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...

Service Orientation and Connection-Challenged Clients

My good friend Sam Gentile wrote a good piece on Occassionally Connected [Smart] Clients and how they fit into a Service Oriented style of Architecture. I agree with him that, for many real business scenarios, this is substantially significant; not just benefit but a business necessity. Web- and always- connected...

microsoft.public.es.biztalk

Después de una buena espera, finalmente tenemos nuestro propio grupo de noticias de BizTalk Server en español: microsoft.public.es.biztalk! After a long wait, we finally get our own BizTalk Server Spanish newsgroup: microsoft.public.es.biztalk! </p>

MVP Summit, here I come!

I'm leaving tomorrow early for the MVP Summit. Hopefully, I'll be arriving in seattle tomorrow around 11 pm, which should give me at least a nice one and a half days to unwind and have fun around seattle before the summit officially begins. I'll be at the Crowne Plaza in...

WinFX September CTP?

Am I right in assuming that the September CTP of WinFX and related tools, despite having the same denomination as the recently released VS2005 and SQL 2005 builds, actually requires VS2005 Beta 2? It is not obviously apparent from looking at the download pages (heck, the WWF page actually says...

Unit Testing support in Visual Studio 2005

One of the features I'm really excited about in Visual Studio Team System is the Unit testing features, and how they are deeply integrated with the code coverage tools and the overall set of metrics that Team Foundation Server enables. This is very, very cool. However, after working with them...