Back to the grind

So here am I on the road again. I'm posting this from my hotel in Bogota (they actually have wireless internet access in every room. Cool!), and if everything goes as planned, I'll be tomorrow night in Redmond, WA, for the second time in two weeks. This time, I'm attending...

Visual C++ 2003 Toolkit

Microsoft has just released the Visual C++ 2003 Toolkit: A free download containing the full C/C++ optimizing compiler and the static linking CRT and standard C++ library (with STL). In other words, all the basic command line tools for building actual applications with full optimizations. This is a great adition...

Editable XPathDocument

I've just been scratching the surface of all the new cool things coming down in Whidbey, but one thing that struck me as very useful right away was the fact that in the XML Stack, XPathDocument is now an editable concept, with the help of XPathEditableNavigator. Way cool!.

MVP Summit redux

I spent all week in Seattle/Redmond at the Global MVP Summit. It was a blast. On Saturday, got to finally meet my friend Sam Gentile Face to Face after all this time and had dinner with him and a few other guys. </p> On Monday, had a blast at Jillian's...

WSE 2.0

I know I'm going to be asking a question I'm not gonna get answered, but here it goes anyway: Any idea when we might see the at least a more recent preview of WSE 2.0? I'd be happy with a preview (even a buggy one).. </p> The reason I ask...

Enterprise Single Sign-on Solutions

Has anyone done any inroads in creating or implementing Enterprise Single Sign-on solutions of any kind? I'm specifically talking about both handling user and account management across heterogenous environments in a unified way, plus having credentials management and aliasing to support single sign-on across applications (such as the case of...

EnterpriseServices based applications

Enterprise Services is a pretty nice technology overall (as is COM+ in general), but, unfortunately, it does have a few significant downsides in .NET-based applications. The team I'm on has been working for quite a while on a fairly large .NET application (250.000+ loc and growing) which is based heavily...

Passing Messages to Components In BizTalk

If you're calling .NET components from BizTalk Server 2004 orchestrations, then chances are sooner or later you'll want to pass in complete messages as arguments. Doing it is actually pretty easy. One way to do this is to get your component to accept an XmlDocument instance. This works right away...

Error Configuring BAS (BizTalk) with Whidbey Installed

Just thought someone might be interested on this bit: If you're configuring BAS on BizTalk Server 2004, and you have the Whidbey version of the .NET Framework installed, you might get an error during the configuration wizard similar to this one: </p> Error encountered while querying virtual server state for...

Two VS.NET Taskbar Icons

OK, this one seems to be happening all too often: While working on VS.NET 2003, I suddently end up with two different icons on the taskbar for a single instance of VS.NET. Curiously enough, one of them gets piled up with other Windows Explorer windows, not with the rest of...