Notes from the Portland .net user group meeting

Phil Weber presented at the meeting tonight.  The topic: UI Design Guidelines.  It was an entertaining talk about bad UI design and what makes for a good UI.  He showed some cool demos using VB5, VB6, and VB.NET.  Very cool stuff. A couple of Phil’s references: Lutz Roeder’s web site for slick .NET class libraries…

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“Free” doesn’t mean “free”

The cost of an operating system is just a drop in the bucket compared to all the additional costs involved with computing.  Just ask ABB…. IBM lands $1.1 billion IT services deal IBM Global Services will take responsibility for the operation and support of ABB’s information systems infrastructure in 14 countries in Europe and North…

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New developer tools roadmap on MSDN

Cool!  An updated roadmap.  Lots more said about what’s in Whidbey, but the details about Orcas are still a ways out.  Heh, can’t divulge too much too soon, now….


“403 Access Forbidden” when attempting to create an ASP.NET web project

A few weeks ago I had one of those days… I hosed my development environment, so that every time I attempted to create a new ASP.NET web application in VS.NET 2003, I would get the following error message:   The Web server reported the following error when attempting to create or open the Web project located…

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Good book: “Presenting to Win”

I ran across the book, “Presenting to Win” by Weissman.  It’s very well written and should be read by anyone who has to give presentations.


A peek at WSE 2.0… but first a refresher on WSE 1.0…

I’m knocking off one of my “todo’s”: looking at WSE 2.0.  but before I do, I’m reviewing WSE 1.0.  Here’s a well-written overview of WSE 1.0 at the MSDN site. One of the many cool things about WSE 2.0 is that it supports sending messages over TCP/IP or within a process.


have you seen OneNote 2003?

finally.  after 9 nights away in new orleans, i’m home.  on the flight i played with OneNote 2003.  it’s part of microsoft office 2003, and it was the first time i’d used it.  it’s very impressive.  after using it for an hour i found so many cool features, and i’ve barely scratched the surface.  i don’t…


microsoft .net and j2ee interop

new book by simon guest: microsoft .net and j2ee interoperability toolkit available in september.   it’s possible to do interop through a number of ways, including (but not a complete list) interop through remoting (.net program to java through ja.net — difficult to configure, but it works) interop through web services (much simpler to implement…


boise .net user group

if you’re in the boise, idaho, area this thursday evening (7/24), drop by the boise .net user group meeting.  they meet the 3rd thursday of every month.  rob collins is presenting this month.  i’ll be presenting next month. oh, yeh, one more thing.  new orleans is flat.  really flat.  i’m on the 38th floor of…

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