June 2009 Entries

Notes/Domino 8.x maintenance release plans

I’ve had this link regarding the maintenance release plans for the Notes/Domino 8.0x stream in my browser for quite some time, as I’ve wanted to make a quick comment on it. 8.0.2 is the last planned/scheduled maintenance release (MR) for the 8.0x codestream. Notes/Domino 8.0.x will continue to be supported for a minimum of 5+3 years (following IBM SWG policy).  In lieu of producing a Notes/Domino 8.0.3 MR, more frequent 8.0.2 FixPacks will be provided.  IBM will continue producing both maintenance releases and fix packs for Notes/Domino 8.5.x, and customers who have deployed Notes/Domino 8.0.2...

AJAX – it’s not just for drinking.

Simone from Codeclimber posted some interesting results from his survey around which flavours of AJAX ASP.NET developers are drinking using. Read the results here: Ajax survey 2009: jQuery and MS Ajax are almost tied among .NET developers A few quick thoughts of my own: It’s a pretty interesting/telling statistic to see the incredibly high percentage of MS Ajax users who are using partial rendering. It’s accessibility is also a large part of what makes it dangerous. I agree with Simone’s thoughts about peoples difficulty in knowing the difference between the AJAX Control Toolkit and MS Ajax. It’d...

LINQ to SQL resources

From the “slightly delayed echo chamber” department, I’ve meant to link to Damien G’s recently posted list of LINQ to SQL resources. It’s a useful collection of stuff for anyone using L2S. Tags: LINQ to SQL

The future of complaining online

I’m not really paying attention to the subject of the petition, rather I’m looking at the style of the petition itself. Check out http://fixoutlook.org/ for a glimpse of the interactive nature of future online complaining!

About time to install a code syntax highligher.

It's taken me ages to get around to it, and really I can't say why. This is a test post to check that everything is working. XDocument doc = GetCachedFeed(TimePeriod.Day); var items = from item in doc.Descendants("item") select new ...

Windows Home Server for Business

An interesting Microsoft marketing page for Windows Home Server says WHS offers Peace of mind for the Home Office and Small Office. Don’t be fooled by the name. Windows Home Server was designed as a solution that is as functional in a small office setting as it is in your home. Windows Home Server is a dependable and affordable way to organize and safeguard your work for up to 10 computers. Windows home server is an incredibly useful and simple approach to servers. So useful and so simple that...

Bulk importing from a filesystem into Notes

Last week I needed to bulk import a large number of files into a Notes document library. The client had already organised the files, and so they wanted that file system structure (which was many levels deep) duplicated when the files were imported into the document library. Sounds simple, but I was quite surprised that I couldn’t find a code snippet out there which did what I was after – surely this is a fairly common requirement? So after a few minutes of looking I gave up searching and wrote my own 10 minute bulk import agent in...

The tale of the burnt out programmer

A Burnt Out Programmer is the tale of a coder who lost his passion for coding, and it’s a story that anyone who has worked or who does work with computers can identify with in some way, shape or form. I’ve always thought that most IT people are incredibly lucky because they do what they do mainly because they’re passionate about it – the getting paid part is a side effect. When you lose that passion then it simply becomes another job, and slowly but surely you drive yourself miserable as things just don’t feel right. I’ve interview many...

From the department of redundancy department department department etc

Setting up a Subversion server in Windows using VisualSVN – the whole beauty of VisualSVN is that all you need to do is click ‘next next next finish’ and you’re done. You want points for writing an article about that? Woooo.

IIS ARR Documentation

I’m searching for a bit of documentation around one of the new IIS modules, Application Request Routing (or ARR). I know that what I want to do (use IIS to provide external access to an ‘internal’ Apache server running TRAC) can be done, and it’s mostly working for me apart from authentication. Works fine from the local network, but falls down as soon as IIS/ARR is in the mix. I’ve tried the 1.0 release, as well as the latest 2.0 beta of ARR and both of them appear to do the same thing. I’ve spent a bit of time...

More LINQ to SQL related links

A couple of quick links I’ve meant to post up for a couple of days, as much for my own reference. LINQ to SQL changes in .NET 4.0 – Damien Guard posts a list of upcoming features and fixes, which is much welcomed even though it confuses the whole “LINQ to SQL is dead” issue. I’m still using LINQ to SQL for Data Access in some smaller projects, so it’s nice to see that it’s getting some update attention. Longer term, who knows? Sticking with the LINQ to SQL theme, I hadn’t seen PLINQO before. Might be...

They’ll never know the difference!

“Just throw any rugby player’s face in there, no one will ever know!”