Scott Hanselman

The Simpsons: The Map of Springfield

June 7, '04 Comments [3] Posted in Musings
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This is so funny I was literally crying.  Seriously, spend some time exploring.

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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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"Could Not Copy Temporary Files to the Output Directory" and big VS.NET projects

June 7, '04 Comments [4] Posted in ASP.NET | Nant
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A fellow emailed me about the troubles he was having with his VS.NET solution.  He's trying to build into a shared binaries folder and is using direct Assembly references (rather than project references.) 

In fact, it appears that Intellisense is locking his assemblies just long enough to get one of the dreaded:

  • Could not copy temporary files to the output directory.
  • The file 'assembly name' cannot be copied to the run directory. The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.
  • error CS0016: Could not write to output file 'fully qualified path of an assembly' -- 'The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. '
  • Cannot delete the project output: is the file read-only? A failure occurred while attempting to start the application.

And that sucks.  Basically if you turn Copy Local to False and compile to one folder, you're screwed.

The moral?  We use NAnt for all builds.  It's fairly simple, repeatable, and IJW.  Otherwise, if your goal is to get all files to a shared bin, use a Post Build Event.

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Vonage vs. AT&T CallVantage

June 7, '04 Comments [21] Posted in Musings
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I've been seriously considering moving my home phone service over to Vonage, which will run all my phone calls as Voice over IP (VoIP). 

However, today an ad showed up in the mail for AT&T CallVantage Service, which appears to be the EXACT SAME THING.  It's $19.99 for the first 6 months, then $39.99 a month - which is more than the $30 I spend now.

Vonage is $30 a month with unlimited long distance.  Vonage is also apparently pissed off and suing AT&T as Vonage and "Vantage" share too many letters.

I have a few questions for you, dear reader:

  • Is this the flat-out end of the traditional phone company?
  • Are any of you using Vonage or CallVantage and what are your impressions?
  • Have you plugged the Analog Adapter BACK into your home phone jack to spread the service throughout the house on the existing copper?

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XMLSpy for Free? Manna from Heaven I say.

June 6, '04 Comments [2] Posted in Web Services | XML
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What a fantastic idea.  It only took five years.  XMLSpy Home Edition - free

I'm guessing someone blogged it last week (I gave up on catching up on blogs since I was almost three weeks behind), but there's now a free home edition of xmlspy. Many of the cool features, including the schema editor, are available. However, the web services support, primarily the WSDL editor, remain only a part of the enterprise edition. [DevHawk]

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Here's to Descriptive Error Messages - It's going to be one of those weekends...

June 6, '04 Comments [1] Posted in ASP.NET
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Ok...I know it's a File Not Found Exception...I wonder what file it was looking for? :)

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