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Nationwide, the world’s largest building society realised the benefits of Faster Payments with the help of Microsoft Services and interestingly enough a team of BizTalk experts from Solidsoft. For a number of years Solidsoft has provided senior software consultants expert in Microsoft BizTalk server and many other Microsoft products support of Microsoft Service led developments. The Nationwide project has proved no different with Solidsoft providing a team of 6 to support the successful development ...
In part 1 of Crack .Net Applications I demonstrated how easy it was to reverse engineer an an unprotected .Net application. In this post my aim is to highlight a few techniques that one can employ to protect ones code from this type of hacking. So, my take on software protection is that one can never be 100% protected – given infinite time you can guarantee someone with enough intelligence will be able to bypass all security measures that you ever implement – that being said, we don’t have infinite ...
Today is the last day for the $299.99 early bird price for the Software Development and Evolution Conference 2010 happening in Winnipeg this October! The conference is 2 days of sessions spanning development, management, methodologies, and technology topics and features a wide range of local and out of town presenters! We’re also very happy to announce that Microsoft has graciously provided two free passes to the upcoming Tech Days 2010 event in Winnipeg this December, so we’ll be giving those away ...
A few months ago I attended a local user group meeting that focussed on software security. The presenter demonstrated several techniques that one could employ to bypass software security and several “tricks of the trade” that one could implement to make ones software more secure. The presentation rekindled the fire I had for a little research project that I had attempted several months earlier on reverse engineering .Net applications but that at the time I had lost interest in after an hour of unsuccessful ...
Long ago, in the mid and late-90s, the mobile device market was a bit different from today’s. Palm led the PDA category, with monochrome devices that operated offline, until the Palm VII and its ultra-slow Internet service came out. The Palm VII was all the rage amongst early-adopters…I even bought the erstwhile publisher of Visual Studio Magazine’s predecessor one and shipped it to him, because they were available in New York, but not in the Bay Area, where he was. Then a Canadian company called ...
My own very recent personal experience mirrors this blog post: Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age So what do I do to deal with that? Looking at Vivek’s advice, item number 1 is to move into management … yikes… I firmly believe that if someone thought I had the chops to be a manager it would have happened 20 years ago… nobody wants to make me a boss, trust me :) besides which, I like coding! Item 2 sucks… and goes totally against the American Dream of continually moving up… expect to ...
It has been a while since my last blog post. I have been busy and lazy at the same time and couldn't find the time to get around posting new blog posts. I have been thinking of writing a blog post series on ASP.NET MVC for Web Forms Programmers. Especially because I am planning to give presentations at .NET User Group meetings and Code Camps starting this October-November. So, now I need to buy a 17" screen laptop with Windows 7 64-bit with 8GB RAM. I have always been a Desktop guy because I hate ...
this year I had the pleasure of cramming the following information into my lobes: Book: Schuams Graph Theory - http://www.amazon.com/Schau... - a subset of combinatorics. From my perspective, just use linear algebra - you can bash anything into vectors. some interesting stuff on platonic solids and the 3 color world map. SD - shortest distance SP - shortest path bipartite graph - 2 disjoint sets ...
I've been taking quite a prolonged break from blogging, partly because my attention has been elsewhere. Writing several chapters for BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed (due to be published towards the end of the year) has taken up a lot of time. I'm also involved in helping or organise Rules Fest 2010. And then there is the day job,...and four kids,...and two cats,...and management of a local youth club,...and organising my wife's 50th, etc., etc. Anyway, this is an unashamed plug for the conference. ...
I've been at Sela(www.sela.co.il) for 3 years now, working as a software architecture consultant. I've had the pleasure to learn from some amazing people there. But all good things come to an end - its time to grow in new directions! I will soon be moving on to participate in a new venture - Code Value - http://codevalue.net/ ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA COS 2144 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... This chapter introduces the concepts and shows some examples of how to define inheritance relationships between c++ classes, overriding methods, the vritual keyword, and simple examples show how polymorphism work. Questions for this Section What is inheritance for? Explain polymorphism. What is it? How can you use it? Explain the difference between dynamic binding and static binding? ...
You’ve heard good things about Visual Studio 2010 but you still need to answer the question “What’s in it for me?” You need to justify the cost the new software as well as the not insignificant cost of migration. The Entity Framework is a powerful tool for creating a conceptual model of your data store and abstract away the details of data access. Exposing these conceptual entities over the wire to client applications mean one of two things: ADO.NET Data Services (now called WCF Data Services) or ...
This summer Inmeta ASA, a leading Norwegian IT company, bought Osiris Data. It means we’re now more than 150 consultants, up from 30 as we were. It means a lot for us, as we now can take on larger projects, more projects and with even more colleagues we will have better competency on more areas. It is also very exciting to be in a larger company, be “exposed” to more projects and more opportunities. Osiris Data was founded late autumn 1996, and started operation in January 1997, with 3 people. The ...
UPDATE: 22/09/2010. I have posted an update on this issue. My root problem turned out to overheating, although I still advocate a number of optimisations for VirtualBox. I have a Dell laptop with 8GB RAM and a dual core processor running Windows 7. I use my machine quite intensively. Quite often I run virtual images under Oracle's VirtualBox. I'm currently using an image that contains an installation of the BizTalk Server 2010 beta. For months, I found that every time I fired up images under VirtualBox, ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 11 Explain the purpose and objectives of object-oriented design Develop package diagrams and component diagrams Develop design class diagrams Use CRC cards to define class responsibilities and collaborations Explain the fundamental principles of object-oriented design Key Words & Definitions instantiation – creation of an object based on the template provided ...
This past Wednesday, Beta 1 of Visual Studio LightSwitch (VSLS) was be made available to MSDN Subscribers. On Monday, it will be made available to the general public, at http://www.msdn.com/lightsw... Even in advance of Monday, that site is already making useful content available. Specifically, a Channel 9 video called “Visual Studio LightSwitch - Beyond The Basics” is well worth the viewing time. In it, Beth Massi (Program Manager on the Visual Studio Community Team) interviews Joe Binder (a Program ...
Let me start by saying, I love looking at other people’s code. I have learned so much by reading code that I would put that in a top 5 list of things every programmer should do. If it wasn’t for tools like .NET Reflector or Snoop then I would have missed reading a lot of great code. I started working in Silverlight a few months ago and wanted a utility to browse the tree nodes like Snoop does for WPF. I found several solutions but wasn’t happy until I stumbled upon Silverlight Spy 3 by First Floor ...
Recently I was given a new Win XP SP3 laptop with Utimaco’s SafeGuard Enterprise 5.35 installed. Just to briefly mention here that this is a quite popular disk encryption software. I let the it encrypt the laptop’s hard-drives and I did not have any problems restarting it. The next days the machine started fine too, and then it was Sunday when I was home having some spare time and wanted to complete some work… I reached out to my laptop, pressed the power button, and to my astonishment the computer ...
Well... I should have known better than to try to interview for a new job, but it was a Windows Phone gig... and could have been a career-extender. Not to even think about the crap that's going on at work right now, this would be a sweet deal. But... I don't interview well. I've proved that to myself and others multiple times. I work on .NET 2.0 web database software connected to Oracle, Oracle Stored Procs, and Microsoft Access 8 or 9 hours a day. The stuff's not tricky by any means, it's mostly ...
Some time ago I wrote about FEZ Mini and FEZ Domino – first affordable development boards for .NET Micro Framework. Today I’m excited to tell you about another device called Netduino. Similar to FEZ Domino this board is pin compatible with Arduino, and therefore most of Arduino shields should work fine on Netduino. This makes transitioning your project quite easy. Only care should be taken to ensure that shield can run at 3.3V logic levels (because Arduino runs at 5V). Of course Netduino is much ...
I admit it… I am a software podcast junkie – it started with Dot Net Rocks, and has progressed till I now listen to more than a dozen podcasts actively, but what I am finding more and more is that the general .Net podcasts seem to all follow the flavour of the month posts… So this week everyone is talking about LightSwitch, last week it was Windows Phone 7, before that Azure… all flavours of the month, all introducing new things, and usually some high level 10000 meter view of a new technology… So ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 8 Prioritize the system requirements based on the desired scope and level of automation for the new system Describe the strategic decisions that integrate the application deployment environment and the design approach for the new system Determine alternative approaches for system implementation Evaluate and select an implementation approach based on the needs ...
This is the first in a several part posting about T4-Toolbox. More to follow You landed here because you're interested in code generation, working faster, generating uniform code, forestalling corpal tunnel syndrome, etc. But perhaps, you need convincing it's worth the effort What's the difference between this class: public partial class Evaluation : KeyedObject { public virtual string Description { get; set; } public virtual Guid EvaluationTypeId { get; set; } public virtual decimal Bias { get; ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 3 Explain the elements of project management and the responsibilities of a project manager Explain project initiation and the project planning activities of the SDLC Describe how the scope of the new system is determined Develop a project schedule using Gantt charts Develop a cost/benefit analysis and asses the feasibility of a proposed project Discuss how ...
I’d say this one of the coolest offerings for most Businesses and their Developers these days from Microsoft. Coming from a Dev Shop that uses a lot of Microsoft Products on a daily basis, its nice to have access to this vast collection of their Software & Tools over the course of a given year, through the Microsoft Developer Network. But it doesn’t stop with just their Software Catalog on MSDN. In a lot of cases you also gain access to try out even much more than just their Software. How about ...
What’s new with you? So yeah, I have been quiet lately. As you may remember, I left /n software in March and joined a new startup company in Chapel Hill called 3Birds Marketing. What have I been doing since? Lots! First and foremost, I got engaged to the wonderful and beautiful Lauren Briggs. Yep, I’m gettin’ hitched. I’m a lucky man because #1 she’s awesome, #2 she’s smart as hell, #3 she’s hot, #4 she’s fun, and #5 she kicks ass. Seriously. Don’t mess with her or she will beat you up. Life at 3Birds ...
In this blog and in my column, I’ve written a lot lately about new technologies from Microsoft that seek to make software development easier. Technologies like ASP.NET Web Pages, Razor and WebMatrix, Access Web Databases and Visual Studio LightSwitch. Each of these technologies, I believe, is bringing much needed accessibility to programming on the Microsoft platform. I’ve also written about Windows Phone 7 which, despite extreme skepticism in the press and analyst communities, has the potential ...
I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time now. Finally, I have a moment to spare and express my thoughts. I have been programming in .NET for several years and I have never felt the shortage of excitement until now. Unfortunately, when I think about the future of .NET I see nothing on the horizon. ASP.NET MVC has been pulling me back into the .NET community but this will end some time soon. Every time I start building the application I am faced with same stuff over and over again. ...
I borrow this quotation from Douglas Adams to thank Fortech for the last great 15 years of working experience. I started by writing ms-dos applications, moved to Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and almost all the embedded and non embedded "Windows something" operating systems. Here I learnt the difference between being able to write some code and being able to write a piece of Software that is reliable and usable. Now I decided to begin a new experience as a self-employed "Embedded Software Craftsman" and ...
Las aplicaciones de Windows Azure se ejecutan en los centros de datos de Microsoft y son accedidas a través de Internet. Different kind of applications can be built on Windows Azure: · An independent software vendor (ISV) could create an application that targets business users, an approach that’s often referred to as Software as a Service (SaaS). ISVs can use Windows Azure as a foundation for a variety of business-oriented SaaS applications. · An ISV might create a SaaS application that targets consumers. ...
Cloud services platforms are still in their infancy considering the size of the market, but big players like Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Google have made significant investments for the future in offering cloud services in some form or the other. In this section, I will outline the offerings of some cloud services providers: Amazon Web Services Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, and to support its daily operations, Amazon has one of the most advanced data centers in the world. Processing ...
Understanding Cloud Architecture Fundamentally, cloud architectures are based on creation of large data centers with a management fabric defining clear abstraction between server hardware and operations systems. The management fabric automates the deployment of virtualized operating systems images on server hardware. In its simplest form, a typical cloud data center consists of a bank of server hardware and massive storage for storing fully functional operating system images. The management fabric ...
Security Security is a nonnegotiable requirement for a cloud service offering to be successful. Access control and security for business data is of utmost importance. Business data stored in the cloud needs to be encrypted during not only during storage but also transport. Secure data and network channels across application domains in the cloud should be built right into the cloud service infrastructure. Access control prohibits unauthorized access to the data and applications and provides authorization ...
En el artículo anterior se definieron los conceptos de la Nube y Cloud Computing, y se repasó rápidamente la evolución de tecnologías que favorecieron el surgimiento de dicho paradigma. En el presente artículo se definirán los diferentes conceptos “*aaS” relacionados con el concepto de cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.). SaaS digamos que ya es un término hasta cierto punto conocido, pero ¿y los demás? Eso es lo que se aclarará en este artículo. Los servicios de computación en la Nube, así como ...
En estos días mucho se escuchan los términos de “cloud computing” y/o computación en la nube, y se habla mucho de lo beneficioso que puede resultar este modelo para las empresas, pero ¿de qué se trata realmente toda esta nueva revolución? ¿Cuáles son los verdaderos beneficios de adoptar este modelo de computación? Y como nada puede ser 100% positivo (por lo menos no para todos los escenarios posibles), ¿cuáles son los riesgos que conlleva adoptar la computación en la nube? El presente artículo es ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2621 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 4 Describe the activities of system analysis. Explain the difference between functional and non-functional system requirements. Describe three types of models and reasons for creating models Identify and understand the different types of users who will be involved in investigating system requirements Determine the kind of information that is required to model ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2621 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 2 Explain the purpose and various phases of the traditional systems development life cycle (SDLC) Explain when to use an adaptive approach to the SDLC in place of the more predictive traditional SDLC Explain the differences between a model, a tool, a technique, and a methodology Describe the two overall approaches used to develop information systems: the traditional ...
I rebuilt my laptop this week (it was time) and I ran into this issue again, so I’m documenting it here for my next rebuild. When I installed Windows 7, my external Firewire hard drive (Seagate 500gb) is slow, for whatever reason, but there is a fix. You can revert to the legacy driver. (!) I’ve seen a significant reduction in the time it takes to copy files. I found this answer here: http://social.technet.micro... Here ...
One of my colleagues pointed me at Howard Baines as a recent example of a web consultancy already using Visual Studio 2010 and Entity Framework 4.0 to build web applications. I managed to grab a little time with co-founder Clive Howard (on twitter) to talk through some of the decisions, especially as I was intrigued to learn that they started out on Open Source Software including Ruby on Rails before switching to the .NET Framework. We discuss: Why switch to the .NET Framework? Entity Framework 4.0 ...
[Check out other guest posts if you like this one. They are often better than mine!] One thing I miss about being the Technical Editor of the UK MSDN Flash is interacting with smart individuals to get their technical article ready for inclusion. It occurs to me that I use GuestPosts on my blog to get a similar “fix” :-) It is time for another fix :-) In this case the author is Patrick Smacchia, a very smart developer who happens to be the the lead developer for the rather amazing tool NDepend (and ...
So I'm on this private email group and a discussion starts by someone pointing out this blog post which talks about the Microsoft.Data.dll and the Microsoft.Data namespace. From the blog post: It’s an awesome new assembly/namespace that contains everything you’ll ever need to access a database. In ASP.NET WebPages we wanted people to be able to access the database without having to write too many lines of code. ... The user doesn’t have to learn about connection strings or how to create a command ...
Download GPIO Example driver and appplication source code A recent discussion thread in the Windows Embedded Compact Platform Development forum made it clear to me that for new Windows CE Software Engineers doing something as simple as accessing a hardware register can be very difficult. In the old days, Windows CE 5.0 and before, it was very easy; write an application that allocates a virtual address and then read or write a register. The problem with that is that allowing applications to access ...
I believe that every developer that works for someone has at least thought of becoming an Independent Developer at some point in his/her career. If I had to sum up the reason why, I’d pick these: 1. The freedom to pick the projects that you work on. 2. The ability to avoid worthless meetings. 3. Saying goodbye to incompetent co-workers. 4. Being able to do the project the ‘right’ way. (Which is typically your way - hopefully) 5. Getting the full reward for the skills you possess. I’m talking money ...
This is the second in a series on architecting software solutions where I discuss items that need to be discussed, addressed, resolved, etc. prior to finalizing any system designs.. Part I of this series “Know Your Audience” can be found here. One of the easiest pits to fall in when architecting software solutions is to attempt to design the solution to be all things to all people. Unless the application is incredibly simple and/or has a very narrow use, it is possible to spend substantially more ...
I am writing this post in response to David Burela’s ‘What is your preferred technology stack?’ meme. As an independent developer I generally have a lot of flexibility to chose the tools that I think will deliver the best result, with the restriction that my customer is generally looking for a .NET based solution. I favour tools which: are open source. Open source libraries are often designed to facilitate quality practices, not to sell tools. Also, access to the source and the price are bonuses. ...
And the day is Today. Today Tellago launches its new sister company “Tellago Studios” which focuses on developing Enterprise Software’s. The basic motive of the company is to convert the lessons we learn in our day to day life working with our customers while providing them Enterprise Software Solutions into new Enterprise Software. Many times using current technologies we feel that something is missing. What if we can also do this with this technology. We at Tellago, have this passion for innovation ...
Malaga University (Spain) is offering a master in Software Engineering and RIA technologies, some highlights: Silverlight and HTML 5 covered in the master. The teaching staff is a mix of university professors and Microsoft MVP's. 9 Months to 1 Year internships available on top companies. You can find more info in the following sites: Spanish. English. Or writing to the following EMail address: antonio@lcc.uma.es I will be one of the MVP's that will teach in the master... guess which part ;-) ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2621 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 1 Explain the key role of a system analyst in business. Describe the various types of system and technology an analyst might use. Explain the importance of technical skills, people skills and business skills for an analyst. Explain why ethical behaviour is crucial for a system analyst’s career. Describe various job titles in the field and places of employment ...
One of the biggest problems with object oriented designs is its inability to express architectures on different levels of abstractions. True, there are Packet Diagram, Component Diagram, and Class Diagram in UML, which are geared towards different levels of abstraction. But I ask you: How do you translate them into code? Except for Class Diagrams that´s not so easy. There are hardly any guidelines – at least when it comes to the .NET platform. What´s a component in .NET terms? What´s a packet? And ...
Visual WebGui which was designed to solve the most painful issues for enterprise IT is now with its new 6.4 RC0 version fullfiling its promise to reproduce client/server richness and user experience on Web and Cloud, in a simple cost effective way. "VWG was designed to solve what might be the most painful issues for enterprise IT; reproducing client/server richness and user experience on Web and Cloud, in a simple cost effective way and with standard Web, no-plug-in accessibility and absolutely secured ...