# Thursday, 29 November 2007

This day we had a successful demo of our ongoing effort to create a great application for our current client BICS. No crashes at all (is that a good demo?) so we were quite happy afterwards. The client itself was very content about the results we already achieved during the last iteration (we're using SCRUM like methodology for this particular project).

Most of the times a consultancy company gathers several of its employees and let them create a custom made application. This project's a more unique approach for me: 4 developers with different backgrounds from different companies and it works out well. Very well actually. There's a good motivation in the team, we also did some Saturday work recently, and there's also a good atmosphere around. It's great to be a part in such a team.

And for now, up to the next deadline of December 21st.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 29 November 2007 18:43:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Yesterday evening I and several colleagues attended the MSDN evening about Visual Studio 2008. It was most of the time an introduction of the possibilities of the new IDE and there was a whole lot of talk about the enhancements to the C# language. Not that I mind because that's also my language of choice. Especially the principle of extension methods look great and very interesting. Too bad however that the new enhancements of VB.NET weren't shown as that's also a language that's used very often. My current project (winforms, .NET 2.0, NHibernate, SQL Server 2005) also is created with VB.NET.

Most of the stuff that they showed, enhancements for web developers, great integration of tools for CSS that I already used with Expression Web, I already knew off. The thing that I didn't saw before is the cool VSTO ribbon designer. No more crafting with custom xml files anymore, just design. Cool. I guess several of my colleagues, that are mainly using VSTO, were glad when they saw this.

Afterwards we all had a drink and it was nice to see some familiar faces again that I haven't seen for a long time. One of the reasons why I like to go to these evenings/events is the social aspect. According to some people I'm a walking Facebook application myself.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 29 November 2007 10:25:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [4]  | 
# Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Actually I wasn't expecting this one for a couple of weeks but I just read on the blog of Scott Guthrie that they just released it.

Something else I'm waiting for is Visual Source Safe for Visual Studio 2008 so I can install it locally on my new dev machine. Unfortunately it's been delayed for a couple of weeks.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007 09:07:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 26 November 2007

Just found out about this site, http://www.pnpguidance.net/. Seemed interesting and I justed wanted to share the goods.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 26 November 2007 09:34:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Yesterday evening I started the installer but it really got stuck. Bummer. But luckily there's a thriving forum to ask questions. The answer I got was to first install the .NET 3.5 framework first which can be found on the DVD under the WCU folder.

If you should also get into trouble while installing, I really hope not, you can also try out this approach.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007 20:32:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Several months ago I purchased an iPod nano (former version) and all of a sudden today it just hung. I have no indication what caused it. Luckily a collegue of mine had the same problem about a year ago with his iPod (classic). The resolution, which also worked out for me to my satisfaction, is to follow this procedure:

  • Lock the iPod (Hold button on top)
  • Unlock the iPod
  • Simultaneous press the Menu and center button for about 5-10 seconds
  • The iPod reboots

Grz, Kris.

Apple | Hardware | iPod
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 10:15:21 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Another nice give away from Microsoft: Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit.

The Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2008 features and a variety of framework technologies including: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and Application Lifecycle Management.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007 13:25:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 19 November 2007


Lots to learn, not enough free time unfortunately.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 19 November 2007 20:18:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Just signed in to MSDN subscriptions and apparently the Beta 2 after Visual Studio 2008 dissapeared. I know what I'll be downloading evening.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 19 November 2007 13:22:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 11 November 2007

Yep, you read that right: Windows Live Writer is out of beta. I've been using it for quite a while, since the betas, and found it a decent blog writer. One thing though was that it was a bit tough to include source code. Luckily it's possible to create plugins. One of those plugins is created by one of my VISUG collegues Christoph to insert, you guessed correctly, source code. You can download SyntaxColor4Writer here.

Grz, Kris.

Live | Tools
Sunday, 11 November 2007 19:34:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |