Scott Hanselman

FLV won't play when a Camtasia Video is uploaded to an IIS site

July 12, '06 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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FlvmimetypeI put a one hour Camtasia video up for a customer today and it wasn't loading. It would show all the signs it was working with the controls and what-not showing up, but the flash video itself (the FLV) wasn't loading.

I checked the IIS logs (always check the logs!) and saw a 404 when index.flv was requested. I knew the file was there, but the request ended in a 404. I also checked the UrlScan logs to see if we weren't applying a whitelist. We weren't.

Turned out that there was no mime-type applied for the FLV extension. Added it, and poof, worked. Ah, life's little details.

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Scott Hanselman: Developer Productivity Tools Video Part 1

July 11, '06 Comments [7] Posted in TechEd | PowerShell | XmlSerializer | Speaking | Web Services | Tools
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Wroxvideo1When I was at TechEd I visited the Beantown.net INETA User Group and gave a (fairly ad-hoc) talk on Developer Productivity Tools. Jim Minatel loaned me his microphone and a copy of Camtasia and we recorded the talk. Thanks Jim!

It was a great crowd, a lot of fun. We had a number of "off the cuff" discussions about random stuff so I hope it doesn't take away from the gist of the talk.

The complete presentation was around 1 hour 45 minutes, so for online, Jim has split it into 4 segments. This week's segment is available now and is about 33 minutes long. If you watch it in your browser, I recommend you double click on Windows Media Player to make the video go full screen.

It covers:

  • 00:00 Title
  • 00:15 Scott's introduction
  • 00:40 The first tool: Notepad 2
  • 02:40 Little-known built-in command line tools
  • 09:55 Process Explorer and Slick Run
  • 15:15 ILDASM
  • 16:15 .NET Reflector
  • 24:45 NGEN

The remaining three segments for following weeks will cover roughly:

  • Week 2: XmlSerializer - 20 minutes
  • Week 3: Windows PowerShell - 33 minutes
  • Week 4: Active Words, Code Rush, SOAP Scope, XML doc viewer - 23 minutes

There's also some other good screencasts up at Wrox. The growing list of videos is available at wrox.com. The first few videos in the series are:

I hope you enjoy them.

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Portland (and SW Washington) CodeCamp 2006

July 10, '06 Comments [5] Posted in PowerShell | Ruby
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It's that time again, time for CodeCamp 2006.

The Code Camp Manifesto says this about CodeCamps.

  • They are always free.
  • They are about the code. (No lame PowerPoints)
  • They are never during work hours
  • They are owned and run by the community (i.e. Not Microsoft)

Here's the list of sessions so far. It's not a Microsoft specific event - there will be Ruby, Java, Mono, Rails and WebServices talks. If you like, submit a session! You don't have a to be a 'professional presenter' or have experience presenting. You just have to be stoked about your code.

If you're a Coder in Portland or Southwest Washington, or your a Coding Enthusiast or Hobbyist, a CodeCamp is a very relaxed, non-threatening, non-cliquey way (not to mention free) for you to interact with the community and pick up some valuable information.

It'll be just over the bridge in Vancouver on July 22nd and 23rd, 2006. Head over and register. I'm doing a PowerShell talk, hope to see you there!

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Better Documentation for PowerShell - ShinyPower

July 10, '06 Comments [1] Posted in PowerShell | Bugs
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ShinypowershotLeon the SecretGeek has the PowerShell bug and has beat me to a great idea. A documentation browser for PowerShell. We're automating PowerShell at Corillian in a number of ways that I'm sure I'll be posting on over the next few months. (Maybe I'll do a few screencasts on hosting PowerShell...Lee Holmes has a great Logo example here.)

His application hosts a PowerShell runspace and runs the PowerShell "get-command" cmdlet, capturing the output and presenting it ala MSDN in a listbox. Then as you click on a command he invokes "help <commandname>" and sends the output to his text boxes. Quick, dirty and fabulous.

Thanks Leon, what a great way to make learning PowerShell easier using the excellent pithy help that's trapped within the command-line.

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Hanselminutes Podcast 23 - Scrum and Scrum Resources

July 10, '06 Comments [1] Posted in Podcast | ASP.NET | Subversion | XML | Tools
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HanselminutesMy twenty-third Podcast is up. This episode is about Scrum, an agile product management methodology.

There's a number of resources we talked about but there's dozens we missed for lack of time (and knowledge!) 

UPDATE: A review of this Podcast from Chris Chapman. We got it "kind-of right" which isn't too bad, IMHO. Be sure to get the full story and as always, read and read and read for yourself. Thanks Chris! Also, take a look at his History of Scrum.

However, listener and Scrum expert Howard van Rooijen (pronounced Royen) has put together a list of Scrum-related resources for us. Howard also let me know about an upcoming Certified ScrumMaster course taught by Mike Cohn on September 26-27, 2006 and an Agile Estimating and Planning course on September 28, 2006 in London (http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/)

  • Scrum for Team System - http://tinyurl.com/ztxrf - I know you (Scott) use a Subversion / CC.NET / rubber bands and voodoo environment, but we wrote a Scrum add-in for Team Foundation Server (with Ken Schwaber) and it's now available for download for free.
  • Scrum for Team System Process Guidance - http://tinyurl.com/jfhnf - One of the decisions we made early on was to separate the process guidance from the implementation so non-TFS folks could still benefit from the help and process guidance that we and Ken came up with. The site is a starter kit for people who want to learn more about Scrum - the written content is complemented by some videos of Ken describing the history of the Agile movement and some of the key aspects of the Scrum process
  • Ken Schwaber's Top Tips - http://tinyurl.com/e5ojr - a series of short videos of Ken talking about Agile & Scrum and a recording of one of Ken's workshops
  • Agile Software Development with Scrum Podcast Series - Scrum FAQ - http://tinyurl.com/hflnd - I was fortunate enough to be able to spent a couple of hours with Ken Schwaber last autumn and we recorded a series of podcasts where Ken answered some of the most frequently asked questions around Scrum.
  • A really good talk by Ken Schwaber - recorded by IT Conversations
  • Visual Studio 2005 SDK and Scrum - http://tinyurl.com/o5sjd - a post about the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SDK team's use of Scrum (and their channel9 video)
  • Scrum Development Yahoo Group - http://tinyurl.com/fnhfj - The place to go if you want to ask any question relating to Scrum - all the Luminaries hang out there.
  • Agile Alliance:  http://tinyurl.com/kbg28 - The home of Agile Methodologies - lots of good resources, whitepapers, research papers, articles, events and newsletters.
  • The Agile Manifesto - http://tinyurl.com/dyg4f - the core tenets of all the Agile Methodologies
  • Agile Software Development with Scrum - http://tinyurl.com/egmmf - The original book about learning Scrum - more about the processes and how to implement them. Less case studies than the Microsoft Press "Agile Project Management with Scrum"
  • Lean Software Development An Agile Toolkit - http://tinyurl.com/zfwl3 - this has become de facto reading at Conchango (every consultant has been given a copy) - the Lean Principles: <http://www.poppendieck.com/>  (also http://codebetter.com/blogs/darrell.norton/articles/50341.aspx ) are lessons learnt from the Lean Manufacturing process.
  • The 7 Wastes of Software Development -  This is something all developers should be aware of.
  • Implementing Lean Software Development : From Concept to Cash - http://tinyurl.com/f3bvt - Mary Poppendieck's follow up to "Lean Software Development: an Agile Toolkit"
  • User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development - http://tinyurl.com/zsotm - Mike Cohn: <http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/> , one of the founders of the Agile Alliance - book about User Stories - a nice approach to defining requirements that can be used as a mechanism for defining your Product Backlog.
  • Agile Estimation and Planning - http://tinyurl.com/hsulp - building on the work done in User Stories Applied, Mike Cohn's book about how to estimate and plan Agile Projects. Excellent stuff.

Thanks to Howard for the links!

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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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