LINQ PDC Preview for Visual Studio 2005 RTM available… already!

Amazingly, there’s already a drop of the LINQ PDC Preview that works with the RTM version of Visual Studio 2005.  You can get it here, on the LINQ home page. LINQ, the Language INtegrated Query Project, is still a future technology of course, but for those of you who work with data (and who doesn’t?),…

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How to automatically uninstall Visual Studio 2005 Beta versions using the Automatic Uninstaller tool

For those of you who installed any pre-RTM versions of Visual Studio 2005, including Beta 2, I highly recommend running the Automatic Uninstall Tool. Before Installing Visual Studio 2005 It’s recommended that you install Visual Studio 2005 on a clean machine. If you have a pre-RTM version, you can automatically uninstall previous versions with the Visual…

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Resurrection

 “Do you think we can get it working again?” I asked Scott, as he opened up the Marsellus Wallace briefcase to reveal the bits of a disassembled brain-computer interface.  Here we were on a Saturday morning, in Gary’s stunning office space overlooking Saint Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin, with the sun streaming through bay…

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Your One-Stop Shop for Team System Architecture

Visual Studio’s Team System for Architects piece is great stuff.  As the first deliverable of Microsoft’s Dynamic Systems Initiative, it lets architects visualize and validate their distributed architectures.  At its core are 3 types of diagrams: Application Diagrams describe your distributed system’s architecture at a high level (including communication interfaces, right down to the WSDL if you’re…

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So you want to install all the WinFX bits from PDC yourself.

So you’re hoping to explore the pre-release WinFX goodies – WPF, WCF and WWF – from the comfort of home. Do you need the PDC DVDs?  Do you need an MSDN subscription?  Do the stars have to be aligned?  No, no, and… well, no… although astral alignment can sometimes help. Rob Relyea has the answer,…

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SteveB Dublin Visit Photos and MSDN Flash Editorial

In this week’s MSDN Flash Ireland editorial, I reflected on Steve Ballmer’s visit to Dublin and looked toward our next focus: the November launch events.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting the official photos from the SteveB visit.  Here are a few half-decent photos here I took of the various SteveB events I attended. Flash Ireland contains…

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Last day of WinFX labs in Dublin today

Thanks to Paschal for the blog entry about our WinFX hands-on labs that we are running this week and are open to the public.  We’re running them again today in Sandyford, just south of Dublin (take the LUAS green line down here; here are directions).  Yesterday I learned a lot about WCF (Indigo) and I…

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Speaking of what’s new in SQL 2005…

Local Regional Director Nick Grattan, who just so happens to be a SQL Server 2005 guru, has recently been posting a series of thoughtful and well-written gems deep-diving into SQL Server 2005, like this on PIVOT, this on the OUTPUT clause, this on UDFs, this on INSTEAD OF triggers, and this on DDL triggers.  Definitely…

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Encrypting strings in an ASP.NET 2.0 configuration file

Today, a small group of us learned heaps walking through the WCF hands-on labs from PDC05. In the course of walking through the WCF exercises, we stumbled across an encrypted connection string in a Web.Config file.  Encrypting that string seemed like a good idea to me, but we didn’t know how to go about encrypting…

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