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 Monday, December 12, 2011

One of my primary news sources is The Morning Brew blog. I have it in my RSS reader, and I at least skim through every post.

It amazes me how Chris is able to pull together the key information every day – his dedication and the quality of his work are commendable.

If you are looking for an easy way to keep up on what’s going on in the Microsoft developer world, this is your source!

Monday, December 12, 2011 5:27:50 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
 Friday, December 09, 2011

One of the perks of working for Magenic is that Greg and Paul (the owners) give all employees a tech gift at the end of each year.

Past gifts have included Tivo units, Xbox consoles (with and without Kinect over time), GPS units, Kindle readers, you get the idea.

This year’s tech gift: a Kindle Fire with a one year Amazon Prime subscription.

Magenicons work hard to do great work for our customers, and this is one way the company shows its appreciation for that dedication. Thank you Greg and Paul, and thanks to all the Magenic employees that make the company a great place to work!

Friday, December 09, 2011 11:31:37 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
 Friday, December 02, 2011

I try not to vent all that often, but this just seems deserving…

It seems like every time I install Visual Studio 2010, SQL Express doesn’t work.

I just repaved my laptop – new Win7 install, the whole works.

My previous install didn’t have working SQL Express – as in Visual Studio couldn’t create or open SQL Express files as part of a project. I’d spent a few hours trying to get it working – installing and uninstalling VS/SQL in various combinations to no avail.

The OS reinstall was, in part, because I figured I’d screwed something up so bad it just need a total restart.

Sadly, after installing Win7, Office, VS10, and then VS10 SP1 I still don’t have a working SQL Express – basically out of the box.

My conclusion? The VS10 installer is broken. What else could be wrong here?

At no point, on this new OS install, have I installed SQL Server by hand. The SQL Server install on the machine is directly from the VS10 install – and it doesn’t work.

The SQLEXPRESS service is running, but VS10 can’t talk to it.

I’m surely not looking forward to spending another ton of hours troubleshooting this problem – again. And presumably without success – again.

In short: WTF!?!

Friday, December 02, 2011 11:56:07 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [5]  | 
 Thursday, December 01, 2011

CSLA 4 version 4.2 is now released and available for download.

The primary focus of this release is the introduction of support for mono (Mac, Linux), monotouch (iPhone, iPad), and mono for Android.

This version also supports Windows Phone “Mango” (SDK version 7.1).

You can now reuse your business code across .NET, Silverlight, Windows Phone, and these newly supported platforms as well. As demand grows to build applications that must work on various mobile devices, the ability to directly reuse your business classes is compelling!

Version 4.2 also includes a number of enhancements to the existing CSLA 4 rule engine, along with various other features and bug fixes. Check out the change log for more information.

Our next step is to provide support for Silverlight 5 in CSLA 4 version 4.3, followed by support for WinRT (Windows 8) in version 4.5. The expectation is that your existing CSLA-based business classes will continue to work in Silverlight 5 and WinRT, providing even more long-term reuse, maintainability, and cost-effective development.

Thursday, December 01, 2011 2:30:06 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [2]  | 
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