage of it. There are a few main advantages to using a sequence guards-like mechanism to guarantee ordered processing instead of the usual...