Tag | Open Source Posts

Well, I’m pretty diehard when it comes to supporting Microsoft products and technologies, as many of you know. However, I’ll admit I’ve been using a combination of IE and Firefox for the past few months. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. So, what was it all about? Not much. Browsers are browsers. Is it nice to have tabbed browsing? Yeah, it’s kind of nice. Not a big requirement of mine actually, but it’s interesting and proves valuable sometimes. Security? ...
If you're in the Charleston, SC area tonight around 6:00pm, stop on by... Thanks to INETA and Blackbaud, the Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) is pleased host Jim Duffy of TakeNote Technologies. The topic is Building Web Portals With DotNetNuke 3.0. What’s DotNetNuke, you ask? The short answer is that it’s an open source data-driven intranet or internet portal. For the long answer, please visit (http://www.dotnetnuke.com) for more information. In addition to this terrific presentation, ...
BugNet is an outstanding issue management application. It is open source and available for free from here. I really like the user interface and the project structure. Thus far, I have encountered no errors. I wish I had a little more time to support this project.
My post a few weeks ago prompted an enormous response. Some of it was critical, some informational, and some just plain vulgar. But today a new comment was posted that made me do some thinking. He begins: Hello my name is Matty and I bought an iPod. This is why I bought an iPod , and what you could do to make me buy something else. Matty explains that he was introduced to iTunes first. He likes the application (he’s using the Windows version), and uses it to organize his music. He offers criticism ...
Boy, oh boy. Do I feel like a shmuck or something. I sort of “extracted” myself from the WiX community, basically just because I felt so bad about my apparent slovenliness with this whole tallow extensions thing. Well, yesterday I finally posted the license agreement to Microsoft, signed by myself (about October 2004) and by our company's techinical director - at the end of January 2005 (!!!!), many, many months after I fist spoke about my extensions! Hopefully the letter will arrive ...
Mr. Kent Sharkey informs everyone who may be interested in working with the latest ASP.NET 2.0 bits that the November 2004 CTP is better than the December 2004 CTP package. Where do you get these Community Technology Previews btw? From logging onto your MSDN subscription, that's how! Bill Gates is trying to arrange a meeting with the President of Brazil in order to convince him about the evils of open source and why they should stick it out with Microsoft. Interesting read here on this topic. I would ...
For those of you who couldn't make it to last night's meeting, you really missed a good one. Attendance was around 32 people and the pizza and wings from Papa John's (courtesy of Microsoft) were delicious. Thank you Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet. Doug Turnure (MS) gave a terrific presentation on what's coming with Indigo / SOA. Doug was also nice enough to allow us to pick his brain about other Microsoft technologies coming down the pipe. It was quite informative. We officially kicked off ...
Tonight is the Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) meeting, which contrary to certain people's opinion is NOT pronounced GC NOOJ. :) Anyway, we meet at Blackbaud at 6:00 and tonight's meeting features Doug Turnure of Microsoft, who will be talking about Indigo and SOA. He's also graciously offered to spring for the (Papa John's) pizza. In addition to Doug's presentation, we will be officially kicking off the 2005 Open Source Mobile Game Programming Expo, which runs from today until the July ...
IBM announced that they are giving 500 of their thousands of patents to the open source community in hopes of spurring innovation which many believe is hindered by the US Patent Office and their patent policies. It is a pretty interesting move and they are hoping that others will follow suit and do the same. Here is a PDF of the patents they are giving away. Here is a story about this release ...
Before I get up on my soap-box on what I've been doing lately to improve myself as a developer, let me quickly list the development environment tools that I feel are MUST-HAVE tools for any developer serious about his craft (and they are all free): CruiseControl.NET (or Draco.NET) Subversion (or CVS or another form of Source Control (try to avoid Source Safe, even though it's better than nothing)) NAnt NUnit NCover FXCop Well, in an effort to continue improving my development environment at home, ...
I'm posting this question out there because I can't really read legalese, and I don't have much experience with licensing issues. I'm in the middle of researching open source and free software some more to see how much I want to adapt it with my personal projects. I was thinking that I want to release all code on Managed World as OSI Certified Open Source Software. However, does the EULA for Managed DirectX allow me to distribute my applications built with Managed DirectX as open source software. ...
It tolls for thee, Llama. It looks like AOL has whipped the Llama's ass for the last time. WinAmp's original crew have parted ways with the company. The corporate culture (or perhaps the lack thereof ) that made NullSoft such a fantastic place to work and allowed them to turn out such a wonderful product was completely at odd's with the strict environment of a company like AOL. After purchasing NullSoft in 1999 for 100 million dollars, things have been on a steady decline and it was all but over ...
I meant to add this last week, but I'm a slacker... GC.NUG First Meeting Notes (12/09/2004) As many of you know, we had our first meeting tonight. I'd like to thank all of you who could make it. I had a great time and met some great people. I hope all of you did too. A big thank you to Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet each month.Attendance was good! We had 34 names on the signin sheet, and I know a few more folks slipped in after we got started. I think it was around 37 total.We started things ...
This, I guess, is my first InstallShield specific post. MSI is good in a lot of things but not when dealing with more than one package in a single transaction. MSI engine is designed to be run as a single instance and cannot be used effectively to install more than one package. Nested installations are possible but often lead to undesired consequences. Having a setup chainer is good but it involves writing code and handling reboots. So, for all who are using InstallShield DevStudio and up can benefit ...
Update: I have started a series of posts which will build towards implementing as full-featured design surface as I can manage. The series begins here. Over the past few years, I have been doing some research on implementing a forms design surface within a program. I see it as a way to provide a visual design connection for my next major project when we move a VB6 program that is very forms intensive to one that is much less so and is focused on user design and documents. Here are some of the references ...
Dear Jemimus, Not so easy! Since this is one of the largest .Text multi-blog site, it is pretty well assumed I have a very customized version of .Text to fit the needs of a site that gets 4.5 million hits a month. This includes HTTP compression on your feeds, subdomain access to your domain (http://jemimus.geekswithbl... and blogs.ineta.org. You solution assumes I have not made a single change to an open source project that hasn't seen an updated drop since January. Well that would be incorrect ...
I was reading Werblog and saw these stats about Skype: 13M+ users registered 1M+ simultaneous users reached for the first time a couple of weeks ago 2,384,686,217 minutes served, as I type this - i.e almost 2.4 billion minutes. Just to put things in perspective: Vonage has 170,000 customers and passed the billion minutes mark sometime in 2004 295,000 users have signed for SkypeOut (Skype has a goal of 5% conversion from the free service to SkypeOut) Skype has been my main IM for a few years now and ...
It's been quite a while since I've blogged, and I decided to return to the fray today... I've been quite busy at work, and since I don't have a connection at home I can't blog from there. I found myself spending most of my time at work doing work (as it should be I suppose), and not finding lots of time to post blog entries. And that's a real pity because I have an ever growing list of blog ideas queuing up. Today I want to write about the WiX toolset. Most of my working life currently revolves around ...
Is right to select a non-Micorosoft product simply because its not a 'Microsoft' product? In the UK in the public sector a product called LGOL-Net is being stalked as a BizTalk 2004 replacemnet as it can do everything BizTalk 2004 can. Furthermore its also being billed as free. Now I'm all for open source and I'm all for competion but in this case the challenge is based on two lies. Firstly LGOL does not offer half the features of BizTalk and secondly the support and TCO for the product are far from ...
Everyone has spent so much time trying to cater to new users that they seem to have forgotten that eventually some of those users stop being new. I think the whole blogging scene is starting to change that, especially where Microsoft is concerned. Many of us are seeing that Microsoft’s developers are a lot more like us than we ever knew before. They too like to embrace new technologies (like RSS) and new ideas (like podcasting), and continuing where my last post left off - I bet more of them ...
OK theres been about a ton of blogs pointing to desktop.google.com for indexing your local machine contents. But a former colleague of mine points to Swish-E, another Open Source desktop indexing engine. Thanks for the link Rukmal ...
Robert Scoble links me to a new tool to play with, it is called Wondir. It is a question answer website. Now one asks what is Wondir and below is part of the answer. “Wondir is designed to help people find practical, focused answers to questions, with an emphasis on connecting people who have questions with other people who can provide needed help. These experts, tutors, mentors, enthusiasts, and peers might be volunteering on their own or as part of an organized online help program, such as ...

I would like to know which tool are you using to track bugs, issues, features, versions, etc.?

I'm looking for a C# / ASP.NET / Free - Open Source tracking tool. I'm sure it is out there, but I can't find it.

This post by Joe Kraus is a great read. I came across it via David Hornik (VentureBlog).Kraus discusses this book called MoneyBall that gives an inside look at how Oakland A's recruit talent to win against teams with more money. I like how Joe brings the analogy back to making good engineering hires: "In Moneyball, Lewis describes the search for the statistics that matter - those that are highly correlated with scoring runs and thus winning games. And, it turns out that there are two in baseball ...

Josh Ledgard, Program Manager and "Chief Community Evangelist" with Visual Studio, posts a question on his weblog: "What types of projects or specific projects should we look to open source in the future?"

See the following link: What should Microsoft open-source next?

 

A list of the top 10 most critical Web application security problems is available from the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), an open Source community project that develops tools and documentation to help organizations secure Web applications and Web services. The groups says the list combines its members' collective knowledge and should help organizations focus on the most serious vulnerabilities. They represent equal risks to network security, and you should give them the same degree ...
Just got a mail from Jinesh about the MONO..Wondered for a moment if it is not Monad (another open source code) and he has misspelled it... Well not teh same thing dude..MONO unlike MOMOs is sweet enough to gel for linux Application using DOt Net Framework..Can you beleive this....???? Mono is a comprehensive open source development platform based on the .NET framework that allows IT and ISV developers to build Linux and cross-platform applications with unprecedented productivity. Mono's .NET implementation ...

It will be intersting to see how the 3D desktop develops after its release. Sun seems to have gain momentum with its open source initiative. This reminds me of the old Unix days when Bell labs had System V under wraps while Berkley work BSD out in public.

MS seems to be keeping these open source initiatives progressing.

This is a very interesting article @ THeSeverSide.Net.

Daniel Cazzulino compares the features and functionality of EIF (Enterprise Instrumentation Framework) to that of the Open Source port of log4j called log4net. It’s a close fight but log4net wins out based on its simplicity and extensibility.

http://www.theserverside.net/news/thread.tss?thread_id=27317

OpenSTA seems to be interesting, it's an Open source tool for Performance Testing: http://www.opensta.org

The User Guide is available at:http://www.opensta.org/docs/ug/

-Devankur

If you're following (or simply couldn't avoid) the ongoing debate I've been having with my new cave-dwelling aquaintance XENO, you'll know that he has been touting the open source and Java communities saying how much better they are than the Microsoft versions. As I don't spend a lot of time in that space, I am really ill equiped to comment with any real authority. Ted Neward, Java cognoscenti and Editor-in-Chief of TheServerSide.NET has an interesting post that gives some insight into the Java community. ...
Some person named Xeno from www.crackbaby.com (which is about all I should have to say) writes: Oh please... uif Microsoft gave a shit about community, it would start making it's products cross platform. Uh, don't get the connection between cross platform and community. Community can evolve around anything. - does Oracle work on various platforms? Yes. Does SQL Server? No. Sure Oracle runs on various platforms. Know how they do it? It's interpreted code. That means it's S-L-O-W. That's why it needs ...
I have a dream about Operating System progression. It’s that instead of working against each other, the major OS developers come together to form this Super OS. This OS will have AI and it’ll combine all of the good things of each OS into a ‘core’ of some of what I call necessary services. No one company will own this ‘core’, it will belong to the community. End Users can choose to use this core OS for free. It’ll be severely stripped down but it will be ...
Ok here is the deal - I am now going to end each of my posts with a funny quote found in the networking documentation of MacOSx, Linux and Windows. Ok so here we go..... After clicking a link on an open source project used in MacOSx to provide IPV6 support I was forwarded to a page that said ... “Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. “ All I can say right now is “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... ...
Does any one know of, or has used an Open Source Messaging Bus Implementation that can be used from C# I am currently designing a system where I would like to use a Messaging Infrastructure to implement a workflow type solution, the problem I have is that I do not wish to use MSMQ as I do not want to have to be forced to install Active Directory on my servers, and other solutions that are available have varying degrees of support for C#, with associated performance penalties, and cost a boat load ...
So far I was getting software vulnerability informatoin from SecurityFocus.com, but today I found Open Source Vulnerability Database website. “OSVDB Synopsis:OSVDB is an independent and open source database created by and for the security community. The goal of the project is to provide accurate, detailed, current, and unbiased technical information on security vulnerabilities. The project will promote greater, more open collaboration between companies and individuals, eliminate redundant works, ...
Scot McNealy doesnt want to OPEN source Java - When IBM invited SUN to join 'em in developing an open source implimentation of Java - McNealy said: "Go open-source with DB2, and then you can tell me what to do with my assets," referring to IBM's popular database system." ..and they claim the future is OPEN.... Jeelz-- Its only your mind that needs to be OPEN, The future is .NET -- ...
Clemens Vasters writes an interesting post that repudiates a lot of open source software as a political movement. Don't get me a wrong. I find open source exciting, kind of like when I was a kid (the '80s) and the hobbyist crowd ruled. Coding was pure fun, with no pressure to produce, no pressure to make something usable or economically viable. I couldn't afford to buy much software off shelf, so if I wanted the computer to “do something“ I had to write it. Not that I ever wrote very ...
Have your ever seen faces, pics in ASCII collection of characters, well you can convert your online for FREE at text-image.com and what’s more you can also use the cool HTML mode too. I understand the HTML mode only and I once created a .NET App in C#. The trick is to break the Image (Graphic Object) into all its pixels and read in the color value for the individual pixels (Picture Element) saving them in another file with a mapping of the their position in the image. I have lost the code for ...
Workspaces provide a dynamic online environment enabling collaboration on software projects without the barriers created by geographical or network boundaries. It is an online shared development environment where .NET developers can create, host and manage projects throughout the project lifecycle. Its sort of GotDotNet (.NET projects) answers to SourceForge.Net (running to the tune of 90,000 projects for the Java, C++ and what not geeks). I secretly feel that open source is the next wave to come, ...
Besides looking at the candidate's issues and how they hold a pen or something of that matter, I usually head out to their websites and take a look at the code they are putting out there as well. It do find it interesting in how and what technologies people use when using technology as a tool. My review here of Presidential code is by no means saying who you should vote for - I stay away from those conversations - but use it as you wish - that's all! My first stop was in Texas country! 1) Republican ...
The blogging bug has bitten again...One of my fellow PR folks at Que and Sams has started his own blog. Kit's blog is mostly focused on open source topics but he also likes good music and cheese! You can see photographic evidence here. I hope to find lots of interesting things and reasons to link coming from Kit's new blog ...
Kalam, Stallman discuss open source software... The first to meet the President was Richard Stallman, the leading light of the free and open source software (FOSS) movement. Ironically, the people waiting in the Presidential anteroom for the interaction to end were people from Microsoft. ...... Besides explaining the political philosophy of FOSS movement, Dr. Stallman said he also spoke to the President about the real intention behind Microsoft's plan to spread the use of computers in schools which ...
I saw this a while back and thought it was pretty funny. The post basically smacks some open source developers in the face. Personally, I've always questioned open source development. While, I think it's nice that the community gets together to make some good tools, I just don't know about it. Anyway, the author takes note that when open source projects are created that mimic existing applications, they take away from the job market. Now, I don't know how much this actually affects US work, but I ...
For all you ASP.NET developers our there, Http Compression is one of the most important things to consider adding to your application. It can speed up download times by about 5 times, saves on bandwidth, and improves on SSL performance.There are lots of vendors out there, pipeboost.com, xcache, and many more. But I wanted to make sure everyone has heard of the open source c# ziplib version: http://www.blowery.org/code... Works great unless your doing Server.Transfer, due to ...
Maybe I'm just in the dark (haha...get it? Eclipse...in the dark), but I just found out that Eclipse, IBM's open source J2 IDE, was given its moniker to symbolize its intent to overshadow Sun's own open source development tool, NetBeans. Well, that's what Sun officials claim, anyway. Personally, I like this sort of thing. I'd liek to see more of it, as a matter of fact. Here are a few of my ideas... Sun Block Sun Screen Sun Shade Visual Studio .NET SPF 120 (hehe) This all came about when IBM started ...
I don't mean to pick on anybody in particular, but I think most developers share this concern: deprecation of functionality. I'm sure that everyone who's been in the software development business for a few years has had to deal with this in one form or another. The reason I wanted to talk about this now is because of the up-and-coming Java Server Faces (JSF) release. And, while I recognize that this isn't necessarily a deprecation of functionality from a Java standpoint, the open source community ...
Microsoft's Command-Line Compiler You do not need to buy Visual Studio .NET in order to program in C#. On the Windows platform, you can do everything with a text editor and the C# command-line tools that are provided in the Platform SDK(130MB) Mono Mono is an effort to make an Open Source implementation of the .NET Development Framework and includes a free C# compiler DotGNU Portable.NET A British-based Open Source implementation of the .NET Development Framework targeting Linux, includes C# compiler ...