Browsing Posts published in January, 2006

Our second episode is live! John, Bil, and I had a blast talking tech, as usual. Unfortunately Dan was unable to join us, but he was there in spirit. What you’ll get in this one-hour, action-packed episode: Introduction The Plumbers are In – Bil, James, and John Report; Dan is MIA Living the 2005 Canadian […]

Michael Howard, co-author of Writing Secure Code*, has an excellent blog post on how static code analysis tools are only one weapon in your arsenal when writing secure code. I would highly recommend reading it. A quick summary… Unless you understand the threats, know how to architect secure applications, know how to write secure code, know how to test […]

The INETA Community Launch Event is coming to Calgary on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 from 11am to 2pm at the Metropolitan Centre! The event is being co-hosted by the Calgary .NET User Group and the Alberta .NET User Group. This 3-hour session will feature two action-packed presentations. Representing the Calgary .NET User Group, Daniel Carbajal and […]

Lutz Roeder just released Reflector 4.2. (For those of you who haven’t heard me blither about Reflector I’ll say it again… Reflector is one of the best .NET utilities available. It gets installed shortly after Visual Studio after I build a dev box.) Lutz lists off the list of fixes as “Web Proxy support, String […]

Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0 just hit the download servers. It has gone through a major update for .NET 2.0. This isn’t a simple re-compile. For instance, Enterprise Library is a heavy user of configuration and had its own configuration mechanism. .NET 2.0 ships System.Configuration, which the new release leverages. So if you’re developing […]

The January 2006 CTP for the WinFX Runtime has just arrived and with it, a Go-Live license for both Windows Communication Foundation (aka WCF or Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation (aka WF). (Windows Presentation Foundation, aka WPF or Avalon, also ships in the WinFX CTP, but the bits are identical to the December 2005 CTP. Details here. […]

If you’re ever troubleshooting an IIS-related problem, Microsoft offers a variety of free tools to help in your troubleshooting efforts. Previously you had to download the tools separately, but Microsoft just released the entire bundle as a single convenient download:   IIS Diagnostics Toolkit (x86)   Also available for IA64 and AMD64.   Tools included […]

We’ve all had it happen. You’re running out of space on your precious C-drive and you start to madly uninstall unneeded programs. Sometimes you even resort to uninstalling programs from C:\Program Files just so you can move them to D:\Program Files. (Chris Sells mentioned doing this dance recently, which is why I’m writing this blog […]

The Calgary .NET User Group will be hosting Joel Semuniuk, Regional Director, MVP, and VSTS Blackbelt* on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 from 5 to 8pm where he will be talking about… drum roll please… VSTS. (Bet you guessed that, didn’t you?) The event is generously being sponsored by Allstream. Pre-registration is required and available on […]

Rico Mariani, performance guru extraordinaire, turns out to be an amateur lyracist too. For all those geeks out there, here is Rico’s version of Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A [Coding] Hero. (You can listen to a clip of the original version here, compliments of Amazon.) Enjoy!