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June 2004 - Posts

Introduction to Components: Background

Number of paradigms and methodologies has been offered to help developers and software vendors in their software engineering activities. The main theme and centre point of these methodologies have been code re-usability. The same idea is even present
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Info Aggregator

People have started using RSS, seeing this many related services are ideas are emerging. Info Aggregator from BlogStreet is one of them. The idea is, to have the RSS posts into the IMAP server so the reader may use any IMAP compliant tool, for example,
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Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1

Visual Studio 2005’s Beta 1 is out! (Currently available only for MSDN subscribers) The Express versions of all the language packs also available. The express versions are light weight IDEs designed for beginners and non-professional developers.
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Yahoo Groups: Now providing RSS feeds

Yahoo Groups are not offering RSS feeds! Details Unfortunately the feeds are only for the public groups! They should add support for subscriptions. It will be even cooler J
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Windows Hosting Discussions

Asp.Net Forums are hosting Windows Hosting Discussions , the collection of forums. If you are using Windows for hosting the applications, you may find valuable information there. Best of all, Asp.Net forums provide RSS feeds!
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The mail war begins!

GMail 1Gb mailbox Very responsive web application Approach to see mail replies as threads, with option to reach particular reply directly is nice Keyboard shortcuts! Yahoo 100Mb mailbox Simple GUI Traditional webmail Other cool services, like eFax With
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Outlook: NNTP (News) and RSS

Argh, why the heck Outlook doesn’t have NNTP (News) support? If you hate to run Outlook and Outlook Express (for news), check out NewsHound and MapiLab’s NNTP for Outlook . I also wish to mention NewsGator , the RSS plugin for the Outlook!
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GMail: Integrating the Gmail account with standard mail clients

Outlook has built-in support for the Hotmail. There is some open-source applications that let you retrieve Yahoo mails over POP3. In case you have got the GMail account, give PGtGM a try. Here is what they say on their website . Pop Goes the Gmail is
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The mailing lists

Mailing lists play important part in our daily lives! I learned a lot, especially about ASP from the lists at http://activeserverpages.com (that unfortunately are not anymore, a long story of its own!) AspAlliance has setup the following sites that feature
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mySQL: Pros & Cons

Recently, I got a chance to work with mySQL after almost four and half years. This time I need to explore the administrative perspective of mySQL. Frankly speaking I am disappointed to find couple of disadvantages of mySQL in this context. And may be
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mySQL: Jumpstart

mySQL can be configured to run on Windows. So there is no hurdle that you look for any *nix box. You can download mySQL from here , the current release version is 4.0 that can be found here . If you prefer using some GUI for mySQL administration, mySQL
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GMail

If anyone is interested to have the GMail account, please drop the comment to this post. Rule is simple, I will send you the GMail invitations, for each invitation, one must send an invitation back to me (out of the three), so that I can forward it the
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100Mb at Yahoo Mail!

Yahoo has increased their web-mail space from 4Mb to 100Mb J Try logging onto their site, it’s reported that not every mailbox yet has this facility.
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Will it be okay to talk about alpha and beta software?

Is it okay to use alpha and/or beta software and talk about them here? Can we talk about Yukon (SQL Server 2005) and/or Whidbey (Visual Studio 2005)? I am dieing to use C# in SQL’s stored procedures. Is there anyone feeling the same? J I have plans
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Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer

Visual Studio 2005’s Class Designer looks promising. At least it will be a native to Windows application unlike Rational XDE. By the way, do anyone around use any integrated modeling tools, Rational’s XDE? Borland’s Together? Which one
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MSXML and Temporary Internet Files

There is an old application hosted on the application server at my job. The core COM+ application was exposed over HTTP using ASP and XML. The custom ASP scripts are used parsing XML requests using MSXML. It was a long time ago when SOAP was not made
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Windows XP: Get rid of low disk reminder

Forwarding from a mailing list: Windows XP will warn you when one of your hard drives has less than 200MB of free space. It will continue to warn you at predefined intervals, and the balloons will remain open for 30 seconds when you have less than 80MB
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The Daily WTF

The Daily WTF Curious Perversions In Information Technology Some very nice collections :)
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Write Once Run Everywhere, Implementations from multiple vendors

I just have started reading the .Net Patterns book. The author has a strong Java background, and in the book’s preface he has mentioned the facts about the two factors Java folk preach around: Write Once, Run Everywhere Option to select implementations
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Server applications with heavy backgrounds!

I hate programs having heavy backgrounds. The GUI designers should consider simpler approaches specially the programs that are meant to be running on the Server Operating Systems. (Windows Server specifically) Sometimes we need to run such application

TSql: Dropping leading zeroes

At my job, a weird mistake happened few days back. We changed the template of the PIN codes that are randomly generated. A little tricky algorithm involved ends up concatenating multiple numbers to make a single value. In case the values being concatenated
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Windows XP, Active Directory, Visual Studio.Net, Web Projects, REALM Problem

Today, I needed to setup a web project on Windows XP box that was a member of an Active Directory domain. I was getting 500 errors while creating the web project in the Visual Studio. Checking event logs of System, Application and Security I discovered
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Mono Beta 2 has been released

Mono Beta 2 has been released. See their Release Notes , or go directly to the download page.
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