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Finds of the Week – June 17, 2008

.NET, C#

General Development

Software, Tools, etc.

Gaming

Something Different

Finds of the Week – June 9, 2008

.NET/C#

  • Microsoft project code named “Velocity” is a distributed in-memory caching platform that provides .NET applications with high-speed access, scaling, and high availability to application data. Download the Community Preview here.
  • Danny Simmons enumerated various reasons for using Entity Framework.
  • If your netMsmq WCF service shows signs of a handles leak, you may want to make sure you have .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1 installed.
  • Bryan wrote a timely article on TDD Tips: Test Naming Conventions & Guidelines.
  • Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Source Analysis for C#.
    “Source Analysis is similar in many ways to Microsoft Code Analysis (specifically FxCop), but there are some important distinctions. FxCop performs its analysis on compiled binaries, while Source Analysis analyzes the source code directly. For this reason, Code Analysis focuses more on the design of the code, while Source Analysis focuses on layout, readability and documentation. Most of that information is stripped away during the compilation process, and thus cannot be analyzed by FxCop.”

General Programming

Tools

  • The Query command line utility displays active Terminal Service/Remote Desktop sessions, among other things. This replaces the qwinsta utility.

Something Different

Finds of the Week – May 31, 2008

Programming

.NET/C#

Software and Tools

  • Google Maps Street View is in Richmond.

    Google Street View Richmond Virginia Goo

    It looks like the Street View images were taken around September 2007 because according to IMDB, the movie Game Plan was playing in the US starting 9/23/2007:

    Google Street View Richmond

  • Google Maps adds user-created photos, videos, maps. Via CNET.

    Google Maps Goog

Something Different

Finds of the Week – April 6, 2008

Programming

.NET/C#

Windows Mobile/Pocket PC

Gaming

Something a Little Different

Finds of the Week – March 30, 2008

Programming

.NET/C#

PowerShell

Installing Windows Vista without CD/DVD Drive

Just in case anyone else needs to do this out there…

I recently got myself a nice ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC. It doesn’t come with a DVD-Drive and although I have an external DVD drive, I just can’t seem to find its power adapter. Argg!

In order to do this, you must have the following:

  • Windows XP installed on the PC you want to install Vista to.

Procedure

  1. Log in into Windows XP on the PC you want to install Vista to.
  2. Use Partition Magic or another partitioning tool and create a second partition for Vista. Make it a Primary Partition (don’t know if this is required but this is what I did). Format the second partition with NTFS. Your Windows XP installation will be left alone and you will be able to dual boot to it.
  3. Create a folder (let’s called it "c:\VistaInstall") and copy all files from the Vista DVD / ISO there (either extract the files from an ISO image using a Virtual CD/DVD emulator like Daemon Tools, or copy the files from another PC with a DVD drive over the network).
  4. Run Setup.exe from c:\VistaInstall.
  5. Choose Custom Install and follow the prompts to select the second partition you created.
  6. Follow the rest of the on-screen instructions.

As part of the installation, Vista Setup will copy the installation files to the new partition. After it reboots, it’ll have all the files there to continue.

After you are done with the install, you can delete the temporary folder c:\VistaInstall that you created.

Finds of the Week, March 9, 2008

Programming

C#/.NET

Software and Tools

Something a Little Different

Finds of the Week – March 2, 2008

Programming

C#.NET

.NET Tips & Tricks

  • Did you know you can give threads any names you want (MSDN)? The names are extremely useful when it comes to debugging time:

    Thread names and debugging

  • System.IO.Directory.CreateDirectory will create all directories and subdirectories as specified by the path parameter. No need to write code to create each directory in the chain. Just do this:
    Directory.CreateDirectory(@"c:\MyApp\Env\Dev");
  • System.IO.Path.GetDirectoryName returns the directory name from a fully qualified file name.

Powershell

  • Round-robin game scheduling algorithm in Powershell. By Scott Hanselman. Check out my C# 2.0 algorithm in the comments section.
  • Mitch Denny wrote How To: Host the PowerShell Runtime.
  • Use Powershell array expression syntax @(…) allows you to force a scalar return value to be wrapped in a array, if it’s not already in an array. I learned about this the hard way while trying to figure out while Get-Childitem sometimes returns an array and sometimes a scalar. Bruce Payette wrote more about it here.

Windows Mobile / Pocket PC

  • I needed a way to stream music and other media to my Windows Mobile phone (Samsung SCH-i760) and all the PCs around the house. Orb seems to be the answer. I’ve only had it running for a few days but it seems to be working great. I can stream music and photos (have not tested videos yet) to any PC in the house or anywhere on the net. I can also listen to my entire music library on my i760 phone anytime, anywhere through Verizon Wireless’s unlimited (with a catch… not to exceed 5GB) EDVO connection.

    Orb Mycast

  • I am a Google Mobile guy, but Yahoo! Go for Windows Mobile also looks very cool. I downloaded it to my Samsung SCH-i760 a few days ago. I am still checking it out but here are a few things I like:
    • Nice and responsive interface.
    • Built-in RSS Reader.
    • Street and satellite maps.

      Here are a few screenshots:

      Yahoo! Go

      Yahoo! Go

      Yahoo! Go Weather 

Software and Tools

  • You can configure Notepad++ to always use spaces for tabs/indentation. The option is a little hidden. It’s in Settings/Preferences/MISC, under Tab Setting:

    Notepad++ tab to spaces setting

Something a Little Different

Finds of the Week – February 17, 2008

.NET

Software and Tools

  • Looking for a free sharepoint host? You can get a free sharepoint account with 5MB disk space, 5 users from Frontpages Web Hosting Network. Link is here.

Gadgets

  • The HD format war is over. I am waiting for Blu-ray players go go down to the $150 range before I’ll get one.

And Now, Something A Little Different

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