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Take a break!

Posted in General at Friday, September 26, 2003 2:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time
When I'm coding I usually get so involved that I don't think to stop and take a break. This usally means that when I have a good day of coding, I end up with a nice backache. However, there is a cool utility called Workrave that will remind you to take breaks (30 seconds every 5 minutes) and even walks you through some exercises during the long break (10 minutes for each hour). I've just started using it and it seems to work pretty well.

More Office 2003 Posted

Posted in General at Friday, September 26, 2003 1:28 AM Pacific Daylight Time

ActiveWin has noted that more of Office 2003 is available for download to MSDN subscribers:

Microsoft has posted the following downloads at the MSDN site:

  • Office FrontPage 2003 (English)
  • Office OneNote 2003 (English)
  • Office Professional Enterprise Edition 2003 (English)
  • Office Project Professional 2003 (English)
  • Office Project Server 2003 (English)
  • Office Project Standard 2003 (English)
  • Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (English)
  • Office Visio Professional 2003 (English)

Data Access Roundtable BOF

Posted in at Monday, September 22, 2003 3:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time

After reading Sam Gentile's post about his COM Interop BOF being approved I thought to check the topic that I had proposed. Sure enough the Data Access Roundtable BOF had been approved. Andrew Conrad is actually the one that suggested the topic to me so hopefully he is going to help me out.

Confused by the number and variety of Microsoft data access and database programming technologies, then this BOF is for you. Should the developer use relational API's of ADO.net, or view their database entirely as Xml? When is it appropriate to use SqlXml's server side functionality over the middle tier functionality? What are the Whidbey plans for SqlXml and ado.net? How does Microsoft see those technologies working together long term?

It should be an interesting roundable especially with all the new Xmlish features that are in Yukon.


Yukon at PDC

Posted in at Thursday, September 18, 2003 4:26 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Looks like there is going to be some good sessions at the PDC about Yukon. I think Roger's session about the Yukon Service Broker sounds the most interesting:

The Service Broker is a new feature for "Yukon" that incorporates asynchronous queuing and guaranteed messaging into the SQL Engine. This provides a whole new way of writing highly scalable, highly reliable database applications. Learn what the Service Broker is and the unique advantages the queuing and messaging built into the database offers.


SqlXml Blogs

Posted in at Thursday, September 18, 2003 11:57 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Well I finally got around to starting a blog. Hopefully I will be able to keep it interesting.