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  • Windows Server 2008 R2 - Shares ​intermittan​tly inaccessible

    Hey W3.. This is likely a worthless shot in the dark but..

    I experienced a similar 2008 Server "Share Flakieness" until I resolved a Windows Update issue that prevented me from applying any updates. Once past that, with all updates, applied the issue went away.

    Best of luck! Please keep us posted.


  • C9 request : Azure Team session


    Although, I've concluded Azure is not a viable option for any present or future client. Still, I am tempted each time I catch a glimpse of it in my rear view mirror Wink

    Very cool - just not practical - IMHO.

  • Azure prizing question

    @figuerres: True dat.

    I WANTED so bad to recommend and use Azure but alas, I cannot Sad

    For me it's a real head-scratcher. Any organization I can think of who might benefit would have to disregard a non-trivial investment in existing infrastructure. Sure an incremental/hybrid approach is viable but, again, how/why would you sell that? Perhaps the less-than-scrupulous technologist could make the sell. I dunno :-/

    Anyone sold this? What am I missing?

  • How do you manage project feedback?

    We log it in our SharePoint Wiki - and then ignore it indefinitely Wink

    Only 1/2 joking. Serious issues (bugs) go into our bug tracker. The kind of issues you are talking about we record in the corresponding Wiki page. This give us the opportunity to consider addressing the issue the next time we touch the application/component, etc.


  • The cloud taking over

    spivonious said:

    The cloud will never take off because there is no way that businesses will trust their confidential information to be sent back and forth over the Internet. They also still want to be able to work if the Internet connection goes down.

    Not sure I'd say *never* but your point is consistent with my experience. Of course you could partition your apps with confidential data kept local but, still, it's a hard sell - in my experience. It will take some time for business leaders (technical and non-technical alike) to warm up to the idea.

  • "Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers"

    ManipUni said:

    I cannot speak to this article but I know a lot of college graduates and people in masters programs, I would say C#, VB.Net, and Java are all very popular. The reason why is very simple - all three are free to learn and have great resources for students. Universities seem to be adopting C# from Java however.


    I'm not sure what a "young, hip developer" is. I think "hip developer" is an oxymoron within its own right.


    It is worrying how unpopular ASM, C/C++, and other lower level languages are outside of the elite technology schools - some of which barely give a good programming education as is.


    edit: Seems the NY piece is a bunch of lies that misquoted Tim O' Reilly. What he actually said was that young startup companies are very interested in mobile platforms - iOS 4.0 and Android. Which sounds like it could be true, mobile platforms are cheap relatively speaking to create revenue generating software for. I would say that Microsoft might be falling behind in that area as they lack any real competition in the mobile area (despite what you read on the C9 forums)/

    "'hip developer' is an oxymoron"

    Tongue Out

  • Azure developers: check out the "Cloud Cover" show

    rhm said:

    Are there any Azure developers? I wonder what people are doing with it.


    I'm still trying to think of a use for Azure. I mean technically the possibilities are endless of course - it's more a question of how do I pay for it? I mean, ostensibly the scenario in which you'd want to use a big cloud hosting service like Azure is if you have very unpredictable demand and yet when I look at business models for startups where we give some use away for free and then maybe charge $10 a month for a premium version, how do I equate that with the fact that Microsoft is nickel and diming me for every single operation I perform? Is there any way to estimate whether your service is going to be even remotely viable without having to develop the whole thing for Microsoft's proprietary hosting API just to measure it?

    I here you. Would LOVE to be an Azure developer. I can think of many uses of course but I can't sell it to clients (small to mid-size bus.) - not cost-effective (and predictive) when they've already made their hardware expenditures. I've also found a great reluctance among some to put their data in the cloud - a somewhat irrational concern in many cases as the data in question isn't sensitive.


    However, I am excited about Azure and really like the direction, if not the pricing model. I believe it will be big and that, eventually, I'll be able to argue it's merits on projects where it's a cost-effective alternative to big-ticket hardware expenditures.

  • Oh Dear God, The VS 2010 Help System is AWFUL!

    figuerres said:
    ScottWelker said:

    The reading exp to me sucks on that system.

    i have the pc software from amazon for reading kindle e-books on my tablet pc and *THAT* i like.

    i tried to ask the safari staff and they did not get it at all....

    i would read the books in pdf format but they want you to pay for pdfs a chapter at a time and not all the books are in pdf format.

    not that i really want to use pdf just that the acrobat reader can work much like the kindle reader on my tablet.


    the safari UI is like a web browser to me.... and while i use html all day long i do not read books that way.  wrong UI IMHO for the task.


    Fair criticisms but my interest is in the the content. I'ts a good replacement for my lost library, a 20+ year collection.

  • Books on ​Documentati​on

    ScottWelker said:

    I found these two to be especially useful - as references. The later being an especially good survey of... well... styles and techniques:

    - Managing Software Requirements: A Unified Approach

    - Software Requirements Styles and Techniques

    Most welcome.


    For what it's worth some associates are critical of the first book, feeling it's too academic/impractical. I believe their mistake is in thinking every technique/document discussed must be applied in all situations. I prefer to use it as I do the second book, as a desk reference that helps me select the right tool (technique/document) for a specific job.

  • Oh Dear God, The VS 2010 Help System is AWFUL!

    figuerres said:
    ScottWelker said:

    Half-way...  Smiley


    there are times when the 2008 help does help, just not all the time.


    Safari - hate it!  that to me is just junk that's too expensive. i do not like the interface. i just buy the real book.


    i do use google for "how do i" stuff to give me ideas on how to flow things.


    and i hate how msdn help is like 90%  the same stuff as the intelisence - telling me the parameters that i already knew!


    i also find the google gets the right results and bing fails.


    also pinvoke.net for com interop bits!

    Re: "Safari - hate it!"

    Really? Hummm... upon reflection I too rejected it at first. Then I lost my 20+ year book collection. It was far too costly and impractical to replace it. Safari Library seemed a good option and I've grown to love it. I especially like being able to read up on a topic across multiple different authors.

    Anyway, I  rarely use VS help. The few times I've tried it over the last couple of years, it failed to yield anything useful.