Scott Hanselman

iPods are God's Gift

September 8, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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Oh yes, the iPod is the shiznit.  I had a Rio 500 for a number of years with 128 megs of ram and got my iPod about 6 months ago. 

I do recommend, however, immediately jettisoning the crap MusicMatch software and using these tools:

  • EphPod for the quick and dirty work: Add a song, edit IP3 tags, adding Outlook Calendar appointments, vCard Contacts, text files, etc.
  • MoodLogic and DeviceLink are the best thing to happen to MP3s since Napster.  Of course, I don't share music anymore, but I do rip the hell out of my 500+ CD collection.  MoodLogic is worth the money just for it's song identification capabilities.  It fixed the file names on at LEAST 1000 of my songs, including what # it is on the CD, who the artist is, etc.  Plus, it creates "Mood Mixes" in the iPod automatically.  Coincidentally, the core of it's iPod compatibility is...EphPod.
  • Then, just for kicks, use Muse.NET to listen to your 20 gigs of music, legally, from work with .NET and Web Services.  There are lots of sample applications (many in .NET) to exploit their API, and exploit the programmaticalshipfulness of your music.

Now, if I had only waited, I could have had a 20 gig iPod for the same price...

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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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The Microsoft Roadmap Decoded

September 8, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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Just when I'm asked to start thinking about Technology Roadmaps, I find this great dissection of the Microsoft Technology Roadmap.  Some highlights:

Disappearing Code Names (Gone, But Not Forgotten)

Product Name/ "Code Name" Additional Info. Projected Ship Date
"Shorthorn" (33) Stopgap release of Windows client 2003
.Net My Services/ "Hailstorm" MS thought to be building many of these into future Windows editions 2004
"BizOffice" combo BizTalk-Office application for B2B 2003 (?)

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It's happy utility day!

September 8, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | TechEd | Speaking | Bugs
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Finally got around to installing my new shiny version of SoapScope, the little sniffer that could.  I showed an early beta at TechEd 2003 in Dallas, but now it's released!  It's wicked cheap, and when you're doing Web Services development in a workgroup situation, especially when the interface is in flux and the folks on the other side are in another time zone, it's slick. 

It stores all the traffic in a built-in database and others can view and debug the service as it moves through time using a web interface served by it's internal (Apache) web server.  It sniffs traffic via a packet capture OR as a proxy.

Two new features that I'm really digging are the WSDL Analyzer that checks for validity and compilance, and the Diff-er, that gives a sweet view of what's been changing from call to call, version to version.

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DeveloperPlayground

September 8, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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My buddy Jonas Blunck, hero of the people and maker of ComTrace and IEHttpHeaders has done it again (along with Kim Gräsman) with DeveloperPlayground.  At first it looks like Process Explorer from SysInternals, but it includes such cleverness as:

  • Shows run-time DLL dependencies for running processes
  • Hooks any process, and tracing single calls to external DLLs
  • Integrates with favorite tools such as Google, OleView, Depends and the Explorer
  • DeveloperPlayground now lives happily in the hallowed halls of my C:/UTILS folder with the best of them.  Great job guys, keep it up!  I think be using and suggesting this util in my C# Class this fall.

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    Technical Debt

    September 8, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Web Services
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    A nice clean way to describe the ramifications of the decisions we have to make every day.  Also, a way to describe to our bosses (in term$ they understand) why doing something quick-and-dirty may bite us in the ass.

    "Technical Debt is a wonderful metaphor developed by Ward Cunningham to help us think about this problem. In this metaphor, doing things the quick and dirty way sets us up with a technical debt, which is similar to a financial debt. Like a financial debt, the technical debt incurs interest payments, which come in the form of the extra effort that we have to do in future development because of the quick and dirty design choice. We can choose to continue paying the interest, or we can pay down the principal by refactoring the quick and dirty design into the better design. Although it costs to pay down the principal, we gain by reduced interest payments in the future" [Martin's Bliki]

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