Monday, October 29, 2007

No more Acropolis!

Don't worry! nothing happened to the monument in Athens, Greece (beautiful place by the way).

I just read Acropolis is dead. The Acropolis team will be joining the Patterns & Prectices team and they'll release WPF Composite Client. We can't say we didn't see it coming... no seriously, we can't say it. But for some reason it wasn't a big surprise. As I got interested in Acropolis I was also picking on what the P&P team was doing and something didn't sound right. I got the feeling Microsoft didn't know exactly what they were doing since two teams were working on very "similar" solutions, or at least the purpose of them were very similar. And of course, Acropolis was new, P&P has been around for a while and lots of people are using the CAB today so, IMHO, it's a good call!

I guess that's it for the Acropolis Addin ;)

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

I joined facebook!

... and so far it's pretty cool. The most exciting thing was finding friends from high school that I have not talked to in 10 years!

It has some pretty good features like entering your Google, Live or Yahoo credentials among others, and it goes thru your contacts and tells you who signed up in facebook, so you can add them as friends right away. It has microblogging, photos, and some other cool apps you can use. It's also a good place to use as a forum,  cause you can find people who shares your interests. I joined a .net Framework group and created, of course, the DeKlarit group.

So go ahead and sign up, reach me, and join the DeKlarit group :)

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Great customer support

I don't know if that's customer support. If you go back to one my latest post I was very pissed about not finding what I was looking for regarding Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) security features. I had read tons of articles, papers, blogs, and forum threads and I still couldn't figured it out (I still haven't). But then, after my post, somebody made a comment (you can go ahead and read it). This guy, Michael Green, told me he was from the WCF documentation team and he would be happy to hear what I had to say regarding the WCF documentation, so he left his email address for me to reach him.

So I did, I wrote an email telling him the articles I read and how incomplete those were. I told him that those articles were assuming some knowledge or tips of some kind that obviously I didn't know, that could be my fault but the articles did not mention them or have links to that info.

After a few days I got an answer, which I didn't expect. We discussed about one article in particular and exchange a couple of email. Bottom line: he appreciated my feedback, told me he was going to add the missing info in the docs and also told me to feel free to reach him anytime.

That's what I call great customer support... I'm still lost, I haven't achieved what I wanted to, but in some way, I feel good! :(

P.S: I checked and the article has not changed yet... I'll wait

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Friday, October 19, 2007

It's ALIVE!!!

Just a short notice to let everybody know that the DeKlarit Knowledge Base was brought back to life.
The idea is to have a place where you could find all the fixes of a version. Until now, whenever we fixed a bug o something we posted the fix in our forum in the thread where the bug was found. But now, we'll be updating our knowledge base so people can go there and download every fix for a particular version.

Keep in mind that we will be updating the KB from now on so previous fixes will not be there.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

SQL2005 Import/Export wizard sucks!

And it's not just me saying it!

The thing is, I have a database with many tables and I created in a new database the exact same tables (at least some of them). Then, for testing purposes, I wanted to populate these tables with the data from the previous database. In SQL2000 I did this hundreads of times with no problems but "now" they replaced DTS for SSIS, and it's just stupid what it is doing. Eventhough there's no identity fields in the tables I have to set "Enable identity insert" to true, otherwise the wizard will try to create the table and since they're already there the script fails saying it could not complete the create table statement :(

  While searching for this issue I found quite a few, so I suggest if you're trying to transfer data, use the DTS Import/Export wizard from SQL2000. It just works!

(BTW: I have SQL2005 SP2)

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

NOT California

In his last post, Joel mentioned a few things from California and I just HAVE to say the Blue Angels are not from California. They are from Pensacola Florida, my home town in the US.

There! I said it

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