August 2005 Entries

TechEd 2005: Day 3

Enabling Secure Remote access in your Environment - Steve RileyYes, I just went to this one because Steve Riley is a good/amusing speaker. Every time I've been to one of his talks, I cringe when I think about some of the security we have at work. We have a lot of remote access entry points - VPN, web mail, etc etc, and not a lot of security around them. Anyhow, not a lot of new stuff in this talk, but it was fairly interesting nonetheless. It would have been much more enjoyable without the lanky tard behind me talking and...

TechEd 2005: Day 2

Microsoft Integration Technologies - When to use what - Ulrich Roxburgh I got a lot more out of this session than most people would have. The overviews given for some of the technologies (SQL Replication, SQL Integration Services, SQL Service Broker, Indigo, MSMQ, BizTalk, Host Integration server) were pretty brief, but it was good to get a bit of an overview about some of the technologies that are out there. Note that I'm talking from the perspective of someone coming across from the IBM/Lotus world, and as someone who's always liked to have an awareness of the bigger picture - even...

Workplace Designer Ships

IBM Workplace Designer has Shipped. Reading that, it really sounds like anyone who wants a medium to long term future with IBM/Lotus products should be looking into Java, J2EE, and Workplace. Some of it is simply in the language they're using:That says "legacy" to me.

Tinker with .NET and SQL without needing MSDE or SQL Server 2000

When I started my tinkering, I accepted that I was going to have to put either SQL Server 2000 Dev Edition, or MSDE on my machines in order to get a decent feel for things. Most of the applications I wanted to tinker with involved some level of database access, and I wanted to get a feel for SQL anyway as it's obviously something which is used in a lot of corporate applications, which is where my ASP.NET is mostly going to be used. Turns, out there's an alternative to installing SQL Server or MSDE if you'd rather not clutter up...