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Interesting Finds: November 29, 2006 November 29, 2006

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Chris Prillo – YouTube vs. Google Video vs. Revver
Chris Sells – Thankful for Windows Vista
A Googler – Adieu to Google Answers
Bob Familiar – Team System User Group in Boston
Christopher G. Lasater – Advanced Patterns of Software Architecture
Patrick Dussud – How It All Started…AKA the Birth of the CLR

Saving money when moving to new hardware November 22, 2006

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The BBS has this entry about getting money back on your new PC. Dave Mitchell got a refund from Dell for £55.23 (over $100) because he had no need for the copy of Windows XP Home that was pre-installed on his Dell.

This is good news. I have been thinking about replacing one of my desktop machines in my home office and didn’t want to waste the operating system license on the old machine. I should be able to purchase a new machine, decline the license agreement when I start it for the first time, and then move the old license. A new Dell just got cheaper!

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Thanksgiving Duck November 22, 2006

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I mentioned to my friend Tim that I was planning on cooking a duck for Thanksgiving and he told me about pre-cooking it with a hair dryer. This is supposed to make the skin nice and crispy. Of course, this made me curious enough to start searching..

Dispelling myths about cooking duck
Look away, Daffy: Asian-Inspired Roasted Duck

With these links in hand, I am ready for the challenge.. Not sure it will be edible, but I will give it a shot!

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DevConnections Conference (Vegas 2006) November 16, 2006

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Adnan Masood writes about the DevConnections Conference and has a treasure trove of useful links including many conference presentations.

DevConnections Wrap-ups Etcetera
DevConnections Conference – Day 4
DevConnections Conference – Day 3
DevConnections Conference – Day 2
DevConnections Conference – Day 1
DevConnections Conference – Day 0

Code Coverage in .NET November 16, 2006

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Eric Sink advocates the use of code coverage and mentions many of the hidden advantages. He article mentions tools like NUnit, NCover, NCoverExplorer, and TestDriven.NET.

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP (Nov 2006) November 16, 2006

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SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP is now available and includes support for Windows Vista.

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Running SysPrep on a Virtual Machine with SQL Server Installed November 15, 2006

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Ben Armstrong writes about running SysPrep on a virtual machine with SQL Server installed and has a link to the knowledgebase article that shows how to fix it. I think he wrote this blog post just for me!

Ben: how did you know this was causing a problem for me during the weekend? 

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Interesting Finds: November 13, 2006 November 13, 2006

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Jay Tallamraju – Developer Roadmap For Building Smart Client Applications
Ben Armstrong – Why doesn’t Virtual PC 2007 recognize my wireless network adapter?
Kiran Kumar – WPF Performance Whitepaper (& Best Practices)
Greg Duncan – ClickOnce Community Resource Kit
Greg Duncan – SharePoint Explorer Client 2.0 – Community Edition
Gred Duncan – Administering ClickOnce Deployments Whitepaper
Sandcastle – Announcing November 2006 Sandcastle CTP
Sandcastle – Introducing the Power Toys for Visual Studio Pack Installer
Sandcastle – Integrating Sandcastle doc generation to your NAnt builds

Getting a Small Virtual PC Image – WinXP Pro in 550MB November 13, 2006

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Noah Coad has a nice compilation of tips to getting a small Virtual PC image for Windows XP. I had seen Jeff Atwood’s list before, but this adds a few more tips.

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Windows Vista and Office 2007 Availability November 12, 2006

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Now that Microsoft has RTM’d these, many will be watching MSDN to see when they are available. Many sites are reporting the following dates:

Office 2007 will be available on Nov 12, 2006.
Windows Vista will be available on Nov 17, 2006.

The wait is almost over..

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Windows Live Local Add-in For Outlook November 12, 2006

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I downloaded the Windows Local Live Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook today. Having a Location tab for an appointment show the driving directions and map is very cool!

Interesting Finds: November 11, 2006 November 11, 2006

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Eric Gunnerson – Seven deadly sins of programming
Mary Poppendieck – Team Compensation
Mary & Tom Poppendieck – Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit
Jeff Atwood – Anything but Waterfall
Jeff Atwood – The Multi-Tasking Myth
Roy Osherove – Agile Development Sessions – Slides and Demos from TechEd
Roy Osherove – The Art Of Unit Testing – Download Chapter 1
Scott – ASP.NET Connections Slides + Demos

Interesting Finds: November 9, 2006 November 9, 2006

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MSDN – WCF Guidelines and Best Practices
David Chappell – Foundations for SOA: Comparing WCF and SCA
Scott Swigart – Copy Constructor vs. Clone
Tom Hollander – Enterprise Library v3: The Plan
Jayson Knight – Increase Your Virtual Server Performance
Michael Mendelson – Continuous Integration using CruiseControl.NET, NANT, CVS, and Nunit
Michael Puleio – Why Did I Go Agile? Part Two: TDD
Kevin Hoffman – Using Callback Contracts in WCF for Publish/Subscribe

Web Service Versioning November 9, 2006

Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming, Web Services.
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Versioning a web service is a complex problem. While researching how I would resolve this problem using WCF for our new service, I decided to go back and read a number of posts written by my friend Tim Ewald. He does a good job of describing the issues and proposes a flexible solution.

Solving the XSD versioning problem
More on XSD versioning
Making everything optional
Initial code for version-aware schema validation

His post on Versioning and semantic changes provides a great example of a semantic change and the issues of having new clients talking to old services.

Two articles, one good and one bad mentions the need for backward and forward compatibility that I agree is crucial.

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Interesting Finds: November 8, 2006 November 8, 2006

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Mary Jo Foley – Windows Vista RTM
Mike Ormond – Source Code Format Plug-in for Windows Live Writer
Jamie Cansdale – TestDriven.NET
Daniel Ostermeier – The Best Tech Interview Question?
CodeSniper – Wintellects’s PowerCollections & PowerThreading libraries
Jeremy Miller – More Tips for Getting Started with Agile
Little Dumb Man – Why Top Employees Quit
SQLMenace – 5 Books Every Developer Should Read
dzone – Fresh links for developers
Chris’s dev Tidbits – My Blogger A-List – a good start feed for .net Developers
TechCrunch – Microsoft’s Entertainment Domination Plan
Scott Hanselman – Set up your system to use Microsoft’s public Symbol Server
Dominick Baier – Hosting WCF Services in ASP.NET – The Survival Guide
Chris Lovett – Microsoft XML Notepad 2006

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