To err is human - a change of mind

A few months ago, I posted a comment on the Visual Studio 2005 and Team System prices and licensing. I gotta admit now that perhaps I was a little bit rushed about it all. I've been working for a couple of months now with VSTS and Team Foundation Server ona...

BizTalk 2006 Licensing Changes

With the launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk 2006 today, the new licensing scheme for BizTalk 2006 has been announced. Scott Woodgate talks about it here. Personally, I feel the licensing changes are great. Sure, it raises the price a little bit, but some of the...

I am a DevArchitect

Bill Gibson nails it. That's what I do. I am a devarchitect.

BizTalk Map Editor Prototype

Eddie Churchill is showing off prototypes of the BizTalk XSLT Map Editor for BizTalk 200X where X > 6. Very, very nice stuff. I particularly liked the way the feature of highlighting and bringing into view the selected link and link ends, though I'm not sure I liked the tick...

Localized Date information in Spanish Change for .NET 2.0

It turns out that for .NET 2.0 there were changes in localized names for months and week days in spanish cultures (es-CO, for example). They used to be capitalized ("Febrero") and now they are not ("febrero"). I logged this to see what the answer was, and, it turns out (not...

Problem Creating Data Sources in VS2005

Some of my project teammates and myself have encountered what seems to be a farily annoying problem that still seems to exist in VS2005 even in the RC (September CTP). The problem is that the Add New Data Source Wizard in Visual Studio generates a NullReferenceException when trying to add...

Installing TFS Beta 3 - The Oddisey

I spent yesterday afternoon and this morning getting Team Foundation Server beta 3 installed at work for our project. Before diving into it, I downloaded and read carefully the updated readme and known issues, as recommended by Rob Caron here. I made sure I followed the installation guide step by...

WWF Persistence Service

Jesus Rodriguez has a cool article on the WWF Persistence Service. It's pretty interesting to read about these basic services provided by the WWF runtime. Reading this, two questions come to mind which don't seem to be directly addressed in the article: </p> If code external to the workflow calls...

MSMQ, BizTalk and Delivery Notifications

People usually treat MSMQ as if it provided, on it's own, magical reliable messaging features, when the reality is that all MSMQ does is provide a best effort mechanism when sending a message to a [remote] queue (albeit a really good one, in general). So, people don't usually bother implementing...

MVP Summit wrapup

Today was the last day of the MVP summit. I had a great time with all the technical sessions, parties and getting face to face with a lot of people again. I got to meet again with old friends from the .NET world like Sam Gentile and Mattias Sjögren, as...