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Review Entries for Day Sunday, 18 June 2006

I note from Somasegar's blog that Microsoft are to rebrand their forthcoming WinFX technologies as .NET Framework 3.0. (S Somasegar is Microsoft's Corporate Vice-President of the Developer Division.)

This is essentially the existing .NET 2.0 Framework combined with the new WinFX technologies. The new technologies are Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows Card Space (WCS), together with some supporting new base class libraries.

It is apparent that this name change has not met with universal approval from the developer community.

However, it is equally clear that many people were finding it difficult to understand exactly how WinFX fitted in with Microsoft's overall strategy. In particular, a number of people seem to believe that WinFX was to replace the .NET Framework. In technical terms, WinFX has only ever been an extension of the existing .NET Framework 2.0.

I actually think that in some respects WinFX is a better name for the .NET Framework, since it is clear that the .NET Framework is destined to be the new way of programming Windows. WinFX is really the next step in the Win16 and Win32 series...

Ultimately, I'm happy with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (WinFX).

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Sunday, 18 June 2006 12:01:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 15 June 2006

I understand that Bill Gates is to step down from his day-to-day work at Microsoft, while retaining the chairmanship and providing input on major developments.

I wonder what effect this might have on Microsoft's future direction...

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Thursday, 15 June 2006 21:38:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 12 June 2006
Are Menus Passe as far as Microsoft is concerned?
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Sunday, 11 June 2006 23:09:45 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 10 June 2006
I believe that bannering, along with other coding standards, makes code more approachable and therefore more valuable. It especially helps with maintenance and re-use, where the current programmer may not be the original developer. Making code more approachable is important to commercial organisations looking to maximise their return-on-investment (ROI). However, such standards tend to be derided by developers who predominantly work on their own because they cannot see the value.
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Saturday, 10 June 2006 12:07:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 05 June 2006
I remain concerned about the possibility of "taking out" a Microsoft Exchange server, especially one installed as part of Small Business Server.
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Monday, 05 June 2006 02:07:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 02 June 2006

According to a news article being carried by the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5041848.stm), a group of hacker have hit a web site operated by the Swedish police.

It seems that this was simply a denial of service attack, which swamped the machine with requests.

Unfortunately, denial of service (DoS) attacks seem to be becoming more prominent and I suspect we will soon need to be helping smaller clients ensure that their boundary devices are capable of withstanding such attacks.

I suspect it will also come as something of a shock to people when they learn how expensive some of these security devices are in comparison to "bog standard" equipment.

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Friday, 02 June 2006 17:08:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Well, we finally published our new web site (which can be viewed at http://www.rrs.co.uk) at 4:30pm today!

It's been hard work, but hopefully worthwhile!

Although this is "billed" as an interim before we publish the larger .NET site, it still clocks in at 302 files spread over just under 70 pages.

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Friday, 02 June 2006 16:57:23 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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