Posts in category ”Coding”
It’s rant monday! I’ve been trying to install yet another version of Microsofts SQL Server. Yes, it’s a lot of fun, I’m totally thrilled and all that. However, while progressing through the joyful bliss of installation, it suddenly complains about being unable to install with the short message “Setup failed. Refer to the setup log.”
A major CMS company recently had a large restructure of their site. Unfortunately the link management seems to be have had a low priority. For example, some of the links look like this:
Everyone knows the Easter eggs where Excel97 was turned into a flight simulator and Word97 a pinball game. But that was ten years ago and surely the modern versions can do much more? Enter Excel the 3D engine! Peter Rakos had a bit of time to spare and used Excel to calculate and render basic 3D.
It has only been seven months since the last roadshow but the MSDN Live team is on the road again. Just as last time, a lot was said about ASP.NET AJAX, Silverlight and rich clients.
You may be familiar with the model-view-controller (MVC) architectural pattern. For instance, Ruby on Rails development use a MVC-based architecture. Scott Guthrie recently held a presentation at the ALT.NET Conference in Austin. The talk was filmed by Scott Hanselman) and it’s the first public demonstration of an upcoming technology: The ASP.NET MVC Framework.
ASP.NET has been taking a lot of hard words since its inception. Most of the complaints are well deserved, but there are some ways to make things slightly better.
Today it was revealed that Microsoft will release the sourcecode to parts of the .NET Framework. It will likely occur during the shipment of VS2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. This means you won’t have to peek through disassemblers such as Reflector any longer to understand what’s going on under the hood (yes, the .NET Framework libraries are unobfuscated and the IL can be reverse-engineered).
The MIX conference is currently held in Las Vegas, just as last year. The reports are pouring in and they mostly contain the word “Silverlight” in one way or another. Flash is the most popular choice for graphics-intense presentations on the web today.