Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog

November 2007 Entries

VS2008 Express Edition - You Get What You Pay For

I no longer work for a company that readily supplies me with MSDN software so I have to get Visual Studio for myself this time around.  To that end I figured I would investigate the Express Edition.

The first thing I noticed is the separation of project types.  You can only do Windows or Web applications.  You can't do both.  I was wondering if the "search online templates" in the Create Project dialog might give some more options, but this lead to nowhere.

The next step I am looking at is if you can install multiple express editions at one time.  I wouldn't blame Microsoft if they blocked doing this.  Considering Express is free  and having two versions would give you more of the functionality of standard they would want to get paid for their work.  I'll post again once I am done downloading the DVD ISO and attempt the installation.

Polymorphic Podcast Firing On All Cylinders Again

I have mentioned before that one of my favorite podcasts is the Polymorphic Podcast hosted by Craig Shoemaker.  Things were a little slow there for a while.  I am guessing because Craig has done this because he wants to, not because he gets paid to and life just gets in the way some times.

This week he is fired back up to full steam.  He has a great interview with Scott Hanselman.  The only unfortunate part of the show is that it is making me feel old.  I am five years older than Scott and haven't done anywhere near as much with my career.  Very depressing.

I did enjoy hearing about all the cool people Scott has meet and worked with in his short time at Microsoft.  It is great to hear how they pretty much work on things the same way the rest of us do.

It was also nice to hear them talk about the revalations that come with experience in development.  The fact that KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) and Your Not Gonna Need It are things that new developers don't realize when they are trying to conqure the world was a great statement.

Give this program a listen and check out the old episodes.

Am I Allergic To Apples

I must be allergic to Apples since every time I watch a commercial or listen to someone hype them I get irritated.  Lately there have been a couple of posts and podcasts that have given me a little relief.  Scoble has been having problems lately with his Macs and Hanselman was relating some issues with his on the latest Polymorphic Podcast.  The observation here is not that Windows machines are any better than Apples.  It is that Apples really aren't special or immune to problems.  It more you load onto them the more unstable they are going to get.

There are other things that kill me.  They advertise lack of flexibility as a selling point.  Of course they don't call it that.  They tell you that you don't have to add anything to the machine because it is already there (or at least that is how I hear the commercials).  My reaction is that I want to be able to add the latest and greatest to my machine any time I want.  Of course this means I am risking an unstable machine because no one can code for every possibility.

So, I'm not saying that Apple doesn't have a good product.  They just need to quit lying to people that some how they make perfect machines and perfect software.  As a developer I know that just isn't possible.  They have just as many faults as anyone else, they just chose not deal with as many variables.

Disclaimer: The fact that I am linking to other well known personalities does not mean they hold the same opinion I do.

Enterprise Library Book Releasing Monday

IT IS FINALLY HERE!  Keenan just posted that the The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library will be shipping November 26th.  It has been a long time coming.  While I played my small part in the initial writing, Keenan spent a lot of time trying to keep up with the face pace of Enterprise Library releases and still keep his day job.  I encourage that you go out and pick up a copy.  I know for my part I tried to make sure that it contained as much information as possible to extend the EL as well as how to use it out of the box.

Vista Slide Show Screen Saver Sucks

This is a continuation of a couple of previous posts.  The good news is that I seem to have identified the source of my display aggravations.  Luckily it seems that it is just the screen saver that doesn't know how to render an image properly.

Since my earlier posts I have worked with several image editing tools and installed Webshots and a third party photo screen saver.  None of them are showing the display issue that the Vista native screen saver does.

So, although the title of this post is negative it is actually a positive that Vista itself and the Toshiba hardware that I am using are not at fault.  If this is the limit of my problems than I guess I can live with it.