Archive for May, 2005

ASP.NET 2.0 First Impressions

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Well so far so good; I have a site mostly working, including user management, in about 6 hours of coding.  Some parts of it have been very easy.  The master page mechanism works beautifully – my outer template is shared across all the pages, and CSS ensures I get the same look everywhere.  I haven’t […]

Finally got it working

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

This is about my third attempt at getting VS.NET 2005 Beta 2 working on my system; what I ended up having to do is run the Beta 1 Removal Tool, then uninstall and reinstall Beta 2.  I tried doing a Repair of Beta 2, but that didn’t clear it either; I had to actually remove […]

Tried to install VS.NET 2005 Beta 2…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

But I ran into problems.  I’m trying this tool, which promises to remove bits of Beta 1 that my manual uninstalling may have missed.  It worked pretty quickly, but now I’m attempting to Repair the 2005 install (which still didn’t work); wish me luck.

Starting out with ASP.NET 2.0

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

I created the Restaurant Thing site as a way to play with ASP.NET 1.0, and now that I have the development environment working, I’m starting on a new site to play with 2.0.So far so good; the two things I spent the most time on when working on that site were the membership system (creating […]

WS-Federation and Project Liberty interop

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

I guess this is a result of the new friendly relationship between Sun and Microsoft:  A document on MSDN describes how to interoperate with Project Liberty. Project Liberty is Sun’s challenger for Passport, Microsoft’s single-signon mechanism.  I want to see some single-signon mechanism take off so I can use it on my own sites; I […]

Mac OS X 10.4.1

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Software Update offered me an update to Tiger which I installed.  One of the complaints I had with Tiger is that the Address Book app crashed when importing a Yahoo address book csv file.  Well, it still does.  :(

Exceptions from some URLs

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Some of my old URLs yield exceptions when redirected to Community Server. If you search Google for “Joel Chen Exceptions” you get a link to this page, which yields an exception.But if you search for “C# sprintf“, which is the most popular way that people find my site, you get a link to this article, […]

.Text to Community Server Migration

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

That was much easier than I expected.  It’s so rare that I get to say that about anything in this business.I installed Community Server on my server, ran it’s (web-based) installer, and I had a working Community Server installation.Then I ran Kevin Harder‘s DotText-To-CS-Converter, which converted all the data.  I had to manually add an […]

PS3 vs XBox 360

Monday, May 16th, 2005

This Slashdot post is the best point by point comparison of these two I’ve seen. The hardware comparison leans very strongly in favour of the PS3.  Pretty amazing considering how impressive both boxes are, but the killer features for me are not the raw performance, but the capabilities: PS3 has Blu-Ray PS3 has Bluetooth PS3 […]

Yahoo Music Engine

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

This post is a pretty good (if obviously biased) writeup on the Yahoo Music Engine. It’s a cool idea, although I don’t buy the line that they’re just building a music player with “you” in mind and not with their own corporate interests in mind. I mean, Yahoo is a big corporate interest, isn’t it? […]