Scott Hanselman

XML Spy Visual StudioNET

October 15, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML
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XML Spy Visual Studio.NET Integration Add-in Beta 2 (201kB)

Download the XML Spy Visual Studio.NET Integration Add-in Beta. The Add-in allows you to use XML SPY Features directly within Visual Studio.NET. (This add-in requires Visual Studio.NET and XML Spy Suite 4.3)
[Peter Stanski]

Now THIS is something special! The question now is do I use this Add-In, or stick with the glorious Visual XSLT from ActiveState.  I shall install and explore...

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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October 15, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | ASP.NET | Bugs
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A picture named SoapExtWiz.JPGIt's a 0.1 version! Don't expect miracles!

Here's the C# wizard for ASP.NET Soap Extensions.

What works: It'll generate a compiling SoapExtension that will exactly do nothing. However, the code should have all the hooks to get started.

What doesn't work: (a) You need to click on "Application Options" once to initialize the settings correctly. (b) I haven't had the time to test all option combinations. (c) Any project name that isn't a single word will likely cause the wizard to create garbage. (d) The namespace from the project settings page isn't picked up. (e) Probably several bugs in the template code.

Purpose: Demonstrates that custom stuff can be plugged into VS.NET. Makes creating full SOAP Extensions a bit easier and helps understanding how they are built.

What to do with it: If you need adjustments, poke around in the wizard's templates1033 subdir.

How to install: Unpack the archive, read the readme.txt. It's just three steps. Unpack an archive, copy one file, edit one file. Once that's done, start VS.NET and try.

And as always: It may just not work for you. If that's the case, mail me.

[Clemens Vasters: Enterprise Development & Alien Abductions]

Once again, my main man Clemens proves that he's the hardest working man in show business.

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October 15, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Ken Bereskin talks about my favorite feature in Jaguar. The Archive Install always tickles me, since it saves a lot of time. Could Microsoft ever come close to something like this? Probably not, because user stuff is still half in the registry, half on the hard drive. Plus, Microsoft is still working on what they call "xcopy deployment," something that we call "dragging shit from a disk image to your Applications folder and having it just work." [Brian Jepson's Radio Weblog]

Fabulous...ROTFLMAO

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October 14, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML
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Microsoft "regrets" Mac-to-PC ad. The software giant's "Confessions of a Mac to PC convert" was a short-lived conversion. The ad, which took a cue from Apple, is already dead. [CNET News.com]

Microsoft pulls Ad after Web Flap.  An employee at a public relations company hired by Microsoft, Valerie G. Mallinson of Shoreline, Wash.,later acknowledged she was Microsoft's mysterious convert. [Yahoo! News]

THE DEVILS IN THE DETAILS

I tell ya...it's the little stuff like this that's going to kill us.  I was mentioning this on a conference call recently with some friends.  It's the DETAILS.  It's all about the thoughtful details...if you lose concentration or dedication for a moment, you'll be pounced upon.

The trick is remembering that these details extend from the tiniest of icons, to the most innocuous of device drivers, to the marketing literature.   With users, systems and the net all working as fast as Google, little details like sourcing highly visible ad campaigns from Stock Photography will never hold up.  The Internet is decreasing patience and attention-spans and increasing users' attention to details and cynicism. 

Microsoft is a fantastic company that I respect greatly, but when one is such a large target the bar is raised just that much higher.  They are highly visible and I hope they rise to the occasion at all levels, including externally facing marketing for an increasingly savvy audience.

GUIS AS AN AGENT OF CHANGE

Personally, I really enjoy Windows XP, but if ever there were an OS to get me to switch (at least for home email, photos, etc), it'd be OS X.  I used removable hard drives and have given other OSes a try forever.  I've always loved GUIs...I've run GEOS on a C64 and GeoWorks on a PC, I've run GEM.   I've even run the shell that dare not speak its name. I've been a Windows User "officially" since the Executive (remember Windows 1.01?) But I've always tried other OSes...kind of like keeping your finger on a chess piece as you visualize moving to other squares.  I've run OS/2 very seriously in the very early 90s, I've run Desqview as well as all flavors of X-Windows shells. 

But it ALWAYS comes down to: The Details.  I mean, right now, Explorer is eating up 8-15% of my CPU.  I have NO IDEA what that process is doing.  Sometimes I just blow it away randomly because it's pissing me off.  I hope Lornhorn changes the Shell architecture, because my system is getting "Windows Arthritis."

There's nothing like a fresh GUI.  I'll always have a Windows system around, it's a great platform to design and architect around and .NET and COM+ just makes it better.  Plus, I've run it for years.  As a server, it really runs great.  Runs forever.  Even now the server next to me has Explorer.exe completely hung and the keyboard is locked, but IIS and my app continues to run.  Little details.  Like a truly reliable shell to match our reliable kernal and reliable component container.

 

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Hawthorne Hunts Life My Cousin

October 13, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Hawthorne Hunt's Life

My cousin Hawthorne Hunt died on September 28th, 2002.  Her memorial service was on October 6th.  My great Uncle Ronald Lawson has written about the memorial for those who didn't make it.  She was a drummer, an artist, an amazing person.   Rest in peace.

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