Rosario November CTP is now available

According to Jeff Beehler:

I’m happy to announce that the next Community Technology Preview of Rosario (officially known as Microsoft® Visual Studio® Team System code name “Rosario” November 2007 CTP) is now available.  Customers can immediately begin downloading the VPC images from our download page.

Download and check what’s coming up next for Visual Studio Team System!

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Visual Studio Team System chat – December 5, 2007

Do you want to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition? You can join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group chats.

There will be two chat sessions.  (times in the Jerusalem time zone)

  • Join the chat on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 from 20:00 – 21:00 Jerusalem Time. Add to Calendar
  • Join the chat on Thursday, December 6th, 2007 from 02:00AM – 03:00AM Jerusalem Time. Add to Calendar

DevAcademy2 Summary

Yesterday I presented at DevAcademy II event – an annual developers event organized by Microsoft Israel. It was a great event and highly-professional. I really enjoyed it.

A big thanks to Microsoft Israel for the technical and logistical planning and execution of this event.  Both speakers and attendees commented it was great and professional.

I’ll post later the download link of my presentation and demos –  DEV215: Integrating Databases Into ALM.

See you in the next event!

Photos – Thanks to Mr. Adi Avnit.



Dual boot: Vista and Win Server 2003

Wow! It was a long long long installation weekend. My Laptop’s hard disk died a week ago, and I got new one which means installations!

I need both Vista and Server 2003 with Dual boot configuration on my laptop. Vista is my work and development machine, server 2003 hosted Team Foundation Server – my presentations machine.

It seems that this is not so easy to configure dual boot with Vista…after 2 formats and re-installation I finally succeeded!

Why does it so complicated? earlier versions of the Windows are incompatible with the new Windows Vista startup method. Windows Vista uses a new Boot Configuration Database (BCD) store. This store contains a boot menu and all the information about operating systems that are installed on the computer. Therefore, a Boot.ini file that is from an earlier version of the Windows operating system cannot be used to start Windows Vista.

How did I solve it? I found this useful KB and a great tool: EasyBCD.

Next time I’ll be smarter…

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Team Foundation Server 2008 Installation Problems

I just installed Team Foundation Server 2008 and I got couple of errors during installation. Even I had followed the installation guide to the letter, I got some errors:

  • Error 28905: WiDbLoc: Could not list of fields to localize from the database. Clicking Retry wasn’t the appropriate workaround…I found this post and I understand that after I changed SQL Server’s TCP/IP status of the enabled, I didn’t restart the SQL Server service. Restart it and the error disappeared.
  • Setup Error 28100: Failed to load EventService proxy object: Requested registry access is not allowed.  Do not interrupt the installation! Thanks to Xenopz Blog I found the workaround to fix it.  Execute:

C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions60BIN>stsadm -o addpath -url http://localhost/Reports -type exclusion

The virtual server that is referenced here is not in the config database. After starting the sptimer (execute “net start sptimer” on the command prompt) and restarting IIS, the installation continued without problems.

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LINQBridge – Use LINQ to objects in .NET 2.0

I really like LINQ, but what if I want to use it and the target framework is not .NET 3.5? There is a way to use LINQ to Objects in .NET 2.0 projects. LINQBridge makes this possible. I saw it today but I didn’t try it yet. (I’ll be soon)

How it works?

First, it’s important to understand that C# 3.0 and Framework 3.5 are designed to work with CLR 2.0-the same CLR version that Framework 2.0 uses. This means that the C# 3.0 compiler emits IL code that runs on the same virtual machine as before.

This makes Framework 3.5 additive-just as Framework 3.0 was additive-comprising additional assemblies that enhance the existing 2.0 Framework and CLR. So there’s nothing to stop us from writing our own assemblies that do the work of Framework 3.5 (at least, the critical bits required for local LINQ queries).

Go to LINQBridge official page – you’ll find there more info as well as source code.

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Top Posts From October

Cross posted from:

Well, October was an interesting month. I wrote 30 posts, and these are the 5 posts you mostly interested:top5

  1. Query XML using XLINQ – How to query XML data using XLinq.
  2. C# Coding standards guideline – a guideline which was written by Juval Lowy.
  3. Linq to XML – Adding,Updating and Deleting data – How to add,update and delete XML data using Linq.
  4. I Search with Google’s experimental – new from Google Labs: Experimental search. I explain there what is it and how to use it.
  5. Reset autonumber (IDENTITY) column in SQL Server – How to reset the autonumber – identity column in a table.

That is my review of October posts. Comments, suggestions and links to things you think I should be talking about always welcome.

Thanks for reading!

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